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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, April 25, 2017, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tour |
In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place every Tuesday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm until Dec. 12, 2017.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 25
10:00 am

to 3:00 pm

Free

Tours, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
Classical Music |
A historically appropriate venue for the performance of early music in this hour-long lunchtime concert.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 25
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Juilliard Historical Performance: Early Music
Workshop |
Jeff Cable is coming back to share his favorite tips for taking photographs while traveling the world. Even though Jeff is a 5-time Olympic photographer, he has not limited himself to just sports photography. He travels the world teaching photography and has a passion for landscape, wildlife, night photography and taking photos of just about anything and anyone. He will have great advice for photographers of all levels. His advice will help you get better photos, regardless of where you are traveling. Jeff will recommend camera gear, camera settings, and ways to grab unique photos of both exotic locations and your nearest inner city. His casual and fun style of teaching has made him one of the most popular speakers of the last 5 years. If you want to get better photos on your next getaway, you should come join this class.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 25
1:00 pm

Free

Workshops, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Improving Your Travel Photography with 5-time Olympic photographer
Book Signing |
Singer, bestselling cookbook author, and cooking show host Patti LaBelle shares her favorite dessert recipes and kitchen memories.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 25
6:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Patti LaBelle signs copies of her cookbook Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About
Dance Performance |
A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. With: Suzan D PolatMeghan Schardt Candace Tabbs    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 25
7:00 pm

$3 suggested donation

Dance Performances, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Experiments in Dance
Concert |
Program: Piazzolla, Histoire du Tango (excerpts)Crumb, Mundud CanisJolivet, HeptadeGreenhoe, New YorkCarter, Esprit rude/ Esprit doux IILansky, Testures (excerpts)MSM Student Project in Performance: Eric Goldberg (BM '17), Percussion       New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 25
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Chamber Works with Percussion by Piazzolla, Carter, and Others
Book Reading |
Mark Schonwetter will discuss how he spent his childhood hiding in the forests and farms of Poland with his mother and sister. He will be accompanied by his daughter, Ann Arnold, whose book, Together: A Journey for Survival, will be available for purchase and signing at this event.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Apr 25
7:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, April 25, 2017, 04/25/2017, Holocaust Memorial Day: A Survivor’s Journey on the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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
Classical Music |
PROGRAM:D. Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, Op. 40SS. Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 119Featuring ALEC HON and DEAN DENG, cello and piano duo    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Sonatas by Shostakovich, Prokofiev
Jazz |
During the run of the exhibitions Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974), the Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music that celebrates the creativity and expressiveness of the human mind.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Jazz Wednesdays with the Bill Wurtzel Trio
Film |
Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara.A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.118 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
3:00 pm

Free

Films, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Garth Davis' Lion (2016): 6 Oscar Nominations
Lecture |
St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan abides as New York’s oldest building in continuous public use, and as a symbol of faith, endurance, and social good. In this fourth and final lecture in a series celebrating the 250th anniversary year of St. Paul’s Chapel, Lisa Keller, Professor of History at SUNY Purchase, will discuss the protests that took place in the streets around St. Paul’s and the New Yorkers who participated in transforming New York from a village to a world city in the 19th century.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
6:00 pm

Free

Lectures, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Raucous New York: A Lecture on Popular Protest on the Streets Around and Beyond St. Paul’s
Film |
Trastevere, the historic district of the Italian capital, is put into turmoil by a sensational news story: Leonardo Zulliani has disappeared. The case becomes a true national emergency, but who's Leonardo? And what really happened? 87 min. In Italian with English subtitlesFollowed by a Q&A with director Alberto Caviglia.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
6:30 pm

