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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, September 27, 2016, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
10:00 am

Free

Tours, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. This event recurs every Tuesday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Classical Music Concert |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
12:20 pm

Free

Concerts, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Bach at Noon
Gallery Talk |
Join a 45 minute docent-led gallery talk of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
12:30 pm

Free

Gallery Talks, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Exhibition Tour: Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel
Workshop |
An afternoon of casual gaming. Chess, checkers, dominos and all manner of board and strategy games welcome. Basic chess instruction can be provided depending on demand. If you have a favorite board game please bring it in. Every Tuesday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
4:00 pm

Free

Workshops, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Chess and Board Games Club
Film |
Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams.Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.151 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
4:00 pm

Free

Films, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman (2016): Superhero Film
Dance Performance |
Pursuant is a piece about the law—about legal and regulatory bodies—about how we impose laws, rules and regulations on our own bodies. The piece explores what happens when one person’s rules are imposed on another, generating a work that is both a compromise and a vacillation between movement qualities.Accession Number: when an object enters a museum's collection, it is assigned an accession number. This piece explores the (im)possibility of preserving dances and dancers as art objects and considers the importance of individual bodies and physical memories as archives of experience.Choreographers: Hannah Rosner (New Haven Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative), Lucia Elledge (Ballet Chicago, Columbia Ballet Collaborative), Katherine Bergstrom (Sydnie L. Mosley Dances)Both pieces will be performed multiple times and visitors are welcome to join the audience at any point.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
5:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Ballet set to Clair de Lune by Debussy and more
Discussion |
Kicking off National Voter Registration Day 2016 with performances and a conversation about voting rights and the impact of the immigrant vote in the 2016 federal elections.      New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

Free

Discussions, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, NYC Votes Red, White, and Blue Bash: A Party with a Purpose
Lecture |
Who can forget the strange and wondrous end of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, in which Hermione, the wronged and long-dead queen, is restored to life? Although definitely among the first, the Bard was certainly not the last artist whose imagination was captivated by the notion of the dead woman’s return. Just think of Hitchcock’s Vertigo or Christian Petzold’s Phoenix or David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Join cultural critic Elisabeth Bronfen as she takes us on a journey from Renaissance literature through contemporary cinema to explore the aesthetic and philosophical import of this mysteriously powerful literary trope. Professor Bronfen, of the University of Zurich and New York University, is the author of the groundbreaking Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity, and the Aesthetic and, most recently, Mad Men, Death, and the American Dream.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
6:00 pm

Free

Lectures, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, The Challenge to Avert Tragedy: The Winter’s Tale Refigured in Vertigo, Phoenix, and Gone Girl
Gallery Talk |
Berlin-based architect Francis Kéré discusses past and upcoming projects, illustrating his innovative approach to design and building. Internationally renowned for his utopian "Opera Village", conceived and developed with German visual artist, theater and film director Christoph Schlingensief in rural Burkina Faso, Kéré has shown an unwavering commitment to designing public spaces that promote exchange and collaboration. Invited to take part in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, he presented In Pursuit of a new Ouagadougou, an ambitious vision for the reconstruction of Burkina Faso’s Parliament House. Taking cues from the social and spatial dynamics of a typical West African village, Kéré presents a design that aims to shape a new perspective both literally and symbolically on the National Assembly.   Following his talk, Kéré will be in conversation with Performa Associate Curator Charles Aubin to examine the role of performance in his projects and reveal how performance can be a radical tool to rethink architecture, its uses and aesthetics.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
6:30 pm

Free

Gallery Talks, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Architect Talk: Francis Kéré
Book Reading |
The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier. That's the title of Hanauer's new anthology. More than a decade after the original The Bitch in the House, a diverse set of woman shed a much-needed light on both past and present, offering understanding, compassion and wisdom for modern women's lives, all the while pointing toward the exciting possibilities of tomorrow.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, Cathi Hanauer discusses her book The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier
Classical Music Concert |
PROGRAM:Matthias Pinscher (b. 1971), Occultation (NY premiere)Felipe Lara (b. 1979), TientoStravinsky, SeptetElliott Carter, Asko ConcertoFounded by Mannes faculty composer Lowell Liebermann, MACE (The Mannes American Composers Ensemble) is a large ensemble which focuses on the music of living American composers. MACE not only presents works by iconic American masters such as John Adams and Elliott Carter, but also cutting-edge works by up-and-coming composers. The ensemble aims to embrace as broad a view possible of the incredibly diverse and vital landscape of contemporary American Music.      New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 27
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 27, 2016, 09/27/2016, MACE Ensemble performs works by Stravinsky, Carter, and more

