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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 7, 2022?

38 free events take place on Thursday, April 7 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 7 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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38 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, April 7, 2022

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free events nyc Understanding Moscow's Foreign Policy: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Dilemmas (online)
free events nyc Celebrating 105 Years of Cuban Percussionist Mongo Santamaria
free events nyc Mirrors: Reflection on Identity and Art
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Workshop | Exploring the Power of Mindfulness (online)


ERM Mindfulness is an online program designed with positive psychology insights and neuroscience research to help participants to experience the present moment with increased acceptance, nurturing curiosity and promoting collaboration. Our minds have a natural tendency to wander. Now with the challenges that come from increased time spent at home and away from in-person activities, we have an opportunity to develop a greater sense of wellbeing and interconnectedness by training our minds to become more aware and less judgmental. By cultivating awareness of emotions while reinforcing positive values and goals, students will have an opportunity to practice mindful listening and meditation in 3 sections: Clarity: focused attention and open monitoring guided meditations Compassion: active listening and self-compassion for collaboration Creativity: leadership communication and visualization With: Rajiah Williams Leong
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Lecture | Understanding Moscow's Foreign Policy: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Dilemmas (online)


In this talk, Sergey Radchenko will explore the underlying motivations of Soviet and Russian foreign policies. Drawing on recently declassified documents, he will explain the relationship between Soviet foreign policy and domestic legitimacy, and trace continuities in Moscow's policymaking between the Cold War and the present day
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free

Book Discussion | Thoughts On People, Planet, and Profit: Responsible Investing (online)


A collection of essays about responsible investing from the field’s pioneer. It’s also a book about hope. Through short, thoughtful ruminations on everything from championing biodiversity to just saying “no” to war, author Amy Domini, founder and chair of Domini Impact Investments LLC, demonstrates that when investors come together to care for the greater good, they can ensure both people and planet continue to thrive. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Fashioning the Future (online)


Will the future of fashion come from the forest? The fashion industry is one of the most wasteful industries on the planet, and is rife with toxic materials. Experts agree that change is needed, but what kind of change? Could the root system of mushrooms offer a possible solution?  Dig into these questions and more with people on the frontline of research into mycelium: Researcher Carol Collet and brand representatives from Mylo. Mylo is a pioneering company developing a mycelium-based leather alternative for  mass production. They are working with like-minded and leading brands such as Stella McCartney, Adidas and Lululemon. Carol Collet is a material experimenter. She will discuss her own creative quest to discover a variety of patterning techniques for mycelium textiles, and contextualize Mylo’s work in the broader (and brand new) mycelium field. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshop | World Peace and Healing: Meditation (online)


White Tara, a female Buddha dearly beloved by followers of the Tibetan tradition, is an embodiment of wisdom, virtue, and longevity. Her practice, full of visual symbolism, is also widely used for protection, healing and pacifying the suffering of the world, and is done daily by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This 30-minute session, guided by Venerable Lobsang Tenpa, will include a beginner-level meditation on White Tara's symbolism, her mantra, and the unique mental actions used to balance our inner and outer elements.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Staged Reading | Beyond Words: For the Love of Parrots


An offbeat 30-year love story between a scientist and a research subject: Dr. Irene Pepperberg studies the cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots. Written by Laura Maria Censabella, directed by Linsay Firman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Gallery Talk | Multitudes: Exhibition Tour (online)


From extraordinary early American portraits and dazzlingly complex quilts to playful whimsy bottles, delicately hand-tinted photographs, and fragments of rare twentieth-century art environments, this is an exhibition that celebrates six decades of collecting at the American Folk Art Museum across four centuries of folk and self-taught art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talk | Guy Hocquenghem, Gay Liberation, and the Legacy of May '68 (online)


Speaker Scott Branson's translation of Guy Hocquenghem's second book,Gay Liberation After May '68, will be published by Duke University Press in April 2022.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams.(online)


Pioneering historian Jonathan Ned Katz for a talk about his new biography, Katz uncovers the story of Eve Adams -- an associate of Emma Goldman, a radical activist who ran lesbian- and -gay-friendly tea rooms in Chicago and New York and who, in 1925, published a book titled Lesbian Love. For her writing and her activism, Adams was surveilled, arrested, and deported to Europe where she died at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Katz will discuss Adams' extraordinary life and his research to uncover this history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Covid protocol applies. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Xenophobia During COVID-19: Americans' Attitudes Towards Immigrants and Refugees (online)


