around town today

national coffee day deals (at participating locations):
dunkin’ donuts: 66-cent medium hot coffee. >>
krispy kreme: free original glazed doughnut and a free 12oz coffee. >>
plus a few more discounts and freebies over at gothamist. >>

11am—9pm (thru 10/2): 70 international galleries feature artwork from over 500 artists starting at $100 at the affordable art fair. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $9.75 tickets here (plus ticket fees, reg. $18-20 general, $10 students/seniors, free hours 9/30 6-8pm). >>

6pm (ends today): dance, sing and swing at dumbo’s second annual live at the archway series, a weekly cabaret under the manhattan bridge featuring free outdoor musical performances, dj sets, dance classes and more. tonight’s final event features av live, a show of djs, vjs, and live electronic music. free. >>

6-8pm (thru 12/13): ever have a philosophical epiphany while playing a game? the ‘free play’ art exhibition tries to do just that, showcasing interactive works made by artists–yoko ono included–that resemble versions of popular games with a socially-aware twist. opening reception tonight. the new school (union square), free. >>

6:30pm: can coincidences be scientifically explained? in his book, connecting with coincidence: the new science for using synchronicity and serendipity in your life, psychiatrist bernard beitman shares new research that attempts to show how we can identify, understand, and control the frequency of coincidences in our lives. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm: is human life sacred? should smoking be outlawed? controversial yet influential philosopher peter singer tackles these and other questions in a talk about his latest book of essays, ethics in the real world. the great hall at cooper union (east village), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: food as medicine: healing tonics: the alchemist’s kitchen celebrates opening at abc home marketplace with a conversation on state-changing plant elixirs (with and without alcohol) and the chance to sample them yourself. abc carpet + home (flatiron), $20. >>

7pm: black votes matter: a discussion on obama’s final year in office: folks from the new yorker, ebony, the new york times magazine and more look back on the past eight years and the expectations of black voters in this election. bonus: the first 50 folks get a free beer. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm: the can’t tells, reputante, jlp, controller, and vamos play pianos (les), $8. >>

7pm, 9:30pm: rule of 7×7: 7 playwrights present new 10-minute plays that follow 7 rules. the tank (theater district), $12-13 admission includes a beer. >>

7-10pm (thru 1/15): the exhibition ‘we are what we archive’ highlights pieces relating to politics, african solidarity, queerness, disability activism, and information access, including early work by miranda july and videofreex. opening party tonight. interference archive (gowanus), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): your wallet doesn’t need to be full for the runnin’ on empty stand-up comedy show, featuring a mix of pros and up-and-comers. this month’s guests include emmy blotnick (not safe with nikki glaser), jordan carlos (the nightly show), josh sharp (vulture’s ‘comics to watch’), lauren ireland, and mark valdez. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. le poisson rouge’s gallery bar (greenwich village), free. >>

7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by liz miele (gotham comedy live), rojo perez (just for laughs), adam mamawala (girl code), mary beth barone, and nate simmons. hosted by katina corrao, sean crespo, and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $5. >>

7:30pm: dutch/german cabaret star sven ratzke and band perform an evening of bowie homages, sixties music, brecht, and more at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

7:30pm, 9pm, 10:30pm (+ 9/30): there’ll be an orgy of tales told at the awkward sex…and city storytelling festival, where comedians and storytellers will recount their most embarrassingly awkward sexual encounters at six shows over two days. hosted by natalie wall. q.e.d. (astoria), $6-8 adv, $8-10 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: diet cig, acid dad, free cake for every creature, and fits play knitting factory (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm: all dogs, mannequin p*ssy, outer spaces, and katie ellen play silent barn (bushwick), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

thru 9/30: animation nights new york celebrates its one-year anniversary with a ‘best of fest’ featuring animation, vr, art installations, and more. 180 maiden lane and other seaport locations, free-$15. >>

thru 10/2: get cinematic at the ninth annual bushwick film festival, which this year showcases 26 films alongside panels, workshops, and a free opening night party. various locations, $9+. >>

thru 10/2: the 14th annual new york burlesque festival brings dozens of international performers to five manhattan and brooklyn venues. get teased by more than 20 performers at thursday’s teaser party at the bell house (gowanus), hosted by world famous *bob*. $15 adv, $20 door. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

