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55 free (and almost free) readings in New York City (NYC)

Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!
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Writers in Performance is a 12-week writing and performance workshop culminating in two public presentations. Throughout the course of the workshop, talented actors, playwrights, poets and storytellers have explored writing exercises, theater games, improvisation, movement techniques, and ensemble work in a safe, creative environment. This season, the theme and title of the Writers in Performance show is “Home.” Writers in Performance participants are diverse by design; not only in ethnicity, but by age, and experience as well, mixing professionals with students.  The troupe will showcase the monologues and short scenes they have been crafting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm

Free
Readings, December 03, 2016, 12/03/2016, Writers in Performance Showcase
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What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that seemingly have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home. With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Dec 4
11:00 am

Free
Book Readings, December 04, 2016, 12/04/2016, Medea Benjamin discusses her book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection
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In the late nineteenth century, as a consequence of imperial conquest and a mobility revolution, Russia became a crossroads of the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. The first book in any language on the hajj under tsarist and Soviet rule, Russian Hajj tells the story of how tsarist officials struggled to control and co-opt Russia's mass hajj traffic, seeing it not only as a liability, but also an opportunity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 5
12:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Eileen Kane discusses her book Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca
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Welcome Aaron Marcus, actor, commercial model, author and lecturer for a discussion and signing of his new book. Marcus, who has been a full-time actor and model for over 30 years, has been booked in more than 1,200 projects. He can currently be seen in this season of House of Cards. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 5
5:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Aaron Marcus discusses his book How to Become a Successful Actor and Model
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For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of identity, a cultural touchstone as powerful as pasta and Neapolitan music. The lives of these Italian women are woven into the artifacts of memory and imagination: embroidering, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Embroidered Stories is an exciting anthology including academic essays and creative works from Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the United States. The entire collection explores multiple interpretations of the relationships between needlework and immigration from a transnational perspective during the period of the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. The book's editors and a number of the contributors will participate in this presentation. A book signing will follow the presentation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 5
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Joseph Sciorra and Edvige Giunta discuss their book Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women's Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora
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Dr. Richard Rabinowitz, President of the American History Workshop, is one of the leading public historians in the United States with over 45 years of experience in creating new museums and exhibitions on every aspect of American history and culture, including the first interpretive plan for our landmark site and the Museum's current permanent exhibition. Join us for a reception and remarks by the author to celebrate the publication of his new work.
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Mon, Dec 5
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Richard Rabinowitz reads from his book Curating America
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What is it like to travel to Berlin today, particularly as a Jew, and bring with you the baggage of history? And what happens when an American Jew, raised by a secular family, falls in love with Berlin not in spite of his being a Jew but because of it? The answer is Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion. Part history and part travel companion, Leonard Barkan’s personal love letter to the city shows how its long Jewish heritage, despite the atrocities of the Nazi era, has left an inspiring imprint on the vibrant metropolis of today.
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Mon, Dec 5
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Leonard Barkan reads from his book Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion
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Italian playwright Stefano Massini tells the story of the historic rise and fall of Lehman Brothers investment house. The fiction book is based on Massini’s theatre plays The Lehman Trilogy, a five-hour saga that traces the legacy of the infamous banking family back three generations, beginning with their humble arrival to America in the mid-1800s and ending with their empire’s eventual demise in 2008.The play premiered at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015 was the last work of legendary Italian theatre director Luca Ronconi and has since been produced widely in Europe. The Oscar Award winning director Sam Mendes will be staging The Lehman Trilogy for the National Theatre in London. Massini will talk about his work, the history of the Teatro di Milano-Teatro d’Europa in Milan, and contemporary theatre in Europe.
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Mon, Dec 5
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, Stefano Massini discusses his book Something About Lehman
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Mark your calendars, grab a friend and put on your Monday best- just in time for the holidays, the Bardian-Karaoke love child that's taking Hell's Kitchen by storm is back for a special holiday extravaganza.Drunken Shakespeare is the only event of its kind that invites you to get rowdy with rogues and strut your Stratfordian swagger! And they want you to join them as they end the year on an all-time high note. Got an audition piece you've been dying to show off? Want to give that soliloquy from your high school English class a try? From professional actors to professional fans, Drunken Shakespeare is the judgment-free way to spend a Monday night.Signup begins at 7:30PM, showtime at 8PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Dec 5
8:00 pm

