TUES-THURS, 9/20-22: FREE PIZZA, JOHN WILSON, BANNED BOOKS, AND MORE

tuesday

tues + weds: summerstage: the beloved summer performing arts festival continues this week with benefit concerts by willie nelson + family with charley crockett (tues 7pm at central park’s rumsey playfield, $75+) and caamp (weds 6:30pm at central park’s rumsey playfield, $55+). note: while these events are out of the skint’s normal price range, many folks tend to set up nearby for a live soundtrack to an evening picnic. >>

tues 5:30pm (+ 9/21): american symphony orchestra string quartet at bryant park: musicians from the american symphony orchestra will perform string quartet classics by joseph haydn and claude debussy at bryant park’s upper terrace (midtown west). free. >>

tues 6-7pm: free pepperoni pizza day at jet’s pizza: celebrate national pepperoni pizza day with a detroit-style slice from jet’s pizza, who’ll be serving up free four-corner slices at three nyc locations (uws, chelsea, and lenox hill). >>

tues 7pm (monthly): rooftop readings at ample hills creamery: hear established and up-and-coming authors read from their works every third tuesday of the month at ample hills creamery’s gowanus location. hosted by randee dawn. $10 admission includes a small ice cream (vegan/non-dairy options are available). >>

tues 7pm (monthly): astronomy on tap: scientists, educators, artists, and other astronomy enthusiasts come to pete’s candy store (williamsburg) for an evening of lectures and astronomically-themed-pub trivia. tonight, dr. moiya mctier (the milky way book) and columbia physics phd student dr. bárbara cruvinel santiago will explore the milky way and how to make a telescope instrument. free admission. >>

tues 7:30pm: ‘imagine i’m someone else’ – an evening with isabel hagen: comedian and juilliard-trained violist isabel hagen (fallon) explores ‘self-doubt, consciousness, and a little sexuality’ in her one-woman comedy and viola variety show. union hall (park slope), $12 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 and dylan adler. tonight’s show features jaffer khan, mike szar, nataly aukar, onika mclean, jamie wolf, and jamel johnson. the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): just come! comedy show: pamela ross, kendall farrell, ashley hamilton, and nolawee mengist bring the laughs back to east williamsburg with standup by preacher lawson (america’s got talent), max fine (sirius xm), maria wojciechowski (the new yorker), shaun connolly, and noah rocklin. the graham (east williamsburg), free ($10 suggested donation). >>

tues 9pm (monthly): sweet comedy show: sweet 18: seth herzog celebrates the 18-year anniversary of his long-running live comedy show with guests julio torres (hbo), adam pally (the mindy project), dallas roberts (the walking dead), larry owens (a strange loop), and jade catta-preta (the soup). chelsea music hall, $15 (save $5 with promo code ’18’). >>

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wednesday

weds thru 10/9: mud/drowning: experimental theatre company mabou mines pays tribute to the late experimental playwright and director maría irene fornés with a double-bill production uniting one of her most iconic plays, mud, with philip glass’s opera adaptation of her short play drowning. mabou mines (east village), $25. >>

sponsored: weds thru 10/2: fall for dance festival: 15 world-renowned companies. 10 performances. 8 premieres. don’t miss the beating heart of new york’s fall dance scene—a one-of-a-kind showcase of international artistry—at city center 9/21-10/2. five unique programs present incredible companies and artists, including the new york debut of kyiv city ballet; a co-commission with vail dance festival of no nonsense, a new york premiere by pam tanowitz, featuring melissa toogood and herman cornejo; and the live us premiere of christopher wheeldon’s 2020 digital fall for dance festival commission the two of us, set to joni mitchell classics and featuring sara mearns and robbie fairchild. all tickets are just $20! >>

weds thru sun: after school special: sva’s alumni film and animation festival: get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of turning red, lightyear, encanto, and more at the school of visual art’s annual film and animation festival, a week of screenings and q+as spotlighting accomplished sva alumni who worked on the films. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

