Friday, February 25, 2011

Cheap Chick NYC, Cheap and Free Weekend Event Picks, Feb. 25-27, 2011

Friday February 25, 2011

Who do you think you are? Find out at this library workshop “Uncovering Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogy.” At this session you’ll find out how to use one of the country’s largest free public collection of genealogical tools, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m., NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classrooms, Fifth Ave. and 42nd Street, free, first-come, first-served.

Pay homage to high-speed chases, guns, and bombs exploding at ActionFest! tonight, which is featuring a 35-mm print screening of Andrew McLaglen’s Ffolkes! 7 p.m., 92ndYTribeca, 200 Hudson Street, tkts are $10 and can be bought here:, come at 6 p.m. for a happy hour special of $2 off each beer!

Channel your inner Morticia and Gomez Addams with the Absolute Beginners Tango! Workshop tailored specifically to those who carry watermelons :-) 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Triangulo, 135 W. 20th Street, bet. 6th and 7th, absolutely free!

Saturday February 26, 2011

If you’re one of those annoying people who quote movie dialogue while the film is screening, then you’ll love movieoke! Hosted by the Big Quiz Thing’s Noah Tarnow, you become the star of the show with your favorite DVD in-hand t o play out your favorite scenes! "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!" 10:15 p.m., 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street, tkts are $10 and can be bought here:

Warm up this weekend with a nice hot bowl of chili and some drinks from the Brooklyn Brewery PLUS a multimedia art presentation at the Slideluck Potshow! 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave., $10 at the door!

Get an early start on Women’s History Month with the Asia Society’s screening of Offside, a movie about Iranian women who disguise themselves as men to attend a pre-2006 World Cup game, 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, Get free tkts here:

Party it up with the Carnaval Edition of BelezaNYC, complete with Brazilian bands and DJs, live samba dancers, percussionists, and drink specials! 11 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, $10 general admission until 1 a.m., $15 after, standing-room only.

Big Onion takes you through Fort Green today with stops that may include the Clinton Hill and Pratt areas, and sites associated with the Underground Railroad, Spike Lee, Marianne Moore, Stanford White, Richard Wright, and the Arbuckle family. 1 p.m., Meet at the southeast corner of Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues under the large red BAM sign, $15!

Girl Power shows its stuff at the National Girls and Women in Sports day, where females of all ages can participate in activities including sports and fitness clinics, arts and crafts, self-esteem and empowerment workshop for girls! 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chelsea Recreation Center, W. 25th bet. 9th and 10th Avenues, free!

Celebrate George Washington’s birthday today with historic reenactments, tours, and colonial costumes to try on! 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Morris-Jumel Mansion, Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace bet, 160th St., and 162nd St., free!

Saturday and Sunday February 25 and 26, 2011

Feel like a movie star as you visit NYC-movie sites during Discovery Walking Tour’s Academy Award Weekend Famous Movie Sites Tours! Visit more than 40 movie sites on two different tours, one on the East Side (the Breakfast at Tiffany’s townhouse, a James Bond getaway scene, the site of Marilyn Monroe’s subway grate pose, and the Urban Cowboy apartment) and the West Side (Ghostbusters Building, the You’ve Got Mail Bookstore, and the closing scenes from The Way We Were). East side at 12 p.m., and West Side at 2:30 p.m., call 212-465-3331.

Got a craving for dried beef this weekend? Then get your stomach down to East Williamsburg for a craft jerky tasting with flavors including Korean barbecue, Sichuan orange-ginger, and even a vegetarian meat-free Portobello flavor for all those jerky-craving vegetarians! Enjoy free beer as you learn everything you wanted to know about jerky, but were afraid to ask! Noon to 6 p.m. (both days), Kings County Jerky Co., 35 Meadow Street, #206 (at Bogart St.) free!

For all the $1 books you can cram into your small NYC apartment, head to the Park Slope United Methodist Church’s (410 Sixth Avenue (Corner of 6th Ave. and 8th St) annual book fair! Pay $10 for early admission on Saturday, otherwise free! Sat: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.!

