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Cheap$kate: The best FREE events in NYC this week

'Butter Body Politic' artistic performance

by Jessica Posner

You'd better believe it's butter in this artistic performance of "Butter Body Politic" by artist and feminist Jessica Posner. As the first installment of a new series at Strange Loop Gallery that promotes artists who use performance to showcase different perspectives, "BBP" is Posner's way of rebelling against being called "a pretty face" throughout her life. Stop by this Thursday evening to check out the artistic performance. And be prepared to never look at butter the same way again. (Thursday, 7 p.m., FREE, Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St., 347-963-3881,,

'Journey from 55th Street to the SOUP-er Bowl'

Some soup for you? Score a FREE cup from The Original SoupMan this Wednesday as part of the "Journey From 55th Street to the SOUP-er Bowl." The SoupMobile will be stopping at various locations throughout the city, including The Original SoupMan store on 55th Street, handing out cups of its world-famous soup to help warm you up on a cold winter day. (Wednesday, various times, The Original SoupMan, 259 W. 55th St., Times Square, Firehouse Hook & Ladder 24 and Engine 1, 142 W. 31st St.,

15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

Chinese New Year is on the horizon, and the festivities kick off downtown this weekend with the 15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival on Friday morning. Come check things out as thousands of firecrackers are set off to ward off evil spirits, and lion dancers and performers parade through the streets among vendors and other cultural activities. Then head back down on Sunday afternoon for the 15th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival.

(Friday, 11 a.m., FREE, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, East Houston St. to Canal St., btwn Forsyth and Chrystie sts.,


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