WEDS, 5/17: ROSIE O’DONNELL, POLKA PARTY, UPTOWN SHOWDOWN, + 24 THURS EVENTS

around town today

12-10pm (thru 5/19): test your endurance at a three day brooklyn half-marathon pre-party in brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2. open to runners and non-runners alike, the hub features live music, djs, food vendors, beer + wine, free coffee, recreational activities and more. free admission. >>

2pm, 7pm: catch a limited 20th anniversary screening of the fifth element at select movie theaters. $12.50. >>

5-8pm: state of [a] dress: inspired by michelle obama’s final address as first lady, a new exhibition by new zealand artist sonia richter uses clothing as the canvas and invites viewers to donate a small charm to be added to the piece tonight. ora gallery (chelsea), free. >>

6pm: learn about the underlying emotional issues that eating disorders stem from at a screening of 2013 documentary all of me, followed by a discussion with director bess o’brien, miss america 2008 kirsten haglund, and others. the new school (union square), free (rsvp), $10 suggested donation to the new school food pantry. >>

6-8:30pm (wednesdays thru 6/9): show off your rhythm at an outdoor dance party taught by a professional instructor and accompanied by live music. this week: polka! with the polka brothers. dance lesson 6-7pm, band 7-8:30pm. bryant park’s fountain terrace, free. >>

6:30pm: editors from top manga publishing houses discuss the making of english-edition manga, including a live demo of the translation, editing and lettering process. a reception follows. japan society, $13 general, $10. students/seniors >>

6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly): the daily beast’s noah rothbaum hosts ‘the author’s table,’ a new discussion series featuring different food + spirits writers each month alongside $7 house cocktails and happy hour specials. this month: david wondrich, the daily beast‘s senior drinks columnist and james beard award-winning author (imbibe! punch, oxford companion to spirits and cocktails). the shanty at ny distilling co. (williamsburg), $5 admission benefits the brooklyn public library. >>

7pm (weekly thru 6/6): the stranger than fiction documentary series with filmmaker q+a continues the spring season with one october (2017), rachel shuman + wfmu’s clay pigeon’s exploration of nyc residents’ hopes, dreams and fears in october 2008, on the eve of obama’s first term as president and in the midst of economic disaster. ifc center (west village), $17. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the legacy show, hosted by michael ian cedar, aims to inspire with first-hand stories from people who made change using their positive attitude. this month’s topic: the benefits and hazards of being a workaholic. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $5 admission benefits she’s the first. >>

sponsored 7:30pm (thru 5/23): get tickets to jon brittain’s rotterdam (2017 olivier award winner) at 59e59 theaters for $20 (reg. $25). >>

8pm (monthly): the ditmas lit reading series returns with writers alice kaltman (staggerwing), emily schultz (men walking on water), jennifer baker (minorities in publishing), and stephen langlois (flapperhouse). hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush), free. >>

8pm: uptown showdown: two teams of comedians, writers and performers square off against each other about which is better, fact or fiction. tonight’s guests: naomi ekperigin (broad city), mehran khaghani (last comic standing), chase mitchell (fallon), jo firestone (fallon), selena coppock (the new rules for blondes), and seth lind (this american life). hosted by matthew love. symphony space (uws), $15. >>

8pm (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show features myq kaplan (colbert), emma willman (npr), harrison greenbaum (gotham live), kase raso (gotham live), and saurin choksi (brown privilege). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city), free. >>

8pm: brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint) hosts a free screening of david fincher’s seven (1995). >>

8pm: free outdoor movie screening: arrival (2016). gertrude ederle recreation center (uws). >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): this week’s goliath comedy show features aparna nancherla (conan), giulia rozzi (this is not happening), kerry coddett (mtv), andrea allen, oniyide francis and andrew casertano. hosted by david spector and amber rollo. cantina royal (williamsburg), free. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): deflower your virgin ears at the ‘my first time’ show, where comedians and storytellers recount tales of their first sexual experiences. hosted by angela cobb. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (weekly): discover funny folks at the comedians you should know show, bringing stand-up performances to williamsburg’s gutter bar. tonight: roy wood, jr. (the daily show), adrienne iapalucci (letterman), ryan hamilton (colbert), kyle ayers (samantha bee), jono zalay (comedy central), and jeff steinbrunner. hosted by david drake. $5.   >>

9:30pm (monthly): rosie o’donnell guest stars on the female gaze, a show sends up the view, the real, and other tv panel shows, but with a cast of over a dozen co-hosts voicing their ill-informed opinions. ucb (chelsea), $7. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

5/18 various times: 10 local museums offer free or discounted admission and special programming for the eighth annual international museum day/art museum day, including the morgan library and museum (free), the noguchi museum (free), museum of modern art (half-price admission for online tickets), and more. >>

5/18 1-3pm, 6-9pm: get schwifty with adult swim’s traveling rick and morty rickmobile shop parks outside williamsburg’s vinnie’s pizzeria (1-3pm) and barcade (6-9pm). >>

5/18 6-9pm (thru 5/31): see 60 new watercolor paintings by street artist jay shells (rap quotes, subway etiquette) at an exhibition opening tonight at 212 arts (east village). free. >>

5/18 6-9pm (thru 6/13): the national academy museum + school’s sixth annual ‘creative mischief’ exhibition takes over the turn-of-the-century beaux-arts townhouse with over 100 works by faculty, alumni, and students. opening reception tonight. national academy museum + school (ues), free. >>

