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Wed, February 29, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Gallery Talk |
Deputy director Patricia Mears will guide you through nearly 100 garments and accessories by CFDA members that were chosen for the extraordinary impact they have had on the development of American fashion during the last 50 years.
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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

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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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Film |
From 1950 to 1965, an after-hours jazz club called Jimbo's Bop City became an emblem of the spirit and vitality of African-American society, local and world-wide. Located in San Francisco's legendary Fillmore District, Bop City hosted jazz legends Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. 52 min.
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Colloquium |
Dr. Pardes will discuss some of the pluses and minuses of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act, as well as the existing changes taking place in healthcare even before the law is fully implemented over the next several years. He will also consider some of the advances in medical care and our system of care and their significance for major academic medical centers and the country's leadership in medical research, medical education and health care.
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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Park Walk |
As you promenade through the heart of the Park, imagine yourself living in 19th Century New York City. Learn about the Park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to create the magnificent "Greensward" for the enjoyment of all. Tour lasts approximately one hour.
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Tour |
Tour of this magnificent Beaux-Arts landmark.
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$10 suggested donation
Lecture |
A lecture by Claude Meyer, Associate Professor of International Economics, Sciences Po, Paris. RSVP required to lb2808@columbia.edu.
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Lecture |
Presenter: Padma Desai, one of the world's leading experts on Russian politics and economics. Among her many publications is the highly acclaimed Conversations on Russia. Her current research is focused on globalization of emerging markets and their exposure to the financial crisis. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Concert |
Juilliard students share their talent with the community in these free hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season. The first class of student conductors under Alan Gilbert's leadership share this concert presentation.
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Workshop |
Are you a 40+ job seeker? WorkSearch is an online system which provides links to job openings, skills assessment tools, and training programs at no cost to individuals. After taking the orientation, WorkSearch is accessible to registrants through the Internet, or through Library computers. Attendees will be shown how to download the information to a USB flash drive. (Bring your own USB drive.)
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Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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Jazz |
A jazz concert for the midtown community. These popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists. The programming is overseen by jazz pianist Ronny Whyte.
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$10 suggested donation
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
Other |
Join the 2012 City Skate Concert Series. Each concert has a unique theme and features the Ice Theatre of New York resident company on the world’s most famous ice stage. The February 29th concert is titled “Masculine/Feminine”: representations of gender roles in figure skating and will feature a re-staging of David Parsons’s “Twist”, a duet he made for the company in 2003.
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Workshop |
Are you a 40+ job seeker? WorkSearch is an online system which provides links to job openings, skills assessment tools, and training programs at no cost to individuals. After taking the orientation, WorkSearch is accessible to registrants through the Internet, or through Library computers. Attendees will be shown how to download the information to a USB flash drive(Bring your own USB drive).
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Concert |
Uncommon Temperament will perform “When Love Goes Wrong”- French baroque music for voice and instruments. The program includes music by the masters of the French baroque style including Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre and Jean-Philippe Rameau, and revives the quirky French tradition of “charivari” – rustic musical improvisation. Members of Uncommon Temperament are Raphael Fusco, harpsichord; Ariadne Greif, soprano; Liv Heym, baroque violin; and David Himmelheber, baroque cello. The concert will last approximately 35 minutes.
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Talk |
Where will the money come from? This class describes a variety of tax advantaged accounts that individuals can set up to help them acquire the nest egg necessary for retirement and/or college bound children.
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Jazz |
Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
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Master Class |
Art Song Master Class with Paul Sperry.
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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 |
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.
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Reading |
Learn what social networking is and why it's so popular, how to set up an account(if you do not already have one) and send a tweet or connect with friends and/or relatives.
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Workshop |
Learn how to create a slideshow presentation using Google Docs. Topics include creating and editing slides, inserting images, drawings, videos, and running your slideshow. An gmail account is required in order to participate in this class.
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Lecture |
The Literary Studies Department will host high tea in honor of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens as part of the 1812 festival. A lecture by Carolyn Berman will also be delivered.
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Gallery Talk |
The show brings together an international group of artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner.
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Talk |
Career coach Win Sheffield teaches you ways to move ahead in the face of shyness and a reluctance to talk to strangers.
