arts 03.18.09

Less is More Week: Arts

More good values, this time to the city's arts.

-The best look behind all kinds of walls is the annual (and free) October event Open House NY.
-Keep up with the latest developments via the Municipal Art Society and the Center for Architecture.

-Head downstairs at the Strand for half-price new releases.
-A NYPL Library Card.
-The ins and outs of Book Sharing.
-Good books, good prices, good cause: Housing Works Bookstore.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays at the pleasantly anti-multiplex Cobble Hill and Kew Gardens movie houses, first-runs are $6.50… And warmer weather brings several free outdoor movie series, including Rooftop Films, Bryant Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Pay what you want/flexible admission/free days:
American Museum of Natural History, suggested admission daily.
Brooklyn Museum, suggested admission daily.
Cooper-Hewitt, no price breaks.
Frick, pay what you wish on Sundays, 11am-1pm.
Guggenheim, free admission on Fridays from 5:45pm-7:45pm, through 4/19 only.
Jewish Museum, free on Saturdays.
Met, suggested admission daily.
MoMA, free admission on Fridays, 4pm-8pm.
Museum of Arts and Design, pay what you wish on Thursdays, 6pm-9pm.
Museum of the City of NY, suggested admission daily; free Sundays, 10am-noon.
Neue Galerie, no price breaks.
Whitney, pay what you wish on Fridays, 6pm-9pm.

[Ed: Hey, Cooper-Hewitt and Neue Galerie, how about some recession-friendly admission pricing? And Dear Gugg, how about extending your free admission on Friday evenings beyond April 19th?]

$25 Met Opera tickets, on the weekend no less, plus rush tickets.

-In addition to the three TKTS booths they manage, the Theatre Development Fund has a voucher program.
-Audience Extras has been funneling free tickets to avid subscribers ($115 for the first year, $85 after that) for over 30 years.


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