02/13/17 12:00pm
Have a sexy freekshow Valentine's with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

Have a sexy freakshow Valentine’s with Gemini Blitz (#3) (pic by Ramon Bpnyc)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

1. Start off your V-Day week at The Future of Sex, where an all-female panel of sex pioneers — Gigi Engle, MacKenzie Peck, and Lidia Bonilla —will discuss everything from “teledildonics” (sure why not) to VR porn. (Monday, The Sweatshop, $15)

2. Hear hella humorous babble at The Talking Show, part talk show and part comedy, with performances from and chats with Aparna Nancherla, Subhah Agarwal, Rae Sanni, and Rebecca Vigil. (Monday, C’mon Everybody, $8)

3. & 4. We couldn’t settle on just two Valentine’s events, so here’s a selection: Literary Couples reading series, a Steamy Night at a Russian bathhouse, a V-Day history party, the sixth annual Unloveable Smiths/Morrissey tribute, a ’90s V-Day dance party, and an exotic burlesque freakshow. (Tuesday, varies) (more…)

02/09/17 10:19am
Save the last dance for The Mad Doctors (#4) (pic by Marisa KM)

Save the last dance for The Mad Doctors (#4) (pic by Marisa KM)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

Note: Check with organizers to see if any of these events are affected by the snowstorm.

1. Listen to a new frequency at Work x Work On Air, four days of curated programming celebrating the art of storytelling, podcasting, and experiential audio. (Friday through Sunday, Wythe Hotel, FREE)

2. Bring the gals to Eve Productions’ Queer Bingo Mingle, with hot numbers action followed by drink specials and dancing for queer ladies and their pals. (Friday, Club Xstasy, $5 per Bingo board)

3. Learn about dudeliness at It’s a Guy Thing, where Ziwe Fumudoh, Meaghan Strickland, Lucy Randall, and Hamm Samwich explain manly stuff to the womanly hosts. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

02/06/17 12:00pm
Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

Wail it out with The Cowmen (#8)

1. Hear a new perspective on a very useful skill at Best Friends Forever: The Science of Cooperation, a talk by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Aniek Ivens covering everything from ant colonies to the bacteria in our guts. (Monday, Genspace, FREE)

2. Answer some unusual questions at Queerious February: Our Queer World, a trivia night geared toward LGBTQ folks with themed cocktails, raffles, prize bags, and guest performer Vic Sin. (Monday, Way Station, FREE)

3. Get comfortably morbid at Death Café, hosted by “death educator” Amy Cunningham, where people gather to share their thoughts and feelings on mortality over coffee and snacks. (Tuesday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE) (more…)

02/02/17 12:39pm
Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco's Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

Get both bloody and sexy at Wasabassco’s Macbeth (#5) (pic by Liam Cotter)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here. If you just need diversion for your weekend, read on.]

1. See a smorgasbord of art at the opening reception for the 11th “100 Exhibition,” where 100 artists from around the world display pieces about what “home” means to them. (Friday, Ouchi Gallery, FREE)

2. Learn from another resistance at a screening of The Maribor Uprising, with a post-film presentation and discussion from co-directors Maple Razsa and Milton Guillen. (Friday, UnionDocs, $10)

3. Laugh demonically at Bitches Brew Comedy, with Sean Patton, Myq Kaplan, Ryan Donahue, Maria Wojciechowski, Farah Brook, and Khalid Rahmaan. (Friday, Halyards, FREE) (more…)

01/23/17 12:15pm
Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

Have a dark and sultry evening with Audrey Love (#4) (pic by WP Photos NYC)

1. Still flying high from the women’s march? Head to Goddess Rising, a night of art and empowerment celebrating the divine feminine and the energy of NYC women, including contortionists, body painters, musicians, and more. (Monday, Living Gallery, $10)

2. Laugh yourself seasick at the Tight Ship Comedy Show, with Arti Gollapudi, Jon Schoss, Bowen Yang, Mike Abrusci, and Addie Werich; hosted by Sarah Lazarus and Daniel Lempert. (Monday, Freddy’s Bar, FREE)