Sunday February 27, 2011

The Oscars are upon us again, hopefully hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco aren’t grouchy (!) You shouldn’t be with so many Oscar party options!

Murray Hill hosts his annual bash with trivia and re-enactments of scenes from this year’s best picture nominees, and audience best/worse-dressed contest (,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,5611), dress up in your red carpet-best for 92ndY Tribeca’s fete, with themed drinks, and fashion commentary (, Food and drinks, Oscar trivia, the Paley Red Carpet, and screening of historic Academy Awardss ® moments will dominate the Paley Center bash (, a special drinking game will be held at Brooklyn’s Fifth Estate (, Kiki and Jinners’ Union Hall party has Best Picture themed drinks (, and Oscar-wear will be encouraged at Brooklyn Winery, which will be serving discounted sparkling wines and hosting Oscar Bingo (!

Start Oscar night early at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit with their Oscar contest and pairing of the best actor/actress nominees with various wines! 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., 5 W. 19th St., free!

Don’t forget, all weekend long you can travel around the world at the NY Times Travel Show, (, the Frigid New York Festival is going strong despite the cold weather! (, and a new window art display by Chashama will be at the former Donnell Library Center (through March 7, 2011-

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cheap Chick NYC Weekend Cheap and Free Event Picks, Jan. 18-20, 2011

Hi all, the Cheap Chick has had a v. crazy week and fell asleep in front of her computer at least three times in the middle of working on the blog and other stuff (apologies for sleepytime errors on last post...) Here are the full weekend picks, sorry for the delay! Happy President's Day weekend NYC!

Friday February 18, 2011
A ton of great museum exhibits open today including Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (runs through June 5, 2011), Drawn From Photography at the Drawing Center (runs through Mar. 31, 2011), and Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains at the Brooklyn Museum.

Don’t let a T-Rex eat you on the way out of the theater after this screening of
Jurassic Park! Midnight, Landmark Sunshine, 143 E. Houston St, $9.99! This time the Harlem Globetrotters didn’t have to travel too far (at least not to Gilligan’s Island or a spooky outpost populated by the Scooby Doo gang) for their 4 Times the Fun World Tour! 7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Madison Square Garden, $15. Buy tkts here:

Future Project Runway contestants display their wares at Williamsburg Fashion Weekend, 8 p.m., Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent Ave., bet. 1
st and 2nd Streets, $8!

Saturday January 19, 2011

It's Carnaval time at El Museo del Barrio's Super Sabado event! Programs include art, crafts, storytelling, and a concert! El Museo del Barrio, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St., free! For a complete sked of programs, please go here:

Truffle-hunting is not just for pigs anymore! Join NYC Food Crawl for a search through the urban forest for the chocolate type of truffles, not the porcine's mushroom booty. 2 p.m., meet at the NE corner of Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink! Pay-as-you go!

Sing-a-long with your favorite 90's drag queen at the The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert sing fest tonight. 10 p.m., 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., $13, buy tkts here:

Saturday and Sunday February 19 and 20, 2011

Salute our founding fathers with Discovery Walking Tour’s Washington and the American Revolution walking tour! Stops may include “Federal Hall, where Washington was inaugurated president; Fraunces Tavern, where he bid a tearful farewell to his officers in 1783; St Paul’s Chapel, where he attended services; and Trinity Church, site of the graves of Alexander Hamilton and Declaration signer Francis Lewis.” 2 p.m., Call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, $18.

Get your non-Red Bull caffeine fix this weekend at the Coffee and Tea Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days), 7West, 7 West 34th St., tkts start at $20 and can be bought here:

Swords aren’t just for Pirates afraid of clocks ticking or boys who don't want to grow up anymore! This weekend they’ll be wielded by Half Moon Sword, a local all-female sword dancing troupe, as well as troupes visiting from around the world! Performances will be held at various venues around the city for a variety of prices! For more info please go to

Gear up for next weekend's Oscars with a screening of this year's
Oscar-nominated Animated and Live Action Short Films and Documentary Short Subjects
, Academy Theater at Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street, bet. Park and Lex., $5. For more info re times and tkts go here:

Learn about Washington’s exploits in Van Cortlandt Park during the American Revolution at the program Washington’s Troops on the Hill, led by the Urban Park Rangers. 1 p.m., Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx, free!

