tues 6pm (+ 4/14, 6/6, 6/13): miller theater’s pop-up concert series: the hands free quartet: the columbia university school of the arts’s musical happy hour returns in-person with a series of free concerts where the audience is permitted to sit onstage with the performers and enjoy a free drink. tonight: the hands free acoustic quartet (james moore, carolyn shaw, nathan koci, and eleonore oppenheim) will perform improvisational works that draw from an eclectic array of influences in classical, jazz, and folk traditions. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

tues 7pm: jennifer egan on the candy house: join pulitzer prize-winning author jennifer egan (manhattan beach) for readings and q+a at the paperback launch of the candy house, her follow-up sister novel to a visit from the goon squad (2011), at the center for fiction (fort greene). $5 admission, $10 admission includes a bookstore voucher redeemable toward the featured book. >>

tues 7pm (monthly): the story collider: help! podcast’s science storytelling show: five storytellers will share true, personal, and often hilarious stories about seeking aid and giving it at the latest edition of the science storytelling show. the kraine theater (east village), $15. >>

tues 7pm: the broad squad: kendra cunningham hosts a retro variety show filled with stand-up, storytelling, music, and more. tonight’s show includes stand up by joanna briley, danny cohen, katie compa, brendan mclaughlin, debbie shea, rachel adams, and julia stone, storytelling by shonali bhowmik, and music by adira amramn. young ethel’s (park slope), free admission. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): i made you a playlist: stand-up meets after-party at this weekly comedy show and dance party, hosted by kelly bachman. tonight’s show features alison stevenson (vice), mohtasham yaqub (siriusxm), chloe radcliffe (fallon), jeff wright (seth meyers), john f. o’donnell (live from outer space comedy), and daddy (tiktok). the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

tues 7:30pm (bi-weekly): airplane mode comedy show: unplug at the airplane mode comedy show, piloted by rohan padye, erik monikal, and amamah sardar at their new location, wild east brewing co. in gowanus. tonight’s in-flight entertainment features carmen lagala (colbert), wilfred badua (npr), atheer yacoub (comedy central), and ben katzner (darlings comedy). $5 admission. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): just come! comedy show: pamela ross, nolawee mengist, colleen genevieve, and kendall farrell bring the laughs back to east williamsburg with standup by casey james salengo (comedy central), ryan beck (comedy central), doug smith (conan), anthony moore (hbo), lindsay lucido (unladylike comedy), and laura sogar (don’t tell comedy). the graham (east williamsburg), free ($10 suggested donation). >>


From Target Margin Theater, “known for radically reinventing classic behemoths” (The New York Times), comes an intrepid world premiere staging of Pericles, by Shakespeare and Others. Pericles unfolds like a mystery play, or a fable, or a Sindbad sea-voyage tale: the action wanders episodically as the hero ages, suffers, and ultimately shares a wonderful, wondrous restoration of lost life and love. Pericles reminds us that what we have lost can be regained. The music of the spheres, the sacred cure, love and hope, these things are all around us every moment. 

Directed by David Herskovits, Pericles runs February 25 through March 26 at the Doxsee Theater in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Tickets starting from $25: TargetMargin.org/Pericles


weds thru sun: new colossus festival: more than 100 indie music artists from around the world will take over seven east village and lower east side venues during the annual new colossus festival. various prices. >>

sponsored: weds 6:30pm: reginald dwayne betts and titus kaphar: redaction: join live from nypl as poet, memoirist, and attorney reginald dwayne betts and visual artist and filmmaker titus kaphar discuss their joint project, redaction, which confronts the abuses of the criminal justice system through poetry and art. this discussion will shed light on the violences of incarceration and the underexplored contradictions within american history. redaction, as well as betts’s poetry collection felon, will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow. nypl’s stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown), free admission. >>

weds 6:30pm: the show must go on: new rules of broadway: a panel of broadway writers, directors, producers, and promoters share how they’ve navigated this challenging time, reopened broadway after shows were dark for 18 months, and where the opportunities are for young people who’d like to break in. presented by the center for communication at sva theatre (chelsea), free admission. >>

