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Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 40 free events take place on May 1 in New York City.
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Mon, May 1, 2017
40 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 1, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
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
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City Walks, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Symposium |
More than two centuries into the American experiment, there is still vigorous disagreement about the reasons for protecting speech, and about whether we protect it enough, or too much. Technological change is transforming this debate because it is transforming the way we communicate. On May 1, the Knight First Amendment Institute and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism will convene some of America's most important thinkers about free speech and the free press to address essential questions about democracy in the digital age. Please join a day of exploration, discussion, and debate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Symposiums, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Disrupted: Speech and Democracy in the Digital Age
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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9:45 am
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City Walks, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Workshop |
This hour-long workshop, facilitated by an artist and lawyer team, will teach the basics of our nation’s path toward universal suffrage, as well as covering current controversies surrounding voting rights. During the second half of the workshop, participants are encouraged to lend their voices to the conversation by creating an original cartoon, meme, song, poem, or social media post that creatively expresses the meaning and importance to them of voting. This workshop is presented in partnership with Let's ROL, a new rule-of-law initiative dedicated to inspiring the public, through creative means, to the promise and privilege of civic participation. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy
Screening |
Over the past century, many personal stories of Chinese families have been buried by "national memories" that erase the specificity and intensity of individual family experiences. To encourage students at City University of Hong Kong to explore the depth and diversity of their family's history through documentary making, Yuhong Li launched an oral history documentary project, "Family Album." Students have completed around 100 short films during the past five years and, as a result, gained unexpected insights into the lives of their family members.At this program, audience members will have the opportunity to view four of these short films and discuss the project with filmmaker, Yuhong Li.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Screenings, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Family Album: 100 Chinese Family Stories Uncovered
Talk |
A discussion with filmmaker Julia Loktev and Professor Anna Katsnelson about Loktev's film The Loneliest Planet. Note: the film will not be screened at this event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Talks, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Director Julia Loktev talks about her film The Loneliest Planet
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Harlem Tour
Discussion |
This hour-long workshop, facilitated by an artist and lawyer team, will teach the basics of our nation’s path toward universal suffrage, as well as covering current controversies surrounding voting rights. During the second half of the workshop, participants are encouraged to lend their voices to the conversation by creating an original cartoon, meme, song, poem, or social media post that creatively expresses the meaning and importance to them of voting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy
Film |
Stars: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale.In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.135 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Delmer Daves' Oscar Nominee Destination Tokyo (1943): WW2 Drama
Discussion |
With: Elzbieta Sklodowska, Washington University María A. Cabrera Arús, New York University Walfrido Dorta, New York UniversityModerator: Jacqueline Loss, University of Connecticut
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Cuba's 'Special Period:' Legacy in the Arts and Culture
Workshop |
This hour-long workshop, facilitated by an artist and lawyer team, will teach the basics of our nation’s path toward universal suffrage, as well as covering current controversies surrounding voting rights. During the second half of the workshop, participants are encouraged to lend their voices to the conversation by creating an original cartoon, meme, song, poem, or social media post that creatively expresses the meaning and importance to them of voting. This workshop is presented in partnership with Let's ROL, a new rule-of-law initiative dedicated to inspiring the public, through creative means, to the promise and privilege of civic participation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, The Fourteenth Amendment: Transforming American Democracy
Play |
Out of control girls, angry, nasty girls are a sight to behold. They’re terrifying, electrifying, they’re everything girls shouldn’t be, and we hate them. This is a work about these girls. Their names are Billy, Bobby and Sam.
