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

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Photo by Jason Wyche for Creative Time
A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby makes its debut on Saturday at the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg.
It's Mom's Day weekend, and what better way to show your love/inherited sense of humor than to shock her with some edgy modern art? There are lots of great options on the up-and-up, like Studio Museum Harlem's massive exhibition on the American South, or Kara Walker's equally massive Sugar Baby (more like a sugar sphinx). For a less traditional approach see one of the many performance art pieces, including a rare informal dance by Rashaun Mitchell. We've also got Japan Day and Astoria's new flea market if you and ma would like to enjoy the nice weather.

Friday, May 9
[Party] A dazzling bill featuring an orgy of DIY punk is presented here in a singular evening showcasing the raddest of music and television. There's de facto King of Public Access TV BJ Rubin, premiering his latest 'n' greatest brain-twisting, music/comedy freak show, starring noise luminaries Black Dice and Blues Control but highlighted by ascendant songstress Frankie Cosmos. Tonight, Rubin and the teenaged Frankie celebrate the CD release of the heavenly Zentropy, her lo-fi treasure of a record that marries Beat Happening's playful strum with candy-sweet melodies and charming lyrics about dogs, art school, and love are sung in the most saccharine of voices. Rounding out the bill is rainbow-streaked pych-pop tunesmith Alice Cohen, yet another delicious Rubin staple. Wowza. --Brad Cohan. At 8, The Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club, free.

[Art] The Studio Museum in Harlem presents the work of 35 intergenerational American artists in the new exhibition, "When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South." Pieces include paintings, drawings, sculptures, and assemblages by well-known artists such as Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems (who also has a show at the Guggenheim), and Ralph Lemon, as well as "self-taught, spiritually inspired, and incarcerated artists," with most of the work dating from 1964 to the present day. The museum also welcomes "Glenn Kaino: 19.83," a collaboration between Kaino and American athlete Tommie Smith, best known for giving a black power salute from the medal podium at the 1968 Olympic Games, and "Draped Down," a group show that looks at both the implicit and explicit references to fashion in visual art. --Araceli Cruz. At noon today and Sunday, 10 a.m. on Saturday, Studio Museum Harlem, $7.

[Performance] Boru O'Brien O'Connell is one of those Vito Acconci-types who deals in stunts. After you witness his interactive slide show about the life of a stuffed platypus or hear his Thelonious Monk cover, you won't be able to tell if you're amused or pissed off. And therein, friends, lies the art. We have no idea what You Are Traffic, his collaboration with Luke Stettner, is going to look (or feel, or taste, or smell) like, but we think it's going to be about the subtlety of movement, or maybe consciousness, or maybe Bridgegate. Go find out. At 9, The Kitchen, free.

Rashaun Mitchell
[Dance] Rashaun Mitchell's work is bold and bright, much like the hot pink lace jumpsuit he has been known to wear. The movement's pace alternates between dreamy and frenzied, which makes for a sort of real-life time lapse video. The young up-and-coming choreographer has already staged work at Baryshnikov Arts Center and Danspace Project. Tonight he'll perform as part of the Studio Series. It might be one of the last chances to see him in an informal setting before he hits it big. At 6, Friday and Saturday, New York Live Arts, $5.

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