5 free events in NYC: Women in Translation, Silent Book Club, “Funny Face” and more

5 free events in NYC: Women in Translation, Silent Book Club, “Funny Face” and more
"Funny Face" publicity photo.

Each week, ALL ARTS rounds up a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.

Women in Translation Month Reading
McNally Jackson, Prince Street, Manhattan
Aug. 22; 7:00 p.m.
McNally Jackson is celebrating Women in Translation Month with an evening showcasing the work of four translators and writers: Sevinç Türkkan, Ann Goldstein, Jenny McPhee and Inea Bushnaq. The initiative was created by writer Meytal Radzinski in 2014 as a way to bring attention to representation in translation.

“Romeo and Juliet” by Rude Grooms
Various locations in Queens
Through Aug. 25; 6:30 p.m., with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday

“Rome and Juliet”: the tale as old as time — or at at least as old as the late 1500s, anyhow. Shakespeare’s romantic play of star-crossed lovers has been fashioned into a 90-minute production with live acoustic music by the Elizabethan troupe, Rude Grooms. Catch the family-friendly affair at various locations in Queens, including Astoria Park, Plaxall Gallery and Rainey Park.

“Funny Face”
The Metropolitan Opera House, Manhattan
Aug. 23; 8:00 p.m.
Feel like watching a movie outside? Head over to the Metropolitan Opera House to sit under the stars and bask in the glow of the 1957 film “Funny Face,” directed by Stanley Donen and starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. The screening kicks off the Met’s 11th annual Summer HD Festival, which presents operas recorded for the opera company’s “Live in HD” series.

Poetry in the Garden
Prospect Heights Community Farm, Brooklyn
Aug. 24; 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Now in its second year, this celebration of poetry at the Prospect Heights Community Farm features local poets Ann Author, Kim Brandon, Robert Gibbons, Jacqueline Johnson and others. A bonus treat for all who may be budding poets: there will also be 30 minutes allotted for an open mic session.

Silent Book Club
Lobby of the Ace Hotel, Manhattan
Aug. 28; 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Billed as “happy hour for introverts,” the Silent Book Club invites guests to bring a book for an hour of quiet reading. For those intimated by the formality of book clubs, there are no discussion guides or assigned books to worry about here. While the event is free, the organizers suggest you RSVP in advance.