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Fri, October 19, 2012
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All events, things to do on October 19, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Increase physical balance, strength, and mental focus. Learn the ancient Chinese martial art with expert Alex Hing. No experience is necessary. Hing also teaches Tai Chi at the China Institute. He has practiced martial arts for over 30 years in San Francisco and New York City, including 10 years with Tai Chi grand master William C. C. Chen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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This major new artwork has been created by the Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi. The work places the 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus in the center of an American living room six stories above the city streets, recontextualizing the historical monument and temporarily transforming it into a contemporary artwork. The room will feature many of the trappings of a domestic living room—lamps, a couch, a coffee table, a television, and more—as well as custom wallpaper by the artist. Through large, loft-style windows, visitors will have dramatic views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan that will be seen from Columbus’s perspective for the first time. Pass holders are asked to climb six flights of stairs to a height of 70 feet above street level and to descend by a second set of stairs. Flat, rubber-soled shoes are strongly recommended. This exhibition is ADA accessible. If a visitor requires the use of a mobility device (e.g. wheelchair, crutches, or a cane) or has a condition that prevents him or her from using the stairs, a hoist is available. Visitors under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those between the ages of 13 and 18 may visit without an adult, however a parent or guardian must obtain a pass for them. Given the physical demands of visiting the exhibition, it is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Strollers are not permitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus: Visit the Famous Statue Up Close and 70 Feet in the Air
City Walk |
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!
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City Walks, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, All-in-One Downtown Tour
Tour |
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, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Lower Manhattan Tour
Other |
Are you a Bridge buff? Put on your game face and show off your best plays. For Advanced beginners, and Intermediary players. Join the fun and meet new friends!
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Others, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Bridge Club
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, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Cathedral Tour

