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Fri, April 13, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do on Friday, April 13, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Conference |
9:30 AM Opening Keynote Rashid Khalidi, 'America and the Arab Revolts' *Moderated by Bashir Abu-Manneh 11 AM First Panel Gilbert Achcar (SOAS, London) 'Roots and Dynamics of Arab Revolt' Asef Bayat (Illinois) 'Revolution without Movement, Movement without Revolution-Again' Mona El Ghobashy (Barnard) 'The Politics of Counter-Revolt in Egypt' *Moderated by Marwa El Shakry 2:15 PM Second Panel Jason Brownlee (Texas) 'Antecedents of the Tunisian Revolt' Gershon Shafir (UCSD) 'Tahrir in Tel-Aviv?' Lisa Wedeen (Chicago) 'Ideology in the Political Present: Notes from Syria' *Moderated by Nadia Abu El-Haj 430 PM Closing Keynote Khaled Hroub (Cambridge) 'After the Revolts: The Question of Palestine' *Moderated by Rashid Khalidi
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Curious about what makes a laptop computer run? Want to know what you can do with all those parts in your computer? Get a chance to open up a burnt out computer and explore what's under the hood. Laptops are provided but you can bring your own too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Other |
Are you a Bridge buff? Put on your game face and show off your best moves. For advanced beginner players only.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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$6
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Congressman Ron Paul considers the Federal Reserve "both corrupt and unconstitutional" Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Workshop |
Would you like to read the first issue of the New York Times? Are you looking for NYC newspapers from the Irish or Italian American communities? The collection of New York City newspapers is one of the most popular collections. This workshop will explore how to find and access historical NYC newspapers in print and digital formats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walk |
You'll be amazed at what you'll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious drinking fountain for the city's equine population. These are just some of the the sites along the way on this east to west walk through the park. Tour is approximately one hour long.
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Tour |
Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate.
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Other |
Carol Cassidy showcases an expansive array of her latest textiles including her signature brocades, jacquard weaves and ikats. Founder of Lao Textiles, Cassidy is dedicated to revitalizing the indigenous Laos textile industry, creating magnificent silk weavings that preserve traditional techniques while incorporating modern sensibilities. Her book Weaving Tradition will be available for signing.
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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$6
Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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Film |
Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter. 105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Other |
This class will view representative examples of two hundred years of children's book illustration. Examine various notable editions of a British fantasy classic, Alice in Wonderland, and an American classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Illustration techniques, social and religious concerns, humor and pathos will be explored via books from colonial primers to the works of Maurice Sendak.
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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Explore websites of special interest to active older adults.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk |
Emily gives a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House.
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Concert |
With Yurie Mitsuhashi, Violin, and Bridget Pasker, Cello.
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Symposium |
The 21st Annual National Design Museum Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design Day presents Dr. Thomas Denenberg, director of Shelburne Museum, and a scholar of the retrospective culture of New England, as the symposium's Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading |
Keorapetse Kgositsile is the current Poet Laureate of South Africa; his books include "This Way I Salute You," which features his selected poems.
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Conference |
In the last decades of the twentieth century through to the beginning of the current economic crisis, Spain became a place of pilgrimage for architects, students, and photographers from all over the world. The buildings that attracted them included some of the most outstanding and significant works by the architects of the so-called international ”star system.” At the same time, Spain was contributing to the international scene by exporting some of its most talented architects such as Rafael Moneo, Enric Miralles, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Josep Lluís Mateo, or Alejandro Zaera-Polo, to name but a few. After decades of ostracism, Spain was finally participating in architecture’s transnational flows. This conference will revisit the historical origins and sources of the internationalization of Spanish architecture.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Conference |
Critical Themes in Media Studies is an annual conference run by the graduate students of the School of Media Studies. It provides a distinguished forum for students to present original scholarship on topics related to the study of media and society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring John Brodeur, Liz Tormes, Brian Bonz.
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Concert |
With Corey Gerstenfeld.
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Concert |
With James Garlick.
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Opening Reception |
Artists: Amanda Alfieri, Melis Bürsin, Ashley Carter, Jin Joo Chae, Aurélien Couput, Patrick Daughters, Daniela Di Donato, Christian Dietkus, Riaki Enyama, Allison Ginsberg, August Graybosch, Luke Kendall, Jason Kraus, Laura Linda Miller, Sam Dakota, Francesca Neiman, Kambui Olujimi, Kate Louise Peterson, Rachel Rose, Alex Roulette, Ariel Schlesinger, Lauren Silva, Molly Surno, Ali Van, Wang Xu, Nat Ward, and Matthew C. Wilson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signing |
They're easy. They're silly. They're healthy. They're clever. They're artistic. They're delicious. They're fun. They're a great way to start the day. One breakfast at a time, Bill Wurtzel is determined to make you laugh and eat and play and laugh some more. Riffing over the years with oatmeal, eggs, apples, and nuts, it is finally ours to share...
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception |
In Rob Carter's solo exhibition, miniature replicas of three 19th Century estates—Charles Darwin's Down House, Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden, and Sir John Bennet Lawes' Rothamsted Manor—will slowly disappear, overtaken by the gardens in which they reside. The transformation will occur over the course of the five-week exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
The festival showcases 25 contemporary European films from Austria, the Wallonia-Brussels and Flanders regions of Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
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Theater |
Two B-Boys find each other in a vacant lot anywhere in the world, while a woman sits alone at her desk searching for answers on the Internet. Another kid arrives on the scene and an explosive connection is made between the boys and the woman’s Avatar. Bound by a search for the Center of Things, the four new friends invent the ultimate battle plan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested donation
Screening |
Featuring some of the best short films from major international film festivals and distinguished poets. With Meena Alexander, author of Illiterate Heart, winner of the PEN Open Book Award, Nathalie Handal, author of Love and Strange Horses, Christopher Merrill, poet and director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and James Ragan, author of The Hunger Wall. Hosted by Rattapallax editor Flavia Rocha.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Reading |
Chad Harbach's debut novel, "The Art of Fielding (Little, Brown)," was selected by "The New York Times" as one of the Best Ten Books of 2011.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Regular: $65
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Performance |
With comedians Ophira Eisenberg (Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad), Adrienne Iapalucci (NBC's "Last Comic Standing") and illusionist Lee Allen Barrett.
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Concert |
This concert features: Edu Loayza, piano, performing music by Chopin, Delgado and Soler as well as flutist Bonita Lubinsky, with oboist Anne Lofgren, and pianist Margaret Mills performing music by C.P.E. Bach, Dring and Reinecke.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Opera |
From the Voice Department.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
MSM Chamber Winds: Michael Parloff, Conductor. Program: POULENC Suite Française MILHAUD Petite Symphonie STRAVINSKY Ebony Concerto DVORAK Serenade in D Minor
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free