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
10:00 am

Free

City Walks, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Classical Music Concert |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
12:20 pm

Free

Concerts, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Bach at Noon
Screening |
Dance Historian David Vaughan will introduce and screen a film of a recent revival of this ballet anacréontique (score by Riccardo Drigo; choreography by Marius Petipa), which premiered in 1894.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
1:00 pm

Free

Screenings, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Dance on Film: Le Réveil de Flore - ballet choreographed by great Marius Petipa
Workshop |
Stressed? The latest craze is artistic coloring for adults, and the adult coloring books have more intricate designs and patterns than those designed for children. This program allows adults to create wonderful pictures and offers a fun and unique way to unwind and express creativity. Plus, it can actually lower stress. All materials will be provided.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
2:00 pm

Free

Workshops, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Adult Coloring Club
Dance Performance |
Pursuant is a piece about the law—about legal and regulatory bodies—about how we impose laws, rules and regulations on our own bodies. The piece explores what happens when one person’s rules are imposed on another, generating a work that is both a compromise and a vacillation between movement qualities.Accession Number: when an object enters a museum's collection, it is assigned an accession number. This piece explores the (im)possibility of preserving dances and dancers as art objects and considers the importance of individual bodies and physical memories as archives of experience.Choreographers: Hannah Rosner (New Haven Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative), Lucia Elledge (Ballet Chicago, Columbia Ballet Collaborative), Katherine Bergstrom (Sydnie L. Mosley Dances)Both pieces will be performed multiple times and visitors are welcome to join the audience at any point.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
5:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Ballet set to Clair de Lune by Debussy and more
Discussion |
One of the most treasured writers of the English language is none other than William Shakespeare, and the First Folios of his collected plays are some of the most coveted items in any collection. The Library proudly houses and preserves not one but six First Folios, a true asset to the collections. To mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, the Library, in partnership with Theatre for a New Audience, invites you to join in the thrill of seeing the First Folio in person, followed by a conversation between Folger Shakespeare Library Director emerita Gail Kern Paster and Shakespeare scholar Tanya Pollard. With an introduction by Richard McCoy, Chair of TFANA’s Council of Scholars, the two will discuss the Folio’s innovative origins, its history as a wildly coveted and carefully conserved artifact, and its continued role in the robust afterlife of Shakespeare.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
5:30 pm

Free

Discussions, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Shakespeare's First Folio: A Look at an NYPL Treasure on the 400th Anniversary of the Bard's Death
Talk |
Sally Tallant will speak about her vision for the Biennial. The 2016 edition of the Liverpool Biennial is on view from July 9 to October 16, 2016, and unfolds through the landscape of the city. It is organized as a story narrated in several episodes: fictional worlds sited in galleries, public spaces, unused buildings, and online, which draw from Liverpool's past, present and future. For her Curator's Perspective talk, Sally Tallant will focus on the importance and specificities of international art events in regional capitals, with the Liverpool Biennial as a case study. Since 2012, Tallant has transformed the Liverpool Biennial by expanding its organizational model to include and prioritize ongoing research, education and production, developing a creative community, and building the city as a place of artistic experimentation.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, Sally Tallant, Director of the Liverpool Biennial
Film |
Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s final acting role casts him as an alcoholic police lieutenant—clad in a leopard-skin suit, no less—who is tasked with foiling a bomb threat in West Germany’s near future. 106 minutes In German with English subtitles.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 28
6:30 pm

Free

Films, September 28, 2016, 09/28/2016, German Cinema: Wolf Gremm's Kamikaze 89 (1982)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
10:00 am

Free

Tours, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Workshop |
Come join the Knitting and Croche club.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
11:30 am

