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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, ring of fire edition

Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#) (pic by Michelle Talich)
Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#2) (pic by Michelle Talich)

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

1. Revel in artistic diversity at the Black Artstory Month closing event, with dance and movement arts, performances, and a pop-up art exhibit. (Friday, BLDG 92, FREE)

2. Fall into a ring of fire at the 12th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, hosted, as ever, by Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion. (Friday & Saturday, Littlefield, $15)

3. Watch some wild lip-reading at Live-Dubbed Sitcoms: Tropical February, where comedians improvise new dialogue over muted episodes of classic shows; this month featuring Saved by the Bell: Malibu Sands and California Dreams. (Friday, Videology, FREE)

4. Queer up your contact sports at The Spectrum Wrestling Party — spectators welcome but participation encouraged. (Friday, Dreamhouse, $10)

5. Peep a plethora of performances at the Boxcar Puppet Cabaret, a night of “high art and low concept” with four puppet show plus short films. (Friday, The Owl Music Parlor, $7–$15 suggested)

6. Laugh magnanimously at the Captains of Industry comedy show, with Dan Licata, Shalewa Sharpe, Gina Ginsberg, and more. (Friday, Industry City Distillery, FREE)

7. Kick up your heels and curl your hair for the Dolly Parton Lookalike Contest, where you can win prizes, eat BBQ, and enjoy drink specials all night. (Friday, Mable’s Smokehouse, FREE)


Rock out with Snatch Attack because summer will be here someday (#)
Rock out with Snatch Attack because summer will be here someday (#12)

8. Buy yourself a whole new library at the 24th annual Park Slope Book Sale, a smorgasbord of tens of thousands of new & used books, most for only a buck or two. (Saturday & Sunday, Park Slope UMC, FREE)

9. Stuff your face at Ridgewood Market’s Food Festival, with dozens of foodie vendors, live jazz, a cookie contest, and a canned-goods food drive. (Saturday, The Footlight, FREE)

10. Ride over to BRIC’s Bklyn Bike Meetup, a celebration of two-wheel culture with local Puerto Rican bike clubs featuring food, music, activities, and Schwinn giveaways. (Saturday, City Point, FREE)

11. Hit some high notes at Regina Opera Embraces Winter, with selections performed by Jennifer Greene Ribeiro, Heejae Kim, and Kevin Rockower. (Saturday, Vesuvio Restaurant, FREE)

12. Thrash it out at the Punk Island Benefit, with music by Snatch Attack, Sister Munch, Salty, The One Handed Bandits, and Awful Din. (Saturday, Cobra Club, $10)

13. Take over the world at the Foreign Affairs Gameshow, where contestants win via trivia, creative competitions, and real-time global interaction. (Saturday & Sunday, Vital Joint, FREE)

14. Laissez les bon temps rouler at Secret Mansion Mardi Gras, with three floors of DJs, live music, hurricane punch, body painting, and a shit-ton of beads. (Saturday, Secret Mansion, $20)

15. Laugh melodically at Rock n’ Roast: Breaking Up Is Hard to Duet, a “comedy musical roast battle” hosted by Hannah Cowger and Rosa Escandón. (Saturday, Hell Phone, FREE)

16. Show off your faith and devotion at Music for the Masses, a Depeche Mode party soundtracked by DJs Andi Synthicide and Alex English. (Saturday, Saint Vitus, FREE)


Catch the big awards show hosted by Taste of Streep (#20)
Catch the big awards show hosted by Taste of Streep (#20)

17. Dance it out in the daytime at Mister Sunday, as always with DJs Eamon Harkin & Justin Carter. (Sunday, Shea Stadium, $20)

18. Enliven your senses with literature at new reading series presented by The Tusk, featuring Catherine Cohen, Steven Markow, Amy Zimmer, and more; stay after for karaoke. (Sunday, Tilt Bar, FREE)

19. Take a much closer look at part of the Arab world at the premiere of documentary A Syrian Love Story, followed by a remote Q&A with the director and some of the film’s subjects. (Sunday, UnionDocs, $10)

20. Get your fill of all the Oscars glamor and drama — some suggestions for where to watch ’em: The Diamond, Freddy’s, Northern Territory, LittlefieldBrooklyn Bazaar, Hinterlands, Nitehawk, or Syndicated.

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