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Tue, February 21, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on February 21, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$6
Dance Lesson |
Learn about the great tradition of swing dancing and the diverse groups of people that developed, taught and performed in Harlem. The program will include a tour of the museum, a swing dance lesson and light refreshments will be served. Jonathon Gill, the author of the book Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America, will discuss the history and style of swing dancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring you all your old favorites and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk |
A 45-minute in-depth look at the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Program: HAYDN Sonata No. 20 in C minor LISZT Reminiscences de Don Juan DEBUSSY L’isle Joyeuse SCRIABIN Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major STRAVINSKY Four Etudes, Op. 7 CARTER Caténaires With: Alice Gi-Young Hwang, piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance |
Noritoshi Hirakawa creates performances, photography and films that explore the hidden social structures and desires that often go unrecognized or are sublimated and that he perceives as essential to what it means to be human. He exposes the unspoken, private moments of human interaction that we as a society repress, thereby liberating what remains fantasy for most people. As choreographer of an action or performance, Hirakawa is himself spectator, although there is an implicit interaction between the artist and the performers. We, the audience, also become complicit in the action, the liberation, as it were, of the private moment in the public eye. Noritoshi Hirakawa was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1960 and has lived and worked in New York since the mid-nineties. He has exhibited extensively at museums and galleries internationally and his work is included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, among many others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Protect yourself online from scams and frauds. We will be discussing some of the most prevalent online scams and frauds and what you can do to make sure you don't fall prey to them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lesson |
Learn about the great tradition of swing dancing and the diverse groups of people that developed, taught and performed in Harlem. The program will include a tour of the museum, a swing dance lesson and light refreshments will be served. Jonathon Gill, the author of the book Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village to Capital of Black America, will discuss the history and style of swing dancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. An introduction to NYPL databases and basic search techniques. Learn different database access points through the NYPL website, using Academic Search Premier and Reference USA as examples.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 Ezio Manzini, distinguished visiting professor, School of Constructed Environments; professor of Industrial Design, Politecnico di Milano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture |
This talk explores how eating pork in Paris and other cities can be read as a sign of identity crisis in French society--a way of excluding from the public space others who are different, in this case, Jews or Muslims who follow dietary laws forbidding the consumption of pork. Speaker Pierre Birnbaum is an emeritus professor of political sociology at Université Paris I and currently a visiting scholar at NYU's Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization. He is an eminent authority on the political history of Jews in France, and on relations between Jews and the State in different contemporary societies. His books include The Jews of the Republic: A History of State Jews from Gambetta to Vichy (Stanford, 1996) and Paths for Emancipation: Jews, States, and Citizenship (Princeton, 1995).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
The Atavist is among the leaders of the new breed of multimedia publishers. With Evan Ratliff, Alissa Quart and Matthew Power.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Learn tips and tactics to relieve the stress of tax season. Sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
A witty portrait of Marc Jacobs balancing his roles as artistic director of his own American line and of the French house, Louis Vuitton. 82 min. In French with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with the director.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Lecture |
Jan Willem Duyvendak addresses prominent debates in Western Europe and the United States on themes as seemingly diverse as national identity and nostalgia, migration and integration, and gender relations and “caring communities.” At the most fundamental level, all of these debates deal with the right to belong and the ability to “feel at home.” Professor Duyvendak discusses what has happened to the “home feelings” of the majority under the gender revolution and increased mobility due to globalization. Duyvendak is professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam and the author or editor of 10 books on urbanism, community development, and multiculturalism, including, most recently, The Politics of Home: Nostalgia and Belonging in Western Europe and the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Lecture |
A lecture by Marjorie Garber, English and Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Talk |
Starlee Kine discusses how she converts her personal obsessions, of both the negative and positive variety, into universal themes—and how it's impossible not to read the comments. She also explains her process of getting orphaned ideas out of her head. Kine is a radio producer, writer, and pop culture critic. A frequent contributor to PRI's This American Life, CBC Radio's WireTap, and New York Magazine's Vulture blog, Kine has also written for The New York Times Magazine and the object-based periodical THE THING Quarterly. Along with illustrator Arthur Jones she co-created the Post-It Note Reading Series.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Lecture |
Photography may be considered the ideal medium for fishing out things, appearances and events that don’t make sense or otherwise defy reason. In this lecture art historian and critic Max Kozloff will discuss the havoc wreaked upon the notion of story in photography by writers sympathetic to the element of chance, maintaining that as an explanatory principle to explain what happens, chance explains nothing. This will be illustrated by various photographs featuring the smiles of women.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Forum |
Martha Rhodes is the author of four collections of poetry: The Beds, At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance (winner of the Green Rose Prize), and Mother Quiet. In 1993, Rhodes co-founded Four Way Books, where she continues to serve as director. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Moderated by Mark Bibbins, faculty member of the School of Writing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture |
