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Fri, March 17, 2017
35 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on March 17, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Tour |
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, New York One-Day 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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10:00 am
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City Walks, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Lecture |
Joel Towers (executive Dean of Parsons School of Design) will begin with a brief review of the science of climate change, what is known, how it is known, and what the implications are for life in the “Anthropocene.”  Given the dire threat a rapidly changing and unstable climate presents, the talk will then explore the complexity of responding to climate change and the human tendency to avoid knotty, multi-scalar, temporally and economically intergenerational problems. In other words, it is a reflection on why responding to climate change feels like it presents such difficult choices politically, economically, and socially. Finally, Towers will lay out a framework for continued progress on climate change during the Trump administration and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Lectures, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Post-Election America: Climate Change and Environmental Politics
Workshop |
Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends. All players welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Bridge Club
Conference |
In 1619, Africans arrived in Jamestown and were sold into bondage. In two years -- 2019 -- we will observe the 400th anniversary of this event in a time of rising inequality and racism. This day-long conference will explore the key events of the past 400 years that shape the current state of inequality; discuss the nature of the present moment; and propose ways to observe the 400th anniversary of Jamestown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Conferences, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, 3/5's: Examining the Consequences of 400 Years of Inequality
Lecture |
This talk will discuss a Hebrew amulet written by the famous adventurer Giacomo Casanova as well as Casanova's interest in Kabbalah and his contacts with the Jews and the reception of Jewish amulet lore among the Christian esotericists of the Age of Enlightenment.   Lecturer Paweł Maciejko is an Associate Professor of History and Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Chair in Classical Jewish Religion, Thought, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University. Between 2005 and 2016 he taught in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Lectures, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, The Kabbalistic Amulet of the Famous Adventurer Giacomo Casanova
Conference |
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women Forum will present eight events based on the priority theme of CSW 61: "The Economic Empowerment of Women in the Changing World of Work" or the review theme, "Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls" or the emerging theme, "The Empowerment of Indigenous Women."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Conferences, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, The Empowerment of Women in the Changing World of Work
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Bach at Noon
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. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
A guided walking tour of the historic and revitalized 34th Street District. Tour-goers will explore the neighborhood's rich history of commerce, transit, and architecture. This 90-minute tour is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 28, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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City Walks, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Tour34: Empire to Penn
Other |
During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally closed sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail. See how the conservancy has restored this native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes. This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. No groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided. Space is limited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Others, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Nature Sanctuary Open Hours
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. 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, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Film |
Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke.Seven gunmen in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.133 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven (2016): Remake of Classic Western
Film |
Stars: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan.When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.121 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Ron Howard's Inferno (2016): International Intrigue
Gallery Talk |
Bringing to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompting questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society, A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD is a path-breaking exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Guided Exhibition Tour: A World of Emotions
Workshop |
Get started with Freegal Music today with just your NYPL card.Freegal Music is a downloadable music service which provides access to millions of songs from ten thousand record labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.  With a valid library card, download up to three digital songs per week on a PC, MAC or Smartphone, Search for artists, song titles, albums, music genres, create playlists, get the latest releases.  NOTE: This is a hands-on class, please bring your NYPL Library card, PIN, Mobile Device/Tablet and Apple password.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Featured Database: Freegal Music
Tour |
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Harlem Tour
Film |
Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts.Historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War. 133 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Neil Jordan's Oscar-Nominated Michael Collins (1996): The Irish Revolutionary
Film |
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds.A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.158 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (2007): 2-Time Oscar Winner
Film |
Stars: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Josue Lozano Corzo.A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills. 86 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Jaume Collet-Serra's The Shallows (2016): Squaring Off with a Shark
Master Class |
