4 Free Things to Do Uptown This Weekend

By Lindsay Armstrong on August 1, 2014 2:49pm 

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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — If you're looking for something to do this weekend, there are plenty of fun, free events happening uptown. You can see a play, attend a live musical performance or pick wild berries — all without setting foot on the subway.

► This is your last chance to see the Moose Hall Theater Company’s production of Eugene Ionesco’s "Rhinoceros" in Inwood Hill Park. The absurdist play is set in a small French town. Over the course of three acts, all of the characters but one transform into rhinos. The play was written in 1959 and is often seen as a response to the rise of communism, fascism and Nazism before and during World War II. Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Inwood Hill Park Peninsula.

► Harvest wild blackberries, search for chanterelles and learn about the medicinal roots and herbs that grow in Inwood Hill Park with “Wildman” Steve Brill. The naturalist will lead a foraging tour of the park’s natural forest on Sunday, Aug. 3. The four-hour tour begins at 11:45 a.m. The event is free, but participants must call 24 hours in advance to reserve a space, 914-835-2153.

Marjorie Eliot, the pianist famous for hosting Sunday jazz salons in her Harlem apartment for the past 21 years, will perform with her ensemble at Fort Tryon Park this Sunday. The concert, which begins at 1 p.m., is in honor of Stan Michels, the late city councilman who represented the uptown community from 1978 to 2001. The performance will be held on the Stan Michels Promenade near the park’s Heather Garden.

Gaga Pa’l Pueblo, an ensemble that focuses on Dominican folk music and culture, will bring traditional beats, dance, art and food to Fort Tryon Park on Sunday. The group will perform an interactive show from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Anne Loftus Playground.

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