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The 10 best things to do this week, book fair edition

1. Raise a glass to the start of the Brooklyn Book Fair Kickoff with complimentary drinks (while they last), DJ sets, and dancing, kicking off the premier book festival and the largest free literary event in New York City. (Monday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

2. Put your hair up for Side Ponytail, a night of fun, free, friendly, and freakin’ fantastic comedy, featuring Randall Otis, Erin Dohony, Gaby Hornig, and more. (Monday, Friends and Lovers, FREE)

3. Reflect on how NYC and the world have changed at Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11 from three cultural creators: Tina Chang, Brooklyn’s first Poet Laureate; Clifford Chanin, 9/11 Memorial & Museum EVP; and Pat Kiernan, a journalist whose work spans over two decades. (Tuesday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

4. Bring an open mind and a reusable cup to Twin Towers: The Play, a participatory musical tragedy of existential terrorism created in Buenos Aires, Argentina 2012, where any association with the incident of 9/11 is purely metaphorical. (Tuesday, Rubulad, pay what you wish)

5. Help preserve democracy at the Text-A-Thon Comedy Show, where comedians and community organizers host a text banking party by texting voters to remind them to vote in the primary, along with jokes to help the time go by. (Wednesday, Freddy’s Bar, FREE)

6. Send laughter with your Thoughts & Prayers: A Mandatory Assembly, a comedy show supporting the nonprofit group RAICES, featuring Colin Quinn, Alex English, Alison Leiby, and more.(Wednesday, The Bell House, $10-12)

7. Find the positive at Manuals for Living: Seeking the Good Life, a panel on looking for the good, such as a fresh reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments, with a high and low-brow mixture of poetry and pop music. (Thursday, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, FREE)

8. It’s all in the title at Jeff and Buttons Entertain an Audience, where Jeff and Buttons will entertain an audience for at least 43 minutes, and all proceeds go to Jeff and Buttons. (Thursday, The Brick Theater, donation based)

9. Prepare for an outer-worldly musical journey with Consider the Source, an instrumental “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion” trio whose unique use of seemingly common rock instruments in unorthodox ways squashes any notion of restriction in music. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

10. Put on your flannel for Nevermind: ’90s Alternative & Pop Nite, where deejays Jet, V Christ, and Swabby play all the alternative 90s and pop jams you love and know all of the words to. (Friday, Knitting Factory, FREE before midnight)

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