The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, Prince in April edition

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Blunder bemusedly with Topher Bousquet (#). Photo via Facebook

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

1. Queer up your comedy at Kweendom, a night of stand-up and storytelling featuring Elsa Waithe, Dylan Marron, Sarah Kennedy, Rachel McCartney, and Jeffrey Marx. (Friday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

2. Learn to hear better at A Massive Listening Experience, an immersive evening of classical music where you can interact with the performers throughout the show. (Friday, Pioneer Works, $25)

3. Get your groove at Bring the Beat Back, a queer, black, sci-fi, music-theater experience set in a futuristic, groove-centered reality. (Friday & Saturday, Jack, $18)

4. Booze it up at The Cocktail Experiment, a speakeasy experience where guests bring an unusual ingredient for the master bartender to make into unique drinks. (Friday, Gemini & Scorpio, FREE)

5. Have a lovesexy time at Prince Tribute Weekend, with screenings of Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge, and Under the Cherry Moon on Friday, then a music video and performance marathon on Saturday. (Friday & Saturday, Video Revival, $8 / FREE)

6. Dance it out at Matta Fact, a house party in a Bushwick brownstone with cheap drinks, art installations, and Lloydski on the decks to keep you moving. (Friday, 200 Cooper, $10)

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Bring the beat back with Manchildblack (#). Photo via Facebook
Bring the beat back with Manchildblack (#3). Photo via Facebook

7. Spice up your life at the New York Hot Sauce Expo, two days of vendors, demos, and contests, from the Slaytanic Burrito Challenge to the Carolina Reaper Pepper Eating Contest. (Saturday & Sunday, Brooklyn Expo Center, $10)

8. See some dazzling DIY at Ideas Not Theories, a theatrical percussion show featuring music made with unconventional instruments like bicycles, water, and brushes. (Saturday, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, FREE w/ museum admission)

9. Get creative at the Public Art Party, with live music, a silent auction, performance art, and stand-up, all to benefit Lady Parts Justice and ProPublica. (Saturday, Shoestring Press, $10)

10. Party in the streets at Make It Montague, a quarter mile of music, entertainment, life-size butterflies, an interactive mural, and more. (Saturday, Montague Street, FREE)

11. Tighten up your technological security at Crypto Party, a day of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance. (Saturday, NYC Resistor, FREE)

12. Valorize verse at Visible Poetry Project, an outdoor screening of collaborative short films by selected poets and filmmakers. (Saturday, City Reliquary, $7)

13. Be awed at Blunderland Variety Show, starring Dane Terry, Divina Grandsparkle, The Maine Attraction, Topher Bousquet, and more. (Saturday, House of Yes, $15)

14. Love the earth at Our Beautiful World, an art party with live music by Decibelists, Maracatu NY, and more, plus projections, DJs, a light circus, and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10 before 9pm; $20 after)

15. Go crazy at the skint’s Sometimes It’s Prince in April, with DJ Steve Reynolds spinning all the hits and deep cuts, plus Video Time Machine screening clips all night long. (Saturday, Littlefield, $7)

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Catch some crazy competitive comedians (#20). Photo via Facebook
Catch some crazy competitive comedians (#20). Photo via Facebook

16. Shop local at FAD Market Spring, with 45 independent makers and artists hawking jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, home furnishings, and more. (Sunday, Brooklyn Historical Society, FREE)

17. Have an emo afternoon at Taking Back Sunday Brunch, a boozy meal full of feels spun by DJs Ultragrrrl and Alex English. (Sunday, Schimanski, $10)

18. Make your star sign intersectional at Decolonizing Astrology, with a marketplace, workshops, readings, and music by QTPOC. (Sunday, Tarot Society, FREE)

19. Karate-chop the end of the weekend at Fist Church, a bimonthly post-brunch mystery kung fu matinee. (Sunday, Spectacle Theater, $5)

20. Laugh drunkenly at Comedians’ Power Hour, a classic drinking game turned high-energy, fast-paced comedy competition — plus free beer. (Sunday, El Cortez, FREE)

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