Free

Workshops, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Knitting and Crochet
Classical Music Concert |
Although the popularity of the viol waned in the 18th century, Johann Sebastian Bach and his son, Carl Philipp, each left behind three sonatas for viol and keyboard, gems of the German viol repertoire. With: Arnie Tanimoto and Elliot Figg.      New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
1:15 pm

Free

Concerts, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Works for Viol by JS Bach and His Son CPE Bach
Dance Performance |
Initiated in 2013 by award-winning choreographer Jennifer Monson, in tow is an ongoing performance research project bringing together 10 artists from 4 different decades. in tow straddles location, discipline, and aesthetic to create an evolving working process driven by what each artist brings to it. in tow will hold a priming event each evening during its second week of performances. These events give the audience an opportunity to experience some of the underlying infrastructure of the work. All Pre-attack events are free and audiences are welcome to come and go as they please.September 29: horizon line/fragment – a perceptual installation that works against the receding nature of a horizon line and brings the public into a new sense of dimensionality and continuity.Note: Tickets for the 8pm performance of in tow September 29-30 and October 1 are not free and must be purchased separately.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Jennifer Monson/iLAND presents in tow (Pre-attacks)
Lecture |
Populism in both the United States and Europe relies heavily on establishing a narrative through mass and social media. Often, as in Britain's Brexit debate or the current US presidential election, commentators suggest that we seem to be living in a post-fact society.Drawing on his new book Free Speech: Ten Principles For a Connected World (Yale University Press), Timothy Garton Ash reflects on the new challenges to free speech that have arisen even in countries where people enjoy constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression. The free speech we need for democracy, he argues, requires more than just the negative liberty of freedom from prior constraint by the state.Reception to follow.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
6:00 pm

Free

Lectures, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Free Speech In an Age of Trumpery: A Lecture by Timothy Garton Ash
Book Reading |
This discussion shares key personality characteristics and situational factors that contribute to the occurrence of meaningful coincidences in our lives.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
6:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Bernard Beitman discusses his book Connecting with Coincidence: The New Science for Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life
Book Reading |
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers "The Falls" (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. Her essay collection Soul at the White Heat is new from Ecco Press this fall.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Famous author Joyce Carol Oates reads from her book Soul at the White Heat
Classical Music Concert |
Program:NIKOLAI MEDTNER (1880-1951) Sonata Tragica Op.39, No.5 and Canzona Matinata, Op.39, No.4RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 2, Op. 17 Featuring: Mackenzie Melemed, pianoPROKFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82 SCRIABIN Prelude Op. 11, No. 12CHOPIN Mazurka Op. 33, No. 2 in C MajorCHOPIN Mazurka Op. 33, No. 3 in D MajorFeaturing: Anna Han, pianoBachauer Piano Recital. The Bachauer Competition awards young artists free tuition scholarships.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Chopin, Scriabin
Cabaret |
The transgressive Dutch/German cabaret star is a diva in the perfect sense: brilliantly entertaining, wicked, full of humor, and musicality and highly original. Berlin runs in his blood and that means Sven Ratzke is a first-class entertainer who tours the world from sold-out shows at New York’s Lincoln Center or Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, to long runs in Berlin, Sydney, Edinburgh, and Vienna. He has worked with the some of the great entertainers on this planet, from punk goddess Nina Hagen to New York legend Joey Arias, Fassbinder muse Hanna Schugylla to The Tiger Lillies.In this evening-length performance, Ratzke pulls in numbers from his acclaimed homage to the music of David Bowie Starman and songs from Brecht and the great divas of the ‘60s.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 29
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 29, 2016, 09/29/2016, Sven Ratzke and Band: From Amsterdam to Mars

Friday, September 30, 2016

Film |
Stars: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman.In London for the Prime Minister's funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders. 99 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
1:00 pm

Free

Films, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Babak Najafi's London Has Fallen (2016): International Intrigue
Film |
Stars: Paul Benjamin, Eija Pokkinen, James Woods. 93 min.Also showing: The short De Düva by Anthony Lover.In memoriam to film actors Madeline Kahn, Bibi Besch and George Coe, Anthony Lover, director of both films, will join cast and crew for a post-screening conversation. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see both films on the big screen. VIP Reception begins at 6pm.  Seating begins at 7pm.  Screening starts at 7:30pm sharp.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
6:00 pm

