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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - June 21-June 23


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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.

The Sheen Center Theater Festival - The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
June 21, 2019 - New York

Now in its third year, The Sheen Center Theater Festival celebrates the voices of emerging and established Catholic playwrights. The Festival operates from the premise that the work of a Catholic writer will provide glimpses of a Catholic vision, no matter what their subject. This year, The Sheen Center Theater Festival celebrates the voices of emerging and established Catholic playwrights featuring work by established playwrights Caridad Svich (OBIE Award Winner), Nathan Yungerberg (Cherry Lane mentee under Stephen Adley Guirgus), William Baer (Guggenheim Fellowship recipient), and Erik Ehn (Whiting Award winner).

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Jayme Stone's Folklife - Bryant Park
June 21, 2019 - New York

Jayme Stone bridges folk, jazz, and chamber music as he celebrates the banjo's historic role in music around the world. Stone is an eclectic musician who has performed with such diverse artists as Malian kora master Mansa Sissoko (a recorded collaboration that earned Canada's JUNO Award), former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons, and other performers from a wide range of genres. Jayme Stone's Folklife—featuring his band of vocals, accordion, fiddle, and bass—shines new light on traditional songs from the Georgia Sea Islands, Creole calypsos, Appalachian dance tunes, and more.

'I Am' - Hosted by Yuko Kudo - Symphony Space
June 21, 2019 - New York

"I AM" is a series where you can hear everyone's vision in regards to each theme. It is a safe place, where you can share your voice, your art, and be authentically connected with people who are there for the same purpose, to be who they are. Come join us, have fun, be outrageous. Your voice matters. You matter. Say "I AM ME" unapologetically.

Make Music New York Mass Appeal: Midsummer Mozart's Requiem - Naumburg Bandshell
June 21, 2019 - New York

MASS APPEAL is back for take 2 by presenting again Mozart's great musical masterpiece (and also his last), Requiem in d minor, K. 626. Presented in conjunction with Make Music New York, singers and instrumentalists from around New York are invited to join us and conductor Douglas Anderson to celebrate the Summer Solstice with this open performance of Mozart's profound and solemn work. The performance takes place on June 21 at the Naumberg Bandshell (Terrace Dr. near West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10019) located in New York's iconic Central Park. The onetime site of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech and John Lennon's eulogy, the neoclassical Naumburg Bandshell is a Central Park landmark and the go-to place for outdoor performances and festivals year-round.

Step into Mathematics' with Albrecht Beutelspacher - MoMath (National Museum of Mathematics)
June 21, 2019 - New York

Join Mathematikum founder and mathematician Albrecht Beutelspacher as he shares some of his favorite math experiments, designed to draw people into the exciting world of mathematics exploration and discovery. Note that the Mathematikum is a math museum in Giessen, Germany that served as an inspiration for MoMath and many other math museums around the world — and Herr Beutelspacher was the mastermind behind it! Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees.

Soul in the Horn • Free - Dardo Galletto Studios
June 21, 2019 - New York

RESIDENT DJ NATASHA DIGGS & DPROSPER WITH SPECIAL GUESTS EACH WEEK. THIS NYC-BASED DANCE PARTY, SOCIAL GATHERING, AND MUSIC SHOWCASE AIMS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN ALL MUSIC AND CULTURE WITH EVENTS FEATURING HORN-INFUSED SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE AND SETS PLAYED BY WORLD-RENOWNED DJS AND TODAY'S MOST INNOVATIVE MUSICIANS.

NYMM: Making Money With Music Seminar and Workshop - Seminar - Carnegie Hall - Resnick Education Wing
June 21, 2019 - New York

Making Money With Music Seminar - Friday, June 21. It's easier than ever to record, distribute, and market your own music today, but what about actually making money? Long-time industry professionals, Electronic Musician Magazine columnists, and authors Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan take musicians step-by-step through proven techniques for establishing steady revenue streams in today's music business. This seminar covers how to tap and boost over 40 revenue streams while minimizing the money they spend. This includes 17 ways to start a music business for $0. Topics include: making sure you can get paid, worldwide digital distribution, collecting royalties, making money from merchandise, generating licensing opportunities for film, TV, trailers, and advertising, crowdfunding, patronage, and much more. This event is made free to the public by the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment as part of NY Music Month. NY Music Month is an initiative of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment in partnership with NY is Music.

