BK Top 5: The best things to do tonight, from rocking out with Shilpa Ray to a queer dance party

Watch her pump that thing, and be amazed. via Shilpa Ray

Watch her pump that thing, and be amazed. via Shilpa Ray

Here we are on Thursday and we haven’t been washed away by a hurricane yet. Now the word is that all the rain and the wind and the need for sandbags will come this weekend, so you know what you should do today? Make today your weekend! As the Brokelyn Events Calendar shows, there’s plenty to do, and those things to do have a weekend-y edge to them like a jamborree, a rock show and a dance party.

Q TRAIN: DITMAS PARK’S ONLY QUEER DANCE PARTY
It’s Thursday in Ditmas Park, and you know what that means, right? It means the night belongs to the freaks, but also the people who don’t wanna dress crazy, who dance the week’s frustrations away at the only queer dance party in Ditmas Park. Tonight, DJ Gogo Gadget will be spinning tunes to get you moving, and Mother and Daughter Kiki, Ari the Hot Mess and Lola Michele will be performing for your amusement.
9pm, Sycamore Bar, 1118 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park, FREE

SHILPA RAY/O’DEATH/TARANA
When’s the last time you went to a good, local rock show? Well, even if it was yesterday, you could probably stand to go to another one, because when it’s O’Death playing weirdo freak country and Shilpa Ray rocking out on her harmonium and shouting out into the darkness, it’s gonna be a good time.
8pm, Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street, Williamsburg, $15

BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL
Who needs Sundance and Slamdance and various other -dance film festivals when we’ve got a film festival right here in Bushwick? The weekend-long appreciation of cinema kicks off tonight with a screening of Wallabout, which isn’t a documentary about the neighborhood but is instead a movie about a woman who comes to Brooklyn and struggles with overeducation and underemployment in a corrupt society. Maybe you’ll be familiar with the themes?
6:30pm, Light Space Studios, 1115 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick, $12

CASHANK HOOTENANNY JAMBOREE
There’s no time like a Thursday to drink whiskey from a jug labeled “XXX” and watch some country boys jam out as they play the best acoustic country you’ve ever heard. The only problem with that plan is that they don’t sell whiskey in those comical jugs at Freddy’s, so do that part at home and then just get whiskey in a glass as you listen in on a good old fashooned country jam party.
8pm, Freddy’s Bar, 627 5th Avenue, South Slope, FREE

AN EVENING WITH FOUR WAY BOOKS AND FRIENDS
What’s better than seeing just one poet read from their book of feeling/poems? FOUR poets, all reading different styles of poems. Four Way Books has been in the poetry publishing game for over 10 years, so you figure they won’t bring any bad poets along, but even if they had one poet you didn’t like, what could be the odds they get four entirely separate poets who you’re lukewarm on?
7:30pm, Greenlight Books, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, FREE