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Top 20: The best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, spring fever edition

Justin Jay will get yo' body moving (#5)
Justin Jay is gonna get your body moving (#6)

1. Upset about this fraught election season? Check out Killing Republicans, a rock opera presented by Funhouse Philosophers. (Friday through Sunday, Shooting Gallery Arts Annex, $15)

2. Grab your wand and head to the Harry Potter Marathon part 2, screening Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince in a fancy underground loft. (Friday, $10 suggested, Gemini & Scorpio)

3. Get philosophical at Persona Non Grata, an experimental music and dance theater piece inspired by William Burroughs’ song “Spare Ass Anny.” (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $5–10 suggested)

4. Boil up some laughs at Bitches Brew, with comics including Alexis Guerreros, Bret Raybould, and Liz Barrett, music by Rebecca Vigil, and more. (Friday, Halyard’s, FREE)

5. Belt out your angst at the 90s Alternative Singalong, with two hours of grunge and rock videos projected — including all the lyrics — on a big screen. (Friday, Union Hall, $10)

6. Dance your face off at Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage, which promises to be a “rollercoaster of energy and music,” from deep house to breakbeat to techno. (Friday, Baby’s All Right, $15)


Get witchy with Reverend Mother Flash (#13)

7. Learn a thing or two at Pratt Free School, a day of gratis classes taught by grad school alums, focusing on design as it relates to the philosophy of “chaos magic.” (Saturday, Pratt, FREE)

8. Burn the hell out of your mouth at the New York Hot Sauce Expo, with 45+ vendors, a whole mess of spicy foods, a Carolina Reaper pepper-eating contest, and lots more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Expo Center, $10)

9. Shop yourself silly at the Bust Spring Craftacular, with dozens of vendors, craft tutorials and demos, all-day DJs, and more. (Saturday, Factory Floor @ Industry City, FREE)

10. Get joyful at Festival of Colors: Holi NYC, a Hindu fest celebrating the coming of spring, where you throw colored powder all over your friends and dance the day away. (Saturday, East Williamsburg, $11.34)

11. Be dramatically eco at the Big Green Theatre Festival, an annual program celebrating environmental education, sustainability in the arts, and community enrichment. (Saturday & Sunday, Bushwick Starr, FREE)

12. Get messy at the Spring Fried Chicken & Waffles Backyard Party, with grub by Buttermilk Channel and tunes by the Bumper Crop Boys. (Saturday, Sycamore, FREE)

13. Embrace your dark feminine side at Slutist’s Legacy of the Witch II, featuring music, burlesque, and more from Wax Idols, Sabbath Assembly, Void Vision, The Reverend Mother Flash, and Bunny Buxom. (Saturday, Saint Vitus, $20)

14. Have a groovy time at Just Give In: A Swinging Sixties Soiree, with two dozen musicians, a liquid light show, “stroboscopic delight,” and plenty more. (Saturday, Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen, $8)

15. See some sexy stylings at the Extrava-Gala Fun-Tacular, with burlesque by Jo “Boobs” Weldon, Jonny Porkpie, Jenny C’est Quoi, Leroi the Girl Boi, and more. (Saturday, House of Yes, $16.78)

16. Sweat it out on the dance floor at Yas Mama, Horrorchata’s new hip-hop Latina dance fiesta, with DJs Oscar Nñ and Bebe, plus plenty of queens. (Saturday, Macri Park, $5)


Natalia "Saw Lady" Paruz will take you back to the 19th century (#17)
Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz will take you back to the 19th century (#17)

17. Go back in time at the 19th Century Extravaganza, a daylong smorgasbord of historically focused workshops, lectures, food, and performances. (Sunday, Old Stone House, FREE)

18. Get made at Gangland New York, a lecture tracing organized criminal activity in the five boroughs from the 19th century to today. (Sunday, Green-Wood Cemetery, FREE)

19. Hear a strange melody at City of Songs, a musical play where two clowns concoct a plan to sing everything wrong and get admitted to a fabled city. (Sunday, Tarot Society Gallery, $10 suggested)

20. Be amazed and maybe ashamed at Risk! Live, where Kevin Allison, Carla Rhodes, and Justin Sayre will tell stories they never dreamed they’d share in public. (Sunday, Bell House, $15)

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