5 Free Events in New York City: Letters to the President and More

5 Free Events in New York City: Letters to the President and More

Free Saturdays Celebrates Frida Kahlo
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
April 6; 5 p.m.
You’ve probably heard about the expansive Frida Kahlo exhibition currently up at the Brooklyn Museum. As part of First Saturdays, guests are invited to attend a number of talks and events that focus thematically on Frida and Mexican heritage. Performers include musician Renne Goust, who will sing feminist anthems, and the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. To see the full list of offerings, visit the museum’s websiteUpdate April 5: Admission to the Frida exhibition is full. 

The Public Theater Mobile Unit: “The Tempest”
Brownsville Recreation Center, Brooklyn
April 10; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Mobile Unit, a traveling arm of The Public Theater, will perform the Shakespeare classic for a Brooklyn audience next Wednesday. Directed by Laurie Woolery, this version hews closely to the original and is intended to introduce new audiences to the Bard’s work. An RSVP is recommended.

Letters to the President
The Cooper Union, Manhattan
April 8; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
To celebrate the school’s 160th anniversary, The Cooper Union is bringing together actors, cultural commentators and activists for a reading of archival letters sent to former U.S. presidents. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, ACLU President Susan Herman and actors Dana Delany and Piper Parabo are all slated to take the stage. Tickets are free with an RSVP.

Staceyann Chin in Performance
Lincoln Center, Manhattan
April 9; 7:30 p.m.
Political activist and author Staceyann Chinn will deliver a new work that focuses on race, class, gender and sexuality. Chin previously performed in the Tony-winning production “Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam.”

Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art
American Folk Art Museum, Manhattan
Through July 28
How has folk art flourished in the city that never sleeps? This exhibition examines work that was created by artists who skipped out on formal art training. More than 100 works by self-taught artists will be shown as part of the show, which also intends to educate guests on the economy and business of the art world.

Note: an earlier version of this article stated that admission to the Frida Kahlo exhibition is free. In fact, a number of cultural activities centering on Mexican heritage will be free on Saturday, although the Kahlo exhibition is ticketed and at capacity. 

Top Image: The Brooklyn Bridge, Rodrigo Paredes