around town today

5pm: coming to terms with a polarized society: professor of government and politics frances lee and columnist frank bruni (the new york times) discuss hot topics like polarization, partisanship and the future of the constitutional system with nolan mccarty, professor of politics and public affairs, princeton university. the heyman center for the humanities at columbia university (morningside heights), free (rsvp encouraged). >>

5-9pm: the architecture + design film festival’s annual short films walk presents a selection of 15-minute films in 10 soho design showrooms within walking distance from each other. be one of the 300 participants to visit the most, and get a free ticket to the fest in november. free (rsvp). >>

5:30pm: artist and activist ai weiwei and public art fund director + chief curator nicholas baume give a preview of ai weiwei’s ‘good fences make good neighbors’ exhibition, taking over 300+ sites across the boroughs 10/12-2/11. the washington square arch (greenwich village), free. >>

6:30pm: the architecture of consumption: airspace, abandoned retail, and mcmansion hell: journalist kyle chayka, photographer brian ulrich (time) and mcmansion hell blogger kate wagner talk shop and share their unique views on architecture and the visual culture of consumption. international center of photography (nolita), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: the lesbian, gay, bisexual + transgender community center hosts a national coming out day screening of suited, jason benjamin’s documentary that follows six clients who get fitted for new suits at bindle + keep, a brooklyn-based tailoring company that specializes in clothing for the lgbtq community. a panel discussion will precede the film. james j. walker park (west village), free. >>

7pm: swear you sat next to tom hanks on the subway? hear about run-ins with the famous when lit site vol. 1 brooklyn presents the greatest 3-minute celebrity stories, shared by deirdre coyle, pilot viruet, abbey bender, julie buntin, tyler coates, hermione hoby, brittany spanos, amanda mull, and rakesh satyal. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

10/12-13 7pm (+ 10/12): in honor of thelonious monk‘s 100th birthday, jazz at lincoln center’s hosts a free two-day symposium including a listening party featuring never-before-heard recordings, panel discussions, and a screening of roger vadim’s les liaisons dangereuses (1960). jazz at lincoln center’s frederick p. rose hall (midtown west), free. >>

7pm-2am (+ 10/12): flip over the food and forms at the semi-annual pancakes + booze art show, featuring works by more than 100 artists, body painting, music, and a free pancake bar. m1-5 lounge (tribeca), $15 at the door, $20 line jumper (cash only). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): it’s all shoulda coulda woulda at the take two storytelling show, where guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things could’ve turned out differently. tonight’s guests: gianmarco soresi, david hu, marie faustin and sylvie lubow. hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 suggested admission (no one turned away for lack of funds). >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: the bitchcraft variety show returns to sid gold’s request room (chelsea) for another glitter-tastic evening of music, comedy, storytelling, and leotard karaoke with guests gastor almonte (comedy central), liz barrett (gotham comedy live), garry hannon (the real queens of kings county), george gordon, tahlia sworld, squirm and germ, and rebecca leib. hosted by selena coppock (amazon’s red oaks) and lauren maul (dudes bein’ dudes bein’ dudes). $5. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): smart people discuss things they’re passionate about while wasted at the drunk education show. tonight’s halloween theme: ‘monsters.’ littlefield (gowanus), $8. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the i’m new here with jon ronson and maeve higgins show shows you the ropes with guests john hodgman (the daily show), aparna nancherla (master of none), joe zimmerman (john oliver), shaina feinberg (this american life), and andy mills (radiolab). union hall (park slope), $12. >>

8pm: get some bad advice from bad women (authors) as they read from their works: charlotte shane (prostitute laundry), sukjong hong (the architect’s newspaper), carla bruce-eddings (well-read black girl), anne lai (see-blue), maria yagoda (broadly, sex machina), tanwi nandini (bright lines), and aisha mirza. strand books (union square), $10. >>

8pm (weekly): roll over and play dead at a free screening of stephen king’s pet sematary (1989) at brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint). >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to attend the fancy show stand-up comedy show. tonight: noah gardenswartz (comedy central), matt wayne (comedy central), joel kim booster (conan), shalewa sharpe (stay eating cookies), and alzo slade (mtv). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: aparna nancherla (conan), jim tews (louie), katie hannigan (collegehumor), tom thakkar (vice), and david drake (dave). hosted by saurin choksi (brown privilege). gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

9pm (bi-monthly): copycat cover song night pays tribute to chris cornell with bands, djs, and $5 ‘black rain’ cocktails all night. otto’s shrunken head (alphabet city), free. >>

9:30pm: grab your biker jacket and howl at a screening of werewolves on wheels (1971), hosted by filmmaker william hellfire. alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), $10. >>

thru 10/15: dance your brass off at the 11th annual honk nyc! music festival, bringing 16 street bands to parks, galleries, public spaces and venues. free-$15. >>

thru 11/1: the metrograph (les) hosts a series of 10 stephen king film adaptations including the shining, misery, carrie, stand by me, and more. $15. >>

thru 7/22: get schooled how women have influenced politics over the last 100 years at the ‘beyond suffrage: a century of new york women in politics’ exhibition, featuring rare artifacts, costumes, documents and audio-visual materials. the museum of the city of new york (east harlem), $18 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

