around town today

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

all day: enjoy a free cookie, courtesy of insomnia cookies at all locations in honor of national cookie day. >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (ends today): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the season concludes tonight with quartet yarn/wire. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6pm: the bryant park tree lighting skate-tacular features fireworks and an original christmas tale read by host alan cumming and performed on ice by olympic skaters including johnny weir, kaetlyn osmond, and others. winter village at bryant park (midtown west), free admission. >>

7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and  carla katz at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine theater (east village), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

7pm (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring sean donnelly (conan), rob haze (fallon), carmen lagala (colbert), jp mcdade (trutv), and sarah tollemache (colbert). coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7pm: to laugh is human. the divine comedy show closes out the year with guests carmen lynch (colbert), leclerc andre (fallon), maria wojciechowski (the new yorker), jim tews, tyler rothrock, rohan padhye, and host dan fitzpatrick. dtut (ues), free. >>

7pm: celebrate the season a traditional airing of grievances, feats of strength, and 90s sitcom references at the bbq films festivus party. arlene’s grocery (les), $15. >>

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 on your favorites. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:30pm (monthly): pawsy vibes only: comedian and local cat lady gemma smith hosts catbaret, a variety show with a new theme each month (but cat-related acts are always welcome). this month’s theme: ‘meowy christmas + happy hanukkats’ bonus: free cat ears! q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: al gore (played by comedian and biochemist rollie williams) takes on the policy, science, and issues behind climate change at an inconvenient talk show (holiday special edition), a comedy talk show featuring a lineup of comedians and climate climate scientists sonali mcdermid, alicia perez-porro and david kanter. knitting factory (williamsburg), $10 adv,$15 door. >>

7:30pm (bimonthly): friends of mozart continues the season with a program of works by mozart, koželuch, and haydn performed on period instruments by theresa salomon, lindy clarke, and dongsok shin. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

7pm doors: hear new swedish pop artists at the annual sweden makes music concert, featuring live performances by bella boo, cherrie, vivii, vacation forever. baby’s all right (williamsburg), free (rsvp required). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the story collider podcast presents five personal stories about dreams, beliefs and other mysteries of the mind told by a lineup of interesting science-y folks and storytellers at this month’s live show. hosted by tracy rowland and paula croxson. caveat (les), $12. >>

8:30pm (monthly): joey dardano hosts a lineup of comedy all-starrs including christi chiello (comedy central), alexis guerreros (gotham comedy live), usama siddiquee (bet), ashley barnhill (drunk history), and more. starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

8:30pm (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 jess salomon (nbc), marcia belsky (misandry), naomi ekperigin (broad city), and country music comedy duo reformed whores. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by erik bergstrom (comedy central), julia shiplett (hbo), tanael joachim (gotham comedy live), andrew mayer, and molly ruben-long. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm (monthly): let comedians school you at the woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests perform comedy about social issues they’re passionate about. tonight’s lineup features kuhoo verma (the big sick), bryan yang (buzzfeed comic to watch), aminah imani (wine before nine), ryan leach (ucbt) and cynia barnwell (ucbt), plus an interview with black lives matter activist patrick waldo. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $9. >>

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 15 at 10pm
The Bell House
149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Tickets: https://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1779918-housequake-prince-party-brooklyn
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2208809862773147/

coming up

12/5-9: 50 international artists present projected performances across four venues for the annual mono  cinema arts festival. free. >>

12/5-8: 40+ bands performing roots music of all styles take over two stages during the fourth annual roots ‘n’ ruckus music fest. jalopy theater and jalopy tavern (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), free (tips encouraged). >>

12/5 4pm, 7pm (monthly): weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy: author and former wall street quant cathy o’neil sheds light on the dark side of big data at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free. >>

12/5 6pm: learn tips for how you can get ahead without being aggressive at a career management for introverts discussion led by career coach win sheffield. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

12/5 6pm: the rob susman brass quartet will lead carolers through yuletide songs at the annual washington square park christmas tree lighting ceremony, the second longest-running one in nyc. washington square park arch (greenwich village), free. >>

