5 Free Events: Take a peek inside new book releases and the world of ‘Lovecraft Country’

5 Free Events: Take a peek inside new book releases and the world of ‘Lovecraft Country’

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


“Little Gem”
When: April 27 through May 9 at various times
Host: Irish Repertory Theater

Experience playwright Elaine Murphy’s debut play “Little Gem,” a poignant story following three generations of North Dublin women as they navigate the emotional turmoils and joys of their lives.


Saving the Filmmaking Arts: “True Mothers (Asa ga Kuru)”
When: April 28 through May 4
Host: National Gallery of Art

View a curated selection of cinema from around the world with the National Gallery of Art. Every Wednesday, the Gallery will feature a refreshing new film on its website, which will be free to view for one week. Next up is Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers (Asa ga Kuru),” a film that weaves through two stories: the upper-middle class life of a young couple (Satoko and Kiyokazu) and their adopted son, and that of the child’s biological mother (Hikari). These stories collide when Hikari unexpectedly reaches out to the family.


When Art Speaks … “Lovecraft Country”’s Production Designer Kalina Ivanov
When: April 28 at 3 p.m. Eastern
Host: Queens Library
Have you binged all the episodes of HBO’s hit show “Lovecraft Country”? Hear Kalina Ivanov — the production designer behind the show’s eerily magical world — describe her career trajectory and creative process.


On America: “We Are Each Other’s Harvest” and the Legacy of Black Farmers
When: April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Host: Center for Fiction

Join author Natalie Baszile for the launch of her book “We Are Each Other’s Harvest,” which examines the crisis of Black farming through the narratives of seasoned and first-generation Black Farmers. Baszile will be joined in conversation by farmers Mavin Frink and Melony Edwards, writer Clyde W. Ford, and culinary historian Michael Twitty.


On The Roof: A Look Inside “Fiddler on the Roof” in Yiddish
When: May 2 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Host: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

Join the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene to celebrate the launch of the book “On the Roof: A Look Inside ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish,” written by Samantha Hahn, the youngest cast member of the hit Off-Broadway production. Audiences will have the opportunity to chat with the cast members and learn more about the making and significance of the Yiddish production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Top Image: Courtney B. Vance, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett in "Lovecraft Country." Photo: Elizabeth Morris/HBO.