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4:00 pm
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Plays, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, International Play Festival 2017: Patricia Cornelius' Shit
Discussion |
Listening to sounds is fundamental to how we experience our environment and ourselves. In recent years, both the humanities and sciences have become increasingly invested in the interrelation between the environment and the listening experience. This seminar features leading scholars from auditory neuroscience, sound studies, and music cognition discussing scientific and humanistic perspectives on the role of acoustic conditions and cultural exposure on the formation of the sense of hearing itself.Speakers:-- Tim Griffiths, Professor of Cognitive Neurology, Newcastle University, UK-- Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab, University of Arkansas-- Ana Maria Ochoa, Professor of Music,-- Moderator: Nori Jacoby, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Auditory neuroscientist Tim Griffiths will discuss the brain basis for strong emotional responses to sounds. Ethnomusicologist and anthropologist Ana Maria Ochoa will speak about how different cultures conceptualize the relation between listening, music/sound and the human- non-human. Elizabeth Margulis, will speak about empirical approaches to aesthetic listening from the perspective of music cognition.Reception to follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:15 pm
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Discussions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Sound Studies and Auditory Neuroscience: New Perspectives on Listening
5:30 pm
Regular: $15
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Concerts, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, A tribute to French singers
Book Discussion |
Looking for a little something to liven up your Monday? Join the monthly Contemporary Classics Book Discussion. This informal group offers an opportunity to dig deeply into some of the finest examples of contemporary writing and make friends with some fellow book-lovers. This month: A Flag for Sunrise, an astonishing saga of politics, war, and Americans out of place, by Robert Stone.
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5:45 pm
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Book Discussions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Contemporary Classics Book Discussion: A Flag for Sunrise
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park. The tour is every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, High Line Tour
Opening Reception |
With the Eyes of Others presents more than one hundred works by thirty artists active in the Hungarian Neo-avant-garde in the latter half of the 20th Century. Organized by New York-based guest curator András Szántó, this will be the first large-scale exhibition in the United States devoted to a fertile yet underappreciated period in Hungarian art. Against the backdrop of an authoritarian system, which placed strict ideological limits on free expression, this group of artists found diverse and inventive ways in which to encrypt and express powerful messages in the face of the constrained social, cultural, and political reality of their time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Exhibition: With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies
Discussion |
Panelists discuss the French presidential election, which will conclude with the second and final round of voting on May 7.  Remarks will include a discussion of the rising popularity of Marine Le Pen and the National Front, in light of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump and rising populism in Europe and elsewhere in the world.Panelists-- Cécile Alduy is Professor of French literature and culture at Stanford University and a research fellow at the CEVIPOF at Sciences Po, Paris. -- Arthur Goldhammer is a writer, translator, and Senior Affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. -- Stéphane Lauer is the U.S. correspondent for Le Monde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, The French Presidential Election: Second Round
Workshop |
Learn what a blog is, see examples of blogs, learn how to blog and to create your own using Blogger/Word Press.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Blogging for Beginners Workshop
Film |
Stars: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein.Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left. 79 min.
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6:00 pm
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Films, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Chris Kentis' Open Water (2003): Stranded in the Ocean
Film |
This film chronicles a remarkable political career. It is narrated by those who knew Boris Nemtsov when he was a young scientist and took his first steps in politics, when he held high government offices and was considered Boris Yeltsin’s heir apparent, and when he led Russia’s democratic opposition. 66 min.In Russian with English subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with the writer and director of the film, Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, vice chairman of Open Russia, a Russian pro-democracy movement. He was a longtime colleague and advisor to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, and chairs the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. Kara-Murza is a former deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party, and was a candidate for the Russian State Duma.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Films, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Vladimir V. Kara-Murza's Nemtsov: Documentary on Murdered Russian Activist
Play |
In Kiev, Katya and Oksana prepare a funeral meal for their beloved husband, stepfather and Army colonel Sasha. But he isn’t going without a fight. The women in his life and the country need him.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Plays, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, International Play Festival 2017: Natal’ya Vorozhbit's Take Out the Rubbish, Sasha
Talk |
Sweat is the newly minted Pulitzer Prize-winning play from critically acclaimed writer Lynn Nottage. Set in the rust-belt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, the narrative explores the chasm created by job loss that leads to racial unease and a breakdown in community. Join an evening of theater talk with Nottage.Lynn Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, whose plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Sweat, which won this year’s Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater. Nottage is also the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, and the National Black Theatre Fest’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, to name a few. She serves as an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Talks, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage talks about her play Sweat
Book Reading |
Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production is a timely, multi-layered consideration of cultural boycotts as special conditions for discourse, artmaking and political engagement. The first reader of its kind, the book examines the impact of the cultural boycott of Apartheid South Africa and then moves on to contemporary culture that enacts and performs change within a politics of disengagement. The publication features 15 original contributions by artists, curators, scholars and activists such as Ariella Azoulay, Noura Erakat, Chelsea Haines, Sean Jacobs, Svetlana Mintcheva, Naeem Mohaiemen, Hlonipha A. Mokoena, Ahmet Öğüt, Radhika Subramaniam and Eyal Weizman.
