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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, party with a purpose edition

1. Party with a purpose at Celebrate Roe V. Wade’s 45th, with performance art, live music, a raffle to die for, comedy, speakers, a DJ and more, with 100% of proceeds going to the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. (Friday, The Footlight, $20-25)

2. Buy what they’re selling at Art in Ad Places Exhibition & Book Launch for the launch of Art in Ad Places’ book, celebrating all of their takeovers to date, with a special installation and photos from Luna Park. (Friday, Lucas Lucas, FREE)

3. Want nothing more at Camouflage: A Comedy Show with a chill, house-party vibe complete with pay-what-you-want beer and free pizza, featuring sets by Michelle Buteau, Chris Redd, Lorelei Ramirez, and more. (Friday, Big Irv’s, $10)

4. Raise the roof, and a glass at Big Sky Strong where bands including Ereptile Destruction, Wild Yaks, and Ice Balloons will be playing as heavenly bodies fly high above. (Friday, Big Sky Works, $20)

5. Try a unique flavor at The Cocktail Experiment, with a fully stocked bar and your liquid challenge: a bottle of something unusual for the bartender to turn into a one-of-a-kind cocktail. (Friday, Gemini & Scorpio Loft, FREE drinks if you bring a cocktail ingredient)


Find out if secret agents are spying on YOU? (#13) Photo via Facebook.

6. Bag some new (to you) threads at Womanly Mag: Clothing Swap Fundraiser where you bring your gently-used and new clothes and household items and go home with whatever you can stuff in your shopping bag, with 100% of proceeds going to printing Womanly Magazine. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $20)

7. Make some furry friends at the Greenpoint Cat Club, a congregation of those who are passionate about the welfare of the neighborhood kitties, helping combat cat overpopulation and keeping local cats safe and healthy. (Saturday, Archestratus Books + Foods, FREE)

8. Brace your bowels for the 10th Annual South 4th St. Chili Cookoff and, “break out your cast iron pot, wooden spoon and grandma’s death bed super secret chili spice and see if you have what it takes to rule the chili world.” Or just come for the samples. (Saturday, South 4th Bar, FREE)

9. Winners never lose at Best of Best Picture where they’ll be showing classic winners of the category throughout the years on the big screen in advance of this year’s awards ceremony. (Sat-Sun, Syndicated Bar, $4)

10. Step past your reservations and perform at Open Mic for a night full of positive vibes and great food, featuring performances by comedians, poets, and musical artists. (Saturday, 122 Waterbury St, $10)

11. Be part of the proletariat at Comedy for the People and help raise funds for the Center for Economic Research and Social Change, with comedy and entertainment by Drae Campbell, Jude Dry, Karolena Theresa and more. (Saturday, Cloud City, $10-20)

12. It’s not witchcraft when people perform at The Craft for a collaborative evening of varied types of performances amongst craft beer selections, with works from Alexis Robbins, Kimberly E. Murry, Robert Rubama, and lots more. (Saturday, Threes Brewing, FREE)

13. Wear your tinfoil hat to Someonepleaselistenandunderstand where, in a series of pre-recorded as well as live performances, secret agents switch between different streams of spying on citizens amongst technological, governmental, and societal restrictions. (Sat-Sun, The Brick, $20)

14. Expand your evening’s entertainment at Oroboros Art Show, bringing together talent and passion wrapped in a unique flavor with aerial, comedy, dance, sideshow, circus, live music, paintings, photography, sculpture, and all sorts of live unique entertainment featuring numerous artists. (Saturday, Hybrid Movement Company, $10)

15. Don your best Canadian tuxedo at Total Request Late and enjoy a night of music from the classic TRL era. There will be music videos, there will be Mariah Carey, and there will be an epic sing-a-long to Since U Been Gone. (Saturday, Baby’s All Right, $10)


Catch Josh Gondelman performing twice this weekend (#3, 19). Photo via Facebook.

16. Ask hoo let the owls out at Superb Owl Sunday, consisting of trivia with a loose owl theme, prizes for best owl style and owl puns, a raffle to benefit The Bee Foundation, and a strange, owl-y photo booth. (Sunday, The Gutter, FREE)

17. Be generous with your laughs and money at Generous Laughs: Pride Fund Benefit Show, a charity comedy show benefiting the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence with too many amazing comedians to list and a killer raffle. (Sunday, Littlefield, $10)

18. There’s no missing out at at FOMO Live where Kristen Bartlett (SNL) hosts a night of storytelling and stand-up as comedians share the Instagram photos that made them feel left out and the true stories behind them. (Sunday, Union Hall, $10)

19. Don’t sell yourself short at Just A Show, with laughs, goofs, pranks and general strangeness, featuring comedians Josh Gondelman, Ana Fabrega, Rebecca V. O’Neal and more. (Sunday, Sunnyvale, $8)

20. Get your wrestling fix at Nobodies Watching where the YouTubers will bring their show to a live stage with a special screening of WWE’s Royal Rumble, featuring commentary and outfit critiques throughout the matches, with a drag performance after. (Sunday, Bizarre Bar, FREE)

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