Celebrate the second-largest state in the Union at the Bell House’s Texas State Fair! Events include a queso cook-off, the “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” belt buckle contest, and country music. Those with Texas ID’s get $2 off beer. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th Street, bet. 2nd and 3rd Avenues, free!

Monday February 21, 2011-Happy President’s Day!

Just $5 for 10 rounds of trivia (50 questions covering any and all subjects, plus quirky theme questions such as "Canadian or Not Canadian?) sounds like a good deal to me! Flex those brain muscles after a day of relaxation at Last Exit’s Pub Quiz! 9 p.m., Last Exit Bar, 136 Atlantic Ave., $5!

Big Onion is paying homage to the city’s role in the American Revolution with its Revolutionary New York Walking Tour! Stops may include “Fraunces Tavern, the graves of Alexander Hamilton and General Richard Montgomery, Federal Hall, and sites associated with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Albert Gallatin.” 1 p.m., Meet at the intersection of Broadway and Murray Street, at the gated entrance to City Hall Park.

Hail to the Chief indeed (!) with the Big Quiz Thing's Presidential Quiz Spectacular! Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery, 7:30 p.m., $10! ($300 worth of cash and other prizes to be won!)

Don't forget that the Met is open today as part of its Holiday Mondays program!

Shark, shark! Jaws is screening at midnight Fri, Sat, and Sun at the IFC Center as part of their Waverly Midnight series (For more info and tkts, go here: and Geeks beware (!) Housing Works is hosting a Geek Week Sale from Sat. the 19th thru the 25th! (

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Weekend! Cheap Chick Cheap and Free Weekend Event Picks, Feb. 11-13, 2011

Friday February 11, 2011

“Toast! Toast!” Get that bread browning before heading to BAM’s late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Part of the BAMcinĂ©matek series The Susan Sarandon Picture Show, which includes appearances by the woman herself on Sunday.) 11:30 p.m., BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave, tkts are $12 and can be bought here:, and for more information about the series go here:

Today’s pre-Valentine’s Events:

What could be more romantic than sipping a glass of champagne? From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Enjoy the bubbly at Dry Dock Wine+Spirits, 424 Van Brunt Street, free!

New Yorkers working on that Great American Novel can converge at Word for the bookstore’s regular Just Working on My Novel event where budding writers can read from their unfinished works (5-10 min. readings). Tonight’s pre-Valentine’s theme is broken hearts (stories of love and heartbreak), with hosting duties performed by Andrew Shaffer, author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love. Budding authors should submit their stories to otherwise, just show up to support or heckle! Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., 7 p.m., free (plus free wine!)

Start your weekend off with a romantic pairing of wine and chocolate at the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s tasting tonight! 7 p.m., Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)
65 Jumel Terrace, Tickets are $25 per person, advance registration is required, call 212 923 8008 to RSVP.

Plus there’s a Valentine’s Craft Fair at the Brooklyn Historical Society Friday and Saturday, complete with free admission to the museum!

Saturday February 12, 2011

Fly on over to Brooklyn to find out who has the best wings in the borough! Should be some messy good fun with free wings available after the start time of 2 p.m., Red Star, 37 Greenpoint Avenue (corner of West Street), free!

Hopefully more fun than an evening at Ford’s Theater, the Municipal Arts Society is celebrating Lincoln’s 202nd birthday with the “In the Footsteps of Abraham Lincoln Walking Tour.” Stops include Barnum’s American Museum, and other places associated with the 16th president and his first lady such as including “City Hall, Mathew Brady’s daguerreotype studio, the Haughwout Department Store, as well as theaters, saloons and related amusements.” Meet at the south end of City Hall Park, where Broadway and Park Row converge. 2 p.m., $15.

When you have your “pick” of museum exhibits today, keep in mind that the Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 exhibit opens today at MOMA (thru June 6, 2011.)

