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Wed, February 1, 2017
46 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on February 1, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a Boot Camp in the park. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back--and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged. Rain or shine.Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 am
Free
Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Park Boot Camp
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
Workshop |
The AARP will provide free tax preparation for New Yorkers. Up to 30 clients will be processed each session on a first come first serve basis. This program runs from February 1, 2017 to April 15, 2017, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, AARP Free Tax Preparation Service
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Free tax aid and preparation courtesy of the AARP organization. Returns are prepared by AARP volunteers certified by the IRS.  Most returns are filed electronically (e-filed) at no cost to you. Bring all your documents.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, AARP Tax Aid and Preparation
Workshop |
Learn the basics features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include entering and editing text, saving files, and formatting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, MS Word 2010 for Beginners Workshop
Park Walk |
Join an enjoyable walking tour of the park, and discover how they successfully transformed "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. The guides are loaded with expertise on the park's rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts.Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
Free
Park Walks, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Public Park Tour
Book Reading |
Chris Miller is Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Chris Miller discusses his book The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR
Concert |
Featuring: Heather Hill, soprano, and Sakura Myers, piano.Heather Hill's career encompasses appearances in opera, oratorio, musical theater, television and film. She is currently performing as the InnKeeper’s Wife and Carlotta understudy in the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera. She joined Phantom after completing a historical run in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Sakura Myers has captivated audiences in such venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, and the Goethe Institute. She is known for her “hands of steel” (Dr. Cornell West) plus innovative programming that cross-pollinates varying musical styles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, American Tapestry Concert
Workshop |
Winter Carnival is stacked with opportunities to get on the ice and learn about ice skating. This is a 30-minute lunchtime lesson to learn skating basics and get comfortable on the ice. Space is limited to 15 students per lesson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Winter Carnival: Skating Lesson
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Expert jugglers are here to teach you how to juggle, adding to the Carnival atmosphere! Test your coordination and dexterity with a free lesson. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Winter Carnival: Frozen Fingers Juggling
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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. The event is offered daily, except Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Juggling in the Park
Classical Music |
Program:Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) Oboe Concerto Kaitlin Pet is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in computer science. She has played a lot of oboe and English horn in college, including participating in Columbia Bach Society, MPP chamber ensembles, and New York Youth Symphony. Kaitlin was the winner of the 2012 Coast Guard Concerto Competition and a finalist in the 2016 Riverside Concerto Competition. She is also a founding member of the Getshrekt Woodwind Quintet, which includes members from colleges and conservatories around NYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Mid-Day Music: Martinů
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Bach at Noon
Gallery Talk |
This is an an exhibit of framed sheet music that tells a story of collaborations between the neighboorhood’s black and Jewish composers, performers, and music publishers during the late-19th century into the 1930s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:45 pm
Free
Gallery Talks, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Gallery Tour: Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture (1890-1930)
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Readings, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Other |
During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally closed sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail. See how the conservancy has restored this native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes. This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. No groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided. Space is limited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Others, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Nature Sanctuary Open Hours
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. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Workshop |
Sweep sweep sweep! They'll have professional instructors and equipment on hand to teach you how to play this classic oddball winter sport.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Winter Carnival: Curling Lessons
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Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Jazz |
During the run of the exhibition Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America, the Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music that celebrates remembrance and life.The jazz trio plays each Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, The Bill Wurtzel Trio: A Midweek Jazz Break
Workshop |
Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player. Best part of all: CHESS IS FUN!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Learn to Play Chess for Adults
Workshop |
Learn about the online social network Facebook.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Facebook Basics
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Kristin Hannah.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Book Discussions, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Riverside Book Discussion Group: The Nightingale
Concert |
Violin Competition Finals 4 p.m. Mariella Haubs, Violin 6 p.m. Sarina Zhang, Piano 8 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Student Recitals
Party |
Stop by every Wednesday in January and February and make Wednesday your new favorite day.Wednesday Social is the museum’s latest event series, which features free wine, docent highlights, and different surprises each week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Partys, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Wednesday Social
Book Reading |
Serge and Beate Klarsfeld met as young students at Sciences Po – she the daughter of a German Wehrmacht soldier, and he the son of a Romanian Jew who died in Auschwitz. They have devoted their lives to hunting down Nazis and bringing them to justice, and to restoring and maintaining the memory of victims of the Shoah. As private citizens, they wield neither political nor police power, depending instead on dramatic acts of moral symbolism to get results. The first and purest example was Beate's public slapping of West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger in 1968. That slap was a reproach to the presumption that a man who had been an ambitious Nazi propagandist should lead a new, democratic Germany. Kiesinger lost the 1969 general election to Willy Brandt, who had been an opponent of and a refugee from Nazism.  In their autobiography, they reflect on their shared lives and on 45 years of activism on behalf of victims of the Holocaust. Their Memoirs will be published in English translation this year by Farrar Straus and Giroux.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld discuss their book Memoirs
Lecture |
