around town today

thru 11/29: the roxy cinema kicks off a nicolas cage retrospective with screenings of valley girl, birdy, peggy sue got married, raising arizona, moonstruck, and vampire’s kiss throughout the month. the roxy cinema (tribeca), $12 general, $9 students/seniors. >>

thru 11/15: the 10th annual doc nyc film festival presents 300 documentaries from around the world. cinépolis chelsea, ifc center, and sva theatre, $19+ general, $17+ seniors >>

thru 11/10: the annual new york comedy festival takes over nyc all week with 100+ shows across the boroughs. a few skint-priced picks for tonight: cabernet cabaret at club cumming, hack city at canal street market, here + queer at ucbt, the lesbian agenda at the bell house, weep-a-thon at the grey lady; tomorrow: drag his ass: a f*ckboy treatment program at chelsea music hall, her-icane: all women+ stand up for disaster relief at chelsea music hall, moses storm and joel kim booster at the bell house, ucbt character showcase at ucbt hell’s kitchen. various prices. >>

6pm: food writer/journalist rachel wharton (edibles) and illustrator kimberly ellen hall will serve up facts about classic american dishes while selling and signing copies of their new book, american food: a not-so-serious history. bonus: get there early for a slice of pineapple upside-down cake. essex street market (les), free. >>

6:30pm: author and teacher mira jacob (good talk: a memoir in conversations, the sleepwalker’s guide to dancing) is tonight’s guest at the new school’s nonfiction forum. hoerle lecture hall at the new school (greenwich village / union square), free. >>

6:30pm (monthly): brandon follick (reductress) and shelby slauer (clickhole) host the new girl’s girls comedy/variety show, with tonight’s debut lineup featuring jena friedman (soft focus), taylor garron (reductress), paige smith-hogan, and dylan adler. starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): climate change and rising sea levels: paleoclimatologist maureen raymo discusses melting ice sheets, rising sea levels, and other evidence of natural and manmade climate change 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 admission (rsvp). >>

sponsored 7pm: pen out loud: lindy west and hari kondabolu: lindy west, the groundbreaking author of shrill, is joined by comedian hari kondabolu (netflix’s warn your relatives) to discuss her highly anticipated new essay collection, the witches are coming, an investigation of what it means to be a woman in the #metoo era and how we arrived at this moment of cultural reckoning. symphony space (uws). tickets start at $10 with promo code ‘west’ >>

7pm + 9pm (monthly): project:theater presents our bar, an evening of site-specific theater that unfolds around you in a local watering hole. tonight’s 10th anniversary theme: ‘audience.’ failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

8pm: queer writers and performers ‘out’ the films that helped them define themselves at the queer film theory 101 show, hosted by veronica garza. house of wax bar at alamo drafthouse (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

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 moses storm (sunnyside), christina galston (comedy central), andrew collin (puddles), and geoffrey asmus. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): this week’s side ponytail comedy show features kaleb stewart (comedy central), david tviete (last comic standing), andrew orolfo (james corden), and jordan jensen. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm (monthly): the just come! comedy show‘s monthly wednesday edition at bushwick’s starr bar features stand-up by doug smith (conan), katie hannigan (colbert), rachel mccartney (pbs), carolyn busa (side ponytail comedy), christina galston (comedy central), and pranav behari (mad magazine). hosted by pamela ross and kendall farrell. starr bar (bushwick), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm: parlando ensemble presents: memory and metamorphosis , a concert exploring the relationship between music and memory. the program includes richard strauss’s metamorphosen, jessie montgomery’s banner, and henri dutilleux’s mystère de l’instant. merkin concert hall at kaufman music center (uws), $10 with promo code ‘memory’ (reg. $25). >>

8pm: slumber mag, a website and community organization dedicated to highlighting non-binary and female-identifying musicians, artists, and writers, presents a concert with amy o and yours are the only ears at trans-pecos (ridgewood). $10+. >>

