10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: Ben Stiller, No Pants Subway Ride, Golden Globes at Videology

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Joey Kilrain
"No Pity for Lady Liberty" (at #Sellout)
Whether your choice of poison is coffee, 5-Hour Energy drinks, or Redbull and vodka, we recommend that you down a couple soon. The fun-filled weekend begins this evening at 6 sharp, unless you're planning to miss everything that is absolutely enjoyable. If that's the case, you should leave New York City immediately.

Friday

[art] Through his work, artist David Dupuis taps into a surreal, dreamlike world where nothing is as it should be. His new solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery includes evocative, eerie imagery: Take, for instance, his rendering of a human heart with an upside-down face inside of it and the words "Fuck You Up" scrawled above, or a single eye with teardrops floating onto an ocean (created using brightly colored pencils, graphite, and collage). Expect to be haunted long after you've left the gallery.

Opening reception at 6 p.m., Derek Eller Gallery, free.

[Lit] Satire is a risky proposition. Courting dark or political themes without stumbling into bad taste is a master's art. But there are those who have built entire bodies of work around the form, two of whom might humor us with their thoughts on the matter tonight. There's author George Saunders, whose writing elaborates the evils of consumerism and the motivations of genocide while still getting laughs. Then there's actor and funny man Ben Stiller, star of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty -- based on the 1939 James Thurber short story of the same title -- who made a name for himself with his bleak comic style. Both Saunders and Stiller are be on hand tonight at McNally Jackson to talk about their careers as humorists, a conversation supplemented with clips from Stiller's film, readings of Saunders's work, and an audience Q&A. Go check it out, is our modest proposal. -- RB

At 7 p.m., McNally Jackson, free.

[Lit] What goes well with a good book? A good, strong drink! Celebrate the paperback release of Rosie Schaap's memoir, Drinking with Men, with bar-themed stories and poems from Wyn Cooper (Postcards from the Interior, Chaos Is the New Calm), Jeff Gordinier (X Saves the World, Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage), Blaise Allysen Kearsley (The How I Learned series), and Katherine Lanpher (Leap Year).

At 7 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore, free.

[Art] #Tonight's art show features 16 emerging artists with #incredible work. "#SELLOUT" seems to be all about self-promotion, in the best possible sense, of course. The opening reception promises to be "a night of cocktails and debauchery," while showcasing art work "in true #SELLOUT form" along with many exciting surprises in store. Don't forget to tweet! (As if you would).

Opening reception at 8 p.m., Reverse, Brooklyn, free.

Saturday

[Class] We're always in search of better ways to protect ourselves against physical crimes, and Traditional Okinawan Karate seems to be looking out for us, too. Today, at its Free Women's Self-Defense class, learn practical, effective techniques to get yourself out of a violent altercation, as well as participate in facilitated discussion about how to reduce your chances of being in that position in the first place. Per the description, the class is "free, open to the public, trans-inclusive, and always taught by women."


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