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Fri, March 31, 2017
48 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on March 31, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Conference |
Guest lecturers include French Ambassador Gerard Araud, Volker Berghahn, Ian Buruma, Kenneth T. Jackson, Robert Jervis, Lisa Keller, Paul Kennedy, Rebecca Kobrin, Jack Levy, John Maurer, Jörg Nagler, Michael Neiberg, Mary Nolan, Susan Pedersen, Adam Tooze, Ross Wilson, and Jay Winter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Conferences, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, America in a Time of War: City, Economy, and Politics in World War I and After
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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Conference |
This is a conference bringing together young scholars from the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) and several U.S. Ph.D. students.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:55 am
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Conferences, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Russia, the U.S. and the World: A Next Generation Policy Conference
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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, 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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
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.
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10:00 am
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Workshops, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Bridge Club
Lecture |
William Milberg (Professor of Economics) will focus on the analysis of international trade, beginning with a history of the world trading system and the theory of international trade. The class will then look at indicators of country-level success in international trade, comparing the US, China, Mexico and some others. Milberg will then consider more closely the impact of trade liberalization on the US economy, specifically on profits, ages, employment at the national and the state levels. Finally, the class will turn to the issue of the global governance of trade, and consider the impact of the WTO, the TPP, NAFTA, the general rise of nationalism among industrialized countries, and the likely shifts in international trade and exchange rate policy that may occur with the political change in the US.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Lectures, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Post-Election America: Globalization’s Winners and Losers
Symposium |
In honor of Cesar Chavez Day and National Farmworker Awareness Week, this symposium aims to showcase interdisciplinary initiatives related to immigration and migration in the United States, particularly around farmworker justice. Posters, artwork, and oral presentations will be presented by students, faculty, researchers, artists, and community activists. All members of Columbia and the broader NYC community are welcome to attend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Symposiums, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Neither Grapes nor Lettuce: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on U.S. Immigration and Migration
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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, 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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, 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.
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12:30 pm
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City Walks, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, 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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, 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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Film |
Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander.The CIA's most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past. 123 min.
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1:00 pm
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Films, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Paul Greengrass' Jason Bourne (2016): More Spy-Jinks
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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Guided Exhibition Tour: A World of Emotions
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 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Harlem Tour
Jazz |
Award winning soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom presents her new work for jazz quartet and spoken word, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Bloom’s reimagining of Dickinson was ignited when she learned that the poet was a pianist and improviser, reaffirming Bloom’s intuitive connection to the jazz-like quality of Dickinson’s writing.This is a collaboration across time between two pioneering women artists - one a 21st century jazz musician, the other a 19th century visionary poet. Poetry recitation from actor Deborah Rush will echo and intermingle with music performed by the Jane Ira Bloom quartet featuring jazz artists Dawn Clement (piano), Mark Helias (bass), and Bobby Previte (drums).
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Wild Lines: Emily Dickinson Reimagined
Film |
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo.The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press. 134 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Oliver Stone's Snowden (2016): NSA Leaker's Biopic
Film |
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith.A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. 120 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Michael Mann's Oscar Nominee Collateral (2004): Reluctant Taxi Driver
Film |
Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve.Why not spend another day with the crew at Calvin's shop in the South Side of Chicago? 106 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Kevin Rodney Sullivan's Barbershop 2 (2004): Comedy Sequel
Classical Music |
PROGRAM:Brahms: Symphony No. 3The Mannes Orchestra, led by conductor David Hayes, celebrates Mannes' Centennial year with a variety of exciting performances, collaborations, and special projects. 
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Mannes Orchestra presents Brahms in the Afternoon
Concert |
Kieth Williams, Cello 4 p.m. Nash Ryder, Violin 6 p.m. Christopher M. Bittner, Tenor Saxophone 8 p.m. Greg Zelek, Organ 8 p.m.
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Student Recitals
Master Class |
Eduardo Fernández (1952) is a Uruguayan classical guitarist, teacher and arranger-composer. Fernández debuted in New York in 1977. He won the Premio Andrés Segovia in 1975. His textbook has been published in English as Technique, Mechanism, Learning (2001).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Eduardo Fernández, Guitar Master Class
Discussion |
With: Gayle Forman, Molly Jong-Fast, Betsy Lerner, and Nadja Spiegelman.
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5:00 pm
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Discussions, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Women Writing About Mothers and Daughters: A Panel Discussion
Concert |
Heather Jones, Mezzo-Soprano 5pm Danielle Beckvermit, Soprano 8pm
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Student Voice Recitals
Opening Reception |
This show is a selection of important paintings by Cleve Gray from the 1970’s. Wrought in deeply saturated fields of color and marked with calligraphic brushwork, the paintings on display exemplify the artist’s mature style. They highlight the artist’s lifelong affinity for Japanese and Chinese art and philosophy.  
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Abstracted Calligraphies: Paintings by Cleve Gray
Opening Reception |
Tom Forkin has made new ceramic tableaux in black and white. Outdoor scenes with cobblestone streets, bodies sitting in parks leaning on shrubs, tall buildings, commercial and residential, and indoor scenes including someone passed out on a living room floor feel like they move across different times, past and present.Tom Forkin (born 1986) lives and works in Brooklyn.
