around town today

thru 4/22 12-6pm: there’ll be a vulva selfie booth and a bathtub full of tampons at the get on top pop-up shop, set up to celebrate topics covered in sustain natural founder meika hollender’s sex- and pleasure-positive new book. 208 bowery (les), free admission. >>

thru 4/22: lar lubovitch dance company celebrates its 50th anniversary with two programs including a world premiere set to seldom-heard choral music by schubert. the joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

6pm (+ 4/18-19): new york cares celebrates national volunteer week by hosting a series of orientation sessions on how how you can make an impact through volunteering in nyc. new york cares headquarters (fidi), free admission. >>

6pm: poets ask ‘what does soul mean to you?’ at the soul sister revue’s fifth anniversary reading, featuring rachel eliza griffiths, rosebud ben-oni, mariahadessa ekere tallie, leila ortiz, tala abu rahmeh, and host ed toney. cornelia street cafe (greenwich village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6:30pm: the poetry society of america and mta arts + design celebrate release of the best of poetry in motion anthology with a night of readings by featured poets marilyn nelson and nathalie handal, live music, conversation, and more. new york transit museum (downtown brooklyn), $10 admission includes a metrocard with a poetry in motion poem printed on the back. >>

7pm: join christian mcbride for a live taping of his siriusxm show and podcast the lowdown: conversations with christian, featuring saxophonist, composer, painter and poet oliver lake. the national jazz museum in harlem, $10. >>

7pm (thru 4/21): where there’s a will, there’s a way at the annual will-a-thon, a five-day festival of scenes, speeches, and soliloquies. the workshop theater (midtown west), free (rsvp required). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): $6 + a secret gets you access to the dirty little secrets improv show, where improvisers play with your anonymously-submitted truths in an intimate space. niagara (east village/alphabet city), $6. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: laugh your ass off and support gun safety at a comedy show to benefit everytown for gun safety and the brady center, featuring performances by david cross (mr. show), jon glaser (parks and recreation), selena coppock (the new rules for blondes), greg johnson (siriusxm), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), john roberts (bob’s burgers), katina corrao (comedy central), and george gordon (comedy central). littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm (tuesdays thru 6/5): the stranger than fiction documentary film and director q+a series kicks off the spring season with sara driver’s boom for real: the late teenage years of jean-michel basquiat (2017). ifc center (greenwich village), $17. >>

7:30pm: norwegian string quartet quartetto testosterone performs two string quartets by edvard grieg. scandinavia house (midtown east), free (rsvp). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: mary beth barone: america’s stepdaughter: comedian mary beth barone records a half-hour set at union hall, with some help from gary richardson (snl, pat regan (ucb), and host jo firestone (fallon). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): saurin choksi hosts the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by dulcé sloan (the daily show), rob haze (fallon), dewayne perkins (netflix), hannah boone (adult swim), and bassam shawl (mashable). friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

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 roy wood, jr. (the daily show), dulce sloan (the daily show), tom thakkar (conan), ana fabrega (the chris gethard show), and nick mullen. hosted by dan licata (adult swim), joe pera (seth meyers) and charles gould (kimmel). free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by roy wood, jr. (the daily show), aasif mandvi (the daily show), myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome), and more. the slipper room (les), $10. >>


The day after Earth Day, join the biggest climate rally in the history of the NY Capitol. It’s called “Cuomo: Walk the Talk on Climate!” In a time of record-shattering hurricanes, with our federal government bought and sold by the fossil fuel industry, states like New York must lead fight against climate change. But for all his talk, Governor Cuomo is taking too little action. Join us to tell Governor Cuomo that he needs to walk his talk on climate by 1) stopping all fracking infrastructure; 2) moving NY as quickly as possible to 100% renewable energy; and 3) making polluters pay for the climate damage they cause. RSVP HERE to hop on a free bus from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and around the state to Albany on Monday 4/23!

coming up

4/18-24: explore the intersection of cinema and transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming lives at the cinema of gender transgression: trans film screening series, featuring works by zackary drucker (transparent), lynn hershman leeson (teknolust), sky hopinka (dislocation blues), and more. anthology film archives (east village), $11 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

4/18-29: the annual tribeca film festival returns with 12 days of features, shorts, special screenings, panels, talks, and more. various locations and prices. >>

