Compiled by Sara Maher
Check out the city’s up-and-coming comedic talent at the Time Out New York Comedy Showcase, taking place the last Wednesday of every month from now through the end of the year. The opening night lineup is hosted by Robin Montague from The Chris Rock Show, boasting performances by Mark Normand from Inside Amy Schumer, Sheng Wang from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Emma Willmann, one of Time Out’s “Funniest Women in NYC.”
F downtown to 47-50th and walk northwest to Caroline’s on Broadway (1626 Broadway). Wed May 27 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 + two-drink minimum. For ages 21 and over. timeout.com/newyork/shop/time-out-comedy-showcase
Artist Sam Falls experiments with long-term effects of sun, rain, and temperature to create art. For Light Over Time, he treated surfaces with varying amounts of UV-protective paint and exposed them to the elements, capturing the passage of time. Falls’ works are also interactive, so visitors can play wind chimes that change color when hit, and sit on a bench that responds to body temperature, before running through a light room or exploring a maze.
F downtown to Jay St-MetroTech and walk northeast to MetroTech Center (Myrtle Av. between Jay St. and Flatbush Av.). On display through May 29. Organized by the Public Art Fund. Free. publicartfund.org
Science and the arts collide during the World Science Festival, blowing up venues all over the city May 27-31. Hear how a love of science led a marine scientist, an astrophysicist, a wildlife conservationist, and a stuntman (yes!) to their dream careers during “Cool Jobs,” or treat the kids to a day of science-themed book events (themes include “The Magic of Math” and “Belches, Burps and Farts… Oh My!”). The fest wraps up with The Ultimate Science Street Fair, where you can float around with a real astronaut, drive a Mars rover, compare animal brains, and watch people play with liquid nitrogen.
F downtown to W 4th. Cool Jobs: walk southeast to the Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Pl.); Sat May 30 at 2pm; tickets from $15. Science and Storytime: walk southeast to the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Sq S); Sun May 31 1-4pm; free, but admission to both events is first-come, first-served. Street Fair: walk east to Washington Square Park; Sun May 31 from 10am-6pm; free. worldsciencefestival.com
Times Square’s restaurants will offer their best bites from around the globe during Taste of Times Square. Sample dishes from over 50 restaurants, live music, and a beer garden, a festival first. You might want to bring your own snack to enjoy while waiting in line.
F downtown to 47-50th and walk west on 47th to Broadway. Mon Jun 1, 5-9pm. “Taste tickets” are $1 and dishes are 2-6 tickets each. timessquarenyc.org/events/taste-of-times-square
The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series sponsors performances by the best writers of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, and whatever other kind of fiction you’re willing to wrap your mind around. The last event of their season features Adam Sternbergh, novelist and contributing editor at New York magazine and Vulture, and author Lev AC Rosen. As with all art, this could be either cringe-worthy or awe-inspiring.
F downtown to W 4th and walk southeast to Gallery LaLa (138 Sullivan St). Tue Jun 2 at 7pm. $7 suggested donation; admission includes cider, cheese, and a raffle ticket. hourwolf.com/nyrsf