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27 free events take place on Friday, April 5 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out April 5 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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27 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

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Symposium | Rime: Dante's Workshop of the Heart, Part 1


9:00: Opening Remarks 9:15-11:00: Panel I Panel I Moderator: Jane Tylus, Yale University -- H. Wayne Storey, Indiana University The Material Foundations of Interpretation in Dante’s Rime -- Furio Brugnolo, Università di Padova Una chiave di lettura per la canzone Aï faus ris -- Teodolinda Barolini, Columbia University Voi che ’ntendendo il terzo ciel movete: Conflict, Compulsion, Consent, Conversion 11:00-11:15: Coffee Break 11:15-1:00: Panel II Panel II Moderator: Paola Ureni, The City University of New York -- Maria Luisa Ardizzone, New York University The Tragic Nature of Dante’s Canzoni: Ambiguity and Vocabulary -- Paolo Borsa, Università degli Studi di Milano Dante’s Workshop of the Heart, the Mind, and the Intellect: le Rime tra l’uno e l’altro Guido -- Christopher Kleinhenz, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dante and the Sonnet: Poetic Practices in Medieval Italy
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Rime: Dante's Workshop of the Heart, Part 1

Tour | 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Conference | Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?


From the earliest moments of humanity’s search for answers and explanations, we have grappled with the unknowable, that which we are unable or not permitted to know. What does the history of the unknowable look like? What are the questions once thought to be unanswerable that have been answered? Are there enduring unknowables and if so, what are they? This conference affords a rare opportunity for scholars from different fields to engage with each other and with the general public on this issue, particularly while we are living in what some might call a post-truth world. At a time when the distinction between what is true and what is not has become increasingly problematic, focusing attention on how we know what we cannot know has become essential.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Unknowability: How Do We Know What Cannot Be Known?

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term ‘baroque’ has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was ‘maestro di capella’ at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today’s music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Coming to America (1988): Two Time Oscar Nominated Comedy Starring Eddie Murphy


An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and will. 116 min. Director: John Landis. Starring Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, Garcelle Beauvais. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup. It was the highest earning film that year for the studio and the third-highest-grossing film at the United States box office. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Coming to America (1988): Two Time Oscar Nominated Comedy Starring Eddie Murphy

Author Reading | Ex-Mets pitcher Ron Darling discusses his book 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game


This is bestselling author and Emmy-nominated broadcaster Ron Darling's 108 baseball anecdotes that connect America’s game to the men who played it. Darling offers his own take on the "six degrees of separation" game and knits together a collection of wild, wise, and wistful stories reflecting the full arc of a life in and around our national pastime. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Ex-Mets pitcher Ron Darling discusses his book 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game

Screening | Film Festival: Award Winning Film Screenings By And About People With Disabilities


ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout the city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring communities together to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. The R-Word The inappropriate use of the R-word can be heard every day, and continues to marginalize a population of people. This film confronts how, when, and why the R-word became so present in our culture, illustrates who it impacts, and ultimately makes the case for changing the conversation around people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 66 min. Director: Amanda Lukoff.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Film Festival: Award Winning Film Screenings By And About People With Disabilities

Film | *batteries not included (1987): Tenants Call Aliens For Help


Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition. 106 min. Director: Matthew Robbins. Starring Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae.  The story was originally intended to be featured in the television series Amazing Stories, but executive producer Steven Spielberg liked the idea so much that he decided to adapt it into a film. It is also notable for being the feature film screenwriting debut of Brad Bird.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, *batteries not included (1987): Tenants Call Aliens For Help

Film | Animal House (1978): Comedy On Fraternity Members Challenging The Authority


At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him. 109 min. Director: John Landis. Starring John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce.  In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Filmed for only $2.8 million, it garnered an estimated gross of more than $142 million in the form of theatrical rentals and home video, not including merchandising, making it the highest grossing comedy film of its time. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Women in Comics: The State of Scholarship and Opportunities for Professionalization


This panel introduces and explores A Place Inside Yourself: The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell, a collection of essays co-edited by Seamus O’Malley and Tahneer Oksman (both alums of the GC English Program) and featuring critical work by Sarah Hildebrand (English Program student). Drawing on the panelists’ experience working on this collection and other projects, this conversation will address issues of gender and representation in graphic narratives, practices of researching and writing on women in comics, and the editorial and publication processes in both academic and non-academic contexts.   Panelists: Seamus O’Malley, Yeshiva University Tahneer Oksman, Marymount Manhattan College Sarah Hildebrand Moderator: Stefano Morello
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Discussions, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Women in Comics: The State of Scholarship and Opportunities for Professionalization

Symposium | Rime: Dante's Workshop of the Heart, Part 2


3:00: Opening Remarks 3:15-4:30: Panel III Panel III Moderator: Alison Cornish, New York University -- Fabian Alfie, University of Arizona Danger and the Disguised Crow: Culture and Gender in Quando ’l consiglio degli ucce’ si tenne -- Julie Van Peteghem, Hunter College, CUNY Dante’s Rime Petrose: Transforming Ovid in Vernacular Poetry 4:30-4:45: Coffee Break 4:45-6:00: Panel IV Panel IV Moderator: Alessandro Vettori, Rutgers University -- Sara Diaz, Fairfield University Dante’s Griselda Complex: The ‘pulcella nuda’ and the Economy of Gift-Exchange -- Richard Lansing, Brandeis University, All is Not Lost: Translating Dante’s Rime into English   In ENGLISH.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism


