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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, call yr mom edition

1. I want my MTV and Amazing True Tales of the Golden Age of Music Video. Marvel at these untold stories of how directors and artists created iconic music videos that we know and love by Stephen Pitalo from his interviews with more than 70 music video directors and artists. (Friday, Brooklyn Brainery, $12)

2. Enjoy this weather at Movies Under The Stars: Art of Bklyn Film Fest, with a block of short indie films that range from comedies to documentaries either made by or featuring people living in Brooklyn on a big screen, plus free popcorn. (Friday, Owl’s Head Park, FREE)

3. You’re going to need a bigger boat. Pitch Night Happy Hour: Shark Tank and join “Shark Tank” consultant Brandon Andrews for a lively discussion around using media to grow your brand. The event includes three minutes for entrepreneurs to pitch their company for friendly feedback and practice. (Friday, Electropositive, FREE)

4. Ain’t no party like a Holoparty for an evening of hologram demos and wild inventions, have your fortune told by a mystic in the third dimension, play with holographic fish, plus silkscreening, drinks, DJs, and more. (Friday, Looking Glass Factory, FREE?)

5. Dance up a sweat at Sweatshop with nothing but dancehall, zouk, afrobeat, reggaeton, soca, moombahton, and electronic music on an intimate dance floor with DJs in the front and back rooms all night long. (Friday, Baby’s All Right, $10)


Shop and learn at the BUST craftacular and school for creative living (#8).


6. Shop locally at Brooklyn Designs, an all day exhibition with a marketplace, interactive exhibits, live demos, and a diverse conference program with 50+ independent Brooklyn designers and brands that produce a range of handcrafted and hi-tech products. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Museum, $15)

7. Make sure you’re in tip-top shape at the DSA Healthcare Community Fair, an all-ages community healthcare fair with a series of workshops, trainings, and panel discussions, with free on-site childcare. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, FREE)

8. Learn something new while you shop at BUST Craftacular and the BUST School for Creative Living, featuring over 50 DIY demos and workshops, alongside over 75 of the best makers and creators of handmade goods. (Saturday, Industry City Factory Floor, FREE to shop, $15+ for classes)

9. Channel your inner green witch at the Witching Herbs Plant Market, consisting of mostly medicinal herbs such as dragons head mint, mugwort, motherwort, valerian, horehound, chamomile, poisonous henbane, and more. (Saturday, Catland, FREE)

10. Peer at some art in Red Hook at the Art Opening & Concert at BWAC that kicks off it’s spring season with three exhibitions over the 25,000 square foot space, featuring a performance by Richard X Bennett. (Saturday, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, FREE)

11. You really should Give A Puck for women’s rights and play air hockey against friends to raise money for Planned Parenthood with drink specials and prizes, and all proceeds going to the organization. (Saturday, Oceans 8 at Brownstone Billiards, $20)

12. Peep some puppets at Daughters of the Moon: A Puppetry Story, which retells Italo Calvino’s short story centered around a dying moon and its struggle to survive in a consumption-obsessed world not unlike our own, using multimedia puppets. (Saturday, Vital Joint, $10)

13. Sing happy birthday to Sarah Gaul who will perform for you on her special day with an adventurous, thought-provoking and hilarious hour of original musical comedy, with special guests and a dance party afterward. (Saturday, Secret Loft, $10)

14. Get lost in it all at Cosmic Commons, featuring immersive installations, performances, live music and DJs, video artists, musicians, performance artists, and visual artists sharing their talents with guests to foster community and dialogue. (Saturday, Alpha Space, $5-25)

15. It’s okay to play games at DBA Arcade x Dreamhouse Opening Party that will have eight DBAA game cabinets to play in celebration of their residency that will bring in local queer and trans game devs and artists to create a set of games that will live in a permanent arcade installation. (Saturday, The Dreamhouse, $10)


Sunday dace day at Tiki Disco (#18). Photo via Facebook.


16. Dedicate this one to your mom at Mother’s Day Karaoke and celebrate with mom, family, and friends on the Boardwalk in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel and sing your favorite songs to your friends and passers-by. (Sunday, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, FREE)

17. Get on a boat at Second Sunday Tanker Time and engage in activities on a historic ship with a skyline view, including ship tours and events with music, art, local history, shipboard picnicking (TankerTime), hammocks, and more. (Sunday, Mary A. Whalen Tanker, FREE)

18. Rejoice with spring dancing at the Tiki Disco Season Opener, with resident DJ’s Eli Escobar, Andy Pry, and Lloydski. Enjoy a big disco ball, big tent, big sound, updates to food and beverage offerings and more surprises to come. (Sunday, The Well, $10)

19. Have your laugh captured forever at George Gordon’s Live Album Recording, with an early and a late set featuring openers Kendra Cunningham and Doug Smith on the former, and Matt Wayne and Selena Coppock on the latter. (Sunday, Union Hall, $10)

20. Take a shower after the Filthy Pony Show, a darker, creepier, sexier variety show that’s overly sexual and insanely talented, with high flying aerial acrobatics, beautiful burlesque, creepy contortion, and sexy pole dancers. (Sunday, House of Yes, $15-30)

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