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If you're wondering what to do in New York City (NYC) today, December 20, 2014, we recommend to first take a look at what's happening here free of charge. You'll see lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events which will take your breath away!

Club Free Time editors are happy to be your guides to the free arts, culture and entertainment in the city that never sleeps.

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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club Free Time comes in handy! Become a Club Free Time member and start using these unique New York City (NYC) opportunities today!

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October and March are the busiest months in NYC in terms of free events, free things to do. That is contrary to the common misconception that most of free events happen in New York City in summer. That 'summer' misconception is due to big publicity that some of New York City summer free events get.

In fact, New York City never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's summer or winter, spring or fall.

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In addition to providing information about free events, Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater in New York City (NYC): when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

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'New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.' (The New York Times article about Club Free Time).

Free Events, Free Things to Do in New York City (NYC) today:
Saturday, December 20, 2014

All events, activities, things to do today, Saturday, December 20, 2014 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Health and Race Walking
Enjoy views of the Park's landscapes as you get fit. Coach Lon Wilson of the New York Walkers Club leads walks at a moderate to brisk pace over mostly flat surfaces. Wear comfortable sneakers! Ages 18+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Health and Race Walking
Tour | Roosevelt House Public Tour
Roosevelt House - the former double townhouse of Franklin, Eleanor and Sara Delano Roosevelt, and now owned by Hunter College - offers visitors a chance to get closer to a family as unique as the city they inhabited, and to explore the private spaces where some of the most iconic public policy of the 20th century was shaped. Hear about FDR's rise to the presidency after his struggle with polio, Eleanor's activism for civil rights and human rights, and Sara's support for interracial and interfaith initiatives. Tour times: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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$10 suggested donation;
Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Roosevelt House Public Tour
Tour | SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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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10:00 am
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour | Greenwich Village Neighborhood 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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10:00 am
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Tour | Harlem 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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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Harlem Tour
City Walk | Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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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10:00 am
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City Walks, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Tour | Alternative New York Tour
Time to learn about the other New York City; the city that nurtured political, cultural and intellectual revolutions. The city that gave birth to punk rock, the beat poets and graffiti. The city that has survived two centuries of mass riots, crime and corruption, murder and mayhem. The city that has flourished in spite of economic and social hardship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Alternative New York Tour
Tour | Williamsburg Street Art Tour
Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s and continues to be applied to subsequent incarnations. Stencil graffiti, wheat pasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture are common forms of modern street art. Video projection, yarn bombing and Lock On sculpture became popularized at the turn of the 21st century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Williamsburg Street Art Tour
Book Discussion | Book Discussion Group
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple - Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated parter; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Book Discussions, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Book Discussion Group
Concert | College Recitals
12:00 PM - Chamber Music 2:00 PM - Chamber Music 3:00 PM - Chamber Music 5:00 PM - Chamber Music 5:00 PM - Yibiao Wang, Flute 6:00 PM - Francesca Moorman, Flute 8:00 PM - Ethan Chen, violin
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Free
Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, College Recitals
Park Walk | North Woods Tour
View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the "Manhattan Adirondacks." Route involves many hills and stairs. 75 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, North Woods Tour
Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park
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!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Learn Juggling in the Park
Reading |
Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic. Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole, spirited tale. Festivities will kick off at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading will begin at 1 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Readings, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, What the Dickens?: The Fifth Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon Reading
Opera | New York Opera Forum presents The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
Performed in recital with piano accompaniment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, New York Opera Forum presents The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
Film | Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci's Big Night (1996): Can They Save Their Restaurant?
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony. A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. 107 mins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci's Big Night (1996): Can They Save Their Restaurant?
Staged Reading | The Instant Shakespeare Company
The Instant Shakespeare Company presents a reading of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Staged Readings, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, The Instant Shakespeare Company
Concert |
Need a little music? Need a little laughter? Need a little singing, ringing through the rafter? Great! Let's take that road before us and sing a chorus or two at this toe-tapping celebration of mistletoe and holiday madness from the producer of The Philhallmonics. After all, there's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, so join us for a kiss of Christmas magic featuring Phil Hall at the piano along with a bevy of beauties.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Under the Mistletoe Concert
Tour | Brooklyn Heights Tour
Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Brooklyn Heights Tour
Performance | College Musical Theatre Company Cabaret Evening
Produced by The Theatre Company &amp; The Musical Theatre Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Performances, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, College Musical Theatre Company Cabaret Evening
Other | The Mistletones, Contemporary Carolers
The Mistletones are a talented group who have ignited stages and events across New York City, the Tri-State area and Colorado. Their unique look, sound and high energy have gotten endless acclaim since their 2007 debut in the Big Apple. They are an annual favorite.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Free
Others, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, The Mistletones, Contemporary Carolers
Film | Edwin L. Marin's A Christmas Carol (1938): Another Dickens Adaptation
Stars: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart. The oft-told Dickens' story about the old merchant Scrooge and how his own disappointments in life shape his view that both life and men are not worthy of his notice or concern. 69 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Edwin L. Marin's A Christmas Carol (1938): Another Dickens Adaptation
Tour | Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany &amp; Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm

Regular: $39.50
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Dark comedy
Talk |
You might be aware that the film classic The Wizard of Oz is 75 years old this August. But do you know why Dorothy wears the iconic Ruby Slippers instead of the silver pair L. Frank Baum gave her in the book? Or that F. Scott Fitzgerald wanted to write the screenplay as a vehicle for the Marx Brothers? Michael Patrick Hearn, the leading authority on The Wizard of Oz, explores these and other little-known facts about the creation of the most beloved Hollywood movie ever made.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Talks, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, 75 Years on the Yellow Brick Road: Things You Likely Never Knew About The Wizard of Oz
2:00 pm
to 3:30 pm

Regular: $45
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Comic theater
Workshop | Teach Yourself: Computer Self-Study
Discover free computer tutorials on the web. Search NYPL’s Catalog for books, DVDs and eBooks to help you learn computer programs and concepts on your own. Find resources on Word, Excel, Office 2010 and 2013, the Internet, typing and other topics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Teach Yourself: Computer Self-Study
Film | Sarah Smith and Barry Cook's Arthur Christmas (2011): Santa's Clumsy Grandson
Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy. Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. 97 mins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Films, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Sarah Smith and Barry Cook's Arthur Christmas (2011): Santa's Clumsy Grandson
3:00 pm
to 4:15 pm

Regular: $75
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee
Concert | Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor &amp; Boody Organ Builders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Concert | Under the Mistletoe Concert
Need a little music? Need a little laughter? Need a little singing, ringing through the rafter? Great! Let's take that road before us and sing a chorus or two at this toe-tapping celebration of mistletoe and holiday madness from the producer of The Philhallmonics. After all, there's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, so join us for a kiss of Christmas magic featuring Phil Hall at the piano along with a bevy of beauties.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Under the Mistletoe Concert
Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Concert on Water
Reading | Reading: Kieran Daly / Steven Zultanski / Mónica de la Torre
Kieran Daly currently resides in Florida. Recent publications include MCAR (DTL) (Fig. 1) (X. Vol. No. Month. YEAR 2014) and Suspended (of) the formal capacity to sample and thereby preserve such samples according to the conditions from which they appeared (LUMA Foundation). Steven Zultanski is the author of Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), Agony (BookThug, 2012), Cop Kisser (BookThug, 2010), and Pad (Make Now, 2010). Mónica de la Torre is the author of four poetry collections—two in Spanish—and several chapbooks, recently The Happy End (Song Cave). She translates Latin American poets and co-edited two multilingual anthologies. Work has appeared in Aufgabe, Convolution, frieze, the catalog for Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges: The Art of Friendship and Triple Canopy’s Corrected Slogans. She is BOMB Magazine’s senior editor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Readings, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Reading: Kieran Daly / Steven Zultanski / Mónica de la Torre
5:00 pm
to 6:30 pm

Regular: $47
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Theaters, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, An amazing evening of intimate magic
6:00 pm
to 7:30 pm

Regular: $20
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Performances, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
Tour | New York Holiday Lights Tour
It's time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all our on the New York Holiday Lights Tour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, New York Holiday Lights Tour
7:00 pm
Regular: $25
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Theaters, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Comedy
Tour | New York Holiday Lights Tour
It's time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all our on the New York Holiday Lights Tour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, New York Holiday Lights Tour
Tour | Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Performance | College Musical Theatre Company Cabaret Evening
Produced by The Theatre Company &amp; The Musical Theatre Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Performances, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, College Musical Theatre Company Cabaret Evening
8:00 pm
Regular: $10
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Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Eclectic holiday concert
8:00 pm
to 9:05 pm

Regular: $75
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Theaters, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee
8:00 pm
Regular: $18.00
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Theaters, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Play probing the mysteries of dating
Concert |
"Witty and outrageously lampooning...full of catchy melodies, clever arrangements, and lyrics that yield satiric gems.” —The Washington Post Former Rockapella co-founder and lead singer Sean Altman affectionately skewers Jewish identity in his hilarious hit show. Featuring tuneful, bitingly satirical songs with titles like “Just Too Jew for You,” “Be My Little Shabbos Goy,” and the Passover sing-along “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat),” Altman’s delightfully warped tunes are irreverent fun for Jews and gentiles alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC

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Concerts, December 20, 2014, 12/20/2014, Jewmongous: Unkosher Comedy Songs
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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Theater | Play probing the mysteries of dating

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