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All events, things to do are free unless otherwise noted. Check out our hand picked list of top free things to do in NYC today, March 22, 2017, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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You can’t possibly know what it’s like unless you’ve been through it, but undaunted, a mechanic tries to make sense of one of the most mysterious facets of life: childbirth.Written by Chiara Atik (pictured), Directed by Claudia Weill.Featuring Maggie Bofill, Kelly Anne Burns, Maren Bush, Hanna Cheek, Gilbert Cruz, Dylan Dawson, Lucy DeVito, Lynnette R. Freeman, Kelli Lynn Harrison, Luka Kain, Erica Lutz, Jo Mei, Ana Noguiera.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 22
3:00 pm

Free

Plays, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, Midwife/Mechanic: Making Sense of Childbirth
Master Class |
Alan Feinberg has achieved a remarkable reputation as a vanguard pianist and musician who has charted his own unique path in music. His intelligence, integrity and affinity for an unusually wide range of repertoire place him among those few artists who are able to build a bridge between music of the past and present. With repertoire that ranges from Bach to Babbitt, Feinberg’s creative approach to programming places contemporary music within a broad framework as part of an ongoing, living tradition. He received his fourth Grammy nomination for ‘Best Instrumentalist with Orchestra’ for the Naxos recording of Amy Beach’s Piano Concerto with the Nashville Symphony.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 22
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, Four time Grammy nominee Alan Feinberg, piano
Master Class |
Four-time Grammy Award-winning American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has captured critical and popular acclaim on opera, concert and recital stages around the world. The combination of his beautiful and powerful lyric tenor voice, gift of dramatic interpretation and superb musicianship have earned him the highest praise from critics and audiences alike.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 22
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, Anthony Dean Griffey, four time Grammy-Winning Tenor
Workshop |
There is often a correlation between one’s emotions and attitude and physical disease. A medical intuitive can identify imbalances and pre-clinical conditions in the human energy field (aka “aura”) that can, if not addressed, lead to illness. All of us have the potential to develop this skill.In this practical, hands-on class with a highly experienced clairvoyant that will include partner work, inner exploration, and a range of in-class and at-home exercises, we’ll learn how to tap into our intuition and connect to inner guides to help us “read” our energy field. We will focus on identifying potentially problematic unconscious issues and learn how to “journey” through our physical body, enter organs and locate blockages.Once we understand the correlation between our emotions and potential disease, we can take actions to change our energy and attitude and either avoid the development of illnesses or help address any existing health issues.With: Lee VanZyl    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 22
6:00 pm

Free

Workshops, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, Intro Class: Medical Intuition - Addressing Health To Prevent Illness
Book Reading |
This book reveals how forces of wealth disparity and racial inequality trap families in place.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 22
6:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, Thomas M. Shapiro discusses his book Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future
Play |
On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 22
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, March 22, 2017, 03/22/2017, New Voices Playwrights Festival: Salute by Alexander Kveton

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Film |
Last Night is based on the 118 songs played by New York musical host David Mancuso on June 2, 1984, at one of the last parties of the 99 Prince Street location of his seminal New York dance party, the Loft. The film shows each record played that night in sequence, from beginning to end, on a vintage turntable in a domestic atmosphere. The complete progression of songs lasts approximately thirteen hours, offering an intimate sonic journey that mirrors a particular night at a particular moment in time.March 23, 11am-6pmMarch 24-25, 11am-1am    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
11:00 am

to 6:00 pm

Free

Films, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Martin Beck's Last Night: A 13-Hour Film of a 1984 Dance Party
Workshop |
This workshop is presented by Sculptors Alliance, Inc. and led by teaching artist Francine Perlman.  Participants will create one or more cubes from bristol paper and then cut into the cube, leaving everything attached, that is, no paper can be removed.  These may then be decorated, if desired, with paint, glitter, whatever your imagination yields.The result is a beautiful, lightweight sculpture. Materials will be supplied, but students may bring  items for decoration if you wish.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
12:30 pm

Free

Workshops, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Cut Paper Sculpture Workshop
Tour |
Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
2:00 pm

