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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - August 10-August 12

August 6, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

Hudson Riverflicks - Family Fridays - Spice World - Hudson River Park's Pier 46
August 10, 2018 - Manhattan

Come out and enjoy family favorites on Pier 46. Bring your blanket and watch outdoors in your westside backyard!

Free Music Fridays - American Folk Art Museum
August 11, 2018 - New York

Free Music Fridays Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Support the proceedings with a donation-based cash wine bar. Admission is always free. Hosted by Lara Ewen. Click here for bookings, backline, and more info. Jalopy Theatre Presents: Belle-Skinner On the first Friday of each month, Jalopy Theatre sponsors music at the American Folk Art Museum as part of a continuing partnership. Tonight's performance features Belle-Skinner: Belle-Skinner will present a program of original music on guitar and vocals, including folk- and jazz-inspired tunes classified as "nostalgic indie-folk." With a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads – nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Though her influences cover a broad range of genres – from French chansons and Russian folk to contemporary alt-pop and rock – her voice often draws comparisons to the likes of Joan Baez, Jeff Buckley, and Angel Olsen. Opening for acts such as Saint Saviour, Bill Ryder-Jones, Joy Ike, Sean Row... (read more)

Off-Site Event: Jerry Rivera / Nuyorican Poets Cafe: La Bruja & Chembo Corniel - East River Park
August 12, 2018 - Manhattan

Jerry Rivera isn't just a Grammy Award-winning salsa artist. He's a multi-platinum force of nature who has become one of the best-selling salseros of all time. On this mighty bill, he's joined by the endlessly talented poet, musician, and actor, La Bruja, and the famed percussionist, Chembo Corniel, performing in celebration of Latino USA's 25th anniversary.

Baby Soda - Bring your swing dancing shoes! - Pier 45 at Hudson River Park
Through August 17, 2018 - New York

Friday nights mean great local music on Pier 45! Join us Friday night at Hudson River Park's Pier 45 at 7pm to hear Baby Soda Jazz Band!

Twilight Open House: Kiki Smith at Eldridge - Museum at Eldridge Street
Through August 22, 2018 - New York

We're swinging open the grand doors of the Museum after-hours for three special evenings welcoming art lovers to our latest exhibition. Kiki Smith titled this show Below the Horizon because she felt "that's when we have access to the stars." Stars are a consistent theme in her work, nowhere more so than here at Eldridge, where stars fill the stunning stained glass window she designed with architect Deborah Gans. Returning to the Museum for this building-wide show, Smith has selected 50 works in a range of mediums – from works on paper to photographs to sculpture. The exhibition features pieces never before shown in this way – in a dramatically designed National Historic Landmark, originally built in 1887 as a house of worship. Don't miss this chance to have after-work drinks with the art of Kiki Smith!

Sunset on the Hudson - Pier 45 at Hudson River Park
Through August 24, 2018 - New York

Start the weekend with musical entertainment on the waterfront! Bring your friends and a blanket to the Park and listen to local artists ease you out of the week and into the weekend.

Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder - Red Bull Arts New York
Through August 26, 2018 - New York

The cultural impact of the equation known as The Rammellzee (1960—2010) — legendary artist, graf writer, hip-hop pioneer, Gothic Futurist theoretician and New York cult icon — set the groundwork for today's interdisciplinary creative hyphenates. Taking over the entirety of Red Bull Arts New York, “RAMMELLZEE: Racing for Thunder”'s largest survey to date examines the evolution of the artist's diverse body of work. From seminal post-graffiti works to his rare but robust formal output throughout the 1980s, the show features important artworks and sculptures created over the last 20 years of his life. The exhibition gathers archival materials and artworks from RAMMELLEZEE's estate and collections around the world, alongside oral histories recently commissioned by Red Bull Arts New York. This historic survey aims to introduce a new generation to an artist-prophet from the edge who found himself, again and again, in the center of everything.

