TUES, 3/5: MARDI GRAS BRASS + SASS, WEST WING SPEAKEASY, ART OPENINGS, + 19 WEDS EVENTS

around town today

thru 3/10: see films from women, trans, and gender non-conforming filmmakers during the third annual nyc feminist film week at anthology film archives (east village). $12 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

6pm: actor, filmmaker, and author thomas lennon (reno 911, the state) discusses his new middle-grade book ronan boyle and the bridge of riddles with michael ian black (wet hot american summer, the state) at nyu bookstore (greenwich village). free admission. (note: lennon will also be at a taping of the build series at 3pm.) >>

6-8pm (on view thru 3/30): free art opening reception: the 21st annual international krappy kamera competition winners at soho photo gallery. >>

6-8pm (on view thru 5/11): opening of the inaugural ford foundation gallery exhibition, perilous bodies, with a performance by vanessa german. ford foundation gallery at the ford foundation center for social justice (midtown east). free. >>

6-9pm: visual artist keti kartveli and composer brian chase (yeah yeah yeahs / drums and drones) present their collaboration, ‘correlations’ at elsewhere (east williamsburg/bushwick). free. >>

6:30pm: photographer and author barbara g. mensch shares her insight into the three roebling family members behind the creation of the brooklyn bridge at a book talk for in the shadow of genius. new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn), $10. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring mark normand (comedy central), ester steinberg (comedy central), joe zimmerman (fallon), fumi abe (mtv), david feldman (the david feldman show), and brittany carney. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7pm (+ 3/6 6pm at nyu bookstore): molly dillon and contributors to yes she can: 10 stories of hope + change from young female staffers of the obama white house share their experiences working at the white house while in their 20s. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway. free admission. >>

7pm: speak the speech: the great persuaders: new york shakespeare exchange compares the bard’s persuasive speeches with those of black activists and politicians at a performance and town hall at the theater at the 53rd street library (midtown). free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): let your word nerd flag fly at the raucous punderdome 3000 pun competition, where you can compete or just cheer on your favorites. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

7:30pm: amber tamblyn shares era of ignition, her new memoir of her transformation from child actor to writer/director/advocate, with former planned parenthood president cecile richards at strand bookstore (union square). purchase of the book or a $15 gift card required for admission. >>

7:30pm (monthly): pawsy vibes only: comedian and local cat lady gemma smith hosts catbaret, a variety show with a new theme each month (but cat-related acts are always welcome). this month’s theme: ‘meowdi gras’ bonus: free cat ears! q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

8pm (monthly): emmy blotnick (colbert) and matt koff (the daily show writer) host the new crown jewels comedy show at the palace. tonight’s inaugural lineup includes todd barry (netflix), jaboukie young-white (the daily show), liza treyger (comedy central), and jordan temple (the marvelous mrs. maisel writer). the palace (greenpoint), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (quarterly): the am i write, ladies? variety show showcases new prose, storytelling, comedy, burlesque, theater, and more by women and gender non-conforming artists. tonight’s theme: spring cleaning, tidying up, cleaning emotional baggage, juice cleanses, and more. hosted by cassidy graves. the footlight (ridgewood), $10. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): stand up set lengths follow the fibonacci sequence (5, 8, 13, and 21 minutes) at the golden spiral comedy show, hosted by katie compa and mindy raf and including guests mike drucker (full frontal), rachna hukmani (whiskey stories), carolyn bergier (dyking out), and more. dream baby (east village/alphabet city), free (rsvp to enter a raffle for a free drink). >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with standup by joe list (comedy central), samantha ruddy (colbert), shane torres (conan), and seaton smith (conan). hosted by ryan donahue, kate willett, and ismael loutfi. bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $5-12 (advance purchase required). >>

8:30pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and npr’s ophira eisenberg at the adam wade from new hampshire show. new venue: iati theater (east village), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by jacob williams (colbert), brendan eyre (seth meyers), natasha vaynblat (comedy central), adam mamawala (mtv), sharron paul (nowthis), and wanjiko eke. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show: former presidential speechwriters and comedians who like speeches break down their favorite speeches, give behind-the-scenes looks at the drafting process, and lead the audience in crafting their own keynote at west wing writers presents: speakeasy. hosted by brian agler. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

10pm: mardi gras: brass + sass: celebrate fat tuesday with a new orleans-style brass band, circus performances, and more at house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

coming up

3/6-5/15: the brant foundation opens its east village space with an extensive basquiat exhibit. free admission (rsvps are currently full, but a waitlist is available). >>

