around town today

thru 4/15: save up to 90% off retail at the rent the runway sample sale. 260 fifth ave (nomad), free admission. >>

thru 4/15: ballet hispánico presents two spanish choreographers’ interpretations of the work of poet and playwright federico garcía lorca. the joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

thru 4/21: the inaugural fresh ground pepper festival celebrates the artistic process through art parties, new plays, workshop productions, open rehearsals, comedy and music. new ohio theatre (west village), free-$16. >>

12-8pm: here’s the scoop: it’s ben + jerry’s free cone day at participating locations. >>

4-6pm (thru fri): girl scout cookies for (even more) good: girl scouts who live in homeless shelters in nyc are setting up shop in the union square kellogg’s store this week. buy some. >>

6pm: dissent magazine contributing editor jeffrey c. isaac discusses his book against trump: notes from year one with polish political thinker adam michnik and new school professors jeffrey c. goldfarb, elzbieta matynia, and deva woodly. the new school (union square), free.   >>

6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with moth storyslam champ david arroyo, josh gardner (grackle), anita rendall (grackle) and andrew mcgill, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. hosted by jeff rose. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6pm: how can animal rights and fashion work together? joshua katcher (fashion animals), kym canter (house of fluff), and joshua katcher (brave gentleman, the discerning brute) discuss the complicated relationship between fashion and animals and it’s environmental impact. nyu center for the humanities (cooper square), free (rsvp). >>

6pm: watch a screening of straight/curve, a documentary on fashion’s body image crisis, followed by a q+a with director jenny mcquaile and redbook editor-in-chief meredith rollins. fred p. pomerantz art and design center at fit (chelsea), free (rsvp required). >>

6pm (monthly): ten participants give readings on an audience-chosen theme at the big words, etc. reading series, hosted by jess martinez and stacey kahn. this month’s theme: ‘don’t panic.’ 61 local (cobble hill), $5 suggested donation. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: rembert browne (the bleacher report) and dave zirin (the nation) discuss sports and activism, focusing on colin kaepernick and the long line of sports figures who have protested racism. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

6:30pm: uncover one of hollywood’s most closely guarded secrets with a presentation by artist and author karen maness on the art of the hollywood backdrop + cinematic scenic artists, followed by a 35mm screening of north by northwest (1959) where you can see backdrops in action. the roxy cinema (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

7pm (monthly): writers who are parents convene at the pen parentis literary salon. tonight’s theme: hero and superhero. moderated by christina chiu and m. m. de voe. andaz wall street hotel (fidi), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: are you smarter than a drunken knave? watch shakespeare trivia podcast that is the question, then play some bard trivia at professor thom’s (east village). free admission. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: sex culture writer and educator tina horn’s why are people into that? live podcast will both titillate and demystify with guest mackenzie peck, creator of erotic art and writing quarterly math magazine. the pleasure chest (ues), free. rescheduled from 3/8. >>

7:30pm (ongoing): take a closer look at the stars with the help of high-powered telescopes and members of the amateur astronomers association (weather permitting). tonight’s location: on the high line, near 14th street. free. >>

7:30pm: the 90’s are alive at the as if! comedy show, with 90’s themed raffles and trivia between sets by brandon garner, amber rollo, jack comstock, courtney reynolds, and stewart fullerton.  hosted by anya volz, claire parker, and blair dawson. rebecca’s bar (bushwick), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: take in others’ valuable life lessons at the ‘how i learned’ storytelling show, returning for one night only following two years off. hosted by blaise allysen kearsley. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of cynan jones (cove), simeon marsalis (as lie is to grin), and lynne tillman (men and apparitions) at tonight’s third anniversary edition of the lic reading series. Includes drinks, readings, prizes, and more. lic bar (lic), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: face your recurring high school nightmares head-on by tackling real standardized test questions at the sloshed sats trivia/drinking game/comedy show. hosted by michael wolf. caveat (les), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

