Playcrafting NYC Winter Expo
Jan. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Microsoft, 11 Times Square, Sixth Floor
Microsoft holds a night of gaming that takes over the entire sixth floor of their Times Square office with more than 100 new games, 700 gamers, free pizza and MatchaBar iced tea. It’s a way for developers to get the word out to fans and receive early feedback, and there’s also an after-party at a nearby bar.
The Bechdel Test
Jan. 28, 8 p.m.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
To pass the Bechdel Test, a movie needs to feature two women speaking to each other about something other than a man. Sounds easy, right? Well, almost half of the movies made in 2015 failed. To get the complete picture of misogyny in movies, join comedians tonight at Videology for a mix of their favorite clips from feminist movies and the grossest examples of a film completely missing the mark.
“The New Mutants”
Jan. 28, 7 p.m.
The Strand, 828 Broadway, Third Floor
If a night of discussing mutants and comic books sounds like your normal Thursday, then take a break from the Internet and meet like-minded fans at the Strand’s Rare Book Room for a discussion on modern superheroes, queer theory and groundbreaking developments in the world of graphic storytelling. “The New Mutant” author Ramzi Fawaz is joined by artist Phil Jimenez for the discussion.
NY WILD Film Festival
The Explorer’s Club, 46 E. 70th St.
This annual series is dedicated to all of the cool, new, weird stuff that’s taking place out in the wilderness, from the adrenaline chase of vertical climbing to restoring Africa’s Gorongosa Park — there’s even a documentary from the director of “Silence of the Lambs.” This year offers 17 inspiring films over four days, plus talkbacks and receptions.
Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce St.
Switch out your winter coat for a leather jacket, slick back your hair, and get downtown for the return of the popular “Grease!” singalong. The night starts with a vocal warmup and dance lesson before the singalong begins. The lyrics will be onscreen, and there’s also a “fun pack” of props for just waiting for the right time to break out. Don’t be a square, come in costume!
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
The Tunnel in Manhattan, 608 W. 28th St.
It’s the 10th anniversary, so expect no barbecue spits to run cold. The fest features 60 beers, 40 bourbons and countless pork dishes to gorge on. There will also be live music and seminars.
“Why We Write About Ourselves”
Feb. 2, 7-9 p.m.
Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St., Brooklyn
Social media has trained us to publish all of our private thoughts. So while we all understand the impulse to overshare, it’s fair to wonder why we do it. A new book, “Why We Write About Ourselves,” compiles insights from 20 memoirists, some of whom will be on hand to discuss and sign copies.
The Music of Adele and Sam Smith
Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
Are you counting down the days until Adele is back in town this fall at Madison Square Garden? To help you survive the wait, you can hear favorite numbers sung by Jenna O’Gara, while “American Idol” finalist Jerome Bell contributes some hits by Sam Smith. Both artists are backed by the Harlem Gospel Choir.
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La Nuit en Rosé
Feb. 5-6, noon-9 p.m.
ArtBeam, 540 W. 21st St.
Why wait until summer to drink rosé? In the midst of the vengeful onslaught of a delayed winter, you can cozy up at an indoor garden party sipping pink wine at La Nuit en Rosé, which is coming up in two weeks (but likely to sell out much sooner). Dress in white or pink and visit a secret warehouse, where over 50 types of rosé will be available for tasting, in addition to small plates by nine participating chefs.