The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, chocoholic edition

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Say konichiwa to some JK Pop with The Lothario (#5)

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

1. Get in formation and head to Puppet Playlist #23: Beyoncé, where a dozen puppeteers have prepared short puppet skits to the tunes of the one and only Queen Bey. (Friday, Triskelion Arts, $15)

2. Learn a new way to groove at Brooklyn Contra Dance, a cross between swing and square dancing, with a live 10-piece band. Beginners welcome. (Friday, Camp Friendship, $15)

3. Get funny chills at Comedy Electric #10, with Justin Williams, Alvin Irby, Maria Heinegg, Elsa Waithe, Boris Khaykin, Clark Jones, and a surprise guest. (Friday, Franklin Electric, FREE)

4. Learn some sexy stuff at the Nasty Canasta Science Fair, an exploration of the burlesquealogical sciences starring Minx Arcana, Ben Franklin, Peekaboo Pointe, Penny Wren, Poison Ivory, and more. (Friday, Bell House, $20)

5. Say anyoung and konichiwa to JK Pop NYC, an audio/visual experience celebrating the sights, sounds, and styles of Japan & South Korea with The Lothario, Hojo, nightcorey, and Quisque. (Friday & Saturday, Knitting Factory, $10)

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6. Support local lit and adorn your stuff at the Zine, Pin & Patch Popup Fair, with a half-dozen vendors at BK’s newest bookshop. (Saturday & Sunday, Quimby’s Bookstore, FREE)

7. Let the literary lovefest continue at the Paper Jazz Small Press Fair, a DIY bonanza with more than 20 teeny book vendors. (Saturday, Silent Barn, FREE)

8. Marvel at a multiplicity of mavens at First Saturday: Future Feminisms, with music by Charlotte Dos Santos and Buscabulla, screenings of The Trans List and Brown Girls, and much more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

9. Immerse yourself in art at In Situ: Art Salon, with paintings, sculptures, installations, and video screenings, curated by Upstairs Project. (Saturday, Pink House, FREE)

10. Purim it up at Jews with Thorns: JFREJ Purimshpil & Masquerade Ball, with music from La Dama and Rude Mechanical Orchestra, plus art by Akynos, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Jendog Lonewolf, and Irena Klepfisz. (Saturday, East Midwood Jewish Center, $12–$20 suggested)

11. Combine artistry and activism at the Say Yes Fundraiser, with music and comedy to benefit the Ali Forney Center and Immigration Equality. (Saturday, Threes Brewing, $5 suggested)

12. Belt out that angst at All the Feels: A Karaoke Event, hosted by Geremy Campos and Sandra Hong. (Saturday, New Women Space, $5)

13. Feel the heat at Brazil vs. Colombia: A Carnival Dance Party, with tropical vibes, food, drums, dancers, and more. (Saturday, Lot 45 Bushwick, FREE before 11pm)

14. Queer up the dance floor at Yas Mama, Latin queer night featuring music by Tikka Masala, Hannah Lit, and Horrorchata, performances by Lady Quesa-dilla, and more. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $5)

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Get deliciously dirty with the founder of Rakka Chocolate (#)
Get deliciously dirty with the founder of Rakka Chocolate (#17)

15. Marvel at movement at Clean Labor, an immersive dance performance throughout a hotel in collaboration with members of the housekeeping staff. (Sunday, Wythe Hotel, FREE)

16. Kick up your heels at The Last Fun Day in New York, with Vic Thrill, Joe Crow Ryan, Aron Blue & the Bootleggers, and many more. (Sunday, Kings County Distillery, FREE)

17. Get your fix at Wild Chocolate, a bean-to-bar blowout with a multimedia presentation by Raaka founder Nate Hodge, followed by a micro-batch chocolate and hard cider happy hour. (Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $35)

18. Be as immature as you want to be at 30 Going On 13, an evening of comedy, ’90s-themed karaoke, pizza, and drink specials. (Sunday, Tilt Nightclub, FREE)

19. Learn your dance music history at a screening of Love Is the Message: A Night at the Gallery 1977, followed by Sunday Night Fever disco dance party. (Sunday, House of Yes, $10)

20. Do some serious navel-gazing at Ouroboros: Self as Subject, an eclectic night exploring the inclination in documentary to turn inward and take on a self-reflective approach. (Sunday, UnionDocs, $10)

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