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Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, noir drag art edition

Put on your nightgown to peruse Sasha Velour's night rooms (#8) (pic by Marloes Haarmans)
Put on your nightgown to peruse Sasha Velour’s night rooms (#8) (pic by Marloes Haarmans)

1. Celebrate International Women’s Month at the Third Annual Oxfam Jam, with lady musicians New Tarot, Amy Leon, and Ellen Winter, plus a talk on gender equality and performance by Kiran Gandhi and live-painting by Sarah Valeri. Proceeds go to global humanitarian development organization Oxfam America. (Monday, Knitting Factory, $12)

2. Boerum Hill bar Fawkner has a new weekly exploration of ideas, stories, and notions: Fawkner Fireside Stories. This week they’re looking at bad boys (and girls) with Villains: True Tales of Bad Behavior, with storytelling from Carolyn Castiglia, Myka Fox, Catherine LeClair, Mary Regan, Jeff Scherer, and more. (Monday, Fawkner, FREE)

3. If you’ve wondered why conmen are so successful, hang with the Empiricists League for an evening of scheming: The Confidence Game: Grifters, Tall Tales, and the Dark Art of Persuasion features a panel discussion and presentations on forgery, misdirection, deception, and other slippery tricks. (Tuesday, Union Hall, $10)

4. It’s the 10th anniversary of Literary Death Match, and they’ve lined up a great night: readings by award-winning authors Victor LaValle, Belinda McKeon, Idra Novey, and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, judging by Michael Shannon and comedians Ophira Eisenberg and Wyatt Cenac; plus music by harpist and singer Lucinda Belle. (Tuesday, Bell House, $12)

5. It’s time again for Drunk Science, where intoxicated comedians attempt to present scientific dissertations to actual scientists. This month’s boozers are Casey Jost, Ana Fabrega, and Joel Kim Booster, and the scientist who will listen patiently to their drunkery is Dr. Keidy Reidy, a “rogue researcher” of theoretical condensed matter physics. (Wednesday, Littlefield, $5)

6. For a more participatory — but still very beery — evening, join the Beerded Ladies for Beer Geek Trivia, sponsored by New York craft brew pioneers Bell’s Brewery, which will have tap specials on hand for winners (and losers too). (Wednesday, Glorietta Baldy, FREE)

7. It’s a great week for boozy mashups: tonight is the latest Opera on Tap: Superhero Edition, where talented singers will explore the heroes and villains of the opera world. (Thursday, Freddy’s, FREE)

8. Or how about a fab evening of drag art? It’s the opening reception for Sasha Velour’s solo art show Night Rooms, featuring noir-style giclee prints, followed by her drag show Nightgowns, with guests Foxy Squire, Olive d’Nightlife, Untitled Queen and Patty Spliff, all of whom are also both drag performers and visual artists. (Thursday, Bizarre, $7 suggested)

9. If you’ve been working on your metaphysical verse, it’s a good night to try it out at the Mystic Poets Open Mic. Everyone is also encouraged to also bring a haiku for the haiku contest. (Friday, Catland, $3 to read; $5 to watch)

10. Or check out a huge tattoo art show and auction, featuring work by more than 50 artists, organized by the Warriors Fund to benefit the Wounded Knee District School. Proceeds will be used to help stock the school’s food pantry and fund training for counselors. (Friday, Eight of Swords, FREE)

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