Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Apparently, we were wrong. Times have changed and we are moving back toward the negotiating market - even chain stores where you would never dream you had the power to talk down.
Check out this article about one man's search for savings—where (and how) he could haggle himself a pretty substantial deal (i.e. a magical $300 discount "in the system" that could be applied) - and brush up on those barter skills you haven't used since Spring Break '99 in Cancun:
Monday, March 30, 2009
We surveyed regular New Yorkers to find out their favorite no-name products.
ShopRite Ibuprofen, $4.99 (compared to Advil, $8.99)
CVS Anti-Itch Cream, $7.99 (compared to Cortaid itch cream, $10.29)
Bravo Market’s Krasdale Ultra Laundry Detergent, $1.99 (compared to double-strength Tide, $10.99)
Hanes Boxer Shorts, $9 for Three (compared to Gap boxers, $21 for three)
Duane Reade Nourishing Formula Nail-Polish Remover and cotton balls, $6.58 (compared to Cutex nail-polish remover and Johnson & Johnson cotton balls, $7.70)
Duane Reade Naproxen Sodium, $5.69 (compared to Aleve, $7.99)
“I take it after playing tennis, and it relieves pain and stiffness just as well as Aleve. I’m happy as a clam at high tide.” —John McLean, 65, retired investment consultant
Annual Savings: $92.16(Assuming you restock all of the above three times.)
The rough-edged work of emerging Brooklyn-based photographer JJ Ignotz hits the LES tonight for Cheesecake: The Exhibition. This recent cum laude photography graduate gets a little naughty while daring her viewers to look and then startles them when they do. "The images of partially-clad, provocatively-posed women are anxiety-inducing and addicting. They touch on themes of gender and rebellion, youth and adulthood, fetishism and exhibitionism–all rolled into a bizarre world of shag carpets, wood paneling, and loud wallpaper. The portfolio resembles the original pin-up, but falls short, leaving it to be most closely described as cheesecake. JJ’s portfolio consists of black and white silver gelatin prints on Forteza paper presented as single photographs as well as large scale collages. Prices range from $15 and up for limited edition prints."
The Cheesecake exhibition at Spur Tree is another Salon Ciel art experiment in an alternative venue. Salon Ciel is an exclusive, monthly exhibition series designed to promote and showcase the work of cutting edge, emerging photographers and visual artists. Salon Ciel is produced by David Rheingold and Andrew Stromberg, in conjunction with the organization’s Director of Operations and Curator, Lyndsey Beutin.
The Desk Set team of librarians, archivists and bibliophiles have once again devised a party scheme to fulfill your needs. The writers and readers of this great city are invited to bring their old books, swap 'em for other people's books, and have a drink and/or a chat with like-minded folks and authors. Leftover books are donate to Books Through Bars. 21+
Are you hankering for a good ol’ scandalous time? Sick of the recession? Wanna hear some real meat and bones comedy? Psycomic genius Todd Montesi is back presenting cheap booze and comedy for the masses! The UG's Comedy Show features both established and newbie comics in a chill lounge. Check out this week's lineup at that features dollar beers - yes, DOLLAR BEERS!!! - before the show from 7-8 pm!!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Getting Randomly Picked To Make Half-Court Shots Now Best Way To Earn Living
WASHINGTON—A new study released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Tuesday confirmed that the most dependable source of income for American workers in the current economic climate is to win a novelty contest in which one must successfully shoot a basketball from half-court. "After factoring in the odds of your ticket number being called while attending a game, the median dollar value awarded, and the athletic ability of the average American citizen, and cross-referencing these data with employment forecasts and current job-security indices, we have determined that half-court shooting contests are currently the most effective way to support a family of four," the report read in part. "While this may seem like dire news, keep in mind that the consolation prize for missing the shot usually includes a food item from the concession stand." The report cited several other possible methods of securing a livelihood, including 50-50 raffles, lotto scratch-offs, and inventing YouTube.
Friday, March 27, 2009
High school students, educators, and free speech advocates from around the city will gather at the New York Film Academy for Youth Voices Uncensored, an afternoon of film screenings and discussions about how youth media can address important social and political issues. "'Youth today are transforming our political landscape, and they are doing so largely through the world of film and new media,' said Brian Pickett, Youth Program Coordinator for the National Coalition Against Censorship and event organizer. 'As technology becomes easier to use and more widely accessible, we are seeing youth video production emerge as a significant way for young people to put a mark on their world.' Young people are finding that posting videos on Youtube, MySpace, and Facebook is an empowering and effective way to advocate for social change, Pickett noted." The 10 short films to be featured at Youth Voices Uncensored. A schedule of the films is available here.
