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Free Things to Do in NYC This Week - September 6-September 13

September 6, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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You can never run out of things to do in New York City, and that includes things that are free of charge! Pinch some pennies with City Guide's list of free things to do in NYC this week. You may just be surprised at how little it'll cost you to have a great time in the world's greatest city, with music, museums, and other free events awaiting.

The Awesome Oyster - Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5
September 06, 2017 - Upper West Side

Join Isa Del Bello, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy's Director of Education, and discover the history of the Awesome Eastern Oyster. While investigating the oyster gardens at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, examine the various critters that live in the East River and the history of New York Harbor's keystone species: the eastern oyster. Tickets: $5 for the public, FREE for Conservancy Members. If you are a member, RSVP to Carolyn Hart. Tickets are nonrefundable.

Recess - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
September 06, 2017 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

High Line Performance: Alexandra Pirici, Threshold - High Line
September 06, 2017 - New York

LOCATION On the High Line at 30th St. between 11th and 12th Aves. Trained as a dancer, artist Alexandra Pirici fuses choreography, performance, and visual arts across her practice. In many of her artworks, she uses enactment and embodiment as strategies to reimagine historical events, re-mediate internet memes and digital images, and perform sculptural additions to public monuments. For the High Line, Pirici invites a group of performers to build a moving, porous threshold at the gate that separates the eastern and western Rail Yards on the High Line at 30th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. For the work, Pirici creates an embodied and flexible architectural "boundary" from the performers' bodies, but one that can be negotiated and transformed. The performers' movements reference historical and aesthetic thresholds both real and imagined, with different functions, such as a barricade from the Paris Commune and the fictional borders built by war and conflict in Francisco Goya's iconic "Disasters of War" prints. As the performers' bodies and movements shift, passersby will be able to pass through, but not without having to encounter the performers in one way or another.... (read more)

Mil's Trills - Hudson River Park
September 07, 2017 -

Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before! Pier 62 in Chelsea

Conversation: Katherine Lambert and Christiane Robbins - Center for Architecture
September 07, 2017 - Greenwich Village

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Where: At The Center Event details forthcoming. Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for general public

MADmakes with Rachel Frank - MAD Museum of Art and Design
September 07, 2017 - New York

In celebration of Textile Month, join artist-in-residence Rachel Frank as she leads visitors in creating a sculptural plant using fabric and sewing techniques. This iteration of MADmakes is inspired by Frank's own artistic practice, which examines issues of environmental awareness and climate change through sculpture and performance. Participants will have the opportunity to work individually and in groups, and their "natural environments" will be placed on view at the Museum throughout the month of September. MADmakes is a drop-in, hands-on series where visitors can test their skills at art making and creative production. Led by current artists-in-residence, MADmakes offers visitors the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the workmanship that goes into contemporary studio practice today

James Ivory's Pick: the Wild Child - French Culture
September 07, 2017 - New York

Directed by François Truffaut With Jean-Pierre Cargol, François Truffaut 1970 | Drama | PG | 1h23 | France | The Film Desk A scantily clothed and dirty young boy is admitted to the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in Paris. Having been found in the forest, the child is unable to speak, communicate or function in society. His case is taken up by Doctor Itard, a lone physician (played by Truffaut himself) who has unyielding dedication to re-integrating the lad into society. But the road to tame the beast is a rocky one… Presented in partnership with the Columbia Maison Française #FilmsontheGreen | Free French films in NYC Parks Films in French with English subtitles FREE and open to the public

Interactive Game CONFIDENTIAL - Delilah
September 07, 2017 - New York

Become a secret agent for a night as you step into the world of CONFIDENTIAL—a game of social interaction designed to blend seamlessly with reality. Start by wearing an outfit worthy of James Bond or Mata Hari and test your powers of perception while sharpening your seduction skills as you gather clues needed to complete your mission and win the game. CONFIDENTIAL is the perfect night out for adventurous singles, solo travelers, or couples looking for a unique night out. The game begins when you receive a complimentary welcome drink along with your Confidential Dossier, which contains time sensitive information key to completing your mission and finding the spy who can lead you to the prize of $100 and a bottle of champagne. CONFIDENTIAL is a new game every week, with new persons of interest to discover and new story lines to follow. Space is limited and entry will be denied once the cocktail party is at capacity. Created by Alfredo Guenzani and produced by Never Sleep Alone.

