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Free events, free things to do in New York City
on Tue, February 28, 2012

All events, things to do on February 28, 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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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Word 2003. Topics include tables, text boxes, headers and footers, footnotes and endnotes.
   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
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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Lecture |
A talk by Dr. Oksana Yurkova, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Dr. Yurkova is a Leading Researcher at the Institute of History of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine where she studies Ukrainian historiography of the 20th century with especially focusing on the interwar period (1920s-1930s), Ukrainian historian Mykailo Hrushevsky and his Kyiv historical school, as well as the activity of Ukrainian historical institutions of that period.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
How can access to important research and scholarship be available to all, not just "the one percent"? This is a discussion of how Occupy Wall Street, the Research Works Act (RWA), the boycott of Elsevier journals by a growing number of academics, and other recent developments are informing the debate over access to research and scholarship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
A representative of the Social Security Administration gives a general overview of social security as a foundation for planning your future, including retirement benefits, spousal benefits and survivor benefits, and how continued employment can effect your benefits. Also, covered are Social Security Disability ,Medicare and an introduction to Social Security's many online services.
   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: BRIDGE Two Pieces for Viola and Piano BRITTEN Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song of Dowland BAX Sonata for Viola and Piano With: Juilliard-trained musicians Michael Resetar, viola; and Byung Hee Yoo, piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Her name is legendary. Her music is timeless. Her lyrics touch you at the core. Her voice possesses rich warmth that soothes your ears and holds you close. She is Lalah Hathaway. Born to R&B/soul music royalty, most people know her simply as the daughter of late soul music legend, Donny Hathaway. But there is more to her than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, she is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and her career has spanned two decades. Twenty-one years after the release of her first LP, her career continues to thrive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
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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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Other |
BOXING'S BIGGEST STAR FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER AND WBA SUPER WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION MIGUEL "JUNITO" COTTO TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE TO OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE MAY 5 MEGA-FIGHT. Free and open to the public.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Join a free Stay Well exercise session. Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC's Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants are required to sign a personal medical waiver at the beginning of the class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hands on using wireless laptops. Find out what you need to get started reading eBooks. Get an overview of devices, software and formats, and explore NYPL's eBook website.
   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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Film |
With Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Bryce Dallas Howard. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. 146 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Lecture |
Despite efforts to enhance employer-government coordination and to strengthen social protection, the European labor movement remains weak. European decentralization and fragmentation have paradoxically increased the scope for EU- and state-based interventions in labor relations, while weakening intermediate, self-regulatory structures. This lecture will argue that this outcome tends to weaken the moderate and pro-integration forces within the labor movement, and does nothing to alleviate intra-regional tensions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Part of the Job Search Essentials Series, David Lees shows you how to develop a new way of networking that will enable you to interact with others more confidently.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Susan Jacoby, a writer in residence in the Library's Allen Room and author of Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age (Pantheon), will discuss the fallacies that have become embedded in public discourse about cutting “entitlement” programs for the old. In this Orwellian discourse, Jacoby argues, entitlement has been transformed into a dirty word.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Jimenez Lai speaks about the alternate worlds depicted by his comics, physical installations, models, and small buildings. He'll discuss the nature of his visual narratives and the ways in which they are fed by themes and issues such as representation, history, taste, theory, and storytelling. Jimenez Lai is the founder of the Chicago-based architecture firm Bureau Spectacular. Previously he worked for MOS, AVL, REX, and OMA/Rem Koolhaas in New York, Rotterdam, and Toronto. His monographic graphic novel/manifesto, Citizens of No Place, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press later this year with a grant from the Graham Foundation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Colloquium |
Social Research: An International Quarterly launches its winter 2011 issue, devoted to the theme of “The Image,” with a colloquium focusing on the agency of images in the context of culture, the environment, and technology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Networking does not have to be a difficult, intimidating or awkward process. Part of the Job Search Essentials Series, David Lees shows you how to develop a new way of networking that will enable you to interact with others more confidently.
   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 Sean Donahue, faculty, Art Center College of Design; Principal, Research Centered Design.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Lecture |
