around town today

thru 5/26: the new museum presents the first museum survey in new york of the work of nari ward. nari ward: we the people will feature 30 sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout ward’s 25-year career. new museum (les), $18 general, $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

4pm + 7pm (ends today): have the time of your life at a screening of dirty dancing, returning to select theaters for two days. various prices. >>

5-10pm: drunk dial congress: galentine’s edition: gather your local girl gang and make valentines to send to the new representatives in congress at crown heights cocktail + dessert bar butter + scotch). supplies provided, and participants will get a free shot (one per customer). >>

6pm: tech ethicist david ryan polgar and comedian joe leonardo examine sexism in the tech world at a live taping of the funny as tech podcast, featuring guests amanda henning (mashable), jumana abu-ghazaleh (, and kimberly gray (uvii). the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: cardiologist and author sandeep jauhar discusses the evolution of our understanding of the human heart explored in his latest book, heart: a history. in conversation with physician and author danielle ofri (what patients say, what doctors hear). nypl mid manhattan library, free. >>

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 and same-day museum admission (galleries close at 6pm). >>

7pm: make bookmarks, cards, and more while drinking wine and eating treats from wafels and dinges at drink and draw like a lady’s galentine’s day party at strand bookstore’s rare book room (union square). $10 admission includes a $5 gift card. >>

7-10pm: the women’s prison association, which works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement, celebrates galentine’s day with an event collecting new female-centric donations and raffling off prizes including tickets to sleep no more, restaurant gift certificates, and more ($10 for a spin of the wheel). donation includes an open bar 7-8pm, snacks, and happy hour prices 8-10pm. taproom no. 307 (kips bay). >>

7:30pm: feed your hunger for knowledge at taste of science‘s presentation on how communication evolves between baby birds and their parents, plus how parasitic wasps take over their hosts’ bodies. ryan’s daughter (ues), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the biology on tap series brings short science talks to a bar each month. tonight: romance and reproduction in the animal kingdom at the way station (prospect heights). free. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features ronny chieng (the daily show), aparna nancherla (corporate), ben kronberg (comedy central), eagle witt, and jeffrey emerson. 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 stephen rogers (colbert), erica spera (tbs comic to watch), anders lee, srilatha rajamani, and andres govea. hosted by julia shiplett. friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

8pm: anemone, champagne superchillin’, and hypoluxo play baby’s all right (williamsburg). $12. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer, $15 buckets and free drink giveaways 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’s show features mike abrusci (comedy crib, jason burke (comedy central), dina hashem (conan), mara marek (happy never after), matt stofsky (college humor), kofi thomas, and terence hartnett. hosted by jeff scheen. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm (monthly): defne gencler and blair dawson host the u up? comedy show, featuring stand up and a half-time storytelling portion where audience members can share an anecdote to compete for a prize from babeland. tonight’s show includes larry owens (trutv), lizzie martinez (funny or die), mark benjamin (the new york times), karen chee (vulture), and nataly aukar. the corners (bed-stuy), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: stavros halkias (adult swim), liza treyger (comedy central), brendan eyre (seth meyers), saurin choksi (brown privilege), and nonye brown-west. hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5. >>

9pm (weekly): comedy is served at the too many cooks comedy show, with some help from jena friedman (the daily show), alingon mitra (conan), joe zimmerman (fallon), marie faustin (the unofficial expert), doug smith (comedy central), julia claire (the new york times), luke touma (siriusxm), and samantha ruddy (colbert). lucky jack’s (les), free. >>

9:30pm: comedian and host becca beberaggi examines the life lessons learned from romantic movies while performing readings of famous scenes with other comedians at say you love me!: a romantic comedy show. audience participation encouraged. pit loft (flatiron), $8. >>

coming up

2/14-7/14: love + resistance: stonewall 50: the new york public library commemorates the 50th anniversary of the stonewall riots with a series of programs, book recommendations, and an exhibition. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown west), free. >>

2/14-23: the winter film awards international film festival, now in its eighth year, features 89 films from 32 countries (50% created by women, and 54% by or about people of color), plus free discussion panels and parties. cinema village (east village), $$5-12.50 adv, $16.50 door. >>

