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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, virtually-real edition

1. Be sure to selfie at Under the Influencer, an immersive play that’s part rave, music video, and theatrical stage show about the rise of the influencers, sponsored content, & the public who consume it. (Fri-Sat, 80 Vernon Ave, $15)

2. Carry a torch to PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony which will air the official opening ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea at the bar, sound on. (Friday, Syndicated Bar, FREE)

3. Feel good about shopping at Our Damn Selves, where your entry fee goes to raising money for Housing Works and LGBT organizations. Plus, shop 30 clothes, candles, and crystals vendors with live screen printing to boot. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $3)

4. Marvel over elaborate headwear at Iconic Apex: An Exhibition of Works by Darrell Thorne and see over 70 headpieces made by this famed costumer. (Friday, Rubulad, FREE)

5. Dress only in black for It’s Friday, I’m (Not) In Love Anti-Valentine’s Day Party with appropriately named DJ Gordon Gloom spinning tunes that say “F love,” and a photo booth to show your exes how much better you’re doing. (Friday, Littlefield, $10)


Check out a day-long expo celebrating comics of color (#18). Photo via BAM.

6. Run, don’t walk at the Hot Chocolate Run, where you’ll run jog over six miles to City Bakery for some delicious hot chocolate and marshmallows the size of your head. (Saturday, Carroll Park, pay as you go)

7. Stop by the 8th annual Vegan Valentine’s Shop-Up that’s packed with all vegan, locally-made gifts and goods. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

8. Hear a love chorus at Songs Full of Heart, the 5th annual Valentine’s Day concert designed to showcase the budding vocalists of tomorrow, with a wide variety of repertoire including works by Billy Joel, Sting and Adele. (Saturday, Brooklyn Music School, $5)

9. Peep some photos at BKC Group Show: “Community” where the BKC photo community will tackle the subject of “community” in this showcase of new emerging talent, with prints for sale. (Saturday, BKC Brooklyn Central, FREE)

10. Cover yourself in pinks and reds at Hearts & Roses Valentine’s Dance, where along with dancing you’ll also have the opportunity to make Valentine’s cards and decorate cookies. (Saturday, Mayday Space, $10)

11. Embrace virtually-real entertainment at Felt Super HD and digitally mine your own crypto-coins, see immersive internet art from the Felt Zine crew, and more. (Saturday, Superchief Gallery, $10)

12. Spice up your life at a Spicy Launch Party for a creative collective platform and online zine for women and queer and trans people of color. Make your own zine while you drink and dance! (Saturday, Ghost Gallery, FREE)

13. Spike your drink with love at Love Potion Number 389. Help celebrate (or forget about) love with a brass band, burlesque, art, projections, tarot, a grill full of food and more tantalizing treats. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-15)

14. Dance to authentic jams at A Party Called Rosie Perez featuring all types of hip-hop, salsa, reggae, samba, funk, R&B, freestyle and other feel good goodness. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $10)

15. Voulez-vous danser avec moi at Meet Me in Paris: Clandestine Cabaret, starting with sensuous live music and sultry burlesque and variety acts and ending with late-night dancing, lounging, and rooftop kissing. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio, $10-40)


Feast on fabulous headpieces and fantastic entertainment (#4). Photo via Darrel Thorne

16. Get groovy at Greenpointers Winter of Love Valentine’s Market. The mood is groovy ’60s and there’ll be over 60 vendors, live performances, free tarot readings, nail art, massages and more. (Sunday, Greenpoint Loft, FREE)

17. Do a devil facing dog at Metal Yoga, where you can scream and growl to your heart’s delight. (Sunday, Cobra Club, $13)

18. Catch some creativity from the BAM Black Comix Expo, celebrating comics of color and featuring over 20 comic exhibitors, a panel discussion with writers and social activists, a children’s art workshop and a superhero cosplay showcase. (Sunday, BAM, FREE)

19. Shop for something sexy at House of Boutique: Valentine’s Market, with a focus on sustainable fashion and shopping. Expect handmade, vintage, and up-cycled jewelry, not to mention crafts, festival wear, costumes and menswear. (Sunday, House of Yes, FREE)

20. Party hard at Sasheer Zamata’s Party Time, a comedic variety showcase featuring Michelle Buteau, Baratunde Thurston, Marie Faustin, and musical guest Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio). (Sunday, The Bell House, $10)

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