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29 free events take place on Thursday, April 14 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 14 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, April 14, 2022

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free events nyc My Heart Is Filled with Longing: German Cantatas and Sinfonias from the 17th Century
free events nyc An Evening with Star Trek's George Takei
free events nyc Clock. Work: A Concert on the Subjectivity of Time
free events nyc Colombian Harp Player Mixes Jazz and Pop
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Concert | Easter Passion:The Final Days of Jesus (online through Apr. 17)


Experience Jesus' last days through scripture and song featuring Max McLean. Easter Passion will follow the footsteps of Jesus in scripture and song from the Last Supper, Gethsemane, the trial before Pilate, Christ's agony and the crucifixion, culminating with His glorious resurrection. Nine Scenes from The Gospel of Mark! Nine Songs! 37 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Easter Passion:The Final Days of Jesus (online through Apr. 17)

Discussion | Compensation for a Just Energy Transition to a Zero-Carbon World (online)


Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris Agreement, requires significant reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 2030 and net-zero GHG emissions by mid-century, and ultimately depends on a rapid shift away from fossil fuels. As we take measures to decarbonize the global energy system, we also need to consider the distributional equity impacts of the energy transition on workers, communities, states, and foreign and domestic investors, and to reflect on the role that international and domestic legal frameworks play and should play in addressing those impacts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Compensation for a Just Energy Transition to a Zero-Carbon World (online)

Symposium | The Parallels Between Genocide Denial in the Balkans and Holocaust Distortion (online)


A virtual symposium co-convened by Adjunct Assistant Professor Tanya Domi and Laura Cohen, Executive Director of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. Genocide denial not only abuses history, including contemporary history, but it also insults the survivors and extends the impact of the original crimes. Denial is the final act that never ends for the survivors. This symposium examines some of the parallels of contemporary genocide denial in the Balkans with increasing Holocaust denial and distortion sweeping across Europe. What can we learn from Holocaust experts and scholars that is applicable to the present? And what are some ways that memory activists resist denial of the most brutal crimes?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, The Parallels Between Genocide Denial in the Balkans and Holocaust Distortion (online)

Book Discussion | Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany (online)


A conversation between Sara Blaylock (University of Minnesota Duluth) and Seth Howes (University of Missouri) to celebrate the publication of Blaylocks's new book. Experimental artists in the final years of the German Democratic Republic did not practice their art in the shadows, on the margins, hiding away from the Stasi's prying eyes. In fact, as Sara Blaylock shows, many cultivated a critical influence over the very bureaucracies meant to keep them in line, undermining state authority through forthright rather than covert projects. In Parallel Public, Blaylock describes how some East German artists made their country's experimental art scene a form of (counter) public life, creating an alternative to the crumbling collective underpinnings of the state. Blaylock examines the work of artists who used body-based practices--including performance, film, and photography--to create new vocabularies of representation, sharing their projects through independent networks of dissemination and display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Parallel Public: Experimental Art in Late East Germany (online)

Discussion | Cultures in Translation (online)


The New York Public Library's World Literature Festival celebrates books and writers from around the world and reflects the languages spoken in our communities. Discover what the Library patrons are reading in different languages, resources the Library offers, free online events, book recommendations, and more. Welcome Jean Kwok, Etgar Keret, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras in the panel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Cultures in Translation (online)

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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Workshops, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Juggling in the Park

Classical Music | My Heart Is Filled with Longing: German Cantatas and Sinfonias from the 17th Century


ARTEK will play 17th century sacred music appropriate for the solemn time of Holy Week. Featured singer is countertenor Ryland Angel, accompanied by a string ensemble. The music includes cantatas by Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Kapellmeister in Thuringia, whose massive output of operas, cantatas, chamber music and more was largely destroyed by fire after his death; and Johann Christoph Bach, the first cousin once removed of J.S. Bach and the most noted member of the Bach family before Johann Sebastian's success. The final piece on the program is an instrumental version of the famous Passion hymn, Herzlich Thut mich verlangen (My heart is filled with longing) by Johann Fischer, a rarely-heard composer whose musical career took him to positions in no less than nine different locations, including Paris at an early age where he was a scribe for Jean-Baptiste Lully; and to Luneburg briefly in 1700, at a time when J.S. Bach was also in Luneburg. Gwendolyn Toth ~ organ & director. Ryland Angel ~ countertenor. Vita Wallace ~ violin. Theresa Salomon ~ violin. Peter Kupfer ~ viola. Dan McCarthy ~ viola. Arnie Tanimoto ~ cello. Motomi Igarashi ~ violone. Adam Cockerham ~ theorbo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Concerts, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, My Heart Is Filled with Longing: German Cantatas and Sinfonias from the 17th Century

