Welcome to Hump Day, in which every moment you walk down the street you’re vulnerable to people just walking up to you, latching on somewhere and pumping away. That’s what they mean by that, right? I’m going to assume that’s the case, so in order to make this dreaded day more bearable, here’s a bunch of fun things to do tonight, as found on the Brokelyn Events Calendar.
PLATFORM: CREATIVE MUSINGS ON MASS TRANSIT
Here’s the thing about creative subway performances: People are just trying to get to work, so they might not be too responsive to your songs or fiction or lecture you read in the middle of the car. It doesn’t mean the performance about the subway is bad just on its own, which is why the Transit Museum invites some folks to perform their creative subway piece and invites you to watch it, at a moment when you might actually be looking for entertainment.
6:30pm, New York Transit Museum, corner of Boerum and Schermerhorn, Brooklyn Heights, $15
ENTER MY BELLY
Everyone’s into prequels and origin stories, they just can’t get enough of them. While this genre is usually deals with superheroes and sci-fi institutions, tonight it extends to chefs as Justin Alvarez (Lucky Peach), Tadashi Ono (Ganso), Luca Arrigoni (Sottocasa) and Noah Bernamoff (Mile End) talk about how they got started in the food world.
7pm, Grumpy Bert, 82 Bond Street, Brooklyn Heights, FREE
FEMINIST PRESS PRESENTS: JAMIA WILSON, AKASHA HULL, ALLYSON HOBBS, AND BRITTANY COOPER
Feminism come off too white for you sometimes? All the time? This one time? Tonight is for you then because the Feminist Press celebrates the reprinting of Some of Us Are Brave, a collection of black feminist scholarship, with a chat on gender and racial politics and the seemingly never-ending fight for equality.
7pm, Bookcourt, 163 Court Street, Cobble Hill, FREE
US(a.) BY SAUL WILLIAMS, IN CONVERSATION WITH MILES MARSHALL LEWIS
Saul Williams, who you might know from the world of slam poetry, lived outside of America for four years. Now he’s back though and has a book he wrote examining our psyche, our terrible terrible psyche, and what it means to be American today.
7pm, powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, FREE
OPEN TRAP NIGHT
It’s hard enough to be a great comic, what with it being about more than just sometimes being funny. It’s about timing and rhythm and setting your jokes up carefully. Tonight, see the likes of Dave Ebert, our pal Sue Smith and more try to do all that while the world’s hottest trap beats blast at disrespectful volumes during their sets. Will these comedians just try to rap about life in the trap house instead? You can only find out by going!
9pm, Halyards, 406 3rd Avenue, Gowanus, FREE