10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: “Pyramid Scheme” and Chinatown’s Annual Lunar New Year Parade


Super Bowl is on your mind. We know this, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had before the big game. Videology is hosting a workout session and screening old-school Jazzercise videos, a group of artist have built a pyramid scheme (of sorts_ for a one-day show, and crowds gather in Chinatown on Sunday to celebrate Chinese New Year. It truly is magical.


[Art] Back in the day, say the mid-’80s, computers were a thing of innovation at its best. It all seemed so new and so futuristic. More than 30 years later, these inventions are a thing of nostalgia, which is now art, of course. “A Chromatic Loss” examines the poetics and politics of the body, technology and the shape of time in the binaries of black and white. Established artists such as Betty Tompkins, Tom Burr, John Coplans, Donald Moffett, Nancy Grossman, and Frederick Hammersley coexist alongside an emerging generation of artists, including Wyatt Kahn, Xylor Jane, Robert Zungu, Dave Hardy, Michelle Lopez, and Arcangelo Sassolino, to deploy abstracted, allegorical, and symbolic representations of the body within a post-historical culture.

Gallery opens at 10 a.m., Bortolami Gallery, free.

[Poetry] McNally Jackson hosts a night of poetry featuring Jack Gilbert’s The Forgotten Dialogue of the Heart (El Dialecto Olvidado del Corazón).

At 7 p.m., McNally Jackson, free.

At 9 p.m., UCBeast, $10.


[Art] In “Pyramid Scheme,” organizers borrow from the scheme’s socially networked, hierarchical structure to support and connect artists in New York City. Here’s how the scheme works: Artists Tribble and Mancenido, and Nat Ward each invite five artists to participate in the exhibition, and then those five artists invite another five artists, which results in 62 artists in 10 social groupings, including Paul McCarthy, Justin Lieberman and Beverly’s Leah Dixon, among others. This show is open for one day only, so do not miss it.

Opens at noon, reception at 5 p.m., performances at 8 p.m., 204 25th Street, Sunset Park, free.

[Super Bowl] Today at the Bronx Terminal Market, celebrate the Super Bowl by meeting some New York Giant greats like Ottis Anderson, and play at the interactive throwing clinic with local collegiate football team. Other activities include “Hit the Target” with a large inflatable football activity courtesy of BX Sports, promotional giveaways, prizes, and more.

At noon, Bronx Terminal Market, 610 Gateway Center Boulevard, Bronx, free.

[Recreation] First Videology was a video rental store, then it became a bar, and now it’s a gym? Well, sort of. Today, Sync Studo BK is hosting a workout class featuring old-school Jazzercise videos. This will be the only time you’ll be able to work out with retro moves, drink a pint of beer, and win prizes. Going to the gym never felt this good. Spandex attire is highly encouraged.

At 5 p.m., Videology, Brooklyn, free.

[Party] Twig the Wonderkid and his pals spin all the glam rock songs you can think of tonight at Glamdammit: Pirate Love. Hosted by Astro Erle; special guests include Alan Merrill, who originally wrote and recorded “I Love Rock and Roll,” Johnny Thunders, and Hail Action.

At 11 p.m., The Grand Victory, Brooklyn, free.


[Festival] The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival is one of the most incredible experiences that New York City has to offer. Throughout the streets of Chinatown and Little Italy you can find various food vendors, stunning and elaborate visuals, and celebratory crowds cheering on the Year of the Horse. A festival proceeds the parade.

At 11 a.m., Chinatown/Little Italy, free.

[Super Bowl] Roberta’s hosts its very own Super Bowl Party, equipped with fun games, raffles, beer and shot specials, and, of course, pizza.

At 4 p.m., Roberta’s Pizza, Brooklyn, free.

[Theater] Founded in 1985 on Los Angeles’s Skid Row by performance artist, director, and activist John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department, a Los Angeles-based performance group, is made up principally of homeless or formerly homeless people and has been an uncompromising force in performance and urban advocacy for almost 30 years. This is their first museum survey. The exhibition at the Queens Museum includes documentation of works since their first in 1986 and live performances of two critically acclaimed works: State of Incarceration and Agentes & Activos.

At 5 p.m., Queens Museum of Art, Queens, $8.