Things to do on weeknights for $10 or less
Tue Aug 16 2011
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein
Tuesday Tastings at Jimmy's No. 43
Tuesday Tastings at Jimmy's No. 43
25. Bingo Nite at Bowery Poetry Club
Twice the cross-dressing means twice the fun when Murray Hill teams up with Linda Simpson for one of NYC's most uproarious bingo nights. Wacky prizes, like a remote-control fart machine or VHS porn, complement a cash jackpot that averages $150. The bar offers $5 Magic Hat beer specials from 6:30pm to when the games begin at 7:30pm. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery between Bleecker and E Houston Sts (212-614-0505, bowerypoetry.com). Mon 6:30--10pm; free, bingo cards $2.
26. Konceptions jazz series
Three blocks from the Prospect Expressway, you'll find some of the city's most energizing jazz every Tuesday at Korzo. Composer and keys man James Carney gathers a collegial mix of veterans (pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Ralph Alessi) and younger players (pianist Dan Tepfer, vocalist Jen Shyu) around this Central European bar-restaurant's back-room grand piano. This week's billing features the Matt Pavolka Band (Tue 23 at 10:30pm). Bonus: Pitchers of all draft beers are $10 after 10pm. 667 Fifth Ave between 19th and 20th Sts, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-285-9425, myspace.com/konceptions). Tue 9, 10:30pm; suggested donation $10 plus $7 minimum.
27. Tuesday Tastings at Jimmy's No. 43
Step into the back room of this East Village craft-beer bar to sample six three-ounce pours for $10. An in-house beer expert leads the evenings, which revolve around niche themes like sour or Scandinavian brews and can accommodate up to 40 tasters. 43 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-982-3006, jimmysno43.com). Next event: Spiced and Flavored Beers, Tue 23 7:30--9pm; $10. Admission is first-come, first-served.
28. Sunset Rooftop Yoga
Creative Energy Yoga's classes fuse vinyasa and kundalini styles, and aim to get your artistic juices flowing through themed practices (focus or confidence, for instance), held at inspiring venues. The sessions run through September, then relocate to Sloan Fine Art on the Lower East Side. For class location, e-mail email@example.com (347-542-7855, creativenergyoga.com). Wed 7:30--8:30pm; $10.
29. Mr. Choade's Upstairs/Downstairs
See all the tassels and G-strings you can handle at one of the city's longest-running weekly burlesque shindigs, held in Casa Mezcal's Obra Negra basement while the famed Slipper Room is being renovated. Glittery dancing girls like Gal Friday, Clams Casino and Ms. Tickle set their pasties a-twirling, while the sleazy, borscht-belt-esque Mel Fry (Slipper Room proprietor James Habacker) acts as MC. 86 Orchard St at Broome St (212-777-2600, casamezcal.blogspot.com). Thu 10pm--1am; $10.
30. Brooklyn Bowl
If you're in the mood to throw some rocks before summer's over, visit this bowling alley on weeknights, when lanes are free (6--7pm, end date TBA). Mention Summer Bowl at the front desk to roll a gratis game. You can also catch an affordable night of music, like a DJ set from Biz Markie (Thu 18 at 11pm; $8, advance $5). 61 Wythe Ave at North 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com)
31. Big in Japan
A rousing rendition of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It" starts your evening at this stand-up comedy and musical revue, hosted by Kenji America and Ringmaster Yoshi of the Tokyo Circus. The duo present an absurdist interpretation of American culture, such as Ota's One-Man Spiderman Show, replete with Japanese-language U2 covers. 15 St. Marks (at Je'Bon Sushi), 15 St. Marks Pl between Second and Third Aves (212-388-1313, 15saintmarks.com). First Thursday of the month 8pm; $10.
32. Secret Formula Sing-Alongs Belt out tunes from your favorite guilty-pleasure movies or music videos, be it The Little Mermaid or a mix of pop hits of the '90s, at this communal karaoke series. The videos are projected onto a large screen with subtitled lyrics; themed drinks and warm-up trivia will help you shed any inhibitions. The Bell House, 149 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Next event: Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, Fri 19 at 8pm; $8.
33. Spectacle Theater
Cinephiles flock to this minimalist, not-for-profit space for screenings of quirky B movies, sordid horror flicks and obscure international titles. Upcoming programs include vintage 3-D flicks The Bubble and It Came from Outer Space (Mon 22), and the absurdist Brazilian Western Antonio das Mortes (Sun 21, Aug 26). 124 South 3rd St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (spectacletheater.com). $5.
34. Brooklyn Brainery
This informal school offers a unique slate of classes, taught by community members eager to share their enthusiasm and expertise about a given topic, such as building your own backyard chicken coop or killing at karaoke. Upcoming $10-or-less classes cover a wide terrain, including "The NYC Subway: A Brief History" (Thu 18 8:30--10pm; $5) and "Italian Pop Music and Culture" (Aug 31 8:30--10pm; $10). 515 Court St at 9th St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (brooklynbrainery.com). R.S.V.P. required.
Kevin Allison, of '90s sketch-comedy show The State, encourages people from all walks of life (from artists to Iraq war vets) to delve into buried true-life stories on a specific theme at this storytelling event. Actor Kevin Nealon once detailed the time he had to ask a new girlfriend to assist him with an emergency enema. Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E 24th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-563-7488, risk-show.com). Fourth Thursday of the month 9:30pm; $10.