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Happy Valentine's Weekend! Cheap Chick Cheap and Free Weekend Event Picks, Feb. 11-13, 2011

By Cheapchicknyc

Friday February 11, 2011

“Toast! Toast!” Get that bread browning before heading to BAM’s late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Part of the BAMcinématek series The Susan Sarandon Picture Show, which includes appearances by the woman herself on Sunday.) 11:30 p.m., BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave, tkts are $12 and can be bought here:, and for more information about the series go here:

Today’s pre-Valentine’s Events:

What could be more romantic than sipping a glass of champagne? From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Enjoy the bubbly at Dry Dock Wine+Spirits, 424 Van Brunt Street, free!

New Yorkers working on that Great American Novel can converge at Word for the bookstore’s regular Just Working on My Novel event where budding writers can read from their unfinished works (5-10 min. readings). Tonight’s pre-Valentine’s theme is broken hearts (stories of love and heartbreak), with hosting duties performed by Andrew Shaffer, author of Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love. Budding authors should submit their stories to [email protected] otherwise, just show up to support or heckle! Word Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., 7 p.m., free (plus free wine!)

Start your weekend off with a romantic pairing of wine and chocolate at the Morris-Jumel Mansion’s tasting tonight! 7 p.m., Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)
65 Jumel Terrace, Tickets are $25 per person, advance registration is required, call 212 923 8008 to RSVP.

Plus there’s a Valentine’s Craft Fair at the Brooklyn Historical Society Friday and Saturday, complete with free admission to the museum!

Saturday February 12, 2011

Fly on over to Brooklyn to find out who has the best wings in the borough! Should be some messy good fun with free wings available after the start time of 2 p.m., Red Star, 37 Greenpoint Avenue (corner of West Street), free!

Hopefully more fun than an evening at Ford’s Theater, the Municipal Arts Society is celebrating Lincoln’s 202nd birthday with the “In the Footsteps of Abraham Lincoln Walking Tour.” Stops include Barnum’s American Museum, and other places associated with the 16th president and his first lady such as including “City Hall, Mathew Brady’s daguerreotype studio, the Haughwout Department Store, as well as theaters, saloons and related amusements.” Meet at the south end of City Hall Park, where Broadway and Park Row converge. 2 p.m., $15.

When you have your “pick” of museum exhibits today, keep in mind that the Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 exhibit opens today at MOMA (thru June 6, 2011.)

Ponder just how many songs are on your iPod as you watch a free screening of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist! 2 p.m., Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave. (near 56th St.), show is free, but call (212) 833-7858 for reservations.

The group Some of the Girls is hosting a women’s brunch and share, where one person’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure. Enjoy an $11 brunch (from a set menu) that includes a choice of Bloody Mary or Mimosa, and you can bring something to leave on the “free” table or just grab something for yourself! 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bowery Wine Company, 13 East 1st Street, Join the group and RSVP at, also please be aware that daughters are welcome, but attendees are asked to notify the host in advance that they are coming.

Today’s pre-Valentine’s Day events

Meet Market Adventures is calling this shindig the New York's Largest Singles Anti-Valentines Day Party! I don’t know if that’s true, but 300+ young professionals are expected to show tonight for free hors d'oeuvres (7:30-8:30 p.m.), drink specials, icebreaker games, psychic readings, door prizes, contests, and music! 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Amnesia Nightclub, 609 West 29th Street, tkts are $19.99 in advance and $30 at the door (if available)!

Mix and mingle with Jewish singles at the Let My People Go “Oh Snap, I'm Single on Valentine's Day" event. Speed date, enjoy 2for1 drink specials, music, dancing, and views from the enclosed heated rooftop. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th Street, tkts are $20 for the men, and $10 for the women in honor of Valentine’s Day and include free admission to the group’s 14th Annual President’s Day Bash!) Buy tkts here:

If you don’t see enough couples canoodling on the subway, search out more natural public displays of affection with a hunt for cardinal couples in Van Cortlandt Park with the Urban Park Rangers, 8 a.m., Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center, in the Bronx behind Pelham Bay, (some directions from the park website: The northern terminus of the IRT #1 train at W. 242nd Street is near the Parade Ground. The IRT #4 train’s last stop at Woodlawn serves the park’s southeastern area, free!

Saturday and Sunday February 12 and 13, 2011

Help track local NYC birds and their changing migration patterns, with the Audubon Naturalists during the Great Backyard Bird Count! 12 p.m., Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) near the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, free!

Sunday February 13, 2011

Watch Zeina Durra’s latest film The Imperialists are Still Alive at the Ace Hotel! This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie starts at 7:30 p.m., ACE Hotel, 20 West 29th Street, free!

And take in an array of free panel discussions organized by the Feminist Art project at the Museum of Arts and Design today,!

Plus all weekend long, you can check out the indoor Valentine’s Market & Apothecary, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New Amsterdam Market School and visit the Outsider Art Fair (!

Don’t forget to look at my Valentine’s Guide for plenty of other events for couples and singles this weekend and next week!

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