around town today

6pm: fighting fakes: news literacy in the digital age: learn how to be a better news consumer by identifying fact from fiction and news from opinion at a workshop led by howard schneider and jonathan anzalone of stony brook university’s center for news literacy. the new school’s theresa lang community center (greenwich village/union square). free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring sean patton (comedy central), ismael loutfi (kimmel), casey balsham (gotham live), kenice mobley (siriusxm), ashley brooke roberts (ucb), and aaron weaver. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

7pm: how do sight, smell, touch, taste, and movement influence romantic desire? feel sparks fly at guerilla science’s attraction lab: outer space edition, where astronomer jana grcevich and comedian chris duffy will lead blindfolded participants (i.e., you) through an exploration of the science of attraction and desire. open to couples, singles, and the curious. intrepid sea, air + space museum (pier 86), $20. >>

7pm (monthly): one comedian will be pulled from the line up to chat with host savannah desormeaux about a time they were ghosted at the ghost town show. with performers jes tom (standup nbc), kendall payne (@netflixisajoke), lizzie stewart (let’s get civical), rob michael hugel (broad city web series), and sharron paul. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm: historian hugh ryan brings brooklyn’s lgbtq history to life in a talk about his new book when brooklyn was queer. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

7:30pm (+ 4/17 at mcnally jackson): conversations with friends author sally rooney presents her second novel, normal people, at a launch event hosted by author and books are magic owner emma straub at first unitarian church (brooklyn heights). free. >>

7:30pm: lisa bielawa, the inaugural composer-in-residence and chief curator of the philip glass institute at the new school’s college of performing arts, will conduct the mannes string orchestra in a program entitled, ‘the sonic world of the string orchestra.’ the new school’s john l. tishman auditorium (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with standup by josh gondelman (conan), shalewa sharpe (fallon), rob haze (fallon), and anthony p. devito (colbert). hosted by ryan donahue, kate willett, and ismael loutfi. bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by aparna nancherla (colbert), myq kaplan (conan), stavros halkias (comedy central), devon walker (comedy central), amy shanker (laughs), and joel walkowski (roastmasters). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

check our website for a list of ongoing events. >>

coming up

4/17-28: the film society of lincoln center hosts the sixth annual art of the real festival, a survey of nonfiction and hybrid films by internationally acclaimed filmmakers, plus a retrospective of experimental filmmaker toshio matsumoto’s nonfiction work and a tribute to the late filmmaker jocelyne saab. film society of lincoln center (uws), $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

4/17 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: editors michael j. thompson (william paterson university), dr. diana m. judd (ramapo college of new jersey), and gregory smulewicz-zucker (rutgers university) discuss anti-science and the assault on democracy, a new collection of essays that make a case that respect for science is essential for a healthy democracy. new york society for ethical culture (uws). $5 suggested donation. >>

4/17 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: fashion pu-leeze self-proclaimed sartorialists (on a budget) and comedians anna roisman (hq words) and maya deshmukh (azn pop!) invite their comedian friends and fashion experts to discuss everyday lewks, seasonal trends, and award show styles viewed very far away from the red carpet. the slipper room (les), $12 adv, $15 door >>

4/17 7pm (+ 4/19-21): heeere’s kubrick! village east cinema’s annual tribute to stanley kubrick continues with lolita tonight, followed by 2001: a space odyssey in 70mm 4/19-21. $15. >>

sponsored: 4/17 7:30pm: levar burton at selected shorts: the groundbreaking actor, author, director, and host of the hit podcast levar burton reads takes the stage as host and reader for a memorable night of fiction from vibrant and diverse voices performed by extraordinary actresses, including lydia gaston (the path), laura gómez (orange is the new black), and sharon washington (feeding the dragon). skint readers can get $10 tickets (plus service fees) with promo code ‘levar’ >>

4/17 7:30pm: pulitzer prize finalist susan choi presents her new novel, trust exercise, in conversation with pulitzer prize-winning author jennifer egan (manhattan beach) at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>

4/17 7:30pm (monthly): the astronomy on tap discussion series celebrates its sixth ‘orbit’versary with a night themed on the sixth element, carbon. trivia at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

4/17 8pm (monthly): the ditmas lit reading series returns with readings by vanessa jimenez gabb (images for radical politics), devin kelly (in this quiet church at night), larissa pham (fantasian), and co-founder rachel lyon (self-portrait with boy). hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush), free. >>

4/17 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features heidi gardner (snl), kate willett (netflix), matt wayne (comedy central), nick callas (mtv), and ashton womack. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

4/17 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show celebrates its five-year anniversary with a blowout featuring stand-up from hari kondabolu (the problem with apu), ryan schutt (2 dope queens), meaghan strickland (a late night show that is also live), and dwayne paul cullen. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

4/17 8pm: arc iris and mmeadows play c’mon everybody (bed-stuy). $10. >>

4/17 8pm: gesserit, bleary, cindy cane, and s.c.a.b. play alphaville (bushwick). $9. >>

4/17 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 chanel ali (night train with wyatt cenac), jo firestone (comedy central), nathan mcintosh (colbert), aparna nancherla (corporate), noah savage (espn), aaron weaver, steve o’brien, and stavros halkias. hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

4/17 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: rob cantrell (comedy central), ricky velez (comedy central), aaron weaver (comedy central), liza treyger (netflix),, kate willett (netflix), and saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy). hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

4/17 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: embrace your grossness at gross girls, an ‘unladylike’ variety show featuring guests jo firestone (comedy central), sandi marx (moth storyslam champion), and sharron paul (cheap date comedy). hosted by natalie hall (awkward sex…and the city) and anita flores (party of two). caveat (les), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg $15 adv, $18 door). >>

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