around town today

thru 5/18: rally before the race: the brooklyn half-marathon pre-party, open to runners and non-runners alike, features live music, djs, food trucks and vendors, and more. pier 2 field at brooklyn bridge park, free admission. >>

thru 5/22: the new york african film festival celebrates its 25th year with 66 films from 25 countries presented at lincoln center, the brooklyn academy of music, and maysles cinema. $15 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/27: radiotheatre’s third annual edgar allan poe festival returns with 14 classic tales told with an original score and sound effects. st. john’s sanctuary (west village), $12 plus ticket fees here (save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’), reg. $24. >>

5:30pm doors, 6:30pm show: the annual summerstage event series returns with more than 100 free and benefit shows in 18 parks across nyc. tonight’s season opener with british rockers liam gallagher (of oasis) and richard ashcroft (of the verve) is a benefit ($49.50, sorry), but many folks tend to throw down a picnic blanket and listen/hang outside the venue. >>

6pm (monthly thru 9/19): design tour: elevated design:  get an insider’s look at the architecture and global impact of the high line from patrick hazari, director of design and construction. weather permitting. the high line, free (rsvp). >>

6-8:30pm (wednesdays thru 6/6, + 6/8): dance to salsa, swing, bachata, bhangra and more with live music at bryant park’s annual dance party series. tonight’s theme: tangolandó. learn the steps from 6-7pm then show off your new moves to live music performed by sofia tosello and yuri juárez from 7-8:30pm. bryant park’s fountain terrace (midtown west), free. >>

6:30pm: playwrights tarell alvin mccraney (moonlight) and donja r. love (sugar in our wounds) discuss the impact of black queer voices and diverse narratives on theatre and humanity at the schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem). free (rsvp). >>

7-11pm: con artist collective presents their 2018 spring residency showcase, featuring a group exhibition of new work by nine artists. opening reception tonight. con artist collective + gallery (les), free admission. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (bi-monthly): at the drunk science show, three inebriated comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a real scientist. this month’s astronomy theme features dr. jackie faherty (senior scientist and education manager from the department of astrophysics and education at the american museum of natural history) and comedians myq kaplan (conan), rachel joravsky (reductress), and larry owens (paid off). hosted by joanna rothkopf (jezebel), shannon odell (neuroscience phd candidate), and jordan mendoza (once was pre-med). littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

7pm doors, 8pm 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 season finale includes dolly wells (doll + em, portlandia), joan wasser (joan as police woman), adina verson (mozart in the jungle), courtney fearrington (the new yorker), and emily panic (funny or die). the slipper room (les), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

7:30pm (monthly): #teampluto: this month’s installment of the astronomy on tap discussion series explores the planets, with trivia and presentations on the climates of mars vs venus, the new tess space telescope, and more. the way station (prospect heights), free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): get an earful at the told you so comedy show, featuring stand up by roy wood jr. (the daily show), erik bergstrom (colbert), carmen lagala (full moon comedy show), kelly macfarland (last comic standing), max and nicky weinbach (vintage basement), and more. zinc bar (greenwich village), $5 + a one-drink min. >>

7:30pm: free outdoor movie: the space between us (2017)  at tecumseh playground (uws). >>

8pm (monthly): the ditmas lit reading series returns with writers lawrence detlor (saint anne’s review), zefyr lisowski (apogee journal), kyle mccarthy (best american short stories 2017), and bob raymonda (breadcrumbsmag). hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush), free. >>

8pm (monthly): get your monthly dose of hot feminist takes at the left breast comedy hour, featuring comedians ginny hogan, christiana jackson, julianna maher, bobbi elfie, and alex kayhart. the lantern (greenwich village), free admission (one item minimum). >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features matt goldich (seth meyers), casey balsham (gotham live), sergio chicon (gotham live), kara klenk (comedy central), and danny delcolle (ucb). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm (monthly): necromancers of the public domain: theater of the apes pluck a long-forgotten book from the shelves of the new york society library and resurrect it as a low-budget variety show. tonight: alice hean patterson’s the spinner family (1903). the tank (midtown west), $15. >>

