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Free things to do in NYC this weekend
DEMI LOVATO, FLO RIDA
Your free "Good Morning America" show on Friday morning is singer-songwriter Demi Lovato. As usual, fans were milling about when the park opened at 6 a.m., and the show ran from 7 to 9 a.m. Over at the “Today” show (Rockefeller Plaza, also from 7 to 9 a.m.), rapper Flo Rida was the featured act.
“A KING OF INFINITE SPACE”
Prefer your Shakespeare electric? Playwright Mando Alvarado may have your perfect night. He's taken “Hamlet,” put a Lower East Side spin on it -- heck, family and betrayal are timeless, no? -- and set it to Pearl Jam's "10.” From 8 to 10 p.m. in the Bronx's St. Mary's Park, at St. Mary's Street between St. Ann's and Jackson avenues. Info: cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage.
Seeing an outdoor movie in New York in the summer is just a good way to keep sane; that must be why there are so many options. And the summer series at Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park is all about family-friendly fare, including Saturday's 8 p.m. screening of “Grease.” Upcoming: “Tangled” (July 20) and the second installment in the “Sherlock Homes” franchise (Aug. 11), among others. See the full schedule: rioc.ny.gov.
The screening is free, but you might want to bring some dollars for the food and drink they sell.
GUIDED BY VOICES
The CBGB Festival is taking place all over the city Thursday through Sunday, but we free-seekers have to put the spotlight on the Guided by Voices performance at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. Joining the indie rock royals are The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The War on Drugs and Cloud Nothings. The first band goes on at 3 p.m., and GBV is expected to start at 6. Have a great time, and do check out cbgb.com for the entire schedule of film screenings, concerts and conferences.
SCIENCE ON THE RIVER
School might be out for the summer, but the learning continues with Hudson River Park's festival approach to science. A variety of groups -- Children's Museum of the Arts, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York Aquarium and many others -- will assist with hands-on demos, so get your paws dirty with science! Head to Pier 84 by 11 a.m., and note that the event takes place yet again on Aug. 18. Info: hudsonriverpark.org/events/series/science-on-the-river.
Pictured: Guided by Voices.
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