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Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

He had a dream: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr giving his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
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January 15

Planet Earth is blue

The passing of intergalactic space oddity David Bowie has left us feeling low. Mope music mavens Feeling Gloomy know that misery loves company, so tonight they host Emergency Bowie Farewell, a night of cathartic downbeat tunes from the Starman and compatriots like Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Dress to depress.

10 pm at Littlefield (622 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com). $6.


January 16

Golden years

Put on your red shoes and dance the blues away at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, a raucous celebration of the music of the Balkans. Bands like Black Masala, Raya Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party, and many, many others will take over four rooms of the Grand Prospect Hall, making all your Balkan dreams come true.

6 pm–2 am at Grand Prospect Hall [263 Prospect Ave. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 788–0777, www.goldenfest.org]. $55.


January 17

Soup-er stuff

Baby, it’s cold outside, but you can heat up your insides with a visit to the Brooklyn Soup Takedown, where local chefs will compete to present the best bisque, stew, or chowder. For $20 you can sample every variety of liquid goodness, and cast your vote for most super soup.

Noon at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club [514 Union St. between Third Avenue and Nevins Street in Gowanus, (347) 223–4410, www.royalpalmsshuffle.com]. $20.


January 18

Not just a day off

Borough President Adams hosts the 30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. The tribute to the civil rights leader will include a keynote speech from author Michael Eric Dyson and performances from the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and singer Kimberly Nichole. The event will be followed by a free screening of the documentary “Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution” at 1 pm.

10:30 am at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, www.bam.org). Free.


January 21

Reading un-writing

Comedians Colin O’Brien and Michael Wolf host “A Night of Selected Works from the Greatest American Novels Never Written,” where funny folks in character (and sometimes in wigs) read from previously-unknown books by famous authors. With Josh Gondelman, Nate Fernald, Alex French, Mo Fry Pasic, and more.

9:30 pm at the Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, unionhallny.com].

Starman floating in the sky: Feeling Gloomy hosts a moody tribute to rock icon David Bowie at Littlefield on Jan. 15.
Associated Press / Robert E. Klein

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