There was a young poet from Britain, with whose rhymes the world became smitten. English performance poet Kate Tempest brings her Ted Hughes Award-winning show, “Brand New Ancients,” to Brooklyn. The 27-year-old phenom’s gritty rhymes are almost rap-like, as she delivers her tale of two south London families over a live musical score.
8 pm at St. Ann’s Warehouse [38 Water St. between Dock and Main streets in Dumbo, (718) 834–8794, www.stannswarehouse.org]. $25.
Time of your life
Nobody will be putting Baby in a corner at Videology on Jan. 18, when the theater screens the 1987 slumber party classic “Dirty Dancing.” There will be trivia contests both before and after the show, so flex those spaghetti arms, put on some beige iridescent lipstick, and get ready to show off your Swayze smarts.
8 pm at Videology [308 Bedford Ave. between South First and South Second streets in Williamsburg, (718) 782–3468, www.videology.info]. $5.
Fertilize your brain while wetting your whistle, at “Presentation Party Night.” The monthly lecture series pairs talks on topics such as “The Art of Stand-up” and “The Business of Hot Sauce” with beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery and potluck-style snacks provided by the audience.
7 pm at Bat Haus [279 Starr St. between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas avenues in Bushwick, (917) 865–8660, www.presentationpartynight.com]. Free.
King for a day
There are many great Martin Luther King Jr. Day events across the borough, but BAM is hosting the biggest one of all. The keynote will be given by activist and scholar Angela Davis, plus performances by jazz and hip-hop artist Jose James and the Brooklyn Christian Cultural Center Singers.
10:30 am at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House [30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix St. in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100, www.bam.org]. Free.
Best of S’head
Hungry for some Brooklyn cuisine that doesn’t come in a mason jar? “A Taste of Sheepshead Bay” has got what you are craving. The annual event returns, with a diverse range of neighborhood eateries such as Il Fornetto, Chayana Salom, and Anatolian Gyro serving up samples of their signature cuisines.
7 pm at Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Ave. near Nostrand Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, taste.sheepsheadbites.com). $25–$35.