scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur all weekend (some start friday), including bill graham and the rock + roll revolution, the harlem fine arts show, film screenings, and more.


fri 2pm: stop by the new häagen-dazs shop at the fulton center transit hub in for a free ruby cacao ice cream bar. while supplies last. >>

fri 2pm: love in the time of revolution: learn how the founding fathers courted at an 18th century romance-inspired tour of fraunces tavern museum (fidi). included with regular museum admission ($7 general, $4 students/seniors). >>

fri 6pm: commit to your beloved all over again at time square’s annual vow renewal ceremony. this year’s event, once again taking place on the iconic red steps, welcomes couples of all kinds and will be preceded by a performance from the cast of broadway’s dear evan hansen. free. >>

fri 6pm doors, 7pm show: are you that somebody? find out at a night of interactive v-day themed games including ‘people bingo,’ ‘tinder irl,’ and ‘the ex files’ hosted by comedian carly ann filbin. singles and couples welcome. parklife (gowanus), free admission (food and drinks are available for purchase). >>

fri 7pm: run away (literally) from crowded prix fixe dinners with the sixth annual boycott valentine’s day pub run, a four-mile fun run with stops at bars along the way. meet at brooklyn running company (williamsburg), $30 admission includes a drink at each stop. >>

fri 7pm (biweekly thru thru 5/1): columbia astronomy outreach’s stargazing + lecture series returns with a talk by brian metzger on how gravitational waves pointed scientists to the origin of gold. q+a and stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting) follows. columbia university’s pupin hall (morningside heights), free. >>

fri 7pm (fridays thru 2/28): go on an upstairs, downstairs journey in the latest original live show from sketch team the executives, felton abbey, an original part-puppet, part human comedy. magnet theater (chelsea), $10. >>

fri 7-10pm: share your love for books and reading at a v-day themed library after hours event at nypl’s schwarzman building (bryant park). the evening includes dramatic readings of love poems, literary trivia, librarian-led book matchmaking, interactive exhibits, music spun by dj rimarkable, and drinks available for purchase. $15 adv for priority admission starting at 7pm, or pay-what-you-wish at the door starting at 8pm. >>

fri 7pm + 9:30pm: rebecca vigil and evan kaufman interview a couple from the audience and create a completely improvised musical based on their story at a valentine’s day edition of your love, our musical. caveat (les), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: the smiths tribute band the sons + heirs play their annual valentine’s day concert, hosted by rolling stone columnist and author rob sheffield (love is a mix tape, talking to girls about duran duran). the bell house (gowanus), $20 adv, $25 dos. >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): double your pleasure with two nights of the awkward sex…and the city storytelling show. held in the basement of a sex toy shop, two lineups of storytellers and comedians will recount their most cringeworthy sexual encounters for your valentine’s day pleasure. bonus: free beer + wine, plus save 15% off store purchases. the pleasure chest (ues), $12 adv with promo code ‘skint’ or $15 at the door if you mention the skint (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

fri 8pm (+ sat 8:30pm): hear just how musical household items can be at the third annual midwinter jug + string band rendezvous. jalopy (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront), $15-20. >>

ri 8pm: put a little soul into your valentine’s day with cover band atomic funk project’s tribute to the divas of soul. brooklyn bowl (williamsburg), $15. >>

fri 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): the tinder live! with lane moore comedy show takes swipes at the hook-up app with real-time profile scoping, liking, matching, and hilarious chatting. tonight’s show features guests jamilah lemieux (slate), dylan marron (conversations with people who hate me), and ada calhoun (why we can’t sleep). hosted by lane moore (comedian and author of how to be alone: if you want to and even if you don’t). littlefield (gowanus), $15 adv, $18 door. >>

fri 8pm doors, 9pm show: party for a cause at the return of the annual village of love planned parenthood benefit show and dance, a concert fundraiser featuring a rotating lineup of vocalists performing love songs, followed by a new york night train dance party. tv eye (ridgewood), $20 general, $10 after 11pm. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by john hastings (comedy central), opey olagbaju (comedy central), andre thompson (stand up nbc), carolyn riley, max walter, megan brennan, and meaghan strickland. hosted by wendy steiner. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the big weird comedy show pairs free pizza with jokes by ben katzner (keith and the girl), doug smith (conan), liz barrett (laughs), jess reed (comedy central), and andrew collin. hosted by casey james salengo, ryan beck, and will winner. secret loft (greenwich village), $8-12 admission includes pizza. >>

