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46 free events take place on Thursday, April 28 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!

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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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46 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, April 28, 2022

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free events nyc Works for clarinet by DEBUSSY, IGOR STRAVINSKY, VON WEBER, and more
free events nyc House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed (online)
free events nyc Prize-Winning Quartet from Vienna
free events nyc Emel, Tunisian Singer-Songwriter
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Film | Miss Potter (2006): Biographical Drama with Renee Zellweger (online, streaming for 24 hrs)


Inspired by a true story set in Victorian England, a tale charting the life of Beatrix Potter--a literary phenomenon of the early 20th century. At a time when most young women of her class aimed only to make a good marriage, Beatrix became an iconic figure, swimming quietly, but with great fortitude, against the tide. She created a series of books and characters that are as beloved today as they were a hundred years ago, and since their publication they have never been out of print. She was also a distinguished painter and--had she been a man--her botanical drawings would have been snapped up by the Royal Horticultural Society at Kew Gardens.  Directed by Chris Noonan Starring: Renee Zellweger; Ewan McGregor; Emily Watson; Barbara Flynn; Bill Paterson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Discussion | Fleeing a Home, Seeking a Home: Jewish Refugees in Modern Times (online)


In the thick of a refugee crisis, with an official count of 82.4 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (CUNY) and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies (NYU) continue to offer a year-long series that tackles historical and current cases. This panel grapples with refugee Jews displaced by war in three different geopolitical contexts: Ukraine, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Profs Jeff Veidlinger, Eliyana Adler, and Shay Hazkani recapture lost voices of displacement and rethink the meaning of "refugee" as they explore the experiences of Ukrainian Jews who left their homes in the wake of anti-Jewish violence unleashed during the Russian Civil War; Polish Jews who, in the midst of the Holocaust, fled the Germans and were deported by the Soviets to Central Asia; and of Moroccan Jews, who immigrated to Israel shortly after the establishment of the Jewish state.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

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 | Revisiting the Computer Art Festivals of 1973-1975: Digital Art and Institutional Models (online)


A panel discussion with Rebecca Cleman, Auriea Harvey, Kelani Nichole, Lumi Tan, and Addie Wagenknecht, moderated by Tina Rivers Ryan inspired by the legacy of the Computer Art Festivals (1973-1975), alongside an online presentation of video works, programs, and materials from the event’s three year history. In the first panel, organizers and artists from the initial festivals will discuss the original impetus for the project, the nature of computer art at the time, and the event’s resonances today. In the second, contemporary digital art practitioners and institutional voices will consider the role of institutions in producing and shaping art made with computers. At the time of the Computer Art Festivals in the 1970s, art made with computers was largely the domain of institutions. From university and private research laboratories to alternative arts organizations and galleries, institutions were necessary to steward expensive equipment, facilitate information exchange, and build context for emerging forms. In the intervening decades, computer art (now referred to as digital art) has transformed considerably alongside the rapid development of technology and digital culture, and drastic shifts in public and private funding structures. With the advent of personal computing and ostensibly decentralized distribution, the role of such institutions in producing and shaping the context of art made with computers has been questioned and reconfigured. This conversation will engage contemporary artists and institutional voices to consider the role of institutions in digital art today. Has technology made such institutions redundant, or more critical than ever? What roles might institutions play in supporting emerging digital practices, now and in the future?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works for clarinet by DEBUSSY, IGOR STRAVINSKY, VON WEBER, and more


Ning Zhang, Clarinet. Program: CLAUDE DEBUSSY Première Rhapsodie IGOR STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet CARL MARIA VON WEBER Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73 JAN DUŠEK Unsent Letter FRANCIS POULENC Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

Dance Performance | Galileo's Daughters: Music from a 17th-Century Italian Convent (in-person and online)


Galileo's Daughters bring alive through music and readings the era of Suor Maria Celeste, whose letters to her famous father make vivid the spiritual and daily life of a 17th century woman. Compositions performed will be from their new release, "Galileo's Daughter". Sarah Pillow ~ soprano Mary Anne Ballard ~ viola da gamba Ronn McFarlane ~ lute with guests Melissa Fogarty ~ soprano Christa Patton ~ harp Galileo's Daughters was founded by soprano Sarah Pillow in 2001 to present a different kind of early music recital that combines music, spoken word and the visual arts to create thought-provoking and intriguing programs. Praised for her "gorgeous" singing (Sunday London Times), Sarah and Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba, along with special guests, present performances that clarify the vibrant relationship among science, the arts, human thought, and faith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free

