10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend – 3/28/2014


We’re giving you a lot of weird stuff to do this weekend. Don’t even attempt to question it. Tonight sing-along to your favorite ’90s tunes (Color Me Badd, Dr. Dre, etc.) at Union Hall, or dance to a mash-up of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson at the Bell House. Also, there’s a Taylor Swift group art show happening in Greenpoint, and the 17th Annual USA Memory Championship. Your life will soon be a Twilight Zone episode, and that’s a good thing.

Friday, March 28

[Art] In honor of Woman’s History Month artist Amanda Saviñón presents ART ART ART ART: The Modern Woman, an exhibition featuring 11 culturally diverse female artists. The show will include an acoustic performance by Claudia Iris, Live tintype portraits by Louis Riso (on Saturday at 11 a.m.), and an intimate panel discussion for emerging female artists and working female artists (on Sunday at 11 a.m.). Opening reception tonight at 6 p.m., Raw Space, Harlem, free.

[Lit] Tonight, novelist Wesley Stace, also known as musician John Wesley Harding, sits down to chat about what happens to musicians whey they grow up and settle down. Rock and Roll: An Infantile Business, a discussion and musical performance, also includes first-time dad and musician Walter Martin of the Walkmen and punk-band frontman turned author and father of two Sam Lipsyte (The Fun Parts). Stace discusses his new book, Wonderkid, a tale of a rock band that finally finds success — in a children’s musical. Oh, the pains of adulthood. At 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore, SoHo, free.

“Back by popular demand” ‘90’s Hip-Hop and R&B Sing-Alongs returns! Don’t miss your chance to sing-along to Blackstreet, the Beastie Boys, Mary J. Blige, Color Me Badd, Vanilla Ice, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Salt-N-Pepa, the Fugees, Destiny’s Child, R. Kelly, LL Cool J, House of Pain, TLC, Whitney Houston, Biz Markie, MC Hammer, and a whole lot more. And just in case you can’t remember the words (who are we kidding) the music videos come with subtitles. At 9:30 p.m., Union Hall, Brooklyn, $8.

[Party] If you had to choose a song to dance to, would it be a Daft Punk or Michael Jackson song? Tonight you won’t have to choose! Head On, a monthly dance battle, takes on these two awesome, dance giants with a straight-up battle. The party will feature resident DJs Brian Blackout (representing Daft Punk) verses SPOOLWORK (representing Michael Jackson). “Work It/Make It/Do It/Makes Us/Harder/Better/Faster/Stronger”….”Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It”…Oh, yeah, this is going to be good. At 11 p.m., The Bell House, Brooklyn, free.

Saturday, March 29

[Games] The 17th Annual USA Memory Championship welcomes defending champ Ram Kolli who will compete against 74 memory wizards. Throughout the day, contenders will be memorizing names, faces, numbers, poetry, personal details and playing cards in an attempt to out-recall one another. At 8:30 a.m., Con Edison Building, Gramercy, free.

[Art] Motown founder Berry Gordy is quoted as saying “The truth is a hit.” The New York Public Library takes that sentiment as the driving force behind its “Motown: The Truth Is a Hit” exhibition, which seeks to explore Gordy’s notion of the truth by tracing black music from its African roots through slavery, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, urban America, the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, up to the present day. At 10 a.m., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem, free.

[Games] Every Saturday night enjoy a few rounds of Le Bingo! with your host, drag queen, Linda Simpson. While you play, enjoy a full bar and food menu and drink specials determined by spinning the “Wheel of Chance.” There’s also other special games tonight, colorful burlesque, and much more. At 7 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, West Village, free.

Sunday, March 30

[Film] Today, the Museum of Moving Image honors the work of the incredibly witty, director and actor, the late Harold Ramis as part of its Harold Ramis Triple Feature. The series begins with National Lampoon’s Animal House (at 2 p.m.), Groundhog Day (at 4 p.m.), and concludes with the dark comedy The Ice Harvest (at 7 p.m.). Museum of Moving Image, Astoria, free with museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

[Art]Scan to Black” is an exhibition of original published comic book art by illustrator, V. Ken Marion. Marion is considered to be one of the hottest rising stars of the comic book industry. He has worked on a number of titles as monthly penciller on Extermination (Boom! Studios) and Fathom: The Elite mini-series (Aspen Comics). Marion is the current monthly artist for Soulfire (Aspen Comics). At 4 p.m., Pushkin Creperie Cafe, Brooklyn, free.