around town today

thru 2/3: tons of theater, performance art and dance showcases pop up across nyc for the annual association of performing arts presenters (apap) conference (1/10-14). some picks:
live artery at new york live arts theater (thru 1/13). >>
prototype at various venues (1/9-19). >>
special effects festival at the wild project (1/9-20). >>
the exponential festival at various venues (thru 2/3). >>
under the radar festival at the public theater (thru 1/19). >>

thru 1/18: explore the contemporary jazz scene’s broad spectrum of musical styles during the 10-day winter jazzfest. various locations and prices, plus a series of free talks. >>

today: take advantage of what the city has to offer for less during the annual nyc winter outing (1/21-2/9). a bundle of offers to attractions, restaurants and broadway shows are available starting today, including restaurant week ($42 prix-fixe dinners and $26 lunches), broadway week (2-for-1 tickets), and nyc must-see week (2-for-1 tickets to attractions, museums, tours and performing arts). >>

opens today: a new urbanspace food market brings 15 food vendors and a full bar to west 52nd street. >>

5:30pm doors, 7pm show: celeb chef jamie oliver will discuss and sign his new cookbook, ultimate veg: easy + delicious meals for everyone, at barnes + noble union square. wristbands for entry will be distributed with purchase of the book at this location starting at 9am. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the future of personalized medicine: physician, professor, and author marianne legato discusses the latest advancements in customized medicine and the ethical implications of dna-based healthcare at tonight’s installment of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening cocktail + conversation series. cullman hall of the universe at the american museum of natural history (uws), free (rsvp). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: comedians with kids use their parenting experiences as fodder at the sh*tshow comedy show, hosted by ophira eisenberg (ask me another) and emily flake (the new yorker) and featuring performances by iris bahr (curb your enthusiasm), jenny hagel (seth myers), katie goodman (showtime), gastor almonte (comedy central), and doogie horner (america’s got talent). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm (monthly): laugh till you’re an ally at here + queer, an all-queer improv show featuring a rotating cast of lgbtqia+ improvisers and tonight’s guest, actor andrew chappelle of the original broadway cast of hamilton. ucbt hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

8pm (monthly): the just come! comedy show‘s monthly wednesday edition at bushwick’s starr bar features stand-up by matthew broussard (conan), jay jurden (fallon), kate sisk (the onion), and doogie horner (america’s got talent). hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell. starr bar (bushwick), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm (weekly): head to the downstairs space at poco restaurant and bar for the let’s see, what else? comedy show, hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. tonight’s show features evan williams (the break with michelle wolf), jared waters (comedy central), casey balsham (sirius xm), and more. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): tonight’s side ponytail comedy show, now in its fifth year, features mia jackson (comedy central), nicole conlan (colbert), steven castillo (snl), chanel ali (mtv), and jon schuta (espn). hosted by carolyn busa. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): comedians share embarrassing dating stories at the three-year anniversary edition of youngmi mayer and blair dawson’s u up? comedy show. tonight’s lineup includes rojo perez (conan), calise hawkins (fallon), brian park (collegehumor), sarah cooper (how to be successful without hurting men’s feelings), and mary martin. the show also features a half-time storytelling contest, where audience participants can share their own anecdotes to compete for a prize from babeland. the corners (bed-stuy), free (rsvp). >>

9pm (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: stavros halkias (comedy central), jo firestone (fallon), wilfred padua (npr), dulce sloan (the daily show), and david drake (sirius xm), with music by max + al. guest hosted by saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

10pm: competitors will be under pressure strutting their fashion at the bowie tribute edition of the hot mess drag competition. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 30 ongoing events. >>

coming up

1/9-26: new scripts by 18 playwrights will be staged over the course of three weeks at the 23rd annual gallery players black box new play festival, with talkbacks following the sunday matinees. the gallery players (south slope), $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

1/9-25: improvisation-based dance and movement artists present one-time-only performances at the annual never before never again festival, presented by triskelion arts (greenpoint). $18 adv, $22 door. >>

1/9-22: the museum of modern art’s annual to save and project series presents newly preserved and restored studio films from 1924 to 1977, including a program of amateur films on the national film registry. museum of modern art (midtown west), $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students in advance, or free with regular museum admission ($25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students, free 5:30-9pm fridays). >>

1/9-17: 48 internationally top-ranking squash players compete in a glass-enclosed court housed in grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall for the 23rd annual j.p. morgan tournament of champions. grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall (midtown east). $10+ for seats, free for standing room. >>

1/9 6-6:30pm: salsa party in a museum: balmir latin dance studio hosts an evening of salsa, beginning with a class led by professional dancers and followed by live music, social dancing, and performances. brooklyn museum’s rubin pavilion (prospect heights), free admission >>

1/9 6-8pm (on view through 2/8): see the artistry in x-ray images on display at photographer david arky’s ‘sights unseen’ exhibition. opening reception tonight. fremin gallery (chelsea), free. >>

1/9 6-9pm (on view thru 2/27): artbreakout presents ‘unbound: authentic visions and voices,’ an exhibition featuring works in a range of styles by over two dozen outsider artists from across the globe. the local nyc (lic), free. >>

1/9 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): guests and listeners compete in puzzles, word games, and trivia at a live taping of npr’s ask me another, hosted by ophira eisenberg and jonathan coulton. tonight’s guests: actor/comedians justin long (dodgeball) and marina franklin (single black female). the bell house (gowanus), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

1/9 7pm: author ada calhoun (st. marks is dead) discusses her new book, why we can’t sleep, an exploration of the new midlife crisis affecting gen x women who were raised on the notion that they could and should ‘have it all.’ with authors susannah cahalan (brain on fire: my month of madness) and karen abbott (sin in the second city). books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

1/9 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): get your dose of schadenfreude at mortified, a tribute to teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories and more) shared by their original authors. littlefield (gowanus), $12. >>

1/9 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): performers take ‘playing doctor’ to a whole new dimension at hotsy totsy’s annual burlesque tribute to doctor who. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

1/9 7:30pm: guitarist and composer kaki king presents an evening of music and multimedia works followed by a q+a at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

1/9 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the pasta show, serving up homemade baked ziti (meat and vegetarian options) alongside stand-up by pat brown (colbert), louis katz (fallon), kate willett (netflix), kevin iso (comedy central), and matty litwack. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s cocktail lounge (fort greene), $10. >>

1/9 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by gavin matts (comedy central), ismael loutfi (kimmel), xazmin garza (siriusxm), and stu melton (hyperbole! comedy). hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

1/9 8:30pm: math the band, answering machine, teenage halloween, and marblemouth play gutter bar (williamsburg). $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

1/9 10pm: bring your best bowie look to the night of 1,000 bowies party. house of yes (bushwick), free admission. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: 35 tickets to katori hall’s world premiere of the hot wing king at signature theatre. already extended through march 22! >>

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