Free
Open Mikes, December 05, 2016, 12/05/2016, A Drunken Shakespeare Holiday Extravaganza
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To celebrate the publication of his new catalog, Doug Aitken discusses his work with Philippe Vergne, Director of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where the artist's first full-scale survey exhibition opens in September 2016.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Artist Doug Aitken discusses his book Electric Earth
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Public higher education in the postwar era was a key economic and social driver in American life, making college available to millions of working men and women. In Austerity Blues, Stephen Brier and Michael Fabricant describe the extraordinary growth of public higher education after 1945, the alternative intellectual and political traditions that defined the 1960s in public higher education, and the social and economic forces that produced austerity policies and inequality beginning in the late 1970s and 1980s. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Stephen Brier discusses his book Austerity Blues: Fighting for the Soul of Public Higher Education
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Feminist Judgments brings together a group of scholars and lawyers to rewrite, using feminist reasoning, the most significant U.S. Supreme Court cases on gender from the 1800's to the present day. It opens a path for a long overdue discussion of the real impact of judicial diversity on the law as well as the influence of perspective on judging. The event will be moderated by co-editors Bridget Crawford (Pace University) and Kathryn Stanchi (Temple University). They will be joined by the following contributing authors: Carlos Ball (Rutgers University), Cynthia Godsoe (Brooklyn Law School), Ruthann Robson (CUNY), Michelle Simon (Pace University).
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Tue, Dec 6
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Contributors read from Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court
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An exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
6:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, The Poets of Cave Canem
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Over the past 25 years, award-winning ethnographer and photographer Camilo José Vergara has traveled annually to Detroit to document not only the city’s precipitous decline, but also how its residents have survived. From the 1970s through the 1990s, changes in Detroit were almost all for the worse, as the fabric of the city was erased through neglect and abandonment. But over the last decade, the city has seen the beginnings of a positive transformation. Vergara's photographs, collected in Detroit Is No Dry Bones, provide unique documentation of revival. Beyond the fate of the city’s buildings, Vergara captures the distinct culture of this largely African-American city and documents re-purposed structures, including local churches that have re-occupied old bank buildings and other institutions of the past that carry unexpectedly powerful architectural and spiritual force.Camilo Jose Vergara was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2002 and received a Berlin Prize Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, he became the first photographer to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is author of numerous books, including Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery; The New American Ghetto; and Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto.
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Tue, Dec 6
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Camilo Vergara discusses his book Detroit Is No Dry Bones
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This monthly show is curated and co-hosted by author/storyteller Michele Carlo.With: Nelson Lugo, Julie Threlkeld, Jennifer Glick and Robin Bady.
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Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

Free
Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Super Storytellers: Established and Emerging Authors
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Join in celebrating the work of some of the fine students from this semester's classes share short readings from their works.  This is an opportunity for the Creative Writing program to display some accomplished writing and a chance for community members to see some of our own before they become the next Mary Gordon, Jhumpa Lahiri or Ntozake Shange.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