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch tackles one of the most provocative issues in education today: What’s behind the trend to close lowscoring schools and turn them over to private managers? What happens when the educational welfare of America’s next generation becomes privatized? And what are the troubling repercussions for the future of public education? Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, is the author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education; The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn; and Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture |
With Dan Morrison, a freelance journalist. This illustrated lecture takes the audience on the trek of a lifetime: from Jinja, Uganda, and Lake Victoria on a 4,000-mile journey to Cairo and the Mediterranean. The story the author tells of this spectacular—and spectacularly harrowing—journey is a mash-up of narrative travel writing, investigative reportage, and current history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
A documentary film produced for Czech TV. 57 min. In Czech with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
With Yuri Dhara.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Reading |
Russ Feingold, a former senator from Wisconsin, an outspoken progressive leader, an opponent of the war in Iraq and proponent of same-sex marriage, discusses his new book, While America Sleeps: A Wake Up Call for the Post 9/11 Era.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Reading |
Nafisa Hoodbhoy, who worked as the only female reporter in Pakistan during the 1980s, will talk about her new book based on her front-line experiences. Hoodbhoy, who relocated to the US shortly before 9/11, has continued to follow political events in Pakistan. Professor Henry (Chip) Carey, author and professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, will join the discussion to talk about Pakistan's political history and the implications for the current crisis. The event will be moderated by Karen Frillman, WNYC's Newsroom Managing Editor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
In the first event of the New York Philharmonic Offstage season, Grammy–winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joins WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon for a discussion of her upcoming concerts with the New York Philharmonic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Please join the first New York Times Feminist Reading Group of 2012. The reading group will be dedicated to looking at Tuesday, February 21st's edition of The New York Times from a feminist perspective. Participants are welcome to join regardless of whether they have read, skimmed, or glanced at that day's paper. The discussion begins informally with new items or issues that participants bring attention to first, and dives into investigations of specific articles or images, editorial choices or ad placements, and larger questions about the business of newspapers and other contemporary media. BYOB.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
Watch how hard it is to trust the monsters of innocence.
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$5
Performance |
The Improv Technicians out of Newark New Jersey’s University Heights are a new group developing a culture and community of improv within the established collegiate communities of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers Newark. The are the future engineers, scientists, and architects of the world, but just because they are technicians, just because they can build your house, fix your phone or mend your bones, doesn’t mean they can’t also make you laugh.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Program: Stravinsky Three Pieces Janá&#269;ek String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata” Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K. 464 With: Joseph Lin and Ronald Copes, violins; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Krosnick, cello.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
A uniquely rewarding experience for music lovers - the freshness and excitement of a solo recital by a gifted young artist at one of the world's leading conservatories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz |
Rotating student jazz combos in an intimate setting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theater |
Another of Fugard's remarkable plays that uses politics and racism to examine the human condition. With fourth-year actors.
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Performance |
Long-running improv group SidViscous! stages their very first full-length scripted play. Set in the house of Brett Headright over the course of a very trying weekend, “My Daughter, My Wife” explores what happens when a gay single father gets caught in a lie and has to pretend his daughter is his wife whenever these mobsters are around, but can’t let his ex-wife or the private investigator she’s hired find out what he’s up to. So, you know, same old story. Directed by Joseph Hendel and starring Kevin Gottlieb, Desiree Nash, Sarah Nowak, Mandy Schmieder, Reilly Owens, J Hobart B, Chris Roberti, Phil Wells, and featuring a special surprise celebrity cameo as “The Judge.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
Iron your capes, unplug the Bat Signal and set your decoder rings on awesome: the Comic Book Club is in session! The Comic Book Club is a weekly comic book talk show featuring the best comedians in New York talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$3
Concert |
PROGRAM: Lori Laitman (2010) – Todesfuge (Paul Celan; sung in English; world premiere) Johann Sebastian Bach (1720) – Suite no.2 in d minor BWV 1008 for cello solo Franz Schubert (1816) (arranged by Franck Krawczyk) – Gesänge des Harfners op.12 Johann Sebastian Bach (1720) – Suite no.2 David Leisner (2011) – Das wunderbare Wesen (The Miraculous Essence; from Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu; German translation by Richard Wilhelm; world premiere) A concert featuring the inimitable Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and renowned French-American cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Performance |
Please Interrupt Me is not your average story hour. Each performer narrates while panelists interrupt and interject until the funniest truth comes out. Nina Mozes (RISK!, Stuckey & Murray) hosts the premiere. The theme is “A Rare Occasion” in honor of the leap-month. Guests include Nate Fernald (Team Submarine, Kid Farm!), Steve O’Brien (Team Submarine, Funny or Die), and Nick Vatterott (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Montreal’s Just for Laughs).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5 cover, $5
Performance |
Jay Welch hosts this stand up comedy open mic every Tuesday at 11pm. Sign up and you can be a part of the show! Each week, Jay and his special guests will be joined by 10 additional acts whose names will be drawn from the golden bowl of destiny. Win “joke of the night” and you are guaranteed a slot on the following Tuesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
The newest improv jam. STUDY HALL is an opportunity for students of all levels [and all schools] to get more time on stage to do what’s being taught in their classes. Just bring your student IDs and something to work on. Hosted by Lucas Hazlett.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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