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All events, things to do are free unless otherwise noted. Check out our hand picked list of top free things to do in NYC today, July 30, 2016, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Staged Reading |
The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the readers/actors move around as much as they feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to share with their fellow readers and the audience so that the plays can exist as words and thoughts communicated through space, not just words on the page.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
1:00 pm

Free

Staged Readings, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Shakespeare for Everyone!
Workshop |
Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life!You will learn: • How to focus your time on your priorities • When multi-tasking is helpful or harmful • Secrets to overcoming procrastination • Tips for managing distractions, interruptions and time wasters • Simple strategies and tools for gaining greater control over how you manage and use your time    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
2:00 pm

Free

Workshops, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Time Management: Practical Strategies That Can Change Your Life
Film |
Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman.A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan. 112 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
2:00 pm

Free

Films, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016): Journalist in War
Dance Performance |
In-Sight Dance Company’s Suite Summer Festival gathers compelling professional dance companies from New York City and beyond to create a diverse dance experience in Queens. The seventh annual festival will offer two distinct programs to be held over three days. The free, site-specific performances will invite the audience to rove around the park and participate in an immersive dance experience. In addition to the weekend performances, the public will have the opportunity to experience the creative process during June and July open rehearsals. Takes place July 29-31.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
3:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, In-Sight Dance Company’s Suite Summer Festival
Classical Music Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.Every Saturday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Concert on Water: Classical Music
Play |
This comic dramatization, based on an episode from Book IX of Homer’s The Odyssey, is Euripides’ only extant satyr play. On their way back to Ithaca, Odysseus and his companions confront the cyclops Polyphemus before escaping from Sicily. Enjoy a fully-staged production with music and dance presented by the American Thymele Theatre without intermission.             The East River Park Amphitheater in John V. Lindsay East River Park ManhattanDirections to this location  CostFree  Event OrganizerAmerican Thymele TheatreContact Number(212) 781-3631              Lower East Side Ecology Center in John V. Lindsay East River Park ManhattanDirections to this location  CostFree  Event OrganizerNYC Compost Project, Lower East Site Ecology CenterContact Number(212) 477-4022    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
6:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, New York Euripides Summer Festival 2016 presents Cyclops
Dance Performance |
 Showcasing renowned and newly commissioned dance works by Artistic Director Gina Gibney and Associate Artistic Director Amy Miller, Gibney Dance has invited guest artists from the NYC dance community to perform alongside its resident Company, teach open dance classes, and offer entry points into the artistic process through installations expressly created for outdoor, public spaces. Saturdays in July. A sunset performance set against the Manhattan skyline.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Gibney Dance Peformance:  sunset performance set against the Manhattan skyline
Film |
A film about our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives. 81 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
8:00 pm

Free

Films, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Documentary: Patrick Shen's In Pursuit of Silence (2015)
Play |
Renaissance motifs of masculine friendship and romantic love are portrayed in contrast to the bitter inhumanity of the moneylender Shylock, whose misfortunes--as a victim of blatant anti-Semitism--are presented so as to arouse understanding and sympathy. Presented by The Drilling Company. The play takes place July 28 - August 13, Thursdays through Saturdays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 30
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 30, 2016, 07/30/2016, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: The Merchant of Venice

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Poetry Reading |
The New York City Poetry Festival showcases all of the different formats, aesthetics, and personalities of New York City reading series, publications, and collectives, in one place at one time. The festival intends to create branches between disparate poetry communities, and other artists and artisans, by bringing poetry out of the dark bars and universities and by placing it in the sun.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 31
11:00 am

to 5:00 pm

Free

Poetry Readings, July 31, 2016, 07/31/2016, The 6th Annual New York City Poetry Festival
Concert |
Descended from a long line of revered Afro-Cuban musicians, master percussionist and Havana native Joaquín "El Pulpo" Pozo, is known for his unique style, a melodic approach to four-conga drumming which is identified by its percussive inventiveness and authentically African approach of making the drums "talk." As a composer and band director, Pozo leads his tight ensemble on a journey which melds the traditional sounds of Cuba – rumba and son – with the more modern jazz, creating a singular sound which mesmerizes audiences through the rigor and playfulness of the music.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 31
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 31, 2016, 07/31/2016, Joaquin Pozo, Master Percussionist from Cuba
Dance Performance |
In-Sight Dance Company’s Suite Summer Festival gathers compelling professional dance companies from New York City and beyond to create a diverse dance experience in Queens. The seventh annual festival will offer two distinct programs to be held over three days. The free, site-specific performances will invite the audience to rove around the park and participate in an immersive dance experience. In addition to the weekend performances, the public will have the opportunity to experience the creative process during June and July open rehearsals. Takes place July 29-31.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 31
4:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, July 31, 2016, 07/31/2016, In-Sight Dance Company’s Suite Summer Festival

