Friday, September 24, 2010

Cheap Chick NYC, Cheap and Free Weekend Event Picks, Sept. 24-26, 2010

Friday September 24, 2010

Take some in Southern comfort with Housing Works Bookstore’s “New Stories From The South” program with Amy Hempel, Kathy Pories, and Wells Tower, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., free.

Hear about a Pakistani girl’s experiences at the program Fatima Bhutto-Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, $10 for members, $12 for students and seniors, and $15 for non-members.

Travel around the world in beers starting today, with NY Craft Beer Week, a $10 passport gets you $3 beers all week,

Saturday September 25, 2010

I don’t know if you’ll find a pearl, but there will be plenty of oysters to check at a number of events at Grand Central’s Oyster Bar (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.,, some samples and other items will be free), and Stone Street, (, 12 p.m., with live band.)

The Sony Wonder Technology Lab is hosting a screening of Extraordinary Measures today at 2 p.m. Click here to make reservations,

Many of the city’s museums will be open for free today as part of Smithsonian Museum Day, check here (search for New York) to find participating museums in the area.

Think you’re the next great artist? Prove it by trying out for Bravo’s Work of Art at the Brooklyn Museum! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

Deep-fried or steamed, dumplings are a cheap chick’s best friend! Sample a variety of this tasty treat at the NYC Dumpling Festival where area restaurants will be peddling their wares, and if you have the stomach for it, the Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Chrystie at E. Houston), $20 for tasting ticket.

It’s fiesta time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the institution celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with events drawing sessions, tango lessons, a mariachi band, film screenings, tours, and evening concerts by Musica de Camara String Orchestra and the urban bachata duo Loisaidas. Most programs are free with museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish.

Show ‘em you got some balls at the citywide bocce tournament!

Checkmate at the citywide chess tournament!

Discovery Walking Tours is hosting their Annual Oktoberfest Historic Taverns of Greenwich Village walking tour. "On this tour you'll see some of the area's most classic pubs and speakeasies -- all with historic associations. Stops include the haunts of Ernest Hemingway and Edna St Vincent Millay, a speakeasy from the 1920s once associated with founding father Thomas Paine, and the bar where Norman Mailer and RFK contemplated their political futures. Cost of refreshments is extra, so come armed with some extra cash and a thirst for history and spirits, and enjoy the camaraderie of a historic pub crawl!" 5:45 p.m., $18 plus extra $ for drinks, call 212-465-3331 for reservation and meeting place.

Sunday September 26, 2010

The street fair that ate Brooklyn, The Atlantic Antic, takes over Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn (that one tree that grows in the borough better watch out!), and you can visit the Brooklyn Historic Society for free as part of the festivities.

Keep the doctor away with an apple festival on the LES! 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Orchard St. bet Broome and Grand, free.

Jews love baseball, at least according to the film “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story,” screening at the Jewish Museum today, 2 p.m.,, $7-$10.

Become at one with the raptor at Wave Hill’s day-long event,, free with admission to the grounds, $4, a box lunch is available to adults for $10 (adults) and $7 (kids.)

Pow-wow with Native Americans at this festival in the Bronx with crafts, foods, stories, and other programs,, free.

These spots were once home sweet home to many an historic figure and family, visit many of them for free and participate in old-timey activities like baseball games, cider pressing, and a Victorian tea during the Historic House Festival (, The Williamsburg International Film Festival continues all weekend (, the New York Short Film Festival is happening Friday and Saturday (, and get artsy in the Bklyn area that shares a name with a Disney elephant at Dumbo’s Arts Festival all weekend (

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cheap Chick NYC Cheap and Free Weekend Event Picks: Sept. 17-19, 2010ap C

Friday September 17, 2010
Time once again to crown Miss Coney Island (I wonder, does she get free hot dogs from Nathan’s?) This burlesque beauty pageant is hosted by the Great Fredini and will provide plenty of entertainment from the bathing beauties and live music. 10 p.m., $15.

