5 Free Events: Alvin Ailey’s ‘Blues Suite,’ film at the Walker Art Center and more

5 Free Events: Alvin Ailey’s ‘Blues Suite,’ film at the Walker Art Center 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.

Tuesday

“Blues Suite” by Alvin Ailey
When: Starts streaming March 30 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Host: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Catch a stream of Alvin Ailey’s “Blues Suite,” which launched the famed dance company in 1958. The recording, captured for the PBS series Dance in America in 1985, will be available to stream on-demand through April 13 as part of the Ailey All Access online program.


Thursday

ViVa World Premiere
When: April 1 at 9 a.m. Eastern
Presented by Miami City Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company

Miami City Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company come together in the world premiere of “ViVa,” choreographed by Amy Hall Garner and danced by Samantha Hope Galler (Miami City Ballet) and John Harnage (Paul Taylor Dance Company). Set to Vivaldi and captured by Alexander Iziliaev, the piece takes place on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road and the Lower East Side.

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Art and Empathy: Community Care Through Art

When: April 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Host: The Brooklyn Museum

Art therapist Sarah Pousty and social work intern Lula Zeray lead a session focused on rest and reflection. During the live program, the duo will explore an artwork, and then, participants will make their own.


Saturday

Live Virtual Tour: “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America”
When: April 3 at 11 a.m. Eastern
Host: The New Museum

The New Museum’s exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” is on view through June 6. If you haven’t yet booked your tickets, or if you would like more information about the exhibition, tune in for a live virtual tour of the installation this Saturday, led by New Museum teaching fellow troizel.


Whenever

Collection Playlist: “Bleu Shut” & “Curious Fantasies”
When: On-demand through April 5
Host: Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center has paired two films for you to contemplate at your leisure: Robert Nelson’s “Bleu Shut” (1970) and Jesse McLean’s “Curious Fantasies” (2019). Representing a classic experimental work and a contemporary piece, the films “reflect on the culture of consumerism with insightful humor,” according to organizers.

Top Image: Jesse McLean, "Curious Fantasies," 2019. Photo courtesy Video Data Bank via Walker Art Center.