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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Film |
With: Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams. This adaptation of George Crile III's incendiary bestseller tells the remarkable story of the Texas congressman whose efforts to prevent the Red Army from overtaking Afghanistan eventually led to the collapse of the Soviet Union while simultaneously fueling the rise of radical Islam. 102 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 21
1:00 pm

Free

Films, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Mike Nichols' Oscar Nominee Charlie Wilson's War (2007): Unintended Consequences
Lecture |
With Christina Pease. Lecture: 7:00-7:30 PM Observing (weather permitting): 7:30-9:00 PM Astronomy Q&amp;A / Slideshows: 7:30-9:00 PM    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 21
7:00 pm

Free

Lectures, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Constellations R Us - Plus Stargazing
Book Signing |
A one-of-a-kind tribute from one of the best-selling bands in the world direct to their legions of fans. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performances have become legendary as much for the music and antics on stage as the generous, loving community of people who stand side by side, screaming their approval. This is a fan appreciation book of words and photos from the band that puts the emphasis where it should be — on the fans. In conversation with David Fricke.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 21
7:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Singer Anthony Kiedis signs copies of the book Red Hot Chili Peppers: Fandemonium
Concert |
Program: Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, op. 19 with violinist Yada Lee (2014 Mannes Concerto Competition winner) Barber's School for Scandal Overture Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1919) conducted by Nell Flanders (graduating conducting major)    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 21
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, The Mannes Orchestra performs works by Stravinsky, Barber, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tour |
A multi-neighborhood tour of the Lower Manhattan area. The tour begins on Wall Street, where you will see the New York Stock Exchange and Trinity Church before moving on the the World Trade Center and City Hall. Then move on by subway to visit the largest Chinatown in the United States. Following Chinatown, the tour will continue on through Little Italy and on to SoHo.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 22
10:00 am

Free

Tours, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Lower Manhattan, Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo Tour
Opera |
Opera performed in recital with piano accompaniment.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 22
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, New York Opera Forum presents Handel's Rinaldo
Concert |
Pianist Mohamed Shams plays a selection of works by composers spanning two centuries, including works by Beethoven, Liszt, Balakirev, and Ravel among others.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 22
2:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Masterpieces from 19th and 20th Century Composers
Book Signing |
This is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, through their own words and with iconic images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 22
7:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Peter Yarrow signs copies of his book Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life
Dance Performance |
Dawn explores the awakening to our bodies through choreographer Adrienn Hód’s intimate dance experiment which seats the audience on stage, in daring proximity to the performers. Adults only.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 22
7:30 pm

$20 suggested donation;

Dance Performances, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Hodworks, Hungary's most acclaimed dance ensemble, presents Dawn

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Talk |
Noted mosaic artist Haifa Bint-Kadi joins environmentalist Curt Collier to discuss the role of street art in furthering social and environmental justice and as a mechanism for expressing the wants and needs of a community. Bint-Kadi is the founder of Community Engagement Through the Arts, C.E.T.T.A., an initiative of Groundwork Hudson Valley that uses a community arts model and a grassroots approach in using art to address community needs. Together Collier and Bint-Kadi will address the impact and critique of street art from Banksy to neighborhood graffitist.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Nov 23
11:00 am

Free

Talks, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Conversations About Street Art
Book Signing |
Divided by continent, You Are Here represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour — surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful — is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity by one of the world's most seasoned and accomplished astronauts. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Nov 23
1:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Astronaut Chris Hadfield signs copies of his book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes - Photographs from the International Space Station
Concert |
Program: Dieterich Buxtehude Ihr lieben Christen, freut euch nun, BuxWV 51 Hieronymus Praetorius Ecce Dominus veniet á 8 Join the Grammy-nominated Bach Choir and Players for the opening of the 47th season of Bach Vespers as they welcome to the podium their new music director Donald Meineke. The one-hour program featuring one of the leading early music ensembles in the United States promises to be an exciting and enriching evening.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Nov 23
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Bach Vespers
Concert |
Program: MARTINŮ La revue de cuisine DOHNÁNYI Sextet in C Major, Op. 37 The exciting young musicians of Ensemble ACJW have been cited as "one of the strongest ensembles in the city" (New York Classical Review). Ensemble ACJW showcases its versatility and virtuosity in a program featuring Czech composer Martinů's whimsical La revue de cuisine and Hungarian master Dohnányi's colorfully scored Sextet in C Major.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Nov 23
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Ensemble ACJW performs works by Martinů and Dohnányi
Dance Performance |
Dawn explores the awakening to our bodies through choreographer Adrienn Hód’s intimate dance experiment which seats the audience on stage, in daring proximity to the performers. Adults only.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Nov 23
7:30 pm

$20 suggested donation;

Dance Performances, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Hodworks, Hungary's most acclaimed dance ensemble, presents Dawn

