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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, rare art edition

1. Welcome the year of the dog at a Chinese New Year Celebration and enjoy the exhibit Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant while eating a variety of Chinese New Year dishes, including Lo Hei, “a salad tossed high for prosperity.” (Friday, MOFAD, $25)

2. Travel across the world with A Little Sunshine – North Korean Landscapes for a viewing of work by classical ink-wash painters rarely seen outside of North Korea. (Fri-Sun, SPACE776, FREE)

3. Wig out at Hair Club: The Best Hair Variety Show with standup, sketch video and performance, improv and live musical comedy. (Friday, Vital Joint, $5)

4. Show up and out at Queer Abstract: How Do You Love On Yourself?, where this month’s variety theme is Black History Month, featuring music, comedy, poetry, and performance art, with a dance party afterward. (Friday, Starr Bar, FREE)

5. Delight in a Comedy of Errors, where the Genesius Theater Company presents an all female, four-person cast of Shakespeare’s slapstick play. (Fri-Sat, 41 Varick Ave, $15)


Go solo adventuring into your mind. at Catland (#18). Photo via Facebook

6. Sweat it out at Deep Beats Yoga for an hour of Vinyasa Flow accompanied by atmospheric deep house grooves, plus free kombucha. (Saturday, House of Yes, $20)

7. Kick butt at Retro Video Game Tournament and Expo where competitors will play in 32 person tournaments of retro sports games (NHL ’94, NBA JAM, NFL Blitz, WWF No Mercy) to win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. (Saturday, Aviator Sports and Events Center, $10-23)

8. Step into my office for Office Hours: A Reading Series, a poetry workshop for adjunct instructors featuring Sarah Sala (a finalist for the 2017 Subito Book Prize), Aimee Herman, Jennifer Levitt, and Marty Correia. (Saturday, Bessie’s, FREE)

9. Have a whale of a time at Oh, Such A Good Show, Oh! where the comedians may perform comedy about animals, featuring Phoebe Robinson, Bowen Yang, and Rebecca V. O’Neal among others. (Saturday, Union Hall, $10)

10. See art from the future, today, at Dyspepsia: A Techno-Existential Intrusion Into The Human Body, a dual exhibition by Mattia Casalegno and Yefeng (Frank) Wang who both combine technology and the human body, with 3D printed sculptures, Oculus Touch, performance art and more. (Saturday, Areté Venue and Gallery, FREE)

11. This comedy’s not just for bros at Popped Collar Comedy Show, hosted by Brian Kim, featuring jokes by Mike Recine, Von Decarlo, Momoh Pujeh, and even more funny people. (Saturday, The Platform, FREE)

12. Come out for ladies night at Not Your Babe: A Galentine’s Day Comedy Show, bringing together funny female comedians to benefit Red Dot, a group that works to humanize women’s periods. (Saturday, New Women Space, $20)

13. Cast your vote for The 18th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant, where men will compete for the title and be judged on their one minute talent, evening wear and swimsuit outfits (or lack thereof), plus music and other hi-jinx. (Saturday, The Footlight, FREE)

14. Enjoy an evening of music and dancing at Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance-Off with bands La Luz, Mystery Lights and Bodega performing, followed by the legendary soul dance night, with a dance-off at midnight for a $100 prize. (Saturday, Elsewhere, $10-20)

15. Glitch out at UNSEELIE pt. 1: Motion Graphics for an evening of artists working with unusual found sounds and textures, featuring Motion Graphics, who “mimics the erraticism of the Twitter timeline” with elements of techno-pop and jazz. (Saturday, Secret Project Robot, $10)


Sweat it out with Deep Beats Yoga (#6). Photo via Facebook.

16. Gain some important knowledge at Consent Workshop For Cisgender Men (though open to everyone) to discuss the topics of “evolving cultural, social and legal definitions of consent, assault, and coercion, and accountability strategies,” in a non-punitive space. (Sunday, G Palace, $30)

17. Help scrub the internet at No Platform for Fascism YouTube Party where, amongst a group of people and pizza, you’ll research fascist and white supremacist content on YouTube to flag it for removal. (Sunday, Mayday Space, $5 donation)

18. Have some me time at Solo Dolo: A Guided Meditation, a restorative practice focusing on self-love and self-pleasure. (Sunday, Catland, $20)

19. Let out your country crooner at Country-Oke Jamboree, where Jeff & Suzie host the friendliest new singing party in these here parts, with a list of over 185 classic country and rockabilly tunes for you to sing. (Sunday, Skinny Dennis, FREE)

20. Get up from your couch for The Unemployed Show Awards Live, hosted by Anna Roisman (unemployed), and featuring performers who also happen to not have jobs, like, on that day. (Sunday, Littlefield, $8)

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