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by Erin O'Hara, 09/18/2013

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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.

September 18–24

Wednesday, September 18
Warrior Fitness Class
Where: 14th Street Park
When: 6:30–7:30pm
Want to work out like a warrior but don't know where to start? Jodi DeCrenza brings her expertise and equipment to Chelsea for this free (but intense!) outdoor fitness class. Using a combination of resistance training, yoga and cardio, you'll strengthen your core, build muscle and gain balance, both physically and mentally. Wear comfortable clothes, bring some water and get ready to push yourself, no matter what your skill level. Who knows—a spot on the next season of American Ninja Warrior could be in your future.

Thursday, September 19
The Best American Poetry Reading 2013
Where: The New School, Tishman Auditorium
When: 7pm
An annual collection of the year's most remarkable poetic works, The Best American Poetry is a perennial favorite. Don't miss the chance to hear readings from some of the groundbreaking poets featured in this year's edition, including John Hennessy, Amy Lawless and Vijay Seshadri, presented by the anthology's editors, David Lehman and Denise Duhamel. Reservations are not required, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, September 20
The Daptone Soul Revue featuring Charles Bradley
Where: Williamsburg Park
When: 5:30–10pm
The Daptone Soul Revue brings the funk to the Brooklyn waterfront, featuring performances by Charles Bradley with the Menahan Street Band, along with the Budos Band and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Break out those dancing shoes and get ready to groove; Bradley in particular puts on an energetic show.

Saturday, September 21
Friends of Morningside Park’s Common Ground Festival
Where: Morningside Park 
When: 2–8pm
Summer might be almost officially over, but you can still have plenty of fun in the sun. This family-oriented festival affords kids the opportunity to do just that this Saturday. Presented by Friends of Morningside Park (and taking place by the park’s Morningside Pond), the fete features face painting, balloon animals, puppet shows, live music and more. At 8pm, check out the giant handmade paper lanterns of the Morningside Lights procession, which winds through the park and illuminates the night.

Sunday, September 22
Brooklyn Philharmonic Strings and Slam Poets
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: 6pm
Brooklyn native and 2012 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, Ishmael Islam, otherwise known as "Ish," is only 20 years old, but he's already an accomplished poet, musician, filmmaker, graphic artist, emcee and performer. On Sunday, he brings his stirring spoken word poetry to Brooklyn Bridge Park for a collaboration with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, which will accompany Ish’s work with contemporary chamber music by Mark Mellits, Don Byron and Randall Woolf. The free show takes place at the Granite Prospect on the waterfront.

Monday, September 23
Graham Nash
Where: Barnes & Noble Union Square
When: 7pm
Though he's British, Graham Nash is a founding member of one of the quintessential American folk-rock bands, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and, sometimes, Young). The guys are still going strong, regularly touring together more than four decades after they debuted. Now Nash has put the story of his roller-coaster life as a musician and political activist in a new memoir, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. He'll read from and discuss his book tonight.

Tuesday, September 24
Art Spiegelman launches Co-Mix
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Café
When: 7pm
Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman is at it again. The legendary artist's new book, Co-Mix: A Restrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, catalogs his entire career, which spans almost 50 years and nearly every genre imaginable. To celebrate the book's release, Spiegelman will sit down and chat with Dan Nadel, coeditor of The Comics Journal, about his life, career and this comprehensive new retrospective.

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Tishman Auditorium
    66 W 12th St
    Manhattan – Greenwich Village
    NY 10011
  2. 2
    50 Kent
    50 Kent Ave.
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
    NY 11211
  3. 3
    Morningside Park
    Morningside Drive from 110th to 123rd Sts.
  1. 4
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    334 Furman St.
    Brooklyn – DUMBO
    NY 11201
  2. 5
    Barnes & Noble Union Square
    33 E. 17th St.
    Manhattan – Union Square
    NY 10003
  3. 6
    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
    126 Crosby St.
    Manhattan – SoHo
    NY 10012

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