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Cheap and Free NYC Events, July 13-15, 2012, Happy Bastille Day Weekend!

By Cheapchicknyc
Happy Bastille Day Weekend!
Friday July 13, 2012-Hope you don’t have bad luck today!
Get an early start on the Bastille Day festivities with a Pre-Bastille Day Wine Tasting! Drink small family estate wines poured by Michel Abood from Vinotas Selections! Mr Wright's Wine & Spirits, 1593 3rd Avenue, cost: free!
See a performance of "Twelfth Night" performed by New York Classical Theater. Tonight’s performance is dedicated to the residents of Lower Manhattan, 7 p.m., Castle Clinton, Battery Park, cost: free! (after tonight’s performance attend a special after-party at Battery Gardens Restaurant - Beer Garden (children are welcome.)
“Groovy.” Watch a young Bruce Campbell chase his hand around a cabin in The Evil Dead II at a late night screening tonight, Midnight, Lincoln Center, cost: $8-$13, buy tkts here!
Celebrate the Book Launch and Photography Exhibition: TRUE Hip Hop by Mike Schreiber tonight with a special reception. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, cost: free!
Learn about the Jewish side of France in honor of Bastille Day with writer Toni L. Kamins, author of The Complete Guide to Jewish France including a Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by a pre-Bastille Day celebration featuring wine, French cuisine, and a talk by Kamins. 7:00 p.m., Greenpoint Shul, 108 Noble St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, cost: $18-$20!
The Superdupermarket pop up opens at 410 West 16th Street starts today and runs through Sunday, see Spiderman outdoors on the deck of the Intrepid, Persepolis screens tonight at Riverside Park’s Pier I at 70th Street as part of the Films on the Green series, Christian Marclay’s The Clock goes on view for free at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium (through Aug. 1),
Saturday July 14, 2012
Remember that awesome Got Milk commercial where the guy has a ton of Alexander Hamilton/Aaron Burr stuff around his apartment gets a phone call from a radio contest about the duel, but when he answers Aaron Burr, the announcer can’t understand him cuz he’s just taken a big bite of a peanut butter sandwich? Then when he goes to drink some milk only a few drops come out of the carton? I don’t think it will be anything like that, but Hamilton Grange is hosting a remembrance of the 208th anniversary of the Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr duel, 11 a.m., Hamilton Grange, Saint Nicholas Park in Manhattan. It is located at 414 West 141st Street, between Convent Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue, cost: free!
Did you know that poetry and architecture mesh? Find out at the We’re Floating: An Interactive Poetry Walk With Artist and Poet Jon Cotner . “Each hour he leads dialogues with participants while strolling through Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The work of Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō is mapped onto the landscape and put into play, bringing everyone closer to this floating world. Jon Cotner is an artist and poet. Recent projects have been celebrated by Bookforum, Good, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. He is coauthor of Ten Walks/Two Talks, and teaches at the Pratt Institute.” Walks starting at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Poets House, 10 River Terrace (directions here!-, cost: free!
Meow, meow, Ruff, ruff! Join Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters at Broadway Barks (sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS) and many other Broadway stars as they strive to find homes for the city’s homeless animals. The event will feature “a sampling of pets from several New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies.” 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., (celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters beginning at 5 p.m.) Shubert Alley, between 44th and 45th Streets, just west of Broadway, cost: free!
This is your last chance to really immerse yourself in Chinatown with the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas during their "Chinatown: A Walk through History walking tour!" “Uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community from its origins as a Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City. Highlighted sites include the oldest row house in Manhattan, a Catholic church, the oldest general store in Chinatown and a Chinese eatery that catered to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.” 2:30 p.m. meet at museum, 215 Centre Street, (bet Howard & Grand Sts, cost: $15 (does not include museum admission, $7. ) You must buy tkts in advance, buy them here!
See both Clueless (12:15 p.m.) and Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (3 p.m.) at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab today! Sony Wonder Technology Lab, Sony Plaza at 56th Street and Madison Avenue, cost: free! (but RSVP strongly suggested, call (212) 833-8100 to secure your spot!)
