around town today

5:30pm doors, 6pm show (monthly): the pop-up concert series at columbia university miller theatre begins the season with ensemble yarn/wire with andrew mcintosh. bonus: free drinks. free admission. >>

6-9pm (thru 10/8): 21 female artists address self-portraiture through photography, painting, tapestry, collage, mixed media, and video at the ‘self reflection’ group show. opening reception tonight. the untitled space (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: are trump, sanders, and brexit all signs of ideological crises to come? talking points memo editor-at-large john b. judis discusses how the great recession transformed american and european politics with his new book, the populist explosion. civic hall (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm (+ 9/28): san francisco ‘outsider’ musician doug hream blunt performs a series of shows with teenage cover band clover + the clockworks, the rapture’s luke jenner, joakim, and more. various locations, free-$3. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: beach slang plays a free in-store performance at rough trade (williamsburg) before their sold out show at 9pm. >>

7pm: photographer gail albert halaban explores the tension between public and private life in ‘vis-à-vis,’ a series of photographs looking into parisian apartments from the outside. sva (flatiron), free. >>

7pm: author sebastian junger (the perfect storm) explores the human instinct to seek something bigger than ourselves in a discussion on his new book, tribe: on homecoming and belonging. the half king (chelsea), free. >>

7pm: get some bad advice from bad women (authors) as they read from their works: estelle tang (elle.com culture editor), collier meyerson (fusion), jasmine gibson (mask magazine), nona willis aronowitz (girldrive), leopoldine core (when watched), muna mire (new york timest), and charlotte shane (prostitute laundry). word bookstore (greenpoint), free. >>

7pm: filmmaker tim burton and author ransom riggs chat and sign copies of the movie tie-in version of miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed starting at 9am to those with proof of purchase from this location. >>

7pm (+9/29, 9/30): banned books be damned at these free banned books week events: an open mic at housing works (9/27) and a censorship cabaret at drama book shop (9/29, 9/30). >>

7pm: test your political trivia knowledge at the big quiz thing’s election trivia game show. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

7pm (weekly thru 11/1): the stranger than fiction documentary series puts the spotlight on jonathan demme this season, starting with his talking heads concert film stop making sense and demme q+a following all screenings. ifc center (west village), $17. >>

7:30pm (+ 9/28): sinking ship productions presents a hunger artist, a solo show adaptation of franz kafka’s story of the same name using puppetry, toy theatre, and physical theatre. new ohio theatre (west village), $12. >>

8pm (monthly): the snap impression game show podcast pits comedians against each other to see who can do the best off-the-cuff impressions of celebrities, fictional characters and historical personages. tonight: dylan marron (welcome to the night vale), jo firestone (womanhood,, punderdome 3000), nick turner (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), casey jost (impractical jokers), and guest judge geoff garlock (adult swim). hosted by andy beckerman and ramsey ess. ucb (east village), $5. >>

8pm (weekly): new york distilling company’s distilling room (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, which includes stand-up from josh gondelman (this week tonight), mitra jouhari (full frontal with samantha bee), erik bergstrom (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), and khalid a. rahmaan (the nation). free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): at this month’s backfat comedy/variety show, last comic standing meets the bachelorette, where ‘backfatlorette’ katelyn decides between single dude comedians. hosted by emily winter, john payne and larry mancini. 61 local (cobble hill), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): shonali bhowmik and guest co-host jordan clifford host a night of talk, music and comedy during a live taping of their we don’t even know podcast. with guests comedian tessa claire hersh, 20-time moth storyslam champion adam wade, and singer-songwriter yazan fahmawi. hifi bar (alphabet city), free. >>

thru 11/5: the french comics association presents the inaugural french comics framed festival, highlighting the best work of francophone comics artists and graphic novelists. various locations, most events are free. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>



The Awkward Sex… and the City Fest: Two days of comedians divulging their most excruciating, embarrassingly awkward sexual encounters. Comedy, booze, giveaways, and maybe even an awkward kissing booth?! 9/29-30 7:30pm at Q.E.D. Tickets and more info here.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets! To enter to win, just drop us a line via this form by 11:59pm tonight (Tuesday). The winner will picked at random and notified tomorrow. Good luck!

coming up

9/28 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: how does the city prepare, help, and serve refugees? new york times editorial board member lawrence downes moderates a panel discussion on this timely topic. tenement museum (les). free. >>