weds 7pm (monthly): fantastic fiction: the speculative-fiction reading series at kgb bar (east village), hosted by editor ellen datlow and writer matthew kressel, welcomes award-winning authors (and married couple) scott lynch and elizabeth bear. free admission. >>

weds 7:30pm: alise morales: the girl who lived: comedian and harry potter nerd alise morales (the marvelous mrs. maisel, betches) presents her solo show about how she ‘went from adorable child fan to reluctant harry potter adult, and how to cope when your heroes turn out to be total assholes.’ featuring guests lorena russi (colbert), chris burns (@fatcarriebradshaw), and danny groh (joe pera talks with you). union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

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 andrew schiavone (siriusxm), alex grubard (weeding out the stoned comedy), lizzy cassidy (close calls), and diana hong. free admission. >>

weds 8pm: living statues, living music: subway busker ballerina mime teams up with cellist titilayo ayangade and edwin kaplan, performing together as duo kayo, for a performance at lincoln center’s kenneth c. griffin sidewalk studio at david geffen hall. choose-what-you-pay admission ($5 min). >>

weds 8pm: deep cover: live podcast recording: get your true crime fix at the final episode taping of the podcast deep cover. a discussion will follow with host jake halpern and emily bazelon (new york times magazine, slate political gabfest) about the assumptions made when women disappear, the ways female offenders have been portrayed in the media, and the responsibilities journalists have when telling these stories. littlefield (gowanus), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

weds 8:30pm: hour glass comedy: annie russell, steve malden and tom peters host a boozy night of comedy at endless life brewing (crown heights). featuring dan licata, ben katzner, nonye brown-west, and amamah sardar. bonus: games and beer giveaways. free admission. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): savage! a comedy show: lizzie martinez and melissa rocha’s stand-up show comes roaring back with sets by graham kay (fallon), alison stevenson (vice), zach zimmerman (the new yorker), mic nguyen (asian not asian), alon elian (audible), and julia stone. bonus: rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. logan’s run (park slope), free admission. >>

weds 8pm (weekly): good girl comedy show: good girls laura merli (reductress) and molly brenner (molly brenner: i’m coming) bring their standup show back to friends and lovers (crown heights), with performers jamie bliss, michael bevan, kenice mobley, alex kim, priya blunts, and lindsay lucido. $5. >>

weds 10pm: eurovision dance party: the eurovision song contest might be a couple of months away, but don’t let that stop you from unleashing your inner eurofan at house of yes (bushwick). free admission. >>


thurs 6:30pm: madam: the biography of polly adler, icon of the jazz age: join pulitzer prize-winning historian debby applegate in conversation with author karen abbott (the ghosts of eden park) to discuss applegate’s book about the roaring twenties and the notorious new york madam who played hostess to every gangster, politician, writer, sports star, and cafe society swell worth knowing. nypl’s stavros niarchos foundation library (midtown). free admission. >>

thurs 7:30pm: wrong answers only: wit and wisdom collide at wrong answers only, a science comedy game show where a guest expert challenges three comedians to play games and answer audience questions. tonight, killer snail expert dr. mandë holford puts comics josh sharp, michael cruz kayne, and meave higgins to the test. hosted by chris duffy (how to be a better human). caveat (les), free admission. >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): laf dance saloon: jeffrey emerson and jill weiner save the best for laughs at the laf dance saloon comedy show, returning with an evening of standup by natasha vaynblat (fallon), khalid rahmaan (conan), joanna briley (black women in comedy festival), shafi hossain (comedy cellar), rebecca robinson (winner aspen laugh festival), and tyrone thornhill. basik (williamsburg), free admission. >>

thurs 9pm (monthly): comedy ugly: a comedy strip show: comedians reveal more than just punchlines at comedy ugly, a standup show where performers remove an article of clothing between jokes. hosted by alysia hush and marisa riley. easy lover (east williamsburg), free. >>


our roundup of 30+ ongoing events and attractions: art exhibitions, film fests, new york botanical garden’s orchid show, and more. >>

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– the skint