The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, no-politics edition

Such a gloomy bunch (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

These folks are clearly very gloomy (#8) (pic by Chris Polinsky)

[Ed note: Before making your plans this weekend, check out our anti-inauguration events roundup, which includes a slew of protests, fundraisers, Obama farewell dance parties and the like throughout the weekend. But if you just need a diversion from all that, there’s plenty of apolitical fun to be had too.]

1. Take a deep breath at A Day of Unity and Healing, a full day of donation-based stress-reduction sessions including reiki, card readings, acupuncture, and more. (Friday, Minka Brooklyn, by donation)

2. Explore the art of a great hood at the opening of “East New York: Not the New Frontier,” an art show celebrating the voice and beauty of the neighborhood’s artists. (Friday, ARTs East New York, FREE)

3. Booze to a beat at Wine & Rhyme, a free wine tasting with hip-hop musician Sadat X and producer Will “Tell” Davis, aka the True Wine Connoisseurs. (Friday, High Point Wines & Spirits, FREE)

4. Get lost in Le Medea, a reimagining of Euripides’ tragedy combining elements of a dance-theater performance and a Latin disco-pop variety show. (Friday & Sunday, BRIC, $20)

5. Revel in verse at the Roots Poetry Series, featuring Claudia Cortese, Betsy Bonner, Asiya Wadud, and Derrick Austin. (Friday, Roots Café, FREE)

6. Find something good to laugh at in the Silver Linings Comedy Show, featuring Brendan Eyre, J.P. McDade, Liz Magee, Pedro Salinas, and more. (Friday, Precious Metal, FREE)

7. Dance it out salaciously at the Mansion Party, featuring bunnies galore, two rooms of music, aerial performances, red robes, silky sheets, and plenty more decadence. (Friday, House of Yes, $20)

8. Mope the night away at Feeling Gloomy: Never Wave Bye-Bye, another (there can never be too many!) David Bowie tribute party. (Friday, Littlefield, $6)

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Sway to the music with Shadow Monster (#) (pic by Thomas Ignatius)

Sway to the music with Shadow Monster (#10) (pic by Thomas Ignatius)

9. Trick out your bags and jackets at The NYC Pin & Patch Market, with a baker’s dozen of local vendors plying their tiny accessories. (Saturday, Living Gallery, FREE)

10. Get your gaming on at The Goblin on the Couch Podcast Live, an evening highlighting cosplayers and gamers, with performances by Shadow Monster, Dez, and Strangebird. (Saturday, Salzy, FREE)

11. Groove to the rhythm at Brooklyn Vibes Hang, featuring nine different vibes players, plus Marcos Varela and Jay Sawyer providing the beats. (Saturday, ShapeShifter Lab, $15)

12. Celebrate a whole year of Comedy Quarterly at the anniversary show, with jokes from Sam Zee, Kevin Froleiks, Pat Reilly, Daniel J. Perafan, and more. (Saturday, Halyards, FREE)

13. Dance to a different beat at Young Adult Friction, an alternative and indie rock late-night dance party. (Saturday, El Cortez, FREE)

14. Shake your booty at the NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off, with DJs Jonathan Toubin and Austin Brown spinning 1960s vinyl into the wee hours. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $10)

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Rock the Year of the Rooster with the Na Na Chin Dance Company (#16)

Rock the Year of the Rooster with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company (#18)

15. Gorge guilt-free at the Vegan Market, with food, clothes, cosmetics, and more from 18 different compassionate vendors. (Sunday, Market Hotel, FREE)

16. Have a comfy time at ORG’s Cozy Market, with free pancakes and hot chocolate, live poetry and performances, and 14 unique pop-up shops. (Sunday, Industry City Distillery, $3)

17. Slurp the day away at the Brooklyn Soup Takedown, warming you up with everything from chowder to ramen to stew. (Sunday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20)

18. Welcome the Year of the Rooster at the Lunar New Year Celebration, featuring the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York. (Sunday, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, $25)

19. Dress up for the Drag Party, a fancy fundraiser for Callen Lorde, a sliding-scale community health center focused on LGBTQ folks. (Sunday, Bizarre, $15 suggested)

20. Warm yourself up inside and out at Sunday Night Soul & Cocoa, with free hot chocolate and soul music from Donald King, Amy Leon, Akie Bermiss, and Sarah E. Lawrence. (Sunday, Threes Brewing, $8)

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