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Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, spaced out edition

Get your giggles on with Reggie Watts (#3) (image via PopTech/Flickr)
Get your giggles on with Reggie Watts (#3) (image via PopTech/Flickr)

1. Take in some drama at the Bed-Stuy Theater Group’s August in August, with performances this weekend of “Two Trains Running” by August Wilson. (Friday in Fulton Park; Saturday in Herbert Von King Park, FREE)

2. Check out Smash Industries, a brand new community space, at a pre-opening party with music by Cutters, Forfeit, Zanois, and more, plus a visual art gallery, a mosaic-making room, and more. (Friday, Smash Industries, $10)

3. Laugh it up at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, with shows all weekend from Knitting Factory to the Bell House starring Reggie Watts, Julie Klausner, Phoebe Robinson, and tons more. (Friday through Sunday, varies)

4. Bring your furry friends to the Brooklyn Puppy Painting Takedown, where you can drink free beers and bid on paintings of pooches. (Friday, Better Than Jam, FREE)

5. Blast off to Deep Space Live, a talk show set somewhere out there in the galaxy and starring Brokelyn’s contributor Sam Weiss. (Friday, Annoyance Theater, $10)

6. Get in touch with your inner child at the Haus Dollhouse Dance Party, with sounds by Lauren Flax, Carlos Jadraque, Mike Swells, and more, plus a life-size dollhouse and tons of cute and creepy dolls. (Friday, House of Yes, FREE before 11)

Party it out at Secret Project Robot, which closes in one week (#) (pic by Maximus Comissar)
Party it out at Secret Project Robot, which closes in one week (#10) (pic by Maximus Comissar)

7. Don’t stop til you get enough at Spike Lee’s 6th annual BK <3 MJ block party, with music by DJ Spinna all day long. (Saturday, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, FREE)

8. See a bunch of kids turn trash into treasure at the 9th annual South Slope Soap Box Derby. (Saturday, Open Source Gallery, FREE)

9. Stuff yourself with boozy food at the Mezcal & BBQ Bonanza, with mezcal tastings, mezcal popsicles, and mezcal-sauced meats. (Saturday, Esme, FREE)

10. Start saying your goodbyes—the Super Friends Fest is Secret Project Robot’s very last Saturday party in their current space. (Saturday, Secret Project Robot, FREE)

11. Rock out (silently!) at the Quiet Clubbing Festival, with nine different DJs to choose from for your dancing pleasure. (Saturday, Coney Island, $20)

12. Hear some funny tales at Summer Stories, where UCB comedians share humorous accounts around the theme “favorite places.” (Saturday, City Reliquary, $5)

13. Get literary at Bk Voices, an evening of poetry, prose, and spoken word in a speakeasy. (Saturday, Hell Phone, $9)

14. Queer it up at Switch n Play’s Staches & Lashes, with drag and burlesque from Heart Crimson, Seedy Edie, Nyx Nocturne, Divina Gransparkle, and more. (Saturday, Branded Saloon, $7–$15)

15. Get gothed out at the 6th anniversary of Arkham, a Neil Gaiman tribute party with darkwave, synth, and deathrock spun by DJ Frankie Teardrop. (Saturday, Don Pedro, FREE)

Blast off into space with Bastard Keith (#20) (pic via Slipper Room/Flickr)
Blast off into space with Bastard Keith (#20) (pic via Slipper Room/Flickr)

16. Have a grand old time at the 40th annual Brighton Jubilee, a multi-block festival with music, vendors, games for the kiddies, and tons of food. (Sunday, Brighton Beach Ave., FREE)

17. Commemorate history at the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, with historic reenactors, a parade, talks, demonstrations, and plenty more. (Sunday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE)

18. Raise some pennies for pups at the Doggie Ice Cream Pool Party Fundraiser, with food and booze, pet photos, treats for the pooches, and a raffle with lots of prizes. (Sunday, Norwinds Bar, FREE)

19. Get educated about that hangover you’re still nursing at The Science of Booze with neuroscientist and physical therapist Dr. David Putrino. (Sunday, OTB, FREE)

20. Shoot out into orbit at the 100% Outer Space Party, hosted by a spacey Bastard Keith, with space lectures, space burlesque, space tunes, space cake, and on and on. (Sunday, Silent Barn, $10)

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