5 free events in NYC: “Akeelah and the Bee,” Victorian Valentine’s and more

5 free events in NYC: “Akeelah and the Bee,” Victorian Valentine’s 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.

Movies Under the Stars: “Akeelah and the Bee”
St. John’s Recreation Center, Brooklyn
Feb. 6; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Starring Keke Palmer, “Akeelah and the Bee” chronicles an intelligent young girl from South Central L.A. as she strives to compete in the National Spelling Bee. This screening takes place indoors, and seating is limited. Organizers suggest arriving before 6:30 p.m. to snag a seat.

Telegraph Quartet
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Feb. 6; 7:30 p.m.
Performing in the David Rubenstein Atrium, the Telegraph Quartet presents an hour-long performance of Haydn’s final quartet and Britten’s String Quartet No. 2.

Victorian Valentine Workshop
Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island
Feb. 8; 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Head to Staten Island to learn about old-fashioned Valentine’s Day cards and how to make some yourself. Festive refreshments will be supplied and carefully preserved Victorian-era cards will be on display.

“American Perspectives”
American Folk Art Museum, Manhattan
Feb. 11 through May 31
The always-free museum is debuting a new show that places an emphasis on “firsthand testimony.” Featuring more than 70 pieces of art, the exhibition explores how artists have crafted work that reflects the complex, celebratory and confusing times in our nation’s history.

Book Swap!
New York Public Library’s Ottendorfer Library, Manhattan
Feb. 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meet fellow New Yorkers and trade books, CDs and other trinkets with them at this weekly swap.

Top Image: "Akeelah and the Bee" (2005)