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

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Foxy lady: Fantasy and horror writer Carmen Maria Machado will read from her short stories at the Franklin Park Reading Series on Jan. 8.
Carmen Maria Machado


Jan. 5

Magic man!

Head down to sideshows by the seashore for “Hanky and a T-T-T-Top Hot,” an autobiographical one-man extravaganza from marvelous magician and mentalist Bobby Torkova, who sets aside his usual patter and rabbits-in-hats shtick to reveal his childhood as stuttering little boy who dreamed of the stage.

8 pm at Coney Island USA [1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372–5159], www.coneyisland.com. $15.


Jan. 6

Welcome to the Dolly house!

The Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts delivers a tribute to the 72-year-old bodacious babe of country music tonight at “Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton,” along with comedy performances from Fantasy Grandma, drag queens Lady Quesa’Dilla and CalcuttaBitch, and burlesque performer Darlinda Just Darlinda.

8 pm at Union Hall (702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, www.unionhallny.com)]. $10.


Jan. 8

Short stuff

Who has time for novels? Short fiction where it’s at! The January session of the monthly Franklin Park Reading Series focuses on creators of the quickly consumed art form, include fantasy writer Carmen Maria Machado (pictured), author of “Her Body and Other Parties,” Douglas Light, Sasha Fletcher, Alexandra Tanner, and Anika Lani.

Best little gals in Texas: Maggie Katz and Julia Sirna-Frest, of the Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts, willplay a birthday concert in the country star’s honor on Jan. 6 at Union Hall.
Kevin Frest

8 pm at Franklin Park (618 St. Johns Place between Franklin and Classon avenues in Crown Heights, www.franklinparkbrooklyn.com). Free.


Jan. 9

Burn, baby

At “The Roast of Your 15-year-old Self” comedians will take aim at their own awkward adolescence, using photos, old diary entries, and the occasional angst-filled musical number to skewer their overly dramatic teenage selves. Featuring Dylan Marron (pictured), Akilah Hughes, Marcia Belsky, and Alise Morales.

8 pm at Baby’s All Right [146 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 599–5800, www.babysallright.com]. $10.


Jan. 11

In bloom!

Jeff Goldblum gave perhaps his Jeff Goldblum-iest performance this year as the fey, omnipotent Grandmaster in “Thor: Ragnarok,” but all his roles have been awesome. Celebrate them all at “The Gold Standard: A Tribute to Jeff Goldblum,” featuring video clips, a trivia competition, and an impression contest (costumes encouraged!), where the winner walks away with a Jeff Goldblum shower curtain.

9 pm at Videology [308 Bedford Ave. at S. First Street in Williamsburg, (718) 782–3468], www.videologybarandcinema.com]. $15.

Selfie: Podcaster and comedian Dylan Marron will join the “Roast of Your 15-year-old Self” at Baby’s All Right on Jan. 9.
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