Be an art and science pundit, and 19 other free things to do this week

Channel everyone's hero for a night.
Channel everyone’s hero for a night.

1. Franklin Park Reading Series takes a look at indie lit with five inventive writers. (Monday)

2. Side Ponytail’s comedy lineup is a bit off center. (Monday)

3. Maybelle’s Cafe’s FaithFocusFlash photo gallery opening has free snacks and booze, and also photos. (Monday)

4. Muchmore’s Pizza Beach comedy hour will make you laugh so you don’t cry about how you’re neither at the beach nor in a pizzeria. (Monday)

5. Members of Flor Veinte Collective, which promotes the work of women and trans musicians, bring some experimental pop to Pete’s Candy Store. (Monday)

6. Princess Nokia is a singer, possibly also a cellphone monarch, and is debuting three new songs at Baby’s All Right. (Monday)

7. The Secret Science Club is delving deep into the mysteries of poisonous animals…other than your father-in-law! We got jokes. (Tuesday)

8. Satellite Magazine screens three short documentaries following Far Rockaway residents and activists as they work to improve housing, create jobs, and have a bigger voice in their communities. (Tuesday)

9. Art Lab and SciArt Center are getting together for a night of celestial discussions on the intersection of art and science at Pacific Standard. You can even sign up as a pundit for a speed dating-style meeting of artists and scientists. (Tuesday)

10. The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies’s annual Battle of the BadAsses lets the audience decide which monarch–Queen Elizabeth 1, Charlemagne, or Empress Irene of Byzantium–makes the other two look basic. (Tuesday)

11. Who Dis? (I Love U) comedy show reflects on the last glorious days of summer with hosts #WaitWhat. We’re surprised they don’t write their names in emojis yet, so if cell phone speak is your language, here are your people. (Wednesday)

12. Show off your beer smarts at Beer Geek Trivia at Glorietta Baldy. (Wednesday)

13. Try out a free vinyasa yoga class. (Thursday)

14. Brooklyn Night Out is part boozy outdoor pop-up shop meets fashion show. (Thursday)

15. BookCourt launches Your Face in Mine, a novel exploring what happens when someone tries to sell racial reassignment surgery to the world. Something tells us it’ll get complicated. (Thursday)

16. Legion Bar hosts a night of comedy, music, videos and dancing with AbeMixture. (Thursday)

17. Bond over how traumatic high school was with the storytellers at This One Time. (Thursday)

18. Celebrate National Thrift Store Day with specials at over 50 non-profit shops this across the city. (Friday)

19. Patch together a night with the Brooklyn Collage Collective’s group show. (Friday)

20. Looking to show your art? Sign up for Greenpoint Open Studios and get a free beer! (Friday)

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