tues 6pm (+ 2/14, 3/7, 4/14, 6/6, 6/13): miller theater’s pop-up concert series: argus quartet: the columbia university school of the arts’s musical happy hour returns in-person for the first time since march 2020 with a series of free concerts where the audience is permitted to sit onstage with the performers and enjoy a free drink. tonight: argus quartet performs a program of recent works, including two world premieres by members of the ensemble. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

tues 7pm: sex trivia night at greenpoint beer + ale co.: hots and hops: sex educator and coach niki davis-fainbloom hosts a night of challenging and educational sex-related trivia at greenpoint beer + ale co.. winning teams will receive ‘sexy prizes.’ $20 admission includes a drink. >>

tues 7pm (monthly): we love a theme: a storytelling show: a lineup of comedians tell funny, heartwarming, and cringe-inducing tales at tonight’s ‘i am baby’ edition of bailey swilley’s monthly storytelling show. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

tues 7:30pm: baphta presents: gays give back: a lineup of gay comedians will ‘perform, sing, monologue, and scare the audience’ at a benefit show hosted by baphta (performers and writers tim kov and andy ward). all proceeds will go to monkworx social services to fight food and shelter insecurity in queens. tv eye (ridgewood), $10. >>

tues 8pm: made of bugs with tim platt: comedian and songwriter tim platt (colbert, sesame street) hosts a cabaret of funny folks who mix stand up with music, illustration, and performance art. featuring ana fabrega (los espooky’s), ike ufomadu (inspector ike), and max wittert (high maintenance). littlefield (gowanus) $10 adv, $15 door. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): i made you a playlist: stand-up meets after-party at this weekly comedy show and dance party, hosted by kelly bachman. tonight’s show features justin catchens, clara olshansky, gianmarco soresi, clark jones, and irene morales. the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): just come! comedy show: pamela ross, ashley hamilton, and nolawee mengist bring the laughs back to east williamsburg with standup by khalid rahmaan (conan), shanna christmas (reductress), gus constantellis (netflix), mary martin (calmedy), ashlyn salzano (that time of the week), and lizzy wolfson (denver’s wolfhank comedy). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($10 suggested donation). >>


weds thru fri (7:30pm): silent film / live music: wnyc’s john schaefer curates three evenings of classic silent film screenings accompanied by a live score at the winter garden at brookfield place (fidi): electric applachia scored and performed by mary lattimore and william tyler, charlie chaplin’s the kid (1921) scored and performed by yasmin williams, and the passion of joan of arc (1928) scored and performed by david cieri and ensemble. bonus: free popcorn (while supplies last). free. >>

sponsored: weds 7pm: addictive connections: the ny phil and the cooper union co-present a panel exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and social justice. hip hop / theater artist baba israel, sound artist fay victor, and ny phil director of media production mark travis discuss the nuanced impact that the criminalization of addiction and drug use has had on music and other creative arts. the group examines luminaries including billie holiday and timothy leary, as well as hector berlioz and julius eastman, both of whose works will be presented by the ny phil in february. leah goodridge, managing attorney for housing policy at mobilization for justice, moderates. great hall at the cooper union (east village), free admission (rsvp required). >>

weds 6-9pm (on display thru 1/29): landmark hip hop art show: joe conzo, charlie doves, danny cortes, peter paid, jeff henriquez, and blusterone pay homage to some of nyc’s most iconic hip hop sites at this art show curated by kate storch. opening reception tonight with music by grand wizzard theodore, large professor, and dj eclipse. one art space (tribeca), free (rsvp). >>

weds 6:30pm: zero waste workshop: exploring throw-away culture: why do we produce so much trash and recycling? where does it go? robin nagle, author of picking up: on the streets and behind the trucks with the sanitation workers of new york city, maggie lee, director of cultural and educational programs at the sanitation foundation, and nicole teran, founder of zero waste nyc workshop, address these questions and their impact on the city and our environment. p+t knitwear bookstore (les), free admission (signed books will be available for purchase). >>

sponsored: weds 7pm: selected shorts: the stories we tell ourselves: brooke gladstone, journalist, host of wnyc’s on the media, and lover of well-told stories, curates a night of short fiction that illuminates the hilarious, profound, and inspiring ways that we seek to understand the human condition. featuring stories by authors kendra fortmeyer, mary gordon, meron hadero, and david michael kaplan performed by richard masur (younger), bebe neuwirth (julia), chinasa ogbuagu (the girl from plainville), and calvin leon smith (the underground railroad). symphony space (uws), $10 with promo code ‘brooke’ (service charge applies). >>

weds 7:30pm: colm tóibín: a guest at the feast: three-time booker prize nominee colm tóibín (brooklyn) celebrates the launch of his new essay collection, a guest at the feast, at a launch event hosted by greenlight bookstore at st. joseph’s university (clinton hill). $5 admission, $30.50 ticket includes a signed copy of the book. >>

