BK Top 5: The best things to do tonight, from fantastical views to riding the hell train

tk. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

tk. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Another Monday. Used to be you could come out of the weekend saying “Well, at least this is one more day closer to retirement.” Now, we’re never going to retire ever, because CEOs need your pension money for gold-plated bathtubs and bribes. Sorry, we mean “lobbyists.” Anyway, think less about that and more about enjoying yourself tonight, with these fun nights out found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar.

THE WILLIAMSBURG SPELLING BEE
You’ve spent your whole life being a good speller, though maybe not as good as those damn kids from the Scripps Spelling Bee. If you’re the best speller among your friends though, tonight is your night, because the Williamsburg Spelling Bee is your shot to strut your spelling stuff and win glory and prizes. Plus winners snag a spot in the annual year-end finals, where you can win glory and prizes commensurate with beating the best spellers in Williamsburg.
7pm, Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, FREE

BOOKS BENEATH THE BRIDGE: WORD BOOKSTORE
The view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from Brooklyn Bridge Park is almost too fantastical to believe, so it makes a certain amount of thematic sense to do a fantasy novel night there. WORD will bring best-selling fantasy author Naomi Novik and fellow fantasy writer Peter Brett, to talk about their latest books as the sun sets slowly over the harbor.
7pm, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Brooklyn Heights, FREE

NEW YORK CITY BROKEN COMEDY
Are you feeling less than whole lately? Makes sense, this city can cause even the most hardy among us to crack up some times. Instead of moping about it, hit up New York City Broken Comedy where you can revel in having cracked a bit, with laughs from Langston Kernan, Kevin McCaffrey, Chris Millhouse and others.
8:30pm, Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, FREE

CHRISTINA MCDOWELL: AFTER PERFECT
Learn the story of someone whose life was wrecked by the Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, but didn’t get to be in the movie. Memoirist Christina McDowell discusses how her father’s involvement and arrest in connection with Belfort’s financial crimes built and then destroyed what she thought was an idyllic life, which was followed by a descent into drugs, booze and other risky behavior when it all fell apart.
7pm, BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Cobble Hill, FREE

GASFACE’S HELL TRAIN PRESENTED BY BODEGA BAMZ
Think your commute is bad? Try having to do it on the Hell Train. Actually, Hell Train isn’t a story about someone stuck on the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall 4 platform, it’s a modern retelling of Dante’s Inferno as rapper Bodega Bamz crosses paths with lost souls ranging from a master thief to a boxing champ to drug lord.
9pm, Videology, 308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, FREE