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Sat, December 14, 2013
Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 14, 2013 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Harald Zwalt's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013): Demon Warrior
free events nyc Ice Theatre of New York's Winter Holiday Skating Celebration
free events nyc Piano Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, and Liszt
free events nyc The GrooveBarbers’ A Cappella Holiday Concert
free events nyc The Bridges & Waterways of Central Park Walk
free events nyc Symphonic Works by Schumann, Brahms and Wagner
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Hike |
9 miles at a moderate to brisk pace via a Tallman Mountain Loop and a northward trek on the Old Erie RR bed. Mostly level with mild hills and one steeper descent. Cheerful trails even in light snow. Culminate in an optional dinner in Nyack. Bring lunch and water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Piermont-to-Nyack Hike
Concert |
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Piano 12-15 Concerto Competition 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 11 & under Concerto Competition 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Adam Kent Piano Studio Recital 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Strings 12-15 Concerto Competition 6:00 PM - 6:50 PM Anat Almani Violin Studio Recital
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Recitals
Park Walk |
Fascinating 5-hour journey of approx. 8 miles. This is a moderately paced adventure under, over, around and through many of the amazing architectural wonders throughout Central Park. Begin at the southwest tip of Central Park South and zigzag up the eastern half of Central Park to The Harlem Meer at 110th St. Then circle back along the western half of the park and finish at Sheep's Meadow. Please bring water and lunch or snack.
   New York City, NY; NYC

$3
Park Walks, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, The Bridges & Waterways of Central Park Walk
Park Walk |
Working mainly in the field of sculpture, Bove has been making sculptural installations that range from small-scale, intimate arrangements of objects to monumental outdoors artworks. In the early 2000s, Bove made a series of wall-mounted shelves, which contained disparate elements, such as used books, vintage magazines, vernacular sculptures, and found objects. Alongside these intimate installations, Bove has recently been working on larger compositions which often take over the entire exhibition space, turning the gallery into a landscape or a vitrine. For the project, Bove continues her research on the role and function of art in the public space, by creating seven new sculptures which are installed within the self-seeded landscape. Bove’s site-specific installation highlights the uniqueness of its location and opens a magical environment for viewers. Installed along a 300-yard stretch of the untouched terrain, Bove’s sculptures reveal themselves among the unruly vegetation, like mysteriously pristine ruins of a lost civilization or a contemporary version of a Zen garden. Tour times: 10 AM, 11 AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, A Tour of Carol Bove's Sculptural Installation Caterpillar
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.
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City Walks, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Manhattan Christmas-Holiday Walk
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Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Brooklyn Heights Tour
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Time to learn about the other New York City; the city that nurtured political, cultural and intellectual revolutions. The city that gave birth to punk rock, the beat poets and graffiti. The city that has survived two centuries of mass riots, crime and corruption, murder and mayhem. The city that has flourished in spite of economic and social hardship.
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Alternative New York Tour
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Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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$6; $5 seniors/students;
Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Cathedral Tour
Workshop |
Do you like to draw from nature? Artist Janet Ruttenberg finds inspiration for her artwork in Central Park. Join a Museum Educator to explore the exhibition Picturing Central Park: Paintings by Janet Ruttenberg, then cultivate your sketching skills by learning a few new techniques such as scale, shading, texture, and color. Afterwards, you can head to Central Park on your own to find what inspires you.
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Workshops, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Sketches of Central Park
Concert |
12:00 PM - World Music Songbook 2:00 PM - Elli Choi, Violin 3:00PM - Ye Huang, Clarinet 5:00PM - Chamber Music 6:00 PM - Chamber Music
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Recitals
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.
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Southern Park Welcome Tour
Other |
A special tea-tasting event featuring teas from Charlene Wang’s Tranquil Tuesdays, including exquisite tea and teaware, a Chinese social enterprise dedicated to sharing China’s revered tea traditions with the rest of the world.
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Others, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Tea Tasting by Tranquil Tuesdays
Film |
With Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan. After her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she is the descendant of a long line of warriors who protect humans from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York universe called "Downworld." 130 mins.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Films, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Harald Zwalt's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013): Demon Warrior
Opening Reception |
The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in two categories: First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year. All thirty shortlisted books will be on display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Gallery Talk |
A docent-led tour of Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough: Selections from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr., which presents 37 works by leading Danish painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Gallery Tour: Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough
Workshop |
Taught by a Certified YOGA Instructor, the class is focused on Muscle Strength Building and Range of Motion Access, developing awareness and reinforcing ideas of cultivation. Each class includes very basic yogic philosophy for mental health purposes and self health care exploration. It is a fun, energizing class that helps adults and seniors take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity. It is offered in community to encourage friendships with other like minded people. They provide the chair for you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Chair Yoga for Adults & Seniors
Reading |
Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole, spirited tale. The New York Master Chorale will kick off the day with caroling at 12PM.
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Readings, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, What the Dickens? Fourth Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon
Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Cathedral Tour
Discussion |
Scholars and Taino/Garifuna community voices discuss historical and contemporary indigeneity among the peoples of the Caribbean, with a focus on the intensity of cultural continuities and activism in music and language. In addition, research updates from the Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project will also be presented.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Taino Identity Beyond Columbus: Indigeneity and Self-Discovery in the Caribbean

