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by Fritswa Baffour, 04/07/2010

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There's always something exciting to do and see around the five boroughs that doesn't cost a dime. See our weekly picks below, and visit our calendar and special offers section for more free events.

April 7–13

Wednesday, April 7
Conversions | One-Night Stands Festival
This spring, BronxArtSpace serves as the home to myriad colorful works by both established and emerging artists. The theme of the monthlong show is the fleeting nature of contemporary art, but don't let the heady stuff turn you off. Featured presentations on Wednesday night include a reading of "Astronaut Love Triangle," from New York–based artist Charles Beronio's book Dark Prospects (actually a heavily modified tabloid), plus a sampling of film and video art.

Thursday, April 8
Carol Burnett Book Signing
The legendary actress and comedian (best known for her 11-year run on The Carol Burnett Show) discusses her new memoir, This Time Together, at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square. Burnett looks back at her friendships with showbiz legends—Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball and Julie Andrews, among others—and her 50 years on stage and screen. The talk and signing start at 7pm.

Friday, April 9
Free Music Fridays at the American Folk Art Museum
Every Friday night, the American Folk Art Museum, dedicated to the work of self-taught artists, opens its doors for free. The building, clad with distinctive white bronze panels, houses a collection that includes boundary-pushing textiles, quilts, furniture and other everyday objects as well as works by renowned figures such as outsider artist Henry Darger. Explore the museum's galleries or hang out in the stunning atrium to hear live music performances in a variety of folk idioms—blues, Irish, alt-country, folk bands and more.

Saturday, April 10
Yum! Films About Food
Are your kids hungry for film and art? The Museum of Modern Art is inviting parents and young ones to feed their appetites with an hour-long program of live-action and animated shorts that are all about food. A museum educator will be on hand to lead a discussion and to suggest some family-friendly activities around the museum after the screening. Tickets will be distributed on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday, April 11
Proteus Gowanus
The Proteus Gowanus gallery and reading room brings together Brooklyn-based artists, scientists and members of the community to explore common themes through art, books and events. This year's theme, Transport, invites a variety of artists to address such events as the auto industry's collapse and its effects on American culture and identity, and broader questions of how we get from one place to the next.

Monday, April 12
Ralph Bakshi: The Streets
To animation aficionados, Ralph Bakshi, director of the groundbreaking animated features Heavy Traffic, Fritz the Cat and Lord of the Rings, is a certified legend. Fewer people, however, may be aware of Bakshi's lifelong passion for the motionless arts—specifically, painting. The Brooklyn native's latest exhibition at SoHo's Animazing Gallery, The Streets, combines "found" items, sculptural elements and bold, clashing colors to transform his canvases into reimaginations of the New York City streets of his childhood.

Tuesday, April 13
The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000–3500 BC
This exhibition at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World brings to the United States for the first time more than 160 objects recovered by archaeologists from the graves, towns and villages of Old Europe. During the period, from 5000 to 4000 BC, a number of related prehistoric cultures achieved a peak of sophistication and creativity in what is now southeastern Europe before mysteriously collapsing by 3500 BC. Goddess figures, jewelry, art and metalwork are on display.



related venues/(5)

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    Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
    15 E 84th St
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
  2. 2
    Proteus Gowanus Gallery
    543 Union St
    Brooklyn – Gowanus
  3. 3
    Bronx Art Space
    305 E. 140th St.
    The Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10454
  1. 4
    The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
    11 W. 53rd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  2. 5
    American Folk Art Museum
    2 Lincoln Square
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023

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