Lecture | Dubai's Ambivalent Cosmopolitanism: Exploring Landscapes of Tolerance and Happiness in a Global City (online)


Speaker Delphine Pages-El Karoui is Professor of Geography, INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations), France.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Lectures, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Dubai's Ambivalent Cosmopolitanism: Exploring Landscapes of Tolerance and Happiness in a Global City (online)

Reading | Resisting Visual Biopolitics: Reading and Screening


Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies at the University of California-Irvine, Fatimah Tobing Rony, will read from her new book, How Do We Look?, and screen her multi-award winning short animated film, Annah la Javanaise, about a trafficked 13-year old girl who was found wandering the streets of Paris in 1893 and became the maid and model of painter Paul Gaugin. Her talk will focus on theories of visual biopolitics to examine those who are allowed to live, and those who are allowed to die, in representations of Indonesian women.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Resisting Visual Biopolitics: Reading and Screening

Lecture | What Can Transgender Studies Bring to the French Classroom?


A talk by Blase Provitola, followed by a Q&A. Gender inclusivity in the French language classroom spans a range of issues: asking for students’ pronouns and accords, practicing écriture inclusive, exploring gender-neutral or non-binary French grammar, and expanding cultural content to feature gender minority voices. For each of those topics, this talk will argue that a transgender studies approach is essential to recalibrating understandings of gender in language, especially at a time when charges of wokisme are used to justify institutional transphobia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, What Can Transgender Studies Bring to the French Classroom?

Opening Reception | Mariah Dekkenga: Behind Doors


New paintings by Mariah Dekkenga. Rooted in traditional painting techniques such as glazing, layering and texture manipulation, Dekkenga’s work explores the disconnect between physical and virtual worlds. How images function and how one relates to them as things that transcend their physicality are key concepts. Formal systems expand her approach into how complex relationships like color and form structure our thinking, and create experiences that can not be easily defined or described through language. The limitations of language, when it comes to describing phenomena and physical experience, is a core component of Dekkenga’s work. Dekkenga uses design software as a drawing tool to arrange and rearrange compositions on the computer. Through the process of intuitive variation within a fixed set of compositional parameters, Dekkenga looks for instances where the manipulation of individual variants changes the essence of the formal system as a whole; when the original impulse behind the identity of the formal structure breaks down and something new or unpredictable emerges. Using the painting process as a mode of reflection, Dekkenga internalizes what is distinct or unique and carries it through to the next composition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Mariah Dekkenga: Behind Doors

Talk | An Evening with Star Trek's George Takei


George Takei is known around the world for his role in the acclaimed original TV series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the starship Enterprise. But Takei's story, which includes an acting career that spans six decades, goes where few have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.
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6:00 pm
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Talks, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, An Evening with Star Trek's George Takei

Lecture | Fictions of Consent: Slavery, Servitude, and Free Service in Early Modern England (online)


This talk explores the ideologies of slavery in early modern England, and the fictions of consent that structured and secured them. Urvashi Chakravarty's talk explores the ideologies of slavery in early modern England, and the fictions of consent that structured and secured them. Despite the persistent narrative that England was innocent of racialized slavery, Urvashi Chakravarty argues that the ideologies of slavery were seeded in the quotidian spaces of early modern English life and the everyday contexts of England's service society, from the family to the household to the grammar schoolroom, which inherited and reimagined the legacies of classical slavery and race. The Roman freeman's figurative "stain of slavery" was conscripted by and in the English terms of epidermal race in order to register an immutable sign of bondage and to secure slavery to somatic difference. Thus, as England negotiated its classical inheritances and contemporary contexts for bondage, it also laid the conceptual groundwork for the futures of racialized slavery. And the fictions of consent that organized early modern service and servitude in turn provided the strategies for the insidious frameworks of "happy slavery" in the Atlantic world.
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Lectures, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Fictions of Consent: Slavery, Servitude, and Free Service in Early Modern England (online)