High Line Performance: Alexandra Pirici, Threshold - High Line
September 07, 2017 - New York

LOCATION On the High Line at 30th St. between 11th and 12th Aves. Trained as a dancer, artist Alexandra Pirici fuses choreography, performance, and visual arts across her practice. In many of her artworks, she uses enactment and embodiment as strategies to reimagine historical events, re-mediate internet memes and digital images, and perform sculptural additions to public monuments. For the High Line, Pirici invites a group of performers to build a moving, porous threshold at the gate that separates the eastern and western Rail Yards on the High Line at 30th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. For the work, Pirici creates an embodied and flexible architectural "boundary" from the performers' bodies, but one that can be negotiated and transformed. The performers' movements reference historical and aesthetic thresholds both real and imagined, with different functions, such as a barricade from the Paris Commune and the fictional borders built by war and conflict in Francisco Goya's iconic "Disasters of War" prints. As the performers' bodies and movements shift, passersby will be able to pass through, but not without having to encounter the performers in one way or another.... (read more)

Roopa Panesar - Lincoln Center
September 07, 2017 - New York

Democracy in Print Workshop - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 07, 2017 - Manhattan

Frank Lloyd Wright believed that life and art should be fully integrated and education should be attained through experience. At Taliesin, the school he founded with his wife Olgivanna in his Wisconsin home and studio in 1932, students lived and worked together. Their architecture training was combined with learning practical skills, and studying other artistic mediums, politics, and the humanities. One result of this interdisciplinary environment is the Taliesin Square Papers, publications that include short texts in which Wright discussed the politics of the time and his own views on fostering American democracy. In this workshop, participants will design their own pamphlets and voice their own opinions about contemporary democracy. Emphasizing the Taliesin value of working directly with one's hands, participants will learn the pamphlet-stitch, a simple bookbinding technique. Also in keeping with Wright's educational ideals, this workshop will encourage participants to use the pamphlet as a space to play and experiment with different ideas and materials. Free with admission. Not appropriate for children under 10. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served bas... (read more)

First Friday Leo Bar - Asia Society
September 08, 2017 - Upper East Side

Kick off your weekend with a night of fun and culture at Asia Society's First Friday Leo Bar! The museum stays open late with free admission, exhibition tours, music, refreshments, and more. Don't miss one of the most cultural happy hours on the Upper East Side! At this inaugural First Friday of the season, be among the first to see the exhibition After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History on its opening night for free and enjoy Southeast Asian-inspired refreshments.

Free Greenwich Village Walking Tours Led by the Village Alliance - Greenwich Village
September 09, 2017 - New York

Steeped in artistic, political and progressively social history, Greenwich Village today remains a cultural melting pot. The 'Village' has been, and remains a bohemian capitol, a center of the modern LGBT movement and one of the birthplaces of the 'Beat' and 60's counter culture movements. Join a FREE Greenwich Village walking tour led by the Village Alliance, each Saturday from June through September to see for yourself the places where so much history has been made, and the places where todays locals continue the Village vibe. Walking from St Marks Place to Sixth Avenue the tours take in some of the Village's most important landmarks, including – Where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the first Whitney Museum and had her studio. See the residences of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and Jackson Pollock. Pass by the studios Jimi Hendrix built, and where Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie recorded much of their work, and where many major musicians still record. Visit the spot where Barbara Streisand used to perform for just $125 per week. See where Jack Kerouac cavorted with the 'Village Beat'. Find the building that Abraham Lincoln declared 'Right Makes ... (read more)

Saturday Sketching - Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
September 09, 2017 - Upper East Side

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural shapes and spaces through drawing activities in the museum's galleries. Art materials, including a drawing board, paper, pencils, and erasers, are available for loan at the Family Activity Kiosk. This program is geared towards teens, though families with children of all ages are welcome. No registration is required.

High Line Tour: from Freight to Flowers - The High Line
September 09, 2017 - New York

Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Weekly guided walking tours are free 75-minute-long tours led by High Line Docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides, will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Free public tours take place twice a week on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM, between May 2 and October 31.

Sat. 9/9 Forever Young: The Ultimate Virgo Affair at Attic Rooftop - The Attic Rooftop & Lounge
September 09, 2017 - New York

Mid-Autumn Festival & Open House - China Institute
September 09, 2017 - New York

Come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at this event for families and children of all ages. Discover the stories and traditions of one of China's biggest holidays while sampling tasty mooncakes, making arts & crafts, learning about China Institute's fall classes, and touring our exciting exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou.

