THURS, 3/29: BURNT SUGAR BOWIE, EVIL PLASTIC, FILM FESTS, + 11 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 4/1: genre films rule at what the fest!?, a four-day showcase of ‘cinematic oddities’ and events at ifc center (greenwich village). $15 general, $11 seniors (opening night more). >>

thru 4/1: 11 curated film showcases with a focus on experimental filmmaking, installations, performances, and more will unfold at the 30th annual mix new york queer experimental film festival. the dreamhouse (ridgewood), $16+. >>

thru 4/8: the 47th annual new directors/new films festival, co-presented by the film society of lincoln center and the museum of modern art, screens 25 features and two programs of shorts. $17 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

6-8pm (runs thru 4/21): more than 20 artists will show works made primarily from plastic trash for ‘evil plastic,’ a group exhibition to raise awareness about its impact on the environment. opening reception tonight. viridian artists gallery (chelsea), free. >>

7pm (+ 4/5 at greenlight bookstore prospect-lefferts gardens): the new agenda founder amy siskind has been taking note of the changes made under president trump, and compiled them in a new book, the list: a week-by-week reckoning of trump’s first year. tonight, she’s joined by nyu journalism professor jay rosen for a discussion and signing. mcnally jackson books (nolita), free admission. >>

7pm: lynn comella launches her buzzed-about book, vibrator nation: how feminist sex-toy stores changed the business of pleasure, with a discussion including women who made new york author julie scelfo. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($25.95) required for admission. >>

7pm: physically bold, a video sketch and improv team based in nyc, hosts a variety show with guests aparna nancherla (corporate), josh gondelman (last week tonight) and eric dittelman (america’s got talent). pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

7pm: ‘multiracial jam army’ burnt sugar arkestra puts its spin on david bowie songs at the brooklyn museum (prospect heights). $16 tickets includes museum general admission (does not include admission to the ticketed ‘david bowie is’ exhibition). >>

7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by marty’s v burger will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit the coalition for healthy school food. solas (east village), free admission. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): your wallet doesn’t need to be full for the runnin’ on empty stand-up comedy show, which features a mix of pros and up-and-comers. performers tonight include emmy blotnick (the president show), daniel simonsen (bbc), michelle de swarte (free speech), victoria hoffman, francesca d’uva, and laurent brodie. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $3. >>

7:30pm: live from new york, it’s a saturday night live writers showcase, featuring nimesh patel, steven castillo, anna drezen, claire friedman, gary richardson, and new cast member luke null. hosted by co-head writer brian tucker, emmy-nominated co-head writer of snl. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by david angelo (comedy central), jess salomon, st james jackson, and max azulay + alex mullen. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) + tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9pm doors: rapper junglepussy headlines the shifted 1992 party, with dj sets by vashtie, d-nice, jus-ske, and stonie blue. schimanski (williamsburg), free before 11pm with rsvp. >>

coming up

3/30 6pm doors, 7pm show: portland singer johanna warren brings her dream-folk songs to trans-pecos (bushwick/ridgewood), with a mini medicine market preceding the show. $10. >>

3/30 7-10pm (+ 4/8, 4/15, 4/23): poetry in motion: the visible poetry project connects 30 poets with 30 filmmakers to create visual interpretations of poems. launch party tonight. kings county distillery (brooklyn navy yard), free admission. >>

3/30 7pm doors, 8pm show: join the pride at the lion king movie musical party, an interactive rocky horror picture show-style screening and sing-along of the modern disney classic for drinking adults. the bell house (gowanus), $12. >>

3/30 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: wear your darkest and most cartoonish outfits to a 30th anniversary screening of beetlejuice, followed by a goth vs kawaii dance party. gemini + scorpio loft (gowanus), $10. >>

3/30 8pm: all are royalty at xoxa’s queer royalty, a drag kings + queens show followed by a disco-infused dance party. costumes encouraged. the deep end (ridgewood), $15. >>

3/30 8pm: trace mountains (dave benton) plays a record release show with support from operator music band and spirit was. alphaville (bushwick), $10. >>

3/30 8pm, 10pm (+ 3/31 6pm, 8pm, 10pm): the diverse as f*ck comedy festival highlights underrepresented voices in comedy with two days of improv, sketch, stand-up, and more by performers of all races, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, and ages. caveat (les), $10. >>

3/30 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by paris sashay (bet), andy haynes (comedy central), matt wayne (comedy central), khalid rahamaan (conan), kofi thomas, and jessica michelle. hosted by naomi karavani (redacted tonight). the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

3/30 9:30pm (weekly thru 4/27): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series features films that play with the concept of time. tonight: terry gilliam’s time bandits (1981), introduced by neuroscientist jozsef meszaros. $10. >>

3/30 10:30pm: it’ll be just like heaven at underworld’s 10th annual party celebrating the music of the cure. saint vitus (greenpoint), free. >>

3/30 midnight: step up to 2006 at a step up drinking game at videology (williamsburg). $5 beer + shot specials will be available. $12 admission. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: get tickets to the american composers orchestra’s final concert of the season at carnegie hall’s zankel hall 4/6 for just $20. offer valid until 11:59pm thursday, 3/29. >>

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