around town today

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 2/26, 3/12): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the winter season continues tonight with mivos quartet and nadav lev performing a program of contemporary music. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6:30pm: aroma space designer megumi fukatsu gives a tour through the world of japanese scents, how aromatherapy and interior design can work together, and how to select the right scent for you. japan society (midtown east). $15. >>

6:30pm: steve coll, dean of journalism at columbia university and bruno patino, phd, dean of the sciences po school of journalism, will explore the topic of freedom of press in a ‘post-truth’ era. dr. courtney radsch, advocacy director at the committee to protect journalists, moderates. albertine books (ues), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: columbine author dave cullen launches his new account of parkland: birth of a movement at barnes + noble 86th + lexington. free admission. >>

7pm: hear from lgbtq writers and artists on their creative and personal approaches to mental health and wellness. the lgbt community center (west village), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

7pm (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring monroe martin (fallon), nathan macintosh (fallon), aparna nancherla (comedy central), xazmin garza (siriusxm), kate willett (netflix), and kevin o’brien. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: get it girl, and all-women comedy show with proceeds benefiting rainn, features performances from jo firestone (fallon), christi chiello (comedy central), aparna nancherla (comedy central), sonia denis (high maintenance), and eman el-husseini, plus raffles. hosted by kelsey caine. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $13 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: get with the program at the lesbian agenda comedy/variety show, featuring performers elsa waithe, samantha ruddy, and nicole boyce. hosted by sophie santos and jess salomon. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of dana czapnik (the falconer), maria dahvana headley (the mere wife), and carley moore (16 pills) at tonight’s edition of the monthly lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

8pm: pc worship and deradoorian play union pool (williamsburg). free. >>

8:30pm: in anticipation of singles awareness day, express yourself with a poetry for singles workshop that includes wine and chocolates to fuel the fires. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights). $15. >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by anthony devito (comedy central), julia johns (girl code), erica spera (tbs comics to watch), saurin choksi (fuse), aminah imani (comedy at the knitting factory), and ethan sp. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9:30pm doors: bueno, thick, and drug bug play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

coming up

2/13-5/26: the new museum presents the first museum survey in new york of the work of nari ward. nari ward: we the people will feature 30 sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout ward’s 25-year career. new museum (les), $18 general, $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

2/13 2pm: actor wilson cruz (my so-called life) discusses his work on star trek discovery at a taping of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

2/13 4pm + 7pm (ends today): have the time of your life at a screening of dirty dancing, returning to select theaters for two days. various prices. >>

2/13 5-10pm: drunk dial congress: galentine’s edition: gather your local girl gang and make valentines to send to the new representatives in congress at crown heights cocktail + dessert bar butter + scotch). supplies provided, and participants will get a free shot (one per customer). >>

2/13 6pm: tech ethicist david ryan polgar and comedian joe leonardo examine sexism in the tech world at a live taping of the funny as tech podcast, featuring guests amanda henning (mashable), jumana abu-ghazaleh (betwixt.us), and kimberly gray (uvii). the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

2/13 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: cardiologist and author sandeep jauhar discusses the evolution of our understanding of the human heart explored in his latest book, heart: a history. in conversation with physician and author danielle ofri (what patients say, what doctors hear). nypl mid manhattan library, free. >>

2/13 6:30pm: put your knowledge of the city to the test at the museum of the city of new york’s ultimate nyc trivia night. $15 includes a drink and same-day museum admission (galleries close at 6pm). >>

2/13 7pm: make bookmarks, cards, and more while drinking wine and eating treats from wafels and dinges at drink and draw like a lady’s galentine’s day party at strand bookstore’s rare book room (union square). $10 admission includes a $5 gift card. >>

2/13 7-10pm: the women’s prison association, which works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement, celebrates galentine’s day with an event collecting new female-centric donations and raffling off prizes including tickets to sleep no more, restaurant gift certificates, and more ($10 for a spin of the wheel). donation includes an open bar 7-8pm, snacks, and happy hour prices 8-10pm. taproom no. 307 (kips bay). >>

2/13 7:30pm: feed your hunger for knowledge at taste of science‘s presentation on how communication evolves between baby birds and their parents, plus how parasitic wasps take over their hosts’ bodies. ryan’s daughter (ues), free. >>

2/13 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the biology on tap series brings short science talks to a bar each month. tonight: romance and reproduction in the animal kingdom at the way station (prospect heights). free. >>

2/13 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features ronny chieng (the daily show), aparna nancherla (corporate), ben kronberg (comedy central), eagle witt, and jeffrey emerson. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

2/13 8pm: anemone, champagne superchillin’, and hypoluxo play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $12. >>

2/13 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer, $15 buckets and free drink giveaways are a good sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at the fancy show stand-up comedy show. tonight’s show features mike abrusci (comedy crib, jason burke (comedy central), dina hashem (conan), mara marek (happy never after), matt stofsky (college humor), kofi thomas, and terence hartnett. hosted by jeff scheen. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

2/13 8:30pm (monthly): defne gencler and blair dawson host the u up? comedy show, featuring stand up and a half-time storytelling portion where audience members can share an anecdote to compete for a prize from babeland. tonight’s show includes larry owens (trutv), lizzie martinez (funny or die), mark benjamin (the new york times), karen chee (vulture), and nataly aukar. the corners (bed-stuy), free. >>

2/13 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: stavros halkias (adult swim), liza treyger (comedy central), brendan eyre (seth meyers), saurin choksi (brown privilege), and nonye brown-west. hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

2/13 9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from jena friedman (the daily show), alingon mitra (conan), joe zimmerman (fallon), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), doug smith (comedy central), julia claire (the new york times), luke touma (siriusxm), and samantha ruddy (colbert). lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

2/13 9:30pm: comedian and host becca beberaggi examines the life lessons learned from romantic movies while performing readings of famous scenes with other comedians at say you love me!: a romantic comedy show. audience participation encouraged. pit loft (flatiron), $8. >>

ticket deals

rsvp for free tickets to a basquiat exhibit coming to the brant foundation 3/6-5/12. >>

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