The 10 best cheap things to do this week, garden party edition

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Get to a groovy garden party with the Decibelists (#8). Photo via Facebook

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Plunge into the week at Right Now with Jennie Sutton, an offbeat variety show with music from Reformed Whores, an interview with Dominatrix “Vyla,” stand-up from Justin Flanagan, and interpretive dance by David Agyekum. (Monday, The Footlight, $5)

2. Kick off the warm weather at the Franklin Park Reading Series: Summer Blockbuster, featuring new literature from Victor LaValle, Jason Reynolds, Julia Fierro, Jessie Chaffee, and Julie Buntin. (Monday, Franklin Park, FREE)

3. Get skeeved out at the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies’ Gross History, with lectures on the gross history of ambergris, Congress’ gross incompetence, and USA Superfund sites. (Tuesday, The Bedford, FREE)

4. Wear all your purple to A Royal Badass Birthday Bash, with Prince tribute band Erotic City playing everything from classics to later-era hits. (Tuesday, Brooklyn Bowl, $10)

5. Class it up midweek at the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series, an evening of arias & duets featuring soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Stephen Costello, and pianist Dan Saunders. (Wednesday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

6. Try to stay inside the lines at the Adult Coloring Party, with free sparkling rosé samples from Santa Margherita Wines and prizes awarded to the best colorers. (Wednesday, The Well, FREE)

7. Turn trash into treasure at Gowanus E-Waste, a night of place-based, site-specific installations, videos, and music using the junk found at a Gowanus electronics recycling center. (Thursday, Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse, FREE)

8. Gorge on food and creativity at Great Small Works’ Spaghetti Garden Party, with puppets and poets in the garden, and live music and a shadow play in the warehouse. (Thursday, St. Ann’s Warehouse, $15 suggested)

9. Participate in the protest at Rooftop Films’ The Maribor Uprisings, part film, part conversation, and part interactive experiment drawing on frontline footage from a video activist collective embedded in Slovenia. (Friday, Metrotech Commons, FREE)

10. Transform your tresses at Wig Out, a bewigged late-night dance party with a wigged-out photo booth, a wig styling beauty parlor, and a wiggy runway to walk. (Friday, House of Yes, $15 – $25 advance / $30 at the door)

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