weds thru 1/26: 25th annual j.p. morgan tournament of champions: the world’s best squash players convene for the ‘grand slam of squash,’ held in a glass-enclosed court at grand central terminal’s vanderbilt hall (midtown east). $17+ for seats, free for limited standing room. >>
weds 7pm: treated: a comedy show: treat yourself to clark jones’s treated comedy show, featuring stand-up by phoebe robinson (2 dope queens), jared fried (fallon), kevin iso (comedy central), usama siddiquee (america’s got talent), and lil frex (wild n’ out). baby’s all right (williamsburg), $15. >>
weds 7:30pm (weekly): ambush comedy show – with free beer: josh johnson, lucas connolly, and brittany cardwell serve up slices of standup at two boots pizza (williamsburg), where they’ll be joined by chanel ali (comedy central), lucas connolly (comedy central), chris reiter (comedy central), and more. bonus: free beer from 7:30-8pm. free admission (rsvp to enter the pizza raffle). >>
weds 7:30pm (weekly): we have fun: a stand-up show: hosts zach sims and dan wilbur bring the fun-ny to young ethel’s (park slope), with stand-up by comedians matt koff (the daily show), pamela ross (vice), matt goldich (seth meyers), and molly ruben-long (absolutely thriving comedy). free admission. >>
weds 8pm: external validation with vin and scoffey: tiktok stars vincent ward and sarah coffey present a night of comedy at the bell house (gowanus), with performances from guests joe castle baker, jane wickline, richard perez, sabrina brier, and brittney carney. $15. >>
weds 8pm (weekly): savage comedy show: lizzie martinez and melissa rocha’s stand-up show comes roaring back with sets by steve hernandez (comedy central), laura merli (reductress), andrew casertano, jared waters, and tyrone thornhill. bonus: rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. logan’s run (park slope), free admission. >>
weds 10pm (monthly): and every one a witch: stop by for a spell (and a song) at ‘and every one a witch,’ an evening of piano karaoke, open mic performances, and musical rituals, hosted by lauren maul with chelsea white. club cumming (east village), free admission (1 drink min). >>
The NY Phil and The Cooper Union co-present a panel exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and social justice. Hip hop / theater artist Baba Israel, sound artist Fay Victor, and NY Phil Director of Media Production Mark Travis discuss the nuanced impact that the criminalization of addiction and drug use has had on music and other creative arts. The group examines luminaries including Billie Holiday and Timothy Leary, as well as Hector Berlioz and Julius Eastman, both of whose works will be presented by the NY Phil in February. Leah Goodridge, Managing Attorney for Housing Policy at Mobilization for Justice, moderates.
This program is part of The Cooper Union’s The Gardiner Foundation Great Hall Forum series, and the NY Phil’s The Unanswered Questions, a series that builds on the Orchestra’s programming to serve as a lens through which to examine complex issues of our time.
Admission is free, but registration is required. Register here.
Great Hall at The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination and booster is required; masks are encouraged.
thurs thru 3/18: trick photography and visual effects: keith de lellis gallery (midtown) presents a group exhibition of 40+ photographs created during the 19th and 20th centuries by 23 artists that redefined the capabilities of the medium by utilizing photo montage, photo collage, double exposures and composite printing. free admission. >>
thurs thru 2/5 (thurs-sun): gallery players’ 26th annual black box new play festival: gallery players’ playwright-focused festival presents 17 short new plays over three weeks. gallery players (south slope), $14 general, $20 seniors. >>
thurs thru sun: sunflower garden for ukraine: to celebrate ukraine’s national day of unity this sunday, the unify ukraine campaign is hosting an outdoor installation of 335 sunflowers in flatiron plaza, one for each day russia has occupied the country. >>
thurs 7pm: concert for peace: organist and cassar music faculty member gail archer performs a concert for peace at st. patrick’s cathedral (midtown), featuring compositions from both ukraine and russia. free (donations accepted). >>
thurs 7pm: queer gaze comedy: queer comedians take the spotlight at queer gaze comedy, hosted by chloé cunha and featuring carmen lagala, meredith dietz, jonathan thomas, joe palana, kendra dawsey, and danielle clarke fisher. tv eye (ridgewood), free (donations welcome). >>
thurs 7:30pm (monthly): pete’s reading series: hear from literary icons and newcomers alike at this long-running reading series, hosted by vanessa chan and brian gresko. tonight’s readers: peter orner (still no word), kayla maiuri (mother in the dark), and sarah bridgins (death and exes). books will be available for purchase through greenlight bookstore. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free admission. >>
thurs 7:30pm (+ 2/6, 3/30, 4/13): the new series at juilliard: juilliard launches an interdisciplinary performance series featuring music, dance, and drama students at the peter jay sharp theater and the harris/woolfson orchestral studio (uws). tonight’s opening is a double bill of igor stravinsky’s l’histoire du soldat and wynton marsalis’s take on stravinsky’s work in his a fiddler’s tale. free-$30. >>
thurs 8pm: too many stories comedy show: storytelling comedian joey rinaldi has 30 stories to share in less than an hour, and with the help of the audience and a whiteboard, he’ll try to tell as many as he can. last place on earth board game cafe (greenpoint), free. >>
thurs 8pm (every other thursday): landline comedy: get hoppy at the barrel cellar at wild east brewing co. (gowanus), where comedians chloe radcliffe (fallon), matt wayne (comedy central), kyle gillis (under the radar comedy), ben asher (arthur ave comedy), and shea vassar (mom jeans comedy) are on tap for a night of laughs. hosted by andre medrano. bonus: rsvp for a chance to win a free drink. free admission. >>
thurs 8pm (monthly): groundhog day…entirely from memory: blindly-cast ten bones theatre company performers will attempt to recreate the story of groundhog day using only what they can remember from watching the film once recently. as the chaos ensues, drinks are drunk while the players are challenged to incorporate lines written by the audience and create ‘deleted’ scenes. littlefield (gowanus), $10. >>
thurs 8-10pm: ice ball: ‘bring your sartorially superb self’ to the simulacrum of yore’s 14th annual ice ball at the bryant park rink. free admission, $21-25 skate rental (or byo). >>
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