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Do you live in New York and are looking for something interesting to do this weekend? Are you just visting and happened to be in New York this weekend?  Or maybe only either Saturday or Sunday? Are you here with your family and kids, or by yourself? What activities do you prefer: watch a parade go by, look at the things sold at the street fairs, be a part of a festival, attend a concert, see a show?

Our guess is that in any case you would like to do something cool, fun, off the beaten path, entertaining, exciting, inspiring and to do it without ruining your bugget. We are here to help you to make your weekend in New York as interesting and exciting as it can possibly be. We will tell you what are the best things to do this weekend.

New York offers way more than the Broadway shows, the well-known museums like the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) and the famous sightseeing sites, like The Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building.

This town never ceases to amaze the tourists as well as the city dwellers with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's day or night, summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September, weekday or weekend.

New York's cultural scene is at its busiest in October and March (and the same goes for free events, free things to do), but other months of the year still offer incredible amount of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

So start using these unique New York City opportunities today, May 6, 2021!

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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge, and all of that on any day of the year, whether it's December or July, April or November!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club Free Time comes in handy! Become a Club Free Time member and start using these unique New York City (NYC) opportunities today, May 6, 2021!

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Free things to do, free events that take place in New York City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (May 6, 2021) or on any other day of the year don't miss those free-of-charge opportunities that only New York provides! You can find lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC), Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

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Experience an entirely new perspective on New York. 'Open up a whole new cultural world... in one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, sampling cultural delights beyond anyone's wildest dream.' Rupert Parker, journalist, photographer, cameraman, and TV producer
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This Weekend in New York City (NYC): 63 Free Events, Free Things to Do

All events, things to do this weekend (Fri, 05/07/2021 - Sun, 05/09/2021) are free unless otherwise noted.

Play | The Royale: Drama Desk Award-winning Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


When is a play about a boxer not really about boxing? When it's the 2016 Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning The Royale! The play is about the life of the outsider in America as much as it is about charismatic African-American boxer Jay "The Sport" Jackson. The stylized and stunning conception of Marco Ramirez was realized by director Rachel Chavkin. The streaming is available through May 16th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, May 7
12:00 am

Free
Plays, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, The Royale: Drama Desk Award-winning Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Performance | (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts


Professional circus performers showcasing training and creative process as well as rehearsals of works-in-progress and show-ready acts. Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Weekends 10am-7pm Artists will be inside the studios and viewers will be in the passageway. Masks and social distancing are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, May 7
9:00 am

Free
Performances, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

Tour | Haifa's Kaleidoscope: German Colony and Bahai Gardens (virtual)


Haifa is where the Mediterranean Sea meets Mount Carmel, where dozens of different cultures and religions live side by side on the green slopes of the mountain. The German Colony, remnants of the settlement from the Christian German Templers' movement at the end of the 19th century, is very well preserved, with great restaurants and a spectacular view from below of the Baha'i Gardens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, May 7
10:00 am

Free
Tours, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Haifa's Kaleidoscope: German Colony and Bahai Gardens (virtual)

Fair | (IN-PERSON) Flower Show: Floral Extravaganza


Enjoy an exhibition of exotic flowers and plants from around the world that transforms the venue into a breathtaking floral extravaganza. The exhibition will last for two weeks: May 2 - May 16. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 7
11:00 am

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Fairs, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON) Flower Show: Floral Extravaganza

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Market in Midtown: Food, Art, Collectibles and More


Take part in outdoor shopping experience at this beautiful location. You will find a diverse mix of original art, antique collectibles, jewelry and cuisines from local small businesses.  The market is open daily through Jun 20th, 11 am - 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Market in Midtown: Food, Art, Collectibles and More

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 7
12:30 pm

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Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Tour | Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (virtual)


From the Morgan’s three Gutenberg Bibles to the intricately carved cylinder seals of Ancient Mesopotamia, join Morgan docents as they guide you on an up-close virtual exploration and discussion of one of the many works in the institution’s treasured permanent collection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm

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Tours, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Astronomy: Visiting Volcanoes in Space (virtual)


On Earth, volcanoes are emblems of our dynamic planet. But volcanoes aren’t unique to our world. Scientists have discovered hundreds of volcanoes throughout our solar system, including on Mercury, Mars, Io, Enceladus, and even on Pluto. Uncover the mysteries lying beneath the surface and discover all that volcanoes can reveal about the evolution of worlds beyond earth.    Join planetary scientist Marina Gemma on an interactive, live spaceflight to our solar system’s volcanic “hot-spots” using the OpenSpace visualization platform. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 7
1:00 pm

