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Sat, June 23, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do on Saturday, June 23, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Hike |
Forested, rolling hills on varied terrain. Moderate pace with several climbs, 9 miles. A potpourri of sites and vistas inclusive of an initial climb, carriage and wood roads, a steeper climb or descent on a section of the Appalachian trail and if time allows a stop at the West Point overlook at Arden Point. Bring lunch and water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Garrison, NY: Trees and Trails
Workshop |
Join 20-minute instructional paddles, and explore the Hudson River first-hand. Please wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, and know how to swim. Weather permitting. Kayaks and life vests provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Kayaking on the Hudson
Workshop |
Learn the basics of fly fishing for free. Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.
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Fair |
There will be free screenings for HIV, Hep C, Prostate Cancer, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, and more. Along with informational booths for Community Supported Agriculture, low cost and free health clinics, food benefits access, and other services in the city.
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Conference |
An all-day seminar cosponsored by the New York Military Affairs Symposium and the WBAI Community Advisory Board.
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Workshop |
Sketch and paint the Hudson River and neighboring parks with an artist/educator. Materials provided. For adults.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Park Walk |
Walk through a scenic area on the western edge of the Park, much of which is off the beaten track for most visitors. See rolling meadows, lake views, bridges of different styles, and a garden with flowers and plants mentioned by Shakespeare.
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Park Walks, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, West Side Stories Tour
Workshop |
Join them Saturday mornings for free beginners yoga with a certified instructor. Begin the process toward a strong and comfortable body, and a calm and serene mind. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. All participants must sign a waiver form before they join in.
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Workshop |
Get out on the water for kayaking and community rowing. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time.
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Workshops, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Kayaking and Community Rowing
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Fairs, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Street Fair
Fair |
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Fairs, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Street Fair
Park Walk |
Experience the Park's only formal garden with the Garden staff. See exuberant perennial and annual beds, and delight in an abundance of color and fragrance while learning about the Garden's history and design.
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Park Walks, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Garden Tour
Workshop |
Get tips from a master to improve your chess game, and then test your new skills. Grandmaster Joel Benjamin, a native of Brooklyn, three-time U.S. Chess Champion, and youngest inductee into the World Chess Hall of Fame will start off the Advanced Players Lectures & Simuls in the annual series of summer chess programs. After a lecture, Joel will play up to 30 players simultaneously, moving from board to board, making one move at a time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Chess Program: Advanced Players Lecture/Simul
Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Tours, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Cathedral Tour
Tour |
Approx. 4 miles, easy pace, some road walking. Walk around Glen Island in New Rochelle and through Pelham back to the Bronx. Bring snacks and water, and save your appetite for an optional IHOP stop after the walk. Rain cancels.
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Tour |
Seneca Village was Manhattan's first known community of African-American property owners, on land that would become the Park. Tour covers the history of the village, the property owners, and what New York City was like at the time. Tour is approximately one hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Tours, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, “Seneca Village” Tour
Film |
Starring Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra and Spike Lee. Friends and family of a married black architect react in different ways to his affair with an Italian secretary. 132 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Zumba is a mixture of merengue, salsa, cha-cha, cumbia, reggaeton dance mixed with exercise conducted by Miriam. Zumba provides an effective total workout where you can lose body fat, gain muscle, improve posture, alignment and balance and feel more energetic! Participants should wear loose clothing or shorts and sneakers. Miriam is a Zumba certified instructor, AFFA group class instructor and ISSA personal trainer.
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Film |
With Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal. A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. 115 min.
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Film |
With Topol, Molly Picon, Leonard Frey. In pre-revolutionary Russia, a poor Jewish peasant must contend with marrying off his three daughters while antisemitic sentiment threatens his home. 179 min.
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Tours, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Cathedral Tour
Dance Performance |
The Trisha Brown Dance Company are in residence for three weeks in June leading up to performances of Astral Converted at the Park Avenue Armory. The Company offers audiences a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the process of this iconic artist’s company.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Hola! Ni Hao! Bonjour! Konnichiwa! Dobryi den'! Come try out the Mango Languages program and start learning one of 35 languages today. This is a conversation based language learning program with a built-in recording option. Record your voice and compare your speech to the narrator’s to hear your progress.
