5 Free Events: ‘Romeo y Julieta,’ the films of Cecilia Mangini, ‘Otherly’ and more

5 Free Events: ‘Romeo y Julieta,’ the films of Cecilia Mangini, ‘Otherly’ 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.

A One-Woman Confessional: 8 Films by Cecilia Mangini
When: Streams through March 19
Host: Another Gaze

Immerse yourself in eight films by Italian filmmaker Cecilia Mangini, as contextualized by Another Gaze journal. The online program, presented under the banner of Another Screening, streams through March 19. To learn more about the films and Mangini, be sure to spend some time with the accompanying essay by Allison Grimaldi Donahue and an interview with the filmmaker conducted by Gianluca Sciannameo and translated by Livia Franchini.


“Otherly: Elaine Is Almost”
When: March 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Host: National Film Board of Canada and POV Spark

For many, Instagram has turned into a portal for live performances, classes and readings. The National Film Board of Canada and PBS’s POV Spark stretch this concept to present the seven-part short documentary series “Otherly,” which is currently being rolled out on Instagram Stories through April 2. Created by female, non-binary and genderqueer artists, the films use “universal themes like love, inclusion and loss as entry points.”

The series kicked off March 15 with Mirusha Yogarajah’s film “Parked: Seeking Refuge in Our Cars,” and it continues March 17 with Em Yue’s “Elaine Is Almost.”

You can explore the films-to-come on the “Otherly” website and find a full schedule of release dates on Instagram.


Artist Talk: Sculptor Meredith Bergmann with Brenda Berkman
When: March 18 at 6 p.m. Eastern
Host: The Art Students League of New York

Unveiled on Aug. 26, 2020, the “Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument” in Central Park pays tribute to advocates Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. On Thursday, learn about the story behind how the statue came to be from sculptor Meredith Bergmann, who will discuss her work with Brenda Berkman. The chat, presented by the Arts Student League, will take place on Facebook Live.


“Romeo y Julieta” World Premiere Event
When: March 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Host: The Public Theater, WNYC Studios and the Greene Space

Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano star in this bilingual Spanish and English audio adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The show starts at 7 p.m. Eastern, but be sure to tune in for a pre-show cocktail demo with host Rebeca Ibarra. Then stick around for a post-show conversation and Q&A with Nyong’o, Castano, director Saheem Ali and translator Alfredo Michel Modenessi. Composer Michael Thurber will perform during intermission.


San Francisco Opera: “Siegfried”
When: March 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern
Host: San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera

Catch the San Francisco Opera’s “Siegfried,” starring tenor Daniel Brenna as the young dragon-slaying mortal son of Siegmund and Sieglinde. The third installment of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, the production sees Siegfried on his journey to wrest the Ring of Power from the dragon Fafner. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, soprano Iréne Theorin, mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller and tenor David Cangelosi also star. Francesca Zambello directs and Sir Donald Runnicles conducts. The capture will stream for free through the weekend.

Top Image: Courtesy of Key art from "Otherly," presented by the National Film Board of Canada and POV Spark.