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If you're wondering what to do in New York City (NYC) today, December 18, 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:
Thursday, December 18, 2014

All events, activities, things to do today, Thursday, December 18, 2014 are free unless otherwise noted.

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 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Workshop | Google Hangouts Workshop
Learn all about Video Chatting via Google Hangouts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Google Hangouts Workshop
Workshop | MS Excel 2010 for Beginners Workshop
Learn the basics of working with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include entering data and formulas, moving and copying data, formatting &amp; print previewing worksheets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, MS Excel 2010 for Beginners Workshop
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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Concert | Bach at Noon
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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12:20 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Bach at Noon
Concert |
Performers from the Juilliard School music: Cello and guitar trio Khari Joyner, Cello; Hut Wonwechtwiwat, Cello; Tengyue Zhang, Guitar. Celebrate the season with The Juilliard School as they return to turn up the holiday cheer. Get into the spirit, step out of the cold, and enjoy an afternoon of lively classical music sure to energize and inspire. Heralded by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as “one of the most promising cellists in the country”, Khari Joyner has made numerous achievements nationally and abroad as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and ambassador for the arts. He has collaborated with artists such as Magnus Lindberg and Hubert Laws, and has had numerous solo engagements with the Atlanta, Buffalo, New World, New Jersey, and Sphinx Symphonies. Other accomplishments include being awarded the William Schuman Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music at Juilliard’s 109th Commencement ceremony, winning first prizes in the Juilliard Concerto Competition and Sphinx Competition, and giving a private performance in the Oval Office for President Obama. This particular program will feature a variety of works, and of different stylistic periods, for both Cello and guitar, as well as two cellos. Some of the pieces, such as the de Falla Suite Populaire are more Spanish influenced, while others are more from a general Classical tradition, but feature a variety of virtuosity and brilliance. The program also includes a nice selection that guitarist TY Zhang composed himself, for cello and guitar. To finish off the program, there are some nice holiday selections that will be popular among many, and very recognizable.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Holiday Harmony: An Afternoon of Chamber Music for Two Celli and One Guitar
Tour | Federal Reserve Bank 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Workshop | Yoga at the Mansion
Awesome Asana is moving inside for the Fall Season! Join Chelsea for sessions appropriate for all levels of fitness. Awesome Asana is a budding yoga project in Washington Heights developed by teacher Chelsea Best. The concept behind Awesome is collaborative, bringing yoga and artists together locally to build a stronger community in our neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$5 suggested donation
Workshops, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Yoga at the Mansion
Concert |
This season’s performers were chosen competitively by jury and are among the finest early music artists and ensembles from the New York area and beyond. Today: Nina Stern takes you on a musical voyage from the Middle Ages to the Baroque – from Armenia to Germany, from Flanders to Italy. This program includes a wide range of repertory, including haunting melodies of Medieval Armenia, lively estampies of 14th century Italy, as well as gems of the early and late European Baroque.
   New York City, NY; NYC