Date: Saturday, March 28th
"Redbook magazine is kicking off spring with a day of pampering at the Redbook Beauty Bash in New York City. Bring your friends and enjoy FREE spa treatments and indulgences from the experts at Spa Chicks on the Go, including mini manis, massages and more. Plus, sample the hottest beauty products, enjoy delicious refreshments and take home a goody bag filled with can't miss items."
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Ian The Chelsea Brewery Ambassador gives free tours of Manhattan's only active brewery this afternoon. Tours are every hour on the hour (sign up at the host desk, max 40 people per tour) and be sure to bring your ID for some free samples. Tour participants also receive $4 discount beer tickets so you can sip suds while discussing the wonders of yeast afterwards. 21+
These tickets will go fast so please reply with a valid email and how many seats you would like (Limit 2 please). For more information on the show please visit www.sessionsthemusical.com.
For tickets, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving us your full name, and how many tickets you would like (Limit 2 please). If you get a confirmation email, you are guaranteed seating.
The show starts at 8:00pm and if you get a confirmation email you can pick your tickets up at The Algonquin Theater Box Office located at 123 E. 24th St. (Between Park & Lexington) between 7:00 & 7:30 p.m. If you don't pick up your tickets before 7:30 it's possible that you will be asked to go on a wait list, so please try and make it by 7:30 to ensure your seats. thanks and enjoy the show!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Expierenced Apprentice seeking hair models for cute short haircuts at Bumble&Bumble Salon located at 146 E. 56th STREET. If your open to taking off some length and want a change, or if you already have shorter hair and want to maintain it just EMAIL A PICTURE W/CONTACT INFO. Times are flexable. MONDAYS ARE THE ONLY DAYS AVAILABLE. ALL HAIRCUTS ARE FREE and come with FREE BUMBLE PRODUCTS.
Work to Do: Gallery Opening
When: Opens Thursday Mar 26 (6–10pm)
Mar 27 – Apr 16
Where:112 Greene Street (112 Greene St)
Soho's artistic heyday wasn't all that long ago, but thanks to the tourist-clogged streets and uber-fancy shops that sent many art-pushers to Chelsea and the artists to Bushwick and beyond, it seems like it took place on another planet. A big part of that long-gone world was 112 Workshop, which witnessed the creative births of Richard Serra, Laurie Anderson, and Chuck Close. This March, Royce Bannon and the Endless Love Crew are bringing the beat back to the storied Greene Street address. Their Work to Do show, inspired by the words of our new President, revives the legendary art space with the street-based work of graf writers like NohJ Coley and Kosbe.
Lower East Side Stories: Workplace Drama
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Location: Tenement Museum Shop (108 Orchard Street
Four professional storytellers relate their favorite tales of life in the New York workforce. As always guests are invited to share their own three-minute stories of office romances, disastrous bosses, and life in a cube. Featured performers include Margot Leitman, DJ Hazard, Cyndi Freeman and Michele Carlo.
Free Article Writing Class
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Barnes & Noble Greenwich Village (369 6th Ave)
Pauline Millard, editor and writer for the Associated Press and instructor at Gotham Writers’ Workshop, shares tips on how write articles that grab a reader’s attention, in this introductory Article Writing course... Through short lectures and readings Ms. Millard will reveal how aspiring writers can go beyond the facts and explore the world in a personal and compelling way. Participants are encouraged to bring pen and paper to complete a short writing exercise designed to help them start their own piece of writing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
SO this is what's behind that new tummy pouch ....
Living on Eggshells: Lessons From The Depression
Check out this article from the Huffington Post about why Grandma's habit of dipping her fingers in the shell to get every last drop of egg white after she cracked her eggs makes the best lemon meringue pie.
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For more silver lining humor . . . Ask Dr. Recession!
If you are worried about wasting all of your anger being mad at AIG when they are just part of the problem....
Or, whether the new guy you just met who claims to have been "laid off" ever really had a job, Ask Dr. Recession at
Monday, March 23, 2009
Other book trading sites:
Paper Back Swap: www.paperbackswap.com/index.php
Exclusively paperbacks, but cheaper postage as there is no set fee. Works pretty much the same way as bookins, but all books are treated equal. Two free books for listing your first ten.
