around town today

6-7pm (+ 5/11): get an introduction to the bard’s plays over nine weeks at the cooper union’s free shakespeare course. the foundation building’s great hall (7 e. 7th st., bet. third + fourth aves). >>

6:30pm: award-winning journalist jon alpert and simon kilmurry, executive producer of public television’s indie doc showcase pov, discuss how to make quality documentaries in the digital age. nyit, $10 general, free for students. >>

6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly thru 5/11): miró quartet performs haydn, copland and schubert at the music mondays concert series at the advent lutheran church/broadway united church of christ (2504 broadway at 93rd st.). free. >>

7pm: big gay ice cream founders bryan petroff and douglas quint launch their cookbook at strand books with the help of stacy london (tlc’s love lust or run), drag personalities bambi galore and bertha mason, and free ice cream. purchase of the book ($35) is required for admission. >>

7pm: short-story writer lydia davis reads from her most recent collection, can’t and won’t at mcnally jackson books. lynne tillman (what would lynne tillman do?) joins. free. >>

7pm: investigative journalist chris woods discusses how drone warfare has shaped american foreign policy since 9/11 in his book, sudden justice: america’s secret drone wars. the half king. free. >>

7pm: the avengers improv at the magnet theater. $7. >>

7pm: matthew broderick hosts a silent movie night at the new school, with contemporary music performed by student ensembles to silent films sherlock jr. (buster keaton) and the immigrant (charlie chaplin). free. >>

7pm (weekly): the way station’s monday movie series screens history of the world: part 1 (1981). free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: politics + pints, a night of political discussion, comedy, games and music hosted by political journalist allen mcduffee (the atlantic) and msnbc producer and comedic writer john flowers. local 61, free (rsvp required). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: the annie o. music series presents an intimate show with the prettiots at the penthouse at the standard hotel. 25 cooper square, free (email rsvp required). >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (weekly): will miles, clark jones and kenny deforest guest host the night train comedy show, with performances by dan boulger (comedy central), amber nelson (comedy central), nate fernald, sam johnson, and andrew michaan (la’s ‘good looks’ co-host). littlefield, $8. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show: singer-songwriter kimya dawson, paul barbeau, hamell on trial, roger manning and toby goodshank play trans-pecos. $10. >>

8pm: test your knowledge of the princess bride trivia at chelsea grill of hell’s kitchen. free (rsvp). >>

8pm (monthly): eliot glazer (broad city), north coast (time out‘s top 10 best comedy shows), pop poulette and nancy are tonight’s guests on the later show with katie kester. ucbeast, $5. >>

8pm (monthly): andrea shapiro’s ‘saw her stand-up there’ all-female comedy show returns to q.e.d. astoria with guests brooke van poppelen (@midnight, ferguson), katina corrao (lasers in the jungle co-host), natalie shure, margaret dodge, ariel elias and brooke arnold. $5. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show (weekly): the sh*t lit comedy show and reading series celebrates the worst of the worst submitted poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, sketches and essays. tonight’s guests: david ebert (guy code), katie hannigan (undercover comedy show co-host), lukas kaiser (chappelle’s show, spike tv), evan williams (live at gotham) and andrew collin (funny or die). hosted by lizzie martinez and tim racine. optional: bring your own awful 150-word submission to read for a chance to win $10. bunga’s den, free. >>

9pm: the disposable film festival showcases short films created with mobile phones, pocket cameras, and other inexpensive devices. videology, free. >>

9pm (weekly): huckleberry bar’s free monday night movie screenings pay tribute to adventure films this month. tonight: big trouble in little china (1986). >>

9:30pm doors, 10pm show (weekly): tonight at the the stand’s frantic! free comedy show: monroe martin, damien lemon, pete lee, ben kronberg, matteo lane, adrienne iapalucci, jenny zigrino, and host aaron berg. no minimum. free. >>

10pm doors, 10:30pm show (ends today): female musicians and video artists collaborate for the first time for ‘the hum’, a weekly series at greenpoint’s manhattan inn. tonight: cat martino (stranger cat) + erin fein (psychic twin), xenia rubinos + indigo street (shy hunters), jen goma (a sunny day in glasgow) + caroline davis (maitri) + cassandra jenkins, and laura bartczak. free. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

coming up

4/28: buy a dozen krispy kreme original glazed doughnuts, get a second dozen free in honor of superhero day. >>

