around town today

thru 3/17: the seventh annual japan week returns to grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall with 3d trick art installations, food, travel tips, and more. free admission. >>

thru 3/18: cinekink nyc, ‘the kinky film festival,’ returns for its 15th year with screenings, a short film competition, audience choice awards, presentations, parties, and more. anthology film archives (les), $14 general, $11 students/seniors (admission to special events varies). >>

thru 3/30: it’s pacinos’ world and we’re just living in it. the quad pays tribute to al pacino with the first-ever extensive retrospective of the actor’s work held in nyc, featuring more than 30 films including dog day afternoon, scarface, serpico, the godfather (i + ii), glengarry glen ross, and many more, some with pacino in person. quad cinema (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

2-5pm: students, educators, and allies will stand up and speak out against gun violence at a national school walkout rally hosted by brooklyn borough president eric l. adams and council member brad lander at the prospect park bandshell. >>

3-5pm: every day is pi day at the national museum of mathematics (flatiron), which is offering pie and free admission today. >>

6-9pm: explore more than two dozen neighborhood art spaces during the quarterly tribeca art+culture night. free (some events charge admission and/or require rsvp). >>

6pm doors, 6:30 show: don’t get mad, get everything at a free screening of first wives club (1996). popcorn and beverages will be served. samsung 837 (meatpacking), free (rsvp). >>

6pm doors, 7pm show: dig in with deep night with dale, a talk show on the dark art of comedy hosted by ‘mystic’ dale seever (aka james bewley). tonight’s guests include emily flake (the new yorker), kenice mobley (two dope queens), julia shiplett (crashing), and tisher + rumrill. bonus: theremin! the slipper room (les), $10 adv, $12 dos >>

6:30pm (+ 3/15): finalists for the annual national book critics circle awards for the finest books published in english in the categories of fiction, general nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poetry, and criticism will read from their work in advance of tomorrow’s ceremony. the new school (greenwich village/union square), free. >>

6:30pm: center for communication presents: the business of funny: prolific local lady comedians mary houlihan (comedy central), aparna nancherla (corporate), and darcie wilder (literally show me a healthy person) discuss writing, performing, and the new face of comedy. moderated by sam corbin (buzzfeed). the new school’s arnhold hall (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: the annual new york fashion film festival, presented by the mps fashion photography program at school of visual arts, returns with a collection of fashion-forward films and a panel discussion on the nature of the genre. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: hauser + wirth publishers and morbid anatomy’s utopia/dystopia series continues with a discussion on disco culture from dj nicky siano (the gallery, studio 54), media historian amy herzog and artist tara mateik. hauser + wirth gallery (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

7pm: the drunk education folks roast ‘great’ film bros, including godard, tarantino, kubrick, and nolan. hosted by eric thurm. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>

7-11pm (on view thru 2/16): experience new work and fresh styles made by local graffiti artists at con artist collective’s anything graff art show. opening party tonight. con artist collective + gallery (les), free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: wit beats grit at literary death match, a comedy and game show that pits writers against one another in a battle of novel proportions. tonight’s guests include authors safiya sinclair (cannibal), kanishk tharoor (swimmer among the stars), simeon marsalis (as lie is to grin) and alexis okeowo (a moonless, starless sky), with judges anna chlumsky (veep), jessica valenti (feministing), krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), aparna nancherla (corporate). hosted by adrian todd zuniga. the bell house (gowanus), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: celebrate albert einstein’s 139th birthday this pi day with astronomy on tap’s presentation of theatre company no.11 productions’ our friend albert, featuring selected scenes from the play paired with guest speakers. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>

7:15pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): it’s all shoulda coulda woulda at the take two storytelling show, where guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things could’ve turned out differently. tonight’s guests: tiffany leigh, sabine bernards, calvin cato, nate waggoner, and gabe gonzalez. hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 suggested admission (no one turned away for lack of funds). >>

