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The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, winter mermaid edition

1. Get your nails did and your problems heard at No. 1 Pretty, an interactive installation where you pass through a cascade of tinsel and receive a nail salon experience while being prompted to reveal intimate information. (Fri-Sat, 470 Vanderbilt, FREE)

2.  Psychic Rodeo 5 where up-and-coming comics host a show featuring funny people and musicians. This month’s host is Keenan Steiner. (Friday, The Brooklyn Commons, FREE)

3. Turn on, tune in, and twang out at Songwriters Night, with artists performing musical theater and country music – quite the combo. (Friday, Cloud City, $5)

4. Pledge allegiance to the gags at For Which It Stands, with nine episodic dances combining humor and reality to satirize the Trump Administration. (Fri-Sat, Center for Performance Research, $20)

5. Pay dance tribute to Mark E. Smith at Just Step Sideways, A Post-Punk Party, where DJs Gordon & Nathaniel Gloom will forage through a dance catalogue of jams and play their favorites, filling in the gaps with some healthy helpings of post-punk(Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $8)


Pass through a cascade of tinsel for an immersive nail studio/confessional (#1). Photo via Facebook.

6. Pick up something new at the Black Women Makers Vending Event and browse vendors selling everything from jewelry and authentic Ankara fabric to stationery and home goods. (Sat-Sun, BGLH Marketplace, FREE)

7. Strap on your skates for the Roller Derby World Cup Watch Party taking place in Manchester, England, but showing on the TV here at home. Cheer on the USA Roller Derby team featuring three of our own Gotham Skaters in action. (Sat-Sun, Dromedary Bar, FREE)

8. Add some flair to your home or wardrobe at the Vintage Costume Circus Sale where you’ll find amazing vintage clothing, costumes, circus equipment, sound equipment, 30+ theater seats, and much, much more. (Saturday, Big Sky Works, FREE)

9. Activities abound at First Saturday: Black History Month where African diaspora activists and artists will be celebrated through through a dynamic evening of music, dance, literature, and film. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

10. Watch the best trash TV at Clip Show Carnage, where the hosts will share their favorite clips from the best of the worst b-through-z cinema, and welcome their favorite performers in this stand-up/late night trash mashup. (Saturday, Vital Joint, $5)

11. Be a rockstar at Punk Rock Karaoke and sing or scream your heart out to your favorite punk for a good cause: to raise money for Educated Little Monsters. (Saturday, Silent Barn, $10)

12. Flip your tail at Mermaid Lagoon: Variety Show & Benefit, featuring an Arctic winter lagoon full of dancing sea creatures and ocean dreamscapes, with funds benefitting NYC’s Billion Oyster Project. (Saturday, House of Yes, $15+)

13. Revive print at the Love Injection: 3-Year Anniversary Fundraiser and party in the name of a monthly print fanzine that celebrates the cultures of dance music. (Saturday, Magick City, $10)

14. Get your go-go on at the Subway Soul Club Special, where Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus and guest DJs will dance the night away to 1960s soul music on vintage vinyl, with a backdrop of groovy 1960s projections. (Saturday, Gemini & Scorpio, $10)

15. Don’t pass up the mashups at Bootie NYC: Bowie vs. Prince where they’ll pay tribute to two of the most influential musicians by getting the Bootie treatment: mashed-up and remixed with anybody and everybody. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $10)


Dress as your best mermaid self to raise money for oysters and orcas (#12). Photo via Facebook.

16. Ride in remembrance at Sheldon Brown Memorial Ride, whose site you may have encountered if you’ve tried any form of DIY bike maintenance or repair. Pay homage to the memory of this cycling savant and bearded weirdo by biking a memorial route. (Sunday, Grand Army Plaza, FREE)

17. Give the gift of gif at Intro to Gif Making where the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council will give an introduction on how to create political gifs and moving memes of all sorts. Bring a laptop and gif ideas. (Sunday, Mayday Space, $5)

18. Get a surprise for your sweetie at the Valentine’s Day Flea Market where for the third straight year you can browse a huge array of vintage, new, and handmade stuff for all of your Valentine’s day and everyday needs. (Sunday, St. Vitus, FREE)

19. Dive under the sea at Movie Musical Party: The Little Mermaid with all things Ariel. Lend your voice to the soundtrack and take part in trivia to score prizes. (Sunday, The Bell House, $12-15)

20. Tackle everything in sight at the Totally Immersive Superb Owl Experience where they’re pulling out all the stops and showing the Super Bowl live, with one of the most incredibly immersive and absurd half-time shows anyone has ever seen. (Sunday, House of Yes, $20)

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