weds 7:30pm (weekly): we have fun: a stand-up show: hosts zach sims and dan wilbur bring the fun-ny to young ethel’s (park slope), with stand-up by comedians james hamilton (vice), chris lamberth (netflix), alison klemp (discovery), and electra telesford). free admission. >>

weds 8pm: hour glass comedy: annie russell, steve malden and tom peters launch a new night of comedy at endless life brewing (crown heights). featuring tina friml (drew barrymore), cw headley (pbs), and sam group. games and beer giveaways. free admission. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): savage comedy show: lizzie martinez and melissa rocha’s stand-up show comes roaring back with sets by joan glackin (vice), aku ckayton (standup nbc), ben katzner (darlings comedy), adam gilbert, and danny suggs. bonus: rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. logan’s run (park slope), free admission. >>

weds 8pm + 10pm: ambush comedy special album recording with free beer and pizza: comedians josh johnson (the daily show), lucas connolly (comedy central), and brittany cardwell (drule comedy) serve up slices of standup at a pair of album recording sessions in williamsburg’s two boots pizza. bonus: free beer and pizza before the show. $5 with promo code ‘albumrec’ (reg. $10). >>


thurs thru 5/21: two new photo exhibitions at fotografiska: hip hop: conscious, unconscious (1/26-5/21), curated by sacha jenkins (mass appeal) and sally berman (hearst magazines); fashion photographer elizaveta porodina’s un/masked (1/27-4/30). fotografiska (flatiron), $31 general, $21 seniors/students. >>

thurs 5:30pm: remembering: talking about the holocaust in the 21st century: comparing the conditions that allowed the spread of antisemitism in the years leading up to the holocaust to recent events, the museum of jewish heritage presents a panel discussion on how media, educators, religious institutions, and governments can fight holocaust denial. a screening of fred de sam lazaro’s 2022 pbs newshour segment on the children’s book nicky + vera: a quiet hero of the holocaust and the children he rescued will start the discussion. the lowenstein center at fordham university lincoln center campus (uws), free. >>

thurs 6:30pm: bold visions for a new penn station: rethinkpennstationnyc presents a program on new ideas for penn station, featuring vishaan chakrabarti (pau), alexandros washburn (grand penn community alliance), richard cameron (atelier and co. and rethinknyc), and lorraine b. diehl (the late, great pennsylvania station) sharing visual renderings of proposals. the great hall at the cooper union (east village), free. >>

thurs 7pm: iliana regan + sophia roe: fieldwork – a forager’s memoir: michelin-starred chef and author iliana regan presents her new memoir, fieldwork: a forager’s memoir, in a conversation with james beard award winning writer and chef sophia roe at the rare book room at strand bookstore (union square). $5 admission, $27 ticket includes a signed copy of the book. >>

thurs 7pm: coolest american stories 2023 launch: get your hands on 13 new ‘unputdownable’ works at the launch party for mark wish and elizabeth coffey’s second annual anthology, edited by mark wish. kgb bar (east village), free admission (signed copies of the book will be available for purchase). >>

thurs 7pm: queers n peers variety show: new year new hole edition: lgbtq+ and allied performing artists will present a variety of wacky and chaotic performances at dromedary urban tiki bar (bushwick). hosted by cassidy dawn graves and comrade barbie. $10 adv, $15 door (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). >>

thurs 7:30pm: wild pink: nyc-based indie roots band wild pink performs a free concert at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). >>

sponsored: thurs 8pm (monthly): pop! a pop culture bingo party: drag race edition: pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson hosts a night of bingo games, trivia challenges, and video clips at this month’s drag race edition of the pop! a pop culture bingo party at parklife (gowanus). free admission, food/drink purchase required. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): highwaisted comedy show: comedy—it’s in their jeans. the audience member wearing the highest waist has the chance to win a free drink at the highwaisted comedy show. tonight’s performers: mary beth barone (comedy central), ismael loutfi (kimmel), matty ryan (comedy central), jourdain fisher (fallon), and caitlin peluffo (colbert. hosted by alex kumin and julia shiplett. crystal lake brooklyn (williamsburg), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

thurs 9pm: new material night: comics test out their newest bits at lauren hope krass’s new material night. tonight: myq kaplan (comedy central), tony deyo (fallon), calvin cato (netflix), sally ann hall (left breast comedy), and more. q.e.d. (astoria), $8. >>

thurs 10pm: acab: angry, crazy, and black!: comedian, improviser, writer, and actor sydney duncan explores how a black woman feels when she’s not trying to code-switch, be polite, or less intimidating at her one-woman show about the freedom and liberation of being one’s self. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $15 door. >>


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