around town today

5:30pm: pop culture writer jennifer keishin armstrong presents her book, seinfeldia: how a show about nothing changed everything at nypl muhlenberg library (chelsea). free. >>

6pm: politics and prose: a panel of literary magazine editors and publishers addresses the difficulties and benefits of politically engaged writing. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building, free. >>

6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event continues with jenny rubin (new york times), jennifer demeritt (bust magazine), jen glick (tell all your friends), jennifer mcclelland-smith (risk!). hosted by michele carlo. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6-8pm: women who whiskey hosts a guided tasting meetup (guys welcome!) with a rep from canada’s collingwood at chelsea’s galerie protégé. $15 adv admission ($20 door) includes 2 cocktails, a guided tasting, and small bites. save 10% with promo code theskint. >>

6-8:30pm: participating tompkins avenue businesses offer food, drink, and fashion specials for feast bed-stuy. pay-as-you-go. >>

6-9:30pm (thru 10/23): park slope’s union hall celebrates its 10th anniversary with a week of special programming, including a bocce pitch tournament with a $300 cash prize and music by hungry march band tonight. free admission. >>

6:30pm: singers dionne warwick and melba moore discuss their careers at the apollo theater (harlem). free (rsvp). >>

7pm: absinthe: divine spirit or sinful fiend? author kellfire bray illuminates us with an illustrated lecture. morbid anatomy museum (gowanus), $8. >>

7pm: author and university of east london cultural studies professor tim lawrence discusses his book on nyc’s party scene in the early 80s, life and death on the new york dance floor, 1980-83. rough trade (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm: sexology on tap brings stories of sex and death from journalist christine colby and anthropologist jacklyn lacey. the way station (prospect heights), $5 suggested donation. >>

7pm (monthly): watch symphony of the soil, a documentary exploring the complexity and mystery of soil. part of the good food documentaries series at the park slope food coop. free. >>

7pm (thru 10/15): the second installment of the bric jazzfest showcases 50+ musicians, from new artists to masters. bric house (fort greene), free-$30. >>

7pm (thru 10/15): the 10th annual honk nyc! festival brings 21 brass bands to a dozen venues, parks, gardens, and schools. free-$20. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the society for the advancement of social studies (s.a.s.s.) gets ready for halloween with spooky lectures on superstitions, human fear, and evil art lover herman göring. the bedford (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): hosts evan forde barden and patrick cartelli interview a guest about an important song from their life at repeater: a little show about big songs. tonight: matt rogers (comedians in cars getting coffee) and singer/songwriter katie buchanan. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

8pm (monthly): hear pieces from writers annie dewitt (white nights in split town city), tobias carroll (reel), and belinda mckeon (tender) at the lic reading series. lic bar, free. >>

8pm (weekly): new york distilling company’s distilling room (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, which includes stand-up from aparna nancherla (conan), monroe martin iii (comedy central), and joe rumrill (fresh perspectives). free. >>

8pm (weekly): there’ll be free pizza at the amazingtown comedy show. tonight’s guests: alignon mitra (the daily show), melissa rocha, jp mcdade, goran vucinic, and more. hosted by tim duffy (comedy central), lukas kaiser (chappelle’s show), sue smith (best week ever) and john szeluga (impractical jokers). bunga’s den (chelsea), free. >>

9pm (monthly): whose line is it anyway? meets ted as stand-up comedians improvise ted talks on topics they’ve never heard of before. hosted by ryan stanisz. q.e.d. (astoria), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

9:30pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. this month’s guests: victor varnado (conan), brendan eyre (the rad dudecast), clark jones (comedy at the knitting factory), matt wayne (adam devine’s house party), and julia johns (girl code). hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $5. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

10/12 11am-9pm (thru 11/18): the annual urbanspace broadway bites pop-up outdoor food market returns to greeley square park (33rd st. + broadway) with almost 30 vendors. >>

