around town today

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (+ 3/12): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the winter season continues tonight with chamber ensemble third sound performing pieces by schoenberg, arauco, and their own director patrick castillo. bonus: free drinks. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6:15pm: get a behind-the-scenes introduction to how biology research works at late night science, a seminar series with lab tours by graduate students of columbia university. tonight’s topic: what makes the human brain special? jerome l. greene science center (morningside heights), free. photo id required. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): go on a journey in search of water in our solar system and beyond at tonight’s edition of ‘astronomy live’ at the hayden planetarium space theater (uws). $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: three rooms press presents its 12th annual charles bukowski memorial reading at the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village). $10. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring katie hannigan (colbert), dina hashem (conan), devon walker (comedy central), jake head (siriusxm), and brendan sagalow (mtv). coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

sponsored: 7pm: fashion icon isaac mizrahi offers a poignant and candid look back on his life with at a release event for his touching memoir, i.m., featuring a conversation with debra messing (will + grace). symphony space (uws), $10 plus ticket fees with promo code ‘isaac’ (please note: special ticket price does not include a copy of the book). >>

7pm (+ mcnally jackson williamsburg 2/27): author irvine welsh discusses his trainspotting finale dead men’s trousers with #amtodm host isaac fitzgerald at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location beginning at 9am tuesday. >>

7pm: author nick estes (our history is the future, standing with standing rock) gives a talk on indigenous resistance in the era of climate change at the cooper union’s frederick p. rose auditorium (east village). free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with chandler dean (mcsweeney’s), jiji lee (the new yorker), and lizzie logan (reductress). hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free. >>

7:30pm: drink wine with agent cooper: kyle macLachlan will be hosting an in-store tasting of wines from his pursued by bear winery at verve wine (tribeca). free. >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by liza treyger (netflix), andy haynes (conan), selena coppock (the new rules for blondes), dida ritz (rupaul’s drag race), j.p. mcdade, and raghav mehta. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm: seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns to chelsea music hall with its annual valentine’s day show, where each performer will do a short set and then go on a date on stage with an audience member. tonight’s performers include nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), john hodgman (vacationland), dave hill (the tick), and alice wetterlund (silicon valley). chelsea music hall (chelsea), $15. >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): comics of color share the humor in their experiences of prejudice at the profiled comedy show, featuring kenice mobley, sharon paul, ariel evans, and khalid rahmaan. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

9:30pm doors: bueno, bethlehem steel, and lost boy play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

coming up

2/27-3/17: emerging artists theatre company’s annual new work series presents 50 works-in-progress full-length plays, one-person shows, musicals, and dance pieces, with opportunities for audience feedback following the performances. tada! theater (midtown west). $10-15. >>

2/27 6pm: mom… i’m a slayer: delve into the coming out metaphors in 1990s fantasy television shows like buffy the vampire slayer, charmed, xena: warrior princess, and more at a screening of buffy the vampire slayer’s ‘becoming part ii” and a discussion moderated by shayna maci warner. nyu’s michelson theater (greenwich village), free. >>

2/27 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: equality for her founder and author blair imani shares the stories of 70 women, girls, and non-binary trailblazers in a talk on her new book, modern herstory. in conversation with jamia wilson, author of young, gifted, and black and director of the feminist press at cuny. nypl mid-manhattan library, free. >>

2/27 7pm (monthly): b-i-n-g-oh yeah! get your night cheese on at pop!: a pop-culture bingo party’s 30 rock themed game, filled with trivia, video clip challenges, and other fun chances to win tacos, drinks, and show tickets. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson. parklife (gowanus), free admission, $2 for a bingo card to play. >>

2/27 7pm: pianist and harpsichordist magdalena baczewska performs music by arjomand, bach, chopin, debussy, and schumann at the italian academy at columbia university (morningside heights). free. >>

2/27 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: american university law professor and author robert tsai explores the history of legal measures used to fight injustice at a talk and signing for his new book, practical equality: forging justice in a divided nation. nyu school of law (greenwich village), free. >>

2/27 7pm doors, 8pm show: cheers to the comedians who need the free exposure at the second annual the unemployed show awards show, where facebook live host anna roisman (hq words) celebrates the hard work of the hardly working. featuring honorary guests gabe gonzalez (out), yoni lotan (fallon), mike kelton (mtv), and more. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

2/27: 7:30pm + 10pm: comedian chris gethard (the chris gethard show, girls) and a guest will perform 60-90 minutes of comedy at union hall (park slope). $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

2/27 7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: high waisted, dolly spartans, pom pom squad, and pynkie play sunnyvale (east williamsburg). $10. >>

2/27 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week featuring matteo lane (netflix), jess salomon (dirty laundry), jordan temple (conan), dan licata (adult swim), and danny del colle. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

2/27 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from walter kelly (vice), xazmin garza (sirius xm), terence hartnett (wet cash), isabel hagen (roastmasters), and meagan walsh (standup nbc). hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

2/27 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 sean donnelly (colbert), myka fox (comedy central), charles mcbee (gotham comedy live), nick naney (the special without brett davis), brian parise (john oliver), brittany carney, ariel elias, and kevin sean. hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

2/27 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: it’s all a gamble at the powerpoint roulette variety show, where comedians, actors, and musicians improvise a presentation from slides they’ve never seen before. tonight’s guests include scott rogowsky (hq trivia), jess salomon (dirty laundry), rojo perez (conan), and musical guests premrock and willie green. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

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