arts 02.20.15

The Secret City
the skint

Here's a fresh lens to view NYC: The Secret City is a salon for the modern age, an ever-changing mix of artists and musicians, performances and fun stuff. There's no secret handshake but a love of the arts is a prerequisite.

The next event takes place on February 22, 11:30am, at Dixon Place, where bricolage artist Polly M. Law, working with the theme of Solitude, presents life-size figures of her "paper dolls with deep personal issues."

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

sunday (various time): 10 places to watch the 87th annual academy awards:

big screen plaza @ the eventi hotel (midtown west):
an outdoor 30 ft. hd screen, ballot winner gets a tasting dinner for two + night at the hotel. free admission.

bowtie chelsea cinemas (chelsea):
commentary by drag queen/comedian/singer hedda lettuce, raffles, unlimited popcorn + soda. $25 adv, $30 door.

le poisson rouge (the village):
the big quiz thing's third annual oscars trivia game show before the ceremony, plus more trivia during the commercials. $10 adv, $15 dos.

littlefield (gowanus):
red carpet with joan rivers-esque interviewers, photo booth, free freshly-popped popcorn, pie from daly pie available for purchase, themed drink specials ('grand marnier budapest hotel', 'benedict picklebatch', more), voting ballots with prizes. free admission.

q.e.d. (astoria):
$4-$5 beer + wine, popcorn and snack options, $5 voting ballots with prizes. comedians kambri crews and christian finnegan host. free admission (rsvp required).

rochelle's (les):
free laphroaig single malt whiskey 6-7pm. free admission (rsvp).

symphony space (uws):
theatre-sized screen, oscar pool to win flutes of champagne, $5 beer and wine specials. free admission.

union hall (park slope):
snl writers unscripted improv show and screening. $8 adv, $10 dos.

videology (williamsburg):
screening room (11' screen) and bar (6' screen plus wide-screen tv). drink and food menu. free admission.

230 fifth (flatiron):
hors d'oeuvres and a champagne, beer, and wine open bar 7-11pm. $25.

thru 2/22: dig through thousands of books ($1-2), cds, dvds and records at park slope united methodist church's 22nd annual book sale. $5 admission fri, free admission sat-sun.

thru 3/1: bareknuckle: vertigo theater company stages three short plays with boxing themes in dumbo's gleason's gym. $18.

thru 4/19: for madison square park's new outdoor winter art exhibition, visual artist and landscape designer paula hayes created 'gazing globes', eighteen transparent spheres filled with the detritus of contemporary culture, including used batteries, computer parts, and other remnants of technology sprinkled with fairy dust made of pulverized cds. free.

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