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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - September 13-September 15


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There's no denying that Manhattan is the sparkle in New York City's eye, but that doesn't mean you have to dump out your wallet to hang out there. City Guide's compiled all the best free things to do in Manhattan this weekend, and for those wanting to explore the city's most famous borough on the cheap, this is your go-to guide.

Free Comedy Show - O.P.P.A.
September 13, 2019 - New York

Comedy Evening is a completely free comedy show in the heart of the West Village featuring comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central, TruTV, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and more!

Friends of Naap - Symphony Space
September 13, 2019 - New York

Some series regulars, and some newcomers! We welcome Steven Cuevas at the keyboard for the May edition, observing Japan's Kodomo no hi (Children's Day), with songs about parenting and kids (but not necessarily for kids). with: Ann Chow, Angelita Esperanza, Chrissy Pardo, Charles McCall, Ellis Gage, Joanna Parson, Joel Shelton, Karin Kawamoto, Kristina Osterling, Kennedy Kanagawa, Lara Fox, Marissa Parness Rader, Melissa Slaughter, Risa Mickenberg, Stephanie Card.

The 22nd Annual Cannoli Eating Competition - The Feast of San Gennaro
September 13, 2019 - New York

Beginning September 12th, The Feast of San Gennaro, celebrates its 93rd anniversary this year hosting a variety of activities and events throughout its 11-day celebration. The Feast takes place in the heart of Little Italy, running along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street (on south) and Houston Street (on north). The annual festival presented by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro) is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive. The feast will kick-off with The Blessing of The Stands on September 12th at 6pm. During this event, a Parish Priest parades through the festival blessing all the shops, restaurants, vendors, and merchants to symbol an enjoyable and successful feast.

MSM Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Manahan - Manhattan School
September 13, 2019 - New York

MSM Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating Beethoven: Lecture/Recital on the Hammerklavier Sonata - Manhattan School of Music
September 13, 2019 - New York

Featuring special guest Xun Pan, piano, Chinese-American pianist Xun Pan has won many international piano competitions and awards. A noted chamber musician, he "…excites his audience with extraordinary power and masterful technique." (Intelligencer Journal).

Nikhil Chopra: Lands, Waters, and Skies - The Met Fifth Avenue
September 13, 2019 - New York

At the heart of Nikhil Chopra's durational performances is the contemplative act of drawing. During his residency at The Met, Chopra will interrogate how identities are formed and understood through a series of dramatic character transformations and the creation of a monumental drawing. Lands, Waters, and Skies is a live performance by Indian artist Nikhil Chopra, created for The Met's galleries. For nine consecutive days, Chopra will inhabit various personae and interact with The Met collection. Akin to a nomadic traveler, Chopra will move through the Museum, following an itinerary of his own making that will query the Museum's own organizational principles and logic. The performance begins at the Main Steps on the David H. Koch Plaza; and travels to Floor 1, Great Hall, and Egyptian Art, Gallery 131, The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

Bard in the Park - Clinton Cove
September 13, 2019 - New York

Celebrate the solstice with free BARD IN THE PARK! Bringing Shakespeare to Clinton Cove for four performances this summer, join local artists for A Midsummer Night's Song.

Graffiti Warriors: Bama and Pistol, Pioneers of Subway Art - The Village Alliance
Through September 13, 2019 - New York

This is free and open to the public. In the early 1970s, the felt-tipped, penned initials on New York City's subway morphed into multicolored lettering and illustrations sprayed on the trains and tunnels with aerosol paint cans. Inner-city kids from the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn viewed the trains as a rolling canvas showcasing their art for all New Yorkers, rich and poor alike. In so doing, they pioneered an indigenous urban American art form--graffiti, now recognized worldwide as the visual component of hip-hop culture. This exhibition celebrates the past and present art of two graffiti artists--Richard Admiral, Jr. and his buddy Lonnie Heller, aka Bama and Pistol--who helped pioneer subway graffiti before the art form was chronicled by acclaimed photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper in the late '70s.

Pre-College Percussion Seminar: John Wittmann Presents 'Top Ten Things I Wish I Knew' - Morse Hall
September 14, 2019 - New York

This discussion is designed to enlighten and inspire young students by taking the mystery out of what Mr. Wittmann feels is necessary to find one's path in this world. Ten concepts are shared which all illuminate personal attributes often forgotten as students grow and study. All of the ten were realized through Mr. Wittmann's own mistakes and shortcomings. His wish is to transparently share these with people who have doubt as to how they should proceed in this wonderful, daunting life as a productive, responsible citizen. It is real-world advice; no-nonsense advice; get real advice. Examining your own motives, developing key relationships and embracing change are discussed. International Musician, Modern Drummer, and Muso Magazine have published excerpts from its contents. Versions of this talk have been presented at major universities and conventions in the U.S. and Europe.

