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Fri, February 17, 2017
35 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on February 17, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Tour |
Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park. Tour takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, New York One-Day Tour
Other |
AARP will provide free tax preparation for New Yorkers. Patrons will be seen on a first come, first serve basis and the doors may close early due to capacity constraints. You're more than welcome to wait before the library opens at 10 AM, however, no one will be permitted inside the building until 10 AM.This program will start on February 3, 2017 and end on April 18, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Others, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, AARP Free Tax Preparation Service
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. 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 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Juggling in the Park
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
Free
Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Bach at Noon
Tour |
Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
A guided walking tour of the historic and revitalized 34th Street District. Tour-goers will explore the neighborhood's rich history of commerce, transit, and architecture. This 90-minute tour is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 28, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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City Walks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Tour34: Empire to Penn
Talk |
David Goldhill, author of Catastrophic Care, assesses the U.S. health-care system and concludes that it is dysfunctional and undisciplined. At a time of uncertainty about the future of the healthcare system, Goldhill offers a unique set of critiques and new ideas toward a solution. Sponsored by the Institute for Retired Professionals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Talks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Why Everything We Think We Know About Healthcare is Wrong
Talk |
Stage managers are the magicians behind the curtain. They whisper magic words and scenery flies in, music swells, and actors step up. Backstage they hear and see it all. Jeff Hamlin was the stage manager for the original production of A Chorus Line, as well as production manager for Dreamgirls, War Horse, South Pacific, and many other perfectly run shows at the Lincoln Center Theater. Join a special guided tour of Curtain Up. Hear Hamlin’s untold stories and learn how the magic happens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Stage Manager Confessional Part 2: Calling Curtain Up
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 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, 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 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Film |
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Danielle Nicolet.After he reconnects with an awkward pal from high school through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage. 107 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Rawson Marshall Thurber's Central Intelligence (2016): Buddy Cop Movie
Concert |
Program:Jordan Andrew Davis To CeliaMorten Lauridsen O Magnum MysteriumAndre Caplet O SalutarisEdward Elgar Lux AeternaSergei Rachmaninov Bogoroditse DevoJohn Rutter God Be in My HeadArvo Pärt Zwei BeterRobert Shaw What Wondrous Love is ThisAntonio Lotti Crucifixus
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1:30 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Choral Concert: Lake Orion High School Choirs
Tour |
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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2:00 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Harlem Tour
Lecture |
This lecture by Anthony Vidler of Cooper Union is part of a one-day conference devoted to the work of Jean Starobinski, arguably one of the foremost literary critics of the twentieth century. The bulk of Starobinski's work addresses the Enlightenment. He wrote extensively on Rousseau, starting with his landmark Jean-Jacques Rousseau: la transparence et l’obstacle, published in 1957; but also on Diderot, Montesquieu, and Voltaire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:40 pm
Free
Lectures, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Starobinski’s Architecture: Environment and Symbol from Rousseau to the Revolution
Master Class |
Don Liuzzi was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989, Liuzzi was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony percussion section from 1982 to 1989. While in Pittsburgh he taught percussion and conducted the percussion ensemble at Duquesne University, was assistant conductor of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra, and appeared on PBS’ nationally syndicated Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, performing marimba and percussion solos.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Orchestral Performance Timpani Master Class: Don Liuzzi
Concert |
Program: Knut Nystedt Sing Unto GodEric Barnum Adoramus Te, ChristeDavid Eddleman Go Down MosesStephen Paulus The Road HomeRandy Stonehill, arr. Mark Hayes Shut De DoPeter Lutkin The Lord Bless You and Keep You
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Choral Concert: Gaither High School Concert Chorus
Concert |
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM String Finals
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Eisenberg-Fried Student Musical Competition
Book Reading |
James Hannaham's latest novel is "Delicious Foods" (Little, Brown & Company, 2016). Tim Murphy is most recently the author of "Christodora" (Grove Press, 2017).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Book Readings, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Writers Read: James Hannaham / Tim Murphy
Discussion |
Welcome acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl, Her Requiem) and three-time Tony Award-winning composer John Kander (Chicago, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Visit) for a discussion about their new musical opening in February.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Discussions, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, John Kander, 3-time Tony-winning composer, discusses his new musical Kid Victory
Classical Music |
Come hear the Senior Choristers of the Trinity Youth Chorus, led by Melissa Attebury, present Vivaldi’s Gloria with chamber orchestra. With text reflecting joy, praise, and worship, the uplifting movement Gloria in excelsis deo is one of Vivaldi’s most recognizable and favorite choral works around the world. The chorus will perform this piece again in June with the San Francisco Girls Chorus on their tour to San Francisco.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Trinity Youth Chorus performs Vivaldi's Gloria
Talk |
A conversation with Grammy-winning record producer Ian Brennan about the relationship between music and social justice. He'll discuss his experiences in Malawi recording inmates of Malawi's maximum security facility, the Zomba prison, share videos and recordings, and we'll explore how, in Brennan's view, "Innovation has almost, without fail, routinely risen culturally from the bottom to the top...many of the most important artists historically have originated from less than auspicious circumstances."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, The Zomba Prison Project: Social Justice Through Music
Opening Reception |
A special exhibition exploring cacao and chocolate as a commodity and emerging breakfast tradition in colonial and post-colonial America. The exhibition focuses on how cocoa-typically sold in "cakes" and served as a hot drink flavored with vanilla, honey, and spices-became a popular beverage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Exhibition: A Taste for Chocolate
Opening Reception |
A group exhibition of figurative drawings. The exhibition consists of a conversion of the project space’s interior into a faux, multi-temporal artists’ studio, ripe with an assortment of tools, utensils, and objects associated with art practices from varying periods and movements. Works will not only align with the types of objects displayed but will inevitably clash with the diverse practices and cultures presented. This type of forced encounter presents the wide range of works to viewers in a new, critical light.Artists in the exhibition include François Boucher, François Bonvin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cezanne, Oscar Kokoschka, Joan Collette, Gustav Klimt, Alberto Giacometti, Marisol, and Keunmin Lee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, The Wordless Poem: Boucher to Lee: A Group Exhibition
Discussion |
Alana Massey, author of All the Lives I Want (Grand Central, 2017), discusses her new essay collection with Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Writers in Conversation: Alana Massey / Leslie Jamison
Concert |
Matthew Robert Maimome, Piano 6 p.m. Zeynep Alpan, Violin 8 p.m.
