around town today

various times (thru 9/18): the 11th annual brooklyn book festival returns sunday, bringing a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events to bookstores, theaters, libraries, and open spaces to whet your literary appetite. tonight’s events include r.l. stine at brooklyn bridge park (6pm, free), luvvie ajayi at st. frances college (7pm, free), steve buscemi + elliott sharp at issue project room (8pm, $20), lic and franklin park reading series, and more. >>

2-5pm: make your afternoon a little sweeter with a free mini chocolate croissant from participating au bon pain locations. one per customer, while supplies last. >>

4pm-1am (tuesdays): tipple for two! more than 10 beers are just $2 on tuesdays during the well’s happy hour (east williamsburg). >>

5:30-8pm: taste wine + cheese, watch a french film, buy french books + cds for less than a dollar, and more at the french institute alliance française (fiaf) fall open house, free. >>

6pm (monthly): the new york story exchange storytelling event continues with michael lydon (rolling stone founding editor), ellen mandel (drama desk award-winning composer), maggie nuttall (the moth), and ‘soul’ poet janet restino. hosted by barbara aliprantis. cornelia street cafe (west village), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

6:30pm: marine conservationist and macarthur fellow carl safina looks into surprising animal personalities in his book, beyond words: what animals think and feel. the cooper union, free (rsvp). >>

7pm: why so serious? explore the radical nihilism of the joker, hamlet, and george r.r. martin with bmcc-cuny professor geoff klock. the pennsy (midtown west), $9.60 with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $12). >>

7pm: journalist jessica bennett (new york times) blends personal stories with research, statistics and expert advice in her new book, feminist fight club: an office survival manual for a sexist workplace. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway, free. >>

7pm (monthly): join cast members and the creative team of broadway’s fun home for a post-show recap and discussion of the groundbreaking production at this month’s edition of the lgbt center’s second tuesday series. $10. >>

7pm (monthly): watch all in this tea, a documentary exploring the hidden world of tea making. part of the good food documentaries series at the park slope food coop. free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the society for the advancement of social studies (s.a.s.s.) celebrates its fifth anniversary with some of its favorite lectures, including lsd and the cia, the history of the nyc grid system, and prohibition: a drinking game. the bedford (williamsburg), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: paris meets brooklyn at the brooklyn loft party variety show, featuring three stages of up-close performances from a classical violinist, a boylesque performer, a magician, and more. hosted by amanda duarte (dead darlings). littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: haley bonar, frances cone, and violet sands play knitting factory (williamsburg), $12. >>

7:30pm (thru 9/16): the eighth annual kicking + screening soccer film festival features four feature films about the world’s most popular sport. scandinavia house (midtown east), $15 >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which actually get forwarded at the pulitzer surprises show, hosted by eliza cossio (the daily show) and caroline schaper (full frontal with samantha bee). tonight’s guests include roy wood jr. (the daily show), catherine cohen (funny or die), carmen christopher (ifc), and dan fagin (an actual pulitzer prize-winning journalist). union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

8pm (monthly): hear straight dude jokes from ladies and gay men in straight dude drag at the dudes being dudes being dudes comedy show, hosted by scott talentt (aka lauren maul), calvin cato, and katie compa. over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

8pm: free outdoor movies: anchorman and step brothers, our wicked lady (east williamsburg). >>

8pm doors, 9pm show: nyc’s longest running weekly comedy show ‘sweet’ with seth herzog celebrates its 12th anniversary with guests vanessa bayer (snl) and michelle wolf (the daily show), plus dj/co-hosts tarik ‘black thought’ trotter and mark kelly of the roots. the studio at webster hall, $15. >>

9pm: 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), $5 adv, $7 dos. >>

9:30pm (monthly): comedians give talks on subjects they’ve researched at the homeschooled comedic lecture series. hosted by jim tews. ucb (east village), $5. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

9/14 10am-5pm: job seekers with at least two years of industry experience are invited to meet with reps from 20 hiring companies at the fashion career expo. metropolitan pavilion, $10. >>

9/14 2pm, 7pm (ends today): catch 30th anniversary screenings of labyrinth with exclusive, never-before-seen content at select movie theaters. $12.50. >>

