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Tue, May 22, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 22, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
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Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels. Classes are rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Park Tai Chi
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Expert instructors, provided by lululemon athletica, lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Park Yoga
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 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Cathedral Tour
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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Students in 10 New York City public middle schools from all five boroughs will present their public art pieces—school lunchroom tables transformed into colorful works of art that address major social issues in their communities and the world (including bullying, gay rights, environmental awareness, gang violence, etc.)—and display them in the largest student art exhibition in the history of NYC parks. Students will present their work and will be honored by NYC School Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and others. Guest Artist Christo will be in attendance.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring you all your old favorites and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Bach at Noon
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, “Views from the Past” Tour
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Todd Robbins plays Ragtime and classic Tin Pan Alley songs. He is often heard on Monday nights playing piano with Woody Allen's Jazz Band and has recorded two albums with that group.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Program: RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major BEETHOVEN Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A Major With Juilliard musicians Foster Wang, violin, and Young Ji Kim (pictured), piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Learn Fencing in the Park
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 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Cathedral Tour
Gallery Talk |
With Lee Kogan. Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. This provocative tension exists between the experiential nature of early American folk art and the fantastical imagery it often displays—between what is real and what is imagined. The same is true of the work of contemporary self-taught artists, which may introduce unique—and sometimes puzzling—expressions that illuminate the iconoclastic nature that is the flip side of the collective American psyche.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
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Join a free Stay Well exercise session. Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC's Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants are required to sign a personal medical waiver at the beginning of the class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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With Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood. A musical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, produced by George White with lyrics by B. G. DeSylva and Lew Brown, music by Ray Henderson, with additional songs by Dorothy Fields (lyrics) and Jimmy McHugh (music). 80 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concert |
With Caeli Smith, Violin, and Angela Hwang, Piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, College Piano and Violin Recital
Discussion |
Writer Tom Santopietro talks to actors Crystal A. Dickinson and Jeremy Shamos and theater producer Jordan Roth about their production of Clybourne Park, a play by Bruce Norris that won a Pulitzer Prize last year and has just arrived on Broadway.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
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Cyberscripting is the portrayal of our world using the power of dramatic literature, improvisation, scene writing, analysis, directing and performance. Bring your own scripts, poems, equations, programs, ideas for reading and discussion focused on the role of mathematics and technology in our urban community. All levels of expertise are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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In this Basic-Level Vinyasa Flow class for adults and seniors of all ability levels, they break down the basics of individual movements and teach basic fundamentals. They are geared toward the beginner, but great for students with more experience looking to further develop basic postures. It is our intention to get you moving so that you can feel the effect of the yoga, but provide extra instruction at a slightly slower pace to help you build your yoga foundation. Please bring your own mat or towel for the first few classes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Tuesday Night Yoga
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Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Learn Juggling in the Park
Discussion |
Leonard Lopate will host the second major event to feature Russia's newest literary voices as they read from their award-winning works and answer questions about the truth and transformation they are part of in changing Russia. What is it like for writers facing the political and social complexity of the world's most vast and diverse country, to engage its powerful and contradictory cultural tradition? How does the newest generation of writers, just now taking center stage, react to and act upon the political, social and cultural norms they must confront, both today and in the future? FEATURING: Polina Klyukina (pictured), Sergei Shargunov, Arslan Khasavov, Igor Savelyev, Yaroslava Pulinovich.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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With Sharon Smith. Qigong, a term which describes a wide range of ancient Chinese mind/body/spirit exercises, offers us some of the best ways to boost our immune system, balance our energy, and maintain vibrant health and happiness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading |
When a school bully commits suicide, students point to the harsh remarks of teacher Mark Hunter as the cause. Despite claiming he was simply coming to the defense of another student being bullied, Mark faces the potential loss of his job. He is sent to The Rubber Room, a facility for teachers facing termination, where he attempts to prove his innocence to others and to himself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Every Tuesday at dusk, gaze at the stars, planets, and moon using high-powered telescopes, and chat with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York about the sites you see.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Stargazing in the City
Tour |
Join a docent for a fun and informative walk along the High Line. Learn about the history, design, art, and horticulture of this unique park. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to guarantee your spot.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Guided Tour of the High Line
Talk |
