around town today

10am-8pm (thru 12/24): urban space’s columbus circle holiday market returns with more than 50 gift and food vendors. >>

1pm (+ 11/30 at barnes + noble union square): best-selling author anne rice signs copies of her newest vampire chronicles installment, prince lestat and the realms of atlantis, at strand books (union square). >>

6pm: jean-michel basquiat’s influence on kanye west in the yeezus era is explored by sva faculty member genevieve hyacinthe. sva (flatiron), free. >>

6:30pm: the seaport district kicks off the holidays with its 33rd annual tree lighting ceremony, including musical performances by america’s got talent winner grace vanderwaal and vy higginsen’s gospel choir of harlem. free admission. >>

7pm: atlas obscura co-founder dylan thuras and author ella morton explore curious locations in their new book, atlas obscura: an explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders. word bookstore (greenpoint), free. >>

7pm: bob smith, the first openly gay comedian to appear on the tonight show, presents his collection of essays, treehab: tales from my natural, wild life, with a panel including actors gavin creel, judy gold, and lea delaria. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway, free. >>

7pm: taste of science presents: ‘sniff,’ a dive into how humans perceive odor and flavor, along with demos to test your olfactory and tasting prowess. ryan’s daughter (ues/yorkville), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: ‘you remind me of the babe.’ subtitles and an assortment of props take you through a labyrinth quote-along. alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), $16. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: ‘now age’ psych-dance duo prince rama gives a lecture on their manifesto xtreme now, followed by a concert. bonus: free food. nyu kimmel center (greenwich village), free. >>

7:30pm (weekly): learn what’s coming from next generation astronomy at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

7:30pm (thru 12/11): the lucinda childs dance company performs two programs of works at the joyce theater (chelsea), including a five-decade retrospective, a new commission, and a 1979 evening-length work with music by philip glass and design by sol lewitt. $10+. >>

7:30pm: christiane trio, featuring boston symphony orchestra principal horn player james sommerville, violinist scott st. john, and pianist peter longworth, performs brahms, dukas, harbison, and an american premiere by vivian fung. baruch performing arts center (kips bay/flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): theater/event producers ugly rhino present ‘tinyrhino,’ a theatrical drinking game with six new 10-minute plays. this month’s post-thanksgiving theme: leftovers. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): there’ll be free pizza at the amazingtown comedy show. tonight’s guests: tim dillon (last comic standing), ben kissel (last podcast on the left), matt barats, nick lewis, matt ruby, wendi starling, and more. bunga’s den (chelsea), 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 michelle buteau (comedy central), nimesh patel (broken comedy), and j.p. mcdade. free. >>

8pm (monthly): obsolete cinema’s screening series presents a ‘swords + sandals’ double feature: krull (1983) and masters of the universe (1987), both on craptastic vhs, plus trivia + prizes. freddy’s bar and backroom (south slope), free. >>

8pm: the range, glass gang, sarah kinlaw, imagist, and kathleen dycaico perform at a benefit for planned parenthood + callen lorde community health center. elvis guesthouse (east village/alphabet city), $10+. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): shonali bhowmik and guest co-host jordan clifford host a night of talk, music and comedy during a live taping of their we don’t even know podcast. with guests john roberts jr. (bob’s burgers) and musician eleanor friedberger. hifi bar (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: seth herzog’s sweet comedy show features guests ilana glazer (broad city), caroline rhea (sabrina the teenage witch), erik bergstrom (comedy central), brandon scott wolf (snl’ ‘weekend update’ writer), and justin long (dodgeball). slipper room (les), $5 adv here, $7 door. >>

9pm (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: jo firestone (womanhood, punderome 3000) and singer/songwriter anielle reid. q.e.d. (astoria), $5. >>

hru 12/17: moma presents a retrospective of all of pedro almodóvar’s feature films, coinciding with the release of his most recent, julieta. free with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students, free 4-8pm fridays), or $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students in advance. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

11/30 12-8pm (thru 12/14): consider how you use technology and how those behind technology use you at the glass room, an interactive exhibit presented by mozilla and tactical tech. 201 mulberry st. (nolita), the exhibit, workshops, and events are all free. >>

