around town today

thru 11/4: the seasonal death, mourning, and the hereafter in mid-19th century new york exhibition returns to ‘manhattan’s most haunted’ house, merchant’s house museum (noho). included with regular admission ($15 general, $10 students/seniors). >>

thru 9/29: 70 international galleries will showcase works from 300 contemporary artists starting at $100 at the biannual affordable art fair. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $20 general, free hours friday 6-8pm. >>

thru 9/29: go on the village trip, the second annual festival of music, poetry readings, writing seminars, and social justice forums celebrating the heritage of greenwich village. various locations and prices, including a free concert with marc ribot, steve earle, and the tall pines in washington square park on saturday. >>

thru 9/29: the 17th annual new york burlesque festival takes over seven manhattan and brooklyn venues with 100 international performers, a teaser party, showcases, and the ‘golden pastie’ awards ceremony. various venues, free-$35. >>

thru 9/28: the school of visual arts presents its annual mfa social documentary film thesis showcase, a preview of documentary shorts and features in-progress by the class of 2019. filmmakers will be present and q+as will follow each screening. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

thru 9/28: the ninth annual new york no limits film series screens 19 independent features and shorts over three days at wild project (east village). $13. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
my little pony. inwood hill park. >>
seventh annual offensive fences film festival. various les community gardens (thru 9/28). >>

5:30-9:30pm: meet with local wedding pros at the annual touring great bridal expo. new york marriott marquis (midtown west), $10 (bogo with promo code ‘engaged’ for a limited time). >>

6pm doors: lola kirke, odetta hartman, and cassandra jenkins play the rooftop at elsewhere (east williamsburg/bushwick). $15. >>

6-8pm (on view thru 11/9): fremin gallery presents fancy animal carnival, a follow-up to artist hung yi’s 2016 garment district public exhibition, including additional works from mi ju and maleonn. opening reception tonight (rsvp required to fremin gallery (chelsea), free. >>

6-8pm: artists ‘bodily react’ to current political and social topics at performance art project homeostasis. viridian artists contemporary art gallery (chelsea), free. >>

6-9pm (on view thru 10/2): one art space (tribeca) hosts the national association of women artists’s 130th annual members’ exhibition. opening reception and awards ceremony tonight. free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: a seat in the classroom: harvard asian-american alumni association president jeannie park, associate professors of sociology margaret chin and van tran, and wnyc education reporter jessica gould discuss education access in the asian-american community as part of the ‘tenement talks’ discussion series at tenement museum (les). free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: dream folk-pop band long beard plays a record release show at baby’s all right (williamsburg), with rock solid and nathan bajar. $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): one comedian will be pulled from the lineup to chat with host savannah desormeaux about a time they ghosted or were ghosted at the ghost town show. tonight’s edition features performers ian fidance (comedy central), karolena theresa (awkward sex and the city), maddy smith (mtv), alysia brown (open flame comedy), and zack signore. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm: the red ink reading series, a quarterly literary discussion series that focuses on women writers, delves into the topic ‘secrets’ with kristen arnett (mostly dead things), angie cruz (dominicana), sion dayson (as a river), briallen hopper (hard to love: essays and confessions), and elisabet velasquez. hosted by michele filgate. books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at sideshow goshko, hosted by award-winning storyteller leslie goshko. tonight’s show includes guests gail thomas (beavis and butthead), bill chambers (ten foot rat cabaret), and meliora dockery (the moth radio hour). bonus: one winner of a trivia challenge will each receive a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine). kgb bar (east village), free. >>

7-9pm: b.y.o. bag and bucks to the cure thrift shop’s dollar sale, where clothing, shoes, accessories in the downstairs area will be priced $1 for just two hours. cure thrift shop (east village/union square). >>