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Theaters, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Musical: a  tale of dreams, possibilities and heartbreak
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, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Concert |
This Organ Meditations Series features the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Bach at Noon
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, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, “Cross Park Promenade” Tour
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, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood
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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, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Cathedral Tour
Dance Performance |
School dancers perform global, classical, and contemporary forms.
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Dance Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Dance: Performing Tradition & Innovation
Film |
With Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth. In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. 127 min.
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Films, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Talior, Soldier, Spy (2011): Nominated for 3 Oscars
City Walk |
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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City Walks, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Greenwich Village Tour
Discussion |
A panel on the politics of race and gender in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign. Speakers include Yvette Christiansë (Africana studies/English), Kim F. Hall (Africana studies/English), Monica Miller (English), Kimberley Johnson (political science/urban studies), and Frances Negrón-Muttaner (English/CSER, Columbia University).
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Discussions, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Election 2012: Race, Gender, Power
Poetry Reading |
Featuring fiction writers published by the award-winning Bellevue Litrary Press: Eduardo Halfon, (“The Polish Boxer,” 2012), Tim Horvath (“Understories,” 2012), and Andrew Krivak (“The Sojourn,” 2011). Hosted by publisher/editorial director Erika Goldman.
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Poetry Readings, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Writers Eduardo Halfon, Tim Horvath and Andrew Krivak read from their work
Discussion |
Slavoj Žižek, “the world’s hippest philosopher” (The Telegraph, UK), joins fellow critical theorists Martin Hägglund and Adrian Johnston in a discussion about desire and possibility.
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Discussions, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Conditions of Possibility with Slavoj Žižek
Performance |
Decent Proposal & Jimmy Fedora. Stage Time is a new weekly show aimed at featuring independent improv troupes and duos.
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Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Comedy: Stage Time
Tour |
The area around the HighLine 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.
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Tours, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Chelsea & The High Line Sunset Tour
Opening Reception |
Works by the Russian-born artist now living in New York.
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Opening Receptions, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Sculpture: Leonid Lerman's Terracottas
Opening Reception |
With: Art Club 2000 / Olaf Breuning / Louise Bourgeois / Dan Graham / Carol Irving / Mathias Kessler / Dorothea Lange / Servane Mary / Claes Oldenburg / Hans Op de Beeck
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Opening Receptions, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Group Show: Family Portrait
Gallery Talk |
A major exhibition that explores the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan, the crowning cultural achievement of the sixth-century Northern Qi dynasty (550-77 CE). Carved into the mountains of northern China, the temples were once home to a magnificent array of sculptures—monumental Buddhas, divine attendant figures, and crouching monsters framed by floral motifs. These statues are among the finest embodiments of Chinese Buddhist sculpture and are seminal to our understanding of the history of Chinese Buddhist style and iconography.
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Gallery Talks, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Guided Tour of Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan
Lecture |
A lecture with Frances Guerin. We have seen the films of professionals and propagandists celebrate Adolf Hitler, his SS henchmen, and the Nazi Party. But what of the documentary films and photographs of amateurs, soldiers, and others involved in the war effort who were simply going about their lives amid death and destruction? And what of the films and photographs that want us to believe there was no death and destruction? This book asks how such images have shaped our memories and our memorialization of World War II and the Holocaust. Frances Guerin considers the implications of amateur films and photographs taken by soldiers, bystanders, resistance workers, and others in Nazi Germany.
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Lectures, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Through Amateur Eyes: Film and Photography in Nazi Germany
Dance Lesson |
If you have ever wondered how people dance Tango, find a few of the answers at this FREE Introductory Class for New Students to the Studio! No partner necessary - but always welcome.
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Dance Lessons, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Intro Class: Learn the Argentine Tango
Dance Performance |
During his production residency for The Matter/2012 (premiering October 25-27) David Gordon hosts a series of open rehearsals. Gordon's production residency is part of the Center Without Walls, in collaboration with the Pick Up Performance Co(s.
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Dance Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Open Rehearsals with Choreographer David Gordon
Theater |
Prince Hamlet is adrift upon a sea of troubles: The King, his father, has been killed, his mother has married his uncle and that same uncle has seized the throne. Urged to vengeance by his father’s ghost, betrayed by his lover and spied upon by childhood friends, Hamlet struggles to regain control of his own destiny. And all the while the clouds of war gather on the horizon. This new streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy presents a young man wracked with grief, filled with rage and paralyzed by questions not only about the truth behind his father’s murder but about the very nature of life and death itself.
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Theaters, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, a Student Production
Concert |
This concert features vocalist and dancer Annie Lee Moffett performing original choreography by Deena Parrilla.
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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Faculty Voice and Dance Recital
Discussion |
Gail Archer, director of the music program, moderates a discussion about the rewards and challenges of composing and staging performances of new music by women. Panelists include Marie Incontrera, self-described “composer, wayward pianist, and heavy-metal ballerina”; Faye-Ellen Silverman ’68, whose works include the opera The Miracle of Nemirov; and Rain Worthington, president of New York Women Composers. Students round out the evening with a performance of chamber music written by all three women, as well as Incontrera’s opera At the Other Side of the Earth.
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Discussions, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, The Muse's Voice: New York Women Composers
Book Reading |
Bestselling author Nelson DeMille returns for a reading and discussion of his latest 'John Corey' thriller.
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Book Readings, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Nelson DeMille reads from his book The Panther
Talk |
With Yates McKee.
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Talks, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Debt Visuals in Social Movements
Performance |
Producer Eric Vetter brings comedian Carmen Lynch (Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”) and a few surprises.
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Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, No Name and A Bag O’ Chips Comedy/Variety Show
Screening |
Wu Wenguang is considered the father of China’s independent documentary movement. A prolific videomaker, performance artist, and writer based in Beijing, he is a founder of Caochangdi Workstation, where he teaches documentary production and curates festivals of new work. In 2005, Wu established the Village Video Project to document village life in China today. Out of this enterprise emerged the Memory Project, devoted to recording pivotal historical moments and movements in socialist China as recalled by village elders. This evening’s program is the concluding part of an event featuring work by the newest generation of China’s documentary makers, known as the 80-hou generation (born after 1980). Wu will screen his work Testament (2010), in which he explores the emotions stirred by facing the filmic “resurrection” of his mother, who died in 2007, as he edited 12 years of footage. After the screening, Wu is joined by three of his mentees—Luo Bing, Zhang Mengqi, and Zuo Zueping, whose work was screened only for The New School students and faculty during the day—for a discussion of the Memory Project and the importance of recuperating collective memory for China.
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Screenings, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, New Chinese Documentaries: The Memory Project
Concert |
This concert is a special presentation by the piano department featuring student performances of Alexander Scriabin's ten piano sonatas.
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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, The Piano Sonatas of Scriabin