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Slide Lectures, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Astronomy: Visiting Volcanoes in Space (virtual)

Tour | Atmosphere for Invention: Brooklyn Navy Yard's Art Studios (virtual)


The Brooklyn Navy Yard recently launched a public art exhibit with the theme Atmosphere for Invention, which reflects both the site's history and its inventive spirit today. This live virtual program will visit the studios of artists Jackie Meier, Paul Campbell, and Tracy Wuischpard, who will be joined by curator Carli Beseau, and they will share how they created works of public art that foster healing, beauty, regeneration, and community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 7
5:00 pm

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Tours, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Atmosphere for Invention: Brooklyn Navy Yard's Art Studios (virtual)

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm

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Museumss, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bossa Nova Live


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm

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Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bossa Nova Live

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, May 7
6:00 pm

Free
Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Latin Music

Screening | (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Mythic Quest Season 2: Comedy


With the quarantine finally over, the new season of Mythic Quest finds everyone back in the office (well, almost everyone), attempting to build upon the success of Raven's Banquet by launching an epic new expansion, but Ian (Rob McElhenney) and the newly promoted co-creative director, Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), struggle with the game's direction. Meanwhile, CW (F. Murray Abraham) reconciles some unresolved issues from his past, the testers (Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim) test the bounds of an office romance, and David (David Hornsby) loses yet another woman in his life as Jo ( Jessie Ennis) leaves him to assist Brad (Danny Pudi). Followed by a discussion with creators and cast.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, May 7
7:00 pm

Free
Screenings, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Mythic Quest Season 2: Comedy

Poetry Reading | Poetry: What does Soul mean to you? (virtual)


Join Soul Sister Revue as they ask the question “What does Soul mean to you?” Readers include Yona Harvey (You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love), Tarfia Faizullah (Registers of Illuminated Villages), Dante Micheaux (Circus) CM Burroughs (Master Suffering), and Dimitri Reyes. Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opera | Met Opera: Berg's Wozzeck (virtual)


During the 2019-20 season, Maestro Nezet-Seguin took the podium to lead a powerful new production of Berg's shocking modern masterpiece Wozzeck, directed by innovative artist, filmmaker, and director William Kentridge. In this performance, baritone Peter Mattei stars as the title character, making his role debut as the tormented soldier whose madness and paranoia ultimately drive him to murder. The exceptional cast also features soprano Elza van den Heever as Wozzeck's dissatisfied lover, Marie, and tenors Gerhard Siegel and Christopher Ventris and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as his ruthless persecutors. The event will be streaming for 23 hours.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, May 7
7:30 pm

Free
Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Met Opera: Berg's Wozzeck (virtual)

Jazz | Re-envisioned Bach, Charlie Parker and More (virtual)


Ken Field (alto saxophone/electronics) and Dave Harris (tuba) present a wide-ranging electro-acoustic performance of composed and improvised music, including works from the repertoire of Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, plus re-envisioned treatments of material by J.S. Bach, Charlie Parker, and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, May 7
7:30 pm

Free
Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Re-envisioned Bach, Charlie Parker and More (virtual)

Dance Performance | Korean National Ballet (virtual)


Heo Nan Seol Heon - Su Wol Kyung Hwa is a piece about Heo Nan Seol Heon's (1563~1589) life and her poems, who was a prominent Korean poetess of the mid-Joseon dynasty. "Su Wol Kyung Hwa" is a four-character idiom that refers to the moonlight reflected on the water and a flower in the mirror. This denotes a poetic, intangible atmosphere, one that is visible but cannot be touched, and beautiful beyond description. The performance was filmed in 2017 at Seoul Arts Center. The streaming will be available until May 9, 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 7
8:00 pm

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Dance Performances, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Korean National Ballet (virtual)

Play | Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' – The New York Times (virtual)


Amber, Lorraine, and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women, find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected in this “warm slice-of-life tale.” (The New York Times). Young Amber’s case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine reluctantly attempts therapist-suggested self-care, and Grandmother Kay struggles with a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. In this hilarious and poignant award-winning work, three women find strength in one another and discover the beauty and complexity of family. By Elaine Murphy Directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull Starring Brenda Meaney, Lauren O’Leary, and Marsha Mason
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 7
8:00 pm

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Comedy Club | Stand-Up Comedy (virtual)


Enjoy a live comedy show on Zoom featuring a variety of comics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, May 7
10:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Stand-Up Comedy (virtual)