Speaker Liza Steele is Associate Professor of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Lisa Brice: Last Chance Salon


For any figurative painter working today, the specters of art history haunt their brushstrokes. These specters—we all know—are predominantly men: men frequently painting women, who are frequently nude. This is the slippery territory that South African painter Lisa Brice chooses to inhabit. And not just inhabit, but complicate, muddy, and turn on its head in refreshingly satisfying ways. Brice’s paintings and drawings are populated by scantily clad women; in groups, or alone, they saunter, slouch, smoke, pose and paint—themselves—in interiors that feel either privately domestic or behind the scenes of something public. Knickers halfway down—or removed entirely—they often appear to be mid-costume-change, grasping cigarettes, a beer, a clutch of paintbrushes, looking either to one another or into mirrors, assuredly studying their own reflections.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Stage Fright: Group Show


A presentation of 20th-century sculpture. The exhibition that emerged presents a group of works that consider modernism’s devotion to that most fundamental of subjects: the human figure. It features works by Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brâncuși, Marcel Duchamp, Marisol Escobar, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, and Alina Szapocznikow that represent the body in extremis—shown ruptured in pieces or pared down to the essentials—in surrogates that stand for the whole. \
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Philanthropy, Climate Change and Immigration: Impact, Challenge and Opportunity (online)


Explore the intersection of philanthropy, climate change and immigration. Led by M.S. Nonprofit Management Lecturer Erwin de Leon, PhD, three experts will discuss the impacts climate change and immigration have on each other and our world, the challenges they create and opportunities for philanthropy to promote equity, health and dignity. Additionally, they will talk about cross-movement work, entry points for funders, and the importance of collaboration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Elaine Black Yoneda: Jewish Immigration, Labor Activism, and Japanese American Exclusion and Incarceration (online)


During World War II, Elaine Black Yoneda, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, spent eight months in a concentration camp—not in Europe, but in California. She did this voluntarily and in solidarity, insisting on accompanying her husband, Karl, and their son, Tommy, when they were incarcerated at the Manzanar Relocation Center. Elaine Black Yoneda is the first critical biography of this pioneering feminist and activist. Rachel Schreiber deftly traces Yoneda’s life as she became invested in radical politics and interracial and inter-ethnic labor activism. Schreiber illuminates the ways Yoneda’s work challenged dominant discourses and how she reconciled the contradictory political and social forces that shaped both her life and her family’s. Highlighting the dangers of anti-immigrant and anti-Asian xenophobia, Elaine Black Yoneda recounts an extraordinary life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | David Orr: Radiance + Reflection


A new solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based visual artist David Orr, who will be in attendance. Orr’s work explores symmetry, themes of interconnection and impermanence, and ways we apply order. The exhibition is organized around two bodies of work emerging from Orr’s interests where philosophy and science align: ILLUMINED, wherein photographs of sacred manuscripts, texts, and sūtras are digitally recombined into abstract forms, and Mandala Lunae, moon photography which Orr arranges into complex geometries — a series begun and developed when he had to stay-in-place during the pandemic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Illusion in Design: New Trends in Architecture and Interiors


Gay Giordano and Paul Gunther's magical volume presents cutting-edge examples of optical illusion in design as employed by today’s architects, interior designers, furniture designers, and others at work bending the appearance of reality for purposes of aesthetics, practical problem-solving, or pure fun. The authors look at residences across the globe, as well as spaces beyond the home, which utilize a myriad of astonishing techniques.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Johannah Herr: I Have Seen the Future


Twenty-five years apart, in the very heart of the American Century, two World’s Fairs were held in Flushing Meadows. On the precipice of World War and at the height of the Cold War, the world came to New York City, and New York City showed itself to the world. Tens of millions of visitors flocked to Queens to glimpse the American Way, paved the world over as an unyielding, uniform path hewn by capitalism and democracy. They stood in awe before the Unisphere and beheld the unilateral force that thundered forth as mushroom clouds—and Coca-Cola.  The World’s Fairs are a testament to a time and a place when America looked both within and without, from a city that dares to call itself the Capital of the World. Through a sensibility that emphasizes intersectionality, interconnectedness, and correlation, I Have Seen the Future takes the opportunity to look back at how visions of utopia of 1939 and 1964 have defined our reality in the 21st century. Named for the slogan on pins that were available at General Motors’ “Futurama” in both 1939 and 1964, I Have Seen the Future is a multifaceted, immersive exhibit of components meant to evoke the experience of visiting the World’s Fair—with the hindsight of 2022. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you’ll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Climate Doom and Eco-Anxiety (online)


