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Thu, January 16, 2014
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free events nyc Guitar alla Ingharese: Viennese Romantic Music
free events nyc Harlem Tour
free events nyc Paintings: John Grande's Oh You Pretty Things
free events nyc Alicia Olatuja, Singer Who Performed at the Presidential Inauguration
free events nyc The 13th Annual ChamberFest, Featuring Work by Dvorak
free events nyc Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (2013): Superman Reboot
free events nyc Kevin Jarvis’ A Dangerous Cure (2013): Epidemic in New York
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For nearly 100 years, the Beaux-Arts beauty known as Grand Central Terminal (a.k.a Station) has been a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of a great city, impressing both travelers and visitors with it's wonderful architecture and pulsating vibe. It's history is a story of immense wealth, great engineering, a few accidents, a planned sabotage and one terrific ceiling, but most importantly a story of survival and rebirth.
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Tours, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Grand Central Terminal Tour
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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, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Cathedral Tour
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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. 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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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. 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, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Learn Juggling in the Park
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, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Bach at Noon
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
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You'll find little disagreement that John Maynard Keynes was one of the most influential economists of the 20th century whose legacy continues to shape how policymakers view the global economy and markets. What few students of Keynes know, however, is that he was also a daring, steel-nerved investor, who built a multi-million-dollar fortune in the stock market, while acting as a virtually unpaid counselor to world leaders like Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Though typically thought of solely as an economist, Keynes was a rabid speculator, major commodities trader, and, ultimately, one of the greatest investors of all time. In Keynes's Way to Wealth, John F. Wasik describes Keynes’s investment strategies and explains how contemporary investors can learn from, and imitate, his success. Talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing. Feel free to bring your lunch.
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Talks, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, John Wasik discusses his book Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from the Great Economist
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
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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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Tours, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Cathedral Tour
Lecture |
Over the course of the fourteenth century, a truly revolutionary change took place in the clothing of upper-class European men. Beginning around 1325, the long, flowing, nearly unisex robes which had formed the foundation of aristocratic men’s clothing for centuries were suddenly replaced by much shorter, tighter clothing. Far from being unisex, these clothes were cut and carefully tailored, using newly invented techniques, to hug the body and display the legs, demonstrating gender differences in the clearest possible way, something which Western clothing has done ever since. Laurel Ann Wilson, the speaker, is associated with the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. A self-described opsimath, that is, one who acquires learning late in life, she earned a Masters and a Ph.D. from Fordham UniversityColleges respectively.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, When Men Were the Fashionable Sex: The Fashion Revolution of the Fourteenth Century
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Guitarist Pascal Valois plays Italian and Hungarian musical jewels on a period Viennese “Stauffer” guitar, as heard at the beginning of the 19th century.
   New York City, NY; NYC

