Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, dark discussions edition

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We have to admit that we really don’t.

1. It’s the summer finale of one of the most consistently exciting Bk lit events: Franklin Park Reading Series. This month readers include novelist Joshua Mohr, memoirist Sean H Doyle, debut novelists Alexandra Kleeman, Sara Novic, and Tracy O’Neill, and comics artist John Dermot Woods. (Monday, FREE)

2. Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery presents Arab Avant-Garde: Reflections on Situated Time, an evening of short films showcasing contemporary Middle Eastern experimental cinema. (Monday, FREE)

3. Have a cup of tea and a scone and share your dark thoughts at Morbid Anatomy Museum’s Death Café, the aim of which is to “increase awareness of death and help people make the most of their (finite) lives.” (Tuesday, FREE)

4. The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies is ready to rumble with their 4th annual Badass Philosopher Battle, featuring lectures on Socrates, John Locke, and Karl Marx. (Tuesday, FREE)

5. Did you know the world’s largest and oldest lesbian archive is in Park Slope? Tonight the Lesbian Herstory Archives presents Women & Words, an evening of readings and performances by writers of African descent. (Wednesday, FREE)

6. For its second year, TEDxBushwick is expanding its programming. The first event of 2015 is a panel discussion on Collaborative Creation, featuring Bushwick Film Festival Founder & CEO Kweighbaye Kotee, Bushwick Daily Founder & Editor-in-Chief Katarina Hybenova, and many more. (Wednesday, $15)

7. There are a few more By Brooklyn happy hours left—this week, spend the evening drinking cocktails and eating fabulous treats with the founders of Butter & Scotch. (Thursday, FREE)

8. The Astronomy on Tap series (tagline: “Science is even better with beer!”) gets fancy at the Way Station with AstroFashion with STARtorialist, including presentations from four different astronomy-inspired fashion designers. (Thursday, FREE)

9. It’s a literary lovefest at the Greenlight Books Staff Appreciation Party, featuring cocktails, refreshments, and the launch of Hypothetical People a chapbook curated and written by Greenlight staff. It’s a win for customers too—get 20% off any staff member–recommended book in the shop all night. (Friday, FREE)

10. Like, totally rock out at the Bell House’s Cruel Summer 80s Dance Party, featuring “alt wedding band” the Engagements, as well as Steve Reynolds, creator of Party Like It’s 1999. (Friday, $10)

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