Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this week
Showtime takes over Grand Central Terminal
"Dexter" star Michael C. Hall, left, might not be at Showtime's Grand Central Terminal exhibit, but his Kill Table will. Be a victim on "Dexter's" Kill Table and beat the polygraph at "Homeland's" Polygraph Test as Showtime takes over Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall to celebrate the new seasons of its hit series "Dexter" and "Homeland." And grab a snack from Magnolia Bakery, which will hand out samples of Showtime-themed cupcakes. (Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., FREE, Grand Central Terminal Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42 St., grandcentralterminal.com)
New Era Introducing project
The iconic "baseball" cap has gotten a makeover - 100 makeovers, to be exact. New Era Cap Co., as part of its New Era Introducing project that launched in April, asked 100 artists to get creative and makes works of art out of New Era's 59FIFTY cap. Check out the impressive pieces on display in a gallery tour this weekend. (Saturday & Sunday, noon-7 p.m., FREE, 82 Mercer, northamerica.neweraintroducing.com)
'Melody Maker: The Best Years, 1965-1975'
Photographer Barrie Wentzell, the chief photographer for renowned British music publication "Melody Maker" from 1965-1975, snapped shots of many upcoming artists who later would become music legends. This Thursday, Wentzell will give a special presentation at the Apple Store Soho, preceding the opening of his exhibit at the Morrison Hotel Gallery this Friday, which will showcase rare and unseen photos from Wentzell's vault. (Thursday, 6-7 p.m., FREE, Apple Store Soho, 103 Prince St.; Exhibit opens Friday, The Loft at The Morrison Hotel Gallery, 116 Prince St., 212-941-8770, morrisonhotelgallery.com)
5 Borough Cleanup Series
Help cleanup Riverside Park this Saturday and score some REI swag. Participate in REI Outdoor School mini-classes, plant native species and learn about NYC public land. Lunch, trash bags and gloves provided. Go to the link below for more info and to register. (Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, Riverside Park, rei.com/event/43874/session/56565)
'The Sweet LIFE: A Celebration of the Golden Age of Italian Film'
It's your turn to live "La Dolce Vita" as photography and music blend together this Thursday. The Winter Garden is hosting a FREE exhibit of rare LIFE magazine photos of Italian actors from the 1950s. Stop by for a performance by jazz band Sex Mob, who will kick off the exhibit with music from film composer Nino Rota. The photos will be on display through Oct. 12. (Thursday, 7 p.m., FREE, World Financial Center, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., worldfinancialcenter.com/sex-mob)