Ayako Oshima Neidich, Clarinet | Pre-College Faculty Recital - Paul Hall at The Juilliard School
September 14, 2019 - New York

From Tokyo to Prague (Via New York) Ayako Oshima, Clarinet Mohamed Shams, Piano Charles Neidich, Guest Clarinet Takashi YOSHIMATSU 4 Pieces in Bird Shape Akira MIYOSHI Perspective en Spirale for Clarinet Solo Elliott CARTER Hiyoku Bohuslav MARTINU Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano

Grand Procession Parade - The Feast of San Gennaro
September 14, 2019 - New York

Beginning September 12th, The Feast of San Gennaro, celebrates its 93rd anniversary this year hosting a variety of activities and events throughout its 11-day celebration. The Feast takes place in the heart of Little Italy, running along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street (on south) and Houston Street (on north). The annual festival presented by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro) is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive. The feast will kick-off with The Blessing of The Stands on September 12th at 6pm. During this event, a Parish Priest parades through the festival blessing all the shops, restaurants, vendors, and merchants to symbol an enjoyable and successful feast.

NYC Children's Theater Presents: Moving Our Bodies - Story Time
September 14, 2019 - New York

Do you want to build a snowman? Celebrate the start of Olaf's ideal season with storytime and crafts at the Strand! Join us Sunday at 11am and 2pm.

Pete the Cat Storytime - Storytime
September 14, 2019 - New York

He loves his white shoes, he loves his blue shoes, he loves his red shoes... that's right, Pete the Cat is here! We'll be reading stories and doing crafts and no matter what, this funny cat won't lose his cool. Join us on Saturday at 2pm & Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm for storytime and crafts with Pete the Cat.

Giraffes Can't Dance with Curated Care - Storytime
September 14, 2019 - New York

Gerald the giraffe and Pip Pip the penguin aren't like the other animals...and they need your help! Join us Curated Care for a special animal-themed story time, where we will read two of Giles Andreae's heartfelt and hilarious stories: Giraffes Can't Dance and Be Brave, Little Penguin. Get ready to dance, dive and make a singing splash as we explore these awesome stories.

Nikhil Chopra: Lands, Waters, and Skies - The Met Fifth Avenue
September 14, 2019 - New York

At the heart of Nikhil Chopra's durational performances is the contemplative act of drawing. During his residency at The Met, Chopra will interrogate how identities are formed and understood through a series of dramatic character transformations and the creation of a monumental drawing. Lands, Waters, and Skies is a live performance by Indian artist Nikhil Chopra, created for The Met's galleries. For nine consecutive days, Chopra will inhabit various personae and interact with The Met collection. Akin to a nomadic traveler, Chopra will move through the Museum, following an itinerary of his own making that will query the Museum's own organizational principles and logic. The performance begins at the Main Steps on the David H. Koch Plaza; and travels to Floor 1, Great Hall, and Egyptian Art, Gallery 131, The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

Sky Room Rooftop Fridays - Sky Room
Through September 14, 2019 - New York

PRIVE GROUP Presents: SKY ROOM ROOFTOP FRIDAYS Join us each and every Friday at the highest rooftop lounge in Manhattan: Sky Room Rooftop! Come enjoy drinks, great music, and dancing, and lounge on our heated outdoor patio and take in breathtaking views of the Manhattan Skyline! Sky Room, which boasts 360 views of Manhattan and the Hudson River from the city's highest rooftop lounge, takes New York City nightlife to new heights! Occupying the 33rd and 34th floors of the newly constructed Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Times Square, the bi-level ultra lounge transports guests to a high energy oasis atop 40th Street and offers five distinct spaces: The Times Square Lounge, The Cube Balcony, The Private Salon, The North Terrace with retractable roof, and The South Terrace with private cabanas.

Sassi Party Performers - The Feast of San Gennaro
September 15, 2019 - New York

Beginning September 12th, The Feast of San Gennaro, celebrates its 93rd anniversary this year hosting a variety of activities and events throughout its 11-day celebration. The Feast takes place in the heart of Little Italy, running along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street (on south) and Houston Street (on north). The annual festival presented by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro) is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive. The feast will kick-off with The Blessing of The Stands on September 12th at 6pm. During this event, a Parish Priest parades through the festival blessing all the shops, restaurants, vendors, and merchants to symbol an enjoyable and successful feast.

Gene Roberts Band - The Feast of San Gennaro
September 15, 2019 - New York

Beginning September 12th, The Feast of San Gennaro, celebrates its 93rd anniversary this year hosting a variety of activities and events throughout its 11-day celebration. The Feast takes place in the heart of Little Italy, running along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street (on south) and Houston Street (on north). The annual festival presented by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro) is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive. The feast will kick-off with The Blessing of The Stands on September 12th at 6pm. During this event, a Parish Priest parades through the festival blessing all the shops, restaurants, vendors, and merchants to symbol an enjoyable and successful feast.

Shell-Ebrate Oysters - Pier 25 in Tribeca
September 15, 2019 - New York

Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside Park staff to support oyster research efforts.

