Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this weekend
Alan Rickman reading Charles Dickens
Alan Rickman, Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" movies and the star of "Seminar" on Broadway (through Sunday), will be joined by Tony award winners Frances Sternhagen and Fritz Weaver to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens tomorrow. Stop by to hear readings from Dickens' works, presented by TIPA (Toward International Peace through the Arts), now in its fifth decade of arts-for-peace programming. (Friday, 2-3:30 p.m., doors at 1:30 p.m., FREE, St. Malachy's - The Actors' Chapel, 239 W. 49th St., 212-246-4651)
Bike New York's Bike Bonanza
If you're into all things biking, stop by Bike New York's FREE Bike Bonanza in Brooklyn this Saturday. Bring the kids for a "learn to ride" class and bike driver's ed clinic; nab a FREE helmet (while supplies last); take part in a kids' bike swap; register your bike and more. Cycle on over! (Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE, PS 261, Pacific Street bet. Hoyt and Smith sts., Cobble Hill, bikenewyork.org)
Send your FREE events to FREEamNY@gmail.com.