The 10 best cheap things to do this week, political apocalypse edition

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Hit the poles on election night at House of Yes (#4). Photo by Tod Seelie.

1. The Brooklyn Brainery and Brooklyn Historical Society have teamed up for a new series, and tonight’s the first installment: Our Pesky Neighbors Part 1: Pigeons features Margaret Mittelbach, founder of The Secret Science Club, holding forth on those ubiquitous rats of the sky. (Monday, BHS, $10)

2. And speaking of pests: On the eve of this hellscape election, check out The Drumf and the Rheingold: An Operatic Apocalypse, a political satire and parody of Wagner’s Ring Cycle performed by an ensemble of NYC musicians. (Monday, Pioneer Works, $15)

3. VOTE. VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT — BECAUSE, FOR SO MANY, IT DOES. Here’s how

4. Watch the election results at any of a million places. Here’s our roundup of a whopping 30 great parties, and a few more late additions: Repair the World NYCThe Well, Bell House, New Women Space, Glorietta Baldy, Brooklyn Bowl, and Sofar Sounds’ “nasty women” show. (Tuesday, varies)

5. Whatever the election results, we’re all going to need to relax the next day. Calm down with a slew of local art at the opening reception of the BRIC Biennial Vol II: Bed-Stuy/Crown Heights, showcasing the work of 40+ artists and presented in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center. (Wednesday, BRIC, FREE)

6. Or maybe what you really need is a laugh? If so head to Battle of the Divas, with comedians, pop-culture experts, performers, and drag queens, including Matteo Lane, Christi Chiello, Molly Austin, Liza Treyger, Matt Rogers, and Dusty Boxx. (Wednesday, Union Hall, $6)

7. Gain a new appreciation for some fabulous females at the book launch for The Women Who Made New York, by journalist Julie Scelfo, which aims to tell the story of the ladies who helped make this city the cultural epicenter of the world. (Thursday, powerHouse, FREE)

8. Watch comedians gleefully vent their frustrations at Shouting at the Screen, where Wyatt Cenac and Donwill screen blaxploitation films and other black cult cinema and yell out their feelings about it all, Mystery Science Theater 3000–style. (Thursday, Alamo Drafthouse, $15)

9. Time to bid a sad adieu to yet another beloved North Brooklyn establishment: this is the final weekend for Manhattan Inn — for now, as those who run the place say they’ll be reopening eventually. Meanwhile, catch shows all weekend, from performers including Invisible Familiars, Keenan O’Meara, Delicate Steve, Kaki King, and more. (Friday, Manhattan Inn, $5–$10 suggested)

10. Get lyrical a the one-year anniversary of the Roots Poetry Series, tonight featuring readers J. Mae Barizo, Margot Farrington, David McLoughlin, and Jen Levitt. (Friday, Roots Café, FREE)

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