around town today

various times: recommendations on where to celebrate mardi gras from bedford + bowery and dna info.

12-8pm (+ 3/1 8am-8pm): a two-day installation inspired by the music of strangers features a virtual symphony that allows visitors to ‘perform’ compositions, interactive instrument displays, and live performances by the silk road ensemble. grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall. free. >>

6pm: japan, north korea, and abduction: robert boynton discusses his book on north korea’s secret abductions of japanese citizens, the invitation-only zone. nyu center for the humanities (east village), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: the 1st black history month in the era of trump and the future of higher and urban education event features a panel discussion, speakers, spoken word, and more. a reception follows. liu brooklyn’s kumble theater (downtown brooklyn), free (email rsvp). >>

7pm: food design: exploring the future of food author katja gruijters deconstructs the myths surrounding food health and sustainability in a book release talk at genspace (fort greene). free (rsvp). >>

7pm: powerhouse archway (dumbo) hosts the book launch event for why i march: images from the women’s march around the world, the first photographic tribute to january’s demonstrations. bonus: cookies + treats provided by butter + scotch. free. >>

7pm: a panel of sva alumni discusses visual art and activism at sva theatre (chelsea). free (rsvp required). >>

7pm: taste of science, a mini-med school series for non scientists, presents a boozy talk on the heart with cardiac surgeon sloane guy and patient summer ash. ryan’s daughter (ues/yorkville), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (tuesdays thru 3/28): the stranger than fiction documentary series with filmmaker q+a continues with joe berlinger’s brother’s keeper and a discussion moderated by supersize me‘s morgan spurlock. ifc, $17. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the brooklyn loft party variety show returns with a ‘getaway’ edition, featuring up-close performances by didgeridoo performer street mule, character comedian becky yamamoto, percussion-based street performers mediocre flow, close-up magician the great dubini, and more. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

7:30pm: drink complimentary tap beer while you ponder a false autonomy: how freelance and the gig-economy is eating the american dream. bond collective (gowanus), $9 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $14). >>

7:30pm (thru 3/5): former new york city ballet principal dancer wendy whelan and choreographer and dancer brian brooks team up for some of a thousand words, with live music by brooklyn rider string quartet. the joyce (chelsea), $10+. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): brave comedians share embarrassing footage of their earliest material and then perform current material at the ’first set’ comedy show, hosted by giulia rozzi (chelsea lately, comedy central). tonight’s guests: phoebe robinson (‘2 dope queens’), kenny deforest (comedy at the knit), jena friedman (the daily show), and matt wayne (adam devine’s house party). union hall (park slope), $7. >>

8pm (monthly): the snap impression game show podcast pits comedians against each other to see who can do the best off-the-cuff impressions of celebrities, fictional characters and historical personages. tonight: josh gondelman (john oliver), blair socci (ladylike), connor ratliff (search party), mike kelton (difficult people), and chrissy shackelford (college humor). hosted by andy beckerman and ramsey ess. ucb (east village), $7. >>

8pm (monthly): this month’s backfat comedy/variety show features rob haze (comedy central), langston kerman (insecure), chris calogero (fusion tv), jenn welch, and alex fleming. hosted by emily winter, john payne and larry mancini. 61 local (cobble hill), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show: the am i write, ladies? variety show features performances + art by women and gender non-conforming artists. tonight’s theme, ‘sorry not sorry.’ the footlight (ridgewood), $10 suggested admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): new york distilling company’s distilling room (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, which this week includes performances by adam lowitt (the daily show), jo firestone (the tonight show), ahri findling, and sagar bhatt. free. >>

9pm (monthly): shonali bhowmik and christian felix host a night of talk, music and comedy during a live taping of the 50th episode of their we don’t even know podcast. with comedians mike recine and negin farsad, plus musician beth wawerna. hifi bar (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

10pm: kaleidoscopic chamber-pop/soul band gadadu celebrates the release of their newest single and music video with a performance at rockwood music hall’s stage 2 (les). one-drink minimum. free admission ($10 suggested admission benefits launchprogress). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

3/1 11am-8pm: anyone comics, a new new comics store in crown heights, opens with 25% off purchases, signings (5pm), drink-n-draw (8pm), and an after party (9pm). >>