Free

Tours, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Subway Art Tour
Discussion |
One of the most momentous works in modern theatre history started as an archiving project. In 1974 a group of “Gypsies” (Broadway dancers) gathered together along with choreographer/director Michael Bennet to record oral histories about their lives. By the summer of 1975 Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante transformed these stories into a genre-redefining Broadway hit that would go on to be the first Olivier Award winning musical. This is a conversation with original members of the cast and crew of A Chorus Line, illustrated by artifacts from the Library’s archives.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
6:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Curtain Up Conversation: A Chorus Line Reunion
Discussion |
The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 triggered a radical shift in the modernist paradigm, which prompted Russian avant-garde artists to abandon abstract experimentation and turn to photography and photomontage. They created an archive of revolutionary imagery, and after 1924 – a new corpus of memorial photomontages on Lenin. The sheer number and variety of the Constructivists’ photomontages on Lenin and the revolution demonstrates their desire to escape a single, party-imposed, narrative of revolutionary events. The photomontage project was a project of continuous revolution, of changing ideological meanings, and transgressing the boundaries of modern art. The panel will focus in particular on the junction between photomontage and poetry, and explore the concept of avant-garde photo-poetry, as well as El Lissitzky’s concept of the “architecture of a book.” The panelists with further elaborate on the creation of a visual language of Soviet photomontage in the 1920s and 1930s, in its close interrelationships with Western avant-garde developments. They will discuss a broader problem of artistic intervention in politics. Can and should art influence political and social development? Does political message destroy the aesthetic component of art? What does it mean when the aesthetic becomes political? Panelists:Jindrich Toman (University of Michigan)Serguei Oushakine (Princeton University)Maria Ratanova (Harriman Institute Columbia University)Aleksandar Bošković (Columbia University)Discussant: Katherine Reischl (Princeton University)    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
6:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Soviet Photomontage: From Photo-Poetry to Propaganda
Discussion |
Join a panel discussion on energy insecurity. Energy insecurity is a conceptual framework that describes the interplay between the physical conditions of housing, household energy expenditures and energy-related coping strategies among low incomes groups in the United States. Defined as an inability to adequately meet basic household energy needs, this panel will outline the key dimensions of energy insecurity-economic, physical and behavioral- and related adverse environmental, health and social consequences. Implications for policy and advocacy will also be discussed. Distinguished experts joining the panel will include: Dr. Diana Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public HealthDana Bourland, Vice President - Environment, JPB FoundationDana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute Registration is required.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
6:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Struggling to Keep the Lights On: Understanding Why ‘Energy Insecurity’ Matters for Health and Equity in the US
Play |
Eddie and AJ have both erected walls. After moving in together, the need to protect themselves is intensified when their newfound lack of space -- and its effect on their sex life -- becomes unbearable. As a result of visiting Eddie’s once-estranged father at a vintage bowling alley in North Carolina, the couple are forced to confront their relationship to their bodies, and their parents’ bodies. What they find allows them to profoundly connect in ways they never could have anticipated.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, New Voices Playwrights Festival: Reluctant to Burn by korde arrington tuttle
Book Reading |
Moscow to Main Street author Victor Ripp offers an unsentimental meditation on memory and loss. Hell's Traces recounts Ripp's search for a Holocaust memorial that speaks to the death of his young cousin and leads him to visit 35 Holocaust memorials throughout Europe in order to recover and make sense of the past.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Victor Ripp reads from his book Hell's Traces: One Murder, Two Families, Thirty-Five Holocaust Memorials
Film |
At the height of his career, Alexandre decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing of a book on Borromini. Along with his wife Alienor feels her relationship with Alexandre is gradually slipping away. Along the way they meet siblings Goffredo and Lavinia. Gofffredo is about to embark in architectural studies. A story of rediscover the joys of life and overcoming anxiety.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
7:00 pm

Free

Films, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, Eugène Green's La Sapienza (2014): French Drama
Classical Music |
Program:Beethoven, Egmont Overture, Op. 84Strauss, Birleske, TrV 145Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB123 George Manahan, Conductor         New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, MSM Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven, Strauss, Bartok
Play |
On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 23
9:30 pm

Free

Plays, March 23, 2017, 03/23/2017, New Voices Playwrights Festival: Salute by Alexander Kveton

