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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City on Friday, March 16, 2012 (3/16/2012)? Are you looking for something to do in New York on a budget?

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Fri, March 16, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do on Friday, March 16, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Conference |
MORNING SESSION PRESENTERS James Jackson: Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health and Director of the Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan; Julio Licinio: Director, John Curtin School of Medical Research at Australian National University; Elissa S. Epel: Associate Professor in Residence, University of California, San Francisco Margaret Altemus: Director of the Payne Whitney Women’s Program, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College AFTERNOON SESSION PRESENTERS Eric J. Nestler: Professor and Chair of Neuroscience, Director of Friedman Brain Institute, Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics and Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Medical Center; BJ Casey: Director of Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Professor of Developmental Psychobiology Weill Cornell Medical College; Roger Pitman: Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital; Victoria Luine: Distinguished Professor of Psychology Pre-registration by Monday, March 12, 2012 is required for a free light lunch. On-site registration is available (does not include lunch).
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Hike |
5-6 hours. Explore area including possible visit to Bayside Historical Society. From Main St they take either the Q-13 or Q-16 to last stop, Fort Totten. After we walk the 2.5 miles along Flushing Bay, lunch stop in Crocheron Park & continue to Northern Blvd. End Part 1. Those who wish to continue to Alley Pond Environmental Center/nature walk can accompany the leader & then take the Q-12 back to Main Street. Other option is to take the LIRR to Penn Station. Mostly flat terrain. Bring food & liquids. Bus ride is at least 45 minutes from Main St to Fort Totten. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Rain cancels.
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$3
Other |
Are you a Bridge buff? Put on your game face and show off your best moves. For advanced beginner players only.
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Free
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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$6
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Congressman Ron Paul considers the Federal Reserve "both corrupt and unconstitutional" Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
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Workshop |
Are you a crafter? Join this knitting and crocheting club, led by teacher and designer Ina Braun of Tante Sophie Knitting Studio, to create garments for charitable organizations.
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Free
Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Free
Park Walk |
As you promenade through the heart of the Park, imagine yourself living in 19th Century New York City. Learn about the Park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to create the magnificent "Greensward" for the enjoyment of all. Tour lasts approximately one hour.
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Tour |
Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate.
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Tour |
Museum Ambassadors provide a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House.
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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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$6
Lecture |
Eric Eisner, a writer in residence at the Library’s Wertheim Study and Associate Professor of English at George Mason University, will explore the role of fandom in nineteenth-century literary culture, focusing on the phenomena of “Shelley-love” and Leigh Hunt’s idea of “book love.”
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Film |
In the port city of Icheon, five female friends struggle to stay close while forging a life for themselves after high school. 112 min. In Korean with English subtitles.
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Free
Film |
The artist’s ideas and art are illuminated with imaginative filming and interviews with people principle to Carl Beam’s life and work. 65 min.
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Free
Workshop |
Hands on using wireless laptops. Learn to find consumer health information online, including doctors' credentials, hospital information, drug side effects, conventional and alternative medical treatments of diseases, diets, weight loss, nutrition and exercises, and how to evaluate these websites.
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Gallery Talk |
Emily gives a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House.
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Concert |
Enjoy a special performance by Stuyvesant High School's Jazz Band and A Capella Choir.
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Concert |
Featuring Pete Sinjin, Sonia Montez, Dina Regine.
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Opening Reception |
An icon among American filmmakers, David Lynch is equally committed as a visual artist. He began his career as a painter and started making short films while a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to find a way to make his paintings move. Lynch works across many different media to create paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photographs. Recent paintings combine primitively drawn figures and text with thick textured areas of paint and, often, inserted lit colored light bulbs. Framed in thick gold frames under glass (inspired by Francis Bacon’s frames), they become box-like, objects in their own right. Narrative subjects exhibit Lynch’s trademark whimsy, wit and humor along with his recognizable penchant for the ambiguous, yet precisely depicted, frozen moment that unveils an instinctual, often violent or tragic human emotion, almost verging on the absurd. Lynch’s abstract sculpture, also incorporating lit light bulbs, is simultaneously anthropomorphic, surreal and humorous. Lynch frequently refers to Magritte as one of his favorite artists.
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Opening Reception |
This is the first exhibition in the gallery's new space. The new gallery is a 4,800 square-foot, single-story structure with two exhibition spaces and 14 foot wood-beamed ceilings. The inaugural exhibition will feature major works by each gallery artist and is titled after a Frank O'Hara poem.
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Other |
An Evening Dedicated to Irish Heritage with music, art and more. Grab a pint at the cash bar and tour the objects and paintings that represent the history of the Irish in New York. A map will guide you to such treasures as artist John Ramage's desk, Al Smith's cigar box, and Louis Lang’s historical painting The Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War. You'll also be able to read Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon's poem of the painting.
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Free
Performance |
Coinciding with the release of one this year’s most anticipated adapted films - a bunch of performers who know nothing about the books reenact scenes from the book as narrated by a true fan – Ms. Meredith Hackman.
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$5