7:30pm: stand-up comedian and actor jimmy o. yang (silicon valley) discusses his new memoir, how to american: an immigrant’s guide to disappointing your parents, with actor and rapper awkwafina. strand bookstore (union square), purchase of a $15 gift card or a signed copy of the book ($27) required for admission. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): writers, artists, and performers resurrect material they’ve cut from past works at the dead darlings show. this month’s ‘angels’ edition includes writers cole escola (at home with amy sedaris), isaac butler (the world spins only forward – the ascent of angels in america), and agunda okeyo (okayafrica). hosted by amanda duarte. judson memorial church (greenwich village), $10 suggested donation benefits judson’s sanctuary program. >>

8pm (monthly): get your fill of free food and free comedy at the devour hour comedy show. this month: pair free dumplings alongside performances by mary cella (the new york times), ariel leaty (the was), mare wiles (risk!),ben wasserman (mtv), ethan simmons-patterson, and napoleon emil. hosted by kale bogdanovs and frank nelson. hank’s saloon (boerum hill), free admission. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features joe zimmerman (comedy central), chloe hilliard (gotham live), jessica watkins (burning daylight), and joe alfano. hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (monthly): it’s no exaggeration to say that you’ll have fun at the hyperbole! comedy show. tonight’s lineup: josh gondelman (last week tonight), noah gardenswartz (comedy central), tom thakkar (conan), sam ruddy (collegehumor), and nathan habib. hosted by stu melton, caroline doyle, and charlie dektar. bonus: win free beer with your trivia smarts. the creek and the cave (lic), free admission. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): $3 beer and $15 buckets 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: matteo lane (colbert), sydnee washington (the unofficial expert), derek humphrey (derek explains it all), dan licata (adult swim), and jason burke. hosted by michael joyce. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm: 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 a dating/love/sex anecdote to compete for a prize from babeland. tonight’s comedians: shalewa sharpe (2 dope queens), wendy steiner (refinery29), davidson boswell (roastmasters), ben katzner, and jeena bloom. the corners (bed-stuy), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: judah friedlander (30 rock), nathan macintosh (conan), emma willmann (colbert), kc aurora (laughs), brendan fitzgibbons (celebrities have issues, saurin choksi (brown privilege) and jeff steinbrunner.  hosted by david drake. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

9pm: relate at the tinder tales live show, where host david piccolomini and comedians share tinder horror stories, advice, and play games exploring the world of online dating. tonight’s guests include lucas connolly (comedy central), chris calogero (almost midnight), and sallyann hall (left breast comedy). q.e.d. (astoria), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

10pm (weekly): meet your maker at the i’m dead comedy show, returning tonight with stand-up by michael harrison, selena coppock, lawrence deloach, justin williams, and anthony devito. hosted by jeff simmermon (the moth storyslam grandslam winner) and derek humphrey (derek explains it all). flatbush zombie house (prospect-lefferts gardens/flatbush), free. >>

coming up

3/15-24: exhibits, talks, auctions, and other special events celebrating asian art await during the annual asia week, taking place in more than 60 institutions throughout nyc. various locations and prices. >>

3/15-25: the queens world film festival returns for an eighth year with more than 180 short and feature-length films from around the world, industry panels, and special events. museum of the moving image and kaufman astoria studios, $15. >>

3/15 9am (on display until ?): the world’s largest rhino sculpture, the last three, created by sydney-based contemporary art duo gillie+ marc schattner and inspired by the last three northern white rhinos in existence, comes to astor place (east village). free. >>

3/15 6pm: more than a year into the trump administration, the new york women’s foundation hosts a panel of professionals in the fields of law, advocacy, journalism, media, and community organizing to reflect on where women stand: the challenges facing women and girls today. nyu kimmel center (greenwich village), free (rsvp). >>

3/15 6pm (+ 4/25): take two of these and call me in the morning. experts will give short presentations on current issues of health, medicine and gender at the ninth annual history of medicine and public health night, occurring over two evenings at the new york academy of medicine (east harlem). free (rsvp required). >>