New York’s Hottest New Outdoor Workout Venue Is…34th Street - Broadway Boulevard
Through August 27, 2018 - New York

The 34th Street district is known for shopping and entertainment, but now a full complement of exercise classes has been added to its list of attractions. And it’s all free! Each Wednesday from 6 to 7 PM, the Sweat 34 program offers exercise classes by the city’s top fitness studios on Broadway Boulevard outside Macy’s. Upcoming Sweat 34 events: Wed., June 13, Wed. Aug 8 Sanctified Booty - This workout with Fitness Sanctuary is designed to strengthen the booty and lower extremities with a mix of strength and conditioning to today’s hottest hits. Wed., June 20, Wed. July 25, Wed. Aug. 15 - 305 Fitness - Shed between 500 to 900 calories with this intense 55-minute cardio blast. Wed., June 27, Wed., July 18, Wed. Aug. 22 - IronStrength - Join Dr. Jordan Metzl from the Hospital for Special Surgery for this bootcamp class in the middle of Herald Square for 30 minutes, followed by a rocking Zumba class with Angelina Alfaro. Tues., July 3, Wed. Aug 1 - Ratchet Fitness - A workout with intermittent training that targets everything – abs, glutes, arms, and legs. And if you love working out to hip-hop and love a high-intensity cardio workout, this class is for you! Wed., J... (read more)

Linda Loves Bingo - Le Poisson Rouge
Through August 31, 2018 - West Village

WIN BIG AT NYC'S #1 DRAG GAME SHOW—LINDA LOVES BINGO! Join hostess Linda Simpson as players vie for a treasure trove of prizes, from discount-store delights to a cash jackpot. Thrills, laughs and prizes galore! Bring along your friends, relatives, your special someone, or just come alone—Anyone can be a winner at this fun-filled affair! Great for birthday celebrations and other special gatherings. (Arrive early for best seats.) The New York Times, Time Out and New York magazines all agree: Bingo with Linda is a blast!

Vivek Shraya: Trisha - Ace Hotel
Through September 01, 2018 - New York

Ace Hotel New York and John Chaich are proud to present Vivek Shraya: Trisha, a captivating photo series in which the artist occupies spaces and wears outfits to recreate photographs of her mother from the 1970s when she was a single woman recently immigrated to Canada. The concept was born from a desire to document striking physical similarities Shraya first began to notice while transitioning. Chaich notes that Vivek's imperfect recreations remind viewers that "queer people create our gender presentations with what's available to us, wherever we are." The collection's juxtaposition of new and source images creates a dialogue across time, genealogy and gender. Canada's Vivek Shraya is a queer-identifying artist whose body of work spans photography, albums, films and books. Her 2017 album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was included in CBC's Best Canadian Albums of 2017; her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award and was longlisted for CBC's Canada Reads and her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail's Best Books. The founder of the publishing imprint VS. Books and a four-time Lambda Lite... (read more)

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: 1918 Centenary - Neue Galerie New York
Through September 03, 2018 - New York

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918) are two of the greatest artists Austria produced in the early twentieth century. Although born nearly thirty years apart, both tragically died in 1918—the same year that the Austro-Hungarian Empire ceased to exist following its defeat in World War I. Over the intervening century, the works of Klimt and Schiele have come to define the fertile creativity that marked the so-called "joyous apocalypse," an apt term used to connote the waning days of Habsburg rule. This show pays tribute to the groundbreaking achievements of Klimt and Schiele, two masterful artists who are key figures in the collection of the Neue Galerie New York.

Kids Yoga with Sacred Sounds Yoga - Washington Square Park
Through September 12, 2018 - New York

Kids can join in the yoga fun as they stretch and move to songs, rhymes, and more with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all kids are perfect just the way they are! Please bring your own yoga mat. Kids can join in the yoga fun as they stretch and move to songs, rhymes, and more with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all kids are perfect just the way they are! Please bring your own yoga mat.

Healthy on the Hudson - Hudson River Park
Through September 13, 2018 - New York

Take your workout to our waterfront with Healthy on the Hudson! This FREE exercise series returns for our 20th Anniversary season, giving you opportunities to get fit in your Park every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday all summer long. Every Thursday from May 24 through in September 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, join us for Yoga at Pier 46 in partnership with Shape Up NYC! Enhance your yoga practice with skilled instructors and a rejuvenating river view. Bring your own mat!

Big City Fishing Sundays on Pier 25 - Pier 25 at Hudson River Park
Through September 30, 2018 - New York

Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. We provide the rods, reels and instruction.

Healthy on the Hudson — Tai Chi - Pier 84
Through November 05, 2018 - New York

Take your workout to our waterfront with Healthy on the Hudson! This FREE exercise series returns for our 20th Anniversary season, giving you opportunities to get fit in your Park every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday all summer long. Every Monday in June and July from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, join us for Tai Chi at Pier 84 in partnership with T'ai Chi Chuan! All are welcome to participate in this ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality.

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