5 Free Events: Rita Moreno chats with Tony Kushner, a trip to the Noguchi Museum and more

5 Free Events: Rita Moreno chats with Tony Kushner, a trip to the Noguchi Museum and more

Looking for something to do? Here are five free events to attend virtually this week.


Join in on the American Film Institute’s virtual festival

What: A Tribute to Rita Moreno
When: Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Eastern; on-demand after
Where: Link sent with registration

Attention Broadway fans: Rita Moreno will discuss her decades-long career with playwright Tony Kushner as part of this year’s AFI Fest, presented by the American Film Institute. In 2021, the actress, who first took to the stage at the age of 13, will appear in Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story,” swapping out her role as Anita for a new character and an executive producer credit.


Take a trip to the museum

What: Noguchi Museum Visit
When: Oct. 21–Oct. 25
Where: The Noguchi Museum and app

The Noguchi Museum, which reopened Sept. 23, is celebrating the release of its new mobile guide with an event it has dubbed “Free Week.” What does this entail? Those who are able to make it to the museum in-person will enjoy free admission, though spots can’t be guaranteed without advance reservation. If you aren’t able to make the trek, the new app allows users to explore the museum from home at no charge. Those who would rather stick to the website can still check out the institution’s digital stream.

Thursday 22

Watch a virtual reading reunion or a variety show 

What: “Skeleton Crew” Reunion Reading
When: Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Atlantic Theater Company YouTube page

Members of the original cast of Dominique Morisseau’s “Skeleton Crew” are gathering for a virtual reunion. Presented by Atlantic Theater Company, the event brings together Caroline Clay with Jason Dirden, Wendell B. Franklin, Nikiya Mathis and Adesola Osakulumi to read Morisseau’s final play in her Detroit trilogy. Additional performances are slated for Oct. 23 and 24, with a special discussion between Lynn Nottage and Morisseau scheduled for Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. Eastern.

What: Against Doom TV: Abolitionism and Electoral Politics
When: Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: Link sent with registration

In the mood for an art-filled variety show focused on abolitionism and electoral politics? Artists Amy Khoshbin and Macon Reed (fine arts civic engagement fellow at Pratt Institute) host City Council candidate Whitney Hu and abolitionist organizers Ngozi Alston, Derecka Purnell, Sophia Gurulé and Mon Mohapatra for an interactive panel discussion on systems of power and art.


Swivel your desk chair over to a dance performance

What: Liz Gerring Dance Company
When: Debuts Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. Eastern and is available to stream through 5 p.m. Eastern Oct. 29

This event technically premieres on Thursday, but we thought we’d save it for Friday as a treat. Presented as part of the Baryshnikov Arts Center PlayBAC series, the film captures Liz Gerring Dance Company’s Nov. 11, 2016, performance of “(T)here to (T)here,” which debuted at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.

The piece, set to a score by Michael J. Schumacher, was developed by choreographer Liz Gerring with visual artist Kay Rosen and revolves around a central couple. Text is projected alongside the choreography, creating what the company describes as “a visual space of words and color.”

Top Image: Noguchi Museum.