Friday, March 24, 2017

Film |
Last Night is based on the 118 songs played by New York musical host David Mancuso on June 2, 1984, at one of the last parties of the 99 Prince Street location of his seminal New York dance party, the Loft. The film shows each record played that night in sequence, from beginning to end, on a vintage turntable in a domestic atmosphere. The complete progression of songs lasts approximately thirteen hours, offering an intimate sonic journey that mirrors a particular night at a particular moment in time.March 23, 11am-6pmMarch 24-25, 11am-1am    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 24
11:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Films, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, Martin Beck's Last Night: A 13-Hour Film of a 1984 Dance Party
Film |
Affluent societies live in overabundance: about half of all food ends up in the garbage, most of it before it even makes it to consumers.  Only recently has the public slowly become aware of the magnitude of this misuse. Taste the Waste searches for the reasons behind the squandering of foodstuffs and examines the consequences for the diet of 7 billion people and for the changing climate. Filming took place in Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA. In case one might one wish, through one single film, to change the conscience of an audience– this work from Valentin Thurn could fulfill that expectation. In German with English subtitles.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 24
6:30 pm

Free

Films, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, Valentin Thurn's Taste the Waste (2011): German Documentary
Play |
On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 24
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, New Voices Playwrights Festival: Salute by Alexander Kveton
Concert |
Falu takes inspiration from North Indian classical music and contemporary pop and jazz as she explores popular Bollywood songs from the 1960s. Bollywood, a tongue-in-cheek term describing the vast Bombay-based film industry, is known for its infectious music and exciting production numbers. Backed by Western strings, bass, guitar, and percussion, as well as the Indian tabla and harmonium, Falu’s Indian vocals bring the spirit of Bollywood to New York.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 24
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, Falu's Bollywood Orchestra: A Blend of Indian Classical and Contemporary Pop
Concert |
Led by magnetic frontwoman Erica Ramos, this bilingual, multicultural 11-piece band keeps the dance floor jumping with its signature brand of funky Latin soul. Get ready for a night anchored in the classic Boogaloo and Latin soul of El Barrio in the ’60s and ’70s, infused with a jolt of millennial funk.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 24
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, Fulaso: A Multicultural 11-Piece Band Playing Latin Soul
Classical Music |
Felix Mendelssohn’s greatest oratorio tells the compelling story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah and his mighty efforts to guide the people of Israel to worship the one true God, Jehovah. Written at the end of his life in 1845, the rich orchestral score for chorus and soloists shows the influence of Mendelssohn’s re-discovery of the choral works of Bach and Handel mixed with the harmonic language and new instruments of 19th Century German Romanticism.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 24
8:00 pm

$5

Concerts, March 24, 2017, 03/24/2017, The Barnard-Columbia Chorus performs Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Workshop |
Compelling advocacy writing is an essential first step toward making change in the world. Learn how to fuse storytelling with strong messaging to boost the effectiveness of your advocacy writing in this interactive three-hour workshop with Marlon Peterson, an international social and criminal justice advocate, writer, organizational trainer, and educator, who regularly shares his own compelling story as a formerly incarcerated person.Marlon Peterson is a formerly incarcerated Black writer, lecturer and the founder of The Precedential Group, a social justice consulting firm. He has been a Soros Justice Fellow and Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. Ebony Magazine has named him one of America's 100 most influential and inspiring leaders in the Black community.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 25
10:00 am

Free

Workshops, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Writing for Justice: An Advocacy Writing Workshop
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! This tour takes place every Saturday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 25
2:00 pm

Free

Tours, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
Concert |
The versatile and adventurous Manhattan Saxophone Quartet joins the Library’s year-long celebration of pioneering women artists with concert of works by Katerina Kramarchuk, Joan Tower, Hilary Tann, Paule Maurice, Jennifer Higdon and others.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 25
2:30 pm

Free

Concerts, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Bop: Manhattan Saxophone Quartet Performs Music by Contemporary Women
Classical Music |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 25
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, Concert on Water: Classical Music
Play |
On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 25
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, March 25, 2017, 03/25/2017, New Voices Playwrights Festival: Salute by Alexander Kveton

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Parade |
Celebrate Greek heritage at this annual parade.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 26
1:30 pm

Free

Parades, March 26, 2017, 03/26/2017, Greek Independence Day Parade
Film |
The story of one man’s efforts to mend the wounds of a murderous assault sparked by the centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christians to use their blood for ritual purposes.90 min.In Polish with English subtitles.Post screening discussion with Eva Fogelman, PhD, psychologist, author, filmmaker; Lawrence Loewinger, co-producer/director; and Manny Bekier, President, Kieltzer Society.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 26
2:00 pm

