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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 18, 2019?

22 free events take place on Thursday, April 18 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 18 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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Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga

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 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Bach at Noon

Gallery Talk | Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour


Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre that reflected local tastes, traditions, and needs. Around 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives simultaneously: “The Art of Business” portrays the people and places that were part of the city’s thrumming commercial life, and “The Business of Art” highlights the diverse mediums and formats used by the artists, artisans, and manufacturers. This tour of the exhibition is conducted by museum gallery guides.
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Gallery Talks, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour

Classical Music | ARTEK Baroque Ensemble


Audiences love ARTEK concerts for their exciting, dramatic performances of baroque music, with compelling musical settings of beautiful poetry and infectious dance rhythms that infuse the performances with vitality and spirit. ARTEK features some of America's finest singers: Laura Heimes, soprano; Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Ryland Angel, countertenor; Philip Anderson, tenor; Michael Brown, tenor; and Peter Becker, bass-baritone. ARTEK instrumentalists include Robert Mealy, violin; Vita Wallace, violin; Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba & lirone; Daniel Swenberg, theorbo; Charles Weaver, lute and guitar; Grant Herreid, lute; Christa Patton, harp; and Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord and organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, ARTEK Baroque Ensemble

Film | They Drive by Night (1940): Film-Noir Drama Starring Humphrey Bogart


When one of 2 truck driving brothers loses an arm, they both join a transport company where later, the other is falsely charged as an accessory in the murder of the owner. 95 min. Director: Raoul Walshç Starring George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan. The film was based on A. I. Bezzerides' 1938 novel Long Haul.  Part of the film's plot was borrowed from another film, Bordertown (1935). 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, They Drive by Night (1940): Film-Noir Drama Starring Humphrey Bogart

Film | I Still See You (2018): Ghosts Inhabiting The World


Set ten years after an apocalyptic event that killed millions and left the world inhabited by ghosts. 98 min. Director: Scott Speer. Starring Bella Thorne, Richard Harmon, Dermot Mulroney.  It is based upon the novel Break My Heart 1000 Times, by Daniel Waters. 
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Films, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, I Still See You (2018): Ghosts Inhabiting The World

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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Film | Trouble in Paradise (1932): Thief And Pickpoet Join Forces


A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. 83 min. Director: Ernst Lubitsch. Starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall.  Based on the 1931 play The Honest Finder by Hungarian playwright László Aladár. In 1991, Trouble in Paradise was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The movie was named by the National Board of Review as one of the top 10 films of 1932.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Trouble in Paradise (1932): Thief And Pickpoet Join Forces

Lecture | Bottom-Up Urban Policies in Brazil


The lecture will focus on Nabil Bonduki’s work related to public and urban policies in Brazil. Professor Bonduki is a Brazilian architect, town planner, university professor, and politician. He is Full Professor of Urban Planning at the University of São Paulo and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in the São Paulo City Council (2001-2004 and 2013-2016). Bonduki played a key role in the drafting of the Strategic Master Plan of São Paulo in 2002 and 2014.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Bottom-Up Urban Policies in Brazil

Discussion | Havana @500: Art and Literature


To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Havana, this panel discusses the art and literature of the city. Anreus' presentation explores the painters associated with "La escuela de la Habana" (1940s-50s). Romay and others address writers and literature reflecting the cosmopolitan centrality of Havana in Cuban society. With: -- Alejandro Anreus, professor of Art History and Latin American/Latino Studies at William Paterson University. -- Alexis Romay, Newark Academy, NJ. -- Mario Valero, Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
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Author Reading | Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen


In 1999, Hollywood as we know it exploded: Fight Club. The Matrix. Office Space. Election. The Blair Witch Project. The Sixth Sense. Being John Malkovich. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. American Beauty. The Virgin Suicides. Boys Don’t Cry. The Best Man. Three Kings. Magnolia. Those are just some of the landmark titles released in a dizzying movie year, one in which a group of daring filmmakers and performers pushed cinema to new limits—and took audiences along for the ride. Best. Movie. Year. Ever. by Brian Raftery is the story of not just how these movies were made, but how they re-made our own vision of the world. It features more than 130 new and exclusive interviews with such directors and actors as Reese Witherspoon, Edward Norton, Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Nia Long, Matthew Broderick, Taye Diggs, M. Night Shyamalan, David O. Russell, James Van Der Beek, Kirsten Dunst, the Blair Witch kids, the Office Space dudes, the guy who played Jar-Jar Binks, and dozens more.
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Author Reading | Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China


