THURS, 5/3: FREE ICE CREAM, SO MANY ART FAIRS, RED BULL MUSIC FEST, + 19 FRI EVENTS

around town today

skint psa: missed the brooklyn botanic garden’s cherry blossom festival? there’s still time to take in the scenery, as the main rows of cherry blossoms (100 trees!) are now in first bloom. $15 general, $8 students/seniors, free fridays before noon. >>

thru 5/6: the annual frieze art fair returns to randall’s island park with almost 200 international contemporary art galleries. as in past years, the frieze ticket price is out of the skint’s range, but there are several lower-priced satellite fairs around nyc that are more affordable, including cultural traffic at the hester street fair (free), salon zürcher at zürcher gallery (free), superfine! in the meatpacking district ($12-17), fridge art fair at nu hotel ($15), and others. >>

thru 5/6: get your fill of film at the annual harlem international film festival (amc magic johnson + dwyer cultural center, $11+) and the greenpoint film festival (wythe hotel, $10).

thru 5/25: the annual red bull music festival returns for a sixth year with concerts, talks, exhibitions, and screenings from the likes of harry belafonte, fever ray, robyn, and more. various locations and prices. >>

thru 10/28: see early work of stanley kubrick from the period when he was a young photographer for look magazine at the museum of the city of new york’s newest exhibit, through a different lens: stanley kubrick photographs. museum of the city of new york (east harlem), suggested admission: $18 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

12pm: cool down with a free ice cream swirl, courtesy of milk + cream cereal bar’s first anniversary. offer valid for the first 200 vouchers redeemed at their nolita and gansevoort market locations. >>

6-9pm: try out more than 100 new games and meet their developers at playcrafting’s spring play game expo. bonus: free pizza. microsoft times square, $10-15. >>

6-9pm (runs thru 6/3): the storefront project hosts an exhibition of meryl meisler’s photographs of the lower east side during the 1970s + 80s. opening reception tonight, artist talk and book signing 5/12, photo walk 5/13. the storefront project (les), free. >>

6-9pm: 38 emerging and mid-career photographers give their work some exposure at the camera of the month club showcase. 112 waterbury street (williamsburg), free. >>

6:30pm: learn what’s behind the tag at a talk on the language and style of graffiti writing by urbanist, artist, and design educator sam holleran. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $12. >>

6:30-8:30pm: see fourth-year students’ work in 3d animation and visual effects at sva’s bfa computer art, computer animation and visual effects portfolio night. sva flatiron gallery, free. >>

7pm: the red ink reading series, a quarterly literary discussion series that focuses on women writers, delves into the topic of ‘obsession’ with julie buntin (marlena), vanessa mártir (not that bad), jessie chaffee (florence in ecstasy), piper weiss (you all grow up and leave me), and délana r.a. dameron (weary kingdom). hosted by michele filgate. powerhouse at the archway (dumbo), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the happier hour: philosophy to make your life suck less, a monthly discussion series combining the perks of a bar happy hour with practical philosophy, takes on the topic of ‘creativity’ with philosophy professor and fashion designer gwenda-lin grewal, yale university center for cultural sociology fellow adam valen levinson, and blockchain expert amber baldet. hosted by monica mccarthy. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘happierfamily’ (reg. $20 adv, $25 door). >>

7pm (monthly): at the videotale show, performers incorporate a video element into their stories and an improv group creates new scenes inspired by them. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, meet the deplorables). the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

7:30pm: one story writers who’ve published their first book in the past year read from their new novels and story collections at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>

8pm: pregame for star wars day with a star wars-themed match game/variety show. sidewalk cafe (east village), free admission, one drink or food item minimum requested. >>

8pm: space, a new queer stand-up comedy show, makes its debut with performances by lorena russi (colbert), jes tom (soojung dreams of fiji), wanjiko eke, and musician/dancer asha griffith. hosted by andrés govea, kendall payne and walter kelly. mad tropical (bushwick), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by devin delliquanti (the daily show), usama siddiquee, charlie kasov, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: five music producers will showcase beats from their library and participate in themed rounds at serato’s beat society. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $15 dos. >>

8:30pm: liz barrett’s punnerifically named grin and barrett comedy show returns for a night of stand up by sheba mason (comedy central), robert dean (it’s not easy being dean), emily winter (tv land), bryan mckenna, matt schwartzer, and guest host jill weiner (wikifreakz). bonus: girl scout cookies raffle! beauty bar (gramercy), free. >>

11pm (monthly): let comedians school you at the woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests perform comedy about social issues they’re passionate about. tonight’s lineup features joanna hausmann (bill nye saves the world), jen kwok (hbo), andrew barbato, and improv group poc tourco. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $7. >>

coming up

5/4-6: the eighth annual jane’s walk: explore the city with one or several of 200+ citizen-led walking tours inspired by urban activist jane jacobs. various locations in all boroughs, free. >>

