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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Dirges for Democracy edition

Get your rave on with Roisin Murphy (#5) (pic by Nicole Nodland)
Get your rave on with Róisín Murphy (#4) (pic by Nicole Nodland)

1. Find something to hang on your walls at Prints Gone Wild, where Cannonball Press have assembled a smorgasbord of posters all for $50 or less. (Friday, Littlefield, FREE)

2. Stuff your face at Brooklyn Kitchen’s 10th Birthday Weekend, featuring demos, workshops, giveaways, contests, booze, and more foodie festivities. (Friday through Sunday, Brooklyn Kitchen, FREE)

3. Try to find the humor at Playing Politics: Dirges for Democracy, where classical musicians take on the election, including an operatic performance of Trump tweets. (Friday, City Reliquary, $15)

4. Rave it out at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, with highlights including Kerri Chandler, Benji B, The Black Madonna, Honey Dijon, and Róisín Murphy. (Friday through Sunday, varies)

5. Draw out the fun at Altcomics 8, a night of music, live comics readings, and art, featuring Blaise Larmee, Brad Rohloff, Jake Terrell, Kayla Guthrie, and many more. (Friday, Flowers for All Occasions, $5 suggested)

6. Marvel at the movement in BAAD!/Jack, an evening of dance performances co-curated by the Bronx Academy of Art & Dance. (Friday & Saturday, Jack, $18)


Laugh it up with Baratunde Thurstaon at the Brooklyn Museum (#10) (pic by Sage Ross/Wikimedia)
Laugh it up with Baratunde Thurston at the Brooklyn Museum (#10) (pic by Sage Ross/Wikimedia)

7. Gash some gourds at Pumpkin Smash 2016 — after you mash ’em up, the NYC Compost Project turns ’em into compost for parks across the city. (Saturday, Red Hook Community Farm, FREE)

8. Pig out at The Food Porn Fest, a celebration of all things yummy, with tastes of everything from BBQ to bahn mi. (Saturday & Sunday, 395 Johnson, FREE)

9. Get animated at Comic Arts Brooklyn, a huge comix festival organized by the folks at Desert Island, with 100+ exhibitors and a showcase of some of indie comics’ biggest stars. (Saturday, Mt. Carmel Gymnasium, FREE)

10. Immerse yourself in art at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday, with music from Slavic Soul Party, a performance by Brown Girls Burlesque, comedy from Baratunde Thurston, Sherrod Small, and Christian Finnegan, and way more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

11. Go low-fi at Joanie4Jackie4Ever, a curated screening series of short works by women from the Chainletter series conceived in the mid-90s by Miranda July. (Saturday, Interference Archive, FREE)

12. Hear hilarious dating tales at Party of Two, with storytellers and comedians Sharron Paul, Sean Morrow, Jamie Brickhouse, and Karolena Theresa. (Saturday, The Experiment Comedy Gallery, $5)

13. Learn to be manly at It’s a Guy Thing, where comedians like Mitra Jouhari, Catherine Cohen, Patti Harrison, and Conner O’Malley give lectures on a “guy thing” of their choice. (Saturday, Union Hall, $6)

14. Celebrate badass ladies at the Suffragette City Issue 2 Launch Party, with music from Heaven’s Gate, Parlor Walls, and Weeping Icon, plus live portrait drawings and surprises. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $10)


Bend over backward to watch Gal Friday (#20) (pic by Jason Kamimura)
Bend over backward to watch Gal Friday (#20) (pic by Jason Kamimura)

15. Gorge guilt-free at the Vegan Market, featuring 18+ vendors from Chocolate Calling to Peaceful Provisions to Yeah Dawg. (Sunday, Market Hotel, FREE)

16. Commune with the dead at Traditional Spiritualist Messaging Service, a Victorian-era ritual conducted by Lauren Thibodeau, Susan Barnes, and visiting mediums. (Sunday, Morbid Anatomy Museum, $20)

17. Get weird at Big Irv’s Big-Ass Variety Show, featuring Harmon Leon, Laura High, Asher Novek, Marie Faustin, and many more. (Sunday, Big Irv’s, FREE)

18. Be lyrical at Maybe I’ve Been Living Forever, an evening of poetry, film screenings, and performances from the likes of Steve Roggenbuck, Alli Simone Defeo, and Roshan Abraham. (Sunday, 405 Johnson, $5 suggested)

19. See a more human side of this hellish election season at Documenting the Divide, a series of short films about everyday Americans: political organizers, local activists, students, and veterans. (Sunday, UnionDocs, $9)

20. See some sexy shenanigans at Polesque, a pole-dancing competition where the audience chooses the winner; featuring burlesquers Gal Friday and Maine Attraction in between acts. (Sunday, House of Yes, $25)

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