Things to do on weeknights for $10 or less
Tue Aug 16 2011
56. Comedy show Tell Your Friends
Comedian, TYF impresario and affable fellow Liam McEneaney has been a stalwart of the New York circuit for 15 years, which helps explain how he brings top-notch stand-up talent to Lolita Bar's narrow basement. The night's pegged as a workout room, giving comics the chance to try out new material on a supportive crowd. The jokes may not always be polished, but the stories often have a confessional feel and immediacy, as when Daily Show cocreator Lizz Winstead recently spoke of her mother's death. 266 Broome St at Allen St (212-966-7223, lolitabar.net). Tue 8pm; $5.
57. Wasabassco at the Way Station
Doc Wasabassco—one of the city's premier burlesque producers, with close to 50 performers at his beck and call—brings a bevy of beauties and the odd variety act to Brooklyn's steampunk-inflected bar every month. In a nod to the venue's unique decor, the routines are often inspired by neo-Victorian or geeky themes. (Who doesn't want to see a Doctor Who set when the bathroom is inside a TARDIS?) This month, Nasty Canasta, Evelyn Dinyl, Gemini Rising and Tansy will titillate the crowd with two performances each. 683--685 Washington Ave between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (waystationbk.com). Last Thursday of the month 9--11pm; $10.
58. Trivia Night at the Bell House
Gather a few of your smartest friends for this free monthly quiz night. Your knowledge of random useless facts will be tested in six rounds of trivia devoted to pop culture, history and more. The winning team receives a $25 bar tab and tickets to an upcoming show at the Bell House—as well as the smug satisfaction of knowing they're the smartest people in the room. The Bell House, 143 7th St between Second and Third Aves, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Next event: Aug 23 at 8pm; free.
59. Speak Easy Series
You're bound to learn something new at this interview series, founded by journalist Cara Cannella. She curates each lineup, using her own eclectic interests as inspiration; past events have examined the process of winemaking, Brooklyn's food scene and the ideas behind the Cinema 16 film series. And while you may see some big names at each event (author Colm Tibn appeared at Speak Easy's debut in February), you'll rarely pay more than a Hamilton to attend. Location, time and price vary; visit speakeasyseries.com for details.
60. Drink N' Draw at 3rd Ward
Sign up for one of these lively figure-drawing sessions with a friend and get five bucks knocked off the normal admission fee. You'll have to tote your own art supplies, such as a sketchbook and pencils, but you'll be rewarded with all the gratis suds you can drink (usually something cheap like PBR). The crowd tends to be fairly focused on the art, but no one will judge you if all you can eke out is a cartoonish blob. 195 Morgan Ave between Meadow and Stagg Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-715-4961, 3rdward.com). Wed 8--10:30pm; $15, with a friend $10.
61. People's Improv Theater
In January, the PIT moved away from New York's informal improv-comedy district near the Magnet Theater and UCBT and into a new space with a full bar and approximately 100 seats—nearly double its previous capacity. It's a great place to catch a comedian on the rise: Kristen Schaal and The Office and Bridesmaids's Ellie Kemper were both on PIT house teams. Most weekday shows are rarely more than $10, but for the best value, stop by on Wednesdays from 6 to 11pm, when troupes flex their comedic muscles in six free shows. 123 E 24th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-563-7488 thepit-nyc.com).
By Rebecca Dalzell, Andrew Frisicano, Elyssa Goodman, Dave Hughes, Marisa LaScala, Tim Lowery, Amy Plitt, Jonathan Shannon, Sarah Theeboom, Jennifer M. Wood