Freeloaders: Free love 

The week's best freebies, Feb. 10-16

February has the weather acting all sorts of screwy. Sixty and sunny on the weekends to winter storm warnings during the week? But don't worry, we've rounded up some pretty awesome indoor and outdoor activities that won't cost you a pretty penny — so you can save your precious funds for the crazy weekend that is Valentine's Day and SEWE. Monday Try to pick up some photography tips that don't involve filters at the Charleston Center for Photography's Second Monday lecture series. Sometimes you just need a chill night to help get you set for the week ahead, like a movie and game night. Thanks, Tin Roof for reading our minds. Tuesday Head to Cutty's for trivia night. The College of Charleston will be screening the documentary Dislecksia: The Movie, followed by a Q&A. See Emily Everett's newest exhibition that features 35mm film. Wednesday Rafael Alvarez wrote for The Wire. That's all we needed to know to make sure we make to his reading from his latest book of short stories. It's important to realize that Harlem has more to offer than its shake. Head to the read-in to hear poems from the Harlem Renaissance from poets like Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. The Charleston Academy of Music hosts a free piano concert featuring Andrew Tyson. Get through hump day with some guided meditation. Thursday Get closer in your six degrees of separation to Ryan Gosling by heading to the John Prendergast, a human rights activist who's traveled to Africa with George Clooney and Ryan Gosling. In The Iran Job, an American pro basketball player shoots hoops in Iran while forming a friendship between three outspoken Iranian women. This friendship turns his apartment into a safe haven for free speech. Feeling blue about Valentine's Day? Don't be. Head to the Jilted Lovers Party at the Cocktail Club to start drowning your sorrows a day early. Friday If you're feeling like cupid is pretty stupid, hit up some of these parties to celebrate your singledom and mourn for those in couples. Mynt has a Tinder-sponsored V-Day party. Mellow Mushroom downtown isn't playing around with their feelings and their F-Cupid Party. Neither is Bay Street Biergarten and their Bitterness Bash, but we have a feeling their brews will help you feel better, not bitter. And Molly Darcy's wants to help you find some true love — or lust — at their Singles Mingles Valentine's Party. Of course, you could do the sophisticated thing and head to a poetry reading at the Charleston Library Society instead. Saturday While SEWE events aren't free, you can always head to a free art reception at Michael Mitchell Gallery to get your wildlife art fix. CofC grad Ryan Graudin stops by Blue Bicycle Books to sign copies of her latest YA novel, All That Glows. Willow Salon on James Island is having a block party to raise money for American Heart Month. Sunday Food historian Jessica Harris swings by the Stern Center Ballroom to talk about Charleston's street vendors. Needing a serenity now moment? There's guided transcendental meditation at the main library to help with that.

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