For Teens: Studio 57 Live - Carnegie Hall - Resnick Education Wing
June 22, 2019 - New York

Future Music Project participants perform once a month in a teen-driven concert. These monthly events are an opportunity for young musicians to perform original music in the Weill Music Room for their peers, family, and friends. A signed permission form from a parent/guardian is required for those under 18.

The Sheen Center Theater Festival - The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
June 22, 2019 - New York

Now in its third year, The Sheen Center Theater Festival celebrates the voices of emerging and established Catholic playwrights. The Festival operates from the premise that the work of a Catholic writer will provide glimpses of a Catholic vision, no matter what their subject. This year, The Sheen Center Theater Festival celebrates the voices of emerging and established Catholic playwrights featuring work by established playwrights Caridad Svich (OBIE Award Winner), Nathan Yungerberg (Cherry Lane mentee under Stephen Adley Guirgus), William Baer (Guggenheim Fellowship recipient), and Erik Ehn (Whiting Award winner).

Solstice Saturday - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
June 22, 2019 - New York,

Ages: 5 years old and up Celebrate Solstice Saturday with drop-in design activities in our Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. These beginner activities are appropriate for ages 5 and over; no previous design experience is required. Held rain or shine.

Essex Market Block Party - Essex Market
June 22, 2019 - New York,

Join us for our annual Block Party on Saturday, June 22nd from 12PM—5PM outside the new Essex Market! Grab your sunglasses and dancing shoes — we're hosting a Block Party! That's right… We're closing off Broome Street between Essex and Norfolk so we can pop open the tents, fire up the grills, and crank up the tunes for a Saturday afternoon of family-friendly fun. Join us for unique food offerings from Essex Market vendors, plus live music inspired by the sounds of Cuba and Colombia. And don't leave the kids at home, 'cause we've got face painting, giant games and a photo booth (grown-ups allowed, too!).

Second Stage Theater - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through June 22, 2019 - New York

Come celebrate the decades of plays and musicals that have defined Second Stage as the home for living American playwrights. In 1979, a new theater was born with a novel idea: give a second chance to American plays that are worthy of a second look. Second Stage Theater started in a cramped 100-seat space on the 16th floor of a hotel on the Upper West Side. That first production was far from an easy or auspicious launch – the director and three actors quit, one at the very last minute (luckily, a young actor named Jeff Daniels agreed to step in and perform).

The Sheen Center Theater Festival - The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
June 23, 2019 - New York

Now in its third year, The Sheen Center Theater Festival celebrates the voices of emerging and established Catholic playwrights. The Festival operates from the premise that the work of a Catholic writer will provide glimpses of a Catholic vision, no matter what their subject. This year, The Sheen Center Theater Festival celebrates the voices of emerging and established Catholic playwrights featuring work by established playwrights Caridad Svich (OBIE Award Winner), Nathan Yungerberg (Cherry Lane mentee under Stephen Adley Guirgus), William Baer (Guggenheim Fellowship recipient), and Erik Ehn (Whiting Award winner).

Jazz Brunch: Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes - Fine & Rare
June 23, 2019 - New York

Jazz Brunch: Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes

Cait and the Critters - Fine & Rare
June 23, 2019 - New York

Cait and the Critters

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
June 23, 2019 - New York

Unity of New York is a joyful, diverse, and welcoming spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Their mission is to serve the NYC community through spiritual teaching, music, prayer and outreach. They come together at their weekly Sunday Celebration Services (11am, right here at Symphony Space) to discover the power within all to unleash divine potential, know Oneness with God and each other. Unity affirms the power of prayer and the power of thoughts to create our own reality, helping people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Come for the Music... Stay for the message!

E.J. Decker Jazz - Symphony Space
June 23, 2019 - New York

"That's a lovely voice there…like melted chocolate" —Grace Black, K107fm "Singular mastery with buttery gravitas and sheer elegance" —Raul de Gama, Jazz da Gama "A voice smooth as, well, velvet" —Geno Thackara, All About Jazz A solid, big-voiced jazz baritone (à la Hartman or Eckstine), E.J. Decker has performed nationally and played nearly all of NYC's top jazz rooms, gliding easily from jazz through folk to '50s R&B and blues, while standing among today's strongest male interpreters of ballads. His albums have garnered uniformly strong critical praise and continue to receive worldwide airplay. From 2005 to 2014, E.J. brought together a revolving cast of more than 160 of NY's top jazz artists in the annual The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz for 9/11, a free concert that honored those we lost on NY's most fateful day, created an ongoing prayer for peace, and offered the gift of solace and healing through music from NY's jazz community to our fellow New Yorkers. Chris Bergson was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in February 2015. Over the course of eight critically acclaimed albums and decades of live performances, NY guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has establi... (read more)

