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The five best free things to do in NYC Friday

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Will Gleason
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It’s hard to believe, but today is the last day of our week of free! Over the past five days, we've been giving out lots of exclusive offers, bringing you celebrity freebie recommendations and, oh right, handing out 150,000 free copies of our new issue around the city. But there’s still time to seize the day without emptying that bank account. Here are the five best free events happening around New York today.

Live From Outer Space, The Cobra Club
Comedian John F. O’Donnell joins funnymen Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly comedy show (located just off the Jefferson L in Bushwick). Doors open at 8:30pm for the free laughfest, which also often features special guests. Stop by tonight to see who might turn up.

Couplet: A Poetry and Music Series, The Delancey
Leah Umansky’s regular reading series Couplet is one of the coolest places to hear poetry in the city. Tonight, they’re celebrating their third anniversary with readers Jason Koo, Rachel McKibbins, Hila Ratzabi, John Reed and Talia Shalev. DJ Ceremony will be handling the musical interludes between readings, and is also spinning at the shindig’s after-party.

Piggy Bear, The Eagle
Robert Valin hosts this monthly gay party for hirsute hotties and those who love them. Party with New York’s bear community at the no-cover event, and get down to the music of DJ Nikko Rocks. And don’t forget to bring a mask! Tonight is the third annual edition of the popular bash’s Howl-O-Ween Masked Pigfest. (Just make sure to bring one you can drink Bud Light through. Pitchers are only $15.)

Axiom, Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Free tickets are available online for this exceptional classical music performance by the Julliard School. The ensemble’s founding director, Jeffrey Milarsky, will be conducting tonight’s show, which includes the work of Harrison Birtwistle set to poetry by Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, John Adams’ “Son of Chamber Symphony” and Olivier Messiaen’s creative depiction of birdsong, “Oiseaux Exotiques.”

The Grand Tour, Grand Central Terminal
Thousands of people pass though this transportation hub every day, but many only pay attention to their train’s departing time. Tonight, you can discover everything there is to know about this New York landmark at a free historical walking tour put on by the Grand Central Partnership. Tours leave from the sculpture court at 120 Park Ave (at 42nd St) at 12:30pm. No reservations are required.

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