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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, home for the holidays edition

Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#)
Slash your way through the holiday weekend (#9)

1. Get in the (un-)holiday spirit with a screening of Bad Santa — and if you want to redeem yourself with a double-feature, catch It’s a Wonderful Life next. (Friday, Syndicated, $3 ea)

2. Mix and mingle with artists and neighbors at the Open Source Soup Kitchen, a volunteer-made one-pot meal for all comers. (Friday, Open Source Gallery, FREE)

3. Learn how to stand up for others in this frightening new world at an interactive workshop on Bystander Intervention and De-escalation Training. (Friday, Silent Barn, by donation)

4. Bubble, bubble, toil, and laugh at Bitches Brew Comedy: Holiday Edition, with Aparna Nancherla, Ian Fidance, Petey DeAbreu, Grant Gordon, and Hannah Boone. (Friday, Halyards, FREE)

5. Show some Cali love at the Pre-Xmas Benefit Show for Oakland Fire Relief Fund, with Spreaders, Wydyde, RAFiA, Tekkenkonkreet, Painted Faces, and Johnny Buffet. (Friday, Sunnyvale, $10)

6. Catch kooky comedians at Masters of Mumblecore, where jokesters write songs and sketches about a different film each time; tonight is, naturally, Elves. (Friday, Annoyance Theater, $5)

7. Hum hallelujah at The Songs of Leonard Cohen, a benefit for Make the Road Action featuring Gryphon Rue, The Berger Sisters, Joanna Sternberg, Chris Q Murphy, Feral Foster, Tamar Korn, and many more. (Friday, Jalopy Theater, $10)

8. Delve into a holiday-appropriate but very dark fairytale: The Murder of Santa Claus, a film created in Nazi-occupied France whose star died under “mysterious circumstance” shortly after. (Friday, Spectacle Theater, $5)

9. Or go straight-up slasher with a midnight screening of Christmas Evil, possibly the first film to feature a serial killer dressed as Santa. (Friday, Videology, $8)


Do your Christmas with a bunch of rad misfits (#)
Christmas it up with all the best misfits (#17)

10. Do some VERY last-minute gift buying at the Brooklyn Flea, which has Christmas Eve hours from 10am to 3pm. (Saturday, Skylight One Hanson, FREE)

11. Bring all your relatives to the Christmas Eve Family Bowl; all ages welcome. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, FREE to enter, bowling costs $$)

12. Gorge yourself early at Threes Brewing’s (Un)moveable Feast, a chill Christmas brunch with food from the Meat Hook and plenty of drink specials. (Saturday, Threes Brewing, FREE)

13. Namaslay (it’s their joke, not ours!) at Black Metal Black Light Yoga, a “sensory experience” for you before going to see the fam. (Saturday, Lucky 13 Saloon, $15)

14. Twang it up at Outlaw Evenings, a weekly residency with folksters Aron Blue & the Bootleggers. (Saturday, Looking Glass, FREE)

15. Have a totally tubular evening at A Very Graham Christmas, with ’80s movies, free dumplings, and popcorn all night. (Saturday & Sunday, The Graham, FREE)

16. Spend the night doing nothing Christmas-y at the Human Citizen Comedy Show: Orphans & Atheists Edition, with Rae Sanni, Drew Dowdy, Frank Terranova, Victor Varnado, Rolando Roblero, and Erik Bergstrom. (Saturday, Art Café & Bar, $5)

17. Feel all the joy at the House of Yes Misfit Christmas, a dance party full of weirdness and wonder, like runaway reindeer, a mistletoe makeout booth, elves on strike, spiked hot cocoa, and more. (Saturday, House of Yes, FREE w/ RSVP)


Get lit at Repair the World (#20)
Get lit at Repair the World (#20) (pic via MissAdventureApparel)

18. Warp all your warm Xmas feels at an all day, all night screening of It’s a Wonderful Life — backward and on a split-screen, with most of the dialogue reversed, too. (Sunday, Freddy’s Bar, FREE)

19. Travel through time (festively!) to the Doctor Who Christmas Special Marathon; and stay after for Nerdeoke with Kings of Karaoke. (Sunday, Way Station, FREE)

20. Celebrate the festival of lights in style at the Hanukkah Ugly Sweater Party — wear your worst to spin dreidels and eat Chinese food all night. (Sunday, Repair the World NYC, FREE but bring a book to donate)

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