Jazz | Live from Harlem: The Ted Brown Quintet (online)


Tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader Ted Brown has brought a smooth, self-assured musical voice to the jazz scene since first seeing Charlie Parker and Lester Young on 52nd St in the late 1940s. He studied under Lennie Tristano for several years, in a collaborative workshop environment that led to long partnerships with musicians like Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz. His west coast group with Marsh yielded three classic albums, including the first under Brown‘s name, “Freewheeling ” with Art Pepper on alto. While leading a career as a computer programmer, Ted maintained his tone and his ties to the jazz world, especially after reuniting with Konitz in the mid 1970s. Since that time he has released several albums as a leader; toured in Europe and Japan; and worked with many rhythm section greats including Ben Riley, John Abercrombie and Matt Wilson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Joshua Nathanson: Drink More Water


An exhibition of new paintings to go on view at the gallery’s 1907 townhouse at 23 East 73rd Street from April 28 to June 3, 2022. The eleven paintings and seven works on paper are a stylistic shift for the artist, reflecting his love of art history, paint, and formal interests in viscosity, transparency, and materiality. This is Nathanson’s first solo exhibition with Van Doren Waxter and follows his two-person exhibition (2019) at the gallery, as well as one-person shows in Los Angeles, Seoul, Shanghai, and Tokyo and acquisitions by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Opening Reception | William Monk: The Ferryman


Known for his atmospheric, vibrant works that feature mysterious and otherworldly forms, William Monk's semiabstract paintings are deeply engaged with the rich tradition and history of the medium. Like his other bodies of work, the new paintings and works on paper presented in this exhibition evade easy categorization and interpretation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | All In on Games: Bridging the Digital Divide Through Play (online)


Dennis Morgan, creator of Harlem CoLab, argues that play is central for supporting young learners but also for adult learners as it relates to mastering technological tools. Harlem CoLab's goal is to connect Harlem-based school-age and adult learners with technology through game design in order to become tech-fluent and career-ready. These skills are necessary for obtaining meaningful employment and participating in society. Morgan will outline the genesis and history of the Harlem CoLab, highlighting successes in the past that inform current and future work and partnerships to bridge the digital divide and bring play back to the forefront for learning. By learning about design methodologies and practicing designing and problem-solving, learners build and create for themselves meaningful projects that they can take from the classroom to the workplace.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free

Open Studios | Spring 2022 Open Studios


For one night only, 64 artists will open their studios for a behind-the-scenes look into their practices and an open conversation. See what the MFA Fine Arts class of 2022 has been working on and get to know the class of 2023.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | Translators Speak Out: Translating Contemporary French and Francophone Literature (online)


This panel brings together a few active translators of French-language texts to talk about their recent work, in a variety of genres (including critical theory, prose fiction, graphic novels, poetry, etc.). Panelists Matt Smith, Chris Clarke, Rachel Galvin, and Edward Gauvin will each discuss recent translations and the challenges they posed, before moving into a discussion about translation today: the art, the practice, and the industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Talk | Conversation and Performance Demo on the Djembe Drum


A conversation and performance demonstration about the history of the African Djembe Drum in New York. Sierra Leon poet, drummer, and documentarian Kewulay Kamara, jazz percussionist Chief Baba Neil Clark will recount the rise of African drumming and the emergence of the djembe drum in the West African and African American communities of Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Focus will be on the legacy of the late, legendary master drummer Papa Ladji Camara, a central force in the renaissance of West African drumming and dance since he arrived in New York in the late 1950s with the Ballet African de Keita Fodeba of Guiana. Papa Ladji was a mentor to both Kewulay Kamara and Chief Baba Neil Clarke.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Concert | Interludes: Ukrainian Village Voices


In an effort to help raise awareness, the Ukrainian Village Voices will perform a selection of songs from their repertoire meant to preserve and revive the polyphonic singing style of the countries' seasonal celebrations and lyrical music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Gloria Kisch: As Above, So Is Below


