TUES-THURS, 4/2-4: RENT THE RUNWAY SAMPLE SALE, NYC FRINGE FEST, FILM FESTS, AND MORE

tuesday

thru 5/7: (tuesdays at 7pm): doc nyc selects: doc nyc, the country’s largest documentary film festival, presents a new series of six films, followed by conversations with the filmmakers and special guests at all shows. the lineup kicks off with andy kaufman doc thank you very much and director alex braverman. ifc center (greenwich village), $18 general, $15 seniors. >>

thru 4/26: american watercolor society exhibition: the 157th international exhibition of the american watercolor society showcases works by 148 artists from around the world who work in a variety of watermedia including watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. opening reception 4/9 6-8pm (rsvp required). the salmagundi club, an historic four-story townhouse in greenwich village. free admission (donations welcome). >>

thru 4/7: rent the runway sample sale: save up to 90% on pre-loved designer apparel, handbags, and accessories. 261 fifth ave (bet. 28th + 29th sts), free admission. >>

tues 6pm:miller theater’s pop-up concert series: yarn/wire: the columbia university school of the arts’s musical happy hour returns for a season of free concerts where the audience is permitted to sit onstage with the performers and enjoy a free drink. tonight: piano/percussion quartet yarn/wire. columbia university’s miller theatre (morningside heights), free admission. >>

tues 7pm: julia alvarez and edwidge danticat: in the time of the butterflies author julia alvarez discusses her new novel, the cemetery of untold stories, in a conversation at the center for fiction (fort greene) with writer edwidge danticat (breath, eyes, memory). $7.50 admission, $35.50 ticket includes a signed copy of the book. >>

tues 7:30pm: the black girl survives in this one panel: editors and authors desiree s. evans and saraciea j. fennell present the black girl survives in this one, a ya anthology of 15 horror stories centering black girls who battle monsters, both human and supernatural, and who survive to the end. contributors charlotte nicole davis, camara aaron, kortney nash, vincent tirado, and erin e. adams join for a reading, book signing, and wine reception. greenlight bookstore (fort greene), free admission. >>

tues 7:30pm (weekly): drop in: comedy: mia jackson and olivia carter present a comedy show at two boots pizza in park slope, with standup by dave ross (comedy central), kate willett (netflix), akeem woods (corden), and tiffany burke. bonus: free beer 7:30-8pm (one/person), and raffles for free pizza. free admission ($10 suggested, a tip basket will be passed around). >>

tues 7:30pm (weekly): let’s see, what else? comedy show: courtney maginnis and tom deluged host this (seven years running) weekly stand-up show in the basement of lucky jack’s (les). tonight: gina brillon (america’s got talent), joe zimmerman (conan), bret raybould, and jaron young. $10. >>

tues 8:30pm (weekly): i made you a playlist: comedy show and party: stand-up meets afterparty at this weekly comedy show and dance party, hosted by kelly bachman and jaffer khan. tonight’s show features pat burtscher, wilfred padua, lauren hope krass, liza banks campagna, reggie kush, and josh stokes. the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

tues 9:30pm (+ 4/8): david cross: shootin’ the shit seein’ what sticks: see comedian david cross (mr. show, arrested development) workshop new material for his next show. caveat (les), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

wednesday

weds thru 6/16 (wednesdays + sundays): academy museum branch selects: the paris theater presents a series of films selected from the academy museum of motion pictures’s weekly ‘branch selects’ series, picked by each of the 18 branches of the academy. selections include: grey gardens (documentary branch), king kong (sound branch), fantastic mr. fox (short films + feature animation branch), nashville (casting directors branch), memento (producers branch), in the mood for love (cinematographers branch), and more. special guest introductions tba. the paris theater (midtown), $17 general, $15 seniors/students $15. >>

weds thru 4/21: new york city fringe festival: the new york city fringe festival (fka frigid fringe festival), an open, lottery-based theater fest, presents more than 40 independent plays, musicals, comedies, and one-person shows at three east village venues and two site-specific locations. bonus: 100% of box office proceeds go directly to the artists. $10-25 admission, with sliding scale tickets available. >>

weds thru 4/14: new directors/new films festival: presented at film at lincoln center and the museum of modern art, the 53rd edition of new directors/new films highlights 25 features and 10 shorts by directors who push the cinematic envelope. $18general, $15 seniors/students (opening night is $25 general, $22 seniors/students). >>

weds thru 4/10: reelabilities film festival: celebrating disability through film: the largest festival in the u.s. dedicated to promoting awareness of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities, returns for a 16th year to the marlene meyerson jcc manhattan, select venues throughout nyc, and online. various prices. >>

weds 7pm (monthly): scicafe: climate control: at tonight’s edition of ‘scicafe,’ the american museum of natural history’s evening conversation series, kevin uno, associate professor in the department of human evolutionary biology at harvard university, discusses how humanity’s need to control its own environment has lead to dire impacts on the global climate and where we can go from here. cullman hall of the universe at the american museum of natural history (uws), free (rsvp). >>

weds 7pm: next slide please: a powerpoint comedy show: a lineup of comedians bring laughter to the lecture hall as they deliver powerpoint presentations on any topic they want. hosted by reed kavner. caveat (les), $15 with promo code ‘projector’ (reg. $20 adv, $25 door). >>

weds 7:30pm: found footage festival: 20th anniversary show: joe pickett (the onion) and nick prueher (the colbert report) share their all-time greatest, weirdest, funniest clips from their massive collection of vhs tapes found at thrift stores and garage sales across the country, along with updates on the people they’ve tracked down from the videotaped obscurities. the bell house (gowanus), $20. >>