3/6-11: 400 artists tackle the theme ‘fact and fiction’ and take over the former finnish consulate in un plaza for the annual spring/break art show. part of armory arts week. $18. >>

3/6 4pm, 7pm (monthly): space, time, and the fourth dimension: mathematical physicist and string theorist robbert dijkgraaf breaks down how geometry works in four-dimensional spacetime and how this helps us understand the big bang, black holes, and the behavior of elementary particles at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free. >>

3/6 6:30pm: can democracy work? james miller, professor of politics and liberal studies at the new school for social research, discusses his new book on the history of inner tensions found within the democratic political system from ancient athens to today. nypl mid-manhattan library, free. >>

3/6 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the raw truth about cooking: assistant professor of human evolutionary biology at harvard university rachel carmody gives a talk on food processing and the challenges it presents at tonight’s installment of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening cocktail + conversation series. cullman hall of the universe at the american museum of natural history (uws), free admission (rsvp). >>

3/6 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: storytellers dive into the scary stories that have haunted us for generations, and the psychology behind them, at the midnight society storytelling show. hosted by kevin townley. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

3/6 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): at the drunk science show, three inebriated comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a real scientist. this month’s ‘snakes’ theme features scientist dr. sara ruane (herpetologist and assistant professor at rutgers university-newark) and comedians ayo edebiri (the rundown with robin thede) and rollie williams (an inconvenient talk show). hosted by joanna rothkopf (esquire), shannon odell (neuroscience phd candidate), and jordan mendoza (once was pre-med). littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

3/6 7pm, 9pm (monthly): catch site-specific theater at a local watering hole, courtesy of our bar theater group, who are facing the ides of tonight’s ‘march’ theme. failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

3/6 7:30pm: the three finalists for the story prize, chosen from more than 70 short story collections published in 2018, will read from and discuss their work with larry dark, the director of the award. the event will culminate with the announcement of the winner, who will be presented with a check for $20k and an engraved silver bowl. the auditorium at the new school’s johnson/kaplan hall (union square), $14. >>

3/6 7:30pm: author mitchell jackson discusses growing up in a drug-ravaged neighborhood and the calculations his family took to stay safe in a talk on his new book, survival math. in discussion with artist and musician esperanza spalding. brooklyn public library – central library (prospect heights), free (rsvp). >>

3/6 7:30pm: national book award finalist salvatore scibona (the end) presents his latest novel the volunteer, in converstion with columbia professor and author colm tóibín (brooklyn). books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

3/6 7:30pm (monthly): laugh till you’re an ally at here + queer, an all-queer improv show featuring a rotating cast of lgbtqia+ improvisers and this month’s special guest, the phluid project founder rob smith. ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

3/6 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features doug smith (conan), carmen lynch (colbert), courtney fearrington (ucb), and luke mones (comedy central). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

3/6 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from milly tamarez (comedy central), steph tolev (comedy central), peter revello (comedy central), chris calogero (not quite midnight), and pranav behari. hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

3/6 8pm doors: tall juan, dirty fences, stuyedeyed, and thick play brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). $12. >>

3/6 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 ahri findling (bravo), jake head (siriusxm), rebecca o’neal (the comedy show show), aimee rose ranger (the ranger show), jess salomon (dirty laundry), and jordan temple (the marvelous mrs. maisel writer). hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

3/6 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: gastor almonte (comedy central), noah gardenswartz (conan), calise hawkins (fallon), katie hanigan (colbert), tyler fischer (john oliver), and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

3/6 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: embrace the nostalgia at the on this day… comedy show, where comedians recall memories from this day in history. featuring kevin allison (risk!), joe pera (adult swim), aparna nancherla (comedy central), mary houlihan (funny or die), and joe rumrill (the chris gethard show). hosted by angel yau and ross brunetti. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

3/6 10pm: 11 past winners of the hot mess drag competition go head-to-head at tonight’s one-year anniversary spectacle. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: manhattan concert productions presents children of peace at carnegie hall, featuring the national children’s festival chorus, the national festival chorus, and the columbia university wind ensemble. just $7 with promo code ‘tsk30663’ (up to a $110 value)!. >>

get tickets to see the monkees present the mike nesmith + micky dolenz show at the beacon theatre 3/9 for $20-30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $53-64). >>

get tickets to the big apple comic con at penn plaza pavilion 3/10 for $22 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

get tickets to the annual art on paper art fair at pier 36 3/8-10 for free-$12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

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