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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, cherry blossom edition

1. Hail Satan at Demonology 101 for an in-depth exploration of the evil spirits, fallen angels and forgotten gods we call demons centered around the Ars Goetia in a straightforward, easily understood manner. (Friday, Catland, $10)

2. It’s so bad it’s good at the 7th Annual Bad Film Fest, an eclectic selection of weird, interesting and fun films from around the world, including animated, sci-fi, experimental, documentary, comedy and horror spoof shorts. (Fri-Sat, Cloud City, $8)

3. Turn that frown upside-down at Always Happy Video Comedy Bop, a night of never-before-seen comedy videos and shorts submitted by NYC’s top comedians and filmmakers, and featuring stand-up by Aparna Nancherla. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $5)

4. Hear music for a cause at Abolish ICE: Benefit for New Sanctuary Coalition and support one of the leading organizations to stop the system of deportations and detentions, with performances by Ratas En Zelo, Isador, Liberty Styles, and more. (Friday, Market Hotel, $10)

5. See performers vie for the title of Mr(s) BK – The Finale, where the inclusive competition comes to a close after an entire month of preliminaries, and for the first time ever the audience will choose the winner, so come out to support your favorite performer. (Friday, 3 Dollar Bill, $20)


See performers vie for the title of Mr(s) BK (#5). Photo via.

6. Get your nose out of a book for the Fourth Annual Brooklyn Book Crawl & Afterparty, a self-guided crawl through Brooklyn’s many, eclectic, wonderful independent bookstores riddled across the sprawling borough, with an afterparty at Cherry Tree. (Saturday, various bookstores, FREE)

7. Vie for vinyl at WFMU Record Fair, and luxuriate in 200+ record dealers selling vinyl and CDs, including $1 LP and CD tables, with live performances and live WFMU broadcasts. (Fri-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $8-30)

8. Give the hood a face lift at the Bushwick Neighborhood Clean Up and help clean up the Bushwick streets with new friends fueled by coffee. (Saturday, Little Skips, FREE)

9. Surround yourself with cherry blossoms at Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival and celebrate Japanese culture with a rich program of events from dancing to taiko drumming to musical performances and martial arts. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $25-30)

10. Learn how artists create with glass at Open Studios: Sparkles and learn about all that sparkles in the studio, with exhibitions, tours, hands-on activities and the chance to watch artists at work. (Saturday, UrbanGlass, FREE)

11. Shop for the weirdos in your life at the Congress of Curious Peoples: Vendor Market which will bring some of the best local artists and creators to the Freak Bar to sell their amazing products. (Sat-Sun, Coney Island USA, FREE)

12. Dive into the music at the Dubconsciousness Festival, an entire house with two stages, 12 hours of music, 20 acts, vendors, community art, food for sale, and of course amazing intimate, experimental, underground artists. (Saturday, secret location, $20)

13. Sense the sensual at Heart-On: 5-Element Tantric Touch, which covers basic theory and practical techniques in the beautiful, non-verbal language of touch, using 5 types of sacred touch based on the qualities of each element. (Saturday, The Chanda Lair, $35-45)

14. Get your just deserts at Desertfest, a daylong metal festival featuring Windhand, Elder, Monolord, The Skull, and many more. (Sat-Sun, The Well, $35+)

15. Be there in an instant for Instant Failure: Polaroid’s Polavision, an illustrated talk that will recount Polavision’s instant movies, finding in it a way of questioning the idea of the medium of film as a unified object. (Saturday, Light Industry, $8 suggested)


(#). Photo via.

16. Wake up for a Live Make Up Tutorial with full time freelance make up artist, Slater Stanley, and learn how to do make up looks that slay. (Sunday, Holyrad Studio, $5)

17. Reap the benefits at The Great Flux Bake-Off, the inaugural baking competition where four of Flux Factory’s bakers-in-residence will don their aprons and face unthinkable challenges conjured up by our judging panel. (Sunday, Flux Factory, FREE)

18. Bike off the calories at the Waterfront Ice Cream Bike Ride and explore some beautiful parks along the East River, learn about the marine ecosystems swimming inside, and eat lots of ice cream. (Sunday, Time’s Up, FREE)

19. Share a meal and make a camera at Din Din, a potluck style community dinner which will feature a make your own pinhole camera and or pinhole cap for your digital camera. (Sunday, De Construkt, FREE or $20 for materials)

20. Celebrate your favorite spots at The 7th Annual Brooklyn Nightlife Awards honoring excellence in nightlife and raising funds for the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project with lots of performances. (Sunday, 3 Dollar Bill, $10-15)

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