Free

Films, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Italian Cinema: Alberto Caviglia's Pecore in Erba (2015)
Discussion |
President Trump has promised to follow two simple rules: “Made in America. Made by Americans.” Will the administration’s trade agenda result in more US manufacturing jobs? And how will it impact wages and income disparity, in our country and globally? New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter (Economic Scene) hosts a panel of experts on the complex interrelationship between trade, jobs, and inequality.Participants:- Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, New York Times columnist, and distinguished professor at the Graduate Center.- David Autor, leading labor economist; professor at MIT, where he directs the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative; and editor in chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.- Brad DeLong, economics professor at U.C. Berkeley; weblogger for the Washington Center for Equitable Growth; and former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of the treasury, in the Clinton administration.- Anne Harrison, professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; former director of development policy at the World Bank; and author of Globalization and Poverty.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Trade, Jobs, and Inequality: A Discussion Including Nobel Prize Winner Paul Krugman
Discussion |
How can religion and religious leaders work together to push back against extremism and stereotypes? Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer (pictured), president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and Samar Kaukab, executive director of Arete at the University of Chicago, discuss the relationship between foreign policy and American democracy.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, On Faith and Friendship in an Age of Extremism
Book Signing |
The reality TV star and former Olympic athlete presents this memoir.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
7:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Caitlyn Jenner signs copies of her book The Secrets of My Life
Concert |
Program:Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): L'ame ailee / L'ame ouverteChristopher Trapani (b. 1980): New work for viola d'amore and electronics (US premiere)Pierluigi Billone (b. 1960): ITI KE MIMarco Fusi is an Italian violinist and violist and a passionate advocate for the music of our time. Among many collaborations with established and emerging composers, he has recently premiered works by Billone, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Eotvos, Cendo, and Ferneyhough. Fusi has performed with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Beat Furrer, David Robertson, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Linea, Interface (Frankfurt), Phoenix (Basel), Handwerk (Koln).    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Marco Fusi, Italian Violinist and Violist with a Focus on Contemporary Works
Concert |
Nora Bartosik (b. 1986) began her piano education at the age of three. First taught by her mother, Keiko Kumashiro Bartosik, she studied at Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts, 2008), Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig (Concert Examination, 2011), and Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Master of Arts, 2015).She worked with such artists as Jacques Rouvier, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Gerald Fauth, and supervised by Arie Vardi, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Dmitry Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Paul Badura-Skoda and Daniel Barenboim. Bartosik is the winner of the Concours International de Piano Teresa Llacuna (France, 2013) and the laureate of 3rd prizes at the Premio Silvio Bengali Val Tidone Music Competition (Italy, 2015) and the International Blüthner Piano Competition (Austria, 2013). In the past two years, she has performed in Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, France, and the United States. She received scholarships from the DAAD German Academic Exchange (2008 - 2010) and Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now (2010 - 2012). Her goals for the nearest future include the recording of a CD album with music by Fryderyk Chopin and selected French composers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Apr 26
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, April 26, 2017, 04/26/2017, Nora Bartosik, Renowned Pianist

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Classical Music |
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

Thu, Apr 27
12:20 pm

Free

Concerts, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Bach at Noon
Lecture |
Historical parallels abound in Sana Krasikov’s new novel, The Patriots, about three generations of an American family who emigrate in reverse from the US to Russia. Reviewers have called the book alarmingly relevant to our political moment. Krasikov will talk about her efforts to decode the vernacular of autocracy, and how writing the story of Americans lost in Russia felt uncomfortably close to home. Sana Krasikov was born in Ukraine and grew up in Georgia and the United States. Her story collection One More Year won a "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. It was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway Award and for the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Prize. Her latest novel, The Patriots, explores the effects of the Cold War on three generations of one American family, from the 1930s to the present.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
4:10 pm

Free

Lectures, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Reversing the Spin Cycle: Sana Krasikov on Writing Novels in an Age of Propaganda
Birdwatching |
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with a guided tour. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will's-widow.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
5:00 pm

Free

Birdwatchings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Spring Birding Tour
Book Reading |
Santo Loquasto is USITT’s 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award winner in Scene Design and Technology. Loquasto has some 430 projects to his credit in his 52-year career. He has been nominated for Oscars for costumes and production design for three Woody Allen films. He has also designed for the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera and for dance at the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the National Ballet of Canada.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
5:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto launches his new book The Designs of Santo Loquasto
Film |
In an extraordinary soup kitchen in Milan, two vastly different worlds have been brought together by a unique social experiment. Theater of Life captures the remarkable relationship forged between the finest haute cuisine chefs in the world and the city's most disadvantaged groups: refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, and a host of others with no place else to go. 93 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free

