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Weekend Forecast: Crusin’ with Polar Bears and Crawlin’ with Cupcakes

Bingo with Granny, Not Murray Hill; Photo from Flickr

Bingo with Granny, Not Murray Hill; Photo from Flickr

If you’re brave enough to face the white-out this weekend, here’s a few suggests from INY that will make the frostbite worth it…

The Great Pop-Up Art Sale Art fanatics, rejoice! The DUMBO Arts Center is hosting a cutting-edge art sale this weekend, with nearly 200 artists offering their unique and eye-catching art for as little as $50 a piece.

WHEN: Fri, February 26th 6-9pm; Sat, February 27th noon-8pm; Sun, February 28th noon-6pm

WHERE: DUMBO Arts Center (30 Washington Street, near Front Street, Brooklyn).

“Naked” Polar Bear Cruise Have you ever wanted to strip down to your bathing suit and take a nighttime cruise to the Statue of Liberty while helping local animals in need? Here’s your long-awaited chance, thanks to the joint efforts of Circle Line Sightseeing and the Coney Island Polar Bear Club. Money will be raised for every minute that participants stay “naked” on deck, and all proceeds will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society. If you’d like to ride without taking your clothes off, you can buy a $20 ticket. But no one will be forced to plunge into the Hudson – this is only an endurance test, which will be fueled by complimentary hot chocolate! To register, send an e-mail to polarbears@quinnandco.com

WHEN: Sat, February 27, 11-12pm

WHERE: Pier 83 (W 42nd St at Hudson River)

PRICE: Free for “naked” participants, $20 for spectators

LE BINGO! with Murray Hill and Linda Simpson The traditional rules are simple: all you have to do is land five numbers in a row. At Le Poisson Rouge, there’s nothing traditional about it. Entertainer Murray Hill (“the hardest working middle-aged man in show business”) and drag queen Linda Simpson have added their own scandalous surprises, including “challenge games” and “secret numbers”. Prizes run the gamut from discount-store trinkets to a cash jackpot, while celebrity spokesmodels and a burlesque babe mosey around serving food and drink specials. This sure ain’t the game played at Granny’s nursing home. (21+)

WHEN: Sat, February 27 @ 7pm; Happy Hour 6:30-7:30pm

WHERE: (Le) Poisson Rouge’s Gallery Bar (158 Bleecker St, near Thompson St)

PRICE: Free

I LOVE VINYL A humongous Dance Party featuring the sounds of six internationally acclaimed DJs, spinning out on a range of vinyl records—everything from old-school house to dance floor jazz. 21+

WHERE: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street

WHEN: Sat, February 27 @ 10pm

PRICE:  $5 ($5 well drinks before 11pm)

Taste of 7th Street Partake in the yummiest LES restaurant crawl down the East Village’s 7th Street. For $18, you get an arepa de pabellón from Caracas Arepa Bar, a snack-sized lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster, a small porchetta sandwich from Porchetta, two cupcakes from Butter Lane Cupcakes, and a 24oz fruit smoothie from Xoom. Buy your tickets at here.

WHEN: Sat, February 27th and Sun, February 28th @ 12-5pm.

WHERE: Begin at 7th Street and 1st Avenue, walk east.

PRICE: $18/ticket.

Jonathan Kane Live Recording @ The Issue Project Room The Issue Project Room, an artist-devoted venue in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, presents an unprecedented live recording with the Jonathan Kane Project. Band leader Jonathan Kane, whose resume includes starting the band Swans, playing in LaMonte Young’s Forever Bad Blues Band, and being the only drummer in Rhys Chatham’s 100 electric guitar orchestra, will be recording his first live LP this weekend. Jonathan Kane’s sound has been described as somewhere between Sonic Youth and Steve Reich, placing him firmly at the head of the new music wave while giving him the accessibility of old-fashioned road house music. Take a listen to the Jonathan Kane Project here. All Ages.

WHEN: Sat, February 27th; Sun February 28th @ 4pm

WHERE: 232 3rd St, Brooklyn

PRICE: $12 advance/$15 door

February is Pancake Month! The Clinton Street Baking Co. celebrates its final weekend of Pancake Month. The event’s final night features its most decadent plate-size special: crunchy-banana pancakes served with cinnamon-chili-chocolate sauce ($15). Chase them with a glass of the sweet-and-tangy Blueberry Smash ($10), and you’ll find yourself wishing that Manhattan’s February foodie fests lasted all year long.Visit the website for a flavor calendar unlike any breakfast menu you’ve seen before!

WHEN: Fri, Sat, Sun

WHERE: 4 Clinton (St between E. Houston and Stanton Sts)

Winter Warm-Up Manhattan may rule fashion, but Brooklyn has stolen the alt-comics. One of the foremost comedy-music venues in the borough reps its home turf with the show Winter Warm-Up at the Bell House. Brooklynites Eugene Miran, Michael Showalter and Kristen Schaal perform while flannel-rocking Brooklyn bands Radical Dads (a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! side project), the New Colossus and Pursesnatchers provide the music. It’s all to support Celebrate Brooklyn, the free outdoor-concert series that competes with Central Park’s SummerStage, River to River, and the Jelly Pool Parties.

WHEN: Fri, Sat @ 8pm

WHERE: The Bell House, 149 7th St (between 2nd and 3rd Ave) Gowanus, Brooklyn

PRICE: $10

Dinner Suggestions? We’ve got those too:

TRENDY LATIN:Yerba Buena

PICK-ME-UP: NYC Hot Cocoa Festival

GASTROPUB: The Norry @ Kampuchea

SOUL FOOD: Charlie’s Chicken

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