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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 5, 2017?

Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 45 free events take place on January 5 in New York City.
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45 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on January 5, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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.
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10:00 am
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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
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10:00 am
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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s and continues to be applied to subsequent incarnations. Stencil graffiti, wheat pasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture are common forms of modern street art.
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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Williamsburg Street Art Tour
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.
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City Walks, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Workshop |
Learn how to enhance photos using the number 1 photo editing software in the world; Adobe Photoshop. In this class you learn the features of Photoshop and learn about layers and use them to manipulate images to your desire. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
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10:30 am
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Photoshop for Beginners
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Learn how to connect printers, monitors and all types of other accessories to your computer.
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10:30 am
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, How'd You Do That? Connecting Stuff to Your Computer
Tour |
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights. Route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. 45 minutes.
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11:00 am
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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Southern Park Welcome Tour
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.
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Bach at Noon
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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.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Workshop |
Share your passion for gaming the old-fashioned way. If words excite or inspire you, and crossword puzzles keep you going, then Scrabble is your game! Are you a chess or checkers champion? Whether you're a master or just starting out, show off your best moves. If you like wheeling and dealing, Monopoly's the game for you. Join them for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and friends.
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Retro Board Gaming
Gallery Talk |
A tour of Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America led by museum gallery guides.
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Gallery Talks, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Gallery Tour: Securing the Shadow
Workshop |
Need help getting started with eBooks? Bring your laptop, eReader, tablet or smart phone to eBook Help Hour. Get assistance loading electronic library books on your Kindle, create your free Adobe ID, learn about 3M Cloud Library, and so much more. Make sure you bring your library card and any necessary access passwords for your devices so they can help you as quickly as possible.
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, eBook Help Hour: Get Started with eBooks
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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.
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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Harlem Tour
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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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Tours, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Subway Art Tour
City Walk |
Join a three-hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. They'll begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. Once a pastoral green oasis, and later a home for Irish and Italian immigrants, Greenwich Village has been at the forefront of some of the most important political, social, and artistic movements of the 20th Century. Filled with 19th century townhouses, and now one of the most desirable and high priced neighborhoods in America, the Village tells a multi-generational New York story. From secluded wealthy enclave to emerging Bohemian and Beat communities, from Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan to the Stonewall Inn.Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10am.
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City Walks, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Master Class |
Robert Mann (born July 19, 1920) is a violinist, composer, conductor, and founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music. Mann, the first violinist at Juilliard, served on the school's string quartet for over fifty years until his retirement in 1997. Mann has played and performed on many instruments, including those made by Antonio Stradivari and John Young. Mann was the subject of a 2014 documentary, titled Speak the Music.
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Master Class: Robert Mann, String Quartet Institute
Workshop |
So you want to learn how to speak Spanish? Good choice!Spanish is relatively easy to learn, because once you’ve learned how to pronounce the letters, you can sound out any word. There are no complicated pronunciation rules, as there are in English.
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Library Spanish Class: Lesson One
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In this class you will use Photoshop to clean up and modify digital images. Learn how to minimize blemishes, use the clone stamp tool, alter backgrounds, recolor images, and more. This class is taught on Mac computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Intermediate Photoshop: Photo Retouching
Film |
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman.The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. 205 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Stanley Kramer's It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963): Madcap Oscar Winner
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Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban.The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. 122 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond (2016): Space Adventure Sequel
Workshop |
Learn about the differences in smartphones to determine which phone is the best one for you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Cell Phone Buying Guide: Smartphones
Concert |
Irka Mateo presents traditional music of the Taíno people. Guests will be given the opportunity to participate in the performance by learning songs or playing percussion instruments; and, museum educator William Chimborazo will take guests on a tour of the exhibition Infinity of Nations and discuss the indigenous people of what is now New York City.  Irka Mateo is a singer songwriter and performer form the Dominican Republic. She writes “Mestizo Music,” accordion and guitar-lead songs inspired by the indigenous/ Afro/ European folk traditions of her native country, as well as the wider Caribbean and Latin America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Traditional Music of the Taíno People
Concert |
With:Irka MateoWilliam Chimborazo, cultural interpreterWhat we now know as Broadway was once a trail walked by the Lenape people from Manhattan to Westchester. The first concert of the Travelin’ Home series is a celebration of the music of the people indigenous to New York City that would have been heard at Saint Paul’s front doors, before it existed.