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Performance |
Join your hosts RuBin (Ruby Marez & Binu Paulose) as they showcase some of the funniest improv duos playing in NYC today. Some of them may be seriously funny, other duos may be beautifully tragic. We can promise you that all of them will be equally memorable.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5
Concert |
Featuring Zhenzhen Dai.
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Concert |
Featuring Lindsey Freedman.
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Concert |
With Foster Wang.
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Jazz |
With Javier Nero.
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Concert |
From the Programs in Vocal Performance and Music Composition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Free

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Poetry Reading |
Another exceptional evening of poetry hosted by Parabola magazine. For more than 35 years Parabola has offered timeless wisdom, stories, poetry and art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5 suggested donation;

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Regular: $18
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Performance |
The Actors Studio Drama School presents its annual Repertory Season in five weeks of theater designed to introduce our graduating students to the professional world and the public in fully professional productions of the work they have created during their three years of study. Here you will witness a weekly series of scenes, one-act plays and full-length plays, some of them written by our playwrights, and all of them directed by our directors and acted by our actors. Presenting: Scenes from TOPDOG/UNDERDOG By Suzan-Lori Parks BRILLIANT TRACES By Cindy Lou Johnson Scenes from RAISED IN CAPTIVITY By Nicky Silver
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Video |
Luis Terreros is going to release the music video of the single "Dame Tu Mano" from his sophomore album Trivialidades with the direction of Hernan Herrera and the production of Robert Parreño, who have worked together in many music videos, shorts films with international trade.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Grandfather is a grungy art-rock band whose huge, dark sound is captured impressively on their debut album by studio mastermind Steve Albini (Nirvana). Unpredictable rhythmic and harmonic shifts driven by drums, bass, and distortion-heavy guitars underscore the band’s urgent lyrics for a sound that is anything but geriatric.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Vienna-based producer and DJ Patrick Pulsinger will bring his special brand of experimental house and techno to New York City, with a one-night only gig. Over the course of his 15-year career, Pulsinger has dabbled in many different shades of techno, blending electronic and recorded instruments, with an entirely analog hardware set-up. For this appearance, Pulsinger teams up with Teresa Rotschopf (vocals), Martin Knorz (keyboard), G.rizo (vocals), and Dominik Traun (keyboard).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | Modern adaptation of classic ballet

Regular: $20; Member: $0.00

Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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