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The three best FREE things to do in New York today

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Jillian Anthony

See food as art at Canstruction
Give “food as art” new meaning beyond those food-porn Instagrams at this 23rd annual cans-for-a-cause competition, pitting 31 architecture teams against each other to create larger-than-life Pop-Art–installations using more than 120,000 cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger (every can is donated to City Harvest). You’ll also be able to cast a ballot for the “People’s Choice” winner online. Admission is completely free, but you can do your part by bringing the suggested donation of one canned good per person.
Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 230 Vesey St, 10am, free, through Nov 16 

Check out a pop art One World Trade at Enoc Perez, “One World Trade Center”
One World Trade Center gets star treatment in Enoc Perez’s recent paintings: Perez created his compositions by laying oil stick drawings face down onto silver-leafed canvas to imprint the gritty pigment, and seen from below, the building repeats and stutters like a misregistered reproduction. The effect recalls Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis, and like that icon of celebrity, Perez seems to want to make our newest landmark into an object of veneration. But Perez is also conjuring memory and history: One World Trade Center’s echoing image often evokes the Twin Towers. In Perez’s hands, the august presence of the subject comes off as jittery and moody—a vision of the shiny present haunted by the past.
Peter Blum Gallery, 20 W 57th St, 10am, through Nov 14

Hear gorgeous music at Curtis 20/21 Ensemble: Pierrot Lunaire
Arnold Schoenberg broke the world open in 1912 with his song cycle Pierrot Lunaire, introducing his notion of serial music and setting the stage for a century of breaking rules of harmony and structure. It's a transfixing piece that ought to be heard performed live—something accomplished for free when students from the Curtis Institute take to the Miller Theatre stage for this early concert.
Miller Theatre (at Columbia University), 2960 Broadway, 6pm 

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