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Sat, December 17, 2016
42 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 17, 2016 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Moderate-to-brisk walks led by the NY Walkers Club for people 18 years and older of all abilities. This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone, strength and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying the Park's beautiful landscapes. This event takes place every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Health and Race Walking
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park. Tour is Wednesdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Park Walks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
Tour |
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 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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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Tours, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, 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 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Harlem Tour
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Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. 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, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park. Tour takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, New York One-Day Tour
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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. Tours are Mondays and Fridays at 2pm, and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Greenwich Village Neighborhood 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
10:00 am
Free
City Walks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Workshop |
Learn how to set up a photo shoot and green-screen, then how to manipulate your images to create exciting composite shots in Photoshop. Then, learn to change the lighting using Photoshop’s lighting effects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Intermediate Photoshop: Green-Screening and Effects
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Access billions of names inside the more than 7,000 available databases of Ancestry Library Edition, including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank Records, and African American and Native American Records.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Featured Database: Ancestry Library Edition
Park Walk |
Discover some of the Central Park secret sites that West Siders know and love: a lost village, a poetic garden, and a bridge with a spectacular view. Join Central Park Conservancy guides on this tour through Central Park's historic and picturesque west side. Highlights of this tour include Winterdale Arch, Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare Garden, the Swedish Cottage, and Ladies' Pavilion. Tour ends near 72nd Street and Central Park West.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, West Side Stories Tour
Workshop |
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Learn Juggling in the Park
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With Ariel Carson."As soon as we think of an action, our muscles begin preparing to carry it out. Let's move with a strong back, remembering what came before us. Let's move with joy and insatiable curiosity, eyes wide open."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Let's Move Workshop
Tour |
3.5 miles, mostly flat. Walk through Pratt Institute looking at the best outdoor modern sculpture in NY, then into two small historic districts including Walt Whitman’s house and a bakery reborn as a high school, then into Ft. Greene Park with the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument, then spend at least 45 minutes at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum. Finally, walk through the Vinegar Hill historic district and end in DUMBO at the York Street station. Awful or dangerous weather cancels. Bring lunch. Call to confirm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
$3
Tours, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Sculpture to Ships Plus Walk
Staged Reading |
The Instant Shakespeare Company presents this reading.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Staged Readings, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Play Reading: All's Well That Ends Well
Workshop |
1:00-3:00 pm Raquel Griffin "Primordial Foundation"3:30-5:30 pm Valerie Oula “Luminous Shift” "The Primordial Foundation workshop will offer a facilitated group movement experience that fuses yoga, energy work, and embodied movement to assist participants in creating a collective and individual vision of expanded consciousness through a re-connection to our Primordial foundation.""Luminous Shift is an integrative blend of energy modalities and vibrational essences to shed old patterns for deep subtle body healing. We will be working with kundalini yogic technology as well as applied topical flower/ crystal essences and tapping for a high vibe shift."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, 2 Workshops: Luminous Shift and Primordial Foundation
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With Elizabeth Traina."Learn the unique qualities of the 7 primary chakras of the body and read your energy-field as a gateway for personal understanding and self care. Following a mediation, join in a peaceful session of mandala making."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Chakra Healing and Mandala Making
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Workshop |
Did you learn how to use iMovie? Come put your skills to use in our Digital Story Telling class. Create a movie that explores a topic using pictures, video clips and sound.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Digital Storytelling Using iMovie
Park Walk |
Explore the Park’s central features including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. Route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths. 45 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Mid-Park Welcome Tour
Other |
Welcome the season in a beautiful garden.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Others, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Winter Solstice Celebration
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 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art 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! This tour takes place every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
Concert |
2:00 PM Rafael Castillo-Halvorssen, Trumpet 4:00 PM Aleksei Dolgopolov, Drums
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Student Recitals
Workshop |
We all want to be happy. But many of us find happiness to be elusive, at best. Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical steps for cultivating happiness and building your capacity to live your life by design rather than default.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Be Happy – Now! How to Cultivate High Levels of Happiness
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Stars: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly.A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker. 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Michael Showalter's Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015): May-December Flirtation
Film |
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts.When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. 142 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991): 5 Oscar Nominations
Discussion |
Artist Amie Cunat joins Anne Wu in a dialogue about Wu's site-specific Art in the Windows installation titled Detour. Following a presentation of the artist’s recent work, they discuss the pieces on view in the library’s North and South window vitrines and converse about process, materials, and the way in which painting and sculpture intersect with the urban environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Discussions, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Artist Dialogue: Anne Wu / Amie Cunat
Concert |
Deck the halls and ring in the "holly-daze" with classics you can't imagine the season without, to lesser known treasures you will want to hear more of. Karen Luschar and her band celebrate the fun and warmth of this special season with Christmas in Killarney, A Song of Christmas, Scarlet Ribbons, Let It Snow, Christmas Memories, I'll Be Home for Christmas, O Holy Night, Count Your Blessings, White Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Happiest Christmas and so many more. There's even a sing-a-long!.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Mistletoe and Holly: Holiday Songs
Poetry Reading |
Finishing Line Press presents Ron Whitehead in celebration of the release of blistered asphalt on dixie highway: Kentucky Basketball is Poetry in Motion. Hosted by Mets Poet Frank Messina.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, An Afternoon of Sports Poetry
Classical Music |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.Every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Concert on Water: Classical Music
Classical Music |
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 and Boody Organ Builders. The Organ Meditation takes place every Saturday from Sept. 10, 2016 to May 27, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
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Paul D. Miller will present and perform from "Sinfonia Antarctica," “The Heart of a River,” and "Heart of a Forest." His work remixes the ways we think about traditional forms of music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Traditional Remixes with DJ Spooky
Film |
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young.Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. 120 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, John G. Avildsen's Rocky (1976): 3-Time Oscar Champ
City Walk |
About 4 miles. Walk to see Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Eat dinner at a diner after the walk. Call leader to confirm that walk is on. Please use bathrooms at home as this is a residential area. Dress for the weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
$3
City Walks, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Evening Walk in Dyker Heights
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 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Jazz |
New York-based vocalist and songwriter Marcus Goldhaber “rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli,” according to JazzTimes, garnering more critical raves for his “wonderfully imaginative” interpretations of straight-ahead jazz standards while earning a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting. You’ll see Goldhaber performing in New York’s famed clubs like 54 Below, The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, Cutting Room, and at prestigious clubs and concert halls from Las Vegas to Miami, having shared stages along the way with the likes of the legendary Les Paul, Billy Stritch, Vince Giordano, and Bono.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Mostly Marcus, Jazz Vocalist and Songwriter
Concert |
Yujin Ariza, Violin
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Student Recitals
Jazz |
Vicki Burns is a jazz vocalist equally at home in New York City or San Francisco, consistently delighting audiences on both Coasts. When in California, she sang in the Bay Area extensively at such venues as Enrico's, Pearl's and Anna's Jazz Island. She recorded two critically acclaimed CDs, "Siren Song" which received AirPlay on radio stations around the world and " Live At Anna's Jazz Island", recorded with Blues great Taj Mahal in the audience. Since moving to New York, she has performed at such venues at Birdland, The Iridium, Jazz at Kitano, Zinc Bar and The Metropolitan Room. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Concerts, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Vicki Burns, Critically Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist
Film |
Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia.A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. 94 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 pm
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Films, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Frank Oz's Oscar-Nominated Little Shop of Horrors (1986): Man-Eating Plant
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Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette.A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. 111 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:59 pm
Free
Films, December 17, 2016, 12/17/2016, Wes Craven's Scream (1996): Slasher Flick
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