Say “happy birthday” to the ghost-ess with the mostest as the Merchant’s House Museum celebrates Gertrude Treadwell’s 170th birthday with a special cake baked from a 19th century “receipt” and a special tour. 3 to 5 p.m., included in admission, $10,

Chug free milkshakes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Wall Street’s Burger Shoppe (despite link, giveaway is apparently today!)

Saturday September 18, 2010

Take a “haunting” 90-minute tour of the East Village with “Peter Stuyvesant and His Ghostly Friends,” (which may be led by a ghostly character!), and make stops at sites associated with “Peter Stuyvesant, Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, and Harry Houdini ass well as the first jogging ghost, Theodore Roosevelt, in the East Village. 7:30 p.m., $20 by credit card, $25 cash,, Please RSVP even if you plan to pay cash!

Eat edible installations like there’s no tomorrow at Third Ward’s Last Supper Festival, with film, music, and writing rounding out the salon! All proceeds benefit The Food Bank of NYC, 6 p.m., $10 with three or more cans for donation to the food bank or $15 without,

The Brooklyn Philharmonic will be playing at Bryant Park for free tonight as part of the park’s fall festival, 6 p.m.

Smell good for fellow subway riders after this free aromatherapy workshop hosted by Anne McClain, RSVP quickly, ( I’m sure spots are filling up fast! 3 p.m., McGolrick Park, Russell St., bet. Driggs and Nassau Aves., Greenpoint,

I guess I thought Oktoberfest was supposed to be in, ahem, October, but the folks on the Hudson River are hosting one today, complete with German beer, all the diff types of bratwurst you can imagine, and German music. Plus giant pretzels, it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest w/o giant pretzels, right? Right? 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pier 81, W. 41 St. (at 12th Ave.), Advance tkts are $10, $15 with yacht sail (tho I have to wonder if that’s a great idea with all the beer drinking, and bratwurst-eating going on, not to mention the giant pretzels…) buy tkts here:

Ar you ready to live out your pirate fantasies all day today with PirateCon,

Saturday and Sunday September 18 and 19, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge and the LES - Marking the San Gennaro Feast and the Close of Rosh Hashanah, two walking tours for the price of one! “First, a walk across the bridge to learn about its history and creation, and how it served as an inspiration for Jewish immigrants to come to Brooklyn. Next, a tour of the Lower East Side, addressing its immigrant heritage with stops at the Eldridge Street Synagogue; Orchard Street; the southern edge of the Italian district, and the site of the infamous Five Points slum made famous in Gangs of New York. Tour ends at the San Gennaro Festival on Mulberry Street so you can take in the feast.” 1:45 p.m., $18, call 212-465-3331 for meeting place and RSVP.

Sunday September 19, 2010

Don’t you go forgetting about the John Hughes festival at Lincoln Center today with special Brat Pack appearances! Starts at 12:45 p.m. and runs all day, ind. Seats run $12, see five films for $35,

Get that hi-fi ready after a trip to Brooklyn Flea’s Superstar DJ Record Fair with plenty of vinyl and DJ’d music for all!

Jazz it up in Red Hook, with their annual festival, at Urban Meadow, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., $5,

This ain’t your grandpa’s general store! The Kings County General Store sets itself up in Southpaw this Sunday with “Brooklyn-based artists, designers, foodies, local shops, and businesses” showcasing their wares. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., free admission,

Find your next roommate, er wait, diff event, at Coney Island’s Tattoo and Motorcycle Show! Perhaps you’ll still find someone to bond with over that Tweetybird tattoo you got in college! 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., $7.50,

Watch an advanced screening of NBC’s new show The Event for free at Father Duffy Square (47th and B’way), 7 p.m. (I advise getting there v. early!)

