around town today

various times: free outdoor movies:
angels in the outfield, st. catherine’s park (lenox hill) >>
ghost, hunter’s point south park (lic) >>

various times (thru 9/18): the 11th annual brooklyn book festival returns sunday, bringing a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events to bookstores, theaters, libraries, and open spaces to whet your literary appetite. tonight’s events include readings in a bakeshop (6:30pm, free), cuban heavy metal sci-fi (7pm, $15), the new laws of attraction (7pm, free), seven ways of looking at war (7pm, free), and more. >>

11:30am-11pm (thru 9/25, 11:30am-11pm sun-thurs, 11:30am-midnight fri-sat): get ready for cannolis, the annual italian feast of san gennaro returns to little italy with over a week of carnival games, rides, festivities, and of course food. and yes, that involves a cannoli-eating contest (fri afternoon). >>

5-8pm: customer appreciation day at birchbox soho: get a free birchbox with purchase all day, plus sweet treats 5-8pm. >>

6pm: pedal with purpose and ride together at a mass bike ride organized to raise awareness of cyclist and pedestrian deaths and to demand ‘safe passage for all new yorkers.’ wear yellow and meet at east 59th street + fifth avenue. >>

6-9pm (thru 9/18: 1-7pm fri, 11am-9pm sat, 11am-7pm sun): the 11th annual ny art book fair, featuring over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries, kicks off with an opening night preview/party at moma ps1 (lic). $10 for the preview, free for the rest of the fair. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: how are modern conveniences cutting our future short? journalist susan freinkel, author of plastic: a toxic love story, discusses america’s relationship with plastic with cecil mark-corbin of we act for environmental justice. museum of the city of new york (east harlem), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: lower east side business owners old and new meet up with sociologists to discuss the changing commercial landscape of the lower east side, with complimentary beer and tastings from local market vendors. essex street market (les), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: how could the next hurricane sandy impact new york city? new america nyc hosts a panel exploring short and long-term protection solutions for coastal cities in a time of climate change, with participants from the mayor’s office, columbia university’s earth institute, rolling stone, and more. civic hall (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: humorist dave barry gives his take on his home state with a new book, best. state. ever.: a florida man defends his homeland. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway, free. >>

7pm: pulitzer prize-winning new york times columnist maureen dowd discusses the circus of presidential politics with journalist and author frank bruni, and signs copies of her book the year of voting dangerously: the derangement of american politics. barnes + noble union square, free. >>

7pm: learn about rituals from all over the world that help people honor the dead and usher them to the afterlife at krista amira calvo’s illustrated lecture burning, burying, and eating your dead: an exploration of curious funerary practices around the world. morbid anatomy museum (gowanus), $8. >>

7pm: relax your funny bone at the loose comedy show, guest hosted by aparna nancherla and john rabinowitz. this month’s installment features new snl cast member melissa villaseñor (just added!), emmy blotnick, chris gethard, ali clayton, alingon mitra, josh johnson, and more. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

7pm (thru 9/23): the fifth annual brooklyn beat (brooklyn emerging artists in theater) festival showcases diverse performing artists throughout the borough in ‘majestic and unusual spaces,’ like dance in a lobby and theater in a distillery. a free opening showcase occurs throughout the brooklyn museum tonight (with suggested museum admission), while other events are free-$20. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): at the drunk science show, three sloshed comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a panel of real scientists. this month’s show includes bowen yang (brooklyn magazine’s 50 funniest people), abbi crutchfield (comedy central, vh1), erin gloria ryan (vocativ, jezebel), and dr. stuart firestein (chair of biological sciences at columbia university). hosted by joanna rothkopf (jezebel), shannon odell (neuroscience phd student), and jordan mendoza (once was pre-med). littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $8 dos. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: catch a sneak preview of hbo’s high maintenance, followed by q+a with creators katja blichfeld and ben sinclair, and an after party. industry city (sunset park), free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm: how did nyc go from style try-hard to a world fashion capital? parsons school of design fashion history teacher lisa santandrea discusses the developments from the turn of the 20th century that made this happen. franklin electric (crown heights), $9.60 with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $12). >>

7:30pm (every other thursday): pete’s reading series returns with readings by nicole dennis-benn (here comes the sun), anna noyes (goodnight, beautiful women), and rumaan alam (rich and pretty. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), $5 suggested donation. >>

