thru 9/19: reading room at bryant park: bryant park’s ‘reading room’ series of free outdoor literary events returns for the summer: books on broadway – a backstage look at books starring on broadway (select tuesdays @ 12:30pm 5/23-8/15); reel talks – talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking (mondays @ 12:30pm 6/12-8/14); poetry – poetry by established and emerging poets (tuesdays @ 6pm 5/30-9/19); authors – authors offer advice and discuss their latest books (wednesdays @ 12:30pm 6/7-8/23); non-fiction authors – history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors (wednesdays @ 7pm 7/5-9/6); bookclub – produced in partnership with penguin random house and new york review books (tuesdays @ 1pm 7/13-8/22); writers workshops – workshops geared to improve your writing skills (thursdays @ 6:30pm 7/6-8/17). >>

thru 6/11 (tues thru sun 12-7pm. closed memorial day weekend.): the cooper union annual end of year show: the cooper union’s classrooms, hallways, and studios transform into galleries showcasing work from students of the irwin s. chanin school of architecture, the school of art, and the albert nerken school of engineering. opening reception 5/23 5-8pm. free admission. >>

thru sun: film fests:
• tues 7pm: 16th annual truth be told documentary film festival at the new school (union square). free (rsvp required). >>
• thurs thru sun: inwood film festival at columbia university’s campbell sports center (inwood). $15 general, $10 students. >>

tues 6pm: rebel with a clause: tales and tips from a roving grammarian: ellen jovin, author of rebel with a clause: tales and tips from a roving grammarian, talks about her travels to all 50 states with her pop-up grammar advice stand, answering pressing grammar questions of complete strangers. bring your own long-standing language questions, and get them answered by an expert. jefferson market library’s willa cather room (greenwich village), free admission. >>

tues 6pm: a day in the life of a gravedigger: what inspires someone to work in the death-care field? green-wood cemetery’s ‘a day in the life’ series brings together industry professionals for conversations and q+a. tonight: the daily routine of a gravedigger, a crematory operator, and an operations manager: gus padilla, frank ‘mutzy’ morelli, and frank ‘bernie’ bernadini. free admission (rsvp required). >>

tues 7pm: emma cline + jeffrey eugenides: the girls author emma cline discusses her new novel the guest at a launch event with guest jeffrey eugenides (the virgin suicides, middlesex). the rare book room at strand bookstore (union square). $10 admission, $28 ticket includes a signed copy of the book. >>

tues 7pm: sideshow goshko storytelling series: indefinite hiatus show: for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, leslie goshko’s beloved storytelling show returns to kgb bar (east village) for some closure with a night of tales told by a lineup of award-winning storytellers. bonus: one winner of a trivia challenge will receive a free bottle of ‘sideshow sauce’ (wine). free admission. >>

tues 7pm (monthly): we love a theme: a storytelling show: a lineup of comedians tell funny, heartwarming, and cringe-inducing tales at tonight’s ‘grauduation’ edition of bailey swilley’s monthly storytelling show. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free ($5 suggested donation). >>

tues 8pm: a.i. vs human comedy roast battle: a.i. is going to kill us all, so we might as well laugh along the way as a lineup of live comedians take on a.i.-generated foes in a roast battle for the times. hosted by harmon leon. crystal lake brooklyn (williamsburg), $5 at the door if you say you saw it on the skint (reg. $10). >>

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 and jaffer khan. tonight’s show features aaron kaplan, kari burt, max davidow, jenae boston, james hamilton, and cansu. the three diamond door (bushwick), free admission. >>

tues 9pm (monthly): sweet comedy show: sweet games edition: improvisers go for comedy gold at the ‘sweet games,’ a special edition of seth herzog’s long-running comedy show where performers compete in comedy-related events for a panel of celebrity judges. tonight’s judges include gina gershon (showgirls), ego nwodim (snl), josh hamilton (the walking dead), and david krumholtz (the deuce). chelsea music hall, $10 with promo code ‘winner’ (reg. $15). >>

tues 9:30pm: autoimmune saloon: writer and producer ian goldstein hosts a feel-good show about feeling not-so-good, where comedians with autoimmune diseases will perform stand-up and skits based on their experiences. $10 with promo code ‘immune’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>


Join acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris as part of a free public program celebrating the life and impact of the legendary singer, actor, activist, and humanitarian – Harry Belafonte. In 2006, Belafonte interviewed Mosley from Cooper Union’s Great Hall stage about his book, Life Out of Context, and discussed ways to fight poverty, exploitation, injustice, and racism. Morris and Mosley will reflect on that conversation and its relevance in a contemporary context as they discuss Belafonte’s indelible mark on our world and the barriers that he broke. This free program is made possible through the generous support of The Gardiner Foundation.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Register here.