2/14 various times: have a cinematic valentine’s day with these movie screenings:
casablanca at village east cinema. $15. >>
casablanca, moonlight, crash, and more at the metrograph (les). $15. >>
harold and maude and where’s poppa? (double feature) at film forum (south village), $15. >>
love + basketball at bam (fort greene).  $15. >>
wild at heart and true romance at the roxy cinema (tribeca). $12. >>
200 cigarettes and other rom-coms at the footlight (ridgewood). free. >>

2/14 2pm: explore love in the time of revolution, a romance-inspired guided tour of fraunces tavern museum delving into 18th century courting and love stories of the founding fathers. fraunces tavern museum (fidi), free with regular admission ($7 general, $4 students/seniors). >>

2/14 5-8pm: find fetching artworks at mascot studio’s 20th annual dog show, a group exhibition dedicated to our furry friends. opening reception tonight. mascot studio (chelsea), free admission. >>

2/14 5pm-8pm: jcat and pleiades gallery showcase artworks by 80 japanese artists for the ‘sm;)ey’ group exhibition. free sake tastings at tonight’s opening party. pleiades gallery (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

2/14 6pm: married folks do it (renew their vows, that is) on the red steps in times square at the annual vow renewal ceremony, which this year includes a performance from pretty woman: the musical. free. >>

2/14 6-9:30pm: salsa party in a museum: balmir latin dance studio hosts an evening of salsa, beginning with a class led by professional dancers and followed by live music, social dancing, and performances. brooklyn museum’s rubin pavilion (prospect heights), free. >>

2/14 6-12pm: queens brewery has a v-day night of games, music, a mini market and, of course, beer planned. queens brewery (ridgewood), free admission. >>

2/14 6:30pm: commiserate at heartbreak hotel, a night of readings by authors who hate valentine’s day including jessica ciencin henriquez, brooke williams, emily rapp black, rachel fleit, and molly rosen guy. bonus: free on-site ear piercing and wine. books are magic (cobble hill), $10 suggested donation benefits planned parenthood. >>

2/14 7pm: you can’t run away from v-day, but you can try at the fifth annual boycott valentine’s day pub run, a three-mile fun run with stops at two bars along the way. meet at brooklyn running company (williamsburg), $25 admission includes two drinks. >>

2/14 7pm: why women have better sex under socialism: and other arguments for economic independence: kristen r. ghodsee discusses her book based on her viral 2017 new york times op-ed piece. sarah jaffe, author of necessary trouble: americans in revolt, joins. housing works bookstore cafe (soho). free. >>

2/14 7pm: show everyone you’re game to play at stand bookstore’s valentine’s day game night. board games provided, or byo handheld to share. strand bookstore’s rare book room (union square), $10 admission includes a $5 gift card. >>

2/14 7pm: find a new friend, lover, or instagram account to follow at are you that somebody?, a night of interactive games with prizes hosted by comedian carly ann filbin. singles and couples welcome. parklife (gowanus), free admission (food and drink packages available). >>

2/14 7pm: you always start off with a blanche card at golden girls bingo, featuring screenings of three episodes of the show. costumes welcome. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

2/14 7-10pm: the beats are fast, so hopefully the connections are too at kiss + tell’s techno speed dating. a dance party follows. bossa nova civic club (bushwick), $10. >>

2/14 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: four single, queer comedians try to find love (or at least someone to pick up the dinner bill) at the backfatlor, backfat variety show’s annual comedy dating show where last comic standing meets the bachelor. hosted by emily winter and larry mancini. union hall (park slope), a limited # of tickets are available in advance for $6 with promo code ‘idktonight’ (reg. $8 adv, $10 door). >>

2/14 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): your wallet doesn’t need to be full for the runnin’ on empty stand-up comedy show, which features a mix of pros and up-and-comers. performers at tonight’s show include aparna nancherla (corporate), marie faustin (mtv), jordan temple (conan), rebecca o’neal (netflix), hallie haas (search party), walter kelly, and chase montavon. hosted by yotam tubul and lisa franklin. the gallery bar at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $3. >>

