around town today

thru 12/9: 50 international artists present projected performances across four venues for the annual mono cinema arts festival. free. >>

thru 12/8: 40+ bands performing roots music of all styles take over two stages during the fourth annual roots ‘n’ ruckus music fest. jalopy theater and jalopy tavern (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), free (tips encouraged). >>

4pm, 7pm (monthly): weapons of math destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy: author and former wall street quant cathy o’neil sheds light on the dark side of big data at this month’s ‘math encounters’ lecture, held at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron). free. >>

6pm: learn tips for how you can get ahead without being aggressive at a career management for introverts discussion led by career coach win sheffield. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

6pm: the rob susman brass quartet will lead carolers through yuletide songs at the annual washington square park christmas tree lighting ceremony, the second longest-running one in nyc. washington square park arch (greenwich village), free. >>

6-9pm: enjoy complimentary sips and bites, raffles, gifts with purchase, discounts of up to 50% off, and more at 35 stores participating in the meatpacking district’s very merry holiday hours promotion. >>

6:30pm: ‘optics: a new way of seeing contemporary culture,’ an ongoing series at the international center of photography, presents going viral, an exploration of gifs, memes, and insta-fame in today’s digital age. hosted by jillian steinhauer (formerly hyperallergic). icp (nolita), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: opera 101: brooklyn brainery (prospect heights) presents an opera-tunity to learn the basics of the genre for just over a tenor. $11. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): end of the megafauna: mammalogist ross d.e. macphee discusses the disappearance of earth’s prehistoric behemoths 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). >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): class is in session at the unteachables show, where comedians get schooled by a real teacher/expert. this month’s topic is ‘sex ed’ with sexuality educator justine ang fonte and ‘students’ diana kolsky (ifc), alex english (the rundown with robin thede), and john trowbridge (huffpo). hosted by matthew starr and monique moses. caveat (les), $5 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $8 adv, $10 door). >>

sponsored: 7pm: asia in the world: dr. vishakha n. desai, president emerita of asia society and senior advisor for global affairs to the president of columbia university, moderates a panel discussion on the root causes of the perceptions and misperceptions of islam and muslim societies in the aftermath of 9/11. the role of social media, questions of increasing conservatism in the practice of islam, and the questions of cultural identity as opposed to religious identity will be explored. brooklyn public library – central library (prospect heights), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: first timers and emerging artists (and maybe even you?) strip down at the house of yes amateur burlesque night. house of yes (bushwick), free (donations at the door will go to the performers). >>

7pm, 9pm (monthly): catch site-specific theater at a local watering hole, courtesy of our bar theater group, who are recreating real-life bar stories at tonight’s show. failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

7pm doors + demos, 8pm show: virtual reality meets live comedy at actual reality, a comedy show that takes place in a vr arcade. featuring tom thakkar (conan), carmen lagala (colbert), zach zimmerman (mcsweeney’s), kenice mobley (siriusxm), and friends who folk (the new yorker). hosted by jonathan van halem. yokeypokey virtual reality club (boerum hill), $5 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $8 adv, $10 door). >>

8pm (monthly): laugh till you’re an ally at here + queer, an all-queer improv show featuring a rotating cast of lgbtqia+ improvisers and guest storytellers. tonight, they’re joined by nancy co-host tobin low. ucb hell’s kitchen, $9. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features chris gethard (beautiful stories from anonymous people), kat radley (the daily show), matt ruby (laughs), usama siddiquee (bet), and ashley hesseltine (girls gotta eat). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the side ponytail comedy show features stand up from brian parise (last week tonight), alex ptak (adult swim), harris alterman (collegehumor), and andrew orolfo. hosted by ben wasserman. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm: celebrate the anniversary of the 1933 prohibition repeal at the repeal society’s third annual repeal day party, featuring live music, burlesque, and drink specials. the shanty at new york distilling company (williamsburg), free admission, $5-10 for a tasting tour. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: jo firestone (fallon), molly austin (comedy central), nimesh patel (snl), luke mones (funny or die), norlex belma (pbs), and david drake (siriusxm). hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

10pm: it’ll be a hot mess drag competition, hanukkah edition, at house of yes (bushwick). $10+. >>


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12/6-31: on the 50th anniversary of the first human-piloted mission to the moon, the earthrise museum exhibition showcases 100 pieces of historical ephemera including photos, newspapers, coins, and stamps related to this notable point in history. the gallery at ace hotel (flatiron), free. >>

12/6 various times: more christmas tree lighting events at madison square park (3:30-5:30pm), dumbo (4-7pm) and morningside park (5-7:30pm).

