around town today

thru 9/16: theater for the new city’s ninth annual dream up festival presents 27 new works. theater for the new city (east village), $12-20. >>

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a poem is a naked person. rockaway beach. >>
justice league. highbridge park. >>
space jam. flynn playground (bronx). >>
the grocer’s son (le fils de l’épicier). columbia university’s low memorial library rotunda (morningside heights). >>

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

5:30pm: in advance of the global climate action summit in san francisco, peoples climate movement leads the rise for climate, jobs, and justice rally and march in lower manhattan. meets at castle clinton (battery park). >>

6pm (thursdays thru 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: juliette campbell of shanghai mermaid presents music by blues group mary kaye + the boys, swing dancing by nathan + gaby, and art by tanya rynd. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

6pm: start your fashion week with inclusivity at dapperq’s annual queer runway showcase, pop-up shops, and a happy hour at brooklyn museum’s beaux-arts court. $16 admission includes museum admission. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: laura mcquade (ceo of planned parenthood nyc), irin carmon (author of notorious rbg), liz krueger (new york state senator), and lynn roberts (cuny school of public health) meet to discuss new york state, reproductive justice, and the midterm elections at brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights). $5. >>

6:30pm: does protest still matter? activist new york author steve jaffe, revolting new york editor don mitchell, and a panel of activists and organizers from black lives matter, el puente, and other groups discuss the recent surge of political action and what impact it’s actually had. moderated by new york progressive action network co-chair traci strickland. the cuny graduate center (midtown east), free. >>

7pm (thursdays thru 9/27): unleash your knowledge at dog trivia, hosted by puppy bowl referee dan schachner at boris + horton (east village/alphabet city). $10 admission will benefit various dog rescue groups. >>

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 (see also 7:30pm at ifc center below): filmmaker/co-writer ethan hawke discusses his latest directorial effort, blaze, with film comment editor amy taubin. the amphitheater at lincoln center’s elinor bunin munroe film center (uws), free (tickets will be distributed at the box office starting one hour prior to the event). >>

7:30pm (+ 9/7-8 at 7pm): author sybil rosen, director/co-writer ethan hawke, and stars benjamin dickey + charlie sexton will do q+a following select screenings of their film blaze, based on rosen’s book living in the wooden tree: remembering blaze foley. ifc center (greenwich village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians perform original pop songs and make pop presentations at ziwe fumudoh’s pop show. featuring jo firestone (fallon), cole escola (difficult people), alex english (the rundown with robin thede), matt rogers (las culturistas), lorelei ramirez (adult swim), and more. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by ismael loutfi (kimmel), subhah agarwal (the jim jefferies show), patrick hastie, tito garza, and pamela ross. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by andy haynes (comedy central), lucie steiner (hbo), jonathan van halem, and more. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

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


Preview fall classes and discover your creative path at 92Y’s Intro to the Arts Night. On Monday, September 17, from 6-9 pm, our friends at 92Y will host their free open house. This is great opportunity to meet their faculty of teaching artists, tour their new music facility and art studios, watch a demonstration or participate in a hands-on activity, and get help selecting the perfect class.

Channel your inner artist and enjoy an evening filled with dance performances, food and wine tastings, private music lessons, art, jewelry, and ceramics demonstrations and much more. Reserve your seat today!


Unable to attend Intro to the Arts Night? Learn more about 92Y’s classes at

coming up

sponsored: the puntastically named grin and barrett comedy, a free monthly comedy show with liz barrett, returns thursday september 13. tired of comedy shows with no women? well this line up has more than just dudes (think comedians you’ve seen on comedy central, conan, the late show with stephen colbert, and ones who are up and coming). the vibe is fun, and there are raffles. reserve your seat today! >>

9/7-1/5 (tues-fri 12-8pm, sat 10am-5pm, closed mon-tues): ‘pink: the history of a punk, pretty, powerful color,’ the museum at fit’s latest clothing exhibition, features 80 ensembles from the 18th century to present, with examples by designers christian dior, yves saint laurent, and many more. the museum at fit (chelsea), free admission. >>

9/7-9: yay clay! the second annual brooklyn clay tour features 30 exhibitions, events, talks, and presentations highlighting 275 ceramics artists in 25 galleries, shops, and studios across the borough. >>

