10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: Ice-Skate in Williamsburg & Gamble in the City (Sort of)
Now that Mercury in retrograde is completely out of our system, we can go back to fulfilling our life goals without thinking twice. What goals do we speak of? Oh, you know, go ice-skating in Williamsburg, hit the slots in Manhattan, and become America's next reality train wreck all in one weekend. Totally doable.
[Recreation] Our "hipster playground" just keeps getting cooler, literally. Starting today, through January, the McCarren Park Pool will be open for ice-skating, and we're really excited about it. Although we're no Johnny Weir, we're really looking forward to watching Brooklynites fall right on their skinny-jean bums. And please, people, no fighting or pooping on the ice!
Opens at 11 a.m., McCarren Park Pool, Williamsburg, $8.
[Poetry] Since 50 Shades of Grey isn't being released in theaters until 2015 we're going to have to settle for the next hot thing: Titillating Tongues — NYC Erotica in Poetry & Prose. Poet Aimee Herman hosts 20 rounds of steamy, uninterpreted sexy talk, and you can get in on the fun. Sign up for one of the open mic slots and release all your inhibitions for six minutes. Don't forget the "names have been changed to protect identity" disclaimer.
At 7 p.m., (Le) Poisson Rouge, West Village, $10.
[Lit] Thar She Blows: Whale Tales, Sea Shanties, and More Melvillainy condenses all things nautical into one comprehensive variety show celebrating the anniversary of Moby-Dick's publication in 1851. Amy Virginia Buchanan performs classic and contemporary songs of the sailor, Brigid Harmon discusses her three-week experiment living the whaler's life in Nantucket, and Nick Douglas presents a special preview of "Moby-Dick: The Sitcom," among other readings and presentations. There will also be games, trivia, and much cavorting over New England clam chowder by Littleneck Brooklyn and hearty ale by Harpoon Brewery. - HB
At 7 p.m., WORD, Greenpoint, free.
[Comedy] This is the true story...when people stop being polite...and start getting jacked-up. At the Friday Night Sh*w audience members have the chance to vent, anonymously, as they write down their confessions on pieces of paper for the performers to act out through improv. Comedy gold!
At 8:30 p.m., Magnet Theatre, Flatiron, $10.