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Free events, free things to do in New York City
on Fri, April 27, 2012

All events, things to do on April 27, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Conference |
This two-day conference will focus on the implications that technology has had for the ethics of privacy. The keynote speaker will be Professor Helen Nissenbaum of NYU’s Media, Culture, and Communication Department. Questions addressed will include: Is privacy valuable? To what extent does privacy benefit from technology? To what extent is privacy threatened by technology? When is the sharing of others’ personal information appropriate or inappropriate? What role should privacy play in increasingly digitized academic and public libraries? To what extent is privacy law keeping up with changes in technology? Does privacy have a future?
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Conference |
A two-day conference convened by Michael Cole and Alessandra Russo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Discover everything that’s new with iPhone 4S. They’ll show you how to capture every moment with the 8-megapixel camera that also shoots 1080p HD video — and how to edit right on your iPhone. We’ll introduce you to Siri — the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of iMessage, Notification Center, Reminders, and FaceTime. And get a quick overview of iCloud — a new service that stores your music, photos, and documents and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Master Class |
An extraordinary opportunity for connoisseurs of great music and young talent. An outstanding artist of today discusses and critiques performances by outstanding artists of tomorrow at a world-renowned conservatory.
   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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$6
Workshop |
Come to this workshop to discover the new iPad. Take a look at the beautiful Retina display and the new 5-megapixel iSight camera. Learn to write an email, send a text, create a note, and search the web. Get an overview of iOS 5, the foundation of iPad that includes features like Notification Center, Reminders, and Newsstand. Hear about iCloud, and see how easy it is to sync content from iTunes. Browse the App Store and the iBookstore, find out how to make FaceTime calls, and so much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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With iMovie, you can shoot video on your iOS devices at up to 1080p, and then it is instantly ready for you to edit. In this workshop, you’ll learn how fast and fun it is to create storyboards using HD video clips and make Hollywood-style trailers. They’ll show you how to choose themes and add titles, transitions, and soundtracks. You’ll also discover how easy it is to share with an adoring audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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iCloud is a service that stores your music, photos, apps, and documents — and then wirelessly pushes them to all your devices so you can access your content from anywhere. In this workshop, they’ll show you how easy it is to set up a free iCloud account and keep your devices up to date automatically — no syncing required. Discover why iCloud is the effortless way to manage your content.
   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
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Talk |
A lunch talk by Michael Anastario. Bring your lunch — they’ll provide beverages and dessert!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
You’ll learn how to talk to Siri, the digital assistant with personality. Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place calls, and more. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back.
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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 |
With the Roseville Area High School Cantus Certus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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Other |
For a few short days every spring, New Yorkers are invited to enter the fascinating world of some of Manhattan’s finest artists. Now in its 16th year, The TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour (TOAST) is an open invitation to the public to take a free, self-guided tour through artists’ studios in TriBeCa. TOAST attendees are able to visit the artists’ studios, view their work and talk to the artists themselves. Those who take the tour will also have the chance to purchase work directly from the artists, helping to support them in the pursuit of their craft. This year, the 15th Annual TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour features approximately a 100 artists of varying genres and will be held in 36 different buildings in TriBeCa. The tour will also take participants through TriBeCa art galleries and exhibits, including those at the New York Academy of Art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
Jack Sadelstein is a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill. Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. 91 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Lecture |
