around town today

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just added: thru 1/27: two new exhibitions open at el museo del barrio (east harlem): ‘down these mean streets: community and place in urban photography’ and ‘liliana porter: other situations.’ suggested admission: $9 general, $5 students/seniors. >>

thru 9/16 (+ 9/20-23): the annual photoville pop-up photography ‘village’ takes over brooklyn bridge plaza with 85 exhibitions in and around 60 repurposed shipping containers. the indoor/outdoor event also includes talks, demos, workshops, tours, and a food + beer garden. brooklyn bridge plaza (dumbo), free admission. >>

thru 9/17: the 13th annual brooklyn book festival, the largest free literary event in nyc, returns with a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events, a children’s day saturday, and a festival day and marketplace featuring more than 300 authors and 250 booksellers sunday. tonight’s events include thoreau in new york at old stone house (free), a night of spoken word poetry at la bodega studios (free), literary death match at littlefield ($10), grabbing pussy: karen finley at issue project room ($15), and more. >>

thru 9/23: the 92nd annual italian feast of san gennaro returns to little italy with carnival games, rides, festivities, and, of course, food. programming highlights include a cannoli eating competition (9/14 2pm), the grand procession (9/15 2pm), and a meatball eating contest (9/22 1pm). >>

thru 10/20: wear your adidas or pumas and be ready to battle at film forum’s hip hop on film 1979–1986 festival, a mix of tv shows, documentaries and feature-length films, including beat street, graffiti rock, stations of the elevated, style wars, wild style and more, as well as q+as with filmmakers charlie ahearn, michael holman and others. film forum (south village), $15. >>

5-8pm: jcat and pleiades gallery showcase 300 artworks by 100 japanese artists for the ‘we’ group exhibition. live painting, music, and free sake tastings tonight. pleiades gallery (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6pm (+ 9/20): music under the manhattan bridge: dumbo’s fourth annual live at the archway performance series brings free outdoor musical performances, interactive art, and more to under the manhattan bridge archway in dumbo. tonight: bluegrass/hip-hop group gangstagrass, and art by kay gordon. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6-8:30pm: fingers crossed for no rain during mixmag and battery park city’s summer session open-air party, featuring music spun by dj spinna, natasha diggs, and tasha blank. wagner park (battery park city), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: romola hodas launches princess of 42nd street: surviving my childhood as the daughter of times square’s king of porn, her memoir about growing up as the daughter of marty hodas, the man who built a times square adult business empire in the 1960s-1980s. actor sam stein, who plays marty on the deuce, will be in attendance. the disco lounge bar at the museum of sex (flatiron), free admission. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the ho-hum becomes hi-larious at the monotony! variety show, where comedians and storytellers entertain you with presentations on subjects typically considered boring. tonight’s one-year anniversary show features ryan mandelbaum (gizmodo), dina hashem (comedy central), tom thakkar (conan), julia johns (mtv), and jr strauss. hosted by jeopardy! runner-up and scientist raj sivaraman. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

7pm (ends today): the annual jazz at pier 84 outdoor music series, curated by the jazz foundation of america, concludes for the season with a performance by soul-jazz saxophonist george braith. hudson river park’s pier 84 (midtown west), free. >>

7pm: anything goes at the best worst talent show, an amateur performance showcase where being bad is good. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: astronomy + physics professor janna levin (how the universe got its spots) hosts the scientific controversies series at red hook’s pioneer works. tonight’s topic: swarm intelligence with professor simon garnier and dr. corrie moreau. stargazing in the garden will follow. free (rsvp). >>

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. >>

sponsored 7:30pm: litprov brings together new voices in literature to read from their latest works, followed by a couple of comedians who act out what they think happens next. tonight: melissa broder (so sad today), joseph fink (welcome to night vale), dave hill (wfmu), and dulcé sloan (the daily show). hosted by rakesh satyal. symphony space (uws), $10 adv with promo code ‘columbia’ (reg. $16). >>

7:30pm (thru 9/16): the school of visual arts’s annual after school special film + animation fest puts the spotlight on recent work of alumni with a week of free screenings and q+as. tonight: the great showman. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

7:30pm: fashion designers and dance choreographers collaborated to create dance vignettes inspired by designers’ collections for the stylepointe fashion show. dixon place (les), $20+. >>

