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Talks and Readings: School Stories, Awkward Sex Moments, and Zach Braff

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Summer vacation might have students hightailing it to the nearest exit, but Union Hall wants to rope you back into the world of teachers and books for “How I Learned to Make the Grade: Stories About School,” where master storytellers, including author and comedian Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom) and actor/comedian Jeffrey Joseph (The Tonight Show), will share their tales of playground humiliations and homecoming regrets. Of course, now that we’re all grown-ups, beer and cocktails will be available to ease the angst.
Wednesday, May 27, doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Union Hall, 702 Union Street (Park Slope).

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An ‘All-Female Tonight Show‘ Premieres at The Slipper Room

Carolyn Castiglia for Right NOW! (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Carolyn Castiglia for Right NOW! (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

A live late-night show premiering this Wednesday at the Slipper Room aims to “shine a light on women,” according to its host, comedian Carolyn Castiglia. The guests and supporting cast of Right NOW! will be women, and all the behind-the-scenes work will be done by women. With the occasional exception. “We have two guys on the first show,” Castiglia said. “One is black and one is gay. These are the voices that I relate to and these are the voices that right now—pun very much intended—I want to empower.”

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