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30 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 3, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Conference |
This initiative investigates Brazilian modernist photography, its relationship to race, and its place within a dynamic international network of images and ideas. From experimental work that resonates with broader postwar trends of creative photographic expression to modern forms with local and sometimes ethnic inflections, photographers were instrumental in formulating new visual languages in Brazil. Since 1939, the São Paulo-based Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante (FCCB) nurtured a wide range of avant-garde practices that anticipated many elements of Concrete Art in Brazil featured at the first São Paulo Biennial in 1951. This diverse group included photographers from immigrant communities such as São Paulo’s growing German, Hungarian, Jewish, Italian, and Japanese populations. These artists participated in international networks of exchange around the globe that increased their visibility and expanded their approach.Taking FCCB as a starting point, the conference stretches the boundaries of what we understand as experimental art in Brazil in the mid-twentieth century. Photography has been largely excluded from current scholarship about Brazilian modernism and abstraction, and Brazilian photographers of this era are overlooked in narratives around modern photography. The aims of the conference are thus threefold: first, we will examine the distinctive nature of Brazilian modernist photography. Second, we hope to explore photography within the context of modernist and abstract art in Brazil, probing the relationship of modernist photography to other marginalized media and art forms such as mail art and Afro-Brazilian art. Third, we encourage an international perspective that investigates networks of modernist photography through transnational photo clubs, salons, exhibitions, and the many magazines that flourished domestically and across Latin America, the United States and Europe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Conferences, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, In Black and White: Photography, Race, and the Modern Impulse in Brazil at Midcentury
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
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Tours, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, 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 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Park Walks, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
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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9:45 am
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Tours, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Conference |
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Protestant Reformation by Martin Luther, this conference brings together a distinguished group of scholars to discuss the meaning of this world-historical event, as well as its legacy. In particular, the participants will discuss what impact—intentional or unintentional—the Reformation has had on our modern notions of human rights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Conferences, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, The Protestant Reformation and Human Rights
Lecture |
A talk with Dr. Sarah E. Mendelson, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council, and Harriman Institue alumna.Mendelson discusses her experience serving in both the U.S. Mission to the U.N. and the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Obama years. She had a front row seat to a wide array of issues including pushing back on closing space for civil society and foreign assistance, combating human trafficking, and responding to the largest crisis in forced displacement since World War II. She reflects on what worked in policy entrepreneurship and what did not.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lectures, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Learning While Serving: Reflections on Five Years Working International Development and Diplomacy in the Obama Administration
Reading |
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Readings, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Story Time for Grown-Ups
Tour |
Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Midtown Manhattan Tour
Jazz |
During the run of the exhibitions Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974), the Bill Wurtzel trio will perform music that celebrates the creativity and expressiveness of the human mind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Jazz Wednesdays with the Bill Wurtzel Trio
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Chinua Achebe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Book Discussions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Riverside Book Club: Things Fall Apart
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Park Walks, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Central Park Sunset Tour
Opening Reception |
This exhibition looks at the work of Janis Avotins, Rebecca Salter and Giuseppe Uncini, who “find beauty not in the thing itself but in the pattern of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates” (Tanizaki). 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, In Praise of Shadows: A 3-Artist Exhibition
Opening Reception |
The son of an engineer, Burden’s fascination with the craft of building and construction grew beyond his early childhood years into his post-performative works; this highlighting a dichotomy between his childhood hobbies of constructing Lego models, to that of re-creating architectural kits as a professional artist later on in his adulthood. Burden was able to extend his child-like curiosity into his art making, bringing with him an appreciation for high risks, as well as a strong desire for a sense of innocence so many artists hope to prevail when they enter a new state of mind. Over time, Burden has shown that like a child, he is unafraid of taking on risky challenges, exploring unfamiliar mediums, and rewording ideas of the norm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Chris Burden's Hobby Shop: Sculptures and Drawings
Opening Reception |
Drain’s first New York City solo exhibition in a decade is named after author Junot Diaz’s call to locate optimism through new activism and empowerment, by strengthening our “utopia muscles” in the face of fear and anger towards our current chaotic national condition. While this is Drain’s most overtly political exhibition title to date, it peacefully dovetails with his ongoing interest in how individualized and labor-intensive eforts—particularly in performance, painting, collage, and sculpture—can shape collective identity in a finished artwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Exhibition: Jim Drain's Utopia Muscle
Discussion |
