10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Mardi Gras, Richard Hell, and Art Fairs Galore


This week it’s all about Mardi Gras madness, eating a ton pancakes, and art fairs. Plus, punk rock pioneer Richard Hell discusses his memoir with music critic Robert Christgau at PowerHouse Arena. So. without further delay …

Tuesday, March 4

[Mardi Gras] You’re not in the Big Easy for Mardi Gras, but you’re still in New York City, and that counts for a lot. You can still celebrate right here! The W Hotel — Downtown is throwing a huge party with muisc, Mardi Gras-themed drinks, and if you happen to find the hidden baby (toy), a Mardi Gras tradition, then you’ll win a trip to New Orleans. At 6 p.m., W Hotel — Downtown, free.

[Mardi Gras] “Brooklyn’s own” Sugartone Brass Band serves some loud vibes at tonight’s Mardi Gras Celebration. And our favorite DJ/producer Jason Kriv (JKriv), formerly of live-house act Tortured Soul, is on hand as well. Now that’s a party. At 7:30 p.m., S.O.B.’s, $10.

[Lit] Punk pioneer Richard Hell discusses his autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, with music critic Robert Christgau. Expect the coolest conversation tonight involving all things New York, CBGBs, and Hell’s band Television, one of the best rock groups ever. At 7 p.m., PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, free.

[Nightlife] DJ Kristina Tequila mixes rock ‘n’ roll, punk, and garage tunes all night, for Pizza Tuesdays, while you snack on pizza (duh) and free popcorn. Cheers to cheap drinks and pinball. At 9 p.m., Two Bit’s Retro Arcade, free.

[Comedy] As much as we all loved Sex and the City for its content and characters, real sex stories are never that clean or fashionable. “Sexually awkward” Natalie Wall hosts Awkward Sex … and the City tonight featuring stories by Adam Wade, Luke Ward, Ray Cordova, and Chris Griggs. These comedians spill the beans on what it’s really like to have sex in the city. At 9:30 p.m., The Peoples Improv Theater, $8.

More not-expensive events are on the next page.

Wednesday, March 5

[Art] The (Un)Fair could be seen as the antithesis to this week’s Armory Art Fair. This carefully curated art show is a guerrilla-style exhibition featuring cutting-edge artists from around the world. The theme for this year’s show is “Exploring the Divide”: Mindful of the current climate of political and social polarization, The (Un)Fair pulls together art and people with disparate views to create an environment to consider what connects and divides us. Opens at 11 a.m., party at 8 p.m., 500 West 52nd Street, free.

[Film] B-movie A Night to Dismember is about what you might be imagining. Set in 1986, the film tells the story of one gory day in a small midwestern town (of course) during which all but one member of the Kent and the Todd families are brutally killed and dismembered. The film stars porn actress Samantha Fox. Bonus! At 10 p.m., Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, free.

Thursday, March 6

[Art] The Armory Show and its many satellites are upon us once again this week. But, for something completely different, head to urban art gallery Soak Your Buns’ roving exhibition “Alternate Side of the Street,” featuring works by Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Faile, and more. Find this “mobile art fair booth,” which travels by truck around the city today through March 9, and you might walk away with free posters and T­-shirts. Opens 11 a.m., through March 9, Art Truck (various locations), free. — AA

[Art/ Games] “Art Video Games in China”</strong” is an investigation into works by Chinese game designers that attempt to break the norms and subvert the mainstream narratives of the Chinese video game industry through works focused on personal expression and values. This show is curated by Bryan Ma and is installed into playable upright arcade cabinets. Opening reception at 6 p.m., Ace Hotel, free.

[Art] Moving Image, which opens tonight with a reception and continues through Sunday, was conceived to “offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on their own terms.” Artists and exhibitors featured are based locally and internationally, and present single-channel videos, single-channel projections, video sculptures, and other larger video installations. At 6 p.m., Waterfront New York Tunnel, free.