Monday, November 2: Who said the glory days of vaudeville are over? Tonight, those days are back, thanks to Keith Bindlestiff, who brings together tap dancing bears, Kung Fu jugglers, clown musicians, aerialists, sword swallowers, contortionists and even a cowboy. Every month’s “open variety” show is different, depending on who shows up. But for $5, you can’t beat it.
Tuesday, November 3: It may be difficult to remember that we have a contested mayoral election today, what with how much money Mayor Bloomberg has spent ensuring that there’s no airtime left for challenger Bill Thompson to make a counter-argument (if he has one, that is). Also on the ballot, a hot Council race in Bay Ridge and an expected romp by Brad Lander in Park Slope.
6 am–9 pm. To find your voting place, call (866) VOTE-NYC.
Wednesday, November 4: Take four former “Sex and the City” writers — two from Brooklyn! — and set them loose writing a sudsy, live comic serial, and you get the riotous “Cedar City Falls — A Mid-West Conflict.” After a four-week run in Manhattan, the scene shifts to DUMBO for the last four installments starting tonight and continuing over the next three Tuesdays.
7 pm. Galapagos Art Space [16 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 222-8500]. Tickets are $18. For info, visit www.cedarcityfalls.com.
Thursday, November 5: Look, we take no responsibility for our Courier-Life colleague Steve Witt. He once hugged Bruce Ratner. He aggressively covered the Little People convention. And his stand-up routines sometimes bomb. But you know what? We like the guy. And better still, he’s finished a novel (something we never did). Hear him read from “American Moses,” his cross between “On the Road” and the Bible, tonight.
7 pm. Steve Witt at MoCADA [80 Hanson Pl. at South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 230-0952].
Saturday, November 7: It started out as one big geek-fest. But this weekend’s KingCon comic book convention at the Brooklyn Lyceum quickly generated the credibility that comes from landing big names like Jonathan Ames (pictured), Harvey Pekar, Dean Haspiel, Mort Todd and dozens of other headliners in the graphic novel community.
11 am. KingCon. $7 (each day). Brooklyn Lyceum [227 Fourth Ave. at President Street in Park Slope, (718) 857-4816]. For info, visit www.kingconbrooklyn.com.