around town today

sponsored thru 4/29: the second annual bric open, a free arts and ideas festival, brings people together to radically imagine a more equitable future through four days and nights of art, music, film, performance, readings, conversations, neighborhood tours, and shared meals. this year’s festival theme, ‘borders,’ kicks off with a conversation between paola mendoza, former artistic director of the women’s march, and darnell l. moore, one of the original black lives matter organizers. >>

thru 4/29: bamcinématek presents the eighth annual new voices in black cinema series, showcasing 10 feature length films and three shorts programs from new and established voices in black independent cinema. bam (fort greene), $15. >>

thru 5/6: the film society of lincoln center hosts the fifth art of the real festival of nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking, featuring new works and artist spotlights, including several premieres and many of the filmmakers in person. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

8am-8pm: all aboard to save lives! new york blood center hosts its annual blood drive at grand central terminal, with new york yankees tickets going to the first 250 donors. vanderbilt hall at grand central terminal (midtown east). >>

5:30-8pm (+ fri 12-8pm): browse and buy posters, prints, zines, books, and more at sva’s risolab print slam, an end of the semester showcase and shop of printed matter created by students and artists-in-residence. risolab (chelsea), free admission. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: get a shot of knowledge when new york city coffee: a caffeinated history author erin meister and a pair of coffee and roasting company owners discuss the drink of choice for commuters. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

7pm: punk group the slits guitarist viv albertine riffs on her second and latest memoir, to throw away unopened, alongside writer and curator joanna scutts. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

7pm (quarterly): hear eight local writers read their poetry, fiction, and true stories about their firsts (think sex, heartbreak, coming-of-age, family members returning from cults, and more) at tonight’s ‘my first time’ edition of the eclipsed reading series. bonus: $1 oysters and $6 house wine. naive (williamsburg), free. >>

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 danny artese (moth grandslam winner), robin gelfenbien (‘yum’s the word’), sam dingman (family ghosts), and caitlin brodnick (dangerous boobies). bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm: rule of 7×7: 7 playwrights premiere 10-minute plays that had to follow 7 rules. the tank (garment district), $13 adv, $15 door (admission includes a drink). >>

7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by vspot will be available for purchase, tunes will be spun by dj miss blue sky, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will benefit the food empowerment project. bonus: $5 well drinks happy hour. solas (east village), free admission. >>

7:30pm: 2018 georgia gubernatorial candidate stacey abrams discusses her new book, minority leader: how to lead from the outside and make real change, with writer ashley c. ford at strand bookstore (union square). purchase of a $5 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($27) required for admission. >>

7:30pm: wfuv’s rita houston hosts the downtown comes uptown music series, where musicians perform selections at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center tonight (free) before giving full concerts at rockwood music hall tomorrow ($15-25). scheduled: john fullbright, elizabeth and the catapult, madison mcferrin, and house of waters. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): drop the ‘mike’:  kendra cunningham’s all-female stand-up comedy show (with one token male) features sets by kenice mobley (laughs), rebecca vigil (your love, our musical), melissa stokoski (trutv), clark jones (hbo), chewy may, and samantha hall. threes brewing outpost (greenpoint), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): the tito + ryan comedy show returns with stand up by jeff arcuri (colbert), liz barrett (laughs), daniel simonsen (bbc), jennie sutton (comedy central), eric monical, and justin flanagan. art cafe + bar (prospect heights), free. >>

8pm (monthly): the tale storytelling show returns with seasoned stories spun by lucie pohl (overwatch), brenda cullerton (the craigslist murders), andrew mcgill (the moth), and paul valenti. hosted by harmon leon (meet the deplorables). the red room at kgb bar (east village), $7. >>

8pm: experimental musician and artist james k premieres her latest multimedia performance work, elektra (scream through the eyes of a statue), with collaborators eve essex, via app, leila bordreuil, and eli v manuscript. 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 tom thakkar (conan), erik bergstrom (comedy central), chase mitchell (fallon), daniel louis vezza, and justy dodge. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:15pm: did ross and rachel or cory and topanga have an influence, real or imaginary, on your dating life? revisit lessons on love and heartbreak from 80s and 90s television with a talk by author simone waugh (bubble baths, sex + hot chocolate). brooklyn brainery (prospect heights). $10. >>

9pm: 9 to 5… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company 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 jamie brickhouse, alan i. ross, tija mittal and jolenta greenberg. 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 alison klemp, brittanie shereer, abby feldman, tyler richardson, ronnie fleming, and kate sisk. hosted by kristin manna, sue smith, and jared wilder. the tank (midtown west), $8. >>

