Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this week
Kasparov, Deep Blue ice sculpture
If you're a fan of chess, you might want to check (awful pun intended) out this re-creation of the legendary 1996 Kasparov vs. IBM Deep Blue match made out of giant ice sculptures. View the live carving of four chess pieces today, then come back tomorrow for the full exhibit of 14 pieces until they melt. Enjoy live music and winter treats tomorrow from noon to 1:30 p.m. And it's chilly out, so remember to bundle up! (Monday, 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, 8 a.m. until ice melts, FREE, Grace Plaza, 1114 Sixth Ave., artsbrookfield.com)
Even though it may not seem like it with the weather we've been having, winter officially arrives on Wednesday. Kick off the chilly season with some solstice stargazing in Central Park, guided by the Amateur Astronomers Association. BYOB (bring your own binoculars). (Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m., FREE, Belvedere Castle in Central Park, mid-park about 79th St., 212-772-0210, nycgovparks.org/events)
Align your chi and find your inner peace before the hectic pace of the holidays takes over with a FREE evening of meditation. Stop by the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center for some satsang meditation, including chants, group discussions of Siddha teachings and guided meditation. If you're a first-timer, arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the start time of 7 p.m. (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FREE, Siddha Yoga Meditation Center, 30 W. 29th St., siddhayoganyc.org)
Ljova: 'Lost: In Kino'
Get "Lost: In Kino" with composer Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin as he celebrates the upcoming release of his CD of the same name, a compilation of his many film scores. Ljova takes the stage with the Gypsy band Romashka, the Tall Tall Trees and the PubliQuartet for this Target Free Thursday concert. (Thursday, 8:30 p.m., FREE, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 62nd St., lincolncenter.org/live/index.php/atrium)
Clergue in America
From the White Sands desert in New Mexico to the highways of Santa Fe, the deserts of California and the streets of New York, this exhibit features the work of French photographer Lucien Clergue. Clergue's work focuses on the raw beauty of natural and manmade wonders through his use of light and textures. (Closes Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, FIAF Gallery, 22 E. 60th St., 212-355-6100, fiaf.org/events)
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