Book Crossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/
This one’s a little more kooky: You leave a book anywhere, log it on the site, and watch it travel. This site is less organized and efficient, but is fun and community-minded. Also, the reader comments and reviews are more extensive: a good place to go if you want to find out more about a book, even if you don’t use the book sharing service.
Swap Tree: http://www.swaptree.com/
This site is for books, but lots of other stuff too. This site has you trade directly with one other user, for the price of postage. List the stuff you are willing to trade, and up pops all the stuff that others will trade you for it! A site to get all sorts of stuff you need. Clearly, the theme of this site (and this paragraph) is STUFF. Get it. For free. And get rid of some, too.
Rather than just consuming more and more, filling your apartment to the point where you can no longer have company out of embarrassment (and sheer lack of space), you’re cleaning off your shelves and making someone happy. You’re fostering a sense of community, and instead of just ditching the stuff in the can – you’re recycling!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
"Blinking Lights II"
Maria Petschnig and Bryan Teoh of Flushnik present "Blinking Lights II" - an evening of short film and video art. "Blinking Lights" brings together the worlds of contemporary art, experimental cinema, new media, and music video. The second installment of this series will feature 11 artists:
Beeple, John Criscitello, Defetto, Brian Gibson, Doron Golan, Harald Hund & Paul Horn, Joshua & Zachary Sandler, Fredo Viola, and Elizabeth White
The program will be approx. 50 min.
Beer is $2.
Flushnik looks to foster an ongoing dialogue amongst a wide range of
underground artists and audiences within the city.
698 Flushing Ave. #1F (1 block from Flushing stop on JMZ, 2 from Flushing stop on G)
Brooklyn (E. Williamsburg/Bushwick)
Ring buzzer #1F or call 917-213-1140.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Brooklyn Collective invites you to their grand reopening tonight at their new location. Over 20 Artists and Designers show their work, plus free beer, wine, live music, and Tattoo Girl Burlesque! Additional details here.
"Join Broke-A$$ Stuart, aka Stuart Schuffman, as he reads from his book Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City. After a signing and Q&A, he’ll lead a walking tour of McNally-Jackson’s neighborhood, pointing out deals and highlights as he goes. Craving an authentic French pastry but have only a few bucks in your pocket? How about a leftovers-assured-size plate of authentic Caribbean fare for less than $8? Maybe you’re in the mood for Southeast Asian chicken and rice for less than $5? Stuart knows where to go. Ever seen a museum devoted to comics and cartoon art or a shop that only sells items the owner finds on her travels around the world? Stuart’s been there, done that, and he’s ready to let us all in on what he’s found."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
70s-style bowling, 70s-style prices. Ok, maybe 80s-style prices. But still way cheaper than bowlmor.
RecessionGirl's favorite get-the-gang-together and let pride be the prize night out: the no-frills lanes at The Gutter.
Just $15 gets you two hours of bowling, stylish red and green striped shoes, a seat in prime view of boys way prettier than you, and a whole night of trash talking good times. Of course, one cannot bowl for crap without being semi-loaded ... luckily, $3-off pitchers or $1-off already afforable pints of a plethora of drafts helps with that. Throw in gourmet pizza delivered from down the block at $5 a person and everyone waddles home happy, gutter balls or not. Yeah, it's a bit of a trek to N. 14th St and Whyte in Williamsburg, but half of you have had to relocate to a six-person loft in this hood already thanks to the recession. The other half might as well enjoy seeing what the future entails.
TV, TV Stand, Stereo Metal Bedframe:
Leather sofa chairs:
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
courtesy of Brian Lehrer (and who doesn't love Brian Lehrer)
New Yorkers talk about how the recession is affecting them, and share thoughts about which luxury items they cannot live without.
*coming soon, RecessionGirl's subway cocktail series
We all have moments, or weeks and months, where getting out to drink our sorrows away is the only logical way forward. Sometimes the subway's just too much to swallow (pun intended), particularly now with Bloomberg's fare hikes. The Village Pourhouse, a most fantastic UWS watering hall, has figured a way to alleviate some of that commuter pain. The stroke of genius is this : Take a cab to the Village Pourhouse, on Amsterdam between 108th and 109th, and the pub will match your cab fare in the form of a bar tab, drink for drink!!
Borrowing from the article above, you have nothing to lose but your sobriety....and the cost of a return cab ride (but by the time closing hour rolls around, is that really going to matter?)