Ponder just how many songs are on your iPod as you watch a free screening of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist! 2 p.m., Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave. (near 56th St.), show is free, but call (212) 833-7858 for reservations.

The group Some of the Girls is hosting a women’s brunch and share, where one person’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure. Enjoy an $11 brunch (from a set menu) that includes a choice of Bloody Mary or Mimosa, and you can bring something to leave on the “free” table or just grab something for yourself! 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bowery Wine Company, 13 East 1st Street, Join the group and RSVP at, also please be aware that daughters are welcome, but attendees are asked to notify the host in advance that they are coming.

Today’s pre-Valentine’s Day events

Meet Market Adventures is calling this shindig the New York's Largest Singles Anti-Valentines Day Party! I don’t know if that’s true, but 300+ young professionals are expected to show tonight for free hors d'oeuvres (7:30-8:30 p.m.), drink specials, icebreaker games, psychic readings, door prizes, contests, and music! 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Amnesia Nightclub, 609 West 29th Street, tkts are $19.99 in advance and $30 at the door (if available)!

Mix and mingle with Jewish singles at the Let My People Go “Oh Snap, I'm Single on Valentine's Day" event. Speed date, enjoy 2for1 drink specials, music, dancing, and views from the enclosed heated rooftop. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street, tkts are $20 for the men, and $10 for the women in honor of Valentine’s Day and include free admission to the group’s 14th Annual President’s Day Bash!) Buy tkts here:

If you don’t see enough couples canoodling on the subway, search out more natural public displays of affection with a hunt for cardinal couples in Van Cortlandt Park with the Urban Park Rangers, 8 a.m., Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center, in the Bronx behind Pelham Bay, (some directions from the park website: The northern terminus of the IRT #1 train at W. 242nd Street is near the Parade Ground. The IRT #4 train’s last stop at Woodlawn serves the park’s southeastern area, free!

Saturday and Sunday February 12 and 13, 2011

Help track local NYC birds and their changing migration patterns, with the Audubon Naturalists during the Great Backyard Bird Count! 12 p.m., Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, free!

Sunday February 13, 2011

Watch Zeina Durra’s latest film The Imperialists are Still Alive at the Ace Hotel! This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie starts at 7:30 p.m., ACE Hotel, 20 West 29th Street, free!

And take in an array of free panel discussions organized by the Feminist Art project at the Museum of Arts and Design today,!

Plus all weekend long, you can check out the indoor Valentine’s Market & Apothecary, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New Amsterdam Market School and visit the Outsider Art Fair (!

Don’t forget to look at my Valentine’s Guide for plenty of other events for couples and singles this weekend and next week!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cheap Chick NYC Cheap and Free Weekend Event Picks, Feb. 4-6, 2011! (Scroll Down for Valentine's Guide!)

Friday February 4, 2011

Would a face by any other name smell as sweet? Ponder this at the Morgan Library’s new exhibit, The Many Faces of William Shakespeare, which opens today! (through May 1, 2011) Morgan Library, 29 E. 36th St., regular admission is $15, remember it’s free on Friday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.!

John Waters introduces a young Ann-Margaret who takes a man hostage in the 60’s flick Kitten With a Whip at the screening of the movie tonight, 7:30 p.m., Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., $7-$9!

Scott Baio is 40-whatever and was in the movie Bugsy Malone where kids are the gangsters! And oh yeah, Jodie Foster is in it too! 8 p.m., 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., $12, buy tkts here:

Plus enjoy free admission to the Neue Galerie tonight as part of its First Fridays program! (

Friday and Saturday February 4 and 5, 2011

It can be scary to find out what your neighbors are really up to! Catch midnight screenings of Rear Window at Landmark Sunshine, Midnight, Landmark Sunshine, 143 E. Houston, $9.99!

Vintage isn’t just about wine, get dolled up at the Vintage Clothing Fair, which is featuring an exhibit on the history of denim with samples from Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, and Thierry Mugler as well as plenty of booths and shopping, Begins at 11 a.m. both days, Metropolitan Pavilion, 25 W. 18th St., $20!

