around town today

4-10pm (thru 12/8, + 12-11pm 12/9): blue point brewing company encourages you to relax at their travel agency themed pop-up. read: free beer tastings. updated to reflect free “tastings” (probably not full pours). 156 orchard st (les), free. >>

6pm: sing holiday songs while accompanied by the rob susman brass quartet and meet santa at the annual washington square park christmas tree lighting ceremony, the second longest-running one in nyc. free. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show: (monthly): could the earth’s shrinking biological diversity lead to the collapse of its habitats and ecosystems? curator joel cracraft explores biodiversity and the sixth extinction 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: duck and read cover-to-cover while daniel ellsberg, the former defense analyst who revealed the pentagon papers, discusses his new book, the doomsday machine: confessions of a nuclear war planner. barnes and noble 86th + lexington, free. >>

7pm: albertine prize launch party: tour three floors of a gilded age townhouse while actors read excerpts from five nominees for the best french fiction translated into english. concludes with cocktail reception. albertine reading room and bookshop (ues), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: pulitzer prize-winning novelist michael cunningham (the hours) and actor lili taylor (american crime) join cabaret performer billy hough in a theatrical reading of his adaptation of charles dickens’ a christmas carol at mcnally jackson bookstore (nolita). free. >>

7pm, (thru 12/9): get your feet stompin’ at the third annual roots ‘n’ ruckus music fest, a three day roots music showcase featuring 30 bands on two stages. jalopy theater and jalop tavern (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), free. >>

7pm, 9pm (monthly): watch real-life bar stories recreated at our bar theater group’s site-specific performance set in a local watering hole. failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

7pm doors: yucky duster, gobbinjr, poppies, and dougie poole play mercury lounge (les). $10. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features matt koff (the daily show), ana fabrega (difficult people), anthony kapfer (book: the book), kc arora (gotham live) and michael svetich. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer specials are a good sign that you don’t gotta drink with your pinky out to fit in at the fancy show stand-up comedy show. tonight: drew michael (snl), liza treyger (seth meyers), julia shiplett (crashing), david drake (comedians you should know show), ethan simmons patterson, and conner mcnutt. hosted by saurin choksi (brown privilege). the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

9pm: put your morbid knowledge to the test at the yellow tape true crime trivia show. q.e.d. (astoria), $5 (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the innocence project). >>

9pm (monthly): hear titillating first-person sex stories at the smut slam show, with real-life tales from (s)experienced storytellers and 8-10 open slots. tonight’s theme: ‘giving.’ hosted by trish parry. under st marks theatre (east village), $10 (first 10 who sign up to talk get in free). >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

sponsored: free pop-up classes, professional workshops, and more! join the new school’s open campus at our spring expo tuesday, december 19. free. >>

12/7 3:30-5:30pm: madison square park’s family-friendly holiday tree lighting ceremony includes musical performances and treats provided by almond nyc, eataly hill country chicken, and more. free admission. >>

rescheduled from 12/4 4pm: downtown brooklyn’s metrotech center lights up the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony including santa + actual reindeer, performances from the brooklyn ballet and the brooklyn friends school, and complimentary light bites and beverages from korilla bbq, starbucks, la défense, and more. bonus: pick up a free drink voucher for the circa brewing after party at the event. free admission. >>

12/7 6pm: there should be plenty to talk about at a panel discussion on democracy and journalism in the digital age. deutsches haus at nyu (greenwich village), free. >>

12/7 6-8pm: the 11th annual cyfest international video and media artwork exhibition opens at new york media center by ifp (dumbo) with a reception including a screening program, installations, and free beer + wine. part of the monthly dumbo first thursday gallery walk. free admission. >>

12/7 6pm-midnight: at the ori moonlight market, 20 local artisans sell handmade clothing, accessories, and original art in a party atmosphere that includes djs, aerial performances, and food + booze available for purchase. lot 45 (bushwick), free admission. >>

12/7 7pm: why are optical illusions so mind-boggling? neuroscientists and professors susana martinez-conde and stephen macknik break down the science behind seeing at a discussion on their book, champions of illusion. genspace (greenwood), free. >>

12/7 7:30pm: benedict begone! the dinner party download hosts brandan francis newman and rico gagliano launch their new book, brunch is hell: how to save the world by throwing a dinner party at books are magic, (cobble hill). free. >>

12/7 7:30pm: hide your wallet before entering the grifter panel, a talk on the methodology behind some of the world’s most notorious scams and cons with sideshow entertainer + the modern con man author todd robbins and magicians kent axell and eric walton. you may even learn how to win bar bets. brooklyn public library’s dweck center (prospect heights), free. >>

12/7 7:30pm: performers tell stories while incorporating a video element at the videotale show. hosted by harmon leon (vice, this american life). the pit (flatiron), $7. >>

12/7 7:30pm (bimonthly): friends of mozart continues their season with a program of works by mozart, hummel, and beethoven performed by violinist theresa salomon and fortepianist yi-heng yang. christ + st. stephen’s episcopal church (uws), free. >>

12/7 8pm (monthly): your guess is as good as any at match game nyc, a game-show-turned-bar-affair where participants (i.e. you) compete to match answers to fill-in-the-blank questions with a rotating cast of ‘celebrity’ guests. tonight’s edition features comedian mary mack (conan), burlesque performer fem appeal, and a yankee gift swap. hosted by tiffany leigh and chris calogero. sidewalk cafe (east village), free admission, one drink or food item minimum requested. >>

12/7 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by fumi abe, david tveite, anya volz, and jill weiner. hosted by tony zaret (the meme team). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

12/7 9pm (thru 12/9): a christmas carol… entirely from memory: 10 performers attempt to recreate the story of ebenezer scrooge using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added. tada! theatre (flatiron), $10. >>

12/7 10pm (monthly): comedian and actress abby feldman (netflix, redacted tonight) dispenses audience advice from a bathtub in between stand up sets at the moist comedy show. this month, soak in the jokes of marcia belsky (misandry with marcia and rae), ashley gavin (gotham comedy live), christine meehan-berg (funny or die), katie hannigan (collegehumor), andy fiori, and sam evans. the creek and the cave (lic), free. >>

12/7 11pm (monthly): let comedians school you at the woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests karolena theresa, mary beth barone, dan lee, woody fu, and improv duo los profesores perform comedy about social issues they’re passionate about. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $7. >>

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