Monday, June 11, 2007

Big City, Big Week. Mostly Free!

This is one of those special weeks in Manhattan in which amazing things are going on almost every night, mostly for free! Here are just a few things that Three Rooms Press staffers will be checking out:

Monday, June 11, 8 p.m. Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet, FREE Watch Shakespeare's best known play under the stars, absolutely free! Pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street. This performance was just added, so you've got a good shot a tickets. Next performance is Thursday. No show on the Fourth of July. Runs through July 8. For more info: click here.

Tuesday, June 12, 6-9 p.m. Museum Mile, FREE
Annual event in which Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th streets is closed off to automobiles, so that everyone can fill the street and party in the name of art. Street performers include more than just jugglers and stilt walkers--there's internationally renowned chalk drawing artists, live model drawing class for children 8-12, bands at every corner, and face painting. Plue free admission to nine museums including the Guggenheim, the Met and the National Academy museums. Tough to beat, at any price!
For more info, click here.
Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m. Booker T. & The MGs, with Guest Vocalist Sharon Jones, FREE
Head to Rockefeller Park EARLY to get good position for the group that made the "Memphis Sound" with such classics as Green Onions, Hip Hug Her and Time Is Tight. Plus the incredible Sharon Jones (she of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings semi-fame). Sharon's a Brooklyn girl, who has been generating some long-overdue press in the past year, with one of the most soulful voices to emerge in years. Refreshing! Rockefeller Park is at the corner of River Terrace and Warren Streets. Lots of other events all summer. More info: click here.

Thursday, June 14, 8-9:30 pm An Evening Celebrating
the Life and Art of Poet, Painter & Raconteur--Jack Micheline, $7
Bowery Poetry Club
Okay, it's not FREE, but worth checking out anyway. For the unitiated, Jack Micheline, who died in San Francisco in 1998, was the true voice of the Beat Generation, a man whose warmth and humor filled his poems and life. He was the kind of guy who would hug a fat lady on a bus, who would spend his last dime at the race track and win, who hung out with Charles Bukowski and Langston Hughes, and whose first book was favorably reviewed by Dorothy Parker. He never hit the Big Times in the way that Ginsburg or Kerouac did, but, man--did he swing! The evening features a documentary on Micheline, plus an open mic to share poetry, prose and anecdotes. More info: click here.

Earlier on Thursday, you can catch some art plus FREE GOOD FOOD (read: Dinner!) at an art opening for John Stascak at Spaghetti Western, from 6-10. 59 Reade St. (just west of Broadway).

Friday, June 15th, 2007
You're on your own!

Photo: Jack Micheline, from the Beat Museum website

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