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The five best free things to do in NYC Thursday

Will Gleason

We’ve reached the home stretch of our week of free, but we’re not planning on slowing down now! If you’re not taking Pat Kiernan’s advice and relaxing on the Staten Island ferry or staying in to read the free Time Out New York you snatched on the street yesterday, here are five awesome (and yeah, totally free) things you can do around the city today.

Stevie Nicks’ 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit, Morrison Hotel Gallery
What’s Cheaper Than Free?” That’s a question legendary rock goddess Stevie Nicks asked on her 2011 album, In Your Dreams. We don’t have an answer for that. But we can tell you this photography exhibition of personal images the Fleetwood Mac singer took between 1975 and 1987 is both free and completely mind-blowing. Stop by the Morrison Hotel Gallery tonight to get a peek at this intimate, revealing collection of Polaroids, and unleash your inner Gypsy.

Spanking the Lower East Side, Nurse Bettie
Lower East Side, you’ve been a bad, bad boy. Glamorous seductress and “Asian Sexsation” Calamity Chang is back to host this weekly burlesque showcase. Six different burlesque acts will be taking the stage at this 1950s pin-up-inspired bar starting at 10pm tonight, with sexy go-go dancers entertaining the audience ahead of time. Sometimes the best things in life really are free.

Interference: Coexistence, The Clock Tower
If you ever wish you lived in some awesome future with personal jetpacks and flying cars, then this exhibit is for you. The Center for the Holographic Arts has collected holographic pieces from the future-obsessed ‘70s and ‘80s, and is displaying them at this Long Island City art space. Head to Queens to check out the gallery show and pretend like you’re living in the future of your dreams.

An Evening with Marilynne Robinson, McaNally Jackson Books
Robinson’s latest novel Lila, her third set in Gilead, Iowa, has firmly established her reputation as one of the world’s greatest living writers. Go see her read from the National Book Award-winning novel in person tonight, but get there early! Robinson will be making three other appearances during her time in New York, but this is the only event that’s completely free. To prepare, read our recent interview with the talented writer.

Second Avenue Dance Company, Fifth Floor Theater
Merce Cunningham and Bill T Jones are just two of the recognizable choreographers that have re-staged pieces in this fall concert, put on by the resident Tisch dance troupe. Head to the East Village at 8pm to take advantage of a rare opportunity to see contemporary dance at absolutely no cost.


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