Cutting Corners

Money tight? Need to cut corners? This column has lots of free, pay-what-you-wish and low-cost events to enjoy every single day! (Events may cancel/change. Check with venue.)

Friday, August 17
12:30 p.m. Walking tour. “Grand Central and Its Neighborhood.” Architecture/social history. Meet at Atrium in 120 Park Ave. (42nd St.) (212) 883-2420.
5-10 p.m. Outdoor concert festival. “Emerging New York Bands.” Bryant Park Lawn, Sixth Ave./42nd St. (212) 768-4242.
6-9 p.m. Exhibition. “Treasures from Magician David Copperfield Collection.” (Pay what you wish after 6 p.m.) New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/77th St. (212) 873-3400.
7-8 p.m. Documentary film. “War of the Worlds” (2013). National hysteria over Orson Welles’ radio broadcast. New York Historical Society. (See 6-9 p.m.)
8 p.m. Outdoor musical Shakespeare. “Twelfth Night.” (Repeated Sat.) Central Park, Delacorte Theater. (Get same day tickets from noon.) Enter at Fifth Ave./79th St. (212) 539-8500.

Saturday, August 18
10 a.m.-6 p.m. “Great Irish Street Fair.” Sixth Ave., 42nd-56th Sts.
11:30 a.m. Greenwich Village walking tour. Licensed guide. Meet at St. Mark’s Church, Second Ave./10th St. (212) 777-2173.
12:30 p.m. Woody Allen DVD film for seniors. “Wonder Wheel” (2017). Kate Winslet/Jim Belushi. (1950s Coney Island.) Holy Trinity Church House, 341 E. 87th St. RSVP: (212) 980-1700.
2-4 p.m. Three talks. “The Life of Mae West.” Jefferson Market Library, 425 Sixth Ave./10th St. (212) 243-4334.
2:30 p.m. Classical music concert. Cello/piano. Performing Arts Library, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza. 917-275-6975.
4-10 p.m. Outdoor concert festival. “Emerging New York Bands.” Bryant Park. (See Aug. 17.)

The Paley Media Center will be showing a film on composer Leonard Bernstein, pictured here. (Photo via the Library of Congress)

Sunday, August 19
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Street fair. Madison Ave., 42nd-56th Sts.
2-4:20 p.m. Mae West films with introduction. “She Done Him Wrong” (1933). “Belle of the Nineties” (1934). Jefferson Market Library. (See Aug. 18.)
2 p.m. Outdoor concert. “CASYM Steel Pan Orchestra.” Central Park, Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. between Fifth/Lenox Aves. (212) 860-1370.
12:15 p.m. Documentary film. “Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note” (1969). Paley Media Center, 25 W. 52nd St. (212) 621-6600.
2:15 p.m. Musical Bernstein film. “Candide” (1989). Paley Center. (See 12:15 p.m.)
7-8:30 p.m. Documentary film on Hasidic women. “93Queen” (2018). Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th St. RSVP: (212) 679-2222.
8 p.m. Outdoor musical theater. “Twelfth Night.” (Last performance.) Central Park. (See Aug. 17.)

Monday, August 20
12:30 p.m. Reel-to-reel reading. “Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC and the Birth of the Blacklist.” Author Thomas Doherty. Bryant Park, Reading Room. (See Aug. 17.)
12:30-2:30 p.m. Outdoor concert. Jazz pianist Bertha Hope. (Repeated Tues., Wed., Thurs.) Bryant Park, Upper Terrace. (See Aug. 17.)
2 p.m. Classic film. “The Caine Mutiny” (1954). Humphrey Bogart. Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. (212) 679-2645.
6:30 p.m. Discussion. “Sculpture Installations in Gotham.” Mid-Manhattan Library at Schwarzman Library, Fifth Ave. Enter 42nd St. (212) 340-0887.
8 p.m. Concert. Singer D’Ambrose Boyd, followed by open mic. (No cover; no minimum.) Bar Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 94th St. (212) 864-5400.
8:30 p.m. Outdoor sci-fi film. “The Terminator” (1984). Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Lawn opens 5 p.m. for picnics.) Bryant Park. (See Aug. 17.)

Tuesday, August 21
Noon. Film. “Chappaquiddick” (2018). Hamilton Fish Library, 415 Houston St. (212) 673-2290.
Noon. Genealogy workshop. “African-America Family History, Part 2.” Schwarzman Library, Fifth Ave./42nd St. (212) 621-0208.
12:30-2 p.m. Public speaking workshop. 53rd St. Library, 18 W. 53rd St. (212) 714-8400.
6 p.m. Play team trivia. Prizes. Bryant Park, Southwest Porch. (See Aug. 17.)
6:30 p.m. High Line walking tour. “From Freight to Flowers.” Meet at High Line, Tenth Ave./Gansevoort St. (212) 500-6035.
6:30 p.m. Outdoor Salsa lessons/dancing. DJ. Hudson River, Pier 45, foot of Christopher St. (212) 757-0981.
7 p.m. Poetry reading. Four poets. Bryant Park Reading Room. (See Aug. 17.)

Wednesday, August 22
10 a.m.-8 p.m. “2018 U.S. Open Experience.” (Repeated Thurs.) Free tennis activities, big screens, photo ops with champions. Evening musical performances. Brookfield Place, Waterfront Terrace, 230 Vesey St. (212) 417-4173.
5 p.m. Tennessee Williams film. “Suddenly Last Summer” (1959). Liz Taylor/Katharine Hepburn/Monty Clift. Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. (212) 228-4747.
7 p.m. Book reading. “The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s.” Author William I. Hitchcock. Bryant Park Reading Room. (See Aug. 17.)
8 p.m. Outdoor documentary dance film, preceded by contemporary dance performance. “Mr. Gaga”: Ohad Naharin, director of Batsheva Dance Company. Central Park, Rumsey Field. Enter Fifth Ave./72nd St. (212) 360-2777.

Thursday, August 23
1 p.m. Classic comedy film. “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944). Cary Grant. Kips Bay Library, 446 Third Ave./31st St. (212) 683-2520.
2 p.m. Musical film. “Finian’s Rainbow” (1968). Fred Astaire/Petula Clark. Epiphany Library. (See Aug. 20.)
5-6:30 p.m. Interactive workshop. “How to Build Resilience During Times of Change and Transition.” Webster Library, 1465 York Ave./77th St. (212) 288-5049.
5:30-6:30 p.m. Outdoor Jazz Concert. Saxophonist George Braith. 6BC Botanical Garden, 622 E. 6th St. between Aves. B and C. (212) 245-3999.
6-7:30 p.m. Performance/talk/video excerpts about Jerome Robbins. Performing Arts Library. (See Aug. 18.)
8:30 p.m. Outdoor animated film/sing-a-long. Disney’s “Frozen” (2013). Hudson River Park, Pier 96, foot of W. 55th St. (Bring blanket.) (212) 627-2020.


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