Free things to do, late
Biker flicks, cutthroat Ping-Pong and live music are yours for the taking.
Mon Jan 10 2011
Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
Each month, the museum's Beaux Arts doors are open until 11pm, with a full schedule of art and entertainment, all for free. In honor of Black History Month, the February 5 edition will center on the social and artistic contributions of African-Americans from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. The festivities kick off with a hip-hop and soul dance session (8--10pm) hosted by DJ Stormin' Norman, of Harlem's Sundae Sermon party. Fans of more old-school sounds can feel the big-band beat with a performance by the Small's Jazz Club All-Stars (9--10pm). 200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org). First Saturday of every month 5--11pm.
Join Aussie host Kim Smith for this weekly performance event, which channels Weimar cabaret with dashes of magic and music...in addition to copious amounts of vodka. While the event is technically free, there is a suggested two-drink minimum. It won't be hard to oblige the request once you get a gander at Vlada's list of more than 20 infused vodkas; some of them you'll be happy to toss back by themselves (mint and pomegranate), while others (horseradish) might need a chaser. 331 W 51st St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-974-8030, vladabar.com). Mon 10:30pm.
Whiplash at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
There are two ways you can see top-tier stand-up comedians like Zach Galifianakis, David Cross, Patton Oswalt and Sarah Silverman: You can pay top dollar for a ticket and then have a two-drink minimum foisted upon you—or you can make your way to the UCBT on any Monday night and see which yuksters take the stage unannounced. One person you can count on showing up is comedian (and former SNL scribe) Leo Allen, who will be the ringleader for the rotating cast of alt comics. 307 W 26th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-366-9176, ucbtheatre.com). Mon 11pm.
Zebulon Caf Concert
To the casual observer, Zebulon may look like the average French nook, but the hopping bote sets itself apart with free nightly live music shows, many of which get started around 9pm. Plus, it stays open until 3am (4am on weekends) and hawks $5 suds (for $1 more, get a Miller High Life and a shot of whiskey—a house special). Though the venue's proprietors have previously had a penchant for jazz, performers transcend both geographical and genre boundaries. On Friday 14 at 10pm, come for an evening of Turkish sounds with MWE, a five-member acoustic ensemble featuring a double-reeded zurna, and Deli Kanli, who plays the hell out of the Chinese erhu, a two-string knee violin. Try finding that at your neighborhood brasserie. 258 Wythe Ave between Metropolitan Ave and North 3rd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-6934, zebuloncafeconcert.com).