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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, holiday market edition

1. Come together for Spectral Unity, a presentation of nine international artists working on Super 8mm and 16mm film as part of performance and/or installation, and part of a 5-night cinema-arts festival. (Friday, LightSpace Studios, FREE)

2. Get up close and personal at Unruly’s Friday Night Feature, a welcoming community with a bohemian flare, spotlighting two performances by Marcus Jade and Crystal Speros in an intimate setting. (Friday, Unruly Collective, $10)

3. Figure it out at Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, offering a unique take on the classic murder mystery, where a character’s motivations are suspect and relationships may not be what they seem. (Fri-Sat, Gallery Players, $25-30)

4. Feel better about your bod at Harris Mayersohn in Without A Shirt, where Mayersohn (Colbert, New Yorker) reflects on self-dysmorphia and learning to accept that he has, what some call, the “funniest body in America.” (Fri-Sat, Vital Joint, $7-10)

5. Belt out some tunes at Kill ‘Em All Karaoke, where the Kings of Karaoke return to help you scream out the classics on the very same stage that rock bands have played. (Friday, Saint Vitus Bar, FREE)


See two performances up close and personal (#2). Photo via Unruly’s Friday Night Feature.

6. Learn the ins and outs at the ABCs of IRAs and juice up your retirement savings and reap the tax benefits of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) for tax year 2018 before April 15th. (Saturday, Brooklyn Brainery, $10)

7. Learn and shop at the BUST School For Creative Living & Craftacular, a weekend-long event featuring over 100 workshops, talks, classes, and panels on everything from feminism to embroidery to witchcraft, alongside the BUST Craftacular. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, FREE-$15/class)

8. Pick something up at the Colored Girls Hustle Holiday Market, a curated pop-up shopping experience featuring women of color artists, creatives, and makers selling handmade jewelry, wearable art, intimate apparel, gut healthy cocktails, and more. (Saturday, New Women Space, FREE)

9. Rock out with your shop out at the Fascination Street Holiday Market, with twenty punk, goth, rock n roll, vintage, kawaii, and oddities vendors, two bars, live bands, and so much holiday shopping. (Saturday, Diviera Drive, FREE)

10. Shop with a cause at the Holiday Market 4 Reproductive Justice, and shop from local artists and support Planned Parenthood of NYC while drinking cider and shopping from local makers and artists. (Saturday, 664 Bergen St., FREE)

11. Shop outside the boroughs with the Phoenicia Flea Holiday, a nomadic market of makers and merchants from the Catskills, Hudson Valley and beyond, offering the very best in handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, curated vintage and more. (Sat-Sun, The Williamsburg Hotel, FREE)

12. Stifle those laughs at That Slapstick Show: The Forgotten Clowns Of Silent Comedy, where film curator Nelson Hughes shines the spotlight on some of the obscure forgotten comedians from the silent film era with a selection of comedy shorts from the 1910s and 1920s. (Saturday, 389 Melrose St, $10)

13. Make sure you can get in to No Fckboys Allowed Comedy Show, a night full of hilarious acts from MTV, BET, and others, featuring Jessica Clayton, Kevin Lee, Caitlin McKee, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn House of Comedy, $15)

14. See a festive lineup at Rubulad Holiday Revue, starring (in no particular order) The Stillette-Hoes, Pretty Polly, Ryan Laetari, The Trash Can Twins, Jeff and Buttons, Tanya Solomon Magic, and much more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-15)

15. Dance like you’re back in time at San Junipero: A Retrowave Party for a night of a night of cinematic, 80s-influenced dance cuts influenced by 1980s film soundtracks and video games in both sound and visual aesthetic. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, FREE before midnight)


Pick up something claymazing (#16). Photo via Annual Clay Space 1205 Holiday Show + Sale.

16. Pick up some pot at the Annual Clay Space Holiday Show & Sale, where in addition to beautifully crafted and one-of-a-kind ceramics, there will be local textiles, mugs, kombucha gift sets, refreshments, and more. (Sunday, Magick City, FREE)

17. Backstroke into the Gowanus Swim Society Holiday Art Market, featuring an assortment of handmade items from their own swimmers and local artisans, happy hour specials, tarot readings, and more. (Sunday, Dirty Precious, FREE)

18. Get your fix for something flat at Deck the Walls and support some amazing local artist and makers with affordable original art and handcrafted gifts great for hanging on your wall. (Sunday, Spritzenhaus, FREE)

19. Find something unique at the Shamanic and Indigenous Arts Holiday Market, where all items have been handpicked and fair-trade sourced from the Amazon jungle, Andean Mountains, and various tribes of Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Egypt. (Sunday, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, FREE)

20. Pop a lactaid for Return of the Mac: Mac and Cheese Cooking Competition, where you have the chance to show off your mac making skills to be judged by all, and attendees will have a chance to sample all of the homemade goodness. (Sunday, The Corners, $20-30)

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