5 free events in NYC: Glow-in-the-dark painting sessions, First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum and more

5 free events in NYC: Glow-in-the-dark painting sessions, First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum and more

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.

Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Night
Asser Levy Recreation Center, Manhattan
Oct. 31; 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Create your own mini masterpiece at one of two glow-in-the-dark painting sessions. The first, a family event taking place at 5:45 p.m., is geared around painting pumpkins, while the second is an adults-only canvas course at 7 p.m. While the event and materials are free, an RSVP is recommended to save a seat.

First Saturday: Crossing Asian America
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Nov. 2; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
As per usual, Brooklyn Museum is bursting with free events as part of its First Saturday lineup. Our top pick? A performance from the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra — featuring the music of Masatora Goya and Chen Yihan — and other events themed around the museum’s Arts of China galleries.

Monuments Tour of Riverside Park
General Grant National Memorial in Riverside Park, Manhattan
Nov. 2; 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The diversity and history of New York City monuments have been under debate lately, and this guided tour is an apt way to learn more about the city’s existing monuments and how they came to be. As it happens, you’ll soon be able to head to Central Park to check out a new monument, the very first dedicated to historical women within the famous park.

Theater of War at Columbia University: “Ajax”
Columbia University, Manhattan
Nov. 6; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sophocles’ “Ajax” receives a modern update in this adaptation from the socially-conscious theater company, which also produced “Antigone in Ferguson” to critical acclaim last year. Once again bringing out a roster of big names, “Ajax” stars Kathryn Erbe (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent”), Glenn Davis (“Jericho”) and David Zayas (“Dexter”).

You Are Here”
Yashar Gallery, Brooklyn
Through Nov. 13
Artist Ann Cofta takes cityscapes and sews them into soft quilts and textiles in this exhibition, adding warmth to industrial scenes. As she has done in past shows, she complements her larger projects with intricate embroidery and beading details.

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