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The five best free things to do in NYC over the next seven days

By David Goldberg

When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday.

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Blowjobs and Beyond
Arrive early for this mind- and body-blowing workshop on oral sex. Sex specialists Matan and Brandon B reveal secrets to help you hack the male anatomy, dissect common myths of the orgasm and provide live visual demonstrations that will take your game to the next level. After the show, you can buy some fancy sex wares to elevate your bedroom experience. The Pleasure Chest, 1150 Second Ave (212-355-6909, Wed 31 8–10pm.

Dirty Thursday: ’90s Night
House of Yes invites you to celebrate the decade of All That, slap bracelets and teen vampire slayers at this rowdy throwback bash. Steam your patent-leather trench coat, and get ready to lose your mind to the tunes of TLC, Garbage, Madonna, Nirvana, Destiny’s Child and other heroes of the era. 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn ( Thu 1 11pm–4am. 

Target First Saturdays
This Pride edition of the Brooklyn Museum’s free day features a performance by New York City Gay Men’s Chorus; screenings spotlighting films made by queer persons of color and Arab creators; concerts and more. It all ends with the drama of the Legacy Ball. 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, Sat 3 5–10pm.

The Bushwick Collective Block Party
Thirty-five spray-paint artists turn a warehouse into their playground at this dope party. Get down to beats from Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown and other favorites; relax in the beer garden; and dig into food-truck bites. 7 Saint Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn ( Sat 3 11am–7pm.

Miss Manhattan Reading Series
Writer Elyssa Goodman hosts this monthly reading series at which contributors share personal tales and nonfiction pieces. This month, she’s joined by CHOW editor John Birdsall, the Ringer’s Hannah Giorgis, A Girl Walks Into a Book author Miranda K. Pennington, The New Yorker managing editor Wei Tchou and essayist Anna Qu. Niagara Bar, 112 Ave A (212-420-9517, Mon 5 at 7:45pm.


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