Saturday February 5, 2011

Because you never know what lurks in the shadows, esp. in a bookstore, you should tread carefully when attending Partners & Crime’s WWOW radio play (hopefully it will go better than the Frasier ep. “Ham Radio!”) 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Partners & Crime Booksellers, 44 Greenwich Ave. $7, call 212-462-3027!

Embrace your inner winter jock with Winter Jam, a sports festival featuring skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding, as well as other winter activities, food and drink samples, and live entertainment, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Nethermead in Prospect Park, free!

See a v. young Brad Pitt divulge all his secrets about fly fishing at a free screening of A River Runs Through It, 2 p.m., Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 56th and Madison, free! (reservations suggested, call (212) 833 7858 to reserve your spot!)

Grab your Jared Leto or Kelly Kapowski and travel back in time to the 90’s for My So-called Prom! Dance the night away with the Bayside Tigers and DJ’s playing all those fresh tunes from back in the day! 9 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, tkts are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, price includes one free drink and $3 goes to the Coalition for the Homeless. Buy advance tkts here:

The Brooklyn Museum is celebrating African-American culture at its first Saturdays program, and featuring jazz and big band music!

Saturday and Sunday February 5 and 6, 2011

Get an insider’s look of the Apollo Theater, with glimpses only performers see like the famed Tree of Hope and certain famous signatures backstage. You can also audition for the Amateur Night on Saturday and enjoy exhibits and other performances! (I’ve been and it’s definitely worth the ride up to Harlem! Treat your self to Sylvia’s afterward!) 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., free!

Also get 30% off everything at Housing Works Bookstore! (,

Sunday February 6, 2011-Happy Super Bowl!

As if you could forget that the big showdown bet. the Steelers and the Packers is tonight! The game will start at 6:30 p.m. on FOX, with the Black Eyed Peas headlining the halftime show! Watch it at home for free or head to these venues that aren’t charging admission!

Housing Works Bookstore: Watch on the big screen, with special café treats, specials, and raffle prizes! What could be better than football and books?

Brooklyn Bowl: Come watch the game for free, not much word on extras, but be warned, it’s 21+ after 6 p.m.!

Rodeo Bar & Grill: Free peanuts, discounted margaritas, happy hour specials, the game on TV’s and the big screen! What else could you need? Oh yeah, nachos! Plus live music after the game!

Super Bowl, what Super Bowl? The real party is in Chinatown, celebrating the New Year! I have a feeling firecrackers and dragons may be involved, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Little Italy and Chinatown, free!

If you’re still looking for things to do, be sure to check out my NYC Valentine’s 2011 Guide (!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cheap Chick NYC - Cheap and Free Valentine's Day 2011 Guide!

What could be more romantic than celebrating Valentine's Day in NYC? I don't know, after all it's where Harry "met" Sally! There were so many great events for both couples and singletons, that I couldn't resist compiling a guide to all that's sweet about romance in the city! Enjoy, Happy Valentine's Day from the Cheap Chick-I *heart* NYC!

Valentine's 2011, NYC Guide!

January 27 to February 28, 2011

What did people do before Hallmark? Find out for yourself at the Merchant’s House Museum’s latest special exhibit, "19th Century Valentines – Confections of Affection," which features homemade cards from the museum’s collection and the earliest mass-produced cards! the Museum is open 12 to 5 p.m., Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The exhibit is included with the regular admission price of $10!

February 5, 2011

I bet Martha Stewart never stopped by your elementary school art class! Today you have the chance to make your own vintage-inspired valentine with staff members from the domestic diva’s magazine! Spend a cozy “crafternoon” making cards at the NYPL. 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:45 p.m.) to 4 p.m., Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street, and Fifth Ave., Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (on the Second Floor, Room 227), free!