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Book Launch: Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production
Discussion |
For the sixth and final Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of the season, the expert on all things Italian takes the interviewee seat in the company of Director Stefano Albertini.
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Adventures in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture reveals the triumphs, pains, and struggles in the high-risk life of a former proprietary trader.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Michael Kimelman discusses his book Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters
Workshop |
Come and test your knowledge in a challenging though entertaining 30 question trivia quiz. There are questions and categories for all comers, spanning subjects from Music and Movies to New York History, Sports, Literature and others in between. Individuals and teams welcome. Bring your friends and be prepared to have a good time. Trivia Master Chris Vaccari is a New York-based trivia host with the answers to (almost) all of your questions. He has hosted fun-filled trivia events in the Tri-State area since 2007.
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Trivia Night
Discussion |
The stories we tell today about our era of uncertainty and transformation will not only contribute to the shape of tomorrow but also will create the record that future historians will look to when studying our time. How writers see today’s events and how they choose to relate them are subjects for enduring exploration. What are the national events worth covering, the global picture that needs rendering, the perceived consequences of what is happening at the present moment? Sam Tanenhaus, the former editor of The New York Times Book Review, will moderate conversations featuring contributors from some of America’s greatest and most enduring publications: The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times.
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Future Perfect: Recording the History of Now
7:00 pm
Regular: $15
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Concerts, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Brazilian jazz and tango
Staged Reading |
What caused the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets? A prequel to Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet follows the story of Rose from country girl to lady of Verona and explores the betrayal, revenge and manipulations that set the Houses of Capulet and Montague against one other.Written by Melissa Bell. Presented by the 29th St Playwrights Collective. 
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7:00 pm
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Staged Readings, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Play Reading: Lady Capulet
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Concert |
Featuring special guest Brian Zator performing Minoru Miki’s Marimba Spiritual, Tabea Sitte on Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra, and the world premiere of Thomas Kozumplik’s Child of the EarthRenowned percussion soloist and chamber musician Jonathan Haas, director of percussion studies at NYU Steinhardt, has recently collaborated with Broadway legend Joe Passaro and folk rocker turned experimentalist Glenn Kotche.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, NYU Percussion Ensemble
7:30 pm
Regular: $30
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Concerts, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Ensemble performs new music
Dance Performance |
A high visibility, low-tech forum on Monday nights. Movement Research supports experiments in performance rather than finished products. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists. Tonight: Kim Brandt, Lisa Parra, Renegade Performance Group/André M. Zachery, Kate Watson-Wallace
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8:00 pm
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Dance Performances, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Dance Works-in-Progress
Concert |
A gathering for the sake of gathering. Come celebrate either spring or your labor or BOTH as Michael Calvert plays a selection of lute pieces and accompanies a selection of songs sung by soprano Beth Griffith. Jonathan Matthews will prance about. Richard Gross will make the rest of you dance by the power of his banjo. Brian Rady will close out the evening and your bellies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Music & Dance & Cake: A Gathering for the Sake of Gathering
8:00 pm
Regular: $100
Member: $35.00
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Concerts, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Russian Cabaret Night: 3-course meal and baritone
Play |
Twin brothers Beşer and Beşir, who lost their parents in war, migrated as teenagers to Istanbul. After many years of separation they meet again, when Beşer enters Beşir’s house with a stolen safety box.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Plays, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, International Play Festival 2017: Hungry Dogs by Mîrza Metîn
Workshop |
Learn how to enhance photos using the number 1 photo editing software in the world; Adobe Photoshop. In this class you learn the features of Photoshop and learn about layers and use them to manipulate images to your desire. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
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8:30 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2017, 05/01/2017, Photoshop for Beginners
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Classical Music | One of the most popular choral works of all times

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Play | A play about a human bond

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