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Mon, July 31, 2017
42 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on July 31, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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Escape the bustle of the city with sunrise yoga in the morning light.Mondays at 7:30 am, June 5 - July 31
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Sunrise Abhaya Yoga
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
City Walks, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
Free
Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Williamsburg Street Art Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
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Brooklyn resident James Martinelli’s Cardio Dance and Range of Movement workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility.Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective and fun workout. Sneakers are a must.A few notes: - Registration begins at 9:30 am before each class. - Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. - All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.Mondays at 10 am, May 8 - August 14
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Broadway Dance
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Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Beginner Language Class: Italian
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Juggling in the Park
Book Reading |
What is the truth behind the legend of Science Fiction great, Philip K. Dick?In spring, 1972, Phil Dick moved to Fullerton, CA, where he met Theatre student Mary (Maer) Wilson. Amid marriage proposals, marathon talk-fests and a love for music and films, they forged a strong friendship that would last the rest of his life.Wilson’s quirky, yet unflinchingly honest, memoir reveals a funny, compassionate and generous man. She captures an inside view of one of our literary greats – a brilliant writer who gave the world some of its most revered Science Fiction. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Book Readings, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Maer Wilson discusses her book The Other Side of Philip K. Dick: A Tale of Two Friends
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Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire; Between Two Kings and her latest, Nothin’ But Love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Bertha Hope, World-Traveled Jazz Pianist
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Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past.Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
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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, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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Cathedral organists provide a 30-minute break for mind, body and spirit on Mondays at 1 pm with an entertaining and informative demonstration of the Cathedral’s unparalleled Great Organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Great Organ: Midday Monday
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Practice of meditation and exercise. Increases Energy and Vitality. Eliminate stress, enjoy peace of mind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Falun Dafa Exercise and Meditation Class
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood 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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2:00 pm
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Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Harlem Tour
Film |
Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders.A serial killer has been targeting beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the first administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Fritz Lang's While the City Sleeps (1956): Hunt for Serial Killer
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***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED***All ages are welcome. Play a game of chess. Chess boards are given out at the front desk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
Free
Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, CANCELLED***Who's the King? Chess***CANCELLED
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Mondays from July 3 to August 21.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Big City Fishing
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics.Mondays from July 3 to August 21.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Big City Fishing
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, High Line Tour
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Pair a beverage with a new creative skill at weekly craft classes.Supplement your cocktail with a new skill! Join us for free adult craft classes to learn the basics of painting, embroidery, origami, and more! Hosted by CraftJam and Paint and Sip Studio New York.Please arrive by 6pm to receive full instruction. Accommodation of late arrivals (after 6:05pm) is at the discretion of the instructor. Supplies are limited. Alcoholic beverages are for purchase by those 21+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Crafts and Cocktails
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Mah Jongg Socials, led by Linda Fisher, throughout the summer. Basic instruction included.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Mah Jongg Social
Film |
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law.A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. 106 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Andrew Niccol's Oscar Nominee Gattaca (1997): Sc-Fi Thriller
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A classic documentary exploring the tradition of jazz and tap dance, the essence that sets it uniquely apart from other dance forms, featuring The Copasetics. Each featured dancer speaks of his life and his art, revealing creative spirit and individuality that have personified each artist through their long careers.115 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Films, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Brenda Bufalino's Great Feats of Feet: Tap Dance Documentary
Play |
Enjoy a fully-staged production of The Madness of Hercules presented by the American Thymele Theatre.This particularly timely and moving tragedy from ca. 422 BCE depicts Hercules being driven insane by Madness and human beings trapped in a hostile world, sustained only by their love for one another and their sense of courage and nobility that cannot be defeated by authoritative forces.     
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Plays, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, New York Euripides Summer Festival: The Madness of Hercules
Book Reading |
This conversation tells the story of one citizen's fight to preserve a US stake in the future of clean energy and the elements essential to high tech industries and national defense.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Victoria Bruce discusses her book Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America's Technological Soul, and One Man's Fight to Bring It Home
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Come and test your knowledge in a challenging though entertaining 30 question trivia quiz. There are questions and categories for all comers, spanning subjects from Music and Movies to New York History, Sports, Literature and others in between. Individuals and teams welcome. Bring your friends and be prepared to have a good time. Trivia Master Chris Vaccari is a New York-based trivia host with the answers to (almost) all of your questions. He has hosted fun-filled trivia events in the Tri-State area since 2007.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Trivia Night
Book Reading |
Two acclaimed, timely voices in fiction presents a special reading and conversation in their home borough. Lisa Ko will read from her novel The Leavers, which won the 2016 PEN/Bellweather Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She will be joined by Rakesh Satyal, the Lambda Award-winning author who will read from his most recent novel No One Can Pronounce My Name.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Writers Read: Lisa Ko / Rakesh Satyal
Book Reading |
 Playwright Heather Harpham presents a heart-tugging memoir that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices. Happiness finds Harpham uneasily reconciling with her estranged baby's father, determined to save her daughter from a life-threatening disease.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Heather Harpham reads from her book Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
Discussion |
A community discussion about strengthening struggles for liberation when facing criminal charges. This presentation and discussion are based on the ideas in the recently published book, A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant. The Tilted Scales Collective is excited to bring you this comprehensive guide about facing charges in the criminal legal system. Rather than being a how-to guide, this book offers a way of thinking about criminal charges that is based on defendants’ goals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, In Defense of Revolutionary Struggle
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Use the pier for your workout. Based on ballet techniques and movements, this class will engage muscles in focused exercises for a complete body workout.Mondays at 7 pm, June 5 – August 7
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Ballet Barre
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Ven. Geshe Kunkhen will present an overview of the essential Lam Rim teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Geshe Kunkhen will share his understanding of these teachings and the course will explore topics such as an exploration of meditation, precious human life and opportunity, contemplating leisure, among other topics. Class will consist of lecture and discussion on the overall text, meditation, as well as time for Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Overview of the Essential Lam Rim Teachings
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussions, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Americanah: A Love Story of Race and Identity
Play |
The Bard's tragedy of power and treacherous ambition comes to life in a panormic outdoor professional production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, New York Classical Theatre presents Shakespeare's Macbeth
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For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
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New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Play |
The theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love. July 11-15; July 17-22; July 24-29; July 31-August 6; August 8-13.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Plays, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Enchanting Comedy
Film |
Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie.An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. 134 min.Bring a blanket and sit on the Lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before the start of each film. Lawn opens 5pm, pre-show entertainment presented by WeWork starts at 6pm, film begins at sunset.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 pm
Free
Films, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Robert Rossen's The Hustler (1961): Oscar-Winning Pool Drama
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Learn the basics of using a Mac computer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Workshops, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Mac Computers for Beginners
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Hosted by D'Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. Where New York's finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Concerts, July 31, 2017, 07/31/2017, Singers Space
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