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The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, hot rock edition

Rock out with the Starlight Girls (#4)
Rock out in a new spot with the Starlight Girls (#4)

1. Learn how to protect yourself at the CryptoParty, a hands-on evening of email encryption, cyberpunk geniuses, and digital defense — plus snacks. (Friday, NYC Resistor, FREE)

2. Get farcical at Spiegelworld comedic circus extravaganza Vegas Nocturne, “the worst night of the greatest show that nobody ever saw.” (Friday, House of Yes, $20)

3. Laugh it up at Sasheer Zamata: Party Time!! Outdoors! with guests Jermaine Fowler, Yamaneika Saunders, and Molly Austin, and now in a new spot in Industry City. (Friday, The Landing, $10)

4. Say hello to Bushwick/Ridgewood’s newest venue at The Footlight’s grand opening, with Monograms, LIP TALK, Starlight Girls, and The Teen Age. (Friday, The Footlight, $5)

5. Be lyrical at the Roots Poetry Series, with verses by Rickey Laurentiis, Tyehimba Jess, Tamara Hart, and Natalie Eilbert. (Friday, Roots Café, FREE)


Get strung along with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (#13)
Get strung along with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (#13)

6. See a slew of art at the BWAC Summer Shows Opening, with work from more than 300 artists in a gorgeous Civil War–era Red Hook warehouse. (Saturday, BWAC, FREE)

7. Catch ’em all while boozin’ it up during the Pokémon GO North Brooklyn Pub Crawl, a day of drinking and Squirtle finding all through Greenpoint. (Saturday, multiple starting points, FREE)

***BONUS EVENT! Cool off and #GetSummered at the beach with the hottest beach party crew in town: Brokelyn and Red Jacket Orchards are presenting the Get Summered crew’s Return to Riis party at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, with live performances by Conundrum Nine Sunday, Jena Rose Raphael and The Mariella Ella Ella show. (Saturday and Sunday, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, FREE)

8. Dance it out in the daytime at the Makossa Brooklyn Cookout, with six hours of tunes from Wonway Posibul, DJ Tara, DJ Shinobi Shaw, DJ Chela, and The Whooligan. (Saturday, Our Wicked Lady, FREE)

9. Chill out at the 7th annual Fort Greene Jazz Fest, with musicians including Eric Frazier, Carol Cole, Lezlie Harrison, and Yoichi Uzeki. (Saturday, Fort Greene Park, FREE)

10. Show ’em what you got at the Coney Island Talent Show, hosted by the World Famous *BOB* and promising an endless array of unusual skills. (Saturday, Coney Island, FREE)

11. Have an artsy evening at Hot Wood Arts Open Studios, with plenty of art, site-specific installations, performances, live music, and more. (Saturday, Hot Wood Arts, FREE)

12. Hear some tales at Summer Stories, with raconteurs Langan Kingsley, Arti Gollapudi, James Folta, Emily Gaudette, Jo Firestone, and more. (Saturday, City Reliquary, $5)

13. Class it up at the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s production of the neoclassical opera The Rake’s Progress. (Saturday, Roulette, $20)

14. Raise some bucks while listening to rocker babes at the Suffragette City Fundraiser, with Toxic Moxie, NO ICE, The Meltaways, The Regrets, and Jacqueline Bodley. (Saturday, The Gutter, $8)

15. Mix it up at Switch & Play’s Staches & Lashes, featuring camp, drag, and burlesque from Sweet Lorraine, Qualms Galore, and more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7)

16. Get messy at Graven Images: An All-Out Art Party, with a DJ, cash bar, and a pile of art supplies for you to go nuts with. (Saturday, Standard Toykraft, $5)


Save the world from fiendish felines (#19(
Save the world from fiendish felines (#19) (pic by Garrett Shore)

17. Party down at the 2nd annual Parkside Empire Street Festival, with music, arts and crafts, food, and games for the whole family. (Sunday, Flatbush Avenue, FREE)

18. Go old-school at Analog Rhythms Sunday, with beats by Radius, DJ sets by Sonny Daze and Shawn Dub, and live portraits by Tiffany Smith. (Sunday, C’mon Everybody, FREE)

19. Get weird at Cat Planet Kitty Pool, a screening of the wacky cult webseries where a trio of stoned Brooklynites have to save the world from alien kittehs. (Sunday, Silent Barn, $5 suggested)

20. Hear some theatrics at the Bushwick Starr Reading Series, tonight presenting William Blake’s “Fuck You and Your Skee-Ball.” (Sunday, Bushwick Starr, FREE)

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