Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this weekend
Kevin R.C. Gutzman's 'James Madison and the Making of America' book talk
Bestselling author and historian Kevin R.C. Gutzman takes an in-depth look at Founding Father James Madison in his latest work, "James Madison and the Making of America." Gutzman delves beyond Madison's role in drafting the Constitution to discuss the many other key milestones in Madison's political career, including his contributions to the Federalist Papers and his work to the disestablish Virginia's state church and adopt the libertarian Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Hear Gutzman discuss his work tonight at the Mid-Manhattan library. (Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave., 212-340-0863, nypl.org)
Katharine Harvey's 'Chandelier'
Talk about recycling! Artist Katharine Harvey turns plastic into art with her massive 21-foot tall, 15-foot wide chandelier made of recycled plastic containers that will hang over the World Financial Center Winter Garden's marble staircase for a month starting this Sunday. The chandelier will be on display until May 11, but don't you want to be first to see it?. (Opens Sunday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, FREE, World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., artsworldfinancialcenter.com)