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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, coffee & tea edition

1. Step into My Favorite Heartbreak, an immersive installation showcasing new work from Mitchell Reece Johnson dedicated to martyrs of activism and social equality and sheds light on how society has marginalized the black and brown body. (Fri-Sun, Paradice Palase, FREE)

2. Hear some “mind-melding sound wizardry” at No Revenge Necessary, a story about humans surviving in an environmentally scarred future where remaining humans elect to become hybrids, part of The Pan Asia Sounding Festival. (Friday, National Sawdust, $29)

3. Have two nights of amazing performances at BAMcafé Live with the electrifying energy and sartorial style of South Africa’s Moonchild Sanelly on Friday, and on Saturday Alsarah & The Nubatones takes the stage with their infectious brand of east African retro-pop. (Fri-Sat, BAM, FREE)

4. Send in the clowns for Pegasus, a visceral, weird, sick, and super silly solo comedy show written and performed by Amanda Ariel “Peggy” Xeller, an award-winning comedy clown. (Friday, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, $10)

5. Travel back in time with Emo Night to when Taking Back Sunday and The Used ruled the airwaves and Fuse played all the hits, to when belts were white and hair was striped. (Friday, Brooklyn Bowl, $15)


Comedian Anders Lee talks about being a “dummy” (#12). Photo via.

6. Shop internationally at Africaboutik, a black-owned Brooklyn pop-up, bringing a contemporary mix of modern African fashion and interior design produced on the African continent, with accessories sourced from local artisans. (Sat-Sun, Artists & Fleas, FREE)

7. Make some plant friends for life at Witching Herbs Plant Market and channel your inner green witch, featuring homegrown organic herbs and over 300 plants, including mugwort, nasturtium, white horehound, and many other botanicals. (Saturday, Catland, FREE)

8. Get craftin’ at Zine Workshop for Educators, a two-part series of zine workshops created specifically for educators, covering an overview and history of zines, zine design and creation, and how to use zines in the classroom. (Sat-Sun, Booklyn, $13-22 with discount code)

9. Celebrate sweet sweet caffeine at the Coffee and Tea Festival, with over 75 exhibitors from around the US as they pour tastings of their finest products, and introduce you to new and award-winning varieties. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $16)

10. Get animated at Picture This, with animators drawing the comedians live while they perform, and your money goes to a good cause helping support the Lady Parts Justice League. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8-10)

11. Flex those muscles at Ripped Up, a night of readings and performances that try and address our bodies, with new works about sex, gender, and all the problems, anxieties, and joys that come with our bodies. (Saturday, Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, FREE)

12. Keep your eyes and ears open at Dummy, where comedian Anders Lee dives headfirst into his story on being diagnosed on the autism spectrum, questions of education, social cues and what it means, in our hyper-capitalist, technology-saturated era, to truly be dumb. (Saturday, Cloud City, $10)

13. See sexy muppets at Felt Up: A Burlesque Tribute to Jim Henson, and explore the bizarre universe of Jim’s eccentric genius, with characters like Cookie Monster, William the Worm, Marjory the Trash Heap, and many more. (Saturday, Bizarre Bar, $10)

14. Rock out with ’90s vs ’00s Rock Sing-Along, an evening of non-stop singing and dancing to the biggest rock anthems from the 1990’s to the 2000’s, with the original music videos plus lyrics on the screen so everyone can sing along together. (Saturday, Pine Box Rock Shop, $5)

15. Fit a week into one night at Freezing Man VI: Global Meltdown, the annual ritual and revelry to pay respect to the spirits of winter, with events such as abominable snowlympics, iceberg RC games, “professional” ice performances, bobbing for frozen apples, and much more. (Saturday, secret location, $20+)


Jiggly Caliente hosts the BK Queer Flea (#18). Photo via.

16. Branch out with your veganism at the Vegan Market, a monthly indoor pop-up market with some of the area’s best vegan vendors with food, apparel, bath & body products, cosmetics and more. (Sunday, Market Hotel, FREE)

17. Indulge yourself at the Brooklyn Chocolate Takedown, where your job is to try all of the different chocolate concoctions that Brooklyn’s finest home cooks dream up, and vote on the finest prepared chocolate dish. (Sunday, Lot 45, $25)

18. Shop til you drop at The Pin Ball, bringing you the ultimate queer arts vendor experience, with Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Jiggly Caliente hosting the show, giving shows, and reading off raffle prizes. (Sunday, House of Yes, FREE)

19. DIY your signature scent at Essential Oils Blending Workshop, and learn how to balance aromatic notes and harness the power of plant energetics, investigate a variety of oils, and leave with your very own creation. (Sunday, Park Slope Yoga Center, $20)

20. Listen and laugh at Wildcard Reading Series: Humor, a literary reading which showcases work from emerging fiction writers in a different genre each month, with a few surprise guests thrown in for good measure. (Sunday, Idlewild BK, FREE)

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