around town today

thru 2/25: bessie award-winning dancer soledad barrio and noche flamenca perform at the joyce theater (chelsea). $10+. >>

thru 5/27: the new museum’s triennial, ‘songs for sabotage,’ features works by 30 artists from 19 countries. the new museum (les), $18 general, $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (monthly): the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre continues the winter season with mivos quartet performing pieces written by its members. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with jennifer glick, anoush froundjian, justin mcelwee, and dawn fraser, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. hosted by michele carlo. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6:30pm: historic gastronomist sarah lohman spices up your night with a talk on the history of sriracha and its production process, followed by a demo on how to make a thai omelet. brooklyn brainery (prospect heights), $12 >>

6:30pm: graphic designer bonnie siegler, who has lent her skills to the campaigns of barack obama and hillary clinton, presents her book, signs of resistance: a visual history of protest in america. park slope library, free. >>

7pm (+ 2/20): wnyc and echoing green present citizenship now, a series of storytelling, conversations, and problem-solving with experts in the fields of immigration, climate change, education, and civic engagement. tonight: climate change with steph speirs (solstice founder and ceo), bren smith (greenwave co-founder), and jack amend (web natural project founder and ceo). the greene space at wnyc (south village), $10.   >>

7pm: get in the mood with an x-rated storytime for adults, where you can also volunteer to read your own steamy work. astoria bookstop, free. >>

7pm (monthly): our relationship with tech is absurd… so let’s laugh about it. a tech ethicist (david ryan polgar) and a comedian (joe leonardo) examine our strange present and uncertain future at the funny as tech podcast show, taping a new episode tonight about the future of work with guests including charlie oliver (tech 2025 ceo and founder), galina ozgur (grand central tech) and lisa cervenka (the muse). the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

7pm (weekly thru 2/27): get the experience of an outdoor movie indoors (where it’s warm!) at the annual pictures under the palms series, set under the palm trees of brookfield place’s winter garden atrium (fidi). tonight: space jam (1996). free. >>

7-8pm: make art while drinking wine and eating cookies at drink + 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. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show 
(+ 2/21): comedian chris gethard (broad city, the chris gethard show) hosts a live recording of his phone-call based podcast, beautiful/anonymous to the bell house (gowanus). $15. >>

8pm: all players of the new who wants to win a bar tab? trivia show will get a free bud light, but only the winner will receive the prize. hosted by tyler richardson. kilo bravo (williamsburg), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan+joe+charles show, this week including performances by mike recine (conan), sarah tollemache (colbert), nathan min (fallon), and courtney maginnis (mtv). free. >>

9pm (monthly): whose line is it anyway? meets ted as stand-up comedians improvise ted talks on topics they’ve never heard of before. hosted by ryan stanisz. q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

9pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. ucb (east village), $9. >>

9pm: get your fill of brass and sass at a mardi gras party that includes a new orleans-style brass band, sexy circus performances, and more. costumes encouraged. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

coming up

sponsored the usual rejects presents ‘clever girl,’ a staged reading/parody/drinking game of jurassic park, with plenty of audience participation, trivia, and raffles. two shows: 2/17 7pm and 9pm at wythe hotel theatre (williamsburg), $15.>>

2/14 various times: have a movie-themed v-day with these screenings:
• various times: cruel intentions, single white female, and more. quad cinema (greenwich village), $15 general, $12 seniors. >>
• 4pm-midnight: everything i know about love i learned from john cusack movies: one crazy summer, better off dead, grifters, and say anything. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>
• 6pm-midnight: 200 cigarettes pal-entine’s day party. the footlight (ridgewood), free. >>
• 6:15pm, 8:15pm: moonstruck and harold and maude. the roxy cinema (tribeca), $12. >>
• 8pm: roman holiday. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), free. >>

2/14-3/4: the 12th annual frigid festival showcases 30 independent theatre companies with 100% of the proceeds going to the artists. the kraine theater + under st. marks (east village), $12-20. >>

2/14 6pm: renew your vows at the crossroads of the world. once again, couples are invited to say ‘i do’ all over again at a ceremony on the red steps of times square’s duffy square, this year following a performance from the broadway musical anastasia. free. >>

2/14 7pm: single and coupled alike are welcome to sweat and drink it out at the annual boycott valentine’s day pub run. meet at brooklyn running company (williamsburg), $25. >>

2/14 7pm, 9pm: rebecca vigil and evan kaufman interview a couple in the audience and create a completely improvised musical based on their story at a valentine’s day edition of your love, our musical. caveat (les), $15. >>

2/14 7-11pm (on view thru 2/16): get ready to blush at con artist collective’s ‘my naughty valentine’ uncensored art show. opening reception tonight. con artist collective + gallery (les), free. >>

