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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 12, 2022?

27 free events take place on Tuesday, April 12 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 12 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 Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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free events nyc "What Makes it Italian?": The Music and Architecture of Italy (online)
free events nyc of language desirous: an exercise in approximations and unravelings: Performances and Readings
free events nyc Young Artists Concert: Brahms and More
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Workshop | Forest Fitness


Incorporating climbing multiple staircases, stretches and strengthening exercises, notable tree identification, and forest bathing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel etc.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
Free

Author Reading | Half-Earth Socialism: A Plan to Save the Future from Extinction, Climate Change and Pandemics (online)


In this thrilling and capacious book, Troy Vettese and Drew Pendergrass challenge the inertia of capitalism and the left alike and propose a radical plan to address climate disaster and guarantee the good life for all. Consumption in the Global North can’t continue unabated, and we must give up the idea that humans can fully control the Earth through technological “fixes” which only wreak further havoc.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Book Roundtable on Interwar-Era Soviet Literary Internationalism (online)


Over the last two years, four book-length reconstructions of the pre-WWII Socialist Republic of Letters have come out, which have collectively shifted the emphasis away from the Republic’s more familiar centers of Paris, Berlin, and New York and towards its lesser-documented but vital (often “Eastern”) networks: Katerina Clark, Eurasia without Borders (Harvard UP, Dec. 2021) Edward Tyerman, The Internationalist Aesthetic: China and Early Soviet Culture (Columbia UP, Dec. 2021) Amelia Glaser, Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine (Harvard UP, October 2020) and a volume edited by Amelia Glaser and Steven S. Lee, Comintern Aesthetics (Toronto UP, March 2020) In the process of introducing them, in this roundtable, their authors will also introduce us to a geopoetics and a radical aesthetics, which for a few decades posed a major challenge to the dominant modes of literary valuation, circulation, and worlding, but the memory of which has been erased since.
   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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Lecture | The Portuguese Colonial Policy at the United Nations: An Analysis of the Arguments (online)


While most of the European colonial powers somehow managed after World War II to decolonize, Portugal, under the dictatorship of the Estado Novo (New State) regime, remained committed to preserve its colonial rule, namely in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea, Cabo Verde, and Sao Tome e Principe. After the country’s admission as United Nations (UN) member state in 1955 the relations between the organization and Portugal were characterized by mutual disagreement, born from Portuguese reluctance before 1974 to acknowledge the international oversight of its colonial policy. Involved in a multi-dimensional and complex struggle against the liberation movements, Portugal fought to preserve the colonies through both military operations and an active diplomatic engagement. Portugal mobilized at the UN different arguments based on its colonial ideology, often using political, historical, moral, and legal language. Scholarly writing on the struggle for the independence of Portuguese colonies has neglected how Portugal articulated its colonial policy at the UN. Since there is still room for research, my presentation will address the arguments used by Portugal at the UN to undermine the calls to implement the right for self-determination. Speaker Aurora Almada e Santos is a researcher at the Contemporary History Institute of the New University of Lisbon and a Fulbright post-doctoral researcher at Tulane University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | Artists in Conversation: Multitudes (online)


Artists vanessa german and Amber J. Phillips as they explore their interdisciplinary creative practices and works on view in Multitudes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Lecture | Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: Reflections on Historical and Psychological Dimensions (online)


A talk by Mariam Antadze, project coordinator at the Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Fellow at the ISHR Human Rights Advocates Program. Moderated by Elise Giuliano. Mariam Antadze will discuss the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and its mental health and psychosocial implications on communities. Focusing on how war affects mental health and psychosocial development facilitates a better understanding of trauma experienced by people who are directly or indirectly affected. Among the topics Antadze will discuss: Russia's post-Soviet invasions chronologically; what we have learned from Russia's war in Georgia; understanding how sociopolitical and psychological factors interact in war trauma; psycho- and mental health needs that arise from war; and justice as a healing factor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Author Reading | The Family Plot: Wrong Body in the Grave (online)


