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The 20 best things to do this weekend, get blazed edition

Celebrate April 20th (#1-3). Photo via The Sonic Jungle.

1. Use your Ouija bong for Stoned Seance, where you’ll be guided through the purple haze-filled spirit world by a famous psychic, a mix-your-own-potion bar, tarot and palm readings, theremin lessons, vendors, and more. (Friday, 68 Jay Street, $30)

2. The music makes you higher at 420: The Music(al) where the cast of the off-off Broadway musical will perform music from the show, in addition to showcasing their own musical talents spread out over multiple rooms. (Friday, UNRULY Collective, $20)

3. Pick some weeds at 420: A Ganjapalooza, an immersive and participatory exploration into the experience of cannabis presented as a disjointed entertainment spectacle. (Fri-Sun, House of Yes, $20-30)

4. Don your flashiest attire for Celebrities Smoking in the Bathroom at the Met Gala, with art from around the world commemorating one of a cool party the artists wish they were at, plus drinks and candy cigarettes are included in ticket price. (Friday, The THNK1994 Museum, $15)

5. Enter a glam and grunge underworld at A Waste Land, an electronic dance opera-odyssey through T.S. Eliot’s iconic poem. It’s part rave and part multimedia installation that follows genderqueer Tiresias on a bike-quest through the male gaze. (Fri-Sat, Cloud City, $10)


See art inspired by “Celebrities Smoking in the Bathroom at the Met Gala” (#4). Photo via Facebook.

6. Get your list ready for Record Store Day that is happening in record stores all over the city, but join Rough Trade for a full day of programming with Titus Andronicus and The Shacks performing, free tastings of Brooklyn Brewery’s Summer Ale, and all the RSD exclusive releases. (Saturday, Rough Trade, FREE)

7. The heat is on at the 6th Annual Hot Sauce Expo for a two-day fiery food festival with free hot sauce tastings, booze & infused cocktail competition, Guinnes Book of World Records Carolina Reaper eating contest, and more. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $10+)

8. Book it over to PEN World Voices Festival, an international literary festival with a human rights focus. Notable speakers include Sean Penn and Hillary Clinton, but also feature local writers and causes. (Saturday, various locations, FREE – $40)

9. Find something new at the Comic & Art Pop-Up Shop with comics and art by local comic artists, illustrators, animators and independent publishers by day, and in the evening turns into a gallery style opening with drinks and music. (Saturday, 67 West St, FREE)

10. Sustain yourself at Green is the New Black, an Earth Day pop-up market featuring vendors that promote a sustainable world, such as hemp clothing, eco-conscious green beauty and skincare, recycled metal jewelry, and more. (Saturday, Space 98, FREE)

11. Scream for ice cream at the Waterfront Ice Cream Bike Ride and explore some beautiful parks along the East River, learn about the marine ecosystems swimming inside, and eat lots of ice cream. (Saturday, Time’s Up, FREE, pay as you go)

12. Be immersed in an incredible amount talent at United Gaia: Earth Weekend Celebration that showcases some of the best local artists, healers, performers, eco-tech companies focused on sustainable solutions for a greener future. (Saturday, The Sonic Jungle, $30+)

13. Feel empowered at Assault, a dramedy that is loosely based on the filmmaker’s own experience with sexual assault and subsequent life as a survivor, following the five stages of grief and a concluding sixth stage: joy. (Saturday, The Footlight, $5)

14. See a major synth pioneer at Ambient Church, a nomadic experiential event series dedicated to working with artists to bring new ecologies to architecturally unique spaces through audio visual performance. Escape with Stevie Wonder producer and recording artist Malcolm Cecil. (Saturday, Bushwick United Methodist Church, $25)

15. Dress in purple for Sometimes It’s Prince in April, where DJ Steve Reynolds takes you Around The World In A Day with a blend of all things related to the Purple One: the hits, deep cuts, remixes, rarities, songs written for other artists, and more. (Saturday, Littlefield, $7-10)


Join the constellation of inspiration at the Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market (#16). Photo via Facebook.

16. Explore blossoming quasars at the Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market, with over 60 highly curated vendors, plus free fun activities including a space garden photo booth, henna tattoos, tarot readings, nail art, 3D scans and digital avatar creations, rooftop yoga, and more. (Sunday, Greenpoint Loft, FREE)

17. Tidy up for summer at Earth Day Beach Cleanup. Grab some gloves and hit the beach and boardwalk to help pick up trash. The person with the heaviest bag of trash will win some sweet prizes, plus $2 off beers for all participants. (Sunday, Coney Island (Brewery), FREE)

18. Treat yourself to something at Goldmine: Spring Cleaning and Earth Day Pop-Up Market for handmade clothing & accessory shopping, think one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, unique jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. (Sunday, Gemini & Scorpio Loft, FREE)

19. Work it out at How to Write the Funniest Sketch of All Time, an interactive workshop that will break down different sketch types (character, premise, blackout), and reveal the top secret formula behind every SNL, Inside Amy Schumer, and Key & Peele masterpiece. (Sunday, Brooklyn Brainery, $20)

20. Strip down for Nudey Nudes: A Gallery Show, a collection of pen and pencil sketches centered around the naked human form will be unveiled, along with comedy and an interactive installation. (Sunday, Vital Joint, $5-10)

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