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The 10 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, indie lit edition

Celebrate an entire decade of Jalopy with Karen Poliski (#8)
Celebrate an entire decade of Jalopy with Karen Poliski (#8)

1. Join some of Brooklyn’s best boozy bakers, Butter & Scotch, at the launch of their cookbook — expect free desserts and Jell-O shots, plus discounted cocktails including Honeychile Rider, made with Brooklyn-distilled Dorothy Parker Gin. (Monday, New York Distilling Co., FREE)

2. Hear comedians make tough choices at Would You Rather, where hosts Andre Medrano and JR Strauss dole out stumpers to Chris Pappas, Jana Leigh Heaton, Maya Sharma, Luis Leon, and Ryan Douglass. (Monday, The Experiment Comedy Gallery, $5)

3. Mellow out at Soft Rock Tuesday, with DJ Mara Schwartz Kuge spinning the most relaxed tunes from the ’70s and ’80s, from Boz Scaggs to Kenny Rogers to Olivia Newton-John. (Tuesday, Baby’s All Right, FREE)

4. Mix it up at Grumpy Films’ variety show La Grosse Pomme, with all kinds of performances including musical improv by Rebecca Vigil, genre-bending burlesque by Munroe Lily, magic by The Great Dubini, stories by Mike Albo, and violin by Jessica Wright. (Tuesday, Littlefield, $8)

5. Gain a new love of free speech at Banned But Translated, where members of the PEN America Translation Committee read from the translated versions of authors’ works from Egypt, China, and Turkey. (Wednesday, Word, FREE)

6. Laugh it up while stuffing your face at the return of Devour Hour, with a different free food each month (tonight is tacos!) and comedy from Bowen Yang, Ryan Beck, Kristin Manna, Shakir Standley, and more. (Wednesday, Hank’s Saloon, FREE)

7. Kick off the Brooklyn BEAT Festival, nine days celebrating emerging theater artists, with a huge roster of performers, including Derick Cross, t’ai freedom ford, Elyzabeth Gorman, Ras Osagyefo, Gabriel Ramirez, and Hanne Tierney. (Thursday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

8. Celebrate a glorious decade at 10 Years of Jalopy Theater, with music from Marie-Emma Graves, Jack Grace, Karen Poliski, and Lord Youth. (Thursday, Jalopy Tavern, $10 suggested)

9. Get ladylike at the Feminist Tea Party, with talks by artist Shadi Harouni, graphic designer Devika Sen, and feminist entrepreneur Jillian Foster, an art exhibition co-curated by Emma Katz and Megan Piontkowski, plus tea and pastries. (Friday, Trestle Gallery, FREE)

10. Be proud to be bookish at the Seventh Annual Indie Lit Party, a celebration the spirit of literary independence in our fabulous borough to kick off the Brooklyn Book Fair. (Friday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

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