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Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, primaries and 4/20 edition

There is zero chance of a normal time with VV/LD TØR∇S (#8) (photo by Katie Kay)
There is zero chance of a normal time with VV/LD TØR∇S (#8) (photo by Katie Kay)

1. Start your week off with some drama: theatrical collective Decent Company presents their bimonthly showcase of new works, including tales of a struggling comic, a heartbroken Greek goddess, a reclusive writer, a gregarious phantom, and the founder of a billion-dollar company. (Monday, Cobra Club, $16)

2. Combine your love of nerdery with your love of burlesquing babes at the inaugural Dirty Nerdy Revue featuring sexy numbers by Kita St Cyr, Mary Cyn, Diane Amore, Magdalena Fox, Anja Keister, and Lily Liqueur. (Monday, Lucky 13 Saloon, $10)

3. BRIC’s Stoop Series continues with Welcome to the Afrofuture, a multimedia exploration including a talk by afrofuturism aficionados Greg Tate and Ashley Clark, a film screening by Terence Nance, avant-garde hip-hop by H Prizm of Anti-Pop Consortium, freestyle dance by Linda LaNaija and Calvin Booker, and live-painting by Ericka Hagan. (Tuesday, BRIC, FREE)

4. No matter who clinches the nominations, this is going to be a historic election — and for once, the New York vote seriously matters. Once you’ve done your civic duty (here’s how!), watch the results at the Bell House Primary Party, and get your due reward: wear your “I Voted!” sticker to get happy hour prices all night. (Tuesday, Bell House, FREE)

5. It’s 4/20, duuuudes. If the best way you can think of to celebrate that involves sitting still in a dark room and being entertained, head to Syndicated for High/High’s triple feature, which starts at 5:30 and goes all night, screening Inherent ViceCheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, and Half Baked. (Wednesday, Syndicated BK, $3 per film)

6. Or for a more refined evening, check out the book release party for How to Smoke Pot (Properly), written by VICE columnist and former High Times editor David Bienenstock. The evening will feature a talk between the author, Weediquette host Krishna Andavolu, and Bong Appetit star Abdullah Saeed. (Wednesday, powerHouse Arena, FREE)

7. Have an fancy drink (or three) in a fancy loft at The Cocktail Experiment, where everyone brings one unusual liquid, and the star bartender picks a few to make into unique libations. If your ingredient is chosen, you and three pals get a free tasting. (Thursday, Gemini & Scorpio, FREE w/ingredient)

8. Join a bunch of envelope-pushing performance art collectives for the UP NYC Underground Performance Festival: conceived by art tricksters Wild Torus and Estonian performance artists Non Grata, with additional performances by Yolteotli, Uta Brauser, Jon Konkol, Drums Like Machine Guns, I Say Fuck, and on and on. (Thursday, Paper Box, $11.54)

9. Hear some lyrical gems in a stunning church at the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series, with verse from award-winning poets Scott Brownlee, Aracelis Girmay, and Martin Espada. (Friday, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, FREE)

10. Embrace Mother Earth at a kooky variety show: Griff & Joe’s Earth Day Earthtacular features music by Speedy Ortiz, comedy from Seaton Smith and Sharron Paul, a how-to tutorial from Matt Beacon, and “tap dancing obituaries” from Death Tap. (Friday, Union Hall, $8)

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