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Thu, May 31, 2012
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All events, things to do on Thursday, May 31, 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.
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Workshops, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Park Tai Chi
Film |
With Emily Blunt, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent. This dramatization covers the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. At the age of 17, Victoria was already the object of a royal power struggle as she was in line for the throne and everyone is vying to win her favor. 105 min.
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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.
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$6
Tours, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, 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.
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Tours, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Workshop |
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.
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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.
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Park Walks, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, “Cross Park Promenade” 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.
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Concerts, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Pianist Terry Waldo, Protege of the Late Eubie Blake
Other |
All levels of play welcome. Please bring with you...your Scrabble set (be sure it has all 100 tiles!), a Scrabble dictionary and, of course, a love of the game!
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Others, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Scrabble Mania
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.
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$6
Tours, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Cathedral Tour
Talk |
This class is designed to help investors focus on their goals, to recognize the potential risks and rewards of different investments, to teach some basic information about different asset types, and to help match individual goals to investment choices. Also, they review useful information sources.
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Talks, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Investment Choices: What Is Right for Me?
Film |
Starring Doris Day, James Stewart, Brenda de Banzie. A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. 120 min.
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Films, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar Winner The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956): Que Sera Sera
Theater |
AMELIA, a new play based on the true story of one woman’s epic journey across Civil War America in search of her husband, will make its New York premiere in a site-specific production at a former Civil War prison camp. Previously developed at The Kennedy Center, AMELIA is an Editor’s Pick of The Washington Post that culminates at the gates of the notorious Andersonville Prison Camp where the central character is forced to disguise herself as a male Union soldier in this suspenseful and highly theatrical production.
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Workshop |
With Dian Killian. How do you respond to difficult people and situations? How do you ensure that your own needs are met in a way that you don’t regret later? Communicating effectively and compassionately can be one of life’s greatest challenges.
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Talk |
One of the happiest things about getting a new job is that you don't have to job search anymore! You're finished with tweaking your resume, networking, answering ads, talking to recruiters, interviewing and negotiating. Yet, as a professional you know you are the boss of your career and you need to find time to prepare for your next promotion and for your next job. There are some simple, time saving things you can do to serve your career whether you stay with your current employer or decide to move on. Join coach Win Sheffield to learn the simple steps you can incorporate into your routine to effectively manage your career.
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Talks, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, How Do I Handle It All? Managing Your Career While Working
Workshop |
Open-level yoga with a certified instructor! Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. All participants must sign a waiver form before they join in. For adults 18+.
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Expert instructors, provided by lululemon athletica, lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided.
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Workshops, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Park Yoga
Opening Reception |
The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project is focused on providing economical support and creative guidance to professional and student photographers seeking to continue developing their personal work. The grant aims to support personal photography projects to encourage the production and development of photography outside the commercial realm.
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Opening Reception |
Schiller's first solo exhibition in the U.S. Shown: "Poolside, Marilyn Monroe, Something's Got To Give," May 23, 1962, Gelatin silver print, edition of 75, 20 x 24 inches
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Discussion |
In celebration of the DVD release of David Craig's nine-hour video series On Singing Onstage, this event welcomes special guests Lucie Arnaz, Penny Fuller, Larry Moss, and Tony Roberts to discuss David Craig's impact and techniques and perform songs to the piano accompaniment of Ian Herman. The panel will be moderated by David Finkle. David Craig (1923-1998) was director of the Musical Theatre Performance Center at UCLA and also taught at the North Carolina School for the Arts and Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. He is the author of On Singing Onstage and A Performer Prepares, considered definitive volumes on the subject of performing on the musical theater stage.
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Opening Reception |
An interactive performance by one of Poland’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Katarzyna Kozyra. Kozyra is looking for "Kozyra" for her upcoming autobiographical film and invites everyone to try out. For two days, the artist and the film crew from New York’s Bunker Media production studio will flip the roles of artist and audience by conducting a casting call and recording the performances of the contenders for the leading role.
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Opening Reception |
Several of the world’s most famous painters and sculptors will be “taking it all off” in an exhibition. Ousmane Sow, John De Andrea, Dean Howell and other equally notable artists will explore the subject of “nudity.” Shown: Ron Schwerin, "Nude on Grey Couch," 1995 Oil on linen 28 x 28 in. (71 x 71 cm)
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Opening Reception |
The opening features 2 solo shows by artists in residency Guy Goldstein and Erin Dunn. "Bells & Whistles" by Guy Goldstein features a new sound piece and series of drawings. Goldstein's investigations are an attempt to provide meaning in a saturated driven consumerist society.
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Lecture |
A lecture by David Kilcullen, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism expert, Johns Hopkins University; Advisor to NATO; Founding President and CEO Caerus Associates. David Kilcullen is the founding President and CEO of Caerus Associates LLC, a strategic design consultancy with a focus on the overlapping problems of conflict, climate change, energy, health and governance. Caerus operates in challenging environments worldwide, from the field to the policy level, with a presence on four continents, and provides design solutions for NGOs, communities, private industry and government.
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Opening Reception |
A series of large-scale photographs as well as original drawings from 1975 celebrate the re-installation of one of the artist’s historic works.
