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Sat, May 12, 2012
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All events, things to do on Saturday, May 12, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
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This all-day forum explores civic engagement and social innovation activities at the university that incorporate art and design. Investigating the complexities of establishing resilient collaborations with community partners, public sector agencies and institutions in collaborative education-based projects will be the focus of the day’s discussions.    New York City, NY; NYC

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Workshop |
Moderate to brisk walks led by the NY Walkers Club for people 18 years and older of all abilities. This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone and strength, and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying the Park’s beautiful landscapes.    New York City, NY; NYC
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First theorized by cultural critic Mark Dery, the “pathological sublime” is a kind of fascinated revulsion inspired by medical grotesqueries and anatomical oddities – from taxidermy gone wrong to the Anatomical Venuses of the 18th century to operating-room photos of living bodies. This event brings together cultural theorists, medical historians, artists and curators of private cabinets of curiosities for a day-long conference and a companion exhibition of artworks, oddities and curiosa, the first devoted to this burgeoning field of study and artistic activity. Speakers include Mark Dery, author of The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink (Grove Press, 1999) and Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century (Grove Press, 1996); Joanna Ebenstein, multidisciplinary artist and founder of the blog Morbid Anatomy and the Morbid Anatomy Library; and Suzanne Anker, visual artist, theorist and chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop |
Learn the basics of fly fishing for free. Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion |
Join this small, friendly discussion for a stimulating Saturday morning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walk |
Walk and learn about the intricate design of the Park's web of pastoral landscapes and formal romantic vistas.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, The Art of the Park Tour
Concert |
Program: 11am - Yeaeun Lee, organ 12pm - Noah Kay, oboe 2pm - Meera Narula, viola 3pm - Israel Hernandez, voice 5pm - Emma Boisitz, voice    New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Pre-College Student Recitals
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11am - Nicholas Tisherman, oboe 12pm - Taylor Lockwood, voice 1pm - Albert Cao, violin 2pm - Claudia Oh, voice 3pm - Travis Petre, composition    New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Pre-College Student Recitals
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Fairs, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Street Fair
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Fairs, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Street Fair
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Are you feeling stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed? Are you looking for new ways to deal with pressures of life? Are you ready to make real life changes and create new results? If so, please join. They will help you make a powerful shift from feeling stress and frustration to getting into action and creating quick wins.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Learn to Crochet and Knit. Beginners and Experienced Knitters and Crotcheteers welcomed! Please bring your own supplies/project (light colored worsted yarn) and size 7 or 8 needles for knitters and g or h hook for crotcheteers. Children are welcomed with parental supervision.    New York City, NY; NYC
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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.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Garden Tour
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.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Cathedral Tour
Park Walk |
Over streams, under arches, through the woods along a maze of pathways in a 38-acre woodland respite. Tour will be approximately one hour.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, “Amble Through the Ramble” Tour
Parade |
The parade of spectacular costumes, giant puppets, and live musical bands, includes stops along the piers and significant sites for performances, poems, songs, and dances, celebrating the history, current issues, and future restoration of the river. FEATURING: Oyster Planting, River Cleansing, Live Fish Release, & Boat Dance.    New York City, NY; NYC

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Concert |
Junior and Intermediate Choruses, String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Symphony perform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Student Spring Ensembles Concert
Film |
With Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and Vince Vaughn. A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain. 113 min.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Film |
With Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. Two men who keep an eye on aliens in New York City must try to save the world after the aliens threaten to blow it up. 98 min.    New York City, NY; NYC
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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.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Cathedral Tour
Book Reading |
When young Theodore Roosevelt was appointed Police Commissioner of New York City, he had the astounding gall to try to shut down the brothels, gambling joints, and after-hours saloons. This is the story of how TR took on Manhattan vice . . . and vice won.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading |
Seniors 55+ Take Note! A staged reading/singing of the debut of the musical Ludlow & Broome - the Newlyweds is set. The full-length musical with book and lyrics by Ruthy Rosen and music composed by Arthur Abrams is the sequel to Ludlow & Broome, which has been performed since 2006 in multiple venues, including the Theater for the New City. Synopsis of the new show: Ethel Abramowitz and Myron Suss were sweethearts at Seward Park High School on the Lower East Side in 1938. They planned to marry but Myron walked away. In 1995 he looked her up and they got married. Now they detest each other! The show, with a particular appeal to those over 55, features Jeannette Rosen, Warren Wyss, Michael Rosen, Carole Palmer, Mike Quinn and acclaimed neighborhood theatrical professionals Elizabeth Ruf-Maldonado and Arthur Abrams.    New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Join crafty librarian Jessica Pigza of the Rare Book Division and Crafternoon author Maura Madden for a free DIY day at the Library. Welcome Jennifer Paganelli, author of Happy Home and Girl's World, who will show how to make a variety of summer party garlands and decorations. In addition to this hands-on project, they'll also have a selection of books and magazines from the Library's collections to inspire you in further handmade party decor.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Richard Lanham. Come and experience this lively concert featuring songs by Ray Charles, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and many others.    New York City, NY; NYC
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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, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Union Square: Crossroads of New York
Gallery Talk |
Taking its cue from the hobby horse and the Cabaret Voltaire, Re: PLAY references the video work of Jaime Davidovich as a whimsical challenge to the conventions of television and painting. Beginning with one of his earliest works Road (1972), the exhibition courses through to his latest Urban Landscape (2011) that melds technology with painting.    New York City, NY; NYC

