NYC Culture on the Cheap: Weekend 2/22

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This weekend’s picks for Free & Cheap things to do in NYC (2/15 to 2/17) in art, music, theater, performance, dance, architecture and general fun.

1. THEATER/PERFORMANCE: All weekend & through 3/3– Frigid Festival – Fringy theater and performances. $12 to $15.
2. ART/TECH: Fri 2/22 & Sat 2/23 & through 3/2: Gimme More: Is Augmented Reality the Next Medium? Visitors explore the link between the physical and digital worlds via augmented reality-based immersive installations. 12 to 6pm FREE
3. ART/TECH/DESIGN: Sat 2/23 & Sat 2/24 – (though the poster & website say differently, we have been told by one of the panelist that the event is actually Sat & Sun) PlayThings a 2-day symposium and workshop exploring the concept of play in the fields of art, media, and technology. 11am to 5pm. FREE
4. PHOTOGRAPHY: Fri 2/22 and through 5/5 Roman Vishniac Rediscovered most widely recognized and reproduced photographic record of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars. FREE Fridays 5 to 8pm. All other times $14
5. ART: Fri 2/22 through 3/22 – Gathering Place: Selected artists fill the formerly-vacant 8th St. storefront with site-specific works exploring the street and neighborhood’s unique history of commerce and culture. Opening 7pm.
6. TALK/TECH: Fri 2/22 – Part of Social Media Week: Art Exploring Image Sharing Platforms: #selfieaffirmation Panel of internet energy healers and pioneers discuss the relevance of self portraiture and online avatars. 5 to 8pm. FREE
7. ART: All Weekend  – Moustache Man (aka Patrick Waldo) who penned his signature cursive “moustache” tag on thousands of subway ads has a solo gallery debut only through Sunday. FREE
8. MUSIC: Fri 2/22 – David Lynch presents Chrysta Bell w/ She Keeps Bees. 7:30pm $15 to $17.
9. ART/TECH:  All weekend: The Public Private exhibit that explores the impact of social media and new technologies on the relationship between the public and private realm. FREE
10. ART/TALK: Sat 2/23 – Do It: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Massimiliano Gioni in conversation. 3pm $8
11. PERFORMANCE/ART/HAPPENING:  Sat 2/23 – E.S.P. Live From the Control Room repurposes the museum’s Open Studios into E.S.P. TV LAB hosting a variety of artists and performers. A happening-like environment: 7pm $5 to $7
12. ARCHITECTURE/FUN: Sat 2/23 – Secrets of Grand Central Scavenger Hunt. Discover little-known passageways, gourmet foods and much more in the terminal and its environs. 2pm $24.50
13. THEATER/PARTICIPATORY: Fri 2/22 & Sat 2/23  Shakespeare Shakedown presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at a secret loft location. Immerse yourself as actors spin wildly through the party blending Shakepeare with improv. 7pm Use code G&SFRIENDS for $15 tkts.
14. FILM: Sat 2/23 – Premiere of Mostly Awake a micro-budget independent comedy filmed in Bushwick. 8pm FREE
15. THEATER: All weekend: Hit the Wall by Ike Holter previews. Ltd amount of $35 tkts remain: Use code HTWBST35
16. MUSIC/OPERA: Sun 2/24 & through 3/2 – The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten based on Henry James’ ghost story and conducted by Jayce Ogren. $25 and up. Use code 19286 for 20% off through 2/26.
17. PARTY/FILM: Sun 2/24  – OscarViewing Party at SideBar 6:30pm $10 general admission
18. MUSIC/DANCE/CIRCUS: Sun 2/24 – The Super Hot Cheap Fun Variety Show: an evening of Circus/Dance/Music and indescribable wonderment. Part of the Hot Cheap Living Festival. 7pm. $10
More…
>>Film –Fri 2/22  – The Throwaways Sneak Preview – Documentary about filmmaker and ex-felon Ira McKinley who struggles to turn his life around in inner-city Albany. 7:30pm  $10.
>>Theater – All Weekend – Big Flower Eater $12
>>Art – All weekend & through 4/28 – Marcel Proust and “Swann’s Way” at Morgan Library FREE Fridays 7 to 9pm.
>>Film – All Weekend – Red Flag a new film by Alex Karpovsky (of Girls) $8 to $10
>>Theater – Fri 2/22 & Sat 2/23 –Collected Stories by Donald Margulies performed in the Strand’s Rare Books Room. 7:30pm $20 or $15 with code bookworm.
>>Food/Fun – Sat 2/23 – Iron Chef Flux. Come watch our most talented Flux chefs compete head to head in an intense culinary battle. 6 to 8pm. FREE to watch; $5 to sample food.
>>Fun/Oscars: Sun 2/24 – Oscar Viewing Party at Eventi’s Big Screen Plaza. Kick off at 6pm. FREE. Drinks $3 to $6.
>>Fun/Oscars: Sun 2/24 – The Big Oscars Quiz Thing. 5 rounds of multi-media Trivia Quiz. Doors 5:30pm Quiz 6pm, with Awards Broadcast following. $15.
>>Fun/Oscars: Sun 2/24 – Alt. Oscars Awards Event – outlandish Awards Event & Dance Party with ongoing performances, interactive red carpet & dedicated Hollywood Oscar viewing area. 6pm. $5 presale. $10 at door

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