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All events, things to do on January 31, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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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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Tours, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, New York One-Day Tour
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In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place every Tuesday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm until Feb. 14, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
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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City Walks, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Master Class |
Recognised as one of the world’s foremost harp virtuosos, Judy Loman graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the celebrated harpist, Carlos Salzedo. She was principal harpist with the Toronto Symphony from 1960 to 2002. As a soloist, Judy Loman has won the admiration of audiences and critics alike across Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Master Class: Judy Loman, Harp
Discussion |
Can one fall in love with a city? Is it possible to become infatuated with an urban space? According to Laure Murat, the answer is a resounding yes, as is illustrated in her latest book Ceci n’est pas une ville (This Is Not A City). In these pages, Murat praises L.A.’s heterogeneity, disproportions, its lack of monument and center, and claims that this, in turn, creates a sense of freedom. She will be joined by American novelist AM Homes, who in Los Angeles: People, Places and The Castle on the Hill, uncovered the strange heart of the city via the mythical Chateau Marmont, and revealed herself to be an uncommonly nimble and entertaining cultural anthropologist. L.A. is also the stage of This Book Will Save Your Life, one of Homes’s masterful and bestselling novels. New York Institute of Humanities Director Eric Banks will moderate this conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Discussions, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Writers in Conversation: AM Homes / Laure Murat
Workshop |
Winter Carnival is stacked with opportunities to get on the ice and learn about ice skating. This is a 30-minute lunchtime lesson to learn skating basics and get comfortable on the ice. Space is limited to 15 students per lesson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Winter Carnival: Skating Lesson
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Expert jugglers are here to teach you how to juggle, adding to the Carnival atmosphere! Test your coordination and dexterity with a free lesson. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Winter Carnival: Frozen Fingers Juggling
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 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
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Sweep sweep sweep! They'll have professional instructors and equipment on hand to teach you how to play this classic oddball winter sport.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Winter Carnival: Curling Lessons
Film |
Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz.Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. 114 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Todd Phillips' War Dogs (2016): Arms Suppliers in Over Their Heads
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, 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 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Film |
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts.Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. 105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, James Clavell's To Sir, with Love (1967): Inspirational Teacher
Workshop |
Learn more advanced methods of modifying shapes, create new kinds of fills with Gradients, Meshes, and Patterns, and explore Illustrator's powerful text tools.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Intermediate Illustrator: Shape and Text Design
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Patti Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Book Discussions, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Book Club: Just Kids
Book Reading |
Robyn C. Spencer is a historian at Lehman College-City University of New York who focuses on Black social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. Her writings on the Black Panther Party have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, Souls, Radical Teacher and several collections of essays on the 1960s.A reception with wine and cheese will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Book Readings, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Robyn C. Spencer reads from her book The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland
Concert |
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Yifei Xu, piano 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Yun Hao, piano 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Jeremy Laureta, viola
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, College Recitals
Workshop |
Get acquainted with Apple's powerful spreadsheet application that gives you everything you need to create ledgers, reports, and graphs that help you visualize or present your data. Work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices, as well as with colleagues, friends, and family who use Microsoft Excel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Numbers for Mac Workshop
Talk |
Much of the discourse on why Donald Trump is not fit to be President draws on claims that he is suffering from severe mental illness and therefore cannot be entrusted with the most powerful and responsible job in the world. In this presentation, Steven Reisner argues that diagnosing Trump is part of the therapists’ wishful fantasy that evil can be ‘cured’ in the consulting room. He will argue, instead, for an analytic and political process (he sees the two as inseparable) based not on normativity and the aims of the state, but on ethical standards that define evil and prioritize good. Steven Reisner is a Psychological Ethics Advisor to PHR and was a co-author on Experiments in Torture. A founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Dr. Reisner has been on the teaching faculty of the International Trauma Studies program at New York University, the Program in Clinical Psychology at the Columbia University Teachers College and at the New York University School of Medicine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Talks, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Crazy Like a Fox: Evil is Not a Psychiatric Illness
Book Reading |
A sometimes serious, often hilarious, and always inspiring guide that encourages young women to live a life full of ownership, confidence, and freedom from singer and popular Scream Queens and Grease Live! actress Keke Palmer, delightfully illustrated in four-color with Keke’s favorite inspirational quotes, journal entries, and memes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Keke Palmer reads from her book I Don't Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice
Book Reading |
This is the first in-depth, book-length study on fashion and Italian cinema from the silent film to the present. Italian cinema launched Italian fashion to the world. The book is the story of this launch. The creation of an Italian style and fashion as they are perceived today, especially by foreigners, was a product of the post World War II years. Before then, Parisian fashion had dominated Europe and the world. Just as fashion was part of Parisian and French national identity, the book explores the process of shaping and inventing an Italian style and fashion that ran parallel to, and at times took the lead in, the creation of an Italian national identity. In bringing to the fore these intersections, as well as emphasizing the importance of craft in cinema, fashion and costume design, the book aims to offer new visions of films by directors such as Nino Oxilia, Mario Camerini, Alessandro Blasetti, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luchino Visconti and Paolo Sorrentino, of film stars such as Lyda Borelli, Francesca Bertini, Pina Menichelli, Lucia Bosè, Monica Vitti, Marcello Mastroianni, Toni Servillo and others, and the costume archives and designers who have been central to the development of Made in Italy and Italian style.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Book Readings, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Eugenia Paulicelli discusses her book Italian Style: Fashion and Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age
