5 Free Events: ‘Showing Up,’ climate change and ‘Libertie’

5 Free Events: ‘Showing Up,’ climate change and ‘Libertie’
Photo: Accra Shepp. Courtesy the Civilians.

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

“Myth and Hymns: Love”
When: April 14 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Host: MasterVoices

The third entry into MasterVoice’s virtual presentation of Adam Guettel’s “Myths and Hymns,” directed by Ted Sperling, explores how our relationships with others might lead to love — or ruin. The performance features artists Dianne Drayse Alonso, Nina Bernstein, John Brancy, Dove Cameron, Victoria Clark, Drew Gehling, Cheyenne Jackson, Shereen Pimentel, Lori Wilner, Earl Womack and the MasterVoices chorus.


“Libertie” with Kaitlyn Greenidge with Edwidge Danticat
When: April 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Host: Live from NYPL

Dust off your favorite reading chair and settle in for a discussion of Kaitlyn Greenidge’s acclaimed second novel, “Libertie,” with fellow author Edwidge Danticat. The book, set in the 19th century, follows a dark-skinned Black girl named Libertie as she contends with what “freedom” means.


“A Discussion of Race and Sexuality in Theater”
When: April 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Host: Human Rights Campaign

How do the arts and advocacy intersect? Moderated by Jodie Patterson, this panel brings together playwrights Jeremy O. Harris and C. A. Johnson, actors Ato Blankson-Wood and Chalia La Tour, and Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David for a talk about representation and accessibility in the arts.


“Rising Tide: Visualizing the Human Costs of the Climate Crisis”
When: April 15 at 12 p.m. Eastern
Host: Museum of the City of New York

Coinciding with upcoming Earth Day events and the opening of the Museum of the City of New York’s new exhibition “Rise Tide: Visualizing the Human Costs of Climate Crisis,” Dutch documentary photographer Kadir van Lohuizen speaks with environmental experts Henk Ovink, Sharif Jamil and Kirsty Tinto to explore the far-reaching effects of the climate crisis. The event will be moderated by journalist Anne Barnard. “Rising Tide” opens April 16 and features the photography of van Lohuizen.


The Civilians Presents “Showing Up”
When: April 16 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Host: The Civilians, International Center for Photography and the Alice Austen House

As protests swelled in New York City last summer, photographer Accra Shepp took portraits of activists and Black Lives Matters demonstrations. Directed by Colette Robert, “Showing Up” portrays interviews with some of Shepp’s subjects, collected by theater group the Civilians, through music and performance.

Top Image: Photo: Accra Shepp. Courtesy the Civilians.