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 emmy blotnick (colbert), dave hill (wfmu), ben demarco (mtv), ben seeder, and eudora peterson. hosted by dan licata (adult swim), joe pera (seth meyers) and charles gould (kimmel). 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. hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $9. >>

coming up

4/11 6:30pm: hip-hop education: propelling and preserving the movement: community scholars martha diaz (hip-hop education center),  regan sommer mccoy (the mixtape museum founder), and peter noel (why blacks fear america’s mayor: reporting police brutality and black activist politics under rudy giuliani) discuss the role of hip-hop education. columbia university, faculty house (morningside heights), free (rsvp). >>

4/11 7pm (+ 4/12 at otherwild): beth pickens discusses her new creative survival guide, your art will save your life. book culture (lic), free. >>

4/11 7pm: we are all mrs. maisel: in midge maisel’s honor, a lineup of female comedians make light of some of the things that’ve made them cry. hosted by lana schwartz, the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

4/11 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (quarterly): the bitchcraft variety show returns for another glitter-tastic evening of music, comedy, storytelling, and leotards with guests jen kwok (comedy central), gregory levine (guilty pleasures cabaret), alyson greenfield (magical realist), alexius smith (the post), kofi thomas, robin bady, lois thompson, and brandy rowell. hosted by selena coppock (red oaks) and lauren maul (brooklyn magazine‘s ’50 funniest people in brooklyn’). sid gold’s request room (chelsea), $5. >>

4/11 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): an evening of humorous readings, a show featuring funny folks who write funny things, returns with guests river clegg (the new yorker), ariel dumas (colbert), and ginny hogan (mcsweeney’s. hosted by brian agler, luke burns, and james folta. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free. >>

4/11 7:15pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): it’s all shoulda coulda woulda at the take two storytelling show, where guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things could’ve turned out differently. tonight’s guests: mark pagán, arti gollapudi, danny artese, and sopan deb. hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5-10 suggested admission (no one turned away for lack of funds). >>

4/11 7:30pm: new school professor of women’s studies gina lurie walker (the new historia), mona chalabi (guardian us), and author zing tsjeng discuss inspiring and rebellious women with the release of tsjeng’s new forgotten women book series. the new school (greenwich village), free. >>

4/11 7:30pm (wednesdays thru 4/25): heeere’s kubrick! catch a stanley kubrick flick every wednesday this month with showings of the shining (1980), a clockwork orange (1971), and full metal jacket (1987) at village east cinema. $15. >>

4/11 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the backfat variety show is back, back, back again with guests david hill (david hill doesn’t live here anymore), adam wade (20-time moth storyslam winner), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), sarah kennedy (reductress) and sketch group all female reboot. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

4/11 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 ‘fools’ edition includes writers mark eitzel, david cale, and mary jane gibson. hosted by amanda duarte. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation benefits cynthia nixon for new york. >>

4/11 8pm (monthly): it’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll have fun at the hyperbole! comedy show. tonight’s lineup: jo firestone (fallon), joe list (the standups), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), kate willett (this is not happening), and rebecca o’neal (easy). hosted by stu melton, caroline doyle, and charlie dektar. bonus: win free beer with your trivia smarts. the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

4/11 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), chris calogero (almost midnight), wilfred padua, george gordon and hayden kristal. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

4/11 8pm: there is truth, and there are lies, and there’s a free screening of being john malkovich (1999). brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), free. >>

4/11 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 megan gailey (conan), django gold (colbert), jacob williams (colbert), and josh gondelman (last week tonight). hosted by shalewa sharpe (fallon). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

4/11 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: drew michael (comedy central), megan gailey (comedy central), ronny chieng (the daily show), chanel ali, stavros halkias, 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). >>

4/11 9pm: relate at the tinder tales live show, where host david piccolomini and comedians share tinder horror stories, advice, and play games exploring the world of online dating. q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

4/11 9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from felonious munk (the nightly show with larry wilmore), paul hooper (gotham comedy live), marie faustin (girlcode), lauren krass, and wilfred padua. lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

4/11 10pm (weekly): meet your maker at the i’m dead comedy show, returning tonight with stand-up by chanel ali, luke touma, chris daniels, paul dagliolo, and neko white. hosted by jeff simmermon (the moth storyslam grandslam winner), gastor almonte (comedy central) and jess salomon (siriusxm). flatbush zombie house (prospect-lefferts gardens/flatbush), free. >>

ticket deals

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