Free

Films, March 26, 2017, 03/26/2017, Bogdan’s Journey (2016): Polish Documentary
Classical Music |
Pianist Joan Rowland performs.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 26
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 26, 2017, 03/26/2017, Piano Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin
Tour |
A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 26
7:30 pm

Free

Tours, March 26, 2017, 03/26/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour

Monday, March 27, 2017

Classical Music |
Program:J. S. Bach: Clavier-Übung III: Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, BWV 681J. P. Krieger: Herr, auf dich trau ichJ. S. Bach: Bekennen will ich seinen Namen, BWV 200D. Buxtehude: Trio Sonata Op. 2, No. 5 in A major, BuxWV 263J. P. Krieger: O Jesu, du mein LebenJ. S. Bach: Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150Features musicians from the period-instrument ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated and soloists from The Choir of Trinity Wall Street.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 27
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Bach at One
Concert |
Program: Franz Biebl Ave MariaNeil Ginsberg Hine Ma TovJosef Rheinberger AbendliedJames Erb ShenandoahJean Berger A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 27
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Choral Concert: Tualatin Youth Choir
Concert |
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 27
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Songbook: Broadway's Future
Classical Music |
Program:Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Concerto RV.531 Hans Brüderl (1959-) Octopus Renaud Côté-Giguère (1990-) Fille de Cuivre Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Danse Macabre Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances Nos 1, 4, and 5 Patrick Roux (1962-) Concerto Tradicionuevo Featuring: Julien Bisaillon, Renaud Cote-Giguere, Bruno Roussel, and Louis Trepanier Since 1999, this ensemble has performed a dynamic mix of original music and classical repertoire that have earned them a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 27
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Canadian Guitar Quaret performs Vivaldi, Beethoven, Brahms, Saint-Saëns
Lecture |
Irène Némirovsky (1903-1942) was a Russian Jewish immigrant to France who achieved a brilliant career as a novelist during the 1930s but was deported as a “foreign Jew” in 1942 and died in Auschwitz. Némirovsky’s tragic fate mirrors that of many assimilated Jews in Europe who had abandoned Jewish religious practice (sometimes to the point of conversion to Christianity), only to be treated like all other Jews by the Nazis. Némirovsky’s portrayals of Jewish characters in her fiction are controversial, for some readers consider them to be antisemitic. Lecturer Susan Rubin Suleiman, the author of a new book, The Némirovsky Question, argues instead that her Jewish characters exemplify the dilemmas and contradictions of Jewish existence in the 20th century, in Europe and beyond.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 27
7:00 pm

Free

Lectures, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Jewish Identity in Question: The Legacy of Author Irene Némirovsky
Book Reading |
From the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an intimate look at the driving forces in one man's life. With his unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Augusten Burroughs' Lust and Wonder is a hilariously frank memoir that will resonate with anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 27
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 27, 2017, 03/27/2017, Bestselling author Augusten Burroughs reads from his book Lust and Wonder

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Workshop |
If you identify as ‘code curious,' this program is right for you. Think of it as a way to dip your toes into the ocean of knowledge that a coding education can provide—anyone is welcome to attend.Coding Kickstart is a workshop where you can get exposed to the basics of coding and walk away with a few new skills you may not have had before.Light refreshments provided. All you need to bring is a laptop and an open mind.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 29
6:30 pm

