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26 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

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The Cold War was fought on many fronts, with dance as a powerful weapon in its arsenal. The ballet wars of the 1950s and 1960s, including high-profile defections, captured international headlines, but numerous forms of dance from folk dance and modern dance to rock and roll were drawn into an ideological struggle that pitted capitalist freedom again communist oppression.  Dancing the Cold War, a three-day international symposium, brings together scholars, artists, critics, and others to explore the multiple dance encounters that took place during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States as well as the allies, clients, and surrogates of those countries in different parts of the world.  It will consider the impact of touring and the mass media in challenging ideological certainties and the changes that transformed the Russian dance community in the immediate post-Soviet period.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Dancing the Cold War: An International Symposium
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 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
Other |
It's Tax season again! The library is once again offering free tax aide 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.Takes place February 2 through April 13, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Others, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Free AARP Tax Aid and Preparation
Lecture |
“Carlos the Jackal” is perhaps the most notorious terrorist of the Cold War. Born as Ilich Ramírez Sánchez in Venezuela, before turning thirty, the self-proclaimed Marxist revolutionary-cum-hired gun established one of the most feared terrorist groups of the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, Carlos and his associates attacked British, French, Israeli, Saudi, Iranian as well as Arab targets and, by 1982, the Venezuelan topped President Francois Mitterrand’s assassination list. Having set up a basis in Hungary and spent almost a decade visiting and transporting weapons through the territory of Soviet-allied countries, Carlos is often seen as the exemplar of Eastern Bloc support for international terrorism. However, as newly-released Eastern European secret service documents show, by the early 1980s, The Jackal had become a liability and a reputation hazard for Moscow’s satellites. Fearful of the increasingly maverick Carlos and his Group, these states set up a web of intelligence alliances aimed at pushing terrorists out of their territory. This article analyses the Eastern Bloc’s changing attitude towards the enfant terrible of Cold War terrorism as well as the nature of this emerging ‘anti-terrorist’ coalition. By doing so, it aims to revise the literature on intelligence liaison and anti-terrorism alliances, thus far distorted by an over-concentration on experiences of the West. Speaker Daniela Richterová researches intelligence alliances between state and non-state actors during the Cold War. She earned her graduate degree in War Studies at King’s College London.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, 'My Name is Carlos and I am a Good Person': Communist States and Carlos the Jackal
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Speaker Meredith Ray, Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Delaware and President of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, is the author of Margherita Sarrocchi’s Letters to Galileo: Astronomy, Astrology, and Poetics in Seventeenth-Century Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Harvard University Press, 2015); and Writing Gender in Women’s Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance (Toronto University Press), winner of an American Association for Italian Studies Book Prize. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Currently she is working on a new project examining women’s intellectual exchanges between early modern Italy and Poland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Early Modern Women and Communities of Science
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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 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
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Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Subway Art Tour
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Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments. This tour takes place Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm, and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Harlem Tour
Film |
Stars: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak.On a train trip West to become a mail order bride, Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a " Harvey House " restaurant at a remote whistle stop to provide good cooking and wholesome company for railway travellers.102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, George Sidney's The Harvey Girls (1946): Oscar for Best Song
Book Discussion |
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Persuasion by Jane Austen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussions, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
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Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson.This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America. 135 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussions, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Chris Columbus' Rent (2005): The Stage Musical
Concert |
Jinhee Park, Collaborative Piano 4 p.m. Rebecca Farley, Soprano 6 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Student Recitals
Master Class |
Jane Glover of the Royal Academy of Music has conducted all the major UK opera houses and many prestigious venues throughout the world, including Covent Garden and New York Met.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Voice Master Class: Jane Glover
Lecture |
"Since 2011 events in the Middle East have left social theorists wondering how to study the apparent antinomy between the rise of Islam in politics and aspirations to participatory democracy. I will focus on the history of Islamic reformist thought from its defensive posture before colonialism to its evolution in the global era towards forms of cosmopolitanism questioning national and cultural identity while asserting a Muslim ethos. I analyze modalities of this evolution as well as the reactions is has triggered among Islamic scholars, Islamists, and lay scholars in Algeria, Egypt and Iran. Is this trend best studied as ushering in a new modernity or does it require a rethinking of the premises of sociological theory?" Lecturer Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships at the Bunting Institute (Harvard University); the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women (Brown University); the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy); and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Gendered Pathways to Culturalism and Cosmopolitanism on the Islamic Periphery
Book Reading |
A “revelatory” (Kirkus), “captivating” (Publishers Weekly), “delightful” (Wall Street Journal), “timely, provocative, and stylishly written” (Atlantic) “ecstatic roll call” (New York Times Book Review) about the street the author grew up on.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Ada Calhoun reads from her book St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street
Lecture |
In recent decades, the production of fine art has become increasingly highly capitalized. Large scale, luxury materials, and outsourced fabrication have all been used to create distinction in a highly competitive market. In this talk, based on his book Art in the Making (co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson) Glenn Adamson will critique the politics of contemporary art production and offer some thoughts on the history and possible future of art making.Glenn Adamson is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Narratives of Making in Contemporary Art
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In her trenchant analysis of U.S. history, literary critic and Black feminist scholar Hortense Spillers considers the aftermath of the notion of partus sequitur ventrem—the “American ‘innovation’ that proclaimed that children born of an enslaved mother would also be enslaved.” In this lecture, Spillers engages the idea of the “shadow” family to explain one of the tectonic shifts in the concept and practice of social relations in the New World from the 18th century—a period of profound contradiction and change when dangerously hegemonic definitions of race, gender, and family took hold—onward.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Shades of Intimacy: Women in the Time of Revolution
Film |
Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected. 98 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Films, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, French Cinema: Krzysztof Kieślowski's The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Book Reading |
With co-author Dr. Jehuda Reinharz. The violence of contemporary anti-Semitism is revealed in this profound study of language.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Jehuda Reinharz discusses his book Inside the Anti-Semitic Mind: The Language of Jew Hatred in Contemporary Germany
Discussion |
Join Dawn Tripp (Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe,) Roxana Robinson (Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life,) and author and critic Donna Seaman (Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists) for a fascinating exploration of the intersections of fact and fiction in creative writing, and the struggles facing women trying to break through preconceptions in art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Intersections of Art and Life
Concert |
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Shu Xian Winnie Li, piano 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Jazz Student Composers' Chamber Concert 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM MSM Brass Ensemble
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, College Recitals
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The internationally renowned performance artist crafts immersive experiences by intertwining hip-hop, electronic music, and folk ethos. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Decora performs from his CD Beyond Belief
7:30 pm
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Concerts, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Tribute to an English jazz/soul singer
Lecture |
Professor of Architecture Reinhold Martin will engage this semester's Max Kade Visitng Professor, Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky, in a discussion of modern philosophies of technology ranging from Benjamin to Heidegger, Deleuze/Guattari and Simondon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Lectures, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Habit and Habitation: On Walter Benjamin's Media Asthetics and Philosophy of Technology
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Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, experience loss and love on the shore of Illyria. Disguised as Cesario, page to the lovesick Duke Orsino, Viola searches for her lost brother, while the Countess Olivia mourns the loss of her own. When the Countess meets the handsome young page, desire replaces grief – along with a case of mistaken identity. Throw in the magic foolery of the jester, Feste, the raucous antics of courtiers Sir Toby, Maria, and Sir Andrew, and the madness of the high-strung puritan Malvolio, and Shakespeare creates a bitter-sweet tale of laughter and longing, dark humor, and above all, maddening, harrowing love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Plays, February 16, 2017, 02/16/2017, Twelfth Night: College Production of William Shakespeare
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