Films, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Peter Svatek's Theater of Life (2016): Documentary on Milan Soup Kitchen
Opening Reception |
Artists:Richard Artschwager / David Baskin / Lawrence Berzon / Julien Bismuth / Richard Bosman / Barbara Ess / Terence Gower / Dorothea Lange / Louise Lawler / Sherrie Levine / Paul McCarthy / Bill Owens /Gordon Parks / Heidi Schlatter / Claudia Sohrens / Steel Stillman    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Opening Receptions, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, American Interior: Group Show
Concert |
Program:Pierluigi Billone - Equilibrio. Cerchio (2014) for violin solo [North American Premiere]Viola Yip - New Work (2017) for viola d'amore soloJoel Rust - New Work (2017) for viola d'amore and electronicsMarco Fusi is an Italian violinist and violist and a passionate advocate for the music of our time. Among many collaborations with established and emerging composers, he has recently premiered works by Billone, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Eotvos, Cendo, and Ferneyhough. Fusi has performed with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Beat Furrer, David Robertson, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Linea, Interface (Frankfurt), Phoenix (Basel), Handwerk (Koln).    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Marco Fusi, Italian Violinist and Violist with a Focus on Contemporary Works
Performance |
Experience an evening you will long remember as high school students reenact critical moments from the lives of local Holocaust survivors. This unique performance represents an intergenerational journey – the culmination of months of collaboration between the students and survivors, as mutual respect, friendship, and trust have evolved.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
6:30 pm

Free

Performances, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Witness Theater: Reenacting Crucial Moments of Holocaust Survivors' Lives
Classical Music |
Program:J.S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547Alexander Pattavina, organWIDOR Allegro from Symphony No. 6 in G Minor, Op. 42Alessandro Pittorino, organCAGE SouvenirROREM Why and Because Daniel Ficarri, organREUBKE Fugue from Sonata in C MinorPatrick Kreeger, organRAVEL (trans. Kennedy) Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit Ryan Kennedy, organBRUHNS Praeludium in G MajorColin MacKnight, organDUPRÉ Three Antiphons, Op. 18Yuejian Chen, organDVORÁK (trans. Lemare) Carnival Overture, Op. 92 Greg Zelek, organ    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Juilliard student organists perform Ravel, Dvorak, Cage, Bach
Film |
A screening of the Cannes Grand Prix, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning motion picture Son of Saul (Saul fia) on the occasion of the National Remembrance Day of the Hungarian Victims of the Holocaust. The film is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp in October 1944, and follows a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, a hermetically sealed work unit of Nazi death camp prisoners, who were forced to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims during the Holocaust. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the lead actor of the film, Géza Röhrig, who for the first time will present the film in his native language in New York. The film will be in Hungarian with English subtitles.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
7:00 pm

$10 suggested donation...

Films, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Nemes László's Son of Saul (2015): Oscar-Winning Hungarian Film
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
Concert |
Four time Grammy Award winner Glen Velez is the founding father of the modern frame drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. Velez brought a new genre of drumming to the contemporary music scene by creating his own performance style inspired by years of percussion and frame drumming studies from various cultures. Velez’s virtuosic combinations of hand movements, finger techniques, along with his original compositional style, which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing), has undoubtedly opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe, resulting in a shift in modern percussion. For rhythm vocalist Loire Cotler, life has always been about the natural rhythm of the universe which has propelled her into a life, like her music, that is defined by pure cadence and pulse. Loire has now done no less than create an entirely new genre using the intimate power of her voice as a rhythm instrument. She calls upon a distant past of sacred ritual and echo vocal traditions (the Jewish nigunim, Middle Eastern taksim and Konnakol Indian drum language).    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Rhythm Is My Guide: Original Music and Standards Re-Imagined for Drum and Voice - Featuring 4-Time Grammy Winner Geln Velez
Play |
After a televised intervention goes off the rails, three friends go to extreme measures to take things into their own hands. HATEWATCH is an exploration of the connection between art and commerce, torture, manipulation, friendship, pornography, and cheese dip.This show is very experimental in nature and rated "R".Written by Ellen Steves.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 27
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, April 27, 2017, 04/27/2017, Hatewatch: A Play About TV, Torture, and More

