around town today

12-8pm (thru 2/27): no need to shred your savings account at this public preview of guerney’s upcoming rare guitar auction; you can just dream of bidding on signed guitars, antique acoustics and more. bohemian national hall (ues), free. >>color>

6pm: usagi ny (dumbo) shows 1973 concert documentary wattstax (aka ‘the black woodstock’) on multiple screens. free (rsvp). >>color>

6-9pm: paging all bookworms: printer and published paul john hosts a risograph book binding and design demo, creating grade school-style composition notebooks and teaching you how to make your own. museum of arts and design (midtown west), free with pay-what-you-wish museum admission. >>color>

6-10pm: halyards bar in gowanus celebrates its fifth anniversary with free beer for the first 100 folks. >>color>

6-10pm: this week’s brooklyn museum free admission thursday nights programming includes a sign-painting jam session with artist stephen powers, set to a playlist of his favorite tunes, plus access to the exhibitions. >>color>

6pm doors, 6:30pm show: randy cohen, ethicist emeritus of the new york times, speaks with yancey strickler, co-founder and ceo of kickstarter, for a taping of person place thing. music will be provided by fiddler stephanie coleman. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $5. >>color>

6:30pm: can your bfa save the planet? environmentally-minded designers and publishers come together for a discussion on how innovations in design could save the future of food. parsons school of design (union square), free (rsvp). >>color>

7pm: all-things-haunted historian robert damon schneck (the president’s vampire) and ontological writer mitch horowitz (occult america) are scary serious about discussing superstitions, unexplained events and other things that go bump in the night. morbid anatomy museum (gowanus), $10. >>color>

7pm (monthly): storytellers share true, bizarre tales about their lives at leslie goshko’s ‘sideshow goshko’ seven-year anniversary show. tonight’s guests: sasheer zamata (snl), andy christie (the liar show, moth radio hour) and tara clancy (the paris review, the new york times). kgb bar (east village), free. >>color>

7pm: watch climate change unfold before your eyes in jeff orlowski’s 2012 documentary chasing ice, followed by a casual reception. cooper union (east village), free. >>color>

7pm, 9:30pm: rule of 7×7: 7 playwrights present new 10-minute plays that follow 7 rules. the tank, $10 adv, $12 door. >>color>

7pm: composer and yellow magic orchestra member ryuichi sakamoto signs copies of the soundtrack to alejandro iñárritu’s the revenant at other music (greenwich village). >>color>

7pm: the annie o. music series presents an intimate musical performance by ninet at the penthouse at the standard hotel (east village). free (email rsvp required). >>color>

7pm: lip talk, cosmicide, dead leaf echo, arc waves and crown the invisible play pianos. $10. >>color>

7-10pm (monthly): mingle with other humane humans at the vegan drinks mixer/fundraiser. food by yeah dawg!!! will be available for purchase, and a raffle with prizes from local businesses will also benefit the humane league. fontana’s (les), free admission. >>color>

7pm doors, 8pm show: sunflower bean, honduras and future punx play bowery ballroom. $13 adv, $15 dos. >>color>

7:30pm: hosts patrick cartelli and evan forde barden interview a guest about an important song from their life at repeater: a little show about big songs. tonight: annalise domenighini (noisey) and musical guest rockaway. q.e.d. astoria, $5. >>color>

7:30pm (weekly): the lasers in the jungle comedy show features stand-up by aparna nancherla (seth meyers), mike drucker (fallon), joe pera (comedy central), chrissie mayr (wendy williams show) and chris lamberth (gotham live). hosted by sean crespo, katina corrao and dan wilbur. ucb (east village), $5. >>color>

sponsored 7:30pm (thru 2/27): get tickets to see pacific northwest ballet at new york city center for $10 with promo code ‘skint1’ (reg. $35-125). >>color>

7:30pm: boston’s parker quartet plays a virtuosic concert of works by beethoven, szymanowski and webern. the david rubenstein atrium at lincoln center (uws). free. >>color>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: ‘flyer guy’ david lawson tells stories of his experiences from three years of handing out flyers in times square. the experiment comedy gallery (williamsburg), $5. >>color>

7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show: live on broadgay: a cast of gay male comedians and one hetero female perform a live staged episode of sex and the city. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>color>

