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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, February 6, 2016, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Festival |
Bundle up and come on out for the 2nd annual Winter Carnival. Embrace the frosty weather and join a celebration of the winter season. This jam-packed weekend will feature dancing, curling lessons, live skating and musical performances, photo ops, and more. Featuring: Ice Ball, Winter Carnival Skating Showcase, Outdoor Winter Brew House, Silent Disco, Curling Lessons and Warming Lodge.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 6
12:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Festivals, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, 2nd Annual Winter Carnival
Concert |
An afternoon of Beethoven chamber music and conversation. In addition to a rare performance of Beethoven’s own trio arrangement of his Second Symphony, this final Beethoven Encounters program focuses on the monumental Piano Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 - the “Archduke.” See the library’s treasured manuscript for this Beethoven masterwork. Hear virtuosic and thoughtfully prepared performances from some of New York’s most gifted young musicians, and learn how performers make choices as an ensemble, enliven music that is centuries old, and, using horsehair, steel, and wood, create sounds that invigorate and move us.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 6
2:30 pm

Free

Concerts, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, Beethoven Encounters: Archduke Trio
Dance Performance |
Traditional music, singing, dancing, exhibitions, and stories of the Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. Highlights will include a Hoop Dance, Eagle Dance, Grass Dance, Jingle Dress Dance, Stomp Dance, Shawl Dance, Deer Dance, and Smoke Dance performed by representatives from various tribes. After the program, the dancers stay for photographs and to meet the audience. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 6
3:00 pm

to 4:30 pm

$1 kids under...

Dance Performances, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers
Dance Performance |
Brother(hood) Dance! and the Median Movement will present their pieces in DraftWork series. These informal performances offer 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, Feb 6
3:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, DraftWork: two dance companies
Discussion |
A panel discussion on PM, the upstart New York tabloid that challenged the entrenched conservatism of every other newspaper of its day. Published from June 18, 1940 to June 22, 1948, PM Daily and its Sunday version PM Weekly were platforms for cutting-edge photojournalism and became instruments for socially progressive thought. PM published what have become some of the most iconic photographs of our times. Panelists: - Brian Wallis, Curator of the Walther Collection and former Chief Curator of the ICP - Paul Milkman, scholar and author of PM: A New Deal in Journalism 1940-1948 - Jason Hill, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the University of Delaware and author of the forthcoming book Artist as Reporter: Weegee, Ad Reinhardt and the PM News Picture - Laetitia Barrere, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Moderated by Curatorial Director Anais Feyeux    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 6
3:00 pm

Free

Discussions, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, PM: The New York Daily from the 1940s
Festival |
At the monthly First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 6
5:00 pm

to 11:00 pm

Free

Festivals, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, First Saturdays: Free Programs of Art and Entertainment
Concert |
Filip Pogády, violin; James Kim, cello; New York Piano Society pianists The program will includes works by Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin, Liszt, Messian and more. Cellist James Kim has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Virtuosi of New Jersey, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of the New England Conservatory, and the Korean Broadcasting System Orchestra. New York Piano Society is an organization for pianists of diverse backgrounds and professions, brought together by a shared experience that is founded on their love for the piano and for classical music. The members form a unique potpourri of influential leaders in the community who work as medical doctors, scientists, engineers, CEOs, and police officers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 6
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, Works by Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin, and more
Concert |
Program: Gabriel Faure: Pelleas et Melisande Suite Telemann: Concerto for Two Horns Bohuslav Martinů: Symphony No. 1 With: Julie Landsman and Michelle Reed Baker, horns.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 6
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 06, 2016, 02/06/2016, New York Repertory Orchestra performs works by Telemann, Faure, Martinů