2/14 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: lovers and haters of love unite for til death do us, a valentine’s burlesque show hosted by regal mortis and sincerely yours. eris evolution (williamsburg), $15. >>

2/14 7pm doors, 8pm show: performers strip into a whole new world at hotsy totsy’s burlesque tribute to the ladies of disney. the slipper room (les), $15. >>

2/14 7pm doors, 8pm show: the smiths/morrissey tribute band the sons + heirs play their eighth annual valentine’s day concert, hosted by rolling stone columnist and author rob sheffield (love is a mix tape, talking to girls about duran duran). the bell house (gowanus), $20 adv, $25 dos. >>

2/14 7:30pm (monthly): according to comedians claire burns and jessie jolles, there’s no such thing as love, but there could be for you: as part of tonight’s dating-themed comedy show, there’ll be a bachelor auction with proceeds benefiting planned parenthood. the pit (flatiron), $8. >>

2/14 7:30pm: thirsty girl productions presents a filthy gorgeous burlesque valentine’s spectacular at brooklyn bowl (williamsburg). free-$11 here (plus ticket fees. reg. $22 adv, $25 dos). >>

2/14 7:30pm: if strings make you steamy, the unsrc symphony orchestra’s beethoven is for lovers concert will have you beelovin’. merkin hall (lincoln center), $16-22 with promo code ‘un4off’ (reg. $20-$26). >>

2/14 7:30pm: go back to the days of shoulder pads with an 80’s prom themed live band karaoke party, a fundraiser for letter of marque theater company. gemini and scorpio loft (gowanus), $10 adv, $15-20 door. >>

2/14 7:30pm + 9:30pm (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. tonight’s v-day theme is ‘doomed love.’ littlefield (gowanus), $12. >>

2/14 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): fill your belly with food and laughs at the it’s all happening! stand-up comedy show, serving up homemade pasta and stand up by kat radley (the daily show), petey deabreu (comedy central), julia shiplett (crashing), saurin choksi (comedians you should know show), and sam evans. hosted by brian parise and kenice mobley. frank’s lounge (fort greene), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

2/14 8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring sets by ismael loutfi (kimmel), nick chambers (netflix), jennie sutton (trutv), hannah boone, and mike szar. hosted by geoffrey asmus, rohan padhye, and raghav mehta. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

2/14 8pm: dance to lovesongs and lullabies at an all-ages valentine’s tribute to the cure party. knitting factory (williamsburg), free. >>

2/14 9pm: soldiers of love can make their way to the smooth operator sade party, spun by dj manchildblack. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $8 door. >>

2/14 9:30pm: improvisers + their non-comedian valentines perform improvised scenes together at ucb hell’s kitchen. $9. >>

2/14 10pm: jd samson’s queer-friendly pat arty throws a special valentine’s edition at union pool (williamsburg). free. >>

ticket deals

sponsored: $20 carnegie hall tickets: orchestra of st. luke’s performs orchestral classics by haydn, mozart and beethoven 2/28 (reg. $36-90). offer valid today only (2/13). >>

get tickets to the annual architectural digest design show at pier 94 3/22-24, plus a one-year digital magazine subscription, for free-$17.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $34). >>

get tickets to disney’s dcapella at kings theatre 2/16 for free-$29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50-73). >>

get tickets to golden girls live at producers’ club 2/15-4/27 for free-$55 (plus ticket fees, reg. $54-75) >>

get tickets to the imbible’s day drinking: the brunch musical (includes 3 drinks) at new world stages 2/17-5/26 for free-$45 (plus ticket fees, reg. $85). >>

get tickets to the nyc vegetarian food festival at metropolitan pavilion 5/18-19 for free-$15 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30). >>

get tickets to the annual art on paper art fair at pier 36 3/8-10 for free-$12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>

get tickets to artexpo new york at pier 92 4/5-7 for free-$20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15-40). >>

get tickets to the other art fair at brooklyn expo center 5/3-5 for free-10.50 (plus ticket fees (reg. $15). >>

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