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Wed, April 18, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Talk |
With Laura Browarny.
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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
Concert |
Program: Bach’s Cantata BWV 45 John Cage’s Third Construction for Percussion Quartet (1941) with performers in London and Japan John Cage’s Winter Music (1957) with live performances in NYC and Japan Basetrack, based on multimedia artwork by Teru Kuwayama and adapted by Roderick Hill Faculty member Edward Bilous has been awarded the 2012 William Schuman Scholar’s Chair, which is presented annually to an artist and educator who has made significant contributions to the intellectual and artistic life of the college community. Bilous will be giving two presentations. The first, “Reimagining the Arts and Education in the 21st Century,” a lecture, is followed by a performance.
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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.
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Discussion |
Join in a discussion with Lisa Servon.
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Forum |
Design entrepreneurs debut their products in an interactive public forum.
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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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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 |
Tour of this magnificent Beaux-Arts landmark.
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$10 suggested donation
Concert |
Juilliard students share their talent with the community in these free hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season.
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Performance |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two at lunchtime. Bring your lunch, bring your knitting, bring a friend. Brown bag lunches welcome!
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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
Jazz |
A jazz concert for the midtown community. These popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists. The programming is overseen by jazz pianist Ronny Whyte.
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$10 suggested donation
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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Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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Concert |
Julia Madden and Duane Large of the Philmore Ensemble offer a recital of 19th century Lieder performed in an authentic style using a period guitar from Paris, circa 1815. Duane and Julia have studied the bel canto style in France and Italy and offer a fresh and exciting representation of German and Italian art song. The concert will last approximately 35 minutes.
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Jazz |
Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
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Workshop |
Join a free Stay Well exercise session. Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC's Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants are required to sign a personal medical waiver at the beginning of the class.
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Discussion |
Please join contributors to the new publication The Occupy Handbook, Martin Wolf of The Financial Times; Nobel Laureate Peter Diamond of MIT; economist Daron Acemoglu of MIT, political scientist/economist James A. Robinson of Harvard, and Raghuram Rajan of the University of Chicago/Booth School of Business, as they discuss how the 99 percent can effect real change. Moderated by Occupy Handbook contributor and The New Yorker’s John Cassidy. With David Scobey, executive dean of the New School for Public Engagement, and John Irons, managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation.
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Concert |
Students enrolled in the Piano Performance Forum Class perform solo piano works.
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Workshop |
A panel of experts will share essential information for job seekers such as: Today’s Digital Job Search: Online Postings, Applications, and Social Networking Strategies Crafting a Winning Resume The Interview: How to Handle the Really Tough Questions Key Tools and Resources: Job Search Central and Other Supports Everyone Should Know About Featuring Renee Lee Rosenberg, career transition expert and author of Achieving the Good Life After 50; Win Sheffield, career coach and renowned presenter; and Madeleine Cohen.
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Book Reading |
Jessie Klein, author of The Bully Society and an Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice at Adelphi University, joins today's event for educators, parents and anyone interested in the broader implications of bullying in our schools.
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Concert |
Featuring Matthew Montana.
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Gallery Talk |
The show brings together an international group of artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner.
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Performance |
6:00 Recess 7:00 Barnstormer and Seer/sucker 8:00 Family Haircut & Whiskey Rebellion 9:00 Birds & Someday the Cake 10:00 USA & The Faculty 11:00 Improdome
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Lecture |
Jorge I. Domínguez, an acclaimed Cuba and Latin America scholar at Harvard University, discusses potentially transformative changes taking place in Cuba. Following opening remarks by school president David E. Van Zandt, Domínguez analyzes recent developments in Cuba and their implications for the country’s economy, governance structure, political system, and international relations. Jorge Domínguez is Harvard University’s Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, vice provost for international affairs, special advisor for international studies to the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, and chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.
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Concert |
Featuring Nanci Belmont.
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Concert |
With Irene Gomez.