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Concert |
Program: Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 Darius Milhaud La Creation du Monde Poulenc arr: Darius Milhaud Overture Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 Music Director Mike Tietz leads the orchestra with violin prodigy Yaegy Park.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Feb 7
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 07, 2016, 02/07/2016, Winter Concert 2016 with the Broadway Bach Ensemble
Concert |
Hear songs from “Cabaret”, “Hello Dolly”, “Sweet Charity”, “Where’s Charley”, “Guys and Dolls”, and “Chicago”. The Broadway at 92Y Chorus is over 20 years old and remains the only community chorus in New York City devoted to the classic repertory from the American musical theater, stage and screen.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Feb 7
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 07, 2016, 02/07/2016, Broadway at 92Y Chorus Concert
Concert |
Greenwich Village Orchestra; Barbara Yahr, conductor; Ko-Eun Yi, piano Program Sibelius Symphony No. 7 Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor Sibelius Finlandia About the Performers Pianist Ko-Eun Yi has performed with the Barcelona, Jerusalem, and Boston Symphony Orchestras, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. The Washington Post applauded her recent debut recital in DC: “a masterful technician … Her finger-work was immaculate, inner voices were keenly drawn out, and there was no lack of power when needed.” The Greenwich Village Orchestra was founded in 1986 by a group of musicians from the New York Metropolitan area. The 70-member community orchestra is made up of accountants, actors, artists, attorneys, carpenters, editors, physicians, professors, programmers, retirees, scientists, secretaries, students, and teachers. “Some of the best classical concerts in New York, year after year” – Lucid Culture    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Feb 7
3:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 07, 2016, 02/07/2016, Sibelius’  Symphony No. 7 and Finlandia
Concert |
Arianna Kalia, oboe and English horn Stephen Poppel, clarinet Roe Goodman, bassoon A program of Global Soundscapes for Reed Trio, with works from Russia (Lyadov), the United States (Copland), France (DuBois), Romania (Golestan), England (Jacob), Austria (Lehar), Iberia and Latin America (De Falla, Piazzolla, Montsalvatge), and Switzerland (Huguenin)    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Feb 7
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 07, 2016, 02/07/2016, The Chatham Chamber Ensemble presents Global Soundscapes for Reed Trio
Jazz |
New York-based vocalist and songwriter Marcus Goldhaber “rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli,” according to JazzTimes, garnering more critical raves for his “wonderfully imaginative” interpretations of straight-ahead jazz standards while earning a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting. You’ll see Goldhaber performing in New York’s famed clubs like 54 Below, The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, Cutting Room, and at prestigious clubs and concert halls from Las Vegas to Miami, having shared stages along the way with the likes of the legendary Les Paul, Billy Stritch, Vince Giordano, and Bono.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Feb 7
7:00 pm

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Concerts, February 07, 2016, 02/07/2016, Mostly Marcus, Jazz Vocalist and Songwriter

Monday, February 8, 2016

Concert |
Zisl Slepovitch presents the five-piece klezmer collective LITVAKUS, as it roams the long-forgotten paths of East European Jewish music and Yiddish culture and recovers the lilting strains of Belarus. After a decade spent unearthing musical treasures in archives and on expeditions, Zisl Slepovitch and his bandmates have made the old sound new in their 2014 album Raysn: The Music of Jewish Belarus.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Feb 8
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 08, 2016, 02/08/2016, Litvakus: The Lost Jewish Music of Belarus

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Talk |
The American Psychological Association’s involvement in supporting harsh interrogation tactics in Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, and the CIA "black sites" has been one of the biggest ethical failures of this organization. Speaker Steven Reisner was one of the leading figures in exposing the secret complicity of the APA with the White House and US intelligence community in support of the CIA and the Pentagon’s ”enhanced” interrogation program. In this talk he will discuss the ethical failures of the APA and the efforts that have recently resulted in the APA’s revising its policies, sharply curtailing the use of psychologists at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Feb 9
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, From Resistance to Resistance: A Narrative of Psychoanalytic Activism
Slide Lecture |
When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients. John Crispin has photographed the suitcases and their contents; his images offer a window into the lives and personal stories of patients admitted between 1910 and 1960. He will share the photos and what they reveal about the past.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Feb 9
6:30 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, The Stories of the Suitcases
Performance |
With a small army of actors, designers, and dramaturgs, Theater in Asylum, with the NYC chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, has been watching each debate, analyzing its content, devising an original piece around it, and performing it live. With mimicry, abstraction, and earnest curiosity, they seek to illuminate the candidates, their policies, and their characters.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Feb 9
9:00 pm

Free

Performances, February 09, 2016, 02/09/2016, Theater in Asylum's Debates, a Theatrical Adaptation of the Democratic Primary Debates

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Reading |
Scott argues why we need criticism now more than ever. He suggests we are, in fact, all critics. While individual critics - himself included - can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Feb 10
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, February 10, 2016, 02/10/2016, Times movie critic A.O. Scott reads from his book Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dance Performance |
Be amazed by dancers who weave ceremonial swords into the complex configurations as a part of this ancient winter celebration. Teams from around the country show sword dancing as it was practiced in the farming and coal-mining regions of northern England, where the annual visit of the local sword dancers to the village homes was thought to guarantee good luck for the year.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Feb 13
1:30 pm