7-11pm: vice and noisey present noisey nights, featuring performances by porches, b boys, slaughter beach, dog, and dj chris p. villain (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sponsored: 7:30pm: uptown showdown: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in a battle of wits about which is superior, the eighties or the aughts. tonight’s guests: isabel hagen (just for laughs new face of comedy 2019), dave hill (the goddamn dave hill show), mehran khaghani (last comic standing), gabe pacheco (eat pray judge), jes tom (reductress), and adam wade (winner of 20 slams at the moth). hosted by matthew love. symphony space (uws), $16 with no drink minumum. >>

7:30pm (monthly): isn’t she funny, a stand-up comedy show with a dude-free lineup, features maddy smith (mtv), natasha vaynblat (comedy central), melissa diaz, carolyn bergier, and emily duke. hosted by carly montag, emily walsh, and marisa riley. dudes and non-dudes welcome. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by hannah boone (adult swim), petey deabreu (comedy central), rob cantrell (hbo), emily winter (nbc), and jake head. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: audience members are cast in small roles alongside the actors at brooklyn theatre club’s immersive reading of my fair lady. the front bar at knitting factory (williamsburg), $16. >>

8pm: nothing is off-limits at the tampons, tears, and triumphs improv and storytelling show, where women performers openly engage in taboo topics. tonight’s show features special guests from the aclu joining in. the pit (flatiron), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

8pm: synth-heavy rock trio infinity shred plays an album release show at elsewhere’s zone one (east williamsburg/bushwick). $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

8:30pm (monthly): a lineup of folks who have a way with words share them at the in your own words storytelling show. hosted by rob penty. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories the tellers never thought they’d share in public at the risk! podcast’s live show. tonight’s installment includes bryan berlin, erin barker, keisha zollar, mike cho, and host kevin allison. caveat (les), $15. >>

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

want more? check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>


The virtuosic artistry of Houston Ballet is among the most exquisite in the world, though the company is seldom seen on the East Coast. Don’t miss them at New York City Center Oct 24 – 26 only – showcasing two New York premieres and featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

The Letter V was created for Houston Ballet in 2015 by legendary choreographer Mark Morris and has never been seen in New York. The all-male Come In by Aszure Barton features 14 dancers who easily transition between her impressive group synchronicity and enthralling solo work. Optimism is contagious in Justin Peck’s Reflections, which Houston Ballet premiered in Spring 2019, featuring a contemporary score by Sufjan Stevens.

coming up

9/27-10/13: the 57th annual new york film festival features more than two weeks filled with premieres, restorations, special events, filmmaker + talent appearances, and free talks. film at lincoln center (uws), $10-30 general, $10-25 students. >>

9/27-29: make memories with what you’ll find at the annual nyc yarn crawl, three days of exploring manhattan and brooklyn yarn shops offering discounts, events, and more. >>

9/27 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
claudine. marcus garvey park (harlem). >>
love in the time of cholera. maria hernandez park (bushwick). >>
mary poppins returns. conference house park (staten island). >>
seventh annual offensive fences film festival. various les community gardens (thru 9/28). >>
space jam. concrete plant park (bronx). >>

9/27 4-9pm: two thousand mini toy elephants will fall from the sky at the great dumbo drop, part of dumbo’s annual block party. washington street at water street (dumbo). >>

9/27 5-10pm: enjoy a slice of the country in midtown at the annual bryant park square dance, complete with live music, mechanical bull rides, trick roping lessons, and more. bonus: free cowboy hats for the first 1,000 folks. bryant park (midtown west), free admission. >>

9/27 6-9pm: the frick collection’s college night: the museum opens its doors to undergrad and grad students for free after-hours viewing, live music, gallery talks, and sketching. valid school id required. >>

9/27 6-11pm (every other friday thru 12/13): food, drinks, and music await at the vice night market. villain (williamsburg), free admission. >>

9/27 6:30pm (on view weekends 12-5pm thru 11/17): the morbid anatomy library reopens at green-wood cemetery with new exhibition, ladies of sorrow: a visual exploration of grief and femininity. green-wood cemetery’s 1877 fort hamilton gate house, opening party tonight ($15), free admission during regular hours. >>

