THURS, 4/20: 420-THEMED EVENTS, ABANDONED AMERICA, + 29 FRI EVENTS

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around town today

various times: get fired up for these 420-themed events:

the big lebowski and harold + kumar go to white castle at syndicated (bushwick). $4. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: are you high?! stories and ice cream cakes at the yum’s the word storytelling show. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $15 adv with promo code ‘highlarious’ (reg. $18.92 adv, $20 dos). >>

7:30pm, 9:30pm: half baked and dazed and confused at at roxy cinema (tribeca). $10. >>

9pm: happy place comedy show at q.e.d. (astoria). $6. >>

9pm: the 420 burlesque show: a reefer revue benefit for coney island usa. $15. >>

4:20-6:25pm: spend 420 getting a different kind of lifted at artists rise up, a celebration of art and a protest of trump’s intentions to defund art funding. meet at w 65th street between amsterdam ave and broadway. >>

6pm: get a financial life with journalist beth kobliner (the president’s advisory council on financial capability for young americans under the obama administration), who’ll discuss her updated book on managing personal finances in your twenties and thirties. nyu bookstore (greenwich village). free. >>

6-8pm (thru 4/29): opening reception for the parsons mfa fine arts thesis exhibition. westbeth gallery (west village), free. >>

6-9pm (monthly): check out some art after-hours during the lic gallery nights series, where eight galleries and unconventional art spaces will keep their doors open late. free. >>

6:30pm: how do structures dotting american cities become ruins? photographer and writer matthew christopher investigates in an illustrated lecture based on his new book, abandoned america: dismantling the dream. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: dogs and cats are popular as ever today, and a peek into their dna and domesticated history could explain why at a talk on the archaeology of cats and dogs. brooklyn brainery annex (windsor terrace), $10. >>

6:30pm: climb your way into a seat for a screening and discussion of brothers of climbing, a short film about a group exposing underrepresented groups to climbing. drinks, snacks, and q+a follow. rei soho (soho), free. >>

7pm: a panel of food industry scholars and litigators discuss the future of food law at cardozo school of law (greenwich village). free (rsvp). >>

7pm: the reducetarian foundation founder brian kateman and fellow practitioners discuss what reducetarianism (deliberately reducing meat consumption) means to them at a book launch event for the reducetarian solution. strand books (union square), $16 admission includes a signed book. >>

7pm: author and translator david bellos explores the story of how victor hugo created and published les misérables in a discussion of his new book, the novel of the century: the extraordinary adventure of les misérables. albertine (ues), free. >>

7pm: kevin geeks out about wizards: comedian kevin maher presents a multimedia variety show about the depiction of wizards, from gandalf to harry potter, and everything in between. alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), $15. >>

7:30pm: get some bad advice from bad women (authors) as they read from their works: sarah leonard (the future we want: radical ideas for the new century), ava kofman (the new inquiry editor), lidija haas (bookforum senior editor), kendra james (racialicious dot com), mehreen kasana, and franceska rouzard. hosted by charlotte shane (prostitute laundry). greenlight bookstore (prospect lefferts gardens), free. >>

7:30pm (every other thursday): pete’s reading series returns with readings by melissa febos (whip smart), sarah gerard (binary star), and chloe caldwell (after women). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: it’s (w)all about the young people at the ninth annual wallabout film festival, showcasing a selection of shorts made by students from around the globe. wythe hotel (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 door admission includes a drink, popcorn, and after party access. >>

7:30pm: friends of mozart wraps the season with a program of arias and vocal ensembles performed by graduates of the eastman school of music. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

7:30pm + 9:30pm (monthly): 11-piece chamber ensemble ‘this, now,’ featuring saxophonist david liebman, perform two sets at this month’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: a drinking game nyc is a show that casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved 80s/90s film and turns the whole thing into, you guessed it, a drinking game. tonight, stumble with them through indiana jones and the last crusade. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (first + third thursdays): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by rae sanni, saurin choksi, daniel simonsen, and jarret berenstein. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and emmy blotnick (@midnight). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free admission (one drink or food item minimum). >>