This conversation will be moderated by Columbia undergraduate student and Columbia Climate Conversations creator Lauren Ritchie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | No Body is Closed: Discussing the Collective Self


A conversation between visual artist Cornelia Thomsen and renowned novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt. In this exchange, the two New-York based painter and novelist will reflect on the concept of the collective self―the many ways in which human identities are created, disassembled, and reconfigured in the context of social, political, historical, cultural, and familial systems. They will discuss how the complex process by which countless influences bear upon the formation and evolution of the self has impacted their personal histories and memories. How, for instance, did their selves evolve at the interstices of different languages, cultures, and political systems? What influence has this multiplicity of belonging had on their later lives? How do memories, and present circumstances, continually reshape one’s sense of being and self -- and, in that context, how has the experience of motherhood reshaped their identities? How are their multifaceted and multitudinous identities reflected, discussed, and negotiated in their literature and art?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Nonfiction Forum (online)


A reading with Deborah Levy as she sits down with Honor Moore to discuss her work. Levy’s award-winning trilogy of genre-bending "living autobiographies", considers the matter of finding a voice and the courage and purpose to use it.
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Book Discussion | Noble Volunteers: British Soldiers Who Fought in the American Revolution (online)


Military histories often focus on battles campaigns, overlooking the soldiers who fought them. Who were the red-coated soldiers who formed the ranks of the British army in the 1770s? In this talk, Don N. Hagist will investigate where British soldiers were from, what they did before joining the army, what motivated them to enlist, how they were trained, how they lived in America on campaign and in garrison, and what became of them after the war.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: The Hare with Amber Eyes (online)


In conjunction with the exhibition The Hare with Amber Eyes, on view at the Jewish Museum, Edmund de Waal will be in conversation with journalist and author Sandee Brawarsky. The pair will discuss de Waal's recently published writings and their intricate mappings of objects and stories, as well as the exhibition and his ceramic installations that investigate themes of history, memory, identity, exile, and displacement. Edmund Arthur Lowndes de Waal, (born 10 September 1964) is a contemporary English artist, master potter and author. He is known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter: Music, Dance, Poetry


A monthly ceremonial fire centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge, with guest artists and activists engaging through music, dance, poetry, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Slavery, Capitalism, and Empire (online)


A virtual conversation with incredible thinkers exploring activism and scholarship on slavery, capitalism, and empires. A number of new books demonstrate how central the transatlantic slave trade and U.S. imperialism were to the development of U.S. capitalism. Join speakers Adom Getachew, Peter James Hudson, Justene Hill Edwards, and Daniel Immerwahr for a discussion of the political economy of race and resistance from the vantage points of the Caribbean, U.S., and Africa.  .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | 2 New Books: The Dolphin House / The Unwritten Book


The Dolphin House by Audrey Schulman: Based on the true story of the 1965 "dolphin house" experiment, this spellbinding novel captures the tenor of the social experiments of the 1960's in award-winning author Audrey Schulman's tightly paced and evocative style. The Unwritten Book by Samantha Hunt: From Samantha Hunt, the award-winning author of The Dark Dark, comes her first work of nonfiction, a genre-bending creation that explores the importance of books, the idea of haunting, and messages from beyond. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Wake in Fright (1971): Stranded in the Outback (online)


After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent. Director: Ted Kotcheff Stars: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty 109 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Celebrating 105 Years of Cuban Percussionist Mongo Santamaria


Cuban born pianist, composer and vocalist Melvis Santa and her band will perform a night of music in celebration of the life of percussionist, bandleader and fellow Cuban, Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria Rodriguez. Santamaria spent most of his career in the United States and was a leading figure in the pachanga and boogaloo dance crazes of the 1960s. Through the 1970s and his retirement in the late- 1990s he was mainly known for his Latin jazz and salsa. His rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress (online)


A sharing of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response curated and facilitated by dancer, choreographer, writer, researcher Mark DeGarmo. Mark DeGarmo Dance continues its transcultural transdisciplinary Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change 2022 to an international audience on Zoom with performances featuring global performing artists from New York City and Riga, Latvia-- Sloga Iyengar (New York City), Marija Krtolica & Dustin Maxwell (New York City), Aigars Larionovs & Nauris Mikelis Goba (Riga, Latvia), and Debbie Mausner (New York City). Each performance is curated and includes audience response supported, encouraged, and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo. d's cultural heritage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Writers in Conversation (online)


