around town today

4-8pm: it’s free cone day at häagen-dazs! enjoy some free ice cream at participating shops today. >>

6pm: united states ambassador to russia 2012-2014 michael mcfaul discusses his new book, from cold war to hot peace: an american ambassador in putin’s russia. roosevelt house public policy institute at hunter college (ues), free (rsvp). >>

6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event returns with tales from april armstrong, robin bady, arif choudhury, and mary hamilton, plus open mic slots for up to five audience members. hosted by barbara aliprantis. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6-9pm (weekly): get footloose and fancy-free at prohibition productions’ rooftop jazz series, continuing tonight at a 19th floor open-air lounge with live music by stéphane séva. cambria hotel + suites rooftop (chelsea), free admission. >>

6:30pm: the masters of social gastronomy (m.s.g.) host a talk on strange meat at the institute of culinary education, including odd edibles like beef jerky cotton candy, mouse ‘mouffle,’ and more. institute of culinary education (battery park), $15 admission includes a drink and a snack. >>

7pm: bauhaus and love and rockets bassist david j does q+a and signs copies of his memoir, who killed mister moonlight: bauhaus, black magick and benediction, at rough trade (williamsburg). free admission. >>

7:30pm: the ‘scenes through the cinema lens’ retrospective series at bmcc tribeca pac examines the best jazz in the movies. bmcc tribeca performing arts center (tribeca), free. >>

7:30pm doors: we b-e-e spelling: comedians attempt to drunkenly out-spell each other at this fundraiser/game show/concert benefiting headcount. leftover salmon performs an opening set. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $10. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the backfat variety show is back with guests janelle james (the rundown with robin thede), brett davis (the special without brett davis), ana fabrega (the chris gethard show, and dan perlman (vidiots). hosted by chris calogero and emily winter. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm (monthly): double down on the hand of comedy, a stand-up and sketch comedy show hosted by claudia cogan (last comic standing). tonight’s performers include jo firestone (fallon), josh sharp (the opposition), calvin s. cato (time out’s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), mike drucker (samantha bee writer), eman el husseini (siriusxm), and lizzie martinez (funny or die). cobra club (bushwick), $5 >>

7:30pm doors, 8:15pm show: white elephant burlesque presents it’s inaugural weboylesque show at bizarre bushwick. $10 suggested donation >>

8pm (monthly): listen to the writings of chaya babu (go home!), yz chin (though i get home), and bridgett m. davis (go-slow) at tonight’s feminist press edition of the lic reading series. lic bar (lic), free. >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show returns with performances by nikki glaser (not safe with nikki glaser), nick thune (comedy central), kerry coddett (the nightly show), nimesh patel (snl), and uk sketch duo the pin. the slipper room (les), $10. >>

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

5/9 5:30pm (runs thru 9/13): public art alert: icelandic artist steinunn thorarinsdottir’s armors positions three life-sized androgynous figures alongside three suits of armor scanned from the metropolitan museum of art’s collection. the cloisters lawn in fort tryon park, free admission. >>

5/9 6-8:30pm (wednesdays thru 6/6, + 6/8): dance to salsa, swing, bachata, bhangra and more with live music at bryant park’s annual dance party series. tonight’s theme: bhangra. learn the steps 6-7pm from the bhangra masala dance company, then show off your new moves to live music performed by rhythm tolee 7-8:30pm. bryant park’s fountain terrace (midtown west), free. >>

5/9 6-10pm: feast upon $5 appetizer and drink deals along harlem’s restaurant row at the frederick douglass boulevard alliance’s seventh annual food and drink boulevard event. rsvp for required wristband. >>

5/9 7pm, 8:20pm: be there and be square. nerd nite ends its season with an evening of entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks on the 1939 superman v wonder man lawsuit, untold stories from iconic music video sets, and what not to do in your online dating profile. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for the presentations at 8:20pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

5/9 7pm doors: darkwing, new myths, kino kimono, and shybaby play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $10. >>

5/9 7:30pm: it’s a good ol’ fashioned riff-off at mystery science theater 3000’s frank conniff’s open riff night, where participants can sign up and riff over clips of awful movies and the best will be joined by the host at the end of the night. tonight’s guest hosts: john fugelsang (tell me everything) and carolina hidalgo (movie sign with the mads). q.e.d. (astoria), $5 to riff, $8 to watch. >>

5/9 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 ‘flowers’ edition includes creatives john fugelsang (tell me everything), theda hammel (sondhamm), and greg mania (paper magazine). hosted by amanda duarte. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation benefits the family of michelle y. thompson. >>

5/9 8pm: #metoo music: comedian, composer and filmmaker lauren maul set recent, infamous apologies from men to music and performs them with some help from female guests. sid gold’s request room (chelsea), free. >>

5/9 8pm (monthly): it’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll have fun at the hyperbole! comedy show. tonight’s lineup: emmy blotnick (colbert), mike lebovitz (last comic standing), kenice mobley (laughs), tony zaret (the special without brett davis), and noah gardenswartz (comedy central). 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. >>

5/9 8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features mike finoia (impractical jokers), justin covington (netflix), julia shiplett (crashing), peter revello (ucb), and country music comedy duo reformed whores. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

5/9 8pm: faux ferocious, honduras, and big bliss play elsewhere (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

5/9 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 jo firestone (fallon),  alex english (the rundown with robin thede), sasheer zamata (snl), ben wasserman (mtv), and geoffrey asmus. hosted by michael joyce. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

5/9 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: gastor almonte (comedy central), kat radley (the daily show), sam morril (conan), kerry coddett (mtv), saurin choksi (brown privilege) and matt bachus. hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

5/9 9pm (bi-monthly): copycat cover song night hosts a tribute to dolly parton and loretta lynn with bands, djs, and $5 fist city cocktails all night. otto’s shrunken head (east village/alphabet city), free admission. >>

5/9 10pm: it’ll be a hot mess drag competition at house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

ticket deals

baseball on the beach: tickets for the upcoming brooklyn cyclones baseball season (6/16-9/3) are now on sale, with special promo events including post-game fireworks, swag giveaways, running the bases, and theme nights including the sandlot, seinfeld, star wars, and harry potter. $10-19 >>

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