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

Fall hard for "Rise & Fall" (#10) (pic by Caitlin Shea)
Fall hard for “Rise & Fall” (#10) (pic by Caitlin Shea)

1. Celebrate the life of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. at BAM’s annual MLK Tribute Day, which will include an art exhibition, a talk by author Michael Eric Dyson, music from the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir and The Voice finalist Kimberly Nichole, and a screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution. (Monday, BAM, FREE)

2. Ring in the Year of the Monkey at Roulette’s Japanese New Year Festival, featuring wonders like a Kendama Battle and a giant calligraphy performance, plus music, art, games, dancing and more. (Monday, Roulette in Boerum Hill, $10)

3. If you missed last week’s fantastic immersive screening of Labyrinth, you’re in luck: House of Yes is doing it again, this time showing The Man Who Fell to Earth on their huge screen, followed by a glam dance party. (Tuesday, House of Yes in Bushwick $5)

4. Dig deep into the cultural and historical power of aromas at Ritual in Scent: An Illustrated Lecture, an exploration that ranges from Ancient Egyptian and Mayan culture to shamanism, voodoo, herbalism and witchcraft. (Tuesday, Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, $8)

5. Stave off the winter chills at the Diamond’s Chili Cook-Off. Go with your spoon at the ready to taste all the stews or enter your own for the chance to win bucks. (Wednesday, The Diamond in Greenpoint, $5)

6. Go giddy for Brown Privilege comedy, featuring jokes from Aparna Nancherla, Rob Cantrell, Liza Treyger and Clark Jones. (Wednesday, Friends & Lovers in Crown Heights, FREE)

7. Get graphic at the exhibition opening of Our Comics, Ourselves, showcasing a smorgasbord of non-mainstream illustrated explorations of identity and experience, with diverse work from Leela Corman to the Hernandez brothers. (Thursday, Interference Archive in Gowanus, FREE)

8. Or get lyrical with an evening of poetry readings from Douglas Piccinnini, Simone White and Matvei Yankelevich, presented by Brooklyn’s wonderful micropress Ugly Duckling. (Thursday, Berl’s Poetry Shop in Dumbo, FREE)

9. The fun comedy/variety/sketch series Oh, Such a Good Show, Oh! is moving to Union Hall, and this one will have performances by Morgan Miller, Naomi Ekperigin, Adira Amram & the Experience and more. (Friday, Union Hall in Park Slope, FREE)

10. We kind of can’t stop talking about the Exponential Festival, because it’s so awesome and isn’t over yet. This weekend is your last chance to see BREAD arts collective’s Brecht-inspired punky/operatic Rise & Fall, so don’t miss out! (Friday, Cloud City in Williamsburg, $15)

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