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Concert |
With Rudi Patrick Hoehn.
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Workshop |
John Crant shows how making the cuts necessary to be seen as a stand-out during your job search actually increases the value of the items on your resume.
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Discussion |
On the occasion of the release of David Krut Publishing’s publication, Burning the Candle at Both Ends, about South African artist, Diane Victor, The Library hosts a conversation between the artist and Judy Hecker, Assistant curator of prints and illustrated books at the Museum of Modern Art. The discussion is moderated by David Krut, the founder of David Krut Projects, Johannesburg/New York.
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Opening Reception |
A site-specific installation, designed as a refreshing backlash to the everyday commute. Once a Hallmark store, the location has been appropriated and turned into a public gallery. Featuring large, black & white halftone prints, the show interrupts the conventional advertisements that blanket the station. Geared toward the 200,000 travelers passing through daily, the exhibition is tailored to an in-between space that is often not considered. Invoking personal moments, odd locations, and ruminations on nature, Escape Route offers an opportunity to contemplate a time and place beyond where we stand. Shown: Alexander Perrelli
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Lecture |
Malik Gaines is an assistant professor of art at Hunter College. He has performed and exhibited internationally with the group My Barbarian and has had solo exhibitions at venues including Participant Inc. (New York City), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles) and Museo El Eco (Mexico City).
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Poetry Reading |
David Trinidad is the author of more than a dozen books, including Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems, The Late Show, Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse, and Plasticville, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has received awards from The Fund for Poetry and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his work has appeared in numerous periodicals and several anthologies, including Best American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.
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$5
Slide Lecture |
In this illustrated lecture, the author, the former associate editor and a contributing editor for fashion bibles DNR and WWD, who teaches fashion journalism and advertising and promotion at the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as media courses at The City College of New York Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, chronicles and critically examines how hip-hop celebrities and urban designers carved their own niche in the $166 billion dollar apparel industry.
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Talk |
Stretching over four miles through the center of the West Bronx, the Grand Boulevard and Concourse, known simply as the Grand Concourse, has gracefully served as silent witness to the changing face of the Bronx and New York City. For a century, it has truly been a boulevard of dreams for various upwardly mobile immigrant and ethnic groups. Constance Rosenblum unearths the colorful history of this grand street and its interlinked neighborhoods. With a seasoned journalist’s eye for detail, she paints an evocative portrait of the Concourse through compelling life stories and historical vignettes.
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Talk |
Celebrated pianist and writer Charles Rosen, author of the acclaimed The Classical Style and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, has been a staunch advocate of new music for many years. Relating avant-garde music to other art forms that defy conventionality, while providing live musical illustrations from the piano, Rosen will assess the impact of contemporary music in the 21st century. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Daniel J. Wakin, culture reporter for the New York Times. Questions will be welcomed from the audience.
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Opening Reception |
In this overview of contemporary glass art, sculptures and objects were made by artists from Czech Republic, Israel, Korea, Slovakia, USA, Luxembourg and France who have started their work in glass more then sixty years ago and who have recently completed their studies.
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Discussion |
Participants: Anita Contini (Arts and Culture Consultant at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Founder, Creative Time); Linda Shelton (Executive Director, The Joyce Theater); Eiko and Koma Otake (artists). Moderated by Clifford Chanin (Director of Education and Programs). From Creative Time's influential “Art On The Beach” programming on the WTC landfill from 1978-1985 to the planned performing arts center in the newly developed WTC, the arts have had a significant presence in the perception and experience of this iconic site. LMCC will host a discussion about the past, present and future of creative engagement with the WTC.
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Discussion |
A night of magic, comedy, literature, and lively discussion with Lev Grossman (The Magician King), Haley Tanner (Vaclav & Lena), Adam Conover, real-live magician Harrison Greenbaum, and your host Dan Wilbur as we try to find out which is better: real magic or fake magic? Topics to be discussed: fantasy, performance, Narnia, Harry Potter, Brooklyn, and coin tricks.
