CHEAP DATE: Ever wonder how some people can be utterly broke but still practice the art of living well? Dina Seiden, author of “Bargain Ho: A Personal Account of Bargain Hunting and Pathological Hoarding,” comes to Pete's Candy Store to preach the gospel of stylish skint. .
I, ROBOT: Music journo Dave Tompkins’ traces the roots of the vocoder in “How to Wreck a NiceBeach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop.” He comes to Bookcourt to talk about how a device originally developed to guard phone conversations from eavesdroppers is now a major element in pop music, making vocal talent less and less essential with each passing day (OK, we added that last part). .