Times are tough, just getting tougher (this old world is tough, it's just getting rougher, cover me!!! Anyone else who cannot get enough Springsteen?) Okay okay, back to the more delicious matter at hand. RecessionGirl is tired of hearing every network medical advisor spewing opinions about the dangerous vices that come alive during difficult times (e.g. sex, drugs and rock-n-roll). You know what is decidely not dangerous? Comfort food and lots of it! Which is exactly why RecessionGirl will spend this Sunday at the Great Greenpoint Mac Off.
37 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn (at West Street), 718-349-0149
988 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn (at Huron Street), 718-383-5815
The Mark Bar
1025 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn (b/n Green Street and Freeman Street), 718-349-2340
244 Franklin Street, Brooklyn (b/n Freeman Street and Eagle Street), 718-349-6727
RecessionGirl is now accepting submissions of Macaroni and Cheese recipes for its very own (and very informal) Mac Off! Winning recipe will be posted inside RecessionGirl's "Lunchbox is the New Clutch." I know I know, you lucky you! Looking forward to your submissions.
The Purity Test Release Party
Remember in high school when you and your friends used to take "purity tests" and add up your points in hopes of being the most deviant. Now there is a new book called The Purity Test: Your Filth and Depravity Cheerfully Exposed in 2,000 Nosy Questions which will allow you to relive old days over and over again. Tonight is the release party at Dempsey's Pub. Check it out and get a couple more points to check off on your list.
Date: Thursday, March 19th
Location: Dempsey's Pub (61 2nd Ave between 3rd and 4th)
Monday, March 16, 2009
The Jakewalk Go on Sundays for the free cheese plate, with drinks. 282 Smith St between DeGraw and Sackett Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (347-599-0294, thejakewalk.com)
Snacky Asian fare is served well past midnight, along with many inexpensive varieties of sake. Despite some overly cute decorative touches, it’s a fine place for a tête-à-tête. 187 Grand St at Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-4848)
Epistrophy Inexpensive wines—mostly from Italy—are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. 200 Mott St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (212-966-0904, epistrophycafe.com)
Shoolbred’s Fresh-squeezed juices, a nice cozy interior and a house ale that goes for just $5 a pint. What more is there to say? 197 Second Ave between 12th and 13th Sts (212-529-0340, shoolbreds.com)
The Brooklyn Inn There are plenty of choice beers on tap, including Old Speckled Hen, Dentergems Wheat and local Sixpoint Brown Ale—all for a reasonable $5 or so a pint. 148 Hoyt St at Bergen St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-625-9741)
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Follow this link to sign up. Space is limited, so act fast!
Date: Friday, March 13th
Tonight is the monthly installment of Every 2nd Friday. Over a dozen galleries stay open late and display new works. Check the Raw Mag site for a neighborhood map and more details.
Eastville Comedy Club kicks open their door to FreeNYC members tonight for two no-cover shows. The early set (10pm) features Herrod Small, Joe DeRosa, and Godfrey while the midnight one features sets from Judah Friedlander and Jay Oakerson. All you have to do is call them up and mention FreeNYC to by pass the usual $20 cover. Keep in mind there is still a 2 drink minimum ($5-$8) but what's a little stand-up with out a few cold ones. 18+
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Mishka is very excited to announce the opening of their flagship store today in Brooklyn. They officially open theirs doors at noon and the entire day is full of new and exclusive releases (Hats, Tee, etc, etc) and guaranteed good times. The Opening Reception takes place at 7pm in-store and features the debut of Nick Catchdubs and Mr.Ducker’s “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter 2” the follow up to last year’s quintessential 90’s mix. The party will move to Trophy Bar at 10pm where you’ll get down with Nick Gazin and His Creepy Touch.
“When [he first called me], I wasn’t particularly aware of his work. I had seen half of one of his movies once,” the Bermuda native told us.
McConaughey took an interest in Mishka after hearing his music in 2000, and the two connected a few years later. Mishka’s first album with j.k. livin, McConaughey’s label, dropped last month.
Sadly, McConaughey didn’t play the bongo drums on the record.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So I'm still in need of hair models. I need 2 models for this tuesday (the 10th) and more throughout the month of March.
I really need shorter women's cuts: bobs, graduation, a-lines etc... but I can use almost anyone. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.
the days I need people is tues/wed throughout the day at Cutler Salon. http://cutlersalon.com/
Tony Kelley email@example.com
Free Irresponsible Behavior!!
