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Free events, free things to do in New York City
on Thu, April 19, 2012

All events, things to do on April 19, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Hands-on using wireless laptops. Use this supervised lab time to create and save a resume in Microsoft Word. Assistance with document formatting and proofreading will be available. Please bring a written draft of your resume and a USB drive to save and print your resume. (Please note: This is not an instructor led class or a career advisement session.)
   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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Bring your current project, your questions, your needles and your yarn to the Knitters' Table every Tuesday. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome - crochet, too.
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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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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
   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.
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Concert |
As a visual artist, Broken Arrow, Okla., native JD McPherson is well-versed in the process of working within clearly defined formal parameters, and he employs a similarly rigorous discipline with his music. On Signs & Signifiers, McPherson's seductively kickass debut album, this renaissance man/hepcat seamlessly meshes the old and the new, the primal and the sophisticated, on a work that will satisfy traditional American rock 'n' roll and R&B purists while also exhibiting McPherson's rarefied gift for mixing and matching disparate stylistic shapes and textures.
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Other |
All levels of play welcome. Please bring with you...your Scrabble set (be sure it has all 100 tiles!), a Scrabble dictionary and, of course, a love of the game!
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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
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 |
PROGRAM: Yun–Chu Chiu, John Corkill and Ian Rosenbaum Musique de Table Thierry de Mey Jordan Kuspa, World Premiere, title to be announced Mauricio Kagel Dressur
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Gallery Talk |
Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. This provocative tension exists between the experiential nature of early American folk art and the fantastical imagery it often displays—between what is real and what is imagined. The same is true of the work of contemporary self-taught artists, which may introduce unique—and sometimes puzzling—expressions that illuminate the iconoclastic nature that is the flip side of the collective American psyche. The viewer is placed in the peculiar but exhilarating position of deciding for him- or herself whether the artwork expresses a disjuncture with reality or an uninhibited embracing of interior life. After all, what is more true, the picture that looks real or the picture that feels real; the observer or the observed?
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Interested in reading newspapers and periodicals online? This workshop will show you how to explore online resources, both current and historical.
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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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Other |
The annual ceremony honoring the heroism displayed during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. There will be speakers, and readings at this solemn ceremony.
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Concert |
Featuring Cynthia Hoffman.
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With Dan K. Kurland.
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With James Lee.
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From NYU's Program in Piano Performance.
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Birdwatching |
Discover the varieties of birds that call the Park home during the migratory season with guided tours.
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Talk |
Beaded moccasin-making demonstration with Cody Harjo. Visitors are invited to interact with Cody Harjo by observing, listening and asking questions. Please note: This is not a workshop.
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Hands on using wireless laptops. Browse the current headlines from over 1700 local and international newspapers, read complete issues in full-color, full-page format, or search for individual news stories. Newspapers from 92 countries published in 48 languages are available.
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Concert |
Come down and listen to Rosie Capps tickle the ivories in what is sure to be a beautiful graduation recital.
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Workshop |
Do you feel overwhelmed by the possessions, papers and piles that have taken over your life and space? Don't know how or where to start to make changes? You're not alone. Join the NYPL Clutter Support Group, an educational support group for individuals who are struggling with clutter and disorganization. The Clutter Support Group will be a member-based group facilitated by organizing expert AJ Miller. The group will meet on alternating Thursdays to address clutter and disorganization related issues and offer support, information, tips and techniques to combat clutter and become better organized. Open to people of all ages with any degree of disorganization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture |
A lecture series exploring urban issues around the world. This lecture welcomes Erik Swyngedouw, professor of Geography at the University of Manchester’s School of Environment and Development.
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Book Reading |
A reading and discussion of Dr. Jeremy Safran’s new book. Following the presentation, Dr. Safran will answer questions from the audience and discuss his book in a conversation moderated by Dean Michael Schober.
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Lecture |
A lecture by Tamar Herzog, Stanford Department of History. 80 Fifth Avenue, room 529
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Concert |
With Hannah Ross.
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Jazz |
With Jeremy Noller.
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Concert |
With Matthew Weber.
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Workshop |
John Crant demonstrates how to start networking with LinkedIn’s networking personal pro&#64257;les and then use your expanded network in your search for your next career challenge.
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Open-level yoga with a certified instructor! Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. All participants must sign a waiver form before they join in. For adults 18+.