In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf famously called for new fiction by women in which two female friends—she called them Chloe and Olivia—would care for each other and work together. What might be the shape of a story, she wondered, whose premise was simply "Chloe liked Olivia”? In My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism, Nancy K. Miller takes up the challenge to tell that kind of story in a narrative that explores her relationships with the writers Carolyn Heilbrun, Naomi Schor, and Diane Middlebrook. Miller will discuss her new book in conversation with Kristi Fleetwood and Jojo Karlin. The panel will discuss representations of friendships between women in 20th and 21st century literature, letters, portraits and comics in the context of contemporary studies of women’s lives and cultural production.
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Author Reading | Werner Herzog: Filmmaker and Philosopher


Werner Herzog has often disdained academia. Anything that smacks of formal philosophy is hateful to him. Yet, across seven decades of making visionary cinema, his films have posed painful, elemental questions about the nature and ends of existence.   According to his longtime co-writer and sometime assistant director Herbert Golder, "The miracle at the heart of Herzog's films is mankind's relentless struggle to find meaning, despite the indifference and hostility of the universe. However barren and parched the wasteland, however ice-encased and sheer the mountain, however fathomless the abyss, however dense and overgrown the jungle, the human spirit digs in, sends up its flare and ultimately writes its will across the sky in stars." Author Richard Eldridge is the Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College.
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Play | The Tempest: Shakespeare from the Renowned Public Theater


Prospero, a powerful magician and the rightful Duchess of Milan, has been usurped by her brother and has escaped to a remote and barren island. There, despite the unforgiving landscape, she has tried her best to make a home for her daughter, Miranda. When Prospero conjures a powerful storm to sink her brother’s ship, she must decide how to deal with him and his confederates, who have washed ashore. How will she exact her long-awaited revenge? How do you satiate a desire for justice? This production of Shakespeare's play is by the Mobile Unit of the renowned Public Theater.
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Plays, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare from the Renowned Public Theater

Talk | 'Being Cool' as Survival


Choreographer Evelyn Lilian Sánchez Narvaez is a wild woman-child fighting to understand the depths of her inner power. She will be unearthing her story of “being cool” as survival.
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Poetry Reading | Bird of the Indian Subcontinent: Metamorphosing the Self


The poems in this debut collection chart the passage of a metamorphosing self through euphoria, desire, despair, defiance, equanimity, grief, and loneliness. Appropriating freely from diverse poetic sources, Subhashini Kaligotla gives voice to a polyglot emotional range. Sanskrit poetics, Jazz lyrics, ekphrasis, the locutions of India's poet-saints, and the Anglo-American writing tradition all find place here. The book's chorus of figures--from Christ to Krishna to Caravaggio--move the reader between present and past, myth and history, bird and human, and across cities and continents.
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Plays, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Drama by a Tony winner

Comedy Club | Get Down Comedy Show


Get Down Comedy is back! They have the hottest NY comics performing on a Friday night. Featuring: Allan Fuks (The Week In Sex podcast, Sirius XM, NPR) Rachael Parenta (New York Comedy Festival) Alex Ryu (ESPN) Sameer Naseem (HBO Problem Areas) Ronnie Fleming (Brooklyn Comedy Festival)
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Concerts, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Tribute to a famous rock band of the 70's-80's

Classical Music | Works By Flutist Composers


Theresa Payne performs a concert on various kinds of flutes, including the bass flute, in this exciting program of music exploring composers who are also flutists. Tereasa Payne is a regular sub with Disney’s The Lion King both on Broadway and on the National Tour where she performs on 13 flutes from around the world. She has also played on Broadway with Allegiance, Amazing Grace, The Phantom of the Opera, and Something Rotten.  She has been heard in concerts throughout the world, as well as on recordings for commercials, video games, pop & Christian artists.  She has appeared playing panflute with Kygo on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and more.
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Concert | Half Dead: Short Film and Live Hip-Hop


For this poetic and striking evening, the short film Half Dead will be screened alongside interludes of live hip-hop performance featuring filmmaker and rapper Dylan Golden. Produced by Dylan Golden, Bianca Golden, Iuliia Rudenko, and GSM Creative, a collective of artists who aspire to share the stories of marginalized people through film, Half Dead chronicles the journey of a young man of color who is exasperated with the current social injustices in America and around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, A love story in a dystopian world

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
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Concerts, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Baroque music performed on period instruments

Jazz | Jazz Melodies For Flute


The NY JazzFlutet is a unique, in-demand, cooperative group of flutists who have defined a new sound. Individually leaders of their own ensembles, the Flutet has embraced Jazz, Latin, World Beat, and Classical Musics as versatile entities. Described as highly professional and elegant, this core group of 4 multi-flutists plus percussionist (who also occasionally plays flute) provides a lush, musical mixture that is well suited for upscale venues and events. The repertoire includes Jazz greats such as Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington as well as originals by the members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 05, 2019, 04/05/2019, Tribute to a famous rock band of the 70's-80's
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