around town today

thru 12/24: urbanspace’s columbus circle outdoor holiday market returns for the season with 70 local gift vendors. >>

various times: the holiday season officially starts at these free tree lighting ceremonies:
5-6:30pm: metrotech commons (downtown brooklyn). >>
7-10pm: rockefeller center (midtown). nyc’s biggest! early arrival is strongly recommended. >>

9am-7pm (+ 12/5): the accessories council’s first-ever all-female holiday pop-up will feature a variety of products such as jewelry, handbags, footwear, fragrances, and more from women- owned and led companies. penn plaza pavilion (midtown), free admission. >>

9am-3am: enjoy a free cookie, courtesy of insomnia cookies (all locations) in honor of national cookie day. >>

4pm + 7pm (monthly): double vision: explorations of alternative math from history: quest university canada professor glen van brummelen takes us back in time to explore ancient chinese and greek schools of thought on geometry at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free. >>

6-8pm (on view thru 12/21): at the tribeca show, a new exhibition opening at apexart tonight, five tribeca-based photographers and a poet present their portraits of the neighborhood in contrast to its hyped reputation. free. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: journalist jimmy tobias asks, ‘affordable housing for whom?’ in a conversation about possible ways to resolve the nyc housing crisis with aaron carr (housing rights initiative founder), shatia strother (program coordinator at furee), and raquel vazquez (director of housing development at joy construction corp). brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

6:30pm: call me by your name author andré aciman presents the sequel find me at the cuny graduate center (midtown east), in conversation with professor and pulitzer prize–winning theater critic hilton als. free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: two doc queens, producer sheila nevins (when the levees broke, citizenfour) and filmmaker erin lee carr (at the heart of gold: inside the usa gymnastics scandal), join in a conversation about their work, and what the future holds for documentary filmmakers. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm (monthly): shelby slauer (clickhole) and darian lusk (travel channel) host the girl’s girls comedy/variety show, with tonight’s lineup featuring sketch group simple town (adult swim), anthony schepis (awf magazine), arti gollapudi, and tyler bessinger. starr bar (bushwick), free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): hacking the stars: astrophysicist hakeem m. oluseyi discusses how data hacking can help advance astrophysics 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). >>

7pm: free holiday movie screening: home alone (8pm), with a round of pre-show trivia (7pm) at  parklife (gowanus)., free admission. >>

7pm: dr. martens presents a free concert at h0l0 (ridgewood) featuring jimi lucid, tama gucci, and more. >>

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 theme: ‘mellow/drama.’ failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

7pm + 10pm: house of yes (bushwick) hosts two free holiday editions of their popular amateur burlesque (7pm) and hot mess drag competition (10pm) extravaganzas.

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): at the drunk science show, three inebriated comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a real scientist. this month’s ‘oceans’ theme features marine biologist dr. ayana elizabeth johnson (founder and ceo of ocean collectiv), and comedians luke mones (comedy central), brian park (collegehumor), and gwynn ballard. hosted by joanna rothkopf (last week tonight writer), jordan mendoza (comedy central), and shannon odell (neuroscience phd candidate). littlefield (gowanus), $7 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, fashion designer adam selman. ucbt hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

7:30pm: pair up for the date night comedy show, where comedian couples will swap jokes, comics will perform sets written by their partner, and you can play games for prizes. hosted by dan ahrens and hattie hayes. q.e.d. (astoria), $10 admission for two. >>

7:30pm: what’s up doc? animation director willy hartland presents a series of strange animated documentaries from around the world, followed by q+a with some of the participating filmmakers. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $18. >>

7:30pm (monthly): bingo sing-o! play to win as showgirl anna copa cabanna and pianist leslie goshko host a night of bingo, trivia, name that tune, and karaoke. first bingo card is free, additional cards are $1 each. sid gold’s request room (chelsea), free admission. >>

8pm: lgbtq 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 (monthly): the just come! comedy show‘s monthly wednesday edition at bushwick’s starr bar features stand-up by mike recine (comedy central), maddy smith (wild n out), billy prinsell, jess reed, and melody kamali. 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 sal vulcano (impractical jokers), jourdain fisher (fallon), alison klemp (ucb), and scott sharp. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): tonight’s side ponytail comedy show, now in its fifth year, features roy wood jr. (the daily show), max fine (sirius xm), subhah agarwal (the jim jefferies show), sophie buddle, and heather marulli. hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: devon walker (comedy central), joe mande (the good place), adam mamawala (comedy central), david drake (sirius xm), and jordan jenson. hosted by saurin choksi. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

