around town today

thru 2/25: get an inside look at the private lives and artistic processes of authors james baldwin, william s. burroughs, joan didion, alice walker, and more at litfilm, a film festival about writers including filmmaker appearances. brooklyn public library (prospect heights), free (rsvp). >>

6pm: well + good beauty editor ali finney leads a discussion on  natural skincare and beauty products with tina hedges (loli beauty), bee shapiro (ellis brooklyn), and amy galper (new york institute of aromatic studies). story (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: former secretary of health, education, and welfare joseph a. califano jr. discusses his new book our damaged democracy: our people must act with former pbs newshour anchor jim lehrer. roosevelt house public policy institute at hunter college (ues), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (ends today): 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: immigration with reyna montoya (aliento), robin reineke (colibrí center for human rights), and rebecca heller (international refugee assistance project). the greene space at wnyc (south village), $10.   >>

7pm (+ 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: battle of the sexes (2017). free. >>

7pm (thru 21): the interference av festival brings experimental video projections and live performances by lightning bolt, the sun ra arkestra, and jlin to amc empire 25. free (rsvp). >>

7pm: single book lovers can meet their match at strand’s literary speed dating. tonight: wfw; weds: wfm + mfw; thurs: m4m. bonus: free beer. strand bookstore (union square), $10 admission includes a gift card. >>

7:30pm: (+ 2/27): indie alt rockers veda rays continue a residency at sunnyvale (east williamsburg) with guest bands and djs each night. free. >>

8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by aparna nancherla (conan), joyelle johnson (lady parts justice), martin urbano (kimmel), and rubi nicholas (nick at nite). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

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 chris redd (snl), julio torres (snl), clare o’kane, and owen straw. free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): non-pros compete in comedy-related events and then get judged and scored by a panel including josh charles (the good wife), david wain (wet hot american summer, alex brightman (school of rock: the musical), and doug liman (edge of tomorrow) at the sweet games, a biennial show from seth herzog (fallon). the slipper room (les), $10. >>

coming up

2/21-28: take 30% off sci-fi, fantasy, comics, vintage vinyl, ya and more during the annual housing works geek week sale. housing works (soho). >>

2/21-3/4: drink your fill of new and rare brews during the annual new york city beer week. various locations, some events charge admission while others are pay-as-you-go. >>

2/21 6-8pm (runs thru 4/14): david zwirner gallery presents dan flavin: in daylight or cool white, an exhibition examining the minimal artist’s use of fluorescent white light in his work from the 1960s. opening reception tonight. david zwirner gallery (chelsea), free. >>

2/21 6:30pm: japanese sci-fi cinema scholar and author steve ryfle discusses the mastermind behind godzilla, mothra and more in his book, ishiro honda: a life in film, from godzilla to kurosawa, followed by a signing and a display of original movie posters and rare memorabilia. japan society (midtown east), $14 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

2/21 7pm (+ 2/22): rule of 7×7: 7 playwrights premiere 10-minute plays that had to follow 7 rules. the tank (garment district), $13 adv, $15 door (admission includes a drink). >>

2/21 7pm-2am (+ 2/22): the semi-annual pancakes + booze art show returns with works by more than 100 artists, body painting, music, and a free pancake bar. m1-5 lounge (tribeca), $15 at the door, $20 line jumper (cash only). >>

2/21 7:30pm: investigative journalist vegas tenold tells the story white supremacist and nationalist groups and their path to political power in his book, everything you love will burn: inside the rebirth of white nationalism in america, followed by a signing and q+a with zoe chace (this american life producer). greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

2/21 7:30pm (monthly): it came from outer space! this month’s installment of the astronomy on tap discussion series delves into all things sci-fi with trivia and presentations covering seth macfarlane’s the orville, sci-fi films through the decades, science in sci-fi, and more. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

2/21 7:30pm (bimonthly): friends of mozart continues their season with a program of works by mozart, haydn, and beethoven performed by violinist theresa salomon, cellist lindy clarke, and fortepianist dongsok shin. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

2/21 8pm: joe rumrill and andrew tisher host a night of critter-based material at wee winged wonders: an evening of comedy about bees and butterflies. vital joint (williamsburg), $5. >>

2/21 8pm (bimonthly): it’s promised that you’ll have fun at this new comedy show premiering in the east village/alphabet city, with some help from josh gondelman (last week tonight), josh johnson (the daily show), dina hashem (conan), kenice mobley (2 dope queens). revision lounge and gallery (manhattan), free. >>

2/21 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features calise hawkins (fallon), jared freid (mtv), doug smith (conan), kelsey caine (the new york times), and justin flanagan. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

2/21 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: langston kerman (insecure), kenny deforest (seth meyers), chris calogero (not quite midnight), and sally brooks. hosted by michael joyce. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

2/21 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: aparna nancherla (conan), joe list (conan), dwayne kennedy (comedy central), hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), marina franklin (colbert), and david drake. hosted by mike lebovitz (last comic standing). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

2/21 8:30pm doors, 9pm show: who needs the hall of presidents when you catch every potus without leaving nyc? kate villa (the president show) and alexandria iona (ucb) present every president ever: together again, a comedy show where 45 comedians will dress up and dish out weird truths about our country’s leading men. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

2/21 9:30pm: monthly): the tale storytelling show returns with seasoned stories spun by joe charnitski (the moth storyslam champ), dawn jewél fraser (ted talks), bobby hankinson (kweendom), and momoh pujeh. hosted by harmon leon (meet the deplorables). the red room at kgb bar (east village), $7. >>

ticket deals

rsvp for a free house of vans party featuring an immersive experience by artist abby portner and music by zola jesus and yves tumor on 2/23. >>

get tickets to the sex-themed players theatre short play + musical festival 2/22-25 for $15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

get tickets to the harlem gospel choir sings the songs of whitney houston and beyoncé at b.b. king blues club 3/28 for free-$20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25-51). >>

get tickets to the annual art on paper art fair at pier 36 3/9-11 for free-$10 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

get tickets to the architectural digest design show at pier 94 3/23-25, plus a one-year digital magazine subscription, for $15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

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