Free

Workshops, March 29, 2017, 03/29/2017, Coding Kickstart Workshop

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Opening Reception |
In addition to historic and aesthetic pipes, one Brooklyn-made pipe will be included in the exhibition as a result of a two-day competition held in collaboration with Brooklyn Glass, and juried by David Bienenstock. As cannabis legalization takes root and spreads, much of the media discussion surrounding this societal sea-change has focused on the economics or the politics involved. But how will ending the War on Weed transform us culturally?The hottest hot take seems to be "marijuana is going mainstream," an analysis that rather snobbishly presumes this cultural exchange will be a one-way street. So to better understand what authentic underground cannabis culture has to offer, Outlaw Glass examines work from leading "functional" glass artists and traces the history of this legally grey art form through its birth, the coordinated arrests of some of its leading practitioners, and on into a new golden age of increasing acceptance, aOutlaw Glassnd incredibly advanced works.Featured artist Bob Snodgrass pioneered the craft, building his legend by selling one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pipes outside Grateful Dead concerts as the band endlessly toured the country. When Snodgrass finally settled down in Eugene, Oregon, in the 1990s, hordes of young artists flocked there to learn the craft and trade knowledge. Today, this new generation of practitioners pushes the art form to previously unimagined new heights.The show will display major works from leading contemporary glassblowers, plus multimedia examinations of these artists' lives, and the sub rosa subculture that supports them.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 30
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Opening Receptions, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Outlaw Glass: An Exhibition of Glassblowing Artists
Opening Reception |
At various moments throughout Ernst’s career, from his Cologne Dada period in the 1920s onwards, the artist turned to three-dimensional materials and sculpture in intense bursts of activity. The exhibition will feature Max Ernst's Corps enseignant pour une école de tueurs (Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers), conceived in 1967 at a pinnacle moment in Ernst’s career in which he fully committed himself to sculpture with fresh rigor. Comprised of three monumental bronze figures, the sculptures synthesize Ernst’s iconic use of language and sharp witticism that in turn transcend personal significance and make pointed commentary on the modern social and political climate.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 30
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Opening Receptions, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers: Works by Max Ernst
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture provides a vivid sense of what New York looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and felt like over the centuries of its development and maturation into the city we know today.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 30
6:30 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Tyler Anbinder discusses her book City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York
Film |
An ode to the men and women who earn their daily bread by diligently collecting New York City's cans and bottles. They talk about their struggles, their families, and their dreams.78 min.The director will be present for a discussion.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 30
7:00 pm

Free

Films, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Manfred Kirchheimer's Canners (2017): Documentary
Classical Music |
Program:Beethoven String Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5Missy Mazzoli (b. 1980) Death Valley JunctionDvořák String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American”)Winners of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, this intrepid young ensemble mixes classic works by Beethoven and Dvořák with Brooklyn composer Missy Mazzoli’s haunting Death Valley Junction.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 30
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, March 30, 2017, 03/30/2017, Jasper String Quartet performs Beethoven, Dvořák

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jazz |
Award winning soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom presents her new work for jazz quartet and spoken word, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Bloom’s reimagining of Dickinson was ignited when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser, reaffirming Bloom’s intuitive connection to the jazz-like quality of Dickinson’s writing.This is a collaboration across time between two pioneering women artists - one a 21st century jazz musician, the other a 19th century visionary poet. Poetry recitation from actor Deborah Rush will echo and intermingle with music performed by the Jane Ira Bloom quartet featuring jazz artists Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass), and Bobby Previte (drums).    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 31
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Wild Lines: Emily Dickinson Reimagined
Play |
A vibrant new production of the gender-bending, heart-mending comedy Twelfth Night. When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the mid-‘90s and washes up amidst the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she finds herself a stranger in a fabulously strange new land. Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino, a wealthy Floridian with a serious case of love sickness for a wealthy lady, Olivia. Having disguised herself as a boy to become Orsino’s right hand man, Viola (now Cesario) is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines. But as Viola woos in her boss’s name, she falls head over spiky heels for the man himself, while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy, Cesario (also Viola). Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban and ‘90s beats, Saheem Ali directs this colorful comedy about the power of new people and new experiences that throw the world into beautiful disarray, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of love.Continuing its commitment to bringing free Shakespeare to the community and strengthening audience engagement with the arts, The Public Theater will mount its mobile unit again this spring. Now in its seventh year, the Mobile Unit’s free tour celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the mobiler unit bringing Shakespeare to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 31
6:30 pm

Free

Plays, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Twelfth Night: Shakespeare from The Public Theater's Mobile Unit

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Screening |
As the Soviet army inched closer to taking Lithuania in 1943, 80 Jewish prisoners dug an escape tunnel using their hands and spoons. 53 min.With a behind-the-scenes discussion with the team behind the Nova film. With archeologist and author Dr. Richard Freund and Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer of Nova.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 2
2:00 pm

Free

Screenings, April 02, 2017, 04/02/2017, Nova: Holocaust Escape Tunnel  (2017): Advance Preview of PBS Documentary

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Concert |
The concert features the ITNY Ensemble under the direction of Elisa Angeli, Ensemble Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 5
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 05, 2017, 04/05/2017, Ice Theatre of New York's City Skate Concert

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Film |
Stars: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen.The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other. 104 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 6
6:00 pm

