Tonight is the 81st birthday of Elvis Presley, so head down to Red Hook to shake, rattle, and roll with Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers, a honky-tonk outfit who will do some jailhouse rockin’ in tribute to the King of rock ’n’ roll. Guest stars are sure to show up, but watch your feet around those wearing blue suede shoes!
9 pm at Red Hook Bait and Tackle [320 Van Brunt St. at Pioneer Street in Red Hook, (718) 451–4665, www.redho
Synth-heavy indie-rock collective Rubblebucket takes a break from recording a new album for two nights of rump-shaking tunes at Brooklyn Bowl. The Friday night show already sold out, so get your tickets quick! Opening tonight are Pwr Bttm and Lithuania.
9:30 pm at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963–3369], www.brook
Even aside from Yoda, the Muppets and the Star Wars characters have a long history of crossovers. Vault — Star Wars: A screening of the “Star Wars” episode of the “Muppet Show,” along with rare Sesame Street clips related to the space opera!
7:30 pm. Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, union
“Star Trek” is better than “Star Wars.” You heard us, nerd, so put down the laser-sword and welcome a figure from the original sci-fi franchise — George Takei! The Enterprise helmsman, Internet celeb, and Broadway star will chat with radio host Ophira Eisenberg for the game show “Ask Me Another.” What are the odds that Park Slope’s own Enterprise captain will be in the audience? Stop by and find out!
7:30 pm at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebe
But what about my robot butler? Why have we given up on the glorious future of metal man-servants? Find out at the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies tonight, where three speakers discuss what people in the 1950s thought kitchens, work, and life general would be in the far-future year 2000.
7:30 pm at the Bedford [110 Bedford Ave. at N. 11th St. in Williamsburg, (718) 302–1002, getsa