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

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Because we're still on a sugar rush from Oscar Murillo's exhibit that opened earlier this week, we're not about to lose momentum. Tonight, poet Aaron Belz and Mike Topp read at Hullabaloo Books in Crown Heights; tomorrow, the Tribeca Film Festival hosts a free street fair in the West Village; and don't forget, the East Village's cat café is open until Sunday. Plus, The Princess Bride screens at Lincoln Center.

Friday, April 25

Pratt Institute

Black designers have long played a part in determining our national sense of fashion: Slave-turned-entrepreneur Elizabeth Keckley was dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln, and eventually Mrs. Lincoln would insist on wearing her designs exclusively; the fabulous Ann Lowe made Jacqueline Bouvier's iconic ruffled wedding dress, immortalized on the day she became Mrs. Kennedy. Today you can often spot Michelle Obama in one of Tracy Reese's flowery concoctions, like the crowd-pleasing pink number she wore to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. "Black Dress: Ten Contemporary Fashion Designers" at the Pratt Institute, features Reese, Byron Lars, Omar Salam, and others. The exhibition, curated by fashion professor Adrienne Jones, transforms the gallery space into Madison Avenue-style window displays in order to make visible the work of 10 established and emerging black artists. Don't miss the video supplement created by MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems. --Heather Baysa. Opens at 11 a.m., ends Saturday, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, free.

[Poetry] The poetry of Aaron Belz is almost like a Mitch Hedberg or Demetri Martin joke: one-liners with a slapsticky residue, legitimized by a tongue-in-cheek yet undeniable logic. It's all in the delivery, and tonight Belz comes to Crown Heights to show us how it's done for the release of his third book, Glitter Bomb (Persea). Hear his loving jabs at Laura Dern, Starbucks, the blue hotness of lady avatars, and palindromes as he justifies the presence of pop culture in poetry, proving that there's beauty, or at least a lot of laughs, to be found in CGI and rampant unchecked capitalism -- all those lovely American things. He'll be joined by fellow bard Mike Topp, who has been described as "the Andy Warhol and Ralph Nader of literature," and claims to get constantly mistaken for an Italian underwear model. --Heather Baysa. At 7 p.m., Hullabaloo Books, Brooklyn, free.

[Festival] Now in his third year at the helm of the former Dance Theater Workshop, Bill T. Jones adds intellectual heft to the operation with a project called Live Ideas. In 2013, he and curator Lawrence Weschler celebrated Oliver Sacks. This week, a diverse consortium of academics and artists gather for James Baldwin, This Time!, five days of attention to the pioneering black, gay writer's life and prose, on the eve of what would have been Baldwin's 90th birthday. Carrie Mae Weems and Jamaica Kincaid talk with Jones on opening night (Wednesday), Stew previews his new work, Notes of a Native Song, on Friday, and Charles O. Anderson and Dianne McIntyre offer new dances inspired by Baldwin's work. Plus, appearances by poets, scholars, activists, and actors. --Elizabeth Zimmer. Through Sunday, New York Live Arts, free-$60.

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