Your guide to nightlife in Brooklyn Oct. 17–23

Where to go this week in Brooklyn

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Oct. 17

Contra code

Nothing contra-versial about this! Learn the art of contra dancing — a type of traditional group folk dancing — at ContraShock, a two-day festival hosted by Brooklyn Contra and Country Dance New York. The first night will be held in Brooklyn — get in early for beginners lessons, then dance the night away with music from bands Elixir and Mavish.

7:30 pm at Camp Friendship [339 Eighth St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope,]. $15.


Oct. 18

Cult-ure club

Freddy’s Bar’s monthly cult movie trivia night is getting into the spirit of the season, with a cult movie Halloween costume contest. Forget zombies and superheroes — dress up as the Dude, Nigel Tufnel, Ash Williams, or Janet Weiss if you want to win this one.

7 pm at Freddy’s Bar [627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th streets in Park Slope, (718) 768–0131,]. Free.


Oct. 19

Art crawl

From Friday through Sunday, artists across Gowanus will open their studios up to the unwashed masses for Gowanus Open Studios. Roam the locations at your own leisure — there are a bunch of maps for themed, self-guided tours on topics such as “Erotic Art” and “Animals and Art” on the event website — or join one of several guided tours led by local curators.

Noon–6 pm at various locations around Gowanus ( Free, guided tours $20.


Oct. 20

Spears for fears

Hack and slash me, baby one more time! The latest edition of the Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience will feature Britney Spears songs and a Halloween theme. Will it be as scary as her performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards? “Crossroads?” That time she and Justin Timberlake wore matching head-to-toe denim? That is up to the audience, who will be performing the songs.

8 pm at Friends and Lovers (641 Classon Ave. between Pacific and Dean streets in Prospect Heights, $10.


Oct. 23

Chewing the fat

Talk about a meaty conversation! Downtown Texas barbecue emporium Hill Country is starting a new live interview series called the Brisket Sessions, hosted by business journalist and Brooklynite Dan Roth. The first guest will be late-night television host and former “Saturday Night Live” star Seth Meyers, so expect a side of laughter with your ribs.

6:30 pm at Hill Country Barbecue [345 Adams St. at Willoughby Street Downtown, (718) 885–4608, Free.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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