12/5 6-9pm: enjoy complimentary sips and bites, raffles, gifts with purchase, discounts of up to 50% off, and more at 35 stores participating in the meatpacking district’s very merry holiday hours promotion. >>

12/5 6:30pm: ‘optics: a new way of seeing contemporary culture,’ an ongoing series at the international center of photography, presents going viral, an exploration of gifs, memes, and insta-fame in today’s digital age. hosted by jillian steinhauer (formerly hyperallergic). icp (nolita), free (rsvp). >>

12/5 6:30pm: opera 101: brooklyn brainery (prospect heights) presents an opera-tunity to learn the basics of the genre for just over a tenor. $11. >>

12/5 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): end of the megafauna: mammalogist ross d.e. macphee discusses the disappearance of earth’s prehistoric behemoths 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). >>

12/5 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): class is in session at the unteachables show, where comedians get schooled by a real teacher/expert. this month’s topic is ‘sex ed’ with sexuality educator justine ang fonte and ‘students’ diana kolsky (ifc), alex english (the rundown with robin thede), and john trowbridge (huffpo). hosted by matthew starr and monique moses. caveat (les), $5 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $8 adv, $10 door). >>

sponsored: 12/5 7pm: asia in the world: dr. vishakha n. desai, president emerita of asia society and senior advisor for global affairs to the president of columbia university, moderates a panel discussion on the root causes of the perceptions and misperceptions of islam and muslim societies in the aftermath of 9/11. the role of social media, questions of increasing conservatism in the practice of islam, and the questions of cultural identity as opposed to religious identity will be explored. brooklyn public library – central library (prospect heights), free (rsvp). >>

12/5 7pm: first timers and emerging artists (and maybe even you?) strip down at the house of yes amateur burlesque night. house of yes (bushwick), free (donations at the door will go to the performers). >>

12/5 7pm, 9pm (monthly): catch site-specific theater at a local watering hole, courtesy of our bar theater group, who are recreating real-life bar stories at tonight’s show. failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

12/5 7pm doors + demos, 8pm show: virtual reality meets live comedy at actual reality, a comedy show that takes place in a vr arcade. featuring tom thakkar (conan), carmen lagala (colbert), zach zimmerman (mcsweeney’s), kenice mobley (siriusxm), and friends who folk (the new yorker). hosted by jonathan van halem. yokeypokey virtual reality club (boerum hill), $5 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $8 adv, $10 door). >>

12/5 8pm (monthly): laugh till you’re an ally at here + queer, an all-queer improv show featuring a rotating cast of lgbtqia+ improvisers and guest storytellers. tonight, they’re joined by nancy co-host tobin low. ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

12/5 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features chris gethard (beautiful stories from anonymous people), kat radley (the daily show), matt ruby (laughs), usama siddiquee (bet), and ashley hesseltine (girls gotta eat). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

12/5 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from brian parise (last week tonight), alex ptak (adult swim), harris alterman (collegehumor), and andrew orolfo. hosted by ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

12/5 8pm: celebrate the anniversary of the 1933 prohibition repeal at the repeal society’s third annual repeal day party, featuring live music, burlesque, and drink specials. the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg), free admission, $5-10 for a tasting tour. >>

12/5 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: jo firestone (fallon), molly austin (comedy central), nimesh patel (snl), luke mones (funny or die), norlex belma (pbs), and david drake (siriusxm). hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

12/5 10pm: it’ll be a hot mess drag competition, hanukkah edition, at house of yes (bushwick). $10+. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to paul winter’s 39th annual winter solstice celebration at the cathedral church of st. john the divine 12/20-22 for free+$38 (plus ticket fees, reg. $38+). >>

get tickets to the annual menorah horah hanukkah burlesque show at highline ballroom 12/9 for $12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

get tickets to moscow ballet’s great russian nutcracker at kings theatre 12/8 for $30+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $61+). >>

get tickets to in the heights at the harlem repertory theatre 12/8-6/1 for $10-25 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25-50). >>

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