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sponsored: after sold out parodies of pulp fiction and ghostbusters, the usual rejects are back at the chain theatre with i’ve got a bad feeling about this: star wars a new hope 12/6-7! stop staring at that binary sunset with a glass of blue milk and hop on that old bucket of bolts, because it’s time to save the galaxy with this staged reading/parody/drinking game. your $15 advance ticket ($20 at the door) gets you 2 beers, a raffle ticket, and a wild ride! >>

12/5-8: from demons to haunted toys, the annual new york city horror film festival celebrates all things that give us the creeps. the cinépolis chelsea, $17. >>

12/5-8: flat doesn’t mean boring at bread and puppet theater company’s honey let’s go home, a fusion of opera and puppetry where the costumes, sets, and puppets are made from painted cardboard. theatre for the new city (east village), $18 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

12/5-7: movement research returns to danspace project with its annual fall festival, featuring works by eight movement creators, choreographers, and interdisciplinary artists. danspace project (east village), $15. >>

12/5 various times: more free tree lighting ceremonies:
12/5 2:30-6pm: new york stock exchange (wall street) with a performance by dionne warwick. >>
12/5 3:30-5:30pm: madison square park (flatiron). >>
12/5 5:30-6:30pm: charles a. dana discovery center in central park. >>
12/5 6-6:45pm: bryant park (midtown west) with skating performances and fireworks. >>

12/5 6-8pm (monthly): a dozen art galleries stay open late for special events and opening receptions during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free. >>

12/5 6:30pm: for tonight’s edition of the schomburg center’s conversations in black freedom studies series, olympic gold medalist and activist wyomia tyus, sportswriter david zirin, and historian louis moore will discuss the last half century of black athletes in the freedom struggle. schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem), free. >>

12/5 6:30pm: feminist and activist gloria steinem will sign copies of her latest book, the truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off! thoughts on life, love, and rebellion, at books are magic (cobble hill). $22. >>

12/5 6:30pm: put your knowledge of the city to the test at the museum of the city of new york’s ultimate nyc trivia night. $15 includes a drink. >>

12/5 6:30pm, 7pm: celebrate your right to get soused at the repeal day events commemorating the anniversary of the 1933 prohibition repeal:
6:30-9pm: women who whiskey at tara rose (kips bay). $20 with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $40). >>
7pm-midnight: repeal society at barrow’s intense tasting room (industry city), the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg), and the red room (east village). $11-20. >>

12/5 7pm: restaurant critic adam platt (new york magazine) discusses his new memoir, the book of eating: adventures in professional gluttony, in the rare book room at strand bookstore (union square). purchase of the book or a $15 gift card required for admission. >>

12/5 8pm (monthly): say goodbye to stale jokes at keeping it fresh!, with stand-up by chanel ali (mtv), chloe radcliffe (tbs ‘comic to watch’), turner sparks, annie russell, shafi hossein, and tyler richardson. hosted by emily walsh and amanda van nostrand. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

12/5 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by brittany carney (comedy central), jeena bloom (viceland), david spector (roastmasters), greg warner, and guitler raphael. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

12/5 8pm (+ 12/8 3pm): audience members are cast in small roles alongside the actors at brooklyn theatre club’s immersive drunken sing-along of into the woods. the front bar at knitting factory (williamsburg), $16. >>

12/5 8pm: talles, honey cut, and end scene play alphaville (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 door. >>

12/5 9:30pm: comedians share the career paths not taken at the ’i could have been a …’ comedy show, hosted by chelsea dallas falato. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

12/5 9:30pm: gorge on sugary cereals, sip on cereal-infused cocktails, and binge watch cartoons on the big screen at secretformula’s spoons, toons, + booze: xmas after dark edition, where you can also enter an ugly sweater/cozy pj costume contest. nitehawk cinema (prospect park), $18 admission includes an all-you-can-eat cereal bar. >>

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get tickets to see the play that goes wrong at new world stages thru 5/24 for $25+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $97). >>

get tickets to the imbible’s musical comedy a spirited history of drinking (includes 3 cocktails) at new world stages thru 10/31 for $19+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $85+). >>

get tickets to gulliver’s gate in times square thru 12/31 for  $11-20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $27-36). >>

get tickets to company xiv’s nutcracker rouge: a baroque burlesque confection thru 1/23 for $49+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $108+). >>

get tickets to the new york times travel show at the javits center 1/25-26 for $free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20-25). >>

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