around town today

8am-8pm: a two-day installation inspired by the music of strangers features a virtual symphony that allows visitors to ‘perform’ compositions, interactive instrument displays, and live performances by the silk road ensemble. grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall. free. >>

11am-8pm: anyone comics, a new new comics store in crown heights, opens with 25% off purchases, signings (5pm), drink-n-draw (8pm), and an after party (9pm). >>

5:30pm doors, 7pm show (wednesdays thru 3/15): pictures under the palms: watch movies while lounging under the palm trees at brookfield place’s winter garden atrium (fidi). tonight: midnight in paris. bonus: free popcorn. free admission. >>

6pm: learn ways to discover and move on to your next career with tips from career coach win sheffield. nypl sibl (midtown east), free. >>

6pm: citylab, the atlantic‘s urbanism site, presents #happyhourlab, a new event series at the bedford (williamsburg). tonight, writer and editor jessica leigh hester chats with bldgblog blogger and a burglar’s guide to the city author geoff manaugh about subversive buildings, secret spaces, and new ways to look at the built environment. free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: a panel including susan sommer, associate legal director and director of constitutional litigation for lambda legal, james esseks, director of the aclu lesbian gay bisexual transgender + hiv project, and cara page, executive director of the audre lorde project, discuss the past, present, and future of lgbtq rights. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>

6:30pm: nyc: a sanctuary city: city council speaker melissa mark-viverito, the mayor’s office of immigrant affairs commissioner nisha agarwal, and former president of the american immigration lawyers association eleanor pelta discuss what it means to be a sanctuary city and how the city can support and protect immigrant rights during a trump administration. tenement museum (les), free. >>

6:30pm: emmy award-nominated actor john roberts does q+a following a bob’s burgers screening at sva theatre (chelsea). $10 general, free for students. >>

6:30pm: musician david byrne and directors bill + turner ross will be in person for the opening night screening of contemporary color, a new documentary about byrne’s 2015 color guard-inspired concerts. ifc center (west village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): primatologist mary blair discusses how research on slow lorises can contribute to a better understanding of wildlife trafficking, including the risk of zoonotic disease spread, at tonight’s installment of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening cocktail + conversation series. free (rsvp). >>

7pm: percussion trio tigue performs a free carnegie hall-sponsored neighborhood concert at pregones theater (bronx). rsvp required. >>

7pm, 9pm (monthly): our bar presents site specific theater, in a bar. tonight’s theme: ‘hope.’ failte irish whiskey bar (kips bay), $10 admission includes a bud light. >>

7:30pm: demystifying government, a new series of short talks and moderated discussions, tries to answer how things work, how the hell they got this way, and how they can change. cloud city (williamsburg), free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): alamo drafthouse’s house of wax bar is the home for the show/tell show, a night of stand-up comedy and show + tell. bring anything with a story for a chance at winning movie tickets, drinks, and other prizes. tonight’s guest performers include marlena rodriguez (unbreakable kimmy schmidt), mark normand (conan), erik bergstrom (comedy central), jeff simmemon (this american life), lukas kaiser (comedy central), and more. free admission, email rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the show show with jean grae, a live talk show hosted by hip hop artist jean grae and featuring guests, music, news, and comedy, returns with david cross (arrested development), n.k. jemisin (the fifth season), and alex english (loudmouth!). union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): don’t worry about your social status at the no cool kids comedy show, where hosts lauren vino and bob gurnett talk about how nerdy they were in high school with help from a lineup of comedians. tonight’s show celebrates its one-year anniversary. the three diamond door (bushwick), free. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features josh gondelman (last week tonight), yamaneika saunders (roast battle), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), rob cantrell (last comic standing), and mark jigarjian (food network). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm-1am: bingo fabulous! have a side of glitter, confetti, and drag shows with your bingo at the house of yes (bushwick). purchase a drink to get a playing card. free admission. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): the comedians you should know show brings stand-up performances to the gutter bar in williamsburg. tonight: jo firestone (fallon), dave hill (samantha bee), sam morril (comedy central), kevin iso (adam devine’s house party), mike lebovitz (last comic standing), and saurin choksi (brown privilege comedy). guest hosted by jeff steinbrunner. $5. >>

thru 3/5: armory arts week brings more than 10 art shows to nyc, including spring/break, independent new york, nada, volta ny, and more. various locations  prices. >>

thru 3/12: the 22nd annual rendez-vous with french cinema festival returns with new works and filmmakers in person, plus special events including a conversation with agnès varda, panels, a free screening of an episode of call my agent, and more. film society of lincoln center, $16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. >>

thru 9/24: the public art fund installs 26 sculptures of fancy sofas, chairs, footstools and arches at central park’s doris c. freedman plaza as part of the ‘open house’ exhibition by artist liz glynn. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

3/2 6pm: protest! dissent! and civil disobedience! a legal panel discussion, with constitutional law professor michel rosenfeld (cardozo law), attorney martin stolar (national lawyers guild – new york city), and attorney rodrigo bacus (urban justice center). cardozo school of law (greenwich village/union square), free (rsvp). >>