8pm (weekly): trivia thursdays at boerum hill’s fawkner includes gift card and show tickets prizes. tonight’s theme: nick cage. free. >>color>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show (+ 2/27): sing along with sally bowles at brooklyn theatre club’s boozy, participatory cabaret, where audience members are cast in small speaking and ensemble singing roles alongside the actors. muchmore’s (williamsburg), $15 adv, $18 door. >>color>

9pm: adults expose the horrifying teenager that made them into horrifying adults at the roast of your 15-year-old self show. hosted by alise morales (vh1, ifc comedy). the annoyance theatre + bar (williamsburg), $10. >>color>

9:15pm doors, 9:30pm show: brooke van poppelen (hack my life, larry wilmore) headlines the basement comedy show with opening acts by seaton smith (mulaney, the nightly show) and giulia rozzi (chelsea lately, comedy central). hosted by maria heinegg (the worst thing). union hall, $7 adv, $10 dos. >>color>

9:30pm (monthly): this month’s ’oh my science!’ multimedia science comedy show asks the age-old question: what are cats? hosted by honorary cat lady dan silver. videology (williamsburg), free. >>color>

9:30pm: writers from the late show with stephen colbert perform improv at ucb (chelsea). $5. >>color>

9:30pm (+ 2/26): the audience helps light the stage with provided flashlights at unpacking: a ghost story told in the dark, a new dramedy that’s part of marina tempelsman + nicco aeed’s residency at the pit (flatiron). $10. >>color>

9:30pm: kevin geeks out about wigs, toupees and hairpieces: comedian kevin maher presents an obsessive look at the ways in which faux hair has been depicted in movies in this multimedia variety show, with experts, trivia, rare clips and more. nitehawk cinema (williamsburg), $15. >>color>

10pm (monthly): turn back time for the new tainted love 80s dance party, featuring post-punk, new wave, funk, hits, misses and more. the bell house (gowanus), free. >>color>

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coming up

2/26 12-9pm installation, 7pm show: live television art experiment e.s.p. tv presents a performance and installation of ‘you don’t say much, do you?’, replete with two-channel video, a teleprompter and other analog devices, plus open access to e.s.p. tv’s 100-episode archive. swiss institute (soho), free (rsvp). >>color>

2/26 4:30-9pm: create and take home your very own nail polish colors (plus complimentary base + top coat) at the grand opening of the polish pit nail bar in tribeca. includes light snacks and beverages. free admission, $4-$10/bottle. >>color>

2/26 6-8pm: geeks love pop culture, nerds love grammar; find out which one you are at the geeks vs. nerds trivia happy hour, hosted by geek week creator kevin harrington and i love bad movies zine editor matt carman. housing works cafe bookstore (soho), free. >>color>

2/26 6-10pm: ’beat nite’: eight downtown brooklyn art spaces stay open late for an art-stroll (6-8pm, free). after party at bric (8-10pm, $5). >>color>

2/26 6:30pm doors, 7pm show (monthly thru 6/24): the financial district’s st. paul’s chapel brings back its seasonal neighborhood movie nights series, this time with a superhero theme. tonight: the incredibles. bonus: free popcorn and soft drinks. free admission. >>color>

2/26 7pm: things get hot and heavy at readings from the best lesbian erotica series’s 20th edition, joined by editor sacchi green and contributors d.l. king (carnal machines), r.g. emanuelle (twice bitten), annabeth leong (untouched), megan mc ferren (first timers), and rose p. lethe. bluestockings (les), free. >>color>

2/26 7pm: this is not a drill: neuropsychology and space researcher janna kaplan and artist heidi nelson give a lecture on how to plan for survival and a healthy diet in outer space, since we’re all moving to mars soon. apexart (tribeca), free. >>color>

2/26 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: material from the internet is performed word-for-word, onstage at the blogologues show: craigslist posts, fanfiction, ok cupid profiles… you name it. featuring allison goldberg, jen jamula, and tommy heleringer. union hall, $10 adv, $12 dos. >>color>

2/26 8pm (monthly): improvisers live dub over tv comedies at the live-dubbed sitcoms show, this month talking over a different world and mike and molly to create entirely new storylines and horrible new character flaws. videology (williamsburg), $5. >>color>

