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50 free events take place on Wednesday, April 17 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 17 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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All events, things to do on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc China's and Russia's Sharp Power: How Big a Threat?
free events nyc Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
free events nyc Fake News in the Age of Trump: The State of Media, Truth, and Democracy in 2019
free events nyc New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box
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Workshop | Boot Camp


The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Boot Camp

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 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Tour | City Hall Tour for Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, City Hall Tour for Individuals

Master Class | Chamber Music Masterclass With Renowned Violist


Featuring renowned violist Steven Tenebom, this special event provides music lovers with a rare opportunity to witness the interaction between gifted students and great artists as they examine and explore the arts of performance on the highest level. Violist Steven Tenebom has been a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brandenburg Ensemble on tour through the U.S. and Japan. He has toured and recorded with Tashi, the Galimir String Quartet, and Musicians from Marlboro, in addition to working with composer Lukas Foss and jazz artists Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Chamber Music Masterclass With Renowned Violist

Workshop | Chinese Tile-Based Game MahJong


Mahjong is a tile-based game that was developed in China during the Qing dynasty and has spread throughout the world since the early 20th century.
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Film | Jumanji (1995) With Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst: Trapped In Board Game


When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. 104 min. Director: Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. 
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Films, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Jumanji (1995) With Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst: Trapped In Board Game

Classical Music | Beethoven's Piano Sonatas


Lisa Joy Sitjar performs Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, Op. 27, Nos. 1 and 2. Lisa Joy Sitjar has performed extensively in New York City, with recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, the United Nations,  the Museum of the City of New York, Trinity Church, among others. She has also performed at the Palais d’Athenée in Geneva, Switzerland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Beethoven's Piano Sonatas

Workshop | Chess For Adults


Have you ever wanted to learn how to play chess? National Chess Master Douglas Bellizzi will be conducting a 15 week class for older adults. Through discussion, worksheets, and practice you will exercise your brain and have fun with new people.
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Workshops, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Chess For Adults

Discussion | China's and Russia's Sharp Power: How Big a Threat?


A roundtable discussion on China's and Russia's sharp power. Speakers: -- Introduction by Takako Hikotani, Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy -- Christopher Walker, Vice President for Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy -- Andrew Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political -- Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Discussions, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, China's and Russia's Sharp Power: How Big a Threat?

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.
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Concerts, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Bach at Noon

Author Reading | Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook


Discover how to embrace your best basic self in this laugh-out-loud funny guidebook from the breakout star of Bravo’s hit reality show Vanderpump Rules. Millions of viewers and podcast listeners know Stassi Schroeder as a major defender of Basic Bitch rights. Stassi champions the things that many of us are afraid to love publicly for fear of being labeled basic: lattes, pugs, bubbly cocktails, millennial pink, astrology, hot dogs, the perfect pair of Louboutins, romantic comedies...the list goes on and on. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year.
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Tour | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Tours, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

Workshop | Lunchtime 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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Workshops, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Concert | Piano Trio


Works For Piano Trio Performers Dean Deng, piano | Zibo Gao, violin | Solomon Choi, cello
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Film | Philadelphia (1993): Two Time Oscar Winning Drama With Tom Hanks And Denzel Washington


When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. 125 min. Director: Jonathan Demme. Starring Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell.  Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 66th Academy Awards for his role as Andrew Beckett in the film, while the song "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It has also three other nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Makeup and another Best Music. 
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Films, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Philadelphia (1993): Two Time Oscar Winning Drama With Tom Hanks And Denzel Washington

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Stressed? The latest craze is artistic coloring for adults, and the adult coloring books have more intricate designs and patterns than those designed for children. This program allows adults to create wonderful pictures and offers a fun and unique way to unwind and express creativity. Plus, it can actually lower stress. All materials will be provided.
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Tour | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
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Lesson | Learn To Play Chess


Learn to play the most popular game ever: a game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.
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Lessons, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Learn To Play Chess

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I’ve played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
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Play | New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box


The second pair of plays in the School of Drama's New Voices Festival will be Pony Up, written by Mallory Weiss and directed by Andrés López-Alicea; and Plain Brown Box, written by Conlan Carter and directed by Sarah Young
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Plays, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box