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 negin farsad (npr), james hamilton (vice), raj suresh, and geneva rust-orta. free admission. >>

weds 7:30pm (weekly): ambush comedy show: josh johnson, lucas connolly, and brittany cardwell’s ambush comedy show returns to ebbs brewing co (williamsburg) with stand-up sets by shane torres (conan), mia jackson (comedy central), tim smith, chris reiter, and tim mclaughlin. free admission. >>

weds 8pm (monthly): punderdome: comedy pun slam: pun-masters have a war of the words at the latest edition of the beloved pun-slinging competition. hosted by fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $12 adv, $15 day-of. >>

sponsored: weds 9:30pm: new kids on the blockchain: a solo show by viv ford: based on a true story, new kids on the blockchain follows viv as she lands in a home called the crypto castle in san francisco, ca in 2015. the only woman amongst 14 male roommates, she is thrust into their world where no rules apply, love is a distraction, bitcoin is the future, and rent is paid in crypto. for four years, she tries to be the one thing the crypto bros don’t seem to know: normal. caveat (les), $18 adv, $23 door. >>

thursday

thurs thru 5/18: bjørn okholm skaarup: a mythical menagerie: cavalier gallery (chelsea) hosts an exhibition of more than 25 sculptures by danish artist bjørn okholm skaarup, who’s perhaps best known for his hippo ballerina. opening reception 4/4 6-8pm. free admission. >>

thurs thru 5/9 (thursdays at 8pm): greenwich house music school’s 10th annual uncharted concert series: the eight musicians and composers-in-residence at greenwich house music school (west village) work out new or existing material, collaborations, and projects during this annual five-week concert series. $20. >>

thurs thru sun: philip k. dick film festival: the 11th annual film festival celebrating original or adapted material inspired by the works of philip k. dick, jorge luis borges, italo calvino, robert anton wilson, franz kafka, and others returns with four days of screenings at the producer’s club (midtown west), the museum of the moving image (astoria), and online. all screenings feature special guests, with actor-director matthew modine in-person on opening day. $11-15. >>

thurs thru sat (various times): perelman performing arts center lobby stage shows: the perelman performing arts center hosts a series of free performances on the vartan and clare gregorian stage in the pac lobby. this week: nightwork (thurs 5:30pm), rebecca mccartney (fri 5:45pm), horacio martine (sat 2:30pm), and alici (sat 7pm). >>

thurs 6-8pm (monthly): dumbo first thursday gallery walk: 17 dumbo art galleries will stay open late for opening receptions, special events, and talks. tonight’s edition also includes projected video art across three locations, and an optional hour-long ‘insiders’ tour at 6pm (rsvp required) will visit and hear from experts at several exhibitions. free admission. >>

thurs 6:30pm: breaking the panels: women reshaping the comic universe: delve into the diverse and influential roles women play in shaping the world of comic books at this panel discussion with artists amy chu, arielle jovellanos, soo lee, and amy reeder. nypl’s stavros niarchos foundation library (midtown), free admission. >>

thurs 7pm: icp photoslam: night shift edition: audience members are invited to participate in this open mic/storytelling competition driven by photographs. international center of photography (les), $5 ticket also includes admission to the galleries. >>

thurs 7pm: the rally reading series: ‘the heart of a march in the body of a reading series’: the rally reading series presents a night dedicated to gun violence prevention, with readings from artists, activists, and survivors including po murray (newton action allicance), antonius wiriadjaja (teachers unify to end gun violence), and lizzie eaton (march for our lives). free admission (donations will benefit newtown action alliance, an organization dedicated to reversing escalating gun violence through safer gun laws and broader cultural change). >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): tip top tits comedy show: it’s comedy or bust at janet hyde and mary cella’s stand-up show, returning tonight with pedro gonzalez (colbert), pooja reddy (kutti gang comedy), molly winiarski, yemi afolabi, zach pugh, and guest host jill weiner. bonus: $3 pbrs. tip-top bar + grill (bed-stuy), free admission. >>

thurs 8pm (weekly): savage! a comedy show: savage comedy returns to logan’s run in park slope. hosted by lizzie martinez, melissa rocha, nonye brown-west, and chloé chunha, tonight’s show includes performances by peter revello (comedy central), natalie wall (awkward sex + the city), ashley bez (younger), salma zaky (don’t tell comedy), jen gittess, and kendra dawsey. bonus: rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. free admission. >>

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