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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Mama’s Day edition

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

1. Start your weekend at BHS Free Friday: Transformation, with activities all night including meditation, magic, musical sketch comedy, accordion playing, lectures, and more. (Friday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

2. Have a sweet night at Massivemuse in the Chocolate Factory, with concertos performed with eight cellists, free Six Point, and, obviously, lots of chocolate. (Friday, Rakka Chocolate, $20)

3. Love your locks at Hairitage, a play about black femininity, social perceptions, and how hair impacts the lives of black women. (Friday through Sunday, Black Lady Theater, $25)

4. See some sexy history at The Dirtiest Family in Show Biz, a burlesque and striptease revue featuring Minnie Tonka, Faux Pas le Fae, Aurora North, Zoe Ziegfeld, and more. (Friday, Coney Island, $15)

5. Pierde tus sentidos at Good Time Rick’s Isla de Rumba, a tropical dream of 1950s Havana with Latin/world beats by Psymon Spine and Gabrielle Kwarteng. (Friday, The Deep End, $5)


Get down to brass tacks with Pitchblak Brass Band (#). Photo via Facebook
Get down to brass tacks with Pitchblak Brass Band (#13). Photo via Facebook

6. Pedal over to the New York Bike Jumble, a huge outdoor fair full of bikes, gear, accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork, and more. (Saturday, Old Stone House, FREE)

7. Wander through a creative world at the Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk, where 15 artists made site-specific installations in shop windows all along 5th Ave. (Saturday, Bay Ridge, FREE)

8. Be artfully nosey at Dumbo Open Studios 2017, with 100+ artists in all media throwing open their doors to show you what they’re working on. (Saturday, Dumbo, FREE)

9. Celebrate mama’s day early at The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, a marathon of horrible mother movies: The Manchurian CandidateCarrie, and Mommie Dearest. (Saturday, Video Revival, $8)

10. Go gay clubbing at Trade Show USA, Red Bull Music Academy’s 12-hour queer dance music underground party, featuring Honey Soundsystem, Wrecked, Honcho, Spotlight, The NeedlExchange, and more. (Saturday, 592 Johnson, $25)

11. Enjoy the spectacle at TheNYCGrind Ultra Art Bash, with live body-painting, breakdance battles, art vendors, performances, and more. (Saturday, Terra Firma, $15)

12. Hack into the eighth annual NYC Resistor Interactive Show, a night of weird and cool interactive art projects with an ’80s dystopian theme. (Saturday, NYC Resistor, $15)

13. March your way over to the final Brass Tacks! of the season, starring Pitchblak Brass Band, Coastal Collective, and Guava. (Saturday, Industry City Distillery, $15)

14. Bend all the genders at Switch n’ Play: Moxie, a night of drag, burlesque and queer performance from Black Magic, Celia Foxglove, Cypress Thrills, KJames, Lady Bedbug, and more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7–$20)

15. Queer up the dance floor at Hot Rabbit Bad Habit’s Gay Prom, with music from DJs Jclef and JD Samson, plus performances by Oliver Fist, Yuhua Hamasaki, Omari Mizrahi, and the House of Olympus. (Saturday, Lot 45, $15)


Get your groove on with The Battle of Santiago (#17). Photo via Facebook
Get your groove on with The Battle of Santiago (#19). Photo via Facebook

16. Shop strange at the Full Moon Market, with goods and services from more than a dozen vendors, including Alternate Empire, Femmebrandt, Planet Zoot, and Swamp Witch Remedies. (Sunday, Catland, FREE)

17. Light it up at the opening of the eighth season of Tiki Disco, with resident DJs Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski keeping you grooving. (Sunday, The Well, $10)

18. Dance with your mom (who gets in free!) at the Mister Sunday season opener, with “all day vibes” and tunes from Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter. (Sunday, Nowadays, $10)

19. Immerse yourself in art at Pioneer Works Second Sunday, with open studios, exhibits, tons of art interventions, music by Battle of Santiago, and more. (Sunday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

20. Empower ladies at Folk Fights Back for Women, a Mother’s Day benefit concert featuring Rachael & Vilray, Hite, The Brother Brothers, Maya Sharpe, and many more. (Sunday, Jalopy Theater, $15)

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