Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, surreal puppets edition

Peep some peculiar puppets tonight (#4) (pic by Joe Mazza)

Peep some peculiar puppets tonight (#4) (pic by Joe Mazza)

1. Have a cartoonishly good time at the 13th annual Animation Block Party, with screenings all weekend from international shorts to cartoon restorations to animated ads. (Friday through Sunday, BAMcinématek, $14/program)

2. Shine on at Glow@Grove, a dance party that lights up the night with a cosmic light show, body-painting, roaming light performers, and DJs Chela and Jubilee to keep you moving. (Friday, Grove Alley Night Market, FREE)

3. Find your groove at the Brooklyn Get Down house music festival, with a dozen DJs, a film screening, a panel discussion, and an indoor/outdoor art installation. (Friday & Saturday, Greenwood Beach, $10)

4. Embrace surreality at Rough House Theater’s interpretation of Ubu the King, with original music and more than 70 handcrafted puppets. (Friday, Cloud City, $12)

5. Watch some wacky movies at the 17th annual Tromadance Film Festival, with 40+ shorts, a filmmaking panel, and music from Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees, The Cowmen, Monkey Pudding Face, and more. (Friday & Saturday, Paper Box, FREE)

6. See some sultry ladies while playing shuffleboard at Royal Palm Revue, featuring burlesque from Perle Noire, Jo Boobs, and Kita St. Cyr. (Friday, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, FREE)

Seedy Edie knows that the owls are not what they seem (#15)

Seedy Edie knows that the owls are not what they seem (#15)

7. Celebrate indie lit at the 2016 Small Press Flea, with dozens of presses and magazines hawking their wares. (Saturday, Brooklyn Public Library, FREE)

8. Listen to some terrific tunes at Samfest II, with 20 bands from Yokotots to Zenizen to Dreamcrusher — and anyone named Sam gets in free. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $7)

9. Meet a furry new friend at Puppies & Pints, a beery good time hanging with adoptable dogs from Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, $12)

10. Relive the ’90s at Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, with a bevy of beautiful little zines on offer. (Saturday, Pete’s Candy Story, FREE)

11. Start something fun at the Kickstarter Summer Festival, with art, food, games, installations, performances, and workshops from creators and innovators. (Saturday, Fort Greene Park, FREE)

12. Laugh it up at Oh, Such a Good Show, Oh!, a comedy and variety show featuring Seaton Smith, Conner O’Malley, Found Footage Festival, Ester Steinberg, and more. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

13. Watch some wacky dramatics at The 24-Hour Theater Festival, where each team has just a day to conceive, write, direct, and act in a short play. (Saturday, Standard Toykraft, $5)

14. Dance the night away at the NYC Deep Brooklyn Loft Party, with music spun by Louie “Lou” Gorbea, Adam Rios, DJ Justice, and David Sabat. (Saturday, Secret Bushwick location, $20)

15. Have a damn fine cup of coffee (or something stronger) at The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque, with Hard Cory, Eliza DeLite, Matt Knife, Ruby Valentine, Seedy Edie, and more. (Saturday, Coney Island, $15)

16. Relive some childhood magic at one of the many midnight release parties for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (Saturday, throughout Brooklyn, varies)

Hang around with Kittyhawk Boone (#19) (pic by Pasechnick Photo)

Hang around with Kittyhawk Boone (#19) (pic by Pasechnick Photo)

17. Stretch those legs while seeing great murals at the Bushwick Street Art Run, a relaxed four-mile jog through some excellent street art. (Sunday, Bhati Yoga, $20)

18. Get some great deals at the Dusty Rose & Friends Sidewalk Sale, with everything from candles to ceramics to vintage duds on sale. (Sunday, Dusty Rose Vintage, FREE)

19. Be wowed by amazing acrobatics at Red Balloon, an aerial art showcase featuring Kittyhawk Boone, Jesse Cody, Ellie Nowak, Maya Shah, and many more. (Sunday, House of Yes, $10)

20. Go dark at Black-Out, a subterranean performance series with sets incorporating music, field recordings, scents, and voices — all shrouded in darkness. (Sunday, 49 Shade, $5 suggested)

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