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

1. Dance in your seat at the 41st annual Dance Africa. The event pays tribute to the movement and music of South Africa and will showcase traditional movement idioms from South African supergroup Ignoma Kwazulu Natal Dance Company. (Fri-Mon, BAM, $25+)

2. Watch political intrigue at Black Conference, a 360-degree theater experience set in 1939, during the opening ceremonies of a civil rights conference. The show brings guests face to face with civil rights greats Ella Baker, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Thurgood Marshall, and more. (Fri-Sun, Falconworks Theater Company, $20)

3. Add something new to your coffee table at the Brooklyn Art Book Fair, the second annual art book fair. The event highlights publications and original artwork by underrepresented and emerging artists and writers, featuring over 35 independent, artist-run presses, and organizations. (Fri-Sat, McCarren Park Pool, FREE)

4. Who needs a drive in when you have Rooftop Films | No Escape: Uncanny Mindbenders? Enjoy short film collection of eerie existential thrillers, live music by NOIA, most bizarre and disquieting cinema, and an afterparty that on the roof. (Friday, Old American Can Factory, $15)

5. Shake it off at Just Lust, a punk, post-punk, and new wave dance party designed to transport you back the ’70s and ’80s. Swipe on some liquid eyeliner and tease your hair to Siouxsie Sioux or Robert Smith proportions. (Friday, Union Hall, $5-10)


Dance in your seat during Dance Africa (#1). Photo via Facebook.


6. Spend a day on the water at Glassbarge and watch glassblowing demonstrations aboard a 30’ x 80’ canal barge, which is tricked out with the Corning Museum of Glass’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. (Sat-Mon, Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

7. All star signs welcome at Zodiac Market: Gemini. The market focuses on duality and radical expression of Gemini sign and features curiosities, antiques, oddities, witchcraft-related items and relics, and more. (Saturday, Catland, FREE)

8. Don’t miss the North Brooklyn Boat Club Opening Day. Partake in canoe tours with views of Manhattan, tasty food and drinks for sale cheap, and friends and neighbors gathering together on the shores of Newtown Creek. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Boat Club, FREE)

9. What’s a long weekend without a BBQ? Head to Makossa Brooklyn Cookout, where the food will be hot and the drinks will be cold. Cast your troubles aside and lose yourself in the music of multiple DJs and good vibes.(Saturday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE before 4, $5 after)

10. Another option for a rooftop BBQ is Elsewhere Rooftop Opening. As they finally launch their rooftop summer season with a headlining performance from Portuguese producer and DJ Branko, plus a cookout from Holy Ground BBQ. (Saturday, Elsewhere, FREE before 4, $15 after)

11. Don’t hide your laughs at Camouflage: A Comedy Show, which will serve up the yuks with a solid lineup, featuring Janeane Garofalo, Frank Conniff, Leah Bonnema, and other comics. (Saturday, GAMBA Forest Gallery, $10-15)

12. Pay tribute to our four-legged friends at Big Irv’s Pet Detect Agency, a pawfessional storytelling show to benefit the ASPCA with a night of pet tales from 10 of the best storytellers from the tri-state area. (Saturday, Big Irv’s, pay-what-you-can)

13. Celebrate the amazing Selena Quintanilla at Forever Selena with an all-star lineup of the best Latin DJs, percussionists, and dance music with special tributes to the Queen of Cumbia and Tejano music. (Saturday, Brooklyn Bowl, $12)

14. Amp up your weekend at Mondo Conga and unofficially start your summer in a wild style with an eek-some threesome of DJs. You can expect only the greasiest sounds and suds of garage rock, punk, and soul. (Saturday, Hard Times Christmas Liquors at the Sunset Bar, FREE)

15. Glimmer and shine at Glitterati: Flower Power and don’t be afraid to sparkle. With Sparkle Motion dancers, sacred sparkle spectacles, aerial brilliance, glitter bombs, and more. (Saturday, House of Yes, $20-30)


Relax with some poetry (#18). Photo via Facebook.


16. Gain knowledge from Greetings from Coney Island Walking Tour and explore the engaging history of Coney Island’s amusement zone: a story of crime, passion, fire, and the men and women working today working to preserve its magical history(Sunday, Coney Island, $25)

17. It’s all in the name at Dope BBQ, a motion picture and annual barbecue that celebrates everything that represents summer fun. Enjoy free food, drink specials, and great music all day. (Sunday, Knockdown Center, $20)

18. Snap your fingers at the Bay Ridge Poets Society, a poetry open mic with talented bards and maybe even perform a poem or two yourself. (Sunday, The Owl’s Head, FREE)

19. Get crafty at Zine Making 101 at a workshop that covers the basics of zine formats, layouts, do’s and don’ts. Plus, you can make a one-page zine of your very own. (Sunday, Quimby’s Bookstore, $5-10 donation)

20. Show up and get painted at the Glow Up Body Paint Party for Brooklyn Music Week’s summer kickoff event. Artists will be painting nude models during the event. (Sunday, Rockwall Studios,  $7-25)

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