BK Top 5: The best things to do tonight, from smoking Diet Cigs to visiting the Animal Farm

DIet Cig has less fat than a regular cigarette, but it's just as satisfying. Photo by Andrew Piccone, via Facebook

DIet Cig has less fat than a regular cigarette, but it’s just as satisfying. Photo by Andrew Piccone, via Facebook

Tuesday! Yeah! Get excited! Get up for it! Okay guys, that’s about all I got as far as the general idea of Tuesday. It’s just not too exciting, you know? Not in general, but at least there’s some fun stuff to do tonight, which you’d know if you checked out the Brokelyn Events Calendar. If you don’t want to go through the whole thing, I checked it for you and found the best of the things to do, so in this instance the middle man is actually useful.

TOLD IT FIRST HAND: STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES
Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia are names you need to know if you want to understand the history of hip-hop in New York, having introduced names like Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., the Wu-Tang Clan and MF DOOM into the national conversation. A historical show like theirs gets the historical tribute it deserves tonight at the Brooklyn Historical Society, with a screening of a documentary about the pair, followed by a live chat with Brooklyn Bodega’s Wes Jackson.
7pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepoint Street, Brooklyn Heights, $10

COMMUNION AND WILD HONEY PIE PRESENT: FARE BEE WELL CAMEO GALLERY
Goddamn, Cameo Gallery is really closing, huh? There’s only a handful of shows left before the little venue that could closes and gets turned into condos or an Apple Store Annex or some bullshit. Better not to think about that tonight though. Instead, throw on your Ivy League sweater and watch Diet Cig, LAUV, Such Hounds and more bands provide a rock and R&B send-off to the space.
8pm, Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, $10

CURIOSITY: A SEX-THEMED VARIETY SHOW
There are things you might not know about sex. Hey, it’s okay to admit that ::cough::loser::cough::, and you’re even encouraged to do that at some places. Like at Curiosity, where you can anonymously provide written questions you have about sex, and have them answered by comedians and sexperts in the form of sketches, stand up comedy, game shows and apparently even a condom relay race. Just remember that the number one rule is consent and the number 1A rule (for heterosexual sex) is slow, rhythmic clitoral stimulation.
9pm, The Annoyance Theater, 367 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, $5

ANIMAL FARM: JIA TOLENTINO, DANIEL NESTER, HALLIE GOODMAN
‘Tis the holiday season, where soon you might be going home to visit your family who you might not get along with once politics come up. So tonight, enjoy the kind of satirical readings you won’t be able to share at the Thanksgiving table without making someone upset, as monthly reading series Animal Farm gets the personal and political from Jezebel’s Jia Tolentino, author Daniel Nester and comedian, writer and blogger Hallie Goodman.
8pm, Over the Eight, 594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, FREE

GERARD KOEPPEL PRESENTS CITY ON A GRID: HOW NEW YORK BECAME NEW YORK
New York can be kind of tough to get around sometimes, but at least it’s on a grid. Beyond the fact that it’s important in helping out your commute and ability to mindlessly trudge from one place to another, the city’s grid design had a profound impact on American history. How and why and who made it all happen we don’t know, but fortunately author Gerard Koeppel does and tonight he’ll tell you all about the grid and the massive pain in the ass making it turned out to be.
7pm, WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, FREE