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tour |
Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
10:00 am

Free

Tours, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, New York One-Day Tour
Lecture |
Federico Finchelstein (Professor of History) will address the public impact of populist movements. The lecture will be historically focused on what populism is and it will be especially tuned to contemporary public discourse on populist anti-politics in the context of discrimination against immigrants and minorities in the United States.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
10:30 am

Free

Lectures, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Post-Election America: Populism
Classical Music |
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

Fri, Apr 28
12:20 pm

Free

Concerts, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Bach at Noon
Workshop |
Beginner lessons with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided. Must be 16 or older to participate.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
1:30 pm

Free

Workshops, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Fencing Lessons for Beginners
Play |
After a televised intervention goes off the rails, three friends go to extreme measures to take things into their own hands. HATEWATCH is an exploration of the connection between art and commerce, torture, manipulation, friendship, pornography, and cheese dip.This show is very experimental in nature and rated "R".Written by Ellen Steves.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
2:30 pm

Free

Plays, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Hatewatch: A Play About TV, Torture, and More
Film |
Germany, 1772 – the young and boisterous Johann Goethe is sent by his father to a sleepy little town to mend his ways after failing his law exams. At first, he tries to do his best at the Supreme Court and even convinces his superior Kestner. But then Lotte enters his life and nothing is the same as before after they fall in love. 102 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
6:30 pm

Free

Films, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Philipp Stölz's Young Goethe in Love (2010): German Drama
Performance |
Join an evening celebrating the groundbreaking work of Taylor Mac, American actor, playwright, performance artist, director, producer, and singer-songwriter. Taylor’s 24-hour, 246-song marathon performance, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, was hailed by Wesley Morris in The New York Times as “one of the greatest experiences of my life.”The Edwin Booth Award is given annually by the Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association to honor a person, organization, or company for their outstanding contribution to the NYC theatre community, and to promote integration of professional and academic theatre. Past honorees include: The Royal Shakespeare Company (‘83), Ellen Stewart (‘84), Joseph Papp (‘89), Arthur Miller (‘92), Richard Foreman (‘97), Tony Kushner (‘02), Karen Finley (‘08), The Living Theater (‘09), Elevator Repair Service (‘14) and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir(’16). The event will feature live performances and a discussion with Frank Hentschker.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
7:00 pm

Free

Performances, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, The 2017 Edwin Booth Award: Actor and Playwright Taylor Mac
Other |
The Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound are the second largest sound collection in America. Captured on disks, tapes, and hard drives, a vast universe of sound is safely stored in stacks deep underneath the Lincoln Center campus. To raise awareness for these treasured, vulnerable recordings, the Library presents a festival of casual, café listening events.For this first Library Listen Fest event, they explore the Library's holdings of "Antique Electronica:" electronic music from the 1950s and 1960s, celebrating the legacy of Pauline Oliveros.     New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Apr 28
7:00 pm

Free

Others, April 28, 2017, 04/28/2017, Library Listen Fest 2017: Antique Electronica
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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Other |
This free, two-day, art-filled event shines a spotlight on the work of over 30 incredible artists who are working across all disciplines and genres from painting and sculpture to poetry and fiction to dance and theater.Discover a new artist, art form, or idea, and connect with other art lovers. Artists, who have been working in their studios since last September, will open their studio doors to the public for two days only, offering a unique, behind-the-scenes window into their creative practices in the visual, literary, and performing arts. The opportunity to meet them and see their work is not to be missed.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Apr 29
1:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Others, April 29, 2017, 04/29/2017, Open Studios
Workshop |
Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Do you want a greater feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in your daily life? You are not alone! Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life. You will learn: • How to focus your time on your priorities• When multi-tasking is helpful or harmful• Secrets to overcoming procrastination• Tips for managing distractions, interruptions and time wasters• Simple strategies and tools for gaining greater control over how you manage and use your time    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Apr 29
2:00 pm

