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

By Cheapchicknyc
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 ofOffside, 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-

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