The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Caribbean culture edition

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Dance like you're in the Caribbean with D'Oro Dance Ensemble (#14). 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. Be totally excited at King Pizza Records’ High-Five-A-Thon, featuring Sun Voyager, The Mad Doctors, The Royal They, Garbage Brain, and Graveyard Lovers. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $10)

2. Get nostalgic for old-school NYC at From the Borough of Brooklyn, a ’90s hip-hop play about a suburban college girl and a hustler with a heart. (Friday & Saturday, Black Lady Theater, $15)

3. Animate your weekend at That Cartoon Carnival Slapstick Show, a three-part program showcasing New York City’s offbeat film history, exhibition, and animation. (Friday, City Reliquary, $10)

4. Throw up your fist for humor at The Resistance Comedy, with Rae Sanni, Marcia Belsky, and Karolena Theresa; proceeds go to an NGO chosen by hosts Mamoudou N’Diaye and Yedoye Travis. (Friday, Union Hall, $8)

5. Spin your wheels at the Roller Wave Roller Disco Party, an evening of roll-bouncing, boozing, and boogying with DJ Studio 50H, Prince Terrence, and Outros. (Friday, House of Yes, $10)

6. Run up that hill to Happy Birthday Kate, a Kate Bush dance party with tunes by DJ Bright Light Bright Light. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, $5)

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Walk tall through the history of Coney Island (#8). Photo by Jim McDonnell; c/o Coney Island History Project)
Walk tall through the history of Coney Island (#8). Photo by Jim McDonnell; c/o Coney Island History Project)

7. Take the time to get ill at the sixth annual MCA Day, a celebration of the life of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch through music, art, and community. (Saturday, Littlefield, FREE)

8. Shop artsy at Kairos Market, a community craft fair showcasing items from 15+ indie artist and designers, plus free wine. (Saturday & Sunday, Brooklyn Art Library, FREE)

9. Go back in time at Coney Island History Day, where you can learn about classic rides and attractions, take a self-guided walking tour, see a movie inside the AstroLand rocket, and enjoy music, DJs, performances, and more. (Saturday, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, FREE)

10. Cultivate culture in the sunshine at the fifth annual Bed-Stuy STooPS Art Crawl, with live music, poetry, theatrical performances, pop-up art installations, and more throughout the neighborhood. (Saturday, Bed-Stuy, FREE)

11. Promote peace and harmony at the Hindu Lamp Ceremony, where you’ll make a palm-leaf lamp and set it sailing down the East River, accompanied by a traditional percussion ensemble led by Paulomm. (Saturday, Pebble Beach, FREE)

12. Party like you’re in the tropics at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday: CaribBEING, with a mobile art center, movement workshop with Wukkout, a flag fête, music, films, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

13. Laugh dangerously at Trigger Play Comedy, featuring Pranav Behari, Amanda Kay Holstien, Hannah Boone, Sharron Paul, Mike Figs, and Sydnee Washington. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

14. Revel in island culture at D’Oro Dance Ensemble’s A Decade of Excellence, Jamaican dance, music, poetry, and storytelling with Braata Folk Singers, Black River High, and many more. (Saturday, Kumble Theater, $25)

15. Have a sultry evening at Red Light Special: A Night of Urban Burlesque with Art of Legohn dancers and guests, plus music by DJ Yanks. (Saturday, Gold Sounds, $10)

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Make unconventional noise with Animals Against Humans (#20). Photo via Facebook
Make unconventional noise with Animals Against Humans (#20). Photo via Facebook

16. Embrace diversity at the 19th annual Chillin’ & Grillin’, a BBQ celebrating and bringing together LGBTQ people of color, with food, board games, piñatas, and more. (Sunday, Prospect Park, FREE)

17. Promote unity at the fourth annual International Day of Friendship, with a parade of flags, cultural performances, a global village, international cuisine, giveaways, and a cultural talk-back session. (Sunday, Brooklyn Borough Hall, FREE)

18. Delight in dulcet tones at Bloody Maria Callas, with Opera on Tap performing arias in the garden. (Sunday, Sycamore, FREE)

19. Take in terrific tales at Big Irv’s Storytelling Roadshow, featuring Bess Stillman, Nate Cocca-Bates, Lucas Connolly, Trish Parry, and more. (Sunday, Big Irv’s, FREE)

20. Hear unusual noise at Monthly Modular Series, showcasing improvised music, modular systems, DIY electronics, and unconventional sound; tonight with Johnny Lancia, Jenny Long, and Animals Against Humans. (Sunday, Muchmore’s, FREE)

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