weds thru sat: unfinished live: the shed (hudson yards) convenes a lineup of more than 150 technologists, scholars, journalists, artists, activists, and leaders for the third annual unfinished live festival. featuring interviews, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, live podcast tapings, and interactive exhibits, the festival explores how decentralizing the digital sphere can lead to a more inclusive and just world. while not skint-priced, the fest does include a free admission reboot of media artist refik anadol’s project liberty, a ‘future-forward,’ immersive technological experience that allows visitors to envision a world where they control their own personal data. >>

weds + thurs (various times): banned book week at new york public library: amidst the recent surge of book bannings across the country, dive into the history of banned books and the impact of censorship with three nypl events this week: ‘restricted access: an american history of book banning,’ a panel discussion led by msnbc’s ali velshi (wed 6pm at nypl’s stephen a. schwartzman building in midtown), ‘this book is banned – how book bans impact you, our society, and democracy,’ a panel discussion and presentation of images by photographer kimberly butler (wed 6:30pm at nypl’s stavros niarchos foundation library in midtown), and ‘read banned books: toni morrison’s beloved,’ an evening of readings, performances, and conversations centered on toni morrison’s frequently-banned novel (thurs 6:30pm at harlem’s schomburg center for research in black culture). free admission.

weds 6:30pm: honoring john wilson: 2021 brendan gill prize ceremony: municipal art society honors john wilson, the filmmaker behind hbo’s how to with john wilson, with the 2021 brendan gill prize, an annual award given to the creator of a work that ‘best captures the spirit and energy of new york city.’ wilson will join a panel of gill prize adjudicators for a conversation about his process, what he looks for when documenting day-to-day life in nyc, and the stories that we stumble upon when we take a moment to pause and look around. a reception with light bites and refreshments will follow. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15. >>

weds 7pm: jasmine guillory + roxane gay: drunk on love: author jasmine guillory (the wedding date, by the book) chats about her latest novel, drunk on love, a rom-com about a napa valley winery owner who falls for her new employee, in a conversation with writer and social commentator roxane gay (bad feminist, hunger) at the rare book room at strand books (union square). $17 admission 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 gabe pacheco, rebecca kaplan, anna bianco, matt somerstein, sage huston. free admission. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): good girl comedy show: good girls laura merli (reductress) and molly brenner (molly brenner: i’m coming) bring their standup show back to friends and lovers (crown heights), with performers rahul pandya (comedy central), liz glazer (cbs), mohtasham yaqub, robert johnston, sami sutker, and jess feeney. $5. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): savage comedy show: lizzie martinez and melissa rocha’s stand-up show comes roaring back with sets by tim barnes (comedy central), lili michelle (search party), pamela ross (someecards), jonathan van halem (tooning out the news), and christiana jackson. logan’s run (park slope), free. >>

weds 8pm (bi-weekly): endless laughs comedy show: laughs and lager mix at endless life brewing (crown heights), where blair dawson and michael hirsch host an evening of stand-up by milly tamarez (comedy central), clare austin smith (the onion), jared waters (pbs), and michael abber. free. >>

weds 9pm (monthly): vintage basement 5 year anniversary show: twins max and nicky weinbach host a neo-retro evening of stand-up comedy and music featuring james austin johnson (snl), nore davis (comedy central), shane torres (comedy central), and jo firestone (fallon). under st. marks theater (east village), $10. >>

weds 9:30pm: we’re going to talk about the vagina: embark on an anatomical adventure of with author rachel e. gross (vagina obscura: an anatomical journey), sex educator jules purnell, and audio journalist allison behringer, who’ll unpack the latest science on ‘the so-called female reproductive system’ during an evening of storytelling, trivia, and interactive games at caveat (les). presented by the scifri book club. $13 with promo code ‘obscura’ (reg. $18 adv, $22 door). >>

