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All events, things to do on December 8, 2016 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
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Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Midtown Manhattan Tour
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Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.Tuesdays and Thursdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Midtown Manhattan Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s and continues to be applied to subsequent incarnations. Stencil graffiti, wheat pasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture are common forms of modern street art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Williamsburg Street Art Tour
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
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City Walks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Workshop |
Learn to use Photoshop’s powerful brush tools to create painting effects and digital art that range from the subtle to the chaotic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Intermediate Photoshop: Brushes and Digital Painting
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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. The event is offered daily, except Sundays.
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Learn Juggling in the Park
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Bach at Noon
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Cara Samantha is a NYC-based vocalist whose original music is the love child of Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones and Carole King. Cara got her professional start in the musical theater world, but has spent the past several years in the recording industry as a singer-songwriter, session singer, background vocalist and voiceover artist. She plays all over the tri-state area doing private events, weddings, proposals, restaurant gigs and more. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Holiday Sounds: Cara Samantha
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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. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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Share your passion for gaming the old fashion way. If words excite or inspire you, and crossword puzzles keep you going, then Scrabble is your game! Are you a chess or checkers champion? Whether you're a master or just starting out, show off your best moves. If you like wheeling and dealing, Monopoly's the game for you. Join them for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Retro Board Gaming
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Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Lunchtime Meditation
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Gallery Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Classical Music |
Acclaimed chamber music ensemble The Raphael Trio is nown for its creative approach to programming. The group recently celebrated 40 years of performing together. Members Daniel Epstein, piano, Naoko Tanaka, violin and Susan Salm, cello, will present an all Beethoven program.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, The Raphael Trio presents an all-Beethoven program
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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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. This tour takes place Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm, and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Harlem Tour
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Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Subway Art Tour
City Walk |
Join a three-hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. They'll begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. Once a pastoral green oasis, and later a home for Irish and Italian immigrants, Greenwich Village has been at the forefront of some of the most important political, social, and artistic movements of the 20th Century. Filled with 19th century townhouses, and now one of the most desirable and high priced neighborhoods in America, the Village tells a multi-generational New York story. From secluded wealthy enclave to emerging Bohemian and Beat communities, from Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan to the Stonewall Inn.Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
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Explore current and historical newspapers and periodicals available online through NYPL
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Researching with E-Resources: Periodicals and Newspapers
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New Year’s resolutions are notoriously tough to keep. But with the right tools you can make sustainable New Year’s resolutions. In this workshop, Dr. Lucie Baker discusses adapting to change and shares strategies and tips to help you achieve your goals in 2017. This workshop is suitable for all ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
$5
Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Sustainable New Year's Resolutions in 3 Easy Steps
Film |
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid.In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. 102 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1942): Winner of 3 Oscars
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Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi.A classy shoplifter, on trial for swiping a diamond bracelet, has her case postponed by the Assistant DA until after Christmas.94 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Mitchell Leisen's Remember the Night (1940): Preston Sturges RomCom
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Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey.A veteran policeman is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer. They both have one thing in common: they hate working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. 110 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Richard Donner's Oscar Nominee Lethal Weapon (1987): Mel Gibson Actioner
Workshop |
Learn how to enhance photos using the number 1 photo editing software in the world; Adobe Photoshop. In this class you learn the features of Photoshop and learn about layers and use them to manipulate images to your desire. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Photoshop for Beginners
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Learn desktop publishing basics using Microsoft Publisher 2010. Topics include creating flyers, brochures, business cards, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, MS Publisher 2010 Workshop
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In the impoverished world of ex-steeltown Donora, PA, three brothers make a blood oath to escape by any means necessary. But each brother and the girls they love are caught up in the meth world and struggling to get out. Will love and family be enough to save them?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Plays, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Blood Potato by James McManus: Meth in a Steeltown
Concert |
Alexandra Boyanova, Violin Lecture 4 p.m. Fan Jia, Baritone 6 p.m. Kenneth Renshaw, Violin 8 p.m. Taylor Hampton, Percussion 8 p.m.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Student Recitals
Lecture |
The current state of the left political spectrum feels devastated and broken. The current focus on identitarian politics from “progressives” often falls short of addressing the larger problems that arise from our positioning within capitalism. The intention of this series of lectures is to offer basic insights and an analysis of capitalism and the socialist alternative, and in particular the role and place of art within these two systems.Brujas’s constant public engagement with “identity” as women of color and as skateboarders has often been presented by external sources as a marketing piece, or as a spinoff from street culture and the economy surrounding it. Examples like this demonstrate that, for youth operating in the creative economy, it is essential to understand not only their relationship with their identities but also their entanglement with the larger economic and labor systems that play a significant (and often under-recognized) role in defining identities.The School of Politics reflects one of the Brujas’s primary goals: to spread political awareness as our society moves further away from democracy while power remains concentrated in the hands of the elite. 
