thru 12/24: gift markets, fairs, and pop-ups:
christmas fair at the church of sweden (diamond district). 12-6pm wednesdays-sundays thurs thru 12/24. >>
christmas fair at the norwegian seamen’s church (midtown east). fri thru sun. >>
danish christmas fair at danish seamen’s church (brooklyn heights). sat + sun 10am-4pm. >>
holiday printing open house at south street seaport museum. sat 1-4pm. >>
off the wall – the affordable holiday art fair at culture lab lic. thurs-sun thru 12/18. >>
shop small pop-up at new woman space (williamsburg). sat 1-7pm. >>
trans art bazaar at house of yes (bushwick). sun 1-7pm. >>
union square outdoor holiday market. thru 12/24 (closed thanksgiving). >>

thru 5/7/2023: thierry mugler: couturissime: the first and only retrospective exhibition devoted to late french designer thierry mugler opens at brooklyn museum with 130 haute couture designs and stage costumes, accessories, photographs, and installations. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $20 general, $12 seniors/students (admission includes entry to all of the museum’s exhibitions and galleries). >>

thru 4/10/2023: nick cave: forothermore: traveling from the museum of contemporary art chicago, an exhibition covering the entire breadth of artist nick cave’s career comes to the guggenheim. featuring sculpture, installation, video, and rarely seen early work, the exhibition’s opening weekend will be free to attend (rsvp here). regular admission is $25 general, $18 students/seniors, and pay-what-you-wish saturdays 6-8pm. >>

thru 1/8/2023: the bronx zoo holiday lights: ice-carvers, stilt walkers, costumed characters, and 360 lanterns representing almost 90 animal and plant species fill the bronx zoo for its annual immersive holiday display. $39.95 general, $34.95 seniors, $24.95 kids. >>

fri thru sun: transgender day of remembrance: the lgbtq+ community and allies will gather for vigils, volunteer opportunities, and other events across the boroughs to raise awareness and honor those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. >>

fri thru sun: get your fill of film at the video art + experimental film festival @ tribeca film center and producers club theaters (fri + sat, $15) and the tide film festival @ stuart cinema and bric (fri thru sun, $20).

fri + sat (fri 6-9pm, sat 1-7pm): the international studio + curatorial program’s fall open studios: works by 37 resident artists and curators from 31 countries will be on display at iscp’s annual fall open studios. international studio + curatorial program (east williamsburg), free (rsvp required, $10 suggested donation). >>

fri 7pm: butts: a backstory: reporter, essayist, and radiolab contributing editor heather radke gets to the bottom of bottoms at a talk on her new book, butts: a backstory. in conversation with new york magazine and the cut writer allison p. davis. books are magic (cobble hill), $10 admission includes a store gift card, $28.9 includes a copy of the book. >>

fri 7pm (monthly): kweendom: come out for the kweendom lgbtq+ comedy and storytelling show, featuring performances by veronica garza (mtv), jimmy schatz (orange is the new black), anddy egan-thorpe (fruit basket comedy), ashlynn salzano (that time of the week), and dante plush. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations are welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

fri 7pm: must love dogs and comedy: bring your furbaby and howl with laughter at this dog-friendly comedy variety show, featuring stand-up, characters, storytelling, and musical comedy by lee lan (time out new york), maddie peck (last drop comedy), shalewa sharpe (don’t reach in the bag), michael abber, and stephanie o. hosted by jolie dudley. boris + horton (east village), donation-based admission (a portion of proceeds will benefit an animal rescue center). >>

fri 7pm: the harlem chamber players: annual bach concert: the harlem chamber players presents its annual all- bach concert at broadway presbyterian church (morningside heights). $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

fri 8pm (monthly): runnin’ late comedy: clock in to cab washington and marcely’s comedy show spotlighting black and brown performers, featuring marie faustin (comedy central), nore davis (comedy central), gavin matts (conan), and veronica kwiatkowski (hot sets comedy). friends and lovers (crown heights), $10. >>

fri 8pm (every other friday): cherry on top comedy: dairy queens savannah desormeaux and jenny gorelick host tonight’s edition of cherry on top, a comedy show featuring a female, queer, and non-binary lineup on the rooftop of ample hills creamery (gowanus). tonight’s lineup: jc mendoza (funny or die), freddie shanel (reductress), esther fallick, jilberto soto, and rylan sylvester. $10 admission (ice cream and pizza will be available for purchase). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): live from outer space comedy show: john f. o’donnell (redacted tonight), myka fox (trutv), and max bruno host an evening of out-of-this-world stand-up at the cobra club. tonight: che durena (siriusxm), courtney maginnis (comedy central), lane pieschel (comedians you should know), annie lockwood (netflix), and adam gilbert. cobra club (bushwick), donation-based. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): bitches brew comedy show: see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at this women-produced and hosted comedy show, returning to the back room at halyards (gowanus) with stand-up by emma willman (colbert), paul elia (conan), remy kassimir (netflix), amamah sardar (sirius xm), rohan padhye (npr), and elle orlando. free admission (a tip jar will be passed around at the end of the show). >>


sat thru 1/29/2023: city of kings: a history of new york graffiti: featuring stories, photos, ephemera, videos, documentaries, and the accounts of historical experiences, howl! happening (east village) presents an exhibition tracing the chronology of graffiti’s emergence as an art form and the under-recognized artists who pushed the medium forward. opening reception 11/19 6-8pm. free admission. >>