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Opening Reception |
From the artist: "Over the past year and a half I have been making images in and about Harlem with a 4x5 monorail camera. I’m drawn to the physical shooting process, moving slowly through the streets around my apartment in an attempt to weave my own story into the visual fabric of my neighborhood. I take Harlem as my subject and context, and my practice is both documentary and autobiographical." An artist talk will precede the reception at 1pm. Shown: "untitled #22," tracing(s) belonging(s) series, 2011    New York City, NY; NYC
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The Lyons Chamber Ensemble will play works by Brahms, Mozart and Mihud and features Sayuri Lyons (pictured), violin, Joseph Rabbai, clarinet, and Douglas Lyons, horn.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walk |
You'll be amazed at what you'll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious drinking fountain for the city's equine population. These are just some of the the sites along the way on this east to west walk through the park. Tour is approximately one hour long.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, “Cross Park Promenade” Tour
Workshop |
Teaches the fundamentals of disipline, balance, Health and Wellness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
The Pre-College Chamber Music Marathon takes place over two weekends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Pre-College Chamber Music Marathon Part I

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The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor & Boody Organ Builders.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Opening Reception |
The Scholars Program is a three-year college preparation program in art and design for high school students from New York City public schools. This exhibit showcases the work of students at each stage of this program, spanning a variety of art and design disciplines. A presentation of the Senior Capstone Project precedes the exhibit. Students present work produced in collaboration with the organization Beyond Bullets, which uses documentary films to educate teenagers about gun violence.    New York City, NY; NYC
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With Katie Mahan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Piano Works by Debussy
Performance |
Ashley Ward and Chris Grace bring you the best musical improv indie teams in New York, and then perform A/C, their unique two-person musical monoscene.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Featuring High School, Middle School, and Youth Choruses. Esther Liu Harris and Patrick Romano, conductors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Pre-College Choruses
Concert |
Jonathan Haas, conductor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Pre-College Percussion Ensemble
Opening Reception |
Craig Norton began his career in art by selling decorated flowerpots in front of nightclubs while working as a bouncer. This self-taught artist now utilizes drawing, photography, and collage in his exploration of controversial issues in history, politics, and religion. Lacking any formal artistic training, Norton’s work has a sincerity that shuns conceptuality in favor of a more honest and direct approach. Shown: "My Daddy was a Decorated War Hero," 2012    New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 Recess 7:00 Barnstormer and Seer/sucker 8:00 Family Haircut & Whiskey Rebellion 9:00 Birds & Someday the Cake 10:00 USA & The Faculty 11:00 Improdome    New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Super Free Wednesday Comedy Shows
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Comedy is hard. But this group knows “It’s Not Rocket Surgery.” Come see The Indicators bring their “dark,” “edgy” and award-winning comedy for an evening of hilarious short-form improv.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
The Prep Division's young musicians perform a wide variety of repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Piano Students of Eileen Buck
Screening |
Everybody Street Cheryl Dunn, 30 mn, 2012 During the early decades of the twentieth century, Alfred Stieglitz vividly captured the architecture and urban streetscapes of New York City. The first photographer to take the camera off the tripod, out of the studio, and into the streets, Stieglitz can be thought of as the father of New York City street photography - a genre that produced some of the most exciting and provocative images of the past fifty years. Close-Up: Photographers at Work "Portraits" (pictured) Albert Maysles & Bradley Kaplan, 43 min, 2009 This series for Ovation Television offers a unique window into the creative state of mind of today's most brilliant photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Brigitte Lacombe, Susan Meiselas, Steve McCurry, Jay Maisel and Miru Kim. Q&A with director Albert Maysles, director/photographer Cheryl Dunn, and photographer Clayton Patterson. Moderated by co-curator Zack Taylor.    New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested admission
Concert |
Featuring: The NYU Chorale, Women's Choir, and University Singers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, In Concert: NYU Music and Performing Arts
Screening |
A retrospective of the works of filmmaker Carl Ford, with a post-screening Q&A by the director and special guests.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Act One is a monthly showcase of improvised one act plays performed by New York City improvisers. Hosted by the creators of The Scene, Dan Hodapp and Micah Sherman.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Comedy: Act One
Theater |
Third-year Drama students are featured in their annual performances of works by Shakespeare.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Dance Performance |
Join Gina Gibney and the Company for a showing, a social, and another showing. The 8pm show will be preceded a repertory performance at 6:30pm and a social at 7:15pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

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Dance Performances, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, Coming from Quiet, Choreography by Gina Gibney

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Concert |
With Itamar Zorman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert |
With Ben Baron.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2012, 05/12/2012, College Bassoon Recital

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Inspired by the films of Mike Leigh and Christopher Guest and the early improvisational experiments of the Compass Players, writer and performer Jeff Scherer creates the outlines of plays, leaving the dialogue and details to be improvised by New York’s best improvisers. Each actor starts the performance knowing only what his character is supposed to know — making discoveries about the other characters at the same time the audience does.    New York City, NY; NYC
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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