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Have you ever wanted to sell a product on your website? Do you want your website to actually make money instead of costing you money? They’ll show you how to use PayPal to easily add a shopping cart to your website. They’ll explain how to use website statistics to track how people are coming to and using your site. Lastly, they’ll show how to place ads onto your popular pages to make additional income.
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Opening Reception |
Through performance, film and drawing the artist examines compulsive behaviors and the role of risk in breaking cycles.
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The Push Pops are a radical feminist collective under the direction of Katie Cercone (b. 1984 Santa Rosa, California) and Elisa Garcia de la Huerta (b. 1983 Santiago, Chile). The Push Pops formed at the School of Visual Art where both Cercone and Garcia obtained their MFA in 2011. The Push Pops have shown their interactive multimedia sculptures and performances in free public art festivals and underground galleries throughout the greater Metropolitan area since April of 2010. Last year, the collective received NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship for their upcoming project 'The Oral History of Ice Cream.'
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Talk |
German techno artist and co-developer of Ableton Live software Robert Henke discusses his many modes of work with sound. From his home base in Berlin, Henke has made iconic minimal-techno since the mid-1990s and continues to refine the form in terms of conceptual approach and presentation.
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Lecture |
Artist Uriel Orlow explores blindspots of historical representation in his work and often takes specific locations and events as starting points. Orlow’s most recent project The Short and the Long of It, for instance, documents the failed passage of fourteen international cargo ships through the Suez Canal in 1967. While the crews remained stranded for more than eight years until the canal was reopened, their cold-war political allegiances gave way to the establishment of a communal social system. Orlow interweaves vintage films and photographs shot by crew members with his own footage captured years later on location. As a part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar led by Doug Ashford and Colleen Asper, Orlow presents his lecture-performance Aide-Mémoire. Aide-Mémoire taps into the modes of the travelogue, the old-fashioned slide-show and the ubiquitous powerpoint presentation. Imagined as a collection of scattered fragments of a possible future film and the salvaged shards of research already made, the lecture-performance presents chains of associations, visual clues and narrative fragments that are woven into new configurations and reconstructed meanings. Shown: "The Long and Short of It," 2010.
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A selection of works from distinguished graduates of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Program at the School of Visual Arts. These alumni, who graduated between 2004 and 2006, have generously donated their work in support of the mission of The Center for Arts Education. Shown: Margarida Correia
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Opening Reception |
From 1981 to 1986, Molnar's works were hung in many exhibitions in Hungary and abroad (especially in Paris). In 1986 the United Nations offered him a post as a graphic artist in Geneva. In 1988 he decided to settle in France with my family. Since then he has held many important exhibitions in France and throughout the world.
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This exhibition will include his current projects and an installation of his work from the 1990’s when he performed extensively as his now legendary alter ego, Patina du Prey. For over twenty years Reynolds has been using photography, performance and installation to express his experience as an HIV positive gay man. His work addresses issues of gender, identity, socio-politics, sexual histories, mourning, loss, survival, hope and healing. Hunter Reynolds was born in 1959 in Rochester, Minnesota. Hunter Reynolds has been the recipient of many grants and residencies, including several Pollock Krasner awards. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including: Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; White Columns, New York, NY; Artist Space, New York, NY; Simon Watson Gallery, New York, NY; Creative Time, New York, NY; Participant Inc., New York, NY.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Discussion |
Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican journalist, fiction writer, and environmental activist. Her short fiction, published in The Caribbean Writer, has received a number of awards. In 2006, she published Dog-Heart, a novel which was “highly commended” at the National Book Development Council of Jamaica National Literary Awards in 2006 and won a Gold Medal in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s National Creative Writing Competition in 2008. The manuscript of her second novel, Huracan, won a silver medal at the JCDC competition in 2010.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2003. Topics include using formulas and functions, data sorting and conditional formatting.
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Talk |
The author sees America’s looming midlife crisis as an opportunity to create a new map of life, one that better suits our longer lifespans. Recognizing and supporting the “encore years” -- the time between the end of midlife and the beginning of anything resembling old age – would, he contends, give millions a second chance to find fulfillment while creating a better world for future generations.
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Book Discussion |
A Russian money launderer seeks to defect to the UK after a close friend of his has been killed by the new leadership of his own criminal brotherhood.
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Other |
Discover your creative side by learning to paint one of the Park's glorious trees as led by Danielle Hatherley from The Plein Air Painting School. Each attendee gets to create their own 8'x10' painting. All material will be provided. For ages 18+.
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Book Reading |
The CBS News producer reveals his own story of how a kid from the James Monroe Houses in the Bronx landed a reporting job at the NY Daily News and covered all the major events of the 1970s.
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Other |
Honoring the best gay- and lesbian-themed books of 2011, the Publishing Triangle presents the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. The Publishing Triangle partners with the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards to present the Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction. The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Leadership Award are also presented.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading |
Noon returns with an event celebrating their latest issue. Readers include Deb Olin Unferth and Clancy Martin as well as Ann Dewitt, Ted Kritikos, Lauren Spohrer, and James Yeh.
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Conference |
AUTOFICTION, combining two apparently contradictory concerns, autobiography and fiction, is the most important mode of writing in contemporary French literature. Serge Doubrovsky, who coined the term, has described autofiction as combining entirely real content and entirely fictional form. Using their real names, authors insert themselves into their own fictions in a search for self. Following its French beginnings, Autofiction has made headway in many other countries, notably in the U.S.
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Reading |
George Saunders is a "New York Times" bestselling author whose titles include the story collection "In Persuasion Nation" (Riverhead Books, 2006), and the essay collection "The Braindead Megaphone" (Riverhead Books, 2007). His reading will be followed a conversation with writer David Lipsky.
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Devan Sipher, who has been writing about weddings in the New York Times for five years, offers his debut novel, a romantic comedy that mirrors his own life experiences -- always the usher, never the groom.
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Concert |
“No Name” producer Eric Vetter calls the Cabaret an opportunity for musical talent to try out new material in a safe and fun place. Hosted by the multi-talented Clara Barton Green whose background includes acting, directing and singing at venues across the country.
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Opening Reception |
Finding inspiration in the classic style manual. Featuring work by Jennifer Grimyser, Julie Hair, Suckzoo Han, Aaron Howard, Jann Nunn, Kelly Savage, Rachel Schragis, and Brain Wondergem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
This concert is a chamber music recital featuring ensembles from the College Division Chamber Music Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Maureen Zoltek.
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Jazz |
Presented by the Jazz Arts Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
From the Voice Department.
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From the Chamber Music and Ensembles Departments.
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Concert |
Unsound Festival New York returns with INTERZONE featuring two exciting duo projects that explore the edges of sound, melding psychedelic, rock, dub, and other influences in engaging new ways. Acclaimed Polish Synth/Drum duo LXMP make their US debut with a special live reshape of the classic Herbie Hancock album Future Shock into their own brand of twisted fun. Madison duo Peaking Lights bring their own unique mix of rhythmic contemporary dub and Afrobeat inspired psychedelica as heard on their album 936.
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Master Class |
With Edna Golandsky.
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Workshop |
Ganesh Das leads a therapeutic meditation practice. This healing Satsang is designed and blessed by his gurus and founders of the method, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Through this guided practice open to all levels, one learns to find a comfortable meditative seat, be still and focus the attention on the breath and a mantra. One learns to create space and calmness in the mind and body, amidst the daily chaos of life. This class provides a safe environment for the community to gather and openly discuss spiritual and every day aspects of life through a candid Q & A.
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Workshop |
Dreams have played a crucial role in every traditional culture, often viewed as messengers of the soul that offer direct communication from the world of spirit. This class provides a unique opportunity to explore dreams in a cultural context designed specifically for the African American experience.
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Concert |
This concert will feature performances of new works by College Division composition students.
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Concert |
Performance by students in the American Brass Quintet Seminar.
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Jazz |
With Clovis Nicolas.
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Concert |
First-year singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts perform song repertoire in recital with faculty pianists from the Marcus Institute.
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Enjoy an evening of entertainment with guitarist Cory Jacobs, who will perform his Masters recital.
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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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Film |
With Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw. Spielberg’s classic returns to the big screen! See the movie that thrilled a generation, launched the summer blockbuster and has become one of the most enduring action-suspense films of all time. 124 min. Come early to celebrate Universal Studios’ 100th Anniversary with trivia contests, live music from local artists and surprise special guests, courtesy of the upcoming New York Downtown Jazz Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concert |
From the Program in String Performance.
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Performance |
Jeff Cerulli and Adam Glyn’s long running East Village stand up comedy show is back and some would say better than ever in a new venue.
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Performance |
The Scene is a weekly showcase of improvised one act plays. Each week the show features New York’s top improvisers from The PIT, Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Baby Wants Candy, Second City and more. The Scene is produced and hosted by Dan Hodapp and Micah Sherman.
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All you need to do is show up. Don’t have an improv group? We’ll put you in one! Have a team then bring them down! Five teams get to play for ten minutes each, and everyone has fun. Work on your skills and meet some great new people. New Team Lunacy, hosted by Erick Hellwig.
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Jazz |
A great way to hear some of the most talented young lions of jazz while enjoying spectacular views of Manhattan.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Theater | hilarious interactive parody...

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Concert | Clarinet and piano duo works of Prokofiev and others

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Concert | Tribute to a rock star

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Theater | Dark comedy

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