around town today

thru 5/14: mfa film student show their work at the 31st annual columbia university film festival, featuring film screenings, screenplay + teleplay readings, and an awards ceremony. various locations, $15. >>

thru 5/19: built for collapse theater company presents danger signals, ‘a multi-disciplinary fantasia that questions the cost of ambition.’ new ohio theatre (west village), $18 with code ‘dangerskint’ (reg. $25). >>

10am-5pm: meet hundreds of startups + accelerators, see product demos, and even participate in a shark tank open casting call at this year’s new york techday. pier 94, $10. >>

10am-7pm: plant yourself in brooklyn for brooklyn botanic garden’s annual plant sale, offering the largest selection of plants in the city as well as talks and workshops on caring for plants, herbs, flowers, and more. free with regular garden admission ($15 general, $8 students/seniors), and includes a free return visit coupon. >>

4pm-2am (ongoing, hours vary thru the season): ridgewood’s nowadays opens its outdoor hang/party space for the season. free admission except for nightime events. >>

6-8pm: joanne artman gallery presents ‘urban flora,’ an exhibition of works by artists greg miller, penelope gottlieb, and anna kincaide that juxtaposes urban grit with the delicacy of flora. opening reception tonight. joanne artman gallery (chelsea), free. >>

6-8pm (on view thru 5/6): afa gallery celebrates its 35th anniversary with a group exhibition of more than 20 artists working in illustration and contemporary surrealism. opening reception tonight. afa gallery (soho), free. >>

6-9:30pm (last of the season): salsa party in a museum: balmir latin dance studio hosts an evening of salsa, beginning with a class led by professional dancers and followed by live music, social dancing, and performances. brooklyn museum’s rubin pavilion (prospect heights), free with suggested museum admission: $16 general, $10 seniors/students. >>

6:30pm (thursdays thru 10/25): take a free outdoor yoga class as part of riverside park and west harlem piers park’s annual summer on the hudson festival. bring your own mat. riverside park south at w 74th street (uws). >>

6:30pm doors: women of culture hosts a conversation with patricia russo, executive director of the women’s campaign school at yale university, who’ll be talking with her about her work to increase the number and influence of women in office, as well as how all women can find their voices to lead. wework at 25 broadway (fidi), $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $25). >>

7pm (monthly): authors read between their own lines at the behind the book reading series. this month’s words come from tadzio koelb (trenton makes), elise juska (if we had known), and ben dolnick (the ghost notebooks). kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7pm: in conjunction with the brooklyn museum’s ‘david bowie is’ exhibition, photographer and director mick rock discusses and screens his music videos created for bowie including ‘john, i’m only dancing,’ the jean genie,’ ‘space oddity,’ and ‘life on mars?,’ as well as a previously unreleased video that’s never been publicly screened. brooklyn museum, $16 tickets include general admission to the museum (does not include admission to the ticketed ‘david bowie is’ exhibition). >>

7pm: the annual craic festival of new irish film hosts an evening of short lgbtq films, plus a post-show q+a and reception. irish arts center (midtown west), free (rsvp) >>

7pm: immersive fashion show bare brooklyn is anything but, featuring clothes on diverse models, sensory experiences, screenings, art, and more. image gallery (bushwick/bed-stuy), free (donations welcome). >>

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 jacqueline novak (how to weep in public), emmy blotnick (the president show), jes tom, leclerc andre (laughs), nadav gavrielov, and sabrina imbler. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $3. >>

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: those colorful costumes will come off at hotsy totsy’s burlesque tribute to the avengers: infinity war. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: sandbox percussion and house of yes company dancers and aerialists present their second annual ‘group hallucination’ of steve reich’s minimalist ‘drumming,’ complete with live music, video projections, dance, and aerial. house of yes (bushwick), $15. >>

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 greg hall, krista komondor, and more. hosted by angela perrone and natalie wall. bonus: free beer! the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by chris duffy (wyatt cenac’s problem areas), dan licata (adult swim), david agyekum, and ross parsons. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. 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 sean patton (conan), katie hartman (netflix), mark seman (siriusxm), and barry ferns. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

10pm: flaunt your regrettable fashion choices at the dirty thursday 90s night dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free >>

coming up

sponsored: open your next business in east williamsburg! come view the available storefronts on grand street’s free retail spaces tour on may 17th at 1pm at 696 grand st. brooklyn, 11211. more info here >>

5/11-12: mother’s day isn’t always about flowers and brunch. nitehawk screens ‘unconventional’ mom-themed films psycho, mommie dearest, and postcards from the edge. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $12. >>

