5 Free Events: New York City Ballet, Women’s Day on Broadway and more

5 Free Events: New York City Ballet, Women’s Day on Broadway and more

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.

Lippert & Lowry: Fireside Chats
When: March 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Poster House and Swann Auction Galleries Instagram pages

Cozy up to your phone for a fireside chat about film posters with Poster House Chief Curator Angelina Lippert and Swann Auction Galleries Director Nicholas Lowry, who will discuss “masterpieces in cinematic history” as part of their weekly series. If you have a favorite work you’d like to hear more about, organizers encourage participants to make requests and ask questions during the event.

While you wait for the chat, we also recommend taking a spin through the museum’s online exhibition pages, where you’ll find descriptions of the Poster House’s current installations and select photos of artworks.

“Stravinsky Violin Concerto”
When: March 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The New York City Ballet website and Youtube page

New York City Ballet continues its virtual season with selections from George Balanchine’s neoclassical ballet “Stravinsky Violin Concerto.” The presentation, streamed as the final part of the company’s “Three Sides of Balanchine” program, stars principal dancers Sterling Hyltin, Ask la Cour, Sara Mearns and Taylor Stanley.

For a deeper look into “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” tune in to the NYCB website and Youtube page to hear from Mearns, soloist Claire Kretzschmar and repertory director Rebecca Krohn about the leading female solo in the ballet’s “First Aria.” The video will feature rehearsal footage alongside interviews.

Both the performance and behind-the-scenes film will be available to stream through March 18.

Countdown to the Grammy Awards: Haim, Brittany Howard, Chika
When: March 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Pandora Live website

Catch a performance from Grammy-nominated artists Haim, Brittany Howard and Chika as part of Pandora Live’s countdown to the 2021 Grammy Awards (which will be held March 14). Tune in 15 minutes ahead of the event for a slate of pre-show activities.

Women’s Day on Broadway 2021
When: March 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern
Where: Link sent with registration

Now in its fourth year, Women’s Day on Broadway makes its return with a free event centered on the theme “Reflecting Courageously, Transforming Collectively.” Laura Benanti, Karen Olivo, Lynn Nottage, Pearl Cleage and Julia Jones are among the guests participating, with the Broadway Sinfonietta set to perform after the mid-day intermission.

“This year has been unimaginably difficult for our community, who were suddenly cut off from not just their livelihoods but their chosen purpose,” Anne Quart, senior vice president at Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement. “With our theatre’s still dark, we knew it was important now more than ever to gather the Women of Broadway to share our stories and inspire and refresh each other.”

A full schedule for Women’s Day on Broadway 2021 can be found here.

Open Studio From Home: Sari Dienes
When: March 13 at 11 a.m. Eastern
Where: Link sent with registration

Why not make some art this Saturday? This open studio session from the Whitney Museum of American Art uses the work of artist Sari Dienes as inspiration to explore the textures found around the home. You’ll need both thin and thick paper, tape, scissors, a glue stick and coloring materials (like crayons, chalk and oil pastels). To get your creativity flowing ahead of the class, take a peek at Dienes’ “HPFS,” created by the artist from textures found around the city.

Top Image: Sara Mearns filming an excerpt of "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" for New York City Ballet's Virtual Winter Season, Feb. 3, 2021. Credit Photo: Erin Baiano.