8pm: shoegaze/dream pop band no swoon plays a record release show at union pool (williamsburg), with support from big bliss and wooing. $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): it may be called the fancy show, but the $3 beers and $15 buckets are a good sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at this stand-up comedy show. tonight’s lineup features sara hennessey (comedy central), justy dodge (keith and the girl), geoffrey asmus, patrick hastie, and sam evans. wilfred padua hosts. the back room at the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

want more? check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>

coming up

sponsored: 11/9 7:30pm doors: after sold out parodies of big lebowski and ghostbusters, the usual rejects are back at the chain theatre with you’ll float too: it! turn on your deadlights and grab your yellow slicker for a staged reading/parody/drinking game here to terrorize your childhood dreams with a tribute to the stephen king epic! hold on to your clown shoes as we take on both chapters! your $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) gets you 2 beers, a raffle ticket, and a wild ride! >>

11/7-1/8: get your fill of film at these film fests:
• thru 11/10: imagine this women’s international film festival. various venues, free-$20. >>
• thru 11/10: new york baltic film festival at scandinavia house (midtown east). $14. >>
• thru 11/9: video art + experimental film festival at the tribeca film center. $25. >>
• thru 1/8: the contenders at the museum of modern art (midtown west). $14 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. >>

11/7-21: giant sculptures made entirely of unopened cans of food will be on display for the 27th annual canstruction design competition and city harvest food drive. brookfield place (wtc), free admission (donations of canned food are welcome). >>

11/7-10: the other art fair, presented biannually by saatchi art, returns to brooklyn expo center (greenpoint) with works by 130 independent artists. free-$15 plus ticket fees here (reg. $13.50-30). >>

11/7-9: the center for performance research’s annual fall movement festival features works-in-progress, finished pieces, and premieres of dance, theater, and performance from six choreographers. center for performance research (williamsburg), $10 general, $8.50 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

11/7 5:30-8pm (on view thru 12/12): chase contemporary hosts carole a. feuerman: 50 years of looking good, a solo exhibition of the artist’s hypereal work, as well as a book signing at tonight’s opening reception. chase contemporary (chelsea), free admission. >>

11/7 6-8pm (monthly): more than a dozen art galleries stay open late for special events and opening receptions during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free. >>

11/7 6-9pm: the ninth annual art for tibet exhibition, a fundraiser for students for a free tibet, showcases works from shepard fairey, cey adams, marie-dolma chophel, and more than 50 others at tonight’s closing silent auction. faction art projects/gallery eight (harlem), $10 suggested donation. >>

11/7 7pm: the rumpus and the rally reading series (‘the heart of a march in the body of a reading series’) team up for a night of readings by jennifer baker (everyday people: the color of life—a short story anthology), leland cheuk (no good very bad asian), and donika kelly (bestiary). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

11/7 7pm: test your dice-rolling skills at a live- action dungeons and dragons theater event, where audience members determine the fate of the actors and comedians improvising their way through the saga. chain theatre (midtown west), $10 adv, $12 door (admission includes a beer). >>

11/7 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): the nostalgia! comedy + storytelling show, where comedians reminisce on some of their most cringeworthy moments using powerpoints, photos, and old facebook statuses, takes a bow at tonight’s farewell show. featuring randall otis (the daily show), chanel ali (mtv), jena friedman (soft focus), brian faas, and hosts gracie canaan + stef dagg. friends + lovers (crown heights), free. >>

11/7 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): say goodbye to stale jokes at keeping it fresh!, with stand-up by jess salomon (fallon), leclerc andre (fallon), carolyn castiglia (comedy central), dina hashem (conan), maryssa smith, and chris hamilton. hosted by emily walsh and amanda van nostrand. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

11/7 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by rachel mccartney, wilfred padua, geoffrey asmus, electra telesford, and paul julmeus. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

11/7 8pm: indie duo water from your eyes play a record release show at rubulad (bushwick), with palberta, sweet baby jesus, and fantasy. $10. >>

11/7 8pm doors: hess is more, pecas, heidemann, and dj daniel collás (phenomenal handclap band) play the sultan room at the turk’s inn (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

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