History is Made at Night agnès b; 11am; free
If you yearn for a time when CBGB was not a hopelessly depressing restaurant in the Newark Airport, you're in luck. The photographs of David Godlis, a fixture of the legendary punk club and faithful chronicler of the musicians that frequented it (like the Ramones, Patti Smith and Blondie), are on display downtown. The images, taken between 1976 and 1979, are part of Godlis's fine art book of the same name, which you can also pick up at the gallery. Head there Sep 10 from 6–8pm to revel with fellow punks at the exhibition's opening reception.
Harlem Gospel Choir Sings Prince B.B. King Blues Club & Grill; 8pm; $25, at the door $30
The world-famous choir belts out renditions of Prince classics like “When Doves Cry,” “Raspberry Beret” and “Little Red Corvette.”
Sh*t Lit: Comedy Show and Bad Writing Night Bunga’s Den; 8:30pm; free
If you've got some truly heinous high school-era poetry, pretentious college attempts at playwriting or worse, bring excerpts to compete for the title of worst writer at this celebration of the worst NYC has to offer. Writers and comedians from late-night TV series will be around to share their most pitiful pieces, which should give you some perspective on yours.
Insects, Arachnids and Reptiles Petting Zoo Morbid Anatomy Museum; 7pm; $12
Get intimate with tarantulas, snakes, millipedes and other friendly creepy-crawlies at this interactive exhibit.
Brooklyn Book Festival Kick-Off Party The Bell House; 7pm; free
Any chance to drink free at the Bell House should be met with much rejoicing, especially when it’s in celebration of books. To kick-start a week of special literary events with a bang, Book End is throwing this spirited hootenanny. DJ Shiftee spins hip-hop, rap and dance jammers, and cosponsors like Electric Literature and Literary Hub hook you up with prizes to stack on your nightstand. Show up early, or the free booze may be gone.
Sampling An Asteroid: NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex Mission Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space; 7pm; $15
Enter the immersive environment of the Hayden Planetarium and witness a NASA asteroid mission in progress. AMNH director of astrovisualization Carter Emmert will lead the visual tour through space, and explain the implications of this retrieval mission.
Would You Rather The Experimental Comedy Gallery; 8pm; $5
JR Strauss and Andre Medrano bring comics onstage to discern from lists of hypothetic options that would make Abbi and Ilana proud. This month, Jana Leigh Heaton, Maya Sharma, Luis Leon, Chris Pappas and Ryan Douglass take on the infamous question.
AMCONYC Pop-up x Runway Studio 450; 11am; $10–$150
If you enjoy keeping tabs on emerging trends, don’t miss this event. This fifth annual runway show—and, yes, you’re invited—features designs from Storm Dorris, Lavanya Coodly, Human Envy and Marian Micanovic. There will also be a Beauty Bar sponsored by PRIV, where you can receive a free hair, makeup or nail touchup before you run to your next NYFW event. Grab your tickets ($10–$150) early! Shows take place at various times
Brooklyn Loft Party: La Grosse Pomme Littlefield; 8pm; $8, at the door $10
Host Amanda Duarte welcomes burlesque performers, violinists, magicians and more to this mash-up variety show.
Where Am I Now? Book Launch Party Ace Hotel New York; 8pm; $15
Matilda actor Mara Wilson celebrates her memoir with comedy from Phoebe Robinson, Josh Gondelman and Christian Finnegan.
Triumph Hotels x Laura Kay The Iroquois Hotel; 5pm; free
If you’re a diehard fashion fan, it’s likely that you already have your outfits planned for NYFW, but make sure to save your best ensemble for Triumph Hotels fashion-sketch event. The hospitality chain teamed up with illustrator and Instagram influencer Laura Kay, and the Instagram star will be sketching complimentary style selfies at the Cosmopolitan, Iroquois and Hotel Chandler. Avoid the line and book your appointment in advance here:www.facebook.com/triumphhotels.
Dark Water Tuesdays Otto’s Shrunken Head; 8pm; free
Synth-heads, postpunks and ’80s addicts are welcome to grab a drink and move to the sounds of New Order, Severed Heads, the Human League and more at this weekly chill-out session. Drink specials and well-picked horror, sci-fi and anime flicks on the big screen will keep you hanging around way later than you expect.
Arrested Development Bingo Videology Bar & Cinema; 9pm; free
Think you can spot Gene Parmesan in disguise or catch Franklin Delano Bluth on Gob’s arm? Watch episodes of the beloved comedy and compete for a free beer at this fan gathering in the Videology screening room. Just make sure you don’t get so wasted you confuse your Lucilles.
Harlem International Film Festival MIST Harlem; various times and prices
The uptown movie fest returns for its twelfth year with a stellar selection of features, documentaries, shorts, animated films and more. This year's edition boasts the New York premiere of A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone and opens with a Prince tribute party.
Barely Making It The Creek and the Cave; 8pm; free
Meghan O’Malley, Erick Hellwig and Adrian Davidson invite comedians to Long Island City every week to try out their freshest material. Past guests have written for and appeared on Broad City, Master of None, The Daily Show and more.
Creep Girl Travels Horror Show Freddy’s Bar; 7:30pm; free
Creepy Girl Travels, a website dedicated to alternative travel (often including graveyard visits), hosts this monthly trivia and movie night focused on horror flicks, the occult and all things creepy.
Drunk Science Littlefield; 8pm; $5–$8
Join your hosts Joanna Rothkopf (Jezebel staff writer), Shannon Odell (neuroscience PhD student) and Jordan Mendoza (took some science classes), along with comedians Bowen Yang and Abbi Crutchfield, as they proceed to get wasted and compete to present their very best scientific treatise to a panel of actual scientists. The more you drink, the more their dissertations will make sense.
Cinder Block Comedy Festival various locations; $4pm; per show $15, day pass $30, weekend pass $111
This new comedy showcase seeks to correct the gender and racial imbalances of the industry by offering more spaces to diverse performers who happen to be excellent. Check out stand-up, sketch, improv and musical comedy from acts like Baron Vaughn, Laurie Kilmartin, Jon Laster and Marga Gomez at venues all over Williamsburg.
House: Rabbit Hole Edition G Lounge; 9pm; free
This night of dirty dancing at G Lounge gives you the chance to level up your Scruff picture while partying, as on-site Rabbit Hole tattoo artists give new ink to giveaway winners who arrive early. If you're not down for new scar tissue, you can dance to deep beats by DJ Scott Martin, Antonio Cedeno and Corey Evans.
NYFW Summer Soiree The Chester; 4pm; $10 to $20
Even after NYFW is over, the stylish fun doesn’t stop. Studio 15, Runway Passport and Jena Cumbo want you and your girlfriends (boyfriends too) to attend their sip and shop event, where cocktails will be flowing. Snag complimentary makeup touchups, shop fashion-forward pieces from emerging NYC designers and get your photo taken by renowned shutterbug Jena Cumbo. You can still nab early bird tickets ($10), but if you end up shelling out $20, you can still feel good about your purchase since a portion of proceeds will be donated to Kleos Microfinance Group to help women in need.