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Concert |
Zac Brown Band is a country music band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The band has released six studio albums, along with two live albums, one greatest-hits album, and two extended plays. They have also charted sixteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, of which eleven have reached number 1.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Concerts, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Zac Brown Band, Country Music Band
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 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, 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 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo 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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9:45 am
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Tours, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place every Tuesday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm until Dec. 12, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
Workshop |
Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include entering and editing text, saving files, and formatting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, MS Word 2010 for Beginners
Tour |
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights. Route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. 45 minutes.
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11:00 am
Free
Tours, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Southern Park Welcome Tour
Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Workshop |
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.
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Juggling in the Park
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Bach at Noon
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. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Tour |
An in-depth look at the unique architecture and exquisite beauty of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1907, the Custom House is a National Historic Landmark. The building’s interior splendor includes an elliptical rotunda with a 140-ton dome skylight designed by Valencia-born engineer Raphael Gustavino and murals by New York painter Reginald Marsh, as well as monumental marble arches and columns. Tours include a visit to the Collectors Office, not normally accessible to the public. Takes place daily.
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Tours, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Book Signing |
In this candid, revealing, and entertaining memoir, the beloved New York Yankee legend looks back over his nearly fifty-year career as a player and a manager, sharing insights and stories about some of his most memorable moments and some of the biggest names in Major League Baseball.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Book Signings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Yankees legend Lou Piniella signs copies of his Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Workshop |
Need help getting started with eBooks? Bring your laptop, eReader, tablet or smart phone to eBook Help Hour. Get assistance loading electronic library books on your Kindle, create your free Adobe ID, learn about 3M Cloud Library, and so much more. Make sure you bring your library card and any necessary access passwords for your devices so they can help you as quickly as possible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, eBook Help Hour: Get Started with eBooks
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Workshop |
Are you a Mac, PC... or neither? Learn about the differences between Apple's Mac computers and Windows PCs by exploring the advantages and limitations of each platform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, PC vs. Mac Workshop
Film |
A documentary film about the vision and blindness of the American Communist Party between 1930-1960, then the most politically radical group of its day.85 min.Director Richard Wormser will screen and discuss his documentary. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the discussion.
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4:00 pm
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Films, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Documentary: Richard Wormser's American Reds (2016)
Screening |
Screen and discuss the TED Talk, "The Danger of a Single Story" from the author of Americanah, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- a talk that introduces the importance of storytelling, sharing our own stories and broaden our perspectives and world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Screenings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, The Danger of a Single Story: TED Talk View Party and Discussion
Workshop |
Get started with Freegal Music today with just your NYPL card.Freegal Music is a downloadable music service which provides access to millions of songs from ten thousand record labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.  With a valid library card, download up to three digital songs per week on a PC, MAC or Smartphone, Search for artists, song titles, albums, music genres, create playlists, get the latest releases.  NOTE: This is a hands-on class, please bring your NYPL Library card, PIN, Mobile Device/Tablet and Apple password.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Featured Database: Freegal Music
Workshop |
Learn the basics of Adobe's vector graphic creation program and how to create exciting digital art for print, video, and webClass is taught on Mac computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Adobe Illustrator for Beginners
Workshop |
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.
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Juggling in the Park
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Sarah Vowell.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussions, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Book Discussion Group: Unfamiliar Fishes
Opening Reception |
An interactive exploration into abstract resistance, ReOccurring Dreams exams continual themes and commentaries on resistance from Apartheid to new forms millennial global oppression with paintings by Samson Mnisi accompanied by photographs, silk screens and etchings from Cannon Hersey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, ReOccuring Dreams: Paintings, Photographs, Silkscreens, Etchings
Discussion |
Crossroads Conversations invites passersby to participate in 10-minute conversations facilitated by journalists, encouraging strangers from across the nation and around the globe to reveal multifaceted personal beliefs, provoke robust debate, and find common ground with people who may share differing perspectives. The program will focus on infrastructure, as participants share their hopes for improving our nation’s arteries: the roads, pipes, and public transportation networks that pulse through our cities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Crossroads Conversations: Infrastructure
Symposium |
Panelists include Linda Sarsour, racial justice and civil rights activist; Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Philip Kasinitz, Ph.D., Presidential Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center; and Baseera Khan, a 2017 Artist in Residence. The event will be moderated by David Garza, Executive Director of Henry Street Settlement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Symposiums, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Immigrant New York: The New Majority
Workshop |
The world of Wall Street is often misunderstood. Andres Cevallos of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association explains the importance of capital formation, as well as the roles of broker/dealers, investment bankers, portfolio managers, and other investment professionals. Learn about the concept of derivative securities Andres Cevallos is a graduate from the University of Scranton with a double major in Finance and Economics (Summa Cum Laude) and a MBA in Finance and Accounting. He currently works as a VP in the Equities Division at Morgan Stanley. He holds several FINRA licenses including Series 3 (National Commodities Futures), 7 (Securities Representative), 24 (Securities Principal), 55 (Securities Trader) and 63 (Securities Agent). He is a SIFMA Foundation volunteer.                    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, What the Financial Industry Does and How It Works: Terminology, Concepts, and Key Issues
Workshop |
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 .
