La di da di, he likes to party! Hip-hop legend Slick Rick is celebrating his 50th birthday, and you’re all invited. The Ruler will commemorate his half-century with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl, supported by soul band Amy Lynn and the Gun Show.
9 pm at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369, www.brook
Self-promotion alert! The Brooklyn Paper’s esteemed deputy editor Nathan Tempey will make a rare public appearance at Williamsburg bookstore Book Thug Nation to perform a live reading from his creative non-fiction zine Breakfast. The lineup also includes New Orleans writer Andru Okun reading from his new zine recounting a Birthright trip to Israel, and punk artist and writer Cristy C. Road.
7 pm at Book Thug Nation (100 N. Third St. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, www.bookt
When it’s time to podcast, we will always podcast hard. Comedian Greg Barris is bringing a live recording of his podcast “Mind Warriors” to Park Slope. The show purports to blend comedy, science, and spirituality and his guest for this edition will be musician and advice columnist Andrew W.K., who will presumably wax philosophical about partying.
8 pm at Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, www.union
Writer Rebecca Harrington road-tested the diets of celebrities past and present — including Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and Jackie Kennedy — then wrote a book about the stomach-churning experience. The result is “I’ll Have What She’s Having,” which she will launch at PowerHouse Arena, where she will discuss downing celery loaf and raw egg drinks with Molly Fischer, associate editor at New York magazine’s fashion blog.
7 pm at PowerHouse Arena [37 Main St. between Water and Front streets in Dumbo, (718) 666–3049, power
Brooklyn has many free comedy nights, but Devour Hour at Hank’s Saloon is the only one that also has free dumplings. This month’s lineup includes funny people Sydnee Washington, Naomi Karavani, Brandon Scott Wolf, Kale Bogdanovs, and Julia Shiplett.
8 pm at Hank’s Saloon [46 Third Ave. at Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, www.exitf