around town today

thru 5/18: rally before the race: the brooklyn half-marathon pre-party, open to runners and non-runners alike, features live music, djs, food trucks and vendors, and more. pier 2 field at brooklyn bridge park, free admission. >>

thru 5/19: pizzafest, king pizza records’s fifth annual music festival, returns with more than 20 bands and pizza from rosa’s and vinnies, with slice proceeds benefiting make the road ny. the gutter bar (williamsburg) + el cortez (bushwick), $7-10/day, $20/pass. >>

thru 5/20: 10 years and growling. bears, cubs, and friends come out of hibernation to bare all at four days filled with parties, meetups, and a street fair during the 10th annual urban bear fest. various locations, free-$25. >>

thru 5/22: the new york african film festival celebrates its 25th year with 66 films from 25 countries presented at lincoln center, the brooklyn academy of music, and maysles cinema. $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/27: radiotheatre’s third annual edgar allan poe festival returns with 14 classic tales told with an original score and sound effects. st. john’s sanctuary (west village), $12 plus ticket fees here (save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’), reg. $24. >>

thru 5/28: glassbarge: the corning museum of sails a 30’ x 88’ canal barge into town, offering free glassblowing demonstrations on the deck. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 5, free (rsvp). >>

6-9pm (+ 5/18): the clemente soto vélez cultural and educational center, which houses 11 visual and performing arts organizations and 46 visual artists’ studios, hosts its annual building-wide open studios throughout the neo-gothic style building. the clemente (les), free. >>

6-10pm: check out 60 new and unreleased arcade games created by graduate and undergraduate students at the nyu game center end-of-year showcase. 2 metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: real cops, real books: marc ruskin (pretender: my life undercover for the fbi), bernard j. whalen (undisclosed files of the police: cases from the archives of the nypd), and michael o’keefe (shot to pieces: a novel) read from and discuss their books as part of national police week at mysterious bookshop (tribeca). free. >>

canceled 7pm: free outdoor movie: despicable me 3 (2017) at alfred e. smith recreation center (two bridges). >>

7-9pm (runs thru 7/14): select photographs by photographer mark seliger, whose work includes images of icons like barack obama, hillary clinton, kurt cobain, mick jagger, and others, will be on display at chase contemporary galleries (chelsea). opening reception tonight. free, (rsvp). >>

7-9pm: art history happy hour: the society for the advancement of social studies (sass) presents lighthearted lectures based on the ‘david bowie is’ exhibition at the brooklyn museum (prospect heights). a cash bar will be available. free admission. >>

8pm (monthly): negativity has no place at the on a lighter note comedy show, which strives to brighten these dark days by requiring every performer to say something positive at the end of their set. tonight’s show includes matt koff (the daily show), myka fox (funny or die), omar shaukat (crashing), calvin s. cato (time out’s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), and meg cupernall. hosted by dan wilbur (better book titles). the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

8pm (monthly thru december): things get poppins at the magical world of musical improv show, where clips from classic children’s films are played and performers improvise new songs to go with them. the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

7 8pm: it’s femmes to the front at xoxa’s femme turf queer party. bonus: 2-for-1 drinks 8-9pm, and free pizza at midnight. ceremony (east williamsburg), free admission. >>

7 8pm-late (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring a dozen live electronic music acts and projected visuals across two floors. the keep (ridgewood), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by melissa stokoski (trutv), nina tarr (viceland), calvin s. cato (time out’s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), and sam evans. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9-11pm: vanishing vaudeville: force majeure vaudeville is going on hiatus, but not before one final blowout filled with burlesque, ventriloquism, contortion, comedy, and more. cobra club (bushwick), $15. >>

10pm: there’ll be outfit ch-ch-ch-ch-changes at the night of 1,000 bowies party, house of yes (bushwick), $10. >>

sponsored 11pm-2am: eat, drink, and dance the night away at the museum of food and drink’s night market afterparty, hosted by jarobi white (a tribe called quest /atcq) with dj reborn. get your groove on, enjoy an open bar, and navigate your way through a globetrotting array of tastings. city winery (tribeca/south village), $28 with promo code ‘mofadskint’ (reg. $85). >>

coming up

5/18-20: buy one get one free signature hot boxes at the grand opening of hot box nyc (east village). >>

5/18-20: the 42nd annual saint george ukrainian festival takes over e 7th street bet. 2nd + 3rd aves with traditional food, music, and performances. free admission. >>