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coming up

10/12 11am-7pm (+ 10/13): check out the latest running and fitness gear and technologies at the synchrony financial rock ‘n’ roll brooklyn health + fitness expo. jacob k. javits convention center (midtown west), free admission. >>

10/12 6:30pm: 78/52: hitchcock’s shower scene, a new documentary analyzing the groundbreaking psycho scene that was made with 78 camera setups and 52 edits, screens as a double feature with the 1960 classic at ifc center (west village). $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

sponsored 10/12 7pm: test your ability to distinguish the facts from the alternative facts presented by six scientists and charlatans at the real/fake science interactive experiment salon. union hall (park slope), $25. >>

10/12 7pm: a classic horror film comes to life (sort of) when a screening of karl freund’s the mummy (1932) is followed by a tour of the ‘soulful creatures: animal mummies in ancient egypt’ exhibition at the brooklyn museum. $16 for the film only (includes museum admission), add $9 for the tour. >>

10/13 7pm, 8:20pm (monthly): be there and be square. nerd nite returns with an evening of entertaining and informative presentations spanning a wide range of nerdom. tonight, hear talks on the cyborg feminism, how augmented and virtual realities are changing the way we learn, and the statistical likelihood of you being killed by zombies, witches, or ghouls. littlefield (gowanus), $10 for  the presentations at 8:20pm, or add $4 for pre-show trivia at 7pm. >>

10/12 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), $10. >>

10/12 7pm doors, 8pm show: easily identify the humans and machines at hotsy totsy’s burlesque tribute to blade runner. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

10/12 7:30pm: get better at sniffing out bogus claims with alberto cairo’s lecture, visual trumpery: how to fight against fake data, fake facts, and fake visualizations -from the left and from the right. the new school (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

10/12 7:30pm: can poetry be for you? poet matthew zapruder makes a case in a discussion on his book why poetry help from actor and author mary-louise parker. books are magic (cobble hill), free. >>

10/12 7:30pm: howard zinn’s a people’s history of the united states is brought to life with music and spoken word performances by aasif mandvi, staceyann chin, brian jones, ani cordero, michael ealy, geoffrey arend, and laura gómez. lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

10/12 8pm: print is dead! long live print! litmag, a new literary magazine founded by marc berley, throws a launch party with readings by contributors bette pesetsky (midnight sweets), chinelo okparanta (under the udala trees), jonathan greenhause, emily saso, and sarah wang. mcnally jackson (nolita), free. >>

10/12 8pm (monthly): drop the ‘mike’: this all-female stand-up comedy show (with one token male) features sets by lakendra tookes (snl), myka fox (snl ‘weekend update’ contributor), lauren maul (dudes bein’ dudes bein’ dudes), becky yamamoto (uninspired), tracey carnazzo (neurotica), and richie tolway. hosted by kendra cunningham (last comic standing). threes brewing outpost (greenpoint), free. >>

10/12 8pm: negativity has no chance at the on a lighter note comedy show, which strives to brighten these dark days by requiring every performer to say something positive at the end of their set. tonight’s show includes jena friedman (the daily show), shane torres (conan), guilia rozzi (chelsea lately), nore davis (comedy central), and josh gondelman (last week tonight). hosted by dan wilbur (better book titles). the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

10/12 8pm (thursdays thru 10/26, plus a 10/31 screening of psycho): get your hitch fix at village east cinema’s annual hitchcocktober screening series. tonight: notorious (1946). $15. >>

10/12 8:30pm (+ 10/13 7pm + 9pm): some strings attached. at the latest edition of the sinking ship productions puppet playlist series, puppeteers and musicians create original interpretations inspired by the songs of alanis morissette. triskelion arts (greenpoint), $13-15. >>

10/12 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): country music comedy duo reformed whores host a night of comedy and variety at their up n’ coming show. tonight’s performers include josh gondelman (last week tonight), leah bonnema (gotham comedy live), myka fox (snl ‘weekend update’ contributor), and gilbert lawland. the cobra club (bushwick), free. >>

10/12-15: more than 60 visual and performance artists take over spaces along 14th street from ave c to the hudson river for the annual art in odd places festival. opening reception friday 6-8pm on 14th street bet seventh + eighth aves. free. >>

10/12-26: get your fill of film with these festivals/series: the brooklyn horror film festival (thru 10/15, $13-18), the 10th annual bushwick film festival (thru 10/15, free-$12), and columbia maison française’s cinema of resistance film series (thru 10/26, free).

10/12-2/11: artist and activist ai weiwei’s ‘good fences make good neighbors’ exhibition takes over 300+ sites across the boroughs. >>

ticket deals

open your mind and mouth for spoon university’s fourth annual brainfood conference, featuring talks from tv and web food personalities, food art installations, networking opportunities, and free food. 10/14 12-6pm at brooklyn expo center, $30 with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $50-60). >>

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