THURS 4/12: FREE GRILLED CHEESE, DARGER DAY, KENNETH COLE WAREHOUSE SALE, + 28 FRI EVENTS

around town today

thru 4/21: save up to 70% on footwear, clothing, and accessories at the kenneth cole warehouse sale. the garage 611 (hell’s kitchen/midtown west), free admission. >>

just added thru 6/10: step inside visionaire’s instagram-worthy amaze, an immersive multisensory installation in the gallery at cadillac house (hudson square). free. >>

1-7pm: darger day: the american folk art museum celebrates the birthday of self-taught artist henry darger with a day of artmaking, readings, talks, tours, and viewings of the largest public collection of darger’s artwork. american folk art museum (uws), free. >>

3-8pm: say cheese! celebrate national grilled cheese day with free grilled cheesefrom cheese grille (les). >>

6-8pm (on view thru 5/6): afa gallery presents ‘collision of gray matter,’ an exhibition of etchings by salvador dalí, drawings by michael alan, and sculptures by crystal wagner. opening reception tonight. afa gallery (soho), free. >>

6:30pm: what do you do with a building that once housed a notorious insane asylum? the first roosevelt island historical society spring lecture of the year, led by dr. robert kirkbride, dean of parsons school of constructed environments, explores options for resuscitating buildings with troubled and tragic pasts. nypl roosevelt island, free. >>

6:30pm: follow your nose to a sensual scents and aromas workshop, where you’ll explore the history and sensory profile of six fragrance notes that have been historically associated with love and sensuality. non-alcoholic beverage pairings and q+a follow. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $11. >>

6:30pm: it’s nerdy and wordy. patrick cox and nina porzucki host a live taping of their the world in words podcast, exploring subjects ranging from braille to animal communication. andrew heiskell braille and talking book library (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: beth pickens discusses her new creative survival guide, your art will save your life. otherwild (east village), free. >>

7pm: get some bad advice from bad women (authors) as they read from their works: hawa allen (the offing), molly fischer (the cut), meaghan o’connell (and now we have everything), tracy o’neill (the hopeful), dianca london potts (planning for the apocalypse: meditations on faith and being the only black girl at your party), and jennifer soong (near at). hosted by charlotte shane (tigerbee press cofounder). mcnally jackson (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm (monthly): authors read between their own lines at the behind the book reading series. this month’s words come from hermione hoby (neon in daylight), rachel lyon (self-portrait with boy), and yz chin (though i get home). kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get your dose of schadenfreude at mortified, a tribute to teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) shared by their original authors. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: performers step into the future out of their clothes at hotsy totsy’s burlesque tribute to westworld. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7:30pm (thru 4/14): the center for performance research’s annual spring movement festival features works-in-progress, finished pieces, and premieres of dance, theater, and performance from a dozen emerging and established choreographers. center for performance research (williamsburg), $10 reg, $8.50 with idnyc. >>

7:30pm: chamber ensemble aeolus quartet performs works by beethoven and ives at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center (uws). free. >>

7:30-9:30pm: feel free to color outside the lines with the cocktails and coloring club, a coloring event for adults held in a beer hall. $5 admission includes supplies and unlimited pages of drag queens, presidents, 80s + 90s nostalgia and more to color; $17 admission includes a coloring book to take home. the kings beer hall (park slope), $5. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): neuroscientist bianca jones marlin learns us on how the hormone oxytocin, aka ‘the love drug’ changes the brain at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: ophira + adira: ask me another host ophira eisenberg and bedazzled and bedazzling music/dance trio adira amram + the experience team up for a variety show featuring comedy, music, and magic. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the tito + ryan comedy show returns with stand up by amy shanker (laughs on fox), irene morales (comedy central), pete bladel (trutv), sam evans, andrew collin, will winner. art cafe + bar (prospect heights), free. >>

8pm (monthly): storytellers and comedians just can’t hold it in at the awkward poop… and the city storytelling show. tonight’s ill-timed tales come from calvin s. cato, jeena bloom, jamie lerner, and more. hosted by angela perrone and natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm: next slide please: bound to be more entertaining than your last meeting, seven comedians deliver powerpoint presentations on any topic they want. hosted by reed kavner. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

8pm: clip show carnage: bad movie fans steven desiena and stephen whalen share clips from their favorite b movies with some help from guest comedians edy modica, sam taggart, samantha ruddy, tommy mcnamara and katie hartman. vital joint (williamsburg), $5. >>

8pm: artist and experimental musician julia santoli begins her 2018 issue project room residency with two collaborative works featuring ptp producer geng and saxophonist tamio shiraishi. issue project room (downtown brooklyn), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by katrina pope, dekunle somade, brandon garner, andrew youngblood, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): country music comedy duo reformed whores host a night of comedy and variety at their up n’ coming show. tonight’s show includes performers clark jones (friends of the people), julia johns (someecards), and sharron paul (mtv). the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

9pm: independent female-run erotic art and writing quarterly math magazine throws an issue launch party with music, performances, projections, and issues available for purchase. all-red dress code encouraged. madame x, $8 admission. >>

9:45pm doors, 10pm show: being alone on stage is nerve-wracking enough for some, but the see you in hell comedy show gives comedians even more anxiety with challenges like performing a set while holding a yoga pose or wearing a hot bear suit. hosted by doug smith and matt wayne. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

coming up

4/13-7/22: the brooklyn museum presents ‘radical women: latin american art, 1960–1985’, the first exhibition to explore the contemporary art contributions of women in latin america and of latina and chicana women in the united states during the period, featuring more than 260 works by 120 artists from 15 countries. the brooklyn museum (prospect heights/prospect park), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

