1. Proving your M-A-S-T-E-R-Y of O-R-T-H-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y at the last-ever Williamsburg Spelling Bee, which is going out proud after 12 freaking years. Finale events include cake, a spelling cocktail, prizes, and party music by Yazan. (Monday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)
2. Dependably great comedy show Side Ponytail is going from monthly to weekly, to keep you laughing more often. Tonight’s jokesters will be Josh Gondelman, Carolyn Castiglia, Emily Winter, Adam Palmeter, and Chelsea Taylor. (Monday, Over the Eight, FREE)
3. Come hungry to Feast Bed-Stuy, a food crawl along Malcolm X Blvd with food and booze deals from a half-dozen restaurants and cafés, from pizza to tequila to “salmon Slavic sandwiches.” (Tuesday, Bed-Stuy, FREE)
4. Learn a thing or two at The History of World War II in 20 Brooklyn Objects, a lecture by Turnstile Tours vice prez Andrew Gustafson that uses BK’s obscure war memorials, massive buildings, and seemingly mundane personal artifacts to tell the whole story of the war. Tix include a local beer. (Tuesday, Threes Brewing, $12)
5. You might think you’re a pretty competent cheese consumer, but Edible Brooklyn begs to differ, presenting How to Eat Cheese, an evening of demonstrations, Q&As, and obviously tastings, with experts from Beecher’s, Pair, and Murray’s. (Wednesday, Brooklyn Brewery, $10)
6. For a divinely dirty good time, you’ll definitely want to spend your late night at An Evening of Decadent Filth, a John Waters tribute in the form of a queer dance and performance party, with tunes from NO BRA and Macy Rodman, go-go and circus by the Faguettes and Divina GranSparkle, plus surely a lot of glitter. (Wednesday, House of Yes, $5)
7. Hear some raconteurs get a chance at redemption at Take Two Storytelling, where each tale is told twice: once the way it actually happened, and once the way it should have. Stories by Harvey Katz, Elana Lancaster, Vanessa Valerio, Eli Reiter, and Sandi Marx. (Thursday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)
8. Get your giggles in at the resurrection of Myrtle Comedy with Greg Johnson, featuring laughs from Dave Hill, John Early, Linas Phillips, and surprise guests. (Thursday, Putnam’s, $6)
9. See a slew of art at the first night of the weekend-long Brooklyn College MFA Open Studios, with 29 artists throwing open their doors to show you what they’re working on. (Friday, Brooklyn College, FREE)
10. Or get poetic watching four Threadbare Theatre Workshop actors perform a live adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s epic poem “The Wasteland.” There will be wine and snacks. (Friday, Word, FREE)
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