around town today

thru 12/31: give the gift of warmth during the annual new york cares coat drive. you can drop off gently-used or new coats at locations across nyc. >>

thru 12/24: urbanspace’s union square outdoor holiday market returns for the season with more than 150 local gift vendors. >>

thru 11/24: shop handmade apparel + accessories, traditional foods, and more at the annual norwegian seamen’s church (11/21-24) and church of sweden (11/22-24) christmas fairs.

thru 11/24: one is the funniest number at solocom, an annual festival showcasing 75 new solo comedies over four days. the pit (chelsea and flatiron), $12/show, $30/pass. >>

thru 11/24: the 10th annual williamsburg independent film festival (willifilm) takes over the cinema at the wythe hotel with four days of features, shorts, documentaries, and more. $15. >>

thru 11/23: decorate your feet with some help from the annual ozone socks sample sale, where samples will be $4/pair, and regular pairs will be priced at 50% off retail. 307 7th ave, suite 1603. >>

thru 2/23: model trains travel along a 34’ long layout of nyc at the new york transit museum’s 18th annual holiday train show, which this year is set against artwork designed by cartoonist julia wertz. new york city transit museum gallery annex and store at grand central (midtown east), free admission. >>

6pm: harvard law school professor and author lawrence lessig calls for reforms in public campaign funding, the electoral college, and a ban on partisan gerrymandering in a conversation about his new book, they don’t represent us: reclaiming our democracy. with author and brennan center for justice fellow victoria bassetti (electoral dysfunction: a survival manual for american voters). nyu school of law (greenwich village), free admission. >>

6-8pm (on view thru 12/14): sva’s biennial alumni exhibition, american truth, is a multi-centric survey of contemporary america through the work of 20 artists. opening reception tonight, panel discussion 12/11. sva chelsea gallery, free. >>

6-9pm: draw inspiration from a 1936 decommissioned subway station and vintage subway cars at the new york transit museum’s subway sketch night. all ages and skill levels welcome. $5 admission with promo code ‘sketch3’ (reg. $15) includes supplies (or byo) and a beer (do not byo). >>

6-9pm (monthly thru december): check out some art after-hours during the lic gallery nights series, where 11 galleries and art spaces will keep their doors open late. free admission. >>

6:30pm: jewelry scholar and author deanna farneti cera delves into the centuries-old legacy of costume jewelry in a presentation based on her forthcoming book, adorning fashion: the history of costume jewelry. museum of arts and design (columbus circle), $10 general, $5 students. >>

6:30pm: are artists fated to suffer? author leslie jamison (the recovering: intoxication and its aftermath) and clinical psychologist kay redfield jamison (robert lowell, setting the river on fire) talk through the relationship between creativity, addiction, and mood disorders, using poets robert lowell and john berryman as case studies. lenfest center for the arts (manhattanville), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: jazz bassist, composer, and writer william parker takes center stage in a multidisciplinary performance piece, which will include readings by pratt professor and parker’s biographer, francis bradley. pratt manhattan center (chelsea), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the how i learned storytelling show celebrates a decade of epiphanies with tonight’s theme, ‘how i learned it’s not like on tv,’ featuring aparna nancherla (bojack horseman), nick flynn (another bullshit night in suck city), andrew mcgill (the moth), kera bolonik (dame magazine), and anita flores (party of two). caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

7pm: get a deeper look at the man behind the masks when critic and longtime marvel comics writer danny fingeroth discusses his new book, a marvelous life: the amazing story of stan lee. a book signing and reception will follow. society of illustrators (ues). $15 general, $7 students/seniors. >>

7pm: vice and noisey present noisey nights, featuring performances by vagabon, aerial east, and binki. villain (williamsburg), free admission. >>

7pm doors: boytoy, future punx, brower, and gustaf play market hotel (bushwick). $13 adv, $15 door. >>

7:30pm (every other thursday): the pete’s reading series returns with readings by catherine chung (the tenth muse, lilly dancyger (burn it down), and marco rafalà (how fires end). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm: prolific trinidadian calypso vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist the mighty sparrow (‘calypso king of the world’) performs an acoustic set at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm: performance artist dynasty handbag hosts weirdo night, an evening of experimental comedy and performance by lorelei ramirez, christeene, minivan, like a villain, uncle mordechai, and more. the jewish museum (ues), $18 admission includes an open beer + wine bar and extended gallery hours. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): magic mike… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember from watching it once last week. as the chaos ensues, they must also incorporate audience-written lines, random sound effects, and deleted scenes cued by an audience member with a horn. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

8pm: howl with laughter at the good dog show, a dog-friendly comedy show featuring human comedians samantha ruddy (colbert), kevin mccaffrey (vh1), emily flake (the new yorker), julia shiplett (crashing), joe rumrill (the chris gethard show), and matt jenkins. hosted by jonathan zeller. dsk haus on hanson (fort greene), $7. >>

8pm: comedian hanna dickinson (comedy central) performs a half-hour set at club cumming (east village), with openers christi chiello (roast battle) and ian fidance (siriusxm). free. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by olivia grace (comedy central), sean donnelly (conan), april boddie (buzzfeed), george civeris (sirius xm), sally ann hall (left breast comedy), and rufat agayev. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm (monthly): inside jokes and obscure references are the star at niche!, a monthly drag show featuring really specific acts. hosted by c’était bontemps and chevy lace. dream baby (east village), $5-10. >>

