5 Free Events: Lincoln Center Theater’s ‘The Royale,’ Alvin Ailey’s ‘Cry’ and more

5 Free Events: Lincoln Center Theater’s ‘The Royale,’ Alvin Ailey’s ‘Cry’ and more

Looking for something to do this week? Here is a selection of free performances and presentations taking place virtually. Find this week’s top picks below.


Note/Books: “The Night Falls”
When: May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Host: The Center for Fiction + American Opera Project

Opera meets literature in the Center for Fiction’s unique series Note/Books. Join the Center for libretto readings and song and dance performances of “The Night Falls.” The performance will be followed by a moderated Q&A with the opera’s creators, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Karen Russell and Troy Schumacher.


Free Music Fridays
When: May 14 at 6 p.m. Eastern
Host: American Folk Art Museum

Hear music from talented, self-taught artists every Friday when the American Folk Art Museum’s critically acclaimed performance series goes virtual via Facebook Live. This week, enjoy performances from Lucas Rotman, Kate Vargas and Sara Ontaneda.


Griot Lecture: The Life of Katherine Dunham
When: May 16 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Host: Center for African and Diaspora Dance

Enjoy a discussion with certified Dunham technique instructor Saroya Corbett about the life and achievements of dance trailblazer Katherine Dunham. In 1931, Dunham founded Ballet Nègres — one of the first Black ballet companies in the United States — and proceeded to teach a unique blend of ballet and African diaspora dances to generations of Black children.


“The Royale”
When: Streaming until May 16
Host: Lincoln Center Theater

Explore the nuances of being an outsider in America … through boxing! “The Royale” is set deep in the Jim Crow era and revolves around a Black man’s quest to become the heavy-weight champion of the world, all while contending with American racism and navigating his challenging and inspiring relationship with his sister.

Alvin Ailey’s “Cry”
When: Streaming until May 23
Host: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alvin Ailey’s signature piece “Cry” with a newly filmed version. Ailey originally choreographed “Cry” as a birthday present for his mother and dedicated it to “all Black women everywhere — especially our mothers.”

Top Image: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jacqueline Green in Alvin Ailey's "Cry." Photo: Paul Kolnik.