With Tupper Thomas, former President of the Prospect Park Alliance and Administrator of Prospect Park and the woman credited with restoring Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Prospect Park was designed 10 years after Central Park and was given everything that Olmsted & Vaux had to fight for in Central Park. After long battles over Central Park, Olmsted worked in the Sanitary Commission as part of the Civil War and then went out west to prospect for gold. He was loured back by Vaux to do Prospect with the promise of lots of funding, no politics and a beautiful site. Brooklyn, then a city of its own, was very competitive with New York City and wanted a better park than Central.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
With Steven Jaffe. The threats of war to New York have not always been direct: even distant wars have had an important influence on NYC. Discover how its landscape, culture and inhabitants have been shaped by violence near and far.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
This pseudo-documentary registers the response of the local inhabitants immediately after the arrival of a bronze sculpture of Mae West.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading |
Granta returns to launch its latest issue — Britain — with a night of readings and revelry. As Britain prepares for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the summer Olympics, Granta is publishing collection poetry, memoir and fiction that shows some of stories Britain is telling about itself today. Tania James, a rising literary star, reads from ‘Lion and Panther in London,” her story about two brothers from Lahore who come to London in 1910 to seek fame as wrestlers. On the speakers, a special guest has curated an evening of music that expresses wild and wonderful visions of Britain, from dancehall to dubstep.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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With Miles Neale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested donation
Book Reading |
When fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of a happy, knowable life is forever shattered. A family friend spirits Dell across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Reading |
Features the poets of Barrow Street Press: Richard Blanco (pictured), Lesley Wheeler, Ely Shipley, Scott Hightower.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
Who are the singles? Why do they live without a partner and what are their single lives like? Do they like being single or do they fear loneliness? Are they not interested in life in a couple or is it that they can’t find the one? Or, maybe, have they given up searching? A documentary directed by Jana Po?tová is an unreserved testimony of six characters; the film follows them within one year’s time. The six singles openly speak about wasted chances to live in a couple, about fear from the merciless ticking of time, about sex and intimacy, about the offer of potential partners getting narrower and narrower, and about their parents and everyone else compelling them to finally find someone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Over three evenings, short documentaries made by this year’s students in the Documentary Media Studies graduate certificate program are screened for the public. Media Studies faculty members Deirdre Boyle and Deanna Kamiel lead a Q&A with the artists following the screenings each night. These films are the product of a year of work in documentary production, history, and theory.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Screenings, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, The 6th Annual Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival
Performance |
Iron your capes, unplug the Bat Signal and set your decoder rings on awesome: the Comic Book Club is in session! The Comic Book Club is a weekly comic book talk show featuring the best comedians in New York talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben. The show - which has been running live at The PIT in NYC for the past five years, and has been written up in the New York Times twice - will be filming LIVE for the next fifteen weeks, starting on March 27th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
Bob Marley's universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. 145 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Instructor: Joshua M. Greene. Here's an ideal course for enriching your yoga in the company of inspired teachers and students. Each session includes readings, analysis, audiovisuals, verse recitations and practical insights in India's essential wisdom text. Attendees will discover the message of the Gita, master basic vocabulary and concepts, and acquire skills for teaching and practicing Gita philosophy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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In this intensive class with highly accomplished and experienced singer and voice teacher ILana Martin, discover how to develop our own unique singing style. She’ll cover how to: sing without tiring the voice; become aware of your body through breathwork; riff (improvise short rhythmic phrases); develop effective phrasing, passionate delivery and tasteful interpretation of songs; build a repertoire; sing naturally; explore melodies and syncopation; sharpen your ear; increase your vocal range; build a song from start to finish; and “own” a song.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Singing Gospel, R&B and Jazz
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With Hope Martin. Focusing, a practice developed by psychologist/ philosopher Eugene Gendlin, is a way to tap into and listen deeply to the inner wisdom of our bodies, to go beyond our usual ways of analyzing our situations to a deeper place where true wisdom resides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Focusing: Accessing the Wisdom of the Body for Insight and Healing
Concert |
With Kyoung Joo Sung.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mike Reading |
Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, and other creative folks are invited to put their two cents in at this weekly gathering hosted by Penny Pollak.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$3
Performance |
Come to the most refreshing night of stand-up comedy in the city. If calories were laughs and sticks and stones were if’s and but’s, then the only way to escape this mangled sentence would be to see this amazing show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Comedy: Cold Soda
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Jay Welch hosts this stand up comedy open mic every Tuesday at 11pm. Sign up and you can be a part of the show! Each week, Jay and his special guests will be joined by 10 additional acts whose names will be drawn from the golden bowl of destiny. Win “joke of the night” and you are guaranteed a slot on the following Tuesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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The newest improv jam. STUDY HALL is an opportunity for students of all levels [and all schools] to get more time on stage to do what’s being taught in their classes. Just bring your student IDs and something to work on. Hosted by Lucas Hazlett.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 22, 2012, 05/22/2012, Comedy: Study Hall
Jazz |
A great way to hear some of the most talented young lions of jazz while enjoying spectacular views of Manhattan.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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