Free Events: Songs from the minds of women, First Friday classic films and more

Free Events: Songs from the minds of women, First Friday classic films 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.

Alicia Olatuja Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women
Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Jan 2; 7:30 p.m.
Vocalist Alicia Olatuja, a former soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, is performing a sampling of songs from a long list of female composers, including Brenda Russell, Sade, Tracy Chapman, Kate Bush, Angela Bofill and Linda Creed. Tickets are free but are only available on a first-come, first-served basis.

First Friday Classic Films
New York Public Library, Manhattan
Jan 3; 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a screening of the 1971 dark comedy “A New Leaf,” directed and starring Elaine May. The presentation includes a lively post-show discussion about the film’s relevance and themes. If 70s-era classics aren’t your style, several other NYPL locations are offering up screenings of different films on Friday, from the 1988 hit “Big,” starring Tom Hanks, to the 2018 Hugh Grant flick “The Front Runner.”

American Queen, American Dream: 30 years of Self-Portraits by John Arsenault
Clampart, Manhattan
Through Jan. 4
Marking Arsenault’s sixth exhibition at the gallery, this showcase features self portraits that date back to the artist’s teenage years. His photos, which feature the recurring use of the American Flag, have been hailed as bold, subversive statements on what it means to be a young, gay artist.

Folk Arts: Living Traditions
Conference House Park Visitor Center, Staten Island
Through Jan. 31
Spend the day in Staten Island and support student artists Michele Ajello, Joanna Miarrostami and Lea Simoniello, whose work celebrates Mexican heritage.

Piece of Yourself: Gift Giving in Self-Taught Art 
Self-Taught Genius Gallery, Queens
Through Jan. 10
This exhibition is dedicated to showcasing the way gift-giving practices in the U.S. have encouraged self-tart artists to hone their craft. Featuring treasures from the museum’s collection, the presentation celebrates one-of-a-kind works.


Top Image: "American Queen, American Dream: 30 years of Self-Portraits" by John Arsenault at Clampart Gallery in Manhattan