Bow to Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monáe and 17 other free things to do this week

The Electric Lady brings her show to Prospect Park Thursday. Be there. via Facebook
The Electric Lady brings her show to Prospect Park Thursday. Be there. via Facebook

1. Have a horrifyingly good time at The Way Station, as they show a horror movie, ask a few trivia questions and provide free pizza at their Monster Monday Madness (Monday)

2. Freestyle Mondays has seen the same improv rhyming champ for two straight months, so see if Osyris Antham can make it a three-peat. Don’t call it that though, unless you wan to pay Pat Riley (Tuesday)

3. A woman goes on an epic quest to find out who was behind her identify theft, something we all secretly fear, at a screening of Chase Rewards (Monday)

4. Suzanne Shapiro, author of Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure, pops in to WORD to talk about the history of nail polish. Bring a couple shades to trade with other attendees (Tuesday)

5. SummerStage’s Brooklyn leg kicks off at Red Hook Park with L.A. rapper Ty Dolla $ign, but don’t worry, he’s joined up by New York’s own Black Dave, so you won’t be accused of favoring the West Coast (Tuesday)

6. Alysia Abbot talks about Fairyland, her memoir of being raised by a single gay dad in San Fransico with graphic novelist Alison Bechdel. Women: Ttalk to Bechdel about something other than a man to pass her test! (Tuesday)

7. Get a look at new co-working space Makeshift Society, who not only are offering a free day of working but are sweetening the deal with unknown refreshments (Wednesday)

8. SummerStage at Red Hook Park goes from hip-hop to psychedelia with Mark McGuire, Narissa Nadler and Delicate Steve. Far out (Wednesday)

9. Sasheer Zamata does her comedy thing at Wild at Heart at Muchmore’s, but more importantly, there’ll be an interview with sex magician Phillip English. What in the hell is a sex magician? (Wednesday)

10. Put on your tuxedo, check your oil (because you’re a cyborg) and head to Celebrate Brooklyn, which kicks off its awesome season with a Janelle Monáe show (Wednesday)

11. Want some nice handmade ceramics or jewelry? Head to 110 Meserole Street, where you can find pop up shop Sometimes (Thursday)

12. It’s Brooklyn Day, and because Brooklyn doesn’t need any lazy slobs, there’s no better way to celebrate than doing some free sports clinics and fitness drills at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Thursday)

13. BAM’s R & B Festival puts famous soul music backup singer Darlene Love center stage, which every good backup singer deserves eventually (Thursday)

14. Marc Spitz, who wrote a book on twee, talks at powerHouse Arena with a few people about whether twee is a good thing or as dumb as we say it is (Thursday)

15. Videology hosts the Disposable Film Festival, a festival devoted to movies made with everyday technology, all the way down to movies shot on phones (Thursday)

16. Joanna Rakoff heads to BookCourt to talk about the year she answered fan mail to J.D. Salinger as J.D. Salinger, instead of sending back the generic responses she was tasked with sending (Friday)

17. Rooftop Films stays closer to the ground than usual with a free screening of Sundance Film Festival-approved short films at MetroTech (Friday)

18. Karaoke Killed the Cat has killed one too many felines at Union Hall, because this will be their final karaoke party at the bar. Sing some songs of sorrow, maybe Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” (Friday)

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