BK Top 5: The best things to do tonight, from riding the Night Train to nerding out

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Monday is here, but only sort of I suppose, since it’s also Columbus Day. You might not even be reading this if you’re not goofing off in an office at the moment, in which case I envy your chance to sleep in on a Monday. On the other hand, when you wake up you’re gonna need something to do tonight, and any of these ideas pulled from the Brokelyn Events Calendar should be fun.

The Teenage Guide to Popularity has made their name throwing dance parties and music video make out nights, so it only makes sense that they’d move into the realm of music trivia too. You get to put together a team of four music nerds for this night’s competition, and make sure everyone has some unique knowledge, since the trivia promises to span every genre and decade. Show up with three other people who only know how to analyze Dylan lyrics at your own peril.
9pm, Passenger Bar, 229 Roebling Street, Williamsburg, FREE

“Nerding out about things” isn’t a bad premise for a podcast, but what’s an even better podcast premise is doing the things you’re nerding out about. That seems to be what’s going on with “Hopelessly Excited,” in which host Collin Gossel and his guests put the talk aside and actually do something, like building a car and summon a demon. For your sake, I hope they aren’t doing the demon summoning, that sounds risky.
9:30pm, The Experiment Comedy, 20 Broadway, Williamsburg, $5

Why bother going to a book release party or a reading series that only features one or two authors when you could go to one that features four authors reading from their life’s struggles to produce fiction? The stories tonight from¬†Matt Bell, Lincoln Michel, Merritt Tierce, and Naomi Jackson promise to take you to strange places like inside the belly of a whale or Dallas steakhouse, or normal places you might be a bit more used to like a Detroit scrapyard or a Barbados graveyard.
8pm, Franklin Park, 618 St. Johns Pl., Crown Heights, FREE

Hey, what’s up with Wyatt Cenac? Oh, just the same thing as always, hosting one of the best standup nights in Brooklyn and drawing comics that you’d pay big bucks to see in bigger rooms to the humble midsize back room in Littlefield. Tonight, Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt fave Beth Stelling and Australian comic Charlie Pickering (who will not play “Kinfey, Spooney with you), will be among the folks giving you the giggles tonight.
7:30pm, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Gowanus, $8

You know all those cute animal pictures you look at, when a baby monkeys is spooning with a baby leopard? Did you know that you can get more than just a bunch of “Awwwws” out of them and actually learn something from those cute pictures? Comedian Dan Silver is also a “science communicator,” so he’ll not only be showing you cute pictures of animal odd couples, he’ll be using them to teach you lessons about how your mind and body and the surrounding society work together to coexist.
7pm, Videology, 308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, FREE

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