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lecture |
Young Breton women were for
 a long time the stereotypical domestic servants in Paris.
 In this lecture, Leslie Moch explores their migratory path from rural Brittany to settlement in the French capital, and looks at the roles that work and religion, strategies of adaptation, and the organizations they create play in defending their interests and helping them to claim their rights.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 24
6:00 pm

Free

Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, Serving Paris, Serving the World: Gender, Domestics, and Migration
Concert |
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 24
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, Songbook: Broadway’s Future
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture examines the internal contradictions within the flow of capital that have precipitated recent crises.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 24
6:30 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, David Harvey discusses his book Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism
Concert |
Directed by Nancy Wilson, the Baroque Chamber Players present historically informed performances which evoke the spirit of the Baroque period through ornamentation, improvisation, and the idiomatic conventions of notation and rhythm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 24
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, The Baroque Chamber Players
Concert |
Jewish and Roma melodies are presented by one of Europe’s premier contemporary classical ensembles. New Dimension Workshop performs the music of its Hungarian educational project in remembrance of Jewish and Roma victims of the Holocaust. Featuring Kalman Olah, eminent Roma jazz pianist, Grand Prize winner of the Thelonius Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition. The performance will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to discuss memory, culture and the artist’s place in promoting remembrance with the performers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 24
8:15 pm

Free

Concerts, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, Jewish and Roma Music from Hungary

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Film |
Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane. The story follows the people that visited the club and those that ran it, and is peppered with the jazz music that made it so famous. 127 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 25
6:00 pm

Free

Films, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar Nominee The Cotton Club (1984): Famed Harlem Nightclub
Screening |
The film series focuses on the places and people that Vaclav Havel knew from the influential Theatre on the Balustrade, where his theatrical career began, to his friendships with filmmakers of the Czech New Wave, and to his political ascendancy in Prague. Curated by Margaret Parsons, head of the film program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. All films are in Czech with English subtitles.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 25
7:00 pm

Free

Screenings, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, The Play's the Thing: Vaclav Havel, Art and Politic
Concert |
With: The Baroque Aria Ensemble; Kenneth Cooper, Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 25
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, The Intimate Bach: Sacred and Secular Chamber Music
Concert |
With: Andrea Eckert, voice Wolfram Berger, voice Bela Koreny, piano and moderation /> Peter Weinberger and Ronald Leopoldi, reading This will be a reading from Hermann Leopoldi - The Life of a Viennese Piano Humorist by Dr. Peter Weinberger and Ronald Leopoldi as well as a concert of Leopoldi's music. Hermann Leopoldi (b. 1888 in Vienna, d. 1959 in Vienna) was one of Austria’s greatest piano humorists and composers of popular songs. He survived detention at the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps 1938/39 and emigrated to the US in February, 1939. Leopoldi returned to Vienna in 1947. His songs continue to be sung and hummed as popular evergreens.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 25
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Hermann Leopoldi: The Life of a Viennese Piano Humorist

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
10:00 am

Free

Tours, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Screening |
A dance historian and critic David Vaughan will introduce and screen Conservatoriet, plus historic films of other ballets and of Bournonville classes. August Bournonville (1805–1879) was a Danish ballet master and choreographer. From 1830 to 1848 he was choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet, for which he created more than 50 ballets admired for their exuberance, lightness and beauty. David Vaughan is a dance historian and critic and was the archivist of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1976 until the company was disbanded in 2012.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
1:00 pm

Free

Screenings, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Dance on Film: August Bournonville, Danish ballet master and choreographer
Jazz |
Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
Master Class |
Judy Loman has been principal harpist with the Toronto Symphony since 1960, and has appeared as a soloist with that organization in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Loman's performances are heard frequently on CBC Radio and she has recorded for RCA, Columbia, CBC, Centre Disc, Aquitaine, Marquis and Naxos. Her playing has been featured in two films by Rhombus Media, presented by the CBC and TV Ontario.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
3:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Harp Master Class: Judy Loman
Concert |
Jewish and Roma melodies are presented by one of Europe’s premier contemporary classical ensembles. New Dimension Workshop performs the music of its Hungarian educational project in remembrance of Jewish and Roma victims of the Holocaust. Featuring Kalman Olah, eminent Roma jazz pianist, Grand Prize winner of the Thelonius Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 26
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 26, 2014, 11/26/2014, Jewish and Roma Music from Hungary: A Holocaust Memorial Concert

Friday, November 28, 2014

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, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown and Midtown Manhattan. There will be ample opportunities for memorable pictures. You'll get the chance to savor NY's best pizza and cannoli and other treats, learn how to play NY handball, maybe bargain with a shopkeeper in Chinatown, observe a game of street chess in Greenwich Village, people watch and window shop in SoHo, and kick back on the Highline Park. Along the way, you'll master the subway and learn about New York's Finest!    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
10:00 am

