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by Erin O'Hara, 07/24/2012

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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.

July 25–31

Wednesday, July 25
Summerscreen: Dirty Dancing
Summerscreen returns for another season of movies and music in Brooklyn's McCarren Park. During the July 25 edition, Prince Rama (an artist on Paw Tracks, Animal Collective's record label) and Vaz (composed of ex-members of Hammerhead) play for the crowd. They'll be joined by a "secret guest"—a good one, we're guessing, since the lineups are curated by Todd P, a respected local promoter. Afterward, kick back and watch Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey moon over each other in Dirty Dancing. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic, or get a drink and bite from on-site vendors like Pizza Moto and Cemitas (sadly not for free). Gates open at 6pm; bands go on at 6:30pm; the movie starts at about 8:15pm.

Thursday, July 26
Kingbrown Magazine Launch and Opening
This exclusive exhibition is brought to you by Australia's Kingbrown magazine, a handcrafted, skateboarding-obsessed periodical filled with original and limited-edition artwork. The exhibition, which accompanies the release of the magazine's eighth issue, features an eclectic array of skateboard-inspired art from all over the world. Australian up-and-comers are showcased alongside illustrators and street artists from NYC and beyond. The evening kicks off at Klughaus Gallery at 6pm.

Friday, July 27
Celebrate Brooklyn!: The Head and The Heart and Lost in the Trees 
This July 27 Celebrate Brooklyn! show is a bicoastal love letter to indie folk. The Head and The Heart, hailing from Seattle, brings the melodic and emotional narratives, while North Carolina's Lost in the Trees delivers a haunting and frenetic symphony. Head to Prospect Park to see them both; doors open at 6:30pm. (A $3 donation is suggested but not required.)

Saturday, July 28
Magic Herb Garden Workshop
Future horticulturists and the next generation of celebrity chefs alike will want to make sure they're in attendance: this children's herb workshop at Socrates Sculpture Park teaches kids how to cultivate common cooking herbs right in their own kitchens. After a taste test, kids get to plant and decorate magic herb gardens (using two-liter bottles they can take home). With the skills they learn in the workshop, from noon to 3pm, they'll be able to tend to their herbs and even use them in their favorite meal—with some culinary help from Mom or Dad, of course.

Sunday, July 29
GlassLab at Governors Island
GlassLab brings skilled artists from the Corning Museum of Glass to a mobile glassblowing studio on Governors Island, where they'll demonstrate the demanding process of creating objects from the material. Sessions take place from 1 to 2:30pm, 3 to 4:30pm and 5 to 6:30pm. To get to Governors Island, take the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building. While you're there, explore the island on foot or by bike.

Monday, July 30
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Rebel Without a Cause
Summer screenings in Bryant Park are among the most popular outdoor film events of the summer, so it's advisable to arrive early (the area opens at 5pm) to claim your patch of lawn. Rebel Without a Cause stars James Dean and Natalie Wood, and tells the story of misunderstood suburban teenagers as they struggle with their parents (and each other). The movie starts at sundown, but film buffs can also head to the Reading Room in advance for the weekly installment of Reel Talks, where experts Scott Adlerberg and Bruce Bennett will discuss the film at 7pm.

Tuesday, July 31
Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up with Yoga
Call it yoga with a view: instructor Jan O'Connell leads enthusiasts through poses on the Hudson River waterfront in West Harlem Piers Park. For the uninitiated, there are a number of benefits—not only does yoga stretch and tone your muscles, it also has a way of making stress melt away (which may be just what you need at 5:30pm on a Tuesday). No prior experience is required, but yoga mats are not provided, so it helps if you have your own to bring along.

related venues/(5)

  1. 1
    McCarren Park
    Lorimer St. between Bayard St. and Driggs Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
  2. 2
    Prospect Park
    95 Prospect Park West
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11215
  3. 3
    Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Sculpture Park at Broadway
    Queens – Long Island City
    NY 11106
  1. 4
    Governors Island
    New York Harbor
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10004
  2. 5
    Bryant Park
    Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown West

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