THURS, 3/22: RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, BILLIONS, ROXANNE ROXANNE, + 22 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 3/25: 70 international galleries will showcase original work from more than 300 contemporary artists starting at $100 at the biannual affordable art fair. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $20 general/$10 students/seniors, free friday 6-8pm. >>

thru 3/25: now showing at the roxy cinema (tribeca): sunset boulevard, mulholland drive, mary poppins, ran, and more. $12. >>

thru 3/25: bach to bach bach! ease your mta delay rage with free concerts during the eighth annual bach in the subways performance series. various locations. >>

thru 3/25: say ‘yes and’ to the return of the annual nyc improv fest, five days of comedic fabrication, from team jams to improvised movies and more. the pit + the pit loft (flatiron), free wednesday, $10 otherwise, $30 festival pass. >>

thru 3/25: it’s black and white and noir all over at the inaugural dr. saul and dorothy kit film noir festival, featuring talks and screenings of eight films that inspired the label including the maltese falcon, double indemnity, phantom lady and more. most shown in 35mm. lenfest center for the arts at columbia university (manhattanville), free-$12. >>

various times: be fab at these rupaul’s drag race season 10 premiere viewing parties. >>

6:30pm: derailing the trump agenda: protecting our rights, health, environment and democracy: the national organization for women kicks off a three-part ‘rise up act now’ series with a discussion on policy changes which are being enacted under the trump administration with little media attention. the new york society for ethical culture (uws), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: you won’t need billions to attend a free preview screening of the first two episodes of the upcoming season of showtime’s billions. bonus: complimentary popcorn + soda. regal union square (east village), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at sideshow goshko, hosted by award-winning storyteller leslie goshko. tonight’s show includes guests david dickerson (this american life), nicole ferraro (ny story exchange), and rory scholl (artprov). bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm: watch roxanne, roxanne, a new biopic on rapper roxanne shanté who rose to fame with ‘roxanne’s revenge’ in 1984, followed by q+a with shanté, writer/director michael larnell, producer mimi valdes and moderator angie martinez. samsung 837 (meatpacking), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: leland melvin, author, former nasa astronaut, and former professional football player, discusses his new autobiography chasing space, followed by a book signing and stargazing session. pioneer works (red hook), free admission (rsvp). >>

7-9pm: the phluid project, ‘the world’s first gender-free store,’ throws a grand opening party with performances and drinks hosted by pearl liaison (rupaul’s drag race). free (rsvp). >>

8pm(thursdays thru 5/10): greenwich house music school’s annual uncharted concert series starts a season of eclectic programing with cabarettist molly pope performing the premier of her solo piece, polly mope. bonus: free beer and wine. greenwich house music school (west village), $15. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by matt koff (the daily show), emmy blotnick (colbert), erik bergstrom (comedy central), ashley brooke roberts (ucb), and asterios kokkinos. hosted by tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9pm: dirty dancing… entirely from memory: eight performers will attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added in to spice things up. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories the tellers never thought they’d share in public at the risk! podcast live show. tonight’s installment features speakers amy gordon, fran tirado, jezebel express, and jiji lee. new location: caveat (les), $15. >>

9:30pm (monthly): shake off all the bad at the good vibes comedy show, where all attendees will receive a healing stone. tonight’s lineup includes ariel elias (someecards), farah brook (mtv), shelby tayler, danis perafan, tyler rothrock, and sam morrison. hosted by kristin manna, sue smith, and jared wilder. the tank (midtown west), $8. >>

9:30pm: what’s missing from your favorite film? comedians of steven desiena’s deleted scenes society have some ideas, and will perform the ‘long-lost’ portions just for you. the brick (williamsburg), $10. >>

coming up

tickets are now on sale to the red bull music festival, bringing concerts, conversations, screenings and more to nyc 5/3-25 including harry belafonte, robyn, fever ray, john maus, and more. various locations and prices. >>

3/23-25: the ninth annual festival neue literatur, highlighting german-language and american fiction, explores questions of identity and belonging with this year’s theme, ‘insider | outsider.’ various locations, free. >>

sponsored 3/23-29: dan savage’s annual hump! film festival brings sex-positive short dirty movies made by ordinary people to nyc. cinema village (east village), $25 adv, $30 door. >>

3/23 6pm (weekly): members of sowing (science outreach working to inspire the next generation) set up stations at an are you smarter than a 6th grader-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

3/23 6-9pm (runs thru 4/15): images of seminal rappers featured in self-taught photographer mike schreiber’s 2010 book, true hip-hop, will be exhibited at plus81 gallery (nolita). opening reception tonight. free. >>