9/28 6:30pm: author and staff writer for the new yorker adam gopnik speaks on the legacy of urban activist and preservationist jane jacobs (1916-2006). museum at eldridge street (les), free/pay-what-you-wish general admission (rsvp). >>

9/28 6:30pm: photographer and writer john edmonds discusses his photographic portrait series ‘hoods.’ international center of photography (nolita), free (rsvp). >>

9/28 7pm: make dinner reservations following a discussion of the history of pasta making in brooklyn by leonard de francisci. a wine and cheese reception precedes the talk at 6:30pm. brooklyn central library (prospect heights/prospect park), free. >>

9/28 7pm: investigative journalist jessica luther examines the prevalence of rape and sexual assault within college sports culture in a discussion on her new book, unsportsmanlike conduct. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

9/28 7pm (weekly): the sensible show at the annoyance theatre (williamsburg) features comedy from drew michael (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), chris calogero (funny or die), robert dean (comedy central ‘comic to watch), and alex english. hosted by chris duffy (you’re the expert) and evan kaufman (your love, our musical). $5. >>

9/28 7pm: slumber party film society presents a screening of romy and michele’s high school reunion at videology (williamsburg). $10. >>

9/28 7pm: british indie record label 4ad hosts a band showcase featuring the lemon twigs, methyl ethel, and pixx at irving plaza (union square/gramercy). free (rsvp). >>

9/28 7pm doors: drawing sound iii: composing the city: dj spooky presents an evening of discussion and performance that relates music and architecture, with contributions by composer david lang, architects from diller scofidio + renfro, and more. the drawing center (soho), $10. >>

9/28 7:30pm (+ 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. >>

9/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): josh zepps (huffpost live) hosts #wethepeople live, a town-hall style panel show for journalists and comics where guests take on world headlines, then each other. tonight’s guests include artie lange (the howard stern show), giulia rozzi (hopefully we don’t break up), and roger sachar (pr chair for the new york young republicans club). over the eight (williamsburg), free. >>

9/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: (monthly): hear personal stories on the theme of ‘chaos’ at this month’s risk! live podcast recording, hosted by kevin allison. this month’s speakers: liz miele, smith galtney, rojo perez, and more. the bell house (gowanus), $15. >>

9/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: confused by men? comedians give lectures on guy stuff at the it’s a guy thing comedy show, hosted by mitra jouhari, patti harrison, and catherine cohen. performers this month include dylan marron (welcome to nightvale, jen spyra (colbert), bowen yang (broad city), matt barats (the onion), and more. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>

9/28 8pm (monthly): adam wade, catie lazarus, neil goldberg, and halle kiefer share stories about body issues t this month’s edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. ucb (chelsea), $5. >>

9/28 8pm: (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show at poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city) features dan soder (comedy central), drew michael (comedy central), leah bonnema (gotham live), jordan temple (mtv), and joe alfano (thunderbird comedy show). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. free. >>

9/28 9pm (monthly): the soft spot stand-up comedy show, hosted by claudia cogan (last comic standing) and brendan mclaughlin (best week ever), features performances by emmy blotnick (not safe with nikki glaser), griffin newman (the tick), yedoye travis (hulu), and the found footage festival (fallon). threes brewing (gowanus), $5. >>

9/28 9pm (monthly): at the comedienne project show, comics are challenged to perform sets that are free of material about sex, dating or relationships. hosted by katie hannigan (collegehumor) and corinne fisher (guys we f*cked). the standing room (lic), $5 adv with promo code ‘sex’ (reg. $10). >>

9/28 9:30pm: kevin geeks out about deadly women: comedian kevin maher presents a variety show about cinema’s deadliest women including experts, trivia, rare clips and more. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $16. >>

9/28-10/2: the eighth annual architecture + design film festival brings 17 unique programs celebrating international architecture and design to cinépolis chelsea cinemas. $16.50 general, $11.50 students. >>

ticket deals

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thru 10/9: score 2-for-1 off-broadway week tickets to more than 30 shows. >>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the metropolitan pavilion 9/29-10/2 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18). >>

cheap tickets are now available for the 12th annual new york television festival (10/24-29), including conversations and/or sneak previews with lena dunham + jennifer konner (10/27), jon glaser + rachel dratch (10/25), and many more. $4.50 adv, free at the door if still available. >>

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