around town today

various times: see all the art at these exhibitions:
5-7pm (on view thru 2/27): small works winter 2019 at the national association of women artists gallery (garment district). >>
5pm-8pm (+ 2/14): jcat’s ‘sm;)ey’ group exhibition at pleiades gallery (chelsea). >>
6-8pm: allan tannenbaum with artist talk at morrison hotel gallery (soho). >>
6:30-8:30pm (on view thru 3/2): harlem perspectives ii at faction art projects (harlem). >>
thru 3/21: light + dark: portraits of distinguished african americans at keith de lellis gallery (ues). >>

6-8pm: troma entertainment co-founder and the toxic avenger creator lloyd kaufman will sign copies of the art of troma at forbidden planet (union square). book price tba. >>

6:30-8:30pm: jam out to empowerment at feminist press’ hip-hop feminism workshop and dance party, featuring a panel discussion with crunk feminist collective members followed by a dj sets. shapeshifter lab (gowanus), $15+. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: can you separate stranger-than-fiction facts about nyc from fiction? try your best at the secrets and lies storytelling show, where you’ll try to figure out which of the four expert storytellers aren’t telling the truth. hosted by christa avampato. caveat (les), $9 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $12 adv, $15 door). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: light, a new concert series featuring new female composers and musicians curated by molly joyce, concludes with ‘soloicity,’ a night of composer-performer sets, with styles ranging from folk to pop to experimental by lea bertucci, carla canales, margaret davis, liz faure, sarah godfeather, anna meadors, angélica negrón, emily wells, and joyce. metropolis ensemble loft (les), $15 general, $10 students. >>

7pm: get spooked with readings and discussion on horror literature, art, and diversity from women horror writers carrie laben, zin e. rocklyn, sonya taaffe, fiona maeve geist, and farah rose smith. mcnally jackson (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm (quarterly): hear six local writers read their poetry and prose about odd infatuations and weird attractions at tonight’s ‘strange love’ edition of the eclipsed reading series. hosted by chelsea fonden and jenelle greco. pelican bar (bed-stuy), free. >>

7pm: moment magazine presents readings from the winners of the 2018 short fiction contest, followed by a discussion on adapting literature to film with call me by your name author andré aciman and leave no trace director debra granik. marlene meyerson jcc (uws), $15. >>

7pm: the monthly panels to the people comics reading and animation screening celebrates its one-year anniversary with presentations by five artists at vinyl fantasy (bushwick). free. >>

7pm: joni 75, a joni mitchell 75th birthday tribute concert filmed at the dorothy chandler pavilion in los angeles and featuring an array of musicians including brandi carlile, emmylou harris, norah jones, chaka khan, james taylor, rufus wainwright, and others screens for one night only at various movie theaters. various prices. >>

7:30pm: lgbtq comedians talk about queer sex at the queerotica comedy show, featuring jo firestone (fallon), tim dillon (comedy central), samantha ruddy (colbert), sophie santos (mtv), sam morrison (sirius xm), remy kassimir (netflix), and sami schwaeber. hosted by joanne filan. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $5 gift card required for admission. >>

7:30pm (monthly): comedians will reminisce on some of their most cringeworthy moments using powerpoints, photos, and old facebook statuses at the nostalgia! comedy + storytelling show. hosted by stef dag and gracie canaan. friends + lovers (crown heights), free. >>

7:30pm: uk-based navarra string quartet performs compositions by vasks and ravel at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: satirical k-pop band and all-asian american sketch comedy group azn pop! performs an evening of musical hits and new bits, with an opening set by larry owens (paid off). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by devon walker (comedy central), julia shiplett (hbo), kevin o’brien, luke touma, and connor creagan. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: the flushing remonstrance (duo catherine cramer + robert kennedy) will perform their original live accompaniment to 1925 silent horror classic the phantom of the opera at bizarre bushwick. free ($7 suggested donation). >>

8pm: honky-tonk/americana band low roller and singer-songwriters feral teen and labrador perform at c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $7 adv, $10 door. >>

8pm: plastic picnic, future heart, and fruit + flowers play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $12. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns to pacific standard for one final time (the venue is closing on friday) with performances by emmy blotnick (colbert), claudia cogan (last comic standing), sagar bhatt, brendan mclaughlin, dan perlman, and brittany carney. hosted by matt koff (the daily show) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm-2am (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring 25 live electronic music and visual artists in two rooms. the deep end (ridgewood), free. >>

8:30pm: revisit lessons on love and heartbreak from 80s and 90s television with a talk by author simone waugh (bubble baths, sex + hot chocolate). brooklyn brainery (prospect heights). $10. >>