Meghan O'Rourke is a writer, poet, and editor. She is the author of The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness; the bestselling memoir The Long Goodbye; and the poetry collections Sun In Days; ,Once, and Halflife. O’Rourke is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Whiting Nonfiction Award, the May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and two Pushcart Prizes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms: Stories and Essays (online)


“Most of the good things that have happened in my life have been happy accidents and this book is no exception,” writes author Tim McLoughlin of his witty, proudly idiosyncratic, and deeply New York-infused new collection of fictions and essays. An opioid-addicted catsitter electronically eavesdrops on his neighbors only to hear devastating truths. A degenerate gambler stakes his life on a long shot because he sees three lucky numbers on the license plate of a passing car. These stories and more, drawn from his thirty-year career in the criminal justice system, are filled with characters rife with quirks and misjudgments to shine a light on worlds that few have access to.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | Impastoral: New Poetry


Each of Brandan Griffin's poems is an organism, a collection of living connections, looped interiorities strung together in worlds tunneling through worlds. The poems’ composition becomes a decomposition of budding, breeding, and fluctuating. Reading this collection is an experience of becoming deformed and merged into the experiences of other beings; you are sea vent, microprocessor, cell gel, bug, a greenly translucent leaf typed half a sound at a time. Griffin invites us to imagine all possible beings and to hatch into a fresh world.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Exile: Music of the Early Modern Jewish Diaspora


Incantare, in collaboration with Rutgers faculty and specialists in early music, explores the continuities and influences between Jewish and non-Jewish music and musicians in Renaissance and early-modern Europe. The program sheds new light on the powerful role played by Jews in the formation of musical culture during this volatile period, when the foundations of the European musical tradition were forged. Exile is closely tied with the forthcoming book Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy, co-edited by Lynette Bowring, Rebecca Cypess, and Liza Malamut.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Discussion | Mirrors: Reflection on Identity and Art


Identity is a lifelong process that involves defining your beliefs, values, and sense of self. As the Chamber Music Society looks ahead to the final performance in its New Milestones series this season, it presents a riveting conversation reflecting and exploring identity through the experience of the groundbreaking, idiosyncratic American composer Julius Eastman, whose singular existence was firmly ensconced in his music and life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Save the Children: Concert for Ukraine (in-person and online)


A concert to support Ukraine, featuring performances by Mannes School of Music students and alumni. Hear uplifting works by composers as diverse as Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Prokofiev and J.S. Bach, as well as Ukrainian composers Mykola Lysenko, Myroslav Skoryk, and more. Program: Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata Op. 78, I Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata Op. 2, No. 1, I Ahmed Adnan Saygun - Sonatina Op. 11, III Mykola Lysenko - Elegy, Op. 41/3 Frédéric Chopin - Preludes 1-6 Pyotr Tchaikovsky/Arr. Mikhail Pletnev - The Nutcracker Suite, IV - Intermezzo Darius Milhaud - Élégie for Cello and Piano, Op. 251 Margaret Bonds - "Troubled Water" Frédéric Chopin - Ballade No. 2 in F Major Frédéric Chopin - Polonaise in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2 J.S. Bach - Partita No. 2 - Allemande Sergei Prokofiev - Etude Op. 2, No. 1 Myroslav Skoryk - Prelude and Fugue in C Major Leos Janáček - "On an Overgrown Path" Ricky Ian Gordon & Emily Dickinson -  "Will There Really Be A Morning?"
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Play | Larry and Lucy: Drama Reminiscent of Midnight Cowboy, Whitnail and I


Reminiscent in tone of classic films like "Midnight Cowboy" and "Whitnail & I," Larry & Lucy is about two emotionally wounded outsiders struggling to find a sense of place in the world. The play touches on the themes of loneliness, togetherness and the continuing opiate crisis in America. Larry is a worn-out, 63-year-old street muralist who now barely supports his meager, one room Hollywood existence by driving for Uber. Lucy is a fragile Kansas City teen runaway looking to beat a heroin addiction. After a few chance meetings the two embark on a series of misadventures that help them gain insight into their troubled lives, yet also reminds them of the difficulties they'll face when trying to overcome their deep rooted afflictions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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