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Wed, February 19, 2014
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free events nyc SoHo, Little Italy & Chinatown Tour
free events nyc Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and Two Survivors of the Concentration Camps
free events nyc Popera: Excerpts from Popular Operas and Operettas
free events nyc Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, a College Production
Park Walk |
Stroll through the park and tell the epic story of New York's green oasis. 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 amongst the world's most famous and beloved public parks. Originally intended to bring people of all walks of life together -- a people's park -- Central Park lives up to it's original designs. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find
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Park Walks, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Central Park Tour
Gallery Talk |
Join Ariele Elia for a guided tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Curator's Tour of Trend-ology
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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; $5 seniors/students;
Tours, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Cathedral Tour

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Slide Lectures, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Art History Lecture
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., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
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Tours, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Federal Reserve Bank 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. Lessons are weather permitting. You'll be surprised that Alex and Jordan can often be found outside tossing pins in the snow!
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Workshops, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Learn Juggling in the Park
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.
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Park Walks, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Mid-Park Welcome Tour
Concert |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Phillip Lamb, organ scholar.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Bach at Noon
Discussion |
Julie Brill has devoted her career to public service, serving as the top consumer protection attorney for the states of Vermont and North Carolina, and, since 2010, as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. In her current position she has been working actively on a range of issues, including protecting consumers’ privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving health care and high-tech. Professors Eleanor Fox and Katherine Strandburg will lead Brill, who was a Root-Tilden scholar, in a discussion about her current work, and about what it’s like to forge a career as a government attorney.
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Discussions, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, A Conversation with Julie Brill, FTC Commissioner
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Jazz |
“Voices of Freedom” is a lunchtime jazz concert series honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Each performance in February will showcase exciting pairings with a pianist and celebrated musicians from New York City's jazz scene. February 19: Aruán Ortiz (piano), John Beasley (piano) and Adam Rudolph (hand percussion)
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Voices of Freedom: Jazz Duos
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Program: HAYDN Piano Trio in C Major, Hob XV:27 BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 "Archduke" With: Elizabeth Fayette, violin; Jiyoung Lee, cello; Andrew Tyson, piano. The Artist Diploma performers constitute the few highly gifted and experienced musicians selected to develop their artistry and professionalism in the ever-changing contemporary world.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Juilliard students perform works by Haydn and Beethoven
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two. Featuring African-American authors.
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Readings, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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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Tours, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Cathedral Tour
Concert |
The church's mechanical-action pipe organ was built in 1964 by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York, and re-built by the Andover Organ Company of Methuen, Massachusetts in 1981. It boasts the oldest pipe organ case in New York City, made of mahogany and dating from 1802, and contains 1,632 pipes. Today: Brian Harlow, Organist and Choirmaster, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Gladstone, NJ
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Pipes at One Concert
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
Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Midtown Jazz
Jazz |
Enjoy free live music performed by jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guest musicians.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Bill Wurtzel, Jazz Guitarist
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.
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Tours, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, SoHo, Little Italy & Chinatown Tour
Master Class |
Art Song Master Class with American tenor Paul Sperry.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Joy in Singing
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Tour |
A Museum Ambassador provides a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton Customs House.
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Tours, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, US Customs House Building Tour
Concert |
Today, the String Concerto Finals.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, The Eisenberg-Fried Competition
Master Class |
Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as a chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared worldwide with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and performed in recital with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich for more than eleven years.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Instrumental Accompanying Master Class: Lambert Orkis
Book Reading |
In addition to his numerous works in prose and poetry for both children and adults, Daniil Kharms (1905-1942), one of the founders of Russia's lost literature of the absurd, wrote notebooks and a diary for most of his adult life. Published for the first time in recent years in Russian, these notebooks provide an intimate look at the daily life and struggles of one of the central figures of the literary avant-garde in Post-Revolutionary Leningrad.
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Book Readings, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Book Launch: 'I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary': The Notebooks, Diaries and Letters of Daniil Kharms
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Su Hyun Park, Violin
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, College Violin Recital
Lecture |
Domna Stanton explores the cult of chocolate introduced by Spanish-born queens into the court of Louis XIV and retraces its production through France's Atlantic slave trade and imperial rivalries. Her talk highlights the ambivalences that attended the medicalization and sexualization of chocolate as its consumption expanded into the city street.
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Lectures, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Enslaved to Chocolate: Culture, Commerce and Gender in 17th Century France
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Between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 20th, millions of Jews from Europe, North Africa, and the Ottoman Empire migrated to a big new world, entering regions, countries, and continents where no or few Jews had ever lived. For many, on-the-road peddling—going door-to-door selling goods from a pack or an animal-drawn wagon—provided the engine that drove their migration. How did such a humble and unskilled occupation serve as the mechanism that sparked migrations, fostered Jewish integration, 
and shaped the creation of new kinds of Jews? Speaker Hasia Diner is the Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and the director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at NYU. She has authored 11 books on immigration history, most recently the award-winning We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945–1962.
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Lectures, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migration and the Peddlers Who Made It Possible
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On the occasion of the new monograph, Harvey Quaytman, published by Phaidon Press, a panel discussion with Dore Ashton, R.H. Quaytman, and moderator Phong Bui of The Brooklyn Rail.
