Free things to do, late
Biker flicks, cutthroat Ping-Pong and live music are yours for the taking.
Mon Jan 10 2011
For more than a decade, BAMcaf Live has served as a launching pad for some seriously talented musicians (like Antibalas, Carl Hancock Rux and Morley). But this is one proving ground without a drink minimum or cover charge. On Friday 14 and Saturday 15, hear a melting pot of musical styles, including the hip-hop sounds of Ghana-born Blitz the Ambassador and the Afro-Caribbean fusion beats of the Earthman Experience. Make a day out of it by catching a flick at BAM's Rose Cinemas beforehand; show your ticket stub in the caf and get $1 off your drink order. 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, bam.org). Fri, Sat 9pm.
Cine Meccanica at
If you think banana daiquiris and biker chicks don't mix, you've never been to movie night at this tiki bar. Free popcorn flows on Tuesdays, when programmer Corinna Mantlo screens gratis flicks featuring the coolest rides on two and four wheels. Past titles have included I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle and Werewolves on Wheels. Mantlo says the films "have a great glimpse into the world of the outlaw biker, misfit and disenfranchised." Upcoming screenings include James William Guercio's Electra Glide in Blue (Tuesday 18) and Laslo Benedek's The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando (January 25). 538 E 14th St between Aves A and B (212-228-2240, cinemeccanica.wordpress.com). Tue 9pm--midnight.
Citi Pond at Bryant Park
You've seen loving couples gliding hand-in-hand with the city skyline as their backdrop in just about every cheesy movie. Now it's time to make your very own Hollywood rom-com when you dig your old ice skates out of the closet and turn circles at the Pond (skating is free, but if you have to rent blades, it'll cost you $13). You've got until midnight to show 'em your stuff—even if your greatest talent is kicking back a cup of hot cocoa at the Ice Bites food stand ($2.50, with marshmallows $3). Bryant Park, entrance between W 40th and W 42nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves (citipondatbryantpark.com). Through Feb 27. Mon--Thu, Sun 8am--10pm; Fri, Sat 8am--midnight.
Comedy at KFBK at the Knitting Factory
Hannibal Buress has been paid to write for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, but laugh-seeking bargain hunters appreciate the stand-up comedian most for the free comedy showcase he hosts every Sunday night at the Knitting Factory, where there's often a $7 Jameson-and-PBR combo deal. Each week, you'll see a new lineup of special guests whom Buress describes as "funny people who aren't incredibly annoying." Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Jeffrey Ross have all met those criteria in the past. 361 Metropolitan Ave at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-529-6696, bk.knittingfactory.com). Sun 9pm.
The Dirty Dozen at SPiN
Oliver Stone, Jack Kevorkian, Demi Moore and Mel Gibson walk into a bar...No, it's not the intro to a joke. It's what (or who) you might see among the crowd at this ultracompetitive smackdown at the swanky Ping-Pong club co-owned by Susan Sarandon. Grab a beer ($7--$9) and watch 12 of the world's table-tennis masters, such as the Superman-costume-clad Mark Croitoroo, fight to the death—or at least until a winner is declared (finals usually kick off around 1am). This week's competitors include 15-year-old Michael Landers (the youngest American National Champ) and Kazuyuki Yokoyama, known as the "Drunken Japanese Pirate of Ping-Pong." 48 E 23rd St between Madison and Park Aves (212-982-8802, spinyc.com). Fri 9pm.