She-e Wu has appeared as a solo artist at the 25th, 27th, and 30th Percussive Arts Society International Convention; Journées de la Percussion, NancyPhony Festival, perKumania festival, and PercuPassion Festival in France; Bach Symposium/Bach Variation Festival in Lincoln Center; Taiwan Connection concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; International Percussion Festival and InterAmerican Music and Arts Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico; Festival Internacional de Percusion "Ritmo Vital 2001" and National Percussion Convention in Spain; Fukui Marimba Seminar in Japan; Giornate della Percussione in Italy; Percussion Festival in Greece; Taipei International Percussion Convention, and many other festivals. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series in Pearlman Hall at the Kimmel Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Marimba Master Class: She-e Wu
Concert |
Program: Knut Nystedt Cry Out and ShoutFelix Mendelssohn Psalm 43Deanna Wehrspann Newly commisioned work (September 2016)arr. Brad Holmes Weeping MaryPavel Chesnokov O Lord GodJake Runestad I Will Lift Mine EyesTim Shue Peace I Leave With You
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, University of Sioux Falls Concert Choral of Sioux Falls, SD
Discussion |
The reclamation of spaces, ideas, and paradigms by female-identified and informed bodies and queer bodies embodying feminist ethos must be made paramount at this moment in American Life. Half Straddle’s Here I Go, pt. 2 of You is an open work period and colloquy that encompasses rehearsals and showings of new theater and video work; the launch of an online journal of performance writing; public lectures; and communal zine-making activities that will act as accessible discussion periods. Here I Go, pt. 2 of You engages company members, peers, and their artistic heroes to expand critical artistic discourse to interrogate and reflect on how we codify; and to consider why various performances are made and ask what their making means at this time. The installation includes art work by John Davis and Heidi Hahn, and is designed by Parker Lutz and Tina Satter. Series runs March 8-March 18.Speaker Schedule: Friday, March 175:30pm Heidi Hahn6:15pm Karen Sherman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussions, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Half Straddle's Here I Go, pt. 2 of You: Showings, Lectures, Discussions, and More
Opening Reception |
Beyond Her Frame introduces emerging female photographers who are revolutionizing the process, product and perception of their artistic medium. Featured artists Hannah Bates, Amanda Elam and Victoria Fornieles pursue issues of the female body and its place, mental illness and truth’s illusions with works that defy the framework of photography—let alone a frame. In an obstinately male-dominated field, these women demonstrate the power and perspective of the female lens with ingenuity and elan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Opening Receptions, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Beyond Her Frame: Emerging Female Photographers
Book Reading |
To write is to narrate experience, to describe how it feels, to tell how it was lived, to say who was there; in other words, it is to treat the reader like an extended member of one’s family, the one -as humans to which we all belong.” - John Freeman in Freeman’s FamilyDiscuss the second edition of Freeman’s - a biannual that collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today - with Édouard Louis, Valeria Luiselli and John Freeman.
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Book Readings, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, John Freeman discusses his book Freeman’s Family
Book Reading |
Moderated by Gabriela Rangel (director and chief curator of Visual Arts at Americas Society), authors Christina L. De León, Michel Otayek, and Maria Antonella Pelizzari will present the fully-illustrated hardcover catalogue Told and Untold: The Photo Stories of Kati Horna in the Illustrated Press.The catalogue, edited by Gabriela Rangel and published in association with Americas Society’s 2016 exhibition dedicated to Kati Horna (b. 1912 Budapest – d. 2000 Mexico City), features photographs—some never before seen—displayed alongside the newspapers and magazines in which they circulated. This publication offers a comprehensive overview of Horna’s diverse practice, including her photographs, contact sheets, montaged cuttings, and personal albums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Book Launch: Told and Untold: The Photo Stories of Kati Horna in the Illustrated Press
Lecture |
A lecture by John Fahey, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, World War I in the Forgotten Austro-Hungarian Empire
Concert |
LiveSOUNDS, which features free performances by faculty and their guests on Fridays throughout the school year is a highlight of the school's concert programming. It presents a cross-section of a diverse and creative community of faculty members who are deeply committed to excellence and professionalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Faculty Recital: Edmund Arkus., piano
Concert |
Joining Mollica are guest artists Nate Radley on guitar, Ike Stgurm on bass and John Ellis on Saxophone. The program presents a diverse sound world inspired by acoustic and folk music expressed in an improvisational and conversational style. Various American influences such as blues, jazz, church hymns, and country can be heard in this acoustical musical exploration. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, True: Part One, with Acoustiic Guitarist Mark Mollica and Friends
Film |
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray.A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. 85 min.The College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra, led by Mark Gould, performs a live music score.  The music was composed by Charlie Chaplin in 1942 and arranged for small orchestra by Timoth Brock in 2007.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Films, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925): Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment
Classical Music |
Pianist Josu De Solaun performs works by Bach/Godowsky, Enescu, Liszt, Grainger, Rosenthal, and Tausig.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Piano Works by Bach, Liszt, and Others
Comedy Club |
Featuring:Comedian/auhor Leighann Lord (StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson)Chris Griggs (New York Underground Comedy Festival)Kevin Bartini (Comical Radio). In addition, house band The Summer Replacements - including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez - will perform a full band set following the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
Tour |
A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free
Tours, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Concert |
Sarina Zhang, Piano  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, March 17, 2017, 03/17/2017, Student Piano Recital
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