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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, cat video edition

1. Read into things at the 26th Annual Book Sale and discover new literary treasures, mostly priced at $1 or $2, plus children’s books, games and puzzles, thousands of CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records, and more. (Fri-Sun, Park Slope United Methodist Church, FREE-$5)

2. Bust out your falsetto for the High Notes, a high-energy, queer AF, and rock-n-roll-as-hell live musical comedy show with a revolving roster of stand up comedians, cabaret performers, musicians, and more. (Friday, Cloud City, $9-14)

3. Small art adds up to something big at The Canvas Project Exhibition Opening, and celebrate the mini canvases that make up their new encyclopedia on Friday night, with the exhibition open to the public all weekend. (Friday, Brooklyn Art Library, FREE)

4. Help with some tour support at the Pinc Louds Tour Fundraiser and dance to two full sets from the Pinc Louds to help them get down to Georgia and back on their 10-show tour. (Friday, Bizarre Bar, $10+)

5. Oi to the world with Punk Rock Karaoke for New York DanceSafe for another night of punk rock sing-a-longs for a cause, featuring songs that aren’t in your average karaoke book, like Jawbreaker, Circle Jerks, Bikini Kill, and more. (Friday, Pine Box Rock Shop, $10 suggested)


Get ready for a punk rock sing-a-long (#5). Photo via.

6. Choose your own adventure at Aromatherapy Workshop: Perfume, Roll-Ons & Bath Bombs where all participants will start out making their fragrance base, then choosing which direction to take it in: perfume spray, roll-on oil or bath bomb. (Saturday, Earth Speaks, $35)

7. Have the purr-fect day at the Cat Video Fest, a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. (Sat-Sun, Alamo Drafthouse, $15)

8. Take your crazy pills for Shape Shifter, an absurd comedic play about a crazy woman holding a young man and woman captive, and demanding a scandalizing act between the two of them. (Saturday, Triskelion Arts, $20-25)

9. Roll the dice at Live Multiplayer D&D Game, a live Dungeons & Dragons game where everyone in the audience will take a turn at the table, replacing other adventurers that fall prey to the many monsters and traps in the dungeon. (Saturday, Twenty Sided Store, FREE)

10. Free drinks for the first 10 who register at Trigger Play Comedy Show, bringing you great comedy from Jordan Jensen, Eagle Witt, Julia Shiplett, and more. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

11. Don’t blend in at Camouflage: A Comedy Show, with a chill house-party vibe complete with cheap drinks and free pizza, plus a stacked lineup featuring Aparna Nancherla, Ophira Eisenberg, Shalewa Sharpe, and more. (Saturday, Big Irv’s, $5)

12. Bond over bodies at American Bods: A Burlesque Tribute to Neil Gaiman, with TV adaptations of American Gods returning and Good Omens just around the corner, see burlesque performers take on your favorite characters from each. (Saturday, Bizarre Bar, $10)

13. Be my butterfly with Crazytown, yes that Crazytown, playing in our own backyard with their brand of rap rock to bring you back to the good ol’ days. (Saturday, Sunnyvale, $15-40)

14. Bust a move at NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off featuring a live performance by Ethiopian music innovator and living legend Hailu Mergia, and dancing ’til late to the soul vinyl dynamism of Jonathan Toubin. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $7-15)

15. If you missed the original earlier this week, try again for Emo Night Brooklyn and travel back in time to when band t-shirts were tight, belts were white, and your hair was dyed. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $10-15)


The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra plays Frida Kahlo’s favs (#16). Photo via.

16. Have a classic Sunday with the Brooklyn Symphony Performing the Music of Frida Kahlo’s World, a tribute to the composers Frida knew and loved, including Revueltas’s “Ventanas,” Copland’s “El Salón México,” and the overture to Gershwin’s 1930 hit “Girl Crazy.” (Sunday, Brooklyn Museum, $1-25)

17. Taste it to be sure at Whiskey Wars Tour and Tasting, a tour and tasting that explores whiskey scandals of the past like the Navy Yard’s role in cracking down on illegal whiskey, as well as distilling and crafting whiskey today. (Sunday, Brooklyn Navy Yard Center @ BLDG 92, $20)

18. Protect yo self at Women’s Self-Defense Class, and learn effective self-defense techniques and how to avoid and respond to violent situations, and discussing everything from stranger violence to domestic violence. (Sunday, Traditional Okinawan Karate, FREE)

19. See music for a cause at Music Against Mass Incarceration IV, the fourth installation of this genre-spanning biannual festival will be a benefit for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, featuring Kill Alters, Weeping Icon, and more. (Sunday, Secret Project Robot, $$? donations)

20. Make your way down the red carpet to the Academy Awards Screening Party and into the photo booth, settle in with a complimentary glass of champagne and free popcorn, and try your hand at predicting the winners with the online voting ballots. (Sunday, Littlefield, FREE)

Grand Street Restaurant Week is back! From Monday, February 18 – Sunday, March 3, diners can enjoy discounted prix fixe menus with special offerings at 15 Grand Street restaurants! Two-course lunch offerings start at $10 and three-course dinner offerings are all less than $35 per person. For a full list visit grandstreetrestaurantweek.com [sponsored]

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