around town today

6pm-1am: solstice stouts: just shy of the darkest day of the year, drink some rare stouts and watch a marathon of holiday movies that lean towards the darker side: scrooged, nightmare before christmas, die hard, and gremlins at the well (bushwick). prizes for ugliest sweaters will be awarded throughout the night. free admission, pay-as-you-go. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): astronomy educators irene pease and ted williams give a preview of important astronomical and scientific happenings to come in 2019 at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: a drinking game nyc casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved 80s or 90s movie and turns the whole thing into– you guessed it, a drinking game. tonight, stumble with them through the santa clause. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

7pm: sing classic christmas songs with a little help from pros at the 39th annual a city singing at christmas, featuring cathedral organs, a brass band, and choirs. st patrick’s cathedral (midtown), free. >>

7-9pm (runs thru 1/17): the sixth annual wendigo holiday group art show features the work of 40 local artists, with prices capped at $150. opening reception tonight. art on a gallery (alphabet city/east village), free. >>

7-9pm (ends today): settle into a synthetic sound bath of live electronic soundscapes performed by artist sophia sobers, part of her solo exhibition that features large-scale plush versions of electronics. 320b canal st (tribeca), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: honduras and bodega play rough trade (williamsburg). $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

7:30pm: filmmaker giada colagrande, actor willem dafoe, and artist marina abramović will do q+a following a screening of bob wilson’s life + death of marina abramović at the roxy cinema (tribeca). $12. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: get new, funnier coworkers for a night at the office christmas party comedy show, featuring sets by patti harrison (fallon), alison leiby (the president show), matt rogers (las culturistas), becky chicoine, and zach zimmerman. hosted by kristen buckels and jenny gorelick. the ballroom at jane hotel (meatpacking), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): see what’s on display on stage at the exhibition, a comedy show set in the public arts space at the public hotel. tonight: chris gethard (the chris gethard show), seaton smith (seth meyers), catherine cohen, george civeris, and more. hosted by michael cruz kayne and mary beth barone. happy hour prices until 8:30pm. public arts at public hotel (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $15). >>

8pm: disney princesses become feminists and turn the patriarchal stories on their heads at the femme fairy tales all-female comedy sketch show. ucb hell’s kitchen, $9 (use promo code ‘fairytales’ for 2-for-1 tickets). >>

8pm: hosts andre medrano and maggie maxwell ask comedians to make tough choices at the would you rather show. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (monthly): negativity has no place at the on a lighter note comedy show, which strives to brighten these dark days by requiring every performer to say something positive at the end of their set. tonight’s show includes kendra cunningham (last comic standing), katie hannigan (colbert), chris laker (kimmel), christian polanco (the cooligans), and dan goodman. hosted by dan wilbur. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by petey deabreu (trutv), olivia grace (roast battle), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), conor creagan, and tommy mcnamara. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), new price: $5. >>

8pm: haybaby, fern mayo, thelma, and uv rays play trans-pecos (ridgewood). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: the regular comedy show returns to williamsburg’s villain with a night of stand up by aparna nancherla (crashing), melissa villaseñor (snl), anna drezen (snl), ronny chieng (the daily show), chris gethard (the chris gethard show), gary gulman (last comic standing), ramy youssef (colbert),casey james salengo (comedy central), and courtney maginnis (collegehumor). villain (williamsburg), $12. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by matt koff (the daily show), luke mones (comedy central), ronnie fleming, and others. guest hosted by sagar bhatt. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm: emmerson + her clammy hands, baglady, thick, and alexander orange drink play the glove (bushwick), $10. >>

9pm: music video time machine’s funky funky christmas presents music videos of the 80s/90s, including holiday favorites, on the bell house front bar’s big screen. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>


Bid the year farewell with food, drinks, 2018 trivia and tunes from DJ Tropic 2.0 at Parklife’s second annual New Year’s Eve bash! Join us early or late to ring in 2019 with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Advanced tickets available now, starting at $20.

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12/21 various times: participate in one or several of 16 outdoor music-making celebrations across nyc at the annual make music winter. some highlights include a handbell march with free pizza, an appalachia-themed hootenanny, and a smartphone soundscape on the high line. free. >>

12/21 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by wanjiko eke, gabe gonzalez, gus constantellis, daniel lampert, and alexis powell. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

12/21 7pm: it rhymes and it’s self-explanatory: holiday cheer with cookies + beer at strong rope brewery (gowanus). bring cookies to share. holiday sweater wearers get a free 10 oz beer. free admission. >>

12/21 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: comedians and ‘experts’ explore a new scientific topic each month at the scientists comedy podcast show, hosted by blythe robinson (the new yorker) and madelyn freed (the annoyance). tonight’s theme: ‘volcanoes.’ union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

12/21 7:30pm: strangers wanted for shannon o’neill’s talk show. the chris gethard show‘s o’neill hosts a talk show where the audience participates by taking on the roles of warm-up comic, sidekick/announcer, guests, and even the house band. ucb theatre (hell’s kitchen), $12. >>

12/21 7:30pm (thru 4/21): lola star’s dreamland roller rink sets up shop at industry city through april. tonight’s party theme: ’90’s holidays candyland dreamland,’ with plenty of pop from taylor, selena, miley, and more. $18-20 includes skate rental. >>

12/21 7:30pm: make fast friends while dancing to live music at brooklyn contra’s annual holiday waltz + contra ball. intro lesson at 7:30pm. camp friendship (park slope), $15 general, $12 students. >>

sponsored: 12/21 8pm, 12/22 2pm + 8pm: it’s a wonderful life: a live radio play: in the style of a 1940s radio program, actors perform the story as a christmas eve broadcast with music and live sound effects. join george bailey as he learns what happens to his hometown when he makes a wish to an angel that he was never born. this story of redemption has become an american classic and resonates with all ages. chain theatre (midtown west), $10 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15). >>

12/21 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by mara marek (kimmel), naomi karavani (redacted tonight), rob cantrell (comedy central), julia claire, and raghav mehta. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

12/21 9pm (ends today): the jingleboobs + chestnuts christmas vaudeville show will cement your place on the naughty list with a night of burlesque and magic acts. sideshow by the seashore (coney island), $15. >>

12/21 9:30pm: participate in a modern form of caroling at secretformula’s annual xmas pop sing-along, where you can join others in belting out holiday hits to music videos by the likes of mariah, bowie + crosby, run-dmc, and adam sandler, as well as clips from south park, a charlie brown christmas, and other tv specials. optional: wear your best/worst for the holiday sweater/santa costume contests. bonus: free milk and cookies. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

12/21 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of 1996’s santa with muscles, starring hulk hogan, at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

12/21 11:30pm: join in the black parade, an emo, pop-punk, and 2000s alternative party at knitting factory (williamsburg). 18+. free with rsvp for the first 50, $5-10 adv/$15 dos otherwise. >>

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