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Cheap Chick NYC Cheap and Free Weekend Events, April 22-24, 2011

By Cheapchicknyc

(Editor's Note: Apologies for slightly abbreviated listings, the Cheap Chick just got a new job and is planning a networking event for next week!)

Friday April 22, 2011-Happy Earth Day!
The Municipal Arts Society is leading the Earth Day in Chelsea West Walking Tour today led by Matt Postal, architectural historian. “This tour focuses on a waterfront neighborhood with an intriguing past. Explore an exciting new section of Hudson River Park and the recently designated West Chelsea Historic District. We’ll address the area’s promise and potential, stopping to discuss the campus of the General Theological Seminary, the next stage of the High Line and the restored Starrett-Lehigh Building, a modern masterpiece.” 2 p.m., meet at the SE corner of 9th Avenue and 20th St., $15!
Watch the 80’s disco masterpiece Xanadu tonight as part of the Rubin Museum Art’s Cabaret Cinema program! 9:30 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., at Seventh Ave., $7 bar minimum makes the movie free!
Friday and Saturday April 22 and 23, 2011
Was it Miss Scarlet in the library with the wrench? Figure out whodunit (tho in my experience it’s always the butler!) with all three possible endings shown during these special screenings of Clue, Midnight, Landmark Sunshine, 143 E. Houston St., $10!
Saturday April 23, 2011
Get “crafy” with it at the Etsy & 3rd Ward: Craft & Shoot Lab, where you can learn “how to enamel jewelry, crochet flowers, make your own skincare and sew.” Bring your camera to shoot your creations for possible website inclusion on Etsy’s site-Etsy reps will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have! 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m., 195 Morgan Ave., free!

Is quoting movies your thing? Then head over to movieoke where Big Quiz Thing host Noah Tarnow will be hosting amateur actors as they supply the dialogue for their favorite movie scenes (bring your own DVD)! There will also be trivia and prizes galore! 10:15 p.m., 92Ytribeca, 200 Hudson St. at Canal, $10!

Be part of the “dance, dance revolution” with International Dance Day including a parade featuring more than 80 dance styles! Plus there will be an open bar, hors'devours, and both a silent and live auction. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., $15 and up!

Plus Brooklyn Bridge Park opens for the season today with a variety of activities at its Spring Fling (!

Saturday and Sunday April 23 and 24, 2011
Join Discovery Walking Tours (and bring your sweet tooth!) to the Easter Weekend Greenwich Village History and Dessert Tour! “Break a Lenten fast with a tour of sites associated with the history and personalities of the Village, from Washington to Bob Dylan with dessert stops in between. Stops include St. Luke in the Fields Church, the Washington Sq Arch, Minetta Lane, Patchin Place, and the homes of Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and Emma Lazarus. Along the way, we will take in Lilac chocolate, chocolate covered strawberries, saviodi cookies and more.” 2 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for meeting place and reservations, $26 (includes sweets!)

Sunday April 24, 2011-Happy Easter!
Don your Easter bonnet and head to Fifth Avenue where you can doff your hat to others promenading down the street during the Easter Parade! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets, free! (More info here:
The early bird gets the worm…and free tai-chi sessions with Silvana Pizzuti on the Hudson! 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Sailors and Soldiers Monument (in Riverside Park)W 89th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan, free!

Celebrate the Wolverine State with Coney Island hot dogs, Michigan beers, a Pasties cook-off, Michigan trivia, and drawings for Michigan-related prizes! 3 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, free! (pay for food and drinks)

Join Big Onion Walking Tours as they explore the Jewish Lower East Side on their annual tour! “Stops include: the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the Jewish Daily Forward building, legendary Hester Street, the founding site of the B'nai B'rith as well as sites associated with Abraham Cahan, Emma Goldman, Jacob Riis, and Leonard Baskin.” Meet at the SE corner of Delancey and Essex Streets, in front of the Olympic Diner, $15!

Laugh it at Upright Citizens Brigade’s ASSSSCAT 3000 show! 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Upright Citizens Brigrade, 307 W. 26th St., 7:30 tkts are $10 and available here:, 9:30 tkts are free and are distributed at 8:15pm outside the theatre on the night of the show!
Lots going on throughout the weekend! Zoom into the New York International Auto Show this weekend (, Housing Works Bookstore is taking 30% off all gardening and cooking books (, the Tribeca Film Festival is going on right now, with tons of free and cheap events and screenings (, and there are a ton of Earth Day activities to keep you busy esp around Grand Central and Times Square (!)

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