Literary criticism has traditionally found little of religious or biblical import in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, a play in which the abusive treatment of Katherine—and, by extension, all independent-minded women—has puzzled, troubled, or outraged audiences over the centuries. This lecture calls for a reassessment of the comedy by arguing that it is informed throughout by one of the best known of biblical parables, the story of the Good Samaritan. Medieval and Renaissance interpretations of the parable in fact suggest that, rather than condoning the right of its male characters to cruelly lord it over others, the play puts sharply into question the self-serving and domineering actions of the Lord toward Sly and of Petruchio toward Katherine. Speaker Barry Nass is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Hofstra University.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Lecture |
Defining its terms broadly, this two-day conference examines not only designed objects but also spaces and systems. It addresses a range of historical periods and geographical locations, and contact zones between these constructed categories. Keynote speaker: Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Art and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
Starring Humphrey Bogart Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall. A man visits his old friend's hotel and finds a gangster running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
With Hope Davis, Anne Meara and Parker Posey. A dysfunctional Long Island family searches Manhattan for romantic truth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Other |
This afternoon and evening of performance, film, readings, discussion and book signing will showcase the interdisciplinary work of cutting-edge novelist, playwright, poet and performer Jessica Hagedorn. Join Hagedorn and an all-star cast of guest artists and scholars in this unique and celebratory event. Presenters include Allan Isaac, Thulani Davis, Jojo Gonzales, Mia Katigbak, Nicky Paraiso, Robbie McCauley, and Lucy San Pablo Burns.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Workshop |
iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into your all-time favorite films. This workshop walks you through the basics of importing and organizing clips, choosing a theme, and editing your project. You’ll learn how to create a polished look using titles, effects, and transitions; how to add photos and audio; and how to share your movie masterpiece with friends and family. So jump right in — no filmmaking experience needed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Panavision's New Filmmaker Program has helped young directors and cinematographers break into the industry for the past 25 years, supporting films such as Requiem for a Dream and Napoleon Dynamite. While a growing number of filmmakers turn to digital technology, Panavision's grant program still offers artists the chance to shoot on film by providing them with exclusive camera packages with legendary Panavision lenses, as well as a wide range of digital cameras. Join Una Noche director Lucy Mulloy, Kodak's US Account Manager of Features and Post-Production Bob Mastronardi, cinematographer Guy Godfree, producer Casey Fenton (Unmanned), Panavision NY's Peter Brogna, and other film artists as they discuss the program and new opportunities for emerging talent. Moderated by Panavision's New Filmmaker Program Manager, Mike Dallatorre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the African National Congress, presentations will be delivered from the Young South Africans in New York Society. The members, representing the diversity of their country, are currently engaged in higher education and finance in New York. They are dedicated to making a positive difference in the future of their nation, drawing upon their educational and working experience in the United States. Topics in the discussion will include education, economics, and government. Moderated by South African scholar Teboho Moja, clinical professor of Higher Education at New York University.
   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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
The Library boasts one of the country's largest free public collections of genealogical tools; this class introduces some key resources. With skills learned here, you might find the name of an ancestor on a ship's passenger list or discover the names of family members in historical census records.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Julia Coronelli.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Min Young Park and Heejin An.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
From Windham High School (Windham, Maine). Richard Nickerson, director. Works by Palestrina, Whitacre, Parker, Murphy, Tallis, Gjeilo, Biery and Ticheli.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
Says the artist: "My consciousness is a sponge absorbing all of contemporary filth. The artistic process for me, in the form of a performance, is to solidify this sponge into a hard stamp tool and press it back onto the audience's consciousness for the duration of the performance. At the end, I hope they come out of it stained, impressed, as I am, by the ailments of this time which we live in." Tamy Ben-Tor was born in Jerusalem and currently lives and works in New York City. She has had solo shows at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Kunsthalle Winterthur; and Cubitt, London. Ben-Tor has also participated in exhibitions at ZKM, Karlsruhe; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Biennale of Sydney; Manifesta 7; Mori Museum, Tokyo; MoCA, Los Angeles; Reina Sofia, Madrid; as well as the PERFORMA 05 and PERFORMA 07 Biennials, New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Ju Hee Kang.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Featuring Anzhelika Fuks.