7:30pm: wfuv’s rita houston hosts the downtown comes uptown music series, where musicians perform selections at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center tonight (free) before giving full concerts at rockwood music hall tomorrow ($15). performers include the marcus king band, ruby amanfu, bailen, and alice phoebe lou. >>

7:30pm: bring a noisemaker to dim-prov, an improv show performed in the dark incorporating sounds to create a radio play-like atmosphere. the pit loft (chelsea), $5. >>

7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by alington mitra (comedy central), rob cantrell (last comic standing), rojo perez (mtv), ashley brooke roberts (fresh out), and sam evans. hosted by katina corrao, sean crespo, and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $5. >>

7:30pm (thru 9/18): the school of visual arts’s after school special 2016 alumni film and animation festival features a wide range works, from beauty and the beast and deadpool to documentaries and shorts, ending with a screening of the 68th annual emmy awards. tonight: spring break zombie massacre. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

8pm: the funny sexy sad reading series presents written works about, well, you guessed it. tonight, they’ve got richard larson (failbetter, hobart), ella boreau (lambda literary), magdalena waz (return on investment), harvey katz (take two storytelling series), and melissa rocha (just p*ssy comedy show). hosted by amira pierce and nate waggoner. molasses books (bushwick), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: cymbals eat guitars, field mouse, and wildhoney play music hall of williamsburg. $13 adv, $15 dos. >>

9pm (thru 9/18): the jalopy theatre + school of music celebrates 10 years with an extended weekend of roots, folk, and blues music. free-$15. >>

10pm: save a prayer for the morning after underworld’s new romantic night dedicated to duran duran, with 5 djs and hosted by mandana banshie templar. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free. >>

thru 9/18: the cinder block comedy festival aims to present a more diverse set of performers than normally found in fests. everything from sketch to stand-up to improv to musical comedy takes place across several williamsburg venues. $15/show, $30 day pass. >>

thru 11/20: the annual united solo theatre festival, the ‘world’s largest,’ returns to manhattan’s theatre row for its seventh year with more than 100 one-person shows. $20.25. >>

thru 1/22: the crochet coral reef, a large-scale art project combining crocheted yarn with plastic trash, commemorates its tenth anniversary with a three-part exhibition commenting on climate change and ocean health. museum of arts and design (columbus circle), $16 general, $14 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 6-9pm. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

9/16 11am-7pm (thru 9/18): the inaugural independent art book fair brings work by artists, galleries, and independent publishers to greenpoint terminal warehouse. free admission. >>

9/16 12-10pm: get buy-one-get-one-free ice cream at the grand opening of taiyaki nyc, a japanese ice cream shop offering soft serve ice cream served in adorable fish-shaped waffle cones. 119 baxter st (chinatown). >>

9/16 5-9pm (10/21, 11/11 ,12/9): get educated after classroom hours at brooklyn historical society’s free friday, where there’ll be school-inspired talks and activities from the folks from astronomy on tap, mortified, the society for the advancement of social studies, and more. on the schedule: a double-dutch lesson, hands-on art, science and landmark lessons, diary readings, and more. bonus 1: free brooklyn brewery beer; bonus 2: the first 150 folks to arrive will get a free ‘grown-up pop-tart’ from megpies. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), free. >>

9/16 6-8pm (thru 10/9): archives from former monthly mag the east village eye, which doled out alt-culture news from 1979-87 and featured artists like patti smith, richard hell, and robert mapplethorpe, will be on display at the it’s all true: the east village eye show exhibition, opening tonight with an after party at the delancey. howl happening (east village), free exhibition, after party $12 adv, $15 door. >>

9/16 6:30-8:30pm (weds-sun, thru 9/25): beam aboard a 50 years of star trek celebration at the paley center for media (midtown west) with an art exhibition, screenings, klingon lessons, a captain kirk impersonation contest, and more. tonight kicks off with an opening party including trivia, musical improv by redshirts, a screening of ‘spock’s brain’ with bingo, and themed cocktails (2 included with admission). $15 for the party, $10 general, $8 students/seniors otherwise. >>

9/16 7pm: performance artist karen finley performs a partially-improvised solo spoken word piece about hiv/aids, drawing from her large (and previously censored) body of work. bronx museum, free. >>

