Chicago songwriter Angel Olsen is in town supporting Kurt Vile at his Bowery appearance, but that show’s very sold out status shouldn’t keep you from catching her in play. Half Way Home, released last year, drew understandable comparisons to Sharon Van Etten for the way it told devastating, human-scale stories in a spellbinding hush. “Sweet Dreams,” from a 7" released this year, is even better for finding the surprisingly natural middle ground between a PJ Harvey growl and a Patsy Cline swoon. $12
Trivia starts at 8, the show starts at 9. There will be bingo, with prizes! Drink specials with a $7 themed cocktail each week.
Based on the life and work of Lewis Carroll and his disturbing relationship with Alice Liddell, the young girl he loved and for whom he wrote Alice in Wonderland, this is the opposite of passive theatergoing: it's a real adventure through the proverbial looking-glass. Performed in a 100-year-old institutional building that has been dressed to look and feel like an old asylum, crammed with all kinds of creepy Carroll ephemera, it viscerally arrives at is the awful standoff between a little girl and an older man who loved her inappropriately and made something beautiful for her to salve his pain—and also to ensnare her forever. It gets across the full horror of what that meant for her, and also what that means for us. $95-$125
Not sure if you've heard, but plastic isn't really cool anymore, which is one reason why you should join the nonprofit organization Bags for the People as they show environmentally conscious trendsetters how to make custom cotton bags. Another reason is because there will be drinks, snacks and live music on hand (you bring the fabric of your choice; sewing machines and other materials provided). And then there's the whole saving the planet part too. FREE
Dan Neustadt, keyboard player for Northern Bells and The Hold Steady, plays a classic album front to back every week. Past selections have included Beck's "Mutations" and Weezer's "Blue Album"
Free trivia at The Gutter from 7pm to 9pm.
Joe McGinty, formerly of the Psychedelic Furs, plays piano. You sing.
Enjoy free admission to the Botanic Garden to admire the fall foliage and beautiful gardens.
Join us at 7 p.m., any Tuesday, for free beer and nibbles. Each week, we focus on different beers to share, alternating between local brewers and staff to lead the event.
Put that fancy college degree to use at Pete's weekly quiz off competition. First place wins a $75 bar tab, second place wins $40 tab, and third a $15 tab. FREE
A free comedy show brought to you by SNL's Jenny Slate, Max Silvestri and Gabe Liedman.
Open mic for poets and performers of all ages, including a performance by spoken word poet Radhiyah Ayobami. Hosted by Mo Beasley FREE
Every Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront between North 6th and North 7th St., at the East River, from 11am to 6pm, Smorgasburg brings together food entrepreneurs and established purveyors from New York City and across the region selling both packaged and prepared foods, fresh produce, and other food-related stands (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of approximately 100 vendors. The market is open rain or shine. FREE