Friday, March 30, 2012

Cheap and Free NYC Weekend Events, March 30-April1, 2012

Editor's Note: Apologies for not updating the blog for Valentine's Day etc. I've health issues since February and haven't felt up to posting to the blog. I will try to continue doing weekend NYC event listings and poss longer-form listings as well.

Friday March 30, 2012
Travel back in time to the Paris of the 1920's at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab's screening of Midnight in Paris, 3 p.m., Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 56th Street and Madison, free (Call (212) 833-8100 for reservations.)

Enjoy a night of "hot jazz" with The Cookers, part of BAMcafe Live! BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave. 10 p.m., free!

Sample some free wine before the Easter and Passover holidays at Drink's Pre-holiday tasting! Michel Abood, of Vinotas Selections, will be pouring a few select wines from his exclusive portfolio. The tasting is free and most wines are under $20. During the tasting you can take an additional 10 percent off any wines you purchase! Drink, 5 pm. to 8 p.m., 1313 2nd Ave. bet 69th and 70th Streets, free!

Also starting today (thru Thursday April 5, 2012) you can catch special screenings of the newly remastered Monty Python and the Holy Grail at Landmark Sunshine! More info and showtimes here:, with special midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday. tkts just $13!

It's all just fake. Or is it? Join the debate tonight at Kevin Geeks Out About Wrasslin' (Wrestling) The night will feature trivia by my friend Noah Tanow of Big Quiz Thing fame, film clips, dramatic readings, true stories, and special guests. Secrets will also be revealed! 8 p.m., 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street, tkts are $10 and can be bought here:

You can also watch Citizen Kane tonight at the Rubin Museum(150 W. 17 St) 9:30 p.m. Free w/$7 bar minimum!

The first Brooklyn Girl Film Festival continues today and tomorrow with films made by women from around the world! Lanchpad, 721 Franklin Ave., $9-$10, $25 day pass!

Saturday March 31, 2012
Find out why the early bird gets the worm at the Intro to Bird Watching tour! 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., meet at the Audubon Center in Prospect Park, free!

Remember that Phoebe Buffay says, "You never run on a barge!" Think on that as you enjoy "Music in Motion," a neighborhood family concert, which lasts one hour and includes a Q&A w/the musicians! 3 p.m., Bargemusic is at Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge, free!

Sweets for the sweet at Joy the Baker's book signing and cooking demo! Joy Wilson and author of the Joy the Baker Cookbook and The Joy the Baker blog will sign copies of her book and give out samples of her goodies today! 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, free!

Join the Urban Park Rangers for an Historic alking tour of Park Slope! 12 p.m. Meet under the arch at Grand Army Plaza, free!

Get up close and personal with Dorothy Parker during the Dorothy Parker’s Upper West Side Walking Tour! The walk be led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York and president of the Dorothy Parker Society. The tour is two hours long and will cover many of Ms. Parker's former haunts. 12 p.m. Meet Meet at Riverside Park, West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive (at Eleanor Roosevelt). Cost of tour is $20 and RSVP to

Party like it's 1955 at Union Hall's Enchantment Under the Sea dance, their 50's/60's themed prom of the same name. Michael J. Fox won't be playing Johnny B. Goode, but there will be a prom king and queen as well as 50's themed music by Brooklyn band Los Encantados. Midnight. Union Hall, 702 Union Street, $5, or free with a ticket to the Los Encantados EP release party that precedes the dance!

Also the Prospect Park Carousel turns 100 and opens for the season today! Just $2 per ride and $9 for abok of five tkts!

Holy Bill of Rights Batman! Guests Stan Lee, George Perez, Neal Adams, Henry Winkler (the Fonz,), and barry zuckerkorn) will be at Mike Carbo's New York Comic Book Marketplace today! Penn Plaza Pavilion at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave., $12 admission!

Pillows will be flying at the seventh annual Pillow Fight NYC! This year's theme: rabbits. bunny ears, bunny tails, plastic eggs, chocolate. Rules: Please follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and fun pillow fight for everybody: soft, feather-free pillows only; swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once; do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras; remove glasses beforehand; deposit pillows in donation boxes or take them with you; pajamas welcome. 3 p.m. Washington Square Park, 5th Avenue and Waverly Place, free! (all ages welcome!)

Sunday April 1, 2012
Celebrate the opening of Luna Park with a day of music at The Coney Island Noisefest! Details here: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 1208 Surf Avenue. Cost is Free to $15.

Walk through more than 150 years of Jewish history on the LES with Big Onion Walking Tours. The walk will take you to sites that may include the founding site of the B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Daily Forward building, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, and sites associated with Rabbi Jacob Joseph, Abraham Cahan, and Lillian Wald during their pre-Passover Jewish Lowe East Side Walking Tour. 11 a.m., Meet at the SW corner of Essex and Delancey Streets, in front of the American Choice Deli/Chase Bank. Cost of tour is $18!

"Learn all about what makes the Fashion District the fashion capital of the world from a licensed tour guide who has studied and practiced in the business since 1965," during the Fashion Center's free walking tour! 2 p.m., meet at the NE corner of Seventh Avenue at 39th Street between the Fashion Center Information Kiosk and the bronze statue of the garment worker. Free, but call 212.764.9600 to reserve your spot on the tour!

Help the City Reliquary party in honor of their 10th anniversary! The event will include the unveiling of the new gift shop, and two new room-sized dioramas! 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue b/w Havemeyer Street/Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn. Free!

Discuss all things literary, foodie, and blog-worthy at the The International Association of Culinary Professionals' Books and Blogs Festival! 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. 82 Mercer Center, 82 Mercer Street bet. Broome and Spring, tkts are $10 and can be bought here:

Are you a poet and don't know it? Then take a free Poetry Writing Workshop with Kate Angus! Sposored by Gotham Writers Workshop! 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street, free!

Find out "How American Jews Changed Judaism," a lecture by Dr. Regina Stein. 3 p.m. Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, free! RSVP here:

Plus today is the last day to skate at Wollman Rink! Check out Qing Ming Festival Family Day at the Museum of the Chines in the Americas (! Hanami, the cherry blossom festival, begins today at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden And Doug Aitken's Sleepwalkers Box, a multimedia artwork, will be projected on the wall of PS1 today!

Also The Macy's Flower Show ( is ongoing until April 7, 2012!