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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 8, 2022?

27 free events take place on Friday, 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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27 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, April 8, 2022

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free events nyc Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free Speech in the Streets (online)
free events nyc Dune (2021): 6-Time Oscar Winner with Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya
free events nyc Girls/Museum (2020): Art Through the Eyes of the Young
free events nyc The Dance Floor: BTS K-Pop with DJ Gamma Vibes
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Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Symposium | Lies, Free Speech, and the Law (online)


A symposium to explore how the law regulates or should regulate false and misleading speech. The symposium will focus on five themes that examine the connections between lies, freedom of speech (construed broadly), and the law. These are: 1) the sociological and constitutional status of false or misleading speech; 2) defining the category of lies; 3) structural regulation and the problem of lies; 4) government lies; and 5) the deregulation of disclosure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:15 am
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Lecture | Jewish Translation in Early Modern Europe: A Bird's Eye View (online)


Iris Idelson-Shein's talk will explore the translation of Latin texts into Jewish languages between the years 1500 and 1800. Through surveys of hundreds of such translations produced in Germany and Italy, the lecture will address how and why these translations were created, who was responsible for them, and what they reveal about Jewish culture and society in early modern Europe generally. Iris Idelson-Shein teaches in the department of Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Author Reading | Recovering Histories: Life and Labor After Heroin in Reform-Era China (online)


Heroin first reached Gejiu, a Chinese city in southern Yunnan known as Tin Capital, in the 1980s. Widespread use of the drug, which for a short period became “easier to buy than vegetables,” coincided with radical changes in the local economy caused by the marketization of the mining industry. More than two decades later, both the heroin epidemic and the mining boom are often discussed as recent history. Middle-aged long-term heroin users, however, complain that they feel stuck in an earlier moment of the country’s rapid reforms, navigating a world that no longer resembles either the tightly knit Maoist work units of their childhood or the disorienting but opportunity-filled chaos of their early careers. Author Nicholas Bartlett explores how individuals’ varying experiences of recovery highlight shared challenges of inhabiting China’s contested present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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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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Discussion | Technopolitics of Monetary Management (online)


Professor Isabel Feichtner, Professor Fadhel Kaboub, and Professor Costas Lapavitsas engage seminar participants in a wide ranging discussion on the technopolitics of monetary management and present on some of their most recent work. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free Speech in the Streets (online)


Graffiti is an effective tool for expressing political discontent and circumventing censorship, especially in autocratic and censored states. Dr. Alexis Lerner spent a decade walking the alleyways and underpasses of the post-Soviet region and post communist Europe, from Berlin and Minsk to Tbilisi and Vladivostok. During that time, she immersed herself in daily life, first in Moscow and then with a community of graffiti artists across the region, mapping out the graffiti districts of dozens of cities, cataloguing tens of thousands of images, and conducting longitudinal and multi-sited observations of symbols and discourse. In this talk, Dr. Alexis Lerner explains some of the trends in political and social discourse that she has observed over both space and time, with a focus on the graffiti that has appeared since February 24th, in response to the Kremlin's war in Ukraine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

Concert | Tartan Day Observance Concert


The American Scottish Foundation celebrates the 24th anniversary of National Tartan Day with a lunchtime concert. With readings from the Declaration of Arbroath, written in 1320 by Scottish barons and addressed to Pope John XXII. Performances by: Craig Weir-Piper Highland Divas NYU Pipe Band Noisemaker
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Dune (2021): 6-Time Oscar Winner with Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya


A noble family becomes embroiled in a war for control over the galaxy's most valuable asset while it's heir becomes troubled by visions of a dark future. Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya 155 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Francis Bacon: The First Pope (online)


Livestreaming from the Francis Bacon: The First Pope exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, London, the conversation will explore the groundbreaking rediscovery of the painting 'Landscape with Pope/Dictator' (c. 1946), the painting's importance as arguably the earliest exemplar in Bacon's pope series, and how the artist's fascination with propaganda and the conflation of Fascist and papal imagery played a significant role both in this particular work and the series as a whole. Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 - 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his raw, unsettling imagery. Focusing on the human form, his subjects included crucifixions, portraits of popes, self-portraits, and portraits of close friends, with abstracted figures sometimes isolated in geometrical structures. Rejecting various classifications of his work, Bacon said he strove to render "the brutality of fact." He built up a reputation as one of the giants of contemporary art with his unique style.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Zootopia (2016): Animated Adventure


In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba 108 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Supertall!: A Curator's Tour


Museum director Carol Willis will offer a gallery tour of the show that surveys 58 supertalls worldwide and highlights a dozen recently completed towers that represent some of the stunning new forms and innovative approaches to structural engineering around the world today. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Nora Turato: govern me harder


Throughout her oeuvre, which spans performance, video, graphic design, and wall work, Turato boldly deploys text in various permutations to alchemize the onslaught of language in our contemporary moment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opera | Seven Sisters: A Chamber Opera Workshop


A chamber opera musical workshop with: Justine F. Chen, Music Stephanie Fleischmann, Libretto Kelly Kuo, Conductor Aya Ogawa, Director Cori Ellison, Dramaturg Jeremy Chan, Musical Preparation  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts (online)