5/4-6: yes, he’s talkin’ to you. screenwriter and director paul schrader will introduce and/or do q+a following select screenings of taxi driver, light sleeper, the walker, and american gigolo. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

5/4-8: the 29th dusty film + animation festival presents more than 100 screened works by sva bfa film + bfa animation students. sva theatre (chelsea). free. >>

5/4 various times: may the fourth be with! feel the force at these star wars day-themed events:

► various times: the empire strikes back (despecialized edition), movies r dumb presents the star wars holiday special, star wars drink n’ draw, and star wars: the psychedelica awakens at q.e.d. astoria. free-$10. >>

► 6pm: the science of star wars at caveat (les). free. >>

► 7pm the last jedi screening at syndicated (bushwick). $7. >>

► 7pm: the force awakens and the last jedi screenings at gemini + scorpio loft (gowanus). $10 suggested donation. >>

► 8pm: may the 4th laser tag at bowlmor lanes (chelsea piers). $10 adv, $20 door. >>

► 10pm: the empire striketh back drinking game  at the players theatre (west village). $12 admission includes a drink. >>

► 10pm: a galaxy far far away silent disco at the well (bushwick). $5-15 adv, $20 door. >>

► midnight: the george lucas talk show at ucb east village. $9. >>

5/4 10am-8pm (+ 5/5 9am-6pm): in anticipation of sunday’s td five boro bike tour, 100+ exhibitors take over red hook’s brooklyn cruise terminal for the annual bike expo new york. free admission. >>

5/4 12-4:30pm: nyu’s student-run program board presents the strawberry fest, an annual outdoor concert featuring performances by men i trust, crumb, mike, beshken, and wnyu djs. plus a super-long strawberry shortcake. sweet! w 3rd street + laguardia place (greenwich village), free admission. >>

5/4 6-9pm: asia society celebrates asian pacific american heritage month with a night of free admission, tours, sake + beer tastings, and more. asia society (ues), free. >>

5/4 6-11pm: the rubin museum kicks off artist and museum fellow chitra ganesh‘s residency with a night of gallery tours, discussions, music by dj rekha, 2-for-1 happy hour 6-7pm, a screening of 1956 sci-fi classic forbidden planet introduced by ganesh ($10), and more. part of the museum’s ongoing k2 friday nights series. rubin museum of art (chelsea), free admission. >>

5/4 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: three years after interplanetary space probe new horizons reached pluto, lead scientist alan stern and astrobiologist david grinspoon discuss their new book, chasing new horizons: inside the epic first mission to pluto, followed by a signing. beer and wine will be available for purchase. intrepid sea, air + space museum (midtown west/hell’s kitchen), free. >>

5/4 7:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): get sasha fierce at lola star’s dreamland beyoncé-themed roller disco party at prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

5/4 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): writers of comedic punk news site the hard times and their friends present a stand-up comedy showcase at tender trap (greenpoint). $5. >>

5/4 7:30pm (ends today): following a 26-night run at the edinburgh fringe festival, performer and author mindy raf (the symptoms of my insanity) brings her her critically acclaimed solo show not the one: a love story to theaterlab (midtown west). $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $23). >>

5/4 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): speak american: a comedy show with an accent celebrates everyone that’s come here from a different place. tonight, sydnee washington, usama siddiquee, bryan yang, radhika vaz, and yotam tubul. hosted by noa osheroff  and drew anderson. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

5/4 7:30pm doors: bauhaus and love and rockets bassist david j plays berlin (east village/alphabet city) with twin guns, beechwood, and hot jam factory. $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

5/4 8pm: blush, double winter, and absolutely yours play alphaville (bushwick). $8. >>

5/4 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by ryan donahue (kimmel), loyiso madinga (the daily show), fumi abe (mtv), tori piskin (mtv), kerry coddett (crashing), and steph tolev. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

5/4 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): comedians become authors real and imaginary and read selections from made up books at literati: a comedy show about books and the idiots who write them. hosted by colin o’brien + michael wolf, and featuring dylan marron (welcome to nightvale), marcia belsky (handmaid’s tale the musical), alex song (asian af) and lucas michael (miracle workers). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

5/4 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by anthony devito (comedy central), mike abrusci (the chris gethard show), solomon georgio (conan), tommy mcnamara (onion sports), and katie hannigan (collegehumor). hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

5/4 midnight (fridays + saturdays thru 5/26): have a lynchian evening with late night lynch, nitehawk’s series of midnight screenings of  blue velvet, twin peaks: fire walk with me, lost highway, and eraserhead. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $12 general, $9 seniors. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: just $15 for ‘extremely satisfying’ replay, part of brits off broadway 2018,  at 59e59 theaters (reg. $25). >>

rsvp for free passes to an advance screening of book club, starring diane keaton, jane fonda, candice bergen, and mary steenburgen at amc loews lincoln square 5/13 at 2pm. (rsvp does not guarantee entry. first-come, first-served admission. limited number available.) >>

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