9/14 5:30-7:30pm (wednesdays thru 9/28): bust a move at outdoor dance parties at downtown brooklyn’s willoughby plaza. tonight’s theme: the hustle. free. >>

9/14 6pm: nobel prize winning neuropsychiatrist and columbia university professor eric r. kandel explores how science can inform the way we experience a work of art in his new book, reductionism in art and brain science. rozzoli bookstore (flatiron), free. >>

9/14 6-8pm (thru 12/21): follow the development of cubism over the past century at the ‘cubist perspectives’ group exhibition, featuring examples from twentieth-century paris to today. opening reception tonight. rosenberg + co. gallery (ues), free. >>

9/14 6:30pm: a panel with mad magazine artists including al jaffee, sam viviano, liz lomax and peter kuper discuss the history and future of the magazine and the role of cartooning in popular culture. new york academy of art (tribeca), free. >>

9/14 7pm:photographers james and karla murray present the ever-changing face of the city in their book store front ii at a launch event at moscot gallery + music space (les) that includes q+a, a signing, and a reception with free dim sum. free admission. >>

9/14 7pm: responsibility shifts at ’no, you tell it!’, a storytelling series in which four performers have written true-life tales, and flip scripts to present each other’s story. jimmy’s no. 43 (east village), free. >>

9/14 7pm (weekly): the sensible show at the annoyance theatre (williamsburg) features comedy from joe list (letterman), bowen yang (broad city), christi chiello (comedy central), khalid ramaan, and more. hosted by myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome, comedy central). $5. >>

9/14 7pm (+ 9/16-17): director robert kenner and  author/producer eric schlosser (fast food nation) will be at screenings of their new documentary, command and control, that examines the flaws in the human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe. film forum (west village), $14. >>

9/14 7:30pm (+ 9/28, 10/5, 10/12): puppet block! new works of puppetry and other innovative forms of storytelling share evenings on the dixon place stage (les). $15 adv, $18 door, $12 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

9/14 7:30pm: new amsterdam symphony orchestra performs the music of mozart, vivaldi, and schubert at st. peter’s church (chelsea). $5-10 suggested donation benefits the food pantry. >>

9/14 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): brave comedians share embarrassing footage of their earliest material and then perform current material at the ’first set’ comedy show, hosted by giulia rozzi (chelsea lately, comedy central). tonight’s guests: sal vulcano (impractical jokers), leah bonnema (comedy drop), myq kaplan (comedy central), and nore davis (comedy central). union hall (park slope), $7. >>

9/14 8pm (monthly): get your fill of free food and free comedy at the devour hour comedy show. this month: nosh on tacos alongside performances by bowen yang (broad city), ryan beck (comedy central), shakir standley (last comic standing), kristin manna, albert kirchner, julia shiplett, kale bogdanovs, and frank nelson. hank’s saloon (boerum hill), free admission. >>

9/14 8pm: (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show at poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city) features nick turner (comedy central’s ‘the half hour,’ fallon), daniel simonson (bbc), kenny deforest (comedy at the knit), danny palmer (laughs), and ana fabrega (jim gaffigan show). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. free. >>

9/14 9pm (bi-monthly): copycat cover song night pays tribute to pink floyd with bands, dj xerox and guest djs, and $5 brain damage cocktails all night. otto’s shrunken head (alphabet city), free. >>

9/14 11pm (monthly): embrace comedy chaos at the unexpectashow, a monthly grab bag of entertainment hosted by jo firestone. tonight, pancakes ‘n’ improv: a improv show with a pancake intermission. ucb (chelsea), $5. >>

9/14-18: the 11th annual harlem international film festival features 99 films from harlem and 37 countries. wednesday’s opening includes rain the color blue with a little red in it, an african tribute to purple rain, and an after party. mist harlem, $14.50 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

ticket deals

purchase the new wilco album at rough trade (williamsburg) now to get free entry to an in-store performance on 9/22. >>

get tickets to the new york coffee festival at the 69th regiment armory 9/17-18 for $15+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $25+) >>

get tickets to the brew hop 5k run and craft beer festival at randall’s island park 9/18 for $25-30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50-60). >>

2-for-1 off-broadway week tickets are now on sale for more than 30 shows scheduled 9/26-10/9. >>

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