Joan Allen (Room, The Waverly Gallery) & Kyle MacLachlan (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks), SpongeBob SquarePants stars Lilli Cooper & Ethan Slater, and Tootsie stars Santino Fontana & Julie Halston perform compelling stories featuring two characters. Married couple and comedic duo Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper) & Laura Grey (RePlay, Rough Night) co-host and read a story. 


coming up

2/8 (ongoing): every dog has its… museum. the american kennel club museum of the dog officially opens in midtown east. $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

2/8-5/12: frida kahlo: appearances can be deceiving, the largest u.s. exhibition in 10 years devoted to the art and life of frida kahlo, explores kahlo’s creative vision and self-crafted identity through a presentation of paintings and drawings, clothing and other personal items, film and documentation, photographs, and more. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $20-25 general, $12-16 students/seniors includes general museum admission. >>

2/8-4/20 (closed sundays + mondays): more than 80 fashionable looks from 33 previous exhibitions will be on display for the museum at fit’s exhibitionism: 50 years of the museum at fit. free admission. >>

2/8-4/28: two new installations open at the international center of photography: your mirror: portraits from the icp collection and for freedoms: where do we go from here. icp (nolita), $14 general, $12 seniors, $10 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 6-9pm. >>

2/8-24: the metrograph in the les and nitehawk in williamsburg embrace romance in various ways with their valentine’s day screening series, including before sunrise, casablanca, crash, love + basketball, moonlight, notting hill, trouble every day, and more. the metrograph (les), $15.

2/8-21: quad cinema pays tribute to jeff goldblum with a 16-film series including between the lines, earth girls are easy, invasion of the body snatchers, jurassic park, the big chill, the fly, and more. the quad (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

2/8-11: theater artists step offstage and go behind the camera at the ny indie theater film festival, featuring over 30 short films, web series episodes, and excerpts of features, plus panels and parties. new ohio theatre (west village), $10. >>

2/8-10: the first-ever winter showcase edition of the new york asian film festival resumes at sva theatre (chelsea). $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

2/8 6-9pm: asia society’s first friday leo bar happy hour celebrates the lunar new year with exhibition tours, music, tea tastings, food and drinks available for purchase, and more. asia society (ues), free admission. >>

2/8 7pm: erika spring, stranger cat (cat martino), and erin durant play the park church co-op (greenpoint). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

2/8 7pm doors, 8pm show (+ 2/21): 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 mean girls. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

2/8 7:30pm: aviary/berrow duo and fisher/lau project perform a concert of duos and small chamber music for flute, bassoon, and two cellos composed by living female composers. mise-en_place (bushwick), $15 general, $10 students. >>

2/8 8pm: instead of making your own way awkwardly through a blind date, watch and laugh as someone else does it. on stage. at in a world: the dating show, host emma vernon sets two pairs of single folks up on blind dates in an environment created by a group of improvisors. the pit (flatiron), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

2/8 8pm (+ 2/9): caitlin+dancers and kristen carcone bring new works to green space (lic). $15 adv, $20 door >>

2/8 8pm: jump around at secretformula’s 90’s + 00’s hip-hop + rnb sing-along, where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos. schimanski (williamsburg), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

2/8 8pm: tmboy plays a record release show at union pool (williamsburg), with support from liam benzvi and andrew fox. $10. >>

2/8 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by julia shiplett (hbo), alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), selena coppock (red oaks), and tim smith, with music by max + nicky weinbach. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

2/8 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): free pizza, comedy, music, and cheap drinks await at secret loft’s comedy show + dance party. tonight’s show features stavros halkias (adult swim), jake marshall head (laughs), mike abrusci (the chris gethard show), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), jordan jensen, and lawrence deloach. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

2/8 10:30pm: music video time machine presents girl power rock + pop videos of the 90s, from aaliyah to veruca salt, on the bell house front bar’s big screen. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

2/8 10:30pm: single, in a relationship, married, it’s complicated. whatever your status, valentine’s day is for suckers. avoid the trappings of a manufactured holiday at the skint’s fourth annual ‘it’s friday, i’m (not) in love’ anti-valentine’s dance party, with songs of heartache and liberation spun by dj doug (young adult friction), a photo booth, questionable advice from an unqualified expert, themed-drink specials, and more. dress code: all black. littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

2/8 11pm: if you wanna dance with somebody who will always be your baby, do it at the first ladies: whitney vs mariah tribute dance party, hosted by the illustrious blacks. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

2/8 midnight (monthly): after more than a five-year run, jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the final ‘and i am not lying’ variety show at ucb (the venue is closing), with standup by emmy blotnick (colbert), tyler fischer (last week tonight) and eman el-husseini, storytelling by seaton smith (conan), and burlesque by vada james + fem appeal. ucb (east village), $9. >>

ticket deals

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