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Concert |
Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski join fellow cast members from the Broadway revival of the classic musical She Loves Me. Joined by show lyricist Sheldon Harnick, there will be live performances followed by CD signing. This is a wristbanded event. Call for details.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 3
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 03, 2016, 08/03/2016, Tony winners Laura Benanti and Jane Krakowski sign copies of the CD She Loves Me

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Jazz |
Legendary entertainer Dee Dee Bridgewater has won a great many things, among them: three Grammy Awards for her work as a jazz vocalist, a Tony Award for her role in The Wiz on Broadway, and the hearts and ears of a nation as the host of NPR’s JazzSet. She is joined by celebrated trumpeter and composer Theo Croker, who is blazing his own sensational path while honoring the legacy of his grandfather, jazz icon Doc Cheatham.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 4
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 04, 2016, 08/04/2016, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Grammy- and Tony-Winning Jazz Vocalist
Film |
Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter.As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product. 102 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 4
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 04, 2016, 08/04/2016, Tim Story's Ride Along 2 (2016): Buddy Cop Comedy

Friday, August 5, 2016

Film |
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren.In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.124 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 5
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 05, 2016, 08/05/2016, Jay Roach's Trumbo (2015): Oscar-Nominated Biopic of Blacklisted Writer

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Festival |
On the big stage, a multicultural program with professional musicians, dancers and singers will be entertaining all.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 6
10:30 am

to 3:30 pm

Free

Festivals, August 06, 2016, 08/06/2016, The 26th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Concert |
With: The Midnight Ramble Band with Dr. John, Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Anderson East, Howard Johnson, and other special guests under the musical direction of Larry Campbell. Also featuring Parker Millsap. Revisit a pivotal moment in the history of American music: the farewell performance by The Band at the Winterland Ballroom in 1976. In a spirit of reverent joy, late Band drummer Levon Helm’s group The Midnight Ramble Band and its longtime musical director Larry Campbell, along with special guests, dig into the original concert’s formidable set list, offering up a veritable map of American roots music.Opening the evening is Parker Millsap, a bright light in the storytelling tradition of American folk music who “uses his inquisitive mind to deploy striking imagery, plot twists, and cultural symbols” (NPR). The Oklahoma native will present his soulful and literary original songs alongside a band that includes fiddle, acoustic bass, and occasional blasts of electric guitar.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 6
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 06, 2016, 08/06/2016, Roots of American Music The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Festival |
On the big stage, a multicultural program with professional musicians, dancers and singers will be entertaining all.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 7
10:00 am

to 4:00 pm

Free

Festivals, August 07, 2016, 08/07/2016, The 26th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Concert |
An iconic torchbearer of the plainspoken Bakersfield sound made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam’s pioneering songs evoke the dusty backroad, barroom feel of the American west. On his latest album, Second Hand Heart, the country superstar has produced “some of the best music of his life” (Spin). Filled with the “hillbilly” spirit of early hits like “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “Honky Tonk Man,” and “Streets of Bakersfield,” this newest collection of songs ranges from stompers to ballads, best performed live with Yoakam’s golden voice, six-string guitar, and kickin’ band.To get things started, the charismatic Minneapolis-born brothers behind The Cactus Blossoms— Jack Torrey and Page Burkum—give voice to lilting harmonies that recall the glory days of the Everly and Louvin Brothers. Inspired by early country-and-western acts, they have penned a charming catalogue of original songs that makes a simpler, more wholesome life seem well within reach.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 7
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 07, 2016, 08/07/2016, Dwight Yoakam, Country and Americana Star

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Park Walk |
Join an after-work evening stroll along part of Central Park’s West side. A guide leads you on a casual walk from the southwest corner of Central Park to Tavern on the Green. Learn about the Maine Monument, west side arches, Heckscher Ballfields, Sheep Meadow, and Tavern on the Green on this tour designed for New York summer evenings. This tour will take place on Tuesdays from July 5-August 23  (except August 2).    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 9
6:00 pm