3/23 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly thru november): the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with a ‘groundbreakers and underdogs’ theme. tonight: boaz yakin will introduce his 2000 sports film, remember the titans. bonus: free snacks! free admission. >>

3/23 7pm (biweekly thru 5/4): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by astronomy professor emily rice on cool stars and hot exoplanets. followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

3/23 7pm (monthly): em’s damn good rogering is a show with stand-up, characters, and music aplenty, with demonstrations of said things by michael kayne, colin burgess, kendall farrell, heather harrison, griffin leeds, will cooper, and zach myers. hosted by emma rogers. petes candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

3/23 7pm (+ 3/24 7pm, 3/25 2pm): yonder window theatre company presents the dream project, a high-flying, multilingual, politcally-charged adaptation of shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream. gelsey kirkland arts center (dumbo/vinegar hill), $18. >>

3/23 7-9pm (monthly): there’ll be no shushing at the library after hours party. tonight’s ‘starry messengers’ theme includes displays of artistic and educational astronomy materials, 16mm space-centric films, cosmic lectures by astronomy on tap, music + dancing, and more. food + beverages will be available for purchase. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown west), free (rsvp). >>

3/23 7pm, 8:55pm: musician neil young and actor/filmmaker daryl hannah will do q+a and/or introduce select screenings of their new netflix film, paradox. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

3/23 7:30pm: the difficult to name reading series returns with readings and performances by jason diamond (searching for john hughes), brandon hobson (where the dead sit talking), darcie wilder (literally show me a healthy person), charles ‘otter’ holmes, maris kriezman, and jeremy nguyen. books are magic (cobble hill). free. >>

3/23 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, tonight featuring episodes of mom and joey!. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

3/23 8pm: hosts betsy kenney and dara katz round up some of their favorite performers for everybody hates us (but not tonight, baby!), a comedy variety show born out of one question: what would you do on this stage if you stopped caring about how other people felt about you? tonight: tim baltz (the opposition with jordan klepper), marcia belsky (handmaid’s tale: the musical), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), and comedy folk duo friends who folk. the mockingbird (alphabet city), $7 adv, $9 door. >>

3/23 8pm (monthly): female storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show. tonight: standup from victoria hoffman, abby rosenquist, and katie jo, storytelling from merrill davis, characters from jewel elizabeth, improv from rsvp, and more. $1 from each ticket sold will go to she should run. the pit (flatiron), $6 adv with promo code ‘smmlnyc’ (reg. $11). >>

3/23 8pm (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters at the awkward sex…and city storytelling show, held in the basement of a sex shop. tonight’s ’sex in the springtime’ edition features sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), kevin allison (risk!, the state), mary beth barone, and host natalie wall. bonus: free beer + wine, plus save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’, or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door) >>

3/23 8pm: make a beeline to hear brahms and bossa nova music performed by cellist caleigh drane, pianist erika dohi, and clarinetist aleks karjaka at tonight’s edition of the spring concert series at saint sebastian roman catholic church (woodside). free (donations welcome). >>

3/23 8pm: indie pop bands men i trust and barrie play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $12 adv, $14 dos. >>

3/23 8pm-midnight (+ 3/24 4-10pm): femcon, an all fem(ale)/queer comic convention takes over the silent barn with an art exhibition friday and a comic/art and cosplay convention saturday. the silent barn (bushwick), $10. >>

3/23 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by kendra cunningham (last comic standing), doug smith (conan), neko white (gotham comedy live), chanel ali, adam mamawala, and davidson boswell. hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

3/23 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): keep an eye out for the camouflage comedy show, returning tonight with jokes from tim dillon (comedy central), vanessa hollingshead (comedy central), drew michael (snl), and chloé hilliard (last comic standing). hosted by lucas connolly. bonus: free pizza from two boots and donation-based beer. big irv’s (williamsburg), $5-10. >>

3/23 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 sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), matt ruby (girl code), nimesh patel (snl), dina hashem (roast battle), jake marshall head (siriusxm), emily winter (tv land), and justy dodge. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

3/23 midnight (monthly): comedians spin their favorite heterosexual movies into gay ones at tonight’s edition of the ‘cool sh*t / weird sh*t’ show. ucb east village, $9. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: save more than 50% on tickets to the u.s. premiere of time’s journey through a room by toshiki okada at a.r.t./new york theatres—mezzanine theatre (midtown west) 5/10-6/10. >>

get tickets to the architectural digest design show at pier 94 3/23-25, plus a one-year digital magazine subscription, for free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

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