5/18 6-10pm: guy social kicks off its season of curated events for gay men with a big gay roller skate and cocktail hour at lefrak center at lakeside (prospect park). $20 adv, $25 door (includes skate rental). >>

5/18 6-11pm: play more than 50 new and unreleased arcade party games created by mfa and bfa students at the nyu game center end of year show. bonus: open bar and light bites starting at 6pm. 2 metrotech center (downtown brooklyn), free (rsvp). >>

5/18 6pm doors, 7pm show: london contemporary orchestra makes its new york debut with ensemble lpr and conductor robert ames. le poisson rouge (greenwich village), $10-$15. >>

5/18 6:30pm (thursdays thru 9/28): take a free outdoor yoga flow class at riverside park’s north lawn at w 78th street. bring your own mat. >>

5/18 6:30-8pm: you’ll want to scoop this deal up: $1 scoops of oregon-based salt + straw ice cream at daily provisions (gramercy) in three unique flavors: double fold vanilla, salted caraway rye with strawberry cheesecake, and joe coffee + freckled chocolate.  all proceeds benefit the union square partnership. >>

5/18 7pm: wnyc’s andrea bernstein moderates a discussion on the future of investigative reporting with pulitzer prize winner sarah ryley (the trace), sarah gonzalez (wnyc), and professor of journalism paul moses. roosevelt house at hunter college (ues), free (rsvp). >>

5/18 7pm (monthly): philosophers based in and around brooklyn discuss their work at the brooklyn public philosophers speaker series. at this month’s talk, yale university assistant professor chris lebron asks, is love important for a racially just society?. brooklyn public library’s dweck center (prospect heights), free. >>

5/18 7pm: maybe the walking dead isn’t so far-fetched after all? learn about preparing for the next pandemic with tips from experts including a pulitzer prize-winning science journalist, medical professionals, and a parasitologist. american museum of natural history (uws), $15 general, $13.50 students/seniors. >>

5/18 7-10pm (thru 6/18): 20 artists put their own playful spin on the 1980s-era toy ‘madballs’ at the madballs all-star art jam and exhibition, sponsored by the original company. opening reception tonight. myplasticheart (les), free. >>

5/18 7pm doors: digable planets and joey purp play a free house of vans party (greenpoint). rsvp required. >>

5/18 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): at the take two storytelling show, guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things turn out differently. try to guess the truth with tales by marc abbot (moth storyslam winner), dawn fraser (barbershop stories), gabby shea (the moth), tommy o’malley (big city stories), and rupert eyles (perfect liar’s club). hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bedford stuyvesant), free ($5 suggested). >>

5/18 7:30pm: emma cline celebrates the paperback release of her new york times bestseller the girls with a launch event and discussion with the virgin suicides and middlesex author jeffrey eugenides. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free. >>

5/18 7:30pm: this is not a film, a 2011 documentary on iranian director jafar panahi’s six-year house arrest and 20-year filmmaking ban for alleged anti-government propaganda, screens at film society of lincoln center (uws) with an introduction by the seventh art stand’s mohammed naeem. free (tickets become available at the box office one hour prior to the event). >>

5/18 8pm: the secret’s out at the secret meeting comedy show, hosted by eli yudin and casey james salengo, and including stand up by dan st. germain (conan), mike recine (comedy central), courtney maginnis (let’s see, what else?), and wanjiko eke. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free. >>

5/18 8pm: the brooklyn gaze, a new series of projection mapped artwork, turns the brooklyn public library’s facade into an ‘animated canvas’ and includes a musical score by paul brill and a performance by grammy-nominated duo les nubians. free. >>

5/18 8pm (+ 5/19 5/21): the 16th annual look + listen festival returns with live contemporary music performances staged in art spaces: violinist/violist miranda cuckson, ymusic ensemble, and tenor sax qartet battle trance (thurs at pratt manhattan gallery), sō percussion, yarn/wire, enseble échappé, and jen shyu (fri at bric), and carman moore’s skymusic ensemble and craig harris and the saints and aint’s brass choir (sun at the studio museum in harlem). free (rsvp). >>

5/18 9pm: the green fairy returns to this annual moulin rouge dance + costume party, commemorating the 16th anniversary of the baz luhrmann film. maple (located in the night hotel times square), $9 adv, $15 door. >>

5/18 9:30pm: the tale storytelling show returns with seasoned stories spun by jena friedman (the daily show), boris khaykin (vice), adam selbst (the moth), vanessa valario (singeling), and music by elana simon. hosted by harmon leon (this american life, vice). kgb bar (east village), $7. >>

sponsored 5/18 9:30pm: divas resurrected: there’s only room for one musical-improvising, washed-up, bitter diva in this town! louisa and natalia go head-to head in an improvised musical sing-off to the death. the duplex cabaret and piano bar (west village), $10-15 with a two drink minimum. >>

5/18-21: out of the den and into the wild, urban bear nyc is back, bringing four days of dance parties, afternoon excursions, and a street fair all curated for the large ‘n’ hirsute men who love men out there. various locations, free-$20. >>

ticket deals

thru 5/18: take an additional $5-30 off your groupon purchase of $20-100 with promo code ‘off’ >>

go on a 90-minute daytime or two-hour evening sail aboard the city’s largest sailing vessel, clipper city, thru 10/9 for $23.40-27.30 (plus ticket fees, reg $39). >>

take a sunset cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 9/30 for $34.80-39.60 (plus ticket fees, reg. $58-66). >>

get tickets to the harlem gospel choir sings the songs of whitney + beyoncé at b.b. king blues club 5/23 for free-$25 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20-50). >>

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