4/28 7:30-8:30am (every tues + thurs thru 9/24): free outdoor tai chi classes return to bryant park’s fountain terrace for the season. >>

4/28 4pm: the experimental cuisine collective discusses the role of insects in human diets. nyu chemistry department, free (rsvp). >>

4/28 4, 7:30pm: fiaf screens john cassavetes’s gloria (1980), followed by a free wine reception as part of its ‘haute couture on film’ series. $13. >>

4/28 5:30pm: actors elizabeth olsen and aaron taylor-johnson discuss their latest film avengers: age of ultron. apple soho, free (rsvp required). >>

4/28 6pm: learn about the history of treating malaria with plants from author abena dove osseo-asare (bitter roots: the search for healing plants in africa). the new york academy of medicine, free (rsvp). >>

4/28 6pm: singer josh groban gives a free performance of songs from his new album stages at the shops at columbus circle’s second floor. on thursday, joshie will also do a cd signing at barnes + noble 86th + lexington. >>

4/28 7pm: balkan a cappella trio black sea hotel performs an intimate show at pete’s candy store. free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

4/28 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the late night disaster, a new variety/talk show hosted by rob blatt, debuts at union hall with guests jon glaser (girls, parks and recreation, delocated), opera-singing burlesque performer sarah screams (operotica), ginny leise and soojeong son (the shame game hosts), julio torres (comedy central ‘comic to watch’), and band leader leslie goshko (sideshow goshko, time out new york ‘critics’ pick’). $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

4/28 8pm: john lydon, aka johnny rotten of the sex pistols, launches his memoir anger is an energy at saint vitus. $28.99 admission includes a copy of the book. >>

4/28 8pm: director jeff krulik presents a screening of his circus sideshow documentary, heavy metal parking lot, at the morbid anatomy museum. $15. >>

4/28 8pm: spice twirls: a burlesque tribute to the spice girls. parkside lounge, $15. >>

4/28 9pm (weekly): gotham west market’s free tuesday night movie series screens e.t. the extra terrestrial (1982). food and beer will be available for purchase. bonus: free popcorn! >>

4/28 midnight: diiv and sunflower bean play baby’s all right. $15. >>

sales, deals, freebies

thru 4/28: take an extra 20% off up to three local deals on groupon with promo code ‘sale3’. >>

thru 5/4: get yerself a free cookie at the new insomnia cookies location in the lower east side (164 orchard st., bet. stanton + rivington sts). present a printout or show the coupon on your phone to redeem. >>

ticket deals

rsvp for a chance to win tickets to the lolë white tour, a yoga session with 10,000 yogis all dressed in white in central park on 9/2. bonus: free yoga mat and gift bag. >>

get tickets to the governors island new-orleans-style crawfish festival 6/20 for free-$33 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35-55). >>

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10am-5pm (ends sat): designer furniture, art, home accents, and gifts are 50-70% off retail at housing works annual design on a dime benefit sale at metropolitan pavilion. >>

10:45am-2:15pm: bryant park celebrates world tai chi day with free classes and demos today. starting 4/28, free morning classes occur every tues + thurs 7:30-8:30am thru 9/29.

11am-6pm (saturdays thru 10/31): the outdoor hester street fair returns for the season with 30 shopping vendors and 20 food vendors. free admission. >>

11am-6pm: the seventh annual prospect heights craft fair features 40 independent artists and designers selling apparel, jewelry, stationery, food and more. proceeds benefit the arts programs of ps 9. 80 underhill ave @ st. marks ave. (brooklyn), free. >>

12-2pm: cute overload as dachshunds and their owners gather for the 23rd annual dachshund spring fiesta under the washington square park arch. free. >>

12-4pm: the kansas city barbeque society-sanctioned new york city chili cookoff features tastings, live music, and more. staten island’s historic richmond town, $10 adv, $12 door. >>

12-4pm qualifying rounds, 7pm 5ks, 8pm main events: track bike riders and runners compete on a 1.25km track at the annual red hook criterium. an after party follows at hometown ($10). brooklyn cruise terminal (72 bowne st. at pioneer st., brooklyn), free to watch. >>

