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Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, truth assassin edition

Don't be too chicken (sorry!) to see Tanya Solomon's one-woman magic show (#2)
Don’t be too chicken (sorry!) to see Tanya Solomon’s magic show (#2) (pic by Adrian Buckmaster)

1. Try to solve the mystery at We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun, a play delving into the sensationalism surrounding the life and death of a drag queen. (Friday & Saturday, Standard Toykraft, $15)

2. Get slayed by trickery at Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin, a one-woman magic show featuring live fish, knives and blindfolds, rubber chickens and lots of illusions. (Friday & Saturday, Voorhees Theater, $20)

3. See some strange films at They Read By Night: an experimental cinema extravaganza featuring movies by Simon Liu, Preston Spurlock, and Josef Von Weikkmann. (Friday, Pet Rescue, FREE)

4. Dance it out in a gorgeously strange bar at Empire Breaks, with DJ’s ILLexxandra and Shakey keeping you moving all night. (Friday, The Keep, FREE)


Be cute with Lady Quesa'dilla (#) (pic by Maro Hagopian)
Be cute with Lady Quesa’dilla (#13) (pic by Maro Hagopian)

5. Ride over to the Brooklyn Bike Jumble, a two-wheeler’s flea market filled with new and used bikes, bike accessories, collectibles, clothing, and other treasures. (Saturday, Old Stone House, FREE)

6. Have a wander through South BK at the Seventh Annual Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk, with 15+ artists displaying their work in windows from 68th to 84th Streets. (Saturday, Bay Ridge, FREE)

7. Or have a paddle around North BK at the North Brooklyn Boat Club’s season opening party, with beer, snacks, a fire pit, and the foot-stomping music of Morgan O’Kane. (Saturday, North Brooklyn Boat Club, FREE)

8. See a bunch of art at the Industry City Open Studios, with 75+ artists, makers, and manufacturers showing off what they’re working on. (Saturday & Sunday, Industry City, FREE)

9. Celebrate a decade of work by Safe OUTside the System, an anti-violence program for LGBTQ people of color, at the SOS Ten-Year Turn-Up, with workshops, panels, performances, and more. (Saturday, Irondale Center, FREE)

10. Get distracted by a lot of blinking lights at The Seventh Annual Interactive Show, where hackers show off their cool new projects. (Saturday, NYCResistor, $16.37)

11. Be a hepcat at Jazz Right Now XX, with Sana Nagano Band, Irreversible Entanglements, and the James Brandon Lewis-Chad Taylor Duo. (Saturday, New Revolution Arts, $15 suggested)

12. Treat yo’self at An Evening of ~You~, a comedy event hosted by Catherine Cohen and Lucy Cottrell that plays with ritual, ceremony, and all things New Age. (Saturday, Lutheran Church of the Messiah, FREE)

13. Put on your best wig for Be Cute, a queer dance party with DJs Horrorchata, David John Sokolowski, and Uncle Larry, shows by Lady Quesa’dilla, Slater G. String, and Pariah Carry, and lots more. (Saturday, Littlefield, $5)

14. Shake your body at MeanRed’s 808, with house music by Derrick Carter, Miss Honey Dijon, and Turtle Bugg. (Saturday, Sugar Hill Disco, $20)

15. Get sweaty at Red Bull Music Academy’s Technopolis, a multi-room Bushwick warehouse party featuring music from a ton of acts: Anthony Naples, Galcher Lustwerk, Volvox, Umfang, Max McFerren, Bookworms, DUST, Via App, Aurora Halal, and Ital. (Saturday, 592 Johnson Ave, $20)


Go under the sea with Kai Altair (#20)
Go under the sea with Kai Altair (#20)

16. Embrace your inner locavore at Local Roots NYC’s Good Fest, a day of workshops, talks, and tastes highlighting local food, farmers, and agriculture. (Sunday, Threes Brewing, $20)

17. It’s May, which means street fair season! Two early entrants today: The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair in Park Slope and BIG BayFest in Sheepshead Bay. (Sunday, FREE)

18. Be good to your dancin’ self at Sloth Village’s Secret Spring, a daytime dance party with immersive rituals, Ayurvedic food, and more. (Sunday, Magik City, $10)

19. View some mind-bending cinema at Video Mass’ X-Fest, a night of locally made short films exploring the genre of speculative fiction. (Sunday, Syndicated, $8)

20. Swim over to the Mermaid Lagoon, a dance party and variety show to benefit Billion Oyster Project and Orca Network, starring Kai Altair, Dr. Mermaid, Ali Luminescent, Veronica Varlow, and many more. (Sunday, House of Yes, $11.35)

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