4/18 6pm: rock steady for life founder and famed b-boy richard ‘crazy legs’ colón hosts a free screening of the new documentary, puerto rico relief: six months since hurricane maria aid continues, followed by a town hall-style discussion with representatives from mpowerd, off the grid missions, waves for water, and more. the great hall at cooper union (east village), free (rsvp). >>

4/18 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: social documentary photographers radcliffe ‘ruddy’ roye and jamel shabazz discuss representation and community with author and curator sarah lewis at pratt institute (clinton hill). free (rsvp required). >>

4/18 7pm (opens to columbia students at 6:30pm, general public at 6:45pm): jeff vandermeer, author of the southern reach trilogy (annihilation, authority, acceptance) and borne, gives a lecture on creative writing at columbia university’s dodge hall (morningside heights). free. >>

4/18 7pm: cellist seth parker woods and violist ashleigh gordon perform a concert of works by giacinto scelsi, claudio gabriele, and matthias pintscher at the italian academy at columbia university (morningside heights). free. >>

4/18 7:30pm (monthly): the astronomy on tap discussion series celebrates its five-year anniversary with ‘5 years in 5 minutes’ guest talks, where speakers will give an update on what’s new in their fields. plus q+a’s, astro bingo, and trivia. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

4/18 7:30pm (monthly): get an earful at the told you so comedy show, featuring stand up by scott rogowski (hq), judy gold (kill me now), katie hannigan (collegehumor), dan soder (guy code), shane torres (conan), and more. hosted by sean mckenzie. zinc bar (greenwich village), $5 + a one-drink min. >>

4/18 7:30pm (+ 5/4): following a 26-night run at the edinburgh fringe festival, performer and author mindy raf (the symptoms of my insanity) brings her her critically acclaimed solo show not the one: a love story to theaterlab (midtown west). $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $23). >>

4/18 7:30pm (wednesdays thru 4/25): heeere’s kubrick! catch a stanley kubrick flick every wednesday this month with showings of a clockwork orange (4/18), and full metal jacket (4/25) at village east cinema. $15. >>

4/18 8pm (monthly): get your monthly dose of hot feminist takes at the left breast comedy hour, featuring comedians meghan frank, margo reiss, whitney chanel clark, sarah garner, kat belinfante, and chrissie mayr. the lantern (greenwich village), free admission (one item minimum). >>

4/18 8pm (biweekly): good times are promised at the you’ll have fun comedy show, thanks to guest performers emmy blotnick (the president show), shane torres (conan), lillian devane (nerdist), and sam evans. hosted by chris calogero, danny stratton, nicki wright and john rosenberger. revision lounge and gallery (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

4/18 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features ronny chieng  (the daily show), jo firestone (fallon, brian parise (last week tonight), mark jigarjian (impractical jokers), and jill weiner. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

4/18 8pm: purple train: questlove spins his annual tribute to prince at a special edition of bowl train at brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). $10. >>

4/18 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 rebecca vigil (your musical our love), charles mcbee (wild n out), liza treyger (comedy central), erica speara (gotham comedy live) and nate simmons. hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

4/18 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: doug smith (comedy central), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), steven castillo (snl), robert dean (gotham comedy live), caitlin peluffo (nbc) and saurin choksi (brown privilege). hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

4/18 9pm (monthly): it’s not the same old song at the the song show, a comedy show based on radio staples. this month’s theme features stand up sets inspired by soft cell’s ‘tainted love’ performed by mary houlihan (the chris gethard show), matt koff (the daily show), and courtney maginnis (college humor). a band closes out the night. hosted by joe miciak and michael kandel. cobra club (bushwick), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

4/18 9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from mike drucker (adam ruins everything), chloé hilliard (last comic standing), jared freid (gotham comedy live), christi chiello (comedy central), alzo slade (mtv), and emily winter (tv land). lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

4/18 10pm (weekly): meet your maker at the i’m dead comedy show, returning tonight with stand up by sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), robby hoffman (the chris gethard show), aminah imani (wine before nine), kate willett (this is not happening), and ethan simmons-patterson. 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

get tickets to artexpo new york at pier 94 4/20-22 for free-$20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15-40). >>

get tickets to the nyc hot sauce expo at brooklyn expo center 4/21-22 for $5+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $10+). >>

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