1. Start your week off laughing at the reliably fun Side Ponytail Comedy Show, tonight with Melinda Taub, Diego Lopez, Noah Findling, and Chelsea Hood. (Monday, Over the Eight, FREE)
2. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about vermin at Our Pesky Neighbors Part 3: Rats, a discussion with NYC’s “Rat Czar” Robert Corrigan, rat historian Robert Sullivan, and rat geneticist Jason Munshi-South. (Monday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $10)
3. Try some tabletop fun at the Tuesday Board Game Meetup, with games on hand like Puerto Rico, Power Grid, Galaxy Trucker, and Ticket to Ride, plus a demo of Monarch. (Tuesday, The Brooklyn Strategist, $10)
4. See some strange cinema at Exquisitely Morbid and Curiously Exquisite, an evening of avant-garde short films that promises to “journey through an optically plangent filmic underworld.” (Tuesday, Morbid Anatomy Museum $8)
5. Get educated about the holiday at The Real History of Thanksgiving, a lecture by Four Pounds Flour’s Sarah Lohman going from Plymouth through the 20th century, including a look at menus and iconic dishes through the ages. (Wednesday, Brooklyn Brainery, $12)
6. Shake it all out at Tainted Love, an ’80s dance party with all the best in punk rock, glam rock, Kraut rock, rockabilly, machine soul, blue-eyed soul, darkwave, coldwave, and on and on. (Wednesday, Bell House, FREE)
7. If you’re not doing the whole Thanksgiving thing, watch Clue on a Loop: six hours of the classic comedy with plenty of brandy and copies of the board game to play all night long. (Thursday, Videology, FREE)
8. Work off yesterday’s feast with a brisk walk at the Post Turkey Day Tour of Brooklyn’s biggest and most fascinating graveyard. (Friday, Green-Wood Cemetery, $10)
9. Shop local while eating Carolina BBQ and listening to live music at the Black Friday Blackout Fest & Food Drive, two days of vendors, bands, and a hot-wing-eating contest. Entrance “fee” is a can of food. (Friday, Arrogant Swine, FREE)
10. Find the beat with dancer, beatboxer and hip-hop visionary Akim Funk Buddha, for a cross-cultural evening of music and dance. (Friday, BAMCafé, FREE)
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