7:30pm (thru 10/13): conceived in the wake of michael brown’s death in 2014, antigone in ferguson fuses a dramatic reading of excerpts from sophocles’ greek tragedy by a rotating cast of actors including samira wiley (the handmaid’s tale), frankie faison (the wire), and paul giamatti (billions) with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, and citizens from ferguson and nyc. harlem stage, free (rsvp). >>

sponsored: 7:30pm (ends today): the new york philharmonic performs there will be blood‘s score to the complete film at lincoln center. tickets from $30, use code twbb45 for select $45 orchestra seats. >>

8pm: enjoy a free pint of the new brooklyn brewery defender ipa and mingle with other pop culture fans at a launch party for the official comic con beer. brooklyn brewery tasting room (williamsburg), free (rsvp). >>

8pm (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show, serving up complimentary pasta alongside stand up by jo firestone (fallon), sharron paul (cheap date comedy), david meherje, and kendall farrell. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $5. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by janelle james (netflix), maria wojciechowski (comedywire), luke mones (funny or die), tommy mcnamara (onion sports), and chloe mcgovern (roastmasters). hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: as part of its political punk exhibit, the museum of reclaimed urban space will screen afro-punk, james spooner’s 2003 film that inspired the original afropunk festival. spooner will be in attendance to introduce the film and for a post-screening talk-back. museum of reclaimed urban space (alphabet city/east village), $5 suggested donation. >>

8pm (thru 9/22): the 10th annual collaborations in dance festival at triskelion arts features 30 dance companies collaborating with artists working in other media including film, sound, costuming, visual art, and more.​ triskelion arts (greenpoint), $18 adv, $22 door. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by shane torres (conan), clara pluton, val nigro, robert dean, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): tyler fischer hosts the fish bowl comedy show, a new after hours stand up show at gotham market. tonight: sean donnelly (colbert, matthew broussard (comedy central), carolyn castiglia (mtv), alingon mitra (conan), aminah imani (vh1), and leclerc andre (laughs). gotham market (fort greene), $5 with rsvp (reg. $10). >>

8:30pm: liz barrett’s punnerifically named grin and barrett comedy show returns for a night of stand up by liz miele (gotham live), jim tews (felines of new york), kelsey caine (the new york times), andrew casertano (the roastmasters), jeffrey emerson (lap dance saloon), and more. beauty bar (gramercy/east village), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): double down on the hand of comedy, a stand-up and sketch comedy show hosted by claudia cogan (last comic standing). tonight’s performers include jay jurden, melissa rocha, veronica garza, sagar bhatt, and country music comedy duo reformed whores. cobra club (bushwick), $5. >>

10pm: get lit at the dirty thursday blacklight dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

10:15pm (+ 9/14 7pm + 10pm): john lydon (aka johnny rotten of the sex pistols) will do q+a or introduce select screenings of tabbery filler’s new public image ltd documentary, the public image is rotten. the metrograph (les), $15. >>

11pm (thursdays-saturdays thru 9/22): serials @ the flea: watch five ten-minute episodic plays and vote for your favorites to return next week with a new installment. the flea theater (tribeca), $15 admission includes a beer. >>


Take your taste buds on an international journey at The World’s Fare Passport Series celebrating The Americas!

In April 2018, Festival Media re-imagined one of the most iconic fairs and hosted “The World’s Fare” at Citi Field. Over 10,000 people gathered to advocate for the equality and diversity in the city’s food industry while enjoying a number of exhibits. Following the success of The World’s Fare, Festival Media is now bringing you a celebration of The Americas as part of The World’s Fare Passport Series.

 Taking place on September 22 and 23, event goers will also have access to a beer garden, music and entertainment.

Guantanamera NYC will have a taste of Cuba via their amazing Sandwiches Cubanos. Tacos al Pastor from Antojitos Charly will transport you to Mexico, and if you’re craving Jamaican food, Four The Hard Way’s oxtail is just the thing. For a taste of the US, Miss Holly’s Smokehouse will be serving up Southern BBQ done right.

