around town today

2-5pm: not ready for summer to end just yet? dairy queen keeps the spirit alive with free ultimate oreo frappés at participating locations. >>color>

6pm: author and activist bell hooks (née gloria jean watkins) and transparent creator jill soloway discuss how the personal is political at the new school (union square). free. >>color>

6pm: tony and grammy award-winner leslie odom jr. (hamilton) performs at the shops at columbus circle. free. >>color>

6pm doors, 7pm show: princess nokia plays an album release show at knockdown center (maspeth). $5 adv, $7 door. >>color>

6:30-9:30pm (thru 10/1): the ‘swiss style now’ exhibition showcases 120 posters, books, flyers, and other printed matter from swiss graphic designers working today. opening reception tonight. the cooper union’s 41 cooper gallery (east village), free. >>color>

7pm: welcome to the night vale podcast creators joseph fink and jeffrey cranor launch book collections of episodes from seasons 1 and 2 with dylan marron, voice of carlos. powerhouse arena (dumbo), $20 admission includes a book. >>color>

7pm: let it all out at an evening of speed shrinking with 13 mental health professionals to celebrate the launch of sherry amatenstein’s anthology, how does this make you feel: true confessions from both sides of the therapy couch. bonus: free wine. housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>color>

7pm (monthly): hear stories from 20-time moth storyslam winner adam wade and guest mike sacks (doing it with mike sacks, vanity fair )at the adam wade from new hampshire show. the kraine theater (east village), $5 adv with promo code ‘theskint’ or if you mention the skint at the door (reg. $10). >>color>

7pm (+ 9/7, 9, 10): the 4×4 baroque music festival returns for its eighth year of hour-long quartet concerts. tonight: 17th century german music that influenced johann sebastian bach. trinity wall street church (financial district), free (donations accepted). >>color>

7pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): show off your cleverness or cheer/cringe at your favorite plays on words at the punderdome 3000 pun competition. hosted by jo and fred firestone. littlefield (gowanus), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>color>

7pm doors, 8pm show: disco boogie ensemble midnight magic, teen and boulevards play le poisson rouge (greenwich village). $15. >>color>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): comedians ruminate on why life is so, like, difficult at the life is pain comedy show, hosted by lily karlin (new yorker) and blythe roberson (clickhole). this month’s guests: joel kim booster (conan), gary richardson (the characters), rachel joravsky (reductress), sage boggs (fallon), and caroline yost. union hall (park slope), $6 adv, $8 dos. >>color>

7:45pm (monthly): elyssa goodman’s miss manhattan non-fiction reading series includes readings by jason parham (the fader, the atlantic), lauren duca (the new yorker, vice), michelle lyn king (catapult, the rumpus), and t kira madden (guernica, tin house). bonus: two-for-one drink specials before 8pm. niagara (east village), free. >>color>

8pm: enjoy coffee and cherry pie at a twin peaks soundtrack listening party in honor of the angelo badalamenti score reissue on vinyl. rough trade (williamsburg), free. >>color>

8pm (weekly): new york distilling company’s distilling room (williamsburg) hosts booze and laughs for the dan + joe + charles show, which includes stand-up from sean patton (comedy central), lukas kaiser (comedy central), seaton smith (seth meyers), and eliza hurwitz (love at first swipe: a tribute to duane reade). free. >>color>

8pm (+ 9/10): bronx documentary center’s second annual women’s film series screens three documentaries directed by women alongside talks with the filmmakers. the series continues with the wolfpack and director crystal moselle. $10 suggested donation, $5 for bronx residents. >>color>

8pm (+ various times fridays + sundays thru 10/7): four black actors are caught in a time loop auditioning for the same token drug dealer role over and over again in room 4, a new comedic play from marina tempelsman + nicco aeed. the pit (flatiron). $10. >>color>

8pm: free outdoor movies: snatch and lock, stock and two smoking barrels. our wicked lady (east williamsburg). >>color>

8pm doors, 9pm show: swoon lake plays an ep release show with friend roulette, tiny hazard, and lacrymosa. silent barn (bushwick), $8. >>color>

thru 9/8: try out some new moves at free trial dance and dance fitness classes for adults and kids at the dancewave open house (park slope/boerum hill). free (rsvp required). >>color>

check our website for ongoing events. >>color>

coming up

9/7 various times: free outdoor movies:
willy wonka + the chocolate factory and young frankenstein. our wicked lady (east williamsburg) >>color>
the addams family, poor richard’s playground (east harlem) >>color>

9/7 2pm, 7pm: catch screenings of the neverending story with the featurette ‘reimagine the neverending story’ and a recorded introduction from film critic ben lyons at select movie theaters. $12.50. >>color>

9/7 4pm, 7pm (monthly): mathematician and tipping point math web series creator marc chamberland discusses the surprising importance of the numbers one through nine in his book, single digits: in praise of small numberscolor> at this month’s math encounters lecture. national museum of mathematics (flatiron), free (rsvp recommended). >>color>

9/7 5:30pm (thru 9/10): it’s bodies, not bawdies at an all-female production of shakespeare’s the tempest that utilizes nudity to celebrate free expression and body freedom. prospect park’s music pagoda, free. >>color>

