around town today

thru 11/21: the annual bowery film festival returns with three days of programming at teatro latea and wild project. $15. >>

10am-4pm (thru 11/21): shop notebooks, travel accessories, and more at another moleskine sample sale, held at the company’s chelsea showroom. credit cards only. >>

6pm: writer, youtuber, and lgbtq+ advocate jackson bird presents his new memoir, sorted: growing up, coming out, and finding my place, which traces his journey from growing up gender confused in texas to living openly and happily as a transgender man. jefferson market library (greenwich village), free admission. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): guests and listeners compete in puzzles, word games, and trivia at a live taping of npr’s ask me another, hosted by ophira eisenberg and jonathan coulton. tonight’s guest: grammy-nominated r+b artist luke james. the bell house (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

7pm: finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people’s literature, and translated literature will read from their honored titles at the 2019 national book awards reading, hosted by josh gondelman and maris kreizman. the new school’s tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), $10. >>

7pm (tuesdays thru 12/17): get in the holiday spirit with screenings of gremlins, elf, national lampoon’s christmas vacation, the polar express, and a christmas story at cinépolis chelsea. $10. >>

7:30pm: national book award winner jacqueline woodson (brown girl dreaming) will discuss and sign copies of her new novel, red at the bone, with well-read black girl founder glory edim at brooklyn public library’s central branch (prospect heights). free admission (books will be available for purchase). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: think + drink different presents the dark side of love: breaking up is hard to do, a talk by relationship coach and psychology teacher dr. marisa t. cohen that will cover basic human needs, the components of love, the causes of breakups, and how to protect romantic and platonic relationships. subject cocktail bar (les). $15 adv, $18 door. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the abortion access front (fka lady parts justice league) presents the feminist buzzkills of comedy, a social justice stand-up show followed by a conversation about the organization’s work and the status of reproductive rights. featuring pedro gonzalez (colbert), leah bonnema (colbert), rachel sennott (high maintenance), and casey balsham (not another true crime podcast). hosted by lizz winstead (the daily show co-creator). union hall (park slope), $10. >>

8pm (monthly): don your best flannel and test your knowledge at young ethel’s new super phat 90s trivia night. young ethel’s (south park slope), free. >>

8pm: ben wasserman gives himself a tattoo while doing crowd work: yes, at this solo variety show, comedian ben wasserman will go through great pains while giving himself an audience-inspired stick and poke tattoo live onstage. friends and lovers (crown heights), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): the wild things comedy show is back with stand-up by ricky velez (netflix), jay jurden (fallon), chloé hilliard (comedy central), andy sandford (james corden), and adam friedland. bonus: free pizza. secret loft (greenwich village), $6-12. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns for a special thanksgiving-themed show with guests colin quinn (red state blue state,), seaton smith (comedy central), avital ash (7p/10e), and improv songstress rebecca vigil. 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 todd barry (netflix), roy wood, jr. (the daily show), emmy blotnick (colbert), stavros halkias (comedy central), and jay + eytan. the sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick), $10 adv with promo code ‘godgood’ (reg. $12). >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, brings the laughs to east williamsburg with performances by leclerc andre (fallon), gavin matts (comedy central), charles mcbee (laughs), chloe radcliffe (tbs ‘comics to watch’), alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), and david tveite (last comic standing). the graham  (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>

coming up

11/20-1/12: the annual winter lantern festival transforms staten island’s snug harbor cultural center + botanical garden into ‘a whimsical world of light’ with more than 1,000 lanterns, live cultural shows, and interactive exhibits. $23+25 general, $18-20 students/senior. >>

11/20 various times: eventbrite shares a roundup of democratic presidential primary debate watch parties. >>

11/20 6pm: the center for lgbtq studies offers a safe space to gather for the annual transgender day of remembrance, honoring those whose lives were lost as a result of transphobia. the graduate center of cuny (midtown east), free admission. >>

11/20 6pm doors, 7pm show: whether you are ‘climate curious’ or ‘climate furious,’ join the conversation and discover new ways to fight back at climate collective nyc’s climate action clinic, part of the international 24 hours of reality: truth in action teach-in. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

