?uestlove book talk
In his new memoir, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson intertwines his own story — from growing up in West Philly as the son of a 1950s doo-wop singer to co-creating the storied hip-hop group The Roots in high school — with that of the rest of the music world. In “Mo’ Meta Blues,” ?uestlove shares his thoughts on the state of hip-hop and music in general, and details his run-ins with celebrities and fellow musicians. It’s your chance to discover the world according to ?uestlove when the musician signs copies of the book. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., 212-253-0810, bn.com)
U.S. Open tryouts for ballpersons
Don your best tennis attire and head over to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens this Thursday to try out for one of about 80 coveted spots as a ballperson for the 2013 U.S. Open. Make sure you brush up on your running, throwing and catching skills. (Thursday, 3 p.m., FREE, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Rd., Flushing, 718-760- 6200, usopen.org/ballperson)
La Roche-Posay’s ‘Parasols of Protection’
With the weather heating up and beach season approaching, it’s important to brush up on your skin care tips. This weekend, skin care brand La Roche-Posay is hosting its FREE “Parasols of Protection” sun safety event, featuring an art installation of suspended umbrellas over Madison Square Park, FREE skin cancer screenings and the chance to score some sunscreen products. And keep your eyes open for special celeb appearances. (Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE, Madison Square Park, 23rd St., btwn Fifth Ave. and Broadway, sossaveour skin.com)
Stop by the Morrison Hotel Gallery Saturday afternoon to check out iconic and candid shots of the famous and infamous snapped by world renowned photographer Terry O’Neill. He will be signing copies of his self-titled new book, which will be available for purchase at the event. (Saturday, 1-4 p.m., FREE, Morrison Hotel Gallery, 124 Prince St., morrisonhotelgallery.com)
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