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by Alyssa Grossman, 06/11/2014

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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.

June 11–17

Wednesday, June 11
The Muppets Take Manhattan 
Where: South Street Seaport
When: 8pm
Lower Manhattan's South Street Seaport is one of the City's premier locations for summertime fun. Aside from being a shopping and nightlife destination, this waterfront locale also serves as an alfresco movie theater. Settle in under the stars for a screening of The Muppets Take Manhattan and watch Jim Henson's crew striving, post college, to get their big showbiz break in NYC—complete with the standard Muppet antics, of course. Want to know what to do before and after the flick? Our guide to the area covers that and more. The show starts at 8pm, but it's best to get there early to snag a prime seat in front of the screen. 

Thursday, June 12
Brazil World Cup Concert
Where: Brookfield Place
When: 12:30pm
The soccer world's biggest event kicks off today in Brazil, and fans everywhere are getting in on the celebration—including, in a musical way, down at Brookfield Place's waterfront plaza. The afternoon's live soundtrack features the eclectic stylings of Nation Beat, a fusion group that combines maracatu drumming—deep marching sounds straight out of northeastern Brazil—with American genres, like funk, blues, New Orleans rhythm and a touch of Appalachia. Also on the lunchtime lineup: percussion group Maracatu NY and Raizes do Brazil Capoeira, which will lead capoeira demos. 

Friday, June 13
El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem  
Where: 1040 Lounge at the Bronx Museum of the Arts 
When: 6:30–9:30pm
Presented by the Bronx Museum of the Arts, this screening and panel discussion explores East Harlem's past, present and future. Gentrification in East Harlem features appearances from congressman Charles Rangel, a variety of small-business owners and others who call the neighborhood home. A post-screening conversation will be hosted by the documentary's director, Andrew J. Padilla, and Ed Garcia of In keeping with borough pride, Bronx Brewery provides the liquid refreshment.  

Saturday, June 14
Socrates Sculpture Workshops: Masquerade Ball   
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park 
When: noon–3pm
Creative-minded kids (ages 5 to 13) and their families are invited to spend a Saturday afternoon at the outdoor Queens arts space. This artist-led craft session, hosted by Beth Garrett, introduces children to the art of mask making. The eco-conscious project will see kids using plastic bags and other recycled tools to fashion their disguises. All materials will be provided, including a basic mask form. 

Sunday, June 15
Hudson River Park Wild!
Where: Hudson River Park, Christopher Street Fountain (near Pier 45)
When: 9am
Hudson River Park provides the perfect backdrop for a naturalist-led stroll along the waterfront. Though this New York City space might not be the first place you'd expect to see 85 bird species along with butterflies, dragonflies and others, expert tour guides are prepped to lead you on a 2-mile journey to reveal as many of the winged creatures as possible. Walter Laufer, a butterfly and dragonfly enthusiast, and Keith Michael, a photographer, bird-watcher and published author, will share their nature know-how. While this is an ongoing series, no two walks are exactly alike.  

Monday, June 16
Community Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company 
Where: Ingersoll Community Center 
When: 6–7:30pm
Ronald K. Brown, a Bed-Stuy native, is at the helm of the award-winning dance company Evidence, which got its start in 1985 and continues to travel the globe in an effort to educate young dancers. Brown and members of his company will share their performance style during a workshop for all ages and talent levels at Brooklyn's Ingersoll Community Center. The troupe's contemporary twist on the form features a combination of African dance and spoken word. 

Tuesday, June 17
The PEN Literary Showcase
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 
When: 7pm
Although the winners won't be honored until July 20, the short-list announcements for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards—covering essays, fiction, science, sports, biography, children's literature, poetry, drama and translation—come in today. In the evening, several PEN judges will head to Housing Works to read samples from the talented nominees; a number of the authors will be on hand as well. After the readings, the bookstore will host a party complete with music and drinks.   

related venues/(5)

  1. 1
    South Street Seaport
    Pier 17, Fulton and Front Streets
    Manhattan – Financial District
    NY 10038
  2. 2
    Brookfield Place
    230 Vesey St.
    Manhattan – Battery Park City
    NY 10281
  3. 3
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10456
  1. 4
    Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Sculpture Park at Broadway
    Queens – Long Island City
    NY 11106
  2. 5
    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
    126 Crosby St.
    Manhattan – SoHo
    NY 10012

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