Time Out New York's Things to Do Editor Jennifer Picht shares her picks for free and cheap entertainment for this weekend.
“SPF16: NYC Pools and Beaches in Contemporary Photography”
Did you know that New York City is home to 55 outdoor pools and more than 14 miles of beaches? We did, but only thanks to Arsenal Gallery’s very informative description for its newest installation highlighting the city’s best warm-weather amenities. Some of the shutterbugs featured include Juliana Beasley, Damion Berger and Rona Chang.
Arsenal Gallery (in Central Park), 830 Fifth Ave, third floor (212-360-8163, nycgovparks.org). Wed–Fri, Mon, Tue 9 a.m. to 5 p.. Through Aug 26.
Broadway in the Park
For lovers of musical theater, the Broadway in Bryant Park concert series is one of the best things to do in the summer in NYC. Presented each year by 106.7 Lite fm, it’s a great way to spend a Thursday lunch hour: It’s outdoors, it’s free and it features performances from some of the best Broadway musicals, as well as Off Broadway shows. Today, catch performances by the cast of Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, The Marvelous Wonderettes and more.
Western side of Manhattan’s Bryant Park, along Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets (Bryantpark.org). Thursday 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; free.
Up Late on the High Line
Enjoy the High Line after hours with dancers, musicians, participatory performances and a “world of hidden surprises.” See visual artist Jordan Eagles, producers and performers from club nights Jackie 60 and MOTHER, the mysterious glowing dancers of Ox Prowl, live video art and “electronic flute melodies” from Yael Modiano and Ursula Scherrer, and a spontaneous flashlight symphony from Merche Blasco. Okay, we’re intrigued.
The High Line, Gansevoort St to W 18th St (212-206-9922, thehighline.org). Thursday 10 p.m. to midnight; with R.S.V.P. free.
An Evening with Darlene Love
Darlene Love is one of the biggest names of the girl-group era and ’60s pop music in general: She’s collaborated with Elvis, Sinatra, Sonny and Cher and has survived working with producer Phil Spector. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee returns to New York to celebrate her 75th birthday in the sunshine of Lincoln Center for its annual outdoor summer concert program, Out of Doors.
Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center), W 62nd St between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves (212-875-5456, lcoutofdoors.org). Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Coney Island Talent Show
Pull up to the Coney Island Boardwalk between 10th and 12th Streets for this all-ages talent show hosted by burlesque performer the World Famous *BOB*, where prizes are given to not only the best entertainers, but also the best dressed.
Coney Island Boardwalk, 37 Boardwalk West (coneyislandtalentshow.com). Saturday 4 to 8 p.m; free.