Giraffes Can't Dance with Curated Care - Storytime
September 15, 2019 - New York

Gerald the giraffe and Pip Pip the penguin aren't like the other animals...and they need your help! Join us Curated Care for a special animal-themed story time, where we will read two of Giles Andreae's heartfelt and hilarious stories: Giraffes Can't Dance and Be Brave, Little Penguin. Get ready to dance, dive and make a singing splash as we explore these awesome stories!

Pete the Cat Storytime - Storytime
September 15, 2019 - New York

He loves his white shoes, he loves his blue shoes, he loves his red shoes... that's right, Pete the Cat is here! We'll be reading stories and doing crafts and no matter what, this funny cat won't lose his cool. Join us on Saturday at 2pm & Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm for storytime and crafts with Pete the Cat.

Nikhil Chopra: Lands, Waters, and Skies - The Met Fifth Avenue
September 15, 2019 - New York

At the heart of Nikhil Chopra's durational performances is the contemplative act of drawing. During his residency at The Met, Chopra will interrogate how identities are formed and understood through a series of dramatic character transformations and the creation of a monumental drawing. Lands, Waters, and Skies is a live performance by Indian artist Nikhil Chopra, created for The Met's galleries. For nine consecutive days, Chopra will inhabit various personae and interact with The Met collection. Akin to a nomadic traveler, Chopra will move through the Museum, following an itinerary of his own making that will query the Museum's own organizational principles and logic. The performance begins at the Main Steps on the David H. Koch Plaza; and travels to Floor 1, Great Hall, and Egyptian Art, Gallery 131, The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

Desi Saturdays - Stage 48
Through September 15, 2019 - New York

Each & Every Saturday Night, come experience the Glamour & Glitz of Bollywood as you Mix, Mingle and Dance at New York City's Hottest Saturday Night DesiParty Stage48, Desi Saturdays is one high society DesiParty. Wow factor everywhere. Beautiful people, beautiful venue, beautiful ambiance, and did we mention beautiful people? High energy, amazing music and a packed house are just some of the traits of what you would expect at this weekly Bollywood party.

Harlem Week !!! 2019 Imagenation Outdoors Film & Music Festival - St. Nicholas Park
Through September 17, 2019 - New York

This adaptation of the James Baldwin Novel, stars Academy Award winner Regina King, Coleman Domingo, Michael Beach, Teyonah Parris, Aunjanue Ellis and newcomer Kiki Layne. The film follows a pregnant woman in who Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime he did not commit.

Hudson River Nature Walk - Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

Learn about Hudson River Park's wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the Park's esplanade. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience. Park Naturalists will meet participants at the Christopher Street Fountain, just north of Pier 40 at 9 a.m. sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities - please be considerate and leave your dog at home.

San Gennaro - Little Italy
Through September 23, 2019 - New York

Beginning September 12th, The Feast of San Gennaro, celebrates its 93rd anniversary this year hosting a variety of activities and events throughout its 11-day celebration. The Feast takes place in the heart of Little Italy, running along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street (on south) and Houston Street (on north). The annual festival presented by Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro) is a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive. To celebrate traditions of the past, the feast will be reintroducing the traditional, column lights to illuminate the streets in celebration of authentic Italy heritage. The celebration spans over 10 blocks with vendors offering everything from zeppoles to custom made jewelry, entertainment and family friendly activities. The feast will kick-off with The Blessing of The Stands on September 12th at 6:00 PM. During this event, a Parish Priest parades through the festival blessing all the shops, restaurants, vendors, and merchants to symbol an enjoyable and successful feast. In addition, the Grand Procession parade will take place on September 14th at 2:00 PM lead... (read more)

Discovery Room - American Museum of No History
Through January 01, 2020 - New York

The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at its science. Children, accompanied by adults, can explore an array of artifacts and specimens, puzzles, and scientific challenges. Discovery Room Highlights: Hunt for animals in a majestic two-story replica of an African baobab tree filled with specimens of birds, insects, reptiles, and small mammals. Create your own collection of minerals, skulls, or arthropods from a cabinet full of fascinating specimens. Gather around an authentic Kwakiutl totem pole carved at the Museum in 1992. Assemble a life-sized cast skeleton of Prestosuchus, a 14-foot long reptile from the late Triassic Period and handle real fossils. Track real-time earthquakes anywhere in the world on a three-drum seismograph and explore the natural world with sophisticated microscopes.

10 Times Square: New York Fashion Rediscovered 1982-1997 - ZAZ10TS
Through January 20, 2020 - New York

An extraordinary collection of long-lost 1980s-1990s fashion photographs found on a New York City sidewalk. Opening during New York Fashion Week, the exhibition showcases the history of fashion in New York. Presented in the lobby gallery of the iconic building that served as home to some of the most prominent designers in NY, the exhibition features captivating runway images of the fashion stars and supermodels of the era, including Anna Sui, Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Perry Ellis, Isaac Mizrahi, Anne Klein, Geoffrey Beene, Adrienne Vittadini, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Helena Christensen and more. Photograph by Kishimitsu Hada from the collection of Yuriko Tomita


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