8pm: the instruments may be invisible, but the talent will be clearly visible at a us air guitar national qualifying round. interested competitors should arrive by 7pm for signups. singlecut beersmiths (astoria), free. >>

8pm (thru 4/22): butoh dance company vangeline theater presents ‘wake up and smell the coffee,’ a performance that raises awareness of coffee-related trash buildup in nyc and includes a set made of 1,500 used paper cups. bonus: free java (and optional bailey’s) for those who bring a reusable mug. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $16. >>

8pm: things get saxy when saxophone foursome new thread quartet presents its second annual program of new music for saxophones. the dimenna center for classical music (hell’s kitchen), $10. >>

8pm (weekly thru 5/11): greenwich house music school’s annual uncharted concert series continues the season with moroccan gnawa collective innov gnawa performing ancient jewish songs. bonus: free beer and wine. greenwich house music school (west village), $15. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: slurp up some laughs and wine at juicebox, an evening that pairs a comedy show with a wine tasting. with performances by ben kronberg (comedy central), molly ruben-long (fusetv), and ethan simmons patterson. taste wine company (east village), $5-10 adv, $10 door. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: eliot glazer’s ‘haunting renditions live’ show turns pop songs into comedy with the help of a five-piece band and guests thorgy thor (ru paul’s drag race) and michelle buteau (big morning buzz live). the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

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 performers include will myles (comedy central), rosebud baker (elite daily), blaze mancillas, and beatboxer shockwave. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

9:30pm: the tale storytelling show returns with anecdotes of all sorts by kevin avery (john oliver), gastor almonte (this is not happening), donna bailey (nbc), and susie felber. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, vice). kgb bar (east village), $5. >>

thru 4/30: the annual tribeca film festival returns with almost two weeks of features, shorts, special screenings, panels, talks, and more. various locations and prices. >>

thru 5/2: the fourth edition of the art of the real film festival features notable nonfiction works by both emerging and established directors, including eight u.s. premieres, a cinematic tribute to the late brazilian filmmaker andrea tonacci, and many filmmakers in-person. film society of lincoln center, $14 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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4/21 10am-7pm: affordable danish design store flying tiger opens a new 2,100 square foot outpost in downtown brooklyn. today’s grand opening offers free cake and cookies, plus a chance to win round trip tickets to copenhagen. >>

4/21 11am-6pm (thru 4/23): at food52’s big spring spruce-up, a test kitchen becomes a three-day pop-up with culinary gear and decor for sale, tastings, an herbal tonic bar, an ice cream contest, workshops, and more. food52 hq (chelsea), free admission. >>

4/21 1-4pm: 154 participants of all ages read all 154 of shakespeare’s sonnets at the seventh annual shakespeare sonnet slam, kicking off with tv and broadway actor maulik pancholy (30 rock, weeds, it’s only a play). central park’s naumburg bandshell, free. >>

4/21 2-5pm, nyu hosts ‘modern meat: the science and culture of meat substitutes,’ a two-part panel discussion addressing the scientific, technological, and religious perspectives of such products. cantor film center (greenwich village), free. >>

4/21 5:30pm doors, 6pm show: the ‘mid-sentence’ writers conversation’ series at nypl mid-manhattan continues with author sarah gerard discussing her new essay collection sunshine state with writer and actror amber tamblyn. free. >>

4/21 6-7pm: have a short moderated conversation with a stranger holding opposing views (or just listen in) at van alen institute’s ‘crossroads conversations.’  in recognition of earth day, the topics will explore the environment and politics. the red steps at times square, free. >>

4/21 6-9pm: tour over 100 artist work spaces and meet the creators at new york academy of art’s mfa open studios (tribeca). free. >>

4/21 6-9pm (+ 4/22 1-8pm): the international studio + curatorial program’s (iscp) open studios features the works of 38 artists, collectives and curators. free. iscp (bushwick), free. >>

4/21 6-9pm (thru 5/21): she persisted: 12 women artists who are soho20 gallery national affiliate members will show work in all disciplines in this exhibition, with an opening reception tonight. soho20 gallery, free. >>