sat thru 1/16/2023: new york botanical garden’s annual holiday train show: see model trains zip through a display of more than 190 scaled replicas of new york landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks, and displayed under thousands of twinkling lights at nybg’s haupt conservatory. $30 general, $28 students/seniors. >>

sat 12pm: cranksgiving manhattan: at this annual food drive on wheels, participants cycle through nyc, buying food to benefit the bowery mission. bring a bike, a lock, a bag, and $ to purchase food. starts at bella abzug park (hudson yards). >>

sat 1-7pm (ends today): bronx night market: the bronx’s outdoor pop-up is back with a rotating lineup of vendors (majority micro-, small-, lgbtq+-, poc-, immigrant-, and female-owned) serving up food, drink, apparel, jewelry, art, and more, plus with live music and dance performances. fordham plaza (bronx), free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sat 7pm: citizenship live!: a comedy show ‘inspired by nightmare that is the u.s. customs and immigration service,’ citizenship live! challenges a team of immigrants and a team of u.s. citizens to answer trivia questions about america and the world. hosted by felipe torres medina and taylor kay phillips. $10 with promo code ‘lincoln’ (reg. $15). >>

sat 8pm: stand-up science: learn while laughing as scientist turned stand-up comedian ben miller breaks down everything from milk to the thermodynamics of refrigerators. grove 34 (astoria), $10. >>

sat 8pm: is this anything?: ian goldstein (mcsweeney’s) and ally spier (reductress) co-host a comedic variety show featuring a lineup of performers at ample hills’ scoop shop in gowanus. tonight: shenuque tissera (hbo max), ike ufomadu (ziwe), rebecca kaplan (beanie babe comedy), valerie vernale (pink lotion comedy), and chandler dean (mcsweeney’s). $10 admission includes a small ice cream. >>

sat 9pm: spanksgiving: things get saucy at i love burlesque’s annual fetish-inspired thanksgiving-season show. hosted by lucy buttons with dj fresh prince of darkness. dromedary urban tiki bar (bushwick), free general admission, $10 for reserved seating. bring $ to tip the performers. >>

sat 10pm (monthly): sandwich comedy show: comedians serve up slices of new material at gastor almonte and jess salomon’s sandwich comedy show, featuring aparna nancherla (comedy central, jared waters (pbs), salma hindy (amazon), moe singleton (thoughts for your thoughts), and michael abber. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $15 day-of. >>


sun 2pm (monthly thru may): schneider concerts chamber music series at the new school: showcasing early-career musicians and ensembles, the new school’s schneider concert series continues the season with the new york debut of ivalas string quartet, who’ll perform a program of works by beethovem, golijov, and alberga. the auditorium at the new school (union square), $20 general, $17 seniors. >>

sun 3pm: greenwich village orchestra: subversion + hope: the 70-person community orchestra continues its 2022-23 season with a concert program of works by leshnoff and shostakovich at all saints church (ues). suggested donation: $25 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

sun 4pm: melodia women’s choir in concert: melodia women’s choir presents a concert of music and poetry ‘depicting the beautiful foliage, the mellow and acute melancholy, and the beautiful moments of frost and festivity.’ church of the holy apostles (chelsea), $20 general, $15 students/seniors. >>

sun 7pm: queerotica comedy night: alex kim hosts a comedic tribute to queereroticism throughout history, featuring stand-ups emma willman (colbert), calise hawkins (fallon), sam morrison (drew barrymore show), jake cornell (comedy central), aurea young, and clara olshansky. the rare book room at strand books (union square), $10. >>

sun 8pm: beanie babe comedy: the standups and the stuffed animals are full of beans at rebecca kaplan’s comedy show, where a donation will get you a vintage beanie baby to take home. featuring katie boyle (the shift), valerie vernale (pink lotion comedy), brittany cardwell (ambush comedy), ian goldstein (mcsweeney’s), and wanjiko eke. young ethel’s (park slope), free admission (donations optional). >>

sun 8pm (monthly) disasterpiece movie night: from the wondrous to the weird, disasterpiece unearths forgotten gems of the vhs years for a watch party complete with arcade games, trivia, pizza, and more. tonight’s flick: daddy can’t dance (2012). wonderville (bushwick), free admission. >>


mon 7pm: duty free live!: foreign game shows get the comedy treatment when improvisers adapt game shows that aren’t widely-known to american audiences for the stage. caveat (les), $13.50 with promo code ‘lessduty’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

mon 7:30pm (monthly thru may 2023): music mondays concert series: the 20-year anniversary edition of ‘music mondays’ brings leading classical and contemporary chamber music ensembles to advent lutheran church (uws), continuing tonight with musicians from the met orchestra and an exploration of the music of kevin puts, whose opera the hours will premiere at the met the following night. puts will speak about the opera and his recent chamber music as part of a program that includes arias from the hours, a song cycle, chamber works, and music by mozart. free admission. >>

mon 8pm (monthly): the secret science club: the secret is out: the secret science club, an evening of lectures and libations, returns to the bell house (gowanus) with a talk from astrophysicist and planet hunter nora eisner, who’ll discuss her work with citizen scientists to detect some of the most elusive exoplanets in the milky way. free admission. >>

mon 8pm (weekly): butterboy comedy: the comedy show helmed by jo firestone, aparna nancherla, and maeve higgins with dj donwill returns with stand-up by ophira eisenberg (ask me another), yedoye travis (comedy central), kerry coddett (desus + mero), dan wilbur (how not to read), and sureni weerasekera. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 day-of. >>


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