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5:00 pm
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Lectures, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Collective Creativity
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Magnetic Sound Baths is an immersive listening experience, where participants are invited to lay back amidst a wash of meditative sounds. A sound bath creates a temporary break from the sensory stimuli of an active life, allowing people space with their thoughts, and time to inspect their own internal mental narrative. The installation is comprised of several sound-generating sculptures, electroacoustic works of art that use magnetic fields to induce vibration and soundwaves in metal and wood. Space is limited to 20 visitors per session. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. Participants are encouraged to bring mats, blankets, pillows; anything for comfort while listening. Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 3 - December 15 (except Nov. 24)
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Magnetic Sound Baths: An Immersive Listening Experience
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Learn the basics of using a Mac computer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Mac Computers for Beginners
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Annie Dillard.
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Book Discussion Group: The Abundance
Dance Performance |
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Flamenco Vivo highlights the diversity of national traditions of music, carols, and dance, while also reflecting the broad influence of Spanish culture throughout the Americas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Navidad Flamenca: A Holiday Celebration with Flamenco Vivo
Opening Reception |
An exhibition of work by alumni who have participated in the Skowhegan Residency Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Group Exhibition: SVA X Skowhegan
Opening Reception |
With:Luis Alves Erin Karp Lucky Checkley Jon Keller Alice Jacob Carol Greenlaw Niamul Bari Helaine Soller Carey Parks- Schwartz Lin Wang
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Group Show: Exposure 2
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Building on her celebrated White Shoes series, here Faustine's performative monument-making style again tracks history and the power wielded by its perpetuated falsehoods versus its barely recognizable truth, but also boldly asks us to confront the very idealogical DNA of America.Since 2013 Faustine has gained national and international recognition for her photographic work that plays with historical narratives haunted by the black female body. She has used self-portraiture to re-mark locations in NYC where the history of slavery is literally buried physically and psychologically. The photographic documentation of her self-made monuments which avoid conventional readings of a cohesive national history work to expose the ongoing tragic legacy of slavery.
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Nona Faustine's My Country: Photographs
Opening Reception |
Images by early PPA member and PPA president from 1930-37, noted pictorial photographer Ira W. Martin, will be featured. in an exhibit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Photography: Ira W. Martin's
Book Reading |
Leah Perry argues that 1980s immigration discourse in law and popular media was a crucial ingredient in the cohesion of the neoliberal idea of democracy. Blending critical legal analysis with a feminist media studies methodology over a range of sources, Perry shows how even while “multicultural” immigrants were embraced, they were at the same time disciplined through gendered discourses of respectability. Examining the relationship between law and culture, this book weaves questions of legal status and gender into existing discussions about race and ethnicity to revise our understanding of both neoliberalism and immigration.Leah Perry is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at SUNY-Empire State College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Leah Perry reads from her book The Cultural Politics of U.S. Immigration
Discussion |
How can a writer best change the hearts and minds of readers when they believe strongly about a social or political issue, how do translators help adapt writers’ ideas for different cultures, and how does a book’s cover add meaning and impact to the message? Tonight, there will be a talk with two of guest writers from Europe: Mihkel Mutt, who employed satire in his novels as a means to talk about life under Communism in Estonia and later, after Independence, used more direct means in his essays and journalism; and Szczepan Twardoch, who takes a more philosophical and sociological approach as he writes along a line separating reality from fantasy, psychology from realism, to tell very human stories. Together they’ll be joined by acclaimed translator Alta L. Price, whose work on design-related texts like Jürgen Holstein’s The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic examines the critical role cover design plays in catching the reader’s attention and subverting expectations. Tonight’s conversation is moderated by acclaimed translator, Peter Constantine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Writing to Change Hearts and Minds
Lecture |
Robert Hoyland, Professor of Late Antique and Early Islamic Middle Eastern History, delivers this lecture. The emergence of Islamic civilization has remained a key focus of his research and is the subject of his latest book (In God’s Path: the Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire. Reception to follow.
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Muhammad’s Community and the Spread of Monotheism in Late Antique Arabia
Staged Reading |
Presented by the UFT Players. You will enjoy seeing the staged readings of short plays written by United Federation of Teachers members. The plays cover a wide variety of topics, both comedy and dramas.
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Staged Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Original Plays Festival: The Thirteenth Annual Evening of Staged Readings of New Original One-Act Plays
Gallery Talk |
Alexey Titarenko was born in 1962 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, and lives and works in New York, where he is represented by Nailya Alexander Gallery. He will discuss his seminal series "City of Shadows," created in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, City of Shadows: An Artist Talk by Alexey Titarenko
Performance |
In conjunction with its current exhibition Un-becoming, the gallery presents a performance by The Moving Company and an artist talk moderated by Wendy Vogel, contributing writer to Artforum and Art in America, followed by an afterparty with DJ sets by Maria Chavez, SHYBOI, and Kamron Saniee.
