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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, throwback themes edition

1. Engage in friendly competition at Death By Audio Arcade Demo Night and check out the different multiplayer and short-form games made in NYC, including Kill Monkey Kill, Kung Fu Football, Zarvot and other unique games. (Friday, Cloud City, $5)

2. Give your rock opinion at Bloody Brains in a Jukebox: A Rock Opera, an open workshop of live song performances from act one of an upcoming rock opera in production for next year. Should be a bloody good time. (Fri-Sat, Coney Island USA, FREE)

3. Make Friday night a drag at Mr(s) BK – Round 1, hosted by Acid Betty, showcasing ten drag queens all vying for the top spots to move on to the final round at the end of the month. (Friday, Secret Project Robot, $20)

4. Bust a move at Loaded, a dance party bringing you Britpop, post-punk, new wave, synth, Madchester, and indie. (Friday, Parklife, FREE)

5. Pay tribute with the real deals at We’ll Always Love Big Poppa, a Notorious BIG tribute party with Easy Mo Bee (who produced half of Ready to Die) and Mister Cee (an influential DJ with an associate producer credit on Ready to Die) plus other live DJs and special guests. (Friday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)


Trip on Acid Betty as she hosts the Mr(s) BK drag competition (#3). Photo via Facebook

6. Satiate your caffeine fix at the Coffee and Tea Festival and join over 100 exhibitors showcasing their best coffee and teas, with industry pros and pioneers, pairings, tastings, and more. (Sat-Sun, Brooklyn Expo Center, $25-$35)

7. Get your hair did at Scissors & Clippers: Celebrating Short Hair, celebrating ladies and gender non-conforming individuals who “cut or rock short hair,” including a pop-up barbershop and a portrait series of short-haired women. (Sat-Sun, New Women Space, $10-$35 with haircut)

8. Learn something unique at You Wear What You Eat: Dyeing Using Food Waste with foods you consume at this time of year, like the greens of carrot tops and pomegranate skins, the yellows of onion skins and the peachy pinks of avocado pits. (Saturday, Earth Arts Center, $25-35)

9. Run away and join the comedy circus at Stationary Circus, celebrating its one year anniversary with The Amazing Wolfman, The Human Cumberbund, and other eccentric characters. (Saturday, The Platform, FREE)

10. Dive into mystery at The Visitation, an immersive theater experience at the oldest house in NYC, returning for two weekends this month. (Saturday, Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, $40)

11. Take in the Fringe Award-winning play The Fall which tells the story of the student leaders of the #RhodesMustFall protest, a movement which called for the teardown of a colonialist monument on the University of Cape Town campus. (Sat-Sun, St. Ann’s Warehouse, $25+)

12. Get your fill of performance and visual art at Queer Trash Presents: Brutal Measures starring performers who “make space for creative amplification of critical dissent,” and whose themes range from queer rage to marginalized blackness and the patriarchy. (Saturday, ISSUE Project Room, $15)

13. Oi for a cause at Punx of Color 5, a benefit for The Color of Autism, featuring SABATTA, Ratas En Zelo and Dog Shepherd plus vendors, empanadas and live music(Saturday, Rubulad, $8-15)

14. Peep the inaugural evening of Eat Me! A Variety Show, an evening with some of NYC’s outrageous performers including Darlinda Just Darlinda, Shelly Watson and The Brides of Burlesque. (Saturday, Bizarre Bar, $10)

15. Flap the night away at Swing House 10th Anniversary, with live music by vintage jazz bands, burlesque divas, exotic cocktails and electro-swing DJs remixing vintage grooves all night. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio Loft, $10-20)


Eat Me! at Bizarre Bar (#14).

16. Get a little something for yourself at Little Market: Shop locally-made goods, get a tattoo or just grab a drink and a snack. (Sunday, Flowers for All Occasions, FREE)

17. Gain a deeper appreciation of Irish culture at Renaissance Person Presents: Irish Culture, with presentations on the Irish language, Irish step dancing, and an Irish whiskey tasting and history. (Sunday, Rocky Sullivan’s, $15)

18. Enjoy a marathon of comedians at Keith and The Girl Live Stand-Up-Athon, celebrating 13 years of their podcast with over 30 comics performing two-minute sets. (Sunday, Tender Trap, $5)

19. Have the write stuff at Desks: A Reading Series which mixes, “the city’s most original voices in comedic writing, poetry, and prose,” concluding with an open mic and the chance to be featured in the weekly Ground Floor newsletter. (Sunday, The Corners, FREE)

20. Rock out to Star Wars and The Little Mermaid-themed bands Galactic Empire, The Little Mermen and McDonald’s-themed Black Sabbath tribute group Mac Sabbath. (Sunday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $22)

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