1. Do something nice before the cold weather sets in: Grab any winter clothes you don’t want anymore, cook up something yummy, and head to the Living Gallery’s Coat Drive & Potluck, with the haul going to a local women’s shelter. (Monday, Living Gallery, FREE)
2. Participate in hands-on science at a DIY biolab with PCR & Pizza, where you’ll learn about DNA barcoding and hear a lecture by research designer Helene Steiner, whose work blurs the boundaries between the natural and artificial. (Monday, Genspace, FREE)
3. Hear some terrific tales at Def Stories, a variety show including raconteurs Torae, Kecia E. Cole, and Ashley August, performance artist Steff Reed, choreographer Jamal Story, and musicians Bradd Marquis, Skyzoo, and DJ Spencer Blake. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE)
4. Get dramatic at the Starr Reading Series, featuring “Suicide Forest,” Kristine Haruna Lee’s “nightmare play” about culturally normative masculinity in Japan. (Tuesday, Bushwick Starr, FREE)
5. Don’t get hexed at Drunk TED Talks, where Sadie Dupuis, Haley Houseman, merritt k, and Kim Kelly do inebriated presentations on the seasonally appropriate topic of “witches.” (Wednesday, Littlefield, $5)
6. Get ready for the very last time we have to see these two face off at Presidential Debate Watch parties — all over the place including Berg’n, The Well, Starr Bar, The Diamond, and New Woman Space and many more (Wednesday, varies, FREE)
7. Cast a culinary spell at Kitchen Witchcraft 101, where you’ll gain a historical perspective on bespelled bites and learn about everything from magical food significances to devilish uses for frosting. (Thursday, Catland, $10)
8. Be amazed by the talents on display at Force Majeure Vaudeville, featuring juggler Olivia Porter, clown Adam Kuchler, BrukUp dancer Polo, dirty burlesquers the Trashcan Twins, and more. (Thursday, Cobra Club, $10)
9. Prove that love is dead at Let Me Break You Up, an anti-dating show where host Carly Ann Filbin tests real life couples to see if they’re really meant to be together. (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, $5)
10. Celebrate an even dozen years of rock, punk, and glittery glam at Glamdammit’s 12-Year Anniversary, with special guest singers Corey Tut, Craig Man, Emma Craig, Mike Greco, and more. (Friday, Gold Sounds, FREE)
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