Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, Caribbean Carnival edition

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This is probably pretty easy to walk in [pic by fordmaddoxfraud]

1. Don your feathers and sequins for the West Indian–American Day Carnival, the country’s largest celebration of Caribbean heritage, with a massive parade, food and craft vendors, tons of music, and more. (Monday, FREE)

2. Or for a much calmer holiday, head to Videology for Wet Hot American Labor Day, a marathon looped screening of Wet Hot American Summer from 2pm until close. (Monday, FREE)

3. It’s another trio of clever lectures from the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies, and this month the theme is “The History of Building in NYC,” with talks on the street grid, early colonization, and alternative New York realities. (Tuesday, FREE)

4. To commemorate the release of The Wikileaks Files, head to the Bell House for a conversation and Q&A between author Jeremy Scahill and Julian Assange, video-linked from London. (Tuesday, $10; includes a free book)

5. See classical dance and hip-hop come together in Take Ballet to the Streets, a performance by Brooklyn Ballet Company at Bed-Stuy’s Garden of Hope. (Wednesday, FREE)

6. Or test your boozey brains at Glorietta Baldy’s, where the Beerded Ladies host Beer Geek Trivia, featuring tastings and swag from Third Rail Beer. (Wednesday, FREE)

7. Skinny jeans and inventive facial hair notwithstanding, it’d be difficult to define “Brooklyn style,” but Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl have tried in their new book Brooklyn Street Style, which launches tonight at powerHouse with a panel discussion including costume designer Jennifer Rogien, image activist Michaela Angela Davis, and more. (Thursday, FREE)

8. The week long BEAT Festival opens tonight, turning the Brooklyn Museum into a performance extravaganza, with artists performing in all the building’s nooks and crannies. (Thursday, FREE)

9. Get ready for some cinematic hatred at Videology’s F*ck That Movie, where Joel Kim Booster, Anna Drezen, and a panel of comedians discuss their most despised flicks. (Friday, FREE)

10. Or for a different kind of bad film, head to Nitehawk for a midnight showing of Slumber Party Massacre, the only female-directed slasher of the 1980s. (Friday, $11)

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