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Fri, November 15, 2013
Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on November 15, 2013 are free unless otherwise noted.
Tour |
This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway* to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown and Midtown Manhattan. There will be ample opportunities for memorable pictures. You'll get the chance to savor NY's best pizza and cannoli and other treats, learn how to play NY handball, maybe bargain with a shopkeeper in Chinatown, observe a game of street chess in Greenwich Village, people watch and window shop in SoHo, and kick back on the Highline Park. Along the way, you'll master the subway and learn about New York's Finest!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, All-in-One Downtown Tour
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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.
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Lower Manhattan Tour
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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.
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, SoHo, Little Italy & Chinatown Tour
Book Reading |
Edited by Brett Littman with texts by Mark Polizzotti, Wells Towers, and Robert Nelson. This publication documenting Argentine artist Matias Duville’s Alaska project is the first significant American publication devoted to Duville’s work. Duville’s project began in 2008 when he started to produce prolific drawings of the U.S. state—a place he had never visited. The aim of his project lay not in the accurate evocation of Alaska, but in the rendering of the place as it existed in his imagination—through fantastical and often nightmarish vistas and desolate landscapes inhabited only by remnants of human existence.
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Book Readings, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Book Launch: Matias Duville: Alaska
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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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Cathedral Tour
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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, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Talk |
A special conversation as the artist Rafael Vargas-Suarez, and project curator Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator, The Wallach Art Gallery, discuss Vector Composition No. 1, the artist's site-specific work, as well as the practice of working in situ and Vargas-Suarez's long history in the genre.
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Talks, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Artist Rafael Vargas-Suarez discusses his work
Park Walk |
Take a walk around the landscapes dominated by historic Belvedere Castle, situated high on Vista Rock. Route involves moderate inclines and a few stairs. 60 minutes.
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Park Walks, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Belvedere's Kingdom Tour
Performance |
24 Hour Ballad takes a narrative folk ballad and expands its potential through performances and actions that continuously develop its content throughout the period of a day and night. A rotating group of invited artists and musicians will collaborate, using a shared-text as a starting point for exploration and improvisation.
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Performances, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Courtesy the Artists presents a 24-hour improvisational performance
Concert |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Phillip Lamb, organ scholar.
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Concerts, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Bach at Noon
Tour |
Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate.
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
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The SCH Trio: Yoonmi Hong, violin; Zexun Shen, cello; Matthieu Cognet, piano. Program: Joseph Haydn: Variations in F minor Hob. XVII:6 Henri Dutilleux: Choral et Variations Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Trio No. 1 (5 short pieces) Robert Schumann: Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor Op. 63 Presented by TMK Musique, LLC.
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Concerts, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, SCH Trio performs works by Schumann, Haydn and Martinu
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A Museum Ambassador provides a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton Customs House.
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, US Customs House Building Tour
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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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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Cathedral Tour
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Ready, set, shoot! Whether you possess a professional camera or an Iphone, join a Central Park Photography Tour like no other. Two professionals will guide you around Central Park’s most scenic spots. A licensed guide will explain all there’s to know about your surroundings. A gifted and talented photographer will educate you on how to make your trip memorable and improve your photography. These two-in-one tours are fun for all ages, camera type, and levels of photography.
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Central Park Photography Tour
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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.
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Greenwich Village Tour
Film |
With Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston. Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler, cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love. 107 Minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Films, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Robert Schwentke's The Time Traveler's Wife (2009): Based on the Bestselling Novel
Talk |
Explores the transformation of wealthy New York socialite Edith Wharton into one of America's greatest authors.
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Talks, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Edith Wharton: A Writing Life
Conference |
This conference will bring together literary scholars and historians from French, German, English and American Studies to explore the various ways that ends and endings—terms connoting closure, finality or break but also destiny, aim or objective—are figured and conceptualized in the transition from the late Enlightenment to our modern age.
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Conferences, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Ends of the 18th Century
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A Museum Ambassador provides a 45-minute in-depth look at the unique architecture and design of the Alexander Hamilton Customs House.
