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If you're wondering what to do in New York City (NYC) today (11/1/2014) 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, free culture and free entertainment in this city that never sleeps.

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Where else but in New York City (NYC) 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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Club Free Time is your perfect guide to Free Entertainment and Free Culture in the City That Never Sleeps.

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October and March are the busiest months in New York City (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 (NYC) 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, November 01, 2014

All events, activities, things to do today, Saturday, November 1, 2014 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop |
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+.
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9:30 am
Free
Workshops, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Health and Race Walking
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.
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10:00 am
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$10 suggested donation;
Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Roosevelt House Public Tour
Festival |
Join the our annual Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) celebration in New York City. The tradition is rooted in the native Mexican belief that life on earth is a preparation for the next world and of the importance of maintaining a strong relationship to the dead. Come and remember your own departed loved ones and bring copies of photographs, candles, and marigold flowers to adorn our community Altar throughout the celebration.
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10:00 am
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Free
Festivals, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Day of the Dead
City Walk |
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.
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10:00 am
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City Walks, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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.
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10:00 am
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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.
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10:00 am
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Harlem Tour
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.
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10:00 am
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Williamsburg Street Art Tour
Tour |
Join a public tour of this historic U.S. Navy vessel that was originally deployed during Vietnam and later used to train U.S. helicopter pilots.
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10:00 am
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Free
Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Baylander Tour
Tour |
A multi-neighborhood tour of the Lower Manhattan area. The tour begins on Wall Street, where you will see the New York Stock Exchange and Trinity Church before moving on the the World Trade Center and City Hall. Then move on by subway to visit the largest Chinatown in the United States. Following Chinatown, the tour will continue on through Little Italy and on to SoHo.
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10:00 am
Free
Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Lower Manhattan, Little Italy, Chinatown and SoHo Tour
Performance |
A rhymed verse spin on the classic fairy tale with live music and image projections that create the magical multimedia world in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love's kiss...or not.
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11:00 am
Free
Performances, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, David Gonzalez presents Sleeping Beauty
Park Walk |
With naturalist/author "Wildman" Steve Brill. America's go-to guy for foraging, Brill will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Park, a great place for wild foods, and the summer is an especially rich season.
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11:45 am
$20 suggested donation;
Park Walks, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Foraging in the Park
Tour |
Relaxed walking, slight inclines, about five to six hours. Winter Garden, City Hall Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Cadman Plaza, Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Rain or shine.
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12:00 pm
$3
Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Manhattan-Brooklyn Statues and Outdoor Monuments Walk
Film |
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts. When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy. 142 mins.
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12:15 pm
Free
Films, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Steven Spielberg's Oscar Nominee Hook (1991): Grown-Up Peter Pan
Film |
Starring Peter O'Toole, Jodie Whittaker, Leslie Phillips. Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager. 95 min.
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1:00 pm
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Films, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Roger Michell's Oscar-Nominated Venus (2006): Old-Young Clash
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.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Brooklyn Heights Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art 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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2:00 pm
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Lower Manhattan Tour
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.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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!
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2:00 pm
Free
Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
2:00 pm
Regular: $18
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Pulitzer-winning play
Film |
Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine. Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly. 106 min.
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2:00 pm
Free
Films, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986): 3-Time Osacr Winner
Park Walk |
View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the "Manhattan Adirondacks." Route involves many hills and stairs. 75 minutes.
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2:00 pm
Free
Park Walks, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, North Woods Tour
Concert |
Organist Janet Hamilton plays music by J.S. Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Hermann Schroeder, Percy Whitlock, and others. Janet Hamilton is an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University Southeast, where she teaches organ and accompanies the Concert Choir. She is the Music Director at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lanesville, Indiana.
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Organ Works by Bach, Telemann, Schroeder
2:00 pm
to 3:30 pm

Regular: $45
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Comic theater
2:00 pm
to 4:00 pm

Regular: $25
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Politics in theater, theater in politics
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!
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2:00 pm
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Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Union Square-Crossroads of New York Tour
2:00 pm
Regular: $25
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Musical folk tales of Costa Rica
Lecture |
Ten years date of birth and ten east to west side Manhattan Avenues separate two renowned authors in their distinct and distinguished literary field. Vicissitudes of life bring the two close together, without their ever having met in New York City to the extent both can be viewed as soul brother &amp; sister or, at least, soul mates. Join Saint-Exupery expert Howard Scherry as he discusses children's authors Margaret Wise Brown ("Writer of Songs and Nonsense," as she wished to be remembered on her Maine Island engraved epitaph) and Antoine de Saint-Exupery (legendary aviator and author of the fairy tale "unique in all the world").
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2:00 pm
Free
Lectures, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Margaret Wise Brown and Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Parallels in Their Life, Comparison in Their Literature
2:30 pm
to 4:45 pm

