10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Weekend

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We're finally into spring -- and, more importantly, spring weather -- which means we're finally able to enjoy a good art crawl, some street festivals, and take in the beauty of wandering about the city. Now that we're in better spirits, share what happiness means to you with complete strangers at "Own Happy," in Tribeca, watch Selena and learn how to do the "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" at Videology, and meet your favorite writers at the Downtown Literature Festival. So much to do!

Friday, April 11


[Art] Feeling good today? How about happy? Today's "Own Happy" art installation aims to show you what happiness looks like and hopes you'd like to share that emotion with others. TAPIN creators, led by visionary Anne Koller, have installed life-size visuals that illuminate the holistic experience of happiness through a multi-sensory experience that "fearlessly explores a deeper meaning of happiness." This installation engages visitors through unique social interactions and activities, turning strangers into collaborators and viewers into artists, allowing them to transform their experience and the art itself. At 7 p.m., Aqua Studio, $10 donation.

[Film] Videology celebrates the life of late Tejano pop star Selena tonight with a free screening of Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez. If you're not familiar with this incredible singer, whose life tragically ended when the president of her fan club shot her to death at the age of 23, this is your chance to get acquainted. You'll be on your feet dancing in no time. We doubt Videology will mind. At 8 p.m., Videology, Brooklyn, free.

[Film] After making a porno (under the pseudonym Jimmy Boy L) and The Driller Killer in the '70s, Abel Ferrara directed Ms. 45, a 1981 female-revenge shocker, which Drafthouse Films recently reissued on DVD and Blu-ray. The movie is about Thana, a mute garment district worker who, after being raped twice in a single day, decides to take revenge on the men of Manhattan with a .45-caliber gun. It's a testament to both Ferrara (who cameos as one of the rapists) and star Zoë Lund (credited as Zoë Tamerlis) that, as Ms. 45 reaches its Halloween-party climax, it starts to play less like a boilerplate-satisfying tale of vengeance: Lund, who would later co-write and briefly appear in Ferrara's infamous Bad Lieutenant, makes her Thana not a fully justified punisher but a dangerously ambiguous force of violence. --Danny King. At 11:59 p.m., IFC Center, $9-$14.

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