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Cheap Chick NYC Cheap and Free Weekend Event Picks, May 13-15, 2011

By Cheapchicknyc

Friday May 13, 2011

Time to enjoy the view, and a movie, with the opening night of Rooftop Films’ summer season! Doors open at 8 p.m., films begin at 9 p.m., TK location, tkts are $10 online or at the door, buy tkts online here:, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis, and seats are limited so you might want to bring a blanket or something else to rest your butt on! (There is a Plan B in case of rain, so the show will go on, no matter what!)

Free food and wine tasting on the UWS! Sample wines with West Side Wine and Tangled Wine including Brun Cremant, Guimaro Mencia, and Graville-Lacoste Graves, with treats from Chef Dave Seigal! 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., West Side Wine, 481 Columbus Ave., free!

Wyld Stallions Forever! Join Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Logan on a most excellent trip through time to complete their history project-will they get it done in time? (Silly question perhaps since they have a time machine...) Anyway find out at tonight’s screening of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure! 10 p.m., 92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street at Canal, $12! Buy tkts here:

Join fellow geeks at Nerd Nite where you can play trivia and learn a few things about optical illusions, restricted-calorie diets, and where the most amusement park accidents have happened, 7 p.m. for trivia (9 p.m. for lectures), Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St. at Water St., DUMBO, $10 for just Nerd Nite, and $14 for trivia+Nerd Nite! For more info and to buy tkts go here:

The Rubin Museum is free tonight as part of its K2 program, with music and tours. Author Walter Mosley will also introduce a special screening of the crime classic The Maltese Falcon, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St. at 7th Ave., gallery programs and exhibitions are free, and the movie is free with a $7 bar tab!

Saturday May 14, 2011

Get in touch with your country music roots with a free screening of Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, 2 p.m., Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 56th St. and Madison, screening is free, but please call (212) 833-8100 for reservations.

Trade those four wheels (or a car powered by your own two feet and shared by a pet dinosaur) for two wheels at the new Bike-in Theater, where cyclists can pull up on their wheels and watch a movie while enjoying snacks from Forking Tasty, Time and location are a mystery at the moment, to get that information sign up for the Forking Tasty notification list here:, free!

Take a ferry trip with the Greater Astoria Historical Society as they travel to Staten Island’s Snug Harbor, as part of their Second Saturdays with Forgotten New York program, 9:30 a.m., Meet at Meet on sidewalk outside South Ferry Terminal, Manhattan (take 1 to South Ferry, R to Whitehall), $25, includes tour booklet!

Be sure to grab some fries on the National Burger Month Lower Manhattan Food Tour led by chef Liz Young! Sample the American classic at Burger Burger, The Libertine, Zaitzeff and Ryan Maguire's Ale House, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., No meeting place listed, hopefully you get that with tkt, $25 (includes food!) Buy tkt here:

Rock out with the muppets at the Bell House’s party celebrating the music-themed episodes of the Muppet Show! Trivia, drink specials, and videos abound, 2 p.m., The Bell House, 149 Seventh St. bet 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Bklyn, $8!

Viva Cuba at Habana Outpost’s block party, which includes bands, an outdoor market, games, and a raffle! I had their classic Cuban sandwich and loved it! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., assuming around their Bklyn location at 757 Fulton St., free!

Relive your favorite moments with Carrie and the girls with Discovery Walking Tours’ Sex and the City Tavern Tour! Grab a Cosmopolitan and nostalgia for the show. The tour will take you to places associated with the show, and will stop at bars where the girls gathered! 5:15 p.m., Call 212-465-3331 for meeting place and reservation!

All day long the Brooklyn Museum is hosting a symposium relating to From Portraits to Pin-ups: Representation of Women in Art and Popular Culture (, the NYPL (that’s the New York Public Library to you and me (!) celebrates its 100th year with a special exhibit featuring highlights from their collection (, Stephen A. Schwarzman building at 42nd St., the one with the lions!), and it’s World Tai Chi-Qigong Day (!

Saturday and Sunday May 14, and May 15, 2011

Travel around the world in food at the 9th Avenue International Food Festival, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., 42nd to 57th Street info on 9th Ave., free (except cost of food)!

To go or not to go? Don’t be a “drag,” go out and see "Twelfth Night" in Central Park, performed by the Spontaneous Shakespeare Company! Summit Rock, 83rd St. directly off of Central Park West, enter at 85th Street, and follow the hill up to the right, take the C to 86th St., free! (also on the 21st, 28th, and 29th!)

Join Discovery Walking Tours for “a walk through these ethnic enclaves exploring the trials and triumphs of the American immigrant. Along the way, we will sample ethnic specialties from pizza and cannolli to spring rolls and dumpling. Stops include the Church of the Transfiguration; Mulberry Street; the site of Five Points, made famous in Gangs of New York; Banca Stabile, Confucius Plaza, and the residence of Dr. Sun-Yat-sen.” 2 p.m. (both dates), call 212-465-3331 to RSVP and for meeting place, $26, includes food!

Sunday May 15, 2011

The Vegetables are on parade-the Veggie Pride Parade that is! March with other plants from the village to Union Square where you can check out free vegan food, educational programs, and a costume contest, Noon, parade starts at 9th Ave and Gansevoort St., free!

View historic homes during The 52nd Annual Park Slope House Tour, a self-guided walking tour. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Starting point is P.S. 107, 1301 Eighth Avenue at 13th Street, $20 if purchased in advance online (here: or buy day-of tkts for $25, which includes a house tour brochure.

The Historic House Trust of New York City is conducting tours of the Little Red Lighthouse, famously described in the book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., take the train to 181st St. and walk west to Plaza Lafayette. Cross the footbridge and take a left down the path under the overpass. Cross over the railroad tracks and follow the path to the left (south). The lighthouse is almost directly under the George Washington Bridge., free!

Stroll the other Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn during Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue Street Fair, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., from Sterling Place to 12th St., free!

The Beaver state is being honored with its own State Fair where you can enter your feet a Bigfoot competition, chow down on free blackberry pie, and imbibe beverages native to the state, with a cash prize to the best item with a bird on it, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Bell House, 149 Seventh St. bet 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Bklyn, free!

Yevgeniy Fiks will act out the part of various historic figures from LES, like Emma Goldman during this walking tour sponsored by the Museum at Eldridge Street, 2 p.m., meet at the Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St., bet. Canal and Division Streets, $15!

And all weekend long Housing Works Bookstore is having a 30% off sale on art, design, photography, and fashion books ( , Wildflower Week events are going on (, the NYC tattoo convention is happening (, the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival presents Seven Days of Jazz Heaven (, and the New York Photo Festival is ongoing (!

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