A discussion on the ways women are denied equal opportunities. With Sarah Barmak (Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality), Jill Filipovic (The H Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness), Mona Eltahawy (Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution), and Sabrina Jones (Our Lady of Birth Control).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, PEN World Voices Festival 2017: Forbidden --Too Liberated
Workshop |
Career coach Chip Conlin examines why networking is a “life skill.”  People who consistently connect and re-connect with others who can be helpful in their job search and careers often beat out the competition for the best jobs. Through a series of real life stories and case studies this interactive session explores techniques used by successful job hunters in meeting the right people at the right levels to land their next great job. Learn proven techniques to help make the most of your networking efforts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, How to Get the Most Out of Your Contacts
Workshop |
In today’s constantly connected world, bringing some calm to a crowded mind can be difficult. Meditating for just a few minutes a day can make you happier, healthier, and reduce the stress of daily life. Our simple, convenient approach is rooted in history, based in science and comes with some serious benefits. Join us and experience the many benefits of meditation firsthand.In this class, you will:Be taught the basics of meditation and how to start a daily practiceLearn more about the effects of meditation on the mind and bodyUnderstand how meditation can reduce stress at work and beyond
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Journey Meditation
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Jeffrey Eugenides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Inwood Book Discussion: The Virgin Suicides
Discussion |
Together with the rise of neoliberalism, the extraordinary development of market finance over the last thirty years has refashioned social relations in the capitalist core in crucial ways. To shed light on the nature of this transformation, Ivan Ascher (author of Portfolio Society: On the Capitalist Mode of Prediction) will be joined in conversation by Robyn Marasco (CUNY-Hunter) and Melinda Cooper (University of Sydney).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Neoliberalism and the Rise of Finance
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture spotlights the travails of the Oscar-winning actress alongside the author's personal story of discovering an unlikely muse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Edward Sorel discusses his book Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936
Talk |
Michael Kimmelman will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce him.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talks, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, The Legacy of Jane Jacobs: A Talk by New York Times Architecture Critic Michael Kimmelman
Book Reading |
On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Hala Alyan reads from her book Salt Houses
Book Reading |
“Hammerin’” Hank Greenberg was coming off a stellar season where he’d hit 40 home runs and 184 RBIs, becoming only the thirteenth player to ever hit 40 or more homers (and one of only four players to have 40 or more home runs and 175 or more RBIs in a season). Even with his success at the plate, neither Greenberg nor the rest of the world could have expected what was about to happen in 1938.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Ron Kaplan discusses his book Hank Greenberg in 1938
Discussion |
Le Conversazioni is the international festival created by Antonio Monda and Davide Azzolini that takes place annually on the Isle of Capri, in New York (at the Morgan Library and at the New York Historical Society), in Bogota and in Rome, with the participation of some of the leading lights in contemporary English literature and international culture. In the last few years some of today’s great writers have come together in Capri to discuss the chosen theme for each year: identity, the relationship between the word and the image, memory, deadly sins, human rights, eros, winners & losers, revolution, diversity. Followed by a screening of the documentary Diversity, directed by Carlotta Corradi, about the previous edition (2016) with Valeria Luiselli, Donato Carrisi, Gary Shteyngart, Erica Jong, Hanan al-Shaykh, Garth Risk Hallberg, and Marlon James.In English.
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Le Conversazioni 2017
Lecture |
This talk will introduce the notion of a critical sadhana as a distinct type of theory that explicitly embraces a notion of spirituality. As such it is a type of theorizing that does not fit neatly into the categories of secular critical theories. The need for this type of theory is in response to debates in Africana Philosophy and Africana Studies about the issue of spirituality in general, and the legacy of African spirituality in particular. Speaker Paget Henry is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Brown University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Habermas and the Reframing of Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Discussion |
A discussion on portraying women’s sexuality in fiction with novelists Yewande Omotoso (South Africa), Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria), Malin Persson Giolito (Sweden), and Minae Mizumura (Japan).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Discussions, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, PEN World Voices Festival 2017: Forbidden -- Too Desirous
Screening |
Get a fresh perspective on today’s most pressing issues at a special screening and talk-back with some of the great minds behind Vice Media, the North American digital media and broadcasting company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Screenings, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Vice Media presents Watch and Learn
8:00 pm
Regular: $12
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Concerts, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Motown, Soul, Funk and Dance Music
Workshop |
Learning to be mindful—to pay attention in the moment without resistance or judgment—can shift the course of our lives. Instead of being driven by our fears and hopes, we learn how to listen to ourselves and others, to pause and respond wisely.In this course they will practice MBSR’s tools for living: the body scan, sitting meditation, mindful yoga and walking meditation, all of which increase self-awareness and empathy, connect us to our intuition, weaken unwholesome mental habits and replace struggle and stress with ease and relaxation. They will experiment with mindfulness while eating, communicating, and engaging in everyday activities. Come discover how living in the moment, with awareness and curiosity, can open your life and fill it with peace and wonder.With: Amy Gross
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Workshops, May 03, 2017, 05/03/2017, Intro Class: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
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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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