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Lecture |
A lecture by Judith Butler. Contemporary theories of kinship in literature and psychoanalysis often seek recourse to Greek tragedy to confirm the definition of kinship. But a closer consideration of some Greek tragedy suggests that characters are regularly confused about who is related to whom, whether someone is one’s mother or father, or whether the beast that one has just killed is really one’s son. Although often mythological and phantasmagoric, plots such as those found in Euripides’ Bacchae suggest that kinships is a site of perpetual and consequential confusion. In that play, the queering of gender combines with kinship trouble to produce scenes of accidental murder and infinite remorse. Renowned scholar Judith Butler examines how we might seek recourse to this play to think about new forms of kinship, multiple parenting, and primary relations that exceed and confound both biological and marital bonds.
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Film |
Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life. 114 min.
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Book Reading |
The Guardians is an elegy for Manguso’s friend Harris, two years after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital and jumped under that train. The narrative contemplates with unrelenting clarity their crowded post-college apartment, Manguso’s year on a writing fellowship in Rome, Harris’s death and the year that followed—the year of mourning and the year of Manguso’s marriage.
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Book Reading |
Bestselling author Christopher Moore upends the history of Western art with his audacious new book.
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Concert |
PROGRAM: Agata Zubel: What is the word (World Premiere, 2012) Roman Haubenstock-Ramati: 1. String Trio (1948/1978 new Version) Johannes Maria Staud: Celluloid (2011) Györgi Kurtag: In Nomine - all'ongherese (2001, rev. 2004) Eduardo Moguillansky: Tempo giusto (2006) Franco Donatoni Rima: Fili (1981) Salvatore Sciarrino: Malinconia (1980) Klangforum Wien is an Austrian chamber orchestra, based in Vienna at the Konzerthaus, which specializes in contemporary classical music. The group is often cited as Austria's leading contemporary music ensemble, and is particularly noted for its performances of music by composers of German-speaking countries.
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Screening |
Documentary and narrative filmmaking elegantly merge in Oki's Movie, a quartet of interlocking vignettes by Korean auteur director Hong Sang-soo and one of the most elegant films of his oeuvre. A young woman hikes Seoul's Mount Acha twice, accompanied by different boyfriends: one a fellow student, the other a professor. She documents the trips and then edits together corresponding locations on the mountain: the parking lot, a small pavilion, a wooden bridge; her juxtapositions are revelatory, both of her relationship with each and of the power of cinema.
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$10 suggested admission
Concert |
From the Voice Department.
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Jazz |
From the Jazz Arts Program.
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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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Concert |
With Katha Zinn.
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Concert |
With Alan Woo.
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Concert |
With Daniel Fung.
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Concert |
This concert is part of the Campus Performers Partnership, which provides production and marketing support to student performing arts groups. This partnership helps to cultivate the performing artists of tomorrow, to share the university's resources with a broader audiences, and to foster interdepartmental collaboration.
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Jazz |
With Kenny Werner.
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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: A Scene from THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE By John Van Druten Scenes from ORANGE FLOWER WATER By Craig Wright A scene from RED LIGHT WINTER By Adam Rapp
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Workshop |
Each month, Manorama guides yoga practitioners through delightful and transformative sessions. She focuses on the art of meditation, Sanskrit chanting, and meaningful yogic dialog, as a way to dive deeper into practice. Each month, Manorama's satsang topics will integrate with the focus of the month.
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$20 suggested donation
Concert |
Featuring Tyler Schoen.
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Performance |
Stand-up comedy show (that has been featured on MTV, and that fills to standing-room only each week). The show is produced by Brendan Fitzgibbons (The Onion, McSweeney's) and Lance Weiss (Carolines on Broadway) with comedians from David Letterman, Vh1, MTV, The Onion, and Comedy Central. Free pizza!
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

Regular: $69.50; Member: $0.00

Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

Regular: $75; Member: $0.00

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