10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend – 3/21/2014


Spring is here! Rejoice! Do a happy dance! Or at least do something to celebrate that winter is finally over. So, it’s still sort of cold out, but you can’t always get what you want. What we can offer you is a slew of awesome-yeah-it’s-spring! events, including a free bike maintenance workshop in Greenpoint, a flower show at Macy’s, and two indoor shopping markets. If you’re a graffiti enthusiast, the Bronx Museum of the Arts is hosting a free screening of Style Wars, and Krause Gallery presents “Durability,” featuring the work of two well-respected street artists.

Friday, March 21

[Film] Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, Style Wars: The Original Hip Hop Documentary was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. Style Wars is regarded as an indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. Tonight’s screening includes a Q&A with producer Henry Chalfant. At 6:30 p.m., Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, free.

[Art] “Durability” includes work by Fernando Carlo (also known as Cope2), a graffiti artist from the Bronx, and Australian Ben Frost, a visual artist working in mixed media. At 7 p.m., Krause Gallery, free.

[Benefit] Tonight’s benefit Healing El Barrio supports those affected by the tragic explosion that took place in Spanish Harlem on March 12. Musical guest will include Johnny Mambo & Friends. Artists Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Marthalicia Matarrita, Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo, and Andrew J. Padilla donate artwork for a silent auction, and donations of cash, clothes, and canned food are accepted. Donations will also be accepted on Sunday, March 30, during a special edition of El Barrio Pinta. At 8 p.m., Camaradas El Barrio, free with donation.

[Film] Bob Rafelson’s enjoyably dated and sleazy Black Widow gets the midnight screening treatment in IFC’s “Erotic Thrillers” series. The absurd premise, from a Ronald Bass (Rain Man) screenplay, posits Theresa Russell as a woman who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. Throughout the film, she takes on different names (Catherine, Marielle, Margaret) in order to cover her tracks, and her exploits take her places like Seattle and Hawaii. Debra Winger co-stars as the hard-working Justice Department agent hot on her heels. When the two women finally meet, the film’s feminist aspirations fall apart. But the cast — with scene-stealing supporting work from Dennis Hopper, Terry O’Quinn, Nicol Williamson, and James Hong — is always a riot. —Danny King At 11:59 p.m., IFC Center, $9-$12.

Saturday, March 22

[Shopping] Now that it’s spring, it’s time to revamp our frumpy old wardrobe and spruce up our musty apartments, but the lingering chill in the air makes shopping not as fun. Don’t fret! The Brooklyn Flea‘s winter market, featuring more than 200 vendors and 60 food booths, stays indoors until the end of the month. Happy shopping! At 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Brooklyn, free.

[Art] “Double Bind (2010/2012)” is two bodies of work by Leigh Ledare, shown for the first time in New York, and An Invitation (2012), shown for the first time in the United States. Ledare’s methodology is both conceptual and performative. His work maps socio-psychological relations inscribed within the various orders of photography, language, and public and private social constructions. Ledare’s work crosses disciplines but regularly utilizes photography, the archive, text, and film. At 10 a.m., Mitchell-Innes & Nash, free.

[Shopping] When Fashion Week rolls into town, menswear hardly gets the attention it deserves. So this weekend, PowerHouse Arena hosts GQ x Northern Grade, a pop-up market just for the boys, where you can actually meet the designers and talk to them about their domestically made products. Brands featured include Goodlife Clothing, Billy Reid, Rogue Territory, and many more. Also enjoy music, spirits, and local food. At noon, Saturday and Sunday, PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, free.

Sunday, March 23

[Recreation] Macy’s Flower Show is a Secret Garden-inspired display where floral designers work their green-thumbed magic on the department store’s Broadway windows, main entrance, and ground floor. The display’s centerpiece is a 12-foot couture ball gown made entirely of red blossoms. At 10 a.m., Macy’s, free.

[Recreation] Time’s Up celebrates the beginning of spring with a free pop-up bicycle workshop in the back ard of the Diamond. A couple of bike mechanics are on hand to help with any issues, along with tools, bike stands, and a washing station (with parts-washing station) to get your bike ready for some mean riding. At 2 p.m., The Diamond, Brooklyn, free.

[Talk] Today’s Classic Album Sundays, host Bryan Waterman, author of Marquee Moon (33 1/3), presents a discussion on Television’s classic 1977 album. At 5 p.m., Output, Brooklyn, free.