February 9, 2011

If you watched Saved by the Bell, you’ll know that Screech and Kelly “cantaloupe, you melon head!” Relive all of those special “awww” and “wooo” moments from your favorite 90’s shows at the "Best of the 90’s Valentine’s Episodes Party." Episodes of Saved by the Bell, Family Matters, Pete & Pete, and Full House will be aired, 90’s trivia will be played, you can compete for the best worse break-up story, play spin the bottle, participate in an on-site dating game, and there may even be some valentine making! 8 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, looks free folks!

February 11, 2011

Get your Geek Love on with Nerd Nite’s Valentine’s edition! Learn to *heart* new takes on subjects including virginity, Thomas Paine, and the art of physical attraction. Speed dating for nerds is on, but alas, sold out. Take heart tho, there are plenty of geeks in the sea to mingle with in-between lectures! 9 p.m., Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, $10!

Go on a Valentine’s Date With Destiny at Housing Works Bookstore with "A Country Camp Mixer" featuring music by Menage a Twang, 7p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., $10!

February 12, 2011

Follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four during Discovery Walking Tour’s Sex and the City Tavern Tour, where you’ll visit all the spots where Carrie and the girls looked for love (and sex!) in the big city! The tour will include bars and other sites associated with the show! 5:15 p.m., $18 (drinks extra), Call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place!

February 12 and 13, 2011

Sample sweets for the Sweet on Discovery Walking Tour’s Valentine’s Weekend Romantic Greenwich Village History and Dessert Tour! Romantic couples of history and literature are the focus of today’s tour with stops at sites including Grove Court, which inspired O. Henry’s setting in The Last Leaf, the Victorian townhouse where Woodrow Wilson proposed to First Lady Edith Galt, and the site of the first presidential wedding. Don’t forget to save room for dessert! 2 p.m. $25 (includes treats), call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place!

February 13, 2011

Those who think Valentine’s Day is vile can attend the “Who are the People in Your Neighborhood V-Day Party” sponsored by BK Hookup! Check out other singles based on geographical location (no “long-distance” Brooklyn/Jersey hook-ups here) and condense many dates into minutes during a speed-dating session. Appropriately enough whoopee pies will be served as are special free Valentine’s-inspired cocktails. There are also beer specials, music, and the chance to win a free membership to How About We? 7 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th St., Tickets are $10 in advance for general admission ($12 at the door), or $20 in advance for general admission and one round of speed dating.

You and your sweetheart can nosh your way through the neighborhoods of Jewish East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown with Big Onion Walking Tour’s special Valentine’s Weekend Multi-ethnic Eating Tour! 1 p.m., meet at Southeast corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Olympic Diner. Reservations are required, so email with your name, date, and number of people in your party. Big Onion will confirm via email. Cost is $20 and includes food!

February 14, 2011

For dinner and movie on the cheap head to DUMBO for a screening of the 1939 Greta Garbo flick Ninotchka and slices of Grimaldi’s pizza! Doors open at 7:30 p.m., film starts at 8 p.m., Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St., $4 for movie, buy tkts here, and $4 a slice for the pizza!

Celebrate the Anti-Valentine’s Day with readings by Overlook Press poets Kenneth Hart, Donna Masini, Jerry Williams, and David Lehman from the anthology It's Not You, It's Me (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) KGB Bar, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 85 E. 4th St.!

Hear tales of love gone wrong with the “My Ex From Hell” event, featuring a reading from Mischief and Mayhem, no time seems published yet, so check back here or contact the store, Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., free!

February 15, 2011

If you would you love to find a new job in publishing then go to Ed2010’s Valentine’s Happy Hour. Mix and mingle with media professionals and network your way to a job you’d care about! 7 p.m., place TBD, check, for venue announcement, free!

Love and ice skating converge in an outdoor screening of The Cutting Edge, appropriately enough, at CitiPond during Bryant Park’s Winter Film Festival. 6:30 p.m., The Pond at Bryant Park, free!

February 16, 2011

If you love New York, you’ll love hearing stories from Ariel Sabar’s anthology (Heart of the CIty: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York), of couples who met and got married after meeting in the city. 7 p.m., The Strand Bookstore, 12th and Broadway, free!

Plus if none of these events gets your heart thumping, go to for lots of great, cheap Brooklyn date ideas!