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6:00 pm
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Performances, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Un-becoming: Performance by The Moving Company - Plus, Artist Talk
Festival |
A cozy evening with caroling, warm beverages, cookies, and the Battery Park City community. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Festivals, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Holiday Lights!
Talk |
The third Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin features Cori Ellison, Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England who is on the Vocal Arts Faculty at The Juilliard School. Her expertise and eloquence on everything operatic has benefitted singers and audiences.
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6:30 pm
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Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Dramaturg Cori Ellison
Talk |
A historical lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
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6:30 pm
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Talks, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Green-Wood Cemetery
Tour |
A tour led by Dr. Paul Wachtel on the history and architecture of the synagogue.
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6:30 pm
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Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Tour of Congregation Ohab Zedek
Discussion |
Brooklyn-born Jamel Shabazz has been capturing New York life since he was 15 years old. In his gaze were his peers, members of the local Mosque, elders in their Sunday best, families--all members of communities that shared familial bonds. He recently released a new book, Pieces of A Man. Shabazz will be in conversation with photojournalist, curator and filmmaker, Akintola Hanif, to discuss his photographic contributions to “preserve world history and culture.”
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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Visually Speaking: Photographer Jamel Shabazz
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How do you describe a Mozart sonata in words so the notes sing and dance on the page as vividly as if you were hearing them? And how does the work of a painter, sculptor or visual artist influence the work of a writer? Masters of each form have influenced each of the guests – join Ann Cotten (pictured), Stefan Hertmans, Martí Sales, and Krisztina Tóth as they discuss these influences and reflect on the ways in which music and art have shaped and influenced their own work. Moderated by author and publisher of Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester, Chad W. Post.
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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Writing Under the Influence of Music and Art
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture features videos of Stephen Sondheim and traces his career starting from the early days when he wrote the lyrics for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" to his work as the writer of both words and music for such shows as "Company," "Sunday in the Park with George," and "Sweeney Todd." Among the many memorable songs highlighted are "Send in the Clowns," "Not While I'm Around," "Not a Day Goes By," and "Being Alive." Artists spotlighted singing his songs include Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Sarah Vaughan and Elaine Stritch. With Mel Haber.
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Slide Lectures, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Words and Music of Stephen Sondheim
Concert |
This was the year that commemorated 400 years after Shakespeare's death by celebrating his works worldwide. Come join this celebration finale and hear a beautiful program of contemporary art songs. The concert features original music composed by Donna Kendall Stearns, set to Shakespeare text, and represents 10 Shakespeare plays. Ross Hewitt, as Narrator, will lead the audience on the journey as three consummate and gifted soloists take turns performing such favorites as "Who is Silvia" (sung by Ray Allen Fritz), "The Willow Song" (sung by Clara Barton Green), and "Orpheus" (sung by Drew Bolander). Photo, from left to right: Donna Kendall Stearns, Clara Barton Green, Ray Allen Fritz, Drew Bolander, and Ross Hewitt
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, The #Shakespeare400 Concert
Workshop |
Hola! Ni Hao! Bonjour! Konnichiwa! Dobryi den'! Come try out the Mango Languages program and start learning one of more than 60 languages today. This is a conversation based language learning program with a built-in recording option. Record your voice and compare your speech to the narrator’s to hear your progress.
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Mango Languages: Learn Languages Online
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. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Book Reading |
Mia Alvar (pictured) is the author of the debut story collection is "In the Country" (Knopf, 2016), winner of the 2016 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Ramona Ausubel is the author most recently of "Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty" (Riverhead Books, 2016).
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Writers Read: Mia Alvar / Ramona Ausubel
Book Reading |
Hans Haacke has lived and worked in New York since 1965. He was born in Cologne, Germany in 1936 and attended the Staatliche Werkakademie in Kassel from 1956 to 1960. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant in 1961 to study at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. From 1967 to 2002 he taught at The Cooper Union in New York. For five decades, Haacke has been looking at the relationship between art, power and money, and has addressed issues of free expression and civic responsibilities in a democratic society.
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Book Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Artist Hans Haacke discusses his book Working Conditions: The Writings of Hans Haacke
Concert |
7:00 PM Music of Ornette Coleman Ensemble9:00 PM Braden Smith, Saxophone
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Student Recitals
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The concert will be dedicated to polychoral music by composers such as Tomás Luis de Victoria, Juan de Madrid, Mateo Romero, Diego de Cáseda and Manuel de Egüés. Music for 8 or more vocal parts with instruments was an important part of Spanish liturgical music throughout the baroque period. The main cathedrals in all corners of the empire regularly presented imposing music that took advantage of the space and acoustics of the temples. Reception to follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, 'Luna Sin Mancha, Sol Sin Ocaso': Music from the Olmeda Collection
Staged Reading |
Acclaimed Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre delves deep into what it means to be human in today’s world — and how our own interpersonal relationships have direct parallels to society as whole. I Disappear examines dislocation, memory, mortality, and identity in a poetic yet haunting drama that solidifies Lygre’s position as one of our most interesting and challenging dramatists. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Play Reading: I Disappear
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In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence. 113 min.
