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47 free events take place on Monday, April 8 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 8 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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free events nyc Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
free events nyc Stars, Superstars, Deathstars: The Art of Fame in Ray Johnson and Andy Warhol
free events nyc Letters to the President: Hopes, Concerns, Dreams
free events nyc An Evening Of Experimental Collaboration: Live Music, Visuals, And More
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Workshop | Morning Meditation


Balance mind, body, and spirit in this Primordial Sound Meditation led by an instructor. Work with a personal mantra, a specific sound or vibration. Take part in a regular meditation practice that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Morning Meditation

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
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Tours, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” This tour repeats every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

Film | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): Sequel With An Ensemble Cast By  J.K. Rowling


The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. 134 min. Director: David Yates. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.  Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was nominated for two awards at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards in the categories of Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): Sequel With An Ensemble Cast By&nbsp; J.K. Rowling

Workshop | Resume Help


Receive help navigating job search websites and employment skills webinars, get assistance writing and editing resumes, practice interview skills, and obtain referrals for professional clothing. *Please bring your printed resume if you would like one-on-one editing assistance (ask a librarian to print one for you ahead of time-for free!) *Attendees will be given access to laptops for employment related purposes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Resume Help

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Test your coordination and dexterity with juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided. Monday through Friday
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Learn Juggling in the Park

Author Reading | Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life


An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. With author Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

Author Reading | How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic


Murat Yülek will present his new book. Yülek is the Director of the Center for Industrial Policy and Development at Istanbul Commerce University and a partner at PGlobal Global Advisory and Training Services, an Ankara-based international advisory company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic

Film | Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931): Romantic Drama Starring Greta Garbo And Clark Gable


Fleeing her cruel uncle and an arranged marriage Susan Lenox falls in love with a kind stranger but circumstances force her to become a woman of easy virtue. 76 min. Director: Robert Z. Leonard. Starring Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt. The film was based on the novel by David Graham Phillips. It was the only film in which Greta Garbo was paired with Clark Gable. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931): Romantic Drama Starring Greta Garbo And Clark Gable

Author Reading | The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal


Ambassador William Burns is the former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and he will discuss his new book. Burns is currently president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career where he served five U.S. presidents and ten secretaries of state. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal

Classical Music | Bach Plus One Concert


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor. This season, Bach at One evolves into Bach + One: featuring one Bach cantata each week paired with a complementary work from composers early to modern. Trinity’s presentation of Bach’s entire monumental output of vocal sacred music has been praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic vigor.” Program Johann Sebastian Bach Bleib bei uns, den es will Abend warden, BWV 6 Georg Philipp Telemann Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Continuo, TWV 44:43 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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Bach Plus One Concert

Workshop | Chinese Calligraphy Class


Chinese calligraphy is a form of aesthetically pleasing writing (calligraphy), or, the artistic expression of human language in a tangible form. This type of expression has been widely practiced in China and has been generally held in high esteem across East Asia. Please bring your own calligraphy pen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening | Documentaries: Collaboration, Community, and Formally Adventurous


A special Doc Talk with Christopher Cekay Allen, Founder and Executive Artistic Director of UnionDocs, who will present on the multifaceted work of this unique center for documentary art located in the south side of Brooklyn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Documentaries: Collaboration, Community, and Formally Adventurous

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. Leftover A young man leaves home to join a peace rally. On his way, he starts to experience strange occurrences. 10 min. Director: Meric Demiray.  The story of a young woman living with Familial Dysautonomia, whose art became her stunning and profound means of communication and livelihood. Living Art The story of a young woman living with Familial Dysautonomia, whose art became her stunning and profound means of communication and livelihood. 32 min. Director: David Rochkind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Film Festival: Award Winning Film Screenings By And About People With Disabilities

Film | Caged (1950): Three Time Oscar Nominated Film-Noir


A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards. 96 min. Director: John Cromwell. Starring Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby.  Caged was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing (Story and Screenplay).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Caged (1950): Three Time Oscar Nominated Film-Noir