fri 9:30pm (+ 2/17, 2/19): quad cinema screens alex cox’s sid and nancy (1986), starring gary oldman and chloe webb as sid vicious and nancy spungen. quad cinema (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

fri 9:30pm: sing/scream it out at secretformula’s emo sing-along, a communal karaoke where you can sing and dance along to two hours of emo, pop punk, screamo, and hardcore punk videos. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 10:30pm: single, in a relationship, married, it’s complicated. whatever your status, valentine’s day is for suckers. avoid the trappings of a manufactured holiday at the skint’s fifth annual ‘it’s friday, i’m (not) in love’ anti-valentine’s dance party, with songs of heartache and liberation spun by dj ceremony, a photo booth, themed-drink specials, and more. dress code: all black. littlefield (gowanus), $7 adv, $10 door. >>

fri 11pm: jokesters find their true love at tinderella, a dating game-inspired show where comedians choose between three mystery contestants, but only have their tinder profiles and answers to absurd questions to base their decision on. the pit striker stage (gramercy), $13. >>

fri 11pm: comedians riff over a cheesy softcore adult movie, mst3k-style, at the soft core! show. hosted by jenn wehrung and chris gersbeck. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

fri 11pm: go from red and pink to purple at the semi-regular uptown: prince party. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $5-10. >>

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sat 12pm, 4pm, 8pm: 100 years | 100 women: culture in a changing america: artists, thinkers and cultural leaders explore the complex legacy of the 19th amendment 100 years after its ratification. participants include photographer and scholar deborah willis, actor-activists kathleen turner and tantoo cardinal, spoken word performer caridad de la luz ‘la bruja,’ vocalist martha redbone, visual artist renee cox, performance artist karen finley and community organizer d’ara balenger and many others. park avenue armory (ues), $15. >>

sat 12-5pm (monthly): shop more than a dozen local, cruelty-free food + goods vendors at a valentine’s edition of the vegan shop-up pop-up market. pine box rock shop (bushwick), free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian). >>

sat 3pm unitil ?: no jacket required. after a five-year hiatus, phil collins day will be celebrated in nyc this saturday at greenpoint beer + ale co. free admission. >>

sat 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: processing iowa: a special edition of political circus: andrea jones-rooy, ph.d., political science professor, standup comedian, and circus performer, is joined by politics and technology experts to break down what happened, why it happened, and what it means for the 2020 election. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

sat 7pm: be a part of someone else’s love story at a valentine’s edition the in a world dating show, where host emma vernon will guide two brave singles through an on-stage first date, full of challenges, performances, and improvised dates from comedians. a singles afterparty follows. chelsea music hall (chelsea), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): animators, cartoonists and other artists project their on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines at the picture this! show. hosted by ian fidance. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: find a sympathetic soul at the love hangover, an annual evening of duets about love. this year’s event benefits sounds of saving and features 20 pairs of performers. the bowery electric (east village). $10. >>

sat 7:30pm (monthly): comedian and musician rob paravonian’s odd rock comedy hour brings music, comedy, sketch, video to q.e.d. (astoria). $10. >>

sat 8pm: comedian carly ann filbin, host of the ‘let me break you up’ anti-dating game show, wants to hook you up at her pro-dating young, hot, sluts matchmaking show. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 8pm: it’s time for the les comedy show, which takes place a watch shop. tonight: dina hashem (comedy central), gus constantellis, mary cella, and jordan jensen. hosted by jamie wolf. byob. 11 stanton (les), free-$5. >>

sat 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: no date needed for sad prom, a concert of bands covering the sounds of joy division, the cure, and siouxsie and the banshees. mercury lounge (les), $12 adv, $15 dos. >>

sat 9pm: say je t’aime at gemini + scorpio’s annual meet me in paris clandestine cabaret, a retro-themed party filled with live music, dancing, and burlesque and variety acts. themed-dress required. gemini + scorpio loft (gowanus), $20 until 1am, $10 after. >>

sat 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): it’s all things html-arious at the internet explorers show, where comedians and actual experts guide you through the depths of the world wide web. tonight’s ‘google’-themed show features former google employee kathryn spiers, data and privacy reporter sara morrison, and more. hosted by mark vigeant. caveat (les), $12 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 9:30pm (+ 2/29): comedian anthony devito (this american life, colbert), performs a one-person show about finding out a family secret (hint: the show is called my dad isn’t danny devito). cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), $10. >>

sat 9:30pm: sing your heart out at secretformula’s annual love bites power ballads sing-along, a music video party filled with 80’s and 90’s songs, an air guitar competition, themed-swag, and more. themed attire encouraged. pine box rock shop (bushwick), $5. >>

