The best cheap things to do this weekend, Balkan edition

1. Balk at the music at Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, a celebration of Balkan and Roma music and dance, with more than 50 bands and acts on multiple stages, and free Balkan and Middle Eastern snacks. (Friday, Grand Prospect Hall, $35)

2. Grab a bag of peanuts for The No Ring Circus Presents: Repent, a full set of revivalist and classic sideshow acts all the way from New Orleans. (Friday, El Cortez, $10)

3. Place your bets at Castaways Casino Club, an illicit gambling establishment featuring blackjack, roulette and the star attraction of the night, Texas Hold’em tournaments for a $50 prize. (Friday, Gemini & Scorpio Loft, $10-20)


Shake your Brass (#1). Photo via Facebook.

4. Zen out at Deep Beats Yoga, where instructors will lead you through an hour of vinyasa flow accompanied by your personal soundtrack of atmospheric deep house grooves with free refreshments. BYO mat. (Saturday, House of Yes, $25)

5. The details are foggy at The Third Man, a homoerotic performance-noir for two actors, a projectionist, and two audience members and is a story of desire, obsession, and mystery set in a Metropolis inundated with fog. (Sat-Sun, Vital Joint, $20-25)

6. Get ready to laugh at Kindred Spirits: A Comedy Show, with talent that has been featured on Comedy Central, The New Yorker, and others, featuring Emily Winter, Casey James Salengo, and more. (Saturday, Kindred Spirits, FREE)

7. See toons set to tunes at Cartoon Carnival: All Stars where animated historian Tommy Jose Stathes screens some of the most popular cartoon characters in screen history, presented in 16mm film with musical accompaniment by Charlie Judkins. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10)

8. After the Women’s March, head to The XX Factor, where in solidarity with the march presents live music by Pussy Grabs Back, Ratas En Zelo, Lord Youth, and Pinkie Promise, plus projections, veg and vegan pizza, tarot readings, and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-15)

9. Bust a move at Soul Clap & Dance-Off with Psychic Ills, the soul vinyl dynamism with Jonathan Toubin and the NY Night Train Shadow Dancers, plus a $100 dance contest, with Psychic Ills and Honey playing earlier. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $7-15)

10. Hear those speakers purr at Bamboo Bass Festival PreParty, an evening of carefully curated music recreating the warm sunny beaches and inspiring rain forests of Costa Rica, bringing the best in bass. (Saturday, The Deep End, $15)


Get close and personal (#5). Photo via Facebook.

11. Keep the momentum going at The Anti-Capitalist Feminist Convergence after the Women’s March will showcase the activist work that socialist feminist, anti-capitalist, and left of center feminists are doing around gender justice in NYC. (Sunday, Verso Books, FREE)

12. Talk about community at Open Studio with Black Girl Magik, a public studio session for an IRL think tank on what community means to you and how you can explore that through our thematic calendar for the year. (Sunday, Powrplnt, FREE)

13. Rock out with Moon Sugar, an instrumental band that fuses elements of funk, rock, and jazz. Their music blends improvised and composed music seamlessly, all while packing a serious punch. (Sunday, fourfivesix, FREE)

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