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Tue, May 29, 2012
Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 29, 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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, 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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, 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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, 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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Birdwatching |
Get an up-close visit with exotic birds from the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary and Education Center. Sanctuary Director Terri Jones and her sociable, people-friendly birds can be found near every Tuesday this summer, weather permitting. Stop by to watch, ask questions, interact with the birds, or just take pictures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring you all your old favorites and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Park Walk |
Walk through a scenic area on the western edge of the Park, much of which is off the beaten track for most visitors. See rolling meadows, lake views, bridges of different styles, and a garden with flowers and plants mentioned by Shakespeare.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, West Side Stories Tour
Concert |
Ragtime expert & stride pianist, Terry Waldo is the protege of the late Eubie Blake. He has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - republished recently by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis. His 26-part radio series with the same title, produced for National Public Radio, fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Pianist Terry Waldo, Protege of the Late Eubie Blake
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Program: Mozart Andante in F Major, KV 616, and the Fantazias in F Minor, KV 594 and 608 Those in attendance may also bring their lunch to eat in the church's garden. Claudia Dumschat has been an organist or choir director continuously at various churches since the age of 12, when she became the Music Director of her hometown church in Livingston, New Jersey. She has performed throughout the United States as well many countries in Europe. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Alec Wyton, Frederick Swann, McNeil Robinson, and John Walker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Program: FAURÉ Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major MESSIAEN Theme et variations for violin and piano SAINT-SAËNS Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor With Juilliard musicians Emilie-Anne Gendron (pictured), violin, and Yelena Grinberg, piano. Photo: Steve Riskind
   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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, 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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, 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
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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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Film |
With Jack Oakie, Victor McLaglen. A homicide detective with an eye for the ladies investigating a murder in Earl Carroll's Vanities allows the music review to continue during the investigation. 89 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk |
This class clarifies the differences between mutual funds and ETFs. They explain concepts such as net asset value and capital gains distributions, and demonstrate how to read a mutual fund statement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Mutual Funds and ETFs
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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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, 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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Learn Juggling in the Park
Talk |
Learn key elements for diversifying your investment portfolio, to reduce volatility (risk) and enhancing potential returns.
   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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Opening Reception |
A diverse collection of notebooks, pages, epistles from the processes and reflections of choreographers, dancers and performers across a spectrum of approaches and forms. Come for drinks and a viewing of the installation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Author Alessandro Baricco in conversation with translator Ann Goldstein (The New Yorker). This event will be in ENGLISH and ITALIAN.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
Can heroes survive in our world of dubious celebrities, in a cynical, everyday world with at least two sides to every flawed argument and a debunking for every icon? The demise of the Hero is as poignant for Russia as for America; in fact, Russians may feel the loss still more acutely than we do. How are Russia's heroes, and the loss of those heroes, surprisingly similar and surprisingly different from the contemporary American experience? Meet three exciting new writers as they open a door for us into the psyche of today's young Russia. Moderating will be Jenny Lyn Bader, renowned playwright and author of a celebrated essay on the problematic of heroism in the contemporary context. FEATURING: Yaroslava Pulinovich (pictured), Irina Bogatyreva, Polina Klyukina
   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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, 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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Guided Tour of the High Line
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Hands on using wireless laptops. Discover free computer tutorials on the web. Search NYPL's Catalog for books, DVDs and eBooks to help you learn computer programs and concepts on your own. Find resources on Word, Excel, Office 2007, the Internet, typing and other topics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture |
This illustrated presentation sheds light on the infrastructure and services that make life and work possible in a modern skyscraper. The author examines everything that goes into designing, building and maintaining these towering buildings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
A discussion on the history, craft and culture of the Jewish Bakery with Stanley Ginsburg and Norman Berg, authors of the award-winning Inside the Jewish Bakery, and Esther and Levi Kramer, owners of Chiffon's Kosher Cake Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10, RSVP required
Other |
You've seen them 100 times. You know them by heart. You've joined the cult. Now prove you're their leader. Attend a Tuesday Trivia night at the Porch to test your cult movie knowledge with quiz masters. The competition is open to all, but please RSVP to ensure your spot.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, May 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Summer Cult Movie Trivia Festival
Poetry Reading |
Fitting in with the poetic theme of the evening, MAC will feature poetry and recitation along with music circa 1900-1925 played on period crank up phonographs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening |
An extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? 90 min. In Czech with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion |
In 2010, the Cuban government began providing sex reassignment surgery free of charge as part of their universal healthcare. This was the result of several years of work by the Cuban National Center for Sex Education under the leadership of Mariela Castro Espín, niece of Fidel Castro and daughter of current Cuban president Raúl Castro. The current developments in LGBT rights in Cuba are remarkable given the discrimination suffered by gays, lesbians, and transgender people in Cuba in the 20th century, as well as comparison with current LGBT movements in the U.S. and abroad.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
New York comedy journal The Lowbrow Reader celebrates the publication of its book, The Lowbrow Reader Reader (Drag City), with a gut-busting variety show featuring music, comedy, and readings. Performers include the inimitable NYC songwriter Adam Green (the Moldy Peaches), teen girl band Supercute!, very special comedian guests, and more!
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
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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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Dramatic Readings from CHARLES DICKENS presented by The Friends of Dickens New York. Interview with a Punch and Judy Show (from The Old Curiosity Shop, Chapter 37) Pip Meets Estella and Miss Havisham (Great Expectations, Chapter 8) Pip Speaks (Great Expectations, Chapter 1) The Best of Times (A Tale of Two Cities, Chapter 1) Miss Pross Vs. Madame Defarge (A Tale of Two Cities Book III, Chapter 14)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Regular: $59
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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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With Paula Tursi. Nothing is more important to our health and well-being than our breath. In this class, Paula Tursi, founder of Reflections Yoga, will teach several techniques she has formulated in her 25 years of yoga practice to help alleviate such symptoms as depression, migraines, anxiety, lethargy, and insomnia, and enhance vitality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance |
Miguel Gutierrez, Superhump - Superhump is a new, momentary piece by Miguel Gutierrez which has been performed a thousand times. Superhump is a celebration of the end of ideas and a post-conceptual world. Superhump says "It's raining, might as well smoke." Katy Pyle, The Firebird - The Firebird is a re-imagining of Stravinsky and Fokine's original ballet as a Ballez--a queered theatrical with non-heteronormative characters and partnering. A lesbian princess and a tranimal (part boy, part bird) encounter a dominating Sorceress and a garden of genderf***ing Princes on the road to their liberation. Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments - Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She and her band, The Tender Moments, look forward to spending an intimate evening with you. Anything can and will happen. Shown: Miguel Gutierrez
   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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Comedy: Cold Soda

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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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$5 cover, $5
Performance |
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 29, 2012, 05/29/2012, Comedy: Study Hall
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