WEDS, 9/21: GIANT JOHN LENNON, PHOTOVILLE, EILEEN MYLES, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN DRINKING GAME, + 27 THURS EVENTS

around town today

a 2,500-square-foot painting of john lennon was unveiled at central park’s naumburg bandshell in honor of international day of peace and the 45th anniversary of ‘imagine.’ get there fast though… it only lasts until 8pm tonight. >>

4-10pm (thru 9/25: 4-10pm wed, 12-10pm thu-sat, 12-9pm sun): more than 50 shipping containers have been repurposed as mini-photography galleries for the fifth annual photoville at brooklyn bridge park. in addition to the exhibitions, there will also be presentations, panels, lectures, workshops, interactive programs, and a food and beer garden run by smorgasburg. new location: brooklyn bridge plaza, free admission. >>

6pm: new york supreme court justice diane kiesel gives a talk based on her biography of civil rights pioneer dr. dorothy boulding ferebee, she can bring us home. the new york academy of medicine (east harlem), free (rsvp required). >>

6-9pm: the architecture + design film festival curates a selection of short films about design and architecture to be shown in 14 soho design showrooms. free (rsvp). >>

6:30pm: nyu communication professors finn brunton and helen nissenbaum discuss ways to fight living under digital surveillance in their new book, obfuscation: a user’s guide for privacy and protest. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

6:30pm, baruch performing arts center (kips bay/flatiron) hosts a screening of defiance (2008), which tells the story of the largest armed resistance of jews by jews during world war ii. aron (bielski) bell, the youngest of the bielski partisans at the time, will do a q+a session following the film. free (rsvp required). >>

7pm: novelist, journalist, and advocate masha hamilton shares her experiences working with syrian refugee women that she collected during interviews in halba, lebanon. the centre for innovation (chelsea), free. >>

7pm:mychal denzel smith, author of invisible man, got the whole world watching: a young black man’s education, moderates a panel discussion on how do you learn to be a black man in america and the themes in his book. the new school (union square), free. >>

7pm: john lennon’s immigration lawyer, leon wildes, discusses his new book, john lennon vs. the u.s.a.: the inside story of the most bitterly contested and influential deportation case in united states history. tenement museum (les). free. >>

7pm (weekly): the sensible show at the annoyance theatre (williamsburg) features comedy from josh rabinowitz (comedy central), jo firestone (womanhood, punderdome 3000), dan chamberlain (seeso), janelle james (@midnight), and emily maya mills (key + peele). hosted by evan kaufman (your love, our musical). $5. >>

7pm: free outdoor movie: under the tuscan sun, asser levy playground (stuyvesant town). >>

7-9pm: draught some letters (remember those?) to lovers and friends at the pints + postage letter-writing event. postage, stationery, and pens provided. berg’n (crown heights), free admission. >>

7:30pm: poet and writer eileen myles, described by npr as ‘sort of like the patti smith of contemporary poetry,’ and who inspired the character played by cherry jones in transparent, presents the paperback launch of her collection i must be living twice at greenlight bookstore (fort greene). free. >>

7:30pm: play to win drinks, show tickets and cash at a team in training fundraiser edition of the wacky park slope bingo club. union hall (park slope), free admission, $5 to play. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: there’s no crying in baseball, but there will be drinking… a drinking game nyc presents a live staged reading of a league of their own with cues for audience booze-sipping. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

8pm: (weekly): the let’s see, what else? comedy show at poco restaurant and bar (alphabet city) features erik bergstrom (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), liza treyger (comedy central’s ‘the half hour’), kevin iso (adam devine’s house party), brendan sagalow (joking off), and chris calogero (not quite midnight). hosted by courtney maginnis and tom delgado. free. >>

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

9pm: regarding ophira: storyteller and host of npr’s ask me another ophira eisenberg spins stories that seasoned improvisers turn into scenes, songs and games. hosted by rory scholl. the pit loft (chelsea), $10. >>

9:15pm doors: kissing is a crime plays an ep release show at mercury lounge with sean henry. $10. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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coming up

9/22 various times: free outdoor movies:
minions, gertrude ederle recreation center (uws) >>
the goonies, prospect park bandshell >>

9/22 2-9pm: new york design center showrooms share ‘what’s new, what’s next’ in ideas, design, materials, and products with almost 50 presentations and discussions all day. 200 lexington ave bet. e 32nd + e 33rd sts, free (rsvp). >>

9/22 5:30pm: here comes the great bridal expo show, billed as ‘the largest national touring bridal event.’ new york marriott marquis, free for two with promo code ‘fbpt’ (reg $10 each). >>

9/22 6pm: date-onomics: how dating became a lopsided numbers game author james birger looks at the numbers to find possible reasons for why there appears to be less single men than women out there. nyu bookstore (greenwich village), free. >>

9/22 6pm (thursdays thru 9/29): dance, sing and swing at dumbo’s second annual live at the archway series, a weekly cabaret under the manhattan bridge featuring free outdoor musical performances, dj sets, dance classes and more. tonight: indie band ava luna. free. >>

9/22 6-9pm (monthly): check out some art after-hours during the new lic gallery nights series, where 11 galleries and unconventional art spaces will keep their doors open late. free. >>

