A Starving Artist’s Guide to Arts Events this Weekend: Feb. 8 to 10

Stay entertained this weekend for $20 or less.

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Attendees of last year’s Black Comix Expo in cosplay. BAM is hosting the second annual expo this Sunday. (via Facebook)

Alex Cullina, Theater & Books Editor

Rather not spend this unseasonably warm weather stuck inside but in a bit of a budget crunch? Here are six fun ways to spend your weekend without breaking the bank.

Phantom of the Opera with Live Accompaniment, Feb. 7
Forget sweet, try spooky this Valentine’s season with the Flushing Remonstrance ensemble as they perform the music for a screening of Rupert Julian’s 1925 film “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Location: 12 Jefferson St., Brooklyn, NY [Bushwick] Time: 8 p.m.
Price: Free, $7 suggested donation

The Brooklyn Queer Comedy Festival: Bad Valentine’s Edition at 3 Dollar Bill, Feb. 8
This month’s installment of this recurring showcase is themed around “Bad Valentine’s.” Expect “queer stories of love, heartbreak, sex and redemption” by the best of the Brooklyn comedy scene.
Location: 260 Meserole St., Brooklyn, NY [Bushwick] Time: 6:30 p.m.
Price: $10

Sigrid Nunez presents “The Friend” at Books are Magic, Feb. 8
Nunez’s acclaimed novel, “The Friend,” winner of 2018’s National Book Award for Fiction, is “both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.” The author will speak about her book in conversation with Lisa Lucas, Director of the National Book Foundation.
Location:  225 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY [Cobble Hill] Time: 7:30 p.m.
Price: Free

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade, Feb. 9
If you’re over the overcrowded Lunar New Year celebration held every year in Manhattan’s Chinatown, head on up Queens to check out New York City’s other major celebration of the holiday. A pre-parade reception starts at 9:30 at St. George’s Church, with the main event kicking off at 11 a.m.
Location: Parade starts at Union St. and 37th Ave. [Flushing] Time: 11 a.m.
Price: Free

Broke People Theatre’s One Minute Festival, Feb. 9
The NYU theater club is hosting their festival of short plays this Saturday night at the Kimmel Center for University Life.
Location: Kimmel 802 [Greenwich Village] Time: 7 p.m.
Price: Free

BAM Black Comix Expo at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Feb. 10
BAM and the Black Comics Collective co-present their second annual Black Comix Expo this Sunday, featuring an all-day comic exhibition, a virtual reality experience, a cosplay showcase and a panel on women and Afrofuturism.
Location: 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY [Brooklyn Heights] Time: 11 a.m.
Price: Free

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