10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

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If you face certain, say, challenges when it comes to productivity (re: everything under the Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead genre on Netflix), then we aim to inspire. This week is all about buckling down and making things: art, magazines, home-brewed beer, dinosaurs, drunken art, jokes. Consider these recommendations a loving, nurturing fire under a place that you definitely don't want aflame. Now go, create!

Tuesday, May 13
[Science] At some point, usually in the second grade during that one intensive dinosaur unit, every kid decides they want to be a paleontologist. Very few actually carry that dream into adulthood, but we can agree that those who do are universally badass individuals. Tonight, Morbid Anatomy and Caitlin Wylie of the New Jersey Institute of Technology present Making Dinosaurs: The Art and Science of Fossil Preparation. In this illustrated lecture, Wylie reveals the little-known process by which fossils go from stumbled-upon rock formations to mammoth museum exhibits (this isn't an IKEA bed, there's no four-step assembly manual). Take a look at 19th-century procedural photos to see some of the elegant and endearingly misaligned skeletons that the Victorian era produced. At 8, Observatory, Brooklyn, $8.

[Booze] Make no mistake, we're annoyed with microbrews, too (or maybe just peope who talk about microbrews on OKCupid dates), but you've got to admit that some of them are damn tasty (oatmeal raisin cookie stout, anyone?). Brooklyn Brew Shop founders Erica Shea and Stephen Valand are responsible for some the craftiest craft beers we've ever chugged, and tonight they'll reveal some of their secret recipes at the book launch for Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes from Brooklyn to Bamberg. Hear them share advice for young brewers and favorite food pairings over a glass of their signature Dandelion Gruit. At 7, PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, free.

PowerHouse Arena
Erica Shea and Stephen Valand

[Storytime] If you can find someone who doesn't like Mad Libs, balloon animals, or ice cream cake ... don't bring them to this event tonight. At Yum's the Word, comedian Robin Gelfenbien reimagines the classic kids' birthday party for adults, with stories and treats to entertain even the fussiest of manchildren. In this edition, Craig Baldo, Michele Carlo, and Aaron Wolfe join her as special guests. They'll be less scary than clowns and twice as funny. At 7:30, (Le) Poisson Rouge, $10-$15.

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