Poetry Reading | Poetry Workshop


No experience necessary. Just bring your love of poetry and your favorite writing implement. Bill Zavatsky is an American poet, journalist, jazz pianist, and translator. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Where X Marks the Spot (2006), For Steve Royal and Other Poems (1985), and Theories of Rain and Other Poems (1975). Zavatsky has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. He was named MacDowell Poet for 2007–2008. Zavatsky translated poems by André Breton with Zack Rogow; that volume, Earthlight (1993), won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize.
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Poetry Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Poetry Workshop

Lecture | China Under Xi Jinping: The First Term and the Future


Speaker Li Weidong, retired publisher of China Reform magazine. He is a member of the editorial committee of China Strategic Analysis, a journal published in Chinese in the United States. Under the pen name “Hibernating Bear” (Dongmian xiong), he is a widely read and influential blogger and commentator.
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Lectures, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, China Under Xi Jinping: The First Term and the Future

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).
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Film | Red Dust (1932): Romantic Drama With Clark Gable


The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees. 83 min. Director: Victor Fleming. Starring Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Gene Raymond. In 2006, Red Dust was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film is based on the 1928 play of the same name by Wilson Collison.
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5:00 pm
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Films, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Red Dust (1932): Romantic Drama With Clark Gable

Discussion | Venture 19: Twenty Years of Design Entrepreneurs


The MFA Design class of 2019 welcomes fellow designers, the business community, press, friends and family to join them at the SVA Theatre as they pitch their entrepreneurial designs. Celebrate the outcome of two years of intensive work. The 17 ventures tackle the biggest issues of this era, from plastic waste to social media addiction, and propose innovative solutions. The program will feature products and campaigns that are socially valuable and marketable.
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Discussions, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Venture 19: Twenty Years of Design Entrepreneurs

Workshop | Writer's Circle


This workshop will begin by creating a caring community where participants can talk about who they are as writers. Then, they’ll answer that all important question: how can we develop a daily writing practice that allows us to live our lives while writing, all at the same time? No experience with writing is necessary, just a desire and commitment to make a writing practice part of your life. Please bring a notebook and a pen.
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Opening Reception | Phantom Paradise: Remembering the 1992 L.A. Riots


Delano Dunn’s first solo exhibition with the gallery is a recollection of the 1992 L.A. Riots from the perspective of a child who watched his neighborhood burn. Thirteen years old at the time, Dunn was unaware of the significance of the events happening around him—how they would shape the way people saw him—and how he would come to know exactly what it meant to be black and from the ghetto. The works—both large and small-scale layered paintings with collage and mixed-media on panel—explore the artists’ fleeting possession of innocence just days before its corruption. An innocence, that allowed Dunn to see brilliant colors in the night sky as his neighborhood burned, or wave at trucks of National Guardsmen “parading” down the street without really understanding what was going on or why.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Phantom Paradise: Remembering the 1992 L.A. Riots

Forum | Fake News in the Age of Trump: The State of Media, Truth, and Democracy in 2019


What is fake news? How have misinformation campaigns on social media and elsewhere shaped our politics? How has the term been framed by all segments of the political spectrum since the 2016 campaign? This forum will examine the evolution of fake news, the science behind it, and how it could shape the 2020 election. Featuring a panel of renowned media experts: -- Michelle Goldberg (Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times) -- Rick Perlstein (Historian/Journalist, Author of Nixonland and Invisible Bridge) -- Jay Rosen (Media Critic, Professor of Journalism at NYU) -- Moderated by Kai Wright (WNYC/The Nation)
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Forums, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Fake News in the Age of Trump: The State of Media, Truth, and Democracy in 2019

Lecture | Inaudible Evidence: Counterforensic Listening in Contemporary Documentary Art


