5 Free Events In NYC This Week: Busta Rhymes, Photoville, Brooklyn Bookfest and More

5 Free Events In NYC This Week: Busta Rhymes, Photoville, Brooklyn Bookfest and More

For photographer and curator Kisha Bari, there is no place quite like Photoville. Now in its seventh year, the annual exhibition summons hundreds of established photographers from all over the world to show their work, while also providing a platform to new and emerging talents. “It’s my happy place,” Bari said of the festival, which kicks off at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza on Thursday and runs until Sept. 23. “It’s where you can find a range of free shows — from timely photojournalism to conceptual and fine art — all in one venue.”

An Australian-born artist whose work focuses on social movements, Bari is presenting her photographs during the 10-day exhibition. Titled “The Meaning of Now: Living Life With Cancer,” her latest series follows two cancer patients, Shirley and Tato, as they attempt to make the best of their diagnoses. “Both Tato and Shirley take on the attitude that life is too short to waste,” Bari said of her subjects. She met with them in July and spent several days with their respective families for the series, which highlights human resiliency and unlikely optimism.

Bari believes the project can provide comfort to those grappling with similarly dire situations. “Sharing stories and experiences can help those diagnosed gain strength and heal, and also create greater understanding for people who know, or have known, people with cancer,” the photographer said.

Bari’s work is produced by United Photo Industries, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Visible Ink Program and Reimagine. All told, more than 600 photographers and 90 exhibitions will be at Photoville. To see a full lineup, visit the website.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus “Come Together NYC” Residency Launch
City Hall steps, Manhattan
Sept. 13; 10 a.m.

The so-called “Lennon Bus” — essentially a recording studio on wheels — returns to New York City this week in an effort to promote student activism and creativity through music. Ringo Star, Jeff Bridges, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and photographer Henry Diltz will be on hand to celebrate the bus’s homecoming and promote the associated student scholarships.

Bat Block Party
Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn
Sept. 15; 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal is throwing a star-studded party to celebrate its 100th birthday. While all free tickets have already been claimed, the event — which runs all day — will let more people in as space permits. Busta Rhymes, Justine Sky and Natasha Diggs are slated to perform. Guests who haven’t yet snagged a ticket are encouraged to arrive early.

Museum Explorers Workshop
Queens Museum, Queens
Sept. 16; 1:30-4:30 p.m.
On the third Sunday of each month, a licensed art therapist works with families and children to create an art experience that is both therapeutic and educational. The program is geared toward families who have children with special needs, but it is open to all. Supplies are provided on site.

Brooklyn Book Festival
Multiple venues, Brooklyn
Sept. 10-17
An oasis for literature lovers, the Brooklyn Book Festival is a week-long affair brimming with events of all types. There will be author Q&As, panel discussions, vendors, emerging publishers and more all on site! ALL ARTS will be on hand this Sunday, so stop by booth 519 on Borough Hall Plaza for some free giveaways.

Top Image: Photograph from “The Meaning of Now: Living Life With Cancer" by Kisha Bari