The idea that emotions matter in politics is a common place. Nonetheless, it could be immediately objected that despite the prevalence of emotions, we should not discard the fact that politics is above all, if not "essentially", a matter of ideas, values, principles or rational argumentation. The concept of "affect" in Spinoza's philosophy overcomes this tedious antinomy insofar as it gives the most general characterization of the effect produced by one thing on another. If affects are the real engine of politics, they can nowhere be better seen than in crisis times. Institutions are supported by affects, and they prevail and impose their norms only as long as they succeed in properly affecting people. Conversely, they are in danger whenever the formation of a common opposite affect causes people to break with the institution rules. Political crises, uprisings and what we will generally call, following Spinoza, "seditions", appear then as a bifurcation in the dynamics of the collective affects.Speaker Frédéric Lordon is an economist and Director of Research at the CNRS, Paris. He is the author of many works including Willing Slaves of Capital: Marx and Spinoza on Desire, published by Verso Books in 2014.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Lectures, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, The Affect of Politics (Thinking our Times with Spinoza)
Workshop |
Learn the basics features of Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include entering and editing text, saving files, and formatting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, MS Word 2011 for Mac for Beginners
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With: Thomas AmelioMeditation (Dhyana) is the core practice of yoga (path to union), and its goal is purification from the effects of separation and fear­—the emotional and psychological conditions called samskaras—to reveal our true nature as freedom itself. In this class, we will learn and experience some of the transformative practices of the esoteric yoga tradition: basic awareness and breath meditation; pranayama (breathing methods); meditation to free us of attachment and aversion (raga/dvesha); self-inquiry (atma vichara); consciousness and lifeforce practice (chitta/prana meditation); spontaneous meditation (sahaj); and more—all of which aim to purify our body and mind of kleshas (inner obstacles), so that we can more fully experience the union of satchidananda—our real nature as truth/consciousness/joy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Intro Class: Meditation as a Path to Transformation and Freedom
Film |
Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette.A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. 119 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963): Don't Look Up
Book Reading |
Garth Greenwell (pictured) is the author of What Belongs to You, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a best book of 2016 by over fifty publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly, and The Guardian, and is being translated into ten languages. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, VICE, and elsewhere, and he has contributed nonfiction to The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Atlantic. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. He lives in Iowa City.Jameson Fitzpatrick's poems have appeared in The Awl, BuzzFeed Reader, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications), and teaches writing at New York University.Moderated by Ben Fama, Creative Writing Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, 2 Writers: Garth Greenwell / Jameson Fitzpatrick
Discussion |
This is a fireside chat about the business of comedy, where they’ll give attendees a peek behind the curtain about what goes into making comedy work. More funny folks are experimenting with comedic mediums, more clubs are opening for standup, and comedy is being woven more effortlessly into the fabric of pop culture on a daily basis. What does it take, beyond the performance, to make comedy as a business successful?Moderated by Taylor Moore, comedian and comedy curator at Kickstarter, in conversation with Justine Giannino, Manager of Original Programming (Current Series & Development) at IFC TV; JD Amato, Director and Executive Producer of The Chris Gethard Show; Jasmine Pierce, Writer at Reductress and Heidi Vanderlee, Publicist at Shark Party Media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, The Business of Comedy
Lecture |
Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University, will present this lecture. The event will discuss how organized religion met the challenges of religion as New York became the world's largest city by the 1920s. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Lectures, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Gotham, Religion, and the Fright of Modernity: 1880–1960
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture recounts the grassroots, multivoiced, and contentious effort, beginning in the 1980s, to transform Brooklyn's defunct piers into a beautiful urban oasis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Slide Lectures, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York City's Waterfront
Gallery Talk |
In 1972, the American artist Hugh Mesibov painted an ambitious 40-foot-wide mural based on the biblical Book of Job for Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, New York. Promoted by its recent relocation, the synagogue donated this monumental painting to Yeshiva University Museum. This curator’s tour focuses on the artist, his preparatory process for the commission, and the place of Job within modern culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Curator's Tour: out of the whirlwind: Hugh Mesibov’s Book of Job
Talk |
Scott Albrecht was born in 1983 in New Brunswick, NJ, and raised in Bethlehem Township, NJ. In 2003, he received a degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Scott is currently based in Brooklyn and a member of The Gowanus Studio Space. His work incorporates elements of woodworking, hand-drawn typography, geometric collage using vintage printed ephemera and found objects and has been published and exhibited both domestically and internationally.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talks, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Artist Talk: Scott Albrecht
Book Reading |
Winner of The Center for Fiction’s 2014 Christopher Doheny Award, The Brand New Catastrophe is a memoir exploring the public and private theaters of illness. The book’s author Mike Scalise will talk about his creative process and the challenges of writing the body with Alexandra Kleeman (Intimations, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Mike Scalise discusses his book The Brand New Catastrophe
Book Reading |
In this poignant memoir, Lederman, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, transports readers from his grandparents’ kitchen table in Brooklyn to World War II Poland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Noah Lederman discusses his book A World Erased
Book Reading |
Inspired by the secret life of author Lijia Zhang's grandmother, Lotus follows a young woman torn between past traditions and modern desires as she carves out a life for herself in China's "City of Sins." This perceptive, sensitive novel examines what it means to be an individual in a society that praises restraint in and obedience from its women.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Lijia Zhang reads from her book Lotus
Concert |
Renowned organist and artist-in-residence Stephen Tharp performs a special recital at the release of his most recent album. Followed by a festive reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Stephen Tharp, Renowned Organist
Concert |
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Gi Yeon Yoon, violin 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Janice Wijaya, piano
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, College Recitals
Classical Music |
Program:ADAMS Lollapalooza BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 with Perry So, Conductor  
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, MSM Philharmonia Orchestra performs Beethoven, Brahms, Adams
Classical Music |
Program:Beethoven: Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31, No. 3Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109Beethoven: Eroica Variations in E-flat major, Op. 35With:Jenny Ji Eun Park, Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Piano Works by Beethoven
Workshop |
Learn the basics of using a Mac computer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Workshops, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Mac Computers for Beginners
Comedy Club |
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!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, February 01, 2017, 02/01/2017, Gandhi, Is That You? Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
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Classical Music | Symphony orchestra performs Mozart and more

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Classical Music | Choral works by Fauré, J.S. Bach and more

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Classical Music | One of the most popular choral works of all times

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Dance Performance | A fusion of classical ballet and modern dance

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