9/7 5:30-7:30pm (wednesdays thru 9/28): bust a move at outdoor dance parties at downtown brooklyn’s willoughby plaza. tonight’s theme: salsa. free. >>color>

9/7 6pm: photographer peter angelo simon launches his new book muhammad ali: fighter’s heaven 1974, which captures the champ just weeks before the famed ‘rumble in the jungle,’ with a signing and conversation with filmmaker d.a. pennebaker and rolling stone deputy photo editor sacha lecca. rizzoli bookstore (flatiron), free. >>color>

9/7 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: pulitzer prize and national book award-winning historian annette gordon-reed discusses her research on thomas jefferson, the hemings family, and slavery in america in her books, the most blessed of patriarchs: thomas jefferson and the empire of imagination and the hemingses of monticello: an american family. brooklyn historical society (brooklyn heights), $10. >>color>

9/7 6pm doors, 6:30pm show: culinary historians and married couple jane ziegelman and andrew coe share a square meal, their new book about the food crisis of the great depression and how it transformed america’s culinary culture. james beard foundation executive vice president mitchell davis moderates the discussion that includes tastes of dishes from the era. tenement museum (les). free. >>color>

9/7 7pm: everything is illuminated and eating animals author jonathan safran foer discusses and signs his new novel, here i am, at barnes + noble union square. purchase of the book required for priority entry. >>color>

9/7 7pm: the hold steady’s franz nicolay recounts tales from his debut book, the humorless ladies of border control: touring the punk underground from belgrade to ulaanbaatar, with writer jason diamond (searching for john hughes). housing works bookstore cafe (soho), free. >>color>

9/7 7pm (weekly): the sensible show at the annoyance theatre (williamsburg) features comedy from michelle buteau (key + peele), adam newman (comedy central), nore davis, and jason carlos saenz. hosted by chris duffy (you’re the expert). $5. >>color>

9/7 7pm: show up to show up, solo performing artist peter michael marino’s ‘semi-improvised-comedic-anti-social-experiment-solo-show based on the odd-enlightening-crappy life experiences of the audience,’ who also control the direction of the show. under st. marks (east village), $10. >>color>

9/7 7pm (+ 9/10 3:30pm + 7pm): inspired by command and control, eric schlosser’s book examining the flaws in the human and technological systems that have been put in place to prevent nuclear catastrophe, the museum of the moving image (astoria) presents a series of three films that address fears of nuclear annihilation. tonight opens with dr. strangelove, or: how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, featuring an introduction by schlosser with clips from the new documentary based on his book, and followed by a book signing. $15 admission may be applied toward same-day admission to the museum. >>color>

9/7 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): at the take two storytelling show, guests take a true story and tell two versions—one the way it actually happened, the other where things turn out differently. hosted by elana lancaster and harvey katz. c’mon everybody (bed stuy), $5 suggested admission. >>color>

9/7 7:30pm: color your face red (with booze) and pages any color (with provided markers, crayons and pencils) at this month’s edition of the coloring club drink and draw extravaganza, an adult coloring club featuring drawings of drag queens, celebrities, 90’s nostalgia and more at berg’n beer hall (crown heights). skint offer: save 40% in advance on admission + coloring book ($10.20, reg. $17) or admission + coloring book + cocktail ($19.20, reg. $32) with promo code ‘skint’. >>color>

9/7 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: smart people discuss things they’re passionate about while wasted at the drunk ted talks show. tonight’s theme: ‘conspiracies.’ littlefield (gowanus), $5. >>color>

9/7 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): don’t worry about your social status at the no cool kids comedy show, where hosts rachel coleman and bob gurnett talk about how nerdy they were in high school with help from a lineup of comedians. the three diamond door (bushwick), free. >>color>

9/7 9:30pm doors: valley queen and maybird play mercury lounge. $10. >>color>

9/7 11pm (monthly thru 11/2): adult amateur (or worse) dance teams perform choreographed dances in front of a live audience and comedian judges at nationals: an amateur adult dance competition comedy showcolor>. hosted by dara katz and betsy kenney. ucb (chelsea), $5 >>color>

9/7-15: the museum of modern art’s from doodles to pixels: over a hundred years of spanish animation retrospective features eight programs of spanish animation spanning from 1908 through today. free with regular museum admission, or $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students without. also free fridays 4-8pm during uniqlo free friday nights. >>color>

ticket deals

sponsored: get tickets to bears in space, starring game of thrones‘s jack gleeson, at 59e59 theaters for just $15 with promo code ‘skint’ (reg. $35). >>color>

get tickets to see ’80s teen icon tiffany (‘i think we’re alone now’) at gramercy theatre 9/7 for free-$14.99 (plus ticket fees, reg. $35). >>color>

get tickets to see macdonald’s-themed black sabbath tribute band mac sabbath at gramercy theatre 9/8 for free-$10 (plus ticket fees, reg. $29). >>color>

get tickets to see john oliver, bridget everett, tom segura, and more at funny or die’s oddball comedy + curiosity festival at the nikon at jones beach theater 9/10 for $25+ (plus ticket fees, reg. $41.70+). >>color>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the metropolitan pavilion 9/29-10/2 (plus ticket fees, reg. $18). >>color>

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