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

Stay entertained this weekend for $20 or less.

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

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

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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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