Get ready to be dazzled by Pearl Noire (#8) (pic by Clubesque)

1. Have a lovely literary time at the kick-off to this year’s Books Beneath the Bridge, where a different bookstore curates writers each week. Tonight Word Books brings out Rumaan Alam and New York Times bestseller Emma Straub. (Monday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

2. Galvanize your taste buds with the Masters of Social Gastronomy lecture series, which takes on a different food each month. Tonight is all about barbecue: Sarah Lohman delves into its culinary history, and Jonathan Soma tackles the science behind the meaty magic. (Monday, Old Stone House, FREE)

3. See another side of Africa at Celebrating African Film, curated by the collaborative project Afripedia. There will be a series of films followed by a discussion with Afripedia co-directors, Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE)

4. Diversify your comedic tastes at Brown Privilege Comedy, featuring Anthony DeVito, Gibran Saleem, Janelle James, Mary Houlihan, Tommy McNamara, Will Miles, and your host, Saurin Choksi. (Tuesday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

5. Go deep inside the brain at Empiricist League: Consciousness, with presentations and a panel discussion by leading thinkers from the fields of physics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. (Wednesday, Union Hall, $10)

6. See a seriously sporty lady at the screening of T-Rex, a documentary about Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who fought to become the first US woman to win a boxing gold medal at the Olympics, followed by a conversation with producer Sue Jay Johnson, Claressa’s coach Jason Crutchfield, and boxer Heather Hardy. (Thursday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

7. Or see a very different kind of gal at Female Freaks: Sex, Science & Sideshow, an illustrated lecture by writer and sideshow performer Ilise “Lady Aye” Carter. (Thursday, Morbid Anatomy Museum, $8)

8. Be dazzled at Shades of Burlesque’s House of Noire, featuring Miss Poison Ivory, BrownCocaine Love, and Ravenessa, and starring Perle Noire, the Mahogany Queen of Burlesque. (Thursday, C’mon Everybody, $15)

9. Become a whole new you at the Haus of Yas Drag Life Dance Party, which boasts a makeover station, free panties, manicures and pedicures, and a Glamour Shot photobooth, plus music from Nomi Ruiz, Carlos Jadraque, and Williams Francis. (Friday, House of Yes, FREE before 11)

10. Belt out all your angst at Emo Night Brooklyn, where you’ll hear, scream along, and feel all the feels to songs from the likes of Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, and Something Corporate. (Friday, Bell House, $10)

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