Free

Films, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Anthony Lover's Distance (1975): Drama from Finland
Classical Music Concert |
International concert pianist Phillip Dyson has been described as simply “brilliant”, with a “wonderfully dry, very British sense of humour” and a recent recital in New York City accredited him as nothing less than “magnificent”. Dyson is recognised as one of Britain's most sought after and innovative concert pianists, gaining enormous popularity for his unique abilities in both the classical and light music repertoire. His rapport with audiences, brilliant technique and innate sensitivity constantly win him the highest of praise. Phillip often broadcasts on the BBC and Classic FM, performs regularly with the most prestigious orchestras and has a great international reputation in Europe and America.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Rhapsody in Blue: Piano Works by Liszt, Rachmaninov, Gershwin
Dance Performance |
WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates the 16th Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival, the most anticipated festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Committed to development in dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today’s dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend.Sep. 30-Oct. 2    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
7:00 pm

to 10:30 pm

Pay-what-you-will admission policy...

Dance Performances, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, The 2016 Dumbo Dance Festival
Concert |
A spectacular cross-cultural program by Pablo Mayor and his Folklore Urbano Quintet! The evening features repertoire from Pablo's latest "El Barrio Project," created for his renowned Colombian jazz/dance band Folklore Urbano. The concert weaves a theatrical narrative through the heart of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), known as the birthplace of salsa.Wine reception to follow.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Pablo Mayor and His Folklore Urbano Quintet
Jazz |
Charlie Parker had long wanted to record with strings and finally won over producer Norman Granz, recording two albums of jazz standards with a mixed group of jazz and chamber musicians. Parker’s lush artistry floated above these beautiful settings on standards “Just Friends,” “Everything Happens to Me,” “April in Paris,” and others. This program features guest soloist Vince Herring in a rare performance of these legendary string arrangements, originally recorded between 1949 and 1952.      New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, MSM Jazz Orchestra performs the complete 'Bird with Strings'
Classical Music Concert |
Since its inception, the quartet has been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to performances, offering diverse programs that juxtapose classic masterpieces with notable works by living composers. With over fifty performances each year, the members of the Orion String Quartet—violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips (brothers who share the first violin chair equally), violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Timothy Eddy —remain on the cutting edge of programming and serve as Artist Members of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Orion String Quartet, One of the Most Sought-After Ensembles in the United States
Classical Music Concert |
Empire Viols presents a fall cornucopia of 17th-century music for voice and viols, featuring Ruth Cunningham, soprano, lately of Anonymous 4, and Patricia Halverson, viol, of Chatham Baroque. Composers include John Dowland, Thomas Morley, Marin Marais, Johann Theile, Matthew Locke and others.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
8:00 pm

$10 suggested donation

Concerts, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, Empire Viols perform Cornucopia: 17th Century Music
Performance |
8000m, by David Greig,  takes us to the Himalayas, where an exhibition team attempts to summit Lhotse, the fourth highest peak in the world. As climbers undertake the Lhotse face, relationships fragment, shift, and cascade – just like the mountain surrounding them. What is the ultimate cost into this ‘Death Zone?’    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 30
9:30 pm

Free

Performances, September 30, 2016, 09/30/2016, 8000m - human relationship in extreme situation

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Tour |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
10:00 am

Free

Tours, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Manhattan Street Art Tour
Opera |
The New York Opera Forum performs complete concert versions in recital with piano accompaniment.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
1:30 pm

Free

Concerts, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, New York Opera Forum performs Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
Dance Performance |
WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates the 16th Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival, the most anticipated festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Committed to development in dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today’s dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend.Sep. 30-Oct. 2    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
2:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Pay-what-you-will admission policy...