RSVP so fast your fingers travel back in time for Killian's Master Brewer Bash, this Wednesday, March 11th from 6-8pm at midtown's Perfect Pint: a pre-St. Patrick's party featuring plentiful grub, complimentary George Killian's Irish Red, and a tasting with Killian's Master Brewer Toby Eppard -- the man responsible for the beer that should go into your mouth this St. Pat's, but not the words that shouldn't come out of it!
Space is limited: RSVP now for you and a friend at killiansNY@thrillist.com
Free Crappy Pop Culture!
NBC's America’s Got Talent and host Nick Cannon are taping live in New YorkCity for 3 days only and all tickets are FREE.
You can join Nick and judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne, and PiersMorgan in the live television audience as the best amateur performers in NewYork compete for a chance to be the next champion of America’s Got Talent.
NBC's primetime hit only comes to NYC once a year and it is an amazing chance to be part of a live television taping and watch some of thecountry's greatest performers for free. The show tapes March 17th, 18th, and19th at The Hammerstein Ballroom in midtown Manhattan and the minimum age to attend is 12.
For more information and to print free tickets please visithttp://www.ocatv.com/shows/show/193
If you have a group of 10 or more you can attend the show as a fundraiserand earn money for your group!! For more information, please email Howard firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-295-2700.
Monday, March 9, 2009
(Please feel free to comment and tip us off to other great usher spots).
New World Stages, 343 W 49th St.
One of Recession Girl's favorite places to usher, and not just because of the free drink tickets. Minimal effort, major performance gratification, and frequent celeb sightings. Long-running critical hits as well as provacative new works.
Now Playing: ALTAR BOYZ, THE TOXIC AVENGER, ROOMS, GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW, NAKED BOYS SINGING, THE CASTLE, MY FIRST TIME
Usher instructions: http://www.newworldstages.com/Volunteer.htm
Lucille Lortel Theater, 322 Eighth Ave, 21st Floor
This 50-year old famous theater has a full schedule of performances.
Call 212-924-2817 ex. 207 or email email@example.com and leave the name of the show you would like to usher, two possible dates, and names and numbers of ushers.
Now playing: THE ILIAD, March 27-April 25 2009
CORALINE, May 6-June 20, 2009
Check theater website for upcoming performances.
New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), 79 E 4th St.
Notable for its innovative productions, NYTW was the original producer of the Broadway smash hit Rent.
Email Bobby Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now Playing: THINGS OF DRY HOURS, Begins May 2009
Recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and an OBIE Award, among many other awards, playwright and poet Naomi Wallace (The Fever Chart, One Flea Spare) follows up the NYTW production of Trestle at Pope Lick Creek with this powerful and poetic examination of the unintended conflict between race and ideology. In Depression-era Alabama, black Sunday school teacher and Communist Party member Tice Hogan lives on the edge of trouble. When a white factory worker on the run demands sanctuary, Tice and his daughter Cali may be pushed over that edge. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, award-winning actor/writer/producer (Lackawanna Blues, and Tony Award-winner for Seven Guitars) directs.
Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St
Email: MMenter@playwrightshorizons.org now with interest to get an email when the usher spots open up for each new performance. Or, call the usher line at 2125641235 x3100 well in advance of the performance you wish to see. This is a very popular spot to usher, so think ahead.
Now Playing: INKED BABY, (showing now so call for possible usher cancellations)
The World Premiere of a new play by Christina Anderson. Featuring Tony Award winner LaChanze, Angela Lewis, Nana Mensah, and Obie Award winner Nikkole Salter. Directed by Kate Whoriskey. Stuck for money and unable to conceive, Gloria enlists the aid of her sister to make the child that she and her husband can't. As they uneasily await the baby's arrival, a mysterious contamination spreads outside. But consumed by their own struggles, is anyone paying attention? In this imaginative, other-worldly new drama, one family fights to find its place in a neglected neighborhood.
Coming Up: OUR HOUSE, May-June 2009
The New York Premiere of a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer. What happens when news and entertainment are interchangeable? In a cautionary tale ripped from today’s headlines, a power-hungry TV mogul faced with dwindling ratings installs America’s favorite news anchor as host of a popular reality show. Meanwhile in Middle America, a houseful of roommates bicker over high-stakes real-world conflicts: Merv doesn’t clean the bathroom, someone ate Alice’s yogurt, and the rent is long past due. When reality suddenly collides with reality TV, we find ourselves front and center in a thorny hostage drama that holds the nation riveted. Our House is a deliciously scathing new comedy that takes on a media-obsessed culture intent on turning even the most sobering crisis into sexy entertainment.