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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Piano works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Chopin, Sciabin, Schubert and Liszt

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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Broadway Stars!

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Theaters, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Stories of the sea
Theater |
Lila Acheson Playwright Program alumnus Stephen Belber's McReele examines the themes of truth and honesty in public and private life, faith in the judicial system, redemption from past disgrace, and the place of journalism in politics in this student production.
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Theaters, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Stephen Belber's McReele, a Play About Redemption
Concert |
Students from the Cologne Academy of Music join students for a chamber music collaboration.
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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Transatlantic Music Project
Performance |
Molly Austin and Mike Brown present “The Big Pony Show,” a comedy-themed variety show. Acts include, but are not limited to, stand-up, sketch, story-telling, juggling and violin-playing. Each show features the variety of people Molly and Mike have been hanging out with lately. But no matter who they bring along, they’re always sure to put a smile on your face and laughter in your heart.
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Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Comedy: Big Pony Show

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Theaters, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, a dash of Mafioso mythology

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Theaters, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, a new off-Broadway play
Concert |
The mission of Lamprophonic is to present and promote new voices in the New York writing community. We prepare a diverse and entertaining reading each month that demonstrates the quality and variety of emerging New York writers. In a typical reading, we hear poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and are open to anything that thoughtfully engages listeners.
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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Lamprophonic Emerging Writers Series

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Theaters, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, All That Magic!
Performance |
Most bands write out a set list before a performance. They can direct the ebb and flow of emotions by carefully placing songs in a particular order. The Vigilante approaches a concert with a figurative blank canvass. Their concerts are entirely improvised and evolve organically. The audience decides the emotional swings, the peaks and troughs. We feel our set list. Their show is entirely collaborative. The lead singer, and an occasional band member, will talk to the audience to garner words, phrases, interactions, stories, and even musical requests from the audience to create an entire set list of completely original songs. Their music evolves in real time. And we do covers!
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Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Comedy: The Vigilante
Concert |
A former member of the band Nouveau Riche, Nikki Jean is a formidable singer-songwriter with a sound imbued with Motown and Philly soul. She was part of the 2008 Glow in the Dark tour featuring Kanye West, Rihanna, and Lupe Fiasco (whose album The Cool features Jean as a guest vocalist), and appears at BAMcafé Live with tracks from her stylistically diverse solo debut, Pennies in a Jar.
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Concerts, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Nikki Jean, Singer-Songwriter
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A mix up, mash up, anything goes kinda show. A cast of Chicago veterans and New York luminaries improvising together.
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Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Comedy:  Chica Go-Go

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Others, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Mardi Gras funk, soul, R&B plus....
Performance |
Sex in the Air presents Sex in the Late Night Air, a late night talk show hosted by Paul Gutkowski, featuring the musical stylings of Hal McFall and The Haldane McFall 5. Don’t miss the show Susan Sarandon calls, “Sweeter than a plate of yams with extra syrup.”
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Performances, October 19, 2012, 10/19/2012, Comedy: Sex in the Late Night Air
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Concert | French chanson and jazz

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Concert | Piano works of Ravel, Ives and others

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Concert | Vintage retro orchestra with modern sensibility

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