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 joe kim booster (conan), cyrus mcqueen (last comic standing), katie hannigan (collegehumor), dave merheje, and charlie bury. hosted by lane pieschel. the douglass (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): stay in the loop with the comedians you should know show. tonight: liza treyger (comedy central), jo firestone (fallon), tyler fischer (nbc), emily winter (sirius xm), jake head (fox), and kara klenk (mtv). hosted by jeff steinbrunner. gutter bar (williamsburg), $5 adv or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>

coming up

5/17-19: pizzafest, king pizza records’s fifth annual music festival, returns with more than 20 bands and pizza from rosa’s and vinnies, with slice proceeds benefiting make the road ny. the gutter bar (williamsburg) + el cortez (bushwick), $7-10/day, $20/pass. >>

5/17-20: 10 years and growling. bears, cubs, and friends come out of hibernation to bare all at four days filled with parties, meetups, and a street fair during the 10th annual urban bear fest. various locations, free-$25. >>

5/17-28: glassbarge: the corning museum of sails a 30’ x 88’ canal barge into town, offering free glassblowing demonstrations on the deck. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 5, free (rsvp). >>

5/17 6-9pm (+ 5/18): the clemente soto vélez cultural and educational center, which houses 11 visual and performing arts organizations and 46 visual artists’ studios, hosts its annual building-wide open studios throughout the neo-gothic style building. the clemente (les), free. >>

5/17 6-10pm: chcek out 60 new and unreleased arcade games created by graduate and undergraduate students at the nyu game center end-of-year showcase. 2 metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free (rsvp). >>

5/17 6:30pm: real cops, real books: marc ruskin (pretender: my life undercover for the fbi), bernard j. whalen (undisclosed files of the police: cases from the archives of the nypd), and michael o’keefe (shot to pieces: a novel) read from and discuss their books as part of national police week at mysterious bookshop (tribeca). free. >>

5/17 7pm: free outdoor movie: despicable me 3 (2017) at alfred e. smith recreation center (two bridges). >>

5/17 7-9pm (runs thru 7/14): select photographs by photographer mark seliger, whose work includes images of icons like barack obama, hillary clinton, kurt cobain, mick jagger, and others, will be on display at chase contemporary galleries (chelsea). opening reception tonight. free, (rsvp). >>

5/17 7-9pm: art history happy hour: the society for the advancement of social studies (sass) presents lighthearted lectures based on the ‘david bowie is’ exhibition at the brooklyn museum (prospect heights). a cash bar will be available. free admission. >>

5/17 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 matt koff (the daily show), myka fox (funny or die), omar shaukat (crashing), calvin s. cato (time out’s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), and meg cupernall. hosted by dan wilbur (better book titles). the back room at halyards (gowanus), free. >>

5/17 8pm: it’s femmes to the front at xoxa’s femme turf queer party. bonus: 2-for-1 drinks 8-9pm, and free pizza at midnight. ceremony (east williamsburg), free admission. >>

5/17 8pm-late (monthly): immerse yourself in digitally-generated sights and sounds at the warper party, featuring a dozen live electronic music acts and projected visuals across two floors. the keep (ridgewood), free. >>

5/17 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (almost weekly): the pacific stand-up comedy show returns with performances by melissa stokoski (trutv), nina tarr (viceland), calvin s. cato (time out’s ‘queer comics of color to watch’), and sam evans. hosted by matt koff (the daily show writer) and tony zaret. pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

5/17 9-11pm: vanishing vaudeville: force majeure vaudeville is going on hiatus, but not before one final blowout filled with burlesque, ventriloquism, contortion, comedy, and more. cobra club (bushwick), $15. >>

5/17 10pm: there’ll be outfit ch-ch-ch-ch-changes at the night of 1,000 bowies party, house of yes (bushwick), $10. >>

ticket deals

get tickets to the annual nyc vegetarian food festival at metropolitan pavilion 5/19-20 for $19 (plus ticket fees, reg. $36). save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’ (offer good for one transaction per user). >>

go on a sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 8/30 for $35+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $58+). save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’ (offer good for one transaction per user). >>

go on a sunset sail aboard the city’s largest sailing vessel, clipper city, thru 10/14 for $29 (plus ticket fees, reg $55). save an additional $5 thru thursday with promo code ‘skintfive’ (offer good for one transaction per user). >>

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