You have your choice of a Rooftop Films Brooklyn double-feature tonight, sorry due to times, you can’t do both! There is THE ARGENTINEAN LESSON  or Bound for Glory, which honors the life of Woody Guthrie at Coney Island (free!)
Still need to cram more books into your small studio apartment? Greenlight has you covered! The indie bookstore is hosting a massive sidewalk sale w/tons of carts and shelves stuffed full of bargain books! 12 p.m. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, cost: pay for the books you buy!
Dance the day away with free dance lessons in Hudson River Park! 10 a.m., Pier 46, Charles St. and West St., cost: free!
Also today catch the 4Knots Music Festival at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport, Water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink during City of Water Day, stillspotting nyc starts today on Staten Island, Party with the Skint at their Bastille Day party tonight, catch a performance by Oneohtrix Point Never, David Lang and A Far Cry Orchestra at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, and the R-rated version of Saturday Night Fever complete with a BeeGees tribute band hits Celebrate Brooklyn tonight!
Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, 2012
Just in time for the Bronx Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel! Join Discovery Walking Tours and “stroll through one of the Bronx’s most colorful neighborhoods during its most important time of year – The Bronx Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel -- and discover the history behind its rich ethnic background while sampling some of the community's culinary specialties, from fresh Belmont bread and pizza to cannolli! Stops along the way include Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the corner where Dion and the Belmonts sang their way to fame; and the Enrico Fermi Cultural Center.” 3:30 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, cost: $27, includes food!
Sunday July 15, 2012
Observe Bastille Day with two special celebrations today! One is the French Alliance's official Bastille Day Street Fair on 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) .com or the soiree in Brooklyn featuring North America's largest pétanque tournament at the Smith Street Block Party (11 am. to 10 p.m.)!
Get started on some noshing with the Eldridge Street’s Synagogue’s Lower East Side Nosh and Stroll! Eat your way through history on this delicious neighborhood walking tour. Once home to the largest Jewish population in the world, the Lower East Side still bears traces of Jewish life from the turn of the last century. Visit synagogues, Yiddish newspaper buildings, socialists hot spots and more while sampling treats from local vendors, including the best pickle shop in New York City.” 11 a.m., For more info and to buy tkts here!
Do a different kind of noshing at Prospect Park’s Food Truck Festival! 11 am. to 5 p.m., Prospect Park , Grand Army Plaza, cost: free, but pay for what you buy!
Learn all about Fort Greene from the point of view of the author of “Leaves of Grass” via the Walt Whitman's Fort Greene Tour! “Walk around Fort Greene Park, a greensward that owes its existence in large part to Walt Whitman's editorials written for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and learn about this poet's intimate connection with Brooklyn's first official park. The afternoon includes discussions about the park, its role in the American Revolution and Civil War, the Wallabout Martyrs and the monument dedicated to their memory. New this year, the tour will end at Museum 92 in the Navy yards.” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., presume you’ll meet somewhere in Fort Greene Park, ask/find out when you RSVP to [email protected]!
If you haven’t seen “Tales: The Narrative Image, an art installation that will transform downtown windows into a giant architectural storybook,” you should head down to One New York Plaza Art Space (Concourse, Water St. between Whitehall and Broad Streets.)
Catch Arlo Guthrie and family performing with family in honor of his dad Woody tonight! 7 p.m., Central Park Summerstage, cost: free! For more info and directions go here!
Looking Forward…
Monday July 16
The Jazz in July Festival begins today, the GuacRock party is tonight, and play trivia at Last Exit Bar at 9 p.m. tonight!
Tuesday July 16
Attend a charity happy hour and mixer, benefiting East Africa Children's Hope, a charity which funds education for some of Eastern Africa's most vulnerable children. Complimentary appetizers and happy hour specials, including $6 martinis. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Ainsworth, 122 W. 26th Street, cost: $20 in advance through the website or $30 day of the event! Buy tkts here!

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