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Sat, April 14, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on April 14, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Moderate to brisk walks led by the NY Walkers Club for people 18 years and older of all abilities. This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone and strength, and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying the Park’s beautiful landscapes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walk |
The annual post-Easter walk down the Harlem and East Rivers, planning the route that we will take on the Great Saunter May 5. Lunch in the Carl Schurz Park after 8 miles, then another 8 miles to the South Street Seaport. Bring water, food and a Metro Card in case you need it. Moderate-to-brisk pace. Heavy rain cancels.
   New York City, NY; NYC

$3
Symposium |
The 21st Annual National Design Museum Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design will present Dr. Thomas Denenberg, Director of Shelburne Museum, and a scholar of the retrospective culture of New England, who will be the symposium's Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker. All design engages with the past, even if only to deny it, but many movements in design an decorative arts history are founded on conscious revivals of the past. Whether Egyptian, Greek, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Colonial, or Modernist, revivals can look back just a few decades or millennia. Revivals can be soberly archaeological or promote a historical fantasy. Some revivalist movements are primarily stylistic, while, for others, idealized notions of history are invested with social, political or moral meaning in the present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Video |
Pay tribute to Mike Kelley with a daylong screening of his remarkable video works, many of which were created with collaborators such as Paul McCarthy and Michael Smith. This 12-hour program, presented in coordination with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, will include the screening of such seminal work as The Banana Man (1983); Heidi (1992), made in collaboration with Paul McCarthy; Superman Recites Selections from 'The Bell Jar' and Other Works by Sylvia Plath (1999); Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (Domestic Scene) (2000); Day Is Done, Part 1 (2005-6); as well as the recent work A Voyage of Growth and Discovery (2011), made in collaboration with Michael Smith. Mike Kelley (1954-2012) was one of the most transgressive contemporary artists of the second half of the 20th century. His work sought to interrogate the American psyche by subverting depictions of social practices and rituals, including the role of religion, authority, nationalism, adolescence, sexual identity, and gender. Furthermore, Kelley was an inspired, eccentric thinker and writer who provided support and encouragement to the many artists he admired.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Saturday mornings are for free beginners yoga with a certified instructor. Begin the process toward a strong and comfortable body, and a calm and serene mind. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. All participants must sign a waiver form before they join in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion |
Join this small, friendly discussion for a stimulating Saturday morning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walk |
As you promenade through the heart of the Park, imagine yourself living in 19th Century New York City. Learn about the Park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to create the magnificent "Greensward" for the enjoyment of all. Tour lasts approximately one hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Learn to Crochet and Knit. Beginners and Experienced Knitters and Crotcheteers welcomed! Please bring your own supplies/project (light colored worsted yarn) and size 7 or 8 needles for knitters and g or h hook for crotcheteers. Children are welcomed with parental supervision.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walk |
Experience the Park's only formal garden with the Garden staff. See exuberant perennial and annual beds, and delight in an abundance of color and fragrance while learning about the Garden's history and design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fair |
   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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$6