This talk examines the work of three contemporary artists whose speculative practices of listening stage a conversation between documentary and forensic aesthetics. Alison S. M. Kobayashi, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, and Lawrence Abu Hamdan all listen with forensic scrutiny to recorded voices as the basis of their artistic practice: a decades-old amateur wire recording, a downloaded transcript of a 2006 public hearing in a New York town, and cassette tapes of audio tests employed by immigration authorities. They listen for testimony that eludes the forensic gaze and ear and materialize the practices of listening whereby documentary evidence becomes audible. Speaker Pooja Rangan is a documentary scholar and writer based in Western Massachusetts and Brooklyn. She is the author of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Inaudible Evidence: Counterforensic Listening in Contemporary Documentary Art

Author Reading | Autumn Light: Japanese History And Culture


When his father-in-law dies suddenly, Pico Iyer and his wife Hiroko are called back to Japan to take care of his affairs, and to mourn their loss. Despite the many years Iyer has spent living between California and Nara, where he and Hiroko have a small home, the unexpected circumstance of their return causes him to grapple with the questions we all face: how can we reconcile loving people and places while simultaneously acknowledging life’s impermanence? Through encounters with his wife’s family, the elder members of his father-in-law’s ping-pong club, and the deep reddening of the maple leaves as Japan transitions into autumn, Iyer lets us in on a country and a culture through the transformation of his grief. Iyer will be joined in conversation by author and host of Studio 360, Kurt Andersen. Pico Iyer is a British-born American essayist and novelist, best known for his travel writing. He is the author of numerous books on crossing cultures including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk and The Global Soul. An essayist for Time since 1986, he also publishes regularly in Harper's, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and other publications. 
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Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Autumn Light:&nbsp;Japanese History And Culture

Author Reading | Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey


From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey’s sly, silly, and sinister books have influenced generations of artists and writers. A deeply complicated and conflicted individual, Gorey was a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious. In Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, Mark Dery pulls back the shroud on the eccentric genius and his mysterious life, through newly unconvered correspondence and interviews with luminaries such as John Ashbery, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui. Dery, a cultural critic and essayist, will be joined in conversation by Jennifer Szalai, book critic for The New York Times.
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Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Born To Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

Screening | Boss: The Black Experience in Business 


An advance screening of Boss: The Black Experience in Business, directed by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, traces the lives of African American entrepreneurs over 150 years, from those bound by bondage to moguls at the top of million-dollar empires. Stories featured in the film include those of entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker, publisher John H. Johnson, Motown CEO Berry Gordy, and business pioneer and philanthropist Reginald F. Lewis, among others. The film features new interviews with Vernon Jordan, senior managing director of Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC.; Cathy Hughes, CEO and founder of Urban One; Richelieu Dennis, founder, CEO and executive chairman of Sundial Brands; and more. Following the screening, Stanley Nelson and founder of The HistoryMakers, Julieanna Richardson will participate in a talk back with other invited guests. The HistoryMakers is a national non-profit research and educational institution committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans.
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Author Reading | Infinite Detail: The Consequences of Digital Entwinement


Described by Warren Ellis as “the new required reading for the future's next fifteen minutes," Infinite Detail urges readers to reconsider the consequences of digital entwinement, the methods of protest against it, and the ways in which human society can be played and preyed upon by the environment it exists in. The book presents a prophetic portrait of the collapse of the networked world and the ways in which a spectrum of people — from hackers to gangsters to virtual psychics — deal with the fallout.  Author Tim Maughan returns to New York City to launch his debut novel in a live discussion moderated by McKenzie Wark.
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Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Infinite Detail: The Consequences of Digital Entwinement

Film | Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983): Spike Lee's Master's Degree Thesis


The illegal affairs of a recently deceased barbershop owner gets passed down to his manager. 60 min. Director: Spike Lee. Starring Monty Ross, Donna Bailey, Stuart Smith.  Lee submitted the film as his master's degree thesis at the Tisch School of the Arts.
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Films, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983): Spike Lee's Master's Degree Thesis