The Most Hideous Men of NYC Walking Tour - Bergdorf Goodman
June 23, 2019 - New York

This Hideous Man Walking Tour is so boisterous, so fun, so serious, so bad for bad men, and so good for women, the New Yorker's Lisa Birnbach wrote about it in THE NEW YORKER.

The Flowered Gnomes - Live Rock Music - The Parkside Lounge
June 23, 2019 - New York

The Flowered Gnomes is an award winning rock band from Queens, NY. Detroit native Terry Rohm, (formerly of the Volebeats) leads the band with vocals and lead guitar with Lisa (keyboard/tambourine), Arnold (bass) and Chris (drums). They have a late 80's/early 90's rock sound. Songs have fun upbeat hooks that are sure to get you up and dancing.

Allagash River Trip + Supporting Riverkeeper + Rare Beers on Tap - The Stag's Head
Through June 23, 2019 - New York,

Allagash River Trip + Supporting Riverkeeper + Rare Beers on Tap

Shakespeare in Central Park Much Ado About Nothing - The Public Theater
Through June 23, 2019 - New York

Tony Award winner Kenny Leon puts his modernist take on Shakespeare's tale of deception, old rivals, and torn lovers. The story revolves around the war-torn city of Messina, where there is finally a period of peace. The Governor Leonata decides to hold a masquerade ball, where a battle of wits ensues.

Second Sunday After Pentecost - St. Mark's Church-on-the-Bowery
Through June 24, 2019 - New York

Wherever you might be on your own spiritual journey, St. Mark's welcomes to you to celebrate with us every Sunday, here in the Bowery. Choir practice begins at 9:30 am, one hour before service begins.

MOCA Cinema Series - Columbus Park
Through June 28, 2019 - New York

Join NYC Parks and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) this June for four outdoor film screenings in Columbus Park. This summer, NYC Parks in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, will host movie showings throughout the five boroughs. Movies begin at dusk. For more information visit nyc.gov/parks or call 311.

Kiki Kogelnik's Art at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery - Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Through June 29, 2019 - New York

A social butterfly and fashion plate as well as an artist, Kiki Kogelnik (1935–1997) was born in Austria, but moved to NYC in 1961, just as Pop Art was starting to take off. Her work, however, wasn't about the cartoons, product brands, celebrities, advertising and other subjects associated with Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, etc. Rather, her paintings and sculpture bounced off of couture design for sly observations on gender and the constraints imposed on women by culture and commerce.

BFPL Celebrates WorldPride - Brookfield Place
Through June 30, 2019 - New York

Join Brookfield Place in celebrating WorldPride NYC with activations and events taking place in multiple spaces throughout the complex during the month of June. Explore a large-scale installation in the Pavilion (6/1 – 7/1), visit WorldPride | Stonewall 50 AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Initiative in the Winter Garden (6/27 – 7/1), and snap a photo with a colorful instagrammable moment (6/27 – 7/1) on the Waterfront Plaza. For every post on social media that tags @BFPLNY and #BFPLpride in the Pavilion and on the Waterfront Plaza, $1 will be donated to an LGBTQIA+ charity.

BUILD Brunch - Build Series NYC Studio
Through September 10, 2025 - New York

Digital entertainment program BUILD Series takes its popular and extensive live interview show to the next level, adding a new, daily morning talk show "BUILD Brunch," as BUILD Series continues its commitment to bring its fans closer to culture. Airing weekdays at 11am live on BUILDseries.com/Brunch, it will feature a roundtable of diverse, young and influential personalities speaking to breaking news, hot topics and the latest in entertainment. PLEASE READ BEFORE ARRIVAL: Doors open 30 minutes before showtime and CLOSE 5 minutes prior to each show. There will be a standby line for every show. VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY for security purposes (No age minimum). Please note we clear the studio after every event and we DO NOT permit autographs on our premises. This event will be streamed LIVE on BUILDseries.com! Make sure to check out the BUILD Series Newsletter for updates and information about our events:

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