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15 Things To Do In Your Manhattan Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | April 14, 2016 7:06pm | Updated on April 15, 2016 7:39pm

 Don't miss the BALAM Dance Theatre's
Don't miss the BALAM Dance Theatre's "A Multicultural Ramayana," with live Indonesian Gamelan music, this weekend
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All Weekend


Where: 333 W. 22nd Street, Chelsea
When: April 14 to 24, Thursdays through Sundays, from 6 to 9 p.m.

School of Visual Arts student Lal Bahcecioglu’s “semi-open-air” exhibit ditches the traditional art gallery format, displaying video artwork on TV screens placed in the windows of buildings in Chelsea. Exhibit-goers can view the installation, which “questions the necessity of perfection in displaying art and… [proves] that art can and should be seen everywhere” as they walk down the sidewalk.

► West Side Community Garden Tulip Festival

Where: West Side Community Garden, 123 W. 89th St., Upper West Side
When: All weekend

The annual tulip festival, which features 13,000 tulips as well as spring flowers and blossoming trees, kicks off this weekend at the community garden. The weekend’s free events include a piano concert, guided tour and a flower arranging class.

► “Cartoon Memoirs” Exhibit by Roz Chast

Where: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The work of Roz Chast, a cartoonist who has had her work published in many magazines and papers like the New Yorker, is part of a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. Her cartoons depict her musings and the awkwardness and oddities of life, especially living in New York City. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for kids.

► Free weekend at the Morgan Library & Museum

Where: Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., Murray Hill
When: Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Morgan Library & Museum is opening its doors for free general admission all weekend.

Friday, April 15

► Open Studios at New York Academy of Art

Where: 11 Franklin St., TriBeCa
When:  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Take a free tour of the studios of nearly 100 artists at this renowned TriBeCa art school.

► Moonlight, Magic & The Nightingale Concert

Where: Bloomingdale School of Music, 322 W. 108th St., Upper West Side
When: 7 p.m.

This free concert features vocalist Katherine Copland accompanied by pianist Abdiel Vazquez. The show revolves around opera arias and songs from around the world that feature the theme of nighttime. 

► A Multicultural Ramayana

Where: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 20 Cumming St., Inwood
When: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The BALAM Dance Theatre is premiering their new series program with live Indonesian Gamelan music. The company offers contemporary dance pieces with ballet, “modern and diverse cultural dance styles from the around the world.” There will be an audience participation segment with question and answers as well. The program is free and family-friendly, organizers say. Seating is limited.

Saturday, April 16

► Spring Open Studios

Where: The Graphic Arts Building, 315 W. 39th St., Garment District
When:  12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Twenty artists who work in the Graphic Arts Building will be opening up their studios for tours this weekend. It’s a chance to “discover new art, and speak with the artists behind it in the space [in which] they create it.”

► Book Launch of Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women

Where: Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave., Washington Heights
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Come meet several Dominican authors as they read essays and poetry — originally written in Spanish — for the first time in English. The stories range on issues like immigration, family, love and home from Dominican women.

"Annie Jr."

Where: P.S./I.S. 187, 349 Cabrini Blvd., Hudson Heights
When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Join P.S./I.S. 187 as they perform their adaptation of "Annie" — the popular comic strip character-turned Broadway musical and recently remade movie, featuring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis. Food court opens an hour before each show at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, although kids under 5 get in free.

► Phone Bank and Potluck for Bernie

Where: Bread and Yoga, 5000 Broadway, Suite A, Inwood
When: 5 p.m.

Join Uptown Bernie volunteers and supporters for a fundraising potluck and phone-banking event. The event, hosted by yoga studio, Bread and Yoga, is part of the many Bernie supporters gathering “at potlucks events across the country” against the George Clooney $300,000 fundraising event for Hillary Clinton.

Sunday, April 17

► Uptown Open House Expo – Meet and Greet

Where: Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center, 3940 Broadway, Washington Heights
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Apartment-hunters everywhere are invited to attend a meet-and-greet with Martin Collins, co-founder of the Uptown Arts Stroll, and Zachary Kussin, resident and reporter for the New York Post. The event is sponsored by First Republic Bank.

► Freedom Art Jam

Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Passover with the pop-band, The Macaroons, an indie rock band, The LeeVees, as well as with a large drop-in art workshop, where families can make holiday vessels, collaborate on a giant collage to create a wall of matzo, and paint Passover designs. Families can also tour the museum’s objects that relate to Passover.

► Music on Madison: New York City Children’s Chorus

Where: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave., Upper East Side
When: 3 p.m.

Listen to the voices of more than 130 children from five ensembles in MAPC’s children’s choir program, sing works of Britten, Dvorak, folk songs and Broadway musicals. The proceeds will go to benefit the NYCCC Tuition Aid Fund. Suggested donation is $20 and $15 for students and seniors.

► Anne Carson Performs "Lecture on the History of Skywriting"

Where: Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St., Meatpacking District
When: 7 p.m.

Prize-winning poet and MacArthur Genius Anne Carson will perform a poem called "Lecture of the History of Skywriting" in connection with the Laura Poitras "Astro Noise" exhibition. Carson will also engage in a conversation with Faisal bin Ali Jaber, a Yemeni engineer whose brother-in-law and nephew were killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2012. Video of the strike is part of Poitras' exhibition. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for members, students and seniors.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Emily Frost, Noah Hurowitz, Carolina Pichardo, Irene Plagianos, Maya Rajamani, Danielle Tcholakian and Shaye Weaver.