Express yourself for Madonna’s birthday, and 22 more ways to get into the groove this weekend

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Happy birthday, beautiful stranger

1. The four-day, 30-act Brooklyn Country Music Fest is already under way! Head to the Bell House to get in on it. (Friday through Sunday, $15–$25)

2. Be awed by the “professional mindfuckery” of Wondershow, three nights of magicians, mentalists, and mischief-makers at the Muse. (Friday through Sunday, $20)

3. Prepare your ears for a night of “Mipsterz”—musicians with “Muslim-ish backgrounds”—at Baby’s All Right, including The Kominas, Bobby Friction, DJ Rekha, and DJ Haram. (Friday, $12)

4. Get ready for some “auditory carnage” at Maim That Tune, where burlesque performers do stripteases to the worst songs of all time. (Friday, $15)

5. Groove at the closing party for MoCADA’s Soul of Bk Fest, with sets from Iman Omari, Norvis Jr, and DJ Native Sun. (Friday, FREE)

6. Show what a swell sherpa you can be at 718 Cyclery’s Cargo Bike Rodeo, featuring races, raffles, rides, and more. (Saturday, FREE)

7. Commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn at the Navy Yard’s Scavenger Battle, a day of trivia, gaming, and historical fun. (Saturday, FREE)

8. Go wild at BangOnNYC’s Elements festival, featuring four music stages, large-scale art installations, aerial performances, food trucks, vendors, rides, slides, and more. (Saturday, $50)

9. Lament the changing seasons at Palisades’ End of Summer, a two-day noise fest presented by Uninvited Records. (Saturday and Sunday, $10)

10. Be bookish at the Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival, with Tiphanie Yanique, Morgan Parker, Mahogany Browne, and young writers from NY Writers Coalition workshops. (Saturday, FREE)

11. Skate away to Magic Hour at the LeFrak Center, presented by Flavorpill and soundtracked by Wolf + Lamb. (Saturday, $8–$14)

12. Get cultured at ShapeShifter Lab’s Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl, a night of Haitian poetry and music. (Saturday, $10 suggested)

13. Love the ladies of City Girlz, an all-woman group art show with work by 20+ gals. (Saturday, FREE)

14. Close out Rooftop Films’ amazing 19th season at Industry City with an evening of short films about saying goodbye. (Saturday, $15)

15. Vogue, preach, open your heart, and take a bow at the 12th annual Madonnathon at Brooklyn Bowl. (Saturday, $15)

16. Celebrate Pancakes & Whiskey’s 2nd birthday at Rough Trade, with performances by Emily Wells, Psychic Twin, and the Meaning of Life. (Saturday, $12)

17. Bring a lot of loose change to Herbert Von King Park for Busking at 30, a showcase of subway performers. (Sunday, FREE)

18. Salute the automobile at Freddy’s with an Obsolete Cinema double-featureMoving Violations and Used Cars. (Sunday, FREE)

19. See 29 comic performers, like Good Cop Great Cop, Sasheer Zamata and Joe Pera, for just $5 (which comes out to 17 cents each!) at the Macaulay Culkin Show Summer Comedy Festival. (Sunday, $5)

20. Hang out in Coney Island with the Brooklyn Street Art crew and watch their presentation On the Radar, showcasing new and emerging artists. (Sunday, FREE)

21. Shake it off at Habana Outpost with a screening of Footloose. (Sunday, FREE)

22. Get big laughs for small bucks at the Cheap Date 5th anniversary, featuring comedians Lizz Winstead, Jermaine Fowler, Calise Hawkins, and Rebecca Vigil. (Sunday, $10)

23. Kick off the sprawling Brooklyn Comedy Festival at the Knitting Factory with Michelle Buteau, Yamaneika Saunders, Jon Laster, and John Early. (Sunday, $5)

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