weekend events

All events are in Bklyn unless noted and most free and NY means Manhattan.

Saturday: Donut Fest NYC, a selection of the city’s best bakeries and restaurants serving their most superlative ring, cruller, or long-john, Verboten, 54 N. 11th St. between Kent and Wythe Avenues, 9:30–11 am, 11:30 am–2 pm, 2:30–5 pm, $35, $50 for VIP. 2016 Inventgenuity Festival,  hands-on creativity, kids will construct real and imagined mechanical birds that will appear to take flight in a large-scale kinetic sculpture-scape. Attendees may also sign up for one of the rotating slate of 45-minute “Natural Machinery” workshops. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. Workshops cost $8.25 each, 1 am–5 pm, daily, Saturday, Jan. 23 – Sunday, Jan. 24, free, http://beamcenter.or​g/festival. Introduction to Comics, a free introduction to cartooning techniques, using fun games to teach writing, drawing, and layout design. Beginners and non-cartoonists, ages 15–adult are welcome, Windsor Terrace Branch Library, 160 E. Fifth St. at Ft. Hamilton Parkway, 2 pm. Cardboard Robot Battle, in this evening of cardboard carnage! Nine card-bots slug it out in four matches, with shows between each bout, ring girls, drink specials with a sci-fi twist, and celebrity hosts, 8 pm, $18, Standard Toykraft, 722 Metropolitan Ave. between Manhattan and Graham Avenues. Braven Ball, with a black-and-white masquerade, including burlesque dancers, silk rope aerialists, and a dance party for people wearing black, white, and masks. RSVP required at http://bit.ly/BravenBall, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave. at Jefferson Street, free, 10 pm. Force Majeure Vaudeville — Ladyweirdo edition, shines the spotlight on bizarre female performers, including sword-swallower Lady Aye, erotic balloon sculptor Mistress B, and rappers Fantasy Grandma, along with host Tanya Solomon, 9 pm, $15, The Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave. between Jefferson and Troutman Streets.

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