Oh, the cardboard carnage! At the Cardboard Robot Battle, corrugated combatants clash in four paperweight matches, with contestants eliminated if the damage dished out reveals the human operators underneath. Between each bout, the audience can enjoy puppet shows, ring girls, and sci-fi drink specials.
8 pm at Standard Toykraft [722 Metropolitan Ave. between Manhattan and Graham avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 388–3163], www.stand
The final night of the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival dishes up the documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” about the melting pot of food cultures in the Jewish State and the scene’s Kings County-style devotion to locally-sourced product. Director Roger Sherman will speak after the film’s premiere screening.
7 pm at the Kane Street Synagogue [236 Kane St. at Tompkins Place in Cobble Hill, (718) 875–1550, www.kanes
Learn about our finny friends (or, according the “The Simpsons,” our eventual overlords) at the Secret Science Club, where psychologist and marine mammal maven Diana Reiss will discuss how dolphins think and communicate. The bar will serve “Click and Whistle” cocktails, and whalesongs will play all night.
8 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebe
New Orleans brass band Dirty Bourbon River Show rolls into town tonight, pumping out high-energy circus rock from its new album “Important Things for Humans to Know,” along with older inhuman tunes like “Wolfman” and vampire song “Thirsty.” Brooklyn’s PitckBlak Brass Band opens.
8 pm at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369], www.brook
Long road trips seem like they take forever — and that might be true in “Separti,” a new piece from Vim Vigor Dance Company, in which five characters travel the highway while time twists and spins around them, dropping them into the past, present, and future. The show continues Friday and Saturday.
7:30 pm. Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center (29 Jay St. between John and Plymouth streets in Dumbo), www.vimvi