5 Free Events: Kelli O’Hara, Larry Owens in ‘Myths and Hymns’ and more

5 Free Events: Kelli O’Hara, Larry Owens in ‘Myths and Hymns’ 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.


“Remembering the Tulsa Massacre 100 Years Later”
When: May 26; 4:30 p.m.
Host: American Experience on PBS
Participate in a conversation to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre. American Experience will host a discussion about Greenwood — Tulsa’s historic Black community, once known as Black Wall Street — and will trace the evolution of the mainstream narrative surrounding the 1921 Tulsa Massacre. This event features screenwriter Carmen Fields (“Goin’ Back to T-Town”) and professor Karlos Hill (author of “The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre”), and will be moderated by John Hopkins University professor Jessica Marie Johnson.

“Myths and Hymns: Faith”
When: May 26; 6:30 p.m.
Host: MasterVoices
MasterVoice’s virtual presentation of Adam Guettel’s 1998 “Myths and Hymns” examines the nature of faith and longing in our secular world. In the series, Guettel’s theatrical song cycle is re-imagined as a quartet of short films, in which the protagonist seeks fulfillment through “Flight,” “Work,” “Love” and “Faith.” “Faith,” the fourth and final entry in the series, explores the possibility of finding inner-peace through belief in a higher power. Conducted by Ted Sperling, the episode stars Anthony Roth Costanzo, Jennifer Holliday, Mykal Kilgore, Theresa McCarthy, Miles Mykkanen, Kelli O’Hara, Larry Owens and Nicholas Phan.

“On America: The Carceral System and Racial Justice with Ian Manuel and Yusef Salaam”
When: May 26; 7:30 p.m.
Host: The Center for Fiction
Join authors Ian Manuel and Yusef Salaam as they discuss crime, punishment and racial justice. Manuel, author of the memoir “My Time Will Come,” was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 13 and spent several years in solitary confinement before he was released in 2016. Author of “Better, Not Bitter” and one of the Central Park Five, Salaam spent almost seven years in prison after being wrongfully convicted as a teenager. Sarah Burns, director of “The Central Park Five” documentary, will moderate this event.


“Healing Relationships With the Natural World”
When: May 27; 4 p.m.
Host: The Wege Foundation
The 24th annual Wege Speaker Series presents a lecture by renowned author and educator Dr. Robin Hall Kimmerer. A botanist and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer’s writings explore the restoration of ecological communities and of human relationships to the land and each other.

“Theater of War for Frontline”
When: May 27; 9 p.m.
Host: Theater of War + Stanford Medicine + UCSF Health
“Theater of War for Frontline” is a project designed to ease the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic on the medical community through theater. Each installment of the project features a dramatic reading from an ancient Greek play that acts as a catalyst for discussions on the heart-wrenching issues that the pandemic has forced us to contend with, like death, risk, grieving and helplessness. This installment will feature a performance of Sophocles’ “Philoctetes” and “Women of Trachis,” starring Frances McDormand, Marjolaine Goldsmith, Frankie Faison and David Strathairn.