Free This Week


by Alyson Penn, 02/25/2015

« »
  • print

There's always something exciting to do or see around the five boroughs that doesn't cost a dime. See our weekly picks below, and visit our calendar and Save the Date section for more free events.

February 25–March 3

Wednesday, February 25
Dalí: The Golden Years
Where: National Arts Club
When: 10am–5pm
Salvador Dalí was a larger-than-life character and the 20th century's best-known practitioner of surrealism, as seen in such works as The Persistence of Memory (and in college dorm rooms everywhere). This exhibition presents 60 or so images from a handful of series Dalí completed during his career—illustrations for Les Chants de Maldoror (1934), the photoliths of Memories of Surrealism (1971) and his works commemorating Israel's 25th anniversary, The Twelve Tribes of Israel (1973). There are also a few rare drawings and prints, including one that dates back to the mid-1920s (Head of a Girl).

Thursday, February 26
Ken Siegelman's Brooklyn Poetry Outreach
Where: Barnes & Noble Park Slope
When: 6:30pm
Prior to his death in 2009, beloved Brooklyn poet laureate Ken Siegelman founded an open mic night called Brooklyn Poetry Outreach to give new and emerging writers a platform for their pieces to be heard. The event continues in his honor, taking place the last Thursday of every month at Park Slope's Barnes & Noble. This edition will be hosted by Tony Vigorito, author of Just a Couple of Days and Nine Kinds of Naked

Friday, February 27
Free Music Fridays
Where: American Folk Art Museum
When: 5:30–7:30pm
The museum's Free Music Fridays series showcases folk musicians who draw on American traditions. Hosted by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Lara Ewen, tonight's performance features the western stylings of Charles Ellsworth, the soulful sounds of Jeanne Marie Boes and alternative folk by Humble Tripe. A compilation CD of past performances is available for purchase, as is wine. All donations go to the museum's programs.

Saturday, February 28
Pulp Drunk: Mexican Pulp Art 
Where: Ricco Maresca Gallery
When: 11am–6pm
The post-WWII boom in American pulp novels—and the lurid cover art that accompanied them—has been endlessly explored in an art-world context (and is delightful nearly every time). At Chelsea art gallery Ricco Maresca, the subject receives a new twist: a collection of pulp-novel art from the same period, only produced in Mexico. Although similarly racy, the cover art from south of the border tended to incorporate more fantastical elements—aliens, robots, dinosaurs, even Zorro. Expect a group show so thrilling, you might be moved to seek out the fiction that inspired it.

Sunday, March 1
St. Pat's for All Parade
Where: Skillman Avenue, from 43rd Street to 56th Street   
When: 1pm
Start your St. Patrick's Day celebrations a few weeks early by throwing on your finest green gear and joining the St. Pat's for All parade, which marches through the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside in Queens. First held in 2000, the parade celebrates the diversity and history of the Irish and Celtic communities of New York. Organizers encourage people of different races, genders, religions and sexual orientations to participate, turning the streets into a place whose catchphrase could easily be céad mile fáilte (Gaelic for "a hundred thousand welcomes").

Monday, March 2
FRANTIC! Mondays
Where: The Stand
When: 10pm
This weekly comedy shindig highlights both emerging comedians and established talent. Hosted by Aaron Berg, a stand-up currently starring on Canadian television series 24 Hour Rental, the evening regularly features well-known funny people like Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander and Janeane Garofalo. Note: The Stand's cuisine is a cut above, provided by the comfort-food specialists behind Lower East Side restaurant Sons of Essex. Though the show is free, reservations are recommended; call 212-677-2600 or visit

Tuesday, March 3
The Lives of Hamilton Fish 
Where: Hamilton Fish Recreation Center
When: 9am–9pm
In 1936, accounts of the deaths of serial killer Hamilton "Albert" Fish and Hamilton Fish II, a lawyer and politician, were printed on the front page of the Peekskill Evening Star. That coincidence led artist Rachel Mason to create a moody, surreal musical film called The Lives of Hamilton Fish, which has earned her coverage in the New York Times and elsewhere. Now an exhibition of Mason's materials—storyboards, props and artworks—goes on display in advance of a screening of the film on March 28. Both take place at—where else?—the Lower East Side's Hamilton Fish Recreation Center.

related venues/(4)

  1. 1
    The National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    Manhattan – Flatiron District
  2. 2
    American Folk Art Museum
    2 Lincoln Square
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023
  3. 3
    Ricco Maresca Gallery
    529 W 20th St
    Manhattan – Chelsea
  1. 4
    The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
    239 Third Ave., ground fl.
    Manhattan – Gramercy
    NY 10003

check-in date

check-out date

nyc newsletters.

Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date about what's happening in NYC.