Another week of late study sessions, dragging lectures and way more cups of coffee than a healthy human being should drink is coming to an end. If you’re like me, this marks the time when all you want to do is sleep in and let loose a bit. And what better way is there to savor those precious few days of pseudo-relaxation than some affordable entertainment right at your doorstep? So ditch your homework woes this weekend, grab some friends, and enjoy some arts events that won’t empty your wallet.
Black Panther Under the Stars at St. James Park (Free)
If you missed the “Black Panther” hype this summer or simply can’t get enough of Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan absolutely killing it, stop by St. James Park in the Bronx this Friday night. The movie will be playing for no cost at sundown, so get there before 8:30 p.m. and bring a blanket for an optimal viewing setup. And if you’re looking to soak up every last warm night before the winter cold spell, “Ready Player One” is also showing on Saturday at the Samuel Seabury Playground on the Upper East Side.
Miniature Tigers at the Bowery Ballroom ($20 in advance)
Hailing from Brooklyn, Miniature Tigers are everything you want in an indie-pop band complete with mellow vocals, feel-good beats and a likable sound that borders on cliche. But predictability aside, the music is a lot of fun, and what it lacks in distinctive sound it makes up for with tracks that are catchy and easy to dance to. If we’ve piqued your interest, Miniature Tigers are playing at Bowery Ballroom this Friday at 8 p.m. and California R&B artist Jasper Bones is opening.
Thursday Night Art Gallery Openings in Chelsea (Free)
If you’re looking for an offbeat way to get your fill of the finer things that are truly a bang for your buck, then some art galleries by the Hudson may have your back. Every Thursday night, new galleries opening in Chelsea host open receptions complete with free wine and a healthy dose of scarf-clad art connoisseurs. Plan your gallery hopping route ahead of time with this list of openings or wander blind between 10th and 11th Avenues and 20th and 29th Streets around 6 p.m. for a classy evening of boozy exploration.
Razzle Dazzle Musical Variety Show at Magnet Theater ($10)
An improv theater in Midtown is combining comedy, singing and dancing into one for a new musical variety show. This Friday night, a group of musically inclined comedians will be putting on Razzle Dazzle at Magnet Theatre. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Museum of Broken Windows (Free)
Featuring work from artists all over the country, this museum pop-up just north of Washington Square Park aims to raise awareness of the ineffectiveness of broken windows policing and its damage to vulnerable communities. The Museum of Broken Windows is open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be an on-site screening of new Hulu documentary “Crime + Punishment” on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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