The 20 best things to do this weekend, Friday the 13th edition

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Explore behind closed doors at Open House New York (#6). Photo via Alix Piorun

1. Get radical with The Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir for a night of inspirational, motivational, and practical words and songs which will show you how to be an agent of positive change in the world. (Friday, Park Slope Food Co-op, FREE)

2. Smash a bottle of bubbly at The Champagne Riot, NYC’s favorite vintage fantasy party serving up a freaky Friday celebration with exquisite corpses, glittering seductresses, hissing black cats and maybe even a tap-dancing skeleton! (Friday & Saturday, Guadalupe Inn, $25)

3. I’ve got one hand in my puppet at Puppet Playlist: Alanis Morisette. The ’90s pop icon is finally getting her Puppet Playlist debut and our middle school selves are clutching their chokers with excitement. (Friday, Triskelion Arts, $15)

3. Party hard with the king of partying himself, Andrew W.K. who returns to the stage with his full band for the first time in five years on The Party Never Dies Tour. (Friday, Warsaw, $25)

5. Conjure magical mayhem at Freak A Phobia for an evening of frightful fun and illusion featuring hypnotist Stephen Christopher, magicians Lee Alan Barrett and Omar Olusion, and burlesque by Betsy Propane. (Friday, Coney Island USA, $15)

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Castaways Club casino. Photo via Facebook
An enchanting casino and secret art trucks await (#13). Photo via Facebook

6. Access extraordinary locations when Open House New York unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, with hundreds of sites across the five boroughs open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place (Saturday & Sunday, various locations, FREE).

7. Ship out to sea at the Arctic Sunrise Ship Tour, where you can tour Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise which has sailed the world documenting offshore oil pollution, thwarting commercial whaling, and bearing witness to the impacts of climate change. (Saturday & Sunday, Pier 6, FREE)

8. Eye up some art at Artist’s Eye with a series of intimate, in-gallery talks by artist, journalist, and activist Molly Crabapple that illuminates the museum’s special exhibitions with fresh and alternative perspectives. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, $16)

9. Revel in revolutionaries at Restoration Rocks returning on Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s 50th anniversary with an amazing lineup including Soul Science Lab, Talib Kweli, Les Nubians and DJ Spinna. (Saturday, Restoration Plaza, FREE)

10. Oi to the world at Punk Rock Karaoke for another raucus night of scream-alongs, all proceeds go towards Third Wave Fund supporting gender justice groups, with songs to sing by Jawbreaker, X, Bratmobile, Black Flag and more. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $10)

11. Mics are for singing, not swinging at Emo Night. Go back to when jeans were tight, belts were white, bangs were long and we all wanted to be big on MySpace. (Saturday, Villain, $14)

12. Get horn-y at Honk NYC & Rubulad’s Brasstastic Blowout for an evening of bombastic brasstastic revelry hosted by Sxip Shirey, featuring performances by Raya Brass Band, Funkrust Brass Band, Nation Beat and more (Saturday, Rubulad, $15)

13. Spend your gold coins at Castaways Casino‘s illicit gambling establishment and casino club, with an additional scavenger hunt brought to you by Lost Bridge Exchange which you won’t want to miss. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio, $10-20)

14. Reverse your rock ‘n roll imperialism at Polyglot Discotheque dancing all night to the 1960s foreign language cover songs and fuzz 45s of Jonathan Toubin (New York Night Train) plus foreign fuzz, garage, and pop originals. (Saturday, Secret Project Robot, $7)

15. Revive the vibes at Brazilian Beat with the best of ’60s and ’70s Brazilian funk, soul and popular music with DJ Greg Caz and Guilherme Machado. (Saturday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE)

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Photo via Alix Piorun

16. Ghost and ghoul it up at the Halloween Flea Market for the biggest array of vintage, new, and handmade stuff for all of your pre-holiday and Halloween needs, plus glamour shots, massages and drink specials. (Sunday, Saint Vitus, FREE)

17. We are one at One Tribe, with Earthy sounds and rhythms to transcend into a vibrant afro-house space of indigenous instrumental tunes, where music & sneaker culture meets fashion, food and art. (Sunday, House of Yes, $20)

18. Soothe your Sunday at Future BAE: Sea Healing. Experience a multilevel, multidimensional world curated by collaborative feminine energy and a community of artists, healers, performers, and creators of all kinds. (Sunday, secret location, $10)

19. Everything’s not black and white at Buster Keaton’s The General with live musical score, the film is considered one of the greatest American films ever made. (Sunday, The Jalopy Theater, FREE)

20. Party down at Sasheer Zamata’s Party Time featuring comedians Janeane Garofalo, Anthony DeVito, Sam Jay and music by Kate Davis. (Sunday, The Bell House, $10)

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