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Fri, January 13, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do on Friday, January 13, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Word 2003. Topics include mail merge, tables, text boxes, headers and footers, footnotes and endnotes.
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Workshop |
This will be a Lecture/Demonstration. Phones aren’t just phones anymore. Learn about the latest cutting-edge smartphones, their various operating systems, the required data plans, and the many available applications (apps!) that can turn a good smartphone into a great one.
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Other |
Are you a Bridge buff? Put on your game face and show off your best moves. For advanced beginner players only.
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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
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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Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Concert |
With: Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, Violin; Daniel Avshalomov, Viola; Wolfram Koessel, Cello; and guest students. Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 36th season in 2011–2012. Critics and colleagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collaborations.
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Park Walk |
You'll be amazed at what you'll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious drinking fountain for the city's equine population. These are just some of the the sites along the way on this east to west walk through the park. Tour is approximately one hour long.
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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.
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Film |
With Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd and Anthony LaPaglia. Adapted from Edith Wharton's 1905 novel, a beautiful, vulnerable, but shortsighted woman who knows what she wants is driven to pass up every opportunity for a "brilliant" marriage to a scion of New York society. 140 min.
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Screening |
Featuring films by and about Native Americans. At 1pm and 3pm.
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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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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
Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Explore free dictionaries and thesauri available on the web. Find authoritative bilingual and subject dictionaries to look up everyday words, scientific and other specialized terms, names, synonyms and more in the Credo Reference and Oxford Reference Online collections.
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Film |
With six-year-old certainty, Ludovic believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. Instead of the miraculous, Ludo finds rejection, isolation and guilt as the intense reaction of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. 88 min. In French with English subtitles.
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Slide Lecture |
Aside from Shakespeare, no writer has more thoroughly engaged the public’s imagination than Charles Dickens; no gallery of characters is more varied or memorable. This presentation examines various aspects of Dickens’s life and reputation, the broad range of his fiction, and the various illustrators who added a crucial visual element to his verbal design.
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Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Exploring your family history? Learn how to trace your roots in this introduction to genealogy. Discover library and web resources for genealogical research.
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Gallery Talk |
A 45-minute in-depth look at the exhibition.
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Film |
Kenan is a taciturn 35-year-old toll booth attendant shuffling between the monotony of his traffic-besieged box and caring for his ailing but domineering father at home. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off to a neighbor, and equally determined to prove his worth by fixing his father’s old car, Kenan edges ever closer to a nervous breakdown. 96 min. In Turkish with English subtitles.
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Workshop |
A beginning level Chess gaming group for all ages. Other games considered as well.
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Performance |
Get your liquid courage at a discounted price and then show the world what you’ve been practicing at home. Our Friday Jam will focus on improving something new every week. Show up ready to be challenged, meet new people, and improvise! FREE FOR ALL this jam will get you ready for the next level of improv while being the perfect pregame to your weekend. There are four rotating formats with different hosts. So Happy Hour! never falls down and in a crumpled heap in the john, it just stays buzzed and bubbly.
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Opening Reception |
John K. Lawson was born in Birmingham, England, in 1962 and raised mostly in the countryside until his family moved to South London when he was a young teenager. Lawson always knew from a very early age that he had the need to create. In Working Class England the word artist was never really in the vocabulary. Friends and family started calling him that long before he considered himself one. He first came to America on a student exchange program in engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There his artistic abilities were encouraged, and he returned to England two years later to concentrate on landscape painting. Eventually, Lawson was drawn back to the Deep South, and soon became part of an underground art culture in New Orleans that included working in tattoo, T-shirt and mural designs long before these mediums became mainstream. Lawson also became known for his unique drawing style and creations using discarded Mardi Gras beads. He covered mannequins, pianos, and drums with intricate beadwork, including a fifty-three-foot- long bar top at the notorious artists’ haven, the Audubon Hotel. The Audubon project was especially personal as this hotel, populated with a cast of crazy Cajun characters, set the scene for his top selling novel: Hurricane Hotel. The book recounts a rollicking street car ride into the underbelly of New Orleans and was started many moons ago while living in a small dive hotel on St Charles Avenue in New Orleans.
