Your perfect free weekend
Get your cultural fix without ever opening your wallet.
Tue Mar 29 2011
Photograph: Anna Lee Campbell
Eiko & Koma
Friday, Apr 1
Start the weekend off right with a little highbrow art, some modern dance and two stark-naked people: In their intimate retrospective, performers Eiko & Koma (Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves; 646-731-3224) strip down to their birthday suits for four to six hours each day as they explore themes of nakedness, desire and time. Even if you're not in a deep-think mood, you can still swing by and admire the aesthetic beauty of the organic feather-and-debris--strewn set. And take note, these immodest artists encourage viewers to bring their pads and pencils for a no-charge sketching session—life drawing isn't usually this affordable.
During its weekly K2 Friday nights, the Rubin Museum of Art (150 W 17th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-620-5000, rmanyc.org) opens its doors from 6 to 10pm, inviting lovers of Himalayan art to tour the dimly lit galleries and enjoy live music, film screenings, cocktails and Pan-Asian tapas. This Friday, Vanity Fair scribe Henry Alford introduces The Manchurian Candidate (the original 1962 film starring Frank Sinatra; $7 drink minimum). Beforehand, walk through the "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" exhibition, which spotlights the best of the museum's Buddhist and Hindu holdings.