Yes, the polar vortex is back, but we’ve got a pretty good array of events that will all take place indoors. See, we’re thinking about you. Housing Works Bookstore is hosting a party in honor of Asymptote‘s third anniversary; writers John and Molly Knefel host Radio Dispatch, a progressive political podcast, at the Bell House; and Unix Gallery hosts the opening reception for a new exhibition by Ingrid Dee Magidson, which features multifaceted works of “layerism.”
[Art] It’s mid-January, so you’ve probably already abandoned your resolutions, but perhaps all you need is some kind of incentive to get you back on the wagon. Joseph Cavalieri’s exhibition, “Deliver Us From Our Addictions,” is a meditative and “somewhat comical series of 21st-century dependencies” depicted in stained glass. The series illustrates a grouping of “mental and physical addictions to which we moderns are prone.” Did we mention this show takes place in a church? Good luck.
Opens at 8 a.m., Church of St. Paul the Apostle, free.
[Lit] Join Eliot Weinberger (acclaimed translator of Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges, and Bei Dao), Robyn Creswell (Paris Review poetry editor), Jeffrey Yang (translator of Liu Xiaobo), Idra Novey (translator of Clarice Lispector) and Daniella Gitlin (translator of Rodolfo Walsh) as they mark the third anniversary of international literary journal Asymptote with readings and a panel discussion on translation.
At 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, free.
[Comedy] Whether you’re a good bullshitter or totally gullible (no shame), you’ll fit right in at tonight’s Bullsh*t History. Competitors in this comedy/game show get to invent what happened during actual, little-known historical events. We’ve been told that Abraham Lincoln usually makes an appearance at some point during this singing, and shouting, chaotic show.
At 9 p.m., Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, free.
[Comedy] Siblings and co-writers John and Molly Knefel bring their comedy and politics to the stage with >Radio Dispatch Live. Each show is a conversation with guest thinkers, writers, and performers.
At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, free.
[Fashion] New York Fashion Week is soon upon us, and Host in the City is warming us up with party (all in the name of a good cause, of course). Tonight’s kickoff event highlights the importance of eco-friendly fashions and includes drinks and bites. Because a fashion party isn’t a party without drinks.
At 6 p.m., Roger Smith Hotel, $10.
[Lit/Comedy] Writer Scott Simon hosts his second pilot of a new show, Scott Simon’s Wonderful Town, at The Bell House. The show features house music by pianist Julian Velard along with comedian Eugene Mirman, singer Nellie McKay, Polkabjorn and Kleine Heine, Nore Davis, and Mars mission specialists Jane Poynter and Tabor MacCallum.
At 6:30 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn, $10.
[Fashion] The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is presenting a spectacular show, “Trend-ology,” which follows the concept of trends from the 18th century to modern-day looks. The exhibition also highlights industry developments that have had an impact on how trends spread. This includes examples from concept stores such as Opening Ceremony and Colette, as well as high-low collaborations like a 2009 “Rodarte for Target” sequined dress. A selection of “It” bags are also on display to illustrate the importance accessories have become to luxury brands. A Louis Vuitton “Speedy 30” bag designed in collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is one example.
At noon, The Museum at F.I.T., Chelsea, free.
[Comedy] The Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series: Fifth Anniversary Show features award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Sirius XM Radio) in honor of five years of this storytelling series by inviting some of New York’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. The event includes a trivia game with prizes and a wine giveaway. Hear stories from Andy Christie (host “The Liar Show,” Moth GrandSlam Champion), and Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, host/creator “Risk!”), and Tara Clancy (The Paris Review and the New York Times).
At 7 p.m., KGB Bar, free.
[Art] The work by artist Ingrid Dee Magidson can be described as a beautiful and complex look at history. Her exhibition features three-dimensional, enigmatic portraits of royals, nobility, and courtiers from centuries past, whom re-imagines and immortalizes. The artist employs innovative methods to add depth and intrigue to her works with a technique Dee Magidson calls “layerism.”
Opening reception at 6 p.m., Unix Gallery, free.
[Comedy] If Valentine’s Day decorations at Duane Reade are already pissing you off, a good place to vent is tonight’s PIT’s show. You Probably Think This Song Is About You features storytelling and song parodies by comedians Anna Roisman and Katie Haller.
At 8 p.m., The Peoples Improv Theater, $10.