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The best cheap things to do this weekend, butts edition

1. Rank-and-file rebellion is churning at The New Tech Worker Movement: What’s Next?, so join a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of tech worker organizing. (Friday, Verso Books, FREE)

2. Be the first to see it at the Black Box New Play Festival, a festival of new works by both new and established playwrights premiering 11 new plays over the course of three weekends, and a talk with the playwrights after the Sunday matinees. (Fri-Sun, Gallery Players, $20)

3. You’ll like Ike at An Evening with Ikechukwu Ufomadu, an unpredictable, stream-of-consciousness variety hour where Ike deftly slips in and out of personas, impressions, voices, songs, sketches, games, and interviews. (Fri-Sun, The Brick, $20)

4. Mourn another year without him at Loving The Alien: A David Bowie Tribute Dance Party, so Let’s Dance through these Changes, Young Americans, with hits, deep cuts, and videos from his 50-year career. (Friday, Littlefield, $5-8)

5. Butts in the air for Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce, with call-and-response lyrics over rapid-fire beats and lots and lots of booty-shaking. (Friday, Brooklyn Bowl, $20-50)


Spend an evening with Ike (#3).

6. What’s better than beer and music at Blue Point The Party, celebrating the release of The IPA with two free cans of this new beer, Matt and Kim headlining, plus Phony Ppl and Small Black as openers. (Saturday, Avant Gardner, $5 donation)

7. Navigate your way to Talking Headways, a podcast that explores the intersection of transportation, urban planning, city living, and anything else that piques their interest. (Saturday, Camp David, $8)

8. Feel your way around Heart-On: 5-Element Tantric Touch, which will cover basic theory and practical techniques in the beautiful, non-verbal language of touch, using 5 types of touch based on the qualities of each element. (Saturday, X Marks the Loft, $35-45)

9. See the best acts at Extra: A Burlesque Review, hosted by Eric Schmalenberger and featuring a wide variety of amazing talents, featuring Darlinda Just Darlinda, Ben Franklin, Sequinette, and many more. (Saturday, House of Yes, $15-30)

10. Go for smiles, hugs, and butts at The Butt Art & Music Event, with live screen printing, art, and musical performances by Kung Fu Crimewave, Jheremie Jacque, and more. (Saturday, Little Skips, $5)

11. Try your best at Dark Tank, a podcast where Yedoye Travis asks a melanin deficient guest to undo the mistakes of the past by pitching solutions to pressing minority issues to a panel of people of color. (Saturday, Union Hall, $10)

12. C is for Cookie Tongue, bringing their live experience consisting of specters, puppets, art objects that play sounds with shadow and light, dance and little secret slips from the unknown. (Saturday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

13. Look the other way at All Eyes On Us, where self-appointed “dames of comedy” Chrissy Shackelford and Hallie Haas host a variety show where, for one night only, they will benevolently turn all eyes off themselves and onto other people. (Saturday, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, $10)


Take your pants off (#14). Photo via Facebook.

14. Strip down for the No Pants Subway Ride, where you’ll ride the subway sans pants with some other strangers and pretend you have no idea why people are looking at you, with a no pants afterparty in Manhattan. (Sunday, Old Stone House, FREE)

15. Click your heels together three times for Return to Oz & Under the Rainbow VHS Double Feature and revisit the land of Oz with its bleak 1985 sequel, followed by a lighter side of Oz with Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher. (Sunday, Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, FREE)

16. Review the highlight reel at A Great Week For Women: A Night of Humorous Readings, where an all-female group of comedy writers will get together with esteemed comedic guests to read some of their favorite pieces. (Saturday, Velvet Brooklyn, FREE)

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