The 5 Best Things To Do In NYC Tonight, October 8

Tonight in New York City: Celebrate 30 years of Spinal Tap with Christopher Guest, laugh along with Christian Finnegan, or help kick off the CBGB Festival. By Carly Petrone.

Women in Space

(credit: Liz Ligon)

(credit: Liz Ligon)

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Watch a preview of the film Women in Space, a new six-part PBS series that profiles the impact women have had over the past 50 years in six industries: comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. Tonight, Rori Baldari of the Amateur Astronomer's Association will give a brief talk followed by stargazing (weather permitting). Screening starts at 6 p.m.

CBGB Festival: Daniel Lanois & The Modern School of Film Present: Flesh and Machine...The Films



Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 E. Houston St.

New York, NY 10002


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Celebrate opening night of the CBGB Festival with a conversation on the nature of sound and image from Grammy Award Winning musician/producer Daniel Lanois. He will also premiere selection from Lanois and The Modern School of Films collaboration "Flesh and Machine...The Films" as well as clips from his past works. Event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15.

Sci-Fi Explosion



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Sci-Fi nerds unite! Make your way over to Union Hall in Brooklyn for a night of nerdy fun. Host/writer Chris Cummins will present New York Super Week's Sci-Fi Explosion, a cosmic cabaret of craziness that will be highlighted by a performance by Carmen Martella III, a talk by pop culture expert Ben Leach on strange foreign move posters, and curated video clips that showcase the weirder world of science fiction and fandom. There will also be trivia with prizes from Quirk Books, WeLoveFine and MVD Entertainment Group as well as plenty of karaoke. Event begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Funny Faces with Special Guest Christian Finnegan

(credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

(credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Gotham Comedy Club

209 W. 23rd St.

New York, NY 10011


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Christian Finnegan headlines this month's Funny Faces at Gotham Comedy Club. Tonight's lineup will definitely keep you laughing including Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), Jimmy Failla (America's Got Talent), Cyrus Mcqueen (Obvious Child), and Charles McBee (AXS TV Gotham Comedy Live). Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $12.

NYFF: 30th Anniversary Screening of This Is Spinal Tap



Film Society of Lincoln Center

Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway

New York, NY 10023


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Fans of the cult classic film Spinal Tap can meet Christopher Guest during tonight's New York Film Festival special event at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Celebrate 30 years of the movie that brought Guest, Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer together for a musical parody like no other. Come meet Nigel Tufnel himself during a Q&A, starting at 9 p.m. Rush tickets available. Click here for more details.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.