5 Free Events in NYC: Walt Whitman Bicentennial Reading, “Sunday Painter” at Flux Factory and More

5 Free Events in NYC: Walt Whitman Bicentennial Reading, “Sunday Painter” at Flux Factory and More

Jazz With Paula Hampton
Pelham Fritz Recreation Center, Manhattan
April 25; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Presented by the jazz Foundation of America, this event is the first in a series dedicated to exploring contemporary jazz music. The first iteration kicks of with Paula Hampton and Antoinette Montague.

Michael Gregory: November’s Guest
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, Manhattan
Opening reception April 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; exhibition through June 8
For the past two decades, artist Michael Gregory has painted interpretations of the western American landscape. This exhibition is the first time Gregory will be showing work that focuses on the East Coast, all of which was inspired by a year in the Hudson Valley.

Sunday Painter Exhibition at Flux Factory
Flux Factory, Queens
Through April 27
The term “Sunday Painter” has historically referred to a painter who is unschooled or only paints in their spare time. This exhibition subverts the idea that there is something less credible about so-called hobbyist artists.

Walt Whitman Bicentennial Reading
The Cooper Union, Manhattan
May 2; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a public reading featuring the work of Walt Whitman on what would have been his 200th birthday. A slew of readers are slated to recite pieces from his collection, including Mark Doty, Marwa Helal, Major Jackson, D. Nurkse, Alicia Ostriker, Vijay Seshadri, Patricia Smith, Anne Waldman and more.

Lincoln Center’s 60th Anniversary Bash Block Party
Lincoln Center, Manhattan
May 4; 10 a.m to 2:30 p.m.
In celebration of the institution’s 60th anniversary, Lincoln Center has arranged a Saturday afternoon teeming with arts and culture events. In addition to live music, guests have the option of participating in dance events and art-making stations.