9/27 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: contemporary ensemble hotel elefant launches its season with a program of music by saariaho, vierk, gastillo, gardner, bandera, and harold. areté (greenpoint), pay-what-you-want. >>

9/27 7pm: engage: a made-up star trek musical: redshirts, an all-women, star trek: the next generation-inspired musical improv team, present a musically-improvised episode of ds9 at the pit loft (chelsea). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

9/27 7pm: the harlem chamber players opens the season with a concert of works by beethoven, britten, and tchaikovsky. broadway presbyterian church (morningside heights), $15 adv/$20 door general, $10 adv/$15 door students/seniors. >>

9/27 7:30pm (monthly): raise a glass at keanu rosé, an intimate comedy show guest hosted by real-life couple natalie wall and aaron benoit, and featuring a lineup of guest comedians including hope morawa and more to celebrate the show’s first anniversary. branded saloon (prospect heights), free. >>

9/27 7:30pm (+ 10/4): lola star’s dreamland roller disco parties return to prospect park with a different theme/focus every friday night through mid-october. tonight: madonna vs lady gaga. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, $20-22 admission includes skate rental. >>

9/27 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: laugh and scream at hoff’s horrorfest, where comedian hoff matthews will host a screening of a quiet place interspersed with comedy bits and prize giveaways. cantina royal (williamsburg), $5. >>

9/27 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: eliot glazer’s haunting renditions live show turns pop songs into comedy with the help of a five-piece band and guest franchesca ramsey (decoded). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

9/27 8pm (+ 9/28 at w83 auditorium): new york classical players begins the season with a series of romantic masterworks by beethoven, wagner, holst, and bartok. flushing town hall, free. >>

9/27 8pm: five bands from jalopy records will play blues, early jazz, banjo, fiddle, and jug tunes at jalopy (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront). $10. >>

9/27 8pm doors, 9pm show: leeds-based post-punk band drahla and brooklyn’s russian baths play rough trade (williamsburg). $12 adv, $14 dos. >>

9/27 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by alington mitra (conan, brendan sagalow (mtv), regina decicco (the view), nina tar, kathryn henson, and alex barnett. hosted by erica spera. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

9/27 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (biweekly): secret loft’s comedy show features drew michael (hbo), julie kottakis (laughs), will miles (comedy central), giulia rozzi (chelsea lately), kerryn feehan (trutv), and kerry coddett (trutv). hosted by tyler fischer. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 admission includes pizza (advance purchase required). >>

9/27 9:30pm: entertainers get analyzed at and that’s our time, a variety show where comedians perform in front of a licensed therapist and get evaluated based on their set. hosted by harris mayersohn and hanna dickinson. brooklyn comedy collective (williamsburg), $10. >>

9/27 9:30pm (+ 9/28): the armory comedy group’s shot4shot series takes a movie or tv script and blind casts it for a reading/drinking game. this time, the group takes on the big lebowski (fri) and the dark knight (sat). the tank (midtown west), $5. >>

9/27 10pm: the feeling gloomy dance party returns after a year-long hiatus with a night of new wave, brit-pop, post-punk, and synth-pop tunes at brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). $7 adv, $10 door. >>

9/27 10pm: nyc dj collective working women is joined by libson’s naive records head and rádio quântica co-founder violet at nowadays (ridgewood). rsvp grants free admission before 11pm and $10 entry 11pm-midnight. $10-15 otherwise. >>

9/27 10pm: wnyu dance music radio show beats in space celebrates its 20th anniversary at good room with dj tim sweeney, chicago deep grove and house dj jamie 3:26, japanese acid/house/techno producer gonno, and more. good room (greenpoint), $15. >>

ticket deals

the 10th annual nyc pizza run, a 5k race where runners stop at checkpoints to eat a slice of pizza returns to fort greene park sunday, 9/29. admission includes an official race t-shirt, tote bag, and a free drink at the after party at dsk bar. save 50% on registration with promo code ‘skint’ >>

get tickets to the annual ny cat and dog film festivals at sva theatre 11/3 for $12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25).

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