When advocacy organizations are forbidden from rallying people to take to the streets, what do they do? When activists are detained for coordinating protests, are their hands ultimately tied? Based on political ethnography inside both legal and illegal labor organizations in China, the book Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China, authored by Professor Diana Fu, reveals how state repression is deployed on the ground and to what effect on mobilization. It presents a novel dynamic of civil society contention – mobilizing without the masses – that lowers the risk of activism under duress.
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Opening Reception | Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: Workshop


The exhibition marks the first solo survey show for the art collective since Rollins’ passing in December 2017, presented with the late artist’s estate. Curated by Ian Berry, who organized the group’s first major traveling retrospective and monograph, Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History, in 2009 at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum, Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: Workshop will feature many of the collective’s most significant series that deal with issues of race, identity, history, and politics, spanning from 1987 to 2016.
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Opening Receptions, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: Workshop

Slide Lecture | Photographer Talk: The Essence of Cuba


Marcel Fernández is a Havana based photographer and graphic designer. He has collaborated with several magazines, and Grammy Award winning musicians and been an instructor of photographic workshops in Cuba. His photographs have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Cuban galleries and have been used to illustrate books and commercial campaigns internationally including Spain and the United States. Marcel will talk about the challenges of being a photographer in Cuba. He will explore how he captures and immortalize the essence of Cuba and its people: the happiness, the sense of humor, the resilience, the hope and the desire to overcome the harsh trials of Cuban life. He will show his country's authenticity from a consistent and grounded point of view, revealing a social commitment to the culture, religion and customs avoiding the stereotypes.
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Slide Lectures, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Photographer Talk:&nbsp;The Essence of Cuba

Discussion | Restore and Repair: A New Social Contract to Decolonize Our Institutions


How do we tackle the devastating harms of criminalization imposed on communities of color that continue, among other things, to prevent us from creating an inclusive democracy? The movement for restorative and transformative justice in schools offers a path forward. Parents and students have built an alternative framework to repair and restore relationships and decolonize how our institutions work. This conversation is on how we can move from social control and criminalization to inclusive democracy and liberation. Speakers will include: -- Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Dignity in Schools Campaign (moderator) -- Tafari Melisizwe, Dignity in Schools Campaign -- Anne Looser, Teachers Unite & Movement of Rank and File Educators (M.O.R.E.) -- Dermott Myrie, M.O.R.E. nominee for UFT president -- Andrea Colon, Rockaway Youth Task Force
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Talk | Neighborhood Stores, Past and Future


Speaker Jen Rubin is the author of We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood. She is is a former New Yorker living in Madison, Wisconsin. An obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town, she has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, teaches the occasional social policy class at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work, and works at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Jen likes to tell a good story and hear a good story and coproduces the Moth StorySlam in Madison.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Footprints: The Art and Life of Gary Erbe


Artist Gary Erbe will lecture on his work which spans over 50 years, followed by a book signing. This 300-page large format volume is scholarly written by Dr. Thomas Folk, Dr. Carol Lowrey, Carter Ratcliff, Dr. Michael W. Schantz and Dr. Louis A. Zona with over 250 color illustrations. It was published on the occasion of Mr. Erbe’s 50 year retrospective which travelled to 5 institutions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading | Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness


Headcase is a groundbreaking collection illustrating the intersection of mental wellness, illness, and LGBTQ identity, as well as the lasting impact of historical views equating queer and trans identity with mental illness. The pieces offer personal views from both providers and clients, often one and the same, about their experiences. Traversing boundaries of race and ethnic identity, age, gender identity, and socioeconomic status, Headcase’s prose and artwork tell personal stories that are vital to LGBTQ survival.
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Readings, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness

Poetry Reading | New Poetry: The Unaccompanied


Simon Armitage is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Unaccompanied (2017); Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989–2014 (2014); Seeing Stars (2010); Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006); and TheShout: Selected Poems (2005).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, New Poetry: The Unaccompanied

Classical Music | String Works by Britten and Schubert


Program: Britten: String Quartet No. 2 Schubert: String Quartet in A minor (“Rosamunde”) Third Prize–winner at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the German-trained, U.K.-based Castalian Quartet performs an hour-long concert.  
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Concerts, April 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, String Works by Britten and Schubert

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 18, 2019, 04/18/2019, New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box
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