Brooklyn’s greatest new year tradition returns! Fifty local comedians will take the stage at the Bell House to tell the first joke they have written in 2015 at the ninth annual 50 First Jokes. Hosted by funny man John F. O’Donnell, the bill also includes Sasheer Zamata. Michael Che, Aparna Nancherla, and Mike Lawrence, plus about 46 others.
8 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebe
Getting hitched in the new year but don’t want the white dress or the cheesy love songs? Then get thee to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on time for offbeat wedding expo Lovesick, where a cohort of vendors specializing in unconventional matrimonial clothing, food, decor, photography, and entertainment will be waiting to help plan your weirdo ceremony and reception.
11 am–3 pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 N. Sixth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486–5400, www.music
This sounds grate! Cheesemonger Pam Brewer will guide lactose lovers on an educational tasting through eight cheeses from different regions, covering the science, history, and artistry behind everyone’s favorite dairy product.
7 pm at Court Tree Collective [371 Court St. between Carroll Street and First Place, (718) 422–7806, www.court
Every day they’re shuffling. Zombie book authors John L. Campbell — of new novel “Drifters” — and Roger Ma — of new coloring book (yes, coloring book) “The Zombie Combat Field Guide” will lurch into bookstore Word to talk everything undead and expand your braaaaains.
7 pm at Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordb
Alaskan fiddler Ken Waldman brings his annual From Red Hook to the Real Alaska roots variety showcase back to the Jalopy. This year’s ecclectic lineup includes Celtic harp and percussive dance duo Nic Gareiss and Maeve Gilchrist, blues multi-instrumentalist Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Cajun fiddler David Greely, Americana trio Milkweed, and old time string band the Down Hill Strugglers.
8 pm at the Jalopy Theatre [315 Columbia St. between Hamilton Avenue and Woodhull Street in Red Hook, (718) 395–3214, www.jalop