around town today

thru 10/28: 50 restaurants offer three-course dinners for $25 during this year’s sunnyside restaurant week. >>

2-3pm (+ 10/29): enjoy full-size items from grand central market merchants for $2 at the seasonal taste of grand central market. grand central terminal market (midtown east). >>

6:30pm (+ the new school 10/24): learn about the changing uses of union square through history at a talk by joanna merwood-salisbury on her book, design for the crowd: patriotism and protest in union square. the skyscraper museum (battery park), free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with riane konc (build your own christmas movie romance), ziwe fumudoh (desus + mero), josh gondelman (last week tonight), and kate sidley (colbert). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. caveat (les), $10. >>

7pm: actor and writer john lithgow presents his new poetic satire book, dumpty: the age of trump in verse, at barnes + noble 82nd + broadway. priority seating with purchase of the book. >>

just added: 7:30pm (+ 10/23): bric’s jazzfest includes free screenings of blue note records: beyond the notes and amazing grace at bric house ballroom (fort greene). >>

just added: 7:30-11pm (thru 10/24): waterlicht, an immersive light installation by artist daan roosegaarde, opens at columbia university lenfest center for the arts (manhattanville). free (rsvp required). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: spike einbinder (high maintenance, los espookys) and amy zimmer (the new yorker, adult swim) draw you into their universe of surrealistic, slapstick fantasy with their new show, together at last, featuring guests ana fabrega and cole escola. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians orli matlow and marissa solomon push back against anti-semitism with disloyal: a comedy fundraiser for jews for racial and economic justice, featuring guests josh gondelman (desus + mero), rebecca weiser, dylan adler, and sketch comedy by ‘god should not have chosen us.’ starr bar (bushwick), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: brooks wheelan hosts a night of stand-up with an impressive lineup including michelle wolf, wyatt cenac, the lucas brothers, and sal vulcano. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): this month’s franklin park reading series installment features an all-women lineup including susan steinberg (machine), mesha maren (sugar run), rachel eve moulton (tinfoil butterfly), and shelly oria and hafizah geter (indelible in the hippocampus: writings from the me too movement). franklin park (crown heights), free. >>

8pm (monthly): emmy blotnick (colbert) and matt koff (the daily show writer) host the crown jewels comedy show at the palace. tonight: michael kosta (the daily show), joyelle nicole johnson (seth meyers), peter grosz (the president show), and sarah tollemache (colbert). the palace (greenpoint), $5. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with stand-up by michael rowland (comedy central), irene tu (viceland), devon walker (comedy central), jordan jensen, and luke touma. bonus: free pizza. secret loft (greenwich village), $6-12. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with guests gary gulman (the great depresh, nick thune (comedy central), the lucas brothers (sherman’s showcase), and brett davis (the special without brett davis). chelsea music hall (chelsea), $13 adv, $15 door. >>

8:30pm: shane torres (colbert), tom thakkar (conan), phoebe bottoms (adult swim), and caitlin cook host the good god comedy variety show, with guests aparna nancherla (netflix), chris gethard (hbo), aj holmes (book of mormon), and daniel simonsen (colnert). the sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick), $10. >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by sean patton (conan), alison klemp (siriusxm), megan stalter, and sam evans. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: three scientists who moonlight as pub trivia emcees host facts machine podcast live!: a science seance, and explore the real science between monsters, legends, and spooky tropes in an evening of storytelling and pub-style trivia. caveat (les), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

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🎃🎃🎃 looking to make halloween plans? we’ve rounded up 90+ halloween events in nyc for $35 and under for you to choose from. >>

10/23-29: the annual newfest lgbt film festival returns for its 31st year with over 150 films, panels and parties at sva theatre, cinépolis chelsea, and the lgbt community center. $16-22. >>

10/23 7pm: learn about unlocking the origins of mental disorders with the help of 3d ‘mini brains’ at a know science talk given by dr. michael notaras. biotech without borders (fort greene), free. >>

10/23 7pm (+ books are magic 10/24): from hookups to bedbugs, author and former gothamist senior editor rebecca fishbein takes a relatable look at being a young adult in nyc at a release event for her essay collection, good things happen to people you hate. in conversation with huffpost senior editor emma gray. book culture on columbus (uws), free admission. >>

10/23 7pm: you always start off with a blanche card at golden girls bingo: halloween edition, featuring screenings of three episodes of the show. hosted by courtney antonioli of youtube channel stay golden. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), $12. >>

10/23 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (+ 10/24 at the greene space at wnyc): ophira + adira: ask me another host ophira eisenberg and bedazzled performer adira amram team up for a variety show featuring comedy, music, and magic. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

🎃 10/23 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: hocus pocus… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember from watching it once last week, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added in to spice things up. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

10/23 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features liz miele (npr), bill cannon (off the cuff), donnie sengstack (ucb), and eagle witt. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

10/23 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand-up from irene tu (comedy central), carolyn castiglia (comedy central), matt wayne (comedy central), myq kaplan (conan), and electra telesford. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

10/23 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer, $15 buckets and free drink giveaways are a good sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at the fancy show stand-up comedy show. tonight’s show features michael kosta (the daily show), kc arora (laughs), connor mcnutt, nataly aukar, and lindsay boling. hosted by wilfred padua. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

10/23 9pm (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: drew michael (hbo), dan crohn (last comic standing), irene tu (viceland), reggie conquest (trutv), rachel mccartney (pbs), and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

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