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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, spring cleaning edition

1. Nerd out to nudes at the Nerdlesque Fest, and delight in the galaxy’s original Nerdy Burlesque Festival as they celebrate their 5th year of nerdy nudity and see shows, take classes, play games, and more. (Fri-Sun, Coney Island USA, $40+)

2. Follow a clueless diva at Magnum Opus: A Retrospective, a multidisciplinary evening of solo performances combining theater, dance, and scenic installation about a hilarious yet sincere caricature of a downtown artist. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, $20)

3. See fresh bits that range from deranged to demented to delightful at Ladies Who Ranch, where in the past they’ve performed as a vomiting opera singer and Sandy from Grease, but a lesbian. (Friday, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, $10)

4. Don’t be restrained by genre or tempo at Music From Memory, featuring Jamie Tiller who has traveled extensively across European cities and backwaters alike on an endless quest for the most amazing music you’ve never heard. (Friday, Public Records, $25)

5. Get through this thing called life at Sometimes It’s Prince in April and dance it out while being taken Around The World In A Day with a blend of All Things Prince: the hits, deep cuts, remixes, rarities, and more. (Friday, Littlefield, $7-10)


Go back to the prohibition era (#14). Photo via.

6. Take a light-hearted look at trees at Poet-trees, and identify a few different types of trees and search for the poems hidden in the furrows of bark and in the slenderest of branches. (Saturday, Prospect Park, $13)

7. Rex Manning Day has nothing on Record Store Day, where not only will they have stock of all the Record Store Day 2019 Titles, but a full day of music and DJ sets in between bands. (Saturday, Rough Trade and various record stores, FREE)

8. See what film’s all about at New Member Orientation, because you’ve been thinking about becoming a member of the darkroom but you’re really not sure whats involved or where to start, so head to this orientation and find out. (Saturday, Bushwick Community Darkroom, FREE w/RSVP)

9. Eat outside again at Smorgasburg, the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors. (Sat-Sun, Williamsburg/Park Slope, FREE)

10. Pick up something new at the Spring Fling Pop-Up Market, and shop one-of-kind, handmade items from local artisans and vendors with over 20 vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

11. Find kites and quilts and more at the Haptic Lab Annual Studio Sale, which includes some of Haptic Lab’s most popular items: Constellation Quilts, Sailing Ship Kites, lots of big discounts and one-of-a-kind samples. (Saturday, Haptic Lab, FREE)

12. Sweet dreams are made of cheese at National Grilled Cheese Day, and enjoy a complimentary grilled cheese with your suggested donation of $5, plus drinks from The Bronx Brewery, and meet MacKenzie Smith, author of Grilled Cheese Social. (Saturday, Brooklyn Slate, $5)

13. Get comfortable with your body at Up the Sluts, an intersectional sex positive day long extravaganza with vendors, workshops, live nude painting, tarot, music, drag, burlesque, and much more. (Saturday, 3 Dollar Bill, $10-15)

14. Step back in time at Shhh It’s a Speakeasy, for some roaring 20s style fun as you enter the world of Charlie’s Speak-Easy & Casino, where booze flows freely, card players are fast, and the jazz is red hot. (Saturday, South Oxford Space, $20-40)

15. Winter is coming at the Rave of Thrones where Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor, will DJ this night to remember on the eve of the final season’s premiere as part of The Evolution Tour, which is currently touring the globe. (Saturday, Schimanski, $20+)


The whole gang from Planet Peelander is here (#20). Photo via.

16. Reward your spring cleaning at the Spring Community Clothing Swap, and bring your gently used clothes as well as housewares for free community exchange, with no need to bring wares if you’d like to take some home, and anything left will be donated. (Sunday, Woodbine, FREE)

17. Get to know your new neighbors at the Wonderville/DBAA Community Meet & Greet and learn how you can get involved with Death By Audio Arcade, meet other folks interested in DIY arcades, or just grab a drink at the bar. (Sunday, Wonderville/Secret Project Robot, FREE)

18. Become a dungeon master at Dungeons & Dragons and join Anyone RPG in the next session of Dungeons & Dragons: Fifth Edition, so learn how to play or jump back in the game at level 3 if you’ve been before. (Sunday, Anyone Comics, $10)

19. Sing feliz cumplianos at A Country Queen Birthday Tribute to Loretta Lynn with performances by Linda Hill, Sarah Durning, Monica Passin, and more, giving their best tribute performances to the birthday singer. (Sunday, Branded Saloon, $10)

20. Be a mad tiger with Peelander-Z, BoscoMujo, hailing from Planet Peelander, the Japanese action-comic punk band has been releasing happy party music to make everyone smile, with BoscoMujo as openers. (Sunday, Knitting Factory, $14-16)

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