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Five free events you can’t miss at Ideas City: Festival for the Future

Jennifer P

Ready to expand your mind and have a lot of fun while doing it? Ideas City: Festival for the Future kicks off in New York City tomorrow! The three-day event, founded by New Museum, celebrates the exchange of ideas with a new theme—The Invisible City—that plays homage to Italo Calvino’s literary masterpiece of 1972.

There are 100 events, panels, performances—you name it—rooted by transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, participation and dissent and the enduring quest to find visibility in the city. And best of all, the festival is full of free things to do! There’s a lot to explore and discover in three days, which is why we’re highlighting five of the coolest events you’re going to want to attend. View all of the activities here.

Drone Painting Performance

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The drone painting, performed by Deep Lab founder and artist Addie Wagenknecht, is a collaboration with KATSU, NEW INC member Dan Moore and Becky Stern of Adafruit. 231 Bowery. Thu 28, 8pm–9pm.

Wasted Food x Wasted Space: A Morning Dialogue Over Breakfast

After free yoga by (BYO-Mat), miLES, PareUp, and ETH Zurich will host a morning dialogue about utilizing underused resources over a breakfast made of (still delicious) foods salvaged from local cafés. ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, First St Garden between E Houston St and Second Ave. May 29, 8am–10am. RSVP required

Nomadic Place

Want to chill inside a repurposed hot-air balloon? Barcelona artist Jordi Jorba uses these inoperative devices to create a unique, nomadic space by inflating these structures in schools, gymnasiums, galleries and parks to rethink the utility these places have in the communities they serve. The Aula, 268 Mulberry St. Fri 29, 7:30pm–7:50pm.

EMA Performance

The experimental rock musician will perform through surreptitious portrait sketches. 231 Bowery. Fri 29, 8pm–10pm

Come Out & Play: Sesame Street Boxheads

Part of the street game series, kids and adults alike will love this activity. Here’s how you play: Think of it as a real life video game. Youngin’s with tablets control the grownups wearing boxes (no peep holes) and headsets (you’re either Elmo or Cookie Monster) and they must use audio commands to help the grownups collect more cookies than their opponent. Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Chrystie St between Houston and Stanton Sts. Sat 30, noon–6pm.


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