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Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Jug out! The Queens of Everything practice for the Mid-Winter Jug Band Rendezvous at Jalopy Theatre on Feb. 16 and 17.
Photo by Jason Speakman


Feb. 16

Jugs not drugs

This music really blows! The two-day “Mid-Winter Jug Band Rendezvous” kicks off tonight with a performance from Brooklyn’s Queens of Everything (pictured), and continues with a dozen international old-timey acts that use empty jugs and washboards in addition to guitars and fiddles.

8 pm at the Jalopy Theatre (315 Columbia St. between Woodhull Street and Hamilton Avenue in Red Hook, www.jalopytheatre.org). $15.


Feb. 17

Out of time

In his one-man show “Emergency,” about a slave ship from the 1700s that mysteriously appears in modern-day New York Harbor, actor Daniel Beaty takes on more than 40 roles, including reporters, baffled academics, and black militants, all in an examination of African-American life, and what it means to be free. The show has another performance on Sunday afternoon.

8 pm at Kumble Theater at Long Island University [DeKalb and Flatbush avenues in Downtown, (718) 488–1624], www.kumbletheater.org. $30.


Feb. 18


Comedian Anna Roisman found the silver lining of being out of work — lounging around the house in pajamas all day. She has spread the day-drinking gospel of the under-employed on her Facebook live talk show “The Unemployed Show,” but tonight she goes out of her comfort zone — and out of her Williamsburg apartment — to present a live version at Littlefield, with special guest Janeane Garofalo.

Broad-casting couch: Anna Roisman and her dog Bobby Flay usually stream “The Unemployed Show” from their Williamsburg living room, but for the Feb. 18 performance, they will take the show to Littlefield in Gowanus.
David Bluvband

8 pm at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, www.littlefieldnyc.com)]. $10 ($8 in advance).


Feb. 20

Poo guru

Listen to the expert of excrement, the pundit of poop, and the wizard of whizzing deliver his lecture “How the Potty Trained Us” tonight. His talk will be flush with knowledge about the quirks of the human digestive system, and how regular placement of public potties can provide improvements to a city’s health and hygeine.

6:30 pm at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University (1 University Plaza at Dekalb Avenue Downtown, www.kumbletheater.org). Free.


Feb. 21

’Toon in

The winner of the Oscar pool is determined by those minor categories, so up your chances by watching the Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films, screening all this week at Nitehawk. The nominees include Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball” (pictured), the stop-motion “Negative Space,” Pixar’s “Lou,” the fairy tale “Revolting Rhymes” and the photorealistic “Garden Party.”

10:10 pm at Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384–3980, www.nitehawkcinema.com]. $12.

Take a squat!: Bathroom expert Shawn Shafner preps for his talk, “How the Potty Trained Us” at the Kumble Theater on Feb. 20.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

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