Metro’s kind of free weekend: Super Sábado, marathon reading, and adorable animals!
Happy mid-November, fellow friends who’d rather walk to the Heights from that Meatpacking club than cough up the cab cash!
As we gear up to celebrate the holidays here at Metro, we begin to ask ourselves one thing: why put off until later what you can do right now? Celebrating is fun; why wait until Thanksgiving to do it? Celebrate the official mid-November mark with us this weekend. Or, if that’s not legit enough, a quick Google search has show that this weekend will include National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day as well as National Spicy Guacamole Day. So, in honor of these esteemed holidays, let’s get out there and explore the Greatest City in the World!
BAC Space Dance Studio Showings
After a three-week intensive at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, artists and choreographers host this event to showcase some of the pieces they created to the public. The performance, which will include the work of choreographers like Pam Tanowitz, Rashaun Mitchell, and Peter Zummo, is a rare opportunity to experience a huge variety of expert dance techniques and styles in a single showing. We encourage you to check it out!
Baryshnikov Arts Center. 450 W 37th St., Midtown West. 10:30am.
Chris Martin at the Anton Kern Gallery
This Saturday will be the last opportunity for you modern art aficionados to catch the Chris Martin exhibit at the Anton Kern gallery. No, this is not the Coldplay guy. I know you thought it. But you should check it out all the same; Martin’s artwork includes surrealist elements, vintage magazine article clippings, and homages to iconic figures like George Harrison. Check it out!
Anton Kern Gallery. 532 W 20th St., Chelsea. Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm.
Super Sábado at the Museo del Barrio
This Saturday will be the first in a series of special Saturdays at the awesome Museo del Barrio: the third Saturday of every month between now and May will include special (and freeeeee!) art workshops, exhibitions, and gallery tours. Stop by and experience a series of vibrant, exciting cultural opportunities!
El Museo del Barrio. 1230 Fifth Ave, East Harlem. 11:00am-6:00pm.
Price: Suggested donation of $9.00, but entry is not denied to those who don’t pay the suggested price.
“Expressing Gratitude Through Poetry and Dance”
If National Guac Day just isn’t cutting it for you and you’re ready to get into the Thanksgiving spirit (but not quite ready to shell out Thanksgiving-level amounts of cash), check out Cynthia King’s artistic ode to gratitude. The event will include a “participatory dance” (which, we believe, means that spectators will have the option to engage directly with the choreography) and readings from Maya Gottfield’s Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary. A great, affordable opportunity to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.
Cynthia King Dance Studio. 1256 Prospect Ave, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. 2:00pm.
Whiskers in Wonderland
Anything with a title this catchy must be a good idea, right? Whiskers in Wonderland certainly seems like the best of ideas: it’s basically a cuteness-fest. For the third year in a row, this event will seek to join countless adorable dogs, cats, and other furry creatures in need of families with folks looking for furry companions. A great way to spend the day with the family or on your own, come by and bond with some of the most adorable pets in the city.
PETCO Union Square. 860 Broadway, Gramercy and Flatiron. 11:00am.
Price: Free to attend, but adoption prices vary!
Moby-Dick Marathon Reading
For those of you who love Moby Dick, want to love Moby Dick because it’s really impressive to say you love Moby Dick, or simply like being around fellow book-lovers, this event is p-e-r-f-e-c-t. Housing Works Bookstore Café will host a meeting of artists, writers, poets, and readers in the second-annual marathon reading of Moby Dick. The event will include food, drinks, performances, and readings from Amber Tamblyn, Alex Karpovsky, and Sophie Blackall, among others.
Friday: Ace Hotel New York. 20 W 29th St. 6:00pm.
Saturday: South Street Seaport Museum. 12 Fulton St., Financial District. 10:00am.
Sunday: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. 126 Crosby St., SoHo. 10:00am.
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