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The 20 best things to do this weekend, tryptophan edition

1. Create less clothing waste from Black Friday Flamingos, where you’ll be provided provide a bag that you can stuff, cram and fill as much as you can and we weigh the bag at $6.99/lb. (Friday, Flamingo’s Vintage Pound, FREE)

2. Warm your soul with A Week of Studio Ghibli, where you can catch a different Studio Ghibli movie each night, all presented in original Japanese with English subtitles, like My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies. (Fri-Fri, Syndicated Bar, $5)

3. Good news for smokers at Smokes & Jokes, a place where you can smoke while listening to jokes within an artist’s home, with a jam-packed lineup of hand-picked comedians and musicians from all of the boroughs. (Friday, East Williamsburg, $7)

4. We’re all mad at Mansion of Madness, and watch this movie made in Mexico in 1973 about an insane asylum where the patients take over with a live score. (Friday, Film Noir Cinema $20)

5. Get down and boogie at Rock ‘n Soul Ichiban, with performances by The Elevator Operators, Benny Trokan & The Bell Guarde, and DJs Mr. Fine Wine, Buttercup, Debbie D, and more for all your rock ‘n soul needs. (Friday, The Bell House, $10)


See some funky brass (#19). Photo via Facebook.

6. Shop small business Saturday at the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar, where you can shop local with 60 handpicked NYC-based makers, food & drinks like citrus sparkling coffee, activities for kids, a professional portrait booth, and more. (Sat-Sun, The Green Building, FREE)

7. Add to your collection at the Massive $1 Vinyl Record Sale hosted by Black Gold Records, where you’ll find thousands of vinyl records available at the low price of $1.00 each in every genre. (Saturday, Folksbier Brauerei, FREE)

8. Buy local at the Dusty Rose Pop-Up, where some of their favorite local makers are coming together to offer you some super rad gift options, so support our local small businesses on this Saturday. (Saturday, 67 West Street, FREE)

9. Shop for your favorite goth at the Zodiac Market: Sagittarius, a monthly market celebrating the signs, this month focusing on all things that liberate the spirit – through art, scent, expression, self-exploration, and spirituality. (Saturday, Catland, FREE)

10. Dig through your closet and do good at Operation Warm-Up: Clothing Drive and bring your warm clothes you don’t need anymore, or any blankets and socks, with refreshments and music, plus a special sale for those who donate. (Saturday, Cult Party, FREE)

11. Dance out loud at Winterfest Silent Disco, where three live DJs will be spinning all your favorite hits, (including holiday favorites) over your own pair of headphones, while other activities include a magic light maze, holiday shopping market, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, $10)

12. Laugh while raising money at Paid Protest, a monthly comedy show fundraising for the NYC Democratic Socialists of America with the best comics in New York, so come out and support local activism while having a laugh. (Saturday, Mayday Space, $10 recommended)

13. Bring your family that hasn’t gone home yet to Side Ponytail Comedy‘s post-Thanksgiving comedy show, so come and bring leftovers, and most importantly, your laughs. (Saturday, Friends & Lovers, FREE)

14. Have a real good time at The Rub, where people with good taste in dance music come together, get wasted and shake their asses until the wee hours of the morning, with affordable drinks and real people, no dress code, no bottle service and no celebrity DJs. (Saturday, The Bell House, $10-15)

15. Dance it off at Saturdazed, with a rowdy back room, go-go dancers, cheap drinks and all your friends on the dance floor, playing hip hop, club music, dancehall, and booty bounce, plus a few guilty pleasures too.  (Saturday, Coco66, FREE)


Stuff yourself with Studio Ghibli films (#2). Photo via Facebook.

16. Support more local makers at Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, the only all-volunteer, vendor-run handmade market in NYC with the greatest variety of handmade goods, including jewelry, greeting cards, art, beauty products, clothing, baby items, and more. (Sat-Sun, Invisible Dog Art Center, FREE)

17. See if your skills match up to the Harlem Globetrotters, and see the iconic basketball players and amazing basketball tricks and stunts not too far from their home base. (Sunday, Barclays Center, $25+)

18. Get critiqued without the art school debt at Artist Open Studios, where you can bring a project and give yourself accountability to your creative goals and get supportive feedback from other artists on ideas and execution. (Sunday, Mayday Space, FREE)

19. Back that brass up to Black Tie Brass, a horn driven jazz funk band who combine their favorite funk tunes and arranging pop songs in their own way, alongside originals that’ll keep you dancing and singing. (Sunday, Brooklyn Bowl, FREE)

20. Your butt will stay warm at Pants on Fire: A Trivia Game Show, which is pub quiz, stand up comedy, and a game show all rolled into one, with pop-centric quizzes and prizes at stake. (Sunday, Branded Saloon, FREE)

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