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Featuring Shannon Pelcher, Pete Lanctot, Lily Neill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Other |
A comics convention featuring work by students in the School of Visual Arts' BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Elizabeth Sutphen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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With Rachel Li.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signing |
For three years, American photographer Lydia Panas invited families to stand before her lens. She was curious to see what would happen. Nothing was deliberate or planned. These diverse groupings of children and adults, relatives and close friends, stood graciously before her, taking positions in relationship to each other, and to the camera. The resulting images from the project are engaging and highly charged psychological family portraits that are gathered together in the artist's debut monograph.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Other |
For a few short days every spring, New Yorkers are invited to enter the fascinating world of some of Manhattan’s finest artists. Now in its 16th year, The TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour (TOAST) is an open invitation to the public to take a free, self-guided tour through artists’ studios in TriBeCa. TOAST attendees are able to visit the artists’ studios, view their work and talk to the artists themselves. Those who take the tour will also have the chance to purchase work directly from the artists, helping to support them in the pursuit of their craft. This year, the 15th Annual TriBeCa Open Artist Studio Tour features approximately a 100 artists of varying genres and will be held in 36 different buildings in TriBeCa. The tour will also take participants through TriBeCa art galleries and exhibits, including those at the New York Academy of Art.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Screening |
PeruFest presents the most recent cinematographic productions from Peru, screening shorts, feature films and documentaries from the new generation of Peruvian directors. Many of these young filmmakers have been awarded prizes at festivals including Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastián, and La Habana. The majority of the films selected focus on the politics of memory relating to the internal armed conflict in Peru from 1980 to 2000. All films have English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Of this debut novel, Publishers Weekly says: "In his head-spinning literary thriller, Olson takes us down a rabbit hole of kinky cybersex and multilevel mystery - a complex, cutting-edge debut."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Liz DelliCarpini explores multicultural issues and dynamics of power and privilege as they relate to an international art therapy collaboration between the MPS Art Therapy Department, a public elementary school in Costa Rica, and Asociacion Artistica Para Niños (ASART), a non-profit based in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concert |
Featuring Jonghun Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
A four-night theoretical exploration of mysticism in dialogue with Du noir univers, a text by François Laruelle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Program: Alexander Tcherepnin Selections from the Bagatelles op.5 for the piano Igor Stravinsky Three movements from the ballet “Petrushka” Pyotr Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux from the “Nutcracker” Suite Piano: Alexander Beridze, Gold Medalist at the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati (2009) and the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in New-Paltz, NY (2004). Poetry readings by Ina Bliznetsova, Dmitry Bobyshev, Rudolf Furman, Vladimir Gandelsman, Andrei Gritsman, Bakhyt Kenjeev, Iraida Legkaya, Gary Light, Vera Pavlova, Alexander Petrov, Valentina Sinkevich, Gregory Starikovsky, Alexander Stesin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
A panel discussion moderated by Molly Barnes (pictured). Panelists: Susan Eley, Susan Eley Fine Art Charlie Manzo, Gagosian Gallery Richard Timperio, Sideshow Gallery Vincent Vallarino, Vincent Vallarino Fine Art
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Join writer, director, and actor Delpy for a discussion of her new film, the follow-up story to her well-received 2 Days in Paris. We follow Marion, now split from Jack and living in New York with their child. Her family decides to visit, and she’s unaware that the cultural differences between her new American boyfriend (Chris Rock), her father, and her sister Rose — added to the stress of her upcoming photo exhibition — will make for an explosive mix.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Linda Wang.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Senior Holly Druckman invites you to her final concert-lecture in her series of three: "Aspects of Orpheus". This presentation will focus on the Death of Orpheus, and how it is depicted and what it means across the course of our cultural and artistic history. This concert is the culmination of Druckman's work on the myth of Orpheus this year, as her senior project. This concert-lecture will include performances of and/or discussions about music by Monteverdi, Birtwistle and Stravinsky. The concert will include a light reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Phillip Rashkin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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With Oliver Jia.
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Performance |
From the Program in String Performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 FALLEN ANGELS By Noel Coward A New Play ALL AN ACT By Sean Michael Welch Scenes from THE PRODUCERS, A New Mel Brooks Musical, Book by MEL BROOKS and THOMAS MEEHAN, Music and Lyrics by MEL BROOKS
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading |
A week-long celebration of the plays, songs and poetry of William Shakespeare. With a student cast.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Preachermann and The Revival will join rock and roll group Bandroidz for a night of rock and roll music mixed with atomic soul. Preachermann and The Revival is a New York based group with a history of performances in local venues like CBGB, The Knitting Factory and The Kitchen. The band has also previously performed at Joe's Pub. In addition to performing original favorites like 'Preachermann' and 'Careful What You Wish For', Preachermann and The Revival will treat the crowd to an atomic soul rendition of the classic Allman Brothers track 'Whipping Post'.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Featuring Matthew Park.
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Featuring Leah Asher.
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Reappropriating the image of the feisty Latino woman with equal parts irony and earnestness, singer-keyboardist Xenia Rubinos is a forceful presence on stage, constantly keeping her audience on its toes. Her band answers with an electric punk energy, augmented by spitfire lyrics sung by Rubinos in both English and Spanish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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