Conference | Brazil: Challenges, Perspectives, Possibilities


Graduate students, scholars across disciplines, artists and activists gather for a two-day conference dedicated to exploring and investigating new avenues for social, economic, cultural and political transformations in Brazil. The background of the conference is the rise of the far-right in Brazil in the last years. The country now faces new power dynamics in which the government operates by producing a permanent state of crisis in order to implement neoliberal reforms and conservative policies. As a result of this dynamic social movement and autonomous civil society organizations are continuously targeted and attacked by the government and state forces. In this context, social movements have been reduced to mere reactive forces and are only mobilized in response to outrageous statements or actions by state officers. This conference begins with the conviction that in order to face the challenges and dangers of our times, we must first establish an active a creative attitude. This requires the reenactment of our capacity to dream, imagine and produce alternative paths, futures, and programs to Brazil. This event is precisely an attempt to create a space in which these possible paths, futures, and programs can be examined and debated, hence we welcome any contributions that point toward this direction.
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Conferences, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Brazil: Challenges, Perspectives, Possibilities

Workshop | Resume Help


Need help with resume writing? Not sure how to edit it? Get one-on-one assistance with writing your resume. Please bring a hard copy of your resume or a USB flash drive to save and edit it.
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Workshops, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Resume Help

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” This tour repeats every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Tours, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

Workshop | Writing Club


Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Writing Club. Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Writing Club

Workshop | Dance and sculpt


Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. This workshop takes place every Monday.
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Poetry Reading | Express Yourself Series: Blackout + Abstract Poetry Workshop


Celebrate National Poetry Month by expressing yourself. Tap into your inner poet for this 5-session workshops series. Each session will start with a brief overview of the form, various readings, and time to write and share. Other sessions in this series include: April 15, 11:30 AM: Haiku + Tanka April 22, 5:30 PM: Villanelle  April 29, 11:30 PM: Prose No registration or commitment to the series is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Express Yourself Series: Blackout + Abstract Poetry Workshop

Lecture | Reflecting on LGBTQ Rights—Past, Present, and Future


Nearly 50 years after the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, this talk will focus on how far the LGBTQ movement has come, what the current challenges are, and what the future likely holds. Speaker James Esseks is director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Reflecting on LGBTQ Rights&mdash;Past, Present, and Future

Author Reading | Losing Earth: A Recent History


“Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. The world was ready to act. Almost nothing stood in our way - except ourselves." -- Nathaniel Rich Award-winning writer Nathaniel Rich discusses Losing Earth. explaining how political and business leaders agreed on the causes of climate change but failed to act.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Losing Earth: A Recent History

Author Reading | The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics


This talk will reflect on the research and writing of Mae Ngai's forthcoming book. The book is a history of the Chinese diaspora as it spread to Anglo-American settler societies, the rise of a global racial discourse advocating for exclusion, and the consequences for Chinese immigration and China’s economic position in the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Jazz | All Women Band Performance Followed By A Documentary Screening


The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music presents a concert by SHEroes and a screening of the documentary In Her Hands followed by a panel discussion. Performers Of SHEroes Monika Herzig, pinao; Jamie Baum, flute; Leni Stern, guitar; Reut Regev, trombone; Jennifer Vincent, bass; Rosa Avila, drums. In Her Hands explores women’s visions and how they are taking it in their own hands to make the needed changes to get equality in the Jazz world today. Women are fighting for blind auditions. They are pursuing their music passion no matter what the obstacles and pushing for performance and recording opportunities. They are providing positive role models and nurturing young women musicians. They are encouraging women to become involved in performance and composition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Concerts, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, All Women Band Performance Followed By A Documentary Screening

Workshop | Going to the Root: Moving and Being Present to Decolonize


Movement Lab will be hosting the workshop series, Going to the Root: Moving and Being Present to Decolonize, with thinker and dancer Jill Sigman. This intensive workshop series will use movement and presencing exercises to help us regain connections to plants, place, ourselves and each other. Working with ritual, perceptual awareness, dialogue, and movement, she will ask questions about de-colonization and attempt to create new spaces that allow for new forms of relations to emerge. Each workshop will begin with sharing a light meal to further engage in movement exercises. 6-7pm Dinner + Concept discussion 7-9:30 Movement Workshop
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Workshops, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Going to the Root: Moving and Being Present to Decolonize

