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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, bodega art edition

1.  Order a cocktail to match your many moods at the opening of new cocktail bar Mood Ring featuring an open bar from 7-9. (Friday, Mood Ring, FREE)

2.  Laugh out loud at NYC’s only traveling comedy festival, Wanderfest. This month it comes to the Bell House and features Kevin Iso, Jacqueline Novak, Josh Gondelman and more! (Friday, Bell House, $15)

3.  Create machines that draw and paint so you can leave your hands free to drink at Drink & Drawbots. All experience levels for electronics, drawing, and drinking are welcome. (Friday, Open Source Gallery, $20 suggested)

4.  Get intimate at the opening weekend of play The Intimacy Effect where a pregnant woman’s allegations have serious ramifications for two families. (Friday & Saturday, Vital Joint, $20)

5.  Nominate a comedian for an actual Pulitzer Prize at Pulitzer Surprises, where a real-life Pulitzer Prize winner will be interviewed and comedians will perform their submission for a Pulitzer. (Friday, Union Hall, $8)

6.  Go on an interactive scavenger hunt at ATM Cigarettes Flowers Lottery / God Bless Deli 2, where artists will lead visitors through art inspired by bodegas. (Space Heater Gallery, all weekend, FREE)


We’ll be happy together with a free open bar (#1). Photo via Facebook

7.  Set your sails for Red Hook Regatta and watch homemade boats navigate NYC’s shipping harbor, including robotic raft Hope Floats, which calls your Congressperson on your behalf around the clock. (Saturday, Valentino Pier, FREE)

8.  Meet up with other zinesters and add to your collection at the Paper Jazz Small Press Fest, a celebration of zines/comix and chapbooks. (Saturday, Silent Barn, FREE)

9.  Break some bread at Black Foodways, a daylong community gathering focused on connecting land, food, healing, and liberation to the Black experience surrounding food. (Saturday, Weeksville Heritage Center, FREE)

10.  Walk on the weird side at the Oddities Flea Market, feasting your eyes on medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items and much more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $3)

11.  Shuffle your deck well before Tarot: Learning the Spreads, with a focus on the Celtic cross, star, house, and tree of life spreads. (Saturday, Catland, $20)

12.  Take it all off at Shades of Burlesque, NYC’s only all black burlesque revue, featuring Perle Noire, Poison Ivy, Sassa Brass and Sweet Lorraine. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $20)

13.  Get more than music in your ear holes and dance the night away to D. Light and the Intergalactic Ear Orgy Orchestra as they DISCOlonializaion of Earth. (Saturday, Bushwick Public House, $5)

14.  Bust out your most eye-catching outfit at The Eye Ball, with performances by Gaijin A Go-Go (a tribute to the Pizzicato 5), tubafresh, Vic Thrill and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $20)

15.  Brush up on your Icelandic at the Reykjavik Calling Concert, featuring Icelandic artists Fufanu, and MAMMÚT. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, FREE)


Reagan Holiday ain’t no trash (#19). Photo by Mike Petzinger

16.  Discover the fungus among us at Fungi With A Fun Gal, where environmental educator Brittany DiLeo will take a fascinating foray into the world of mushroom identification and common species to look for in NYC. (Sunday, under the arch at Grand Army Plaza, $donation)

17. Start your Holiday shopping early, or just pick up something for yourself at Greenpointers Festival of Lights Market, with offerings of Hungarian wine, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, rooftop yoga and 3D printing. (Sunday, Greenpoint Loft, FREE)

18.  Check your heart as five artists are invited to commune with the Ready Room as a living site for a circulatory exchange at Sunday Service, featuring NIC Kay, Justin Allen and more. (Sunday, Knockdown Center, FREE)

19.  Experiment with experimental music and performances at the roving Queer Trash 8: It Gets ____ featuring Jacob Wick, Jeweled Snakes, Lorene Bouboushian, Reagan Holiday and more. (Sunday, Silent Barn, FREE)

20. Laugh with your hosts, a former and an almost-former altar boy at Sunday School‘s inaugural week, featuring Anthony DeVito, Andrew Casertano, Ben Katzner and more. (Sunday, The Platform, FREE)

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