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free events nyc Infrastructure Aesthetics: A Screening and Artist Talk by Deborah Stratman
free events nyc An Evening of Piano Fantasies: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin and Carter
free events nyc Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (2013): Vast Carelessness of the Rich
free events nyc Hank & Cupcakes, Indie Pop Duo
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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 and Sacred Sounds Yoga. 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.
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Workshops, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Tai Chi in the Park
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Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance. Adult with photo I.D. must accompany all children.
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Workshops, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Catch and Release Fishing
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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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Tours, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, All-in-One Downtown 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, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, SoHo, Little Italy & Chinatown 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, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Lower Manhattan Tour
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Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance. Adult with photo I.D. must accompany all children.
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Workshops, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Catch & Release Fishing
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Learn to play pétanque, the popular European game anchored in precision, patience, and camaraderie from members of La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC’s championship-winning club.
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Workshops, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Park Pétanque
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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 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, 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.
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Tours, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Gallery Talk |
A Museum Ambassador gives a 45-minute free guided tour through the permanent exhibition.
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Gallery Talks, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Infinity of Nations Guided Tour
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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. Lessons are weather permitting. You'll be surprised that Alex and Jordan can often be found outside tossing pins in the snow!
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Workshops, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Learn Juggling in the Park
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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 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, “Cross Park Promenade” Tour
Screening |
A tribute to pioneering intermedia artist and filmmaker Jud Yalkut (1938-2013) with a daylong celebration of his extraordinary moving image art. They will screen twenty of Yalkut's short film and video pieces, spanning the years 1965 to 2002, from early performance renderings and poetic filmic experiments to his groundbreaking video-film collaborations with Nam June Paik.
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Screenings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Filmmaker Jud Yalkut: A Daylong Tribute Screening
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, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Bach at Noon
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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 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
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Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.
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Workshops, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Learn Fencing in the Park
Conference |
A small protest against the destruction of Gezi Park in downtown Istanbul in late May has triggered wide-ranging public demonstrations in Turkey. The Historical Studies Department presents a two-day conference at which academics, activists, journalists, politicians, urbanists, doctors, lawyers, architects and artists will come together to address key issues raised by the Gezi protests.
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Conferences, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Talk Turkey: Rethinking Life Since Gezi
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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, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, 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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$6; $5 seniors/students;
Tours, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Cathedral Tour
Film |
Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock. After their high school basketball coach passes away, five friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. 102 min.
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Films, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Dennis Dugan's Grown Ups (2010): Crude Comedy
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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.
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Tours, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Harlem Tour
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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, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, US Customs House Building Tour
Book Reading |
Presentation of the book, including many authoritative articles and numerous photographs and reproductions of paintings
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Book Readings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Manju Kak discusses her book Nicholas Roerich: A Quest and A Legacy
Film |
With Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher. Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. 142 min.
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Films, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby (2013): Vast Carelessness of the Rich
Park Walk |
Join Free Tours by Foot as they stroll through the park and tell the epic story of New York's green oasis. 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 amongst the world's most famous and beloved public parks. Originally intended to bring people of all walks of life together -- a people's park -- Central Park lives up to it's original designs. 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.
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Park Walks, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Central Park Sunset Tour
Poetry Reading |
Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa’s latest work is “Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker: With New and Selected Jazz Poems” (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Adrie Kusserow’s collection “Refuge” was published this year by BOA Editions. Alice James released Brian Turner’s second book, “Phantom Noise,” in 2010. “The Abundance of Nothing” (TriQuarterly, 2012) is Bruce Weigl’s most recent publication.
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Poetry Readings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Poets on War: A Reading for Refugee Youth in South Sudan, with Pulitzer Winner Yusef Komunyakaa
Talk |
Faculty members Carla Diana and Emilie Baltz discuss their plans for their joint 14-week residency. During their stay, they will explore the dimensions of food, merging the physical and political through the creation of a series of discursive and delicious objects. The artists aim to create engagement in bitter subjects through the pleasure and temptation of eating.
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Talks, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Artists Talk: Carla Diana and Emilie Baltz
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Dolunay, meaning “full moon,” plays Rumeli urban folk, the music of the Turkish people across the Balkans. This group features amazing musicians from the local Balkan music scene who will transport you up and over the moon with their renditions of these songs. The band includes Jenny Luna, voice percussion; Eylem Basaldi, violin; and Adam Good on the Turkish ud.
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Concerts, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Dolunay performs Rumeli, a traditional Turkish music
Park Walk |
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.
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Park Walks, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, The High Line Night Tour
Book Reading |
For the past five years, every Monday, gathering workers, students, teachers—writers all—have roamed, like eager literary nomads, across the city’s boroughs to share their art...even congregating in public parks sometimes. All for the love of language, to turn dreams, desires, wishes, and “rescued memories” into lasting tributes to their cultural—and human—experiences. This group has deep roots which span Mexico, Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and even some locales as wildly exotic as New York City. The book collects their work.
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Book Readings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Book Launch: Esperanzas Desesperadas/Desperate Hopes, an Anthology of Latino Writing
Opening Reception |
Dedicated to the memory of Averlyn Archer, Canvas, Paper & Stone Gallery owner, art collector and founding member of the Strivers Art Circuit.
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Opening Receptions, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Classics & Contemporaries: The Canvas, Paper & Stone Gallery Collection
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Following a comprehensive retrospective of her films at the Museum of Modern Art in June, Stratman will present her ongoing installation, Power/Exchange, and screen her 2002 film In Order Not to Be Here.
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Screenings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Infrastructure Aesthetics: A Screening and Artist Talk by Deborah Stratman
Film |
Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to die, Philadelphia Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire. The film features many supporters of Mumia, including actress Ruby Dee, Cornell West, writer Tariq Ali, and author Michelle Alexander ("The New Jim Crow"). 120 min. Post-screening Q&A with director Stephen Vittoria.
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Films, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Stephen Vittoria's Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal (2013): Documentary on the Convicted Cop Killer
Book Reading |
Renowned authors Jonathan Franzen and Daniel Kehlmann will speak about The Kraus Project with Professor Paul Reitter. Their conversation will be moderated by Martin Rauchbauer.
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Book Readings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Jonathan Franzen discusses his book The Kraus Project
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Victor LaValle's most recent novel is out from Spiegel & Grau.
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Book Readings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Victor Lavalle reads from his book The Devil in Silver
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One of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.
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Book Readings, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Bill Bryson reads from his book One Summer: America 1927
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An evening of chamber music by Brahms and Schuman.
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Concerts, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Faculty Viola Recital: Chiu-Chen Liu