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Opening Receptions, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Harvey Quaytman: Paintings and Drawings
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Gail Goldsmith has been creating figurative clay sculpture for more than 20 years. Her subject matter has sources in children's toys, portrait faces, and in memory. She has exhibited extensively in New York and New England. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Sculpture Center, Manhattanville College, the Anderson Gallery and The New Bedford Museum.
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Opening Receptions, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Sculpture: Gail Goldsmith's Everyday Weapons
Book Reading |
Perhaps in no other novel of the twentieth century has the sense of time and place had such a central role and profound significance as in Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's masterpiece, The Leopard - a work which captures Sicilian traditional society in a period of transition when faced with modernity and political upheaval. Written by Lampedusa's cousin and heir, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, this new illustrated biography - which includes a wealth of unpublished pictures from Lampedusa's private albums and documents from his family archive, as well as a foreword by Lampedusa biographer David Gilmour - explores all the people and places that were dear to the great Sicilian master and are essential for a fuller understanding of his work.
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Book Readings, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi discusses his book Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: A Biography Through Images
Poetry Reading |
Editor Daniel Nester has gathered more than 100 writers to show the sestina in its many incarnations: prose and comic sestinas, collaborative and double sestinas, from masters of the form to brilliant one-off attempts, all to show its evolution and the possibilities of this dynamic form. Hosted by Daniel Nester. Readings from Paul Muldoon, Scott Edward Anderson, Patricia Carlin, Victor D. Infante, Jason Schneiderman, Carley Moore, and special guests.
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Poetry Readings, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Daniel Nester discusses his book The Incredible Sestina Anthology
Reading |
Daphne Merkin will be reading from various critical essays, some from her forthcoming book The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, The Importance of Handbags & Other Cultural Inquiries, and will talk about writing the critical essay. Her other works include the novel Enchantment, and a collection of essays, Dreaming of Hitler. She is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine.
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Readings, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Writing and Thinking about the Critical Essay
Lecture |
Emily Wilson, author of various books including The Death of Socrates and translator of Six Tragedies of Seneca, discusses the challenges she has encountered in her current project: re-translating Homer. In particular, she focuses on the problem of translating violence and ponders how a modern translator can render into modern English one of the most violent authors of all time. Wilson is associate professor of Classics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Lectures, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Translating Homer's Violence
Talk |
Perry Bard is an artist who works with electronic media and lives in New York. Her public video installations are site specific and address cultural history and memory, often involving local community members in the production process.
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Talks, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Artist Talk: Perry Bard
Opening Reception |
A paean to the craft and visionary potential of large-format, black-and-white photography, as well as to the vibrancy of the cultural landscape at a transitional moment—a moment in which our very relationship to that landscape is increasingly mediated by omnipresent screens. Working with black-and-white, 8-by-10 film and long exposures, Pillsbury captures a range of psychologically charged experiences in the urban environment.
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Opening Receptions, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, City Stages, Photographs by Matthew Pillsbury
Screening |
The prototypical AIDS activist videotape was made by a collective in the urgency of the moment. Here artists step back to consider politics and death from more personal and perhaps more measured points of view. This is Not an AIDS Advertisement, Isaac Julien, 10 min., 1988 Phil Zwickler Memorial, 20 min., 1991 Danny, Stashu Kybartas, 20 min., 1987 Ashes Action, James Wentzy, 30 min., 1995
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Screenings, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Honor and Confront: Short Films on the AIDS Crisis
Book Discussion |
The bookseller-led reading group is open to all readers and talkers.
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Book Discussions, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Book Group: The Dinner by Herman Koch
Concert |
Program:: Music by Gideon Klein, Karel Reiner and Ludwig van Beethoven. Edna Stern performs piano sonatas by Beethoven and two great figures from the Terezin Concentration Camp: Gideon Klein and Karel Reiner. This is the New York premiere of Reiner's work. The concert will be preceded by a discussion of the works between Stern and Prof. Michael Beckerman of New York University.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and Two Survivors of the Concentration Camps
Talk |
Karin Sander (born in 1957), lives and works in Berlin (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland). Working with installation, sculpture, photography, new technologies and other media, her conceptual and context-oriented work draws attention to the complex relationship between artwork, institution and audience.
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Talks, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Artist Talk: Karin Sander
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Internationally renowned concert organist and recording artist Gail Archer releases her seventh solo album, featuring works by today’s leading female composers including Jennifer Higdon, Nadia Boulanger, Jeanne Demessieux and Judith Bingham. The Muse’s Voice enthralls listeners with Archer’s ability to leap seamlessly from baroque to late romantic and modern eras.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Organist Gail Archer performs from her CD The Muse's Voice: A Celebration of Women Composers
Concert |
Jia Xu, Piano
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, College Piano Recital
Opera |
This is a concert of the most beloved and popular opera and operetta arias and scenes. Excerpts from Barber of Seville, Samson and Delilah, Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, La Boheme, Pagliacci, Simon Boccanegra, tales of Hoffman, Merry Widow, Land of Smiles, and others. This concert will also include popular Neapolitan Songs such as O sole mio etc. Performers: Melissa Briozzo, soprano; Leonarda Priore, mezzo-soprano; Andrea Elena, tenor; Samuel Reynolds, bass; Bill Doherty, piano accompanist.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Popera: Excerpts from Popular Operas and Operettas

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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Songs by Copland and Gershwin

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Performances, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, the highest rated show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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David Ordovskiy, flute. Experience the freshness and excitement of a solo performance by a gifted young artist - a uniquely rewarding experience for music lovers. The program for this event is TBA.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, College Flute Recital
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Joseph Choi, Piano
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, College Piano Recital
Opera |
The youngest assistant conductor in the history of Metropolitan Opera, Matthew Aucoin, leads this college staging of the opera.
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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, a College Production

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Concerts, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Soft rock show
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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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Performances, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Gandhi, Is That You? Comedy Show

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Theaters, February 19, 2014, 02/19/2014, Comedy
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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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