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Top 10: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this week, jazztastic edition

Jazz it up with Heroes Are Gang Members (#4)
Jazz it up with Heroes Are Gang Members (#4)

1. Start the week off easy at The Simple Show, with standup by Eudora Peterson and Matt Strickland, plus a talk on the international movement #ShoutYourAbortion by the NYC chapter’s founders. (Monday, Bushwick Public House, FREE)

2. Or start it off cheeky at Pink and a Smile, with burlesque, go-go, and more from Minnie Tonka, Auralie Wilde, Cecilia Roux, Lillian Bustle, Heather Whatever, Nina La Voix, and Lucy Buttons. (Monday, Lucky 13 Saloon, $10)

3. Learn about some seriously old-school mechanical engineering at the illustrated lecture What Are Medieval Robots? with Elly Truitt, who has literally written the book on the topic. (Tuesday, Morbid Anatomy Museum, $5)

4. Listen to the dulcet tones of Heroes Are Gang Leaders, an eight-person ensemble that includes a saxophonist and a poet, along with Lindsey Wilson and the Human Hearts Trio, for a musical evening of spoken word, jazz, and theatrics. (Tuesday, Jack, $12)

5. Step right up to the First Comes Love and a Carnival: funny folks acting out adult film scripts, comedian-made circus games, and a terrific cast including Aparna Nancherla, Josh Gondelman, Noah Gardenswartz, Reformed Whores, and tons more. (Wednesday, Bell House, $10)

6. Prove your hoppiest know-how at Beer Geek Trivia, hosted by Beerded Ladies and featuring brews and prizes from New Belgium Brewing Co. (Wednesday, Glorietta Baldy, FREE)

7. See a play penned through prison walls: Mariposa & the Saint was co-written by two longtime friends while one of them spent 15 months in solitary confinement. After the performance will be a dialogue with advocates and survivors of solitary confinement. (Thursday, Mayday Space, $10–$15)

8. Sing hail to the queen at the Beyoncé Jukebox Musical, a “hastily written masterpiece” consisting only of Bey tunes and performed karaoke-style by unsuspecting audience members. Created by Jo Firestone, obvs. (Thursday, Cobra Club, FREE)

9. Watch strange creativity in action at Dancify That!, where choreographers craft interpretive dance routines on the spot inspired by viral internet vids. (Friday, Center for Performance Research, $15)

10. Show your pride at Kweendom, an evening of LGBTQ storytelling with tales from Kevin Allison, Julio Torres, Bowen Yang, Veronica Garza, and many more. (Friday, Union Hall, $8)

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