3/15 6-9pm: last year: nearly 100 students open their creative spaces to the public for the annual parsons fine arts mfa + bfa spring open studios. free. >>

3/15 6-9:30pm: salsa party in a museum: balmir latin dance company 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 with suggested museum admission: $16 general, $10 seniors/students. >>

3/15 7pm: literary journal mcsweeney’s launches its 52nd issue, focusing on 17 stories by immigrant and refugee writers, with a night of readings from contributors at mcnally jackson books (nolita). free. >>

3/15 7pm: men explain things to me: on the 10th anniversary of her influential essay, writer rebecca solnit will read from her work and discuss the state of feminism today with writers aruna d’souza, mona eltahawy, and marina sitrin, followed by a book signing. the great hall at the cooper union (east village), free (rsvp required). >>

3/15 7pm: celebrate irish music at the annual irish heritage concert at st. patrick’s cathedral, featuring traditional and contemporary music performed by the st. patrick’s cathedral choir, mick moloney + friends, and the cathedral organ. st. patrick’s cathedral (midtown east), free. >>

3/15 7-9pm: embrace with your inner child at an adults-only evening at the children’s museum of the arts, filled with youthful and creative activities like diy pin and friendship bracelet making, a drink n’ draw, photo booths, and more. children’s museum of the arts (south village), $15 admission includes drinks and art supplies. >>

3/15 7-9:30pm (runs thru 4/12): ollie on over to ’the masterpieces on skateboards,’ an exhibition of self-taught artist rafael colon’s japanese woodblock-inspired designed skateboard decks and watercolor pieces. opening reception tonight. art on a gallery (alphabet city/east village), free. >>

sponsored: 3/15 7pm doors, 8pm show: the employee of the month talk show celebrates its ninth anniversary with host catie lazarus honoring and interviewing comedian hannibal buress (broad city), actor emily mortimer (the newsroom), and musician alex lacamoire (hamilton). musical guest: resistance revival choir. gramercy theatre, $20 with promo code ‘lazarusspecial’ (reg. $25). >>

3/15 7:30pm: contributors to together we rise: the women’s march: behind the scenes at the protest heard around the world, including organizers mariam ehrari, paola mendoza and sarah sophie flicker host a reading, panel discussion, and book signing at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>

3/15 7:30pm (monthly): philosophers based in and around brooklyn discuss their work at the brooklyn public philosophers speaker series. for tonight’s talk, umass amherst philosophy professor and author louise antony discusses truth in politics. brooklyn public library’s dweck center (prospect heights), free. >>

3/15 7:30pm: kevin geeks out women’s wrestling: comedian kevin maher hosts a video variety show celebrating the ladies of professional wrestling as seen in movies, tv shows, and live sporting events. alamo drafthouse cinema (downtown brooklyn), $15. >>

3/15 7:30 doors, 8pm show: the tito + ryan comedy show retunrs with stand up by courtney fearrington (thug passion), erica spera (tbs ‘comics to watch’), jeff scheen (laughs), ahri findling, and jane harrison. hosted by tito garza and ryan beck. art cafe + bar (prospect heights), free with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $5). >>

3/15 8pm (monthly): negativity has no place at the on a lighter note comedy show, which strives to brighten these dark days by requiring every performer to say something positive at the end of their set. tonight’s show includes erik bergstrom (comedy central), mindy raf (mtv), clark jones (crashing), selena coppock (red oaks), and kevin mccaffrey (colbert). hosted by dan wilbur (better book titles). the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

3/15 8pm-2am (monthly): immerse yourself in computer-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring more than a dozen live electronic music acts and projected visuals across two floors. the keep (ridgewood), free. >>

3/15 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by matt koff (the daily show), jaffer khan (winner of ‘funniest person in south texas’), maria heinegg, david spector, and sam evans. guest hosted by brad austin (the new york times). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

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