Discussion | Identity, Art and Migration: Artist Refugees from Nazi Germany and Today


A discussion of the life and work of migrant and refugee artists, from exiles persecuted by the Nazi regime to today This is a panel discussion probes historical and all-too contemporary fault lines of persecution, migration, intolerance, cultural complexity, and art. Historians, curators and artists come together to discuss the life and work of artists who were persecuted by the German Nazi regime and came to the US during the first half of the 20th century, while also hearing from living artists who are facing the challenge of relocation to the United States and its transformative effect on individual identity today. How do artists, with their particular set of sensibilities, respond in their work and life to migration and exile?
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Discussions, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Identity, Art and Migration: Artist Refugees from Nazi Germany and Today

Performance | Belly of the Wail: A Score


A series of immersive performances of a musical composition conceived by Sable Elyse Smith, composer Tariq Al-Sabir, and vocalist and artist Freddie June on the occasion of Beneath Tongues, currently on view. Within the exhibition, the triadic composition functions as another text, a B-side to the exhibition’s forthcoming catalogue, that draws from principles of improvisation and looping to create capaciousness. Its three segments (“The Storm,” “The Belly” and “The Reemergence”) consist of a freedom song written by Freddie June that is continuously stretched and reshaped. The score looks to the essence of wailing, shouting, screaming, inhaling and exhaling, “those things we do with the breath,” writes Smith, that make the unspeakable corporeal, that make life rather than noise. June and Al-Sabir will be accompanied by an ensemble of vocalists and musicians. Start times: 6:30pm, 7:30pm
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Performances, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Belly of the Wail: A Score

Poetry Reading | Duende: Poems, 1966-Now: A Half-Century of Poetry by Quincy Troupe (in-person and online)


An evening highlighting a half century of poetry by Quincy Troupe—biographer of Miles Davis, journalist, and author of a new collection. The program will feature Troupe and other invited poets and musicians, reading from the collection, followed by a conversation between poet, visual artist and novelist Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Quincy Troupe.
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Poetry Readings, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Duende: Poems, 1966-Now: A Half-Century of Poetry by Quincy Troupe (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | Poetic Practical: The Unrealized Work of Chris Burden


Celebrate the publication of this book with a conversation between Sydney Stutterheim, art historian and book coeditor; Yayoi Shionoiri, executive director of the Estate of Chris Burden; and artist American Artist, whose recent metaverse-based work Urban Light (2022) engages with Burden’s public sculpture of the same name at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Considering the book’s sustained examination of sixty-seven projects that remained incomplete at the time of Burden’s death in 2015, the trio will discuss the various ways that an artist’s work and legacy lives on beyond their lifetime.
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Book Discussions, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Poetic Practical: The Unrealized Work of Chris Burden

Classical Music | An Evening Honoring German Women Composers


Program: Clara Schumann: Impromptu in E major, Three pieces from Soirées Musicales, op.6 Luise Adolpha Le Beau: Romance for violin and piano, op.35 Ruth Schönthal: “A Bird Song About….” for flute and piano Ingrid Stölzel: “Grand is the Seen” for voice and piano Charlotte Seither: “Dir, mir zu” for voice and piano Isabel Mundry: Song for soprano and piano Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor, op.11 Performed by young artists from Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama, distinguished faculty members, and renowned guests.
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Concerts, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, An Evening Honoring German Women Composers

Lecture | The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth (online)


The Red Deal is a political program for the liberation that emerges from the oldest class struggle in the Americas—the fight by Native people to win sovereignty, autonomy, and dignity. As the Red Nation proclaims, it is time to reclaim the life and future that has been stolen, come together to confront climate disaster, and build a world where all life can thrive. One-part visionary platform, one-part practical toolkit, The Red Deal is a call to action for everyone, including non-Indigenous comrades and relatives who live on Indigenous land. The stakes are clear, decolonization or extinction.  Justine Teba is from the Pueblo tribes of Santa Clara, Tesuque, and Acoma in New Mexico and has been a member of The Red Nation since 2018. She is a member of leadership in The Red Nation and has been a part of almost every campaign during their time in the organization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth (online)

Author Reading | Alien Nation: 36 True Tales of Immigration (in-person and online)