3/1 7:30-9:30am (+ 4/5, 5/3, 6/7): enjoy art and guided meditation in a serene environment during quiet mornings at the museum of modern art (midtown west). $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students. >>

3/1 5:30pm doors, 7pm show (wednesdays thru 3/15): pictures under the palms: watch movies while lounging under the palm trees at brookfield place’s winter garden atrium (fidi). tonight: midnight in paris. bonus: free popcorn. free admission. >>

3/1 6pm: learn ways to discover and move on to your next career with tips from career coach win sheffield. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

3/1 6pm: citylab, the atlantic‘s urbanism site, presents #happyhourlab, a new event series at the bedford (williamsburg). tonight, writer and editor jessica leigh hester chats with bldgblog blogger and a burglar’s guide to the city author geoff manaugh about subversive buildings, secret spaces, and new ways to look at the built environment. free (rsvp). >>

3/1 6:30pm: a panel including susan sommer, associate legal director and director of constitutional litigation for lambda legal, james esseks, director of the aclu lesbian gay bisexual transgender + hiv project, and cara page, executive director of the audre lorde project, discuss the past, present, and future of lgbtq rights. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

3/1 6:30pm: nyc: a sanctuary city: city council speaker melissa mark-viverito, the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs commissioner nisha agarwal, and former president of the american immigration lawyers association eleanor pelta discuss what it means to be a sanctuary city and how the city can support and protect immigrant rights during a trump administration. tenement museum (les), free. >>

3/1 6:30pm: emmy award-nominated actor john roberts does q+a following a bob’s burgers screening at sva theatre (chelsea). $10 general, free for students. >>

3/1 6:30pm: musician david byrne and directors bill + turner ross will be in person for the opening night screening of contemporary color, a new documentary about byrne’s 2015 color guard-inspired concerts. ifc center (west village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

3/1 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): primatologist mary blair discusses how research on slow lorises can contribute to a better understanding of wildlife trafficking, including the risk of zoonotic disease spread, at tonight’s installment of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening cocktail + conversation series. free (rsvp). >>

3/1 7pm: percussion trio tigue performs a free carnegie hall-sponsored neighborhood concert at pregones theater (bronx). rsvp required. >>

3/1 7pm, 9pm (monthly): our bar presents site specific theater, in a bar. tonight’s theme: ‘hope.’ failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

3/1 7:30pm: demystifying government, a new series of short talks and moderated discussions, tries to answer how things work, how the hell they got this way, and how they can change. cloud city (williamsburg), free. >>

3/1 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the show show with jean grae, a live talk show hosted by hip hop artist jean grae and featuring guests, music, news, and comedy, returns with david cross (arrested development), n.k. jemisin (the fifth season), and alex english (loudmouth!). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

3/1 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): don’t worry about your social status at the no cool kids comedy show, where hosts lauren vino and bob gurnett talk about how nerdy they were in high school with help from a lineup of comedians. tonight’s show celebrates its one-year anniversary. the three diamond door (bushwick), free. >>

3/1 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features josh gondelman (last week tonight), yameneika saunders (roast battle), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), rob cantrell (last comic standing), and mark jigarjian (food network). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

3/1 8pm-1am: bingo fabulous! have a side of glitter, confetti, and drag shows with your bingo at the house of yes (bushwick). purchase a drink to get a playing card. free admission. >>

3/1 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the comedians you should know show brings stand-up performances to the gutter bar in williamsburg. tonight: jo firestone (fallon), dave hill (samantha bee), sam morril (comedy central), kevin iso (adam devine’s house party), mike lebovitz (last comic standing), and saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy). guest hosted by jeff steinbrunner. $5. >>

3/1-5: armory arts week brings more than 10 art shows to nyc, including spring/break, independent new york, nada, volta ny, and more. various locations  prices. >>

3/1-12: the 22nd annual rendez-vous with french cinema festival returns with new works and filmmakers in person, plus special events including a conversation with agnès varda, panels, a free screening of an episode of call my agent, and more. film society of lincoln center, $16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. >>

3/1-9/24: the public art fund installs 26 sculptures of fancy sofas, chairs, footstools and arches at central park’s doris c. freedman plaza as part of the ‘open house’ exhibition by artist liz glynn. >>

ticket deals

thru 3/12: score 2-for-1 off-broadway week tickets to more than 40 shows. >>

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