BK Top 5: The best things to do tonight, from Star Wars to exploring alternate lives

Get a reminder of the power of the Dark Side

Get a reminder of the power of the Dark Side

The thing about a short week is that it makes the longing for the end of it that much more acute. Oh sure you think at first that having just three days to work will be easy, but then you see some people leaving two days into the week, and some people left yesterday. And you’re still here, stuck at your desk until sometime on Wednesday. Well, unlike those people who left, you can enjoy yourself in the greatest city in the world, thanks to the fun things to do on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. Those people who left early are all probably on overbooked flights with crying babies.

GRAND STAND COMEDY SHOW
There’s a few comedy shows to see tonight, and this is one of them. Sometimes after all, you just want to see a regular, no gimmicks stand up comedy show. Obviously that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice quality laughs for a lack of weirdness, but you won’t be doing that at Grand Street. Not with a host like historic viral tweeter Kyle Ayers and a bill with the likes of Christi Chiello of Girl Code and Charlie Pickering of his own eponymous show.
9pm, The Grand Bar and Grill, 647 Grand Street, Williamsburg, FREE

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
It’s pretty bleak out there right now, so if you don’t want to laugh, how about you go enjoy yourself at a downer of a movie. Not that The Empire Strikes Back doesn’t have fun moment, what with the Hoth sequence and Han and Leia’s romance and all that, but man come on, that movie is as bleak and full of doom as the slate gray sky that’s above all right now.
8pm, Halyards, 406 3rd Avenue, Gowanus, FREE

THE SHOW SHOW’S NOTHANKSGIVING AND BIRTHDAY BASH
Things might look bleak out there, but instead of retreating into darkness, you might be more inclined to take in a variety show. Luckily for you, there’s a great one tonight, with Jean Grae’s Show Show celebrating its birthday (but NOT Thanksgiving) with a litany of fantastic guests. You’ve got Maeve Higgins, you’ve got Wyatt Cenac, you’ve got musical duo Sonymoon and you’ve got rapper Quelle Chris. All in all, a pretty easy way to chase the gray away.
8:30pm, Union Hall, 702 Union Street, Park Slope, $10

SOFT SPOT: A COMEDY SHOW
Our love for Threes Brewing is on the record for all to see, as is our love for stand up comedy. So if you combine the chance to drink a bunch of craft beer and the chance to see the likes of Greg Johnson, Calise Hawkins and Sean Donnelly, you’re set for a night that gets an easy Brokelyn endorsement. Especially when it’s cheap.
8:30pm, Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street, Gowanus, $5

PLAN B! A CELEBRATION OF OUR FALLBACK PLAN ALTER EGOS
Coming to New York to pursue a comedy career is going to involve a lot of sacrifice. It might require so much that you start to wonder if it’s all worth it and what your life would be like if you tried to do basically anything else. Tonight, four comedians, like Sam Taggart and Alex Song, will take the stage to tell you what they think their non-comedic alternate lives would be like. Presumably, less funny but also less poor.
7pm, Muchmore’s, 2 Havemyer Street, Williamsburg, FREE