around town today

thru 3/31: the 10th annual festival neue literatur highlights german-language and american fiction by eight authors from austria, germany, switzerland, and the united states whose novels resonate with this year’s theme: ‘in memory we trust.’ note: all events are in english. various locations, free. >>

thru 3/31: 70 international galleries representing 400 contemporary artists will showcase works starting at $100 at the biannual affordable art fair. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $20 general, $10 students (available at the door with id), free friday 6-8pm. >>

12-5pm (thursday-sunday thru august): go ’round and ’round on the prospect park carousel, opening for the season today. $2.50. >>

12-5pm: the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center hosts their second annual tgnc career fair, featuring employers that value fostering an affirming workplace for trans, gender nonconforming and nonbinary employees. the center (west village), free. >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show: medea on trial: the handmaid’s tale author margaret atwood and actor, director, and writer lisa dwan take on the topics of feminism, symbolism and justice in a discussion at the forum at columbia university (manhattanville). free (rsvp required). >>

6:15pm: get a behind-the-scenes introduction to how biology research works at late night science, a seminar series with lab tours by graduate students of columbia university. tonight’s topic: scents and sensibility: how neurons in our nose make choices. jerome l. greene science center (morningside heights), free. photo id required. >>

7pm: poet and philosopher of mathematics emily grosholz talks in circles at a launch event for her book, great circles: the transits of mathematics and poetry. poets house (battery park), 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 erin barker (moth grandslam champ), mike brown (comedy central), robin gelfenbein (pbs), and joey novick (the liar show). bonus: one winner of a trivia challenge will each receive a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine). kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm: as women’s history month comes to a close, brooklyn museum hosts a feminist film night with shorts from local filmmakers followed by q+a. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $16 includes admission to the museum. >>

7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by little choc apothecary will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit chilis on wheels. bonus: $5 well drinks happy hour. solas (east village), free admission. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: 64 comedians will compete in a bracket-style one-liner joke tournament at backfat variety’s fourth annual quick-witted comedy competition. hosted by larry mancini and emily winter. the bell house (gowanus), $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by nimesh patel (snl), jess salomon (ifc), dan licata (adult swim), patrick schroeder, and xazmin garza. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: dance to middle-eastern music, including 70s funk, 80s disco, 90s pop and contemporary dance tunes, at the laylit party. the loft at elsewhere (bushwick), free (rsvp). >>

9pm: url goes irl at blocked and reported, a mem-themed art show/party. the woods (williamsburg), free. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories the tellers never thought they’d share in public at the risk! podcast’s live show. tonight’s installment features christiaan van bremen, david arroyo, adrien behn, melanie hamlett, and host kevin allison. caveat (les), $15. >>

10pm: throwback to the dawn of the millennium and all the music that came with it at the dirty thursday y2k dance party. house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

10:30pm: get some wild wild life at vylette tendency’s punk drag showcase queer as in f*ck you, tonight presenting a tribute to the talking heads. otto’s shrunken head (east village), $8. >>


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coming up

3/29-4/7: margarita blush’s unfolding, an original puppet theatre production that examines the themes of women’s wisdom and empowerment, features hand-crafted puppets, shadow imagery, live acting, and original live music. the tank (midtown west), $15 adv with promo code ‘fnf15’ (reg. $20 general, $15 students seniors). >>

sponsored: 3/29-4/4 (+ 4/6): dan savage’s annual hump! film festival brings sex-positive, short, dirty movies made by ordinary people to nyc. cinema village in the east village (3/29-4/4) and roulette in boerum hill (4/6), $25 adv, $30 door. >>

3/29-31: a native cinema showcase at the national museum of the american indian (fidi) features 40+ shorts and feature films made by native filmmakers, with a special ‘warrior women’ program in honor of women’s history month. free admission. >>

3/29-31: the third eye film festival showcases 29 films with themes of fantasy, occult, and mysticism, with 23 created by female filmmakers. howl happening (east village), free admission. >>

3/29-31: improv teams of two go head-to-head at q.e.d.’s third annual two-prov tournament. q.e.d. (astoria), $5-10. >>

3/29 6pm: the society of illustrators hosts ‘masters of the fantastic,’ an exhibition of more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures of dragons, specters, demons, space, and more by 35 artists. reception tonight. $10 suggested donation (reg. $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free tuesdays 5-8pm). >>

3/29 6-10pm: wonderville fundraiser: death by audio arcade hosts a fundraiser for a new bar and event space to host their indie arcade cabinets. the loft at elsewhere (bushwick), free admission. >>

3/29 7pm: the second annual night of 1,000 carries celebrates the life and legacy of carrie fisher with a night of drag, burlesque, and comedy. 3 dollar bill (east williamsburg), $20-25 admission benefits the international bipolar foundation. >>

3/29 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the ‘oh, such a good show, oh!’ comedy show returns with performances by jena friedman (the daily show), matt rogers (las culturistas), tim barnes (npr), eva victor (reductress), ana fabrega (the chris gethard show), and more. hosted by ethan beach and josh nasser. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

3/29 7:30pm (monthly): alingon mitra hosts a lineup of crazy funny south asians based in nyc for a night of stand-up and sketch at ucb theatre hell’s kitchen. $9. >>

3/29 7:30-11pm (on view thru 3/31): memories of a 90s childhood in williamsburg are recalled in ‘i can be pretty too,’ a photo show and book launch at sideshow gallery (wiliamsburg). free. >>

3/29 8pm (biweekly thru 5/31): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a talk by anthropologist lisa messeri on ‘the human meaning of a search for another earth,’ followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

3/29 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 edition features taylor ortega, selena coppock, glo shantae butler, host natalie wall, and more. 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). >>

3/29 8pm: your first beer and all the laughs are free at karen, a new comedy show hosted by emily winter and featuring jordan temple (conan), sonia denis (netflix), caitlin peluffo (colbert), luke mones (comedy central), and mike lasher. precious metal (bushwick), free (donations accepted). >>

3/29 8pm (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: phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), jena friedman (the daily show), fumi abe (asian not asian), and natasha vaynblat (comedy central). 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). >>

3/29 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by giulia rozzi (comedy central), dave merheje (netflix), jeff arcuri (colbert), chris daniels, and lillian devane. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

3/29 8:30pm: scream along to a catalog of over 800 songs at punk rock karaoke‘s benefit for action against fascism + xenophobia. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $10 suggested donation. >>

ticket deals

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