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Cheap and Free NYC Weekend Events, July 22-24, 2011

By Cheapchicknyc

Check out my July Summer Guide (, my Summer Museum Guide, ( and my Summer Movie Guide ( )for more cheap and free NYC events going on this weekend!

Plus a few suggestions on cheap and free places to cool down!

Friday July 22, 2011

Oh, tell me more about those summer nights! Spend one at the Frick, which is hosting a new Summer Night program tonight featuring live music, and curator lectures, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Frick Museum, 1 East 70th Street at Fifth Ave., free!

That’s flamenco the dance (not to be confused with those pink birds of a similar name) that will be gracing the city tonight! Watch Rebeca Thomas perform her moves tonight while enjoying $5 food and drink specials, Sets are at 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 9:45 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. (reservations for a specific set are required), The Wine Spot, 127 Macdougal Street, $5 cover charge per set, per person, email [email protected] or call 212-505-1248 for more info and reservations!

Worse than Scrooge? Decide for yourself during an outdoor performance of Moliere’s comedy of manners, “The Miser,” 8:30 p.m., Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street, Piper Theater, Brooklyn, free!
Pair chocolate and wine together during a night of networking, entertainment, and fundraising (part of the proceeds will be donated to "Love Her Heart" a campaign that brings awareness to women and heart disease) at the Chocolate, Wine & Gratitude Tasting, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Samsung Expereince, Time Warner Building, 10 Columbus Circle, bet. 58th and 59th Streets, $20, buy tkts here:

I think it’s one of those things where you can’t have one without the other…dating and food converge tonight (along with literature-some of the best things in life, I think!) at the Approximation of Pi(e) Singles Mixer (7/22 is apparently the approximation of pi-the math kind, not the edible kind), which is being sponsored by WORD Bookstore’s Between the Covers literary matchmaking board, and The Brooklyn Kitchen’s Foodie Matchmaking Board, 7 p.m., The Diamond, 43 Franklin St., Brooklyn, free! Go here for a link to the FB page:

Sadly (?) bid farewell to Borders as liquidations begin today at all the store’s NYC locations-this means discounts! (

Friday and Saturday July 22 and 23, 2011

Not just for cars anymore, parking lots now have another lease on life! Catch a free performance of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” put on by Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s company, 8 p.m., parking lot at Ludlow and Broome, free!

Saturday July 23, 2011

Gather your gal pals together to brunch and swap up for some new summer duds, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Galway Hooker, 7 E. 36 Street, $18! Gets you brunch (includes tax, tip, one entree and two drinks), and access to the swap, the group asks that you please bring the exact amount in cash, for more info and to RSVP, visit their website,

The DeKalb market opens today with BBQ, antiques, and vintage clothing on the menu! Free beer and wine spritzers will also be served, Looks like 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. , Flatbush and Willoughby in Brooklyn, pay for what you buy, free drinks! (after today the market will be open seven days a week!)

Ditch those Kindles and head out to the Harlem Book Fair for real, live books plus author panels, events, and workshops, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., West 135th Street between Malcolm X Blvd. (Lenox Avenue) and Fredrick Douglas Blvd. (8th Avenue), looks free! Here is the official website for more info:

Hopefully none ends up in your face at the Daisy Flour Pie Competition at Brooklyn Kitchen! Compete or just taste-test, with all proceeds from the event benefitting the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, $5, buy tkts here:

Cool off with a magical flute performance given by Robert Mirabal, 2 p.m., Museum of the American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green bet. Slate and Whitehall Streets, free!

Find out what lurks behind the shadows (aside from muggers) during Discovery Walking Tour’s Gotham Ghost Tour at Twilight Walking Tour! “A tour of the historic, infamous and macabre of Greenwich Village history, laced with ghost stories along the way as only New Yorkers would know them. Stops include Edgar Alan Poe’s home; the hanging elm, the legendary public execution site in New York City; the burial ground at Washington Square and the cemetery at St. Mark’s. And you thought only subways ran beneath the city’s streets,” 5:30 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, $18!

I believe we all wish we could be beamed away from this heat, perhaps this outdoor screening of Star Trek will help? Come out for music and Trekkie trivia with food and beverages available for purchase, pre-event activities begin at 7:00 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m., bring a blanket to Firefighters Field on Roosevelt Island, free! More info here:
Nerd Alert! Watch Weird Science tonight and participate in a happy hour after the movie, 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Tkts are $7 and can be bought here:
Is beating the heat wave really an example of mind over matter? (the Cheap Chick doesn’t agree…), but decide for yourself at Turtle Bay’s Christmas in July party, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Turtle Bay Bar, NW corner of 52nd and Second, free to enter (pay for drinks), and rsvp to [email protected], free open bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. if you dress as Santa (the Cheap Chick might recommend changing there…)
Sunday July 24, 2011
Maybe you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven when you visit the New York Marble Cemetery, which is open specially to the public today, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 41 1/2 Second Avenue, free! Jump, jive, and wail at Hudson River Park’s Moondance Event, dance lesson at 6:30 p.m., band goes on at 7 p.m., Pier 84 at W. 44th St., free!
Oy, get in touch with the LES’s feminine side during the Museum at Eldridge’s Street’s Yiddishe Mamas Walking Tour! Stops include sites related to the area’s historic female personalities such as “Emma Goldman, Henry Street founder Lillian Wald, and mikvah operator Gittel Natelson. Visits will also be made to the “Lower East Side’s old red light district, NYC’s oldest operating mikvah, and former famed shops and eateries,” 11 a.m., $15, please RSVP here (scroll down)

Plus all weekend-long…

Watch the best in queer performance and culture at The 20th Annual Dixon Place HOT! Festival (

And…See the theatrical result of adult/child collaborations at the 52nd Street Project as they present ten plays created by these young-old duos, Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m., Five Angels Theater, 789 Tenth Ave., bet. 53rd and 54th, free, but reservations are and can be made by calling 212-642-5052. Admission is free!

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