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The 20 best things to do this weekend, shred edition

1. Invite Mary Jane to Salontalks 10: High Times, a dinner pop-up restaurant where strangers indulge in comfort food while discussing uncomfortable topics, this time about marijuana as it pertains to perception, ethics, religion, and politics. (Friday, Magick City, $20)

2. Don’t forget your tie dye for the Grateful Shred, an ode to the Grateful Dead with wide-open guitar tones, effortless three-part vocal harmonies, choogling beats, plenty of tripped out shredded solos. (Friday, Brooklyn Bowl, $15)

3. Party like it’s 1865 at A Night at Niblo’s Garden, a grand event in the cemetery with stilt walkers, penny farthing riders, dancers, and circus performers, followed by a grand spectacle. (Fri-Sat, Greenwood Cemetery, $40)

4. Game on! for Garthapalooza, an immersive screening of Wayne’s World bringing the Gasworks, to life for a night of music, comedy, and full-on ‘90s immersion, plus live sets from female-fronted bands who really wail. (Friday, Music Hall of Williamsburg, $42)

5. Become a dancing queen at Studio 54: Spooky Disco celebrating Friday the 13th that’ll make you dance til you drop with the very best disco gems and deep cuts, and funky soul on the rooftop, plus $100 flash tattoos before the party. (Friday, Our Wicked Lady, $5)


6. Do your best to not fall in at the North Brooklyn Boat Club Public Paddle that’ll have canoe tours with views of Manhattan, tasty food and drinks for sale cheap, and friends and neighbors gathering together on the shores of Newtown Creek. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Boat Club, FREE)

7. Celebrate World Emoji Day early at Emojicon and discuss the evolving role of emoji in culture and branding around the world, meet members of the Unicode Consortium’s Emoji Subcommittee, and get your fill of emoji art and design. (Saturday, The Bell House, $15)

8. Learn more about Asia at the Happy Family Night Market, a one-day festival that celebrates Asian American heritage by exploring Asian American narratives through food, art, films, and panels, inspired by the vibrant open air bazaars in Asia. (Saturday, 99 Scott Ave, $18)

9. Yasss zine, it’s Pete’s Mini Zine Fest where you can say hi to the latest lineup of zinesters, comix folks, and distributors, enjoy some good convo, relax in the back yard, and see work from a huge lineup of zine artists. (Saturday, Pete’s Candy Store, FREE)

10. Have a perfect pairing x2 at Fly in July, a beer, chocolate, and doughnut tasting event where each person receives a flight of 4 beer tastings, 4 chocolates and 4 doughnuts – all specifically chosen and developed to mix and match beautifully. (Saturday, Precious Metal, $25)

11. Show up early for a free tie dye baseball for Vegan Night & Grateful Dead Night and enjoy delicious food from renowned vegan restaurants, pre-game Yoga on the field, and a Grateful Dead cover band. (Saturday, MCU Park, $12+)

12. Learn about some shady history on the Whiskey Wars Factory Tour, and learn about the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s role in dispatching Marines to crack down on illegal whiskey distilling in the nineteenth century and other whiskey scandals of the past. (Saturday, Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, $20)

13. See varied mediums of art at the “Midnight” Opening Reception featuring artists creating works relating to idealistic societies, cultures, other worlds; or relate to the failure, doom, and deterioration of similar spaces. (Saturday, Paradice Palase, FREE)

14. Raise some funds at the Displaced Children’s Ball, which will feature performances by talented and concerned artists interested in making a contribution to those affected by the current administration, and all proceeds going toward RAICES in Texas. (Saturday, Bushwick location, $30)

15. It’s like Burning Man but kinda cold, and over one night at Freezing Man: The War Against the Sun which’ll be jam-packed with fantastic live bands, body moving DJs, mind-bending performances, intimate theatrical installations, and lots of snow machines encouraging participation from all guests. (Saturday, secret location, $20-25)


Catch Sasheer Zamata’s last regular Party Time (#20). Photo via Alix Piorun.

16. The early bird catches the worm at Birding in Peace, so wake up for a 6am start time for a peaceful Sunday morning walking tour to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home. (Sunday, Greenwood Cemetery, $10-15)

17. Catch the groove at The Soulfulness of David Bowie, an intimate conversation on the influence of soul on David Bowie’s musical stylings where Carlos Alomar draws on thirty years of experience as Bowie’s music director and a member of his funk rhythm section. (Sunday, Brooklyn Museum, $16)

18. While you’re down at the beach, why not check out the Coney Island History Project and view historic artifacts, photographs, maps, ephemera and films of Coney Island’s colorful past. (Sat-Sun, Coney Island History Project, FREE)

19. Bring a reusable bag to the Sustainable Fair Pop-Up for a day of shopping, workshops, lectures, and live music, making one decision at a time towards sustainability and a circular economy. (Sunday, The Dumbo Loft, FREE)

20. You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone at The Final Sasheer Zamata’s Party Time, her last regular show before she moves to LA, with special guests Wyatt Cenac, Liza Treyger, Emmy Blotnick, and more. (Sunday, The Bell House, $10)

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