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The 20 best cheap things to do this week, No Office edition

Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)
Sound the horns and axe out your date! (#1) (pic by BibiBooth)

1. Join Brokelyn and the skint to drink like your boss isn’t watching at our 6th annual No Office Holiday Party! There will be live-band karaoke with Rock Star Karaoke NYC, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, our NSFW holiday photo booth, drink specials from cosponsor Coworkrs, drunk food from Yeah Dawg, and more surprises! (Friday, Littlefield, $5)

2. Welcome winter at BHS Free Friday: Let It Snow, where you can make DIY snowflakes, learn to knit, hear how the Ice Age affected New York City, and enjoy accordion music from Matt Veligdan. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

3. See some revolutionary art at the opening of Sister Outsider, a show of protest and solidarity featuring 20 artists who belong to communities that have been directly threatened by Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric. (Friday, Underdonk, FREE)

4. Listen to vintage ladies at Let Us Now Praise Famous Women, a program of country, soul, jazz, pop, blues, and gospel performances by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and other female musical pioneers. (Friday, City Reliquary, $8)

5. Warm up at the Coney Island Winter Wonderland Spectacular, starring burlesquers Immodesty Rose, Falana Fox, Gemini Blitz, Spiced Cider, The Great Dubini, and more. (Friday, Coney Island, $15)

Marvel at the movements of the Solstice Tribe (#)
Marvel at the movements of the Solstice Tribe (#12)

6. Bring the kiddos to the Gingerbread Ship Workshop, with “gingerbread chef/architect” Jon Lovitch on-hand to help them craft their creations. (Saturday, Brooklyn Navy Yard, $10)

7. Or take the tykes to 826NYC’s Winter Writerland, with clever wares in the front and writing and crafting activities behind the Secret Door. (Saturday, Superhero Supply Co., FREE)

8. Hear historical shenanigans at the Wacky World of Victorian Fads trolley tour, where you’ll learn about “muscle reading,” psychic hoaxes, magnetic corsets, and more. (Saturday, Green-Wood Cemetery, $25)

9. Try not to break anything at UrbanGlass Open Studios: Patterns and Optics, where you can watch demonstrations in glassblowing, neon, flame working, and stained glass, and try ’em out yourself. (Saturday, UrbanGlass, FREE)

10. Grinch it up with Classic Christmas Cartoons, including takes on Jack Frost, Santa, and of course the Grinch, from the 1930s to the 1970s. (Saturday & Sunday, Syndicated, $5)

11. Thrash it out at Los Punks, a punk and hardcore evening featuring Epoxy, Demencia Alkoholika, Rebuschaos, Escasos Recursos, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $10)

12. Immerse yourself in movement at Solstice Tribe’s Yule, an interactive night of dance performances, video art, aerial feats, and drumming. (Saturday, The Muse, $20)

13. Prowl through a huge art house at the Ugly Sweater Party, with free pizza, fancy drinks, pinball, karaoke, and music from The Saturators, Bad Face, and more. (Saturday, Secret Mansion, $5)

14. Laugh it up at the one-year anniversary of the Human Citizen Comedy Show, with a whopping 16 comedians, including Aparna Nancherla, Andy Sandford, Amber Nelson, and Wanjiko Eke. (Saturday, Art Café & Bar, $8)

15. Dance it all out at Cheryl: Neck Ruffle, a queer-welcoming, weird-costume-encouraging dance party soundtracked by DJ Nick, DJ Grandma Internet, DJ Faithless Elector, and DJ Fitness. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $10)

OSHUN stands with Standing Rock (#20)
OSHUN stands with Standing Rock (#20) (pic by Sen M. Floyd)

16. Score some decorations for your jean jacket at the Brooklyn Pin & Patch Pop-Up, with 20 makers from all across the country hawking their wares. (Sunday, Tender Trap, FREE)

17. Support diverse makers at The Black-Owned Market Experience, with catered bites, live art installations, booze, gift bags, a photobooth, and all kinds of vendors. (Sunday, 26 Bridge, $20)

18. Revel in your love of literature at the Sundays at Erv’s Lit Series, with poetry and prose from Wo Chan, Deirdre Coyle, Andrew Cothren, and Christine Scanlon. (Sunday, Sundays at Erv’s, FREE)

19. Catch one of the last shows ever at Standard Toykraft, Hairy, Hungry, Horny, which kicks off The Tank’s Solo Show Week. (Sunday, Standard Toykraft, $10)

20. Rock out for a righteous cause at Stand With Standing Rock: A NODAPL Benefit Festival, featuring indigenous artists and allies including OSHUN, Bunny Michael, and Professor Caveman. (Sunday, Silent Barn, $8–$20)

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