10 Things to Do for Less than $10 in NYC This Weekend, February, 21, 2014


Our measly 30 minutes of free Sochi live stream on has long since run out. Even the gym is beginning to catch on to the fact that we’ve been creeping along on the treadmill just to watch couples’ figure skating. We might be missing Johnny Weir’s inspired outfits, but there’s still plenty of sexy action in NYC this weekend, like live erotica at Le Poisson Rouge, up-close-and-personal time with Matthew McConaughey at Lincoln Center, and geeky love at Galapagos Art Space. Speed dating is more exciting than speed skating, anyway.

Friday, February 21:

[Poetry] But this ain’t your grandma’s poetry. Aimee Herman hosts the latest edition of Mike Geffner’s Inspired Word series, aptly titled Titillating Toungues–NYC Erotica in Poetry & Prose. It’s just as juicy as it sounds: a 20-slot open mic for everyone’s extended vocabulary of debauched, debased, and delectable words. Artists of all types will read their work, and you too are encouraged to sign up and perform. Don’t worry, blushing only makes you more adorable. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, $10

[Talks] He moved us as a renegade cowboy-turned-AIDS activist in Dallas Buyers Club, but we’re still attached to the image of him courting Reese through a muddy bayou in Sweet Home Alabama, or making teenage mischief in Dazed and Confused. Just goes to show that native Texan Matthew McConaughey is all-American, all the time, and we’ve got to love him for it. Tonight he’ll discuss the former feature, now up for six Academy Awards and easily his magnum opus, serious actor-wise. At 5:30 p.m., Lincoln Center, Film Center Amphitheater, Free

[Hooking Up] Valentine’s Day has passed, but this month’s Nerd Nite presentation (“Be There and Be Square”) at Galapagos Art Space is all about love — well, and invisible tanks in future warfare and how Shakespeare was a doomsday prepper. Learn how to mine and assess data from online dating sights, but first play the field on your own at nerdy speed dating before the lectures. Go ahead, fog up those thick glasses, just don’t get your orthodontia in a tangle. At 7:30 p.m., Galapagos Art Space, $10

Saturday, February 22:

[Opera] Even for us artsy folks, opera is so often the last frontier, the discipline that still intimidates and feels esoteric or foreign somehow. In 1983, Robert Ashley changed all that in a big way with Perfect Lives, his part televisual, part live original opera. The story takes place in the American Midwest and deals with teenage marriage, geriatric love affairs, and bank robbery unfolding on the plains, in the grocery store, and the modern American homefront. Musician and composer Alex Waterman will introduce this wonderful, belting spectacle. At 7 p.m., Light Industry, $7

[Film] Interactive film troupe Jews & Reviews wants to get their intern Reuben a date for the dance. Enter: a training montage of clips from the prom scene in every teen movie you can remember past puberty. Senior Prom: A Tribute Clip Show to Teen Comedies will employ narrated film clips, trivia, and drinking games to make you feel “Forever Young.” The show will, appropriately, end with a viewing of 1998’s Can’t Hardly Wait. Neither can we. At 8 p.m., Videology, Free

[Tour] The Morris-Jumel Mansion is Manhattan’s oldest house, and supposedly it’s most haunted, but many have never heard of this elegant Washington Heights museum. It was George Washington’s New York headquarters during the Revolutionary War, so what better day to finally pay a visit than his birthday. During Washington’s Birthday Celebration you can tour the house for free, try on period costumes, and compete in a scavenger hunt. Drop in around 1 to hear author Christine Wade read from her new novel Seven Locks. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Morris-Jumel Mansion, Free

Sunday, February 23:

[Film] Some movies just have to be shown on VHS, and thankfully these will be. Obsolete Cinema will deliver a roundhouse kick to your Sunday afternoon with Winter Action Slam, a double feature screening of Out For Justice (1991) and Hard Target (1993). Bunker down and get cozy with Steven Seagal and Van Damme. Trivia, prizes, and happy hour in the back room afterward. Mullets appreciated. At 2 p.m., Freddy’s Bar, Free

[Party] If partying hard on a Sunday strikes your fancy, this two-floor grind might be the most socially-conscious place to do so. A benefit for the Ali Forney Center, proceeds will go toward helping New York’s homeless LGBT youth. It’s a good enough reason as any to hear Soul Summit Music and Andre Collins spin house, soul, and the classics. The renowned Ladyfag will host along with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar. At 5 p.m., Santos Party House, $10 suggested donation

[Recreation] Wind up a shot or just unwind with a shot. Brewskee-Ball’s booze-infused tournaments make the perfect end-of-the-weekend hangs. The skee-ball league has been at it all winter, firing up the lanes and skew-centric puns (we’ve heard of at least two teams named “The Big Lebow-skee”). Watching the competition is exciting enough, but if you ever want to get the ball rolling, sign up is always open for teams of three or more rollers. At 7 p.m., Full Circle Bar, Free

[Music] Musician and professional cool dad Jason Trachtenburg will perform tonight as part of the Winter Antifolk festival along with over a dozen other definitely-not-folk singers. The patriarch of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players has been a bit overshadowed lately by daughter Rachel’s scenester status, but he’s been producing solo albums in his signature indie-pop art rock style since 2000. Now is a great time to catch up on his work. At 10:30 p.m., Sidewalk Cafe, one drink minimum