Free
Screening |
In partnership with Art21, the MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA presents a sneak preview of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only primetime national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today’s most thought-provoking artists. The series is being screened over four consecutive Fridays in advance of the April 13 premiere on PBS. Episode 1: Change features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation – cultural, material and aesthetic – and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie are featured.
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Performance |
Now in its 12th year, the show will also feature the funky sounds of "No Name" house band The Summer Replacements.
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No cover; no
Workshop |
Would you like to join of one of America’s fastest growing professions? This certification program will help you develop a successful coaching practice—imparting the skills and tools to create lasting, effective change in yourself and others. Utilizing a holistic approach, coaches create an awareness of body, mind and spirit that gives clients access to their inner wisdom and unleashes their creativity. While psychotherapy is primarily healing-focused, coaching is learning and action-oriented, moving clients toward fulfillment of their life purpose, vision and goals.
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Free
Staged Reading |
Part of First Light 2012, which has led a pioneering nationwide effort to commission, develop and present hundreds of new plays that challenge and broaden the view of science in the popular imagination.
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Free

Regular: $20
Member: $0.00
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Workshop |
A multimedia presentation exploring the fundamental issues of life and how ancient spiritual themes are being applied in a modern setting. An inspiring look into the evolution of individual and collective consciousness, and why meditation is becoming more and more relevant in today’s world. Presented by Ganapati J. Coleman, PhD, of the Charles Draper Laboratory.
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Free

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Performance |
Two Russian immigrant brothers host a variety show inside a Russian bathhouse/sauna. Borya (Boris Khaykin) and Dima (David Carl) are excited to take you through a wild variety show with booked comedy acts as well as a reoccurring cast of characters such as odd relatives from their family and a panoply of patrons to their beloved bathhouse. Watch as they handle personal problems, get in sibling quarrels, and of course go through the regular rituals that happen inside a proper Russian bathhouse. In between all of the drama, they welcome some of the best stand up, sketch, and musical comedy NYC has to offer.
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$5
Discussion |
40 years after the release of the documentary film Asylum (Peter Robinson, 1972), this will be an opportunity to revisit the legacy of the late Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing, take a look at “anti-psychiatry” movement, and view both the Asylum and a 40-year-old footage of Laing’s U.S. tour. The film’s cinematographer Richard W. Adams will speak following the screening.
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Free

Regular: $32.5
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Regular: $15
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Regular: $50
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Regular: $89.5
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Jazz |
Program: Selections from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Sheldon Harnick's Fiddler On the Roof With: Sam Dillon, saxophone; Ben Rutkowski, trombone; Joe Rutkowski, keyboard; Matt Trinkwald, bass; Jerry Neuhoff, drums; and Shira Ginsberg, vocals.
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Free
Concert |
A musical giant throughout Latin America schooled in combining Mexican, Cuban, Brazilian, and jazz styles, Magos Herrera is a treasure, writing “poetic, astonishingly beautiful songs…[that are] bold, thrilling and effortlessly global” (NPR).
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No cover
Performance |
Gaby Dunn and Suni Reyes, two funny gals (not funny looking but really hilarious), from very different backgrounds (one of them is "Jew" and the other is "Rican", come and figure out who is who), will not only be doing STAND UP for your entertainment. Don't miss this night of jokes, music, dance (and booze...)
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no cover; reservation
Performance |
Summer Friday’s is a showcase for independent and established improv teams. For each show, two teams join Thank You, Robot to perform sets of unscripted comedy, never seen before and never to be seen again.
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$5
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

Regular: $69.50; Member: $0.00

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