around town today

thru 2/28 (tues-fri 10am-4:30pm): free weekday admission returns to the brooklyn botanic garden for the winter season. >>

thru 1/5 (closed mondays and holidays): the morgan library + museum displays charles dickens’s original manuscript of a christmas carol, an annual tradition. the morgan library + museum (midtown east), $22 general, $14 seniors, $13 students, free fridays 7-9pm. >>

just added: thru 12/29: times square nye wishing wall: be a papered part of new year’s eve in times square by writing a wish for the upcoming year on the actual confetti that will be released at midnight on nye. times square plaza bet. 43rd + 44th streets, free. >>

4pm, 7pm: when harry met sally returns to select theaters for the film’s 30th anniversary. various locations and prices. >>

5-8pm (+ 12/4-1/3 10am-8pm): the annual luminaries light installation, a canopy of color-changing led lanterns at brookfield place’s winter garden (fidi), returns for the season. tonight’s opening includes free ice skating and performances. free admission. >>

6pm: be heard on the third, a storytelling series to raise awareness of the be heard act, a bill to address harassment and violence in the workplace, presents a screening of knock down the house followed by storytelling and conversation. civic hall (flatiron), free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: supreme court lawyer and former acting solicitor general neal katyal discusses his new book, impeach: the case against donald trump, with historian + former bill clinton speechwriter michael waldman. nyu global center for academic and spiritual life (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

6pm reception, 7pm start: belonging: disability, technology, and community, the first event in the hastings center’s ‘the art of flourishing: a conversation on disability and technology’ series, explores the ways in which the use–or resistance–of technology helps people with disabilities to thrive. baruch performing arts center (kips bay), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: author and award-winning journalist mark danner reflects on two decades of the war on terror in ‘the death of human rights: drones, torture, and the new nationalism’, this year’s robert b. silvers lecture at nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (bryant park). free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: magazine art director walter bernard and ‘i love new york’ logo designer milton glaser recount their storied careers in a talk on their new book, mag men: fifty years of making magazines, along with writer/editor anne quito. q+a and a drinks reception will follow. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: the family ghosts storytelling podcast opens its third season of stories about familial myth and the weight of legacy with a live event hosted by sam dingman. caveat (les), $6 with promo code ‘fgs3’ (reg. $12 adv, $15 door). >>

7pm: sync up with hosts gabby bryan and anya volz at the our time of the week stand-up comedy show, featuring janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), dulcé sloan (the daily show), janelle james (seth meyers), and bonnie mcfarlane (comedy central). matthew broussard (comedy central), the representative male comic in the lineup, will give an improvised presentation on a randomly chosen femme topic. upstairs at the stand (union square), $10 with promo code ‘cramps’ (reg. $15). >>

just added: 7pm: screenwriter john patrick shanley will do q+a following a screening of his oscar-winning moonstruck (1987) at ifc center (greenwich village). $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: at an inconvenient talk show, al gore (played by comedian and former biochemist rollie williams) takes on the policy, science, and issues behind climate change with guests including climate experts dr. anya elizabeth johnson and dr. alicia perez-porro, along with a lineup of comedians. proceeds from tonight’s holiday special will benefit weact for environmental justice. the bell house (gowanus), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): let your word nerd flag fly at the raucous punderdome 3000 pun competition, where you can compete or just cheer for your favorites. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: carolyn castiglia: cool mom: comedian carolyn castiglia presents an hour of stand-up, stories, and music about what it means to be a daughter and a mother. arlene’s grocery (les), $12. >>

7:30pm (monthly): it’s all shoulda coulda woulda at the take two storytelling show, where guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things could’ve turned out differently. tonight’s fourth anniversary storytellers include cecilia gentili (pose), wes hazard (jeopardy), kelli dunham (showtime), and edith gonzalez (risk!). hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5-15 suggested admission (no one turned away for lack of funds). >>

8pm (weekly): hit up the saloon next to new york distilling company for a spirit-ed night of standup at the new bright horizons comedy show. tonight’s inaugural lineup includes chris gethard (the chris gethard show), max wittert (high maintenance), anthony atamanuik (the president show), annie donley (chris gethard presents), and eudora peterson (the special without brett davis). hosted by mary houlihan, joe rumrill, sam taggart, and eliza hurwitz. the shanty (williamsburg), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): stand-up set lengths follow the fibonacci sequence (5, 8, 13, and 21 minutes) at the golden spiral comedy show, hosted by katie compa and mindy raf and including guests kendra cunningham (huffpost), jc cassis (risk!), sonya vai, pedro gonzales, and wanjiko eke. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free (rsvp to enter a raffle for a free drink). >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, brings the laughs to east williamsburg with performances by dina hashem (conan), martin urbano (kimmel), daniel simonsen (colbert), and brendan eyre (seth meyers). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm: arthur moon and lau noah play the sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

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

our next event!

We’re here to save you from Another Lonely Princemas.

An all-Prince party. All Prince. All night.

DJ Steve Reynolds (Party Like It’s 1999) will spin all of the hits, deep cuts, remixes, rarities, songs written for other artists, and more from Prince’s 35+ year career.

