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The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, Memorial Day weekend edition

Queer up your Friday with Sydni Deveraux (#4) (pic by Ben Trivett)
Queer up your Friday with Sydni Deveraux (#4) (pic by Ben Trivett)

[Note: We have a whole separate roundup just for Memorial Day events!]

1. Get graphic at the launch party for New York Review Comics, which will publish new editions of old masterpieces and translations of books that have never been published in English. (Friday, BookCourt, FREE)

2. Mellow out at the Halcyon Chamber Series, performing works by Ridout, Saint-Saens, Rossini, Hovahnnes, and Bernstein. (Friday, Scholes Street Studio, $15)

3. Support lady culture at the fundraiser for Suffragette City, a DIY intersectional feminist zine, while listening to tunes from Crazy Pills, Hard Nips, Fruit & Flowers, and Decorum. (Friday, Aviv, $8)

4. Have a dazzlingly queer time at Hadley Fantastic’s Circus of Queerdos, featuring drag from Aja Queen and Goldie Peacock, burlesque from Deity Delgado and Sydni Deveraux, plus trapeze, pole-dancing, aerialists, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $10)

5. Summon some spirits at Vine of the Dead, exploring the place and meaning of ritual in the 21st century. (Friday, Invisible Dog, $20)


Diversify your beats with Rich Medina (#) (pic by Joene Nelson/Flickr)
Diversify your beats with Rich Medina (#8) (pic by Joene Nelson/Flickr)

6. Get on a boat: PortSide New York is offering tours of the tanker Mary A. Whalen for her 78th birthday. (Saturday, Red Hook, FREE)

7. Buy a bevy of books at Greenlight Bookstore’s Summer Sidewalk Sale, with deep discounts on endless literary treasures. (Saturday, Greenlight Bookstore, FREE)

8. Get some diversity in your DJ lineup at the Hype Life Music Festival, celebrating brown & black people in electronic dance music and featuring Rich Medina, Ian Friday, Natasha Diggs, and more. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, $15)

9. Shop a global marketplace at the DanceAfrica Bazaar, with 150+ vendors offering African, Caribbean, and African American food, crafts, and fashion. (Saturday, BAM, FREE)

10. Dance it out at the Makossa Brooklyn Cookout, with music by DJs Wonway Posibul, Tara, Center, and Shinobi Shaw, and food by Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen. (Saturday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE)

11. Relive your first time at Comic Sans: The Virgin Chronicles, where comics and storytellers including Shalewa Sharpe, Brendan Fitzgibbons, Chelsea White, and Claudia Cogan discuss their first times. (Saturday, Over the Eight, FREE)

12. Fête your inner deity at Goddess Party VII, with music by Macy Rodman, Eartheater, and Khum Princess, an insect petting zoo, and more. (Saturday, Kilroy Metal Ceiling, $5–$10 suggested)

13. Show some love for mamas at Mom: Wow!, a variety show celebrating the oldest job in the world, with games, standup, and stories from Naomi Ekperigin, Amber Nelson, Wes Haney, and Eliza Hurwitz. (Saturday, Cloud City, $5)

14. Belt out your best raps at Hip-Hop Karaoke, where you even get your own hype man to help you out. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $7)

15. Laugh it up at the Human Citizens Comedy Show, featuring Aparna Nancherla, Joe Zimmerman, Selena Coppock, Erik Monical, and Kevin Michael Smith. (Saturday, Art Café + Bar, FREE)


Liz Kinnmark's got some serious moves (#19)
Stretch it out with Liz Kinnmark (#19)

16. Have a good ol’ time at Country Gravy, a Southern brunch accompanied by twangy tunes from Jack Adams, Jack Grace and Emily Frembgen. (Sunday, Federal Bar, FREE)

17. Show your kitty love at Meow Day, with a cat-themed vendor market full of coloring books, t-shirts, buttons, and zines, plus adoptable cats from A Tale of Two Kitties. (Sunday, Silent Barn, FREE)

18. Ride over to a cycling double-feature: first the doc Bikes vs. Cars, presented by Transportation Alternatives, then Premium Rush. (Sunday, Syndicated, $3 each film)

19. See some serious moves at Get Summered’s Pole Position, a pole-dancing showcase with performances by both ladies and gents, including Manny Amill, Mara Mayer, Kirstin Dahmer, and Liz Kinnmark. (Sunday, Tender Trap, $5)

20. Get lost at sea with Wasabassco’s Pirate Show, featuring swashbuckling burlesque from Amuse Bouche, Creamed Stu, Dangrrr Doll, Evelyn Vinyl, Mr Gorgeous, and more. (Sunday, Bell House, $20)

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