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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, crazy clown edition

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

1. Show you’re a winner at Come Out and Play After Dark, which turns the streets into an arcade with party games, video games, and street games. (Friday, Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza, FREE)

2. Order up something flaxen at Blonde-Demand, where Lacey Dorn will perform a scene from any iconic blonde film the audience chooses. Part of the Chimney Performance & Video Festival. (Friday, The Chimney, FREE)

3. Escape to the Northwest at Rooftop Films: Seattle Shorts, with a eulogy for Jimi Hendrix, Sasquatches, Space Needles, Seahawks, and a whole lot more. (Friday, Industry City, FREE)

4. Giggle nervously at Lie With Me, starring the “dangerous, seductive comedy monster” and the UK’s most controversial clown, The Red Bastard. (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $15)

5. Marvel at movement at Brooklyn Ballet: First Look, presenting work from both emerging and established Brooklyn choreographers. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $15)

6. Laugh with feeling at Drunk Education Gets Emotional, where intelligent people do Powerpoint presentations on important topics while sloshed. (Friday, Littlefield, $10)

7. Crash into the weekend at Sasquatch: The Opera, a “drug-fueled, surreal, and provocative” dark fairytale conceived by Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum. (Friday & Saturday, The Muse, $25)


Get punk in the sunshine with NOBUNNY (#10). Photo via Facebook
Get punk in the sunshine with NOBUNNY (#10). Photo via Facebook

8. Fill up at Food From Farm to Kitchen, a family-friendly exploration with honeybees, composting stations, plant workshops, cooking demos, and more. (Saturday, BLDG 92, FREE)

9. Punk it up at Burger Records Beach Bash, featuring The Zeros, NOBUNNY, Sunflower Bean, Daddy Long Legs, and many more. (Saturday, Coney Island Art Walls, $15)

10. Find your fellow feline fanatics at Meowmania! Cat Party, a fundraising event and adoption party with cat-themed games, a cat photo booth, a cat costume contest, and more. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

11. Gather with fellow artists at Art for Progress’ Haven, with performance art, DJs, animation, and live music from Grand Electric, Bad Faces, Katy Gunn, and Siw Laurent. (Saturday, Mothership NYC, $5)

12. Bend all the genders at Switch n Play, starring K. James, Divina Gransparkle, Miss Malice, Zoe Ziegfeld, Maximum Satisfaction, and more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7–$20)

13. Funkify your soul at Mr. Dynamite!, a celebration of the music of James Brown with DJs Pete Rock, Esquire, and Dash Speaks. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, $10)

14. Gasp with delight at Oh, Such a Good Show, Oh!, with comedy and performances from Ashley Nicole Black, Joel Kim Booster, Ana Fabrega, Emmy Blotnick, and more. (Saturday, Union Hall, $10)


Give a girlish giggle for Blair Socci #19). Photo via Facebook
Give a girlish giggle for Blair Socci (#19). Photo via Facebook

15. Cool yourself off at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown, where you can sample all the sweet cold goods and vote on the best one. (Sunday, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, $20)

16. Score some splendid duds at the Goldmine Shopping Party, where you’ll find one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, unique jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. (Sunday, Gemini & Scorpio, FREE)

17. Find your bliss at Joy, a queer-focused daytime dance party hosted by Rimarkable and bklynboihood, with music by DJ Gold S’wet and food from Santana Caress Benítez. (Sunday, Bed-Vyne, FREE / $5 after 5pm)

18. Celebrate diversity in literature at the Spoken Black Girl Magic Launch Party, with activities, holistic wellness vendors, and performances from poets and writers. (Sunday, Starr Bar, $10)

19. Guffaw girlishly at 50 Lady Bits, an evening of “junk jokes” featuring Ana Fabrega, Aparna Nancherla, Blair Socci, Charla Lauriston, and tons more. (Sunday, Bell House, $15)

20. Get sticky with culture at SalON: Mysterious Ooze, with laughs by Tim Platt, video by David Pym, poetry by Nic Adams, photography by Walter Wlodarczyk, and more. (Sunday, Vital Joint, $7–$10)

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