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Free This Week

by staff, 02/05/2014

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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 deals section for more free events.

February 5–11

Wednesday, February 5
Voices of Freedom
Where: Brookfield Place
When: 12:30pm
Throughout February, this free lunchtime jazz series at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden celebrates Black History Month. Each week, top jazz musicians perform as duos. Composer-pianist Willerm Delisfort and baritone saxophonist Jason Marshall link up for this first session.
Thursday, February 6
Colm Tóibín and The Testament of Mary
Where: Word
When: 7:30pm
Author Colm Tóibín's lauded novella The Testament of Mary presents Mary's first-person account of the life and crucifixion of Jesus. Telling the story years after Jesus' death, Mary questions his divinity and paints a picture of the events that differs greatly from the accounts spread by his disciples. Tóibín will read from his work, which was also the subject of a short-lived play of the same name, and engage in discussion with Morgan Library curator Declan Kiely. An RSVP is recommended.

Friday, February 7
First Fridays: Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Asia Society and Museum
When: 6–9pm
Usher in the Year of the Horse with an evening full of programming centered around Asian culture. This event features tours of the Asia Society's current exhibition, Tales of Wonder, which displays sculptures and paintings that reference religious idols and beings from Indian scriptures. Tours will be given at 6:30 and 7:30pm, so it's best to arrive on time. DJ Duane Harriott will provide music for the night.

Saturday, February 8
Front/Row Stage: Bubble Do The Beatles
Where: Fulton Street (between Water and South Streets)
When: 2pm and 4pm
The Beatles first arrived in America 50 years ago this month for a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show that altered the course of music history. The family-friendly band Bubble will mark the golden anniversary of that stateside introduction with two concerts of hits from early Beatles albums, running from A Hard Day’s Night through Rubber Soul. The show, which requires an RSVP, will happen inside a temporary (heated) venue.

Sunday, February 9
Apollo Open House
Where: Apollo Theater
When: noon–5pm
Harlem's most famous theater is hosting a weekend open house on February 8 and 9. Activities include presentations, workshops and displays of historic memorabilia, which highlight the Apollo's diverse musical legacy. Attendees can also watch live taped Amateur Night videos from past winners. For even more things to do in the neighborhood, check out our Harlem guide, featuring museums, theaters, restaurants and other venues. 

Monday, February 10
Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: The March
Where: Arsenal Gallery, Central Park
When: 9am–5pm
Arnyce Foster, president of NYC Parks' Ebony Society, curates this group show featuring work from 17 artists that relates to the past, present and future of the civil rights movement.

Tuesday, February 11
Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
When: 10am–6pm
For the first half of the 20th century, Hollywood's animators often used offensive stereotypes of black people in their cartoons. But in the late 1960s and early '70s, as the civil rights movement gained force, Saturday morning cartoons adapted too, turning out more positive and realistic depictions in children's shows like Fat Albert. This exhibition explores that historical moment and the cultural impact it had on a generation of young viewers.

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281
  2. 2
    126 Franklin St
    Brooklyn – Greenpoint
    NY 11222
  3. 3
    Asia Society and Museum
    725 Park Ave.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10021
  1. 4
    Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St.
    Manhattan – Harlem
    NY 10027
  2. 5
    Arsenal Gallery in Central Park
    830 Fifth Ave
    New York – Central Park
    NY 10021
  3. 6
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    515 Malcolm X Blvd.
    New York – Harlem
    NY 10037

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