The Weekend Guide

project no. 8 sample sale 2011!

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Project No. 8 Sample Sale
Deep cuts on Stephan Schneider skirts ($94) and coats ($238), Christian Wijnants robes ($439), Maison Martin Margiela skinny jeans ($94), and more.
Why: You like expensive clothes; you like saving money. Find the middle ground.
When: Fri. & Sat., noon-7 p.m.
Where: Project No. 8 Women’s, 138 Division St., b/t Orchard & Ludlow Sts. (212-925-4271); Project No. 8 Men’s, 38 Orchard St., at Hester St. (212-925-5599).

What: Empty-space filler/nonprofit arts organization Chashama takes over the windows of the vacant Donnell Library Center and gives you a reason to hit the Midtown pavement.
Why: Stanley Casselman’s floor-to-ceiling, LED-lit painting and accompanying 300-square-foot reflecting pool, “Evolution-Water,” is 24 minutes of free visual therapy. Bundle up.
When: Thru Mar. 6.
Where: 20 W. 53rd St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Wedding Crashers
A fair with more than 30 of Brooklyn’s top event planners, caterers, bands, florists, and other nuptial pros makes it simple to plan your big day.
Why: Rule 26: Always attend the after-party. This one has champagne, small bites, dancing, and a parade of gowns from Gabriella New York bridal salon.
When: Sun. Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; party, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Fair, The Bell House, 149 7th St., b/t Second & Third Aves., Gowanus (718-643-6510); party, The Green Building, 452 Union St., at Bond St., Gowanus (718-522-3363). Tickets ($25 each; $40 per couple) online at ticketweb.com.

engagement rings!Putting a ring on it? We found twenty rock-solid engagement rings to suit every style.

Paru’s Opens

What: Pain-free waxing (believe it). The salon’s namesake specialist (and Jin Soon alum) uses hard wax that doesn’t adhere to skin, making the event trauma free and — dare we say — relaxing.
Why: Follow up with a manicure (warm milk and rose petals) or pedicure (cooling clay with hot lotion) in the teensy-but-homey space.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 440 E. 75th St., b/t First & York Aves. (212-288-8877).

Winter Stinky Cheese Festival
What: French restaurants throughout the city (Pigalle, Cafe d’Alsace, L’Express, Maison) incorporate more than twenty pungent fromages into special apps, entrees, and desserts.
Why: Melted Limburger steak hache with Vidalia onion and a fried egg at Nice Matin tastes nice, smells mean.
When: Today & Fri.
Where: Participants online at tourdefrancenyc.com.

Photos: Stephan Alessi

440 E 75th St
bt 1st & York Aves
New York, NY 10021
452 Union St
@ Bond St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Donnell Library Center
20 W 53rd St
bt 5th & 6th Aves
New York, NY 10103
Project No. 8 Men's
38 Orchard St
@ Hester St
New York, NY 10002
138 Division St
bt Orchard & Ludlow Sts
New York, NY 10002
149 7th St
bt 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215