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Student Recitals
Workshop |
Keep those new years resolutions! Bring your mom, dad, brother, sister, cousin or best friend for a heart pumping workout where your body would be the only weight you use. Guaranteed to get you to break a sweat, the class will begin and end with a series of stretches that will relax those tired achy muscles. All fitness levels are welcomed. No gym membership needed but please bring a lock to store your belongings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Stretch and Body Weight Training
Talk |
We all think we know what love is, but do we really? If you want to know more about love, attend this lecture to discover how to love and how to be loved. You will discover the key to loving with ease, passionately, authentically and to being joyful.Speaker Judith Costa has a Master's Degree in Psychology and Psychotherapy and an MBA. She works with groups and individuals, both online and in person, to help them overcome their blocks to love, and to know themselves better. She uses different techniques such as coaching, past life regression therapy, astrology, and dream interpretation. Her work involves teachings about how to improve self-love and how to manifest the kind of relationship all of us want and deserve.
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6:30 pm
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Talks, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, What Is Love?
Book Reading |
In 1929, Louise Nevelson was a disappointed housewife with a young son, surrounded by New York’s vibrant artistic community but unable to fully engage with it. By 1950, she was an artist living on her own, financially dependent on her family, but she had received a glimmer of recognition from the establishment: inclusion in a group show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1980, Nevelson celebrated her second Whitney retrospective. Her work was held in public collections around the world; her massive steel sculptures appeared in public spaces in seventeen states, including the Louise Nevelson Plaza in New York City’s Financial District.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Laurie Wilson discusses her book Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow
Lecture |
A lecture by CPT Antonio Salinas of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Julius Caesar's Art of War: A Graphic Portfolio of Battlefields and Tactics in the Commentarii de Bello Gallico
Concert |
Program:HINDEMITH Sonata for Ten instrumentsBARTOK Suite for pianoSIBELIUS Selections from Six Pieces for violin and pianoRAVEL Selections from “Tombeau de Couperin” for pianoCOWELL String Quartet “Pedantic”VILLA-LOBOS String Quartet No. 3 “Popcorn”BEACH “Wind o’ the Westland” for sopranoIVES Selected songs for baritonePROKOFIEV Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova for sopranoRACHMANINOFF Two Études-Tableaux for piano, op. 39PUCCINI Selections from La Rondine Since 1999, Mannes has presented a yearlong music festival every year. Each festival includes more than 20 events performed by the school's gifted young student artists, distinguished faculty members, and renowned guests, at prestigious New York City concert venues and cultural institutions. The festivals are an outstanding component of the total Mannes program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Mannes’s Musical Beginnings 1916-1917: Hindemith, Bartok, Sibelius, Ravel
Comedy Club |
Featuring:“Fish Out of Agua” author/storyteller Michele Carlo (Radio Free Brooklyn) Kevin Avery (writer on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver") "G.I.Jew" Benari Poulton (Laughing Liberally)Charles McBee (Laughs on FOX)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
Concert |
Program: Glazunov: Carnaval OvertureKhachaturian: Flute Concerto - with Charles Page, flute, Woodwind Concerto Competition winner Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, NYU Symphony performs Shostakovich and others
Concert |
Charles Abramovic, Guest Pianist With Tristan McKay, Alexandra Saraceno, Rinat Tsodyks, and Michael Tan
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Tutte Le Corde/Composers Now Festival
Play |
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
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, February 17, 2017, 02/17/2017, Twelfth Night: College Production of William Shakespeare
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Play | Broadway performer in a moving play

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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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