THURS, 1/16: GIANT PEACOCK IN ROCK CENTER, CINEMATTERS, VOGUE KNITTING LIVE, + 15 FRI EVENTS

around town today

ongoing (open thursdays thru sundays): a free indoor skate park has opened in bushwick. >>

just added: thru 3/31: another set of illuminated, sound-generating seesaws (that you can ride!) has been installed at seaport square next to pier 17. free. >>

thru 1/26: chelsea repertory company and lab presents the e-merging artists 2020 one act play festival, bringing a dozen new one-act plays and solo performances to the theater 54 stage at shetler studios (midtown west). $20 general, $15 students. >>

thru 1/20: get inspired to take action at cinematters: the ny social justice film festival, presenting six days of documentary and narrative films, workshops, and conversations, all centered on the themes of inequality, injustice, and social responsibility. jcc manhattan (uws), free-$18 (opening night $36). >>

thru 1/19: gain a few purls of wisdom at vogue knitting live, a multi-day affair of classes, vendors, fashion shows, art, and more yarn-related fun. classes run thurs-sun, the marketplace is open fri-sun. new york marriott marquis (theater district), $20+ (classes + lectures extra). >>

thru 1/19: step out of the mainstream and into the 28th annual outsider art fair, showcasing works from 60 exhibitors with a focus on self-taught and alternative artists. metropolitan pavilion (chelsea), $30 fri-sun ($50 vernissage admission thursday). >>

just added: today until ?: a giant peacock, made of flowers and shrubbery as a promotional installation for nbc’s new streaming service, has been installed at rockefeller center. >>

6-8pm (on view thru 3/21): international print center new york’s new prints exhibition, homebody, features works by 31 artists from 6 countries whose work explores relationships between personal and domestic structures. opening reception and talks tonight. international print center new york (chelsea), free. >>

6-9pm (monthly): explore the lic art scene after-hours at this month’s lic gallery night, where nine galleries and art spaces will keep their doors open late. free admission. >>

6pm doors 6:30pm show: professor and legal scholar david a. harris discusses his new book, a city divided: race, fear, and the law in police confrontations, which examines police brutality through the lens of an incident that occurred in harris’s hometown of pittsburgh. harris will be joined in conversation by lauren-brooke eisen and ángel díaz of nyu’s brennan center for justice. nyu school of law (greenwich village), free. >>

6:30-9pm: pore over some page-turning art at the center for book arts winter exhibitions opening reception. center for book arts (flatiron), free. >>

7pm: call me by your name author andré aciman presents the book’s recently released sequel, find me, followed by a signing. the national arts club (gramercy), free admission (book price tba). >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: chris gethard presents goes irl for cgp all stars, a live showcase of comedians from the weekly public access show, including tommy mcnamara, annie donley, and clare o’kane. hosted, of course, by chris gethard. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

7-9pm: (on view thru 1/23): cp projects space at the school of visual arts presents ‘femmephilia,’ a group exhibition featuring six artists whose work envisions femininity as a source of power and community, rather than a patriarchal image of frailty and frivolity. opening reception tonight. cp projects space at sva (chelsea), free. >>

7pm doors, 7:30pm show: music for enophiles, a band dedicated to playing brian eno’s solo recordings from 1974-1977, plays the bowery electric (east village). $12 adv. >>

8pm (weekly): unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, featuring stand-up by rojo perez (conan), lisa curry (nbc), dan wilbur (ifc), andrew durso, and ashley hamilton. hosted by geoffrey asmus, ben katzner, rohan padhye, and aimee rose ranger. cherry tree (park slope/gowanus), free. >>

8pm: strange ranger, friendship, and water from your eyes play alphaville (bushwick). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

8:30pm (monthly): word weavers adam wade, leslie goshko, and will clegg share true stories about cheating at this month’s ‘tales of cheating’ edition of the nights of our lives storytelling show. hosted by david martin. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): saurin choksi and dj sareen present the brown privilege comedy show, with performances by julia shiplett (comedy central), jaffer khan (cbs), diego lopez (mtv), karen chee (seth meyers), yedoye travis (comedy central), and karolena theresa (handmaid’s tale: the musical). friends and lovers (crown heights), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

9pm doors, 9:30pm show (monthly): life is a vocabaret at the pun-ch up: a variety show for word lovers, where a lineup of nyc punderdome champs will fill your night with word games, anagrams, etymological deep-dives, and more. hosted by sam corbin (buzzfeed), tim donnelly (hq trivia), jerzy gwiazdowski (2019 o. henry punniest in show winner), ally spier (reductress), and nikolai vanyo. caveat (les), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

10pm: get cheeky at the bootylicious destiny’s child/beyoncé-themed dirty thursday dance party. house of yes (bushwick), free. >>

