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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, bushy edition

1. Be one with the kings at the Happy Hour Tour and spend an evening at the beautifully restored Kings Theatre for a behind the scenes, historic tour of the venue, paired with a glass of their best red or white wine. (Friday, Kings Theatre, $30)

2. Become a cabaret connoisseur at Wondershow, a modern vaudeville experience featuring a stellar cast of magicians and mind-readers alongside the city’s most daring variety artists. (Friday, House of Yes, $35+)

3. Reach out and touch something at 3D Movies After Dark, each week exploring a new fascinating film presented in Anaglyph 3D (aka those blue and red glasses), covering topics such as sci-fi, fantasy, horror, documentaries, and the most bizarre. (Friday, Brooklyn Paranormal Society, FREE)

4. Use your brains at Trivia Night: Back to School and expect the categories to be various and beer innumerable, with three rounds plus a lightning round and an epic trophy for the winner. (Friday, Archestratus Books + Foods, FREE)

5. Line your livers for Puke Fest, a stand-up show drinking game where, before each comic, the hosts will say a thing that the comic typically does, and when they do that thing, everyone drinks. (Friday, Union Hall, $10-12)


See the best drag around at Bushwig (#15). Photo via Alix Piorun.

6. Bring home some books from the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair with more than 100 dealers of rare and vintage books, vernacular photography, rare ephemera, prints and posters, and a series of entertaining talks. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $10+)

7. Get up close with obsessive labors of love at Collectors’ Night where collectors and archivists showcase their treasures to the public and participate in rapid-fire show-n-tells. (Saturday, Our Lady of Mount Carmel- Annunciation, $20-24)

8. Have an art party at Smile Sometimes, featuring the work of Tashawn “Whaffle” Davis, a multi-disciplinary artist who brings together humor, historical reference and pop culture to explore a variety of cultural and socio-political issues. (Saturday, Peninsula Art Space, FREE)

9. Let the funk shine in at Kiss my Brass, celebrating the release of Joe Benjamin’s latest record, plus Amy Grace and her band Big Village Little City promise to deliver danceable conscious hip-hip and brass-driven New Orleans-style funk. (Saturday, House of Yes, $12)

10. Get a taste of the Caribbean at An Evening with Jamaica Kincaid, who chronicles family relationships, Caribbean culture, the taint of colonialism, and her love of gardening in conversation hosted by performer and writer, Attillah Springer. (Saturday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $20)

11. Jam out at The Listeners at NBCB Fundraiser, where all proceeds will benefit North Brooklyn Boat Club’s community programming on the waterways of NYC, featuring music by Creek and Kills, Transistor Ray, The Listeners, and more. (Saturday, Rubulad, $10-12)

12. See the C-list funnyman Neil Hamburger, who is the perfect satire of a slick, professional nightclub comedian, whose gags are certainly not for the faint of heart, as he plumbs the depths of depravity for the sake of a laugh. (Saturday, The Bell House, $20)

13. Sing for a cause at Punk Rock Karaoke and raise money for The People’s Power House while singing your favorite songs from bands like Circle Jerks, Gogol Bordello, Minor Threat, Operation Ivy, and more (Saturday, Bushwick Public House, $10 suggested)

14. Sculpt your face for the 12th Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition where the strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches descend upon Coney Island to see whose facial hair reigns supreme. (Saturday, Coney Island USA, $25)

15. See the world’s best drag at Bushwig for 23 hours of drag performances from 300+ acts, dancing, live music, and shopping from, 30 vendors, and so many lewks it’ll make your head turn. (Sat-Sun, Knockdown Center, $40-60)


Listen to the sweet sounds of Neil Hamburger (#12). Photo via.

16. Get your stretch on at Wanderlust 108, gathering teachers, experts, musicians, and creators at stunning destinations, this time Prospect Park, for transformational experiences. (Sunday, The Nethermead, FREE+)

17. See phenomenal arts and crafts outside of Japan at Bamboo Art in Bamboo Crafts, a solo exhibition by Takayuki Shimizu, a young talented bamboo artist from Beppu, Japan. (Sat-Sun, J-Collabo, FREE)

18. Forgit it all at the GIT Intermediary Workshop, for git users that know the basics, but want to level-up to collaborate more easily and better understand git, like branches and merging and resolving merges. (Sunday, Wonderville, $5)

19. Mix it up at The Comedy Key Party, where 10 comedians were paired together and challenged to collaborate on and create 10 minutes of new scripted comedy. (Sunday, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, $10)

20. Hear something new at Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast, because it takes years for a Broadway musical to hit the stage, but here you get a brand new original musical created on the spot. (Sunday, The Bell House, $20)

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