around town today

thru 4/14: martha graham dance company returns to the joyce theater (chelsea) with classic and new works. $10+. >>

thru 4/9: explore the stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities at the 11th annual reelabilities film festival. various locations and prices (several events are free). >>

4pm, 7pm: tcm big screen classics presents 35th anniversary screenings of the karate kid at select theaters. various prices. >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (various dates thru 6/11): sit onstage at the annual pop-up concert series at columbia university’s miller theatre. the spring season starts tonight with violinist rebecca fisher performing seven contemporary works written by female composers. bonus: free drink. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

6pm: author kimberly s. alexander gives a presentation on treasures afoot: shoe stories from the georgian era, her new book that interweaves biography and material culture with photographs to tell how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the eighteenth century. fred p. pomerantz art and design center at fit (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: al gore (played by comedian and biochemist rollie williams) takes on the policy, science, and issues behind climate change at tonight’s green new deal edition of an inconvenient talk show. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (weekly): tommy mcnamara and luke mones host the boardwalk stand-up comedy show, featuring judah friedlander (30 rock), joe kwaczala (comedy central), julia shiplett (hbo), dan st. germain (conan), joyelle johnson (seth meyers), diego lopez, and taylor ortega. coney island baby nyc (east village/alphabet city), free. >>

6:45pm: catvideofest is catnip for cat lovers: 70 minutes filled with more than 100 short video clips of cats doing crazy cat things. nitehawk cinema prospect park, $13 general, $10 seniors. >>

7pm: guy lawley presents his research on comics, color, and what artist roy lichtenstein called ‘ben day dots’ at tonight’s edition of the new york comics + picture-story symposium. parsons school of design (union square), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: how we fight white supremacy: a field guide to black resistance authors akiba solomon and kenrya rankin, along with glory edim (well read black girl) and ayana byrd (naked: black women bare all on their hair, skin, hips, lips and other body parts), host a teach-in on the fight for freedom and justice for black americans. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7pm: commemorating its 70th anniversary, former u.s. ambassador to nato r. nicholas burns and former deputy secretary general of nato alexander vershbow discuss the current state and future of nato.  9/11 memorial + museum (financial district), free. >>

7pm doors: the regular comedy show returns with a night of stand up by michelle buteau (comedy central), josh gondelman (seth meyers), petey deabreu, and a special half-hour set from giulia rozzi (chelsea lately). hosted by christi chiello. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $12. >>

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. >>

sponsored: 7pm doors, 8pm show: the let’s see, what else? comedy show celebrates its three-year anniversary with a blowout at bowery ballroom including stand-up by janeane garofalo (wet hot american summer), michael kosta (the daily show correspondent), sam morril (comedy central), janelle james (seth meyers), and casey james salengo (kimmel). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. the bowery ballroom, $15 adv, $20 door. >>

7:30pm (ongoing): get your head out of the city with the help of informal stargazing events held by the amateur astronomers association throughout nyc (weather permitting). tonight’s location: on the high line, near 14th street. free. >>

7:30 (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. featuring storytellers ophira eisenberg (npr), sopan deb (the new york times), eli reiter (long story long), and tiffany leigh (match game nyc). hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5-15 suggested admission (no one turned away for lack of funds). >>

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 eagle witt, frank conniff, meghan frank, v. lince, 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 roy wood jr. (comedy central), dulcé sloan (the daily show), mark normand (colbert), and katie hannigan (conan). bonus: free pizza. greenwich village location will be sent to ticket purchasers. $6-12 (advance purchase required). >>

8:30pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and cory cavin at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine 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 hanna dickinson (comedy central), ian fidance (comedy central), ryan schutt (comedy central), donnie sengstack, and phil rizdon. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>


Join actor and comedian Tracy Morgan as he celebrates the release of The Last O.G. Cookbook, a collection of tasty recipes—for everything from Prison Pad Thai to Dessert Loaf—inspired by his hit sitcom.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 1pm
Barnes & Noble
555 Fifth Avenue
5th Avenue at 46th Street
(212) 697-3048

This is a wristbanded event. Please see BN.com for details.

coming up

4/3-5/11 (tues-sat 11am-6pm): the kitchen presents an expansive new project from performer and artist anohni, beginning with love, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and video revolving in part around late antony and the johnsons member dr. julia wasuda. opening reception 4/3 6-8pm. the kitchen (chelsea), free. >>

4/3-7: the 16th annual cinekink nyc, ‘the kinky film festival,’ celebrates sexuality in celluloid with a short film competition, audience choice awards, a kick-off gala, and more. anthology film archives (les), $14 general, $11 students/seniors (admission to parties and special events vary). >>