Travel the world through cuisine with a slew of global food vendors! The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 5-25 46th Ave. in Long Island City, in a lot on the waterfront overlooking the midtown Manhattan skyline. Admission is $7 and children ages 10 and under will be admitted for free.


coming up

9/14-2/3: the brooklyn museum presents ‘soul of a nation: art in the age of black power,’ an exhibition featuring over 150 works by 60 african-american artists from 1963 to 1983. related events include a dance party 9/15 and talks with artists faith ringgold and alice walker (9/27, 10/12). brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

9/14-20: letter from masanjia, leon lee’s documentary about an exposé of chinese labor camps that was sparked by an sos letter placed in a kmart halloween package, screens at village east cinema (east village). $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

9/14-16: know your meme celebrates its 10th anniversary and 20 years of meme culture with an exhibition and forum dedicated to internet memes. museum of the moving image (astoria), free with museum admission. >>

9/14-16: see the seaside on the screen at the coney island film festival. the 18th annual fest showcases a variety of shorts, experimental films, animations, documentaries and music videos, as well as coney cult classic the warriors. friday’s opening party ($25) features burlesque + sideshow performances, food, and a two hour open beer + wine bar. sideshows by the seashore and the coney island museum, $8-15. >>

9/14 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
black panther. van cortland park (bronx). >>
crime + punishment. franz sigel park (bronx). >>
despicable me 3. owl’s head park (bay ridge). >>
godspell. morris-jumel mansion (washington heights). >>
jumanji: welcome to the jungle. bloomingdale park (staten island). >>

9/14 9am-5pm: the lesbians who tech + allies career fair seeks to connect women, people of color, lgbtq+ individuals, and people who live with a disability with hiring companies who believe diversity is an advantage. stage 48 (hell’s kitchen), free. >>

9/14 10am-10pm (ends today): last chance to have a late(ish) night at governors island, whose summer friday hours end tonight. >>

9/14 4-8:30pm: at the met costume institute’s college fashion design event, undergrads and grad students can view designs from a student fashion design competition, learn how to dress a mannequin, join conversations about fashion and art, get their portfolio reviewed, and more. the metropolitan museum of art (ues), free (rsvp). >>

9/14 5-10pm (ends today): squeeze this into your schedule: the annual accordions around the world series culminates in a five-hour festival, with a wide range of musical styles performed by shashmaqam, joão cirilo pilom batuko band, shilpa ray, canzoniere grecanico salentino, and rimel. free. >>

9/14 5pm doors, 7pm show: high waisted and reality something play an all-ages free show at the elsewhere rooftop (east williamsburg/bushwick). free with rsvp. >>

9/14 6-8pm (runs thru 9/16): nail artist britney tokyo hosts an art show at +81 gallery new york (nolita). opening party friday. free. >>

9/14 6-9pm: free fall fridays at asia society return: the museum offers free admission and stays open late for the opening of the new exhibition, ‘the progressive revolution: modern art for a new india,’ plus exhibition tours, music by dj tikka masala, and drinks + indian street food available for purchase. asia society (ues), free. >>

9/14 7pm: the annual smartglamour runway show boasts models of diverse ages, ethnicities, sizes, abilities, and genders. 344 w 38th st. (garment district), free (rsvp required). >>

9/14 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): if you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends at lola star’s spice girls-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

9/14 8pm: bad pitches: comics compete to come up with the worst new tv show ideas to a panel of ‘network execs. tonight’s theme: ‘f is for family.’ crystal lake brooklyn (east williamsburg), free. >>

9/14 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by kate willett (netflix), joe zimmerman (fallon), rebecca vigil (your love, our musical), matty litwack, and paul julmeus. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

9/14 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 daniel rugg webb (comedy central), kenny deforest (seth meyers), julie kottakis (madge the vag), harris stanton (bet), andy sandford (conan), and more. hosted by petey deabreu. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

9/14 midnight (monthly): jeff simmermon (this american life, the moth storyslam grandslam winner) hosts the ‘and i am not lying’ variety show, with standup by anthony devito (colbert), alison leiby (the president show) and patrick holbert (siriusxm), storytelling by gastor almonte (this is not happening), and burlesque by puss n boots + gemini blitz. ucb (east village), $9. >>

9/14 midnight: unlike high school, at a high school reunion everyone’s of legal drinking age. take advantage of this at a romy + michelle’s high school reunion drinking game. videology (williamsburg), $12. >>

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