5 Free Events in NYC: Carnegie Hall Citywide, Power to the People and Master Drawings

5 Free Events in NYC: Carnegie Hall Citywide, Power to the People and Master Drawings

Another week, another roundup. Scroll down for our favorite free events happening the week of January 21.

The Courtroom
Various Locations, Manhattan
Jan. 23-Feb. 1
The civically-minded theater company Waterwell is reenacting real deportation proceedings in an effort to educate and sensitize people to a legal battle that, often, has dire consequences for those involved. The performances will focus on a 2004 immigration case in which a woman married to a U.S. citizen voted in an election and triggered intense removal proceedings that were eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th circuit.

Brenda Goodman “In A Lighter Place”
Sikkema, Jenkins & Co, Manhattan
Reception Jan. 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m; exhibition runs through Feb. 23
Painter and sculptor Brenda Goodman is presenting “In a Lighter Place,” a show composed of both abstract and figurative artwork. The Michigan native, who created this new bounty of work in the Catskills, has previously shown work in the Whitney Biennial and has been the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions.

Master Drawings New York 2019
Various locations, Manhattan
Jan. 26-Feb. 2
Since its inaugural exhibition in 2006, Master Drawings New York has brought curators, art dealers and scholars together to discuss and exhibit historical masterpieces, including works by George Richmond, James Gillray and Daniel Gardner. This year’s event is teeming with lectures, art fairs and auctions for those who are craving an educational art experience.

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Lorraine Klaasen
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manhattan
Jan. 29; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
South African singer Lorraine Klaasen will regale audiences with her powerhouse vocals during a free performance with Carnegie Hall Citywide. The singer’s music is influenced by traditions she learned in her native townships and by racial segregation she witnessed during South Africa’s apartheid era.

Power to the People
Arsenal in Central Park, Manhattan
Through Feb. 28
Public parks have long been hotbeds for political demonstration. Their legacy in both past and present social movements is explored in “Power to the People,” an exhibition that invites artists to share their interpretations of parks as meeting place for both peaceful discussion and, at times, violent conflict.


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