MON, 8/25: GRAVITY, SALMAN RUSHDIE, SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS’S TOM MAXWELL

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around town today

free outdoor movies: >>
finding nemo, astoria park’s great lawn
gravity, coney island (rescheduled from 6/30)

6:30pm: learn about the history of the freak show in america at an illustrated lecture by anni irish at brooklyn brainery. $10. >>

6:30pm (+ 8/27): the asia society and museum’s ‘waking the green tiger’ film series features four documentaries from the front lines of china’s environmental crisis, followed by filmmaker q+a. free (rsvp required). >>

6:30pm: former lead singer of the squirrel nut zippers tom maxwellperforms an album release show at mercury lounge with his band, the minor drag. aabaraki opens.  $10. >>

7pm: prolific author salman rushdie joins vanessa manko for the launch of her new novel, the invention of exile. powerhouse arena, free. >>

7:30pm doors, 8pm show: wyatt cenac (the daily show) hosts the weeklynight train comedy show with stand-up by byron bowers (eric andre show), hari kondabolu (letterman, comedy central), desiree burch (‘smut’ host), loyiso gola (south africa’s late nite news) and brandon wardell. littlefield, $8. >>

8pm: the first 60 folks to purchase the god help the girl soundtrack lp at rough trade will receive a wristband to attend a signing with belle + sebastian’s stuart murdochalso see listing in the ‘coming up’ section about murdoch’s apple soho appearance tomorrow. >>

8pm: fat tony, k. flay, kandace springs, topaz jones, and dj dirtyboogie play this week’s school night concert at brooklyn bowl. free with rsvp, $7 without. >>

8pm (ends today): the witches is a ‘nightmare immersive theatre experience’ that starts as a dinner party until macbeth finds himself in hell, forced by the three witches to relive his story over and over. court tree collective gallery (carroll gardens), $18. >>

8pm (thru 9/1): the free met opera annual summer hd festival returns to lincoln center plaza with screenings of ten productions from the emmy award-winning live in hd series, including four new productions from the 2013-14 season. tonight: shostakovich’s the nose>>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: the apocalypse wow comedy show returns to cameo for a second anniversary show with guests claudia cogan, naomi ekperigin, tessa skara, jes tom, josh gondelman and host max bernstein. free. >>

8pm doors, 8:30pm show: comedian greg barris’s ‘unbunned’ show at union hall features guests chris gethard (the chris gethard show), nikki glaser (leno, comedy central) , and guest hosts dima and jeanette (of corrupt autopilot). union hall, $8. >>

8:30pm: wikipedia live: improvisors make up a wikipedia entry live on stage at the magnet theater. $7. >>

8:30pm doors, 9pm show: the weekly broken comedy show at greenpoint’s bar matchless features stand-up by jim tews (last comic standing), mike kosta (leno, comedy central), janelle james, shawn jackson, and host nimesh patel. free. >>

9pm: tonight’s bi-monthly dive comedy show with hosts giulia rozzi (stripped stories, girl code) and brooke van poppelen (john oliver, ferguson) features stand-up from joe zimmerman (comedy central), koshin egal (‘the quota’ host), clark jones, mary radzinski, mike pomranz, missy baker, and music by envy the young. freddy’s back room, free. >>

9pm (mondays): huckleberry bar’s free monday night movie screenings pay tribute to the harry potter series this month. tonight: harry potter and the goblet of fire (2005). >>

9:30pm doors, 10pm show: tonight at the the stand’s frantic! free comedy show: christian finnegan, aparna nancherla, joe pera, christy coffey, mike bonner, lauryn petrie, jonas barnes, mark jigarjian, and host michael kosta. free. >>

thru 10/18: the school of visual arts honors graphic designer tom geismar with the 26th annual masters series award and an exhibition of his iconic work at its chelsea gallery. reception 9/9, artist talk 10/7. free admission. >>

check our website for ongoing events.

coming up

8/26: free outdoor movies: >>
on the waterfront (neighborhood choice winner), red hook’s valentino pier
vampire’s kiss, the crown victoria

8/26 5-7:30pm (ends today): cynthia sayer’s 2nd annual hot strings festival brings strings, jazz, and bluegrass to the finale of the sixth annual hudson square music and wine festival at the courtyard behind city winery. free. >>

8/26 6:30pm: learn about the search for life on other worlds during tonight’s ‘astronomy live!’ lecture at the hayden planetarium space theater. $15. >>

8/26 7pm: belle + sebastian’s stuart murdoch talks about his musical film god help the girl. apple soho, free (rsvp required). >>

8/26 7pm (thru 9/14): symphony space continues a series of classic movies in hd with alfred hitchcock’s psycho (1960). $7 plus ticket fees here (reg. $14 general, $12 students/seniors). >>

8/26 7pm doors, 7:30pm show: robin gelfenbien’s monthly ‘yum’s the word’ storytelling event celebrates its third anniversary by throwing a party for three audience members complete with mad libs, nostalgic candy, and three different homemade ice cream cakes for all to share. tonight’s guests include desiree burch (comedy central, vh1), andy christie (new york times, the moth radio hour), david crabb (the moth host), and dawn j. fraser. lpr’s gallery, $15 adv, $20 dos. >>

8/26-27: 7:30, 9:30pm: puppets act out songs from sgt. pepper’s lonely hearts club band with live-musical accompaniment at ‘puppet playlist’. the connelly theater, $10 adv, $12 door. >>

8/26 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: the masters of social gastronomy (‘msg’) investigate caffeine, cocaine, and the soda of a nation during tonight’s lecture at littlefield. free. >>

8/26 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: heeb magazine co-presents ‘save our schmuck’, a bone marrow benefit and show for comics creator seth kushner: live comics readings, music, and comedy from molly crabapple, douglas rushkoff, dean haspiel, akim funk buddha, jahfurry, and josh neufeld. union hall, $15. >>

8/26 8pm: the 22-member psychophonic ensemble the polyphonic spree plays the brooklyn bowl. $15 adv, $18 dos. >>

sales, deals, freebies

sponsored: hit the grounds running at the us open – grounds admission offers high-caliber tennis. >>

thru 8/26: take an extra 15% off groupon’s ‘things to do’ selections.>>

ticket deals

get tickets to see michael cera, kieran culkin and tavi gevinson in this is our youth 8/27-9/10 at the cort theatre for $45-89 (plus ticket fees, reg. $79-135). >>

get free admission to a tipsy crafts bar event 8/27 (plus ticket fees, reg. $60). >>

take a cruise up the hudson to bear mountain for oktoberfest, hiking, and more 9/13-10/26 for $30 (plus ticket fees, reg $60). >>

get free orchestra tickets to a distinguished concerts internationalperformance at lincoln center’s alice tully hall 11/9 (plus ticket fees, reg. $100). >>

get free tickets to surreal icelandic rock musical revolution in the elbow of ragnar agnarsson furniture painter at the minetta lane theatre 8/26-30 (plus ticket fees, reg. $68.50). >>

get free tickets to the affordable art fair at the tunnel 9/26-29 (plus ticket fees, reg. $15). >>

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