Free

Workshops, April 29, 2017, 04/29/2017, Time Management: Practical Strategies that Can Change Your Life
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, Apr 29
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 29, 2017, 04/29/2017, Concert on Water: Classical Music
Classical Music |
Program:BEETHOVEN Overture to Goethe’s Egmont, Op. 84RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)SAINT-SAËNS Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550With:Pre-College String Ensemble Radu Paponiu, conductor Serin Isabelle Park, violin    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Apr 29
4:30 pm

Free

Concerts, April 29, 2017, 04/29/2017, String Ensemble Works by Beethoven, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Mozart
Tour |
New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories. famed explorers, native tribes, lost opportunities and political intrigue. With almost every step one takes through the West Village, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has its stories, every building has its haunted spirits.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Apr 29
7:30 pm

Free

Tours, April 29, 2017, 04/29/2017, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour

Sunday, April 30, 2017

City Walk |
Highlights: Pete's Tavern, The Statue of Edwin Booth and Peter Stuyvesant, The Players and National Arts Clubs, The Quaker Meeting Church and the Home where Actor John Garfield Died.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 30
2:00 pm

$20...

City Walks, April 30, 2017, 04/30/2017, Stuyvesant Square/Gramercy Park-'Islands of Gentility' Tour
Lecture |
Learn about the various laws and mandates pertaining to Jewish surnames in the Russian Empire, the complexities of Jewish surname adoption and use, and how this information is useful in Jewish genealogical research.With: Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 30
2:00 pm

Free

Lectures, April 30, 2017, 04/30/2017, The History, Adoption, and Regulation of Jewish Surnames in the Russian Empire
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
Concert |
With:Anna Khanina, piano
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 30
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 30, 2017, 04/30/2017, Piano Works by Haydn, Schumann, Debussy, Prokofiev
Classical Music |
Elmira Darvarova - violinSamuel Magill - celloBlair McMillen - piano
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 30
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 30, 2017, 04/30/2017, Transcending Turandot, with Grammy-Nominated Violinst Elmira Darvarova

Monday, May 1, 2017

Talk |
Sweat is the newly minted Pulitzer Prize-winning play from critically acclaimed writer Lynn Nottage. Set in the rust-belt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, the narrative explores the chasm created by job loss that leads to racial unease and a breakdown in community. Join an evening of theater talk with Nottage.Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, whose plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Sweat, which won this year’s Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater. Nottage is also the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, and the National Black Theatre Fest’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, to name a few. She serves as an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 1
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage talks about her play Sweat
Concert |
A gathering for the sake of gathering. Come celebrate either spring or your labor or BOTH as Michael Calvert plays a selection of lute pieces and accompanies a selection of songs sung by soprano Beth Griffith. Jonathan Matthews will prance about. Richard Gross will make the rest of you dance by the power of his banjo. Brian Rady will close out the evening and your bellies.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 1
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Music & Dance & Cake: A Gathering for the Sake of Gathering

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lecture |
To an unprecedented extent, the 2016 election raised questions about the role and function of the media, its responsibilities in a modern democracy, and the degree to which reportage can make a difference in public life. The national discussion of both candidates was driven by an a la carte relationship with reality that culminated in new levels of mendacity, "alternative facts," and, ultimately, toxic confusion. This lecture examines the dynamics at play in the election, the role played by print, broadcast, and social media, and the implications of those dynamics for the “fourth estate” over the next four years of American politics, and into the future.Lecturer: Jelani Cobb     New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, May 2
7:00 pm

Free

Lectures, May 02, 2017, 05/02/2017, The Half-Life of Freedom: The Media and Alternative Facts

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Film |
Stars: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson.A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.111 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 4
2:00 pm

Free

Films, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Barry Jenkins' Moonlight (2016): Oscar's Best Picture of the Year
Performance |
First-person account of the life of Giuseppe “Joe” Zangara, an Italian immigrant who, having attempted to kill President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, could have changed the course of history. His “crime against the state” punished with a “crime committed by the State:” at 33, on March 20, 1933, Zangara is executed in the electric chair. Massimo Garritano jazz-improvises, using the bouzuchi and the dobro, two instruments belonging to Calabria as well as to the United States, between the words spoken in Calabrese dialect by Ernesto Orrico.Written and directed by Ernesto Orrico. With Ernesto Orrico. Music by Massimo Garritano.In Italian with English supertitles. Followed by a Q&A.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 4
7:00 pm