Dance Performances, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, The 2016 Dumbo Dance Festival
Film |
Stars: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman.A chronicle of Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.104 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
2:00 pm

Free

Films, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Michael Grandage's Genius (2016): Literary Biopic
Dance Performance |
Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones this performance offers choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.Performances are followed by discussion and a reception during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
3:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Works-in-progress by choreographers Lily Bo Shapiro and Amber Sloan
Workshop |
Botany, meet artistry. In this unique workshop, artist Kim Darling leads drawing exercises in which participants use plant-based inks derived from the plants on Swale. Create beautiful drawings of the greenery using the foliage itself.Swale is devoted to rethinking New York City’s connection to our needs for sustenance. Built on a 130-foot by 40-foot floating platform, Swale contains an edible forest garden. Functioning as both a sculpture and a tool, Swale provides free healthy food at the intersection of public art and service. With Swale, the creators want to reinforce water as a commons, and work towards fresh food as a commons too.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
3:00 pm

Free

Workshops, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Drawing Workshop Aboard a 'Floating Food Forest'
Dance Performance |
Initiated in 2013 by award-winning choreographer Jennifer Monson, in tow is an ongoing performance research project bringing together 10 artists from 4 different decades. in tow straddles location, discipline, and aesthetic to create an evolving working process driven by what each artist brings to it. in tow will hold a priming event each evening during its second week of performances. These events give the audience an opportunity to experience some of the underlying infrastructure of the work. All Pre-attack events are free and audiences are welcome to come and go as they please.Tonight: solo/collective: tone/relation – a series of solos and duets that pull away what we bring in tow.Note: Tickets for the 8pm performance of in tow September 29-30 and October 1 are not free and must be purchased separately.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Jennifer Monson/iLAND presents in tow (Pre-attacks)
Reading |
The mission of Lamprophonic is to present and promote new voices in the New York writing community. We prepare a diverse and entertaining reading each month that demonstrates the quality and variety of emerging New York writers. In a typical reading, we hear poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and are open to anything that thoughtfully engages listeners.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 1
8:00 pm

Free

Readings, October 01, 2016, 10/01/2016, Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Festival |
Presenting the 44th Annual Gracie Square Art Show.  Staged in one of the most pretty and peaceful waterside parks in New York City, the Art Show attracts over 100 regionally and nationally celebrated artists. Buy one-of-a-kind paintings, photographs, and sculptures for your home and office Bring the whole family for a day of inspiring activities.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 2
10:00 am

to 5:00 pm

Free

Festivals, October 02, 2016, 10/02/2016, The Gracie Square Art Show
Dance Performance |
WHITE WAVE Dance celebrates the 16th Anniversary season of the DUMBO Dance Festival, the most anticipated festival of contemporary dance in the greater New York City region. Committed to development in dance as an important art form, WHITE WAVE scours the globe in search of the most innovative of today’s dance makers, both emerging and established, and brings them to Brooklyn for one extended weekend. Sep. 30-Oct. 2    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 2
1:30 pm

to 10:00 pm

Pay-what-you-will admission policy...

Dance Performances, October 02, 2016, 10/02/2016, The 2016 Dumbo Dance Festival
Concert |
A glorious sound floats over the park as these musicians play traditional and contemporary brass music.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 2
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 02, 2016, 10/02/2016, Manhattan School of Music Brass Quintet

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Performance |
Berlin- and Hamburg-based costa compagnie, an open collaboration of artists at the intersection of documentary, dance, and performance, presents fragments from its piece Conversion / After Afghanistan, followed by an artist talk. Shortly before the International Security Assistance Force pulled out of Afghanistan in December 2014, costa compagnie travelled to Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif to interview locals, soldiers, diplomats, and others about their experience of the war and the withdrawal of German and American troops. In an attempt to understand a war that was claimed necessary to safeguard German and US security, Conversion / After Afghanistan translates this documentary material into performance, dance, sound, video, and objects. The performance includes student dancers from Vassar College.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 5
6:30 pm

Free

Performances, October 05, 2016, 10/05/2016, Conversion / After Afghanistan: An Interdisciplinary Work by Germany's costa compangne

