Saturday, October 13: Tonight at Vox Pop, contributors to “New York Calling,” a new book about the edginess of 1970s and ’80s New York, will read from their stories. Listen to Brian Berger, Marshall Berman, Tom Robbins and more discuss the days when crack, not coffee, was the most popular $5 pick-me-up in town.
7 pm at Vox Pop (1022 Cortelyou Rd. at Coney Island Avenue in Ditmas Park). Free. For information, call (718) 940-2084.
Sunday, October 14: Sure the Brooklyn Philharmonic does innovative programming, but leave it to an orchestra from Jamaica to bring reggae into its symphonic mix. Billed as “reggae philharmonique,” the Jamaica Philharmonic — joined by singer Freddie McGregor (pictured) —will take the stage at Brooklyn Center tonight and blend island flavor with classical sounds.
7 pm at Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Theatre (2900 Campus Rd. at Hillel Place in Midwood). For information, call (718) 951-4500 or visit www.brooklyncenter.com.
On the funny
Tuesday, October 16: What’s the deal with there being no great comedy clubs in Brooklyn? Foul-mouthed Bay Ridge grandma Pat Candaras alone could pack the house. Picking up the slack tonight, rock club Magnetic Field is putting on “Pant-Hoot,” a comedy show featuring Jessica Delfino (pictured) and Elon James White.
8 pm at Magnetic Field (91 Atlantic Ave. at Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights). Free. For information, call (718) 834-0096 or visit www.magneticbrooklyn.com.
Get it write
Wednesday, October 17: Tonight, Park Sloper Joshua Henkin reads from his latest tome, “Matrimony,” a decades-long love story that everyone we know keeps insisting we read. Plenty of authors drop into the busy Barnes and Noble on Seventh Avenue, but how many of them can you follow home?
7:30 pm at Barnes and Noble (267 Seventh Ave. at Sixth Street in Park Slope). Free. For information, call (718) 832-9066.
Friday, October 19: Famed choreographer Nacho Duato brings the Spanish national dance company to BAM’s stage in a much more Colombian production: “White Darkness” finds dancers tiptoeing on the powdery slopes of drug addiction. We’re scared; intrigued, but scared.
7:30 pm at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene). $20-$60. For information, call (718) 636-4100 or visit www.bam.org.