Free

Tours, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, All-in-One Downtown Tour
Film |
With Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson and Tom Wilkinson. A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. 133 Minutes    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
2:00 pm

Free

Films, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father (1993): Nominated for 7 Oscars
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
4:30 pm

Free

Park Walks, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
Concert |
Dancer, beatboxer, and all-around hip-hop visionary Akim Funk Buddha returns for a genre-busting, cross-cultural evening of music and dance. Having toured with legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones’ dance company, Akim draws on everything from martial arts and circus acrobatics to Mongolian throat singing and Balinese monkey chanting to completely reinvent hip-hop.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 28
9:00 pm

No cover, no

Concerts, November 28, 2014, 11/28/2014, Akim Funk Buddha's Hip-Hop Holiday

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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

Sat, Nov 29
10:00 am

Free

City Walks, November 29, 2014, 11/29/2014, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Film |
Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley. An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. 126 mins.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 29
12:15 pm

Free

Films, November 29, 2014, 11/29/2014, Terry Gilliam's Oscar-Nominated The Adventures of Baron Muchausen (1988): Fantastical Journey
Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany &amp; Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 29
2:00 pm

Free

Tours, November 29, 2014, 11/29/2014, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour

Monday, December 1, 2014

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

Mon, Dec 1
5:30 pm
to 9:00 pm

Free

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Discussion |
The winner was never in doubt. But the seemingly comfortable victory margin belied the drama that took place along the way. The governor's race had more surprises than anyone would have imagined: the Moreland bombshell, Zephyr Teachout's robust primary showing, and RGA Chair Chris Christie’s snub of Rob Astorino. What does this election tell us about the state of politics in New York? What does it portend for the next few years in Albany? And does it tell us anything about Cuomo's prospects in a potential presidential bid? With: - Kate Albright-Hanna, Teachout communications director - Alexis Grenell, City &amp; State - Peter Kauffmann, senior advisor to the NYS Democratic Committee - Michael Lawler, Astorino campaign manager - Brian Murphy, CUNY Baruch College - William O'Reilly, Astorino consultant - Jessica Proud, Astorino spokesperson - Zephyr Teachout, Democratic primary candidate - Matt Wing, Cuomo communications director - Moderator: Rob George, The New York Post    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 3
8:15 am

Free

Discussions, December 03, 2014, 12/03/2014, 2014 Campaign Roundtables: The NYS Governor and State Senate Races

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dance Performance |
Making their American debut, Radio Ballet presents a choreographed fictionalization of the private and shared experiences of the performers. Avoiding worn clichés of movements and gestures, their intimate duet is lyrical, unashamedly shy, and a wry commentary on the demented state called love. Choreographed and performed by Bea Egyed and Milán Újvári.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 5
7:30 pm

$15 suggested donation;

Dance Performances, December 05, 2014, 12/05/2014, Radio Ballet's The Nature of Love: Private Experiences Choreographed

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dance Performance |
Making their American debut, Radio Ballet presents a choreographed fictionalization of the private and shared experiences of the performers. Avoiding worn clichés of movements and gestures, their intimate duet is lyrical, unashamedly shy, and a wry commentary on the demented state called love. Choreographed and performed by Bea Egyed and Milán Újvári.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 6
8:00 pm

$15 suggested donation;

Dance Performances, December 06, 2014, 12/06/2014, Radio Ballet's The Nature of Love: Private Experiences Choreographed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dance Performance |
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II presents Navidad Flamenca as part of the 7th annual Flamenco in the Boros Tour. This series of free community performances thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Through music, carols, and dance, Navidad Flamenca highlights these traditions — all united by a single language — and reflects the influences of Spanish culture throughout the Americas.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 11
7:30 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 11, 2014, 12/11/2014, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II: Navidad Flamenca

Saturday, December 13, 2014

City Walk |
Relaxed walking, about five to six hours. Down 57th Street to the East River and down First Avenue to 42nd Street and up 42nd Street. Walk through Grand Central Terminal, the Skating Pond to the Hudson River. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Rain or shine.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 13
10:00 am

$3

City Walks, December 13, 2014, 12/13/2014, Manhattan Walk: Christmas and Holiday Loop

Sunday, December 14, 2014

City Walk |
From Penn Station, walk west and do the High Line, then walk south on the bike path along the Hudson River as far as the Atrium of the World Financial Center. Bring water and lunch or snacks. The Atrium of the World Financial Center provides a warm place in which to eat. Then tour the 9-11 Memorial and Museum (Memorial free, Museum costs $24, $18 for seniors). Call if weather doubtful; hike may be cancelled for rain, snow, or excessive cold and wind.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 14
11:15 am

$3

City Walks, December 14, 2014, 12/14/2014, Hudson River South Walk
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