Staged Reading | I Gotta Home: Family Intrigues (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Reverend Cobb has a large, boisterous family and the dwindling bank account to match. So when the family learns that his long-lost sister is quite possibly the heir to a celebrity fortune, excitement and intrigue brew. But once the enigmatic Aunt Mattie blasts into town, the Cobb family and parsonage discover that things aren't quite what they seem! Written by Shirley Graham Du Bois in 1940. The event is streaming until May 3rd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, May 8
12:00 am

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Staged Readings, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, I Gotta Home: Family Intrigues (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Screening | Romeo and Juliet by London's National Theatre (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


This stylized film of Shakespeare's masterpiece from the National Theatre celebrates the theatrical imagination. In this contemporary retelling, a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the tale of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and hate. Josh O'Connor and Jessie Buckley star as Shakespeare's immortal star-crossed lovers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, May 8
12:00 am

Free
Screenings, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, Romeo and Juliet by London's National Theatre (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, May 8
8:00 am

Free
Fairs, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Art, Roller Skating, Doggie Fashion Show


The market offers socially-distanced experience of food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am

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Fairs, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Art, Roller Skating, Doggie Fashion Show

Festival | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Earth Celebration: Visual Art, Pageant, Puppets, Performances


Enjoy outdoor pop-up site performances and visual art presentations that celebrate the climate solution initiatives. Come and find the surprises of spectacular local climate solutions, visual art, puppets, costumes and performances tucked throughout the neighborhood. Raindate May 9.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, May 8
11:00 am

Free
Festivals, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Earth Celebration: Visual Art, Pageant, Puppets, Performances

Other | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) LEGO Building Station for All Ages


BUILD NYC is an interactive building station with playful materials and that encourages people to tap into their creative side, all while staying 6 feet apart. Masks are required, and if you need one, it will be provided. BUILD with elements including: - LEGO, Magna-Tiles, Imagination Playground blocks, connect-able straws, and other materials for building; - printed cards with activities conceived by architects and educators; - books on architecture and engineering
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, May 8
11:00 am

Free
Others, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) LEGO Building Station for All Ages

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More


Shop for antiques, decor items, sustainable and vintage clothing, collectible objects and more. In addition, Smorgasburg food vendors will offer brunch and lunch options.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More

Tour | Brooklyn Army Terminal: A Marvel of Architecture and Engineering (virtual)


Completed in 1919, the Brooklyn Army Terminal is a marvel of architecture and engineering. On this tour, you will examine its design and construction during World War I, its 47-year service as a military supply base, and its reinvention as a hub for industry, manufacturing, and technology today. You will spend time in the breathtaking atrium, step into the skybridges that connect the buildings, and look at how the site has been renovated.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Club | Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Discuss the Classics (virtual)


Looking to revisit some literary classics? Get a new take on books that you may have read in years past? Join this monthly Virtual Classics Book Discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am

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Book Clubs, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Discuss the Classics (virtual)

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More


David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and more. The band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm

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Concerts, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Juggling in a Park


Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching the jugglers put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided and regularly sanitized. Schedule: Tuesdays 6-7pm Wednesdays 12-1pm Saturdays 12-1pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | That Physics Show: Scientific 'Magic' (virtual)


Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to the stage. That Physics Show is based on hundreds of physics experiments presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country. Learn what damage a ping pong ball can do as it hurtles 700 miles an hour through a vacuum tube, see the shape of sound in dancing flames, and predict the shapes of smoke rings shot from a trash can! This is a classroom presentation of the Off-Broadway, Drama Desk Award winning show. Family fun for all ages! 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm

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Performances, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, That Physics Show: Scientific 'Magic' (virtual)
Sat, May 8
2:00 pm

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Concerts, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (In Person) French Chanson

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin


Saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson will be joined by Joe Boga on trumpet and Alex Raderman on drums. They will play classic American repertoire from the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, May 8
3:00 pm

Free
Concerts, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin
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3:00 pm

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Play | Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' – The New York Times (virtual)


Amber, Lorraine, and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women, find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected in this “warm slice-of-life tale.” (The New York Times). Young Amber’s case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine reluctantly attempts therapist-suggested self-care, and Grandmother Kay struggles with a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. In this hilarious and poignant award-winning work, three women find strength in one another and discover the beauty and complexity of family. By Elaine Murphy Directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull Starring Brenda Meaney, Lauren O’Leary, and Marsha Mason
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' &ndash; The New York Times (virtual)

