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The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, monster wrestling edition

Rock out with Shamir for Housing Works (#2)
Rock out with Shamir for Housing Works (#2)

1. Celebrate the season at Live at the Archway: Oktoberfest, a temporary outdoor beer hall with oompah bands, virtual apple picking, arts & crafts, festive food, and Bavarian beer in limited-edition steins. (Friday & Saturday, Dumbo Archway, FREE)

2. Furnish your digs at Housing Works’ popular interior-design benefit, Design on a Dime, with a Brooklyn outpost for the first time ever. Kicking things off is the Creative Independent’s Friday Party, with readings, music, and art. (Friday through Sunday, Industry City, FREE / $20)

3. Explore the nuances of cultural identity at What’s an Afro-Latina/o?, a panel discussion with Afro-Latina poet and artist Venessa Marco, Owner of the Peralta Project M. Tony Peralta, and more. (Friday MoCADA, FREE)

4. Learn about old-school feminism at Cunt Art Was the First Art, an evening focusing on the women artists who attempted to reclaim a positive female identity in the 1960s and 1970s. (Friday, UnionDocs, $9)

5. Laugh it up at Comedy Electric, with Rell Battle, Saurin Choksi, and more; hosted by Khalid Rahmaa. (Friday, Franklin Electric, FREE)

6. Scare yourself at a preview showing of Dirty Works at the Waxworks, a “funhouse philosopher’s creepshow” dreamed up by Dick Zigun, the unofficial mayor of Coney Island. (Friday through Sunday, Sideshows by the Seashore, $15)


Wild out weirdly with Kaiju Big Battel (#) (photo by Nicole Kilbert/Flickr)
Wild out weirdly with Kaiju Big Battel (#12) (photo by Nicole Kilbert/Flickr)

7. Relish the pending sweater weather at the Kings County Fiber Festival, a marketplace showcasing crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners, and weavers. (Saturday, Old Stone House, FREE)

8. Sparkle like a diamond at the Glitter in Your Bacon Brunch Party, with edible glitter to sprinkle all over your meal, bacon bloody marys, and a glitter makeup station in case you don’t come prepared. (Saturday, House of Yes, FREE)

9. Or get gritty at Day Terror Dirt Bath, a DIY noise fest featuring 10+ noise and punk bands including The Sprocket Rockets, Dump Him, Queefcore, and Boyscout Thriller. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $10 suggested)

10. Be sex-positive at Dan Savage’s Hump Film Festival, a curated program of short x-rated films by non–porn stars, with a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes on view. (Saturday, Dobbins St, $30)

11. Watch some wildly influential artists at the Jazz Film Marathon, featuring an array of classics about the likes of Thelonious Monk, Jaco Pastorius, and Louis Armstrong. (Saturday & Sunday, BRIC, FREE)

12. Get immersed in art at Paint & Poetry, a night of visual arts, poets, and emcees, with open mics, live painting, music, soul food, and more. (Saturday, Kymberle Project, $10)

13. Have your fill of weird monsters at Kaiju Big Battel, a wrestling match with evil villains and menacing alien beasts facing off against heroes and heroines. (Saturday, Bell House, $15)

14. See some splendid dancers at The City Is Our Playground, with performers including Ainesh Madan, Alexis Robbins, Caylee Shimizu, and Ilaria Boccochio. (Saturday, Open Source Gallery, $10 suggested)

15. Be amazed and possibly disturbed by Cecilia Corrigan’s Great Party, Isn’t It, Mom?, a video-based supernatural-thriller “exploring the American electorate’s psychotic mommy issues.” (Saturday, Issue Project Room, $10 suggested)

16. Dance it out at Discwoman’s Two-Year Anniversary, featuring JLIN, Bergsonist, Papi Juice, Quay Dash, Turtle Bugg, and more. (Saturday, Sugar Hill Disco, $15)


Groove away your Sunday with Innov Gnawa (#19) (pic by Kevin Yatarola)
Groove away your Sunday with Innov Gnawa (#19) (pic by Kevin Yatarola)

17. Buy yourself something nice at Noise Love’s Rock n Shop, with plenty of artist vendors and live music from Big Cheese, Lost Kingdoms, Grace Kelly All Day, and more. (Sunday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE)

18. Feel better at the It’s Okay Fundraiser, an afternoon of music, art, and sweet treats in support of Depressed Cake Shop, a grassroots organization that works with mental health charities around the world. (Sunday, Living Gallery, FREE)

19. Have your fill of culture at Pioneer Works Second Sunday, with open studios, gallery exhibits, music by Innov Gnawa and Gato Loco, and much more. (Sunday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

20. See the sparks fly at the second presidential debate: showing at Berg’nThe WellGreenpoint Beer & Ale Co., The Diamond, and many more. (Sunday, varies, FREE)

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