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The best cheap things to do this weekend, stay warm edition

1. Learn effective self-defense techniques at the LGBTQ Self-Defense Class,  and learn how to avoid and respond to violent situations, and discuss everything from stranger violence to domestic violence. (Friday, Traditional Okinawan Karate, FREE)

2. Drink in the wine and words at Brooklyn Writers Space Reading Series featuring works and works-in-progress from community members who help give our borough its literary reputation, with novelist CJ Hauser, poet Terence Degnan, and more. (Friday, Community Book Store, FREE)

3. See the biggest little comedy show at Comedy at the Corner with craft beer happy hour all night, featuring Hari Kondabolu, Billy Prinsell, Maddie Wiener, and more. (Friday, The Hungry Ghost, $5)

4. Join hands and dance with the crowds at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, and shop for folk arts and eat food anchored in Balkan traditions with programming that spans the ancient and the experimental, the loud and the synthesizer. (Fri-Sat, The Grand Prospect Hall, $30+)

5. Dance and celebrate at The Deep End 3 Year Anniversary with performances by Misty Meaner and Mocha Lite, and performances by La Familia Purry and Mr. JPatt. (Friday, The Deep End, $5-10)


Shop for folk arts and celebrate the traditions of the Balkans (#4).


6. Sound like space at the Mixed Level Theremin Workshops where beginners and advanced players will learn the technical aspects of the Theremin: positioning, calibration, basic exercises for both hands, and repertoire. (Saturday, Main Drag Music, $40)

7. Scoop up some skills at Ice Cream Mixology 101: Cocktail Making Class and sample each of the four ice cream cocktails, and then choose any two and learn to make them yourself. (Saturday, Tipsy Scoop, $49)

8. Daytime dance at Yes Homo: A Queer Daytime Party, a daytime dance party celebrating queer icons, queer culture, and queer joy. (Saturday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

9. Check yourself in at Hotel Elefant / Bearthoven, “one of New York’s fastest rising new-music outfits” opens its season with a program of music by Carlos Bandera and Sean Harold, selected from a recent call for scores. (Saturday, Areté Venue and Gallery, pay what you wish)

10. Hear the award-winning group Choral Chameleon Ensemble: If I Left the Zoo, a 12-voice ensemble that explores the primal instincts in humans and the stories and fables of earth’s creatures and transformations in this epic narrative concert. (Saturday, St. Nicholas Church, FREE)

11. Take over Harvard Law school at Legally Blonde: A Drinking Game, where whenever a buzz word or phrase is said, a bell rings, and everyone drinks, including the actors. (Saturday, The Bell House, $18)

12. Dance into the night at Young Adult Friction, a dance party celebrating indie and alternative music new and old. (Saturday, The Broadway, FREE)


Check in to Hotel Elefant (#9). Photo via.

13. Defend yourself at Women’s Self-Defense Class, and learn effective self-defense techniques and how to avoid and respond to violent situations, and wrap up with refreshments and community building. (Sunday, Traditional Okinawan Karate, FREE)

14Race for glory at Mario Kart Night, where you can win a $30 bar tab or runner up prizes by playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. (Sunday, Bar Uni, FREE)

15. Mess it up at Lindsay: A Messy Comedy Show, the first in 2020 featuring Alejandro Morales, Rachael Cain, Keenan Steiner, and more. (Sunday, The Vault, FREE)

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