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Thu, January 23, 2014
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free events nyc Saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht: From Berlin with Love
free events nyc Eighth Blackbird, Grammy-Winning Sextet
free events nyc Leaving Ziller Valley, a One-Woman Performance by Julia Rosa Stöckl
free events nyc Je Chanterai pour mon cher ami: Music of Dufay and Binchois
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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 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, 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 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, 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.
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Tours, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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. 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 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Learn Juggling in the Park
Park Walk |
See the Park’s northernmost highlights on this walk from Conservatory Garden along the Harlem Meer and past the North Woods. Route easy to negotiate, a few stairs. 45 minutes.
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Park Walks, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Northern Park Welcome Tour
Lecture |
A lecture by Oleksandra Kunovska, PhD Candidate at University of Fribourg and Swiss National Science Foundation Research Fellow.
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Lectures, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Consumption and Newspaper Advertising in Interwar Lviv
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 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Bach at Noon
Gallery Talk |
Enjoy a 45-minutes docent-led tour of the exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Gallery Tour: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, 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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$6; $5 seniors/students;
Tours, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Cathedral Tour
Concert |
Poignant love songs of Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois with Trefoil’s “clear, otherworldly harmonies.” (The New York Times) Performers: Drew Minter, countertenor and harp; Mark Rimple, countertenor and lute; Marcia Young, soprano and harp
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$10 suggested donation
Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Je Chanterai pour mon cher ami: Music of Dufay and Binchois
Lecture |
From Biblical times, leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, has been both a medical and a social condition. Today, the disease afflicts over a million people, many of them residents of leper colonies and subjected to isolation and neglect. The European experience with Hansen’s disease is particularly complex. Sealy Gilles, the speaker, is associate professor of English literature at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. She teaches a wide range of classes in early literatures. Publications include work on Old English lyrics, a ninth-century geography, and Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Her current research centers on cultural responses to epidemic disease in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.
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Lectures, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Lepers, Real and Imagined, in Medieval and Early Modern England
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 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, 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.
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Tours, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, 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 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, US Customs House Building Tour
Discussion |
A discussion with Andrea Mazzarino​.
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Discussions, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Barriers Everywhere: Lack of Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Russia
Lecture |
Myron S. Cohen, MD will give the David Seegal Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture.
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Lectures, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, HIV in the 21st Century: Going from Treatment, to Prevention, to Cure
Concert |
Yun Fei Jiang, Composition
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Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, College Composition Recital
Book Reading |
In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds.
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Book Readings, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, S. Frederick Starr discusses his book Lost Enlightenment: Cental Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
Workshop |
Do you feel overwhelmed by the possessions, papers and piles that have taken over your life and space? Don't know how or where to start to make changes? You're not alone. Join the Clutter Support Group, an educational support group for individuals who are struggling with clutter and disorganization. Open to people of all ages with any degree of disorganization.
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Workshops, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Got Clutter? Join the Clutter Support Group
Opening Reception |
An exhibition of works by second-year students of the MFA Fine Arts Department. Curated by Jovana Stokic, deputy chair of the MA Curatorial Practice Department.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, MFA Fine Arts Exhibition
Opening Reception |
Drawing upon divergent interpretations of memory, cognition, and language, these two artists share deep affinities conceptually and aesthetically, demonstrating an equal fluency in photography, video, sculpture, and installation. The artists’ visions are juxtaposed on either side of a central gallery wall, allowing viewers to encounter the two exhibitions simultaneously upon first entering the gallery, then leaving space for separate consideration.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, 2 Art Shows: Boru O’Brien O’Connell / Luke Stettner
Poetry Reading |
Come celebrate the revival of December Magazine. Readings by poets: Marvin Bell, Sally Van Doren, James Tolan Terese Svoboda. Complimentary reception to follow
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Poetry Readings, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Readings from December Magazine
Opening Reception |
Domig's recent work engages with the darker, hidden aspects of human psychology through exploration of the corporeal form and simultaneously testing both the limitations and potential of painting. Born 1983 in Vancouver, Daniel Domig spent his youth in Salzburg and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Some of his past exhibitions include Haupt, 2012, Walserherbst, Austria; Tempted to Doubt, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, 2012; Fünf Räume, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 2011; Till Human Voices Wake Us, WINIARZYK, Vienna, 2011; and solo presentations at Jane Kim/Thrust Projects, NYC in 2006 and 2008.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Paintings: Daniel Domig’s All Words Were Once Animals
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The subject matter here is diverse (collapsed geometry, octopi, helicopters, alchemy and architecture) assembled into what the artist thinks of as information conglomerations. The frames are not used for presentation purposes, rather they serve as surface support for environmental breakdowns: containment structures to be breached and made vulnerable. The work reflects DiBenedetto's long standing interest in material insubordination and an exploration of the linkage between biomorphic shapes and cosmic symbolism.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Steve DiBenedetto's Elaborate, Multi-Channel Collages
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The latest collection from Swiss design duo Kueng Caputo, Never Too Much is a psychedelic series of hand-painted benches, stools, bowls and lights. The artists pair and mirror the contrasting materials of dyed leather for the seat with traditional enamel for the base.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Kueng Caputo's Never Too Much: The Latest from the Swiss Design Duo
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A group exhibition of drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculpture that evokes the mysterious psychological depth of nighttime. Some even suggest paranormal phenomena.