9/7 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
a wrinkle in time. concrete plant park (bronx) >>
black panther. hansborough recreation center (harlem). >>
brave. paul raimonda playground (ditmars steinway) >>
cars. ocean breeze park (staten island). >>
love beats rhymes. st. nicholas park (harlem). >>
school daze. herbert von king park (bed-stuy). >>
the lego ninjago movie. wolfe’s pond park (staten island). >>

9/7 10am-10pm (+ 9/14): just two more chances to catch the sunset at governors island, which stays open late every friday thru summer. >>

9/7 1:30pm (fridays thru 10/26): point yourself in the direction of bryant park for free group beginner fencing lessons, returning for the fall season today. equipment provided, pre-registration required. >>

9/7 6pm-midnight: the paley center for media opens paleygx, a free gaming center featuring popular games and consoles. tonight’s launch party features djs, notable gamers, and chances to play games on nintendo, playstation, xbox, and other systems. the paley center for media (midtown west), free (rsvp). >>

9/7 7pm: play new games at the nyu game center incubator showcase, a chance to sample six original games and hear about their creation from the developers themselves. nyu game center (downtown brooklyn), free (rsvp). >>

9/7 7pm: sex and campus culture expert and writer donna freitas discusses her new book, consent on campus: a manifesto, at bluestockings bookstore (les). free. >>

9/7 7pm (monthly): the new york society for ethical culture (uws) hosts a screening and discussion of the ethical issues presented in the film ghost world (2001), directed by terry zwigoff. $5 suggested donation includes snacks and beverages. >>

9/7 7pm: bushwick’s traditional okinawan karate of brooklyn (east williamsburg) offers free women’s and lgbtq self-defense classes, with refreshments to follow. rsvp required. >>

9/7 7:30-10:30pm (fridays thru 10/12): after work work work work work work, skate away at lola star’s rihanna-themed dreamland roller disco party. prospect park’s lefrak center. $18 adv, $20 door admission includes skate rental. >>

9/7 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: ismael loutfi, liza treyger, anthony devito, danish maqbool, atheer yacoub, and wary nichen. hosted by noa osheroff and julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

9/7 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show is presumably just that, pairing free pizza (hopefully big, but not weird) with jokes by natasha vaynblat (comedy central), emily fleming (@midnight), dan perlman (trutv), scotland green, and jericho davidson. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket holders. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

9/7 8:30pm: the mid riff comedy show features belly buttons and laughs from molly ruben-long (viceland), robert dean (comedy central), courtney fearrington (siriusxm), jess salomon (siriusxm), eman el husseini (cbc), and kevin saucier. hosted by alissa may atkinson and lauren vino. precious metal (bushwick), free. >>

9/7 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is all about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring standup by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), daniel webb (comedy central), alington mitra (conan), liz barrett (laughs), and eddie morrison. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

9/7 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 addy weyrich (crashing), mark vigeant (comedy central), becky abrams (mtv), and jes tom (reductress). caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

9/7 9:30pm: no one’s gonna steal your sunshine at secretformula’s 90’s one-hit wonders sing-along, where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos and score some sweet 90’s swag. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

9/7 10pm: lofty comedy gets liquored up at random access theatre’s drunk restoration comedy, where actors under the influence will perform a reading of richard brinsley sheridan’s the school for scandal (1777) while the audience plays drinking games. the players theatre (west village), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint10’ (reg $12) admission includes a drink. >>

9/7 11pm: be a part of the rhythm nation at miss jackson if you’re nasty: a janet jackson party. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

ticket deals

rsvp for free dr. martens-sponsored shows, including eleanor friedberger, a place to bury strangers, diet cig, and more 9/6-11/14. >>

rsvp for the brooklyn army terminal block party, featuring busta rhymes and justine skye 9/15. >>

get tickets to octfest, featuring music by vince staples, the flaming lips, yo lo tengo, jeff tweedy and more at governors island 9/8-9, for $37.50-70 (plus ticket fees, reg. $75-140). >>

get tickets to the wine + food experience featuring martha stewart at prospect park’s lefrak center 9/8 for $30+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $65+). >>

go on a sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 10/31 for $35+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $58+). >>

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