$10 suggested donation
Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Gotham Early Music Concert: Zephyrus
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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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Harlem Tour
Park Walk | Central Park Tour - Middle Section
It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park. This tour focuses on the middle of Central Park, seeing everything from a castle to the wild-looking Ramble. See an Ancient Egyptian obelisk and the place where Stuart Little raced his sailboat in the E.B. White children’s classic. Don’t forget to bring along your camera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Central Park Tour - Middle Section
Tour | Subway Art Tour
Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Subway Art Tour
Film | Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1947): 5-Time Oscar Nominee
Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. 130 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1947): 5-Time Oscar Nominee
Film | Peter Godfrey's Christmas in Connecticut (1940): Yuletide Deception
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet. A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. 102 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Peter Godfrey's Christmas in Connecticut (1940): Yuletide Deception
Workshop | Introduction to eBay
Learn how to buy and sell, and much more, using eBay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Introduction to eBay
Concert | College Recitals
Hyewon Kim, Cello 4 p.m. Chris Gross, Cello Lecture Performance 4 p.m. Richard Narroway, Cello 6 p.m. Yura Seung Jung Oh, Violin 8 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Free
Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, College Recitals
Talk | Artist Talk: Yvonne Rainer
Yvonne Rainer is an American dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, whose work in these disciplines is frequently challenging and experimental. Her work is sometimes classified as minimalist art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Christmas Caroling
Sing along to classic Christmas carols or mingle and enjoy complimentary treats, hot chocolate and warm cider.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Christmas Caroling
Slide Lecture | Susanne Mentzer’s Selfie Session: Behind the Scenes of an Opera Star's Life
Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, a star in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, provides an unparalleled, behind-the-scenes look at her day-to-day work. Illustrated with self-taken cellphone photos, Mentzer will talk us through her life, from morning warmups, to costume fittings, to rehearsals and coachings with maestro James Levine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Susanne Mentzer’s Selfie Session: Behind the Scenes of an Opera Star's Life
Opening Reception | Group Show: A Tangled Web
This exhibition has selected seven artists and paired each with an artist who they do not know or are aware of who share a connection that he suspects is sourced through a collective consciousness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Group Show: A Tangled Web
Book Reading | Richard and Valerie Tucker read from their book Step Right Up! Classic American Arcade and Target Forms
Step Right Up: Classic American Arcade and Target Forms explores self-taught art of late nineteenth and early twentieth century shooting gallery targets, whole galleries, and arcade forms. Commonly seen on early midways and carnivals as well as in saloons and other public places of amusement, the artworks presented are the rarest and most aesthetically pleasing decorative targets and arcade forms known. Also featured are examples of other amusement attractions to which the visitor to the carnival, circus, or midway would have been exposed. A few European forms are included to illustrate the difference between them and American forms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Richard and Valerie Tucker read from their book Step Right Up! Classic American Arcade and Target Forms
Opening Reception | Sara Crisp's Pollination: Recent Encaustic Works
Sara Crisp’s recent encaustic work is influenced by the inherent cyclical reproduction process of flowers and her recent reading of the elegant scientific essay written by Louise Eisley, How Flowers Change the World (1907-77). Through her artistic journey and research she has found herself one with nature. Sara Crisp studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has had several solo exhibitions throughout the United States and has won numerous awards including the Best of Show prize at the Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show as well as an artist grant from the Maine Arts Commission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Sara Crisp's Pollination: Recent Encaustic Works
Opening Reception | Un Cabinet de Curiosités Part 1, an Exhibition of 10 Parisian Artists
With: Charlotte Hubert, Farah Khelil, Juan Mendizabal, Benjamin Sabatier, Caroline Sebilleau, Cannelle Tanc, Frederic Vincent, Samuel Yal.
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Opening Receptions, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Un Cabinet de Curiosités Part 1, an Exhibition of 10 Parisian Artists
Video | Video and Performance: Takeshi Murata's OM Rider
With: Three Legged Race C. Spencer Yeh Jon Dieringer and Nick Lesley
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Videos, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Video and Performance: Takeshi Murata's OM Rider
Workshop | Advanced MS PowerPoint 2010 Workshop
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Powerpoint 2010. Topics include using transitions, animations, etc. Please note: Bring a flash drive with an MP3 or WMA audio file, and an MP4 or MOV video file if you wish to practice embedding media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture | Joseph R. Blasi discusses his book The Citizen's Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century
This illustrated lecture traces the development in American history of the idea of workers owning the businesses where they work and looks at how it applies in today's economy.
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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 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, New York Holiday Lights Tour
Jazz | College Drums Recital
Kosta Galanopoulos will be performing his senior recital. Galanopoulos is an avid performer in the New York City music scene. Recently, he performed at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival in New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, College Drums Recital
Concert |
Celebrate this joyful time of the year with traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols. /> Featuring: St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir The Young People's Chorus of New York City New York City Master Chorale Daniel Brondel, Organist New York Symphonic Brass
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, 35th Annual A City Singing at Christmas
Staged Reading |
A play reading performed by the renowned actors of the Instant Shakespeare Players. In a time of oppression, on the cusp of rebellion, the allure of glamour and potential rewards of assimilation lead a devout man down a serpentine path to a crisis of faith. Though based on a novel set in the 2nd century CE, this play raises questions, challenges and moral dilemmas that are extremely relevant to modern Jewish society and prove eerily prescient.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Staged Readings, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, The Instant Shakespeare Players present As a Driven Leaf: The Heresy of Rabbi Elisha Ben Abuyah by Barry L. Schwartz
7:00 pm
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Theaters, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, hilarious interactive parody...
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Theaters, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Biographical play about 20C musician
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Theaters, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, A new play presented by Tony Award winner
Concert | The New Standards’ Holiday Show
Described as "a little lounge, a little punk, a little rock, and a whole lot of cool," this trio featuring piano, stand-up bass, and vibraphone reinvents their favorite songs with panache. John Munson (bass/vocals) was an original member of Trip Shakespeare, and then moved on to become part of the double-platinum group Semisonic. Chan Poling (piano/vocals) founded the punk-rock group The Suburbs and continues to write for theater, TV, and film. Steve Roehm (vibes) started his career with the Texas group Billygoat and was a member of the jazz/funk fusion group Electropolis. These three world-class musicians come together as The New Standards, a jazz-inspired, unlikely soul-filled group who command the stage with virtuosity, style, and a wicked sense of humor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, The New Standards’ Holiday Show
Concert | College Recitals
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Jacqueline Choi, cello 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Juan Ringor, percussion
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Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, College Recitals
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Performances, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Broadway cabaret
8:00 pm
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Theaters, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, a show full of freedom and explosive power
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Theaters, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee
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Concerts, December 18, 2014, 12/18/2014, Modern piano works
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