8pm: ‘snarky glitter punk’ band mean siders plays an ep release show at trans pecos (ridgewood), with support from daddies, qwam, and julep maisey. $10. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedian saurin choksi and dj sareen present the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by dulcé sloan (the daily show), sydnee washington (comedy central), alex english (national lampoon radio hour), lane pieschel (the fancy show), and pooja reddy. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm: purr, dan english, and water from your eyes play he sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear guests tell true stories they never thought they’d share in public at kevin allison’s risk! podcast live show. tonight, kyle ocasio (red eye), matthew mercier (the moth), jeff simmermon (the moth), and tracey segarra spill the beans at caveat (les). $15. >>

10pm: dance to ri ri, jay-z, nicki minaj, and others at the dirty thursday pon de replay party. house of yes (bushwick), free admission. >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>

coming up

11/22-3/15/2020: go for a spin on the outdoor rooftop ice rink at pier 17 (south street seaport), now open for the season. $15-18 admission, $8 skate rental. >>

11/22-12/4: film at lincoln center, subway cinema, and the korean cultural center of new york present relentless invention: new korean cinema, 1996–2003, a showcase of essential films of the south korean film movement, featuring works by bong joon ho, hong sang-soo, park chan-wook, and more. film at lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

11/22-24: in honor of the one-year anniversary of its closing, the vibe of the village festival celebrates the legacy of the village voice with a weekend of conversations with former writers and photographers, and a coffeehouse-style concert with david amram and friends. museum of the city of new york (harlem), included with museum admission (suggested: $20 general, $14 students/seniors, free for 19 and under. >>

11/22: phase one of the market line, a 150,000 square foot underground marketplace spanning three city blocks, opens today. 115 delancey street (les). >>

11/22 9am-7pm (+ 11/23): visit little italy circa 1975. in honor of martin scorsese’s the irishman, the neighborhood will be transformed with cars and props from the year, and you can score free food and drinks from select restaurants. >>

11/22 10am-6pm (ongoing): who we are: visualizing nyc by the numbers: as the 2020 census approaches, a new exhibition at the museum of the city of new york juxtaposes statistics with design to paint a more humanizing picture of the 8.5 million people in nyc. museum of the city of new york (harlem), suggested admission: $20 general, $14 students/seniors, free for 19 and under. >>

11/22 6pm: donzii, sandy smiles, and gesserit play the dance (noho). $5. >>

11/22 6-8pm: martin lawrence galleries (soho) presents a collection of paintings, posters, graphics and prints by artist and activist keith haring. opening reception tonight. free (rsvp). >>

11/22 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): it’s all things html-arious at the internet explorers show, where comedians and actual experts guide you through the depths of the world wide web. tonight’s ‘twitter’-themed show features eve peyser (the new york times), ryan broderick (buzzfeed), shoshana wodinsky (adweek), and nathan allebach (@steak-umm). hosted by mark vigeant. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

11/22 7pm: get in the holiday spirit(s) with snl alum and singer ana gasteyer, who’ll perform selections from her new sugar + booze album at barnes + noble (ues). album signing to follow. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the album at this location. >>

11/22 7pm: the harlem chamber players present their annual all-bach concert at broadway presbyterian church (morningside heights). $15 adv/$20 door general, $10 adv/$15 door students/seniors. >>

11/22 7:30pm (monthly): raise a glass at keanu rosè, an intimate comedy show hosted by real-life couple natalie wall and aaron benoit, with performances by carolyn bergier (funny or die), jeena bloom (comedy central), and more. branded saloon (prospect heights), free. >>

11/22 7:30pm: the mannes chamber orchestra performs a program of contemporary and experimental music, including the world premiere of cyrnab by johanna beyer, the first woman to write concert music for electronic instruments. john l. tishman auditorium at the new school (union square), free. >>

11/22 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): things get weird at the lab, a comedy show showcasing black performers doing new and experimental work. tonight: mia jackson (comedy central), nick chambers (2 dope queens), sam ike (sirius xm), jessica henderson, and electra telesford. hosted by kenice mobley. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

11/22 8:30pm: cringe is king at bad pitches, a comedy game show where performers propose the worst tv show ideas they can think of. in anticipation of thanksgiving, tonight’s ‘get stuffed’ edition is all about food. crystal lake brooklyn (east williamsburg), free. >>

11/22 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by michael nguyen (comedy central), brittany carney, colum tyrell, donnie sengstack, and tobin miller. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

11/22 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): secret loft’s comedy show features nathan macintosh (fallon), katie hannigan (colbert), leah bonnema (colbert), pedro gonzalez (standup nbc), chanel ali (girl code), and adam strauss. hosted by tyler fischer. bonus: free pizza. secret loft (greenwich village), $6-12. >>

11/22 9:30pm doors, 10pm show: a lineup of native american comedians say thanks but no thanksgiving at a night of stand-up, characters, and games. hosted by brian bahe (vulture), dash turner (ifc), and tai leclaire. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

11/22 10:30pm: spoke art gallery presents a 35mm film screening of guillermo del toro’s pan’s labyrinth at the roxy cinema (tribeca), with a new limited-edition poster and t-shirt available for purchase. $12 admission. >>

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