name a roach for your valentine: the bronx zoo’s annual fundraiser returns, where you can name a madagascar hissing cockroach after your valentine, and they’ll receive a digital certificate to remember the day you did this to them. $15 (fully tax deductible). >>

2-for-1 off-broadway week tickets: score off-broadway tickets for less during this annual winter promotion for shows scheduled 2/12-3/3. 30 productions are participating, including brooklyn laundry, all the devils are here, the play that goes wrong, the office! a musical parody, and more. >>

thru 2/4: suite/space 2023-24: experimental theatre company mabou mines presents new works by four artists from its suite/space performance initiative, which provides artistic advisement, rehearsal space, a stipend, and public performances to nyc-based artists of color. the shows, by naima lowe, jermaine rowe, nava derakhshani, and murakami x takeuchi, are each being shown three times thru sunday. mabou mines (east village), $20 general, $15 seniors/students. >>

thru thurs (10am-6pm): the cashmere sale: warm up with savings at clothingline’s annual cashmere sale, where sweaters and accessories are priced starting at $30. clothingline (garment district), free admission. >>

thru thurs (7:30pm): alison leiby: abortion show (a work in progress): comeidan and writer alison leiby is taking her acclaimed off-broadway performance, oh god, a show about abortion, and reworking it with some new material at union hall (park slope). $15. >>

tues 7pm: read on: book bans and censorship in america: a panel including author roxane gay (bad feminist, black panther: world of wakanda), emily drabinski (president of the american library association), robert pondiscio (senior fellow, american enterprise institute), and rahna epting (executive director of moveon) explore why book bans are on the rise and what it means for censorship and democracy in america. moderated by two-time pulitzer prize winner and new york times critic-at-large wesley morris at the cooper union’s historic great hall (east village). free admission (registration required). >>

thurs 7pm: i’ll have the bisque! comedy variety show for charity: join improv troupe the bisque and stand-up guests edson montenegro and laura high for a 75 minute comedy show to raise money for abortion access. young ethel’s (park slope), free admission with a portion of the bar’s requested one-drink minimum benefiting the brigid alliance, an organization that helps support those who must travel for abortion care. >>

tues 7pm: justin for laughs: comedian justin catchens hosts a night of bits, giveaways, and standup from comics maria decotis (rolling stone), tatiana frank (@tatuanafranknyc), anna roisman (hq trivia), shem pennant (ucb), akshay sampath (best night ever comedy), and joshua stokes (hard fried history). easy lover (east williamsburg), free admission (donations welcome). >>

tues 7:30pm: raised by wolves: fifty poets on fifty poems: as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, nonprofit publisher greywolf presents an evening of readings by a selection of poets featured in raised by wolves, an anthology of poems selected by poets from greywolf’s catalog. the national arts club (gramercy), free (donations welcome) >>

tues 8pm (monthly): sounds great! comedy show: hosts nora jefferies and paige smith-hogan rehash all the moments that have prompted them to say ‘sounds great’–whether sincerely or sarcastically–at this comedy show featuring jess salomon (fallon), chanel ali (comedy central), spike einbinder (los espookys), conor janda (boys club comedy), lee robinson (the new york times), izzy derosa, and tina sieben. bonus: audience members will have a chance to share their own ‘sounds great’ moments, and will double as the show’s unofficial social media photographers, armed with disposable cameras passed out by the hosts. our wicked lady (bushwick), free. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): i made you a playlist: comedy show and party: stand-up meets afterparty at this weekly comedy show and dance party, hosted by kelly bachman and jaffer khan. tonight’s show: dave ross (drunk history), bassam shawl (amazon), amamah sardar (siriusxm), naomi karavani (bitches brew comedy), and kate strobel (firecracker comedy). the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>


New York City Wine Fest is your all-access pass to over 100 new wines from around the world! Held at Chelsea Industrial on Saturday, February 3, it’s a perfect opportunity for wine enthusiasts to meet and hang out with friends, speak to winery representatives, and enjoy a huge variety of wines!

Guests will enjoy unlimited wine samples, paired with live entertainment, interactive games, and access to food vendors.

Special offer for the skint readers:
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New York City Wine Fest
Saturday, February 3
Session Times
Session 1: 1pm-4:30pm
Session 2: 6pm – 9:30pm

Chelsea Industrial
535 West 28th Street New York, NY 10001

21+ Only

Tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass.


weds 6pm: get lit! michael cunningham, josh ritter, and alison stewart: pulitzer prize-winning author michael cunningham (the hours) sits down with wnyc’s all of it host alison stewart to discuss his new novel, day. the conversation will be followed by a musical performance by josh ritter. nypl’s stavros niarchos foundation library (midtown) and online, free admission (rsvps are sold out, but a standby line will form 30 minutes before the program). >>

weds 7pm: hisham matar and colm tóibín: my friends: pulitzer prize-winning author hisham matar (the return) presents his new novel, my friends, in a conversation with three-time booker prize nominee colm tóibín (brooklyn) at the rare book room at strand bookstore (union square). $5 admission, $35.65 ticket includes a signed copy of the book. >>

weds 7:30pm: girls aren’t funny screening and show: the reunion party presents a screening of the pilot for jasia ka’s girls aren’t funny, a new bric-tv original dramedy series about women stand-up comedians, along with performances by and all-women lineup featuring amamah sardar, katie boyle, karolena theresa, indigo asim, kelly bachman, and glennis laroe. subjective @ lume studios (tribeca), free admission (rsvp). >>

weds 7:30pm (weekly): ambush comedy show: josh johnson, lucas connolly, and brittany cardwell’s ambush comedy show returns to ebbs brewing co (williamsburg) with stand-up sets by gastor almonte (comedy central), kenice mobley (fallon), grant lyon (comedy central), kunal arora (fx), and max fine (siriusxm). free admission. >>

