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

1. Hear some far out sounds with Balún & Salt Cathedral, electronic indie band Balún has absorbed styles as far-ranging as contemporary classical to Puerto Rican folk, and a set blending ambient, trip-hop, and Colombian dance culture from Salt Cathedral. (Friday, National Sawdust, $20)

2. Rooftop films returns with This Is What We Mean By Short Films, a program of new short films featuring illegal Chinese Trap music, animated bungee dives, and conga lines on the high seas. (Friday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE)

3. See things in a different light at A Streetcar Named Desire, an immersive new staging of Tennessee Williams’ classic, featuring a genderqueer actor in the iconic role of Blanche DuBois. (Fri-Sun, Mister Rogers, $30-35)

4. Yuk it up at Mock-U-Mental LIVE Radio Show, a live in studio comedy radio show featuring some of the best of the best from around the country, including Alex Castle, Saunt Yubea, and more. (Friday, 119 Ingraham St, $10)

5. Have a night of drinks and dancing at the n+1 Issue 34 Launch Party in celebration of Issue 34: HEAD CASE with DJs, visuals, and a free copy of the latest issue. (Friday, 99 Scott Street, $10 for non-subscribers)


Hear an eclectic history of music for strings (#12). Photo via.

6. Get tuned up at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble: Bicycle Flea Market, a bicycle flea market where you can buy new and used bicycles, bicycle accessories, bicycle collectibles, clothing and other bike treasures. (Saturday, The Old Stone House, FREE)

7. Test your levels at Soil Safety Basics: A Lead in Soils Workshop, where participants will learn about lead contamination in exposed soils, plus free soil testing to find out the levels of lead in your soil. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Neighbors, FREE)

8. Disc-uss all things music at the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, featuring over 50 vendors including independent labels, record stores, and vintage vinyl vendors, with DJs spinning all day. (Saturday, Smorgasburg, FREE)

9. Use your hands at the Craft In Focus Festival, presenting hands-on workshops for people of all ages, master classes and demonstrations, focusing on master craftsmanship like calligraffiti, air brushing, basketry, spoon making, and more. (Sat-Sun, Industry City, FREE)

10. Chill out at Ambient Cafe, featuring an all vinyl set of ambient, IDM and breaks oddities from the past 5 decades from midday to evening, and will be joined by CCL. (Saturday, Public Records, FREE)

11. Get a taste of the afterlife at Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Visions of the Afterlife in the Catholic Tradition, which explores Catholic visions of the afterlife that have stirred the popular imagination and served to steer the collective moral compass for centuries. (Sat-Sun through the summer, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE)

12. Get strung out at Contemporaneous and Projeto Arcomusical, an ensemble of 22 musicians whose mission is to bring to life the music of the present, playing an eclectic history of music for strings, from the kora to the harp to the cello to the berimbau. (Saturday, Littlefield, $10-25)

13. Gather ’round the fire at Campfire, a live outdoor storytelling show around fire that aims to put a modern spin on an ancient art form, featuring Michelle Buteau, Guitler Raphael , Friends Who Folk, and more. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Farms, $5)

14. Learn about indie video games at Secret AV Club: An Indie Game Discussion, where indie video game developer Gabe Cuzzillo will present his recently released game “Ape Out” and talk about how he created the game. (Saturday, Prospect Park South, $8)

15. Hear old tales at Ancient Oral Brooklyn History, where the most famous oral performer in history, Homer, invites you to watch the best modern day practitioners of character performers. (Saturday, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, $7)


Check out a a bicycle flea market (#6). Photo via.

16. Live out your rock ‘n roll fantasies at Spoons, Toons & Booze: Rocks, where your favorite Saturday morning and weekday afternoon cartoons are played on the big screen with a special menu of episodes featuring rock stars, musical numbers, and more. (Sunday, Nitehawk Cinema, $18)

17. See how downtown has changed with Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn: A Walking Tour, which will highlight the development that has recreated downtown Brooklyn as a result of the Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning of 2004. (Sunday, Jay St & Myrtle Ave, $12)

18. See international films at BFSFilmFest Presents: Taste Test, a night of short films centering the black femme as a global protagonist, allowing black filmmakers the chance to create community amongst each other. (Sunday, Mayday Space, $15)

19. Get lost in Dystōpia in New York, a surreal world, filled with visual curiosities and interactive experiences, where you will navigate through chill-out spaces, a playground for adults, healing zones, and more.  (Sunday, Knockdown Center, $35-45)

20. See how artists relate to film with Bahareh Khoshooee / “Fish & Cat” where interdisciplinary artist Bahareh Khoshooee will present an artist talk followed by a screening of the drama/thriller Iranian film “Fish & Cat”. (Sunday, Bizarre Bar, FREE)

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