9/16 7pm (+ 9/17): director robert kenner and  author/producer eric schlosser (fast food nation) will be at screenings of their new documentary, command and control, that examines the flaws in the human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe. film forum (west village), $14. >>

9/16 7-10pm (thru 10/16): japanese artist konatsu, known for her cat character ‘negora,’ will be exhibiting paintings, handpainted figures, and accessories at her new show at myplasticheart (les). for tonight’s opening receiption, the artist will also conduct a live painting session 8-9pm. >>

9/16 7:30pm (monthly): the cave readings series presents salon-style readings in the cave at st. george’s church (gramercy). tonight, digital culture writer virginia heffernan discusses her new book, magic and loss: the internet as art, an analysis of the internet as creative expression. free. >>

9/16 7:30pm (+ 9/17 at ucb chelsea, monthly): romance-hater carly ann filbin hosts a comical dating show that’s fit for the cynical singleton or questioning couple, let me break you up: an anti-dating game show, where a series of games tests the strength of real couples’ partnerships. the losing couple ‘has’ to break up! pete’s candy store (williamsburg), $5. >>

9/16 7:30pm (fridays thru 10/14): lola star’s dreamland roller disco returns to prospect park’s le frak center at lakeside. tonight’s theme: pretty in pink prom: 80s prom party. $18 admission includes skate rental. bag check and locker rental extra. >>

9/16 8pm (monthly): get intimate with local poets (through their work, of course) at the next installment of the cozy roots poetry series, featuring readings by monica wendel (no apocalypse), kate angus (so late to the party), jay deshpande (love the stranger), and tracy may fuad. donation-based beer and wine will be as free-flowing as the verse. roots cafe (south slope), free admission. >>

9/16 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy/variety show, featuring performances by sean patton (comedy central), ashley bez (younger), joe pera (seth meyers), reggie conquest (impractical jokers), julian g, and george gordon. hosted by naomi karavani. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a donation jar will be passed around). >>

9/16 9:30pm: go back to college, community college that is, with tv hangover’s community party, where you’ll watch episodes of the show while playing drinking games and trivia. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

9/16 10pm (monthly): comedians tell stories while a guest visual artist sketches them at grant lindahl’s art school acid dropout show. bonus: 10 beers will be randomly given out at the start of the show. the creek and the cave (lic), $5 admission includes a signed limited-edition poster. >>

9/16 10pm: listen to your body and dance it out at the lgbtq-friendly body language dance party, featuring beats spun by jd samson (men, le tigre) and whitney day. house of yes (bushwick), $10-15 adv, $15 at the door before 11pm, $20 after. >>

9/16 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of m. night shyamalan’s the happening at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

9/16-18: catch indie and experimental shorts, docs, horror films, comedies, and more at the 16th annual coney island film festival, including the traditional screening of 1979 cult classic the warriors. $8-10/screening, $12-15/day pass. >>

9/16-10/2: the life and work of actor philip seymour hoffman will be honored through a 16-film retrospective, beginning with jack goes boating, the master, the savages, boogie nights, owning mahowny and almost famous, and including special guests at select screenings. museum of the moving image (astoria), $12 admission may be applied towards same-day admission. >>

9/16-10/29 (tues-sat): from black panthers to black lives matter: chelsea’s steven kasher gallery presents two exhibitions: ‘power to the people: the black panthers in photographs’ by stephen shames and graphics by emory douglas, plus ‘when living is a protest’ by rudd roye. free. >>

9/16-2/5: normally touching the art is strictly off-limits, but at the ‘take me (i’m yours)’ exhibition, work from 42 international and intergenerational artists will be on display to touch, participate in, and even take home for yourself. the jewish museum (ues), $15 general, $12 seniors, $7.50 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 5-8pm, free saturdays. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to oysterfest featuring icona pop, plain white ts, clap your hands say yeah, wyclef jean, and nico + vinz at hoboken’s pier a 9/17 for $30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $59.75). >>

get tickets to chris gethard: career suicide at culture project’s lynn redgrave theater 10/9-23 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $38+). >>

get tickets to the new york coffee festival at the 69th regiment armory 9/17-18 for $15+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $25+) >>

get tickets to the brew hop 5k run and craft beer festival at randall’s island park 9/18 for $25-30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50-60). >>

take a 30-90 minute guided tour of the majestic lobby of the historic woolworth building thru 12/31 for $12-22.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20-45). >>

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