Functional sculpture, totemic mobiles/bells and floral wall works by the late Gloria Kisch (b. 1941 – d. 2014). Over a prolific career spanning five decades in three artworld hotbeds—Venice, CA, SoHo and The Hamptons, NY—Kisch developed a delightful yet rigorous body of work encompassing early minimalist paintings on canvas, large scale public art installations, and later floral sculptures, mobiles and furniture works – for which she is mostly known.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed (online)


Author Sara G. Forden will discuss with fashion journalist Teri Agins her blockbuster book which recently became a movie that debuted in theaters last November. On March 27, 1995, Maurizio Gucci, heir to the fabulous fashion dynasty, was slain by an unknown gunman as he approached his Milan office. In 1998, his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli--nicknamed "The Black Widow" by the press--was sentenced to 29 years in prison for arranging his murder. The Gucci story is one of glitz, glamour, intrigue, and the rise, near fall, and subsequent resurgence of a fashion dynasty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | James Rosenquist: Works from the 80s and 90s


An exhibition of paintings by James Rosenquist, staged in collaboration with the Estate of James Rosenquist. Realized between 1989 and 1992, the works share several unique formal elements that combine in a compelling exploration of the rapidly changing world of the late 20th century. Blending abstract forms and figuration in a dynamic cacophony of imagery, the works probe both ecological and political themes and can be read as both celebrations of natural habitats as well as elegies to their desecration on a global and cosmic scale. Searingly relevant today, Rosenquist’s approach to image-making tests the possibilities of perception and asks us to consider forms of consumerism and consumption that affect our climate, our natural world, and the space our planet inhabits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson: After me, the flood


A solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Joseph Olisaemeka Wilson. Choreographing a team of ritualistic shrines, idols, icons, and anthropomorphic figures, Wilson’s allegorical works emerge from an ancient unknown, an alternative timeline suspending his figures in a transitional space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Look at me like you love me: Intimate Photography


Jess T. Dugan reflects on desire, intimacy, companionship, and the ways our identities are shaped by these experiences. In this highly personal collection of work, Dugan brings together self-portraits, portraits of individuals and couples, and still lifes, interwoven with diaristic writings reflecting on relationships, solitude, family, loss, healing, and the transformations that define a life. Dugan has long used photography to understand their own identity and to connect with others on a deeper level. Their process of working slowly and collaboratively discloses moments of heightened psychological intensity in images that transcend the specifics of a particular person or place, engaging with what it means to know oneself alongside and through others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Author Reading | Michaël Borremans: The Acrobat


The artist’s first exhibition in New York since 2011 features new paintings realized on an intimate scale that draws the viewer into them, presented alongside portraits that both honor and subvert the historical associations of the genre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Nari Ward: I’ll Take You There; A Proclamation


Nari Ward will present two large-scale sculptural installations, a video work, text-based works constructed from shoelaces, and a series of new copper panels. I’ll Take You There; A Proclamation continues Ward’s exploration of memorial, remembrance, and societal relationships through the re-contextualization of everyday objects found in his Harlem neighborhood. Stirred by the many impromptu sidewalk memorials that sprung up during the pandemic, Ward identifies public streets as belonging to local communities, reclaiming these spaces as sites of grief and consolation, as well as a stage for protest. As a whole, the exhibition points to the importance of gathering—in a period filled with incredible loss, Ward focuses on those of us who remain, and the communities we continue to nurture and create.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Oscar Murillo: Ourself behind ourself concealed


This exhibition features large-scale canvases that extend two of the artist’s ongoing series, manifestation and news.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Robert Motherwell: Lyric Suite


An exhibition of more than sixty works on paper by Robert Motherwell. Staged in partnership with the Dedalus Foundation, Lyric Suite marks the fifth solo presentation of work by the artist at the gallery. Conceived by Motherwell as an enterprise of free and vigorous drawing, the Lyric Suite series was executed over the course of a few short weeks and consists of identically scaled compositions analogous to an extended series of musical variations. A virtuosic display of Motherwell’s graphic invention, the works possess a significant emotive power and represent a profound meditation on the history of drawing and of mark making itself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Contemporary Ukrainian Organ Music (online)