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Sahaja Meditation at the Library
Workshop |
Rediscover some of your favorite childhood games and learn fun twists on the classics. Play favorites like Jenga, Connect 4, Looping Louie, Gin Rummy, Scrabble, Rock em Sock em Robots, and more.Participants who win a game can enter a raffle to win a valuable Park Prize pack at the end of the Game Social season.
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Retro Game Social
Workshop |
Grab a team and join this weekly al fresco battle of the wits. Fun prizes go to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Teams must be 4 people or fewer.
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Tuesday Night Trivia
Book Reading |
Pulitzer-Prize winning historian David J. Garrow has spent nine years researching and writing this detailed, behind-the-scenes account of Barack Obama’s life before his election to the presidency. Epic in scope and with news-making material throughout, Rising Star reveals, uncovers and synthesizes year-by-year the inner workings of Obama’s development in achieving his aspirations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Book Readings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Pulitzer winner David J. Garrow discusses his book Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama
Discussion |
A conversation on the shifting responsibilities, purposes, and even definitions of American journalism.Featuring:Philip Gourevitch, staff writer at The New YorkerKatherine Boo, staff writer at The New YorkerAnand Giridharadas, writer and former New York Times columnist
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Discussions, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Journalism in the Age of Trump
Lecture |
The story of the school, founded at downtown Trinity Church in 1709 and now one of the oldest schools in the US. In 1895 the school moved uptown, building on a series of lots on West 91st Street in the midst of the rows of town houses of turn-of-the-century Upper West Side. Learn how the school evolved from church-sponsored to ecumenical, from a charity school to a private school, from all-boys to coed and to a school that now prides itself on its diverse student body. Presenters will include Kevin Ramsey, Director of Communications, alumna and two parents of alumni--one a former teacher and the other a member of the first class of girls at the school and member of the Board of Trustees. A tour of the school will follow the presentation and is accessible to all; the tour includes stairs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, The Trinity School from 1709 to 2017
Workshop |
Veteran Donald Calliste leads a series of exercises with varied tempos that send your body into fat-burning overdrive and continue fat burning after you’ve completed your workout.This event repeats every Tuesday until September 26, 2017.                Terrace at 108th Street in Riverside ParkManhattanDirections to this location  CostFree  Event OrganizerSummer on the HudsonContact Number311Contact Email               Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside ParkWest 89th Street and Riverside DriveManhattanDirections to this location  CostFree  Event OrganizerSummer on the HudsonContact Number311
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Riverside HIIT Exercise Workshop
Workshop |
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include using formulas and functions, data sorting and conditional formatting.
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Advanced MS Excel 2010 Workshop
Film |
Reflecting on his family's immigration legacy, the filmmaker confronts the delicate images of a once intact family.86 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Films, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Alvin Tsang's Reunification (2015): Family Documentary
Dance Performance |
A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. With: Confluence Performance ProjectDance To The People Annie Sailer Grant Jacoby
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$3 suggested donation
Dance Performances, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Experiments in Dance
Poetry Reading |
Anight of poetry and conversation as they reflect on the 15 years that have passed since the 2001 attacks. A special presentation of Galway Kinnell’s poem, “When the Towers Fell”, by Stuyvesant High School's Poetry Workshop, will be followed by curated readings and a conversation with Alice Quinn, the executive director of Poetry Society of America. Attendees are invited to view the Museum’s special exhibition, “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11,” from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, When the Towers Fell
Poetry Reading |
Featuring the poets:Cyrus CassellsCharif ShanahanTimothy LiuSuzanne Gardinier
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, 4 Poets Read
Book Reading |
Bestselling author of Shutter Island and Mystic River presents his latest psychological thriller. Since We Fell follows Rachel, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, lives as a virtual recluse. Gradually, Rachel finds happiness and marries, but is her husband who she thinks he is? Dennis Lehane's trademarks of tension, mystery and intrigue are here in spades
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Book Readings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Dennis Lehane reads from his book Since We Fell
Book Signing |
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Signings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signs copies of his book Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court
Workshop |
This introductory meditation class was featured as a New York Magazine top pick. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Introduction to Meditation
Film |
An ensemble set in Malta that focuses on four characters: Bozo, a children's party clown who is a closet pedophile; Claudia, a stage actress who is paralyzed with feelings of insignificance and is driven to do the extreme; Kyle, a family man with a deaf son who finds it increasingly difficult to cope with challenges at home and at work; and DJ Trim, a talk radio show presenter suffering from an anxiety disorder who advocates for the rights of illegal immigrants and becomes the target of unwanted attention from a threatening caller. 143 min.With director Chris Zarb and actor Sean O'Neil in person, followed by Q&A and reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Films, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Cinema from Malta: Chris Zarb's Do Re Mi Fa (2016)
Tour |
A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Screening |
Northbound, a play mixing real figures from the era of slavery and emancipation with a fictional story, is back --  this time on the screen.The play, presents a sprawling story with a cast of roughly 20 and characters such as Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, John Brown and Stephen A. Douglas in their own words.Written and directed by Marvalee Peart.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Screenings, May 16, 2017, 05/16/2017, Northbound: Screening of a Filmed Play
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