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Film |
Kapoor’s legendary film was condemned throughout the Indian film world as an exercise in self-pity. A colossal failure, its reputation has been gradually revived by Western critics, who saw in it echoes of Chaplin’s Limelight and proclaimed it a self-reflexive masterwork. 224 min.
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Concert |
This concert features: Shanda Wooley, cello, and Fredrica Wyman, piano, performing music by Martin, Profokiev and Ravel, and Ning Yu, piano, performing music by Bartók, Chim, Ergun, and Scriabin.
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Performance |
Swords brings you a night of beautifully crafted improvised theater. Every show features performances from a celebrity guest improviser. The ladies of Taco Supreme bring the heat with their fast paced comedy! Seasoned (like tacos!) improvisors Alexis Saarela, Brigid Boyle, Elizabeth Findlay and Ashley Ward use an audience suggestion to create a whirlwind of characters and scenarios not meant for the faint of heart or those with severe acid reflux. Now with more Jessica Eason and Tara Copeland!
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$5
Reading |
Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Sirius XM, WNYC, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ) celebrates 3 years of this storytelling series by inviting some of NY’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s live accordion music, a challenging trivia game, and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from: Elna Baker (This American Life) Sara Benincasa (author "Agorafabulous") Peter Aguero (Moth GrandSlam Champion)
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Performance |
Now in its 12th year, the show will also feature the funky sounds of "No Name" house band The Summer Replacements.
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Open Mike Reading |
Featuring store owner Marc Anthony.
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Free
Film |
Bianca is a talented young actress trying to get her career off the ground, but so far her jobs have been limited to impersonating movie divas and promoting events. After auditioning for a major international film, she finally gets her big break with a director who, inspired by her personality and her work, molds the character into a version of Bianca. 85 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
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Opera |
Under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri, the critically acclaimed Mannes Opera presents two evenings of Opera Scenes. The program will include Donizetti’s Don Pasquale: Act I; La Fille du Régiment: from Act II “The Lesson”; and Lucia di Lammermoor: Act II.
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Concert |
Program: MAGGIO Revolver (NY Premiere) JACOBS Passed Time GRABOIS Migration With: Jon Nelson and Tim Leopold, Trumpet; Daniel Grabois, Horn; Benjamin Herrington, Trombone; Raymond Stewart, Tuba; John Ferrari, Percussion.
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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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Concert |
Hailed by the New York Times as fresh, hot, and headed for fame, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo continues to fulfill that promise with 30 years of international touring, 12 critically acclaimed recordings, and new works developed for the ensemble.
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Concert |
Program: DUTILLEUX Les Citations JS BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 KURTÁG Wind Quintet, Op. 2 ADÈS Chamber Symphony, Op. 2 The Academy is a two-year fellowship providing the finest post-graduate musicians with performance opportunities in New York at the same time they are teaching in the city's public schools.
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Performance |
Join your hosts RuBin (Ruby Marez & Binu Paulose) as they showcase some of the funniest improv duos playing in NYC today. Some of them may be seriously funny, other duos may be beautifully tragic. We can promise you that all of them will be equally memorable.
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$5
Concert |
Chanda Rule is a remarkably versatile singer, having performed roles in Hair: The Musical and Shakespeare in the Park, jazz sets at Birdland and the Jazz Standard, and gigs opening for India.Arie and Amel Larrieux. Her voice is big yet masterfully controlled—well suited to the distinct mix of new-jazz, gospel, and soul that she’ll bring.
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Performance |
They collect the best and bawdiest improvisors around and play the classic drinkin party game. Once they’ve collected enough stories of life experiences they stumble around on stage and do the make em ups based on the truths that were revealed. It’s a show you won’t for get and they won’t remember.
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$5
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Performance | Music for kids

Regular: $25; Member: $0.00

Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

Regular: $69.50; Member: $0.00

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