Friday, June 2 7:30pm
Great Hall at The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003


weds thru 5/30: fleet week: a parade of ships pulls into new york harbor, signaling the start of fleet week, an annual series of free public ship tours, ceremonies, navy, usmc, and uscg band concerts, and more held by our seafaring service members. >>

weds: free krispy kreme for grads: congrads! high school and college seniors can score a free krispy kreme original glazed dozen when you pop-in a participating location wearing your cap + gown or show your student id. >>

weds 7pm: julia louis-dreyfus in conversation with frank rich: actor, comedian, and producer julia louis-dreyfus will discuss her latest film, nicole holofcener’s you hurt my feelings, in a conversation with journalist, author and producer frank rich at 92ny (ues). $25+. >>

weds 7pm: speakeasy: ‘the definitive speechwriting comedy show’: professional speechwriters and comedians who like speeches talk about the techniques they love, the clichés they hate, and the written remarks that rocked their world. hosted by chandler dean and sarah gruen. caveat (les), $10 adv with promo code ‘speakcheaply’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>

weds 7 doors, 8pm show (monthly): written in brooklyn: a storytelling series: join host carly ann filbin in the williamsburg hotel’s mirror bar for an evening of stories told by colorful characters sharing their tales with you. this month’s theme: ‘i guess this is growing up’ (stories of formative moments, weird sex stuff, grade school competition, high school humility, etc.). $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $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 dan st. germain (comedy central), justin williams (comedy central), amanda gail (sirius xm), brad howe (adult swim), and john f, o’donnell (redacted tonight). free admission. >>

​​weds 7:30pm (weekly): ambush comedy show – with free beer: josh johnson, lucas connolly, and brittany cardwell serve up slices of standup at two boots pizza (williamsburg), where they’ll be joined by isabel hagen (fallon), seth herzog (fallon), charles mcbee (comedy central), tobin miller, and holly johnston (sxsw comedy fest). bonus: free beer from 7:30-8pm. free admission (rsvp to enter the pizza raffle). >>

weds 8pm (monthly): ditmas lit: local writers read from their work at the ditmas lit series, returning to hinterlands bar (kensington/flatbush) with blair hurley, lara longo, casey plett, and laura spence-ash. free admission. >>

weds 8pm: asian af presents: yellow fever dream: asian american variety show asain af presents a night of comedy at littlefield (gowanus) featuring dylan adler, jason choi, srilatha rajamani, alex kim, musical comedy troupe azn pop, and improv group the joy f*ck club. hosted by donald chang. $12 adv, $15 door. >>

weds 8pm: hour glass comedy: annie russell, tom peters, and steve malden host a boozy night of comedy at endless life brewing (crown heights), featuring melody kamali, tyrone thornhill, sabeen sadiq and mark volinski. bonus: games and beer giveaways. free admission (suggested donation). >>

weds 8pm (weekly): savage! a comedy show: lizzie martinez and melissa rocha’s stand-up show comes roaring back with sets by ikechukwu ufomadu (ziwe), claire parker (celebrity memoir book club), atheer yacoub (comedy central), and drew drevyanko (mcsweeney’s). bonus: rsvp for a chance to win free drinks. logan’s run (park slope), free admission. >>


thurs thru 8/31 (thursdays at 6pm or 6:30pm): sweat34: workouts at herald square plaza: get moving at a series of free outdoor fitness classes held in front of macy’s herald square. >>

thurs thru 8/24: rooftop films summer series: the popular summer festival, one of the longest running and largest outdoor showcases for indie film in the world, returns for its 27th summer series with 45 events featuring screenings, live performances, afterparties, and q+as with filmmakers and stars. thursday 5/25 opening night: ‘this is what we mean by short films,’ a short film program at green-wood cemetery. various prices (30 events are free). >>

thurs 6:30pm: strings on hudson: arkai: in celebration of aapi month, the battery park city authority presents an outdoor concert with electroacoustic duo arkai along the riverfront. belvedere plaza (battery park city), free. >>

thurs 7pm: leila sales with alison hokanson and rebecca shaykin: the museum of lost and found: author leila sales (this song will save your life, once was a time) launches her new middle-grade novel, the museum of lost and found, with a conversation with curators alison hokanson (the metropolitan museum of art) and rebecca shaykin (the jewish museum) exploring issues in museum curation as they pertain to real-world, professional museums and to the fictional, diy, kid-run museum in the book. the rare book room at strand bookstore (union square), free admission, $18.99 includes a signed copy of the book. >>

thurs 7pm: the great clit debate: exploring the art and science of female pleasure: science journalist and author rachel e. gross (vagina obscura) and multimedia artist sophia wallace (yescliteracy.com) host a variety show at the wnyc greene space (south village) that features an interactive craft activity, jeopardy, and an onstage debate. $10+ donation. >>

thurs 7:30pm (+ 6/22, 7/27, 8/10): circle line summer dance cruise series: go on a themed two-hour dance party cruise, complete with a choreography lesson, aboard the circle line. featured theme nights include taylor swift (5/25), lady gaga (6/22), beyoncé (7/27), and missy elliott + the 50th anniversary of hip hop (8/10). $25. >>

thurs 9:30pm: comedytown: traveling variety show comedytown presents a night of standup, music, and improv from jo firestone (ziwe), jay jurden (fallon), dylan adler (hulu), sofia dobrushin (high maintenance), henrik blix (the problem with jon stewart), asher perlman (the new yorker), and steve waltien (colbert. hosted by john randall. caveat (les), $10 with promo code ‘cmdytwn’ (reg. $15 adv, $20 door). >>


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