Here is our weekly roundup of free arts and culture events happening in the city the week of Nov. 26.
Hands On History: 18th-Century Scented Ornament
King Manor Museum, Queens
Dec. 1; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Did you know that citrus has been a popular home fragrance for centuries? In the 1700s, oranges were used to make “pomanders,” a scented ornament that decorated homes during the cold winter months. The King Manor Museum in Queens is inviting kids and adults alike to learn about the history of the ornaments and make their own, completely free of charge.
Archive and Artifact: The Virtual and the Physical
Cooper Union, Manhattan
Through Dec. 1
Fifty years of thesis projects from the architectural school at The Cooper Union are coming together in this expansive retrospective. The presentation, which includes hand-drawn and 3D renderings of imaginative structures of all types, examines the role of architecture in shaping the culture of public spaces.
Uptown Nights: Elio Villafranca Afro Caribbean Trio
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, Manhattan
Dec. 6; 7:30 p.m.
Catch Grammy Award-nominated pianist and jazz composer Elio Villafranca at Harlem Stage in a performance sponsored by Carnegie Hall Citywide. Villafranca, who moved to the U.S. from Cuba in 1995, is a faculty member at Temple University and The Juilliard School.
The Occupation Gallery, Brooklyn
Dec. 7; 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Artist John Hanning, who was diagnosed with AIDS more than two decades ago, presents “Chase,” an exhibition on World Aids Day that blends performance art and installations to celebrate the lives of 35 million people globally who have died from the disease. If you can’t make it to the opening reception, check out the show through Dec. 16.
Columbus Circle Broadway Under the Stars
Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Through Dec. 10; 5 p.m.
Continuing its holiday tradition, The Shops at Columbus Circle will host a free concert featuring cast members from hit Broadway shows. On Dec. 3, catch a performance by actors from “The Prom” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” On Dec. 10, the cast of “Mean Girls” and “Wicked’ are slated to perform.
Top Image: Elio Villafranca performs a free show this week at Harlem Stage. Courtesy of Jerry Lacay (2018).