Free

Films, April 06, 2017, 04/06/2017, Mike Nichols' Oscar-Nominated Closer (2004): Couples' Secrets
Talk |
Preet Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York. Under his leadership, the office has experienced one of the most productive periods in its history. Known for being at the forefront of prosecuting financial misconduct including securities fraud and insider trading, this record of rooting out fraud earned Bharara the nickname “Sheriff of Wall Street” according to ABC News. In addition to helping secure convictions of numerous insider trading defendants, his office has brought a number of significant civil actions alleging financial and healthcare fraud and collected hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, including from Deutsche Bank, CitiMortgage and Bank of America for fraud relating to faulty lending practices. His office has also held to account several of the world’s largest corporations for their misconduct, including JP Morgan Chase for its relationship with Madoff Securities. Under Bharara’s supervision, the office has brought a series of significant and systemically revelatory public corruption cases against members of New York City and State governments. Furthermore, the office has continued its traditional civil rights work by, for example, conducting a multi-year investigation into the treatment of adolescent males at Rikers Island.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 6
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, April 06, 2017, 04/06/2017, U.S. Attorney General Preet Bharara, 'the Sheriff of Wall Street'

Friday, April 7, 2017

Talk |
For over 60 years The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit has delivered high-quality, professional theatre productions to every corner and for every community in our city. They’ve transformed prisons into fair Verona, libraries into Danish castles, parks into battlefields, and school cafeterias into mystic islands. Meet Geoff Boronda, veteran Mobile Unit stage manager. Enjoy his true tales from the road, and hear historic, hilarious, and inspiring “stage manager's daily reports” by Geoff's predecessors, now protected in The Library’s Public Theater archives.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 7
7:00 pm

Free

Talks, April 07, 2017, 04/07/2017, Stage Manager Confessional
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 7
7:30 pm

Free

Tours, April 07, 2017, 04/07/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Festival |
The 7th Annual Chekhov Celebration includes musical and theatrical performances, Chekhov-inspired poetry, and much more in celebration of the subversive politics of the great writer Anton Chekhov.“Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.” – AC    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Apr 8
8:00 pm

Free

Festivals, April 08, 2017, 04/08/2017, Seventh Annual Chekhov Celebration

Monday, April 10, 2017

Film |
Stars: Edward Arnold, Peter Lorre, Marian Marsh.Crippled by guilt and paranoia after committing a murder, Roderick Raskolnikov is torn between the detective investigating the murder and the woman who now wants to save his soul. 88 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Apr 10
2:00 pm

Free

Films, April 10, 2017, 04/10/2017, Josef von Sternberg's Crime and Punishment (1935): Dostoevsky's Classic Novel
Reading |
In 1849, the actor Edwin Forrest inspired a riot at Astor place over national pride in Shakespeare interpretation. In 1864, at the Winter Garden Theater, Edwin Booth redefined American Shakespeare with his "Hundred Night Hamlet." Throughout our city’s modern history, the 16th century English playwright William Shakespeare has found a home in New York City. The Shakespeare Society partners with the Library on an evening of Shakespeare recitation, expert commentary, and archival exploration, celebrating historic men who shared Shakespeare with our city.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Apr 10
6:00 pm

Free

Readings, April 10, 2017, 04/10/2017, Shakespeare in New York: Booth and Forrest

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Talk |
This presentation discusses the changing landscape of street gangs in Manhattan and describes the consequences of gang involvement. Presented by New York County District Attorney’s Office.     New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 13
6:00 pm

Free

Talks, April 13, 2017, 04/13/2017, Gang Awareness
Talk |
Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large at Merriam-Webster, and Ammon Shea, digital content editor at Merriam-Webster, present a talk on the challenges and changes in current lexicography, and on what the data from a digital book can tell us about the role that the dictionary plays in the lives of today’s word-searchers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 13
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, April 13, 2017, 04/13/2017, Is the Dictionary Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of Defining English

Friday, April 14, 2017

Talk |
Allen Ellenzweig, author of The Homoerotic Photograph, will talk about the multiple meanings of the homoerotic photograph and why, since Mapplethorpe, such images are easy prey for right-wing fundamentalists and politicians eager to strike poses of moral rectitude.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 14
6:00 pm

Free

Talks, April 14, 2017, 04/14/2017, 'Dirty Pictures' in an Age of Political and Moral Hypocrisy
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 14
7:30 pm