11/20 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: a lineup of female historians, storytellers, and comedians join forces to share the stories of some of the greatest women the world has ever known (but history erased) at the nevertheless she existed show. tonight’s theme: taking up space, women astronomers, astrophysicists, and other scientists who took to the skies. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

11/20 7pm: magdalena baczewska, pianist and director of columbia’s music performance program, joins forces with the cassatt string quartet to perform two masterworks of romantic-era chamber music at the italian academy at columbia university (morningside heights). free. >>

11/20 7pm (monthly): kickstart your rock n roll heart at this month’s pop punk/emo edition of pop! a pop-culture bingo party, filled with video clips, mini games, and chances to win food, drinks, and more. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson. parklife (gowanus), free admission, $2 gets you a bingo card to use for all games. >>

11/20 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: deals will be sealed at datemyfriend.ppt, where single friends are pitched via brief, entertaining powerpoint presentations, followed by audience q+a. after the pitches, stick around to mingle. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

sponsored: 11/20 7:30pm: uptown showdown: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off in a battle of wits about which is superior, city dwellin’ or country livin’. tonight’s guests: rosebud baker (two less lonely girls), jim david (comedy central presents jim david), negin farsad (fake the nation), michael hartney (the break with michelle wolf), tami sagher (inside amy schumer), and shalewa sharpe (2 dope queens). hosted by matthew love. symphony space (uws), $16. >>

11/20 7:30pm (monthly): the astronomy on tap discussion series honors a nasa achievement with tonight’s ‘chandra’s 20th’ edition, featuring talks about the chandra x-ray observatory’s 20th anniversary. trivia at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

11/20 7:30pm: good girls laura merli (reductress) and molly brenner (molly brenner: i’m coming) host an hour of stand-up at brooklyn comedy collective (williamsburg), with guests rachel sennott (hbo), chanel ali (mtv), saurin choksi (comedy central), zach zimmerman (time out new york ‘comic to watch), and ellen harrold. $7. >>

11/20 7:30pm: 8 emerging + established choreographers of various dance forms showcase new, 5-12 minute works at the quarterly ‘8 in show’ dance series, curated by sangeeta yesley. dixon place (les), $17-20 general, $15-17 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

11/20 8pm (monthly): local writers read from their work at the ditmas lit series. tonight, hear from mary boo anderson (glittermob), carrie conners (luscious struggle), louise hung (death in the afternoon), and azareen van der vliet oloomi (call me zebra). hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush), free. >>

11/20 8pm (weekly): head to the downstairs space at poco restaurant and bar for the let’s see, what else? comedy show, hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. tonight’s show features jess salomon (fallon), lucas connelly (comedy central), christian polanco, and ashton womack. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

11/20 8pm (weekly): tonight’s side ponytail comedy show, now in its fifth year, features dina hashem (comedy central), colin nissan (the new yorker), glenn moore (bbc), olivia grace (roast battle), and alex falcone. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

11/20 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): it may be called the fancy show, but the $3 beers and $15 buckets are a sure sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at this stand-up comedy show. tonight’s lineup features jordan jensen (comedy central), doug smith (conan), pat burtscher (bbc), and ryan scutt (gotham comedy live). hosted by lane pieschel. the back room at the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

11/20 9pm (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: glenn moore (bbc), leah bonnema (colbert), frank liotti (fox), matt wayne (comedy central), jeff steinbrunner, and mia jackson. hosted by mike lebovitz. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

11/20 9pm: i love burlesque presents spanksgiving, an annual kinky thanksgiving season burlesque show at dromedary urban tiki bar (bushwick). hosted by mistress velvetina. free admission. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to the brooklyn chocolate fest at aviator sports + events center 11/24 for $7 (plus ticket fees, reg. $14). >>

get tickets to slava’s snowshow at the stephen sondheim theatre thru 12/12 for $49+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $79+). >>

get tickets to the new york times travel show at the javits center 1/25-26 for $10-15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20-25). >>

get tickets to gulliver’s gate in times square thru 12/31 for  $14-20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $27-36). >>

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