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Tue, February 7, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Bring your current project, your questions, your needles and your yarn to the Knitters' Table every Tuesday. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome - crochet, too.
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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2003. Topics include using formulas and functions, data sorting and conditional formatting.
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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
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., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
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Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring you all your old favorites and more.
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Lecture |
A talk by Dr. Oxana Blashkiv. Dr. Blashkiv is Lecturer at Ivan Franko Drohobych State Pedagogical University, Department of Romance and Germanic Philology, Chair of Germanic Philology and Translation Studies. She recieved her kandydat nauk in Comparative Literature Studies, at Volodymyr Hnatyuk Ternopil Pedagogical University and a Ph.D. in Slavic Literary Criticism at Maria Curie-Sk&#322;odowska University in Lublin (Poland) where the title of her dissertation was: “Czech and Slovak Culture in Dmytro &#268;yževs’kyj’s Life and Intellectual Heritage.”
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Gallery Talk |
A 45-minute in-depth look at the exhibition.
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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Concert |
Program: MARTINU Variations on a Theme by Rossini LISZT Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata STRAVINSKY Suite Italienne: Minuet et Finale BACH Chaconne in D minor from Partita No. 2 With: Julliard musicians Khari Joyner, cello; and Hui Wu, piano.
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Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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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
Gallery Talk |
Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. This provocative tension exists between the experiential nature of early American folk art and the fantastical imagery it often displays—between what is real and what is imagined. The same is true of the work of contemporary self-taught artists, which may introduce unique—and sometimes puzzling—expressions that illuminate the iconoclastic nature that is the flip side of the collective American psyche. The viewer is placed in the peculiar but exhilarating position of deciding for him- or herself whether the artwork expresses a disjuncture with reality or an uninhibited embracing of interior life. After all, what is more true, the picture that looks real or the picture that feels real; the observer or the observed?
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Find industry and career advice, job search and resume guides, and occupational surveys. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first seated basis.
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Tour |
Museum Ambassadors provide a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House.
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Workshop |
eBooks outsold print for the first time in 2010, and the trend is only going to continue, with magazines and other publications quickly moving to the iPad and other tablets. Digital publishing is hot-hot-hot, and print designers should be learning about it NOW.
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Hands on using wireless laptops. Search for articles and page images in back issues of the New York Times. Find historical headlines, news stories, book, film and theater reviews, obituaries, advertisements and more.
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Find out how meditation can awaken us to our higher purpose, connect us to the source of all happiness within us, and help us lead more enriching and productive lives. In this talk participants will learn a simple but powerful method of meditation that can transform your live spiritually. Participants will learn how meditation can help heal us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Learn how meditation can connect one to the universal fountainhead of divine peace, bliss, and illumination within us. Through meditation each of us can experience more peaceful, enriching and meaningful lives.
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Tour |
5:30pm: Guided tour of the Library's collection and resources 5:30–8pm: Magazine giveaways, new acquisitions display, and more
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Lecture |
In a world where people migrate more often and ideas and goods move faster than ever before, this lecture series examines the resulting cultural fusions and collisions as a source of new insights rather than just a catalyst for conflict. After an introduction to cultural theory, we explore the ways design and art critique and influence culture in the context of globalization. This lecture is presented by Christopher Robbins, artist.
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Concert |
Program: Scelsi String Quartet No. 4 Sciarinno Six Caprices Xenakis Ittidra Lachenmann Pression The incomparable Jack Quartet and members of Ensemble Signal explore how renegade composers push the boundaries of classical technique, coaxing new and incredible sounds from familiar instruments.
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Lecture |
Ayelet Waldman, attorney and author of Red Hook Road and Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace and Robin Levi, human rights director of the California-based non-profit Justice Now, discuss their latest book.
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Learn how to analyze what you earn and spend to create and live within a budget.
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Lecture |
Johannes Burgers, a Writer in Residence in the Library’s Wertheim Study and Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate Center CUNY, will present recent historical findings from his dissertation Conspiratorial Modernism: Modernism and Conspiracy Theory in Proust, Joyce, Faulkner, and Musil, which investigates the influence of anti-Semitism on modernist literature. This lecture will cover the extensive transatlantic exchange of anti-Semitic ideas that formed the basis of that influence.
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eBooks outsold print for the first time in 2010, and the trend is only going to continue, with magazines and other publications quickly moving to the iPad and other tablets. Digital publishing is hot-hot-hot, and print designers should be learning about it NOW.
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Book Signing |
Welcome the NBA's All Time Scoring leader and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He will read from his new book, What Color Is My World? Priority seating with purchase. Please call the store for details.
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Talk |
A self-described autodidact, Jonathan Olivares discusses the process and thinking behind three of his office’s projects: A Taxonomy of Office Chairs (Phaidon Press, 2011); Smith, a multi-purpose home-office cart designed for Danese Milano in 2007; and the exhibition "Useless: An Exploded View," curated and designed for the EXD design Biennial in Lisbon. Jonathan Olivares' multi-disciplinary practice comprises industrial design, research, writing, and exhibition design.
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Free 30-minute French classes and discussions. Two sessions: 6pm and 7pm.
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Forum |
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the bestselling and award-winning author of 30 books for children and young adults. As Vice President, and Executive Editor for Scholastic, she has acquired and edited a robust mix of titles, including Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award winners. One of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business,” she was also named one of the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine.