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Workshop |
Have you ever wanted to document the history of your home, apartment or neighborhood? Would you like to learn about the growth of your favorite historic district or deepen your knowledge of landmark New York City buildings? Perhaps you are interested in the lives of the people who lived in these buildings? Discover how you can unlock the history of a building, a block, or an entire borough. In the first part of this class you will learn how too use antiquarian maps, fire insurance atlases ("Sanborns"), online property data, books and historic real estate photos to document the history of the City's built environment. In the second part we will look at state and federal censuses, city directories, genealogical databases, and historic newspapers, in order to describe the lives of the people who owned and lived in those buildings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Whitney Houston impersonator, Tyra Ross, Beyonce impersonator, Charley Marie and Edward Wyckoff Williams political analyst (MSNBC, The Grio & Huffington Post) critique, analyze and celebrate diva worshipping in the LGBT community. Clay Cane, radio host of “Clay Cane Live” on WWRL 1600AM, moderates the discussion.
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Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Union Square: Crossroads of New York
Gallery Talk |
Guest curator Steven Jaffe will lead a tour of the inaugural exhibition in the new Puffin Foundation Gallery.
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Gallery Talks, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Activist New York Gallery Tour
Hike |
15 Miles. Follow the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to the Victory Trail and back to the station. LATE RETURN DEPENDING ON TRAIN SCHEDULE---ENDS IN THE DARK. Bring lunch, extra food and drink and a flashlight. Start calling Wednesday night during the week for recorded message.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Parade |
A completely original creation of Coney Island, the Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events. The Mermaid Parade pays homage to a forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Parades, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, 2012 Mermaid Parade
Workshop |
This will be a Lecture/Demonstration. Phones aren’t just phones anymore. Learn about the latest cutting-edge smartphones, their various operating systems, the required data plans, and the many available applications (apps!) that can turn a good smartphone into a great one.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
The PhilHallmonic Society will present a program of music from the 1940s. Take a musical journey with Broadway composer and conductor Phil Hall and his troupe of singers as they delight you with the magical songs of the era that still captivate us to this day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour |
Olmsted and Vaux designed the North Woods to replicate the forests of the Adirondack Mountains with its crystal streams, calming cascades, and rustic bridges. This scenic and meditative walk is right in New York City's backyard. Tour will be approximately one hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, “Manhattan Adirondacks” Tour
Screening |
Every match of the UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament will be shown on a 30 x 16&#8242; HD LED screen, from June 8 to July 1.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance |
The Trisha Brown Dance Company are in residence for three weeks in June leading up to performances of Astral Converted at the Park Avenue Armory. The Company offers audiences a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the process of this iconic artist’s company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
With Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds and Idris Elba. As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. 93 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Mark Nevildine & Brian Taylor's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011): Superhero Sequel
Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
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Concerts, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, Concert on Water
Workshop |
Teaches the fundamentals of disipline, balance, Health and Wellness.
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Dancing |
Renowned DJ Felix Hernandez brings his Rhythm Revue for a FREE dance party under the arch as part of Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat!
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Opening Reception |
Celebrate the opening of the summer exhibition presented in conjunction with NoMAA's Uptown Arts Stroll. Explore site specific contemporary artworks in each of the period rooms and tour the museum with the artists to hear about their works and inspiration.
