Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, Yiddish bullfight edition

The Big Bupkis

It may be a whole lotta nothing but we never miss a Yiddish bullfight. (No. 7)

1. It’s the most literary time of the year: the Brooklyn Book Festival approaches! The fest itself isn’t until Sunday, but there’s a whole week of “bookend” events leading up to it, and tonight is the official Bookend Kickoff Party, co-presented by an amazing roster of lit luminaries: Catapult, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, PEN American Center, and Tumblr. (Monday, FREE)

2. Calling all Virgos—Sycamore Bar is having a party just for you (well, and everyone else too), with tarot readings, flower crowns, drink specials, and dancing all night long. (Monday, FREE)

3. You don’t need a car for the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club’s Drive-In Movie Night, a double-feature of Nefertitty in Space and Barabarella, with witty commentary by Lola RocknRolla, World Famous BOB, and Bastard Keith. (Tuesday, $7)

4. Bushwick Burlesque celebrates four years of showcasing fabulous neo-burlesque and performance art with a doozy of an anniversary show: a dozen acts including Jo Boobs, Poison Eve, Reverend Mother Flash, Fancy Feast, and more. (Tuesday, $7 suggested)

5. The New York Transit Museum’s cross-disciplinary arts show PLATFORM: Creative Musings on Mass Transit returns, with a multimedia evening featuring a participatory line-dance, an immersive musical performance, a crowdsourced visual diary, and a guided meditation—all inspired by or incorporating the NYC subway system. (Wednesday, $15)

6. As if it’s not difficult enough to do standup in front of a jaded Brooklyn audience, Open Trap Night at Halyards ups the ante: comics are expected to perform over the top of crazy sound effects and trap beats. (Wednesday, FREE)

7. Be a mentsh and schlep your tuchis over to Cloud City to check out The Big Bupkis: A Complete Gentile’s Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville, with cheap jokes, magic, ukulele music, ventriloquism, and more. (Thursday, two bits, or 25¢)

8. Or head to Jalopy Theater for an international evening of puppet theater, featuring a trio of shows from Brooklyn’s Great Small Works, Facto Teatro from Mexico City, and Barbara Steinitz from Berlin. (Thursday, $20)

9. It’s a poetry smorgasbord at Poets Who Love Poets, where poets invite poets they love to read poems they love, with Hala Alyan, Darren Angle, Miriam Atkin, Daisy Atterbury, and many more. (Friday, FREE)

10. Be a part of the art at Improv Everywhere’s interactive spectacle MP3 Experiment 12, where hundreds will flock to Prospect Park to participate in the silly fun. (Friday, FREE)

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