In Megan Collins' gripping novel, a family obsessed with true crime gathers to bury their patriarch—only to find another body already in his grave.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussion | Facades: Construction History in New York and Chicago (online)


This discussion focuses on facades. Steel frames freed exterior walls from structural duties, allowing architects new freedom to develop facades that could respond to changing functional and aesthetic criteria. Developers' desire for efficiency and natural daylight led to thinner, lighter walls – "veneers" in the dismissive language of early critics and "curtain walls" in the parlance of more enthusiastic designers. Electric lighting, building materials, and environmental controls all played roles in changing skyscraper skins in both New York and Chicago. However, each city’s proximity to varying sources of stone, glass, and terra cotta – coupled with differing approaches to fire codes and the politics of local labor unions – created subtly different approaches to skyscraper facades. Talks by Tom Leslie and Don Friedman will discuss the aesthetic and technical treatment of the curtain wall as it develops differently in New York and Chicago. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury will unpack the theory and history of the First Chicago School.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 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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5:30 pm
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Talk | "What Makes it Italian?": The Music and Architecture of Italy (online)


"What Makes It Italian?" is a music listening and discussion group that meets online and is open to everyone. The group is led by Gina Crusco. She takes a look at stylistic parallels between the most ephemeral of the arts - music, which dissipates moment by moment - and the near-permanent - architecture, constructed to last many lifetimes. Italy is the birthplace of Renaissance architecture and the homeland of Palladianism, a style which influenced design all over the world. The history of Western architecture has been shaped by such edifices as the Duomo of Milan, the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, and the Villa Capra in Vicenza. Nowadays, Italy is in the forefront of modernist architecture, with two Pritzker Architecture Prizes having gone to Italians. Who were the composers who produced music in the regions and during the eras when these great buildings were erected? Does their music reflect then-current architecture trends? The likes of Alessandro Scarlatti, Giuseppe Verdi, and today's young Giovanni Allevi tell the story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Film | Here. Is. Better. (2021): Recovering from PTSD


In this personal documentary, the intimate lives of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are shared during hopeful therapy sessions. From men to women, Vietnam War to present day, stories are unlocked that dispel myths about PTSD and place focus on veterans’ journeys to a place of healing. 95 min. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the film's director Jack Youngelson and producer Sian Edwards-Beal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure


Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the sisters of Jean-Michel Basquiat, celebrate the publication of their book. This landmark volume tells the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat from the intimate perspective of his family, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences, and the times in which he lived, and features for the first time work from the Estate's largely unseen and significant collection of paintings, drawings, sketches, and ephemera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Club | The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (online)


The group discusses award-winning author Maaza Mengiste’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Shadow King, named a best book of the year by The New York Times, NPR, Elle, Time Magazine, and more. Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. At its heart is orphaned maid Hirut, who finds herself tumbling into a new world of thefts and violations, of betrayals and overwhelming rage. What follows is a heartrending and unputdownable exploration of what it means to be a woman at war. Read along and join us virtually for a discussion of this remarkable saga and the project of excavating history for untold stories.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Music from Around the World (in-person and online)


With the Bowery Trio
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Disney+'s Better Nate Than Never: Cast Member Q&A (online)


Cast Member and TikTok star Alex Wong discusses the series. Wong is a featured dancer in the film. In the film, teenager Nate Foster is an unpopular Midwestern kid who entertains vivid fantasies of becoming a big Broadway musical star. In the meantime, however, Nate can’t even get a decent role in his middle school’s drama productions, getting cast as a tree in the chorus instead of the lead role he craves.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | The Empty Chair: A Holiday Conversation About Missing Those We Love (online)


As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are mindful of those we have lost and those for whom travel remains a challenge. Rabbi Andy Bachman, Executive Director of JCP, and Stephanie Garry, Executive Vice President of Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, host an intimate discussion related to Passover.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | A Conversation on Ivorian Artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré (online)