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Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Student Reading
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The Harold Clurman Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word presents Idra Novey with Alexander Chee and Manuel Gonzales.
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Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, 3 poets read from their work
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For the first time in Earth's history, our planet is experiencing rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Our behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. Astrobiologist David Grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve like ours. Our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential.
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Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, David Grinspoon reads frm his book Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future
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How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Internationally renowned painter David Salle’s incisive essay collection illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Engaging with a wide range of Salle’s friends and contemporaries—from painters to conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, among others—How to See explores not only the multilayered personalities of the artists themselves but also the distinctive character of their oeuvres.David Salle’s paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, Tate Modern, the National Galerie Berlin, and many others. He lives in New York City. 
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Tue, Dec 6
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 06, 2016, 12/06/2016, Artist David Salle discusses his book How to See: Looking, Talking and Thinking about Art
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Featuring readings by:Ruth Danon April Krassner Julia Strayer (pictured) Laura Sims
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Wed, Dec 7
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Faculty Reading
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The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for a continually changing culinary landscape. Historical gastronomist Sarah Lohman discovered that American food is united by eight flavors: black pepper, vanilla, curry powder, chili powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha. New York Times food writer Melissa Clark joins Lohman in an evening that explores how these influential ingredients made their way to the American table, revealing elements about our past, present, and future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Sarah Lohman reads from her book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
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Yoko Tawada moved to Hamburg when she was twenty-two from her native Japan. In 2006, she moved to Berlin where she now lives. She writes in both Japanese and German, and has published several books—stories, novels, poems, plays, essays—in both languages.The New Yorker said Tawada’s work compares to Bruno Schulz, Silvina Ocampo or Franz Kafka and, “is characterized by concordances one doesn’t know what to make of and perceptions that may or may not need to be discounted.”Tonight, celebrate the publication of her latest book Memoirs of a Polar Bear for a special conversation with Susan Bernofsky, the acclaimed translator of this new work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Yoko Tawada discusses her book Memoirs of a Polar Bear
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The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek.
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Wed, Dec 7
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 07, 2016, 12/07/2016, Tim Ferris discusses his book Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
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Leah Perry argues that 1980s immigration discourse in law and popular media was a crucial ingredient in the cohesion of the neoliberal idea of democracy. Blending critical legal analysis with a feminist media studies methodology over a range of sources, Perry shows how even while “multicultural” immigrants were embraced, they were at the same time disciplined through gendered discourses of respectability. Examining the relationship between law and culture, this book weaves questions of legal status and gender into existing discussions about race and ethnicity to revise our understanding of both neoliberalism and immigration.Leah Perry is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY-Empire State College.
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Thu, Dec 8
6:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Leah Perry reads from her book The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration
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Mia Alvar (pictured) is the author of the debut story collection is "In the Country" (Knopf, 2016), winner of the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Ramona Ausubel is the author most recently of "Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty" (Riverhead Books, 2016).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 8
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Writers Read: Mia Alvar / Ramona Ausubel
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Hans Haacke has lived and worked in New York since 1965. He was born in Cologne, Germany in 1936 and attended the Staatliche Werkakademie in Kassel from 1956 to 1960. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant in 1961 to study at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. From 1967 to 2002 he taught at The Cooper Union in New York. For five decades, Haacke has been looking at the relationship between art, power and money, and has addressed issues of free expression and civic responsibilities in a democratic society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 8
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Artist Hans Haacke discusses his book Working Conditions: The Writings of Hans Haacke
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Welcome world-renowned arranger and producer Deke Sharon, whose credits include television’s The Sing Off and Pitch Slapped, the movies Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, and, this fall, Broadway’s first a cappella musical, In Transit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 9
5:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Deke Sharon discusses his book The Heart of Vocal Harmony: Emotional Expression in Group Singing
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From 1952 to 1981, South Africa’s apartheid government ran an art school for the training of African art teachers at Indaleni, in what is today KwaZulu-Natal. The Art of Life in South Africa is the story of the students, teachers, art, and politics that circulated through a small school, housed in a remote former mission station. It is the story of a community that made its way through the travails of white supremacist South Africa and demonstrates how the art students and teachers made together became the art of their lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 9
6:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, Daniel Magaziner discusses his book The Art of Life in South Africa
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francine j. harris is the recipient of a 2015 NEA Fellowship and the author of two collections of poems, "allegiance" (Wayne State University Press, 2012) and "play dead" (Alice James Books, 2016).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Dec 9
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 09, 2016, 12/09/2016, francine j. harris reads from her book play dead
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This first anthology of his dramatic work made available in English, this book collects seven of his most impressive and outspoken plays: How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients, Decomposed Theater, or The Human Trashcan, The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War, and Richard III Will Not Take Place, or Scenes from the Life of Meyerhold. The resulting collection is a bold and unflinching critique of politics and society.Today’s special launch features a performance of excerpts of Visniec’s work, by acclaimed actors Vasile Flutur and Aaron Novak. Entitled, Pockets Full of Bread, the presentation is the perfect sampler of the playwright’s works, and is co-produced by Piper Theatre Productions and the Romanian Cultural Institute.After the performance, there’ll be remarks from Dr. Frank Hentschker, Executive Director of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at City University, New York and from the playwright himself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Dec 10
1:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Matei Visniec discusses his book How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients and Other Plays
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Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic.Festivities will kick off at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of A Christmas Carol will begin at 1 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 10
1:00 pm

to 4:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, What the Dickens? Seventh Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon
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Celebrate the close of the 13th New Literature from Europe Festival with a reading to end all readings.The finale features special remarks on the importance of literature in translation by award-winning writer, founder and former chair of PEN World Voices Festival Salman Rushdie. Then travel across Europe as each of the guests read a short piece of their work in their own language as the English translation is projected on screen for the audience to read along. This very special reading features Colin Barrett, Cristian Crusat, Susana Moreira Marques, Immanuel Mifsud, Mihkel Mutt, Asle Skredderberget, Yoko Tawada, and Szczepan Twardoch. MC for the evening is NLE President and translator Sean Bye.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Dec 10
6:00 pm

