You know, usually Tuesday feels a little better than Monday. This particular Tuesday though, it feels like the world is just coming apart at the seams. You’ve got a junior Mussolini running on top of the Republican field, you’ve got the Supreme Court thinking about upending the entire idea of voting power in America and the less said about governing in New York State the better. Sorry, didn’t mean to bring you down. Break through Existential Dread Tuesday by checking out the Brokelyn Event Calendar, particularly these fun things to do.
LIKE A VIRGIN: MADONNAS AND MADONNA IN KAY’S COLLECTION
What’s the deal with all the Virgin Mary displays in front of people’s homes? Just in time for Christmas, you can learn just what their deal is, as artist and folklorist Kay Turner (who’s made a scholarly career out of studying imagery of Mary) will give a talk on the meaning of the displays and a quick tour of the City Reliquary’s new collection of Virgin Marry memorabilia (and some Madonna images as well).
7pm, City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, FREE
PLOW TO PLATE FILMS PRESENTS: CARB LOADED – A CULTURE DYING TO EAT
So okay, maybe you cant shake Existential Dread Tuesday but you still want to go out. In that case, here’s a documentary you can see about how our society’s reliance on carbs is making us all unhealthy diabetes machines. Yes, even you over there who thinks you’re eating what the lamestream nutrition media tells you is a balanced and healthy diet. EXISTENTIAL DREAD TUESDAY!
7pm, Park Slope Food Coop, 782 Union Street, Park Slope, FREE
SASS PRESENTS: FANTASTIC JOURNEYS OF HISTORY
“What a long strange trip it’s been,” sang Jerry Garcia once, about the time it took him two hours to get home from the bodega after buying ice cream, because he was too high. We know all about that weird journey, so tonight the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies will tell you about some more fantastic voyages, like violent exiles, the history of long walks in America and legendary rock and roll tours you wish you’d gone on.
7pm, The Bedford, 110 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, FREE
BOOK LAUNCH: THE STATE OF PLAY EDITED BY DANIEL GOLDBERG AND LINUS LARSSON
Hey, what’s going on in the world of video games besides Gamergate and the Final Fantasy VII remake? I don’t really know, but it’s a multi-billion dollar industry that’s changed our culture, so how about letting tech journalists Linus Larrson and Daniel Goldberg tell you what they’ve learned about it from editing their new book of 16 essays on video game culture from a broad spectrum of nerds. One thing I can tell you for sure is that this ain’t your mom’s Super Mario Bros.
7pm, powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, FREE
DUDES BEIN’ DUDES BEIN’ DUDES
Maybe what we all really need on this Existential Dread Tuesday is something to wake us up. Something like a red pill we could take that would explain the truth of the world to us…oh hey found one! After all this dang talk about diversity in comedy, it’s good to see a show devote itself to humor for dudes, by dudes. And that’s just what you’ll get tonight at Over The Eight, as macho ass-kicking dudes like Ayanna Dookie, Samantha Ruddy and Bobby Hakinson tell a bunch of jokes that dudes love, about things like pounding beer and watching football.
8pm, Over the Eight, 594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, FREE