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Performances, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Comedy in East Village

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Theaters, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, one of the world's most popular playwrights of the first part of 20C
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This concert is presented by the Piano Department.
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Concerts, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, An Evening of Piano Fantasies: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin and Carter
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With: Wyatt Cenac, MC Chris, Downtown History, NYC Trivia, and more.
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$5; reservations required
Performances, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Nat Towsen's Downtown Variety Hour, Featuring The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac
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Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa. Based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa as translated by Takashi Kojima.
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Concerts, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Voices À La Carte perform See What I Wanna See
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New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories. famed explorers, native tribes, lost opportunities and political intrigue. With almost every step one takes through the West Village, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has its stories, every building has its haunted spirits.
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Tours, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour

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Theaters, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, New take on the powerful classic

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Theaters, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, a mind-blowing show!

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Theaters, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, crazed horror anthology...

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Dance Performances, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, New York contemporary dance company: provocative, sensual and timeless movement

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Gallery Talks, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Residential hotel, England, 1950s; secret lives revealed...

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Theaters, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, A teacher's travel through the troubled NYC school system...

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Performances, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Comedy in East Village
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Hailing from Israeli by way of Williamsburg, the husband-and-wife duo Hank & Cupcakes has garnered steady buzz for its raucous, four-on-the-floor, rave-like live shows since 2008. Fresh off the release of its debut LP, Naked, the pair brings its day-glo dance party. Expect a set bursting with contagiously catchy pop hooks, Cupcakes’ brash, bratty vocals, and irresistibly pulsating beats.
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Concerts, October 04, 2013, 10/04/2013, Hank & Cupcakes, Indie Pop Duo
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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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