weds 10pm: and every one a witch: stop by for a spell (and a song) at ‘and every one a witch,’ an evening of piano karaoke, open mic performances, and musical rituals, hosted by lauren maul and táhlia audrí. club cumming (east village), free admission (1 drink min). >>

thursday

thurs thru sun: brooklyn americana music festival: the eighth annual brooklyn americana music festival brings together 40+ artists playing original folk, roots, country blues, and more at indoor and outdoor venues: the dumbo archway, sunny’s bar, 68 jay street, and superfine. free admission. >>

thurs thru sun: affordable art fair: fall edition: discover original contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints by more than 400 artists at the fall edition of the affordable art fair, where pieces start at $100. trade, press, and private opening thursday, general public friday thru sunday. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $30-40 admission, but free admission hours will be held friday 7-9pm. >>

thurs 6:30pm (ends today): books beneath the bridge: prose tip: find your new favorite author/poet at brooklyn bridge park’s annual series of outdoor readings, q+a sessions, and book signings curated by local indie bookstores. tonight, freebird books presents jeremiah moss, author of jeremiah’s vanishing ny, for his new book, feral city. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1 granite prospect, free admission. >>

thurs 7pm: united palace theatre historical tour: get an inside look at the historic 3,400-seat washington heights theater, which was designed by architect thomas lamb (the ziegfeld theatre) with interiors by harold rambusch (radio city music hall). $15. >>

thurs 7pm: sean carroll: the biggest ideas in the universe: space, time, and motion: from newton to einstein, from relativity to spherical cows, theoretical physicist sean carroll (something deeply hidden: quantum worlds and the emergence of spacetime) pulls back the curtain on the complex world of classical physics in a conversation about his new book, the biggest ideas in the universe. pioneer works (red hook), free. >>

thurs 7-10pm: autumn equinox silent disco: mark the autumn equinox at robert f. wagner, jr. park (battery park city) and party to three djs spinning different genres at this quiet clubbing event. free (a credit or debit card is needed for the check-in process to use the required headphones, which are provided by the organizers). >>

thurs 7:30pm (biweekly): off the record: comics tell it like it is at the off the record comedy show, returning to the nook café and craft beer bar (bushwick) with standup by yedoye travis (comedy central), daniel j. perafan (nbc), sabeen sadiq (code-switched), chloe la branche, and alexis bradby. hosted by ben siy-hian. free. >>

sponsored: thurs 8pm (monthly): pop! a pop culture bingo party: back2school – teen rom com edition: get your game on at this fun night of bingo, with themed mini-games and pop-culture trivia challenges to test your knowledge in-between rounds. hosted by pop-culture obsessive bobby hankinson at parklife (gowanus). free admission, food/drink purchase required. >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): tip top tits comedy show: it’s comedy or bust at janet hyde and mary cella’s stand-up show, returning tonight with ahri findling (comedy central), yemi afolabi (comedy central), kenice mobley (fallon), and casey navarro on hand to rack up the laughs. bonus: $3 pbrs. outdoors at tip-top bar + grill in clinton hill (inside if raining), free admission. >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): laf dance saloon: jeffrey emerson and jill weiner save the best for laughs the laf dance saloon comedy show, returning with an evening of standup by calise hawkins (fallon), kevin mccaffrey (trutv), drew jordan (jfl), joan glackin (desus + mero), veronica garza (sirius xm), keenan steiner, and jenna teeman. the backyard of basik (williamsburg), free admission. >>

thurs 10pm: rape victims are horny too! comedy and music about healing from trauma (album release show): comedians and rape survivors kelly bachman and dylan adler use comedy and songs to navigate their trauma, inviting the audience to laugh, cry, and laugh some more. special album release show tonight. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

thurs 10pm: dirty thursday – beyoncé: renaissance: channel your inner sasha fierce at an encore beyoncé edition of house of yes’s dirty thursday dance party, celebrating the release of queen bey’s latest album, renaissance. house of yes (bushwick), free with rsvp, $15 without. >>

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