BK Top 5: The best things to do tonight, from a gloomy dance party to learning to love the bomb

Make the night just like Heaven

Make the night just like Heaven

Thursday is here, which means you’ve got one more night this week to be irresponsible and then go into the office hungover, or at least with one of those annoying good moods owing to having had a good time the night before. There’s certainly a good chance of that happening if you go to one of these things I found for you on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. So pick one and enjoy it, either to spite your office resposibilies or your co-workers who like seeing you unhappy.

BY BROOKLYN THURSDAY HAPPY HOUR: BUTTER AND SCOTCH
By Brooklyn (whose founder you can learn all about here) is pretty nice to invite everyone into their store to hang out and meet some fellow succesful small businesspeople and have drinks. This is one you shouldn’t miss, because dessert and drink-slingers Butter and Scotch will be hosting and serving up…drinks and desserts.
5pm, By Brooklyn, 142 Grand Street, Williamsburg, FREE

SYFY MOVIES WITH A VIEW: DR. STRANGELOVE
Boy it sure was a crazy time when the world existed in a constant state of potential nuclear annhiliation induced anxiety. Revel in Stanley Kubrick’s satire of the U.S./Soviet nuclear standoff and think of how great it is that we live in a era that’s totally free of the threat of nuclear war or any other geopolitical arguments related to it.
6pm, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, Brooklyn Heights, FREE

SECRET HISTORIES: AUSTIN GROSSMAN AND LEV GROSSMAN
Whether you loved The Magicians Trilogy or you love the idea of Richard Nixon’s presidency and grump, paranoid style being explained by ol’ Tricky Dick being caught in the middle of a fight between our world and Lovecraftian horros of another dimension, you’ll love tonight at Greenlight. That’s because Lev Grossman will be talking to his brother Austin about his new novel, Crooked, which is about that weird Nixon thing I just mentioned.
7:30pm, Greenlight Books, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, FREE

THEATER OF PAIN THURSDAYS
There’s your dance parties with thumping house music and other bass-driven genres, but sometimes you want gloomier music that’s full of rhythm but also tells you life and sex is meaningless and capitalism must be destroyed. Good thing there’s this punk, post-punk and New Wave dance night at Over the Eight, where you can get all that and more.
10pm, Over the Eight, 594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, FREE

LIVE AT THE ARCHWAY: PAPRIKA
Of course, you can also dance to more happier music if you head to the free outdoor performance by all-female worldbeat band Paprika. If you want to try, you could make this the opening event to a dancing doubleheader, but you’re gonna have to try real hard not to bounce a lot at this show, or plan on just trying to look cool by not dancing much at the post-punk/New Wave night.
6pm, Manhattan Bridge Archway, Water Street at Anchorage Place, DUMBO, FREE