All weekend long Brooklyn is in the fashion spotlight as all those future Project Runway designers display their wares at Williamsburg Fashion Weekend (, and yuk it up at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, (

Plus plenty of other diversions in my Fall Guide!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Cheap Chick NYC, Weekend Picks, Sept. 10-12, 2010

Sorry for the delays, be sure to check out my fall events guide for plenty of events going on this weekend!

Friday September 10, 2010

The Holy Grail of Geekiness, the Nerd Nite Nerdactacular is tonight! You can ruminate on Godzilla and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ride tonight at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St., DUMBO, $15. RSVP and tkts here:

It’s not your grandma’s church bingo anymore, but it might be too much for your bingo card! Rebel Bingo tonight, $15, check here for tkts and the top secret location,

Friday September 10 and Saturday September 11, 2010

Do you really want what she’s having? See if you do at Landmark Sunshine’s screening of When Harry Met Sally, Midnight. $9.99,

Saturday September 11, 2010

Here is a list of list of events to commemorate 9/11:

Literature and drinks come together at Lit Crawl tonight, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and beyond,, Seems to be free aside from drinks and other extras!

Revolutionize your weekend with the 1776 Peace Conference Celebration! The Staten Island Conference House will be hosting a re-creation of peace talks held between the British and the Americans during the American Revolution with music and dancing, crafts booths, outdoor cooking demonstrations, and children’s games and crafts. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, $3.

Unwind at the steps of the main NYPL branch (Fifth Ave. and 42nd St.) with a free One World Symphony concert today from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday September 12, 2010

Say Goodbye to summer with the Roosevelt Island “So Long Summer BBQ,”a free event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. RSVP required,

Hola to Mexico at the 116th St. Mexican Independence Festival, 116th St. bet. Second and Lex featuring food and performances! This free event starts at 10 a.m.

It’s all Brooklyn all-day at the Farm City Fair free event, with local eats and drinks, as well as cooking workshops and a competitive cooking competition. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St. Free!

Now it’s the West Side’s chance for a county fair. Head to Riverside Park to indulge in games, music, square dancing, a greenmarket, a petting zoo, and Bindlestiff's Family Cirkus. The event is free and will be taking place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pier in Riverside Park South at West 70th St.

I’d be on Conan the Librarian’s hit list if I did not mention one of my all-time favorite events, The Brooklyn Book Festival (also on my Fall Guide). This free all-day event features panel discussions, author readings, and almost every vendor related to books you could possibly imagine. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Plus free admission to the Brooklyn Historical Society as part of the festival!

Learn about Williamsburg’s pre-Hipster history during “Williamsburg: From the Cool to the Conservative,” a Municipal Art Society walking tour led by Marty Shore, an urban historian. Tour starts at 11 a.m. and begins at the NW corner of North 7th St. and Bedford Ave. $15.

Zoom out to Queens for an antique motorcycle festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Queens County Farm Museum,

It’s “nac-cho” mama’s salsa at the Bell House today with amateur competitors mixing it up at Salsa Slam where you can sample the spicy goodness and rock out with mariachi music. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. $12,

Plus yee-haw all weekend at the Brooklyn Country Music Festival,, and kick up your heels at the Dance Now Festival (tkts start at $20)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cheap Chick NYC Fall Guide, 2010

Grab a cup of ice-cold cider from the Union Square Farmer’s Market for energy and set off on some NYC fall adventures!


August 31-September 29, 2010, New York Public Library George Bruce Branch Portrait of Harlem Photography Exhibit,

September 3-November 28, 2010, “Lee Friedlander: America by Car," is the Whitney’s exhibit of the photographer’s works,

September 8, 2010, Jonathan Franzen will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. discussing Freedom.

September 10, 2010, Fashion’s Night Out, Shopping, parties, cocktails, food, and did I mention shopping?

September 10-13, 2010, The Howl Festival, Tompkins Square Park will be the site of poetry, music, and dance!

September 12, Bookworms unite at the annual Brooklyn Book Festival,

September 12, 2010, Broadway on Broadway, free concert event starring Broadway’s best and hosted by Kelsey Grammer.

