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This first ‘First Saturday’ will transform you

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The theme of this month’s “First Saturday” freebie at the Brooklyn Museum — the first of the fresh new year — is “transforma­tions,” though the only thing that will be transforming is your dour winter spirits.

The indie rock band Cordero — a four-piece Spanglish outfit fronted by Ani Cordero — is the highlight of a full evening of free performances, screenings, lectures and art. Here is the complete rundown:

• 5-7 pm: The evening opens with Cordero’s mix of Southwestern ballads and straight ahead rock.

• 6 pm: Daphne Brooks, a professor of English and African-American studies at Princeton University, will discuss the women of funk rock and the aesthetics of James Brown.

• 6 pm: Stepping Out Studios gives group waltz lessons in preparation for the evening’s Masquerade Ball.

• 6:30-8:30 pm: A live (and quite possibly nude) model will be available to sketch.

• 6:30 pm: Screening of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” John Cameron Mitchell’s 2001 film about an East Berlin boy who undergoes a sex-change operation in order to marry and flee to the West. The “inch” of the title refers to something we can’t talk about in a family paper. After the screening, there’ll be a performance by the Midnight Checkout Queens.

• 7 pm: The Masquerade Ball.

• 7:30 pm: Gallery talk on the theme of transformation in Buddhist art.

• 9 pm: John Sellers discusses his book “Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life.”

• 9-10:30 pm: Karaoke.

• 9-11 pm: The evening ends with the traditional First Saturday Dance Party. This month, New York Night Train conductor Jonathan Toubin spins his “maximum rock and soul” sound.

That’s a full evening of fun — and the price is right.

First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638-5000]. For info, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org.

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