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The 10 best cheap things to do this week, fireside feast edition

1. Work out with a view at Waterfront Workouts: Salsa, a fusion of salsa and jazz dance as a great cardio workout by dancing in the evening sun with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. (Monday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

2. Get a crash course in cybersecurity fundamentals at Mr. Robot’s Hacker Happy Hour and watch the first episode of Mr. Robot, followed by an in-depth look at some of the tools and concepts featured in the episode. (Monday, Starr Bar, $10 donation suggested)

3. Hear traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass and Americana at Porchstomp, where the city’s finest folk artists play on porches, in backyards and inside the homes of city dwellers with country hearts all week long. (Tuesday, Quincy Atom, $10)

4. See the musical parody Fiddler on the Rooftop Bar, in which the L Train shutdown forces Tevye and his platonic roommate Golde to relocate from their home in Williamsburg to the strange land of Astoria, far from the home they love. (Tuesday, The Bell House, $12)

5. Celebrate African culture and its contributions to contemporary music, dance and science at Indigenius Haus, a two-day pop up exhibit featuring interactive activations such as a coloring bar, science installation, afrobeats station and more. (Wed-Thurs, 35 Meadow St, $20)

6. Explore your own hero’s journey at I Didn’t Think I Could Do That, where the protagonist (you!) reluctantly goes on an adventure only to discover that it is a necessary step for growth and to truly feel alive. (Wednesday, Lightning Society Lofts, $20-25)

7. It’s not so easy at Not Always Black and White: A History of Race During Reconstruction, where author Daniel Brook dives into how a more complex idea of ethnic identity can challenge the oppression of racial absolutism that continues to exist today. (Thursday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $10)

8. Stay hungry for the Fireside Feast: Flatlands Edition which will host a hearth cooked meal where the food for the evening will be from the house’s gardens and farm. (Thursday, Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, $20)

9. Experience the year’s best animated short films at the Animation Block Party with an alumni showcase including Academy Award nominees, Sundance winners, TV show-creators, independent filmmakers, and more. (Friday, Industry City, $16)

10. No iPod needed for The Mp3 Experiment Sixteen, a participatory audio adventure where attendees download an audio file and listen to synchronized secret instructions in a public space. (Friday, Prospect Park, FREE)

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