Free
Readings, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, In The Mother Tongue: A European Reading - Featuring Salman Rushdie
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Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either…Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975. She is the author of White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, Changing My Mind, and NW.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 10, 2016, 12/10/2016, Bestselling author Zadie Smith discusses her book Swing Time
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With: Elaine Equi, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, D. Nurkse, Jerome Sala, Rachel Hadas, Patricia Clark, Larissa Shmailo
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Dec 11
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Plume Poetry Reading
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In the mid-19th century, Harvard began employing women to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. There, they began to make their own discoveries, extraordinary in their own right. Author Dava Sobel explores the hidden history of the women whose contributions to astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.
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Mon, Dec 12
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Dava Sobel reads frm her book The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
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Join the New York launch of scholar Christine Bacareza Balance’s new book Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America (Duke 2016), a vital exploration of post-WWII Filipino literary and musical culture. They’ll also feature former Patrick Rosal’s new poetry collection Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea 2016). His work channels DJ culture, family history, soul music, dance, and Galeanoesque myth-making to explore vital questions about race in America. The evening will culminate with a conversation moderated by legendary novelist Jessica Hagedorn, author of Toxicology and former bandleader of The Gangster Choir.
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Mon, Dec 12
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 12, 2016, 12/12/2016, Writers Read: Christine Balance / Jessica Hagedorn / Patrick Rosal
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Topic: Endings Find a poem! Show up! Read a poem! Discuss a poem! They’re back for the eighth season of the One Page Poetry Circle where people gather to examine the works of established poets. While there’s no instructor and this is not a workshop for personal writing, once a month OPPC gives everyone a place to become teachers and learners to explore the form, content, language and meaning of poetry. Since the circle started, participants have selected and discussed 892 poems and have read countless others in pursuit of poetry that speaks to them. 
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Tue, Dec 13
5:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, One-Page Poetry Circle
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In this rich and illuminating work, Chiruvolu guides overwhelmed modern spiritual seekers on how to engage their inner lives through meditation and spiritual practice. Her autobiographical account of her personal quest for self-realization covers familiar ground from a fresh perspective.
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Tue, Dec 13
5:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Sarada Chiruvolu reads from her book Home at Last
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With: Camille Rankine and Janani Balasubramanian.
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Tue, Dec 13
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, State of the Union: Poetry of Witness
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Educator, activist and poet Clint Smith, whose two TED Talks, “The Danger of Silence” and “How to Raise a Black Son in America,” have been viewed more than 4 million times, will present his latest poetry collection. In Counting Descent, Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates black humanity while living in a world that often renders blackness a caricature of fear. A 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, Smith’s writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The American Literary Review, and Harvard Educational Review.
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Tue, Dec 13
6:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Clint Smith reads from his book Counting Descent
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The quintessential gift book for the holiday season, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings is the first to celebrate 500 of the greatest and most iconic paintings of one of the largest, most important, and most beloved museums in the world. Join Met curator and educator Kathryn Calley Galitz as she brings these beloved pieces from European and American artists to life.
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Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Kathryn Calley Galitz discusses her book The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings
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Michael Fried is as much a poet as he is a critic. His experiences among artworks and luminaries of the art world have resulted in a canonized body of criticism, but they have also provided the raw material for many of the poems in his newest collection.
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Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

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Book Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Michael Fried reads from his book Promesse du Bonheur
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In this poignant memoir, told through the eyes of the author as a four-year-old child, Rwandan genocide survivor Umunyana recounts how she barely survived the Rwandan Genocide after being separated from her family and how she coped in the aftermath of the massacre. Umunyana discovers that “I have learned that we cannot do for others what we cannot do for ourselves. By nourishing the light within ourselves, we find strength we never knew was there.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Dec 13
7:00 pm