4/21 6-9pm: at japan society’s gallery happy hour, sip on complimentary sake and join in an asian america arts alliance town hall with performances, presentations, and pitches. japan society gallery (turtle bay), free. >>

4/21 6:30pm: learn the skills to literally stand up fight back at a free feminist self-defense workshop, led by young feminists + allies co-founder and tedx speaker rachel piazza. east 54th recreation center (midtown east), free-$5 donation. >>

4/21 6:30pm: celebrate shakespeare’s 453rd birthday with beasts and scoundrels from iago and lady macbeth to shylock and richard iii portrayed by the drilling company’s actors, plus a new orleans-style jazz funeral for the bard performed by jambalaya brass band. bryant park fountain terrace (midtown west), free. >>

4/21 7pm: bobby hankinson’s kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by elsa waithe (this american life), dylan marron (seriously.tv), sarah kennedy (the advocate), rachel mccartney, and jeffery marx. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and benefit fierce!). >>

4/21 7-10pm: students from sva’s mfa photography, video, and related media department show off their work at the annual spring salon. bonus: open bar and snacks. sva (gramercy), free. >>

4/21 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: sing along to songs of resistance at a live band karaoke fundraiser, with all proceeds being donated to the safe passage project, the immigrant defense project, and 350brooklyn. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

4/21 7:30pm, 10pm, midnight (+ 4/22 5-11:30pm): video revival (crown heights) pays tribute to prince with screenings of purple rain, graffiti bridge and under the cherry moon (fri, $8), plus music videos and sign o’ the times (sat, free). >>

4/21 7:30-10pm (fridays thru 10/13): lola star’s weekly dreamland roller disco returns to prospect park’s lefrak center with a roller disco tribute to prince theme. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

4/21 8pm: cobble hill haunt 61 local celebrates six years in the neighborhood with a party including a three local craft beer pints + unlimited snacks for $12 special, live music, and a dance party. free. >>

4/21 8pm (quarterly): get intimate with local poets (through their work, of course) at the next installment of the cozy roots poetry series, featuring readings by rosebud ben-oni (solecism), tommy pico (irl), candace williams, and grey vild. donation-based beer and wine will be as free-flowing as the verse. roots cafe (south slope), free admission. >>

4/21 8pm (bi-monthly): the stargazing + lecture series returns to columbia university’s pupin hall with a discussion about the science of determining exoplanet compositions and atmospheres by astronomy grad student emily sandford, followed by q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting). free. >>

4/21 8pm (+ 4/22): gibney dance’s third annual ‘work up’ series presents performances by nine emerging artists on a series of three shared programs. gibney dance (tribeca), $10. >>

4/21 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians and storytellers recount tales of their first sexual experiences at the ‘my first time’ show. hosted by angela cobb. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

4/21 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by jim tews (comedy central), ester steinberg (funny girls), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), kattie hannigan (elite daily) and lucas o’neil, plus music by rebecca vigil. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

4/21 9pm: the cutting room (murray hill) celebrates prince with a free purple rain screening followed by music spun by dj quincey velvet. >>

4/21 9:30pm: comedians skewer a certain beloved/reviled fictional sex columnist at a roast of carrie bradshaw. hosted by liz magee and featuring christi chiello (roast battle), madonna refugia (the special without brett davis), drew anderson (devour hour), heidi haux (so you think you can drag), and more. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

4/21 9:30pm: memes and moves collide for dancify that!, an elimination dance battle where choreographers create sequences based on viral videos and a panel of comedic judges award scores. the pit (flatiron), $15. >>

4/21 9:30pm (+ 4/28): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) latest cabaret cinema series invited scientists to introduce films that address perception. tonight: mamoru oshii’s ghost in the shell (1995), with an introduction by neuroscientist dr. leah kelly. $10. >>

4/21 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of jaws 3-d (3-d glasses provided) at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

4/21-9/17: the brooklyn museum presents ‘we wanted a revolution: black radical women, 1965-85,’ a new exhibition featuring the work of over 40 artists and said to be the first to focus  specifically on women of color’s contributions to the second-wave feminist movement. suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors, free first saturdays 5-11pm. >>

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