Free

Performances, May 04, 2017, 05/04/2017, Italian Theater Festival NY: My Idea. Memory of Joe Zangara

Friday, May 5, 2017

Concert |
Fraydele is a new project led by multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg and featuring Eva Salina on vocals; Zoe Aqua on violin; Zoe Christiansen on clarinet and accordion; Sam Reider on accordion; and Joanna Sternberg on vocals, guitar, piano and bass.Named after Joanna’s grandmother Fraydele Oysher, a cantor and pioneer of feminism in the Yiddish Theater, Fraydele performs its own unique arrangements and interpretations of soulful songs from Yiddish folk music traditions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, May 5
5:30 pm

Free

Concerts, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Fraydele, Soulful Yiddish Folk Music
Performance |
February 25 1991, Albania. The communist regime has collapsed and thousands of people leave their very poor country with boats and ships in search of a better life in Italy. In one of these ships is 6-month-old Aleksandros. This is his story, the story of a son who will grow up far from his country and of a father who will make many sacrifices to raise a child away from the poverty of his country.Written by Aleksandros Memetaj. Directed by Giampiero Rappa. With Aleksandros Memetaj.In Italian with English supertitles.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, May 5
6:00 pm

Free

Performances, May 05, 2017, 05/05/2017, Italian Theater Festival NY: Sweet Home Albania

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
Classical Music |
New York Classical Players continue their series of engaging concerts inspired  by the Library’s collection of Johannes Brahms manuscripts. See Brahms’ hand-written Variations on a Theme by Paganini, then hear the work performed, along with the virtuosic violin solo that inspired Brahms’ composition. Join in a mid-concert conversation with the performers, before hearing Brahms’ chamber music masterwork, the Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor.     New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 6
2:30 pm

Free

Concerts, May 06, 2017, 05/06/2017, Brahms Encounters: Masterworks

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dance Performance |
The annual day-long Irish Dance Festival features performances by hundreds of the best Irish dancers, with opportunities for the whole family to join in.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, May 7
1:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, May 07, 2017, 05/07/2017, New York City Irish Dance Festival

Monday, May 8, 2017

Performance |
Musician, choreographer, and filmmaker Michael Holman presents a dramatized tour of his collection. With live storytelling and projected video/film scene-sequences, Holman will recount his personal history in the creation of hiphop culture. From the uptown throwdowns to downtown collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat and B-Boys, to the creation of the very first hiphop television show, Graffiti Rock (with Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee and the New York City Breakers), Holman's performance will capture his role in the Belle Epoch that was the early 1980s in New York City.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 8
7:00 pm

Free

Performances, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Confessions of a Subculturalist: A Dramatized Tour of a Hiphop Archive

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Hanya Yanagihara.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, May 10
5:30 pm

Free

Book Discussions, May 10, 2017, 05/10/2017, Book Club: A Little Life
Talk |
Multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer and director Harold Prince is a theater legend. His brilliant influence can be seen again and again. What better way to really understand Prince’s continuing impact on history than to speak with the legend himself? Join Ted Chapin for an interview with Harold Prince, illustrated by rare artifacts from the Library’s Harold Prince archive.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, May 10
7:00 pm

Free

Talks, May 10, 2017, 05/10/2017, Harold Prince, Tony-Winning Theater Legend

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fair |
Learn tips to address emergency situations and disaster preparedness. Attendees receive information on the steps to prepare, prevent and ensure safety before, during and after an emergency or natural disaster. Participating agencies and services to be announced at a later date.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 13
11:00 am

to 3:00 pm

Free

Fairs, May 13, 2017, 05/13/2017, Emergency Preparedness Fair
Screening |
On May 3rd, Cory Doctorow will be at the Schwartzman building and he will be virtually interviewing Edward Snowden. The discussion will be about dystopian futures and the struggle between the haves and the have-nots. Tonight, watch the recording of the conversation on a big screen. Light snacks will be served.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 13
2:00 pm