9/30 various times: free outdoor movies:
dave chappelle’s block party, fort greene park >>
remember the titans, commodore barry park (fort greene) >>

9/30 6:30pm: get a peek into the minds behind netflix series making a murderer when emmy-winning creators moira demos and laura ricciardi discuss their take on filmmaking and narrative technique. columbia university’s miller theatre, free (rsvp). >>

9/30 7pm: is it ego death or are you just tripping? dr. neal goldsmith, ph.d explains how death influences the psychedelic experience, with western and tribal examples from ayahuasca to near-death experiences. morbid anatomy museum (gowanus), $12. >>

9/30 7pm, 9pm (thru 10/2): 70 contemporary dance companies from around the world perform at the 16th annual dumbo dance festival. gelsey kirkland artscenter, free/pay-what-you-will. >>

9/30 7:30pm (+ 10/1): f*it club’s ‘tales from the club: stuff nobody likes’ presents three short plays about the mundane stuff of life (like sex) hosted by drag queen tipsy von tart. new ohio theatre (west village), $12. >>

9/30 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: ziggy stardust: a david bowie tribute. $18 admission includes skate rental. bag check and locker rental extra. >>

9/30 7:30pm: the manhattan school of music philharmonic performs a tribute to charlie parker’s 1949-50 orchestral recordings. free. >>

9/30 7:30pm: orion string quartet performs a free concert at the new school’s auditorium (union square). >>

9/30 8pm: at the specific ignorance comedy trivia show, the audience tries to stump three local comics with questions they can’t answer, and the winning question writers get a free shot. tonight’s contestants: matt koff, josh gondelman, and samantha ruddy. the creek + the cave (lic), $5. >>

9/30 8pm (monthly): get your laughs and lube at the samantha comedy show, staged in a sex shop with aural pleasure provided by madonna refugia (reductress), carolyn busa (side ponytail), marie faustin (trutv), farah brook (kiss me nyc) and blair socci (ladylike). hosted by liz macgee and jasmine pierce. byob. bonus: 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), free admission. >>

9/30 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy/variety show, featuring performances by rell battle (comedy central), alingon mitra (the daily show), tom delgado (let’s see, what else?), ali reingold, katie east, christine meehan, and country music comedy duo reformed whores. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a donation jar will be passed around). >>

9/30 10pm: at the 60 shots for 60 shorts show, 60 one-minute funny videos are screened and the hosts take a shot (of beer) after each one. the creek + the cave (lic), $5. >>

9/30 midnight-ish movies:
beyond the doors (friday) and scream bloody murder (saturday) @ spectacle (williamsburg). $5. >>
jurassic park @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
nausicaä of the valley of the wind @ landmark sunshine (lower east side). $12. >>
se7en (seven) @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
train to busan @ ifc center (west village). $14. >>
wolf creek @ nitehawk (williamsburg). $12. >>
vampire’s kiss (friday) and wild at heart (saturday) @ videology (williamsburg), $5. >>

9/30-10/16: the 54rd annual new york film festival features screenings, special events, filmmaker and talent appearances, and free talks. $15-20. >>

ticket deals

giveaway: enter to win tickets to the skint’s stranger things (with candy) halloween party at littlefield 10/28. >>

nile rodgers presents: freak out! let’s dance featuring bette midler,  nile rogers + chic, the village people, and earth, wind + fire at forest hills stadium 10/8. a limited number for free tickets are available with promo code ‘thankyou2016’ and there is also a buy-two-get-two free option. >>

get tickets to the nyc craft coffee festival at villain in williamsburg 10/1 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $35+) >>

take a cruise up the hudson river to bear mountain thru 11/6 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg $65+). >>

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