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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, open everything edition

1. Catch the sunset before cruising the Fall Open Studios, a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art, showcasing the residency and studio artists working in Sunset Park’s growing artist community. (Fri-Sat, NARS Foundation, FREE)

2. Scare yourself all month long at the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest, a festival that embodies the spirit of Brooklyn showcasing the best new independent films the horror genre has to offer. (Fri-Thu, various locations)

3. Raise money for an indie film at Catfight Crowdfunding Party and join the crew of the short film Catfight, about women fighting to the death a la Thunderdome, for a night of art, film, raffle prizes, and the tunes of local punk bands. (Friday, Little Skip’s, FREE)

4. Have some laughs with Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Jordan Carlos, and other guests who will make you laugh all night with their stand-up comedy. (Friday, EastVille Comedy Club, $20 + 2 drink min.)

5. See people move their bodies the way no person should at Acrobatic Conundrum: The Fig Tree Waltzes, with performers whose virtuosic athletic feats are offset with the fragilities of humanity, weaving together acrobatics, dance, Cyr wheel, storytelling, juggling, and aerial feats into a unique and unforgettable evening. (Fri-Sun, The Muse, $10-50)


Everything’s trash but it’s okay (#19). Photo via Facebook.


6. Get nosy at Open House New York and explore places that are normally closed to the public all over the five boroughs, so take a look at the map and check out interesting locations right in your neighborhood and beyond. (Sat-Sun, various locations, FREE)

7. Wake up early for Art & Yoga, a morning of exhilaration and inspiration of yoga and mindfulness meditation, followed by a self-guided tour of specially selected contemplative objects. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, $10 includes museum admission)

8. Walk the halls at Army Terminal Open Studios and explore new works from 96 visual artist studios, interact with studio artists, and wander freely through the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Army Terminal, FREE)

9. Get your Halloween gifts at the Made By Hand Market, a curated market highlighting the very best of handmade and design artisans in the fields of fashion, jewelry, food, accessories, art, home and lifestyle goods, with live musical performances and a rhythm tap dance group. (Saturday, Old First Reformed Church, FREE)

10. Turn up the heat at the Chile Roasting Festival celebrating the hatch chile which is unique for its subtly sweet, spicy, crisp, and smoky taste by roasting over 200 pounds of it, and admission includes drinks, food tickets, tequila, and chiles. (Saturday, The Well, $28)

11. Carve out a spot at the Pumpkin Carving Contest and show off your pumpkin carving skills, and see others that have been masterfully decorated, with prizes awarded for the carve-master, most creative, classic jack-o-lanterns, and kids entries. (Saturday, Crest Hardware, FREE)

12. Go back to analogue and Bring Your Own Photo to hang on the wall for all to see, have some drinks, meet some new friends, and see come cool art. (Saturday, Bushwick Community Darkroom, FREE, $5 to hang art)

13. Leave expectations at the door for Blunderland Variety Show, drawing from the finest burlesque, circus, cabaret, and queer scenes, enjoy an evening of variety with all the whimsical, surreal, and psychedelic you can handle. (Saturday, House of Yes, $20)

14. Hear a mix of musical medleys Final OneBeat Performance, a meeting of 25 global musicians hailing from over 17 countries, closes its month-long U.S. residency featuring modern mashups of traditional songs from Mongolia, Southern Africa, and Afro-Brazilian grooves. (Saturday, Murmrr Ballroom, $10)

15. Shake your brass at Honk Brass-Tastic Blowout and close out a week of brass bands with performances by Maracatu New York, Funkrust Brass Band, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $12-15)


Be mindful during yoga at the BK Museum (#7). Photo via Facebook.


16. Try a new sport with Street Curling 101 and try your hand on the rink and get some pointers from the experts from the Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club. (Sunday, Parklife, FREE)

17. Low key dance at Mister Sunday, an afternoon into evening dance party with good food, drinks, and residents Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin play tunes, sometimes with help from their friends. (Sunday, Nowadays, $15-20)

18. Get your honkey tonk at Classic Country and finish up your weekend with vocal fireworks, sizzling guitar licks, high and lonely pedal steel sounds and rock solid bass, all playing your favorite classic country tunes. (Sunday, Hank’s Saloon, FREE?)

19. There’s truth in the title at Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay, where the star of 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson, shares a hilarious essay collection on gender, race, dating, and a world that seems to always be a self-starting dumpster fire. (Sunday, The Bell House, $25)

20. Delve into the dark and delightful at Déviante Drawing Salon: Crepundia, where fantastical vignette unfolds before you and invites you to join by capturing poses of anthropomorphic form with any drawing material that. (Sunday, Chandra Lair, $20)

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