Jazz | Jazz Trumpet


Noah Halpern is a rising trumpet player and composer. He has performed at venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Smalls Jazz Club, The Blue Note, Zinc Bar, and Shapeshifter Lab, among others. Noah has toured around the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia, playing at festivals including Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, The Monterrey Jazz Festival, The Nagoya Jazz Festival, and Generations in Jazz. He has shared the stage with a variety of notable artists including Eric Harland, James Morrison, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Lil Buck, and Paul Anka.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Jazz Trumpet

Film | SHEroes Concert & In Her Hands Screening


SHEroes in concert, an international all-women band led by jazz pianist Monika Herzig. SHEroes features Jamie Baum - flute, Leni Stern - guitar, Reut Regev - trombone, Monika Herzig - piano, Jennifer Vincent - bass, Rosa Avila - drums. In Her Hands explores women’s visions and how they are taking it in their own hands to make the needed changes to get equality in the Jazz world today. Women are fighting for blind auditions. They are pursuing their music passion no matter what the obstacles and pushing for performance and recording opportunities. They are providing positive role models and nurturing young women musicians. Followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Kay D. Ray
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, SHEroes Concert & In Her Hands Screening

Film | The Seagull (2018): Drama Based On Chekhov's Play


In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother. 98 min. Director: Michael Mayer. Starring Annette Bening, Corey Stoll, Glenn Fleshler.  The Seagull based on the play of the same name by Anton Chekhov. 
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Films, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, The Seagull (2018): Drama Based On&nbsp;Chekhov's Play

Lecture | Adolescents, Culture and Theatre: A Contemporary Korean Perspective


This aims to look at youth culture in the contemporary Korean context and how theatre - particularly Theatre for Young Audiences - attempts to engage with and respond to it by interacting with young people through diverse collaborative projects. With: Dr. Ha Young Hwang
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Lectures, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Adolescents, Culture and Theatre: A Contemporary Korean Perspective

Talk | Artist Talk: Using Color


Color is one of the most enduring and elemental components of painting, and it is one of the most trenchant markers of painting’s capacity to reflect the discourses and visual languages of its time. Color also offers the artist a tool to critique these histories: it is key in the history of abstraction and modernism, it is a formal analogue of racial, sexual, and gendered identities that allows the artist to render important political questions visible.   Anoka Faruqee (born 1972, Ann Arbor, MI) is director of graduate studies in painting/printmaking at Yale School of Art, and has previously held positions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cal Arts, where she was Co-Director of the Art Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: The Drive to the Zero Carbon Economy


The world economy will likely double in around two decades. And the world’s infrastructure will likely double in less time than that. To deliver on the Paris agreement, emissions will have to be cut sharply by 40% or more in that period and the world will have to achieve net zero emissions within 50 years. It is clear therefore, that the next two decades are critical for the sustainability of lives and livelihoods on the planet. However, the rapid change that we require can be the engine of inclusive growth and poverty reduction over these coming decades. Lecturer Nicholas Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics. Reception to follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: The Drive to the Zero Carbon Economy

Discussion | Representation in Art: What Does It Mean?


Each season since 2012, artists and writers across disciplines have gathered for a year-long series devoted to unpacking artistic and cultural terms as their meaning shifts--and may become more resonant or ambiguous--over time. This year, the series will revolve around "representation," particularly as the term at once conjures critical strategies in art from previous decades; the necessity of diverse publics; and, against the backdrop of precarious governing institutions, recent impulses toward non-representative social structures on both ends of the political spectrum. The conversation features visual artist Adama Delphine Fawundu, poet Paolo Javier, and composer and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi.
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Discussions, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Representation in Art: What Does It Mean?

