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Fri, December 20, 2013
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free events nyc Lewis Allen's Oscar-Nominated The Uninvited (1944): Haunted Mansion
free events nyc The Big Apple Chorus
free events nyc The Sway Machinery, a Rock & Roll Spin on Jewish Cantorial Music
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Enjoy views of the Park's landscapes as you get fit. Coach Lon Wilson of the New York Walkers Club leads walks at a moderate to brisk pace over mostly flat surfaces. Wear comfortable sneakers! Ages 18+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Health and Race Walking
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Lower Manhattan Tour
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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
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Tours, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, All-in-One Downtown 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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Tours, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Cathedral Tour
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Infinity of Nations Guided 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!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Learn Juggling in the Park
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The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Phillip Lamb, organ scholar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Bach at Noon
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Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
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Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
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With Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson. This powerful coming-of-age story of a boy and his dog is set in rural Mississippi during WW II. Willie's overprotective upbringing by his strict father has left Willie shy and isolated until he receives a pup named Skip for his ninth birthday. Skip soon helps Willie become "one of the boys." 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Jay Russell's My Dog Skip (2000): Boy and His Pet
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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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Tours, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Cathedral Tour
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Starring Jared Padalecki, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter O'Toole. Returning home from college one Christmas, Thomas Kinkade finds his mother is ready to lose the family cottage to foreclosure. He is inspired to paint a mural of his hometown, which launches his career and helps the town rediscover their Christmas spirit. 103 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Michael Campus' Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008): Holiday Drama
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An introduction to Bonds and to the best of print and electronic resources for researching bonds and bond mutual funds. Other public web sites are introduced. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first seated basis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Bonds Basics
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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
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Tours, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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With Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp. A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. 99 Minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Films, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Lewis Allen's Oscar-Nominated The Uninvited (1944): Haunted Mansion
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Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter

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Theaters, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Christmas musical journey
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5:30 Nana Schwartzlose - Danish alt folk 6:05 Alec Spiegelman of Cuddle Magic - Plaintive love songs 6:40 Jo Williamson - Haunting lyrical folk
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, 3 Folk Music Acts
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“Extraordinary group of ordinary men” with New York attitude, love of Broadway, in its 26th year.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, The Big Apple Chorus
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Anastasia Dolak, Violin, and Chris Reynolds, Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, College Violin and Piano Recital
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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 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Holiday Lights Tour
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With the talents of blogger/pundit Leighann Lord (Fox News Strategy Room), author/storyteller Tommy Pryor (Yorkville Stoops To Nuts) and comedians Liz Miele (Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), Dave Lester (TV One’s "Who's Got Jokes with Bill Bellamy") and Joseph Rocha (Galavision's "!Que Loco!”)
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Performances, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, No Name... & A Bag O' Chips Comedy/Variety Show

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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Quartet with a worldwide cult following

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Performances, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Comedy in East Village
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Wojciech Staroń's Two Lessons (1998-2013): Polish Documentary
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A student performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Hänsel und Gretel, an Opera in Concert
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Melanie Genin, Harp
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, College Harp Recital
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The Little Band From Gingerland will be presenting songs from their current CD Sir Prise, their debut album Time out Time, sprinkled with seasonal classics. Ángela Tröndle und Sophie Abraham began working together as The Little Band From Gingerland in 2010, and the quartet formation with Siegmar Brecher on bass clarinet and Peter Kronreif followed as of 2011. With their unconventional melding of cabaret, chanson, art-pop, jazz, classical, and electronica, the group has ganied an impressive following in a short period of time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Christmas Concert: The Little Band from Gingerland

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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Musical seasonal favorites: jazz, classical, Broadway

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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Contemporary American Composers, works for mezzo soprano
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Yezu Woo, Violin
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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, College Violin Recital

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Theaters, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Minimalist productions with evocative sound design and wonderful voices

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Theaters, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013,  a heart of gold, a free spirit and terrible co-dependency and addiction...

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Theaters, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Love story with timeless music and lyrics

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Theaters, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, World premiere of a play by a famous playwright!

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Performances, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Comedy in East Village
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Jewish cantorial music gets a brass-heavy, worldbeat-meets-raucous-rock ’n’ roll spin in the music of the Sway Machinery. The brainchild of Jeremiah Lockwood, grandson of the legendary cantor Jacob Konigsberg, this boundlessly creative quintet blends Jewish musical traditions with Latin jazz and West African influences for a big, bold, jubilant explosion of sound. Fresh from collaborations with Malian luminaries Khaira Arby and Vieux Farka Touré, the Sway Machinery brings its exuberant live show.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, The Sway Machinery, a Rock & Roll Spin on Jewish Cantorial Music
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The evening will feature an array of activities, including Sad Sack Karaoke, live-streamed improvisational skits and perhaps an updated teenage game you either loved or hated. Layover can accommodate eight guests.
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Performances, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Layover, a 10-Hour Participatory Performance

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Theaters, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Comedy

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Concerts, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, Musical seasonal favorites: jazz, classical, Broadway

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Theaters, December 20, 2013, 12/20/2013, a mind-blowing show!
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