The Great Bridge: Matter and Memory of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge - China Institute
September 09, 2017 - New York

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is one of the most significant cultural emblems of China in the 1960s-70s. Being regarded as both a political victory and a technological achievement, the Great Bridge became a popular icon that entered people's everyday lives nationwide. In this lecture, Professor Andong Lu will introduce the 'Memory Project of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge', a research on collective memory and a bottom-up urban regeneration project, and interpret the artefacts and memories of the Great Bridge from a historical perspective to reveal this unprecedented landscape of collective memory. Professor Andong Lu completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and was elected a Fellow of Wolfson College. He is now Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Nanjing University. He initiated the Memory Project of the Grand Bridge together with a group of scholars and volunteers, intending to revitalize the memories of the bridge and to create a contemporary place of memory. Prof. Lu was extensively quoted in a recent CNN report "How the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge changed China forever" This Lecture will be conducted in Chinese, with no interpretation. Free,... (read more)

Annual Anniversary - Grand Bazaar NYC
September 10, 2017 - New York

In addition, explore the over 100 vendors of Grand Bazaar NYC's weekly market. Entrance is free. Discover + Shop + Eat & Be Social! Grand Bazaar NYC is the city’s largest curated weekly market. Open every Sunday, indoors and outdoors, with over 100 amazing vendors offering the finest and most distinctive goods (e.g., antiques, vintage collectibles, art, jewelry, artisanal foods). Grand Bazaar NYC donates all proceeds to four neighborhood public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children.

RUNHealthy: Yoga - New York Road Runners
September 10, 2017 - New York

RUNHealthy is a series of holistic exercise sessions aimed at helping to reduce injury and keep you running healthy. Free yoga and stretching sessions are each offered on a monthly basis. Join us on the second Sunday of each month for Yoga for Runners, led by instructors from Pure Yoga. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Big City Fishing - Hudson River Park - Pier 25
September 10, 2017 - Tribeca

Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. We provide the rods, reels and instruction.

Icp Projected: Formless - ICP Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

With mainstream media often perpetuating one-dimensional viewpoints of African fashion and culture, these industries have developed a renaissance among young people in West Africa who want to create their own standards and representations. Formless is a fashion editorial series by Amarachi Nwosu and developed with stylist Daniel Obasi in Lagos, Nigeria for Contributor Magazine. Although traditional beliefs often reproduce gender roles and norms that force men and women into their own boxes, these images express an alternate reality where men and women are no longer divided by unrealistic expectations of gender and social constructs, but are connected by what is at their core as human beings. The project infuses "masculine" and "feminine" attributes in both the male and female subjects using pieces made exclusively by African designers, including Orange Culture, Iamisigo, and Gozel Green.

Sfm's Indie Hour - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
September 11, 2017 - New York

Remember 2003 when you went to go see The Strokes and this fun, new band called Kings of Leon opened for them? I guess you could say you knew them when... Now welcoming to Super Free Monday, the SFM Indie Hour! Come see the hottest, freshest, indie improv teams around as they rev you up for your favorite house teams!

Base Jam - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
September 11, 2017 - New York

Come to Base Jam: New York City's most fun improv jam with an awesome party vibe! This jam is not only ideal for those new to the stage, but also improv veterans. We welcome all to participate. Let's face it: Getting better at improv is about getting stage time and practicing in front of an audience. So leap first, then look for a place to land....or just keep flying! Hosted by Ray Munoz

Healthy on the Hudson - Hudson River Park Pier 45 and 46
September 12, 2017 - New York

NEW EXTENDED SEASON! Getting fit in New York City has never been better! This FREE exercise series will take place every Tuesday & Wednesday all summer long! BRING YOUR OWN MAT! RSVP is required. TUESDAYS May 9–Sept 26 No class on July 4 Pier 46, cross at Charles St. 6:30-7:30pm

Bar Trivia Hosted by Geeks Who Drink - Symphony Space
September 12, 2017 - New York

Come to Bar Thalia every Tuesday night and enjoy bar trivia hosted by Geeks Who Drink! Drink Special: $5 Beers!

Comic Book Club - The PIT Loft
September 12, 2017 - New York

Comic Book Club is a live talk show and podcast held every Tuesday at 8:00 pm in NYC! It's hosted by Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben

Argus Quartet - Miller Theatre Columbia University School of Art
September 12, 2017 - | New York

The dynamic Argus Quartet makes their Miller Theatre debut with a program of works all written within the last six years. Praised for their "supreme melodic control and total authority" (Calgary Herald), the quartet won First Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition and begins their appointment as Graduate Quartet in Residence at The Juilliard School this fall. Hear them now before they make their Lincoln Center recital debut in 2018.

