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

Let dancers cast a spell on you (#)
Let dancers cast a spell on you (#15)

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

1. Have a lucky weekend with St. Patrick’s at Irish Haven: corned beef and cabbage with your beers on Friday, Irish rock ‘n’ roll revue on Saturday, and live traditional Irish music on Sunday. (Friday through Sunday, Irish Haven Bar, FREE)

2. Empower the ladies at ¡Manifest! Women’s History Month Celebration, with two days of forums, workshops, vendors, art, and performances. (Friday & Saturday, El Puente, FREE)

3. Have a very queer time at Kweendom, a night of comedy and storytelling that’s “sure to make Mike Pence uncomfortable.” (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

4. Revere some ravishing redheads at St. Patrick’s Day for Sinners, an all-redhead burlesque revue starring Albert Cadabra, Gal Friday, Pearls Daily, and many more. (Friday, Littlefield, $15)

5. Wander through artistry at Crawl: Chapter 7, an immersive, roving arts showcase tackling aspects of queerness, gender stereotypes, and isolation. (Friday & Saturday, Industry City, $20)

6. Get real weird at Societal Deformation, featuring a half-dozen performance artists from Pittsburgh to Poland, and Iran to NYC. (Friday, The Glove, $10)

7. Find something to laugh about at Silver Linings Comedy, with Rojo Perez, Emily Winter, Sam Morril, Patrick Hastie, and more. (Friday, Precious Metal, FREE)


Khosh begzare with Sahba Motallebi (#18)

8. Caffeinate thyself at the NYC Coffee & Tea Festival, with more than 75 exhibitors and 100+ tastings of libations from around the world. (Saturday & Sunday, Brooklyn Expo Center, $25/day)

9. Get graphic at the Brooklyn Public Library Comic Con, with panels, workshops, games, contests, and book signings. (Saturday, Brooklyn Public Library, FREE)

10. Eat free beef at the Duncan Burgers Grand Re-Re-Re-Opening: the pop-up will give away 500 free burgers throughout the day. (Saturday, Dromedary Bar, FREE)

11. Relax hardcore at Metal Yoga Bones, where you’ll “tap into your dark side” by screaming, sweating, and unleashing your inner beast. (Saturday, Saint Vitus, $12)

12. See some confident comedians at Better Than Your Show, featuring Andre Kim, Chloe LaBranche, Colin Lewis, and more. (Saturday, Muchmore’s, FREE)

13. Get animated for Cartoon Carnival, a curated selection of 16mm cartoons from the 1910s to the 1940s, with live musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins. (Saturday, Shoestring Press, $10)

14. Have a strangely sexy evening at First Comes Love, where comedians act out amateur porn scripts that have been sent in through a Craigslist ad. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

15. Be riveted at Spellbound: A Night of Dance Films, showcasing the work of Maré Hieronimus, Jacquelyn Marie Shannon, Lucy Kerr, Alexa Caroll, and more. (Saturday, Tarot Society, $5 suggested)


Rojo Perez is ready to make you laugh (#7) (pic by Mindy Tucker)
Rojo Perez is ready to make you laugh (#7) (pic by Mindy Tucker)

16. Scare yourself silly at Blood Brunch, a mystery horror flick matinee that promises to “flood your senses with ghastly terror from beyond the fetid grave.” (Sunday, Spectacle Theater, $5)

17. Listen to lovely harmonies at Modern Wind Symphony, an afternoon of contemporary wind music from Grand Street Community Band and Brooklyn Wind Symphony. (Sunday, Grand Street Campus High School, $10 suggested)

18. Say eid e shomah mubarak at the 11th annual Persian Arts Nowruz Festival, with Iranian short films, Persian fusion cuisine, tar music by Sahba Motallebi, and much more. (Sunday, National Sawdust, $40)

19. Learn about endangered landscapes in your own backyard at Chance Ecologies, a presentation about the ongoing project to creatively engage the post-industrial waterfront of Queens. (Sunday, UnionDocs, $10)

20. Cast a spell at Witches Against Fascist Totalitarianism’s Crystal Ball, with borealis conjurings, esoteric artists, a witch-themed cabaret, and more; proceeds to benefit Population Action International. (Sunday, House of Yes, $10–$20)

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