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, www.contr
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, www.fredd
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 (www.artsg
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, meatb
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, www.hillc