Last-minute plan: Comedy for a cause, plus a party at the library
Mon Sep 14 2009
Although this country doesn't recognize "Red Nose Day" (Comic Relief's annual fund-raising event in the U.K., immortalized by David Brent in The Office), there are still plenty of opportunities to have a laugh for a good cause. Tonight at Highline Ballroom, Jonathan Ames (creator of HBO's Bored to Death) hosts a benefit for 826NYC (8pm, $20), a nonprofit that helps students with their creative writing and teachers in inspiring their charges to write. The strong lineup of funnymen includes John Oliver (that British bloke on The Daily Show), Eugene Mirman (the landlord on Flight of the Conchords) and Ted Alexandro (Comedy Central Presents). So get out there and laugh—the future of faux-news programs and stand-up-based sitcoms may depend on it.
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Speaking of the public good, the New York City Public Library begins its all-new extended hours today—a dream come true for free-Wi-Fi users and people who like to sleep in public places. The change initially affects ten branches, including the Mid-Manhattan Library (455 Fifth Ave at 40th St; 917-275-6975, nypl.org), which will stay open until 11pm. A special "Cover to Cover Caf" at this location will offer free coffee and snacks from Tim Hortons all day and an 8pm performance from Bushwick Book Club, a group of songwriters who take their inspiration from literary works.
Who will burn the 10:59pm oil at the public library? Desperate job seekers? Singles looking for a soulmate who also loves Kierkegaard? People who actually think Tim Hortons is better than Dunkin' Donuts? Only time will tell!