5 Free Events: A Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a virtual film fair and more

5 Free Events: A Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a virtual film fair and more
"A Lynx in the Town," 2019. Nina Bisiarina. Photo courtesy Folimage/Walker Arts Center.

Looking for something to do this week? Here is a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.

What Becomes of Love?
When: March 4; 6 p.m. Eastern
Where: The National Sawdust website and Facebook

Catch the debut of choreographer Sonya Tayeh’s “What Becomes of Love,” created in collaboration with musician Rhye. A joint presentation from American Ballet Theatre and National Sawdust, the work took shape “in tandem” with dancers inside a ballet bubble in Upstate New York.

“’What Becomes of Love?’ is a dance film that explores the mystery of love in all forms,” Tayeh said in a statement. “How to hold onto it, what the fall feels like, what the first drop of it does to the mind, the body and the soul. Love, to me, is an unguarded mystery filled with sensuality, wonder, and trickery all at the same time. Exploring the dance with ABT dancers was a process filled with such intimacy and courage. They hold a depth inside of movement that is thick and refined. It was a gift to watch them push themselves into such a vulnerable, raw place.”

The performance features American Ballet Theatre dancers Cory Stearns, Zimmi Coker, Courtney Lavine, Jose Sebastian, Ingrid Thoms and Joseph Markey. A discussion with Tayeh, Rhye, Lavine and Thoms follows the screening.


Pindell’s Legacy: Artists/Activists/Educators
When: March 4; 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Zoom; link sent with registration

Presented by the Shed alongside the exhibition “Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water,” this discussion draws together Pindell, Heather Hart, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Shani Peters to talk about how their art fits into current political and social contexts. The event is part of a series of conversations aimed at exploring Pindell’s influence as an artist, curator, critic, educator and activist. The evening will be moderated by Adeze Wilford.


Free First Saturday: Virtual Kids’ Film Fair
When: March 6; 11 a.m. Eastern
Where: Zoom; link sent with registration

Let your imagination flow with the Walker Arts Center’s annual Kids’ Film Fair. On Saturday, organizers invite families to participate in a live watch party, followed by a Q&A with the directors of some of the films featured. Be sure to stick around for a lesson from Xelias Aerial Arts coach Nicolas Collard, who will guide viewers through a series of circus arts warm-ups and skills.


The Met x Wikipedia Virtual Edit Meet-Up
When: March 6; 12:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Facebook and YouTube pages

Whether you’re new to editing Wikipedia entries or a seasoned pro, you’re invited to join in on the Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ virtual edit session, presented in conjunction with Women’s History Month. The event aims to “build global information and expand and improve knowledge about women and others impacted by the gender gap in the arts — including artists, collectors, patrons and others.” Participants will get training for the first hour, and then are free to edit away (with team members on hand to answer questions).

If you can’t make it to this session, check out the full slate of worldwide Art + Feminism edit-a-thon events here.


Virtual Conversation with Playwright Lynn Nottage
When: March 7; 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: Zoom; link sent with registration

How do our hometowns influence our lives? Historian Kevin Burke asks this question in his series “Your Hometown.” On March 7, celebrated playwright Lynn Nottage continues the virtual conversation with a discussion on what it was like growing up in Brooklyn during the late 1960s and 70s.

Next up in the series, presented by Museum of the City of New York, is designer Danielle Guizio.

Top Image: "A Lynx in the Town," 2019. Nina Bisiarina. Photo courtesy Folimage/Walker Arts Center.