September 12-January 30, “Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism” hosted by The Jewish Museum with more than 30 pieces from the museum as well as works of art from other institutions,

September 14–Jan 3, 2010, “Notorious & Notable: 20th-Century Women of Style,” Museum of the City of New York exhibit featuring 80 New York women and their clothing and jewelry,

September 14, 2010, James Ellroy will be at the Strand (Broadway and 12th) discussing his latest: The Hilliker Curse, 7 p.m.

September 15-March 14, 2011, Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, The modern kitchen, in particular how it changed in the 20th century, is the subject of this MOMA exhibit, which includes two actual kitchens.

September 16, 2010, Back to Journalism School Trivia Night! The Deadline Club (the NYC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) is hosting this no-holds-barred competition to see who knows the most about media! Think you’re the best copyeditor in town? Know the history of Hearst? Then test your skills at this competition hosted by Noah Tarnow of the Big Quiz Thing (! For more info and to RSVP visit

September 16-26, 2010, Ciao Italia at Little Italy’s massive street fair, the Feast of San Gennaro,

Sept 17–Jan 8, 2010, “Japan Fashion Now,” a free exhibit covering 30 years of Japanese street style fashion at the Museum at FIT,

September 17-January 2, 2011, “Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress," relates to Mark Twain’s (aka Samuel Clemens to some of you!) life. This Morgan Library exhibit features 120 manuscripts, rare books, letters, diaries, photographs and more,

September 17-January 9, 2011, “Nuevo York,” NYC’s relationship with Spain and Latin America is examined in this exhibit at El Museo del Barrio. Organized in conjunction with the New York Historical Society while that museum is undergoing renovations, the exhibit is complete with interactive displays, video footage, maps, letters, paintings, and other items.

September 19, 2010, African-American Day Parade, Harlem hosts this event, which travels down 111th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. to 142nd Street. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and is a celebration of black culture and achievement.

September 20, 2010, Nicholas Sparks is discussing Safe Haven at the Barnes & Noble, Fifth Ave at 46th St. 12:30 p.m.

September 21, 2010, Award-winning journalist Michele Norris will be on-hand with her memoir, The Grace of Silence at the Strand bookstore,

September 21 and 22, 2010, New York Shop Walk, two days of shopping discounts and deals, and even spa treatments,

September 21, 2010, Sophie Kinsella discusses the latest installment in the Shopaholic series, UWS Barnes & Noble, 82nd and Broadway, 7 p.m.

September 21, and 22, 2010, Gotham Writers’ Workshop fall open house! Take free writing classes both days!

September 21, 2010, The divine Tim Gunn will be at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble to share his secrets for “making it work” (at least I hope so!) 7p.m.

September 22, 2010, Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants will discuss her new work Ape House at the Union Square Barnes & Noble.

September 24-January 2, 2011, Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings 1961-1968,” with drawings from private and public collections throughout the U.S. and Europe are on display at the Morgan Library.

September 24-October 10, New York International Film Festival, This year’s offerings include The Social Network, and selections from Cannes and the Palme d’Or,

September 25, 2010, 1 p.m., Gysin's Ghost: Poetry Marathon, basically a day-long poetry reading at the New Museum,

September 25-26, 2010, 28th Annual Queens County Fair (Queen’s County Farm Museum), relish the country air in Queens with the corn maze, hayrides, a pie eating contest, and a petting zoo,

September 27, 2010, Former President Jimmy Carter will be at Barnes & Noble at Fifth Ave. and 46th St. discussing White House Diary.

September 28-October 9, 2010, Fall For Dance Festival, 10 performances, 20 companies, one stage, all seats $10,


October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, New Yorker Festival, writer, celebs, and films converge at one event, (this is a little beyond the Cheap Chick's means, but if you have some extra laundry quarters, you should check out this event!)