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Reading |
The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction explores the reactionary mind. The reactionary is shipwrecked in the changing present, suffering from nostalgia for an idealized past and an apocalyptic fear that history rushes toward catastrophe. We live in an age when the tragicomic nostalgia for a lost golden age has transformed into a potent, sometimes deadly weapon. Lilla helps us understand why.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Oct 6
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 06, 2016, 10/06/2016, Mark Lilla discusses his book The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Other |
Marie Lorenz (b. 1973, United States) is a New York-based artist whose practice involves using the tide to navigate the waterways of New York City in wooden boats she builds by hand. For her ongoing project, titled Tide and Current Taxi, the artist takes a variety of participants on boat trips exploring the shorelines of the city. For the High Line, Lorenz installs three rowboats on the underside of the park at Gansevoort Plaza, which the artist periodically lowers, in order to take visitors on boat rides on the Hudson River. This program is part of Wanderlust, a group exhibition that explores the themes of walking, journeys, and pilgrimages.Start times: 7am, 8am, 9am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 8
7:00 am

to 3:00 pm

Free

Others, October 08, 2016, 10/08/2016, Marie Lorenz's Tide and Current Taxi: Boat Rides on the Hiudson
Tour |
A walk to see beautiful trees, flowers of the Bronx Botanical Garden, pass through Arthur Avenue, The Edger Allen Poe Cottage and the Hall of Fame. Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours. After a walk in the “Gardens,” walk west on Fordham Road to Arthur Avenue for lunch. Then go to The Edger Allen Poe Cottage on Grand Concourse (there is a small fee) and to the Bronx Community College for the “Hall of Fame of Great Americans”. Walk to the Burnside Station (No. 4 train) to return to Manhattan. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Walk “rain or shine.”Entrance to the “Gardens” is free on Saturdays until 10:00AM. Call Friday evening until 9:00 PM, if weather is a question.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 8
9:00 am

$3

Tours, October 08, 2016, 10/08/2016, Bronx Botanoical Garden Walk

Monday, October 10, 2016

Book Reading |
Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 10
6:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 10, 2016, 10/10/2016, Peter Wohlleben discusses his book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lecture |
Edward Wolff, an economist at New York University, presents his latest paper. His work examines trends in pension, total wealth, and wealth inequality between 1986 and 2010, a period during which 401(k) plans largely displaced traditional defined benefit retirement plans in the private sector.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 14
11:00 am

Free

Lectures, October 14, 2016, 10/14/2016, U.S. Pensions in the 2000’s: The Lost Decade

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Concert |
Informed by Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, the extended performance length of the piece acts to complicate the listeners’ relationship to memory, absorption and attention. The timeline of this piece takes hours to unfurl, which means some audience members may only experience segments of the overall composition; this eliminates basic structural signifiers (like a strict beginning, middle and end) and leaves room for reconsidering how the developmental arc of a composition can function.Please note: audience members may come and go throughout the near five-hour performance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 15
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 15, 2016, 10/15/2016, Reducing the Tempo to Zero: A New Five-Hour Composition by Ben Vida for Four Vocalists and Electronics

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Discussion |
A public conversation on the past, present and future of alternative weekly publications in the U.S.Peter Barbey, Owner, The Village Voice, leads the conversation along with Kit Rachlis, former Editor, LA Weekly, Rachel Rosenfelt, Founder and Editor, New Inquiry, and others. The discussion focuses on the intersection of counter-culture commerce (such as adult ads which supported many alternative weeklies in the past) and the more "literary" side of the alternative press in the U.S., which made it an incubator for journalistic talent. How do those two sides currently function in online publications? Can literary ambitions still be cross-subsidized with the lucrative side of the alternative/adult field? Or is that business model finished?The conversation will be moderated by James Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics and Faculty Director of the Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Oct 20
6:00 pm

Free

Discussions, October 20, 2016, 10/20/2016, Alt Weeklies: Past, Present, Future

Friday, October 28, 2016

Book Reading |
Greg Mitchell chronicles two harrowing attempts to rescue East Germans via tunnels below the Berlin Wall, the U.S. television networks that financed and filmed them, and the Kennedy administration’s attempt to suppress both films. Drawing on a trove of recently declassified documents from the Stasi archives and the JFK Library, personal papers, and dozens of interviews with many of the key players, award-winning author Greg Mitchell offers a new reckoning with the haunting legacy of the Berlin Wall.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 28
6:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 28, 2016, 10/28/2016, Greg Mitchell discusses his book The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Classical Music Concert |
Program:Beethoven Egmont Overture, Op. 84Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77With: Yezu Elizabeth Woo, Violin Soloist    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 30
6:30 pm

Free

Concerts, October 30, 2016, 10/30/2016, Violin Works by Beethoven and Brahms
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