Discussion | Atrocity Crimes and the Veto


The veto power or its threat (the silent veto) continue to be used by some permanent members of the UN Security Council despite ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes. This causes paralysis in the Security Council precisely when its action is needed the most. To solve this, the ACT Group of States’ Code of Conduct and the French/Mexican Initiative have both been promoting forms of voluntary veto restraint in the face of ongoing atrocity crimes. These initiatives already have received the support of nearly two thirds of the General Assembly. This event considers these two important initiatives as well as legal arguments that demonstrate that there are hard law limits to unrestrained veto use during ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes. Panelists: -- H.E. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Lichtenstein to the UN -- H.E. Juan Ramon de la Fuente, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN -- Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor, SPS Center for Global Affairs -- Anna Myriam Roccatello, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs, International Center for Transitional Justice -- Moderator: Andras Vamos-Goldman, Adjunct Faculty, SPS Center for Global Affairs; former Executive Director, Justice Rapid Response  
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Discussions, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Atrocity Crimes and the Veto

Talk | Freeman Dyson: A Remarkable Life Journey Through Quantum Physics


Freeman Dyson is one of the giants in the world of physics. His career intersected with the likes of Robert Oppenheimer, Niels Bohr, and Stephen Hawking—all portrayed in Dyson’s new book—and he famously demonstrated to other physicists that Richard Feynman’s theory of quantum electrodynamics (QED) was valid. Dyson, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Studies and author of the recent memoir Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography Through Letters, will discuss his life and work.  
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Talks, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Freeman Dyson: A Remarkable Life Journey Through Quantum Physics

Discussion | Nonfiction Forum


Writer Catina Bacote grew up in New Haven, Connecticut and is at work on a nonfiction book that chronicles the lasting impact of the illegal drug trade on her family and community. Her essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, the Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, The Common, The Sun, the Southern California Review, and the anthology This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home. Garnette Cadogan is an essayist. He’s currently a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.
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Discussions, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Nonfiction Forum

Screening | Sorry I Missed Your Show: Dance Screening and Discussion


In his new work for Ballet Hispánico, Homebound/Alaala, Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon explores the intersection of the Latino and Asian cultures through ideas including the spirit of communal unity (bayanihan), the resilience of women, overcoming hardship, and the quest for home. Royon will be joined by Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico, for this screening and conversation. A dance screening and discussion series, Sorry I Missed Your Show highlights dance works from the recent past to explore their canonical historicity and relationship to contemporary practice.
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Concert | Verso Nuova York: Stories and Music of the Italian Migration


Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Italians left their country for the Americas. This performance uses words and music to tell their story: a story of hope and creativity that ended up changing those new lands into an appendix of the Italian motherland. This tale is told thanks to the songs of those migrants and their voyages. Elena Buttiero, piano; Ferdinando Molteni, vocals and guitar; in English (songs in Italian) Elena Buttiero, a graduate of the Conservatorio in Turin, is a musician and professor. She plays the piano, spinet, and celtic harp. She has recorded two albums with Birkin Tree (Continental Reel, A Cheap Present). Ferdinando Molteni is a writer and musician, and has published about twenty volumes with publishing houses such as Vallecchi, Electa, and Arcana. He has written and still writes on culture in 20th century Genoa, on Giuliano Ferrara's Foglio, and on Enrico Deaglio's Diario.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Concerts, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Verso Nuova York: Stories and Music of the Italian Migration

Author Reading | Curiosities: The Street Opera and Bravura of a Fellini Cast


Dive into an immersive evening of spectacle celebrating the publication of Dan Efram’s photography book, Curiosities, inspired by film noir. Named Book of the Month by Leica Fotografie International magazine, Efram’s debut collection published by Tractor-Beam captures the street opera and bravura of a Fellini cast. This evening brings the spirit of the street into the gallery with a cinematic soundscape of performances and spoken word, bathed in a multi-screen presentation of images from Curiosities. Sound samples—snatches of overheard conversations, quotations, confessions, and original texts—and Efram’s purposefully gritty black-and-white images surround the audience in a multi-layered setting for candid portraits of the odd, unusual, and darkly fascinating characters in the book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Curiosities: The Street Opera and Bravura of a Fellini Cast

Book Signing | Life Is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration


