enabled freeloaders to pursue their creative talents--for free. DIY
stick-on mustaches, buttons, and macaroni art attracted people like
vultures to a meal. Extra Fuerte accepted donations for their
t-shirts and bags for a marginal penny up to however charitable you
felt like being, and two steps across from them, another vendor
accepted kisses for their screen printing services. Still grumbling?
Spanning the wall on the balcony hung a blank canvas for clever brutes
to denounce our nation's economy or express their losses. "I had to
give up lattes and top-shelf booze." It's a hard life.
week's musical acts included hip hop artist Richie Cunning, and
halfway through the performance, a platter of whiskey shots manifested
near the stage and fans (or friends) passed one off to the artist.
Sugar & Gold rounded out the evening, giving us one last
opportunity to dance the night away and to forget about the daily grind
and hard times that waited for us the next morning.
is throwing a party without some shameless self promotion? Trying to
hustle a buck or two, Schuffman's table neatly laid out Sugar & Gold
t-shirts alongside his books, bumper stickers, and other miscellaneous
paraphernalia. Noticeable motto: "You are young, broke, and beautiful."
Schuffman's crowd emulated exactly that.
night was a refreshing party that helped us all remember that we can
still have fun despite grim times, and all the freebies helped us
remember the enjoyable night.
too lazy to walk outside to smoke in the cold, and we'd rather endure
roasting our lungs or choke on smoke in the small room.
Random Detail: While most of the parties are impromptu, Broke-Ass
Stuart's next party to look out for is a pub crawl in October. Your
$20 will chauffeur you safely to about 4 or 5 bars around the city and
possibly some drinks on the way.
By the Way: If you're interested in all things free, check out
Broke-Ass Stuart's site where he regularly updates his readers about
free food, drinks, and more at http://brokeassstuart.com/