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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
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Concert |
12pm - Nansong Huang, piano 2pm - Douglas Aliano, double bass 3pm - Taeguk Mun, cello 5pm - Sirena Huang, violin 6pm - Jisoo Kim, violin
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
FEATURING: Harlem Youth Marine Color Guard, Masayho Ishigure, Takako Asahina, Tokiko Kato, Seiji Endo & Kanako Ise featuring Akiha Misaki Band, Yuichiro Oda, Yuko Darjeeling, Zuiho Taiko, Soh Daiko, Jazzmobile All Star Band, Assata Alston, IMPACT Repertory Theatre, Tiffany Obi - Winner, Apollo Theatre Stars of Tomorrow, Matthew Whitaker - Winner, Apollo Theatre Stars of Tomorrow, Don Eaton & Equinox, T. S. Monk, Jr. The New York African Chorus Ensemble, The United Nations Singers, and The Harlem Japanese Choir. Preceded at 11am by a formal ceremony recognizing the 100th anniversary of the gift of Sakura cherry trees.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Performance |
Please join artist Kara Hearn to kick off Unnamed Broadway Musical as she auditions a crew of enthusiastic musical-lovers sharing hidden talents and childhood dreams. Kara Hearn and her team (Director Sarah Cameron Sunde, Composer Christopher Berg, and Choreograper Pia Monique Murray) will have the absurd task, that is, the creative challenge of generating a production that somehow fulfills the performers' sincere desire to be in a Broadway musical without them actually being in a Broadway musicals.
   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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading |
Flávia Rocha is a Brazilian poet, editor and journalist (born in São Paulo in 1974). She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University, and is the author of two poetry books, the bilingual "A Casa Azul ao Meio-dia/ The Blue House Around Noon" (Travessa dos Editores, Curitiba, 2005) and “Quartos Habitáveis” (Confraria do Vento, Rio de Janeiro, 2011). James Ragan is an internationally recognized poet, playwright, screenwriter, and translator and, for 25 years, served as the Director of the University of Southern California’s Professional Writing Program. He recently completed Distinguished Visiting Professorships at the University of Oklahoma (2007-09), Bowling Green State University (2010), and Prague’s Charles University (1992-current) where, due to his Czechoslovak heritage, he was invited by President Vaclav Havel to serve as Poet-in-residence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke and Gwyneth Patrow. Because of his superhero alter ego, Tony Stark must contend with deadly issues involving the government, his own friends and new enemies. 124 min.
   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
Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theater |
The past and present collide in the forms of Eleanor and Emily, two women who haunt the same room at the Elgin Institute of Mental Health. Though they live a century apart, finding each other may be their only hope of a life outside hospital walls.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested donation
Concert |
2pm - Annie Chen, violin 3pm - William Roh, trumpet 4pm - Kenny Yoon, violin 5pm - Viola Studio Recital: Students of Heidi Castleman 6pm - Hyuno Kim, violin
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Have you ever wanted to document the history of your home, apartment or neighborhood? Would you like to learn about the growth of your favorite historic district or deepen your knowledge of landmark New York City buildings? Perhaps you are interested in the lives of the people who lived in these buildings? Discover how you can unlock the history of a building, a block, or an entire borough. In the first part of this class you will learn how too use antiquarian maps, fire insurance atlases ("Sanborns"), online property data, books and historic real estate photos to document the history of the City's built environment. In the second part we will look at state and federal censuses, city directories, genealogical databases, and historic newspapers, in order to describe the lives of the people who owned and lived in those buildings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Join crafty librarian Jessica Pigza of the Rare Book Division and Crafternoon author Maura Madden for a free DIY day at the Library. The special guest will be Noah Scalin, author of Skulls, Unstuck, and 365, and he'll share some ideas for kickstarting our own creativity every day. They'll have a hands-on project, as well as a selection of books and magazines from the Library's collections to inspire you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Teaches the fundamentals of disipline, balance, Health and Wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Flutist Norman Dee and pianist Josephine Chan Yung play works by Mozart, Chopin, Ganne, and Piazolla.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Tour |
Olmsted and Vaux designed the North Woods to replicate the forests of the Adirondack Mountains with its crystal streams, calming cascades, and rustic bridges. This scenic and meditative walk is right in New York City's backyard. Tour will be approximately one hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. 145 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk |
In the Museum's first contemporary video art installation, artist Neil Goldberg frames mundane and often unnoticed moments in the lives of New Yorkers and elevates them into moving and sometimes monumental portraits: a commuter who has just missed a subway train, a customer in the midst of deciding what to choose at a salad bar, and what a rain storm looks like when filmed by a camera hanging from a tree. Join us for a gallery tour with the artist to hear about his process and inspiration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
The Actors Studio Drama School presents its annual Repertory Season at Pace University 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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Concert |
The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor & Boody Organ Builders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow. When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil. 126 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Musicians unite from around the world in a musical tribute to Maestro Sri Chinmoy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk |
Artists: Caroline Burghardt, Naoko Ito, Louis Lim, Anne Percoco, and Yukihiro Taguchi. The curator will talk about the exhibition and the exhibited artists will explain their artworks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Video |
A screening event with works by a new generation of Berlin-based video artists: Nike Arnold, Cyclixe, Stefan Ewald, Mikko Gaestel, Niklas Goldbach, Constantin Hartenstein, Rasso Hilber, Sylbee Kim, Lilli Kuschel, Lilli & Lola, Rebecca Loyche, Francisco Montoya, Iris Musolf, Andrew Stoyanoff, David Schmitt, Lior Schamriz, Heiko Tubbesing, Clemens Wilhelm, Richard Wilhelmer, Elizabeth Wurst. With a short film by Christoph Schlingensief. Start times: 5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8:00pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free

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Theater |
An outsider stumbles into a foreign land in search of the perfect photograph, but ambition draws her dangerously deep into the lives of a woodcutter and his family when she participates in a ritual that exposes her own desires.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested donation
Concert |
Gifted students in the Prep Division's Honors Program perform solo and chamber works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Min Young Kang.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Michael Rector.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz |
Featuring Jonah Parzen-Johnson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Elise Jablow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Musicians unite from around the world in a musical tribute to Maestro Sri Chinmoy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring outstanding concert performers of members of NYPS, featuring young guest violinists Hana Mundiya, Clara and Oliver Neubauer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$15 suggested contribution;
Film |
The story of Travis and his longtime love for April. April is a sexy, seductive woman who always gets her way and has been taking advantage of Travis ever since they first met. 83 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested admission
Performance |
Act One is a monthly showcase of improvised one act plays performed by New York City improvisers. Hosted by the creators of The Scene, Dan Hodapp and Micah Sherman. Produced by GCA, Mike Burton and Allison Dembek.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5
Concert |
With James Benoit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
From the Programs in Vocal Performance and Music Composition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
A retrospective of the works of filmmaker Carl Ford, with a post-screening Q&A by the director and special guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Concert |
With Ha Eun Lee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Mitchell Lyon.
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Concert |
Featuring Jung Eun Lee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Sarah Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
:augh yourself silly at Comedy Night, curated by Ben Weber and Meg Griffiths and featuring a lineup of New York's most talented comedic performers. Featured acts include the musical comedy of Micah Sherman (The Scene, The Windy Pendejos) and Myq Kaplan (The Late Show with David Letterman, Last Comic Standing), stand-up comic Naomi Ekperigin (The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Comix), and former Daily Show correspondent Tom Shillue (The Moth).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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