4/3 10am (+ 4/4 1pm): stars hannah murray (weds 10am) and richard dormer (thurs 1pm) discuss their work on the final season of game of thrones at tapings of the build series. build studios (greenwich village), free (rsvp).

sponsored: 4/3 1pm: join actor and comedian tracy morgan as he celebrates the release of the last o.g. cookbook, a collection of tasty recipes—for everything from prison pad thai to dessert loaf—inspired by his hit sitcom. barnes + noble 555 fifth avenue. this is a wristbanded event. >>

4/3 1-1:30pm: ice theatre of new york takes a spin around rock center for its final lunchtime ice skating performance of the season. the rink at rockefeller (midtown west), free. >>

4/3 5:30pm: author jeffrey eugenides (the virgin suicides, middlesex) will read and discuss ‘pink belly,’ a work-in-progress essay about parental expectations and gender roles within the family. nyu’s silver center (greenwich village), free. >>

4/3 6:30pm: jezebel.com founder and first look media svp anna holmes is tonight’s guest at the athena center for leadership studies at barnard college ‘power talk’ series. barnard college (morningside heights), free (rsvp). >>

4/3 6:30pm: albertine prize launch party: roam three floors of a gilded age townhouse while actors read excerpts from the five nominees for annual best french fiction translated into english. concludes with a cocktail reception. albertine reading room and bookshop (ues), free (rsvp required). >>

4/3 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the microbial worlds of the deep sea: harvard university geobiologist jeffrey marlow gives a talk on why we should consider microbes in marine conservation and climate change discussions 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). >>

4/3 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: 15 comedians compete to win the heart of an audience member through rounds of q+a and with the help of a relationship expert at first impressions: the live 90s dating game show. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

4/3 7:00pm (wednesdays thru 4/17): heeere’s kubrick! village east cinema’s annual tribute to stanley kubrick continues with eye’s wide shut on 35mm film, followed by barry lyndon (4/10), and lolita (4/17). $15. >>

4/3 7pm, 9pm (monthly): catch site-specific theater at a local watering hole, courtesy of our bar theater group, who are more than ready for spring weather with tonight’s ‘burst’ theme. failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

4/3 7:30pm: the atlantic’s ‘dear therapist’ columnist and author lori gottlieb discusses her new book maybe you should talk to someone with journalist and author katie couric at books are magic (cobble hill). free admission. >>

4/3 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, canadian actress and writer natasha negovanlis (the carmilla movie). ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

4/3 7:30pm: lgbtq comedians talk about queer sex at the queerotica comedy show, celebrating its one-year anniversary tonight with emma willmann (crazy ex-girlfriend), tim dillon (comedy central), tim dunn (conan), eman el-husseini (siriusxm), sam morrison (siriusxm), and drew lausch. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $5 gift card required for admission. >>

4/3 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): beloved variety show the talent show returns after a several-years-long break with guests ira glass, john hodgman, chris gethard, and michelle buteau. hosted by elna baker and kevin townley. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/3 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from olga koch (bbc), brendan fitzgibbons (comedy central), diego lopez (mtv), cherith fuller, and hollie harper. hosted by emily winter. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

4/3 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features bob biggerstaff (last comic standing), sam ruddy (colbert), justin williams (laughs), mike feeney (last call with carson daly), and mic nguyen (vulture). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

4/3 8pm (+ 4/7 3pm): audience members are cast in small roles alongside the actors at brooklyn theatre club’s boozy production of little shop of horrors. the front bar at knitting factory (williamsburg), $15. >>

4/3 8pm: be forest, monograms, and activity play elsewhere (east williamsburg/bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

4/3 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 david baker (fallon), paul hooper (gotham comedy live), casey james salengo (comedy central), michael timlin (shameless), melody kamali, and kenice mobley. hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

4/3 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: carmen lagala (colbert), dan st. germain (conan), dina hashem (conan), sean donnelly (comedy central), and mike lebovitz (hbo). hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to the nyc hot sauce expo at brooklyn expo center 4/14 for $5 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15). >>

get tickets to see ellen burstyn, stephin merritt, josh charles, ann curry, savion glover, and others celebrate national poetry month at the annual poetry + the creative mind at lincoln center’s alice tully hall 4/24 for $22.50-36 (plus ticket fees, reg. $45-75). >>

get tickets to the other art fair at brooklyn expo center 5/3-5 for free-$10.50 (plus ticket fees (reg. $15). >>

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