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Free (or cheap!) in NYC this weekend

Talib Kweli

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The “Shakespeare in the Park” series celebrates its 50th season at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park with “As You Like It,“ running June 5 - 30. Follow Rosalind (Lily Rabe) and Orlando into the Forest of Arden this weekend at 8 p.m. (Next up is “Into the Woods,“ in July and August.) While free, you do need a ticket, which you can either queue up for at the Delacorte or grab online here: Your closest park entrances are 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.



A fusion of Brazilian folk music, samples, drums and more, boTECOeletro is the danceable brainchild of Ricardo Imperatore. After the performance, catch a screening of “Raul,“ a documentary about Brazilian rocker Raul Seixas. The free Brazilian evening is part of the Summerstage series at Central Park; you can get to the stage from the Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street entrance to the park. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Info:



Let's hope the rain stays at home during the 10th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, which takes place in Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue between 23rd and 26th streets, and the surrounding streets. Admission is free, giving attendees access to music, including Southern Culture on the Skids (4:30 p.m. Saturday) and Alejandra Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys (4:30 p.m. Sunday). Food-focused short films and cooking tips are also free of charge, while sampling the barbecue and Southern eats is $8 a plate per pitmaster. The fest is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more:


The New York Opera Forum presents two free performances of Mozart's “Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)“ this weekend. Saturday at 1:30 p.m., head to the Library for The Performing Arts' Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza; Sunday at 7:15 p.m., it's at Carnegie East House, ?1844 2nd Ave.



This doubleheader is a true celebration of place. Rapper Talib Kweli performs with a band, anchoring a screening of “Brooklyn Boheme,“ a documentary about the African American cultural luminaries — including Spike Lee, Branford Marsalis, Chris Rock and Kweli — who heralded from the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods in the 1980s and '90s. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-director (and Fort Greene native) Nelson George. Head to Brooklyn's Von King Park, at Lafayette and Marcy avenues, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday. It's all free. Info:

Pictured: Brooklyn's Talib Kweli.

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