We gotta rock this mother.
Shock-a-lock-a boom.

the skint presents:
Housequake: Prince Party

Saturday, December 14 at 10pm
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
$5 Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/housequake-prince-party-tickets-70653569729
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/379520419359420/

coming up

12/4-24: urbanspace’s columbus circle outdoor holiday market returns for the season with 70 local gift vendors. >>

12/4 various times: the holiday season officially starts at these free tree lighting ceremonies:
12/4 5-6:30pm: metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn). >>
12/4 7-10pm: rockefeller center (midtown). nyc’s biggest! early arrival is strongly recommended. >>

12/4 9am-7pm (+ 12/5): the accessories council’s first-ever all-female holiday pop-up will feature a variety of products such as jewelry, handbags, footwear, fragrances, and more from women- owned and led companies. penn plaza pavilion (midtown), free admission. >>

12/4 9am-3am: enjoy a free cookie, courtesy of insomnia cookies (all locations) in honor of national cookie day. >>

12/4 4pm + 7pm (monthly): double vision: explorations of alternative math from history: quest university canada professor glen van brummelen takes us back in time to explore ancient chinese and greek schools of thought on geometry at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free. >>

12/4 6-8pm (on view thru 12/21): the tribeca show, a new exhibition opening at apexart tonight, five tribeca-based photographers and a poet present their portraits of the neighborhood in contrast to its hyped reputation. free. >>

12/4 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: journalist jimmy tobias asks, ‘affordable housing for whom?’ in a conversation about possible ways to resolve the nyc housing crisis with aaron carr (housing rights initiative founder), shatia strother (program coordinator at furee), and raquel vazquez (director of housing development at joy construction corp). brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

12/4 6:30pm: call me by your name author andré aciman presents the sequel find me at the cuny graduate center (midtown east), in conversation with professor and pulitzer prize–winning theater critic hilton als. free (rsvp). >>

12/4 6:30pm: two doc queens, producer sheila nevins (when the levees broke, citizenfour) and filmmaker erin lee carr (at the heart of gold: inside the usa gymnastics scandal), join in a conversation about their work, and what the future holds for documentary filmmakers. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

12/4 6:30pm (monthly): shelby slauer (clickhole) and darian lusk (travel channel) host the girl’s girls comedy/variety show, with tonight’s lineup featuring sketch group simple town (adult swim), anthony schepis (awf magazine), arti gollapudi, and tyler bessinger. starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

12/4 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): hacking the stars: astrophysicist hakeem m. oluseyi discusses how data hacking can help advance astrophysics at tonight’s installment of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening cocktail + conversation series. cullman hall of the universe at the american museum of natural history (uws), free admission (rsvp). >>

12/4 7pm: free holiday movie screening: home alone (8pm), with a round of pre-show trivia (7pm) at  parklife (gowanus)., free admission. >>

12/4 7pm: dr. martens presents a free concert at h0l0 (ridgewood) featuring jimi lucid, tama gucci, and more. >>

12/4 7pm + 9pm (monthly): project:theater presents our bar, an evening of site-specific theater that unfolds around you in a local watering hole. tonight’s theme: ‘mellow/drama.’ failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

12/4 7pm, 10pm: 7pm + 10pm: house of yes (bushwick) hosts two free holiday editions of their popular amateur burlesque (7pm) and hot mess drag competition (10pm) extravaganzas.

12/4 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): at the drunk science show, three inebriated comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a real scientist. this month’s ‘oceans’ theme features marine biologist dr. ayana elizabeth johnson (founder and ceo of ocean collectiv), and comedians luke mones (comedy central), brian park (collegehumor), and gwynn ballard. hosted by joanna rothkopf (last week tonight writer), jordan mendoza (comedy central), and shannon odell (neuroscience phd candidate). littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

12/4 7:30pm (monthly): laugh till you’re an ally at here + queer, an all-queer improv show featuring a rotating cast of lgbtqia+ improvisers and tonight’s guest, fashion designer adam selman. ucbt hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

12/4 7:30pm: pair up for the date night comedy show, where comedian couples will swap jokes, comics will perform sets written by their partner, and you can play games for prizes. hosted by dan ahrens and hattie hayes. q.e.d. (astoria), $10 admission for two. >>

12/4 7:30pm: what’s up doc? animation director willy hartland presents a series of strange animated documentaries from around the world, followed by q+a with some of the participating filmmakers. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $18. >>

12/4 7:30pm (monthly): bingo sing-o! play to win as showgirl anna copa cabanna and pianist leslie goshko host a night of bingo, trivia, name that tune, and karaoke. first bingo card is free, additional cards are $1 each. sid gold’s request room (chelsea), free admission. >>

12/4 8pm: lgbtq performers ‘out’ the films that helped them define themselves at the queer film theory 101 show, hosted by veronica garza. house of wax bar at alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

12/4 8pm (monthly): the just come! comedy show‘s monthly wednesday edition at bushwick’s starr bar features stand-up by mike recine (comedy central), maddy smith (wild n out), billy prinsell, jess reed, and melody kamali. hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell. starr bar (bushwick), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

12/4 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 sal vulcano (impractical jokers), jourdain fisher (fallon), alison klemp (ucb), and scott sharp. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

12/4 8pm (weekly): tonight’s side ponytail comedy show, now in its fifth year, features roy wood jr. (the daily show), max fine (sirius xm), subhah agarwal (the jim jefferies show), sophie buddle, and heather marulli. hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

12/4 9pm (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: devon walker (comedy central), joe mande (the good place), adam mamawala (comedy central), david drake (sirius xm), and jordan jenson. hosted by saurin choksi. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to see cher at madison square garden 12/4 for $35+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $86+). >>

get tickets to the hip hop nutcracker with kurtis blow at kings theatre 12/15 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $49.50+). >>

get tickets to tan dun conducts the orchestra now at jazz at lincoln center 12/15 for free-$20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35-50). >>

get tickets to paul winter’s 40th annual winter solstice celebration at the cathedral church of st. john the divine 12/19-21 for free-$38 (plus ticket fees, reg. $38-58). >>

get tickets to american symphony orchestra’s beyond beethoven at carnegie hall’s stern auditorium 1/31 for $10 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

get tickets to new york city ballet’s swan lake at lincoln center 2/16 for $58+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $108+). >>

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