Regular: $18
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014,  High Intensity  Courtroom Drama
Workshop |
Using basic database search techniques, learn how to find full-text articles from thousands of magazines, newspapers, and journals that are available in the extensive digital archive known as EBSCOhost.
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2:30 pm
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Workshops, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Magazines and Newspapers Database Workshop 1
Concert |
From the 19th century studios of the Paris Conservatory, to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, to high school football fields and bandstands across the USA, the saxophone has inspired composers as diverse as Hector Berlioz, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Charlie Parker, and John Philip Sousa. The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet offers a concert of new and historic music to honor the 200th birthday of the instrument's inventor, Adolphe Sax.
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2:30 pm
Free
Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Adolphe Sax's 200th Birthday Celebration
Theater |
Book by John Weidman. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
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3:00 pm
$5
Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, College Production: Assassins
Talk |
Join curator Andria Hickey for a tour of the exhibition and a discussion of this multi-faceted global project.
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3:00 pm
Free
Talks, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Exhibition Tour: Danh Vo: We The People
Film |
Stars: Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey. All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. 106 mins.
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3:00 pm
Free
Films, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Tim Story's Think Like a Man Too (2014): Wedding Comedy
3:00 pm
to 4:15 pm

Regular: $75
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee
Concert |
Pavlina Dokovska is a first-prize winner of the Claude Debussy International Competition in France and Italy’s International Piano Competition of Senigallia. Her concert tours have taken her to Europe, the Far East and throughout the United States, receiving critical acclaim for her brilliant technique, depth of interpretation, and emotional range.
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3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Piano Master Class: Pavlina Dokovska
Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
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4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Concert on Water
Concert |
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.
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4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Concert |
Clayton Stephenson, Piano
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, College Piano Recital
Concert |
Elena Belli, Piano
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, College Piano Recital
5:00 pm
to 6:30 pm

Regular: $47
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, An amazing evening of intimate magic
Festival |
At the monthly First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.
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5:00 pm
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Free
Festivals, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, First Saturdays: Free Programs of Art and Entertainment
Concert |
Violist MOLLY CARR, praised for her “ravishing sound” (STRAD) and her “passionate talent and beautiful poise… all in one package” (AVS), was a top Prize Winner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. As winner of the 2010 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, Carr made her New York Concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang in Alice Tully Hall. She is the recipient of top prizes and major scholarships from the Davidson Institute, the Virtu Foundation, ASTA, NFAA-ARTS and The Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music.
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6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Faculty Recital: Molly Carr, Violist
6:00 pm
Regular: $40
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Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, American art form of a capella music
Concert |
Anat Almani, Violin
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6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, College Violin Recital
Opening Reception |
Cristina Vergano depicts wildlife locked in evolutionary struggles for primacy and reproduction. She freely mixes techniques that span from oil painting to collage, and often paints on unexpected found objects. Classical Latin quotes float through her paintings, shedding further meaning and lending a graphic, very contemporary dimension to this new body of work. The result is strong and original, sui generis.
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6:00 pm
to 8:00 pm

Free
Opening Receptions, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Paintings: Cristina Vergano's The Laws of Attraction
Concert |
Jacob Nordlinger, cello
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6:30 pm
Free
Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, College Cello Recital
7:00 pm
to 8:25 pm

Regular: $99
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, a show full of freedom and explosive power
7:30 pm
Regular: $20
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Films, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Singalong to a movie favorite
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.
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7:30 pm
Free
Tours, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Theater |
Book by John Weidman. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
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8:00 pm
$5
Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, College Production: Assassins
8:00 pm
to 10:30 pm

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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Passionate New Musical
8:00 pm
Regular: $40
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Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Bach's major work
8:00 pm
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Pulitzer-winning play
8:00 pm
Regular: $50
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Concerts, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Romantic works of Faure, Chopin and Schubert
8:00 pm
to 9:15 pm

Regular: $75
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee
8:00 pm
to 9:30 pm

Regular: $45
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, unique show: an evening of hilarious entertainment
8:00 pm
to 10:00 pm

Regular: $25
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, Comedy
8:00 pm
to 9:30 pm

Regular: $79
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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, A portrait of one of America’s greatest and most prolific poets
10:00 pm
to 11:25 pm

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Theaters, November 01, 2014, 11/01/2014, a show full of freedom and explosive power
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Theater | Musical folk tales of Costa Rica

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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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Theater | Musical about heroism and love during WWII

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