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by Christina Parrella , 06/26/2013

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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.

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Wednesday, June 26
Never Can Say Goodbye
Where: BRIC Rotunda Gallery
When: 7–9pm
For two decades, BRIC, a Brooklyn arts and community media organization, has been showcasing programming—visual, performance and otherwise—that supports its borough at BRIC Rotunda Gallery. The nonprofit is relocating to Downtown Brooklyn later this summer (at a space known as BRIC House), and it's throwing a blowout to bid adieu to Brooklyn Heights. Join BRIC for a night of fun that includes a DJ spinning tunes, raffles, giveaways, and food and drinks, as well as a slideshow presentation highlighting the organization's history. RSVP at

Thursday, June 27
Films in Tompkins: Reservoir Dogs
Where: Tompkins Square Park        
When: Lawn opens at 6pm; movie begins at sunset
In case you somehow missed the '90s, Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino's first major motion picture, tells the story of a group of criminals, each of whom has a colorful pseudonym, hired to pull off a diamond heist. After the robbery goes south, the surviving thieves suspect an informant is in their midst. Those who arrive early for the film (and we recommend you do to secure a spot on the grass) will also be treated to live music by instrumental ensemble Amour Obscur, as well as free pizza, courtesy of Two Boots. The cinephilic slice is named after one of the movie's most enduring characters: Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi. (The pizza is topped with marinated chicken, plum tomatoes, fresh garlic and mozzarella.)

Friday, June 28
NYC LGBT Pride Rally 
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 26
When: 7–10pm
As the official kickoff to Pride Week, the rally represents not only the start to a series of festivities but also an expression of solidarity within the LGBT community. Taking place at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park, the event attracts thousands of celebrants and features speakers and performers. This year's lineup includes campy comedienne Pam Ann and singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez (who appeared on the first season of NBC's The Voice). Note for history buffs: the first NYC gay pride rally took place more than 40 years ago in Washington Square Park, when about 500 peaceful demonstrators gathered in 1969 a month after the Stonewall Inn police raid.

Saturday, June 29
4Knots Music Festival
Where: South Street Seaport
When: 1–8pm
Although this is only the third edition of this event, The Village Voice 4Knots Music Festival has become an eagerly anticipated summertime tradition, showcasing up-and-coming musicians. This year, bands including Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Men and White Lung will perform on two stages, with the East River serving as a picture-perfect backdrop. Comfortable shoes, sunblock and hipster-friendly attire are among the recommended gear for the all-day affair.

Sunday, June 30
Much Ado About Nothing
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: 7pm
As we've previously noted, NYC offers Shakespeare fans a number of reasons to celebrate this summer. With free performances staged throughout New York City, there's no shortage of ways to enjoy the Bard's work. In Brooklyn, for instance, the Random Access Theatre company reimagines Shakespeare's witty romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The play focuses on two very different relationships—one that represents courtly love and another that's argumentative. This version of the production, set in 17th-century Macau, explores the meeting of Chinese and Portuguese cultures and topics such as love, power and colonialism.

Monday, July 1
Reel Talks: Frenzy
Where: Bryant Park Reading Room
When: 7–8pm
Critics consider Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film, Frenzy, to mark a return to the gripping thrillers that earned the director the title of Master of Suspense. The movie is about the hunt for a London serial killer who murders women by strangling them with neckties; the prime suspect, however, is innocent of the crimes. Learn about the movie during the Reel Talks program, then see the film as part of the accompanying HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Film aficionados Scott Adlerberg and Foster Hirsch lead the discussion.

Tuesday, July 2
Mad. Sq. Kids: Big Bang Boom
Where: Madison Square Park
When: 10:30–11:30am
Summer is the perfect time to take the tykes outdoors. What better way for them to burn off some energy than at an alfresco concert? Kids can spend the morning jumping, dancing and twirling about in Madison Square Park to the sounds of Big Bang Boom—a rock ensemble whose eclectic music catalog includes hip-hop, pop, rock and country. The lively set will feature covers of classic kid-friendly tunes as well as original tracks. Children will also be welcomed onstage for a SpongeBob SquarePants sing-along. But audience participation isn't limited to the underage crowd: parents are encouraged to get up and take part in a Hokey Pokey challenge—if they're up to it, that is.

related venues/(5)

  1. 1
    Tompkins Square Park
    Ave. A between 7th and 10th Sts.
    Manhattan – East Village
  2. 2
    South Street Seaport
    Pier 17, Fulton and Front Streets
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10038
  3. 3
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  1. 4
    Bryant Park Reading Room
    W. 42nd St.
    New York – Midtown West
  2. 5
    Madison Square Park
    23rd to 26th Sts. (bet. Fifth and Madison Aves.)
    Manhattan – Flatiron District
    NY 10010

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