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The best cheap things to do this weekend, winter solstice edition

1. Talk trash at Living Zero Waste for a presentation and round table discussion on moving towards a low waste life, share about easy transitional steps to low waste living, ask questions and leave with ideas and skills to start your zero waste life. (Friday, Zero Waste Daniel, $15)

2. See how you’ve descended at Queering the Divine, and explore dozens of examples of religious stories, legends and lore which show our queerness, as we understand it today, to be a mark of the gods. (Friday, Catland, $10)

3. No laugh track needed at Bitches’ Brew Stand Up Comedy Show, bringing you comedians to keep you warm by laughing so hard, featuring, Raghav Mehta, Rob Cantrell, Julia Claire, and many more. (Friday, Halyards, FREE)

4. Get it out of your system in a safe space at the Xmas Pop Sing Along where your neighbors won’t get mad when you drink egg nog and drunkenly belt out your favorite holiday songs, with the music videos and lyrics on the screen so you can sing along. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)

5. Come in purse first for Talks! w/ Madame + Meshuggah who are back to dish on the looks, the gags, and the drama of everyones favorite TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. (Friday, Bizarre Bar, FREE)


Get last minute gifts (#6). Photo via Facebook.

6. Get last minute gifts at Renegade Craft Fair, a festive weekend of contemporary handmade gifts from 200+ of the very best emerging and established makers, with food, grooves, photos, and so much more. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, FREE)

7. Find something darker at the Catland Yule Market, focusing on exciting gifts for the holidays, unique treasures, antiques, oddities, plant magic, and more. (Saturday, Catland, FREE)

8. Dance out loud at Winterfest Silent Disco, where three live DJs will be spinning all your favorite hits, (including holiday favorites) over your own pair of headphones, while other activities include a magic light maze, holiday shopping market, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, $10)

9. Ring in the winter season at the Root Mamma Winter Spectacular, a fun and festive evening featuring live music, dance, an art exhibition, a mini group ritual, vendors, and more. (Saturday, Root Mamma, FREE)

10. Embrace your being at Yourself, Your Body, a comedic variety show discussing our hearts, farts, strange parts, and minds, dedicated to the weird, the beautiful, the gross, and, ultimately, the human. (Saturday, Union Hall, $8)

11. Expect the unexpected at Non Grata’s Diverse Universe Performance Festival, where you’ll see local and international performance artists giving you something to think about, plus a censorship wall for all to destroy. (Saturday, Last Frontier NYC, $10-15)

12. Vibe all night at Mad Tropical, with DJs Dirtyfinger, Mister Cam-Run, and more playing disco, house, funk, soul, boogie, and dancehall all night long. (Saturday, Mad Tropical, FREE)

13. Dance all night to Always On Time: A 90s, 2000s Hip Hop House Party, and dance to your old school favorites like Missy, Snoop, Aaliyah, Ludacris, and more. (Saturday, Knitting Factory, $10-15)

14. Wrap it up to rip it off at Tinsel & Tassels: A HO-liday Extravaganza, a holiday party variety show celebrating with the best barely dressed performers like Tiger Bay, Holly Honeypot, Olive TuPartie, and more. (Saturday, Bizarre Bar, $10)

15. Celebrate the changing of the season at the Full Moon & Winter Solstice Party, and dance to honor your wild natures under the radiance of the full moon and the sweetness of the winter solstice, and honor abundance in a ritual of nightlife and intention. (Saturday, House of YES, $20-30)


Tour the advent bodegas (#). Photo via Facebook.

16. Become a pro at Interviewing People, where you’ll learn how to question and listen in a way that sheds light on who your interviewee really is, with examples of excellent interviews, good practices, and technique tips. (Sunday, Brooklyn Brainery, $25)

17. Get your stitch fix at Intro to Hand Sewing, and learn 6 different hand stitches, how to use them, and what they’re best for so you can take charge of your wardrobe, home decor, and tailoring projects like a boss. (Sunday, Zero Waste Daniel, $20)

18. Take a walk with the Bodega Advent Guided Tour which commissioned 24 pieces of art from 24 local artists and hung them in 24 bodega windows, this is your chance to see the calendar in real life and meet some of the artists and bodega owners. (Sunday, Bushwick Abbey, FREE)

19. See it on the big screen at Elf Screening, and follow Buddy’s adventures through New York City (hey that’s where we live!) and get in the Christmas spirit. (Sunday, Syndicated Bar, $7)

20. Have a horrifying holiday at Silent Night, Deadly Night, where on Christmas Eve, Wilfred Butler is set on fire and burned to death. Years later, Jeffery Butler decides to sell the old place and learns some secrets are best left behind closed doors. (Sunday, Spectacle Theater, FREE)

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