12-5pm: there’ll be free pizza at instagram’s hot girls eating pizza brunch party at baby’s all right. free admission. >>

12-5pm: fashion bloggers and nylon magazine do some spring cleaning and open up their closets of editor picks, samples and limited quantities of cover shoot items for the depop closet sale. items range from $5-100, with 10% benefitting housing works. root studios (442 w. 18th st. @ 10th ave.), cash only. >>

12-6pm: bushwick’s fine + raw chocolate factory hosts a waffle brunch party, with sweet, savory, gluten free and vegan options available. pay-as-you-go. >>

1-5pm: 50,000 march down madison ave from 39th st. to madison square park for the annual nyc sikh day parade. free vegetarian food + non-alcoholic beverages will be available. >>

1-8pm: wbar barnard college radio’s 22nd annual outdoor wbar-b-q features nine bands, including perfect p*ssy, dubbel dutch, big ups and more. bonus: free indian food while it lasts. lehman lawn (3009 broadway @ 117th st), free. >>

4-11pm: wall to wall johnny cash: two dozen country, bluegrass, blues, folk and indie-rock artists pay tribute to the man in black for seven hours at symphony space. free. >>

5:30pm doors, 6pm show: the difficult to name reading series celebrates one year with readings and performances by hallie cantor (inside amy schumer), jazmine hughes (the new york times), elon green (the awl, slate), and more. bonus: $3 drinks. free admission. >>

6:30-9:30pm: high line sunset poetry walk: stroll the high line and encounter a series of poetic readings, spoken word, and asl poetry along the park. things wrap up with a cash bar closing party. free admission. >>

7pm: audrey murray hosts comedy night at word bookstore with stand-up from ryan reiss, maurice licorish, julio torres, kale bogdanovs, scott rogowsky, and amber nelson. $6 admission includes two brooklyn brewery beers. >>

7-10pm: gristle tattoo hosts a free opening reception for group art show, ‘cimmerian’. >>

7-11pm: all are encouraged to take to the story stage at the big lean – a new series that’s as much party as it is storytelling. this month’s story theme, ‘the birds and the bees (aka sexy stories)’, takes place along with an art show at bushwick’s fuchs projects gallery. bonus: there’ll be free sixpoint beer and byob is permitted. $10. >>

7pm-1am (fri-sat, weekly): the weekly brooklyn night bazaar night market brings bands, food, drinks, vendors, light installations, mini golf, ping pong and skee-ball to a 24,000 sq ft warehouse. this week’s live music comes from moss icon, guerilla-toss, beech creeps, multiculti, voice coils, into it. over it., major league, tiny moving parts, collect yourself and safety. free admission. >>

7pm doors (monthly): wit’s end and the dorothy parker society’s jazz age soirée features live jazz from mike davis and his chicago loopers and wfmu’s michael w. haar playing rarities. cocktail attire, dapper suits, and other vintage wear highly encouraged. free dance lesson at 8:30pm. flute midtown $15. >>

7pm doors. 8:30pm readings: ekphrasis: a group of ten writers and artists who’ve been paired up will exhibit and read their new works at shoestring press gallery. hosted by emily niland and kate mooney. free. >>

7:30pm (monthly): vhs presents: comedians and storytellers show the recorded attempts they made at being stars during their adolescence. videology, free. >>

8pm: classical musicians perform chamber music works during and in between nine-minute boxing bouts at dumbo’s gleason’s gym. $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

8pm (monthly thru 5/9): the people’s symphony concerts continues the season with miró string quartet performing haydn, schuller and beethoven. washington irving auditorium, $14. >>

9pm: there’ll be free beer at the glaser-kaiser permanente comedy show, featuring 30-minute stand-up sets by aaron glaser (slow dance host, ucb) and lukas kaiser (chappelle’s show, spike tv). brit pack theater, free admission (email rsvp required). >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (ends today): rule of 7×7: 7 playwrights present new 10-minute plays that follow 7 rules. the tank, $10 adv, $12 door admission includes a drink. >>

