Surrender, and 19 other ways to spend your weekend

Here's a cheap trick: see Cheap Trick for free at Coney Island. Photo by Kim Gisborne, via Facebook
Here’s a cheap trick: see Cheap Trick for free at Coney Island. Photo by Kim Gisborne, via Facebook

1. You don’t have to go all the way to Sundance for the short films there:  you can see them on a rooftop in Sunset Park (Friday)

2. Ooh, fun, an outdoor cartoon festival at Brooklyn Launchpad. Everyone loves cartoons! (Friday)

3. Cheap Trick is playing for free in Coney Island. Surrender, surrender to the idea of a good time (Friday)

4. A free screening of Blade Runner in Bushwick means that you can see things people wouldn’t believe (Friday) 

5. The Transit Museum wants to show you the Bronx. Orchard Beach, specifically (Saturday)

6. Surf on over to the Pine Box Rock Shop for the summer edition of the Vegan Shop-Up (Saturday)

7. Or check out the Iron Chef-like Seafood Throwdown at the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket, if your food tastes lean more towards the “thing that was once alive” variety (Saturday)

8. Show your pride at the Bushwick Pride March. Your pride in your sexuality we mean, not your pride that you live in Bushwick. That too we guess, the parade isn’t primarily about that (Saturday)

9. It’s a good old fashioned bluegrass and roots music throwdown at Littlefield’s Roots Family Reunion (Saturday)

10. The Philip Glass Ensemble provides a live soundtrack for Dracula at Celebrate Brooklyn, for all you vampire fans out there. Really though, you’re a fan of vampires? (Saturday)

11. The Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a night of film and music, but most importantly, some of the music is provided by the Wild Yaks, who are great! (Saturday)

12. Red Star Bar hosts comedy show DanDillLions, which the organizers admit is a terrible name, so you know the people who put it together have a sense of humor about it (Saturday)

13. The Bell House says goodbye to the cicada invasion that never was with a night dedicated to talking about bugs (Saturday)

14. We’re gonna go to the 90s One-Hit Wonder Sing-Along at Union Hall, but just to defend the honor of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who were not a one-hit wonder (Saturday)

15. Celebrate Bastille Day at Branded by eating some brunch and watching the Tour de France (Sunday)

16. Or at Chez Oskar, where they’ll have actual can-can dancers (Sunday)

17. OR at Smith Street’s annual Bastille Day street festival (Sunday)

18. Spend an afternoon with Nicholas Winding Refn at Videology, then go out and be a real hero, real human being (Sunday)

19. The Phoenix Reading Series is a lot like other reading series in that you listen to people read some stories. It’s different from other reading series because when they’re done, you can read one of yours (Sunday)

20. Watch as people represent their single friends and answer dating game-style questions, all in an effort to get that friend a date at Friends of Single People. Or sabotage their friend’s lovelife, maybe? (Sunday)

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