10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: Neil Gaiman Reads A Christmas Carol, and XMAS Pop Sing-Along

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This wintery weather sure makes us suckers for the holidays (even more so than usual), and this weekend we're not short of holiday events. Get cozy with Neil Gaiman as he reads A Christmas Carol, partake in the annual holiday tradition of Unsilent Night at Washington Square Park, and sing along to the cheesiest holiday tunes at Union Hall. And if you're not feeling the holiday cheer, then go fuck yourself.

Friday

[Dance] Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception.

At 3 p.m., Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, free.

[Art] Because it's Friday the 13th, fittingly, we're going to face our biggest fears head on ... with a little help from TAPIN. Tonight, in partnership with First Street Art Green Park, the TAPIN crew's first public installation exposes fears in "OUT FEAR, TAP IN," a "larger-than-life" art installation. You're invited to simply observe or join in by sharing your biggest fear. "By naming what scares you the most and sharing it out loud, we take the first step in facing our fears and tackling them before they get the best of us."

At 6 p.m., First Street Green Art Park, East Village, free.

[Party] When Netflix or Hulu has failed you, where do you turn? Videology, of course. In fact, we've been loyal to these fine video folks for many years now because they provide something that the internet can't: human interaction. So tonight, on the occasion of their 10th anniversary, let's toast Videology and celebrate with insane entertainment and edible goods. The night starts with the Low Standards Show with John Murray and Matt Fisher, then the TV Hangover Party, followed by a Twin Peaks/Arrested Development Bingo Mash-Up, and concludes with DJ Bill. Plus trivia, prizes, free cotton candy, soft pretzels, and popcorn. If you have a Videology membership, your card will get you a free drink.

At 8 p.m., Videology, Brooklyn, free.

[Holiday] Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, we spice up our usual playlist and listen to nonstop holiday music. That means for more than a month we've got Mariah Carey belting out what she wants for Christmas and George Michael whining about what he got last Christmas on repeat. So we're definitely going to know every single song at tonight's XMAS Pop Sing-Along. Other holiday specials tonight include music by David Bowie, Bing Crosby, Justin Bieber, NSYNC, Run-DMC, Adam Sandler, and more. Put on your ugliest holiday sweater or dress as Santa (for a contest, of course), enjoy free milk and cookies, and be merry.

At 10 p.m., Union Hall, Brooklyn, $8.

Saturday

[Shopping] Where can you go Christmas shopping, cuddle a cute animal, and walk away with treats and prizes for yourself? The two-day BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular brings together more than 200 vendors who do everything from quirky vintage wares to gourmet foods, and offers goodie bags for early-bird shoppers and a raffle with big prizes. Want to make your gifts yourself? Drop by one of the "make-and-take workshops" on DIY plant hangers, pouf pins, terrariums, beauty products, tapestries, and felt garlands. Need to de-stress? Pet a puppy in the SNARR (Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehabilitaion) Pooch Room, and maybe even take one home. -- AA

At 10 a.m., Saturday-Sunday, Manhattan's Metropolitan Pavilion, $3.

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