High Line Tour: from Freight to Flowers - The High Line
September 12, 2017 - New York

Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Weekly guided walking tours are free 75-minute-long tours led by High Line Docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides, will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Free public tours take place twice a week on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM, between May 2 and October 31.

Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge - Union Square Northwest Plaza
September 12, 2017 - New York

In celebration of the global impact of the Presidents Cup, tournament officials and Presidents Cup Global Partner Citi announced the launch of the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge that begins August 17,2017 and runs through the 2017 Presidents Cup. The Presidents Cup will be played September 26 – October 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey. As part of the challenge, golfers and participants will drive a golf ball the 43,825,760 yards it takes to circle the globe. In honor of the challenge, Citi is donating enough for No Kid Hungry to provide one million meals to kids in need. No Kid Hungry's mission is to end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food as well as teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. No Kid Hungry is able to provide up to 10 meals to kids in need for every dollar that Citi donates (nokidhungry.org/onedollar).

Stargazing - The High Line
September 12, 2017 - New York

Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. Stargazing at the High Line takes place every Tuesday, beginning at dusk, between Tuesday, April 4, and Tuesday, October 31.

Meditation - The High Line
September 12, 2017 - New York

Start your Tuesdays off right. Rise above the city streets and begin your day focused, centered, and connected with nature. Join the Integral Yoga Institute, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, and other guests for guided meditations. Open to people of all ages and experience levels. Meditation is subject to cancellation due to weather. Check @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates.

Recess - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
September 13, 2017 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

On the Front Lines of Reproductive Rights - Museum of the City of New York
September 13, 2017 - New York

As the first African American (and the first woman) to lead the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since Margaret Sanger founded the organization, Faye Wattleton has played a crucial role in defining our national debate over sex education, contraception, and abortion. In the second program in our series Who Controls Women's Health?: A Century of Struggle, Wattleton sits down with Marcela Micucci, a scholar of women's history and gender, to discuss the fraught history of women's access to birth control and the role of Planned Parenthood in debates over female reproductive autonomy. Who Controls Women's Health?: A Century of Struggle is a free, three-part talk series that examines key battles over women's ability to control their bodies, health choices, and fertility. It is developed in collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine and supported by a grant from the Humanities New York. To view all programs in this series, click here. About the Speakers: Faye Wattleton served as president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1978 to 1992. She is the author of a memoir, Life on the Line (1998), and now serves as a Managing Director with Alvarez & Mar... (read more)

Hudson Riverkids - Hudson River Park Pier 45 and 46
Through September 14, 2017 - New York

Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before! In addition to the Hudson RiverKids season running from May 22 through to Sept 14, these fantastic programs will be offered twice per week at two separate locations in order to give your community a better chance in catching the shows! This year the shows will take place at BOTH Pier 25 in Tribeca AND Pier 62 in Chelsea Please note the show times (below) as the shows at the start and end of the season will begin at 4pm, while the remainder of the programs will begin at 6:30pm. Your attendance at this event constitutes your permission to use your image in Hudson River Park print and digital promotional materials.

The Pop-Ups - Hudson River Park
Through September 14, 2017 -

Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before! In addition to the Hudson RiverKids season running from 5/22 through to 9/14, these fantastic programs will be offered twice per week at two separate locations in order to give your community a better chance in catching the shows! Mon, Sept 11 on Pier 62, cross at W22 St. Thurs, Sept 14 on Pier 25, cross at N. Moore St

No One Is an Island - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 14, 2017 - Manhattan

Even when Robert Rauschenberg lived on an island in Florida, the majority of his art was still made in close dialogue and collaboration with friends and lovers. Ideas and artistic processes flowed freely and generously, often blurring the boundaries of authorship. This session will focus on work Rauschenberg made with artists, dancers, musicians, and writers—and in the spirit of that collaboration we'll experiment with a group art-making activity. No artistic skill is required. This session is led by Kerry Downey. Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum educators, that offer insightful and unusual ways to engage with collections and special exhibitions. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free for members and Museum admission ticket holders. No registration is required.

