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by staff , 04/16/2014

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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.

April 16–22

Wednesday, April 16
Home Family Garden Art Workshop 
Where: Morris-Jumel Mansion
When: 2–4pm
With spring in full swing, what better way to acclimate than with a floral-inspired workshop? This family-friendly event, led by artist Shira Toren (who is featured in the current museum exhibition, Home), encourages children to paint and create images using the Morris-Jumel garden as inspiration. Art supplies will be provided for all participating painters. RSVP by calling 212-923-8008.

Thursday, April 17
Hassan Blasim in Conversation With Phil Klay 
Where: Barnes & Noble, 86th and Lexington Ave
When: 7pm
Iraqi author Hassan Blasim's latest book, The Corpse Exhibition, is a collection of fictional stories about Iraq's wartime history, told from the perspective of a variety of narrators, among them a terrorist trainee and an asylum seeker. The tales, which masterfully render the horror and absurdity of war and terrorism—while investigating Iraqi identity—are surreal and haunting. The book has received praise from the likes of The New York Times, The Daily Beast and the Chicago Tribune. At this event, Blasim will discuss the collection with Iraq war vet turned author Phil Klay, whose book, Redeployment, debuted in March. 

Friday, April 18
Fear of Men, with Beverly (featuring Frankie Rose), Beach Day and Alvvays
Where: Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker St.
When: 7pm–1am
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar melds a trendy shopping experience with a late-night soiree—in other words, this is not your average concert venue or market. Offering food, adult beverages and live music, it definitely trumps a night out at the mall. This event welcomes UK pop-rockers Fear of Men and indie-pop act Beverly, featuring Frankie Rose, formerly of the Dum Dum Girls—a lineup that ensures audiences will get a stellar free show. In addition to the music, the bazaar gives attendees the chance to support independent local artists, designers and business owners. 

Saturday, April 19
The Cutting Room: An Insight to the Edit Suite
Where: SVA Theatre 2
When: 2:30pm
When the Tribeca Film Festival rolls into town, it brings along crowd-pleasing blockbusters-to-be, provocative documentaries, foreign films and a cornucopia of panel discussions and lectures. Tribeca Talks is a series of not-to-be-missed discussions with some of the film industry's most prominent actors, producers and writers. This event features Academy Award–winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who has cut every film—save for documentaries on Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones—that Martin Scorsese has directed since Raging Bull (inclusive). During this discussion, Schoonmaker will talk about her career, the moviemaking process and cutting-room adventures.

Sunday, April 20
Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival 
Where: begins at St. Patrick's Cathedral 
When: 10am
Each year on Easter, celebrants don festive finery and show off their very best bonnets along Fifth Avenue. Immortalized in song by Irving Berlin (with some help from Judy Garland and Fred Astaire), the pageant is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s. Starting at about 10am and continuing until 4pm, the parade marches north on Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street. The best place to watch is from the area around St. Patrick's Cathedral; better yet, bring your bonnet and join the parade.

Monday, April 21
Book Launch for Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 
When: 7pm
Mad World gathers more than 30 oral histories from the members of 1980s-era bands including New Order, The Smiths, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and Spandau Ballet. Authors Lori Majewski—a self-professed Duran Duran diehard—and Jonathan Bernstein talked with these artists and others, gathering new material for this reflection on a seminal decade in pop culture. The two will discuss the project with Vince Clarke, a founding member of Depeche Mode (and, later, Yaz and Erasure), and sign copies of their book afterward.

Tuesday, April 22 
Earth Day
Where: Union Square 
When: 11am7pm
In April 1970, Earth Day began as a "teach-in" to raise awareness of dire environmental issues like pollution, waste, ozone depletion and wildlife extinction. It also called Americans to action, helping to facilitate the green culture that's come to the forefront some decades later. Earth Day is a great time to learn more about what you can do to live in a more earth-friendly manner, year-round, whether that involves small actions or big changes. Demonstrations and events are happening all around the five boroughs, but Union Square will act as a hub for a number of activities including environmental exhibits, used clothing and electronics recycling drop-offs, kid-friendly entertainment and a fashion runway show. An afternoon concert begins at 3pm and lasts until 7pm, making it viable for the after-work crowd. Observe the occasion by taking the subway, walking or biking to this event.  

related venues/(6)

  1. 1
    Morris-Jumel Mansion
    65 Jumel Terr.
    Manhattan – Washington Heights
    NY 10032
  2. 2
    Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington Ave
    150 E. 86th St.
    Manhattan – Upper East Side
    NY 10028
  3. 3
    SVA Theatre
    333 W 23rd St
    Manhattan – Chelsea
  1. 4
    St. Patrick's Cathedral
    Fifth Ave. btw. 50th-51st Sts.
    Manhattan – Midtown East
    NY 10126
  2. 5
    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
    126 Crosby St.
    Manhattan – SoHo
    NY 10012
  3. 6
    Union Square
    14th St to 17th St
    Manhattan – Union Square
    NY 10003

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