THURS, 3/21: BEST WOMEN’S EROTICA, ETHAN HAWKE + BENJAMIN DICKEY, 90’S SCI-FI, + 19 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 4/18: as part of the exhibition ‘y2k retrofuturism in contemporary jewelry,’ the museum of arts and design hosts plastic futures and premillennial tensions, a screening series of seven science fiction films from the 1990s including ghost in the shell, the fifth element, strange days, and more. museum of arts and design (columbus circle), $10 general, $5 students. >>

thru 4/7 (thurs-sun): czechoslovak-american marionette theatre performs a non-traditional restaging of johannes dokchtor faust at theater for the new city (east village). $15-$18. >>

thru 3/31: the queens world film festival returns to showcase 200 feature + short films from around the world, plus talkbacks and special programming. museum of the moving image and kaufman astoria studios, $15 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

thru 3/24: bach is back! take off your headphones and enjoy bach in the subways, an annual series of free underground performances celebrating the composer’s birthday. various locations. >>

thru 3/24: embrace your murderino side at the death becomes us true crime festival, a five-day true crime pop culture fest filled with live podcasts, discussions, screenings, trivia, and more. various locations, free-$47. >>

thru 3/24: genre films rule at second annual what the fest!?, a five-day showcase of ‘outrageous content’ — horror, sci-fi, documentary,  thrillers, and beyond. ifc center (greenwich village). $15 general, $11 seniors (opening night more). >>

thru 3/24: improvised madness from quick-thinkers takes over three stages of the pit for the annual nyc improv fest. free wednesday, $10-15 otherwise. >>

4-8pm: set the record straight by helping to update wikipedia entries on subjects related to cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts at an art + feminism wikipedia edit-a-thon, held at sva library (gramercy). free (rsvp). >>

6pm: as part of open society foundations women’s rights program’s ask a feminist series, author sohaila abdulali (what we talk about when we talk about rape) and filmmaker vaishali sinha (ask the sexpert) explore how rape culture affects our perceptions of sexual assault, feminism, and power. open society foundations. new york (columbus circle), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: get schooled on bystander intervention at an introductory training session hosted by the accompany project and the arab american association of new york at jcc manhattan (uws), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: author salvatore scibona will discuss his new novel the volunteer with the tiger’s wife author téa obreht at the center for fiction (midtown east). free (rsvp). >>

7pm: take in some racy readings at the launch of the best women’s erotica of the year: volume 4 anthology, featuring editor rachel kramer bussel along with contributors calliope bloom, tamsen parker, and sofia quintero. q+a and a signing follow. bonus: free book cover cookies to the first dozen attendees. the pleasure chest (ues), free admission. >>

7pm: you always start off with a blanche card at golden girls bingo, featuring screenings of three episodes of the show. hosted by courtney antonioli of youtube channel stay golden. dsk (fort greene), $12. >>

7:30pm: quirky historical stories come alive when author and archives enthusiast gabe henry reads from his book, what the fact?!: 365 strange days in history, while artist michael arthur draws them on the fly. word bookstore (greenpoint), free admission. >>

7:30pm: director/co-writer ethan hawke and star benjamin dickey will do q+a following a screening of their film blaze at the roxy cinema (tribeca). $12. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by jono zalay (comedy central), matt wayne (comedy central), samantha ruddy (colbert), carolyn busa (side ponytail comedy), and quan wiggins. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by gibran saleem (better things), aminah imani (wine before nine), ayanna dookie (trutv), petey deabreu (comedy central), and kevin iso. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

10pm: put on your party helmet and dance to daft punk, justice, hot chip, and more at the one more time dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

coming up

3/22-24: over 100 exhibitors and speakers will bring their mindful offerings to the annual newlife expo for conscious living. hotel new yorker (midtown west), $10-15 adv (some panels/workshops may cost extra). >>

3/22-24: stock your craft box with gems and jewels from 50 vendors at the biannual new york whole bead show. hotel pennsylvania (midtown west), $5 admission. >>

