Listen to StoryCorps spin a yarn, and 15 more free ways to definitely not cry this week

No, we're fine, someone's just chopping onions
No, we’re fine, someone’s just chopping onions

1. It’s New York Beer Week, so check out the cheap events brewing around town. (Monday-Friday)

2. Hear about Eric Walrond, a black writer who introduced Americans to the literary Caribbean, at Greenlight Bookstore. (Monday)

3. Catch Janeane Garofalo, Anna Drezen and a host of other comics performing for free in the back of Muchmore’s at Fresh Perspectives. (Monday)

4. Journalist Mac McClelland explores her journey with PTSD after covering the 2010 Haiti earthquake in Irritable Hearts. (Tuesday)

5. Find out how to start the next Serial (as in become a podcaster, not start a murder-mystery) at Talking Shop: Getting Started in Podcasting. (Tuesday)

6. Hear people from StoryCorps, Textile Arts Center, and Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance talk about the importance of community programming at The Way Station’s Art Talks. (Tuesday)

7. Rock critic Robert Christgau gets nostalgic about music and New York with the launch of his memoir Going Into The City at powerHouse Arena. (Tuesday)

8. See Chris Gethard, who you might recognize from Broad City and The Dictator, along with a hefty standup lineup at Creep V at Over the Eight. (Wednesday)

9. Show everyone how hilarious and good-looking you are at New Joke City comedy open mic at Pine Box Rock Shop. (Wednesday)

10. Hear some ridiculous stories and share your own brave tales at So What Happened Was at Freddy’s Bar. (Wednesday)

11. Trying out the newest beers from New York breweries at Glorietta Baldy is the best way to be a pioneer without dying of dysentery. (Wednesday)

12. Make us proud and try all sixteen of Other Half Brewing Company’s lineup at Covenhoven. (Thursday)

13. Forget your winter worries with a good old fashioned sing-along with Ukelele Night at Freddy’s Bar. (Thursday)

14. Have your mind repeatedly blown by the power of SCIENCE at Videology’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. (Thursday)

15. Relive MTV’s show 120 Minutes with a 90s alt Music Video Make-Out Party at Passenger Bar. (Friday)

16. Trade your snow boots for dancing shoes, or just regular shoes, and go swing dancing with live music at Bar Chord. (Friday)

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