4/13-15: playing thru the weekend at the roxy cinema (tribeca): call me by your name, flower, labyrinth, and north by northwest. $12. >>

4/13 11am-10pm (+ sat 11am-8pm): the black web fest celebrates black media makers and digital content with two days of screenings, educational panel discussions, and more. kinfolk 94 (williamsburg) and the national black theatre (harlem), free-$25. >>

4/13 1:30-2:30pm (fridays thru 6/15): point yourself in the direction of bryant park for free group beginner fencing lessons, returning for the spring season today. equipment provided, pre-registration required. >>

4/13 3:30-6pm: roll into springtime as the brooklyn bridge park’s outdoor roller rink opens for the season with a day of free admission. weather permitting. $6 skate rental or byo. rescheduled from 4/6 >>

4/13 5-9pm (monthly): brooklyn historical society’s free friday ‘poetic brooklyn’ edition includes talks on classic local protest poets and nyc as poetic inspiration, a found poetry workshop, readings, and more. bonus: free beer by brooklyn brewery. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), free admission. >>

4/13 6pm (weekly): members of community biology lab genspace set up stations at a genomics and microcosmos-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

4/13 6-9pm (on view thru 5/27): sculpture 56: eleven participating galleries at 56 bogart street in bushwick present an array of contemporary sculptures. opening reception tonight. free. >>

4/13 6-10pm (+ 4/14 12-6pm): 25 student artists open their work spaces for visiting during the brooklyn college mfa open studios. brooklyn college (flatbush), free. >>

4/13 7pm, 8:20pm (monthly): be there and be square. nerd nite returns with an evening of entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks on good and bad design, a little-known historical tale of diversity, and 20 stories of unexpected geniuses in 20 minutes. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for the presentations at 8:20pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

4/13 7pm, 9:30pm: touch the fear at screenings of friday the 13th part 3: 3d (1981), complete with old school red-blue 3d glasses. videology (williamsburg), $14. >>

4/13 7-10pm: sva mfa photography, video and related media students display artworks at the program’s annual spring salon. sva (gramercy), free. >>

4/13 7-10pm: six artists explore the grotesque and carnivalesque body at the ‘dimensions of alterity‘ group exhibition. tonight’s opening party will also feature a costume contest, temporary tattoos, and more. paradice palase (bushwick), free. >>

4/13 7pm doors, 8pm show: astronomy + physics professor janna levin (how the universe got its spots) hosts the scientific controversies series at red hook’s pioneer works. tonight’s topic is genetic engineering with nobel laureate  david baltimore and geneticist feng zhang. stargazing in the garden will follow. free (rsvp). >>

4/13 7:30pm: the new york times comedy critic jason zinoman discusses his new book, letterman: the last giant of late night with late night with david letterman co-creator merrill markoe. books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

4/13 7:30pm: funk-folk musician martha redbone, ensemble, and members of brooklyn raga massive perform at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center (uws). free. >>

4/13 7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): vocalist xiomara laugart, backed by a string orchestra, performs the music of composer/arranger jonathan ragonese at tonight’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

4/13 8pm (bimonthly): ___ is our god, a worship service-themed comedy/variety show, offers up absurd songs, prayers, testimonials, and more to a different pop culture figure each show. tonight’s deity: kevin bacon. featuring jon bander (search party), rebecca vigil (your love our musical), angel yau (azn pop), rachel pegram, brittanie sheree, and sketch duo girls with brown hair (comedy central). hosted by jessie jolles and katie hartman. cloud city (williamsburg), $5. >>

4/13 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 ’good f*ck charm’ edition features jo firestone (fallon), marcia belsky (the handmaid’s tale: the musical), 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). >>

4/13 8pm (+ 4/19, 4/21): the annual look + listen festival returns with live contemporary music performances staged in contemporary art spaces. tonight: susie ibarra, claire chase, kaoru watanabe, and more at bric house (fort greene). free. >>

4/13 8pm: partner, katie ellen, and early riser play the silent barn (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

4/13 8:30pm (weekly): see what the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy), claudia cogan (last comic standing), sam evans, tyler rothrock, brittany carney, and peter revello. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

4/13 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 marie faustin (the unofficial expert), teddy smith (gotham comedy live), michelle de swarte (bbc), adam mamawala (mtv), ophira eisenberg (ask me anotinside amy schumer), and nick mullen. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

4/13 9:30pm (monthly): the relationsh*t show provides comfort from a panel of comics and actual therapists that’s way more fun—and cheap—than a session on the couch. tonight’s guests include julie mitchell, raghav mehta, erin chan, and more. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/13 9:30pm (weekly thru 4/27): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series features films that play with the concept of time. tonight: stephen herek’s bill and ted’s excellent adventure (1989). the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $10. >>

4/13 9:30pm: u got the look, now bring the voice to a prince sing-along, secretformula’s night of group karaoke, dance and costume contests, themed drinks, and more celebrating the music video legacy of prince. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

4/13 11pm: dj svb of the cheryl artist collective presents ‘embrace the void: a goth party for ravers.’ secret project robot (bushwick), $5. >>

4/13 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with stand-up by andy haynes (conan) and wanjiko eke, storytelling by craig mangum, and burlesque by petite renard and lilin lace. ucb (east village), $9. >>

ticket deals

go on a sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 8/30 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $58+). >>

get tickets to madame morbid’s trolley tour of brooklyn thru 4/29 for $29-34 (plus ticket fees, reg. $49). >>

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