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by Christina Parrella, 10/01/2014

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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 Save the Date section for more free events.

October 1–7

Wednesday, October 1
New York in 101 Objects 
Where: Lower East Side Tenement Museum
When: 6:30pm
Defining New York City in 101 objects may sound a tall order, but the New York Times' Sam Roberts did just that. In his new book, the journalist chose items that speak to the vast and colorful history of NYC. They include everything from a bagel to an Automat vending machine to a Tiffany & Co. sterling silver handle used to control the first subway train in 1904. Roberts will discuss his book with author Kevin Baker. Seating for the event is first-come, first-served. 

Thursday, October 2
Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park 
Where: Central Park, meet at East 72 Street and Fifth Avenue 
When: noon–1:30pm
Central Park has 136 acres of woodland, 250 acres of lawns and 150 acres of water—in other words, a knowledgeable guide can be a real help. On this tour you will see some of the green space's main attractions, including Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, the Lake and Strawberry Fields. This jaunt takes place no matter the weather (save for extreme conditions), so dress accordingly. 

Friday, October 3
First Fridays! Urban Evolution 
Where: The Bronx Museum of Arts 
When: 6–10pm
The First Fridays program at the Bronx Museum of Arts celebrates diversity in film, music and visual and performing arts. This week Urban Evolution hosts a dance show that features contemporary dancers, B-girls and a special routine from MiRi Park, aka Seoulsonyk. Dancers Michelle Dorrance, Darrin Wright and Nia Love will also perform.   

Saturday, October 4
Target First Saturdays 
Where: Brooklyn Museum
When: 5–11pm
Latin arts and rhythms are on the menu for this installment of Target First Saturdays. Today's event is full of family-friendly happenings, including a jazz orchestra set, flamenco dance and a hands-on art project. Kids will enjoy making a colorful dyed sash (inspired by Mayan textile design) and seeing artist Miguel Luciano's mobile public-art project Pimp My Piragua, which doubles as an old-fashioned pushcart. For adults there will be salsa and rumba lessons, hip-hop dance and salsa performances, as well as a talk by filmmaker William Caballero. Some of the evening's events require tickets, which can be picked up at the visitor center at 5pm. 

Sunday, October 5
Kickoff to Fall
Where: Queens County Farm Museum
When: 11am–4pm
The Queens County Farm Museum is the place to be for all sorts of fall fun. Before the blue-ribbon livestock competitions, pie-eating contests and pumpkin patches, though, the farm's harvest-themed activities begin with this event. See a sheep-shearing demonstration, and discover bins of apples from the Hudson Valley. (Treats like cider, pie and donuts will be for sale.)

Monday, October 6
50 Years with Fiddler 
Where: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
When: 6pm
Fiddler on the Roof, the musical that gave us "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" among other timeless numbers, celebrates the 50-year anniversary of its premiere (fans, take note: a fall 2015 Broadway revival is in the works). This event features historians Marc Aronson (his father was set designer Boris Aronson), Fiddler lyricist Sheldon Harnick and Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. Seats are limited and require preregistration; RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 7
Joe Perry in Conversation with Eddie Trunk    
Where: Barnes & Noble, Union Square
When: 7pm
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry documents his life and rock 'n' roll career in Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith, from his Massachusetts childhood through his 45-year saga as the band's lead axman. The legend will discuss his journey and book with radio (and That Metal Show) host Eddie Trunk. 

related venues/(7)

  1. 1
    Lower East Side Tenement Museum
    103 Orchard St.
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  2. 2
    Central Park
    Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  3. 3
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse
    Bronx – South Bronx
    NY 10456
  1. 4
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11238
  2. 5
    Queens County Farm Museum
    73-50 Little Neck Pkwy.
    NY 11004
  3. 6
    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    111 Amsterdam Ave
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
  1. 7
    Barnes & Noble Union Square
    33 E. 17th St.
    Manhattan – Union Square
    NY 10003

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