Free

Dance Performances, February 13, 2016, 02/13/2016, English Sword Dance Festival

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Discussion |
During the 2016 cycle, the United States’ campaign finance system finally and completely jumped the shark. Candidates raised hundreds of millions for SuperPACs which may have as much, if not more, influence over outcomes than the actual campaigns themselves. How did this transform campaign strategy? What are the implications for governance? And is there anything citizens can do to reverse this trend? Witness and question a highly influential panel of campaign operatives as they discuss the new Wild West world of campaign finance: - Zach Allen, Democratic fundraising consultant - Raj Goyle, Member, Obama 2012 National Finance Committee and former Kansas legislator - Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University - Jack Oliver, Finance Chair, Right to Rise PAC, SuperPAC supporting Jeb Bush - Adam Smith, Communications Director, Every Voice - Ken Vogel, Chief investigative correspondent, POLITICO - Moderated by Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Feb 16
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, The New Wild West: Money and the 2016 US Presidential Election
Book Reading |
Paul Lisicky presents his new acclaimed memoir with Fiona McCrae, publisher and director of Graywolf Press, and other special guests to be announced.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Feb 16
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, February 16, 2016, 02/16/2016, Paul Lisicky reads from his book The Narrow Door

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Book Reading |
Legendary political insider Roger Stone smashes through the layers of lies and secrecy that has surrounded and protected our country's very own political dynasty. After detailing the vast litany of Jeb's misdeeds, Stone travels back to Samuel, Prescott, George H. W. and George W. Bush to weave an epic story of privilege, greed, corruption, drug profiteering, assassination and lies.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Feb 17
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, February 17, 2016, 02/17/2016, Roger Stone reads from his book Jeb and the Bush Crime Family

Friday, February 19, 2016

Talk |
The three-time Tony Award–winning director (Hairspray and Coast of Utopia) shares wisdom gained over five decades in the theater.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Feb 19
7:30 pm

Free

Talks, February 19, 2016, 02/19/2016, Jack O'Brien, 3-Time Tony Award-Winning Director

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Performance |
The Loud Boys Show is the silliest, wackiest, most positive comedy show in the heart of the lower east side. Come watch hosts Mark Vigeant (UCB, Funny or Die) and Yoni Lotan (UCB, Above Average) sing, dance, give out candy, and loudly shout at each other as they transform this traditional music venue into a funky comedy cave full of the best stand-up comedians this city has to offer. Featuring Jo Firestone (Broad City), Brandon Scott Wolf (Best Time Ever), Catherine Cohen (UCB), Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Saurin Choksi (White Guy Talk Show).    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Feb 21
7:30 pm

$5

Performances, February 21, 2016, 02/21/2016, The Loud Boys Comedy Show

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Concert |
Under the artistic direction of Founder Moira North and Ensemble Director Elisa Angeli, ITNY will bring together world-class professional skaters and performers in celebration of the company's 30th anniversary season. The February 24th concert will feature “Once Again”, choreographed by Heather Harrington, in a tribute to our late performer Alyssa Stith and in honor of Black History Month. The featured guest artist will be Canadian Senior Competitor Elladj Baldé. The City Skate concerts continue on March 23.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Feb 24
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 24, 2016, 02/24/2016, Ice Theatre of New York's 2016 City Skate Concert
Concert |
Enjoy a great concert featuring the world-renowned students from Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona. These nationally recognized ensembles will be featured in their own debut concert performing works by Samuel Barber, Ernest Bloch, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Antonio Vivaldi, and more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Feb 24
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, February 24, 2016, 02/24/2016, The National Festival of the States Concert

Friday, February 26, 2016

Conference |
Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, while spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Feb 26
8:00 pm

Free

Conferences, February 26, 2016, 02/26/2016, Simple Gifts, Award-Winning Folk Duo

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Concert |
Under the artistic direction of Founder Moira North and Ensemble Director Elisa Angeli, ITNY will bring together world-class professional skaters and performers in celebration of the company's 30th anniversary season. The March 23rd concert will feature the U.S. Premiere of "Homage" a piece choreographed by former ITNY performer and choreographer Florentine Houdinière, and pays tribute to the victims of the recent November 13th Paris attacks. This piece originated in France and will be making its debut in the U.S. with the Ice Theatre of New York. The same concert will also present the piece “Alberta Biography”, choreographed by Frank Nowosad and Gary Beacom, which will be performed by Canadian guest artist, Jason Graetz.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 23
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 23, 2016, 03/23/2016, Ice Theatre of New York's 2016 City Skate Concert
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