Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, Soul Party edition

Get brass-tastic with Slavic Soul Party! (#)

Get brass-tastic with Slavic Soul Party! (#4)

1. Go brew crazy—it’s NYC Beer Week! There are dozens of tastings, pairings, demos, classes, and more, from Greenpoint to South Slope. (All weekend, various)

2. Grab your favorite youngs and head to Bushwick for Speak Ya Truth, a youth open mic for MCs, poets, artists, and activists. (Friday, Mayday Space, FREE)

3. Hear some great urban tales at Stories from the City, with raconteurs Boni Joi, Nick E. Finn, Dallas Rico, and Jennifer Harmon, plus music by the Lowliest One. (Friday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

4. Shake it Balkan style at BRIC’s Neighborhood Concert with Slavic Soul Party, a nine-piece brass band with an Eastern European–inflected, eminently danceable sound. (Friday, BRIC, FREE)

5. Slake your bloodlust with puppets at the Cardboard Robot Battle V, which was rescheduled due to the blizzard and promises even more crafty carnage. (Friday, Standard Toykraft, $18)

6. Stand in solidarity at 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today, where actors interpret and present real tales of racial profiling. (Friday, Kumble Theater, $25)

7. Learn a thing or two at Nerd Nite with presentations on creating a renaissance, 1990s video-game console wars, and whether chiropractors are for real. (Friday, Littlefield, $10)

T-Pow is coming to blow your mind (#) (pic by Sara Brown)

T-Pow is coming to blow your mind (#15) (pic by Sara Brown)

8. Browse through a literary wonderland at the 23rd Annual Park Slope Book Sale, which promises tens of thousands of new & used books, most of which are priced at $1 or $2. (Saturday & Sunday, United Methodist Church, $5)

9. Or if tunes are more your thing, head to the Brooklyn Flea’s Mini Record Fair, with a half-dozen vintage vinyl dealers plying their wares. (Saturday & Sunday, Industry City, FREE)

10. Take a nature wander with the Brooklyn Brainery at Best Buds: A Friendly Tree Walk, where you’ll learn some basic tree identification and try to spot spring’s first bloom. (Saturday, Greenpoint, $13)

11. Go super indie at Paper Jam Small Press Fair, a celebration of tiny presses, mini-comics, and ‘zines. (Saturday, Silent Barn, FREE)

12. Get weird at the Comedy Outliers 4th anniversary show, featuring Mike Brown, Brandon Collins, Ophira Eisenberg, Pete Lee, and many more. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

13. Stomp your feet at Moonage Daydream, a roots-inspired tribute to David Bowie with the likes of Feral Foster, Twain, and Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues. Proceeds benefit WhyHunger. (Saturday, Jalopy Theater, $10)

14. Howl at something during Wolf Moon Beaver Fest, an evening of music, trapeze, circus, song, and poetry from Orisha Love, Mirah, T-Pow, Arooj Aftab, and more. (Saturday, Big Sky Works, $20)

15. Dance for a good cause with DJs Against Hunger, a food drive & dance party with Disciple, Nadeeah Eshe, Montana, and Herb Martin. (Saturday, Black Bear Bar, $10 + a can of food)

Pack up some laughs with Sasheer Zamata (#) (pic by Luke Fontana)

Pack up some laughs with Sasheer Zamata (#19) (pic by Luke Fontana)

16. Support diversity at the 3rd annual Black-Owned Business Expo, with vendors, food, music, and more. (Sunday, Restoration Plaza, $10)

17. Groove at one of Brooklyn’s best daytime dance parties: Mister Sunday, with Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter spinning as always. (Sunday, Shea Stadium, $20)

18. Celebrate feminity at No Boys Allowed, an evening for women, queers, and femmes with music, art, readings, videos, and lady-friendly wares. (Sunday, Alphaville, $5–$10 suggested)

19. Laugh your face off with Sasheer Zamata for an Hour, along with fellow comedians Matteo Lane and Liza Treyger. (Sunday, Bell House, $10)

20. Get metaphysical at Creatrix Virgin Fest, which will include a three-course vegan meal, a presentation by Nimai Larson of Prince Rama, and full moon tarot readings. (Sunday, Tarot Society, $25)

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