Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, sword-swallowing edition

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Mmmm, looks delicious. (Pic by Rose Callahan)

1. Get your literary fix at the latest installment of the Sackett Street Reading Series, featuring novelists Sophie McManus, Tracy O’Neill, Ioannis Pappos, and Patricia Park. (Monday, FREE)

2. Or if you prefer numbers, head to C’mon Everybody for Bed-Stuy Bingo with famed drag king Murray Hill and burlesquer Dirty Martini. (Monday, FREE)

3. It’s time for everyone’s favorite groan-tastic evening: Punderdome 3000, a pun-filled elimination hosted by Jo Firestone and her dad, Rodney Dangerfield–impersonator Fred Firestone. (Tuesday, FREE)

4. If burlesque feels a little, well, girlie for you, check out BEEF at Bizarre Bar, a “night of manful performance,” where K.James, Lee VaLone, Stanley Steamer, and more will strut their manly stuff. (Tuesday, $7)

5. Face someone else’s fears at What Are You Afraid Of?, where host Mara Wilson encourages comedians and storytellers to share their biggest anxieties onstage. (Wednesday, $5)

6. Or get a little braver and watch Lady Aye, one of only three dozen living female sword-swallowers, present Down the Hatch, an illustrated lecture on the history and anatomy of the trade—followed by a demonstration, of course. (Wednesday, $8)

7. The Bushwick Film Festival is back for its 8th year and starts tonight, presenting 27 screenings over four days by filmmakers from 13 different countries. (Thursday, $12/screening)

8. It’s almost the weekend, so scoot on down to Freddy’s for the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree, a monthly sing- (and stomp-) along to songs of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and more. (Thursday, FREE)

9. Get down to more live music on Friday at the NYC Buskerball, celebrating subway and street musicians, with performances by Theo Eastwind, Mecca Bodega, Cameron Orr, and many more. (Friday, $5 suggested)

10. It’s finally October, so scare yourself silly at Nitehawk, which starts off Halloween month with a midnight screening of “heavy metal splatterfest” Deathgasm. (Friday, $11)

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