Radical Bodies - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through September 16, 2017 - New York

Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 - 1972 In August 1960, the choreographer Anna Halprin, the inventor of task-based improvisation, taught an experimental workshop on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer. Within two years, Forti's conceptually forceful dance constructions premiered in Yoko Ono's loft in New York and Rainer co-founded the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theater. Radical Bodies examines the artistic relationships between Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, shedding light on each artist's contribution to history. Dance was a conceptual engine of the art world in the 1960s. Halprin, Forti, and Rainer, all Californians with Jewish roots, opened the way to a radicalized, communitarian vision for performance that continues to influence choreographers and visual artists around the world to the present day. Curated by Ninotchka D. Bennahum (Professor of Theater and Dance, UCSB), Wendy Perron (Former Editor in Chief, Dance Magazine; Adjunct Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts) and Bruce Robertson (Professor of Art History and Director of the AD&A Museum, UCSB), Radical Bodies: ... (read more)

Shell-Ebrate Oysters - Hudson River Park Pier 45 and 46
Through September 17, 2017 - New York

NEW EXTENDED SEASON! Oysters filter water, engineer reef habitat, and stabilize shorelines. Work alongside Park staff to restore oysters and learn how these bivalves benefit the health of the River.

Scholars' Rocks from the Collection of Kemin Hu - Asia Society
Through September 17, 2017 - Upper East Side

AsiaStore presents a newly acquired collection of scholar rocks from Kemin Hu. Experience the power of gongshi or "spirit stones" - cherished by the Chinese for generations. Autographed copies of Ms. Hu's books are available for purchase.

Capturing the Lower East Side's Storefronts Oral History & Photo Exhibition - Theater for the New City
Through September 18, 2017 - East Village

Experience activism and community through the lens of photographers, as they display their work from two free 2017 workshops with acclaimed photographers and award-winning authors Karla and James Murray. In two sessions at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, the famed duo taught amateaur photographers how to use photography and oral history to raise public awareness, build community, and encourage advocacy. Participants learned to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts and to connect with the proprietors through personal interviews. Karla and James Murray present a curated exhibit of the photographs and interviews created by amateaur photographers, at the Theater for the New City. Photographs will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to the the Theater for the New City.

Silver Arrow Band - Drom
Through September 19, 2017 - New York

The Silver Arrows are a premium 3-14 man band that are specialists in high-energy music for festivals, events and private functions - at a sensible price. We pride ourselves on having a "cooler-than-average" song list that is never cheesey, and focuses squarely on filling your dance-floor. With the Silver Arrow Band you'll get the best musicians in the country, playing your favourite music. The Silver Arrows play a wide variety of tunes, but our trademark specialty is up-tempo festival-style music - capable of everything from chart classics, funk grooves, soul, swing/jazz to current top 40 and dance hits. On one night we might be playing completely 1950s rock n' roll, and on the next night, only 80s hits. Or a mixture of eveything- you really have to see it live to understand!

Free Saturdays - The Jewish Museum
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays. Learn more here. During a Saturday visit to the Museum, you will be able to view our current exhibitions. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is now open on Saturdays for prepaid and prix fixe Kosher brunch. Advance reservations required. Shop locations are closed.

Greenwich Village Free Walking Tours - Village Alliance
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Steeped in artistic, political and progressively social history, Greenwich Village today remains a cultural melting pot. The 'Village' has been, and remains a bohemian capital, a center of the modern LGBT movement and one of the birthplaces of the 'Beat' and 60's counter cultures. Join a FREE Greenwich Village walking tour led by the Village Alliance, each Saturday from June through September and see for yourself the places where so much history has been made, and the places where today's locals continue the Village vibe. Walking from St Marks Place to Sixth Avenue the tours take in some of the Village's most important landmarks, including – Where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the first Whitney Museum and had her studio. See the residences of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and Jackson Pollock. Pass by the studios Jimi Hendrix built, and where Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie recorded much of their work, and where many major musicians still record. Visit the spot where Barbara Streisand used to perform for just $125 per week. See where Jack Kerouac cavorted with the 'Village Beat'. Find the building that Abraham Lincoln declared 'Right Makes Might', gaining him the preside... (read more)

Text and Image in the 1950s: Do Artists Practice What They Preach? - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 25, 2017 - Manhattan

Can artists be taken at their word? Join us as we attempt to answer this question by exploring the work of three modern masters: Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns. None of these artists wrote manifestoes, but they were heavily interviewed and art historians and critics have been theorizing about their work for decades. Through close looking and reading, we'll evaluate the extent to which the words match up with the work. This session is led by Lauren Kaplan. Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum educators, that offer insightful and unusual ways to engage with collections and special exhibitions. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free for members and Museum admission ticket holders. No registration is required.