Free
Book Readings, December 13, 2016, 12/13/2016, Dydine Umunyana discusses her book Embracing Survival
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This lecture follows Jews into, out of, and back into the renowned metropolitan neighborhood over the course of a century and a half. It analyzes the complex set of forces that brought several generations of central European, East European, and Sephardic Jews to settle in Harlem.
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Wed, Dec 14
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 14, 2016, 12/14/2016, Jeffrey S. Gurock discusses his book The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community
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Trusting the Currents is a multi-award winning visionary novel that guides readers into their own truth and transformation. Narrated by Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African-American woman, Trusting the Currents is a story of self-discovery and the uneasy search for one’s place in life.
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Thu, Dec 15
5:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Lynnda Pollio reads from her book Trusting the Currents
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A gathering and marathon-style reading of responses by and for artists and arts organizers. Line-up to be announced. Artists of all disciplines will read their short responses - of any form - to the results of election 2016 and the imminent administration. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 15
6:00 pm

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Readings, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Art After Trump
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Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen's Quarters is the anticipated follow-up to Nichelle Gainer’s Vintage Black Glamour, a popular collection of photographs and profiles of world-renowned black stars.  Gentlemen's Quarters  contains biographies and images of lesser-known but hugely influential artists, alongside stars such as Duke Ellington and Muhammed Ali.  Men like pioneering photographer Charles 'Teenie' Harris and fashion designer Willi Smith are among those profiled. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 15
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Nichelle Gainer discusses her book Vintage Black Glamour: Gentlemen's Quarters
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Cassandra Peterson is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, hostess and queen of Halloween! Celebrating 35 years of a cultural icon, this large format photo retrospective contains 240 pages filled with hundreds of photos of Elvira from the very beginning of her career through present day - some never before seen. This is the ultimate collector's book for fans of the Mistress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Dec 15
7:00 pm

Free
Book Signings, December 15, 2016, 12/15/2016, Cassandra Peterson signs copies of her book Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Poetry Reading |
Finishing Line Press presents Ron Whitehead in celebration of the release of blistered asphalt on dixie highway: Kentucky Basketball is Poetry in Motion. Hosted by Mets Poet Frank Messina.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Dec 17
4:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, An Afternoon of Sports Poetry
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This lecture traces the conception, development, and launching of Iridium, a revolutionary satellite system developed by Motorola in the early 1990s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 21
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 21, 2016, 12/21/2016, John Bloom discusses his book Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story
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A lecture and musical program with Dr. Walter Zev Feldman (author, cimbal) and Deborah Strauss (violin)Emerging in 16th century Prague, the klezmer became a central cultural feature of the largest transnational Jewish community of modern times - the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe. Appreciating the klezmer music of Eastern Europe requires a knowledge of a variety of sources and an immersion in the Ashkenazic oral tradition of musical articulation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Dec 22
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 22, 2016, 12/22/2016, Walter Zev Feldman discusses his book Klezmer: Music, History and Memory - Includes a Musical Performance
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This illustrated lecture explores the history of the section in New York City, known locally as the birthplace of American religious freedom, now so diverse and densely populated that it has become a microcosm of world religions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Dec 27
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 27, 2016, 12/27/2016, R. Scott Hanson discusses his book City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens
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This panel discussion features authors of the book Reading Genesis in conversation on the Book of Genesis and beginnings. Author/editor Beth Kissileff speaks with contributors Seth Greenberg, Steven Brams, Moses Pava, and Tobi Kahn. Each panelist  will talk about Genesis through the lens of their particular field, sharing new and intriguing perspectives on one of our most essential stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 28
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 28, 2016, 12/28/2016, Reading Genesis: A Panel Discussion
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This panel discussion features authors of the book Reading Genesis in conversation on the Book of Genesis and beginnings. Author/editor Beth Kissileff speaks with contributors Seth Greenberg, Steven Brams, Moses Pava, and Tobi Kahn. Each panelist  will talk about Genesis through the lens of their particular field, sharing new and intriguing perspectives on one of our most essential stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Dec 28
6:30 pm

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Book Readings, December 28, 2016, 12/28/2016, Reading Genesis: A Panel Discussion
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Concert | Gospels

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Musical | A fun musical for everyone with a Broadway performer!

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Classical Music | Life and music of a Russian Romantic composer

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