3. Let yourself be carried away at the Final Fantasy Reading Series, a night of readings and performances with an escapist theme, featuring Diamond Sharp, Eve Peyser, Gabrielle Rucker, Rheaa Rao, and Paco Salas Pèrez. (Tuesday, Friends & Lovers, FREE) (more…)

01/05/17 10:55am
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Rock the f*ck out with There Are Four Lights (#2) (pic by Sarah Wilmer)

1. Increase your literary stock for the cold winter ahead at the BYO Book Swap Party, which also features a discussion on diversity in literature and a raffle of self-published works by local woman of color. (Friday, New Women Space, $5 + a book)

2. Start pining for summer at the Punk Island Winter Benefit, with Deadname, MALLRAT, Trashy, Ex. by V., and There Are Four Lights. (Friday, Hank’s Saloon, $10)

3. Rock hard with some tireless musicians at NYC’s Hardest Working Bands of 2016 Live, based on Oh My Rockness’s calculations of who played the most shows last year. (Friday, Baby’s All Right, $10)

4. Creep yourself out at the monthly horror series Fright Fridays, tonight screening The Eyes of My Mother, which combines “an especially bloody strain of slasher pic” with “high-art sensibilities.” (Friday, Videology, $10) (more…)

12/29/16 10:52am
See everything that 2016's got left (#) (pic by Shane Velazquez)

Kinky Demure shows off everything that 2016’s got left (#2) (pic by Shane Velazquez)

1. Dance your way into New Year’s weekend at The Interlude, with visiting French DJ Boulaone spinning Congolese-influenced and -inspired rock & roll all night. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

2. Cap off this horrible year at Rhinestone Gorilla: Dystopian Holiday, with “brave new acts about our brave new world” from Kinky Demure, Angelique A’LaMode, Bourgie Bourgeois, Faux Prophète, and more. (Friday, Bizarre, $10–$20 suggested)

3. Get your candles lit at The First Annual Chanukahstravaganza, with a bevy of Jewish comedians including Emmy Blotnick, Matt Koff, Michael Wolf and Catherine Cohen. (Friday, Union Hall, $6) (more…)

12/19/16 9:52am
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Go glam with Sweet Lorraine’s burlesque stylings (#6) (pic by BettinaMay1)

1. Start your holiday week off with festive cheer at Yule Log 2.016, a daylong animation showcase featuring 50 short films from a diverse array of artists. (Monday, BRIC, FREE)

2. Laugh your way through the Night Train Holiday Spectacular, with a great lineup of jokesters including Michael Che, Nimesh Patel, and Joyelle Johnson, plus puppeteer James Godwin. (Monday, Littlefield, $5)

3. Show your love of words at the inaugural Ditmas Lit reading, with BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald, Lambda Literary fellow Jeanne Thornton, satirist Gabrielle Moss, and poet Tommy “Teebs” Pico. (Tuesday, Sycamore, FREE) (more…)

12/08/16 11:16am
Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)

Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)

1. Join Brokelyn and the skint to drink like your boss isn’t watching at our 6th annual No Office Holiday Party! There will be live-band karaoke with Rock Star Karaoke NYC, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, our NSFW holiday photo booth, drink specials from cosponsor Coworkrs, drunk food from Yeah Dawg, and more surprises! (Friday, Littlefield, $5)

2. Welcome winter at BHS Free Friday: Let It Snow, where you can make DIY snowflakes, learn to knit, hear how the Ice Age affected New York City, and enjoy accordion music from Matt Veligdan. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

3. See some revolutionary art at the opening of Sister Outsider, a show of protest and solidarity featuring 20 artists who belong to communities that have been directly threatened by Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric. (Friday, Underdonk, FREE) (more…)

12/01/16 4:15pm
Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

1. See some strange whimsey at The Winter Wonderland Blunderland Variety Show, starring Trixie Little, The Love Show, Samantha Sterman, Cheeky Lane, Poison Eve, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

2. Laugh for strong gals at The Fempire Strikes Back, with comedy, videos, and funny songs from sketch troupe American Candy. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

3. Spread some cheer at the Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, with free drinks, free food, dancing to DJ Avg Jo, a mistletoe photobooth, and more. (Friday, Bushwick Starr, $25)

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