Free

Tours, April 14, 2017, 04/14/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tour |
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights. Route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. 45 minutes.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 16
11:00 am

Free

Tours, April 16, 2017, 04/16/2017, Southern Park Welcome Tour

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Discussion |
This seminar will examine which platforms and practices work best in different contexts, what dangers still exist for digital users, and just what encryption is.With the safety of journalists and activists becoming less certain, and international cyber-attacks on the rise, the priority of digital security is increasing. Yet, encryption is poorly understood by most people, despite its ever-more central role in our lives.The Digital Humanities Initiative and Global Studies Department are teaming up to present a seminar on understanding what encryption is and how encryption can help citizens, activists, and scholars protect their work, their communications, and their identities when digital privacy is not a given.Questions to be addressed:How secure is "secure"?What's the point of encrypting?Who can encrypt?Are third-parties to be trusted? Featured speakers:Rosario Gennaro, Director of the Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software at City College of New YorkTrebor Scholz, Associate Professor of Culture & Media at Lang College, who introduced the concept of platform cooperativismModerated by:Claire Potter, Director of Digital Humanities and InitiativeJonathan Bach, Chair of Global Studies Program     New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 18
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, April 18, 2017, 04/18/2017, Cyber Insecurity: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Encryption But Were Afraid to Ask

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Opening Reception |
With the Talea Ensemble performing works by influential contemporary Austrian and American composers, Homages, a sound exhibition, will be on view.Curated by Christian Scheib and designed by Fränk Zimmer of musikprotokoll, Homages features 15 newly composed or arranged recorded pieces by contemporary Austrian musicians, each paying tribute to one particular pivotal artist whose work was influenced by New York. The 15 commissions are spread throughout the unique architectural structure of the building, inviting visitors to explore all public spaces of the building, which was designed by Austrian architect Raimund Abraham in 1992 and completed in 2002. Aided by sensory receivers and LED light boxes, the sound pieces are installed to be experienced privately through audio devices and headphones. Curator Christian Scheib describes Homages as "a quiet display of fireworks" in a city always on full volume; "a kaleidoscope of references emerges, relating as much about the Austrian artists as the artists to whom the reference is dedicated." Between each installation, soundscapes from NYC and Graz, Austria will be audible, emphasizing the bridge between the two cities.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 19
5:00 pm

to 11:00 pm

Free

Opening Receptions, April 19, 2017, 04/19/2017, i>Homages: Rooftop Reception and Concert Featuring the Talea Ensemble

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Film |
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. 100 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 20
2:00 pm

Free

Films, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Ava DuVernay's Oscar Nominee 13th (2016): Documentary on Blacks in Prison

Friday, April 21, 2017

Dance Performance |
Inspired by iconic pictures by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew that captured a man falling from the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, the Scottish dance company Shaper/Caper created “Within This Dust,” a performance balancing movement and subtle storytelling. The performance includes three live dance works and will be followed by a conversation with Shaper/Caper artistic director Thomas Small. Attendees are invited to view the Museum’s special exhibition, “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11,” from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 21
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, April 21, 2017, 04/21/2017, Within This Dust: Three Dance Works
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 21
7:30 pm

Free

Tours, April 21, 2017, 04/21/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Reading |
Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Laureate writer, activist, and Auschwitz survivor, was one of our society’s most eloquent and powerful voices for peace and human rights. The National Jewish Theater Foundation-Holocaust Theater International Initiative helps us discover Wiesel the playwright and commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with an afternoon program of remembrance readings from A Jew Today, including scenes, commentary,  and conversation.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Apr 22
2:30 pm

Free

Readings, April 22, 2017, 04/22/2017, Dialogues: Elie Wiesel, Playwright

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Concert |
Program: Music by Peter Flint, Philip Glass, Guy Klucevsek, Elliot Roman, and J.S. BachBachtopus performs music by living composers and Johann Sebastian Bach.Members:Robert Duncan Peter FlintDenise Koncelik Mayumi Miyaoka Jeanne Velonis    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 23
4:00 pm

$10 suggested donation...

