We don’t typically turn to Ke$ha for advice, but when she’s right, she’s right. And the singer knows how to have fun on the cheap, as she so eloquently puts it, “Ain’t got no money in my pocket, but I’m already here.” Partying can be for paupers — or at least the frugally minded — too. And with all these happenings this week, maybe it can. So beggars, go ahead and choose ‘cause we’ve hooked you up with all the info on the best free events around town.

MondayBetty Foy Botts and David Ryden present wildlife paintings that may or may not have the eye of the tiger, but they do show these artists’ eye for the natural world’s beauty.

We’re not hoarders, but we do have a lot of random junk laying around our homes, even if we’re not quite at the hoarding stage. Becca Barnet and Michelle Jewell turn their stuff into art in this exhibit at Redux.

It’s “Do a Grouch a Favor Day” — no really, it is — so find your moodiest pal and head to The Sparrow to make them laugh.

First birthdays are a big deal — especially for a restaurant in Charleston. Celebrate Edmund’s Oast’s one-year anniversary and enjoy free admission, half-off select menu items, and discounted beverages all night.

You may want to leave your Paul Bunyan attire at home when you jam out to Lumberjack Time-Traveler’s folky, Americana sound at Republic.

Tuesday — We love people that love Charleston, and J. Christian Snedeker knows the splendor of the Lowcountry. See for yourself in his oil paintings at Ella Richardson Gallery.

Get real fat this Tuesday from eating Cajun food at The Alley’s first Mardi Gras party where Unit Four will be providing the jams.

They say we learn something new every day. See if any of the stuff you’ve picked up is worth knowing at Home Team’s team trivia night.

“Random Acts of Kindness Day” is today; pay it forward by volunteering a little time to Charleston’s Random Acts of Kindness group.

Enjoy some Mardi Gras blues as Shrimp City Slim plays his piano jams at How Art Thou? Café tonight.

We all love looking in the mirror. And this week, there’s a great excuse to stare at your own face for a while as you make a self-portrait at Redux.

Wednesday If you’re a native Charlestonian you may have heard the story a 150 times already, but for the 150th Anniversary of the Capture of Charleston a few CofC professors will be holding a lecture to discuss the historic event.

To get over those mid-week blues, check out David Higgins playing at the Biergarten tonight.

If it was good enough for the ancient Egypitans, it’s good enough for modern artists. See the Art on Paper, an exhibit curated by Pam Wall and Sara Arnold, that features works that are all on paper.

Thursday — The celebration of Black History Month continues with Rhondda Robinson Thomas and Susanna Ashton’s discussion of their recent publication, The South Carolina Roots of African-American Thought: A Reader.

It’s solo sailing in Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth’s poem “One River, One Boat,” which she’ll be reading tonight at this month’s LILA Member Mixer.

Grab a copy of Tom Turner’s new fiction book Palm Beach Nasty to get signed tonight and learn everything you ever wanted to know about Florida’s scandalous town and its larger-than-life citizens.

Cupcakes? Complimentary beer and wine? And more? Head to Out of Hand for the Pitt Street Stroll to take advantage of these freebies.

Artist and educator Peggie L. Hartwell’s teaching extends from the classroom to North Charleston City Hall for Black History Month as she showcases her art quilts along with work from her students.

Friday – Tomorrow’s the deadline for the Second Annual Night Market Poster Competition, so get in touch with your creative side and submit something snazzy.

Get into The Spirit of the Stone at Steve and Twyla Hazard’s newest exhibition.

Ever wondered what it’d be like being a test subject? Well no harm will be caused during these comedic experiments — just see how you like some jokesters’ new material at Theatre 99.

Saturday – Gunnar Myrdal explores the continuing issues of race in our country in his discussion, American Denial.

CofC sells of some of the Visual Arts Club’s works to raise money for the Young Contemporary’s student exhibition.

Meeting Street will send you jumpin’ and soarin’ with some blow-up castles and mechanical bulls at the Fourth Annual Food Truck Festival today.

Keep the good times rollin’ at FollyGras.

Sunday — Come support the young Reanna Nieuwstadt as she signs her storybook, The Friendly Fox’s Tale.

Jazz up your Sunday with Gino Castillo and his band.

Become a part of the Joe’s in-crowd and never miss a game after you find a position for the upcoming season at Jobs at the Joe Hire Me! event.

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