The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Battle of Brooklyn edition

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Get (gender) bent with Divina Gransparkle (#15). Photo via Facebook

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

1. Wander through history at the Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk, with Hunter College Professor William J. Parry leading you through sites in Prospect Park and Park Slope. (Friday, Grand Army Plaza, $12)

2. Get delirious at Purple Rain, a roller disco tribute to Prince, with kitschy contests, performers, giveaways, and lots and lots of purple. (Friday, Lefrak Center, $20)

3. Immerse yourself in theater at Tiny Hornets, a “musical folkloric spectacle” by The Drunkard’s Wife, with traditional dances, authentic songs, and strange surprises. (Friday, Rubulad, $10)

4. Laugh yourself into a rage at Riot: A Night of Really Funny People in Brooklyn, featuring Chris Gethard, Emmy Blotnick, Jaboukie Young-White, and more. (Friday, Littlefield, $10)

5. Go goth at Arkham Seventh Anniversary, with darkwave, synth, and industrial music from DJs Cyclonus, Ian Ford, and Jet. (Friday, Bizarre Bushwick, FREE)

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Have a bangin' backyard BBQ with The Nuclears (#10). Photo via Facebook
Have a bangin’ backyard BBQ with The Nuclears (#10). Photo via Facebook

6. Wake up to whimsy at Brooklyn Brainery’s Cloud Study: The Evergreen Cemetery, with a discussion of cloud classification, weather forecasting that doesn’t involve a smartphone, and a talk on the merits of cloud shape studies. (Saturday, Evergreen Cemetery, $13)

7. Stroll through the sludge at New York’s Long-Lost Industrial Revolution, a walking tour with historian Mitch Waxman exploring Dutch Kills and the Newtown Creek Watershed. (Saturday, Albert E. Short Triangle, $25)

8. Careen through colors at the Bushwick Street Art Run, a four-mile jog through the hood’s many murals, plus a talk by artist Ivanorama. (Saturday, Hello Bklyn. $10)

9. Marvel at kid machinists at the 10th annual South Slope Derby, with dozens of little people zooming around in handmade soapbox racers. (Saturday, Koko NYC, FREE)

10. Say a rockin’ aloha at King Pizza Records Psychic Luau, a backyard bash with BBQ and bands including The Nuclears, The Savage Blush, The Fucktons, and more. (Saturday, City Reliquary, $10)

11. Get girly at Femme Fatale: A Radical Gallery, a group art exhibition where each work expresses a different idea of “femme.” (Saturday, Catland, FREE)

12. Giggle it out at Stand and Deliver, with comedians Thomas F. Ray, John Field,
Tony Zaret, Lauren Vino, and more. (Saturday, Muchmore’s, FREE)

13. Bid adieu (maybe) to a fab series at SalON: RIP (For Now), with a bevy of delights including a Title:Point performance, poetry, storytelling, music, dance, and lots more. (Saturday, Vital Joint, $7–$10 suggested)

14. Watch weird films at They Screen by Night, a showcase of works by Preston Spurlock, Nikki Belfiglio, Brian Chillemi, Fabian Jiminez, and more. (Saturday, Pet Rescue, FREE)

15. Bend all the genders at Switch n Play, featuring drag and burlesque from Divina Gransparkle, Nyx Nocturne, Pearl Harbor, and many more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7–$20 suggested)

16. Belt it all out at Under Pressure, a glamtastic Queen and David Bowie singalong with a costume contest, themed drink specials, and serious singing. (Saturday, Union Hall, $10)

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Have a laugh riot with Jaboukie Young-White (#4). Photo via Facebook
Have a laugh riot with Jaboukie Young-White (#4). Photo via Facebook

17. Celebrate community green spaces at the Bushwick City Farm Celebratory BBQ — the space is being threatened with eviction, so come support this wonderful urban oasis. (Sunday, Bushwick City Farm, FREE)

18. Just be happy at Joy: A Day Party, a queer dance party hosted by Rimarkable and bklynboihood, with DJs Adair and Fiveboi keeping you moving. (Sunday, Bed-Vyne Cocktail Bar, FREE / $5 after 4pm)

19. Dance it out in the daytime at Mister Sunday, a chill party in a beautiful outdoor spot with tunes by Anthony Naples and DJ Python. (Sunday, Nowadays, $10)

20. Prove your cartoon mastery at Bojack Horseman Trivia, with a clips round, a picture round, two general knowledge rounds, and a surprise round. (Sunday, Videology, FREE)

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