106 killer recipes, 16 creative party themes, and 250 gorgeous photos—plus playlists and easy planning tips—make Life Is a Party the indispensable cookbook and guide for home cooks. Chef, actor, and entertaining authority David Burtka knows that every day can be a party. Over a lifetime of throwing epic gatherings, the Cordon Bleu-trained Burtka has perfected the formula for creating easy and perfect get-togethers at home.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Signings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Life Is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration

Author Reading | Normal People: A Universal Story of Love, Friendship, and Growing Up


At school, Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal. With author Sally Rooney.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Normal People: A Universal Story of Love, Friendship, and Growing Up

Author Reading | Sing to It: When Danger Approaches


The fifteen stories in Amy Hempel's book explore the Arab proverb, “When danger approaches, sing to it.” The dangers are overt and covert, external and internal, visited upon a person, or of a person’s own making. In “Greed,” a spurned wife obsesses about the affair her husband is having with an older woman who fancies herself a libertine; in “The Chicane,” a niece tells the story of her aunt’s depression and death, on the phone with her mother, who did not know she had taken an overdose of drugs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father


A parable for the new age of inequality: part family history, part detective story, part history of a vanishing class, and a vividly compelling exploration of the degree to which an inheritance—financial, cultural, genetic—conspired in one person's self-destruction. Land, houses, and money tumbled from one generation to the next on the eight-hundred-acre estate built by Scott's investment banker great-grandfather on Philadelphia's Main Line. There was an obligation to protect it, a license to enjoy it, a duty to pass it on—but it was impossible to know in advance how all that extraordinary good fortune might influence the choices made over a lifetime.  In this warmly felt tale of an American family's fortunes, journalist Janny Scott excavates the rarefied world that shaped her charming, unknowable father, Robert Montgomery Scott, and provides an incisive look at the weight of inheritance, the tenacity of addiction, and the power of buried secrets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

Book Club | The Woman in Cabin 10: Suspense at Sea


Another suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, The Woman in Cabin 10: Suspense at Sea

Author Reading | Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal


Yuval Taylor has written a moving account of one of the most influential friendships and sensational "break-ups" in literature: Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and Langston Hughes (The Negro Speaks of Rivers). Both were leading lights of the Harlem Renaissance. Taylor's new book, based on extensive archival research, tells the story of these two writers-- their collaboration and falling out. It is also a gripping account of the vibrant intellectual-literary scene in Harlem: the journals established, the apartments where writers and artists met, the patrons who supported (and at times tried to control) their literary work, and the incredible explosion of creativity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$5 suggested donation
Author Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal

Poetry Reading | An Evening of Poetry


With Lonely Christopher (The Resignation) and Shiv Kotecha (The Switch).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, An Evening of Poetry

Discussion | New Law & Order: Electing Progressive DAs and Holding Them Accountable


District Attorneys could be described as the most powerful people in the criminal justice system. They have the authority to decide whether to charge someone with a crime, to determine the quantity and seriousness of charges, and essentially set prison terms in the majority of cases that end with a plea deal. Consequently, since the 1980’s DA’s have contributed more than any other elected official to the quadrupling of individuals incarcerated. Across the country, voters are electing nontraditional prosecutors. Recent years have seen a new crop of candidates pushing back against the “tough on crime” attitude of their predecessors, and running on so-called “progressive” platforms. Post-election rulings, however, frequently contradict such change-making platforms. This event will address the roles progressive DA’s can play in dismantling the prison industrial complex, how communities can organize around electing actual criminal-justice reformers, and examine how we can hold those elected accountable to their promises of reform.   With: -- Scott Hechinger, Senior Staff Attorney & Director Of Policy at Brooklyn Defender Services -- Lucy Lang, Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College -- Darius Charney, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights -- Audacia Ray, Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy, New York City Anti-Violence Project
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, New Law & Order: Electing Progressive DAs and Holding Them Accountable

Play | New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box


The second pair of plays in the School of Drama's New Voices Festival will be Pony Up, written by Mallory Weiss and directed by Andrés López-Alicea; and Plain Brown Box, written by Conlan Carter and directed by Sarah Young
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, April 17, 2019, 04/17/2019, New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box
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Classical Music | Famous Violinist and Orchestra

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Musical | Two Musicals

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