5 free events in NYC this week: Ballet, fashion, love poems and more

5 free events in NYC this week: Ballet, fashion, love poems 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.

“Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse”
The Museum at FIT, Manhattan
Through April 18
“Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse” explores the intimate connection between ballet and couture through a large-scale exhibition of dancewear and clothing inspired by the art form. The installation includes items worn by ballerina Anna Pavlova, vintage Chanel creations, Barbara Karinska-designed costumes from the New York City Ballet, Christian Louboutin’s black patent leather “Fetish Ballerine” shoes and more.

Black History Month Exhibition
Poe Park Visitor Center, Bronx
Through Feb. 29
Hosted within the Poe Park Visitor Center (designed with Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” in mind), this Black History Month exhibition features work from artists Kristen Cherry, James Deliard, Thomas Green and Dolo. After visiting, take a stroll through Poe Park, which was opened in 1902 in honor of the poet.

John Kenney: “Love Poems for People with Children”
Books Are Magic, Brooklyn
Feb. 13; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
John Kenney (author of “Love Poems for Married People”) tackles newborns, toddlers and more in his new collection, “Love Poems for People with Children.” Kenney joins writer and illustrator Emily Flake (“The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug”) for a conversation about the new release and the trials of parenting.

“Punchinello in Crisis”
Leslie-Lohman Project Space, Manhattan
Feb. 14 to Feb. 16; Opening reception Feb. 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Painter Patrick Webb’s series “Punchinello in Crisis” continues the artist’s visual exploration of the HIV epidemic. The clown figures seen in the paintings recur across works created by Webb since the 1990s. In a statement, Webb notes that the paintings included in the exhibition suggest that “we are all living suffering ignored.”

“An Afternoon at the Opera”
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Manhattan
Feb. 15; 1:30 p.m.
Featuring a cast of six, this concert version of “La clemenza di Tito” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is presented by the New York Opera Forum, which was founded in 1983 by Richard Nechamkin. Plan to arrive one hour prior to the start of the program to snag a seat. Only one ticket per person is provided.

Top Image: Barbara Karinska, “Emeralds” costume from Jewels, original designed in 1967. Lent by the New York City Ballet. Photo: The Museum at FIT.