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Theaters, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Theater for Kids
Jazz |
William Johnson, guitar
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Jazz Guitar Recital
Concert |
2:00 PM - Chamber Music 5:00 PM - Cello Students of Caroline Stinson 6:00 PM - Angela Kim, Violin
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Recitals
Tour |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Lower Manhattan Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Harlem Tour
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 & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
Theater |
Food for Thought is a play which celebrates difference and challenges assumptions about age in the LGBTQ community. Written and created by an intergenerational ensemble of LGBTQ collaborators, this play explores the place where food, family (biological and chosen), and sexuality meet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Bridging the Gap presents Food for Thought

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Theaters, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Musical Theater: music by Broadway's finest composers and lyricists
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Concert |
A concert of new holiday 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
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Holiday Songbook
Book Reading |
An extraordinary book of teachings, insights and moments of discovery that will inspire seekers of all faiths and traditions to find magic, joy and revelation in the otherwise ordinary-appearing world around us.
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Book Readings, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Nicole Grace discusses her book The Temple: Meditations on a Spiritual Life
Dance Performance |
Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Dance Works-in-Progress: Ashley Anderson / Helen Simoneau
Workshop |
Teaches the fundamentals of discipline, balance, Health and Wellness.
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Workshops, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Tae Kwon Do Workshop
Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Concert on Water
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Enjoy performances by one of New York's most original a cappella groups Vocal Heights and singer/composer Kim Kalesti, with her Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter daughter Emily King and producer/songwriter/singer AC Lincoln. Local eateries will graciously provide hot beverages to keep any chill away. Attendees are asked to bring donations of nonperishable foods and gently used winter coats which will be collected by the Bowery Mission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Winter Gathering in a Garden, Featuring Grammy Nominee Emily King
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The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor & Boody Organ Builders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Jazz |
Martina DaSilva, voice
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Jazz Voice Recital
Performance |
A holiday ice show and Christmas lighting. Bring the family for hot cocoa and seasonal music.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Performances, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Ice Theatre of New York's Winter Holiday Skating Celebration

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Performances, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Concert |
Piano Students of Matti Raekallio
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Piano Recitals
Book Reading |
Dancer, choreographer, editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine Wendy Perron surveys the dance world since 1960 in her essays.
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Book Readings, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Wendy Perron reads from her book Through the Eyes of a Dancer

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Lectures, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Martial Arts Training: lecture and demo
Concert |
Georgina Rossi, viola
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Viola Recital
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Holiday Lights Tour

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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Modern Monumental Oratorio
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Celebrate Gamelan music of Central Java, performed by Gamelan Kusuma Laras, and dances of East Java with guest artist Christina Sunardi. Originally formed 25 years ago with instruments that had been created for the Indonesia Pavilion at the World's Fair of 1964-65 in Flushing, New York, Gamelan Kusuma Laras has entranced audiences around the United States and Indonesia with its authentic performances of music, dance, and theater from the classical repertoire of the courts of Central Java.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Gamelan Kusuma Laras perform music and dance of Java

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Theaters, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Minimalist productions with evocative sound design and wonderful voices
Concert |
Program: Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Three Excerpts from Act III Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor with Piano Competition winner Maria Inês Ferreira Pires De Andrade Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major With: NYU Symphony.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Symphonic Works by Schumann, Brahms and Wagner
Concert |
Pianist Andy Liu performs a program called "From the Italian Concerto to Don Giovanni."
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, Piano Works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin, and Liszt
Concert |
Ashley Jackson, Harp
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Harp Recital
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Chelsea Starbuck Smith, Violin
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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, College Violin Recital
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This powerhouse vocal quartet — which includes three members of the pioneering contemporary a capella ensemble Rockapella — brings holiday cheer with its soulful rock- and jazz-influenced take on barbershop. With no instruments in sight, seasonal classics get the doo-wop treatment for this special yuletide concert, featuring a guest turn by beatboxer extraordinaire Ed Chung of the a cappella funk group Duwende.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, December 14, 2013, 12/14/2013, The GrooveBarbers’ A Cappella Holiday Concert
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