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The best cheap things to do this weekend, tower power edition


1. Opening Reception: The Tower, where this Brooklyn-centric image will be the starting point for each artist in this exhibition, and from there it’s up to every artist to create an artwork from that image, and all art is priced at $120. (Friday, Shapeshifter Lab, FREE)

2. J’ouvert: Queer Visibility in Food and Culture, celebrating Afro-Caribbean food and culture at the intersection of tourism, gender, queerness, and the economic landscape of agriculture and cuisine in the Caribbean, NYC, and beyond. (Friday, MOFAD, $30)

3. Rooftop Shots: Closing Night 2019 where the closing night program looks back on old loves, bittersweet endings and builds to a thunderclap crescendo featuring a pair of storm chasers running down one last thrill. (Friday, Greenwood Cemetery, $16)

4. Venus of Dance and follow the story of burlesque legend Dee Milo from performing alongside Jennie Lee, to her journey home and her relationship with her mother and the fight within herself to justify her art form and way of life. (Friday, Coney Island USA, $20)


5. Learn the basics at Intro to DSLR and Mirrorless Photography which will cover exposure controls, capture modes and their ramifications, and will provide a basis for taking better pictures. (Saturday, Brooklyn Brainery, $46)

6. Red Hook Regatta, a community event where hundreds of spectators gather on Valentino Pier to watch homemade boats navigate the rough seas of New York City’s shipping harbor, with free catered food and half time entertainment. (Saturday, Pioneer Works, FREE)

6. NYC Corgi Meet Up August and bring your corgi and his or her cute lil’ butt to meet other corgis. If you don’t have a dog, watch from outside the fence as they frolic and play with each other for an afternoon of cuteness. (Saturday, Hillside Dog Park, FREE)

8. How Else? A Musical Workshop for Anyone, a workshop for anyone to see how else we can look at the relationship of humans to sound, to music, to proportion, and to the world. (Saturday, Vital Joint, $30)

9. Exert your energy at Bubble Ball, a combination of soccer and football as you’re wrapped up in a giant sphere, bouncing off fellow players to score goals for your side. (Saturday, McLaughlin Park)

10. Black Femme Photography Panel, a discussion of black art, cultural storytelling, the scarcity of black women in fashion photography, and racial diversity issues in fashion production with photographers Rashida Zagon and Vonecia Carswell. (Saturday, The Corners, FREE)

11. Gayme Show, where two straight men enter the arena, but only one leaves with the title of Queen of the Straights through games and trivia. (Saturday, The Bell House, $20)


12. Botanical Bundle Dyeing for an afternoon of creating color alchemy using plant material on silk using a combo of wild flowers, food scraps, and natural dye plants on 100% silk scarves. (Sunday, Venn Brooklyn, $35)

13. Tonics for Digestive Woes where you’ll learn to identify native plants commonly used for digestive complaints, how to create a formula, effective modes of administration, and proper dosages to make potent medicine. (Sunday, Enlightenment Wines Meadery, $25)

14. City Wild: The People’s Garden Project and gather in a vibrant natural space to be inspired by what’s outside and enliven our creativity within, with live music, a potluck, and some beautification of the space. (Sunday, The People’s Garden, FREE)]

15. Add a touch of greenery to your room at Terrarium Building for a hands-on workshop covering the basics of soil, sunlight, and watering, and put your new skills to the test by repotting a succulent in a glass terrarium to take home. (Sunday, Brooklyn Brewery, $14)

16. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Screening, a new series of casual film screenings with an emphasis on weird, campy, or otherwise “cult” movies, starting with this favorite where two go-go dancers break free from their nightclub and race out to the desert to stir up a little mayhem. (Sunday, Freddy’s Bar and Back Room, FREE)

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