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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, spoken-word edition

Get lyrical with OSHUN (#2) (pic by @bettsydabait)
Get lyrical with OSHUN (#2) (photo by @bettsydabait)

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

1. Hurl yourself down a mountainside (metaphorically) at Dynamic Alpine Sexual, a site-specific multimedia theatrical experience following anti-hero skiing legend Dirk Dassler. (Friday & Saturday, Umbrella Factory, $15)

2. Get lyrical at Poetry 2017: Word. Sound. Power., an eclectic showcase of spoken-word artists, including The Peace Poets, OSHUN, Frank Waln, and Lady Logic. (Friday & Saturday, BAM, $20)

3. Flaunt your feminine side at An All Alpha Female Experience, with live painting and live performances curated by Monique Cheri Welsh and Color Scenes, plus free food and wine. (Friday, Bushwick Street Art, $10)

4. Boil up some laughs at Bitches Brew Comedy, featuring Nate Fridson, Noah Gardenswartz, Liz Magee, Paul Hooper, and Lizzie Martinez. (Friday, Halyard’s, FREE)

5. Belt out your angst at Pop-Punk/Emo Karaoke, with live band Be Yourself to soundtrack all your emotions. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $10)

6. Goth it up at Arkham, Brooklyn’s dark gothic dance party, with DJs Cyclonus, Jose Frances, and Ryan Walker, plus Lovecraftian horror films, absinthe cocktails, and more. (Friday, Bizarre Bar, FREE)


Raise the roof with Ambrose Martos (#) (photo via Facebook)
Raise the roof with Ambrose Martos (#14) (photo via Facebook)

7. Celebrate a century and a half of Brooklyn’s best park at the Prospect Park 150th Anniversary Weekend, with a parade, Lola Star skating disco, an 1860s baseball game, and much more. (Saturday & Sunday, Prospect Park, FREE)

8. Cosplay the day away at Brooklyn Geek Fest, with local video game vendors, comics and collectibles, tournaments, raffles, costume contests, and more. (Saturday, Gotham City Games, $15)

9. Feel fabulous at Drag Brunch: Let’s Have a Kiki, with aerial acrobatics, dancers, music, and plenty of outrageous queens. (Saturday, House of Yes, $25)

10. Get your girls to the front at Ladies First Fest, a fundraiser for RAINN featuring Ellen and the Degenerates, Lady Bits, Fluoride, Whipworm, and Heavy Negatives. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $7–$12 suggested)

11. Twang it up at The Vernal Uke-Quinox, with Cat Smith, Katie Pierce, Emma Claywood, Kelly Kilcoyne, and Jaime Wissner. (Saturday, Way Station, FREE)

12. Marvel at mad moves at Step Africa!, a dance show integrating songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. (Saturday, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, $25)

13. Trip out at Visions & Dreams, a showcase of Myztico Campo’s Visionary Shamanic UV 3D paintings, plus UV-reactive cocktails, psychedelic projections, music by Justin Terranova, and more. (Saturday, Mister Rogers, $10)

14. Fly away at the Raise the Roof Fundraiser, an aerial and musical extravaganza featuring Kyp Malone, Amy G, The Dangles, The Heavenly Bodies, Ambrose Martos, and Tanya Marie Gagne. (Saturday, Big Sky Works, $25)

15. Or sail away at Ship of Fools, with live performances by Predator Prey, Dolly Trolly, The Stillet-Hoes, and more, plus DJs, a nonstop film fest, clown makeovers, sea shanties, and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10 before 9pm; $20 after)

16. Get cheeky at April Fools Fall in Love, a spring-fling social with jazz and burlesque from Amber Ray, Cheeky Cheetah, Lil’ Miss Lixx, and Qualms Galore. (Saturday, The Well, $15)


Climb the walls with Butch & Buttercup (#) (photo via Facebook)
Climb the walls with Butch & Buttercup (#18) (photo via Facebook)

17. Say ooh la la to Daft Brunch, a boozy daytime party to the sounds of French house and disco. (Sunday, Schimanski, $10)

18. Welcome the Muse to the terrible twos at their Second Anniversary Celebration, with performances by Lisa Giobbi, Butch & Buttercup, Ivory Fox, and more. (Sunday, The Muse, $10)

19. Take in some terrific tales at Big Irv’s Storytelling Roadshow, with Mark Abbott, Jeff Simmermon, Tracey Segarra, Richie Redding, Will Lee, and more. (Sunday, The Grand Bar, FREE)

20. Be dazzled by drama at Exquisite Corpse Company’s Drunk 24, where 12 pairs of playwrights have just one boozy night to bring their shows to life. (Sunday, Kymberle Project, $10)

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