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Live Music


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Grammy-Winning Trumpeter


Keyon Harrold is a Grammy-winning trumpeter, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Keyon has worked with Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Beyonce, Nas, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Glasper, and Keith Richards.
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Sat, May 8
7:00 pm

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Concerts, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Grammy-Winning Trumpeter

Dance Performance | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Revelations Reimagined (virtual)


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Revelations Reimagined explores its choreographic masterpiece Revelations (1960) in a new context: past and present, on stage and off, a cultural treasure that transformed modern dance forever and continues to reinvent itself. The piece pays tribute to African-American heritage—“sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful”—and to the power of the human spirit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opera | Met Opera: Puccini's Madama Butterfly (virtual)


Anthony Minghella's stunning production of Puccini's opera opened the Met's 2006-07 season and was seen by thousands of people around the world as part of the company's Live in HD series. Patricia Racette is Cio-Cio-San, the trusting and innocent young geisha of the title, who disastrously falls in love with American Navy lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton (Marcello Giordani), only to be abandoned by him. Maria Zifchak is her loyal servant Suzuki and Dwayne Croft is Sharpless, the sympathetic American consul who does all he can but is unable to avert tragedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, May 8
7:30 pm

Free
Concerts, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, Met Opera: Puccini's Madama Butterfly (virtual)

Concert | The Great Film Scores from Forrest Gump, Schindler's List, and More by Pops Orchestra (virtual)


Enjoy a program of celebrated film scores, played with power and passion by the Cincinnati Pops led by Pops Principal Guest Conductor Damon Gupton. They will perform music from cinematic favorites including Forrest Gump, Schindler's List, Lincoln, The Mission and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, The Great Film Scores from Forrest Gump, Schindler's List, and More by Pops Orchestra (virtual)
Sat, May 8
8:00 pm

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Performances, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, (IN-PERSON) Interactive Musical Comedy

Discussion | Glee’s Harry Shum Jr. and Pulitzer Prize–winning Author in Conversation (virtual)


Actor and dancer Harry Shum Jr. is best known for his roles as Mike Chang in Glee and Magnus Bane in Shadowhunters. His credits include Crazy Rich Asians, All My Life, and he has danced on tour and in videos for Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Destiny’s Child. Shum will join Pulitzer Prize–winning author and USC (University of Southern California) professor Viet Thanh Nguyen for a wide-ranging conversation about his career in entertainment, advocacy work for children and against racism, Asian Americans in the performing arts, the importance of generational storytelling, and more. 
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Discussions, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, Glee&rsquo;s Harry Shum Jr. and Pulitzer Prize&ndash;winning Author in Conversation (virtual)

Classical Music | Beethoven's Symphonic Works (virtual)


Maestro Leon Botstein leads the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in this concert. The program features Beethoven's 3rd and 4th symphonies, Wellington's Victory, and Drei Equali for four trombones.
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Concerts, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, Beethoven's Symphonic Works (virtual)

Play | Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' – The New York Times (virtual)


Amber, Lorraine, and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women, find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected in this “warm slice-of-life tale.” (The New York Times). Young Amber’s case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine reluctantly attempts therapist-suggested self-care, and Grandmother Kay struggles with a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. In this hilarious and poignant award-winning work, three women find strength in one another and discover the beauty and complexity of family. By Elaine Murphy Directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull Starring Brenda Meaney, Lauren O’Leary, and Marsha Mason
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 08, 2021, 05/08/2021, Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' &ndash; The New York Times (virtual)

Play | A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


A Picture of Autumn made its debut on February 11, 1951 in a one-night 'try-out' performance presented by the Repertory Players, at the Duke of York's Theatre on London's West End. Despite promising reviews, the play was never picked up. Instead, N.C. Hunter enjoyed great success with his plays Waters of the Moon, A Day by the Sea and A Touch of the Sun, which dominated the West End throughout the fifties. Meanwhile, A Picture of Autumn gathered dust until this acclaimed production--the play's first in over 60 years. The streaming will be available until Jun 13th. By N.C. Hunter Directed by Gus Kaikkonen
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Film | Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004): Biographical Drama with Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


An epic biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920's to the mid-1940's. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Jude Law
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, May 9
12:00 am

Free
Films, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004): Biographical Drama with Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Performance | (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts


Professional circus performers showcasing training and creative process as well as rehearsals of works-in-progress and show-ready acts. Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Weekends 10am-7pm Artists will be inside the studios and viewers will be in the passageway. Masks and social distancing are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, May 9
10:00 am

