Cheap$kate: This week's best FREE events in New York City
Rufus Wainwright and NYC Opera
Do you love opera? Well, so does Rufus Wainwright, and luckily for you, he'll be performing excerpts from his opera "Prima Donna" and a selection of his favorite arias FREE tomorrow as part of the River to River Festival. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., rivertorivernyc.com)
Michael Showalter and Jenny Slate
What happens when one comedian interviews another comedian about that second comedian's recent book? Hilarity, that's what. Don't miss the laughs when comedian and actress Jenny Slate talks with "Mr. Funny Pants" Michael Showalter in this edition of Bryant Park's "Word for Word" series. (Wednesday, 12:30-1:45 p.m., FREE, Bryant Park Reading Room, enter near the 42nd St. Allée, bryantpark.org)
'The Godfather Part II'
Leave the gun, take the cannoli to this FREE screening tonight at the Elevated Acre of Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece, "The Godfather Part II." Reserve tickets online or get them first-come, first-served at the door at 6 p.m. (Monday, 8 p.m. or sunset, FREE, the Elevated Acre, 55 Water St., rivertorivernyc.com)
'March of the Penguins'
The dog days of summer officially are here, and what better way to cool down than a movie under the stars about the Antarctica? Movies on the Waterfront kicks off its summer series tonight with "March of the Penguins" on the Astoria Park Lawn. (Monday, 8:30-10 p.m., FREE, Astoria Park Lawn btwn Hell Gate Bridge and the pool, 718-728-7820, nycgovparks.org)
Shakespeare in the Park: 'Measure for Measure'
Get your theater fix with FREE Shakespeare in the Park performances this week of "Measure for Measure." There's an online lottery for tickets from midnight to 1 p.m. the night before each show, or try your luck at nabbing tix at the Delacorte Theater every performance day at 1 p.m. (Monday-Thursday, performance at 8 p.m., FREE, Delacorte Theater in Central Park, 81st St. and Central Park West or 79th St. and Fifth Ave., 212-539-8750, shakespeareinthepark.org)
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro bring to life the raw, gritty world of professional boxer Jake La Motta in this 1980 biopic. Watch the flick as part of the "Epix Movie-Free-for-All" screening, and then see if you catch a glimpse of Don King's infamous hairdo - the legendary promoter will be in attendance. Hopefully you won't get the seat directly behind him! (Thursday, 6 p.m., FREE, Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. Ninth St., epixhd.com/freeforall)
Finish up the week and kick off your long Fourth of July weekend with a FREE Beyoncé concert, which is sure to get your blood pumping and rump shaking. The mega-star performs Friday as part of "Good Morning America's" summer concert series. (Friday, park opens at 6 a.m., Summerstage Rumsey Playfield, 72nd St. at Fifth Ave., abcnews.go.com/gma/summerconcert)
The High Line's Wild Wednesday Creature Feature: Lady Bug Launch
Take the kids to learn everything there is to know about ladybugs and then help release 3,500 of the little red beetles into the High Line as part of the park's monthly Wild Wednesday Creature Feature program. (Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., FREE, Chelsea Market Passage, High Line near W. 16th St., thehighline.org)