Next Slide Please @ Pine Box Rock Shop
Kick off your week with a comedy show that’s perfect for visual learners. Next Slide Please invites comedians to create PowerPoint presentations to accompany their funny bits; past performances have covered everything from the best Manhattan street corners for first-date make-outs to the charms of underrated films like Jessica Alba’s Honey. Produced and hosted by Reed Kavner, this edition features Miel Breudow, Carmen Christopher, Charlotte Barnett, and Mike Zakarian.
Monday, February 17th, 9 p.m. // Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St., Brooklyn // Free
Hex the Patriarchy @ Arlene's Grocery
Take a sledgehammer to toxic masculinity at Hex the Patriarchy, a night of queer feminist music and drag. The show is presented by the Neon Coven, a collective of queer musicians co-founded by Andrew Barret Cox, Mark Mauriello, and Shira Milikowsky. Directed by Milikowsky, the evening includes tunes and performances by Cox, Mauriello, and special guests: Jan Sport from RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as actors and singers including Kae Bragg, Alia Hodge, Danielle Lussier, and Jada Temple.
Monday, February 17th, 9:30 p.m. // Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton St., Manhattan // Tickets: $20
Friends of Single People @ Littlefield
Modern dating is a trash fire, so why not try a truly absurd way to find a mate? At Friends of Single People, comedians are assigned to audience members looking for love; after spending about 10 minutes getting to know a contestant, the comedians act as proxies for their singles, doing their best to represent each person and get them a date. It’s produced and hosted by Brooklyn absurd-comedy doyenne Jo Firestone, so expect plenty of awkwardness and lots of laughs.
Tuesday, February 18th, 7 p.m. // Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $8
Crafted x Riverhead: Bijou @ Brooklyn Roasting Company
Riverhead Books has concocted a new spin on the book club with their Crafted series, each installation of which pairs literary conversation with handcrafts. Bijou celebrates the shortest month with short story collections: Florida by Lauren Groff and Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch. Guests can keep their hands busy during the story discussions by painting and assembling polymer clay earrings. Each ticket includes a book and an earring kit, plus coffee and pastries.
Wednesday, February 19th, 6:30 p.m. // Brooklyn Roasting Company, 25 Jay St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $30
Charles Bukowski Memorial Reading @ Le Poisson Rouge
The 13th-annual Charles Bukowski Memorial Reading is going down this week. Founded by Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes, co-directors of indie punk publisher Three Rooms Press, the evening will be filled with performances of Bukowski poems and stories, plus chances to win Bukowski ephemera, from books and CDs to rare photos and videos. Performers include NPR’s Andrei Codrescu, monologist Mike Daisey, musician Jennifer Blowdryer, poet George Wallace, and many more.
Thursday, February 20th, 6:30 p.m. // 158 Bleecker St., Manhattan // Tickets: $10
The Shining: An Opera @ National Arts Club
Have a hauntingly musical evening at a presentation of the work-in-progress The Shining: An Opera. Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Paul Moravec and librettist Mark Campbell are creating an opera based on the terrifying Stephen King tale; this preview performance includes arias and ensemble numbers along with commentary from the creators. Seating is first come, first served, so it would be wise to arrive early.
Thursday, February 20th, 7 p.m. // National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan // Free
ReFashion Week Kick-Off @ Brooklyn Army Terminal
Sashay your way into a sustainable future at the kick-off of ReFashion Week, brought to you by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Foundation for New York’s Strongest. Part of the second-annual Zero Waste NYC workshop series, the afternoon affair celebrates sustainable and secondhand fashion. There will be a pop-up market, demonstrations by fashion and tech innovators, panels on the future of fashion, and an interactive art installation, plus DJs and local food and drink vendors.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2 p.m. // Brooklyn Army Terminal, 80 58th St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $15
Climate Crisis Parables @ Metrograph
On the off change you’re not worried enough about our environmental future, check out Climate Crisis Parables, a series of films about all the ways we’re destroying the planet. Each screening is introduced by a climate scientist or other expert, who will use the film’s premise as a jumping-off point to discuss real-world issues and what we might do to fix them. The 15 movies—which are “grave in tone yet ecstatic and spectacular in scope and scale”—include Bong Joon Ho’s post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer, sci-fi noir classic Blade Runner, Jim Jarmusch’s zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die, and Miyazaki’s mythic Princess Mononoke, hosted by Naomi Klein.
Opens Saturday, February 22nd // Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St., Manhattan // Various prices
Shanghai Mermaid Dragon Ball @ Macao Trading Co.
Step glamorously back in time at the signature annual Shanghai Mermaid soirée: Dragon Ball. Theme-appropriate costumes are required for this Lunar New Year celebration, with cocktails, dancing, music, and performances late into the night: burlesque from Calamity Change, geisha and fire performance by Masae Satouchi, jazz by Carte Blanche Band, and traditional music from the Ban Ban Chinese Music Society featuring Zhou Yi on piano and Miao Yimin on flute. It all goes down in a Tribeca restaurant filled with vintage erotica and designed like a 1930s speakeasy, separated into a “gambling parlor,” “opium den,” and “brothel.”
Sunday, February 23rd, 7 p.m. // Macao Trading Co., 311 Church St., Manhattan // Tickets: $65 and up
Polar Bear Celebration @ American Museum of Natural History
It’s almost International Polar Bear Day! Salute the big galoots at the American Museum of Natural History’s family-friendly Polar Bear Celebration. Get acquainted with all things polar bear—from their behavior and diet, to the ways humans have interacted with them through history, to their vulnerability due to climate change—with hands-on activities, interactive theater pieces, show-and-tell sessions with the museum’s collection, and live discussions with scientists.
Sunday, February 23rd, 11 a.m. // American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West, Manhattan // Free with $23 museum admission