3/2 6-8pm (monthly): 14 art galleries stay open late for special events and opening receptions during the dumbo first thursday gallery walk. also tonight, ‘digital fairy tales,’ a video and sound installation projected on the side of the manhattan bridge. free. >>

3/2 6:30pm: stephanie meeks, president of the national trust for historic preservation, discusses and signs her book, the past and future city: how historic preservation is reviving america’s communities. st. anthony’s of padua (south village), free (rsvp). >>

3/2 6:30pm: client scientist dr. james hansen and columbia university professor and author jeffrey sachs (the age of sustainable development) explore how new york city can be a leader in the fight to decarbonize the energy system. new york society for ethical culture (uws), free (rsvp required). >>

3/2 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show: ahead of their sold out concert later tonight, california indie band grandaddy gives an in-store performance at rough trade (williamsburg). pre-order the new album at this location for entry. >>

3/2 7pm: overconnected, interwebbed (or, how my cellphone hijacked my life): in anticipation of the national day of unplugging on march 3-4, a story slam of tales about living with and without technology hits up the museum at eldridge street (les). $7.50 adv with promo code ‘skint’ admission includes a beer (reg. $15). >>

3/2 7pm: actors michael shannon + carla gugino and director bart freundlich will be in attendance at tonight’s screening of their new film, wolves. ifc center (west village), $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

3/2 7:30pm (every other thursday): pete’s reading series returns with readings by ellen umansky (lost tribe: jewish fiction from the edge), and georgia clark (the regulars). pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

3/2 7:30pm: the shelter speaker series, featuring three creators from different disciplines, spotlights author sady doyle (trainwreck: the women we love to hate, mock, fear, and why), journalist peter moskowitz (how to kill a city: gentrification, inequality, and the fight for the neighborhood), and visual artist perry baron huntoon (how i feel today). greenlight bookstore (prospect lefferts gardens), free. >>

3/2 7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by naomi ekperigin (broad city writer), bowen yang (broad city), chris laker (this week in jackin’), and mike brown (adult swim), and ken schultz. hosted by katina corrao, sean crespo, and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $7. >>

3/2 7:30pm (monthly): andrea shapiro’s ‘saw her stand up there’ all-female comedy show returns to q.e.d. (astoria), starting with an open mic for the first 10 female-identified signups, and ending with sets by kenice mobley (laughs), dana friedman (live at gotham), and drag performer helluva-bottom carter. $6 for audience members, free for open mic performers with a one-item purchase minimum. >>

3/2 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): burrow into the intriguing lives of ants with evolutionary biologist and myrmecologist connie moreau at this month’s installment of the secret science club lecture series. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>

3/2 7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: weylin, the vault room of the former williamsburgh savings bank, is the setting for the regular comedy show, featuring stand up by sean patton (comedy central), michelle wolf (the daily show), drew michael (snl‘s ‘weekend update’ writer), david angelo (fallon). hosted by mike lebovitz. $5 with promo code ‘lol’ (reg. $15). >>

3/2 8pm: sex! with your mom: find out how much you really know about sex stuff at an adult sex-ed game show with prizes. hosted by natalie wall (awkward sex… and the city). friends and lovers (crown heights), $5 admission benefits the transgender legal defense and education fund. >>

3/2 8pm (+ 3/23): let’s make a website is an interactive comedy show that does exactly that: mark vigeant (, the av club) makes a website, live, based on the audience’s suggestions. ucb chelsea, $7 >>

3/2 8pm (first + third thursdays): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by ophira eisenberg (ask me another), erik bergstrom (comedy central), joyelle nicole johnson, and raghav mehta. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and emmy blotnick (comedy central’s comics to watch. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free admission (one drink or food item minimum). >>

3/2 8pm (thru 3/18): lunchtime, a new play by theater of the apes and greg kotis (tony award-winning co-author of broadway’s urinetown: the musical), premieres at the brick theater (williamsburg). $18. >>

3/2 8:30pm (+ 3/3 7pm + 9pm):  some strings attached. at the latest edition of the sinking ship productions puppet playlist series, puppeteers and musicians create original interpretations inspired by the songs of beyoncé. the tank (theater district), $13-15. >>

3/2 9:30pm: comedian brooke van poppelen (hack my life co-host, john oliver) and singer-songwriter julian velard join forces for a the comfort zone comedy and music show at union hall (park slope). tonight’s guests: wyatt cenac (seeso) and seth herzog (fallon. $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

3/2 10pm (monthly thru 7/6): heckling and throwing things (provided) at the performers are part of the show at the mob rule comedy show. the creek and the cave (lic), free. >>

3/2 10pm: get into the groove at madonnarama 80’s night , the latest edition of the free dirty thursday dance party at the house of yes (bushwick). free. >>

3/2 11pm (monthly): let comedians school you at woke af: a mind opening variety show, where guests mike kelton, mitra jouhari, andrew santiago, and improv duo holograms talk about social issues they’re passionate about. hosted by nicole pasquale. ucb east village, $5. >>

3/2-4: the annual fusion film festival showcases the work of women in film, tv and new media. nyu’s cantor film center and tisch theater (greenwich village), free. >>

3/2-8: the ninth annual reelabilities film festival promotes awareness of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. various manhattan locations, various prices. >>

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