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Tours, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, US Customs House Building Tour
Poetry Reading |
Anna Journey’s second book is “Vulgar Remedies” (Louisiana State University Press, 2013). Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s “People on Sunday” is out this fall from Wave Books. Martha Rhodes is the author of four poetry collections, most recently “The Beds” (Autumn House, 2012).
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Poetry Readings, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Poetry: Anna Journey / Geoffrey G. O’Brien / Martha Rhodes
Opening Reception |
This will consist of preliminary studies and documentary material for the artist's first venture into garden design and urban planning. When first exhibited in its entirety in Shanghai in 2010, it was as part of the Shanghai Pujiang OCT 10-Year Public Art Project and was known as China Park but the change of name to Central Park not only underscores its relocation to Manhattan but also its centrality to the grand scheme of which it is the most important component.
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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Video Installation: Gu Wenda's Central Park
Concert |
5:30 Matthew Brookshire - Catchy folk/pop 6:05 Jo Kroger - Lyric-driven singer/songwriter 6:40 Natalie Salzman - Folk/pop harpist
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Concerts, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, 3 Folk Music Acts
Discussion |
With Paco Delgado and Deborah Nadoolman Landis. Two celebrated costume designers talk about their careers in film. Delgado has collaborated with Pedro Almodóvar and was nominated for an Academy Award for Les Misérables. Dr. Landis, also an Oscar nominee, designed Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and curated the 2012 Victoria and Albert exhibition, Hollywood Costume. A signing of Landis’ two most recent books will follow the presentation.
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Discussions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Dressing the Screen: Costume Design in Hollywood, with 2 Oscar Nominees
Opening Reception |
A special exhibition and event series highlighting the activities of the Shift residency. Formerly titled Residency for Arts-Workers as Artists, Shift is the first residency to support the artistic development of artists who work for New York City arts organizations and play significant roles through their service to the art community. This exhibition is an overview of work created by former and current residents, celebrating the residency's growing impact, now in its fourth year of development.
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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Group Show: A Necessary Shift
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In six decades, Hinman has proven to be a steadfast and visionary artist who has influenced generations of artists. His unique hard-edge shaped minimal canvases have evolved and with this his first six decade look we see how seamlessly he has hued to an identifiable and personal language. The earliest work we include is a seminal painting from 1964 and the latest works are from 2013.
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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Paintings: Charles Hinman's 6 Decades
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With free drinks, food and live music. Christine Cha’s work is an intensive self-exploration, translating her own visual and physical experiences. In contrast to current trends of cerebral, conceptual art, Cha focuses on bodily sensation and the unadulterated pleasures of seeing. Combined with the interest in discovering herself, her work becomes an almost masturbatory process, culminating in works that excite the viewer through the body, not the mind.
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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Paintings: Christine Cha's Where I've Been
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Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda wrote the screenplay for the The Sixth Year, a video series set in the New York art world. Though undoubtedly a work of fiction, the screenplay is based on recorded interviews with artists, gallerists, art advisors, and curators, each offering their own opinions, anecdotes, and gossip. The interviews include stories about social and professional coups, tragic downfalls, quick hirings and subsequent dismissals.
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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Video: Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda's The Basic Material
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With: Ira Eduardovna, Jay Gould, Dana Levy, Robert Lobe and Lucia Papco.
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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, The World and Its Things in the Middle of Their Intimacy, a Group Show of Video, Photography and Sculpture
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Judith Ostrowitz's body of work synthesizes the universal language of symbols and archetypes, derived from Alchemy, Qabalah, Tarot and other Western Mystery traditions with images of contemporary objects. Digitized paintings, drawings, and photographs are adhered to Plexiglas and appear to float, suggesting a holographic, ephemeral reality. These fantastical, Neo-Surreal landscapes are akin to our nightly dreams, prompting the viewer to decode its symbol-laden compositions. Through the very act of examination, personal, revelatory interpretations and new meanings are often inferred.
