5 Free Events: Music in the Met Cloisters, a new art space in Brooklyn and more

5 Free Events: Music in the Met Cloisters, a new art space in Brooklyn and more
Jlin performs electronic music in the Romanesque Hall at the Cloisters as part of the "Sonic Cloisters" music series on March 17, 2021. Presented by MetLive Arts. Photo: Stephanie Berger.

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

Wednesday

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Ensemble Connect
When: July 7 at 6 p.m. Eastern
Where: Madison Square Park; Manhattan

Set amidst artist Maya Lin’s towering “Ghost Forest” installation in Madison Square Park, this outdoor concert from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect invites listeners to turn inward. Reflecting on the themes of the exhibition, the performances presents a musical exploration of a range of feelings, such as “sorrow, meditation, frustration and hope,” in a program performed by an ensemble of horns and string quartet.

The concert is part of the “Music on the Green” series, which takes place in conversation with “Ghost Forest” throughout the summer. A full schedule of concerts and dates can be found on the Madison Square Park Conservancy website.


Thursday

Sonic Cloisters: Jlin
When: July 8 at 9 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Met Museum’s YouTube and Facebook pages

The Middle Ages meets electronic music in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s site-specific series “Sonic Cloisters.” The slate of performances, which began delivering tunes to virtual audiences last month, continues this week with a set from Gary, Ind.-based footwork producer Jlin.


Friday

2021 Broadway Buskers Concert Series
When: July 9 at 6 p.m. Eastern
Where: Broadway Plaza between 43rd St. and 44th St.; Manhattan

After a year of virtual performances, the Broadway Buskers concert series makes its in-person return with a July 9 concert from Gerard Canonico and Bandits on the Run (featuring Adrian Blake Enscoe, Regina Strayhorn and Sydney Torin Shepherd). The series runs through Oct. 1 and is hosted weekly by Ben Cameron.

Films on the Green: “La Boum”
When: July 9 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online and in-person at Cedar Hill in Central Park; Manhattan

Break out the picnic basket and head over to Central Park for an outdoor screening of Claude Pinoteau’s 1980 film “La Boum,” presented as part of the 2021 Films on the Green festival. The comedy, starring Sophie Marceau in her screen debut, follows a teenage girl as she encounters her first brushes of romance and attempts to persuade her parents to let her go to a house party.

If you can’t make it to the in-person screening, don’t fret: Those within a 30-mile radius of New York City can stream the film online as part of the festival’s virtual cinema.


Saturday

Amant Grand Opening
When: July 10 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern
Where: Amant; Brooklyn

A new art institution has arrived in East Williamsburg, and you’re invited to the grand opening. Amant, established by art collector Lonti Ebers, will welcome the public to its sprawling four-building campus in Brooklyn with a launch party featuring a host of food trucks and D.J. sets by Jose Berrío, Nico Losada and Juan Forero.

Grada Kilomba, Storyteller Act I, 2020. Photo © Grada Kilomba. Courtesy the artist, the Amant Foundation and Goodman Gallery.
Grada Kilomba, Storyteller Act I, 2020. Photo © Grada Kilomba. Courtesy the artist, the Amant Foundation and Goodman Gallery.

Guests will also have a chance to check out the institution’s inaugural installation, “Heroines, Birds and Monsters” by interdisciplinary artist and writer Grada Kilomba. The show, on view through Oct. 31, marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

“Working with theory, performance, film and literature, Kilomba reveals the narratives of the colonial past, giving space to the silenced voices whose traumas are ever present,” the nonprofit states about the exhibition.

Top Image: Jlin performs electronic music in the Romanesque Hall at the Cloisters as part of the "Sonic Cloisters" music series on March 17, 2021. Presented by MetLiveArts. Photo: Stephanie Berger.