2/26 8pm doors, 8:30pm show (monthly): at the picture this! show, animators, cartoonists and other artists draw stand-up comedians as they perform. tonight’s performers and illustrators include josh gondelman, giulia rozzi, joe pera, mike drucker, wendi starling, mike lawrence, bryan brinkman, dan pinto, gabe pinto, kate cropper, nelson diaz and rachel gitlevich. hosted by peggy o’leary. union hall, $8 adv, $10 dos. >>color>

2/26 8pm doors, 8:30pm show: don your senior prom attire for the fourth annual indie pop prom, featuring dancey indie pop by allison crutchfield, eskimeaux, wall and pouty, and late sets by dj cz77 charlotte zoller and dj flower blossom. market hotel (bushwick), $10 with prom attire, $12 without. >>color>

2/26 8pm doors, 9pm show (+2/27): walk the line at the johnny cash 84th birthday bash, a two-evening musical celebration of all things ‘the man in black’ by the 7-piece band alex battles and the whisky rebellion, plus special guests. the hall at mp (williamsburg), $20 adv, $25 dos. >>color>

2/26 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): free pizza, free comedy, free music and cheap drinks await at the secret loft show’s comedy show + dance party. tonight: roy wood jr. (the daily show), matt koff (the daily show), leah bonnema (gotham comedy live), aparna nancherla (seth meyers), lucas connolly (south beach), marisa douenias (louie), ophira eisenberg (ask me another) and frank conniff (mst3k), plus music by dj jams bond. secret loft (bushwick), free admission before 9pm, $5 after. >>color>

2/26 9:30pm (+2/27): two (fittingly white) men reenact 50+ oscar-nominees in under 60 minutes at the movie idiot’s guide to the oscars show. the tank (theater district), $10. >>color>

2/26 9:30pm (weekly): the rubin museum of art’s (chelsea) cabaret cinema series screens orson welles’s touch of evil (1958), with an introduction by journalist phil zabriskie. $10. >>color>

2/26 10pm (thru 2/28): the sixth annual american human beatbox festival brings beat-rhyme battles, vocal wars, and an open mic to la mama (east village). $15 single $20 for two adv, $20 door. >>color>

2/26 10pm: five djs take over east williamsburg’s the paper box for the chromed dance party. $10-15. >>color>

2/26 10:30pm doors, 11pm show: team duckie? team blane? williamsburg’s rough trade becomes a giant trax record store for the pretty in pink 30th anniversary dance party, featuring a duckie dance-off and 80s videos projected all night by music video time machine. $5. >>color>

2/26 11pm (monthly): at the b-side hip-hop comedy show, comedians present sketches, stories and ideas that would never make it onto a comedy album while celebrating the life and music of hip-hop greats. plus, audience members have chances to win prizes during a trivia segment and freestyle competition. this month’s hip-hop honoree: fugees. the pit (flatiron), $7. >>color>

2/26 11:30pm: improvisers create a new, improvised fairy tale and ‘happily ever after’ for all the disney princesses. magnet theater (chelsea), $7. >>color>

2/26 midnight: the badboy boylesque show undresses dozens of sexy dudes, plus raffle prizes and giveaways. the celebration of whimsy (les), $15 adv, $20 dos. >>color>

2/26-3/7: tokyo-based gallery and art project pepper’s project presents the 10th annual young japanese artist book fair, featuring the work of dozens of japanese book artists with projects in photography, illustration and more. printed matter, kinokuniya, and book court, free. >>color>

2/26-5/14: the whitney museum’s fifth floor strips down to a single, column-free open gallery with striking views east into the city and west to the hudson river for the five-part open plan exhibition. andrea frasier’s down the river is the first installment (thru 3/13). $22 adults, $18 seniors/students, pay-what-you-wish fridays 7-10pm. >>color>

ticket deals

sponsored: save on the effect at barrow street theatre and get a free drink at the show! >>color>

get tickets to the pulse new york contemporary art fair at the metropolitan pavilion 3/3-5 for $12.50 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>color>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the metropolitan pavilion 3/31-4/3 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18). >>color>

get free tickets to the annual new york green festival at the jacob k. javits center 4/15-17 (plus ticket fees, reg. $10-19). >>color>

get free tickets to artexpo new york at pier 94 4/15-17 (plus ticket fees, reg. $20). >>color>

get free tickets to the art on paper art fair at pier 36 3/4 (plus ticket fees, reg. $25). >>color>

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