around town today

3:30-5:30pm: madison square park’s family-friendly holiday tree lighting ceremony includes musical performances and treats provided by almond nyc, eataly hill country chicken, and more. free admission. >>

rescheduled from 12/4 4pm: downtown brooklyn’s metrotech center lights up the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony including santa + actual reindeer, performances from the brooklyn ballet and the brooklyn friends school, and complimentary light bites and beverages from korilla bbq, starbucks, la défense, and more. bonus: pick up a free drink voucher for the circa brewing after party at the event. free admission. >>

6pm: there should be plenty to talk about at a panel discussion on democracy and journalism in the digital age. deutsches haus at nyu (greenwich village), free. >>

6-8pm: the 11th annual cyfest international video and media artwork exhibition opens at new york media center by ifp (dumbo) with a reception including a screening program, installations, and free beer + wine. part of the monthly dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free admission. >>

6pm-midnight: at the ori moonlight market, 20 local artisans sell handmade clothing, accessories, and original art in a party atmosphere that includes djs, aerial performances, and food + booze available for purchase. lot 45 (bushwick), free admission. >>

7pm: why are optical illusions so mind-boggling? neuroscientists and professors susana martinez-conde and stephen macknik break down the science behind seeing at a discussion on their book, champions of illusion. genspace (greenwood), free. >>

7pm (thru 12/9): get your feet stompin’ at the third annual roots ‘n’ ruckus music fest, a three day roots music showcase featuring 30 bands on two stages. jalopy theater and jalop tavern (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), free. >>

7:30pm: benedict begone! the dinner party download hosts brandan francis newman and rico gagliano launch their new book, brunch is hell: how to save the world by throwing a dinner party at books are magic, (cobble hill). free. >>

7:30pm: hide your wallet before entering the grifter panel, a talk on the methodology behind some of the world’s most notorious scams and cons with sideshow entertainer + the modern con man author todd robbins and magicians kent axell and eric walton. you may even learn how to win bar bets. brooklyn public library’s dweck center (prospect heights), free. >>

7:30pm: performers tell stories while incorporating a video element at the videotale show. hosted by harmon leon (vice, this american life). the pit (flatiron), $7. >>

7:30pm (bimonthly): friends of mozart continues their season with a program of works by mozart, hummel, and beethoven performed by violinist theresa salomon and fortepianist yi-heng yang. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

8pm (monthly): your guess is as good as any at match game nyc, a game-show-turned-bar-affair where participants (i.e. you) compete to match answers to fill-in-the-blank questions with a rotating cast of ‘celebrity’ guests. tonight’s edition features comedian mary mack (conan), burlesque performer fem appeal, and a yankee gift swap. hosted by tiffany leigh and chris calogero. sidewalk cafe (east village), free admission, one drink or food item minimum requested. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by fumi abe, david tveite, anya volz, and jill weiner. hosted by tony zaret (the meme team). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9pm (thru 12/9): a christmas carol… entirely from memory: 10 performers attempt to recreate the story of ebenezer scrooge using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added. tada! theatre (flatiron), $10. >>

10pm (monthly): comedian and actress abby feldman (netflix, redacted tonight) dispenses audience advice from a bathtub in between stand up sets at the moist comedy show. this month, soak in the jokes of marcia belsky (misandry with marcia and rae), ashley gavin (gotham comedy live), christine meehan-berg (funny or die), katie hannigan (collegehumor), andy fiori, and sam evans. the creek and the cave (lic), free. >>

11pm (monthly): let comedians school you at the woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests karolena theresa, mary beth barone, dan lee, woody fu, and improv duo los profesores perform comedy about social issues they’re passionate about. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $7. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>


The post-holiday blahs are real. But instead of staying in and sleeping through the last few precious days of 2017, we’ve got a better idea: why not dance them off? Don’t worry, you won’t even have to get out of your pajamas. The third annual PJs ‘N DJs Party is your chance to dance in fashionable flannel sets, oversized t-shirts, silk robes, or even one those fleece onesies with the animal heads. Whatever you wear to bed is fair game (just wear *something,* all you nekkid sleepers). DJs Brian Blackout and Doctor Mister (picked by Time Out New York as two of NYC’s best nightlife DJs) will be keeping your circadian rhythm in time with dreamy indie rock and electropop all night. Hungry for more? Get your sugar high on at our free, all-you-can-eat cereal bar!

So hit the snooze button on your New Year’s resolutions and set your alarms for December 29th at 10pm to come out to Littlefield and party one last time before 2018. You can always sleep next year!

We’re giving away a pair of tickets! To enter to win, just drop us a line via this form by 11:59pm tonight (Thursday). The winner will picked at random and notified tomorrow. Good luck!

the skint presents:
PJs ‘N DJs Party
Friday, December 29 at 10pm
635 Sackett Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues), Brooklyn
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coming up

12/8 10:30am-10pm: buy one bowl, get one free when you check in on facebook at the grand opening of som bo, a new asian fusion restaurant in chelsea. >>

12/8 11am-7pm (thru 12/10): shop homemade jewelry, art, beauty products, and more from 70 local indie vendors at the holiday handmade cavalcade. 684 broadway (noho), free admission. >>

12/8 4-8pm, 8pm, 9-10pm (+ 12/13-14): the annual uncaged toy piano competition and festival showcases the big possibilities of the little instrument. the dimenna center, roulette, and abrons arts center, free-$20. >>

12/8 7pm: in the early 80s, photographer drew carolan captured images of young patrons on their way to the all-ages afternoon shows at gbgb, and has assembled them in a new book, matinee: all ages on the bowery. hear carolan and some of his subjects discuss that punk period at a launch event at rough trade (williamsburg). free admission. >>

12/8 8pm (monthly): our relationship with tech is absurd… so let’s laugh about it. a tech ethicist (david ryan polgar) and a comedian (joe leonardo) examine our strange present and uncertain future at the funny as tech podcast show, taping a new episode tonight about why people are trolls online with guests jacklyn lindsey ( co-founder + ceo), stephanie humphrey (the harry show tech-life expert), and dan bean (circa tech correspondent). the pit (flatiron), $7. >>

12/8 7pm, 8:20pm (monthly): be there and be square. nerd nite returns with an evening of entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks on the life + love of jim henson, training secrets of batman, and music video directors of the 80s. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for  the presentations at 8:20pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

12/8 7-11:30pm: are you game for some art? see video game art and and experimental interfaces created by students in parsons’ game design systems and new arcade programs at the ‘cooldown’ exhibition. opening reception tonight, closing reception 12/15. babycastles (chelsea), free. >>

12/8 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by tom thakkar (conan), matt koff (the daily show), rebecca o’neal (two dope queens), chrissie mayr (punchline), and eman el husseini. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

12/8 8:30pm doors, 9pm show: the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird-tasting) with jokes by matteo lane (seth meyers), ester steinberg (bravo), sean patton (conan), ricky velez (comedy central), and andrew collin + mara marek (happy never after). hosted by casey james salengo, will winner, and ryan beck. secret loft (greenwich village), $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

12/8 9:30pm (monthly): the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. tonight’s guests include tiana miller and marc gerber. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

12/8 9:45pm doors, 10pm show (monthly): comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which will actually get submitted at the pulitzer surprises show. tonight’s guests include ashley nicole black (full frontal with samantha bee writer), john reynolds (search party), tony zaret (the meme team), lucy cottrell (reductress), and actual pulitzer prize winner du yun. hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

12/8-25: frank carpra’s 1946 christmas classic it’s a wonderful life screens at ifc center with in-person introductions by mary owen, star donna reed’s daughter, on select dates/times. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

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