around town today

various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
ifp filmmaker lab showcase. fort greene park. >>
kubo and the two strings. seward park (les). >>

now open (closed sun-mon): pace gallery‘s new eight-story flagship is now open in chlesea. inaugural exhibitions include works by alexander calder yto barrada, loie hollowell, david hockney, peter hujar, and fred wilson. free admission. >>

5-7pm (+ 9/24): broadway actors and composers give free, outdoor performances at the broadway buskers concert series. tonight: heath saunders (natasha, pierre, and the great comet of 1812) and f. michael haynie (charlie and the chocolate factory). hosted by ben cameron. times square market, free. >>

6:30pm: journalist, author, and activist naomi klein shares her insights on the climate crisis from her new book of essays, on fire: the (burning) case for a green new deal, with climate activist varshini prakash at the great hall at the cooper union (east village). free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm (+ 10/24): brookfield place hosts a three-part speaker series with new york magazine, continuing tonight with an emmys debate‘ where critics and comedians will make their cases for their favorite nominees. winter garden at brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

7pm: learn how lower east side immigrants put their own spin on pickles at a talk and tasting led by nyu food studies professor jennifer schiff berg at essex street market (les). free. >>

7pm: career special agent josh campbell gives a fly-on-the-wall account of the investigation into the trump campaign’s ties to russia in a discussion on his new book, crossfire hurricane: inside donald trump’s war on the fbi, in conversation with former u.s. attorney preet bharara. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway, priority seating with purchase of the book. >>

8pm: don’t f*ck with us, don’t f*ck without us: drink, dance, and enter a raffle with proceeds benefiting planned parenthood nyc.  elsewhere loft (bushwick), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (biweekly): wild things comedy show returns with stand-up by shane torres (conan), daniel simonsen (colbert), carmen lagala (colbert), and dave ross (comedy central). 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). >>

8pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): seth herzog’s long-running sweet comedy show celebrates its 15th anniversary with guests michelle collins (the view), mark normand (conan, aparna nancherla (crashing), and julian velard. chelsea music hall (chelsea), $13 adv, $15 door. >>

8:30pm: herbalist, food entrepreneur, birth and postpartum doula and mom laena mccarthy leads a class on self care for women: mindful cycles, healthy bodies, clean beauty at brooklyn brainery (prospect heights). $22. >>

8:30pm (weekly): the just come! comedy show, hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell, returns with performances by graham kay (colbert), andy haynes (comedy central), tom thakkar (conan), sagar bhatt (last comic standing), and nonye brown-west. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 50 ongoing events. >>

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The Fifth Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival returns with over 50 FREE shows on seven stages along the New York City waterfront from DUMBO to Red Hook Thursday thru Sunday!

Spanning the range of Americana music including Folk, Country Blues, Old Time, Bluegrass and Jazz, this year’s festival will take place at artist-owned and operated indoor establishments as well as outdoor stages.

Opening night at Gala at Jalopy Theatre, Thursday at 7pm.

Check out the official website for the full lineup and schedule!

coming up

9/18-3/31: in the company of harold prince, a new exhibition at the new york public library for the performing arts (uws), celebrates the broadway producer, director, and collaborator whose resume included west side story, cabaret, sweeney todd, phantom of the opera, and many others with original costumes, set models, archival video, and an open cabaret stage. free. >>

9/18-22: the school of visual arts’s annual after school special film and animation festival highlights recent work of alumni with a series of free screenings and q+as. highlights include spider-man: into the spider-verse, springsteen on broadway, ralph breaks the internet, halloween, a shorts program, and more. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

9/18 various times: free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
moonstruck with a round of pre-show trivia. parklife (gowanus). >>
the little mermaid. white playground (east harlem). >>

9/18 various times: art house theater day: head to your local art house for a day of special screenings including robert downey sr.’s putney swope, peter strickland’s in fabric, and more. various locations and prices. >>

9/18 2:30-4:30pm (+ 9/25): sample select menu items from grand central food spots for $5 during the annual taste of the dining concourse. >>

9/18 6:30pm: architect, artist, and author anthony alofsin examines how frank lloyd wright’s complicated relationship with nyc helped resurrect and inspire his career in a talk on his new biography, wright and new york: the making of america’s architect, in conversation with structural historian and architectural author judith dupré (one world trade center. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building, free. >>

9/18 6:30pm doors: becca mancari and frances cone play mercury lounge (les). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

9/18 7pm: l.a. rockers the paranoyds play an in-store set at rough trade (williamsburg). free. >>

9/18 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): at the drunk science show, three inebriated comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a real scientist. this month’s ‘primates’ theme features behavioral ecologist and conservation biologist dr. jenna lawrence (columbia university and the american museum of natural history) and comedians eva victor (reductress), taylor ortega (ucb), and tim platt (the special without brett davis). hosted by joanna rothkopf (last week tonight), shannon odell (neuroscience phd candidate), and jordan mendoza (once was pre-med). littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

9/18 7:30pm (monthly): the astronomy on tap discussion is showing its school spirit with tonight’s ‘back to school’ edition, featuring columbia university grad students giving talks on space balloons, imaging exoplanets, and searching for pulsars. trivia at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

9/18 7:30pm: copycat cover song night presents a tribute to classic disco on the rooftop of our wicked lady (bushwick). $10. >>

9/18 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the hack city comedy show returns with stand-up by alex english (the rundown with robin thede), peter revello (comedy central), chanel ali (girl code), emmy blotnick (conan), and jeffy tran (second city). hosted by fumi abe (mtv) and michael nguyen (someecards). canal street market (soho), free-$10. >>

9/18 8pm (monthly): the ditmas lit reading series returns with readings by tyler barton (co-founder of fear no lit), melissa grunow (i don’t belong here), joanne ramos (staff writer for the economist), and kelly tsai (the invisible word). tonight also features work by james anderson via pen america’s break out movement program read by miracle jones. hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush), free. >>

9/18 8pm (weekly): who knows where their sets will go at the let’s see, what else? comedy show? this week’s show features nore davis (conan), rosebud baker (comedy central), aminah amani (mtv), and pete bladel (billy on the street). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

9/18 8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand-up from dave ross (james corden), lawrence deloach (cbs sports), sagar bhatt (last comic standing), pamela ross (mcsweeney’s), and remy germinario. hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9/18 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 brittany carney (comedy central), ian fidance (comedy central), julia shiplett (crashing), melissa stokoski (handmaid’s tale: the musical), joe zimmerman (conan), and more. hosted by wilfred padua (comedy central). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9/18 8:30pm doors, 8:45pm show (monthly): the weird but nice comedy show returns with judah friedlander (30 rock), louis katz (this is not happening), samuel morrison (bravo), savannah desormeaux (ghost town comedy), and alex giampapa (funny or die). hosted by wendy steiner. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

9/18 9pm: adsit + sagher: scott adsit (30 rock, veep) and tami sagher (inside amy schumer, glow) team up for an evening of improv at ucbt hell’s kitchen. $9. >>

9/18 9pm (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: dulce sloan (the daily show), sarah tollemache (colbert), dave ross (james corden), matteo lane (netflix), brent gill, and jerry tran. hosted by saurin choksi (brown privilege). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

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