Free

Screenings, May 13, 2017, 05/13/2017, Screening: Interview with Edward Snowden
Film |
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt.A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. 128 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 13
2:00 pm

Free

Films, May 13, 2017, 05/13/2017, Damien Chazelle's La La Land (2016): 6-Time Oscar-Winning Musical
Talk |
The century of persecution, struggle, and broken hopes for the Russian LGBTIQ.How was it to live inside the mental and spiritual prison for years during the Soviet Union?  What does it mean to live under the rainbow shadow within the Putin's Russia?Speaker: Lyosha Gorshkov, PhD in Political Science, Co-President at the Russian-Speaking LGBT American Association (RUSA LGBT, USA). Gorshkov was forced to leave Russia in 2014 for being open gay professor and activist in Perm region. Lyosha has been studying and teaching LGBTIQ identity since 2005, and was one of few people in Russian Academy, trying to make LGBTIQ issues visible. He is a vocal and outspoken public advocate for LGBTIQ rights.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 13
4:30 pm

Free

Talks, May 13, 2017, 05/13/2017, Russian Queer: Revolution or Devolution?
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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Film |
Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon.A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. 122 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 15
6:00 pm

Free

Films, May 15, 2017, 05/15/2017, Ron Howard's Frost/Nixon (2008): Received 5 Oscar Nominations

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Slide Lecture |
Celebrating the publication of the new book, the critically acclaimed photographer Beth Moon and photographer Renate Aller discuss Moon's encounters with the world’s most ancient collection of great arboreal specimens.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, May 17
6:30 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, May 17, 2017, 05/17/2017, Photographer Beth Moon discusses her book Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Concert |
Reconstructing the mystical love songs created by the trouvères of Northern France from Medieval manuscripts, Alkemie presents a program of mystical meditations on love and longing, bringing new life to an art form with strong oral and improvisatory traditions. Performers:  Elena Mullins, soprano & percussion Sian Ricketts, soprano & recorders Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano & percussion David McCormick, vielle Niccolo Seligmann, vielle & percussion    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 18
1:15 pm

Free

Concerts, May 18, 2017, 05/18/2017, Alkemie presents 'Love to my Liking: Refrains of Desire in Gothic France'
Film |
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson.In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism. 161 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 18
2:00 pm

Free

Films, May 18, 2017, 05/18/2017, Martin Scorsese's Oscar-Nominated Silence (2016): Priest Mystery
Film |
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler.A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies. 137 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 18
4:00 pm

Free

Films, May 18, 2017, 05/18/2017, Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea (2016): Casey Affleck's Oscar

Friday, May 19, 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, May 19
2:00 pm

Free

Films, May 19, 2017, 05/19/2017, Denis Villeneuve's Oscar Winner Arrival (2016): Alien Language Mystery

Monday, May 22, 2017

Film |
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou.After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.88 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 22
2:00 pm

Free

Films, May 22, 2017, 05/22/2017, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957): Exceptional War Drama

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Workshop |
Learn the fundamentals of computer programming with the popular language Python. This class will cover concepts fundamental to all programming languages and provide an introduction to coding more generally.Note that this is a two-part class, the first session will be from 11am-1pm, the second from 2pm-4pm, with a one hour lunch break between. You must attend the first session in order to attend the second.You MUST be comfortable using a computer in order to code, especially typing. They highly recommend being able to type at least 20 words per minute.     New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 25
11:00 am

to 4:00 pm

Free

Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Learn Programming Fundamentals with Python
Film |
Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson.A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. 139 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, May 25
4:00 pm

Free

Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Denzel Washington's Fences (2016): Viola Davis' Oscar

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Staged Reading |
This play is about the real-life trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for espionage and providing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The play is written by John Hancock and Dorothy Tristan, based on the book by New York Times reporter Sam Roberts and directed by Elowyn Castle.There will be a talkback with Sam Roberts immediately following the performance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, May 31
6:30 pm

Free

Staged Readings, May 31, 2017, 05/31/2017, Play Reading: The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dance Performance |
Enjoy an Argentine Tango Pride with dance lessons, performances, games, and social dance time led by Strictly Tango.     New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jun 25
3:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, June 25, 2017, 06/25/2017, Rainbow Tango

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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