around town today

various times (thru 9/18): the 11th annual brooklyn book festival returns sunday, bringing a week of more than 50 ‘bookend’ events to bookstores, theaters, libraries, and open spaces to whet your literary appetite. tonight’s events include writing about terror at le poisson rouge (7:30pm, free), what women want at housing works (7pm, free), mara wilson at astoria bookshop (7pm, free), chefs/restaurateurs at grumpy bert (7:30pm, free), and more. >>

10am-5pm: job seekers with at least two years of industry experience are invited to meet with reps from 20 hiring companies at the fashion career expo. metropolitan pavilion, $10. >>

2pm, 7pm (ends today): catch 30th anniversary screenings of labyrinth with exclusive, never-before-seen content at select movie theaters. $12.50. >>

5:30-7:30pm (wednesdays thru 9/28): bust a move at outdoor dance parties at downtown brooklyn’s willoughby plaza. tonight’s theme: the hustle. free. >>

6pm: nobel prize winning neuropsychiatrist and columbia university professor eric r. kandel explores how science can inform the way we experience a work of art in his new book, reductionism in art and brain science. rizzoli bookstore (flatiron), free. >>

6-8pm (thru 12/21): follow the development of cubism over the past century at the ‘cubist perspectives’ group exhibition, featuring examples from twentieth-century paris to today. opening reception tonight. rosenberg + co. gallery (ues), free. >>

6:30pm: a panel with mad magazine artists including al jaffee, sam viviano, liz lomax and peter kuper discuss the history and future of the magazine and the role of cartooning in popular culture. new york academy of art (tribeca), free. >>

7pm:photographers james and karla murray present the ever-changing face of the city in their book store front ii at a launch event at moscot gallery + music space (les) that includes q+a, a signing, and a reception with free dim sum. free admission. >>

7pm: responsibility shifts at ’no, you tell it!’, a storytelling series in which four performers have written true-life tales, and flip scripts to present each other’s story. jimmy’s no. 43 (east village), free. >>

7pm (weekly): the sensible show at the annoyance theatre (williamsburg) features comedy from joe list (letterman), bowen yang (broad city), christi chiello (comedy central), khalid ramaan, and more. hosted by myq kaplan (small, dork and handsome, comedy central). $5. >>

7pm (+ 9/16-17): director robert kenner and  author/producer eric schlosser (fast food nation) will be at screenings of their new documentary, command and control, that examines the flaws in the human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe. film forum (west village), $14. >>

7:30pm (+ 9/28, 10/5, 10/12): puppet block! new works of puppetry and other innovative forms of storytelling share evenings on the dixon place stage (les). $15 adv, $18 door, $12 students/seniors/idnyc. >>

7:30pm: new amsterdam symphony orchestra performs the music of mozart, vivaldi, and schubert at st. peter’s church (chelsea). $5-10 suggested donation benefits the food pantry. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): brave comedians share embarrassing footage of their earliest material and then perform current material at the ’first set’ comedy show, hosted by giulia rozzi (chelsea lately, comedy central). tonight’s guests: sal vulcano (impractical jokers), leah bonnema (comedy drop), myq kaplan (comedy central), and nore davis (comedy central). union hall (park slope), $7. >>

8pm (monthly): get your fill of free food and free comedy at the devour hour comedy show. this month: nosh on tacos alongside performances by bowen yang (broad city), ryan beck (comedy central), shakir standley (last comic standing), kristin manna, albert kirchner, julia shiplett, kale bogdanovs, and frank nelson. hank’s saloon (boerum hill), free admission. >>

8pm: (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show at poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city) features nick turner (comedy central’s ‘the half hour,’ fallon), daniel simonson (bbc), kenny deforest (comedy at the knit), danny palmer (laughs), and ana fabrega (jim gaffigan show). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. free. >>

9pm (bi-monthly): copycat cover song night pays tribute to pink floyd with bands, dj xerox and guest djs, and $5 brain damage cocktails all night. otto’s shrunken head (alphabet city), free. >>

