Five things to do in Brooklyn this week! - Brooklyn Paper

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Roll with it: The new indoor Dreamland Roller Rink in Industry City will host a roller dicso party inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” on the afternoon of Jan. 6.


Jan. 4

Funny first

Start off the first weekend of the new year with something light and fun — “Fifty First Jokes.” The 13th annual extravaganza of wit features 50 comedians delivering the first jokes that they have written this year. Performers include host John F. O’Donnell (pictured) Jo Firestone, Liza Treyger, Rob Haze, Saurin Choksi, and 45 others.

8 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebellhouseny.com]. $15.


Jan. 5

A glam of queens

Things get weird and wild in “Chimera,” a new work-in-progress debuting tonight at National Sawdust. The opera about identity features seven different drag performers — including Alexis Michelle (pictured) and 11-year-old Park Slope “drag kid” Desmond is Amazing — as different aspects of the Chimera’s personality.

7 pm at National Sawdust (80 N. Sixth St. at Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, www.nationalsawdust.org). $22.


Jan. 6

Skate or die

Show this new year that you plan to stick around by dressing up for the “I Will Survive” Dreamland Discoteque roller disco party. The all-ages (actually, age 7 and older) afternoon event will feature groove-a-licious tunes from Gloria Gaynor and other divas, a dance competition, and lots of colorful decorations.

Joke book: John F. O’Donnell will assemble 50 of his fellow comedians at the Bell House on Jan. 4 to tell their first joke of 2019.
Photo by Mindy Tucker

1–4 pm at Dreamland Roller Rink (233 37th St. at Second Avenue in Sunset Park, www.dreamlandrollerrink.com). $20 (includes skate rental).


Jan. 9

Woah, man!

Legalizing marijuana is one of Cuomo’s top priorities for 2019 — but did you know that “pot” is actually bad for you? The extremely reliable 1936 documentary “Reefer Madness,” screening as part of the “Weird Wednesday” film series, will explain how just a single hit of “doobie” will lead to hallucinations, madness, and murder!

9:30 pm at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema [445 Albee Square West between Fulton and Willoughby streets Downtown, (718) 513–2547, www.drafthouse.com/nyc]. $10.


Jan. 10

We like Ike

A fixture of the Brooklyn performance scene, comedian and actor Ikechukwu Ufomadu might be best known for his occasional live talk show “Ike at Night.” But this week, he will leave the guests behind for the slightly self-referential show “Ikechukwu Ufomadu presents: An Evening with Ikechukwu Ufomadu”.

8 pm at the Brick (575 Metropolitan Ave. between Union and Lorimer streets in Williamsburg, (718) 907–6189, www.bricktheater.com). $20.

Getting his name out there: Comedian and actor Ikecheckwu Ufomadu hosts the solo show “Ikechukwu Ufomadu presents: An Evening with Ikechukwu Ufomadu,” starting on Jan. 9 at the Brick in Williamsburg
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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