Lecture |
Climate change will bring profound shifts to human life globally, but not equally amongst countries and groups within countries. The consequences can be positive as well as negative, but the most vulnerable can be most negatively affected by climate hazards. The UN World Social and Economic Survey 2016 argues that, in the absence of transformative policies which coherently address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, building climate resilience will remain elusive and poverty and inequalities will worsen. The seminar will explain the contents of the report, with key messages about climate change and inequalities, policy options and assessments and the role of international cooperation.PRESENTER:Diana Alarcón, Chief, Development Strategy and Policy Analysis, Development Policy and Analysis Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Climate Change and Global Justice
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In order to better understand the world-wide crisis of political representation, a conceptual analysis of the concept is important. Stepping back from the “deceptive familiarity of words”, and resisting the temptation to define the essence of representation, the talk takes the conceptual history into account and proposes a comparative view going beyond traditional Western narratives. It proposes to distinguish several ideal-types of representation. Three main pairs are proposed: symbolic representation vs. juridical-political representation; making an absent present again vs. exhibition of a presence; mandated representation vs. embodiment-based representation. The aim should be to help analyzing the developments of political representation beyond elections and to assess their democratic or non-democratic dimensions.Speaker Yves Sintomer is Senior fellow at the French University Institute (IUF), professor of political science at Paris 8 University, and presently Senior Visiting Democracy Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, The Meanings of Political Representation: Uses and Misuses of a Notion
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our under-used sense of smell to work in surprising ways.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Alexandra Horowitz discusses her book Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell
Dance Performance |
A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. With: Gillian ChadseyJenni HongHeather Stewartmoderator: Kate Watson-Wallace
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$3 suggested donation
Dance Performances, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Experiments in Dance
Talk |
Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Her seed-stage venture capital fund and platform, NOW Ventures, supports mission-driven startups whose financial successes make the world a better place. Shiza will share her story and discuss what it takes to become a successful social entrepreneur and change-maker.
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7:00 pm
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Talks, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Shiza Shahid: Entrepreneur, Investor, and Women’s Rights Advocate
Reading |
Drunk TED Talks returns for another evening of mocking self-important men of letters, none of whom are named Jonathan. (This time.) Fitzgerald, Bukowski, Gladwell – these men are all canonical... but are they really all that great? Come for loving jokes about the writers you hate to love, stay for the merciless jokes about the writers you love to hate. Roasts:Charlotte Shane on BukowskiEve Peyser on GladwellRachel Syme on FitzgeraldJaboukie Young-White on Thoreau
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7:00 pm
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Readings, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Drunk TED Talks Roast of Literary Men: The Sequel
Book Reading |
Trayvon Martin’s parents take readers beyond the news cycle with an account only they could give: the intimate story of a tragically foreshortened life and the rise of a movement.
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's parents, discuss their book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
Book Reading |
Former White House Fellow and Marine Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed Green on Blue, will discuss his new novel Dark at the Crossing with Phil Klay, winner of a National Book Award and NBCC Award for Redeployment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Elliot Ackerman discusses his book Dark at the Crossing
Lecture |
Since the coining of the word “homosexual” in the late 1800s, up until the decline of the city’s light industry post-WWII, the Brooklyn waterfront has served as a complicated refuge for working class queer people, providing economic opportunity, inexpensive housing, social privacy, and sexual possibility – as well as police surveillance, racist exclusion, gendered fetishization, and the financial instability that haunts many low-income communities.In this talk, Hugh Ryan will examine the working-class queer waterfront spaces of Brooklyn—from the military factories that gave all women (but especially lesbians) economic freedom and social privacy, to the complicated transgender visibility on display at the freak shows of Coney Island, to the cooperative houses created by queer artists during times of economic hardship. The talk will be organized around five major thematic sections: Factory Life, Coney Island, Outlaw Sexuality, Queer Communes, and Sailors.
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Lectures, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, The Queer Histories of Brooklyn’s Working Waterfront
Workshop |
This introductory meditation class was featured as a New York Magazine top pick. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Introduction to Meditation
Film |
An Aquarium in the Sea: The Story of the New York Group of Poets is the latest documentary feature film by exciting Ukrainian film director Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko. It tells the story of the New York Group of Poets, pioneers of Ukrainian modernism, fugitives from the deadly regime of the USSR.The film’s director Oleksandr Fraze-Frazenko will be present at the event. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, An Aquarium in the Sea: The Story of the New York Group of Poets: Ukranian Documentary
Party |
All are invited to don their fanciest top hats, tails, gowns and furs and skate to waltz music at a pop-up waltz ball hosted by the Simulacrum of Yore Society. Help fill the rink with classic Viennese glamour!
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Partys, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Winter Carnival: Ice Ball
Play |
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.Takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 2-4.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen: Dead Sister's Role-Playing
Comedy Club |
According to producer Eric Vetter, some of NYC's best established and emerging comics, storytellers, writers and performers try out new material followed up by the OPEN STAGE-- the place where ANYONE can get up and do ANYTHING.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Tuesday Night Comedy Show
Concert |
Melanie Williams, Flute
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, January 31, 2017, 01/31/2017, Student Flute Recital
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