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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Signing |
Books are to be purchased at the host bookstore. The event line will form outside the front entrance ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Signings, April 23, 2014, 04/23/2014, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts signs copies of her book Everybody's Got Something

Lecture |
Society assigns places: it pronounces verdicts and marks us for life. It puts up frontiers and establishes ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Lectures, April 23, 2014, 04/23/2014, On Social Verdicts: Classes, Identities, Trajectories

Talk |
With Alessandra Rotondi. The second part of the journey will begin with the Birth of Italy as a state ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Talks, April 23, 2014, 04/23/2014, Libiamo! A Cultural History of Wine

Poetry Reading |
National Book Award finalist, Iraq War veteran, novelist, and poet Kevin Powers debuts a collection of ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Poetry Readings, April 23, 2014, 04/23/2014, Iraq War vet Kevin Powers reads from his book Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting

Book Signing |
An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Signings, April 23, 2014, 04/23/2014, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren signs copies of her book A Fighting Chance

Concert |
Program: MOZART Sonata in G Major, K. 379/373a PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 1 in F ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, April 23, 2014, 04/23/2014, Violin Works by Prokofiev and Mozart

Concert |
Program: Mozart Quartet in G minor, K. 478, for piano, violin, viola, and cello and ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, April 23, 2014, 04/23/2014, All-Mozart Program: The Piano Quartets

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conference |
There is no issue more urgent than climate change, yet government, corporations, and the public are reluctant ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; reservations requested

Conferences, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014, Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren’t We?

Concert |
Program: Monteverdi/Mase Four madrigals Andy Akiho New Work (commissioned ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014, Ensemble ACJW performs works by Dvořák and Monteverdi

Film |
Starring Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Sharon Small. An idle playboy who exploits single mothers learns ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Films, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014, Chris and Paul Weitz's Oscar-Nominated About a Boy (2002): Adult Learns from Kid

Film |
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Brühl. This biographical drama shows Formula ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Films, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014, Ron Howard's Oscar-Nominated Rush (2013): Racecar Rivals

Film |
A young tough living in a Parisian ghetto, Abdelkrim, develops a taste for the classics when he falls ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Films, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014, French Cinema: Abdellatif Kechiche's Games of Love and Chance (2003)

Opening Reception |
Through painting, sculpture, installation and photography, Varejão addresses themes of colonialism, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Opening Receptions, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014, Adriana Varejão, one of Brazil's leading artists, presents Polvo

Performance |
Dzieci is an international experimental theatre ensemble dedicated to a search for the “sacred” through ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$10 suggested donation

Performances, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014, Dzieci Theatre's A Passion: A Dramatic Choral Liturgy Not Bound by Any Single Religion

Dance Performance |
This marks the French-born/UK-based artist's first evening-length performance as part of the ART² contemporary ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$10 suggested donation; reservations recommended

Dance Performances, April 24, 2014, 04/24/2014,  Laure Prouvost's From the Sky, a Performance Mixing Video, Music and Live Narrative

Friday, April 25, 2014

Conference |
There is no issue more urgent than climate change, yet government, corporations, and the public are reluctant ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; reservations requested

Conferences, April 25, 2014, 04/25/2014, Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren’t We?

Concert |
Sounds of Serendipity, a concert series curated by NY-based conductor and composer Peter Breiner, incorporates ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, April 25, 2014, 04/25/2014, Sounds of Serendipity: New and Emerging Composers and Musicians

Screening |
FINE CUTS is a screening of short film and video works produced by students in The School of Media Studies ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Screenings, April 25, 2014, 04/25/2014, Fine Cuts: 34th Annual Invitational Film Show

Concert |
This is Beethoven’s last and greatest choral and orchestral setting of the texts of the Roman Catholic ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$5; $3 seniors

Concerts, April 25, 2014, 04/25/2014, The Barnard-Columbia Chorus presents Beethoven’s immortal Missa Solemnis

Lecture |
Speaker: Lucianne Walkowicz (Princeton post-doc) This is a FREE lecture followed by guided ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Lectures, April 25, 2014, 04/25/2014, The Exoplanet Revolution - Plus Stargazing

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Film |
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans. Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP recommended

Films, April 26, 2014, 04/26/2014, Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man (2012): Swinging Superhero

Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, April 26, 2014, 04/26/2014, Concert on Water

Lecture |
Structure, form, and content. Space, time, and energy. The essential elements of a choreographer’s ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; registration required

Lectures, April 26, 2014, 04/26/2014, Revealing Process: A Lecture and Demonstration by Twyla Tharp, Tony- and Emmy-Winning Choreographer

Concert |
Program: von Weber: Oberon Overture Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 Schumann: ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, April 26, 2014, 04/26/2014, Orchestral Works by Schumann, von Weber and Beethoven

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Gallery Talk |
Many of New York's grandest interior spaces of the early 20th century feature elegant structural tile ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Pay-what-you-can-admission policy; reservations required

Gallery Talks, April 27, 2014, 04/27/2014, Palaces for the People Gallery Tour

Tour |
Tours start at 2:00PM and depart every 15 minutes with the last tour departing at 3:30PM. This is a guided ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Tours, April 27, 2014, 04/27/2014, WestFest Dance Festival 2013: A Tour

Concert |
Program: Beethoven Septet Nielsen Serenata in Vano Poulenc Trio ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


$10 suggested contribution

Concerts, April 27, 2014, 04/27/2014, St. Cecilia Chamber Ensemble performs works by Beethoven and Poulenc