$10 suggested donation
Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Guitar alla Ingharese: Viennese Romantic Music
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Book Group: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Tour |
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.
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Tours, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Tours, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Harlem Tour
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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, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, US Customs House Building Tour
Film |
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon. Superman flies back onto the big screen. Born on the alien planet of Krypton, Kal-El is sent by his parents to live on planet Earth. When his new world is attacked by a force that humans are powerless to defend themselves against, Clark assumes the identity of Superman and fights to protect the entire human race. 148 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Films, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (2013): Superman Reboot
Opening Reception |
JESS: Looking Past Seeing Through - A selection of paintings and collages from the 1950s-1990s. Richard Baker: Holiday - A group of new works that comprise word paintings, abstractions, and sculpted objects.
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Opening Receptions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, 2 Art Shows: Jess / Richard Baker
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With Suzanne Carbonneau, dance scholar and Taylor's biographer. Many of Taylor's works explore the nature of war, particularly its devastating effects on the citizens in whose name it was waged. Dance videos included are Company B, Changes, Sunset, and Banquet of Vultures.
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Discussions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014,  Discussion and Video Excerpts of Choreographer Paul Taylor
Opening Reception |
In Arieli's project, he created a series of portraits using an infrared technique that reveals details that are under the subject's abused skin. Arieli is taking the dancers out of their roles as performers and revealing personal intimate individuals.
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Opening Receptions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Photography: Nir Arieli's Inframen
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Someone Like Me includes works that depend on an interaction of several consciousnesses. The artists convey a frustration with linear composition and language structure and present unresolved dialogues often addressed to an absent listener. It is through this open-ended relationship between author and character, artist and subject, that each of the artworks perform as an autonomous reflection, continuous in its formation of meaning.
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Opening Receptions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Group Show: Someone Like Me
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This group exhibition - with Greta Alfaro, Julia Chiang, James Clar, Richard Garet, Pryce Lee, Naama Tsabar and Dustin Yellin - features video, sculpture and installation that emanate beautiful danger and living life to the extreme; broken dreams and endless cycles of incurable hope and pain; things that are slick, seductive, stifled and pulsating with a palpable energy.
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Opening Receptions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Group Show: They Sicken of the Calm Who Know the Storm
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The paintings in this exhibition are hybrid images of Damien Hirst's Spot paintings remixed with photographs of 20th and 21st Century icons. Grande, a photo-based painter, was the last artist Colin de Land added to his stable at American Fine Art before de Land's death in 2003. Oh You Pretty Things is a contemporary exploration of appropriation art, merging topical imagery from art history and the media.
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Opening Receptions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Paintings: John Grande's Oh You Pretty Things
Discussion |
New York, New York, our town of beautiful people and (sometimes) ugly actions. Join the second program about mysteries set right here. Panelists include an intriguing mix: author of a multi-award winning PI series who has also been called a “hard boiled poet”; a New Yorker who experienced some of the tough life before he wrote about it; a native of farm country who writes about the history and neighborhoods of Brooklyn, her adopted home; and a newcomer who tells tales of international crime that include New York.
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Discussions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Second Bite of the Apple: Bright Lights, Dark Deeds
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What can New Yorkers expect if high-volume hydrofracking is permitted here?
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Discussions, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, New York Shale Gas Potential
Talk |
Find out how essential oils from Do Terra CPTG offer you an effective tool to help you feel better than ever. In the new year learn how Do Terra can help retrieve your figure, reveal your beauty and make your health flourish. Learn about aromatherapy and the many uses of Do Terra products. Silvia Nielsen along with Elena Yordan and Laura Ruiz, invite you to a DoTerra experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Beauty and Health with Do Terra
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Presented by the Camera Club of New York in partnership.
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Talks, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Photographer Talk: Sharon Core
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An unscripted conversation in which strangers ask and answer questions of each other in front of a live audience. Hosted by Jody Avirgan. Special guests TBA.
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Performances, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Ask Roulette: 2nd Anniversary Special Show!
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Jia Xu, Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, College Piano Recital
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Rianne Mision, guitar
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Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, College Guitar Recital
Book Reading |
Looking to ace your next exam? Join Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien for the way to do it.
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Book Readings, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Hunter Maats reads from his book The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World
Film |
A fame-obsessed tabloid journalist tries to find the cause and the cure of a life-threatening epidemic that is ravaging New York City during the economic recession of 2001. Her journeys take her to various underworlds where she documents people’s opinion of epidemic death, technology, and how the media uses the whole crisis as a platform for glamour. 59 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Films, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Kevin Jarvis’ A Dangerous Cure (2013): Epidemic in New York
Concert |
Singer Alicia Olatuja electrified a crowd of a million people on the National Mall at the 2013 presidential inauguration with her richly textured, show-stopping solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Olatuja sings with a strong, lustrous tone, and mixes elements of classical, jazz, gospel, and pop into her fluid vocalism. Her busy performance calendar includes collaborating with bassist and husband Michael Olatuja as the Olatuja Project; performing as a soloist with the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble; and providing back-up vocals for Chaka Khan, Somi, and Christian McBride.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Alicia Olatuja, Singer Who Performed at the Presidential Inauguration
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Called “a force in the new music world” (New York Times), Face the Music is the country's only ensemble for ages 18 and under that is solely devoted to the music of living composers. Under the direction of Dr. Jenny Undercofler, the ensemble performs “Teen Angst,” an exciting program that includes Michael Gordon’s music from the film Gotham; This is Not Spartacus, a ten-minute musical discourse on mob mentality written by a twelve-year-old member of the ensemble; and Steve Martland’s Horses of Instruction, originally written for new-music ensemble Bang on a Can. This concert is all action—much like the young musicians who are playing it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Face the Music, an Under-18 Ensemble Devoted to Living Composers

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Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Modern take on a timeless masterpiece

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Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Ravel's Trio and the Messiaen's Quartet

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Theaters, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, World Premiere of a Play

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Theaters, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, Provocative play about a small American town every day life...
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Program: GOLIJOV The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1994) DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 ChamberFest takes place Monday, January 13 through Saturday, January 18, 2014 and features 8 FREE concerts in 6 days of ensemble music-making by 95 school musicians and 2 guest artists from the orchestra academy of the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil in 20 ensembles, coached by faculty members in intensive sessions during the winter break.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, January 16, 2014, 01/16/2014, The 13th Annual ChamberFest, Featuring Work by Dvorak
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Dance Performance | Modern adaptation of classic ballet

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Theater | Modern adaptation of classic play

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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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