Sofija Stefanovic and friends celebrate immigrant lives in America. America would not be America without its immigrants. A new anthology, adapted from the storytelling event “This Alien Nation,” captures firsthand the past and present of immigration in all its humor, pain, and weirdness. Spanning comedy and tragedy, Alien Nation is a poignant reminder of our shared humanity, and that immigration is not just a word in the news that you’re either “for” or “against. It’s a world—rich with unique voices, perspectives, and experiences. Contributors to Alien Nation share flash readings from the book. Their stories, spanning comedy and tragedy, illuminate what it’s like to be an immigrant in America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading | Astra Magazine Contributors Read


Astra Magazine is a brand new international literary magazine, an emerging must-read for anyone interested in the best new literature from around the world. Astra Magazine will connect readers and writers from around the world - New York to Mexico City, Lagos to Berlin, Copenhagen to Singapore and beyond. We want to bring about a new, borderless, and vital mode of reading, with a focus on literature in translation and original writing in English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Astra Magazine Contributors Read

Author Reading | Post-traumatic: Advocating for the Mentally Ill (online)


Chantal V. Johnson’s debut novel tells the story of Vivian, a lawyer advocating for the mentally ill. From the outside, Vivian has it all. On the inside, she is fighting her own memories and trauma, as well as the challenges of being a Black Latinx woman in America. Post-traumatic is a “new kind of survivor narrative,” illuminating Vivian’s attempts to reconcile her reality through prose rich with empathy, humor, and hope.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Post-traumatic: Advocating for the Mentally Ill (online)

Concert | Clock. Work: A Concert on the Subjectivity of Time


How would life be without clocks? How long would an hour last? A minute, a second? We're surrounded by clocks, are conducted by them and don't dare to ask what time would mean to us once it stops being measured. We only need to adapt to it, arrange our life to its rhythm, live on time in time. But where do these hours come from that seem to last only a second, these seconds, that seem to last forever? A bass clarinetist and a pianist perform, play, move in a dialogue of strictly measured 60 minutes. Pressure of time holds on to you lightly but forces you into the costume of a marionette in only a blink. Yet time itself decides to go crazy and the seam of clothes too tight slowly start ripping. Is this enough to be able to leave the costume of suffocating habits or does real change only happen when old habits lie completely deconstructed in front of us? This is a concert and performance about the subjectivity of time by Duo Doblinger-Neyrinck.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Clock. Work: A Concert on the Subjectivity of Time

Discussion | Writers in Conversation (online)


This event will feature readings by Omer Friedlander and Leigh Newman and a conversation with both authors moderated by Darin Strauss. Audience Q&A to follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Writers in Conversation (online)

Poetry Reading | Vinegar Hill: Poetry from New York Times Bestselling Author Colm Toibin


Fans of Colm Toibin's novels, including The Magician, The Master, and Nora Webster, will relish the opportunity to re-encounter Toibin in verse. Vinegar Hill explores the liminal space between private experiences and public events as Toibin examines a wide range of subjects--politics, queer love, reflections on literary and artistic greats, living through COVID, and facing mortality. The poems reflect a life well-traveled and well-lived; from growing up in the town of Enniscorthy, wandering the streets of Dublin, and crossing the bridges of Venice to visiting the White House, readers will travel through familiar locations and new destinations through Toibin's unique lens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Poetry Readings, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Vinegar Hill: Poetry from New York Times Bestselling Author Colm Toibin

Jazz | Colombian Harp Player Mixes Jazz and Pop


Though the very idea of a harpist leading a jazz band may strike some listeners as an unlikely pairing, Colombian musician and composer Edmar Castaneda, one of the leaders of the next generation of harp players, quickly corrects such presumptions with an intoxicatingly fluid, impossibly intricate and swinging performance style apt to spark dance and shouts of joy. Castaneda gathers inspiration equally from the joropo folk of his Bogota roots and from his love for contemporary and Latin jazz, spiced with excursions into experimentalism and pop.Castaneda and his quartet will perform music from the recently released album Family, including a tribute to the bassist Jaco Pastorius and a fresh take on the classic show tune "My Favorite Things."
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Colombian Harp Player Mixes Jazz and Pop

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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Jazz | Jazz Piano (in-person and online)


Joseph Franklin Block performs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 14, 2022, 04/14/2022, Jazz Piano (in-person and online)

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.
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