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This page gives you information about best, most interesting, off the beaten path, free and inexpensive acivities in New York City (NYC) starting with Monday, October 20, 2014 (Mon, 10/20/2014) and on.

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Reading |

Author Jim Dwyer signs and discusses his important new book.
   New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Book Readings, October 20, 2014, 10/20/2014, Jim Dwyer reads from his book More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook

Book Signing |

Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Book Signings, October 20, 2014, 10/20/2014, Comedian Jim Gaffigan signs copies of his book Food: A Love Story

Jazz |

Pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim’s unique soulful style is rooted in classic jazz, but is also inspired by gospel and the traditional music of his native Cape Town. Ibrahim’s commitment to jazz and African music rings out in every note he plays and through his M7 Academy, a foundation committed to inspiring excellence in young people through music. In celebration of his 80th birthday, Ibrahim performs with members of his trio, septet Ekaya, and big band in a concert filled with gorgeous melodies and sparkling colors.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Concerts, October 20, 2014, 10/20/2014, Abdullah Ibrahim and Friends, Blending Jazz and African Music

Staged Reading |

In early 2014, the Harold Clurman Playwrights Division sought plays that address issues of the environmental crisis or global violence against women and girls. Over sixty plays were received. Seven of them will be read. The cast will be comprised of alumni.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Staged Readings, October 20, 2014, 10/20/2014, Seven New 10-Minute Plays Addressing the Environmental Crisis and Gender Violence

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Reading |

This "sharp and moving biography" (Kirkus, starred review) of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, looks past the storybook tale of Lafayette and explores how his reputation rose to great heights during the American Revolution only to collapse more than a decade later during the French Revolution. A reception and book signing will follow the talk.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Book Readings, October 22, 2014, 10/22/2014, Laura Auricchio discusses her book The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Signing |

The horror writer discusses this new volume with Andrew Sean Greer.
   New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Book Signings, October 28, 2014, 10/28/2014, Anne Rice discusses her book Prince Lestat

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Reading |

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and the author of the startling Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (2012). She contributes frequently to the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Slate, and many other publications. She left Russia in 2013 and currently lives in New York.    New York City, NY; NYC


$5

Book Readings, October 29, 2014, 10/29/2014, Masha Gessen discusses her book Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Friday, October 31, 2014

Parade |

The Village tradition returns after a hiatus due to Superstorm Sandy as the the Hallelujah Halloween REVIVAL! This is one of New York City's best and most unique parades with scores of decked-out New Yorkers strutting their usually outrageous costumes along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Parades, October 31, 2014, 10/31/2014, 41st Annual Village Halloween Parade

Friday, November 7, 2014

Concert |

Pete Rushefsky is currently touring with violinist Itzhak Perlman and the renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band. Rushefsky has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress and has been featured on NPR's Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered as well as on PBS's nationally-televised Great Performances.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Concerts, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Pete Rushefsky, a Leading Performer of the Tsimbl, the Traditional Hammered Dulcimer of Jewish Klezmer Music

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Discussion |

In an age of pervasive public monitoring and personal sharing, can individual privacy really exist? The advent of drone and smartphone photography, metadata mining and wearable cameras has had an effect on anyone who walks down a street, uses email, posts a video or searches online for a companionship. This panel discussion — scheduled to coincide with the exhibition “Taking a Closer Look at Surveillance Culture through Photography,” at the Open Society Foundations’ New York location, and also inspired by “Surveillance.01,” an exhibition at the Independent Filmmaker Project — features artists, critics and industry professionals who engage with a wide variety of surveillance photography.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Discussions, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Surveillance Photography: Personal, Public and Profit

Monday, December 1, 2014

Festival |

Billy Porter will emcee this huge, outdoor neighborhood festival featuring free live entertainment, outdoor food tastings from over 30 area restaurants, family fun, children’s activities, and shopping throughout the area. Celebration begins (rain, snow or shine) at 5:30pm with the Upper West Side’s Tree Lighting ceremony. Food Tastings officially begin at 6:00PM. Headlining the main stage this year is Winter’s Eve favorite Arlo Guthrie.    New York City, NY; NYC


Free

Festivals, December 01, 2014, 12/01/2014, 15th Annual Winter’s Eve with Folk Legend Arlo Guthrie and Billy Porter, Tony-Winning Star of Kinky Boots
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