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

coming up

1/17-2/13: black women: trailblazing african american performers + images, 1920 – 2001, a screening series spotlighting over 80 years of trailblazing african american actresses and images in movies, opens at film forum (south village). $15 general, $11 seniors. >>

1/17-23: origin stories: bertrand bonello’s footnotes to zombi child: as a warm-up to french filmmaker bertrand bonello’s zombi child, opening 1/24, the quad presents a series of bonello-picked titles that have inspired and informed it, including carrie, picnic at hanging rock, the exorcist, and more. quad cinema (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

1/17-18: get in on the action at the eighth annual black comic book festival, bringing together creators, indie publishers, and fans for two days of screenings, discussions, workshops, signings, vendors, and cosplay. schomburg center for research in black culture (harlem), free admission. >>

1/17 6:30pm doors, 7pm show: who run the [comedy] world? find out at she makes me laugh, a comedy show spotlighting female comedians. tonight: mary beth barone (comedy central), chanel ali (girl code), sarah hartshorne (netflix), alise morales (our cartoon president), krystyna hutchinson (guys we f*cked), and more. a portion of proceeds from tonight’s show will go to australia’s new south wales rural fire service. caveat (les), $11 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg $15 adv, $20 door). >>

1/17 7pm: make 2020 a year of self-love with feel it out: the guide to getting in touch with your goals, your relationships, and yourself, written by illustrator and mental health advocate jordan sondler. sondler will present the book tonight at books are magic (cobble hill) with artist/author adam j. kurtz (1 page at a time) and illustrator grace miceli (the new yorker). free admission. >>

1/17 7pm (monthly): come out for the latest kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show, featuring performances by whitney chanel clark (bravo), lauren maul (reductress), drew lausch (haus party), glo shantae butler, and anddy egan-thorpe. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations are welcome and will benefit immigration equality). >>

1/17 7-10pm (+ 1/19 4-7pm): bushwick’s traditional okinawan karate of brooklyn (east williamsburg) offers a free self-defense class for lgbtq (fri) and woman-identifying (sun 4pm) participants, with community building and refreshments to follow. registration required. >>

1/17 7:30pm: entertainers get analyzed at and that’s our time, a variety show where comedians perform in front of a licensed therapist and get evaluated based on their set. hosted by harris mayersohn and hanna dickinson. brooklyn comedy collective (williamsburg), $10. >>

1/17 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): find out what they’re mixing up at the lab, a comedy show showcasing black performers doing new and experimental work. tonight: petey deabreu (comedy central), sonia denis (netflix), nick chambers (2 dope queens), courtney fearrington (sirius xm), lagina hill (ucb), and nonye brown west. hosted by kenice mobley. friends and lovers (crown heights), free. >>

1/17 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: comedy show meets byob ice cream social at ample hills creamery’s stand up à la mode, featuring free ice cream and stand-up by frank liotti (hbo), ashley gavin (hulu), max fine (sirius xm), matty litwack, brittany carney, dan wickes, and samantha freeman. hosted by nicholas hopping. bonus: grab a front row seat for a free beer. ample hills creamery (gowanus), $10. >>

1/17 8pm: bluegrass hip-hop group gangstagrass and ‘guerilla bluegrass’ quartet damn tall buildings play knitting factory (williamsburg). $18. >>

1/17: 8pm doors, 9pm show (+ 1/18): rock site sweet static celebrates its fourth anniversarywith two nights of concerts at alphaville (bushwick), featuring bands big bliss, parlor walls, painted zeros, and free money (friday), and the wants, grim streaker, and essi (saturday). $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

1/17 8:30pm: two funny roads diverge at comedy at the corner, with happy hour beer prices and jokes told by hari kondabolu (netflix), billy prinsell (comedy central), ashley gavin (hulu), jaffer khan (cbs), and maddie weiner. hosted by keegan steiner. hungry ghost (fort greene), $5. >>

1/17 8:30pm (weekly): see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring stand-up by nathan macintosh (fallon), zain sharif (adult swim), courtney fearrington (sirius xm), maddie weiner, zach brazao, riley lassin, and nick alex. guest hosted by nicole conlan (colbert). the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

1/17 9pm (+ 1/18): brooklyn academy of music’s bamcafé live performance series kicks off its 2020 season with performances curated by black rock coalition. friday: blak emoji w/ starchild + the new romantic; saturday: the 1865 w/ major taylor. bamcafé (fort greene), free. >>

1/17 9pm: jalopy hosts their fourth annual dolly parton sing-along concert in honor of dolly’s 74th birthday. jalopy (carroll gardens/columbia street waterfront). $10. >>

ticket deals

rsvp for free tickets to the red carpet premiere for the rhythm section, starring blake lively, jude law, and sterling k. brown, at the brooklyn academy of music’s bam rose cinemas (fort greene), on 1/27 at 7:30pm. first come, first served. limited number available. >>

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