11/30 2pm + 7pm (ends today): catch a limited screening of breakfast at tiffany’s, with added commentary from turner classic movies host tiffany vasquez, at select movie theaters. $15. >>

11/30 3-10pm: grab yourself a cup of free hot chocolate with toppings outside of ocean prime restaurant (midtown west). >>

11/30 5-7pm, (wednesdays thru 12/28): stop by the american folk art museum’s wednesday social for a free glass of wine, docent-led highlights of the exhibition securing the shadow, and holiday shopping. free admission. >>

11/30 6-9pm: looking to plan your special day? the toasted brooklyn wedding showcase brings 40 independent florists, caterers, bakers, dressmakers, hair/make-up artists, designers, and planners to help, along with drinks and food samples, live music, and giveaways. dobbin street (williamsburg), $12 adv, $20 dos. >>

11/30 6:30pm: nobel prize-winning neuropsychiatrist and columbia university professor eric r. kandel explores how science can inform the way we experience a work of art in a discussion on his new book, reductionism in art and brain science. the great hall at cooper union (east village), free (rsvp requested). >>

11/30 7pm: street photographer and documentary filmmaker richard sandler launches his new photo book, the eyes of the city, at powerhouse arena (dumbo). free. >>

11/30 7pm: lit site vol. 1 brooklyn presents readings of the greatest 3-minute teen stories in honor of founder jason diamond’s new memoir, searching for john hughes: or everything i thought i needed to know about life i learned from watching ’80s movies. housing works bookstore cafe (soho). free. >>

11/30 7pm: sciart center and yhouse host the mind’s eye: the art + science of awareness, an evening of presentations and a panel discussion with artists and scientists about awareness. 61 local (cobble hill), free. >>

11/30 7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at leslie goshko’s ‘sideshow goshko.’ tonight’s guests: dawn fraser (the moth, ted), anna roisman (elite daily), calvin cato (oxygen), and james bewley. bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

11/30 7pm (weekly): the sensible show at the annoyance theatre (williamsburg) features stand-up comedy from nore davis (comedy central), sam morril (comedy central), will miles (comedy at the knitting factory), and ashley brooke roberts (fresh out). guest hosted by evan kaufman (your love, our musical) and chris duffy (you’re the expert). $5. >>

11/30 7pm doors, 8pm show: the daily show correspondent roy wood, jr. headlines the bazaar comedy show at brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). free. >>

11/30 7-9pm: it’s the biggie! the 84th annual rockefeller center christmas tree lighting ceremony features a 94-foot tall norway spruce (the second-tallest ever displayed) covered in 50,000 lights, plus live performances by neil diamond, sarah mclachlan, dolly parton, tony bennett, the radio city rockettes, and more. >>

11/30 8pm (monthly): adam wade, halle kiefer, jim o’grady, and josh sharp share stories about the holidays at this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. ucb (chelsea), $5. >>

11/30 8pm: (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show at poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city) features yannis pappas (comedy central), sarah tollemache (comedy central), ryan donahue (kimmel, and khalid rahmaan (the nation). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. free. >>

11/30 8pm: tasseomancy, air waves, gingerlys, and fieldings play sunnyvale (east williamsburg). $10. >>

11/30 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: am i write, ladies?, a variety show featuring performance + art by women and gender non-conforming artists, moves to the east village’s vspot. $10 admission includes a drink. >>

11/30 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the comedians you should know show brings stand-up performances to gutter bar in williamsburg. tonight: roy wood, jr. (the daily show), hadiyah robinson (comedy central), gilbert lawand, and david drake. hosted by mike lebovitz (last comic standing). $5. >>

ticket deals

ends today: take an extra 20% off your gilt city order with promo code ‘cyber’ >>

get a 4-pack of amc movie tickets, valid at any location in ny and nj, for $43 (plus ticket fees, reg. $64). >>

get tickets to the new york times travel show at the javits center 1/28-29 for free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>

get tickets to new york city ballet’s production of the sleeping beauty at lincoln center 2/12 for $52-90 (plus ticket fees, reg, $99-175). >>

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