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Opening Reception |
An exhibition of over forty kinetic sculptures by eighteen artists inspired by and entrenched in the Steampunk aesthetic. Some functional, some frivolous, and all fantastical, the works in this exhibition include lighting, furniture, time machines, submarines, airships, musical instruments, gizmos and gadgets. Shown: Bruce Rosenbaum and Gary Sullivan, "Steampunk Wedding Time Capsule," 2012, mixed media with antique grandfather clock, 100 x 24x 13 inches
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festival |
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ARTISTS GET TO PLAY WITH THE 150,000 TONS OF SALT NOT USED TO MELT SNOW IN NYC THIS WINTER? 50 + Artists Transform Mountains of Gleaming White Salt, Derelict Historic Buildings, and the Industrial Waterfront of Staten Island into a Surreal and Spectacular Luminous Playground The most unique venue for art this summer will be where over 50 local and international artists will participate in the third annual LUMEN Video and Performance Art Festival. LUMEN 2012 will feature video installations, new media projections, animation, light and sound art, curated by this year’s Artistic Director Christopher Eamon, a renowned NYC-based contemporary writer and curator, in collaboration with Grace Exhibition Space and COAHSI. In addition to the traditional open call to artists and emphasis on emerging artists, Eamon has invited internationally acclaimed artists to participate, selecting specific works that magnify the spectacular and sublime environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theater |
The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession. No tickets required; Just show up and choose a seat on the steps and benches.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theater |
New York Classical Theatre's roving production of Twelfth Night recasts the beloved comedy's setting as fin de siècle New York. The company will lead audiences on Shakespeare's lively journey of mistaken identities, misguided lovers, and joyous celebration, recasting the play's setting to New York City circa 1900. Employing its signature "Panoramic Theatre" staging style, the company will escort audiences, pausing to hatch a confusion of plots and declare various passions against a backdrop of waterfalls, bridges, and shady groves.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, June 23, 2012, 06/23/2012, New York Classical Theatre's Outdoor Production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

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Dance Performance |
The US premiere of Montréal-based choreographer Sylvain Émard’s Le Grand Continental. Combining festive line dancing with the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance, Le Grand Continental has garnered enthusiastic audience responses every time it has been performed. Featured three years in a row at the prestigious Festival TransAmériques in Montréal, this spectacular outdoor work boasted impressive casts of amateur dancers. The concept then travelled to Mexico City to become El Gran Continental, where disco, techno, and country music became cumbia, salsa, and danzón. For its US premiere, Le Grand Continental brings together 200 New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to perform this joyful blend of line dancing and contemporary dance. All driven by the pure pleasure of movement, these passionate amateur dancers will have the place swinging to their energetic vibes. The marriage of art and the village fête has been consummated, and the result is dangerously infectious!
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Video |
SJ.Ramir was born in Auckland, New Zealand, 1971 and currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Originally trained as a photographer, SJ.Ramir later moved to digital video - shooting scenes of lone figures moving across remote and isolated geographical landscapes. His work is primarily concerned with exploring the concept of journeys - both physical and metaphysical. His video art has been exhibited at public and commercial galleries worldwide, including; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan, City Gallery Wellington, The Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney, Orexart Gallery, New Zealand, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, ASU Media Art Center, Arizona, USA, Alsager Gallery, United Kingdom. For two consecutive years (2008 and 2009) he was a recipient of the Screen Innovation Production Fund, New Zealand. His moving image work has also been screened at some of the world's most prestigious film festivals; including the Venice International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
Many of the greatest names in the game have passed through the legendary Lyricist Lounge, and what began 20 years ago as an open mic night in a studio apartment on the LES has become one of the most revered showcases in hip-hop. Def Jam core artist GHOSTFACE KILLAH, the most prolific record-maker in the Wu-Tang Clan pantheon, headlines this birthday celebration.
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Theater |
A day in the life of subway riders in Washington Heights is portrayed. As people rush to their final destination, the journey is always filled with the unexpected. The piece is about what happens when we can longer ignore the roles (both big and small) that we play in each other's lives. Followed by a discussion with the playwright, director and actors.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Rosalind, Shakespeare's most breathtaking heroine, and her boyfriend Orlando find themselves in the enchanted Forest of Arden, where all the world's a stage, and where sudden infatuation is as confusing as it is beautiful. Along with other "country copulatives," they discover that nothing transforms, redeems, or enriches experience quite as powerfully as love. As You Like It has everything we adore about Shakespearean comedy: mistaken identity, cross-dressing, madness, mayhem, rage, lust, laughter, and of course plenty of romance, both heartbreaking and joyous. Featuring Brendan Averett, Andre Braugher, Donna Lynne Champlin, Grantham Coleman, Jon DeVries, MacIntyre Dixon, Susannah Flood, David Furr, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Andrew Hovelson, Robert Joy, Jesse Lenat, Erik Mathew, Omar Metwally, Oliver Platt, Lily Rabe, Will Rogers, Michael Rudko, Justine Salata, Paul Saylor, Anna Phyllis Smith, Stephen Spinella, and Brendan Titley. Photo: Daily News
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Theater | Dark comedy

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