This lecture integrates business practices and environmental regulations with sustainability issues. It examines environmental markets that address pollution related problems, such as the use of tradable carbon credits. The course reviews the regulatory, political and economic contexts of these markets using real-world examples through professional experience, case studies, and guest speakers. Learn how environmental markets are currently used to regulate climate change, acid rain, air quality, wetlands, and renewable energy mandates, including benefits and limitations. Speaker Richard Weihe has over seventeen years experience in the environmental and energy sectors in a variety of roles including risk and investment management, environmental and emissions credit trading, and engineering consulting project management. He is currently Managing Director at Karbone, an environmental credit brokerage and renewable energy finance/advisory firm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Forum |
Jason Schneiderman is the author of Striking Surface, winner of the Richard Snyder prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The Best American Poetry, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004, and currently directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Moderated by David Lehman, poetry coordinator of the School of Writing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$5
Slide Lecture |
This entertaining visual lecture surveys chronologically food trends in the United States during the 20th century and illustrates how changes in society directly influenced dietary and dining habits as they emerged over the last 100 years. Sherri Liberman, Senior Librarian, Mulberry Street Branch, edited the book and contributors to the book include Margaret Rose Siggillino, Senior Librarian, St. George Branch, who wrote about the 1940’s and 1960’s, and Hilary Schenker, Literacy Site Advisor for Seward Park Branch - Center for Reading and Writing, who wrote about the 1970’s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Peter Engelmann, the German philosopher, editor and founder of the prestigious publishing house Passagen Verlag, will engage important thinkers from Europe and the United States. The discussions will examine key concepts of contemporary continental philosophy, such as deconstruction and postmodernism, as they relate to his guests’ various fields of expertise - among them architecture, politics, and human rights. Peter Eisenman is not only an internationally renowned architect, but also a leading intellectual in his field, and uniquely positioned to reflect on architecture in the light of today’s most important philosophical discourses. With his guest, Peter Engelmann will discuss the meaning of Deconstruction for Eisenman’s architecture and how his architectural work possibly influenced Jacques Derrida’s concept of deconstruction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
In conjunction with the exhibition “Observed: Milagros de la Torre,” on view at the Americas Society Gallery, Peruvian artist Milagros de la Torre will discuss the many facets of her research. She will be joined in conversation by photographer Charles Traub, chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, and art historian and curator Carla Stellweg, faculty member in the Art History program. De la Torre is one of the foremost conceptual photographers active today. Her images often project an eerie beauty and visual seduction that precedes their thoughtful and at times haunting proposal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion |
Hosted by TONY's Books editor Matthew Love. Writers and public figures who are passionate about the chosen classic will deliver introductory lectures. The crowd will be divided into groups for part of the evening, and given different aspects of the text to discuss. Actors will put on short, silly scenes which illustrate crucial moments of the plot; musicians and poets will present works based on the work in question. Once the presentations are over, participants will hang around, drink, talk about the book at length and offer suggestions for the next novel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to connect with today's top-selling writers at Hunter College’s Best-Selling Author Series. In this installment, we welcome Alice McDermott to discuss literature, success, and her latest best-selling works. A question and answer session, plus a book signing and reception will follow. Alice McDermott is the author of Charming Billy which was the recipient of the 1998 National Book Award. She is also the author of That Night and At Weddings and Wakes, both of which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Reading |
Come hear debut novelist Ramona Ausubel and her agent, PJ Mark discuss No One Is Here Except All of Us, and the journey to get this book published.
   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
Book Signing |
"Dr. Ruth writes the way she talks—enthusiastically, nonjudgmentally, and informatively." —Booklist
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
This Is Awkward: True Stories of Love, Lust and Lubrication. Jonathan Blank and Samara Doucette say what everyone else thinks on dates, but never says… so join them and guest comedians as they divulge all of their wildest and most embarrassing dating stories! This monthly storytelling show contains the truth and nothing but the truth. However, most of the stories are more surreal than if David Lynch directed romantic comedies. At “This is Awkward” everything from wild hook ups to emotional break ups are on the table. Jonathan and Samara date, you decide.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
With Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love and Edward Norton. A partially idealized film of the controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech for all people. 129 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Theater |
New York Classical Theatre returns 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

Free
Film |
A sprawling epic about an unsolved crime that happened 14 years previously that has spilled its poison out over the subsequent years. Based on a best-selling Japanese novel, and featuring a riveting performance by Go Soo, star of The Frontline. 135 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concert |
The collaborative piano department, under the direction of Cristina Stanescu, presents a performance of art song featuring graduate pianists collaborating with vocalists from the critically acclaimed voice department.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opera |
Presented by Amato Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free

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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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$5
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
Performance |
Dilly Bar is a sweet treat from Evanston, Illinois. It’s also Aaron Eisenberg, Marie Semla, Ryan Nunn, and Allie Gallerani. Laugh with them, love with them, eat them up– mom said it’s okay!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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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

$5 cover, $5
Complimentary Tickets

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Theater | hilarious interactive parody...

Regular: $69.5; Member: $0.00

Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

Regular: $75; Member: $0.00

Concert | Tribute to a rock star

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Theater | Dark comedy

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