5/18 various times (weather permitting): free outdoor movies:
coco at the st. james recreation center (fordham manor) >>
despicable me 3 at owl’s head park (bay ridge) >>
the american black film festival presents bruce!!! at fort greene park >>
the wizard of oz at hunters point south park (lic) >>

5/18 various times: select museums offer free or discounted admission and special programming for the ninth annual art museum day, including the guggenheim (2-for-1 admission), the museum of arts and design (pay-what-you-wish), the noguchi museum (free), and more. >>

5/18 11am-7pm (+ 5/19 11am-6pm): hit the road and head to the annual nyc bike expo, a gathering of road cycling companies and enthusiasts. penn plaza pavilion (midtown west), free admission. >>

5/18 12-7pm (+ 5/19 10am-5pm): send wish you were here greetings from the bi-annual new york city postcard expo, a gathering of 35 us and international dealers. the watson hotel (midtown west), $8 general, free for students. >>

5/18 12:30pm, 7:30pm (+ 5/19): this year’s new york guitar festival returns with a program devoted entirely to classical and flamenco spanish guitar performed by marija temo, pepe romero, adam del monte, sharon isbin, and more. the winter garden at brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

5/18 7pm (monthly): the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by tulio espinoza (mcsweeney’s), amber rollo (the box), micheal foulk (greetings, from queer mountain), carrie berg (dyking out) and lynaé depriest (thank you for coming out). hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and will benefit national center for transgender equality). >>

5/18 7pm (fridays + saturdays thru 6/2): the drilling company brings their take on shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream to bryant park (midtown west). free. >>

5/18 7-11pm: no more black targets, an artist collective working to stop the use of black silhouette targets in shooting ranges and raise awareness about racially-biased gun violence, hosts an art show of original hand-painted targets at superchief gallery (bushwick/ridgewood). free before 9pm. >>

5/18 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: space out with learning, drinks and stargazing at the astro café lecture series. tonight, learn about space resources to benefit life on earth from united launch alliance chief scientist bernard kutter. intrepid sea, air + space museum (pier 86), free (rsvp). >>

5/18 7:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): you can be hangin’ tough at lola star’s boy band-themed dreamland roller disco party at prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

5/18 8pm (monthly): the character assassination series returns with the roast of the avengers, where comedians will dress up as their favorite marvel heroes and make fun of each other. hosted by raanan hershberg as roastmaster rocket raccoon. the creek and the cave (lic), $5. >>

5/18 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 edition features jes tom, perri gross, gastor almonte, 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). >>

5/18 8pm: that summer: director göran hugo olsson assembled peter beard’s long-lost footage of big and little edie beale, taken three years before albert and david maysles’s grey gardens. q+a with the director follows tonight’s screening. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

5/18  8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. this month’s show features guests todd barry (conan) and jeff hiller (crazy ex-girlfriend). hosted by lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

5/18 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by liza treyger (seth meyers), andy haynes (comedy central), jono zalay (comedy central), and rebecca o’neil (netflix). hosted by melissa stokoski. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

5/18 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: mamoru oshii’s ghost in the shell (1995), introduced by artist sahana ramakrishnan. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $10. >>

5/18 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the ho-hum becomes hi-larious at the monotony! variety show, where comedians and storytellers chris duffy (you’re the expert), katie hannigan (collegehumor), charles mcbee (mtv), brian parise (last week tonight), samantha ruddy (reductress), and jono zalay (comedy central) entertain you with presentations on subjects typically considered boring. hosted by jeopardy! runner-up and ph.d scientist raj sivaraman. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

5/18 9:30pm (monthly): female storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show. $1 from each ticket sold will go to flint water fund. the pit (flatiron), $6 adv with promo code ‘smmlnyc’ (reg. $11). >>

5/18 10pm: drag performers, boylesque dancers, performance artists, and others compete for the title of mister coney island, putting a coney spin on the traditional swimsuit, evening wear, and talent rounds. coney island usa, $15. >>

5/18 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff over a screening of speed (1994), at tonight’s edition of the ‘movies r dumb’ series. hosted by chris gersbeck and freddy g. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

5/18 midnight: videology becomes the winchester tavern for a shaun of the dead drinking game. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to the annual nyc vegetarian food festival at metropolitan pavilion 5/19-20 for $19 (plus ticket fees, reg. $36). save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’ (offer good for one transaction per user). >>

go on a sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 8/30 for $35+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $58+). save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’ (offer good for one transaction per user). >>

go on a sunset sail aboard the city’s largest sailing vessel, clipper city, thru 10/14 for $29 (plus ticket fees, reg $55). save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’ (offer good for one transaction per user). >>

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