Get Thrifty as Uptown Consignment's Re-Opening.

Even though Mardi Gras isn't technically until Tuesday, you can bet there will be plenty of celebrating starting this weekend. But even for folks who are trying to save their hard-earned scratch for the all-day drinking that's sure to occur, there are plenty of cheap and/or free ways to spend one's Friday night.

Uptown Consignment Grand Re-Opening Party
We hear the Big Rich Texas will be at the grand re-opening party for the now-triple-the-size Uptown Consignment boutique. The new space is located at 4152 Cole Avenue at Fitzhugh in Uptown just next door to the old location.

Spookeasy at The Belmont Hotel (free!)
Word has it that the band will be previewing some tunes from their upcoming record, which is currently being mixed.

Pretty Things Peepshow at The Kessler Theater
We'll admit it: We're suckers for tattoo-based reality shows — even the ones that don't feature local Ink Master Oliver Peck. On a recent episode of TLC's NY Ink, the cast of the Pretty Things Peepshow dropped by the shop where they immediately proceeded to breath fire, swallow swords and do a little burlesque dancing before each member got a little ink to commemorate their upcoming tour.

An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt at Texas Theatre (7 p.m.)
Cult animator and Academy Award nominee Don Hertzfeldt will be screening a series of his shorts at Texas Theatre, including his Bill trilogy, who's third installment, It's Such a Beautiful Day, will be making its Dallas premiere at the event. An audience Q&A and autograph session both follow.

Half-price sushi at Steel
Because the only thing better than sushi is half-price sushi.

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