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Travelin’ Home: A Celebration of the Music of the People Indigenous to New York City
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An annual festival of January concerts, Time’s Arrow, which exemplifies the church's signature juxtaposition of early and modern music, is a highlight of New York’s musical season. This year’s Time’s Arrow program celebrates the 250th anniversary of the opening of the chapel. Completed on October 30, 1766, the chapel is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan. Works will range from those foundational to American music to world premieres and commissions from leading American composers.AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND Stephen Salters, Baritone In October 1991, the General Services Administration announced the discovery of the African Burial Grounds during excavation for the construction of a new federal office building here in Lower Manhattan. At this concert, hear the music of the forgotten slaves that literally built New York before the GSA existed, and learn of Trinity’s unique connection.
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Time's Arrow: African Burial Grounds
Workshop |
Need help getting started with eBooks? Bring your laptop, eReader, tablet or smart phone to eBook Help Hour. Get assistance loading electronic library books on your Kindle, create your free Adobe ID, learn about 3M Cloud Library, and so much more. Make sure you bring your library card and any necessary access passwords for your devices so they can help you as quickly as possible.
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5:15 pm
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, eBook Help Hour: Get Started with eBooks
Workshop |
Learn how to enhance photos using the number 1 photo editing software in the world; Adobe Photoshop. In this class you learn the features of Photoshop and learn about layers and use them to manipulate images to your desire. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Photoshop for Beginners
Book Discussion |
Many people all over the world are turning to meditation to help them lead a more peaceful and healthy life-style. Scientific studies have proven that the practice of meditation reduces stress and anxiety, as well as decreases the risk of disease. Many Dr’s recommend meditation to their patients, and those who practice meditation attest to its healing power in their lives. Please join Renate Lanotte, MS LCSW, for this engaging and informative workshop.
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Meditation for a More Peaceful and Healthy Life
Opening Reception |
An exhibition curated by artist Susan Grabel addressing the sexism and misogyny ­ contained in laws across the country being used against women. Women are under siege from misguided legislatures and law enforcement agencies in many parts of the country. Under the guise of protecting the fetus, women are being persecuted, forced to undergo unwanted and unwarranted medical procedures, confined against their will to hospitals, imprisoned for having miscarriages as well as for using substances while pregnant even if, like methadone, they are prescribed by a doctor. Grabel chose the stories of 25 women whose circumstances illustrate these issues. She invited artists to acquaint themselves with a particular woman's story and to create an artwork in response to it.
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Group Show: Women Under Siege: It's Happening Right Here
Opening Reception |
With: Dana Levy, Taro Masushio, Anh Thuy Nguyen, Margeaux Walter.This group exhibition features four emerging artists who photograph human figures that attempt to reclaim their subjectivity in a fully dimensional manner.
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Surface Unrest: Four Emerging Photographers
Opening Reception |
Today's technology allows for exceptionally high quality large photographs. The gallery is exhibiting such work by their artists, but not at the expense of their artists whose work is small. The big/SMALL show presents both for photography lovers and collectors to appreciate what they each have to offer. It's not the size of the print, it's the photographers vision and the viewer's response. Featuring: Peter AgronRonaldo Aguiar Larry Davis Myra HafetzJay MatusowRaphael Senzamici (pictured)
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, big/SMALL: Six Solo Photography Shows
Opening Reception |
A show of new works by Edie Nadelhaft based on imagery glimpsed in her rear view mirrors as she navigates North America by motorcycle. Created to scale and situated within actual motorcycle mirror housings, these paintings are literal scenes from a road trip -- historically, the quintessential American rite of passage.
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Edie Nadelhaft's Big Country: Paintings of the Road Less Traveled
Opening Reception |
Kim Jehyung is an art director and graphic artist. Many of his professional projects and designs are based on his illustrations. He runs the design studio SAWORL in Seoul, South Korea, whose collaborators have included Samsung, Kia, UNICEF, and Adidas. In his first exhibition in New York, he is showing his personal works and several professional projects.Lee Hong is the director of Design Radmon and a lecturer at Dong Seo University College of Design in Busan, South Korea. In his first exhibition in New York, Lee is exhibiting a series of prints, paintings, and drawings that meditate on the duplicity of human behavior. Lee writes, “Just as the languages that we speak have different and duplicate meanings behind them, each gesture made by our hands also has different and duplicate meanings that are beyond our knowledge.”
