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The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, hip-hopera hedition

North Coast: basically the Brokester's Hamilton (#5)
North Coast: basically the Brokester’s Hamilton (#4)

1. Hear your queerest questions answered at 1 Girl 5 Gays, hosted by Mr. Lady Simon, where the gal asks a panel of gay folks 20 questions about love, sex, and life. (Friday, Macri Park, FREE)

2. Exchange some culture at the opening of By Us For Us: A Month of Black & Asian Futurity, with performances by Holographic BBy Bangz, Moon Bear, Sakuradaijin, and more. (Friday, BUFU Studios, FREE)

3. Bring a date (or find one!) at Is This Love?, an evening of romantic shorts presented by the inimitable Rooftop Films. (Friday, Old American Can Factory, $15)

4. Learn a thing or two at Anybody, a historical hip-hopera made up on the spot by hip-hop improv team North Coast. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)

5. Get your body moving at the 1-year anniversary of ’80s & ’90s dance party Everybody, Everybody. (Friday, C’mon Everybody, $5)


Belt out your pride with the New York City Gay Men's Chorus (#) (pic by Michael Dekker)
Belt out your pride with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (#12) (pic by Michael Dekker)

**Don’t forget you can catch us hanging out with Get Summered at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar this weekend!**

6. Take in some family-friendly culture at the Local Produce Mini-Festival of the Performing Arts, a day full of workshops, performances, and games. (Saturday, Spoke the Hub, FREE)

7. Celebrate street art at the 5th annual Bushwick Collective Block Party, with 50+ artists painting murals live. (Saturday, Bushwick Collective, FREE)

8. Score some choice duds at the Bushwick Vintage Crawl, with a half-dozen clothiers offering 15 percent off all weekend. (Saturday & Sunday, Bushwick, FREE)

9. Revel in raunch at the NYC Porn Film Festival, two days of movies, panels, and talks on everything from anarcho-queer porn to interracial alien orgies. (Saturday, 315 Ten Eyck, $12/film)

10. Dress in all your purple for Spike Lee’s Prince Born Day party, with DJs Kim Lightfoot and Timmy Richardson helping you go crazy. (Saturday, Bed-Stuy Restoration, FREE)

11. Let your imagination take you away at the Steam Works Festival of Curiosity, with workshops and hands-on activities, plus makers and vendors galore. (Saturday, Automotive High School, FREE)

12. Celebrate the start of pride month at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday, with artists and performers who initiate social change through their practice, including New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Illuminator Project, Queer Memoir, and more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

13. See some splendid cinema at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival’s Best of the Best, a block party with food, music, and award-winning short films. (Saturday, Sunset Park, FREE)

14. You don’t need no education at Drunk TED Talks: School’s Out, featuring inebriated elucidations by Eric Eidelstein, Suzy Exposito, Erik Hinton, and Julie Lauren Vick. (Saturday, Littlefield, $5)

15. Dance your face off at the kick-off of Freedom Party at Industry City, a weekly outdoor dance party you can hit all summer long. (Saturday, The Landing Courtyard, $20)

16. Marvel at NYC’s musical makers at the “Sonic City” opening reception, with rare high-end instruments you can both gawk at and play. (Saturday, City Reliquary, FREE)


Cat about with ladyqueen Crimson Kitty (#20)
Cat about with ladyqueen Crimson Kitty (#20)

17. Wake up early for nature at Brooklyn Brainery’s Tree Identification & Poetry event, a morning walk paired with nature poems. (Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $15)

18. Stuff your face at the Brooklyn Pizza Eating Contest, where gluttons get 12 minutes to cram in all the pies, accompanied by music, giveaways, and raffles. (Sunday, Rocco’s Pizza, FREE)

19. Cast a spell on skates at Flavorpill’s Magic Hour, where Talib Kweli and Prince Klassen will spin the tunes to keep you zipping around the rink. (Sunday, Lefrak Center, $14)

20. See some mean feats at Force Majeure Vaudeville, featuring sonic jank by Sxip Shirey, cowboy arts by Chris McDaniel, drag by Crimson Kitty, and more. (Sunday, Cobra Club, $10)

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