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$5
Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Learn how to create a slideshow presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2003. Topics include creating and editing slides, inserting images and clipart, and running your slideshow.
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Slide Lecture |
With Eric W. Allison, the founder and coordinator of the graduate historic preservation program at Pratt Institute. In this visual presentation the author shows how preservation is a key to the creation of livable cities. He covers such issues as preservation's contribution to the economy of the livable city, the economic and environmental benefits of restoring and reusing historic structures, the link between affordable housing and historic preservation and the importance of preserving our vernacular architecture and existing building stock. Included in this talk is a livable city checklist for the preparation of proposals and plans for preservation, planning, and urban design projects. A robust set of illustrated recent examples, including the revitalizations of Lower Downtown (LoDo) in Denver, Colorado, downtown Austin, Texas, and Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Canada, demonstrate that historic preservation is a key component in developing livable cities, large and small.
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Talk |
The curatorial staff shares the history of 103 Orchard Street, the new visitor center and museum shop, on the corner of Delancey. When was the building built and how has it been altered over time? Who lived and worked here? What stories have Museum researchers uncovered?
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Discussion |
The fifth Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season will feature baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, starring at the Met in Verdi's Ernani and La Traviata.
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Discussion |
Tom Eccles, executive director of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Mark Handforth, artist; and Irving Sandler, renowned art critic and historian, discuss the art of preeminent sculptor Mark di Suvero. The three men, each of whom has worked closely with the artist, will consider di Suvero's work in the context of his career and the history of modern sculpture.
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Film |
With F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce and Roy Dotrice. The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback mode by Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. 160 min.
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Poetry Reading |
Martha Rhodes is a poet, editor, teacher, and the author of four collections of poetry:At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance, Mother Quiet, and The Beds. James Tolan is author of the chapbooks Red Walls and Whiskey and the Rake of Mourning. Stephanie Brown is the author of two collections of poetry, Domestic Interior and Allegory of the Supermarket. Marcia Pelletiere is a poet, musician, and multimedia artist. Miracle with Roasted Hens is her first poetry collection.
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Workshop |
With Yuri Dhara.
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$10 suggested donation
Theater |
New York Classical Theatre returns to the World Financial Center with Playing Molière. Using their signature performance style, Panoramic Theatre, this unique production of Moliere’s shorter comedies hearkens back to the 17th century playwright’s roots in the Commedia dell’Arte. The characters of Playing Molière, including cuckolded husbands, sneaky servants, demanding fathers, and quick-witted lovers, have inspired an entire generation of physical comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers.
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Book Reading |
Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street and Homework, joins us for her latest novel, the story of a young orphaned girl and her relationship with a London businessman with a secret.
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Discussion |
We're more wired together digitally today than at any time in our history, in a great throbbing social-media hive. At the same time, a far greater percentage of us are living alone than at any time in our history. What's the connection between these two phenomena? Where do the trend lines take us from here? The Penguin Press presents celebrated public intellectual Eric Klinenberg, author of the forthcoming Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Along, and Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, coming together to discuss what it all means and where we're all heading.
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Book Reading |
In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife. Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of twelve. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation's list of 5 Under 35. Téa Obreht lives in New York.
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Screening |
Evan Ginzburg hosts this documentary screening. Two showings: 7pm and 9pm.
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Screening |
If you remember the comedies of the Silent Era as nothing but herky-jerky slapstick, take another look. You’ll see some beautifully restored footage of the silent clowns, many of whom were original, even brilliant filmmakers. Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are the best known, but Charles Chase, Harold Lloyd, Bert Williams, and many others made films that are still as funny as they are ingenious.
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Concert |
Pribaoutki LIEBERSON Raising the Gaze STOCKHAUSEN Kreuzspiel STRAVINSKY Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
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Jazz |
Explore the music of The Duke and the roots of the diverse and universal language called Jazz music. Musicians and audiences of all backgrounds gather around this vibrant and poetic genre which sprung from African-American tradition and attracted global attention during the great Harlem Renaissance. Spend an hour in Ellingtonia through music and film of Jazz Legend Duke Ellington.
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Opera |
A Rossini double bill featuring La cambiale di matrimonio and La scala di seta, directed by David Paul and conducted by Vlad Iftinca. Pianist Daniel Fung and Piano Fellow Brent Funderburk will accompany the singers on piano and harpsichord. Sets are by Caite Hevner; costume design is by Anne Kennedy; and lighting design is by Ben Pilat.
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Concert |
A stellar musical event. A concert showcasing the artistry of internationally acclaimed performers and distinguished faculty members at a leading New York conservatory.
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Jazz |
Rotating student jazz combos in an intimate setting.
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Open Mike Reading |
Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, and other creative folks are invited to put their two cents in at this weekly gathering hosted by Penny Pollak.
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$3
Open Mike Reading |
Open Mic and Featured Guests: Musicians, Comedians, Poets, Other. Lottery Style Sign up at 10pm – Performers get 8 minutes. Radio Amateur Open Stage is a tribute to the non-traditional artists and performers who are the unsung heroes of NYC’s art scene providing 8 minutes of no-strings-attached stage time to anyone wishing perform or pontificate.
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Jazz |
A great way to hear some of the most talented young lions of jazz while enjoying spectacular views of Manhattan.
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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