11pm (monthly): embrace comedy chaos at the unexpectashow, a monthly grab bag of entertainment hosted by jo firestone. tonight, pancakes ‘n’ improv: a improv show with a pancake intermission. ucb (chelsea), $5. >>

thru 9/17: the fourth annual motorcycle film festival rolls into town with 3 features, 20 shorts, and 8 documentaries. the gutter (williamsburg), $12+. >>

9/14-18: the cinder block comedy festival aims to present a more diverse set of performers than normally found in fests. everything from sketch to stand-up to improv to musical comedy takes place across several williamsburg venues. $15/show, $30 day pass. >>

9/14-18: the 11th annual harlem international film festival features 99 films from harlem and 37 countries. wednesday’s opening includes rain the color blue with a little red in it, an african tribute to purple rain, and an after party. mist harlem, $14.50 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

9/15 various times: free outdoor movies:
angels in the outfield, st. catherine’s park (lenox hill) >>
ghost, hunter’s point south park (lic) >>

9/15 11am: mcsweeney’s founder and pulitzer prize-finalist dave eggers pops by mcnally jackson (nolita) to sign copies of his latest novel, heroes of the frontier. >>

9/15 11:30am-11pm (thru 9/25, 11:30am-11pm sun-thurs, 11:30am-midnight fri-sat): get ready for cannolis, the annual italian feast of san gennaro returns to little italy with over a week of carnival games, rides, festivities, and of course food. and yes, that involves a cannoli-eating contest (fri afternoon). >>

9/15 5-8pm: customer appreciation day at birchbox soho: get a free birchbox with purchase all day, plus sweet treats 5-8pm. >>

9/15 6pm: pedal with purpose and ride together at a mass bike ride organized to raise awareness of cyclist and pedestrian deaths and to demand ‘safe passage for all new yorkers.’ wear yellow and meet at east 59th street + fifth avenue. >>

9/15 6-9pm (thru 9/18: 1-7pm fri, 11am-9pm sat, 11am-7pm sun): the 11th annual ny art book fair, featuring over 370 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries, kicks off with an opening night preview/party at moma ps1 (lic). $10 for the preview, free for the rest of the fair. >>

9/15 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: how are modern conveniences cutting our future short? journalist susan freinkel, author of plastic: a toxic love story, discusses america’s relationship with plastic with cecil mark-corbin of we act for environmental justice. museum of the city of new york (east harlem), free (rsvp required). >>

9/15 6:30pm: lower east side business owners old and new meet up with sociologists to discuss the changing commercial landscape of the lower east side, with complimentary beer and tastings from local market vendors. essex street market (les), free (rsvp required). >>

9/15 6:30pm: how could the next hurricane sandy impact new york city? new america nyc hosts a panel exploring short and long-term protection solutions for coastal cities in a time of climate change, with participants from the mayor’s office, columbia university’s earth institute, rolling stone, and more. civic hall (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

9/15 7pm: humorist dave barry gives his take on his home state with a new book, best. state. ever.: a florida man defends his homeland. barnes + noble 82nd + broadway, free. >>

9/15 7pm: pulitzer prize-winning new york times columnist maureen dowd discusses the circus of presidential politics with journalist and author frank bruni, and signs copies of her book the year of voting dangerously: the derangement of american politics. barnes + noble union square, free. >>

9/15 7pm: learn about rituals from all over the world that help people honor the dead and usher them to the afterlife at krista amira calvo’s illustrated lecture burning, burying, and eating your dead: an exploration of curious funerary practices around the world. morbid anatomy museum (gowanus), $8. >>

9/15 7pm: relax your funny bone at the loose comedy show, guest hosted by aparna nancherla and john rabinowitz. this month’s installment features emmy blotnick, chris gethard, ali clayton, alington mitra, josh johnson, and more. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), $10 admission includes a drink. >>

