Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, boozy skee-ball edition

Old-school arcade games FTW, pic by headexplodie

Old-school arcade games FTW, pic by headexplodie

1. Feeling dark? Go to Branded Saloon for Murder Ballad Monday, an evening of ghoulish folk music with macabre duo Charming Disaster and a host of other performers. (Monday, FREE)

2. If you’re still feeling macabre on Tuesday, head to The Morbidity of Mathematics, an illustrated lecture on mathematical murder at (where else?) Morbid Anatomy Museum. (Tuesday, $8)

3. Or lighten the hell up with the one-year anniversary of Creep comedy show, featuring laughs from Josh Gondelman, Corinne Fisher, Shakir Standley, Mo Fry Pasic, and many more. (Tuesday, FREE)

4. Slide on over to Full Circle Bar for the Brewskee Ball kickofff jamboree, including an open bar from 7-9 (Genesee and Magic Hat beer, Deep Eddy vodka), free Skee-Ball all night, and a “Funnest Flannel” contest for a bar tab. (Wednesday, FREE)

5. If you can stomach it, the Empiricists League is hosting an evening of lectures on the Hidden DNA of NYC, including how to map the 15,000 microbes living in the subway and what to do about the toxic horrorshow that is the Gowanus Canal. (Wednesday, $10)

6. Celebrate jazz legend John Coltrane’s birthday at Pioneer Works with Brooklyn Raga Massive, who will play through much of his oeuvre, along with works by works of Alice Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. (Wednesday, $10)

7. Fancy yourself an artist, aspiring artist, or artist wannabe? Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is teaming up with Blick Art Supplies for an evening of live-model drawing, entertainment, snacks, and Blick swag. (Thursday, $5)

8. Here’s an unexpected mashup: Norwegian Red Hook WaterStories, featuring a Norwegian bluegrass band and talks on the maritime history of Norwegians in New York, presented by urban waterways nonprofit PortSide New York. (Thursday, $15)

9. As part of Brooklyn Wayfarer’s “Eulogy for the Dyke Bar” exhibition, Queer Memoir, New York’s first and longest-running queer storytelling event, will host a slew of storytellers in the Bushwick gallery. (Friday, FREE)

10. Hear from plenty of funny folks at this month’s Late Night Basement, including David Cross, Jo Firestone, and Josh Gondelman. (Friday, FREE)

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