Lecture | Stars, Superstars, Deathstars: The Art of Fame in Ray Johnson and Andy Warhol


Ray Johnson and Andy Warhol were friends with much in common: both were pioneers of Pop and connoisseurs of fame, with a special taste for fame’s dark side. This talk by Ellen Levy, professor at Pratt University, traces the initially convergent, finally divergent paths of the two artists as they negotiated the worlds of stardom and superstardom, in art and in life. Ellen Levy writes on the relations among the arts, especially poetry and visual art, most especially in mid-century New York. She is currently working on a book about the career of artist Ray Johnson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Lectures, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Stars, Superstars, Deathstars: The Art of Fame in Ray Johnson and Andy Warhol

Play | 3 College Plays


CVS vs. Walgreens by Hayley Bruck Saturday Night Live Comedy Packet by Malcolm Cills The Sound in the Throat by Elizabeth Meriwether These student plays are part of a festival highlighting the culminating work of the BFA Dramatic Arts students, exploring their training in technique, the depth of their critical inquiry skills, and the contextualization of their work through the lens of citizen-artist.
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Author Reading | Alan Brinkley: A Life in History


Few American historians of his generation have had as much influence in both the academic and popular realms as Alan Brinkley. His debut work, the National Book Award-winning Voices of Protest, launched a storied career that considered the full spectrum of American political life. His books give serious and original treatments of populist dissent, the role of mass media, the struggles of liberalism and conservatism, and the powers and limits of the presidency. Alan Brinkley: A Life in History brings together essays on his major works and ideas, as well as personal reminiscences from leading historians and thinkers beyond the academy whom Brinkley collaborated with, befriended, and influenced. With editors David Greenberg, Moshik Temkin, and Mason B. Williams.
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Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Alan Brinkley: A Life in History

Discussion | Ask a Spaceman: Live Podcast


Astrophysicist and educator Paul M. Sutter is bringing his podcast and Youtube series "Ask a Spaceman!" live to the bookstore. Inspired by his book Your Place in the Universe, Sutter will engage with three experts in different fields in response to the book's sections ORIGINS, LIFE, and DEATH, moderated by Science Friday’s Diana Montano. After each discussion, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Ask a Spaceman: Live Podcast

Book Club | Housegirl: Three Girls Growing Up


A moving and unexpectedly funny exploration of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness, Michael Donkor's debut novel follows three adolescent girls grappling with a shared experience: the joys and sorrows of growing up.
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Book Clubs, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Housegirl: Three Girls Growing Up

Performance | Letters to the President: Hopes, Concerns, Dreams


The act of writing a letter has been a way for Americans to share their most personal hopes, concerns, and dreams with the occupants of our nation’s highest office since its founding. Coming this spring, a new musical theatre concert will bring these writings to life in Letters to the President, which will be presented as a free public program to celebrate The Cooper Union’s 160th anniversary. Letters to the President reimagines an archival canon of letters through new music by multiple musical theatre composers. Each new song is inspired by an actual letter to a U.S. president curated from the National Archives and private collections from across the country. Spanning topics including western expansion, World Wars I and II, space exploration, and the civil rights movement, Letters to the President offers a powerful look at the American dream. The evening will consist of the composers’ songs performed alongside readings of the letters that inspired them. Letters to the President is conceived by Michael Bello (We Are The Tigers, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) and Jessica Kahkoska (Discount Ghost Stories, Agent 355), with the letters curated by Kahkoska. The evening will be directed by Bello, with musical direction and orchestrations by Patrick Sulken, co-produced by Sara DeViney and Tim Marback.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Performances, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Letters to the President: Hopes, Concerns, Dreams

Author Reading | Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis


Politicians, ecologists, and government wildlife officials are fighting a desperate rearguard action to halt the onward reach of Asian Carp, four troublesome fish now within a handful of miles from entering Lake Michigan. From aquaculture farms in Arkansas to the bayous of Louisiana; from marshlands in Indiana to labs in Minnesota; and from the Illinois River to the streets of Chicago where the last line of defense has been laid to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, Overrun takes us on a firsthand journey into the heart of a crisis. Along the way, environmental journalist Andrew Reeves discovers that saving the Great Lakes is only half the challenge. The other is a radical scientific and political shift to rethink how we can bring back our degraded and ignored rivers and waterways and reconsider how we create equilibrium in a shrinking world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis