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Lecture |
A lecture by Leon Botstein. It is one of the most debated subjects of all time: What is art? Some might think it doesn't much matter whether or not consensus is achieved on this highly subjective topic, but the definition of art has an enormous impact upon how the arts are — or aren't — funded. The question of what constitutes art spills over into debates about art's value to society — whether access to the arts is right as basic as education or health care. In this video lecture from The Floating University, Bard College President Leon Botstein explains why it is essential to ask these questions and offers a sturdy basis for evaluating them. He goes so far as to suggest that engaging with art can give our lives meaning and purpose. The live audience Q&A with President Botstein, will immediately follow the lecture screening. The Floating University is a new educational media venture featuring video lectures and texts from leading scholars from Harvard, Yale, Bard, CUNY and other high-ranking institutions of higher learning. In partnership with The New York Public Library, The Floating University is making five seminars from its inaugural course, "Great Big Ideas," available to library patrons as one-time programs. For additional information, please visit www.nypl.org/floatinguniversity. Leon Botstein is the conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard College in New York. He became the youngest college president in the US history when he took the head post at Franconia College at age 23. Dr. Botstein has published scholarly works in numerous disciplines, including music, education, and culture. He is the author of the popular book Jefferson's Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture, in which he lays out a progressive view of education.
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Book Discussion |
Join a discussion of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, which revolves around the troubles of an elderly Midwestern couple and their three adult children, tracing their lives from the mid-twentieth century to one last Christmas together near the turn of the millennium.
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Performance |
6:00 Recess 7:00 Barnstormer and Seer/sucker 8:00 Family Haircut & Whiskey Rebellion 9:00 Birds & Someday the Cake 10:00 USA & The Faculty 11:00 Improdome
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Film |
This documentary film tells the story of Nigeria's Niger Delta, where billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people. Immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. The environment is decimated. The issues are complex, the answers elusive. But in this moment, there's an opportunity to find solutions. What if the world paid attention before it was too late? 93 min. An optional discussion will follow the screening, led by Hannah Appel, post-doctoral research scholar at the Committee on Global Thought. Pizza will be served.
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Lecture |
In dietetic and natural philosophical frameworks of the period from Antiquity to the seventeenth century, the subjective experiences of taste, and indeed the experiences of digestion, testified to the make-up of the world’s edible portions. That is, such subjective experiences might be both philosophically and practically reliable. How did that framework help early modern eaters make sense of their bodies and that portion of the world that constituted their aliment? How did that sense-making capacity change over time, as new medical and scientific frameworks emerged from the eighteenth century and, finally, became scientifically dominant in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? What happened to the subjective experiences of taste when they no longer indexed how the world really is? How has the vocabulary used to describe taste changed? And how do we now know about the edible world? Speaker: Steven Shapin, Harvard University.
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Talk |
Do you feel you shouldn’t have to sell yourself? Are you uncomfortable around people who are talking about their accomplishments? Do you find yourself looking for ways to get out of conversations rather than into them? If you have had any of these experiences, you may be interested in this talk. In managing our career we have to be regularly in touch with people who we don’t know well and whose good opinion we need. This puts us in the awkward position of talking to and potentially wanting favors from people we are not that friendly with. Join career coach Win Sheffield to learn ways to move ahead in the face of shyness and a reluctance to talk to strangers.
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Talk |
Long before the Internet, the printmaking technique of etching allowed people to share information. The etching technique was invented 500 years ago and has been used by such artists as Rembrandt, Goya, and Picasso. This presentation will include an explanation of the process, display of printing plates, and original prints and artist's books that are made from etchings. The use of etching to emboss on art papers will also be discussed, and examples will be shown.
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Book Reading |
The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children. When American journalist Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows suggest otherwise.
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Lecture |
Mickalene Thomas received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000 and her MFA from Yale University in 2002.
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Lecture |
A talk by Victoria Koroteyeva. Moderated by Katharina Pistor.
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Slide Lecture |
With Jean-Louis Cohen, the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In this illustrated lecture, the author discusses the years between the bombings of Guernica in 1937 and of Hiroshima in 1945 and the specific advances that were fundamental to the process of modernization and led to the definitive supremacy of modernism in architecture. Centering the discussion on ten main themes, he investigates various aspects of architecture's mobilization in the war years, as well as the trajectories of individual architects. He analyzes architectural developments worldwide and takes into account each of the major participants in the war, including the United States, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and the Soviet Union.
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Discussion |
Discussion of accepted "truths" from African American history, including the assumption that the "19th-century black American" means a slave and that "New York before the Civil War" was a place of freedom.
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Discussion |
A panel discussion on the transatlantic influences on flamenco. Over time, the music of both Spain and Latin America blended to infuse flamenco with Caribbean, Latino, and Afro-Latino sounds. Bailes de Ida y Vuelta (Round-trip Dances), a piece created by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, will be performed at Americas Society on March 2. The dance takes a journey through the Americas with Latino-influenced dances such as the Cuban guajiras, Andean colombianas, and the Argentine milonga and vidalita. With the rising popularity of salsa from Cuba and Puerto Rico, cumbia from Colombia, crossover pop music such as reggaeton, and the expanding popularity of flamenco, Bailes de Ida y Vuelta continues the ongoing metamorphosis of traditional flamenco music and dance with newer Latin influences.