sat 10:30pm (+ 3/28): it’s all about the audience at maaad late!, chris de la cruz’s improvised late night talk show, where everything from the opening monologue to the ‘celebrity guest’ interview is made up on the spot with help from the audience. magnet theater (chelsea), $10. >>

sat 11pm: forget any v-day blues at bad romance, a queer pop dance party with tributes to lady gaga. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $5 adv, $10 door. >>

sat 11pm: cut to the feeling at party for one: a dance party dedicated to the music of carly rae jepsen, plus cuts by charli xcx, robyn, and more. baby’s all right (williamsburg), $5 adv, $10 dos. >>


sun 4pm: young ensemble the orchestra now performs a free concert of works by ravel, debussy, messiaen, and stravinsky at symphony space (uws). free (rsvp). >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: (weekly): this just in: news-themed alternative comedy show bad news returns with sets by hari kondabolu (netflix), john hastings (comedy central), kenice mobley (stand up nbc), jake adams, and brian allen mitchell. hosted by carmen lagala, sam evans, brittany carney, and alex ptak. cherry tree (gowanus), $5. >>

sun 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedians rewrite classic scenes of films + tv shows they’ve never seen before at the never seen it show. tonight’s guests: jean grae (church of the infinite you), taylor garron (reductress), robert dean (inside jokes), and tommy mcnamara (stand by your band). hosted by kyle ayers. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 8pm: go ahead and let your hair down at the highlights, a comedy show in a hair salon. hosted by meaghan strickland (blonde), molly devane (redhead), and mary cella (brunette), with sets by brad howe (adult swim), martin urbano (kimmel), eli coyote (snl), carmen lagala (colbert), megan brennan, and brittany carney. bonus: $3 beer and $5 hard seltzer. the cutloose (greenpoint), $5. >>

sun 8pm: professional comedians test works-in-progress and give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at their process at nat towsen’s new material night. tonight: jordan klepper, with openers bardia salimi and lana schwartz. the pit underground (gramercy), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

sun 8pm (weekly): andy kaufman award winner brett davis’ new weekly alternative comedy show, planet sex, launches at ridgewood’s planet x with performances by joe pera (comedy central), anna seregina (viceland), joe rumrill (the chris gethard show), caroline yost (adult swim), and kelly cooper (ladies who ranch). planet x (ridgewood), free admission. >>

sun 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: cheekface, bad moves, and gobbinjr play rough trade (williamsburg). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

sun 8:30pm: laugh and scream at hoff’s horrorfest, where comedian hoff matthews will host a screening of 1986 h.p. lovecraft adaptation from beyond, interspersed with comedy bits and prize giveaways. cantina royal (williamsburg), $10. >>

sun 9pm doors, 9:30pm show (weekly): this week’s if you build it stand-up comedy show includes performances by john hastings (comedy central), mike recine (conan), sam taggart (hbo), lizzie martinez (funny or die), molly brenner (molly brenner: i’m coming), and max walter (funniest stand up in chicago winner). guest hosted by luke mones. ucb at subculture (noho), $9. >>

all weekend

fri thru sun: the annual harlem fine arts show, the largest traveling african diasporic art show in the us, returns to nyc. riverside church (morningside heights), $25 fri-sun, $50 for opening night thrus. >>

fri thru 2/17: get your fill of film with these film fests, series, and special screenings:
► fri 7pm + 9:45pm: casablanca. village east cinema, $15. >>
► fri thru 2/16: new york asian film festival winter showcase. sva theatre (chelsea), $10-20. >>
► fri thru 2/16: the before trilogy. syndicated (bushwick), $7. >>
► fri thru 2/17: long weekend of love. bam rose cinemas (fort greene), $16. >>

fri thru 1/3: from asphalt to arenas, explore new york’s basketball history at city/game: basketball in new york, a new exhibition at the museum of the city of new york (harlem). suggested admission: $20 general, $14 students/seniors, free for 19 and under. >>

fri thru 8/23: immerse yourself in the musical world of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s at bill graham and the rock + roll revolution, a new exhibition at new-york historical that explores the life of the founder of san francisco’s fillmore auditorium and new york’s fillmore east with posters, audio, and an installation of the psychedelic ‘joshua light show.’ new york historical society museum + library (uws), $22 general, $17 seniors, $13 students. >>

sat + sun: various times: the 35th annual new york sword dance festival offers free performances of this traditional english dance form with modern twists by a dozen troupes at spaces across manhattan and brooklyn. >>

looking for more? check our website for a list of more than 40 ongoing events. >>

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