Author Reading | The Ash Family: Lured from Her Family


At 19, Berie meets a seductive and mysterious man near her home in North Carolina. Shut off from the people around her, she is compelled by his promise of a new life. He ferries her into a place of order and chaos: the Ash Family farm. There, Berie joins an intentional community living off the fertile land of the mountains and begins to make friends. And then they start to disappear. With author Molly Dektar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, The Ash Family: Lured from Her Family

Talk | Magnifico in New York: Corrado Cagli, Migrating Artists, and the Mirage of Italy


Art historian Raffaele Bedarida hosts a multimedia celebration of Italian artist and cultural organizer Corrado Cagli. Forced to leave Italy due to racial persecution, Cagli redefined his role as public artist and his understanding of identity through the experience of exile. With live music and archival display, follow Cagli’s remarkable life, overcoming racial persecution and exile, becoming a US military artist who immortalized the horrors of Buchenwald, and collaborating with George Balanchine’s carnivalesque New York City Ballet production The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Magnifico in New York: Corrado Cagli, Migrating Artists, and the Mirage of Italy

Concert | An Evening Of Experimental Collaboration: Live Music, Visuals, And More


Renowned Austrian sound artist Mia Zabelka is joined by York-based intermedia artists Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya for an evening of experimental collaboration. In the first set, Phill Niblock will perform his music, composed of very loud drones which fill the air of the performance space, and employ many microtones which shift the harmonics within the space. For the second set, Mia Zabelka and Katherine Liberovskaya will continue an on-going collaboration where gesture and image start a dialogue through surveillance technology. Phill Niblock makes thick, loud drones of music, filled with microtones of instrumental timbres which generate many other tones in the performance space. Simultaneously, he presents films/videos which look at the movement of people working, slides, or computer driven black and white abstract images floating through time. Mia Zabelka's work is an ongoing process of de- and re-construction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the range of the instrument using live electronic devices and preparing it through the insertion of alien objects between or on the strings; she is continuously exploring sound and music as physical phenomena, always pushing back the boundaries in experimental performances and compositions that question established notions, improving the available techniques and given structures. Katherine Liberovskaya has been exploring improvised live visuals in the context of live music/sound concert situations since the early 2000s, collaborating with numerous music and sound artists; her live visuals seek to create improvisatory "music" for the eyes; they span a wide variety of approaches from straightforward real-time montage and processing of pre-recorded material to the use of diverse kinds of live cameras to capture live "events" on the concert stage and integrate them to the image mix.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, An Evening Of Experimental Collaboration: Live Music, Visuals, And More

Screening | ReelAbilities Film Festival


A film and panel discussion as part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival, the largest festival in the U.S. dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, ReelAbilities Film Festival

Dance Performance | Experiments in Dance


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join each season in performing at the historic church. Featuring: Gabriella Carmichael Caroline Garcia NiNi Dongnier | FIELD MOTION Diana Crum
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, Experiments in Dance

Concert | NYU Composers & ICECommons: New Works


The International Contemporary Ensemble continues its collaboration with the innovative composers of New York University, who are experts in the latest music technology. Graduate composers are featured in a program of world premieres. Performers: International Contemporary Ensemble Radical 2 Percussion Duo Shelley Hirsch, Dafna Naphtali, Jess Rowland, and Margaret Schedel Nicholas Demaison, conductor
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, NYU Composers & ICECommons: New Works

Play | 2 College Plays


Dark Side of the Screen by Jacqueline Reed Queen of the Everglades by Alexis Perez These student plays are part of a festival highlighting the culminating work of the BFA Dramatic Arts students, exploring their training in technique, the depth of their critical inquiry skills, and the contextualization of their work through the lens of citizen-artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, April 08, 2019, 04/08/2019, 2 College Plays
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Classical Music | Famous Violinist and Orchestra

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Musical | Two Musicals

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