Renowned organist Gail Archer performs a Ukrainian benefit concert featuring contemporary Ukrainian organ music from her latest album Chernivtsi. From St, Paul's Chapel at Columbia University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Lecture | Eyes That Lead: The History of Guide Dogs for the Blind in East Central Europe and Beyond (online)


The lecture explores a hitherto overlooked episode in the history of human-animal relations: the establishment of professional guide dog training after the First World War, which had its origins in Central Europe. Under this scheme, dogs became helpers, and, furthermore, equal partners to disabled soldiers and soon thereafter also to blind civilians. The lecture shows how the resultant cooperation between guide dogs and their owners placed the human–animal bond on a new footing. It also reveals how an idea initiated by veterans of the German and Austro-Hungarian army spread across the world and what adjustments were necessary to make the scheme suitable for different economic, cultural and social settings. In a broader context the lecture seeks to call attention to the potentials of the burgeoning fields of animal studies and disability histories for the study of East Central Europe.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | Flamenco Music and Dance


A gypsy flamenco singer, Marian Fernandez, and a guitarist, Jesus Rodriguez, will perform different styles of flamenco song to recreate the intimate and touching moment captured by the sculptures of Mariano Benlliure. Marian Fernandez, cante Fernando Jimenez, dance Jesus Rodriguez, guitar Luisa Palicio, guest artist Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and mask required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Lecture | Before the White House: New York City’s Capital Legacy (online)


In this lecture, Thomas Balcerski will discuss New York City as the capital of the nation, beginning in 1785 under the Articles of Confederation Congress. Despite debates over whether the capital should be relocated, the first Congress determined to meet there in March 1789, and the first inauguration of an American President happened there in April of the same year. Balcerski reviews the many sites associated with the early capital, between 1785 and 1790, and considers their significance to later developments in the new government, as well as how the legacy of this important history has been largely forgotten today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lecture | On the Side of Composition: An Art Lecture (online)


This virtual lecture concerns the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s concept of the “organic line”—an interval of space between entities such as a painting and its frame—and investigates this line’s character as neither made nor unmade but instead as not made. How does this quality implicate the gesture of the mark that undergirds artistic practice at its most elemental level, as well as various efforts to reimagine or resist this gesture in modernist art? Through an analysis of Clark’s organic line, the talk will also consider the compositional and anti-compositional strategies of such artists as Ellsworth Kelly, John Cage, and Julius Eastman. Speaker: Irene V. Small
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | 50 Years of LGBTQ Families: From the "Queer Death Drive" to the Jewish “Gayby Boom”


In the late 1960s, gay and lesbian Jews were condemned by mainstream rabbis as members of a childless “death cult” and a threat to the continuity of the Jewish people. It was taken for granted, sometimes within the gay community itself, that same-sex couples could never fulfill the mitzvah of having children. Jump forward to today, and it is now socially expected that LGBTQ Jews will find partners, marry, have children, belong to a synagogue, and send their children to Jewish camps and schools. How did this extraordinary shift take place? Dr. Gregg Drinkwater and Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman as they discuss the Jewish “Gayby Boom” and how the presence of children changed the LGBTQ Jewish world. Topics will include the targeting of gay men as a threat to children (for Jews, a trope linked to classic antisemitism); “turkey baster babies” and how reproductive technology served queer families; the changing dynamics within LGBTQ synagogues once children and schools became common; PFLAG and the political power of potential grandparents; the evolution of new relationship and family structures; and how heternormativity has been both accepted and disrupted by LGBTQ families.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen): Contemporary Dance


Compañía Cuerpo de Indias will present a contemporary dance piece conceived and directed by Álvaro Restrepo. Choreographed by Marie-France Delieuvin, Ricardo Bustamante, and Álvaro Restrepo with music by Leonard Cohen, it is “six hands” homage for one of the creators of Butoh dance: Kazuo Ohno. Without using Butoh language, the piece is an offering made by its creators through their choreographic and poetic universe. A way of returning the flowers that Kazuo Ohno and his son Yoshito sent Compañía Cuerpo de Indias in Tokyo during a performance for some members of the Japanese imperial family and special guests at the celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Japan. Stage design, props, and wardrobe by El Colegio del Cuerpo. Lighting design by Alexander Gümbel. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Reading | Kaikeyi: An Infamous Queen