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Talk |
Speaker Sven Lütticken teaches art history at Free University Amsterdam and is the author of Secret Publicity: Essays on Contemporary Art (NAi Publishers, 2006) and Idols of the Market: Modern Iconoclasm and the Fundamentalist Spectacle (Sternberg Press, 2009).
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Discussion |
A conversation with John Feinblatt, the chief policy adviser to Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and the lead architect of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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Discussion |
Just as everyone is about to give up on their New Year’s resolutions, addiction book authors Koren Zailckas (Smashed), Times writer Dave Itzkoff (Cocaine's Son), literary agent Betsy Lerner (Food & Loathing), substance abuse specialist Dr. Frederick Woolverton (Unhooked) and Maer Roshan, editor-in-chief of thefix.com, will discuss how they grappled with their darkest moments, how you can help yourself or family members get rid of toxic habits and rechannel creative energy. They'll be joined by writing professor Susan Shapiro (Lighting Up) and her literary agent Ryan Harbage.
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Talk |
Another edition of Subjective Histories of Sculpture, this year with Lucy Skaer. The artist has been invited to cite specific works, bodies of work, texts, or even personal anecdotes taken from inside and outside cultural production, and inside and outside "art," to develop her own, subjective, incomplete, partial, or otherwise eclectic histories question assumptions and propose alternative methods for understanding sculpture's evolving strategies. Lucy Skaer is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, installation, printmaking, and film, who displaces the familiar through manipulations in scale and material. Her resulting works embrace multiplicity and abstraction while questioning our day-to-day perception and supposed knowledge of the world. Transformations of existing artifacts and architectural elements create a loss of bearing and question the reliability of memory and history itself. Skaer often incorporates pre-existing imagery or found forms to re-imagine and re-materialize history in objects whose meanings migrate and become transposed as they take on different forms. Her sculpture and works on paper create a type of linguistic system, one that merges subject and object and favors open gestures rather than distinct references.
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Discussion |
A conversation with Elizabeth Streb and Nancy Dalva. Elizabeth Streb, the logical and exacting renegade movementmaker, discusses her formal roots—in the Church, in the ballet, in modern dance, in mathematics and physics—and her spectacular trajectory into her current idiom and vehicle for physical, mental, and social change—STREB EXTREME ACTION. In her conversation with dance critic Nancy Dalva, Streb asks, “What makes movement real? What gives a moment meaning?” and explores such topics as formalism versus formality, the calculus of risk, and the peril of metaphor. It’s a discussion that lovers of dance won’t want to miss.
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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.
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Discussion |
Join Ellah Allfrey, James Marcus and Deborah Treisman--editors from Granta, Harper's and The New Yorker--as they discuss how and why and what they publish. The proverbial slush pile; the writer's they're loving; the ones that got away. Tonight they'll talk about what goes on behind the curtain. Granta editor John Freeman will moderate.
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Book Reading |
In 2009, artist Josh Melnick adapted a scientific research camera to film portraits of New York City subway riders in slow motion—very slow motion—about 100 times slower than normal film speed. The result was a portrait of time attenuated, as if a moment were viewed through a high-powered microscope, revealing a degree of temporal detail inaccessible to a naked eye. These near-static video portraits were installed at Art In General through its New Commissions program under the title The 8 Train. Yet the book is not a document of the artist's work. Rather than prescribing meaning through documentation and analytical description, the publication takes Melnick's video portraits as a point of departure and aims to facilitate a multifaceted dialogue, as a counterpoint to direct, critical approaches to understanding and encapsulating works of art. In its searching essays and conversations, The 8 Train asks, how do we experience time? How are our experiences of time and consciousness related? As technology changes temporal perception, does it also change consciousness?
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Film |
Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS is Justin Kurzel's directorial debut, a stark journey into a brutal subculture of suspicion, addiction and violence. 119 min.
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Screening |
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. He stops in various cities, wearing a sandwich board, to solicit signatures on his petition to end the observance. He explains that relegating Black History Month to the coldest, shortest month of the year is an insult, and that black history is not separate from American history. 60 min. After the screening: Q&A with Shukree Hassan Tilghman and Anthony Riddle. Reception to follow.
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$10 suggested admission
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.
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Jazz |
Guest Saxophonist Gary Smulyan joins the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in an evening featuring the music of Gerry Mulligan.
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Performance |
Stand-up comedy show (that has been featured on MTV, and that fills to standing-room only each week). The show is produced by Brendan Fitzgibbons (The Onion, McSweeney's) and Lance Weiss (Carolines on Broadway) with comedians from David Letterman, Vh1, MTV, The Onion, and Comedy Central. Free pizza!
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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 | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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