Concerts, April 23, 2017, 04/23/2017, Bachtopus, a Contemporary Accordion Ensemble

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tour |
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights. Route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. 45 minutes.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
11:00 am

Free

Tours, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Southern Park Welcome Tour

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Concert |
Program:Luna Pearl Woolf - Rumi: Quatrains of Love (2012)Robert Paterson - Arias from Three Way (2017) Robert Maggio - Forgetfulness Robert Paterson - In Real Life (New York Premiere) Vocal works by living American composers Robert Paterson, Luna Pearl Woolf and Robert Maggio. Featuring singers Wes Mason, Sam Levine, Jordan Rutter, Marnie Breckenridge and the American Modern Ensemble.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, ChamberMusicNY and the American Modern Ensemble present 'Voice of America'
Classical Music |
Program:Sibelius’ Duo for Violin and Viola in C MajorLiszt’s Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasiBloch's Sonata for Solo Piano, Concertino for Flute, Viola and PianoMendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op 13The Musicians of Lenox Hill, under the artistic direction of Soo-Kyung Park, will perform. Featured performers are Emilie-Anne Gendron and Anna Elashvili, violins; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viol;, Sean Katsuyama, cello; Orion Weiss, piano; and Soo-Kyung Park, flute.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, From Mourning to Morning: Music of War and Peace

Friday, April 28, 2017

Film |
Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker.When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. 116 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
1:00 pm

Free

Films, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Denis Villeneuve's Oscar Winner Arrival (2016): Alien Language Mystery
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
7:30 pm

Free

Tours, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Concert |
The annual Wall to Wall extravaganza celebrates Steve Reich, who The New York Times called "our greatest living composer." Part of his 80th birthday celebrations, Wall to Wall Steve Reich will feature his music from his influential early Minimalist masterpieces of the 1960s to recent work. Leading music ensembles and performers will appear paying tribute to "the most original musical thinker of our time" (The New Yorker).Segment 1: 3pm-5pmPiano Counterpoint (1973, arr. 2011 by Vincent Corver) performed by Vicky ChowWTC 9/11 (2010) performed by Mivos QuartetElectric Counterpoint (1987) performed by Mark Stewart, Dither, and friendsSidewalk, set to Double Sextet (2007) performed by Keigwin + CompanySegment 2: 5:30pm-7:30pmClapping Music (1972); City Life (1995) performed by Alarm Will SoundSteve Reich and Alan Pierson in ConversationFour Genesis Settings from The Cave (1990-1993, arr. 2013 by Alan Pierson)New York Counterpoint (1985); Radio Rewrite (2013) performed by Alarm Will SoundSegment 3: 8pm-10pmDifferent Trains (1988) performed by Mivos QuartetSteve Reich and Alan Pierson in ConversationDesert Music (1983, brass arr. 2001 by Alan Pierson) performed by American Composers Orchestra    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 30
3:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 30, 2017, 04/30/2017, Wall to Wall Concert Featuring Steve Reich, 'Our Greatest Living Composer'
Concert |
Called “fresh and vibrant” (The Classical Review) and praised for its “rhythmic vitality” (Time Out New York), this dynamic ensemble has worked with many leading contemporary composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, and Timo Andres. Its unique instrumental lineup of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, bass, and piano allows NOW Ensemble to be flexible and innovative, helping it to introduce 21st-century music to new audiences.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 30
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 30, 2017, 04/30/2017, The NOW Ensemble brings an indie-rock attitude to contemporary classical music

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Concert |
This incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world features eight hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists. Bang on a Can Marathon artists include Meredith Monk, Julia Wolfe, Joan La Barbara, and many more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 6
2:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Concerts, May 06, 2017, 05/06/2017, The 30th Anniversary Bang on a Can Marathon

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cabaret |
A bi-monthly cabaret/open mic hosted by Jessie Bangarang Atkinson and Kiley Caughey, accompanied by the incomparable Kevin O'Leary.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 13
9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, May 13, 2017, 05/13/2017, Liquid Family Dinner

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Concert |
Cantus has been acclaimed as the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States (Fanfare) and praised for singing with exalting finesse and expressive power (The Washington Post). Masters of repertoire spanning music of the Renaissance to the 21st century, the members of Cantus raise their voices in a performance that is part of the citywide music festival Make Music New York.     New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 21
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 21, 2017, 06/21/2017, Cantus, the Premier Men’s Vocal Ensemble in the United States

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cabaret |
A bi-monthly cabaret/open mic hosted by Jessie Bangarang Atkinson and Kiley Caughey, accompanied by the incomparable Kevin O'Leary.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 8
9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 08, 2017, 07/08/2017, Liquid Family Dinner
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