Oct 1–10, 2010, At Art in Odd Places you may want to watch where you’re going, because you might stumble upon art at this outdoor arts festival where pieces are all over 14th St. (14th St between Hudson and East Rivers),

Oct 3–June 2, 2011, “Abstract Expressionist New York,” See more than 300 works from MOMA’s collection,

October 6-January 9, 2011, "The Last Newspaper," on view at the New Museum with a constant flow of information and feature artists reacting in real-time,

October 9 and 10, 2010, Open House New York, the weekend-long event gives New Yorkers a key to the city’s hidden places,

October 11, 2010, Columbus Day Parade, Runs from 5th Avenue from 47th-79th streets, the parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Before watching the parade you can attend a special Columbus Day mass at 9:30 a.m. held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

October 3, 2010, Tibetan Festival, at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island. "An afternoon of Tibetan food, crafts, and demonstrations of Tibetan calligraphy."

October 13, 2010-January 21, 2011, “On Stage in Fashion,” at the NYPL for the Performing Arts, which looks at the collaboration between performers and fashion designers using costumes, designs, photographs, and other media throughout the 20th century and the present,

October 14, 2010, Journalist Jere Dyk talks about his experiences being held captive by the Taliban! The Deadline Club is hosting this event at the Salmagundi Arts Club (467 Fifth Ave.) at 7 p.m., for more info and to RSVP.

October 16-May 30, 2011, "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter," is a great way to escape the cold weather with more than 500 butterflies fluttering around their controlled (and warm!) environment,

October 15-January 9, 2011, “Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968," focuses on 50 works from females of the time period at the Brooklyn Museum,

Oct 17, 2010, Brooklyn Bacon Takedown, It's not just for eggs and waffles anymore! Sample some new bacon tastes at the Takedown! The Bell House, 149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves., Gowanus, Brooklyn,, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

October 20, 2010 - January 23, 2011, "Free," at the New Museum shows the impact of the Internet on the news and information we access regularly,

October 28 2010-April 2011, "Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time," on tap at the Whitney with more than 80 of the artists’ works,

Oct 29–Mar 27, 2010, “Houdini: Art and Magic” at the Jewish Museum. See the magician’s diaries, and photographs before they disappear!

October 30-August 14, 2011, "Sam Taylor-Wood: Ghosts," at the Brooklyn Museum evokes the atmosphere of Emily Dickinson’s Wuthering Heights, which inspired the artists’ photos.

October, 31, 2010, Village Halloween Parade, you too can dress up as a zombie in the Thriller routine!


November 4, 2010, Dude! It’s Lebowski Fest! Hopefully this event will make you grateful for all rugs you have that tie your rooms together! Don’t forget the White Russians! Live music and bowling also abound at the festivities,

November 7, 2010, New York City Marathon, cheer on your favorite runners at this annual event!

November 11-22, 2010, Canstruction, I’ve seen polar bears, Beatles, and cars (oh my!) all made of those circular containers at at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. How can they do it? The exhibit is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods for donations. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nov 20, 2010–Aug 14, 2011, Use your noggin and go to “Brain: The Inside Story at the American Museum of Natural History,”

Friday, September 3, 2010

Cheap Chick NYC, Cheap and Free (Labor Day) Weekend Event Picks, Sept. 3-6, 2010

Friday September 3, 2010

Here’s hoping that y’all have a spare body floating around somewhere if you attend the Rubin Museum’s screening of the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Film runs 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is free with a $7 bar tab.

Attention Science Geeks! Columbia University is hosting “Missing Matter, Where’s Your Other Half?” A look at dark matter by Dr. Frits Paerels, with guided stargazing afterward. Held at Columbia’s Pupin Hall (Broadway at 116th), runs from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Julia Wertz and Aaron Renier are hosting a free double book-launch party for Julia's Drinking at the Movies and Aaron's The Unsinkable Walker Bean at Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

Also it’s the last Friday night fireworks at Coney Island, 9 p.m.

Saturday September 4, 2010

Get your art on with the free Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., University Place bet. E. 12th St. and Washington Place.

