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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, clowning edition

1. Rollerdance the night away at BKLYN Skates and show your wheeled moves around the rink, with only $5 skates rental. (Friday, BKLYN Skates, $10)

2. Find the right relaxation at Ike’s Wonderful World of Leisure, “featuring the latest research, live demonstrations, group exercises and PowerPoint presentations with fresh insight into best practices.” (Fri-Sat, Vital Joint, $10)

3. Freak out at Far Out with Fou York, who, “put together a wild variety show for your pleasure.” There will be surrealist comedy, interactive audience clashes, and burlesque. (Friday, House of Yes, $10-15)

4. Dance to the queens at R & She: The Queens of Hip-Hop and R&B, spinning the best ’90s and ’00s classics, as well as many fresh new hits from artists you love including Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Eve, TLC, Aaliyah, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, $8)

5. Gaze upon glo-glo dancers at Glow Ball. With the glow lights on and dirty beats laid down, you’ll be glowing inside and out all night long. (Friday, Lot45, $10)


If you can’t beat the lizard people, join ’em (#14). Photo via Facebook.

6. Ring in the year of the dog at the Japanese New Year Festival and see taiko drummers and samurai sword battles. Choose to eat from a variety of Japanese cuisines, plus crafts, games, and more. (Saturday, Roulette, $18)

7. Pick up some swanky new threads at the Vintage & Costume Bazaar featuring mostly women’s wear and accessories, plus cocktails, music, and flights on the trapeze. (Sat-Sun, Big Sky Works, FREE)

8. Be inspired at The Spirit of Hope: A Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute, hosted by Lester Lynch and inspired by Dr. King’s legacy and message. The program will feature selections from Lynch’s recent recordings, as well as performances by BMS faculty and students. (Saturday, Brooklyn Music School, $5)

9. Relax as you create at Embroidery for Meditation, an embroidery 101 class that highlights the meditative qualities of fiber art while creating an embroidery work. (Saturday, Root Mama, $35)

10. Get your head out of the clouds at Constellations Group Art Show, a group show with artists choosing a different constellation to represent, and techniques ranging from mixed media to painting and wearable soft sculptures. (Saturday, Gristle Tattoo & Gallery, FREE)

11. Enjoy some color at Human Nature Opening Reception, featuring a recent selection of Franey Miller’s brightly colored images centered around people and plant life that were developed in the darkroom. (Saturday, Bushwick Community Darkroom, FREE)

12. Punk up the jams at Countdown to Punk Island. This summer will be the festival’s 11th year, so come see some bands and raise money to keep this huge festival free for everyone, with TKR TKR, Almost Aimless and more. (Saturday, Cobra Club, $10+)

13. Clown around at Mind Body Drop Away with Shon Arieh-Lerer, who combines comedy, street dance, fake philosophy, and clowning that will have you laughing, chanting, crying, and hugging. (Sat-Sun, Chez Bushwick, $15)

14. Get a look into our reptilian overlords at Lizard People Live. From the creators of the Facebook page Lizard People of New York comes a comedy show that features stand-up, original characters. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, $5)

15. Slide into the DMs at Tinder Live, where Lane Moore talks to people live via Tinder and ends up having ridiculous conversations, with guest comedians Mike Drucker, Pia Glenn, and more. (Saturday, Littlefield, $15)


Anomalistically shop vintage (#7). Photo via Facebook

16. You’ll be buzzing at Twelve Hour Drone (of the musical, not the flying, kind), with performances starting at noon and too many performers to list. (Sunday, H0L0, $10)

17. See the world in plants at the Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tour and enjoy the exotic flora of tropical, desert, and Mediterranean climates without leaving Brooklyn. (Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, free w/museum admission: $15)

18. Embrace the new moon at Moon Tribe for the first installment of a monthly series based around the new moon, a time to embark on a new journey, build a new project, or take a step toward a better self. (Sunday, Tarot Society, $10)

19. Have tons of belly laughs at Thug Passion Presents: Belly, an interactive celebration of classic black movies through commentary, music, movie clips, and live table reads by comedians from all over the country, featuring Shalewa Sharpe, Sam Jay and more. (Sunday, Union Hall, $8)

20. Dress as sparkly as the strip at Viva Las Vegas, an event raising money for the National Compassion Fund, featuring DJ sets by The Juan MacLean, Midnight Magic, and more – with drinks included. (Sunday, Baby’s All Right, $30)

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