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 myka fox (comedy central), matt goldich (seth meyers), rohan padhye (airplane mode comedy), and melissa ferraro (dirty little secrets improv). free admission. >>


thurs thru mon: love positive women: visual aids, the fire island artist residency, positive women’s network, the well project, and dieu donné partnered up for an exhibition of over 600 handmade paper valentine’s made by artists, activists, and hiv-positive women, which will be mailed around the world to women living with hiv in time for valentine’s day. reception on saturday 3-5pm. first floor of moma ps1 (lic), free admission for new york state residents ($5-10 otherwise). >>

thurs thru sat (various times): perelman performing arts center lobby stage shows: the perelman performing arts center hosts a series of free performances on the vartan and clare gregorian stage in the pac lobby. this week: sabrout (thurs 5pm), lila bloom (fri 5:45pm), and natu camara (sat 8pm). >>

thurs 6-8pm (monthly): dumbo first thursday gallery walk: season kick-off: 11 dumbo art galleries will stay open late for opening receptions, special events, and talks. an optional hour-long tour (6pm, rsvp required) will visit and hear from experts at five studios, and tonight’s edition includes projected video art across three locations. free admission. >>

thurs 6:15pm (various dates thru 3/7/2024): ice theatre of new york: city skate pop-up performances: ice dance company ice theatre of new york brings a series of short, free performances to neighborhood rinks through the season. today: wollman rink in central park. >>

thurs 6:30pm: glitter and concrete: a cultural history of drag in new york city: journalist, historian, photographer, and author elyssa maxx goodman discusses her book, glitter and concrete: a cultural history of drag in new york city, with photographer, makeup artist, and drag performer jupiter. nypl’s stavros niarchos foundation library (midtown) and online, free admission. >>

thurs 7pm: bushwick’s got talent variety show: come cheer on your neighbors, or enter yourself for a chance to show everyone what you’ve got at house of yes’s bushwick’s got talent variety show, a reality tv-style competition complete with judges, fake buzzers, and prizes. free admission. >>

thurs 7:30pm: i sing to use the waiting: a collection of essays about the women singers who’ve made me who i am: writer zachary pace sits with author lynn melnick (i’ve had to think up a way to survive: on trauma, persistence, and dolly parton) to discuss i sing to use the waiting, pace’s new book on the women singers — from cat power to padonna, kim gordon to rihanna — who shaped them as a young person coming-of-age in rural new york, first discovering their own queer voice. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free admission. >>

thurs 7:30pm: nova one: roz raskin’s providence, rhode island-based indie band nova one plays a free show at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): savage! a comedy show: savage comedy returns to an all-new night, thursdays, at logan’s run in park slope. hosted by lizzie martinez, melissa rocha, nonye brown-west, and chloé chunha, tonight’s show features performances by kenice mobley (fallon), ariel elias (kimmel), ryan donahue (hbo), norlex belma, and baphta (tim kov and andy ward). bonus: rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. free admission. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): tip top tits comedy show: it’s comedy or bust at janet hyde and mary cella’s stand-up show, returning tonight with brad howe (adult swim), julie mitchell (vice), liz glazer (the new york times), peter wong (comedy central), sheria mattis (reductress), and veronica garza (mtv). bonus: $3 pbrs. tip-top bar + grill (bed-stuy), free admission. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): love, sex, + magic: comedy variety show: comedian jenny gorelick, whose ex is a magician, hosts an evening to make your worries disappear, featuring stand up, burlesque, circus, musical comedy, drag, and of course, magic. with julia shiplett, rebecca weiser, adam sommer, esther fallick, and junior mintt. the mirror bar at arlo williamsburg, $10 admission. >>

thurs 8pm: a live band tribute to the notorious b.i.g.: the frank white experience brings the sounds of the notorious b.i.g. to life with a full band at brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). $17 adv, $20 day of. >>

thurs 8:45pm: spoons, toons, + booze: valentine’s after dark edition: gorge on sugary cereals, sip on cereal-infused cocktails, and binge watch valentine’s day and love-themed cartoons from the 1940s through the early 2000s on the big screen at secretformula’s annual v-day screening party. nitehawk cinema (prospect park), $20 admission includes an all-you-can-eat cereal bar. >>

thurs 9pm (weekly): laf dance saloon: jeffrey emerson and jill weiner save the best for laughs at the laf dance saloon comedy show, returning with a night of standup by pat burtscher, cat zini, peter revello, andrew casertano, april boddie, and stewart fullerton. ba’sik (williamsburg), $10 suggested donation. >>


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