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by Mallory Passuite, 09/14/2011

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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.

September 14–20

Wednesday, September 14
Craig McDean: Sumo
Illustrious fashion photographer Craig McDean spent 1993 living in Japan, where he devoted much of his time to photographing sumo wrestlers. Nearly 20 years later, McDean has complied the images for a book, titled Sumo, because he found himself inspired again by "the fluidity and abstraction of these enormous and graceful bodies in motion." In honor of the release, Half Gallery will display a selection of images from the book. The show runs September 12–18.

Thursday, September 15
Brooklyn Book Festival
Whether you do your reading online, on a tablet or in plain old print, there's no doubt that books remain as vital as ever. From September 15 to 18, Brooklyn Book Festival celebrates the City's literary spirit at Brooklyn Borough Hall and throughout the borough, especially in Downtown Brooklyn. The event includes a plethora of readings, Q&As and panels, not to mention about 175 literary vendors. Russell Banks, Jennifer Egan and Joyce Carol Oates are among the more than 260 authors that will be in attendance.

Friday, September 16
Daphne Guinness
Daphne Guinness—heiress, couture collector and occasional window dresser—co-curated this eponymous exhibition at The Museum at FIT, showcasing about 100 pieces from her fascinating personal collection. Among the featured creations are designs by Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Gareth Pugh, Valentino, Givenchy and others, plus—those who missed The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Savage Beauty exhibition, take note—several pieces by the late Alexander McQueen, a friend of Guinness'. The show is open through January 7, 2012.

Saturday, September 17
Dumpling-Making Workshop with Author Wai Hon Chu
Wai Hon Chu knows a thing or two about dumplings. The chef teaches classes at The Institute of Culinary Education and co-wrote The Dumpling: A Seasonal Guide, a book that includes recipes for the likes of no-fuss potato dumplings, turkey stew with stuffing dumplings and, of course, starchy coconut stew with slippery rice balls. At this Mulberry Street Library event, Chu will discuss the book and lead a class on creating classic Chinese dumplings like vegetable pot stickers and black sesame–stuffed rice balls using various folds and cooking techniques. The class starts at 2pm; space is limited and an RSVP is required (call the library at 212-966-3424).

Sunday, September 18
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Although this Sergio Leone flick was met with a negative reception when it opened in the United States in 1967, it's become a classic in the years since—no surprise, given that the film not only helped launch Clint Eastwood's career but also created a brand-new genre: the spaghetti Western. (It's not for nothing that Quentin Tarantino once called it "the best-directed film of all time.") Fort Greene's Habana Outpost, sister eatery to NoLIta's Café Habana, will be screening the film at sundown, but we suggest arriving early for tacos and margaritas (not free, but tasty).

Monday, September 19
Feast of San Gennaro
Perhaps the City's most famous street festival, the Feast of San Gennaro salutes the patron saint of Naples with 11 days of food and fun in Little Italy, starting on September 15. The event, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, draws more than a million fans and participants for traditional religious processions, live music, a cannoli-eating competition and, of course, delicious Italian eats and delicacies.

Tuesday, September 20
Evan Gruzis: Exotic Beta
With Exotic Beta, Milwaukee-born, Brooklyn-based artist Evan Gruzis merges a taste of the exotic with market research language, intending to create "the potential for meaning amidst the post-apocalyptic landscape of empty signs." A triptych titled Stratatos—depicting a skull resting on a Fender Stratocaster guitar, facing a metronome—serves as a reflection on youth, beauty and time. The work is the centerpiece of the exhibition, which also includes sculpture, video and a collaborative installation with designer Rafael de Cardenas. Exotic Beta is on view at The Hole from September 10 through October 22.

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Half Gallery
    208 Forsyth St
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  2. 2
    Brooklyn Borough Hall
    209 Joralemon St
    Brooklyn – Downtown Brooklyn
    NY 11209
  3. 3
    Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
    Seventh Ave. at 27th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10001
  1. 4
    Mulberry Street Library
    10 Jersey St
    Manhattan – SoHo
  2. 5
    Habana Outpost
    757 Fulton St
    Brooklyn – Fort Greene
    NY 11217
  3. 6
    The Hole
    312 Bowery
    Manhattan – SoHo
    NY 10012

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