Second Stage Theatre, 307 W. 43rd St.
Email the house manager at JSchleifer@SecondStage or call the usher hotline with names, phone numbers, as well as name and dates of performances you wish to see, at 212-787-8302, ext. 216. Playing Soon: EVERYDAY RAPTURE, April 7– May 17, 2009
EVERYDAY RAPTURE is the story of a young woman’s psycho-sexual-spiritual journey on the rocky path that separates her mostly Mennonite past from her mostly Manhattan future. Her life takes her from the cornfields of Kansas to the clover fields of New York (with a disturbing detour through YouTube). With a cast of five led by Sherie Rene Scott, EVERYDAY RAPTURE also features songs made famous by David Byrne, George Harrison, U2, The Dap Kings and Judy Garland.
Coming Soon: MR. AND MRS. FITCH, Spring 2009
Meet gossip columnists Mr. and Mrs. Fitch. When the social circuit no longer provides juicy morsels, they find that great celebrity can appear out of thin air. Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane’s (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu) wicked new comedy is a scathing look at who is in, who is out and who may not even exist at all.
The Signature Theatre Company, 555 W 42nd St.
Each season, the signature theatre company explores the works of a single living playwright. This season highlights the Negro Ensemble Company. Email email@example.com asap for usher spots for Zooman and the Sign, its current show. Also, if you are not interested in ushering, there is a special performance April 26 with all tickets only $20.
Now Playing: ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, March 3-April 19, 2009
By Charles Fuller , Directed by Stephen McKinley HendersonA random act of violence leaves Reuben Tate and his family questioning their friends and neighbors, but their once caring community has been scared into helpless silence. As young Zooman terrorizes the neighborhood from the shadows, Reuben makes a dangerous appeal which may tear their world apart. This powerful drama by Charles Fuller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Soldier's Play depicts the devastating aftermath of violence on a family and an entire community.
The Joyce Theater, 175 EIGHTH AVE
World famous dance companies and troupes from around the world vosit the Joyce 9and a Recession Girl favorite, as she once ushered Paul Newman to his seat here!) Call and leave a message with the usher hotline two weeks before the performance (or later), with preferred dates, 646-792-8355. See full schedule: http://www.joyce.org/calendar_joyce.php
Now Showing: SAVION GLOVER, March 3-22
In Savion Glover's Solo In Time, the renowned tap master invites audiences to appreciate his "Hooferz style" approach to tap dance as he merges acoustically melodic tap sounds with the energy of live Flamenco music. Celebrating tap dance as a form of music, Glover highlights his style of hoofing as the leading instrument in the production. Savion Glover's Solo in Time displays the infinite versatility and virtuosity of Glover's genius as not only tap master, but tap dance choreographer as well.
The Cherry Lane Theater, 38 Commerce St.
This theatre is home to workshops, readings, and is a mix of Off-Broadway classics and provocative works. Call the usher line and leave a message with usher names and dates available.
Now Playing: JAIL BAIT, March 19-April 25
Two fifteen year old girls spend a night at a Boston club posing as college students. When the girls cross paths with two thirty-something men they must decide how far they are willing to go while playing at adulthood.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Chelsea Brewery Tours
Date: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Chelsea Brewery (Pier 59 at 18th st. on the West Side Highway)
Ian The Chelsea Brewery Ambassador gives free tours of Manhattan's only active brewery this afternoon. Tours are every hour on the hour (max 40 people) and be sure to bring your ID for some free samples. Tour participants also receive $4 discount beer tickets so you can sip suds while discussing the wonders of yeast afterwards. 21+
Making Brooklyn Bloom
Date: Saturday, March 7th
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Palm House (1000 Washington Ave, Prospect Heights)
Cost: Free with Flyer - http://www.bbg.org/vis2/2009/mbb/mbb_09.pdf
Today is Brooklyn Botanical Garden's annual community horticulture event devoted to urban agriculture and building a healthy food system in our borough, Making Brooklyn Bloom. This year's event, "Edible NYC: Green It! Grow It! Eat It! and is (and beyond) features "15 hands-on workshops to help educate city residents on how they can grow food at home and make their neighborhood a little bit greener by doing so. Apartment dwellers with a single windowsill might take Savoring Home-Grown Herbs Year-Round; those with a small outside area or even fire escape can learn from The Sky's the Limit: Growing Food on Trellises; and for brownstone residents with-- gasp! -- a yard, The Edible Palette: Food Producing Plants for the Decorative Landscape is ideal.