10pm: smooth operators and soldiers of love make their way to the sade night nyc party at black flamingo (williamsburg). free. >>

coming up

sponsored: the puntastically named grin and barrett comedy, a free monthly comedy show with the deliciously deadpan liz barrett, returns to beauty bar next thursday, may 3rd. the line up has more than just dudes – lots of women comedians (think comedians you’ve seen on comedy central, conan, the late show with stephen colbert, and ones who are up and coming), the vibe is fun, and there are raffles… girl scout cookies, anyone? reserve your seat today! >>

4/27-28: with online and irl blurring more every day, and the eighth annual theorizing the web conference gathers journalists, scholars, activists, artists, and technology practitioners to delve into the interrelationships between the internet and society. museum of the moving image (astoria), pay-what-you-wish admission. >>

4/27-29: it’ll be wall-to-wall vinyl, cds, dvds, books, posters, collectibles, and more at the annual wfmu record fair, featuring 150 record dealers, screenings, and live broadcasts of bands and djs. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), $5 admission with coupon (reg. $7). >>

4/27 thru february 2019: public art alert: sculptor kathy ruttenberg’s ‘in dreams awake’ brings six fantastical statues to locations on broadway from 64th st to 157th st. >>

4/27 10am-5pm: get free one-on-one financial advice from professionals and attend workshops on a wide-range of life issues at the new york public library’s annual financial planning day. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

4/27 1-4pm: add some poetry to your day at the eighth annual shakespeare’s birthday sonnet slam where 154 participants will each read one of the bard’s 154 sonnets. central park’s naumburg bandshell, free admission, $10 to register as a reader. >>

4/27 6-9pm (+ 4/28 1-7pm): the international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) annual spring open studios features the works of 36 artists and curators from 22 countries currently in residence. iscp (bushwick), free. >>

4/27 6:30pm: gun reform in black + white: student activism and #neveragain: a panel of white student activists from parkland, florida and black student activists from chicago and new york come together to share their experiences with gun violence, activism and organizing for gun reform laws. the new school’s theresa lang student center (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

4/27 7pm: laugh cry at epic, a storytelling and standup show dedicated to making a big deal out of nothing, featuring comedy and dramatic retellings of ‘everyday, trivial problems’ set to classical music. hosted by amamah sardar and laura merli. the tank (midtown west), $10. >>

4/27 7pm (monthly): em’s damn good rogering is a show with standup, characters, and music aplenty, with demonstrations of said things by amy zimmer, matt barats, max wittert, fareeha khan, and eliza hurwitz. hosted by emma rogers. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

4/27 7-10pm (runs thru 5/25): brooklyn-based artist stickymonger, aka joohee park, presents ‘dayp (do as you please),’ a multimedia group show highlighting works from 22 artists. opening reception tonight. myplasticheart toy store + gallery (les), free admission. >>

4/27 7:30pm (monthly): improvisers talk over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, tonight featuring episodes of boy meets world and the new roseanne. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

4/27 7:30pm doors: lazyeyes, the midnight hollow, cosmonaut, and colatura play berlin (east village/alphabet city). $10. >>

4/27 8pm (monthly): 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), jo firestone (fallon), mike kelton (shade: queens of new york), karolena theresa, benny polanco, and megan patsel. the mockingbird (alphabet city), $7 adv, $9 door >>

4/27 8pm: boytoy plays a record release show with support from metalleg and the muckers. secret project robot (bushwick/bed-stuy), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

4/27 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by kate willett (this is not happening), josh gondelman (last week tonight), nicole aimée schreiber (comedy central), chris thayer (adam devine’s house party), alexis guerreros (the cooligans), and samantha ruddy. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

4/27 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 ryan donahue (kimmel), jo firestone (fallon), usama siddiquee (50 central), kerryn feehan (comedy central), courtney fearrington (siriusxm), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), and sarah gaul. hosted by gabriel pacheco. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

4/27 9:30pm (monthly): female storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show, celebrating its two-year anniversary tonight with krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), janelle james (@midnight), jamie lee (crashing), and more. $1 from each ticket sold will go to let america vote. the pit (flatiron), $11 adv with promo code ‘smmlnyc’ (reg. $16). >>

4/27 9:30pm (ends today): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series features films that play with the concept of time. tonight, the series concludes with richard kelly’s donnie darko (2001) introduced by neuroscientist aniruddha das. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $10. >>

4/27 10pm: tune in and flash back at the art school acid dropout show, where hosts grant lindahl (comedy central) and ian kitchen (the hard times) will present surreal comedy sketches including animated cartoons, puppets, and experimental videos. this month’s theme: high school. bonus: attendees get a free pbr tallboy (while supplies last). the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

4/27 10pm: the arkham gothic dance party celebrates walpurgis night with goth/industrial/ebm/darkwave/post-punk djs, horror projections, and absinthe cocktails. bizarre bushwick (bushwick), free admission. >>

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