Free This Week
by nycgo.com staff , 04/16/2014
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Wednesday, April 16
Home Family Garden Art Workshop
Where: Morris-Jumel Mansion
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
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.
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 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
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
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
Where: Union Square
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.