3/22-24: get tickets to the annual architectural digest design show at pier 94, plus a one-year digital magazine subscription, for $17.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $34). >>

3/22 3pm-10pm, 3/23 12-10pm: l.a.-based japanese cosmetics and beauty supply store shibuyala opens its first nyc store with two days of discounts, giveaways, product demos, and more. 37 st. marks place (east village). >>

3/22 6:30-9:30pm: sva mfa photography, video, and related media students display their work, which ranges from performance to prints, at tonight’s annual spring salon. sva (gramercy), free. >>

3/22 7pm: sarah murray, author of making an exit: from the magnificent to the macabre – how we dignify the dead, die-vulges on an array of fascinating funerary traditions, including fantasy coffins like one inspired by the empire state building. the city reliquary (williamsburg), free with museum admission ($7 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

3/22 7pm doors, 7:45pm show: torres and annie heart play le poisson rouge (greenwich village). $16 adv, $20 dos. >>

3/22 7:30pm (monthly): raise a glass at keanu rosé, an intimate comedy show hosted by real-life couple natalie wall and aaron benoit, and featuring a lineup of guest comedians including calvin cato, sarah hartshorne, and bradley pearson. branded saloon (prospect heights), free. >>

3/22 7:30pm (thru 4/21): lola star’s dreamland roller rink sets up shop at industry city through april. tonight’s party theme: ‘prince – purple rain.’ $18-20 includes skate rental. >>

3/22 7:30pm + 10pm (+ 3/23): cozy up to rsvp at arlo, an intimate variety show held at the arlo hotel. hosted by drag performer vodka stinger, and featuring comedy-magic, theremin, storytelling, and more. the arlo hotel (nomad), $5-25 admission includes a drink. >>

3/22 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: at hoff’s horrorfest show, comedian hoff matthews hosts a screening of child’s play (1988) interspersed with comedy bits and prize giveaways. cantina royal (williamsburg), $5 >>

3/22 7:30pm doors: human people, clever girls, water from your eyes, and tetchy play our wicked lady (bushwick). $10. >>

3/22 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: lgbtq open mic open flame celebrates its first anniversary with a party and stand-up sets by julio torres (snl), lorelei ramirez (adult swim), sabrina wu (moth storyslam champ), jess henderson, melody kamali, and hosts simone leitner, peter valenti, and sam campbell. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos admission will benefit the audre lorde project. >>

3/22 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by eagle witt (mtv), samantha ruddy (colbert), greg stone (america’s got talent), chris scopo, and isabel hagen. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

3/22 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 nathan macintosh (conan), erik bergstrom (colbert), andy haynes (comedy central), and monroe martin iii (trutv). hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

3/22 9pm (+ 3/23 9pm): brooklyn academy of music’s bamcafé live performance series features moonchild sanelly (fri) and alsarah + the nubatones (sat), as part of okayafrica’s 100 women initiative. bamcafé (fort greene), free. >>

3/22 9pm: brass nirvana cover band the nevermind orchestra plays hank’s saloon (downtown brooklyn). $10. >>

3/22 10pm: the character assassination series returns with the roast of netflix, where comedians will take on the roles of characters from netflix shows including bird box, daredevil, russian doll, stranger things, and more. hosted by raanan hershberg. the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

3/22 11pm: wear a juicy tracksuit, and you can get in for free at the juicy 90’s hip-hop and r+b dance party, bringing a night of biggie, busta, tlc, tupac, and more favorites to baby’s all right (williamsburg). $5. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: $15 tickets to radical modern chamber opera leonardo at 92nd street y 4/6 at 8pm (reg. $35). >>

get tickets to holy day at new ohio theatre thru 3/24 for $12.50-17.50 with promo code ‘skint50’ (reg. $25-35). >>

get tickets to the cuny dance initiative 5th year fest at baruch performing arts center thru 3/23 for $21 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $36). >>

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