FREE & CHEAP NYC - Week starting October 11, 2013
- 10/10/2013 by Angela Church & Maayan Schneider (WBAI)


The Peoples’ Symphony Concerts aim to serve the citizens of the New York area who are on a limited income, by presenting classical music performances of the highest caliber at affordable ticket prices.

You  can buy a ticket to one concert at $14, or get a of six-concert series tickets for Saturday evenings or Sunday afternoons, for an average price of $6.50 per concert. That’s amazing!!

These concerts are open to all, and are made possible by the generosity of the performing artists who play for a fraction of their normal fees .

Coming up on Saturday, October 12th at 8 pm at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan is a performance by 25 year old pianist Lisa de la Salle, playing Schumann, Bach/Busoni and Debussy.

For upcoming concerts, visit:



New York has an amazingly rich selection of museums, and as you may know, many of them days when the entrance to them is free or Pay What You Want.  For example, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is one of my favorites: they have hands-on exhibits – for example, one where you can do some “looping”, or record lines from a movie while the movie is playing – as well as props and costumes from classic films. They also have fantastic temporary exhibits: I went to see one about the history of Music Videos, and they now have (through October 27th) an exhibit about BREAKING BAD!  For hours and prices, check our Website – and Fridays are free from 4pm-8pm.

So, what’s stopping you? Get on the N, R or M trains and head over to Astoria; you will LOVE the Museum of the Moving Image.



The CMJ Music Marathon, happening October 15-19 in New York City, pretty much takes over the Lower East Side and various parts of Brooklyn, for most of next week. This is CMJ’s 33rd year, and this year it welcomes more than 1400 artist performances. It’s like our own little Bonnaroo!

The CMJ Marathon also includes panels and discussions, but I go there for the music. You can buy a weeklong pass, but many many MANY of the shows are either free or cost less than $10, so you may be better off just checking the lineup on their website, and deciding which shows to attend.

I have pretty much made peace with the fact that I won’t be sleeping too much next week due to going to many wonderful gigs, and I’m ok with that.

CMJ Music Marathon, check it out!



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