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Manhattan: Photographs by Tom Forkin
Lecture |
The Center for Political Beauty (Berlin) visits for a presentation on aggressive humanism. The Center for Political Beauty is an assault team that establishes moral beauty, political poetry and human greatness while aiming to preserve humanitarianism. The CPB engages in the most innovative forms of political performance art—an expanded approach to theatre: art must hurt, provoke and rise in revolt. In one basic alliance of terms: aggressive humanism. A presentation by Cesy Leonard, artistic director, film producer and organisatory committee chair woman of the Center for Political Beauty will be followed by a discussion with the audience. Light refreshments will be served.
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, The Art of Aggressive Humanism
Screening |
The event will consist of a short film covering some highlights of Korea's past, ancient and recent, following which guests will be served traditional Korean food and desserts.
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6:00 pm
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Screenings, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Hidden Wonders of Korea: Screening and Tastings
Film |
A screening of We Like it Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo as part of the Rhythm and Power: Salsa in New York program series. Join them after the film for a special musical Q+A with Latin boogaloo legend Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan moderated by Latin Jazz great Bobby Sanabria.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo, Followed by a Musical Q+A
Film |
In Oualata, a red city on the far edge of the Sahara desert, three women practice traditional painting by decorating the walls of the city. In a society apparently dominated by tradition, religion and men, these women unreservedly express themselves. They comment freely on the relationship between men and women.56 min.Director will be present for discussion after the screening. 
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6:00 pm
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Films, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Katy Lena Ndiaye's Awaiting for Men (2007): Belgian Documentary
Performance |
UFT Players present Rebels With a Cause, written and directed by Warren Wyss, and the UFT Players, with scenes from classic Greek theatre. Discover how the Greek classics inspire action!The UFT Players is a professional committee within the United Federation of Teachers, and now on 2017, is proudly celebrating our 20th triumphant year of staging a wide variety of original and classic productions.
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6:00 pm
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Performances, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Rebels With a Cause: How the Greek Classics Inspire Action
Conference |
Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to present their work (complete or in-progress) on the potential of art and aesthetics to impact how humans perceive, relate, and act––individually or collectively.
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6:00 pm
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Conferences, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, The Social Significance of Art
Book Reading |
Garine B. Isassi is the author of Start with the Backbeat: A Musical Novel. Celine Keating has written Play for Me: A Novel. Howard Massey presents Roadie.
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Writers Read: Garine Isassi / Celine Keating / Howard Massey
Lecture |
Kin Wai Michael Siu will discuss the term “public” from the perspective of its more complex Chinese language equivalent—公共(gōng gòng), examining how the interpretation of these constituent terms influences the design of public spaces. He will suggest that, for design researchers and practitioners, a re-thinking of the relationship between gōng and gòng can result in better public living environments.Kin Wai Michael Siu is Chair Professor of Public Design and leader of the Public Design Lab at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, The Myth and Dilemma of Public Design
Play |
A vibrant new production of the gender-bending, heart-mending comedy Twelfth Night. When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the mid-‘90s and washes up amidst the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she finds herself a stranger in a fabulously strange new land. Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino, a wealthy Floridian with a serious case of love sickness for a wealthy lady, Olivia. Having disguised herself as a boy to become Orsino’s right hand man, Viola (now Cesario) is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines. But as Viola woos in her boss’s name, she falls head over spiky heels for the man himself, while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy, Cesario (also Viola). Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban and ‘90s beats, Saheem Ali directs this colorful comedy about the power of new people and new experiences that throw the world into beautiful disarray, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of love.Continuing its commitment to bringing free Shakespeare to the community and strengthening audience engagement with the arts, The Public Theater will mount its mobile unit again this spring. Now in its seventh year, the Mobile Unit’s free tour celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the mobiler unit bringing Shakespeare to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Plays, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Twelfth Night: Shakespeare from The Public Theater's Mobile Unit
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.Tonight, Guitar Department Chair David Moreno performs with his Odd Morning Quartet. This concert will be dedicated to Gaku Takanashi's memory and will feature a song written by David to honor his dear friend and our beloved faculty member.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Faculty Recital: David Moreno, guitar
7:00 pm
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Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Jazz standards
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
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Tours, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
7:30 pm
Regular: $20
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Performances, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Magic show
8:00 pm
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Dance Performances, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, A fusion of classical ballet and modern dance
8:00 pm
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Musicals, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Musical comedy
8:00 pm
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Plays, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, A satire
8:00 pm
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Plays, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, A modern classic
8:00 pm
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Plays, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Drama: a play within a play
8:00 pm
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Plays, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Drama based on real events
8:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, Stand-up comedy
9:30 pm
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Concerts, March 31, 2017, 03/31/2017, A mix of Colombian music and hip-hop
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Classical Music | Symphony orchestra performs Mozart and more

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Classical Music | Choral works by Fauré, J.S. Bach and more

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Classical Music | One of the most popular choral works of all times

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