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The best cheap things to do this weekend, toilet fire edition

1. Light it up as Brooklyn neon artist Annesta Le opens her newest exhibition of glowing structures, Inner Space. (Friday-Saturday, Yi Gallery, FREE)

2. Apparate on over to Flip Them the Wand, a Harry Potter-themed burlesque show benefitting the Ali Forney Center, a shelter and community center supporting LGBT youth. (Friday, The Nest, $10)

3. Comedians are stacking up at the House of Bricks, kicking your weekend off right with a baker’s half-dozen standup. (Friday, Pine Box Rock Shop, FREE)

4. See photos from native Williamsburg residents from the 90s at Growing Up in 90s Williamsburg, presented by the Brooklyn Social. (Friday, Void Studios, FREE)

5. Project your true self at The Warper Party with two rooms of music and computer-projected visuals all night. (Friday, The Deep End, FREE)


Discover the power of Iraqi culture (#15). Photo via.

6. Don’t let your resolution die just yet, as JackRabbit hosts a 6 mile warmup run for the NYC Half Marathon, with flapjacks and mimosas to beckon you to the finish line. (Saturday, JackRabbit, FREE) 

7. Switch up your greenery at the Small Stuff Plant Swap and donate or trade smaller plants and refoliate your pad. (Saturday, Muchmore’s, FREE)

8. Slurp down some knowledge and art skills as scientific illustrator Monica Schroeder provides not only a lecture on the once-threatened oysters of New York, but a hands-on instructional on how to depict them in watercolor. (Saturday, Bushwick Inlet Park, FREE)

9. Leave your offerings at the porcelain throne as Toilet Fire takes you on a humorous yet heartfelt theatrical exploration of religion, healing, and scatology. (Friday-Saturday, Vital Joint, $20)

10. Translocate your thinking at Art Teleported, a conference, exhibition, and party featuring artists ungrounded by geography. (Saturday, The Box Factory, $25)

11. Reach a more transcendental state at Ambient Church’s Sea of Bliss, a night of headspace-forward ambient music performances and architectural projection mapping. (Saturday, Bushwick United Methodist Parish, $25)

12. Turn off Adult Swim and let Joe Pera talk to you in person at the comedy show Boardwalk. (Saturday, Union Hall, $7)

13. Check out a wild comedy show debating life’s greatest mysteries at Would You Rather, which puts two absurdist questions front and center against each other. (Saturday, Friends and Lovers, FREE)


See Bangalore-based documentarian Sindhu Thirumalaisamy (#14). Photo via.

14. Explore the glimmering but also dark side of civic projects as Bangalore-based documentarian Sindhu Thirumalaisamy presents and hosts a panel on two of her films exploring this dichotomy. (Sunday, UnionDocs, $10)

15. Discover the power of Iraqi culture at The Politics of Preservation, with a discussion from the perspective of those who defended its worth, followed by a traditional maqam, part of the oral tradition of the Iraqi people. (Sunday, MoMA PS1, $15)

16. Engage some lower key issues than the primary at Big Debates, Lil Issues, and cheer on your favorite positions for the most inconsequential things. (Sunday, The Bell House, $12)

17. Fake it til you make it at I’m Coming, comedian Molly Brenner’s autobiographical show, which is on tour after premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. (Sunday, Union Hall, $12)

18. Decompress from your hometown holidays with Angry Gay Relative, a show where five comedians explore that tense, awkward, but often ridiculous position of being the angry gay relative at the dinner table. (Sunday, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, $10)

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