12/6 6-8pm: 6-8pm (on view through spring): lighting the world: the museum at eldridge street presents a collection of menorahs from around the globe and more than five centuries. museum at eldridge street (les), free opening reception tonight (reg. $14 general, $10 students/seniors, pay-what-you-wish mondays). >>

12/6 6-8pm (monthly): 17 art galleries stay open late for special events and opening receptions during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free. >>

12/6 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: can you separate stranger-than-fiction facts from fiction? try your best at the secrets and lies storytelling show, where you’ll try to figure out which of the five expert storytellers aren’t telling the truth. hosted by christa avampato. caveat (les), $7 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $12 adv, $15 door). >>

12/6 6:30-8pm: shop snaps at the international center of photography’s photobook fest, featuring book projects for sale from more than a dozen photographers. icp (nolita), free admission (the museum also has pay-what-you-wish admission 6-9pm today). >>

12/6 7pm (monthly): at the videotale show, performers incorporate a video element into their stories and an improv group creates new scenes inspired by them. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, meet the deplorables). the pit loft (chelsea), $8. >>

12/6 7:30pm (monthly): comedians will reminisce on some of their most cringeworthy moments using powerpoints, photos, and old facebook statuses at the nostalgia! comedy + storytelling show. tonight’s headliner: judah friedlander (30 rock). hosted by stef dag. friends + lovers (crown heights), free. >>

12/6 7:30pm: what happens when a comedian writes their own obituary? humor meets the macabre at the my obituary show, with readings from robert dean (comedy central), ariel dumas (colbert), joe zimmerman (fallon), myq kaplan (netflix), marcia blesky (handmaid’s tale: the musical), calvin cato (tony‘s queer comics of color to watch out for), and ashley bez (tv land). hosted by mike drucker. q.e.d. (astoria), $7. >>

12/6 7:30pm: the nouveau classical project contemporary classical music ensemble presents a performance of their debut album, currents, at lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws). free. >>

12/6 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): jenny’s birthday variety show: comedian jenny gorelick (improv everywhere’s subway sweet sixteen video) throws herself a birthday party and variety show with best friend addie weyrich (adult swim) every month, and tonight’s one-year anniversary show falls on her actual birthday and includes mentalist vinny deponto, singer-songwriter matt decaro, community dance corps, comedians mary beth barone, sydnee washington, ziwe fumudoh, and many others. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

12/6 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by emily galati (conan), adam mamawala (funny or die), mike lebovitz (comedians you should know), gabe stoddard, nataly aukar, and abhay nadkarni. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

12/6 8pm (thru 12/8): a christmas carol… entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added in to spice things up. tada! theater (flatiron), $10. >>

12/6 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by graham kay (super troopers), lizzie martinez (funny or die), jeff scheen, and max bruno. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

12/6 8:30pm (monthly): janet hyde and mary cella host the monthly female comedians (with tits!) show, and this time there’ll be jokes from janeane garofalo, jaime lee, ike ufomadu, eman el-husseini, and ryan donahue. tip top bar + grill (clinton hill), free. >>

12/6 8:30pm (monthly): the comedy school dropout show in the back room of the east village’s beauty bar features stand up by andy fiori (sirius xm), kat radley (the daily show), subhah agarwal (the jim jefferies show), and shelly coleman. hosted by negin farsad, kendra cunningham and leah bonnema. free. >>

12/6 9pm doors, 9:30pm show: comedians perform their ideas for pulitzer prize submissions and the audience votes on which will actually get submitted at the pulitzer surprises show. tonight’s guests include ziwe fumudoh, ayo edebiri, zach zimmerman, daniel levine, and actual pulitzer prize-winning author jonathan weiner. hosted by eliza cossio and caroline schaper. caveat (les), $8 adv, $12 door. >>

12/6 11pm (thursdays-saturdays thru 12/15): serials @ the flea: watch five ten-minute episodic plays and vote for your favorites to return next week with a new installment. the flea theater (tribeca), $15 admission includes a beer. >>

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