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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, record hop edition

1. Become an amateur botanist at Field Day Fridays with Newtown Creek Alliance and tour the roof, dig in the dirt and get up close and personal with the Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa and the other important pollinators that are flowering. (Friday, Kingsland Wildflowers, FREE)

2. Bring your appetite to the Brooklyn Night Market, featuring NYC’s hippest foodie trends with all food offerings at $7 or less. (Friday, The Well, $10-25)

3. See your favorite comic characters grown up-ish at Dog Sees God, where drugs, sex and identity are now the topics of conversation in this gripping and funny contemporary comedy. (Fri-Sun, The Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

4. Get grossed out at Heather Benjamin: Cavegirl Monologue during the opening of the largest collection of her work to date of ultra femmes covered in blood, bugs, lipstick, and leg hair. (Friday, Muddguts, FREE)

5. Dance all night long at the Rebel Night Record Hop where Japanese host DJs Sei, Jun and Hiromu spin rock ‘n roll, rockabilly, soul, and blues music from the 50’s and 60’s, with DJ Mr Fine Wine from WFMU. (Friday, Diviera Drive, FREE)


Unsettle yourself and see some art (#3). Photo via Facebook.

6. Make it out to the World Maker Faire New York, the East Coast’s largest celebration of invention, creativity, and hands-on learning, showcasing the very best of the global maker movement. (Sat-Sun, New York Hall of Science, $25-40)

7. Spin right round at Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, with over 50+ vinyl, CD and cassette slinging vendors including record labels, stores and collectors. (Saturday, East River State Park, FREE)

8. Populate the pedestrian park at the Celebration of Fowler Square and welcome fall with a free series of tours and cultural programming dedicated to the history and progress of the public plaza space, and its namesake, General Fowler. (Saturday, Fowler Square, FREE)

9. Get your cowboy boots on for the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, with original and traditional country, folk, roots, blues, old time, and bluegrass artists all day on Pier 3 overlooking Manhattan. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

10. Demystify, destigmatize, and desexualize the naked body at A Body Is A Body, a film and photography-based art installation, designed to challenge commonly held perceptions of the human form. (Saturday, Forgotten Works Studio, FREE)

11. Water you waiting for, go to the Rock the Pulaski Benefit Party, the fall fundraiser at your community boat club that’s bringing bands, food, fire, and fellowship to the shores of Newtown Creek. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Boat Club, $5-10)

12. Make it Facebook official at Let’s Be Friends, a new kind of comedy show where comedians perform stand-up and then are interviewed by host Brandon Daniel Garner on how he can become their friend. (Saturday, Muchmore’s, FREE)

13. Join the dialogue at Queer Trash: The Symposium, a meeting of bright and queer minds, showcasing the myriad of ways that queers make sound, make sound queer, or skim around terms that may attempt to contain queer life. (Saturday, ISSUE Project Room, $15)

14. Can you tell me how to get to Puppets Present: Stand Up Comedy where Kelsey Caine and Carmen Lagala host a stand-up comedy showcase after they’ve been turned into puppets by the ghost of Jim Henson. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

15. Dancing is the best revenge at !!! (Chk Chk Chk) w/ Wives, who have outlived the mid-2000s ‘indie/dance punk’ tag and combines punk abandon and tightly-coiled dance music. (Saturday, Courtyard 1-2 of Industry City, $25)


You spin me right round baby right round (#7). Photo via Facebook.

16. Stomach it all at Dumpling Eating Contest where reigning women’s champ Molly Schuyler will compete to defend her title with last year’s impressive feat of scarfing 119 dumplings in two minutes. (Sunday, Atlantic Antic Main Stage, FREE)

17. Place yourself amongst the idle rich of the past at The Victorian Fads Trolley Tour and explore the pop culture faddishness from arsenic complexion cream and electric corsets to seances and spirit photography. (Sunday, Greenwood Cemetery, $25)

18. Turn that frown upside down at Always Happy Video Comedy Bop, an afternoon of never-before-seen comedy videos and shorts, submitted each month by NYC’s top comedians and filmmakers. (Sunday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $5?)

19. Peep some pretties at Pumps Pinups Presents: There Goes The Neighborhood, a showcase of the multi-faceted talents of the dancers that is also a fundraiser for The Sex Workers Giving Circle at Third Wave Fund. (Sunday, Pumps Bar, $15-20)

20. Feliz cumpleaños to Jenny’s Birthday Variety Show: Game Night, where host Jenny Gorelick celebrates her birthday every month with a cast of rotating comedians and performers. (Sunday, Union Hall, $8)

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