9pm: dig out your volcanic ensembles for the skint’s pretty in pink 80s-themed prom, with alternative favorites spun by dj steve reynolds (mix master of party like it’s 1999), throwback video projections by stephen pitalo (, a ‘try a little tenderness’ duckie dance off, photo booth, costume contest, themed drinks and more. $5 adv, $7 day of. >>

9:30pm: pop roulette performs musical sketch comedy that skewers pop culture events at the pit. $10 general, $1 students. >>

9:30pm: the bunker roving performance series presents ‘the rooms in you’, an evening of dance performances and art installations at livestream public. $8. >>

10:30pm (+ 5/23): the video massacre show pays tribute to the midnight movie mayhem of the 70s and 80s with a sketch comedy murder mystery and strange + humorous videos from across the country. the annoyance theatre + bar, $5. >>

midnight-ish movies:
alien @ ifc. $14. >>
altered states with a live score by long distance poison @ nitehawk. $16. >>
fright night @ ifc. $14. >>
mad max @ landmark sunshine. $10. >>
mill of the stone women (fri) and ilsa, the wicked warden (sat) @ spectacle. $5. >>
the kentucky fried movie @ nitehawk. $11. >>
the shining @ ifc. $14. >>


it’s national pretzel day! grab a free pretzel at participating pretzelmaker locations by saying a tongue twister. >>

11am-3:30pm, 8pm: the muse circus school grand opening festivities include free classes and demos (11am-3-3:30pm, free admission) and a show (8pm, $10 adv, $15 door). >>

11am-4pm: hundreds of literary magazines will be just $2 an issue and editors will be on hand at the annual council of literary magazines and presses (clmp) lit mag fair at housing works. plus, from 2-3:30pm, finalists for the clmp firecracker awards will do readings. free admission. >>

11am-5pm (bi-monthly): the food truck rally returns to prospect park’s grand army plaza with 15 trucks, including kimchi taco, milk truck grilled cheese, red hook lobster pound, coolhaus, kelvin natural slush co, and more. pay-as-you-go. >>

11am-7pm: greenpoint’s maha rose center for holistic healing hosts an open house with $30 30-minute sessions 11am-7pm (acupuncture, astrology, reiki, tarot, and more). >>

12-4pm: modern + eco-friendly goods and offbeat ideas for your big day will be exhibited at the toasted brooklyn wedding event. bonus: free goodie bags for the first 100 folks, plus raffles and complimentary sips + bites from caterers for all. brooklyn bazaar, $8 adv, $12 day of. >>

1-4pm: learn how to make yourself a journal or turn a paperback into a hardcover at nyc resistor’s bookbinding make-along workshop. $10. >>

1-6pm: enjoy complimentary cocktails and get a free manicure with purchase of a nail polish bottle ($14) at the hail nails pop-up nail bar at greenpoint’s in god we trust. >>

1-7pm: the annual greenpointers spring market offers 60+ local arts and crafts makers, plus massages, a photo booth, food, strawberry gin, specialty beers, cafe grumpy coffee, and more. greenpoint loft (67 west st., 5th floor), free admission. >>

2pm: organizing consultant and author marie kondō discusses the life-changing magic of tidying up: the japanese art of decluttering and organizing at b+n 82nd + broadway. free. >>

2-5pm (thru 5-18): columbia university school of the arts visual arts mfa thesis exhibition. fisher landau center for art (lic), free. >>

4pm (monthly): obsolete cinema’s screening series at freddy’s bar presents anaconda (1997) and grizzly (1976). both on craptastic vhs. plus, trivia + prizes, and happy hour prices until 6pm. free admission. >>

4pm: the way station hosts a costume contest during a screening of iron man 2 and the avengers, with winners receiving advance screening passes for avengers: age of ultron in imax 3d. free admission. >>

6:30pm (monthly thru 8/30): fringe festival hit a brief history of beer is a one hour ‘drinkeractive’ comedy where the audience travels through time to save beer from the mysterious nefarious person who stole it away from us. under st. marks, $18. >>