2/14 7pm-2am: you’ll be able to actually wear your heart on your sleeve at domedary bar’s valentine’s day tattoo night, with flash tats provided by artist olivia pakitsas. dromedary bar (bushwick), free until 10pm, $25 after. >>

2/14 7pm doors, 8pm show: commiserate at the seventh annual unloveable valentine’s day concert, with live music by the smiths/morrissey tribute band the sons + heirs. hosted by rolling stone columnist and author rob sheffield (love is a mix tape, talking to girls about duran duran). the bell house (gowanus), $20 adv, $24 dos. >>

2/14 7:30pm: say what’s been left unsaid or add it to an installation at a love letter reading, where guests are invited to share their personal, unsent love letters as a form of release. the living gallery outpost (east village), $5-$10 sliding scale admission. >>

2/14 7:30pm: at the perfect couple game show, married comedy couple kambri crews and christian finnegan host as two sets of companions compete to prove that they’ve got this thing called ‘love’ locked down. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

2/14 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): writers, artists, and performers resurrect material they’ve cut from past works at the dead darlings show. this month’s ‘friends’ edition includes writers isaac oliver (intimacy idiot), keith bunin (the busy world is hushed), and singer-songwriter dane terry. hosted by amanda duarte. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation benefits sage. >>

2/14 8pm: embrace the hilariously unerotic at a belinda blinkedvalentine’s day show, in honor of the my dad wrote a porno podcast’s first book. featuring questionably hot readings, games, drink specials, tacos and more. hosted by bobby hankinson (kweendom), courtney maginnis (let’s see, what else?), and casey james salengo (comedy central). parklife (gowanus), free admission (rsvp). >>

2/14 8pm: touche pas dance company presents its third annual ‘super sad love scenes (or, love makes us all losers)’ dance/song/scene/music variety show, featuring post-break-up ballads, tales of insecurity, angsty modern dance and more. alchemical theatre laboratory (chelsea), $10. >>

2/14 8pm: hpv meets ‘the vagina monologues’ at the vd monologues, a valentine’s day-bashing comedy show about valentine’s day and venereal diseases. hosted by anita flores (party of two) and natalie wall (awkward sex in the city). three’s @ franklin + kent (greenpoint), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

2/14 8pm (monthly): get your fill of free food and free comedy at the devour hour comedy show. this month: pair some free chocolate with the venue’s $15 bottle of chardonnay deal alongside performances by lawrence deloach (elite daily), jay welch (mcsweeney’s), perri gross (reductress), jeff scheen and ryan schutt. hank’s saloon (boerum hill), free admission. >>

2/14 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer and $15 buckets 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: ryan beck (jon stewart), joyelle johnson (lady parts justice), ramy youssef (conan) and erik monical. hosted by emily winter (tv land). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

2/14 8:30pm: fireworks!  keep your eyes on the skies over the hudson river near pier 84 (midtown west). in honor of lunar new year. >>

2/14 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: anthony devito (colbert), tim dillon (the chris gethard show), sonya denis (comedy central), saurin choksi (brown privilege), grant lyon and alex english. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

2/14 9pm, i choo-choo-choose you! score a bingo and win a free drink at the simpsons valentine’s day bingo, featuring fan-favorite episodes ‘grade school confidential,’ ‘i love lisa,’ and more. videology (williamsburg), free admission. >>

2/14 9pm (bi-monthly): copycat cover song night hosts a tribute to tom petty with bands, djs, and $5 free fallin’ cocktails all night. otto’s shrunken head (alphabet city), free admission. >>

2/14 9:30pm: ucb presents be mine: improvisers + their real-life valentines, a holiday show where comedians and their specials someones who, notably, don’t do comedy, perform improvised scenes together. ucb (hell’s kitchen), $9. >>

2/14 10pm (weekly): meet your maker at the i’m dead comedy show, returning tonight with stand-up by usama siddiquee, ashley bez, patrick hastie, alex english, and derek humphrey. hosted by jeff simmermon (the moth storyslam grandslam winner), gastor almonte (comedy central) and jess salomon (salomon + smith). flatbush zombie house (prospect-lefferts gardens/flatbush), free. >>

2/14 10pm: eff it and dance the night away at the house of yes f love dance party. the house of yes (bushwick), $10. >>

2/14 10pm doors, 10:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, and even matching. tonight’s show sold out quickly, so a second valentine’s day special edition has just been added with guests tba. hosted by lane moore (the onion, brooklyn magazine‘s funniest people in brooklyn). littlefield (gowanus), $15. >>

2/14 10:30pm: comedians riff over a cheesy soft-core adult film, mst3k-style, at q.e.d. (astoria). $15. >>

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