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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, dance dance dance edition

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

1. Marvel at amazing moves at Urban Dance and Education Foundation’s Mutany, an epic two-day breakdancing and bboy/bgirl battle plus special exhibitions and performances. (Friday & Saturday, Bogart House / House of Yes, $15 / $25)

2. Inquire into the mind at Scientific Controversies: Consciousness, where Director of Sciences Janna Levin, neuroscientist Christof Koch, and cognitive scientist David Chalmers discuss the inner workings of our brains. (Friday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

3. Enjoy experimental dance at 2Night Show, with choreography by Chez Bushwick artists-in-residence that explores unlearning and mending oneself, coping with racial trauma, and the concept of “home.” (Friday, Center for Performance Research, $12)

4. Be healed by rhythm at DanceAfrica 2017, starring Illstyle & Peace Productions, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble, and many more. (All weekend, BAM, $25)

5. Bow down to the queen at Bey Night, a late-night dance party showcasing everything Beyoncé, from classics to remixes to features. (Friday, Brooklyn Bowl, $10)

6. Go back in time to Friday Night ’90s, with games on Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64, prize raffles, giveaways, vendors, and a special Pop Rocks cocktail. (Friday, Lot 45, $10)


Do a daring do-si-do with the City Stompers (#12). Photo via Facebook
Do a daring do-si-do with the City Stompers (#12). Photo via Facebook

7. Meet your tribe at the Brooklyn Queer Picnic — bring a snack or a blanket or even just a napkin, as well as your cast-off duds for a clothing swap. (Saturday, Prospect Park, FREE)

8. Dance the day away at the Makossa BK Cookout, with music by residents Wonway Posibul, DJ Tara, and DJ Shinobi Shaw, plus special guests Lil Dave and DJ Laylo. (Saturday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE)

9. Bring your pupper to Sit, Down, Stay, Drink, a happy hour for dogs and their humans, with drinks, snacks, games, and a photobooth. (Saturday, Terra Firma, $28/includes two drinks)

10. Have a musical evening at Saturdaze, a new series in the Navy Yard pairing live bands, DJs, and local spirits, tonight featuring Marie Kim and Stephan Kimbel. (Saturday, Kings County Distillery, FREE)

11. Play a bunch of crazy games at the Babycastles Party, a fundraiser for everyone’s favorite indie arcade-building collective. (Saturday, Secret Project Robot, $5–$15)

12. Swing your partner at Square Dance at Jalopy, a concert, workshop, dance, and open jam presented by City Stompers. (Saturday, Jalopy Theater, $20)

13. Giggle wordfully at Literati, a night of comedians in character performing hilarious readings, tonight with Jarah Milligan, Tim Platt, Monique Moses, Steven Markow, and Hallie Haas. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

14. Be fitter, happier, and more productive at the OK Computer Tribute Show, with Radiohead-shipping rockers Tongues Unknown, Goodfight, Pete Matthiessen, Dru Cutler, and Amos Rose. (Saturday, Unit J, $10)


Get your Sunday laughs from Three Busy Debras (#19). Photo via Facebook
Get your Sunday laughs from Three Busy Debras (#19). Photo via Facebook

15. Picture possibilities at The Work of Imagining, a multi-genre performance exploring how art, theory, argument, and community-building could expand our political and social imaginations. (Sunday, Jack, $15)

16. Just be happy at Joy, a queer daytime dance party presented by Rimarkable and bklyn boihood, with DJ gold s’wet keepin’ you movin’. (Sunday, Bed-Vyne, FREE w/ RSVP)

17. Enjoy the remains of the weekend at the Sixpoint Sunday Sessions Kickoff Party, with drink specials and Sunday Funday jams at a big-ass rooftop bar. (Sunday, Northern Territory, FREE)

18. Get your superhero on at Wonder Sunday, where you can celebrate the new Wonder Woman with workshops, cosplaying, swag, and prizes. (Sunday, Gotham Archery, FREE)

19. Finish your weekend laughing at Just a Show, a comedy variety night featuring Three Busy Debras, Conner O’Malley, Kenny DeForest, Joe Pera, Wanjiko Eke, and Harris Mayersohn. (Sunday, Sunnyvale, $6)

20. Learn a thing or two at The Spectrum, an “education comedy show” about sexuality and gender starring Bobby Hankinson, Bianca Casusol, and Athalie Paynting. (Sunday, Branded Saloon, FREE)

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