7pm: participant inc hosts ‘bodies in space’, an evening of conversation and performance about embodiment, featuring nasa astrophysicist dr. michelle thaller, choreographer miguel gutierrez, scholar of race and sexuality robert reid-pharr, artist neil goldberg and more. free. >>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): the macaulay culkin comedy and variety show — which mr. culkin has nothing to do with — features guests conner o’ malley, phoebe robinson, seaton smith, jason saenz, max wittert, good cop/great cop, brian + edy, unisex, and hosts sally burtnik and brett davis. shea stadium, $5. >>

7:30pm: tempus continuum and route 9 ensemble present ‘deconstruction,’ a collection of music that uses textual and musical elements that have been morphed. the firehouse space, $10. >>

8pm (ends today): synth-pop band white prism plays a residency in the ace hotel lobby. free admission. >>

all weekend

heatonist, a hot sauce tasting room with a sommelier, is now open in greenpoint. because, brooklyn. >>

dawn to dusk (+ 5/2-3): 12,000 tulips, spring flowers, and blossoming cherry trees help you forget winter at the west side community garden’s annual tulip festival. free. >>

10am-6pm (+ 5/2-3, 5/9-106: the 35th annual spring crafts on columbus arts + crafts show returns for the season with 100 exhibitors. columbus ave., bet. 77th + 81st sts >>

11am-6pm: 150 artists, writers + publishers show off their self-published creations (typically $1-10 each) at the fourth annual brooklyn zine fest. note: each day will have a different lineup of 70+ exhibitors. brooklyn historical society, free admission. >>

10am-6pm sat, 10am-5pm sun (ends sun): the fourth annual nyc green festival takes over the jacob k. javits center with eco-minded businesses, speakers, vegetarian + vegan cooking demos, tasting samples, and more. $5 plus ticket fees sat-sun here (reg. $12-15). >>

10am-6pm: although most aren’t in bloom yet, the 34th annual sakura matsuri cherry blossom festival at the brooklyn botanic garden (boasting the largest collection outside of japan) features taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, a cosplay fashion show, manga artists, samurai sword fighting, and more. $25 general, $20 students/seniors. >>

10am-7pm sat, 10am-6pm sun: it may be chilly outside, but it’ll be hot at the third annual nyc hot sauce expo, brooklyn expo (greenpoint), $10 adv, $15 door. >>

10am-7pm sat, 10am-6pm sun (ends sun): get tickets to artexpo new york, featuring 400 artists, galleries and publishers, at pier 94 for free-$10 here (plus ticket fees, reg. $20 general, $15 students/seniors). >>

6pm sat, 10am-6pm sun: the fourth annual new york nineteenth century society extravaganza offers a weekend of traveling back in time with a fancy dress ball (sat, $15), a steampunk picnic, readings and more (sun, free). >>

8pm sat, 2pm sun (ends sun): the tempest ladies, an all-female shakespeare theater company, presents a new production of a midsummer night’s dream at chernuchin theatre. $18. >>

ends sun: the yoga journal live! conference at the new york hilton midtown, which is not skint-priced, offers free classes, demos and activities for all in the sangha space. no registration required. >>

ends sun: the 14th annual tribeca film festival wraps up 12 days of features, shorts, special events, and free events with a free family street fair (sat), a free screening of back to the future, and more. >>

thru 5/3: six playwrights riff on the theme ‘anniversary’ for theatre/film collective f*it club’s fifth annual spring fling. bonus: sunday matinee performances include a free mimosa. irt theater, $18 (pay-what-you-can 4/29). >>

thru 5/5: 30 years of nyc celebrity street portraits are on display at the morrison hotel gallery. free. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

sales, deals, freebies

50% off groceries: get $30 to spend on groceries at d’agostino supermarkets for $15 (limit: 2/person). >>

ticket deals

rsvp to see free outdoor concerts at mccarren park by the very best and heems (6/12) and against me! (6/13) during the northside festival. (these fill up fast!)

take a 90-minute nighttime city lights cruise (drink included) aboard a 1920s-style yacht thru 5/30 for $31.20 (plus ticket fees, reg. $52). >>

get tickets to the governors island new-orleans-style crawfish festival 6/20 for free-$33 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35-55). >>

movie tickets for $8.50: amc gold experience tickets or regal entertainment group premiere tickets, valid at any location nationwide (plus ticket fees, $13 value). >>

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