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September 1, 2016. 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, January or June, May or September.

New York's cultural scene is at its busiest in October and March (and the same goes for free events, free things to do), but other months of the year still offer incredible amount of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

So start using these unique New York City opportunities today, September 1, 2016!

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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, and all of that on any day of the year, whether it's December or July, April or November!

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, September 1, 2016!

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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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Free things to do, free events that take place in New York City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (September 1, 2016) or on any other day of the year don't miss those free-of-charge opportunities that only New York provides! You can find lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC), Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater: 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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Experience an entirely new perspective on New York. 'Open up a whole new cultural world... in one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, sampling cultural delights beyond anyone's wildest dream.' Rupert Parker, journalist, photographer, cameraman, and TV producer
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The quality and quantity of
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
start taking advantage of
free things to do,
free events to go to
in NYC
today!

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Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides:
  • free concerts in NYC
  • free movies in NYC
  • free jazz in NYC
  • free poetry readings in NYC
  • free tours/hikes in NYC
  • free city walks in NYC
  • free Yoga /Tai Chi in NYC
  • fairs and parades in NYC
  • free theater in NYC
  • free tickets to concerts, theater and dance performances in NYC

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

37 Free Events, free things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Thursday, September 1, 2016,

All events, things to do today, Thursday, September 1, 2016 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Park Tai Chi
Class for all ages and experience levels. Provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Park Tai Chi
Tour | Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
Tour | Midtown Manhattan Tour
Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.Tuesdays and Thursdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Midtown Manhattan 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. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Williamsburg Street Art Tour
City Walk | Central Park Tour - Middle Section
It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park! The original plan for the City of New York, laid out by the City Commissioners in 1811 did not include the park. But as the city grew rapidly in size, we needed a place for New Yorkers to get a breath of fresh air! Central Park, with its 843 acres of meadows, lawns, ponds, lakes and more, was the solution. Today it is one of the best-known parks in the world and is enjoyed by millions-both locals and tourists alike.This tour focuses on the middle of Central Park, starting in front of the beautiful American Museum of Natural History. From there we will enter the park and explore, 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! There will be many wonderful photo opportunities throughout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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City Walks, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Central Park Tour - Middle Section
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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
10:00 am
Free
City Walks, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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Located along the shoreline of the East River, the waterfront garden offers year-round beauty, from spring-blooming daffodils to winter-blooming Witch Hazel. Join an experienced member of the Horticulture Department and learn about the flowers growing along the water’s edge. Enjoy breathtaking views of Manhattan while you explore the winding paths of the shade garden.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Water’s Edge Garden Tour
Workshop | Knitting and Crochet
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   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Workshops, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Knitting and Crochet
Workshop | 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. The event is offered daily, except Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Juggling in the Park
Concert | Piano in the Park
With: Frank Owens (Pianist/Arranger/Composer/Musical Director) has had a career in virtually all aspects of the music profession. His television credits include the first David Letterman Show in 1980 and It’s Showtime at the Apollo. He received a gold record for the rhythm concept of Tony Orlando and Dawn’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree. In addition to Tony Orlando, he has worked with a diverse array of singers including Johnny Mathis, John Denver, Chubby Checker, Petula Clark, and Lena Horne.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Piano in the Park
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. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Workshop | Lunch time meditation
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Lunch time meditation
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. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free
Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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. This tour takes place Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm, and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Harlem Tour
Tour | Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art 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. Tour takes place Thursdays,  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
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. Tour takes place every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Subway Art Tour
City Walk | Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Join a three-hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. They'll begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. Once a pastoral green oasis, and later a home for Irish and Italian immigrants, Greenwich Village has been at the forefront of some of the most important political, social, and artistic movements of the 20th Century. Filled with 19th century townhouses, and now one of the most desirable and high priced neighborhoods in America, the Village tells a multi-generational New York story. From secluded wealthy enclave to emerging Bohemian and Beat communities, from Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan to the Stonewall Inn.Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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City Walks, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Film | Christian Ditter's How to Be Single (2016): Relationship Comedy
