Nothing up your sleeve for Friday night? Have a magical evening at Galapagos Art Space’s “Wondershow,” where street performer Master Lee, sleight of hand artist Ben Nemzer, conjurer Eric Walton, comedic magician John Graham, and other masters of the dark arts will perform mysterious acts — with a little burlesque thrown in.
8 pm at Galapagos Art Space [16 Main St. at Water Street in Dumbo, (718) 222–8500, www.galapa
“Songwriter Deathmatch” is not as gruesome as it sounds. Local songwriter Dave Keener gathers an eclectic mix of other singer-songwriters together, and each plays a short set — like a live mixtape. This edition includes old-time folkster Robin Aigner, Americana artist Karen Dahlstrom, power popper Dave Foster, and comedian-musician Rob Paravonian.
7 pm at Freddy’s Bar [627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets in South Slope, (718) 768–0131, www.freddysbar.com]. Free.
The motto of the “Silent Reading Party NYC” is “reading allowed, not aloud.” Book worms bring their current literature to Muchmore’s bar in Williamsburg, than read alongside others in companionable silence. That is really all there is to it.
7 pm at Muchmore’s [2 Havemeyer St. at Ninth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 576–3222, www.muchmoresnyc]. Free.
Say “Hello Brooklyn” when BRIC House’s “Stoop Series” hosts Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival founder Wes Jackson, rapper Talib Kweli, and music writer Nelson George for a free, live chat about the history of the borough’s hip-hop scene and where it is headed next.
7 pm at BRIC House [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 683–5600, www.bricar
Put up your dukes, don’t pull any punches, and get down to the Barclays Center to support the best amateur boxers in New York — and the stars of tomorrow — slug it out for gold and glory at the Golden Gloves finals on April 16 and 17.
7 pm at the Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. in Prospect Heights, (917) 618–6100, www.barcla