Brooklyn Museum First Saturday
If you cross over the East River, living in the shadows of the Manhattan museums, and with way less foot traffic from city tourists, you will find the Brooklyn Museum. Every first Saturday of the month admission is free (thanks to big name corporate sponsorship) beginning at 5pm and there are a slew of events for the whole family. This month is a celebration of feminist art with a dance party, film screenings, and discussions. Full schedule here:
Armory Arts Week Presents A Day on the Lower East Side
Date: Sunday, March 8th
Time: 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
Location: New Museum Lobby (235 Bowery Street)
Join the New Museum "as The Armory Show highlights the Lower East Side as a top destination for contemporary art! Tour groups will leave from the New Museum Lobby at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 4pm to visit selected downtown art galleries. The Armory Show is America's leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In its eleven years, the fair has become an international institution. Every March, artists, galleries, collectors, critics, and curators from all over the world make New York their destination during Armory Arts Week."
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Instead of teaching classes to traditional "yoga sounds," these instructors teach to the "killer music" we'd hear on our ipods. It claims to be a more contemporary studio that doesn't tell you what to eat or drink (except to suggest Cafe Habana down the street), but promises a great workout in one hour.
They encourage you to stop by and "participate in your life... caught on fire."
$5 classes until March 8, 2009, plus they have a coupon one their website for one free class. http://thefierceclub.com/. (Note the badass high heels the instructors are wearing in all of their photos).
Hope to see my fellow recessionistas there this weekend!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Respond to the craisglist ad below to get free tickets for tonight to a new musical, "Sessions."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
1. Keep you receipt. At most stores, if the item you bought goes on sale within the following 14 days after purchase, you may simply bring in the receipt and be returned the difference. (We love free money!)
2. At the GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy or any of it's other sister stores, there is a trick to discovering whether the item will be reduced. If your item's price (even sale price) ends in a 0 or a 9, (as in $45.50 or $12.99) the item will continue to go down. If an item ends in a 7 (like the fab shirt i got a few months ago that cost $2.97), that is the final price.
3. Green tights really look flattering on no one.
Monday, March 2, 2009
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Recession Girl’s Most Fantastic Black Bean Soup
5 cans black beans, drained (or 1 bag dried black beans,* soaked overnight and drained)
7 cups vegetable broth (you can use vegetable bouillon cubes - 1.5 cubes to each cup of water)
4 stalks celery, chopped into smallish pieces
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 head spinach
2 dried chili peppers
4 carrots, cut into coins (but not too thin)
5 cloves garlic
1 tblspoon basil, oregano
sauté garlic and onion in olive oil for about 10 ten minutes (which means olive shouldn’t be too hot and you should be stirring regularly). Add onion, sauté for about 3 minutes; add celery, sauté for about 1 minute. Add black beans and vegetable broth, oregano, basil, chili peppers. Bring to boil and then simmer for 1.5 hours if using canned beans and 2.5 hours if using “formerly” dried beans. Serve hot, top with a squeeze of lemon, a few slices of avocado and some bits of chopped cilantro.
*Recessiongirl’s “make it cheap” tip: use dried black beans – they are much less expensive than canned and all you need to do to prepare is soak them overnight and cook for just a bit longer. This is a great tip to save some pennies – soak beans, and then freeze them in their water until you need them!
If you have extra avocado, make sure you store it with some extra lemon - keeps it fresh.
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Jibade-Khalil Huffman was born in Detroit and raised in Florida. His poetry, fiction and photography have appeared in Boston Review, Court Green, NOON, Aufgabe, and Encyclopedia, among others. Educated at Bard College and Brown University, his awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Ucross Foundation. “19 Names For Our Band” is his first book.
Paul D. Dickinson is a poet based in Minneapolis/ St. Paul. His work has appeared in City Pages, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Request.com, and Conduit. Dickinson has read on Minnesota Public Radio, 93.7 "The Edge", KFAI, and 89.3 "The Current". He currently hosts the "Riot Act Reading Series" , a cutting edge literary event that features national and international writers. His latest spoken word CD is "Lord Byron Gets Busted" on Speedboat Records . He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UMASS Amherst.