Writers Edwige-Renée Dro and Wayétu Moore and artist Meleko Mokgosi discuss the intersections of image, language, and knowledge production in Africa and its diaspora. This conversation, moderated by Uzodinma Iweala, CEO of The Africa Center, will take as its starting point the work of Ivorian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, who sought out and transmitted knowledge through his visual art and writings, drawing on sources from folklore to philosophy, popular culture, and daily life. The program will probe the role of the artist in traversing cultures and fields of learning, and ask how systems of language reinforce or resist forces of colonization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Classical Music | Vivaldi at a Beautiful Church (in-person and online)


Ryland Angel, countertenor and director, Queens Baroque Ensemble, Nicolas Haigh, organ, present a Marian program featuring Vivaldi's Stabat Mater for strings and solo countertenor. Covid protocol in effect.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:45 pm
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Staged Reading | Cercle Hermaphroditos: Trans in 1895


In Shualee Cook's play set in 1895 New York, trans man Ambrose Carlton has a plan to beat the restrictive system around him and live as himself as much as possible - to find a bride at Roland "Laureline" Reeves' infamous Cercle Hermaphroditos, a social club for "androgynes" (aka: trans women). Ambrose hopes to find a lady at the club he can legally marry, then live the life expected of them in public while pursuing the life they want in private. But finding the proper match becomes more difficult than he expected, especially after the club is raided by police and the fragile safe place Laureline has created threatens to break apart for good.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Performance | of language desirous: an exercise in approximations and unravelings: Performances and Readings


A suite of performances and readings by choreographer Jonathan Gonzalez, poet Ica Sadagat and performance (con) artist troizel xx. Thinking alongside the provocations offered by Beneath Tongues exhibition curator Sable Elyse Smith -- that language, sound, and noisemaking can establish new realities within an antagonistic present -- of language desirous is an invitation to consider the psychic, spiritual, and somatic constellations that languages create, challenge, and reorder. This collective of interlocutors also takes as points of departure the written, movement-based, and sonic landscapes of artists including Kazim Ali, Don Mee Choi, Forough Farrokhzad, Aretha Franklin, Petero Kalule, Toni Morrison, and Okwui Okpokwasili.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Author Reading | Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate


A memoir, biography, work of history, and literary criticism all in one, this moving book tells the story of three exiled writers—Erich Auerbach, François Fénelon, and W. G. Sebald—and their relationship with the classics, from Homer to Mimesis. Memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn explores the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of the stories we tell.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talk | Photography Lecture: Gun Violence in America (online)


Joe Quint is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Brooklyn. Widely exhibited, Quint’s work consists largely of telling well-intentioned and respectful stories about the human condition and people on journeys—those who are either experiencing great challenges or who have overcome such challenges. Quint has an ongoing project about the impact of gun violence on a diverse group of Americans and he’s recently completed an award-winning film about a gun violence and a domestic violence survivor who has channeled her traumas into service.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Posters & Cocktails: Pussy Galore (online)


MEE-OWW! Posters & Cocktails is back to delight guests around the world! Move over man’s best friend, there’s a new four-legged pussy in town. Poster House Chief Curator Angelina Lippert and Nicholas Lowry of Swann Auction Galleries pounce t\hrough the sassy world of cat posters. Keep your saucer nearby as Don Spiro of The Green Fairy Society shows you how to mix the purrfect cat-inspired cocktail. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Author Reading | Sedating Elaine: A Less-Than-Ideal Love Affair (online)


In Dawn Winter's debut novel, Frances was not looking for a relationship when she met Elaine in a bar. She was, in fact, looking to drown her sorrows in a pint or twelve and nurse a broken heart--but somehow, Elaine ended up in Frances's bed and never left. Now, faced with mounting pressure from her drug dealer, Dom (and his goon, Betty), Frances comes up with a terrible idea: she asks Elaine to move in with her for real.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Young Artists Concert: Brahms and More


Students of Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music perform works as part of Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Music Mentorship Program's Young Artists Series. Program will include works by Valerie Coleman, Johannes Brahms, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
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