10/12 6pm: career/life coach and founder of the women’s mosaic nonprofit kristina leonardi discusses re-assessing who you are and what you should be doing with your life. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

10/12 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: enjoy free drinks and appetizers while watching stand-up comedians tyler fischer (younger) aparna nancherla (comedy central) sam morril (colbert) doogie horner (america’s got talent) and more. wework co-working space at bryant park, $7. >>

10/12 7pm (weekly): the sensible show at the annoyance theatre (williamsburg) features comedy from sean donnelly (conan), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), josh gondelman (last week tonight), abbi crutchfield (comedy central), and more. guest hosted by myq kaplan. $5. >>

10/12 7pm: watch eight indie shorts from the slamdance fest at videology (williamsburg). free (rsvp). >>

10/12 7pm, 8:30pm: rsvp for the chance to attend a taping of comedian hari kondabolu’s trutv pilot. roulette (boerum hill). >>

10/12 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 genetics-themed show includes ziwe fumudoh (above average, the onion), lorelei ramirez, brian faas (ucb, vh1), and dr. brenna henn (assistant professor of ecology and evolution at stony brook). littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $8 dos. >>

10/12 7:30pm (ends today): puppet block! new works of puppetry and other innovative forms of storytelling share evenings on the dixon place stage (les). $15 adv, $18 door, $12 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

10/12 7:30pm: the ‘new sounds live’ music series, curated by wnyc’s john schaefer, features performances by the crossing (weds), sarah neufeld + colin stetson (thurs), and vernon reid + laraaji (fri). brookfield place winter garden (fidi), free. >>

10/12 8pm (monthly): get your fill of free food and free comedy at the devour hour comedy show. this month: nosh on chicken nuggets alongside performances by amber nelson (comedy central), jon laster (hbo), farah brook (new york times), katie goetsch, drew nelson, julia shiplett, kale bogdanovs, and frank nelson. hank’s saloon (boerum hill), free admission. >>

10/12 8pm: (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show at poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city) features joe zimmerman (comedy central’s 1/2 hour), adam lowitt (the daily show), aparna nancherla (conan), gibran saleem (gotham live), and brad howe. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. free. >>

10/12 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! comedy show with host lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn) takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, and even matching. this month’s show includes guests josh gondelman (last week tonight), dave hill (this american life, let me turn you on), mychal denzel smith (invisible man, got the whole world watching: a young black man’s education), and chloe angyal (huffington post). the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

10/12 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the comedians you should know show brings stand-up performances to the gutter in williamsburg. tonight: ryan hamilton (colbert), janelle james (@midnight), josh gondolman (last week tonight), natalie jose (last comic standing), tim dillon (last comic standing), and saurin choksi. hosted by david drake. $5. >>

10/12 9pm (bi-monthly): copycat cover song night pays tribute to the sonics and misfits with bands, dj xerox and guest djs, and $5 sonic blue cocktails all night. otto’s shrunken head (alphabet city), free. >>

10/12 9:30pm (monthly): ridgefield middle school talent night: grown adults dylan marron (welcome to night vale) and jo firestone (womanhood, punderdome 3000) perform an entire real-time middle school talent show. ucb (chelsea), $5. >>

10/12 9:30pm doors: still corners and foxes in fiction play mercury lounge (les). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

10/12 11pm (monthly): embrace comedy chaos at the unexpectashow, a monthly grab bag of entertainment hosted by jo firestone. ucb (chelsea), $5. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: get $8 tickets to see the manhattan chorale and members of the new york city chamber orchestra perform works by woo, sisask, orbán, finzi, brahms, and williams at kaufman music center’s merkin concert hall 10/18 ($35 value). >>

sponsored: get tickets to see brooklyn rider and anne sofie von otter performing the music of caroline shaw, colin jacobsen, björk, elvis costello, kate bush, and more at carnegie hall’s zankel hall 10/13 for $20 (reg. $47-55). >>

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