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The 10 best cheap things to do this week, Independence Day edition

1. Travel through 3,000 years of history for Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers, a strange and sometimes brutal landscape of conquest and conflict, trade and innovation, hanging gardens and treasure-filled tombs. (Monday, Brooklyn Brainery, $10)

2. Live out your carnival dreams at The Deep End, equal parts darkly glittering variety show and exhilarating clutch-the-pearls circus sideshow, run by the people your parents warned you about.  (Monday, The Deep End, $10 suggested)

3. End the cycle of ordering out at Meal Planning Basics where discussion and hands-on planning techniques will take you from dreading the kitchen to having easy and healthy options to grab for any meal of the day. (Tuesday, Brooklyn Brainery, $25)

4. Create your own signature pour at Milk Steaming and Latte Art, a course that is ideal for baristas who have experience making coffee and now want to learn various latte art techniques. (Tuesday, Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists, $25)

5. It’s raining pen at PRISM Pen Storm, a writers’ workshop, showcase, and co-working event dedicated to instructing and inspiring writers of all levels, and receive assistance, guidance, and inspiration from three different authors. (Wednesday, Meta Den, $10-15)

6. Get a high energy workout at Dirty South Twerkout, delving into styles such as Nola Bounce, HBCU Band/Majorette, Hip-Hop Social Dances and Twerk techniques, while gaining an understanding of the influence of Africa in the Dirty South. (Wednesday, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, donation based)

7. Stay warm with hot dogs at Kobayashi Presents: Doggie Style, where Takeru Kobayashi (the world record holder for eating 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes) will perform a hot dog eating spectacular in a fundraiser for Immigrant Families Together. (Thursday, Kings County Distillery, FREE)

8. Brass yourself for Brass Bash #5, featuring the triumphant brassy sounds of Brass Queens, TM Street Band, and Drumadics for a night of wild music, plus free Queen Cake. (Thursday, Pine Box Rock Shop, $10)

9. Take an interactive musical walk through America’s volatile political history at This is the Ground, where the music will include a diverse array of songs spanning popular and classical styles ranging from the 1790s to now. (Friday, Old Stone House & Washington Park, FREE)

10. Reach beyond the physical world at Incense Making 101 and learn the ability to craft custom incense blends, an important tool in any practitioner’s toolbox. (Friday, Catland, $15)

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