1. honors Mos Def and Gideon Gartner for their contributions to music, culture and philanthropy at this cocktail reception, dinner and after-party event. Steiner Studios (Stage 6), 15 Washington Ave. 6:30 p.m., cocktails; 7:30 p.m., dinner; 9:30 p.m., after-party. $40-$500.
2. Afro-Punk pictures presents, , a short-film series highlighting the work of artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne. Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy. 7 p.m. Free.
3. , an exploration of the tension between Brooklyn's extraordinary growth and its growing opposition to slavery in the 19th century, continues its run at this Fort Greene non-profit theater company. Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. $10.
4. Part of a monthly Open Mic Night, Staten Island-based Shoot Hoops Not Guns presents the . De Lux Hair Gallery, 702 Fulton St. 9:30 p.m. Free by donation.
5. Alternate side parking rules are in effect.