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Kim Jehyung and Lee Hong: New Works
Opening Reception |
On January 3, Motoko Fukuyama will begin work on You Never Know What Idea You Might Have, a two-month project that will forge links between the gallery and Argo Electronics, located on Canal Street one block away—a surplus electronics store that has been in existence since 1978 and is the last vestige of the Radio Row district in Lower Manhattan—will serve as both the subject for a new film by Fukuyama and the source of materials that a group of artists will use as props and narrative devices in the making of the film. The project will begin with a special performance, "Shopping At Argo," by Aki Onda on January 5.  During the performance, Onda will select second-hand objects—some still functioning, most not—from Argo Electronics and then will collage them visually and aurally. 
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Motoko Fukuyama's You Never Know What Idea You Might Have: Found-Object Art
Workshop |
A workshop with Win Sheffield.
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, The Power of You: How You Can Make Your Next Career Move in 2017
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With: Kathryn DavisSoaring Crane Qigong is a classic qigong practice based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taoist philosophy, and communion with the natural world. Through the right interplay of breath, meditation, visualization, and gentle, graceful movement, it permits practitioners to accumulate vital force (qi) and circulate that energy in a healing flow through the body’s meridians, as well as to exercise and stretch the body, strengthen the immune system, and calm the mind. Soaring Crane practice can lead to a marked improvement in physical health, lower blood pressure, increased flexibility, improved balance, sounder sleep, less pain, fewer headaches, increased energy, and reduction of physical and mental stress.
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Intro Class: Soaring Crane Qigong Moving Meditation
Film |
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, John Cassavetes, Christine Lahti.Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down. All he can do is talk, and he wants to die. In hospital he make friends with some of the staff, and they support him when he goes to trial to be allowed to die.119 minutes
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Films, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, John Badham's Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981): Right-to-Die Drama
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Garth Risk Hallberg.
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Book Discussions, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Book Discussion: City on Fire
Book Reading |
This book dissects a centuries-old phenomenon, raising questions about gender expectations and the "female trainwreck."
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Book Readings, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Sady Doyle discuss her book Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear. . .and Why
Workshop |
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include using formulas and functions, data sorting and conditional formatting.
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Workshops, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Advanced MS Excel 2010 Workshop
7:00 pm
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Book Readings, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Will Schwalbe discusses his book Books for Living
Concert |
Celebrate 18 years of genre-exploding musical exploits by this “multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’s On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’s moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland” (Rolling Stone).Founded by Village Voice icon Greg "Ironman" Tate and co-led with monster groove bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, New York City’s Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a “fleet-footed big band” (Rolling Stone) whose prodigious personnel and adherence to Butch Morris's "Conduction" system of music creation allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the soul, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and avant-garde spectrums. With alumni including Melvin Van Peebles, Matana Roberts, Vijay Iyer, and Julia Kent, the current crew revolves around Shelley Nicole, Mikel Banks, Lisala, Ben Tyree, Julie Brown, Asim Barnes, LaFrae Sci, Lewis "Flip” Barnes, V. Jeffery Smith, Avram Fefer, "Moist" Paula Henderson, Leon Gruenbaum, JS Williams, and Andre Lassalle.
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, a 'Mulitracial Jam Army'
Classical Music |
Program:VILLA-LOBOS Assobio a JatoMOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452SCHUMANN Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, Ensemble Connect performs works by Villa-Lobos, Mozart, Schumann
Concert |
“Hungarians have been reframing their many traditions for generations which makes Budapest’s music so full of life” — Aron Romhanyi, Artistic Director (Music Export Budapest). Get off to a good start in the New Year. The NOW Sound of Budapest, timed to coincide with APAP, the largest annual gathering of performing arts professionals in NYC, offers a fresh and modern take on Hungarian and East Central European traditional music brought to you by three ensembles that know as much about tradition as they love experimentation. The ethnic, Bulgarian-Hungarian psychedelia of Meszecsinka (“Little Moon”), the tango-inflected improvisations of Armenian-born Hungarian musician David Yengibarian and the rigorous folk-jazz beauties of Mihály Borbély’s Polygon trio all offer, each in their distinct ways, a musical homage to the tapestry that is Central Europe.
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Concerts, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, The NOW Sound of Budapest
Comedy Club |
Local Favorites Matt Azark, Jeff Cerulli and Erik Bransteen invite some of their favorites comedians to perform on this weekly showcase.  Every Thursday.
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Comedy Clubs, January 05, 2017, 01/05/2017, The Bombshelter Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
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