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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, winter picnicking edition

1. Feel like somebody’s watching you at The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism for an engaging discussion about “surveillance capitalism” and the quest by corporations to predict and control our behavior. (Friday, Roulette, $10)

2. Look to the starts for Astrology: An Introduction, a short look into the basics of astrology, designed to settle any questions a beginner might have and to spark an interest for further learning. (Friday, Catland, $10)

3. Be completely logical with Production Basics: Logic, where attendees will use Logic to learn the basics of music production, mixing, using virtual instruments, creating drum patterns and formatting ideas into songs. (Friday, Powrplnt, $5-25)

4. Pretend you’re in New Orleans during JunXion Carnaval, a multi room event with music, performance and magick, costumes are greatly encouraged, masks, feathers, beads, king cake, brass bands, and much more. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $30)

5. Trash it up at Female Trouble, a queer-friendly trash rock & roll party, with performances by Mini Horrorwitz, Ragamuffin, and more, with plenty of kitsch, glam, punk, and new wave. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, $5-8)


Dance your beads off (#14). Photo via.

6. Add to your cook book collection at the Food Book Fair, which will feature over 20 independent publishers and their top books, mags and swag. (Sat-Sun, Smorgasburg, FREE)

7. Be a Bernie bae at the Bernie Sanders Rally and join Bernie and his supporters for the first event of his 2020 presidential campaign. (Saturday, Brooklyn College, FREE)

8. Brighten up the winter doldrums and participate in Competitive Winter Picnicking with your costumed team to picnic outside for cash prizes for best meal, funnest picnic game, best drink, and most thematic team. (Saturday, Prospect Park, FREE)

9. Celebrate the contributions of women at First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, with an evening of music, dance, art, film, gallery tours, and so much more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

10. Get the 101 on metalworking at the Welding Tour & Demo, and get a close-up look of the process to see how equipment transforms raw metals into works of art, and leave with bottle opener bearing your name. (Saturday, Total Metal Resource, $25-29)

11. Give your favorite jeans a little more wear and learn Sashiko and Woven Patches and learn the basic techniques of this classic repair technique combined with needle-woven patches. (Saturday, Brooklyn Brainery, $35)

12. Balls to the Hall Bingo Night, and get ready for a high-energy bingo-karaoke-dance party, where you can win prizes from games and from winning a dance-off. (Saturday, Dekalb Stage, 2 drink minimum)

13. Come to laugh, leave with a harness at Butt Dream Comedy Show, New York’s only comedy show in a lingerie store bringing you a sultry, empowering, and even sexy comedy show. (Saturday, The Rack Shack, FREE)

14. Dance your beads off at Brass Band Blowout, with brass bands and authentic NoLA cocktails at the bar, and find the baby in the King Cake, and be king for the night. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio Loft, $18-25)

15. Game the system at GameGlo 5.1: The Atari Reboot, featuring projected Atari games, blacklight-reactive table games, and a Mega Jenga, with a unique combination of disco, games, and dancing. (Saturday, The Deep End, $5)


Become a Bernie bae (#). Photo via.

16. Explore the grounds at Botanic Garden First Sundays, and enjoy an afternoon of winter yoga, nature walks, indoor and outdoor tours, family story time, and more. (Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $15)

17. Fix up look sharp at Embroidery Workshop, where participants will learn the basics of threading a needle, making a knot and drawing in fabric with thread, and go through a variety of stitches. (Sunday, Flux Factory, FREE)

18. Share your skills at CityWild: Co-Creathalon & Potluck, a co-created workshop series outdoors giving people a platform to share an experience, skill, or idea, and experience how creativity can flourish through collaboration in nature’s open canvas. (Sunday, Fort Greene Park, FREE)

19. Tip the gender scales at Art + Feminism Editathon, a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism, with tutorials for the beginner editors, snacks, and lunch. (Sunday, Kickstarter, FREE)

20. Join the bold new age religion of Church of The Pepperoni Zone, a multimedia comedy worship service where you can join in song, laughter, learning, and blessings. (Sunday, Brooklyn Comedy Collective, FREE)

Grand Street Restaurant Week is back! From Monday, February 18 – Sunday, March 3, diners can enjoy discounted prix fixe menus with special offerings at 15 Grand Street restaurants! Two-course lunch offerings start at $10 and three-course dinner offerings are all less than $35 per person. For a full list visit grandstreetrestaurantweek.com [sponsored]
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