Featuring: 6:00 pm: Jessie Kilguss 6:30 pm: Laurie Anne Creus 7:00 pm: Adeem the Artist
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Ana Benaroya: Swept Away


The exhibi­tion comprises large-scale paintings and seven works on paper that depict women’s bodies—the artist’s central theme—considered through their relationship to water. Ana Benaroya’s paintings depict substantial women whose extravagant musculatures gleefully upset traditional expectations of dainty femininity. Her work constructs a fresh female gaze that recasts women in dominant roles, endowing them with an assertive, idiosyncratic and frankly sexual presence. Referencing art historical and contemporary sources, Benaroya explores the dynamics of queer desire, in which bodies are on display for themselves and on their own terms. In compositions animated by complex networks of attraction, Benaroya makes visible forms of lesbian desire that are typically rendered latent or invisible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Bernard-Marie Koltes: Seven Plays (In Person AND Online)


Celebrating the publication edited and with an introduction by Amin Erfani. The anthology is the first collection of the seven major plays by seminal French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes (1948-1989) in American English. Translated in over thirty languages, Koltes is considered to be the most important French playwright of the end of the twentieth century, and heir to the legacy of Jean Cocteau, Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Kane and Heiner Muller. Short readings of excerpts directed by Amin Erfani and Frank Hentschker; with New York actors Ben Becher, Josefina Scaro, Michael Wiener, a.o., followed by a conversation with Amin Erfani, a Q & A, and a reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Haley Josephs: Passages


In this exhibition, American artist Haley Josephs has continued to develop her elemental imagery into spiritual realms. Her subjects, human and non-human, are now set on moving forward through acts of growth and decay, like the nurse log, or the fallen tree that decays but sustains its elemental neighbors. In their decay, grief is substituted for bounty, and for beauty. The characters of the forest and the natural milieu in Josephs’ works are shifting, engaging in the transformation of death and rebirth, childhood, and womanhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | The Absolute Restoration of All Things: Showcasing Environmental Damage


The contrast in scales between the small volume of the sculpture in relation to the massive open pit clearly showcases the environmental damage caused by the mining industry. This sculpture and its accompanying plaque function as an anti-monument to the site’s dispossession. They are part of the exhibition by artist Miguel Fernández de Castro and anthropologist Natalia Mendoza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | A Hundred Lovers: New Poetry (online)


Richie Hofmann’s new book of poems is forthcoming from Knopf in 2022. He is the author of Second Empire (2015), and his poetry appears recently in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Yale Review. He teaches at Stanford University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Film | Girls/Museum (2020): Art Through the Eyes of the Young


A voyage through the historical art collection of the MdbK/Museum der bildenden Kunste Leipzig, guided by the expertise and insights of a group of girls, ages 7 to 19. Moving from artwork to artwork, century to century, they tell us what they see. German with English subtitles. Director: Shelly Silver 71 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Author Reading | In Praise of Good Bookstores: Devoted Reader's Ode


From a devoted reader and lifelong bookseller, an eloquent and charming reflection on the singular importance of bookstores Do we need bookstores in the twenty-first century? If so, what makes a good one? In this beautifully written book, Jeff Deutsch--the director of Chicago's Seminary Co-op Bookstores, one of the finest bookstores in the world--pays loving tribute to one of our most important and endangered civic institutions. He considers how qualities like space, time, abundance, and community find expression in a good bookstore. Along the way, he also predicts--perhaps audaciously--a future in which the bookstore not only endures, but realizes its highest aspirations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading | Exile Is My Home: Scenes from Four Plays


The world premiere of "Exile Is My Home", a showcase of scenes based on four plays by award-wining feminist author and educator Domnica Rădulescu, one of the most accomplished Romanian-American writers. Hailed as "breath-taking in their imaginative scope" (Christine Evans) and written with brilliant skill and wild imagination, Domnica’s irreverent and utterly original examination of immigration  is brought to the stage by an energetic artistic ensemble helmed by director Rachel Tamarin. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More (online)


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Dress in Code: The Stories We Want to Believe (online)


In Li-ying Chien's play, Jun-fan is startled awake from a nightmare again. A Nurse offers a cure: Write down the story, she tells. It could be the story of Jun-fan's past lives. There may be unfinished business to resolve. Who knows- We all choose the stories we want to believe. And whatever we believe in makes us who we are.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Dancing | The Dance Floor: BTS K-Pop with DJ Gamma Vibes


The international sensation that is K-Pop has infiltrated and affected every level of contemporary music, from the Billboard charts to the Broadway stage. Now, in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center New York, the unstoppable craze takes over Lincoln Center with a series of dance parties designed for both the hardcore fan and the K-Pop curious. Each specially themed evening begins with a short movement tutorial, so bring a friend (or plan to meet someone new) and prepare to live out your K-Pop fantasies! The dance party celebrates BTS, the seven-member juggernaut that has soared to global superstardom with energetic, hip-hop influenced #1 hits. NYC's own K-Pop specialist DJ Gamma Vibes will play BTS' biggest singles and deepest cuts for a show that's smooth like butter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

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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