9/15 7pm (thru 9/23): the fifth annual brooklyn beat (brooklyn emerging artists in theater) festival showcases diverse performing artists throughout the borough in ‘majestic and unusual spaces,’ like dance in a lobby and theater in a distillery. a free opening showcase occurs throughout the brooklyn museum tonight (with suggested museum admission), while other events are free-$20. >>

9/15 7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): at the drunk science show, three sloshed comedians compete to present the best dissertation to a panel of real scientists. this month’s show includes bowen yang (brooklyn magazine’s 50 funniest people), abbi crutchfield (comedy central, vh1), erin gloria ryan (vocativ, jezebel), and dr. stuart firestein (chair of biological sciences at columbia university). hosted by joanna rothkopf (jezebel), shannon odell (neuroscience phd student), and jordan mendoza (once was pre-med). littlefield (gowanus), $5 adv, $8 dos. >>

9/15 7pm doors, 8pm show: catch a sneak preview of hbo’s high maintenance, followed by q+a with creators katja blichfeld and ben sinclair, and an after party. industry city (sunset park), free (rsvp). >>

9/15 7:30pm: how did nyc go from style try-hard to a world fashion capital? parsons school of design fashion history teacher lisa santandrea discusses the developments from the turn of the 20th century that made this happen. franklin electric (crown heights), $9.60 with promo code ‘theskint’ (reg. $12). >>

9/15 7:30pm (every other thursday): pete’s reading series returns with readings by nicole dennis-benn (here comes the sun), anna noyes (goodnight, beautiful women), and rumaan alam (rich and pretty. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), $5 suggested donation. >>

9/15 7:30pm: wfuv’s rita houston hosts the downtown comes uptown music series, where musicians perform selections at the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center tonight (free) before giving full concerts at rockwood music hall tomorrow ($15). performers include the marcus king band, ruby amanfu, bailen, and alice phoebe lou. >>

9/15 7:30pm: bring a noisemaker to dim-prov, an improv show performed in the dark incorporating sounds to create a radio play-like atmosphere. the pit loft (chelsea), $5. >>

9/15 7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by alington mitra (comedy central), rob cantrell (last comic standing), rojo perez (mtv), ashley brooke roberts (fresh out), and sam evans. hosted by katina corrao, sean crespo, and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $5. >>

9/15 7:30pm (thru 9/18): the school of visual arts’s after school special 2016 alumni film and animation festival features a wide range works, from beauty and the beast and deadpool to documentaries and shorts, ending with a screening of the 68th annual emmy awards. tonight: spring break zombie massacre. sva theatre (chelsea), free (rsvp). >>

9/15 8pm: the funny sexy sad reading series presents written works about, well, you guessed it. tonight, they’ve got richard larson (failbetter, hobart), ella boreau (lambda literary), magdalena waz (return on investment), harvey katz (take two storytelling series), and melissa rocha (just p*ssy comedy show). hosted by amira pierce and nate waggoner. molasses books (bushwick), free. >>

9/15 8pm doors, 9pm show: cymbals eat guitars, field mouse, and wildhoney play music hall of williamsburg. $13 adv, $15 dos. >>

9/15 9pm (thru 9/18): the jalopy theatre + school of music celebrates 10 years with an extended weekend of roots, folk, and blues music. free-$15. >>

9/15 10pm: save a prayer for the morning after underworld’s new romantic night dedicated to duran duran, with 5 djs and hosted by mandana banshie templar. the gallery at le poisson rouge (greenwich village), free. >>

9/15-11/20: the annual united solo theatre festival, the ‘world’s largest,’ returns to manhattan’s theatre row for its seventh year with more than 100 one-person shows. $20.25. >>

ticket deals

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take a 30-90 minute guided tour of the majestic lobby of the historic woolworth building thru 12/31 for $12-22.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20-45). >>

get tickets to chris gethard: career suicide at culture project’s lynn redgrave theater 10/9-23 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $38+). >>

get tickets to the new york coffee festival at the 69th regiment armory 9/17-18 for $15+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $25+) >>

get tickets to the brew hop 5k run and craft beer festival at randall’s island park 9/18 for $25-30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $50-60). >>

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