5 Free Events: ‘Curtain Up!’ on Broadway, Photoville NYC kickoff and more

5 Free Events: ‘Curtain Up!’ on Broadway, Photoville NYC kickoff and more
Photoville NYC exhibition: “Women in the Face of History.” Artist: Jennifer Ling Datchuk. Presented By: Department of Photography & Imaging and 370 Jay Project New York University.

Looking for something to do? Here is a selection of free events taking place in-person this week.

Curtain Up!
When: Sept. 17 to Sept. 19
Where: Times Square; Manhattan

Celebrate the return of Broadway with a three-day festival presented by Playbill, in partnership with the Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance and title sponsor Prudential. In what promises to be a star-studded affair, the festival will include a number of buzz-worthy events, starting with an opener Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. Eastern featuring special guests Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jessica Vosk, with music director John McDaniel. The weekend spectacular will culminate Sept. 19 with a concert spotlighting “marquee talent” from both returning and new Broadway musicals and plays.

A full schedule of panels, performances and participatory events is available on the Playbill website.


Photoville NYC 2021 Kickoff
When: Sept. 18 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park; Brooklyn

The 10th edition of the Photoville NYC festival — an expansive pop-up project that puts photography on display outdoors — will feature exhibitions across the city’s five boroughs, with an online component providing a hub for discussions and workshops. On view through Dec. 1, the festival kicks off Sept. 18 at Brooklyn Bridge Park with a “community day” filled with activities for families, music and dance by the Haiti Cultural Exchange, exhibition tours, photo puzzles, workshops and a closing performance by musicians from Carnegie Hall.

A complete list of the exhibits broken out by borough can be found on the Photoville website.

Photoville exhibition: “Taxi: Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987.” Artist: Joseph Rodriguez. Presented By: Photoville with additional support by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.
Photoville exhibition: “Taxi: Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987.” Artist: Joseph Rodriguez. Presented By: Photoville with additional support by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Mark Morris Dance Center: 20 Years in Brooklyn
When: Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Plaza at 300 Ashland; Brooklyn

Mark Morris Dance Group is celebrating 20 years in Brooklyn with a host of outdoor activities, including dance classes and performances. Though the event is free and open to the public, guests must register in advance to attend.


2021 Take Care Series
When: Sept. 18 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Arts Center; Governors Island

Head over to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center on Governor’s Island for “The Take Care Series,” which occurs the third Saturday of every month through October. In addition to access to installations from Meg Webster, Onyedika Chuke and Muna Malik, visitors can catch a range of activities, such as workshops, open studios and live music curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Guests can reserve a timed ticket online in advance of arrival. A limited number of tickets will be available onsite.


“Breathing Free” Screening With Heartbeat Opera
When: Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: Hudson River Park’s Pier 63; Manhattan

Join Heartbeat Opera for a presentation of their visual album “Breathing Free.” The 45-minute piece, which focuses on Black empowerment in the arts, will be accompanied by live song, dance and spoken word performances.

Top Image: Photoville NYC exhibition: “Women in the Face of History.” Artist: Jennifer Ling Datchuk. Presented By: Department of Photography & Imaging and 370 Jay Project New York University.