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The 10 best cheap things to do this week, yawp edition

1. Add some meaning to your words at the Brooklyn Poets Yawp, where you’ll join a workshop in which participants transform the seemingly mundane language of everyday signage or warnings into something humorous, terrifying, or both, with an open mic afterwards. (Monday, 61 Local, $5-10)

2. Flirt with attending the Conscious Erotic Communication, a class that will lead you through embodiment practices, facilitated discussions, and skill-building exercise to bring more clarity, fulfillment, and fun to your erotic life. (Monday, Maha Rose, $40).

3. Get involved at the Brooklyn Community Board 1: Monthly Meeting, discussing issues like the Grand St. bike lane, the L train shutdown, and approving sidewalk cafe applications. (Tuesday, Swinging 60’s Senior Citizen Center, FREE)

4. Don’t be caught dead at Death Café, inspired by the centuries-old European salon (or café), an informal gathering to discuss philosophical ideas, with this café’s topic only about death and discussing people’s thoughts and ideas about it. (Tuesday, Greenwood Cemetery, FREE)

5. Let the creative juices flow at the Schamonchi Summer Sketching Series and receive instruction on drawing from life, and guidance on translating poetic thoughts to visual language. Watercolor paper and watercolors provided, or BYO materials (and stay for yoga after). (Wednesday, Schamonchi, $10-20 suggested)

6. Do the mashed potato at Recipe Exchange Roundtable: Potatoes, a participatory roundtable using recipe exchanges and the history of ingredients as a platform to discuss migration, immigration, and cultural exchange. (Wednesday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

7. Take a look around at In the Weeds: Hyperlocal Foraging, because we often walk past, or over, the most local of ingredients on our way to and from the latest farm-to-table restaurant, missing the simplest form of connection to our lived environment. (Thursday, MoFAD, $25)

8. Expect hilarity at Wing It! Live where four comedians and actors face off in a wild storytelling event, competing to tell the best story about how they’d escape funny situations with ridiculous resources, plus audience members get a chance to compete. (Thursday, Berg’n, FREE)

9. Hear the rhythm with Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, a collaborative project between a revolving assembly of Senegalese sabar musicians and German techno pioneer Mark Ernestus, their hybrid sound honed through many iterations of intercontinental exchange. (Friday, Pioneer Works, $26+)

10. Rock out for a good cause at Brooklyn Beat Re-United: Kickin’ Cancer Concert, with many artists playing and supporting the beneficiary of the event, Malcolm Smart, a longtime Park Slope-area fixture who played bass in several Brooklyn bands. (Friday, Rocky Sullivan’s, $10)

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