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by Fritswa Baffour, 03/31/2010

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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.

March 31–April 6

Wednesday, March 31
John and Molly Get Along
John and Molly are the comedic duo best known for their contributions to The Onion, Huffington Post and video sketches featured on The New York Times' website. On Wednesday, they host an evening of free comedy at (Le) Poisson Rouge (and who doesn't love free comedy?) starting at 7:30pm. Stand-up comics Kumail Nanjiani, Joe DeRosa and Shayna Ferm will be joining them.

Thursday, April 1
Glitch Music
BAC Gallery in DUMBO hosts this evening of futuristic sound manipulation in conjunction with the group art show Glitch Generation, which, as you might gather, is all about the ways that technology can go wrong. If you like electro, you're in luck: the bands slated to perform, starting at 6:30pm, are Love Like Deloreans and Aerostatic. The former's set incorporates circuit-bent toys, found sounds from radio broadcasts and "a re-appropriated noise generator originally owned by the Naval Underwater Systems Center." Heavy.

Friday, April 2
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
The New York Classical Theatre presents its 11th season of free canonical productions in nontraditional public spaces. The organization is staging Hamlet at the World Financial Center at 7pm through April 18. If the depressed prince of Denmark isn't your cup of tea, wait for later in the year, when the company mounts Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing in Central Park and Battery Park, respectively.

Saturday, April 3
Doggie Day Hike
Spring is finally here, and it's not just the humans who are celebrating. Chances are, your pooch is equally pleased to have winter over with. In honor of the season, all NYC canines (and their owners, of course) are invited to take part in a free Doggie Day Hike at 2pm through Staten Island's lovely Bloomingdale Park. Who knows—you and Rover might make a boatload of new pals in the process.

Sunday, April 4
Easter Scavenger Hunt
The Easter Scavenger Hunt presents a perfect opportunity for kids to enjoy a Sunday outdoors. Children and adults will learn about the different shapes, sizes and colors of animal eggs before embarking on an Easter egg hunt in Queens' Kissena Park. Prizes will be awarded! The fun starts at 11am.

Monday, April 5
Arts, Culture & Fun: The Horse Boy
The Arts, Culture & Fun series, in partnership with ITVS Community Cinema from San Francisco and the Independent Lens series on PBS, brings educational documentaries to New York City's recreation centers. On Monday, the Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Recreation Center will screen The Horse Boy, the heartwarming story of a boy with autism, his connection to horses and an adventure to Mongolia. The film begins at 1pm.

Tuesday, April 6
Mario Batali: Molto Gusto
Award-winning celebrity chef Mario Batali (his restaurants in the City include Babbo, Lupa, Del Posto and Otto) discusses his latest book, Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking. Make your way to the Barnes & Noble in TriBeCa and learn how to re-create some of Mario's succulent dishes for yourself. The event begins at 7pm.


related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Von King Park
    670 Lafayette Ave
    Brooklyn – Bedford-Stuyvesant
  2. 2
    BAC Gallery
    111 Front St, suite 218
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
  3. 3
    Bloomingdale Park
    Drumgoole Rd West and Lenevar Ave
    Staten Island
    NY 10309
  1. 4
    Kissena Park
    164th St and Oak Ave
    Queens – Flushing
    NY 11358
  2. 5
    (Le) Poisson Rouge
    158 Bleecker St.
    Manhattan – Greenwich Village
    NY 10012
  3. 6
    Barnes & Noble
    105 Fifth Ave
    Multiple Locations
  1. 7
    Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281

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