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Cheap Chick NYC Cheap and Free Weekend Events, June 10-12, 2011

By Cheapchicknyc

Be sure to also check out the first part of my Summer Guide for June for tons of other events this weekend and through the summer!

Friday June 10, 2011

Not to be confused with the Ron Howard sitcom (don’t look for the Fonz!) “Those Happy Days”/”Nos Jours Heureux” screens in Washington Square Park, Place Info? 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., free!

Rooftop Films screens films about the city where you live in their New York Non-fiction shorts festival tonight, Doors open at 8 p.m., with music from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the first movie starting at 9 p.m., Open Road Rooftop (Lower East Side, Manhattan) at New Design High School, 350 Grand Street, $10! Tkts can be bought here ( or at the door!

Take in a free movie festival to celebrate the opening of the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center theater, 165 W. 65th St. (bet. Amsterdam and Broadway), Tickets are available an hour before show time, free!

David Bowie as a vampire? Sounds like a neck-biter to me! Catch a screening of Hunger, also starring Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve (also a vampire!) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, $7-$10!

Still working on that great American novel, hmm? Share your work-in-progress in public at the bi-monthly reading series TK. Tonight’s theme is TK and the show is being hosted by TK author of TK! If you want to read, your piece must take less than ten minutes and you need to email [email protected] to sign up. Or just watch others read their stuff! Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., free!

Friday and Saturday June 10 and 11, 2011

Join Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and her crew encounter…yup, you’ve got it! An Alien! Alien screening at Midnight, Landmark Sunshine, 143 Houston St., $13!

Saturday June 11, 2011

Join Discovery Walking Tours for their Gotham City Ghost Tour at Twilight! “A tour of the historic, infamous and macabre of Greenwich Village history, laced with ghost stories ghost stories along the way. Stops include Edgar Alan Poe’s home; the hanging elm, a legendary public execution site in New York City; the cemetery at St. Mark’s, and the burial ground at Washington Square. And you thought only subways ran beneath the city streets!” Call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, $18!

Would an Earnest by any other name smell as sweet? Just ask one of the characters in the Importance of Being Earnest, the Oscar Wilde play on-tap tonight! 2 p.m., Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU, 566 LaGuardia Place, $20-$25! Buy tkts here:

Laugh out loud at BAMcafé Live’s Comedy Night! The event is curated by Ben Weber and Meg Griffiths and tonight features performances by Elon James White and Andrea Rosen! 9:30 p.m., BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave., free!

Nosh on foods found in nature with “Wild Man” Steve Brill’s 4-hour long tour through Central Park’s edibles, 11:45 a.m., meet at 103rd Street and Central Park West , $20 suggested donation! PLEASE CALL (914) 835-2153 24-hours in advance (i.e. Friday) for a reservation. Here is more info about the tour:

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden goes local with its Homegrown Festival featuring Brooklyn plants and food plus tons of activities including how to make foods like kimchee, pickles, jams, syrups, herb butter, and even one on how to make your own paper! There will also be book signings, local bands, and special garden tours, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave. (Directions:, free with $10 admission!

Plus free kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge’s Pier One starts today!

Saturday and Sunday June 11 and 12, 2011

Crafts go indie at the Renegade Craft Fair, featuring handmade goods, workshops, and food! 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free to enter!

Discovery Walking Tour is hosting History’s Mystery: Governors Island and Revolutionary and Civil War Manhattan! "For Flag Day weekend, first a walk through Lower Manhattan with stops associated with both conflicts, from the site of the 1863 Draft Riots to Federal Hall and the grave of Alexander Hamilton. Other stops include places associated with Lincoln, Walt Whitman, and George Washington. The tour ends with a free option to Governors Island, once a secluded military installation and site of the Reagan–Gorbachev 1988 Summit and one of history’s great mysteries, where we can see locations associated with both wars, including the site of a Revolutionary War fort and a Confederate prison camp,” 11:45 a.m., Call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, $18!

Take out some tacos as Camarena Tequila Taco Truck gives out free Mexican food in Brooklyn! More info here, but follow on FB and Twitter for specific location info!

Sunday June 12, 2011

Jewish and Chinese cultures converge at the Egg Cream and Egg Roll (CHECK TITLE!) Festival on the LES! (and the Cheap Chick must say the egg creams are **** good!

Set the world on fire with lit mags! Many of these paper-bound pubs are on sale for just $2 and many of the editors and publishers will be on-hand to meet-and-greet you! 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St., $2 for the mags, free to talk!

Travel back in time through houses during the Historic Mount Morris Park Neighborhood Annual House Tour in Harlem! Self-guided and architectural tours will be offered, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Everything starts at The Pelham Fritz Community Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West (aka Fifth Avenue) and West 122 Street, tkts are $20 in advance, $25 day of, and can be bought here:

The grand finale to BeFitNYC Launch Week is the BeFit Fitness Festival! Take fitness and dance classes and even learn how to play Quiddich, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Washington Square Park, free!

It’s Anne Hutchinson’s birthday today! Before you hit Google, check this out: ( Join the Bartow-Pell Mansion as they celebrate her 420th year with colonial crafts, herbs, music, Native American storytelling, and a talk about her life, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bartow-Pell Mansion,(in Pelham Bay Park) 895 Shore Road, Bronx (Directions:, free! Registration requested, am assuming you call this number 718.885.1461 to get registered, not sure if you need to pay regular admission price of $5 either.

Chill out this weekend with some cool snacks during the Frozen Hot Chocolate Plus walking and eating tour hosted by Walking Tours Manhattan. Stops include Ronnybrook Farms, Arte del Gelato, Milk & Cookies, and Jacques Torres, meet at the Starbucks at 76 9th Avenue, and 15th St., look for the person in the red baseball cap! Purchases are optional though a $5 donation to benefit the Food Bank For New York City!

Pus the Figment Art Festival takes over Governors Island (, and the Brooklyn Folk Fest ( are happening all weekend long!

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