Have a down-home country day on Staten Island with the Richmond County Fair (starts today and runs all weekend),

Art and live music converge at the free Monster Island Block Party in Williamsburg, 2 p.m. to midnight, 128 River St. @ Metropolitan Ave.

“Pig out” at the this foodie party, “Snout N’ Stout,” with food from Woody’s Pig Roast with plenty of sauces and sides, music by DJ Cowboy Mark of Kill Devil Hill, and craft beers. Event begins at 6 p.m. and it’s $10-$15 to reserve your food in advance.

Prove once and for all that Bingo is not just for little old church ladies, it’s for New Yorkers on a Saturday night! Drag queen Linda Simpson hosts bingo tonight at Le Poisson Rouge wth special guests DJ Erin Markey and Spokesmodel Sylvia London. Bingo is free and the event runs form 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday September 4 and Sunday September 5, 2010

Have your cake and eat it too, or in this case is “let them eat cake,” more appropriate? Find out at Discovery Walking Tour’s Greenwich Village Labor History and Dessert Tour. “A tour of sites associated with the rise of labor and Greenwich Village, with stops associated with Emma Goldman, John Reed, the IWW, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which sparked the union movement. Along the way, we will celebrate the fruits and advancements of labor, with a dessert sampling, from chocolate covered strawberries and candy, to saviodi cookies.” Tour starts at 2 p.m. each day, and is $23 (includes treats!) Call 212-465-3331 for meeting place and to RSVP.

Sunday September 5, 2010

Sixth Ave. bet 43rd and 57th goes Carnival with Brazilian Day! Check out more than 400 street vendors at this fest! 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

I guess these trucks don’t have to worry about being chased by dogs, since they’ll be immobile on Governors Island for the Parked Food Festival, where you’ll have a whole range of gastronomic delights to choose from! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Calling all Jewish singles, Let My People Go is hosting a big Labor Day bash tonight at Covet, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door w/o RSVP. More info and tkts here:

Find out if farm livin’ is the place for you with Eagle Street Rooftop Farm's Open Farm Day event featuring a reading and demo by author/blogger Cathy Erhway. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the reading at 2 p.m. Eagle St. Rooftop Farm, 44 Eagle St. bet. West and Franklin),

Don’t look down if you’re in the balcony at Symphony Space’s screening of Vertigo today! Tkts are $11, buy here:, and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Monday September 6, 2010

The pyramids await, with the Met open for holiday Mondays! Remember it’s pay-what-you-wish, so go as low as you dare! (I once went down to 40-something cents.)

Everyone loves a parade! Today’s it’s the West-Indian Day Parade in Bklyn. Easter Parkway to Grand Army Plaza, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.,

Big Onion hosts its classic Labor Day tour, “We Built New York: A Labor History Tour” with stops including the site of “the first Labor Day Parade (1882), the founding site of the ILGWU, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the Catholic Worker, and sites associated with Emma Goldman, Clara Lemlich, and Samuel Gompers.” Tour is $15, meet at the NE corner of Fifth Ave. and Washington Square North, 6 to Astor Place, R,W to 8th St., the A,B,C,E,F West 4th St., and the 1 to Christopher.

Linda Hill and perennial sidekick Murray Hill are hosting bingo tonight for free at the Bowery Poetry Club, (308 Bowery between Bleecker and Houston), 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Swap your clothes away for some new duds at the Frugal Fashionista Clothing Swap! This free event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but there are only 25 slots available! RSVP here:

All Weekend Long!

The Cooper-Hewitt is free (, Housing Works Bookstore is hosting a 30% off sale (, Scavenge New York City’s film history with the Underground Film Festival (be quick to register, the hunt starts on the 4th, plus you can always just watch new NYC films at the Festival (, embrace all things unicycle at the New York City Unicycle Festival (, and Cockabilly Records is hosting the 50's jammin' Coney Island Rockabilly Festival (!