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Slide Lecture |
With Suzanne Smeaton, Gallery Director, Eli Wilner & Company. In this illustrated presentation you will learn about the fascinating story behind the re-creation of the original frame for Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’. Eli Wilner & Company gallery director Suzanne Smeaton will detail the 3-year journey of making of the frame for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Smeaton will share the story of the unique frame from the discovery of a mid-19th century photograph depicting the painting in the frame, the research required on all the elements used in the frame design, the engineering of the massive 14 foot-by-23-foot frame and its delivery and installation. Wood working, hand carving, mold-making and traditional water gilding were all used in the creation of the frame and these will be discussed and illustrated. Happily, the monumental painting and frame are now on view just 40 blocks north at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the newly re-opened and expanded American Paintings galleries. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period.
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Film |
With Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Hank Azaria. The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles. 94 min. Screening followed by Q&A with journalist Adam Penenberg.
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Performance |
The second part of an ensemble-devised new play by America-In-Play inspired by William Dunlap's 1828 comedy, A Trip to Niagra; or, Travelers in America.
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Staged Reading |
The premiere of Frederic Morton’s as yet unpublished play. This staged reading will be directed by the artistic director of Premiere Stages, John Wooten and will feature the talents of Jean Tafler, Clark Carmichael, Melissa Miller, Allen Lewis Rickman and Marguerite Stimpson.
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Book Reading |
A celebration of The Stories of John Cheever to mark the centennial of the author’s birth. Writers Susan Minot, Rick Moody, and Elizabeth Strout will each read from and talk about a favorite Cheever story, touching on his influence and the lasting impact of his work. A panel discussion, led by Story Prize Director Larry Dark, will follow. Rick Moody will read from "The Jewels of the Cabots," Elizabeth Strout will read from "The Worm in the Apple," and Susan Minot will read from "The Sorrows of Gin."
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Book Reading |
In conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Annette Gordon-Reed, history professor Jim Downs discusses his book and how the mostly celebrated emancipation of slaves 150 years ago was also a devastating time for African Americans.
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Concert |
A concert in the sanctuary. PARTICIPANTS: Chris Forsyth, Tatsuya Nakatani, Mike Pride & Mick Barr, Jesske Hume & Ryan Ferreira. Photo: Chris Forsyth by Maria Dumlao.
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Theater |
New York Classical Theatre's roving production of Twelfth Night recasts the beloved comedy's setting as fin de siècle New York. The company will lead audiences on Shakespeare's lively journey of mistaken identities, misguided lovers, and joyous celebration, recasting the play's setting to New York City circa 1900. Employing its signature "Panoramic Theatre" staging style, the company will escort audiences, pausing to hatch a confusion of plots and declare various passions against a backdrop of waterfalls, bridges, and shady groves.
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Theaters, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, New York Classical Theatre's Outdoor Production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

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Ganesh Das leads a therapeutic meditation practice. This healing Satsang is designed and blessed by his gurus and founders of the method, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Through this guided practice open to all levels, one learns to find a comfortable meditative seat, be still and focus the attention on the breath and a mantra. One learns to create space and calmness in the mind and body, amidst the daily chaos of life. This class provides a safe environment for the community to gather and openly discuss spiritual and every day aspects of life through a candid Q & A.
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$10 suggested donation;
Concert |
Program: MARTINU Nonet, Op. 374 RAVEL Chansons madécasses SCHOENBERG Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 The Academy is a two-year fellowship providing the finest post-graduate musicians with performance opportunities in New York at the same time they are teaching in the city's public schools
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Concerts, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Ensemble ACJW performs works by Martinu, Ravel and Schoenberg
Discussion |
Caught between West (Russia) and East (Iran), between Christianity (Armenia and Georgia) and Islam (Azerbaidzhan, Dagestan, etc.), home to hundreds of ethic groups and cultures, the Caucasus has for centuries been a political and military powderkeg. In recent times, it has surpassed the Balkans as a danger zone where myriad conflicting ethnic and religious elements come together in a potentially explosive brew. Young authors from the Caucasus, writing about the Caucasus, form one of the most exciting and visible components of the Russian literary scene today. Their Russian brethren have answered the call, making the volatile region on Russia's southern borders a central theme of Russian literature. Three of the most interesting and important of those voices belong to winners and finalists of the prestigious Debut Prize, Russia's premier award for new writing: Arslan Khasavov, Alisa Ganieva (pictured) and Sergei Shargunov.
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Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is renowned for its spontaneous, spare, freewheeling and distinctly American playing style of Shakespeare. For more than 25 years the Festival has been the only resident Shakespeare Company in the Hudson Valley region and reaches more than 60,000 people of all ages each year. The ensemble company will share highlights from seasons past, present and future and their distinct approach to Shakespeare.
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Free
Performance |
The Scene is a weekly showcase of improvised one act plays. Each week the show features New York’s top improvisers from Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Baby Wants Candy, Second City and more. The Scene is produced and hosted by Dan Hodapp and Micah Sherman.
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Performances, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Comedy: The Scene
Performance |
Six performers hijack, change, distort or magnify a performance with "that ubiquitous deus ex machina, the ironically intended pop song." (BS)
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Performance |
All you need to do is show up. Don’t have an improv group? They’ll put you in one! Have a team then bring them down! Five teams get to play for ten minutes each, and everyone has fun. Work on your skills and meet some great new people. New Team Lunacy, hosted by Erick Hellwig.
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Performances, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, New Team Lunacy Comedy Show
Jazz |
Hosted by vocalist Michael Mwenso, who successfully ran the internationally acclaimed program at London's Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Late Night Session offers a jazz home and community for some of today's most talented, young musicians to showcase and hone their craft. The fun begins every Thursday night until the wee hours. Stop by and hang.
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$5 cover, $5
Concerts, May 31, 2012, 05/31/2012, Late Night Session, Hosted by Michael Mwenso
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Theater | Musical folk tales of Costa Rica

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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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