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann.There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then...there's Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. 110 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Christian Ditter's How to Be Single (2016): Relationship Comedy
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Stars: Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan, Sonia Dresdel.A butler working in a foreign embassy in London falls under suspicion when his wife accidentally falls to her death, the only witness being an impressionable young boy. 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Carol Reed's Oscar Nominee The Fallen Idol (1948): Did the Butler Do It?
Film | Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993): 3 Oscars Won
Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum.During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. 127 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993): 3 Oscars Won
Workshop | Human Chess
Play as your favorite game piece and navigate the chess board from inside at a Human Chess game, where chess becomes a embodied team sport. All levels welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Human Chess
Park Walk | Gallery Walk Featuring Rush Arts: Rush Will Take You To Funkytown!
Come see the vibrant new murals by Rush Arts Kids & Teens. The woks were inspired by the artwork of Xenobia Bailey and the vibrant energy of the Park. Bailey is known for her eye-catching, abstract works, many of which can be seen in the city’s public spaces. Galleries around the neighborhood open their exhibitions for public viewing in the evening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Park Walks, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Gallery Walk Featuring Rush Arts: Rush Will Take You To Funkytown!
Opening Reception | Group Exhibition: Paris Contra New York
The French Gallery Beaute du Matin Calme organized this group exhibition of French artists in Chelsea. Meet these talented French painters, photographers and sculptors among their artworks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Group Exhibition: Paris Contra New York
Discussion | Black Women and the Criminal Justice System
How do we make sense of the increasing menace of racial terror in America? Is there a pattern to this racial violence? What is the history of this criminalization of black women?  Why is there no mercy for black women in the criminal justice system?  And how have black women challenged these injustices in the criminal justice system?Join the conversation with Sarah Haley, Keisha Blain, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor as they explain the role of race and gender not only in punishment but also in the making of Jim Crow modernity. They will explain why race and gender matter for understanding violence, degradation and mass incarceration then and now as well as the ways black women have resisted these unjust systems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Black Women and the Criminal Justice System
Workshop | Reinvent Your Career
Are you in career transition or frustrated and stuck in you present job? Would like to do something different but aren’t sure what to do about it? David Lees offers tips for being more optimistic and motivated to move forward.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Reinvent Your Career
Workshop | Yoga in the Park
Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 13th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Athleta provides a colorful selection of mats - no need to bring your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Sunset Yoga
Calm your mind and refresh your senses with Awesome Asana Yoga's new "Unwind the Grind" Yoga Flow, held in the serene gardens.  Practitioners of all levels welcome to join this moderately placed Hathavinyasa fusion class. Limited mats and blocks available for borrowed use. Instructor: Chelsea Best, Founder of Awesome Asana Yoga.Every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture | Wenonah Hauter discusses her book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
The emergence of fracking as a key issue in the Democratic presidential primary was evidence of the power of the grassroots movement against extreme energy extraction. In an illustrated lecture based on her new book, Wenonah Hauter—called a "real life anti-fracking superhero" by actor Mark Ruffalo—will trace the history of the monopolistic energy giants, the regulatory failures that allowed fracking to flourish, and challenge the misconception that gas is a 'bridge fuel' to a clean energy future.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Wenonah Hauter discusses her book Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
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Dylan's metamorphosis from folk prodigy to rock's fiercely confrontational poet who would electrify and inspire an entire nation and become the voice of his generation.83 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Films, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Documentary: Murray Lerner's The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 (2007)
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, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Concert |
Singing in English, Spanish, French, or their native Haitian Creole, this legendary band has been packing dance floors for nearly four decades with a hot mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world. Considered the ambassadors of Haitian kompa, Tabou Combo folds in other Haitian influences like rara, the dance-till-you-drop carnival music, and the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals plus Dominican merengue, French quadrilles and contra-dances, and American funk. Employing the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel music, Tabou Combo entices the listener to become listener and dancer. According to Fanfan, the band’s main songwriter, “We want people to dance and forget their sorrows.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Tabou Combo, Legendary Haitian Creole Band
7:30 pm
Regular: $12
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Concerts, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Hard rock music
Tour | Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.Takes place Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
8:00 pm
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Regular: $59.50
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Plays, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, A play about how unpredictable life can be..
Comedy Club | The Bombshelter Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
Local Favorites Matt Azark, Jeff Cerulli and Erik Bransteen invite some of their favorites comedians to perform on this weekly showcase.  Every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, The Bombshelter Comedy Show - with Free Pizza
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One of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies is produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Takes place September 1 - 17.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
Free
Plays, September 01, 2016, 09/01/2016, Measure for Measure: Outdoor Shakespeare by the Drilling Company
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Play | A play about how unpredictable life can be..

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Play | Classic plays, mesmerizing from start to finish

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