Healthy on the Hudson - Hudson River Park Pier 45 and 46
Through September 26, 2017 - New York

NEW EXTENDED SEASON! Getting fit in New York City has never been better! This FREE exercise series will take place every Tuesday & Wednesday all summer long! BRING YOUR OWN MAT! RSVP is required. TUESDAYS May 9–Sept 26 No class on July 4 Pier 46, cross at Charles St. 6:30-7:30pm

Senior Fishing - Hudson River Park Pier 45 and 46
Through September 26, 2017 - New York

Drop in a line and relax by the beautiful Park waterfront. Older adults are invited to try their luck at catch and release fishing. We provide the rods, reels, bait and instruction. Seating and shade are available. Pier 63, cross at W23 St Mondays: July 3 – September 25 No program Sept 11 3-5pm

Triggers of the Imagination - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 27, 2017 - Manhattan

Join us as we explore the enigmatic paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and discuss how they inspired such Surrealist artists as Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. This session is led by Elisabeth Bardt-Pellerin. Join us for lively conversations and engaging activities, facilitated by Museum educators, that offer insightful and unusual ways to engage with collections and special exhibitions. Groups meet in the galleries noted on the schedule. Gallery Sessions are free for members and Museum admission ticket holders. No registration is required.

- Bryant Park
Through October 13, 2017 - New York

Free beginner lessons with masters of this modern sport Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided. Pre-registration is required at manhattanfencing.com. Drop-ins will only be accepted if space allows. Must be 16 or older to participate. Fifth Avenue Terrace, at 41st Street Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.

Hilary Knight's Stage Struck World - Lincoln Center
Through October 14, 2017 - New York

ilary Knight was born stage-struck, ninety years ago. Best known as the illustrator of the American classic Eloise, he cites the performing arts as the single greatest influence on his life and career. As a child, Knight was fascinated by the circus and could not get enough of Broadway. His artist parents introduced him to musicals with Jumbo in 1935. His early theatrical influences were Ethel Merman in Red, Hot and Blue; Gertrude Lawrence in Lady in the Dark; and the sensational Carmen Miranda in The Streets of Paris. The movies were another source of inspiration and obsession. Designer Adrian's extravagant costumes for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) mesmerized him; child star Sabu in Elephant Boy (1937) became a hero. After studying at the Art Students' League with Reginald Marsh, and then a stint in the US Navy in World War II, Knight designed sets under the exacting eye of the legendary George Abbott at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Eloise became a national and international bestseller in the 1950's, and Knight's children's book career took off with titles such as Where's Wallace, and The Circus is Coming! Yet his work in the theater continued with iconic Broadway posters, inc... (read more)

Shell-Ebrate Oysters - Hudson River Park Pier 45 and 46
Through October 15, 2017 - New York

NEW EXTENDED SEASON! Oysters filter water, engineer reef habitat, and stabilize shorelines. Work alongside Park staff to restore oysters and learn how these bivalves benefit the health of the River. No Program June 25 & September 17

Saturday Sketching - Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
Through November 25, 2017 - Upper East Side

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural shapes and spaces through drawing activities in the museum's galleries. Art materials, including a drawing board, paper, pencils, and erasers, are available for loan at the Family Activity Kiosk. This program is geared towards teens, though families with children of all ages are welcome. No registration is required.

Folk Art Reflections - American Folk Art Museum
Through December 07, 2017 - New York

This interactive and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer's and their family members or care partners brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. Museum admission and program are free. Registration is required. Stools are provided.

San Marco Quartet - 5 Manhattan West
Through February 21, 2018 - New York

Video Installation by David Rokeby; San Marco Quartet layers all the actions of people and pigeons on Piazza San Marco in Venice into a pair of evolving images showing two views. The images are lit by movement; things that are not moving are invisible. Walking pigeons leave worm-like traces. Gathered people disappear through their shifting motions. Tour groups flow across the image like a river. The left side combines the activities into a very long exposed image that develops over several minutes. In the projection on the right, the past fades more quickly. The moving images are presented as two video projections mirrored at their point of meeting. They use the same material and with differences in how time is portrayed. They present a record of the temporary social architecture that is shaped by the permanent physical architecture of the piazza. Curated by Pari Nadimi. ABOUT DAVID ROKEBY David Rokeby is an installation artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has been creating and exhibiting since 1982. For the first part of his career he focused on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body, or that involve artificial perception systems. In the last deca... (read more)

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