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Wed, December 18, 2013
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All events, things to do on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Performance of early music
free events nyc Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
free events nyc Renowned Russian Artist Zorikto Dorzhiev's Steppe Nirvana
free events nyc Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
free events nyc Sara Cedar Miller signs copies of her book Seeing Central Park
free events nyc Sirens of Gotham, an A Cappella Ensemble
free events nyc Hänsel und Gretel, an Opera in Concert
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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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$6; $5 seniors/students;
Tours, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Cathedral Tour
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Congressman Ron Paul considers the Federal Reserve "both corrupt and unconstitutional" Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
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Tours, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided. Lessons are weather permitting. You'll be surprised that Alex and Jordan can often be found outside tossing pins in the snow!
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Workshops, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Learn Juggling in the Park
Book Signing |
Sara Cedar Miller, the official historian and photographer of the Central Park Conservancy, will be holding an exclusive book signing event during two sessions: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please note she will not be available 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
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Book Signings, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Sara Cedar Miller signs copies of her book Seeing Central Park
Concert |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Phillip Lamb, organ scholar.
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Bach at Noon
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Marley’s Ghost from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - Readers world-wide are familiar with the character of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge, whose cranky response to “Merry Christmas!” was always “Bah, humbug!” This selection is the first part of the popular novella where Scrooge is visited by Jacob Marley’s ghost on Christmas Eve.
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Readings, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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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$6; $5 seniors/students;
Tours, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Cathedral Tour
Jazz |
A jazz concert for the midtown community. These popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists. The programming is overseen by jazz pianist Ronny Whyte.
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$10 suggested donation
Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Midtown Jazz
Concert |
In the context of European classical music, which had its best-known pieces written in the 1700s & 1800s, the "early music" means earlier than that. In this way, early music usually designates the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of Western music. Medieval music is Western music written during the Middle Ages. This era begins with the fall of the Roman Empire. Consensus among music historians – with notable dissent – has been to start the Renaissance era music around 1400, with the end of the medieval era, and to close it around 1600, with the beginning of the Baroque period, therefore commencing the musical Renaissance about a hundred years after the beginning of the Renaissance as understood in other disciplines. Baroque music is a style of Western art music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. This era was followed by the Classical era. The word "baroque" comes from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning misshapen pearl, a negative description of the ornate and heavily ornamented music of this period. Later, the name came to apply also to the architecture of the same period. (All the info above is compiled from Wikipedia). Juilliard musicians share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season.
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Performance of early music
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 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Harlem Tour
Jazz |
Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, beloved holiday classic!

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, World premiere of a play by a famous playwright!
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Tour |
A Museum Ambassador provides a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton Customs House.
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Tours, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, US Customs House Building Tour
Concert |
Lauren Williams, Oboe
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, College Oboe Recital
Other |
A free cheese tasting with New York favorite Murray’s Cheese, including Q&A about Murray’s Cheeses of the Month. In addition, New York travel expert Lisa Loverro will provide tips for enjoying New York City's best holiday attractions and dining.
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Others, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Free Cheese Tasting
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A fresh take on women’s a cappella and member of Manhattan chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Sirens of Gotham, an A Cappella Ensemble
Book Signing |
Arielle Eckstut and Joann Eckstut take the audience on a journey through time and space, visiting color past and present, and revealing along the way myriad surprising facets of color in both the natural and man-made worlds. Come learn how color colors nearly every aspect of our universe.
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Book Signings, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Arielle Eckstut & Joann Eckstut discuss their book The Secret Language of Color
Book Discussion |
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expression: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love.
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Book Discussions, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Book Group: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Lecture |
Jackson is a harpist who is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts. Jackson holds a B.A. from Yale College and a Master of Music in harp performance from the Yale School of Music.
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Lectures, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Harpist Ashley Jackson talks about her instrument
Concert |
Robin Geisbrecht, Piano
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, College Piano Recital
Opening Reception |
An exhibit of works by renowned Russian artist and sculptor Zorikto Dorzhiev in an exhibit that will run from December 18th through 27th. Dorzhiev is known for his visceral and dynamic work that pays tribute to his Buryat heritage.
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Opening Receptions, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Renowned Russian Artist Zorikto Dorzhiev's Steppe Nirvana
Workshop |
A fun dance workout to preview the group exercise classes that will be offered at the Manny Cantor Center, a new Lower East Side community center opening in early 2014.
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Workshops, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Group Dance Exercise Class
Discussion |
"The Balaboosta Cookbook," with Einat Admony, the chef-owner of New York City’s popular Balaboosta and Taïm restaurants and Leah Koenig, a writer and the author of "The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook: Daily Meals for the Contemporary Jewish Kitchen." Join the celebrated chef and a 21st-century balaboosta (Yiddish for “perfect housewife”), in conversation with an esteemed cookbook author. Don’t miss the ode to the modern balaboosta and the handbook for how to be one, exploring the connections between food and life stories. This stimulating evening will include ample time for audience Q&A.
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Discussions, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Chef Einat Admony discusses her book The Balaboosta Cookbook

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, beloved holiday classic!
Film |
In 1996, Wojciech Staroń documented Malgosia, his girlfriend, as she traveled the Siberian city Usolie-Sibirskoe and gave Polish language lessons to the descendants of exiled Poles. Captured on beautiful 16mm film, Siberian Lesson is the candid diary of a young teacher acclimating and falling in love, as well as a portrait of a community still reeling from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many years after their Siberian journey, now a married couple with two children, Wojciech and Malgosia traveled to a very different place: Azara, a remote village in northern Argentina, where Malgosia once again taught Polish to fellow emigrants. In the gorgeous, startlingly intimate Argentinian Lesson, Wojciech also turns his 16mm camera on Janek, his 8-year-old son, and his friend Marcia, a bright Argentinian girl of Polish descent bravely contending with poverty. 114 min.
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$10 suggested admission
Films, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Wojciech Staroń's Two Lessons (1998-2013): Polish Documentary
Opera |
A student performance.
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Hänsel und Gretel, an Opera in Concert

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Short plays
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.
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Tours, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Concert |
Featuring Anna Litrinenko, Cello
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, College Chamber Music Recital
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Charles Rosmarin, Percussion
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, College Percussion Recital
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HyungSuk Bae, Cello
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Concerts, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, College Cello Recital

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, a mind-blowing show!

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Christmas musical journey

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013,  a heart of gold, a free spirit and terrible co-dependency and addiction...

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Theaters, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Love story with timeless music and lyrics
Performance |
Stand-up comedy show (that has been featured on MTV, and that fills to standing-room only each week). The show is produced by Brendan Fitzgibbons (The Onion, McSweeney's) and Lance Weiss (Carolines on Broadway) with comedians from David Letterman, Vh1, MTV, The Onion, and Comedy Central. Free pizza!
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Performances, December 18, 2013, 12/18/2013, Gandhi, Is That You? Comedy Show
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Theater | Musical folk tales of Costa Rica

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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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