5 Free Events: Celebrating Indigenous picture books, virtual dance and more

5 Free Events: Celebrating Indigenous picture books, virtual dance 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.


“From Sea to Sea to Sea”: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books
When: June 9; 7 p.m.
Host: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Gather together for the virtual launch of the 25 titles selected for the 2021 edition of the “From Sea to Sea to Sea” Indigenous picture books collection. Host Waubgeshig Rice will reveal each book and conduct interviews with some of their creators, including Rebecca Thomas, Jenny Kay Dupuis, David Alexander Robertson, Leah Marie Dorion, Richard Van Camp, Monique Gray Smith and Nadia Sammurtok.


“In the World’s Borough: Brazilian Rhythms with Davi Vieira”
When: June 10; 7 p.m.
Host: Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College

Learn about Brazilian rhythms and instruments from Brazilian percussionist Davi Vieira. In this event, Vieira will discuss various instruments, explain their rhythms and teach audiences how to enrich their own listening experiences.

“Colonial Swag: African and African Diasporic Surrealism”
When: June 10; 8 p.m.
Host: California African American Museum

Interdisciplinary artist April Bey presents her first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. This work is an immersive installation that uses Afrofuturism to explore issues of race, colonialism, decolonization and neo-colonialism in the United States and the Bahamas. Bey will also be joined by musician and film director Wanlov the Kubolor and Jeffrey Meris for a screening of Wanlov’s music video “True Friends.” The event will include a discussion about the remaining impacts of colonialism in Africa and the Caribbean.


2021 CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Virtual Festival
When: June 11; 7:30 p.m.
Host: Nai-Ni Chen and Flushing Town Hall

Celebrate the diversity of Asian American contemporary dance with this special performance produced by Nai-Ni Chen. This CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Festival — now in its seventh season — showcases some of the best Asian American choreographic talent in New York City. This year’s festival features work by Peter Cheng, Julia Foti, Fiona Tsang, Chieh Hsiung, Maya Lam and Seyong Kim.


“Invisible Traces: SF Chinatown”
When: June 12; 5 p.m.
Host: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center presents a dance film that examines the legacy of racist laws on Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The film features performances by the dNaga dance company and will include a host of interviews about Chinese culture and resiliency with Nancy Hom, Pam Tau Lee, Tom Bing Tam and others.

Top Image: LÚTALICA | WANDERER by Peter Cheng. Photo: Melissa Wu.