Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, summer preview

What could be better than Piano Man puppetry? (#) (pic by Marielle Solan)

What could be better than Piano Man puppetry? (#5) (pic by Marielle Solan)

1. Let les bon temps roulez (a little belatedly) at New Orleans Crawfish Boil, with music from Bro Jo Full Moon Swamp Revue and plates full of bayou crawfish and shrimp. (Friday, The Hall at MP Taverna, $15)

2. Take in some local cinema at the Greenpoint Film Festival, with a range of movies from the experimental to the educational. (Friday–Sunday, Wythe Hotel, $10/film)

3. Calm it down with some classical at the Halcyon Chamber Series, this month featuring Haydn Duo Sonata for Violin & Cello, Ives Piano Trio, and Faure Piano Quartet No. 1. (Friday, Scholes Street Studio, $15)

4. See a slew of theatrics at the incredibly named playwriting showcase Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood. (Friday–Sunday, Jack, $18)

5. Get in a New York state of mind at Puppet Playlist, an evening of music and puppetry inspired by the music of the Piano Man. (Friday, Triskelion Arts, $15)

6. Have some good dirty fun at Wasabassco’s 6th annual Saint Patricks Day for Sinners, a burlesque romp featuring all redheaded performers. (Friday, Bell House, $20)

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Go back in time at Swing House (#) (pic by Chris Becker Jr/Flickr)

Go back in time at Swing House (#14) (pic by Chris Becker Jr/Flickr)

7. Get your morning buzz on at the NYC Coffee & Tea Festival, featuring libations from 60+ purveyors from around the world. (Saturday & Sunday, Brooklyn Expo Center, $14)

8. Shop strange at the Full Moon Market, with vendors selling everything from vintage witch attire to metaphysical perfumes. (Saturday, Catland, FREE)

9. Peep some plentiful art at the NARS Spring Open Studios, where dozens of Sunset Park artists share their work. (Saturday, Sunset Park, FREE)

10. Look at lovely (and horrifying) pix of our favorite toxic body of water at the book launch for photo book Gowanus Waters. (Saturday, Gowanus Souvenir Shop, FREE)

11. Check out the premier screening of We Are a Social Club, a doc about the final days of the Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club (RIP!), followed by foot-stompin’ tunes from Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues and more. (Saturday, Jalopy Theater, $10)

12. Laugh for the puppies at BackFat Variety’s Comedy Benefit for Bad Ass Animal Rescue, with a whopping 75 comedians including Myq Kaplan, Colin Nissan, Rebecca Vigil, and a whole lot more. (Saturday, 61 Local, $10 suggested)

13. Get into it at Immersion, a collaborative and experimental pop-up party with live music, dance performances, live painting, visual projections, and on and on. (Saturday, Livestream Public, $10)

14. Dance the night away at Swing House, a remixed 1920s speakeasy party with vintage jazz bands, burlesque, exotic cocktails, and electro-swing DJs playing late into the night. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio, $20)

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Get your summer on! But maybe don't wear shorts yet. (#) (pic by DangApricot/Wikimedia)

Get your summer on! But maybe don’t wear shorts yet. (#15) (pic by DangApricot/Wikimedia)

15. Celebrate the fact that it’s totally basically summer now at the 31st annual Blessing of the Rides and Coney Island Opening Day. (Sunday, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, FREE) UPDATE: the openings have been postponed due to SNOW in the forecast.

16. Or celebrate your (or someone else’s) Irish heritage at one of two Brooklyn Saint Patrick’s Parades: in Bay Ridge or South Slope. (Sunday, FREE)

17. Get your musical fill at the two-venue extravaganza Meltfest: Frame, Madam West, Oh Golly, and Dizzy Juice during the day in Williamsburg and then Big Figment, Young Runner, Frog, and A Bunch of Dead People in Crown Heights. (Sunday, Baby’s All Right/C’mon Everybody, $10)

18. Explore the works of island ladies at Woman Tings: A Caribbean Literary and Art Lime, with painters, poets, novelists, photographers, and more. (Sunday, St. Francis College, $11.53)

19. Say kon’nichiwa to Japan Nite, featuring the music of Tempalay, Atomic Stooges, Reatmo, and The Roamers. (Sunday, Knitting Factory, $12)

20. Be amazed at Force Majeure Vaudeville, a variety show with juggling, dance, burlesque, novelty music, and lots of surprises. (Sunday, Cobra Club, $10)

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