Free

Park Walks, August 09, 2016, 08/09/2016, West Side Evening Stroll

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Talk |
“Summer in the city” may conjure up images of sweaty subway cars, but New York’s summers are actually a lot cooler than one might think. More and more electricity is being consumed for air-conditioning, and the resulting emissions will mean even higher outside temperatures as time goes on. Author and environmentalist Stan Cox, named one of The Atlantic's "Brave Thinkers" in 2012, discusses the costs and benefits of New Yorkers' growing reliance on climate control. A brief discussion and Q+A with Cecil Mark-Corbin, Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, to follow.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 11
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, August 11, 2016, 08/11/2016, Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned City

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Film |
Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon.The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. 94 Minutes    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 13
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 13, 2016, 08/13/2016, Gordon Douglas' Them! (1954): Giant Radioactive Ants

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Park Walk |
Join an after-work evening stroll along part of Central Park’s West side. A guide leads you on a casual walk from the southwest corner of Central Park to Tavern on the Green. Learn about the Maine Monument, west side arches, Heckscher Ballfields, Sheep Meadow, and Tavern on the Green on this tour designed for New York summer evenings. This tour will take place on Tuesdays from July 5-August 23  (except August 2).    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 16
6:00 pm

Free

Park Walks, August 16, 2016, 08/16/2016, West Side Evening Stroll

Friday, August 19, 2016

Film |
Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton.A formerly popular film actor struggles to cope with his current life and starring in a Broadway play. 119 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 19
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 19, 2016, 08/19/2016, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2015): Oscar's Best Picture of the Year

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Park Walk |
Join an after-work evening stroll along part of Central Park’s West side. A guide leads you on a casual walk from the southwest corner of Central Park to Tavern on the Green. Learn about the Maine Monument, west side arches, Heckscher Ballfields, Sheep Meadow, and Tavern on the Green on this tour designed for New York summer evenings. This tour will take place on Tuesdays from July 5-August 23  (except August 2).    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 23
6:00 pm

Free

Park Walks, August 23, 2016, 08/23/2016, West Side Evening Stroll

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Concert |
The Burnt Sugar Arkestra celebrates the Parade album, which contained the score for Prince's self-directed 1986 film Under The Cherry Moon, a kitschy cult classic filled with slapstick hijinks and sublime orchestral arrangements by the legendary Clare Fischer. Burnt Sugar will also throw in some surprise nods to other songs from Prince’s post-Purple Rain canon of the late ’80s and early ’90s.Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ionman" Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, New York City’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel and adherence to Butch Morris's "Conduction" system allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and avant-garde spectrums. Rolling Stone calls them “a multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’s On the Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’s moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.”    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 25, 2016, 08/25/2016, Under the Cherry Parade in a Day (You Sexy MF): A Prince Tribute

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Workshop |
Learn techniques from some of the best names in chess, and then put your new skills to the test in a simul with fellow players at this special chess lecture and simul series. Ages 6+, prior experience required. Must be present the entire program to play in simul.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 27
11:00 am

to 3:00 pm

Free

Workshops, August 27, 2016, 08/27/2016, Chess Lecture and Simul with Grandmaster John Fedorowicz

Monday, August 29, 2016

Book Reading |
The films of the Coen brothers have become a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Highly acclaimed and commercially successful, over the years their movies have attracted increasingly larger audiences and spawned a subculture of dedicated fans. Shunning fame and celebrity, Ethan and Joel Coen remain maverick filmmakers, producing and directing independent films outside the Hollywood mainstream in a unique style combining classic genres like film noir with black comedy to tell off-beat stories about America and the American Dream.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 29
12:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, August 29, 2016, 08/29/2016, Jeffrey Adams reads from his book The Cinema of the Coen Brothers: Hard Boiled Entertainments

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Discussion |
First, view an episode of the acclaimed new Viceland series Woman, in which executive producer and host Gloria Steinem and an all-female team of journalists investigate the troubling prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. military.Stay after the screening for a live talk-back with Steinem, host and interviewer Katherine Keating, and Vice journalists.      New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 30
7:30 pm

Free

Discussions, August 30, 2016, 08/30/2016, Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military: A Discussion Featuring Gloria Steinem

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Talk |
New Yorkers go through hundreds of millions of plastic shopping bags, coffee cups, take-out clamshells, soda straws, and other single-use items every day – all in the name of convenience. But that short-term convenience comes with long-term costs to the environment and our health. Journalist Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, talks about how the rise of plastic helped create a culture of convenience and how to live with the disposables we can’t seem to do without.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 15
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, September 15, 2016, 09/15/2016, New York's Love Affair with Plastics
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