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The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, dragtastic edition

Dream up a dark fairytale at Cloud Cuckooland (#4)
Dream up a dark fairytale at Cloud Cuckooland (#4) (pic by Michael Blase)

1. See a scrappy troupe at Circus Amok: Smaller, Rawer, Freer, a radical inclusive circus featuring feats of balance, jaunty jugglers, elaborate escapology, and more. (Friday, Sunset Park, FREE)

2. Watch what happens when a community comes together at a screening of Saving Jamaica Bay, a doc about cleanup and recover post–Superstorm Sandy. (Friday, Prospect Park Picnic House, $15)

3. Get rowdy at the Brooklyn Bazaar Grand Reopening, with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah presented by Gothamist. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20)

4. Be amazed at Cloud Cuckooland, a fairytale about death and passion inspired by Greek mythology billed as “a transformative artistic expression of euphoria and sorrow.” (Friday & Saturday, House of Yes, $20)

5. Immerse yourself in Astara, a dance performance with live music, holograms, film, lasers, and more. (Friday & Saturday, White Out Factory, $20)


Bushwig (#)
Queer it all up at alt-drag extravaganza Bushwig (#10)

6. Find out what’s next in the food world at Taste Talks: Future Food Expo, with displays and tastings from food producers, foodie tech startups, food media companies, and more. (Saturday & Sunday, Wythe Hotel, FREE)

7. Score some great reads at Greenlight Books’ Sidewalk Sale, with deep discounts on tons of tomes. (Saturday, Greenlight Books, FREE)

**BONUS EVENTS! Hold onto summer just a little bit longer at Get Summered’s Fantastic Voyage open bar boat cruise! Brokelyn is proud to help present this party, which includes a four-hour open bar along with some of best summer-loving DJS from Get Summered and friends, along with food vendors and more. Dress tropical! (Saturday, Skyport Marina, Manhattan, $60)

**Keep the party going into the night back on land with the official Get Summered No Chill after party, featuring tropical, hip hop, classic and future beats vibes. (Saturday, Friends and Lovers, FREE)

8. Strut your stuff at the 3rd annual Essence Street Style Block Party, with a live fashion show, local clothing designers, food, music, and activities. (Saturday, Dumbo Archway, FREE)

9. Enjoy Williamsburg’s vibrant Latino culture at Southside Connex, a community street fair with music, dance, theater, spoken word, visual art, and more. (Saturday, El Puente, FREE)

10. Drag yourself to Queens to see some splendid queens at Bushwig 2016, with 150+ performers, pop-up shops, installations, and a weekend-long techno brunch. (Saturday & Sunday, Knockdown Center, $30/day)

11. Toast the coming of fall at Psychic Luau End-of-Summer Bash, with local whiskey drinks, meat from Delaney BBQ, and bands including ¡Vamanos!, Sun Voyager, Mexican Knives, and The Fucktons. (Saturday, Kings County Distillery, $5)

12. Welcome OG underground mischief-makers to their new home at the Rubulad Happy Day BBQ, with music from Death by Bossa Nova and Friend Roulette Ballads, DJs Uproot Andy and Dave the Spazz, and plenty of surprises. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10)

13. Get loud at the all-day Noise Love Fest, with a baker’s dozen bands, visual art in collaboration with Living Gallery, vegan food from Café Zarathustra, beer from SweetWater Brewing, zines, light projections, scream poetry, and more. (Saturday, The Gateway, $10)

14. Laugh yourself silly at Big Break Comedy, with Amber Nelson, Aalap Patel, Drew Dowdey, Craig Fox, and Joe Alfano. (Saturday, Bluebird Food & Spirits, FREE)

15. Feel like the cat’s pajamas at Downton to Deco: Swing House, a ragtime speakeasy party in a fancy secret loft with hot jazz, burlesque, and craft cocktails. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio, $20)

16. Change from good to evil at Switch n’ Play’s Heroes & Villains, with drag and burlesque from Cream Victoria, Viktor Devonne, Fem Appeal, Vigor Mortis, and more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7–$15)


Get ready to mambo with Orkesta Mendoza (#18)
Get ready to mambo with Orkesta Mendoza (#18)

17. Protect your king at Bushwick Chess Night — all levels welcome and boards are provided. (Sunday, Silent Barn, FREE)

18. Fill yourself up with culture at Pioneer Works Second Sunday, with open studios, art interventions, stargazing, the Sketchbook Project, music from Pamelia Stickney and Orkesta Mendoza, and more. (Sunday, Pioneer Works, $10 suggested)

19. Cheer for weirdos at the Big Irv’s Big Ass Variety Show, featuring Simon Cadel, Stacey Curry, Sean O’Brien, Lucas Connelly, and more. (Sunday, Big Irv’s, FREE)

20. Laugh like our pals across the pond at Show Me the Telly, a night of British sitcoms from the ’90s including SpacedAbsolutely Fabulous, and Brass Eye. (Sunday, Videology, $5)

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