5/11-13: need a new beach read? save 20% on your entire purchase at book culture’s annual sale, taking place at three of the store’s locations. >>

5/11-20: get wild with nature during the 10th annual nyc wildflower week: guided botanical walks, garden and green roof tours, planting events, eco-salons, and children’s events. various locations. free. >>

5/11-23: nycxdesign, an annual celebration of of design, showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events in all five boroughs. >>

5/11-24: don your zissou caps for an eight-film wes anderson retrospective, including the grand budapest hotel, the royal tenenbaums, rushmore, fantastic mr. fox, and more, plus a special night of themed trivia on 5/22. syndicated (bushwick), $4. >>

5/11-27: filmworker, a new documentary on leon vitali, former assistant to stanley kubrick, screens at the metrograph with q+a with vitali and director tony zierra moderated by alec baldwin 5/11 at 7pm, and moderated by the encyclopedia of stanley kubrick co-author dr. rodney hill ib 5/12. ‘kubrick x 8,’ an eight-film kubrick retrospective, also screens. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

5/11 various times: free outdoor movies: ferdinand at carl schurz park (yorkville), lady bird at mccarren park (williamsburg/greenpoint), and shorts from the art of brooklyn film festival at owl’s head park (bay ridge).

5/11 6pm (weekly): members of women in science at rockefeller (wiser) set up stations at a women in science-themed ‘pregame your brain,’ a series of happy hour science-based speed lessons at caveat (les). free admission with rsvp, $5 otherwise. >>

5/11 6-9pm (+ 5/12 1-8pm): get a look into the artistic process when 16 lower manhattan cultural council workspace artists-in-residence open their studios for public viewings, readings, and performances. 101 greenwich street (fidi), free. >>

5/11 6:30pm: hear behind-the-scenes stories about how iconic pop songs became cinematic at a talk on the golden age of music videos (1976-1993) by writer and music video historian stephen pitalo. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $12. >>

5/11 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with a ‘groundbreakers and underdogs’ theme. tonight: cool runnings (1993). bonus: free snacks! free admission. >>

5/11 7-9pm: hofbräu bierhaus’s maifest celebration of spring gets things started with a free round of freshly-tapped bier, and keeps the party going with a bier stein holding contest, a traditional maipole, and live music. hofbräu bierhaus’s (midtown east), free admission. >>

5/11 7pm doors, 8pm show: follow the yellow brick road to wasabassco burlesque’s wonderful wizard of oz tribute show. littlefield (gowanus), $15+. >>

5/11 7:30pm (+ 5/16, 5/27): nyc-based filmmaker and photographer katrina del mar’s gang girl trilogy, three 30-minute films depicting ‘dangerous and foxy’ lesbian gangs in a man-free manhattan, screens at spectacle theatre with del mar in-person at select screenings. spectacle theater (williamsburg), $5-10. >>

5/11 7:30pm (monthly): lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence perform a reading of ian doescher’s the empire striketh back while the audience plays drinking games. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

5/11 7:30pm: icelandic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist jófríður ákadóttir brings her solo project jfdr, a blend cyclical guitar parts, minimal soundscapes, and folky lyrics, to scandinavia house (murray hill). $10 adv with promo code ‘skintnyc’ (reg. $15). >>

5/11 7:30pm + 9:30pm (season ends today): saxophonist and composer dayna stephens performs at tonight’s jazz in the cave series at st. george’s church (gramercy). $15 admission includes drinks. >>

5/11 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: amy jo jackson (broadway’s kinky boots), maddie fischer (the sup show), ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede), farah brook (mtv). the mockingbird (alphabet city), $7 adv, $9 door >>

5/11 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by matt goldich (seth meyers), joel kim booster (conan), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), courtney fearrington (thug passion presents), merril davis, and tyler snodgrass. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

5/11 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 kate willett (this is not happening), anthony devito (colbert), martin urbano (kimmel), paris sashay (bet), kevin sean, and caitlin peluffo. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

5/11 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 four-year anniversary show features a lineup tba. hosted by lynn bixenspan and morgan pielli. q.e.d. (astoria), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

5/11 9:30pm (fridays thru 6/22): the rubin museum of art’s latest cabaret cinema series takes its cue from the ‘face of the future’ exhibition. tonight: ishiro honda’s godzilla (gojira) (1954), introduced by artist tammy nguyen. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $10. >>

5/11 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by rebecca v. o’neal, chanel ali, and shane torres, storytelling by gastor almonte, and burlesque by le grand chaton. ucb (east village), $9. >>

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