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Films, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Milcho Manchevski's Before the Rain (1994): Oscar-Nominated Macedonian Film
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In a small Muslim town in Northern Cameroon, four young soccer players prepare for a championship that will determine not only the future of the team, but the unique trajectory of each girl’s life. Incorporating choreography inspired by the games and practices of a real-life Cameroonian girls team, the play blurs the line between theater and sporting event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Yellow Card Red Card by Melisa Tien: Soccer Players' Future
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Translation, culture, class and race are at the forefront of this retelling of Eugene O’Neill’s seldom-seen satire Marco Millions. Lead Artists Claire Moodey and Bess Rowen, in collaboration Target Margin Theater and students, alumni, professors and staff, follow Marco Polo on a journey you will never forget.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, A Retelling of Eugene O’Neill’s Marco Millions
Discussion |
Making an explosive entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in the Sunday Times and The Guardian, Colin Barrett’s book of short stories, Young Skins is set in the small rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze-sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub. Here and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars. Tommy Wieringa’s Little Caesar  is the story of a child’s faith despite parental betrayal and of the importance of self sacrifice, while his IMPAC Dublin Literary Award long-listed, Joe Speedboat,  follows the inhabitants of a sleepy rural town of the fictional Lomark in the municipality of Westervelt in the Netherlands, and is a supersonic story of an unlikely alliance, and a fast dash to grow up.Don’t miss this conversation about friendship and youth, of families and their scars, and the portrayal of a very particular time in a young boy’s life, moderated by associate editor at Grove Atlantic, and publisher and editor in chief of Stonecutter Journal, Katie Raissian. 
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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, New Literature from Europe Festival 2016: Coming of Age
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Immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Meters, as well as straight-up jazz, saxophonist and composer Lakecia Benjamin's soaring, dance floor–friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level. With a pure jazz pedigree and experience playing alongside Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots, and Macy Gray, Benjamin whips up her own eclectic sound—swinging between smoldering late-night ambience, erudite jazz, and tight funk—where the guiding constant is her summery, sultry alto sax.
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Lakecia Benjamin, Sultry Alto Saxophonist
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Peng Wang, piano, and Xiaoxi Guo, piano 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Scott Joiner, tenor 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM Ramon Gabriel Tenefrancia, tenor
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Student Recitals
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Program:Ignatz Waghalter (1881-1949):“Mandragola” OvertureViolin Concerto, Op. 15 New World SuiteA very special concert featuring the recently rediscovered music of founding conductor Ignatz Waghalter. Headlined by special guests, conductor Alexander Walker and solo violinist John McLaughlin Williams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, The Doctors Orchestral Society of New York
Classical Music |
Aaron Likness performs solos and works for cello and piano by Carter and Debussy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Chamber Works by Carter, Debussy
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Authors invent worlds and people so vividly that we believe them to be real and true. They create imaginary characters and settings that are oftentimes easier to believe than what we watch on the evening news. Sometimes fiction is more believable than fact.  Journalists, on the other hand, are relied upon to deal only in fact. Yet sometimes, authors step away from their imaginary worlds to become journalists who report on facts and real-life situations and characters or reversely, journalists give up the truth to write fiction. What happens in that process and can we really trust what an author writes when they’re being a journalist? Join award-winning BBC journalist, author and filmmaker, Michael Maher, along with Susana Moreira Marques, Asle Skredderberget, and Matei Visniec (pictured), as they consider whether an author makes a reliable journalist and, conversely, if a journalist can change gears to write a work of fiction?
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Discussions, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Inventing Realities: Authors in Conversation
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Learn the basics of Adobe's vector graphic creation program and how to create exciting digital art for print, video, and webClass is taught on Mac computers.
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Workshops, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Adobe Illustrator for Beginners
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The Trojan War is over. The warlord Agamemnon has been murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra; Clytemnestra has been murdered by their son, Orestes, avenging his father's death. Now Orestes lies haunted by Furies – spirits who avenge blood-crimes – as the city decides what to do with the perpetrator of this heinous crime. Can his sister, Electra, and friend, Pylades, save Orestes from the city's decree? Can cycles of violence ever be ended?Dec. 8-10
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Plays, December 08, 2016, 12/08/2016, Orestes by Euripides: A College Production
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