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Performances, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More


Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. Every Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 40-50 vendors. Visitors must wear a face covering and maintain social distance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, May 9
10:00 am

Free
Fairs, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating


The market offers socially-distanced experience of food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating

Park Walk | (IN-PERSON) Waterfront Walk With A Skyline View


Join your tour guide to learn about the history of this landmark park, its sustainable design, and how it came to life. Wear comfortable shoes, the tour traverses the beautiful park landscape. Every Sunday starting May 9 and continues through October.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, May 9
10:30 am

Free
Park Walks, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON) Waterfront Walk With A Skyline View

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Pop-Up Market: One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Items


The market offers one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local artisans. This weekly event features more than twenty vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of 2.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, May 9
10:30 am

Free
Fairs, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Pop-Up Market: One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Items

Tour | NYC's Flatiron District Tour (virtual)


Explore and learn about one of New York City’s most interesting areas: the home of the Flatiron Building, the original Madison Square Garden, “23 Skidoo,” and the center of NYC social life in the mid-19th century. Walk through an urban oasis while soaking in tales of the city’s amazing history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, May 9
11:00 am

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Tours, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, NYC's Flatiron District Tour (virtual)

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More


David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and more. The band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm

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Concerts, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More
Sun, May 9
2:00 pm

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Performances, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON) Interactive Musical Comedy

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Lounge and Smooth Jazz


Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz! Sharla Keys (keyboards and voice) and ArBuz (drums) draw inspiration from Earth pop music of the last 50-60 years, lounge, and smooth jazz, and use them as a platform to launch the audience on intergalactic, genre-bending journeys. Please wear your seatbelt and bon voyage. Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, May 9
2:00 pm

Free
Concerts, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Lounge and Smooth Jazz

Tour | Buenos Aires: San Telmo, Cobblestones and the Market (virtual)


San Telmo is one of the oldest quarters or barrios of the city. Trams' rails, cobblestones, colonial architecture, antique stores are part of this route, as well as its indoor market. Here, you will be able to see old clothes, vinyl, dolls and learn more about Argentina's cuisine: mate, dulce de leche, empanadas, and, of course, beef.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm

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Tours, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, Buenos Aires: San Telmo, Cobblestones and the Market (virtual)

Play | Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' – The New York Times (virtual)


Amber, Lorraine, and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women, find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected in this “warm slice-of-life tale.” (The New York Times). Young Amber’s case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine reluctantly attempts therapist-suggested self-care, and Grandmother Kay struggles with a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. In this hilarious and poignant award-winning work, three women find strength in one another and discover the beauty and complexity of family. By Elaine Murphy Directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull Starring Brenda Meaney, Lauren O’Leary, and Marsha Mason
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm

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Plays, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' &ndash; The New York Times (virtual)

Discussion | The Holocaust Survival Story (virtual)


Join Elizabeth Bellak (nee Ariana Spiegel), known as "the Shirley Temple of Poland," for the conversation exploring her remarkable journey before, during, and after the Holocaust. Bellak will be interviewed by Stephanie Lynne Mason, a Broadway actress known for leading roles in Fiddler on the Roof and Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, The Holocaust Survival Story (virtual)

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin


Saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson will be joined by Joe Boga on trumpet and Alex Raderman on drums. They will play classic American repertoire from the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, May 9
3:00 pm

Free
Concerts, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin

Dance Performance | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Revelations Reimagined (virtual)


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Revelations Reimagined explores its choreographic masterpiece Revelations (1960) in a new context: past and present, on stage and off, a cultural treasure that transformed modern dance forever and continues to reinvent itself. The piece pays tribute to African-American heritage--"sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful"--and to the power of the human spirit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm

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Dance Performances, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Revelations Reimagined (virtual)
Sun, May 9
6:00 pm

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Comedy Clubs, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, Improv comedy
Sun, May 9
7:00 pm

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Performances, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, (IN-PERSON) Interactive Musical Comedy

Cabaret | The Queen of Cabaret: Spring Song (virtual)


Cabaret singer and actress Andrea Marcovicci celebrates spring and mothers everywhere, with Brad Ellis on virtual piano. Often referred to as The Queen of Cabaret, Andrea has appeared opposite Tom Selleck, Sir Michael Caine, and Danny DeVito.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm

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Concerts, May 09, 2021, 05/09/2021, The Queen of Cabaret: Spring Song (virtual)
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