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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, goodbye 2017 edition

1. Go behind the scenes at Inside BAM’s Opera House & Theaters and get an insider’s look at one of America’s oldest performing arts institution, from a historic opera house to a restored theater. (Friday, BAM Opera House, $30)

2. Get some funny insights at Inside Baseball: Comedy About Comedy where New York comedians tell stories of where they’ve been, where comedy is, and where it’s headed, plus jokes abound. (Friday, The Platform, FREE)

3. Get your groove on at HOMO for the Holidays, a laid back dance party full of sweet beats and mistletoe, featuring DJ JCLEF and DJ Illexandra joining forces to make your bootie shake. (Friday, Happyfun Hideaway, FREE)

4. Roll out of bed and head to PJs ‘n DJs Party, because it’s so cold and gross out you don’t want to get dressed. (Friday, Littlefield, $5)

5. Come to the goth side at Arkham: Unsilent Night the Twilight Zone edition which will be spinning all the darkest hits while projecting Twilight Zone episodes. (Friday, Bizarre Bar, FREE)


Go mad at music for the masses (#14). Photo via Facebook.

6. Come through with your crew to Queertopia Vol II., where QTPOC are especially welcome to get down and start the night right. (Saturday, Cafe Erzulie, FREE)

7. Snap your camera at Light Painting Workshop and learn how to take those fun nighttime long exposure photos, with tips and tricks from LMP artists, plus BYOB. (Saturday, Little Metal Print, FREE)

8. Laugh to raise money at Yardsale Comedy Night, a benefit for the Children’s Health Fund, featuring Annie Donley, Bardia Salimi, Mary Houlihan and many more hilarious comedians. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

9. Glide on over to The Roller Wave: Roller Disco Party where Studio50 H sets up a roller disco party for an evening of boozing and boogying on wheels. (Saturday, House of Yes, $10-20)

10. Cackle for comedy at Side Ponytail, with special guest Abbi Crutchfield, host of You Can Do Better on TruTV, along with Jon Laster, Subhah Agarwal, and Dina Hashem. (Saturday, Friends and Lovers, FREE)

11. Run with the rhythm at An Afrobeat New Year’s Spectacular with Kaleta & Super Yamba Band live at midnight, and DJ Mickey Perez rockin tropical disco gems before and after the band all evening long. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $10)

12. Disco and death metal collide with Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the BeeGees where the name tells you everything you need to know. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $15)

13. Dig deep into the hits catalogues at Tainted Love ’80s Dance Party, with some time allotted for the overlooked hits of the late ’70s through the early ’90s as well. (Saturday, The Bell House, FREE)

14. Go mad at Music For the Masses, a dark New Wave party with DJs Jet, Andi Synthicide, and Alex English playing the hits and classics (Depeche Mode, New Order, Joy Division, Nitzer Ebb, etc). (Saturday, St. Vitus, FREE with RSVP)

15. Set off a sex bob-omb at the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Drinking Game, capitalizing on the book’s extreme drinking game potential. (Saturday, Videology, $12)


Get funky with the Funkrust Brass Band at Rubulad’s NYE (#19). Photo via Facebook.

16. Get in one last laugh at Just a Show: F*ck Off, 2017 with a full lineup of comedians for the last day of 2017. Featuring Jo Firestone, Casey James Salengo, Sam Taggart and many, many more. (Sunday, Sunnyvale, $8)

17. Tend to the end of the year at Tender Trap NYE, starting 2018 off right with two rooms of fine music, go-go dancers, a balloon drop at midnight along and a free champagne toast. (Sunday, Tender Trap, FREE)

18. Bust out the brights at Bushwick Blackout: A Neon Year’s Eve Dance Party. Be sure to wear some neon colors; glowsticks will abound and there will be four DJs over seven hours. (Sunday, Tilt BK, FREE)

19. Get hot and cold at Rubulad Presents: Icy Hot, with music by Preachermann and The Revival, Funkrust Brass Band, and Les Sans Culottes, DJs, MC Tanya Solomon and much more. (Sunday, Rubulad, $20-30)

20. Ride the wave into the new year at Night.Wav – A NYE Synthwave Party with resident DJs Valentine, Faith in the Glitch and ÆON RINGS. This is a party for fans of Kavinsky, Carpenter Brut, John Carpenter and all things synth. (Sunday, St. Vitus, $18)

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