With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America
Museum of Chinese in America: WNET membercard partner – 2-for-1 admission
This core exhibit in a space designed by Maya Lin presents the diverse layers of the Chinese-American experience, while examining America’s journey as a nation of immigrants. It interweaves the historical and political context of Chinese immigration to the United States, beginning in the late 18th century, with the personal stories and cultural traces of multiple generations.
Shakespeare in the Park Delacorte Theater, Central Park
Now through July 30
Line up early in the park or, for the first time, in the boroughs to claim your two free tickets to repertory performances of the Shakespearean comedies Measure for Measure (started Mon, June 6) and All’s Well that Ends Well (starts Sat, June 11).
Celebrate Brooklyn! 2011
Prospect Park Bandshell
Starts Fri, June 10
This summer’s free performances span not only numerous Brooklyn artists and groups but approximately 50 artists from across the United States, plus international artists from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. The festival’s 33rd season begins Friday with a concert by master whistler and fiddler, Andrew Bird, who creates live audio loops of himself and is backed by a full band.
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Starts Tues, June 7
SummerStage presents an eclectic mix of musicians, dancers and spoken word artists from around the world in an exciting series of both free and benefit performances. This week’s free shows include Nights at the Caravanserai, an evening of music, dance, art and stories with cellist Yo-Yo Ma (Tuesday) and a Blue Note Jazz Festival event featuring Medeski Martin & Wood (Saturday).
FIGMENT Festival 2011
Fri, June 10–Sun, June 12
FIGMENT is a free, participatory arts festival that invites the public to bring their creative energy and art projects to Governors Island. In addition, season-long art exhibitions—such as a sculpture garden and a minigolf course—are on display on the island through September.
Summer Film Festivals
An NYC ARTS Special Feature
Outdoors or indoors, for free or for a fee: Summer film screenings come in all stripes. NYC ARTS brings you a list of some of its favorite summer cinema spots, many of which are indeed free-of-charge.
Recommendations courtesy of NYC-ARTS.org