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by Erin O'Hara, 01/23/2013

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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.

January 23–29

Wednesday, January 23
Citi Music Nights: Dance Party Mix, KTU 103.5
Suffering from cabin fever? Shed the mid-winter blues with some fresh air and a few laps around Citi Pond. The rink in Bryant Park, now in its eighth year, offers skate rentals for $14, but if you have your own blades you can glide gratis. (Bring a lock and you can also use the lockers free of charge.) On Wednesday nights, DJs from popular local radio stations provide aural entertainment. This week the sound track is a dance party mix, spun by a DJ from KTU 103.5 FM, from 7 to 9pm. (Just don't take "dance party" too literally—unless you're Johnny Weir.)

Thursday, January 24
Talk: Andy Warhol's Art
It's no secret that pop artist Andy Warhol is a legend: his work is practically ubiquitous, adorning totes, T-shirts and museum walls around the globe. (In a stroke of post-postmodern genius, just last year, Campbell's released a limited-edition line of Warhol-inspired soup cans based on his famous silk-screen print.) Art historian Dorothea Basile leads this two-part discussion about the artist, his work and his impact on the contemporary art world, inspired by the exhibition Regarding Andy: 60 Artists, 50 Years, which recently closed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The talk starts at 1pm in Battery Park City Parks Conservancy (6 River Terrace).

Friday, January 25
Fridays at Noon: Princess Grace Foundation: Celebrating 30 Years
Grace Kelly was a superstar actress and, later, princess of Monaco, renowned for her beauty and poise. The Princess Grace Foundation was founded 30 years ago to pay tribute to her memory and continue her work of helping promising young actors and dancers. On Friday, Princess Grace Award–winning dancers take the stage at the 92nd Street Y for a special performance, celebrating the foundation's 30th anniversary. The show begins at noon.

Saturday, January 26
Central Park Winter Jam
Winter Jam offers more than one way to cure the seasonal blahs. This annual festival features fun cold-weather sports in Central Park, complete with snow courtesy of machines from Gore Mountain. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding and even Quidditch, the no-longer-mythical sport from the Harry Potter franchise. Pets can get into the spirit too, romping in the Doggie Snow Zone, an off-leash snow park. Advanced skiers and snowboarders can show off tricks at the Red Bull Metro Rail. All equipment is provided, but guests are also welcome to bring their own. The event takes place regardless of the weather. The fun starts at 11am near the Central Park Bandshell.

Sunday, January 27
Drop-in Family Workshop: Future City
The Queens Museum of Art in Flushing hosts weekly workshops for families and children ages 5 through 12. This week kids can let their imaginations run wild while crafting three-dimensional models of futuristic cityscapes, using a multitude of supplies and building materials. The project was inspired by a relief map of New York City and its water supply system, a 540-square-foot piece created for the 1939 World's Fair that has spent most of the past seven decades in storage. The map is now on display in its entirety at the Queens Museum of Art for the first time ever. Children with special needs and those new to the English language are encouraged to attend.

Monday, January 28
Peter Hook: Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
Peter Hook, bassist for Joy Division and New Order, lays it all out on the table in his new memoir. Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division delves into the band's tragically brief history, filled with Hook's personal memories of its late singer, Ian Curtis, who took his own life just hours before what would have been their first North American tour. Hook describes the good times too—the friendships, the excitement and the accidental genius behind his now-famous and influential melodic bass riffs (an attempt to compensate for cheap equipment). The book is already out in the United Kingdom, but this event at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn marks the memoir's US debut. In addition to a DJ and drinks, the evening features a conversation between Hook and Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy.

Tuesday, January 29
Eddie Huang: Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
Eddie Huang is the culinary prodigy behind Baohaus, the Taiwanese bun shop that has become a favorite of foodies (and food writers) since the first location opened three years ago. Though his calling is in the kitchen, the entrepreneur has also contributed to The New York Observer, keeps a blog and hosts a series for Vice, where he explores underground food cultures in cities across the world. Now, the 31-year-old phenom has written a humorous memoir detailing his journey to success, from his childhood in suburban Orlando amongst a family of recent Taiwanese immigrants to brief careers in law and stand-up comedy to launching a critically acclaimed restaurant in NYC. He'll be talking about the book with Top Chef's Tom Colicchio at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square at 7pm. 

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
    Bryant Park, 42nd St. and 6th Ave.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10018
  2. 2
    Battery Park City
    Hudson River Greenway
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10280
  3. 3
    92nd Street Y
    1395 Lexington Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10128
  1. 4
    Central Park Bandshell
    Mid-park, 66th to 72nd Sts
    Manhattan – Central Park
  2. 5
    Queens Museum
    New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
    Queens – Flushing
    NY 11368
  3. 6
    powerHouse Arena
    37 Main St.
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11201

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