9/22 6pm doors, 7pm show: catch an advanced screening of the american dream: new york cnnmoney’s new interview series spotlighting successful entrepreneurs who lived in nyc for the first half of the 20th century, followed by an in-person discussion with correspondent cristina alesci and mogul russell simmons. museum of the moving image (astoria), free (rsvp). >>

9/22 6:30pm: it wasn’t always h+m and uniqlo: track the history of soho as a place for industry to artists to shopping with an illustrated lecture by aaron shkuda, author of the lofts of soho: gentrification, art, and industry in new york, 1950-1980. nypl mid-manhattan, free. >>

9/22 7pm: more than 40 poets read from the annual edition of the best american poetry at the new school’s auditorium. free. >>

9/22 7pm: think you’re an animal in the sack? compare that to how they do on the discovery channel with author and ted talker dr. carin bondar’s discussion on her new book, wild sex: the science behind mating in the animal kingdom. impact hub nyc (soho), free admission (rsvp). >>

9/22 7pm (monthly): philosophers based in and around brooklyn discuss their work at the brooklyn public philosophers speaker series. at tonight’s first talk of the fall season, dr. regina rini (nyu) talks about microaggressions – what they are, and who’s responsible for them. new location: brooklyn public library’s dweck center (prospect heights), free. >>

9/22 7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at leslie goshko’s ‘sideshow goshko.’ tonight’s guests: gastor almonte (comedy central), steven berkowitz (the liar show, science talk), jiji lee (reductress), and michele carlo (fish out of agua). bonus: a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine) will go to the winner of a trivia challenge. kgb bar (east village), free. >>

9/22 7-9pm: attention music gear heads: ridgewood’s red note rehearsal studios hosts the ‘gathering of the gear,’ a new monthly meetup for musicians looking to pick up something new, sell, swap, or hang around talking shop and drinking beer (which will be provided). free admission. >>

9/22 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the it’s all true! with tim barnes storytelling podcast tapes a live episode with guests roy wood jr. (the daily show), robin thede (the nightly show), sean rameswaram (wnyc producer), and singer-songwriter freddie nunez. union hall (park slope), $7 adv, $10 dos. >>

9/22 7pm doors, 8pm show: some of bushwick’s wildest performers gather under one roof to compete for $500 and a new bike (of course) at the first-ever bushwick’s got talent. house of yes (bushwick), $15. >>

9/22 7pm doors, 8pm show: so saxy! tenor saxophone quartet battle trance plays a record release show at st. peter’s chelsea. $12 general, $20-25 includes the cd/lp. >>

9/22 7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by brendan eyre (seth meyers), joe zimmerman (comedy central), kendra cunningham (last comic standing), christopher arcudi, and jeremy pinsly. hosted by katina corrao, sean crespo, and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $5. >>

9/22 7:30pm: music ensemble m.a.k.u. soundsystem brings its colombian, caribbean, and psych-rock inspired ‘immigrant beat’ to lincoln center’s david rubenstein atrium (uws), along with an array of musicians who inspire them. free. >>

9/22 8pm (monthly): challenge your attention span at the ’like me!’ smartphone interactive comedy show, where comedians vie for your attention using tweets, games, polls and more. hosted by shelby taylor and melissa stokoski. the creek + the cave (long island city), free. >>

9/22 8pm (monthly): the pacific stand-up comedy show, hosted by the daily show writer matt koff with guest co-host emmy blotnick (@midnight), returns with performances by aparna nancherla (comedy central), adam lowitt (the daily show), and chase mitchell (the tonight show). pacific standard (park slope/gowanus), free (one drink or food item minimum). >>

9/22 8-11pm: take it easy with the slow dance, a rooftop evening of 60s soul and 70s ballads spun on 45s. awww yeah. our wicked lady (east williamsburg), $5. >>

9/22 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (+ 9/24, 9/29, 10/1): fall into your own rabbit hole at brooklyn theatre club’s boozy, participatory production of eva le gallienne and florida friebus’s adaptation of lewis carroll’s alice in wonderland, where audience members will be cast as alice herself. muchmore’s (williamsburg), $15 adv, $18 door. >>

9/22 9pm: heartbeat opera, a company that reimagines opera in intimate spaces using elements of drag, performs on the high line at 14th street. free. >>

9/22 9:30pm (monthly): writers from the late show with stephen colbert perform improv at ucb (chelsea). $5. >>

9/22 9:30pm (monthly): female storytellers, stand-ups, improvisers, and character actors perform at the she makes me laugh show. tonight: ophira eisenberg (ask me another), liza treyger (horace and pete, chelsea lately), naomi ekperegin (broad city, comedy central), kerry coddett (comedy central), alise morales (ucb, ifc), and becky chicoine (ucb). hosted by improv team darling satan. the pit (flatiron), $5. >>

ticket deals

take a cruise up the hudson river to bear mountain to visit oktoberfest 9/24-11/6 for $32.50 (plus ticket fees, reg $65+). >>

get tickets to the nyc craft coffee festival at villain in williamsburg 10/1 for $20+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $35+) >>

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