Monday, April 28, 2014

Film |
The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il Sorpasso features a waggish, freewheeling bachelor and the ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Films, April 28, 2014, 04/28/2014, Italian Film: Dino Risi's Il Sorpasso (1962)

Concert |
Program: Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 76, no. 2 ("Quinten") Krzysztof ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, April 28, 2014, 04/28/2014, The Shanghai Quartet performs works by Haydn, Penderecki and Dvořák

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reading |
Ondaatje will read from his work and a Q&A will follow. He is one of the world's foremost writers - his ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Readings, April 29, 2014, 04/29/2014, An Evening with Michael Ondaatje, Author of The English Patient

Slide Lecture |
An illustrated talk and book signing by film historian and documentary writer James Sanders. This revised ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP required

Slide Lectures, April 29, 2014, 04/29/2014, James Sanders discusses his book Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York

Book Signing |
Diane Keaton delivers a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Signings, April 29, 2014, 04/29/2014, Diane Keaton, Academy Award-winning actress, signs copies of her book Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Talk |
For most of our lives we ignore the world around us. Walking through the city, we often pay more attention ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Talks, April 30, 2014, 04/30/2014, Alexandra Horowitz  discusses her book On Looking: New York Through Fresh Eyes

Book Signing |
In a wise, warmhearted memoir that celebrates her extraordinary life and stellar career, Swoosie Kurtz ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Signings, April 30, 2014, 04/30/2014, Swoosie Kurtz, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress, signs copies of her book Part Swan, Part Goose

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Discussion |
Bernard Malamud would have turned 100 on April 26. Celebrate his life and work with a panel discussion ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP required

Discussions, May 01, 2014, 05/01/2014, Bernard Malamud Tribute: Remembering a Master

Friday, May 2, 2014

Film |
With Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams. A con man, along with his seductive partner, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Films, May 02, 2014, 05/02/2014, David O. Russell's Oscar Nominee American Hustle (2013): Scamming the Scammers

Concert |
Did you know that 150 years ago parts of the Lower East Side and the East Village in New York City used ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP requested

Concerts, May 02, 2014, 05/02/2014, German Folk Songs from the Lower East Side

Concert |
The unique program features variations by 18 composers from Finland, Scandinavia and the U.S., invited ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; reservations recommended

Concerts, May 02, 2014, 05/02/2014, 18 Mystery Variations on Guiseppe Colombi's Chiacona Featuring Finnish Cellist Ansii Karttunen

Book Reading |
Maxim Leo and Yascha Mounk will read from and discuss their recently published memoirs of growing up ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP requested

Book Readings, May 02, 2014, 05/02/2014, Tales of Two Germanys

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Other |
Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Others, May 03, 2014, 05/03/2014, Free Comic Book Day 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Concert |
Program: Beethoven “Pastoral” Symphony Monteverdi “Combattimento di ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, May 04, 2014, 05/04/2014, The Broadway Bach Ensemble's Spring Concert

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Concert |
Program: Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D.667 "Trout" Quintet Ralph ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Concerts, May 06, 2014, 05/06/2014, Chamber Music by Schubert and Vaughan Williams

Book Reading |
A reading of Jurek Becker’s book in English by Christine and Jonathan Becker. Following the reading, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; RSVP requested

Book Readings, May 06, 2014, 05/06/2014, Book Discussion: Jurek Becker’s The Wall: And Other Stories

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Talk |
Eve Ensler is an author and award-winning playwright. Her theatrical works include The Vagina Monologues, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Talks, May 07, 2014, 05/07/2014, Books at Noon with Vagina Monologues Playwright Eve Ensler

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Reading |
E.L. Doctorow is the award-winning author of numerous titles. Internationally known for his unique works ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Book Readings, May 08, 2014, 05/08/2014, E.L. Doctorow reads from his book Andrew's Brain

Friday, May 9, 2014

Workshop |
Each Friday, the Illustration Department presents an Open Figure Drawing Session. ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Workshops, May 09, 2014, 05/09/2014, Open Friday Figure Drawing Workshop

Monday, May 12, 2014

Discussion |
In 1974, Diane Von Furstenberg introduced a modern design classic into the American consciousness: the ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Discussions, May 12, 2014, 05/12/2014, It's a Wrap: Diane von Furstenberg Marks 40 Years of the Wrap Dress

Tour |
Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Library Way with its Designers, Jennifer Andrews and Gregg LeFevre, ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Tours, May 12, 2014, 05/12/2014, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Library Way

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Park Walk |
Explore the parks spring blooms and the many buzzing pollinators that bring the park to life. Guide: ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Park Walks, May 13, 2014, 05/13/2014, Wildflower Walk

Discussion |
Editors from influential avant-garde publications discuss their groundbreaking work and read from archived ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Discussions, May 13, 2014, 05/13/2014, Legacy of the Literary Avant-Garde

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Discussion |
Poet and art writer Marcella Durand moderates a discussion, with artists Eric Aho, Mark Innerst, Claire ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Discussions, May 14, 2014, 05/14/2014, Landscape in Contemporary Art

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Discussion |
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; registration required

Book Discussions, May 15, 2014, 05/15/2014, Book Group: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Festival |
Celebrate the birds, bees, and other winged beings of the Park and beyond. Take a guided walk to spot ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


free

Festivals, May 17, 2014, 05/17/2014, On A Wing Festival

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Discussion |
In the 1950s and 60s, the Five Spot Café (in two locations on Cooper Square) was a major nexus, not ... more
New York City, NY; NYC


Free; reservations required

Discussions, May 28, 2014, 05/28/2014, The Shape of Jazz to Come: Downtown Jazz in 1959 and Now
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