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Opening Receptions, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Group Show: Nocturnal Labyrinth
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture brings quantitative analysis to bear on ranking and comparing historical reputations by aggregating the traces of millions of opinions, just as Google ranks webpages. Rankings of more than one thousand of history's most significant people in science, politics, entertainment, and all areas of human endeavor are presented.
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Slide Lectures, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Steven Skiena discusses his book Who's Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank
Jazz |
New York-based saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht is a passionate, improvising jazz artist whose roots lie in Berlin’s innovative music scene. Together with his longtime partner in crime, German-Japanese guitarist Keisuke Matsuno, he formed an ensemble that is fueled by cultural diversity and inspired by the urban sounds of his cities Berlin and New York.
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$5; reservations required
Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht: From Berlin with Love
Book Reading |
The 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award winner reads from her whimsical sequel of Foul Matters, Way of all Fish, featuring the return of some of her most delightful characters, including hit men Candy and Karl.
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Book Readings, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Martha Grimes reads from her book The Way of All Fish
Gallery Talk |
A public conversation featuring exhibition contributors. The event, entitled A Ludic Century?, is a talk by and conversation with McKenzie Wark, addressing both the recently published Manifesto for a Ludic Century by Eric Zimmerman as well as broader questions about the medium of videogames itself.
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Gallery Talks, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Gallery Talk: Not Yet Real: Videogames, Theory, Criticism
Reading |
Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, Sirius XM Radio) celebrates 5 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 a challenging trivia game and a free wine giveaway where five (one for each year the show has been around) lucky audience members will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce.
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Readings, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Show
Concert |
Masur, one of the world's best known conductors, was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1991 to 2002.
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Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar: Open Rehearsal CANCELLED!!
Concert |
Songeun Lee, piano
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Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, College Piano Recital
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Combining the virtuosity of a string quartet with the energy of a storefront theater company, three-time Grammy winner Eighth Blackbird takes audiences on a funny, surprising, and quirky musical road trip. The ensemble performs works by Tom Johnson, Lisa Kaplan, Andy Akiho, Nico Muhly, and one of its signature pieces, David Lang’s virtuosic these broken wings.
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Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Eighth Blackbird, Grammy-Winning Sextet

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Theaters, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Modern take on a timeless masterpiece
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Leaving Ziller Valley tells the story of the young Tyrolean executive Elizabeth. Feeling alienated and lost in a world of jet-setting between high-end hotels from Paris to Shanghai, she decides to stay in New York. Maybe in this city full of dreamers, she can find what she is looking for: a place that she can call home and where she can ultimately find herself.
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Performances, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Leaving Ziller Valley, a One-Woman Performance by Julia Rosa Stöckl
Concert |
The Artist Diploma performers constitute the few highly gifted and experienced musicians selected to develop their artistry and professionalism in the ever-changing contemporary world.
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Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Artist Diploma Recital: Jiyoung Lee, Cello
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Program HANDEL Trio Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 2, No. 3 C.P.E. BACH Sonata for Oboe and Basso Continuo in G Minor, Wq. 135 J.S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, BWV 863 J.S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in A-flat Major, BWV 862 ZELENKA Trio Sonata in B-flat Major, ZWV 181/3 TELEMANN Trio Sonata in G Minor, from Essercizii Musici J.S. BACH Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1015 J.S. BACH, arr. RUIZ Trio Sonata in F Major, after BWV 525 With: Robert Mealy, violin; Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe; Dominic Teresi, bassoon; Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord.
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Concerts, January 23, 2014, 01/23/2014, Baroque Works by Bach and Handel
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