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

Make like a woodsman and chop something (#)
Make like a woodsman and chop something (#8)

1. Channel all your weekend fun into something lyrical at the Brooklyn Poets Yawp, a monthly workshop and open mic. Tonight’s workshop leader is the poetically named Sampson Starkweather, and one of the evening’s readers will be declared Poet of the Month by audience vote. (Monday, 61 Local, $5)

2. Freak yourself out with some throwback paranoia at Fear-Indexing The X-Files, a presentation by artists Steve Warwick and Nora Khan on their ongoing project documenting the groundbreaking series’ “conspiracy theories, urban legends, and endless figurations of bogeymen” and how they relate to the psychological anxieties of ’90s internet culture. (Monday, UnionDocs, $9)

3. For a second day in a row of otherworldliness, head to a lecture on Mysterious Beast Monsters by Brooklyn Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma, who promises to talk not just Loch Ness but also modern-age dinosaurs, child-stealing birds, and more. Ticket price includes a beer from Threes Brewing. (Tuesday, Berg’n, $12)

4. For some contextualization of a modern historical legacy, check out Call & Response: Black Power 50 Years Later, where panelists Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, Basir Mchawi, Farah Tanis, DeRay Mckesson, and Dante Barry reflect on the evolution from Black Power to Black Lives Matter. (Tuesday, Brooklyn Historical Society, $5)

5. Last week we told you about Gvrlcvlt, the secret lady-society working to bring down the patriarchy. Tonight they’re hosting F*ck Rape Culture, a party to protest the Brock Turner sentencing — there will be Change.org petitions to remove Judge Aaron Persky on hand, plus live music and free drinks. (Wednesday, Holyrad Studios, FREE)

***Bonus 11th event!***
Join Brokelyn on Wednesday night for the start of our new Dinner & a Movie series in partnership with Think Olio, bringing top professors to Berg’n to analyze a classic film, with drink specials. We’re kicking things off with the gorgeously complex and star-packed The Prestige, which will be discussed by Oxford doctorate and BMCC professor Geoff Klock. (Wednesday, Berg’n, $12)

6. Brighten up your week at the opening of Electrique, a 50-piece group multimedia exhibition installed in 16 galleries throughout five floors, full of light, mechanical, and sound works that incorporate everything from telephone booths to discarded plush toys. (Wednesday, The Hollows, FREE)

7. Have a night full of music and musicians at Brooklyn Museum: first up, the latest Summer DJ Residency will have Nemo Librizzi and his son DJ Fulano playing live sets on Tom Sachs’s boom boxes installation; second, Tom Sachs himself will chat with Questlove about sound systems, intersections of art and science, and music from across the globe. (Thursday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE/$16)

8. Lead the lumberjack life for a night at Project Woodchips, where woodsman Brett McCleod will demonstrate skills like axe throwing, chopping, and splitting. There will also be giveaways, Q&As, and hearty snacks. (Thursday, Gotham Archery, FREE)

9. Have a crafty time with Etsy’s Dumbo Craft Party, a day of meeting and making. In addition to all-day crafting at Etsy HQ, shops around the neighborhood will be offering discounts, demos, and activities, from painting at Creativebloch to performances at Smack Melon to an artisan market at BoConcept. (Friday, Dumbo, FREE)

10. Hear some strange tunes at the Brooklyn Experimental Sound Carnival, three nights of performers, composers, and songwriters presenting work that “unifies sound, voice, and narrative in surprising and innovative ways.” Tonight features Brian McCorkle, Mercury Uncovered, Caitlin Baucom, and Clapperclaw. (Friday, Jack, $10)

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