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Opening Receptions, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Metaphorically Speaking, Works on Plexiglas & Paper by Judith Ostrowitz
Performance |
Our Best Intentions invites audience members to take part in an intimate participatory performance combining elements from psychotherapy, theater and art. As individuals walk into a space divided into four domestic areas — a family lounge, a bedroom, a study, and a dining room – each participant selects a vest featuring an array of labels, such as "mother," "doubt," "addiction," "lover," and so forth. Under the direction of four moderators, the performance becomes a collaborative session wherein participants are encouraged to use personal stories and memories to confront unresolved issues, form momentary and intimate connections with strangers, and reveal themselves in unexpected ways. Our Best Intentions is an unpredictable series of interactions between moderators and audience members that seeks to contrast the individual/internal experience of therapy with the more dramatic devices of performance. As the action moves through the demarcated space, the audience is both active and passive, taking turns to watch other groups and participate within their own area, adding to the climatic, often emotional rollercoaster ride of different scenes that unfold in the space. Each interactive, closed session performance is 1 hour.
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Performances, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Performance Art: Einat Amir's Our Best Intentions

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Lectures, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Sience Lecture
Book Reading |
Fulbright scholar Jessica Alexander stops by to discuss her gritty and inspiring memoir about responding to humanitarian crises across the globe.
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Book Readings, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Jessica Alexander discusses her book Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid
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An installation and performance event that explores the relationships between animals and humans in the urban realm. Twelve commemorative bronze plaques highlighting particular human/animal encounters in the five boroughs will be on display as artists and writers, including Aki Sasamoto, Adam Wade and Tamar Ettun expand upon the idea of animals in the city through literal and fantastical storytelling.
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Performances, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Performance Art: We Live With Animals
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With comics Jim Mendrinos (The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing), Carole Montgomery (Nick @ Nite's Funniest Mom in America) and Miguel Dalmau (Hoboken Comedy Festival).
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Performances, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, No Name... & A Bag O' Chips Comedy/Variety Show
Film |
Robin Deacon describes the film: “The late American artist Stuart Sherman (1945–2001) was a strange and underexposed figure in the history of performance art and experimental film. Using interviews with friends and colleagues, and original and re-enacted footage of Sherman’s performances, this film explores the life, death, disappearance and rediscovery of this unique artist." The world premiere of a film by Robin Deacon with a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker and Jay Sanders.
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Films, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Documentary: Robin Deacon's Spectacle: A Portrait of Stuart Sherman
Book Reading |
Fred Vogelstein discusses the rivalry between Apple and Google with a look inside the companies' offices and boardrooms, describing the deals, lawsuits and allegations.
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Book Readings, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Fred Vogelstein reads from his book Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
Book Reading |
Díaz appears on the occasion of the release of the deluxe edition of his book, with illustrations by Jaime Hernandez.
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Book Readings, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Pulitzer winner Junot Diaz discusses his book This Is How You Lose Her

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Concerts, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Shostakovich and Britten: String Quartets
Dance Performance |
These showings are opportunities for students - from both the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs - to perform and choreograph. Supervised by experienced faculty, these showings are comprised entirely of student choreographers and serve as a means through which students experiment with different aesthetics, styles, and concepts of dance.
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Dance Performances, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Student Choreographers' Showcase

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Theaters, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, One-act plays by majr playrights
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A stellar musical event. A concert showcasing the artistry of internationally acclaimed performers and distinguished faculty members at a leading New York conservatory.
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Concerts, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Faculty Recital: Chin Kim, violin, and David Oei, piano
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Kidding on the Square ignites indie-rock dance parties with angular guitar riffs, anthemic lyrics, and four-on-the-floor beats. Like a mash-up of Talking Heads-style new wave and MGMT’s day-glo electro-funk, this six-piece outfit makes unabashedly gleeful noise designed to make you move.
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Concerts, November 15, 2013, 11/15/2013, Kidding on the Square, Brooklyn-Based Dance-Punk Outfit
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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Concert | Eclectic holiday concert

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