A stunning debut from a powerful new voice, Vaishnavi Patel, Kaikeyi reimagines the life of the infamous queen from the Indian epic the Ramayana, weaving a tale of fate, family, courage, and heartbreak--and an extraordinary woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the shape of things to come.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$5

Book Discussion | Margarita in Retrograde: Cocktails for Every Sign


Unique and dangerously drinkable cocktail recipes for every astrological sign, so the stars can guide your imbibing as much as they do the rest of your life. The movements of the heavens have the power to rule our lives--from who we date or how we express ourselves to when we make career moves or whether we make that big purchase. Why shouldn't we let them rule how we drink as well? Featuring everything from chili-infused tequila for the adventurous Aquarius to an espresso-based cocktail for the unstoppable Virgo, these recipes will give you the tools you need to pay tribute to the sign of your choice, whether you love that sign, hate that sign, or are that sign.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$5

Poetry Reading | Palm-Lined with Potience: Experiemtal Poetry


New York City poet and visual artist Basie Allen will host a night of experimental poetry with performances by Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Alex Tatarsky, Benjamin Krusling, Fury Young, and Jaylen Strong to celebrate the release of Palm-Lined with Potience, the artist’s debut collection of poems. The event will also feature a collaborative reading between Basie and JJJJJerome Ellis.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure (in-person and online)


Some democracies are highly homogeneous. Others have long maintained a brutal racial or religious hierarchy, with some groups dominating and exploiting others. Never in history has a democracy succeeded in being both diverse and equal, treating members of many different ethnic or religious groups fairly. Achieving that goal is now central to the democratic project in countries around the world, and it is, Yascha Mounk argues, the greatest experiment of our time. In his new book, Mounk draws on history, social psychology, and comparative politics, to examines how diverse societies have long suffered from the ills of domination, fragmentation, or structured anarchy. And he shows that the past can offer crucial insights for how to do better in the future. And that there is real reason for hope. Mounk shares his profound understanding of an urgent problem, and his genuine hope for our human capacity to solve it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | Time Is a Mother: New Poetry from New York Times Bestselling Author Ocean Vuong (online)


Ocean Vuong is the author of forthcoming poetry collection, Time Is a Mother, and the The New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous which has been translated into 34 languages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Identity Between Worlds: Hungarian-Jewish Cultural Achievement (in-person and online)


Kati Marton and András Koerner will discuss the role of national identity in the lives of Hungarian Jews. Moderated by Raphael Pastor. In the early 20th century, Budapest was the second-largest Jewish city in Europe, and Jewish artists and intellectuals played a major role in the city’s cosmopolitan cultural life. Highly acculturated and often comfortable in multiple languages including Hungarian and German, these cultural luminaries constructed personal and professional identities that transcended borders in a culturally fluid Mitteleuropa. Journalist Kati Marton and social historian András Koerner will discuss the complex role of national identity in the lives and work of Hungarian Jews, and how it was transformed by the political upheavals of the early twentieth century as well as the Holocaust. They will also explore the legacies of some of the most exceptional survivors. Rafael Pastor, son of the Hungarian-Jewish theater and cinema director and impresario and journalist, Béla Pásztor, will participate and moderate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Prize-Winning Quartet from Vienna


Coming from Russia, Romania and Greece, the four musicians met in Vienna, where they formed the Selini Quartet in 2017. Since then, thanks to their commitment to the score, combined with their powerful sound and wide range of emotions, they have been performing around Europe and have won prestigious awards. All these have now led the Selini Quartet to be selected to represent Austria's music scene across the world, through the "NASOM-New Austrian Sound Of Music" program, for the seasons 2020-2022. They have been invited to perform in some of Vienna's major concert venues such as the Wiener Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Schuberthaus, Beethoven Museum, Beethovenhaus Baden, ORF RadioKulturhaus, MuTh, Polz Halle Amstetten, Burgtheater, Hofburg. Abroad, they have appeared in countries like Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, the UK and Belgium. The Selini Quartet is a prizewinner of several competitions, such as "Prague Spring International Music Competition" 2021 (Czech Republic), "Ysaye International Music Competition" 2021 (Belgium), "mdw great talent award" 2021 (Austria), "Szymanowski International Music Competition" 2018 (Poland) as well as of the "Artis Quartet Prize" of ISA Competition 2018 (Austria). Inspired by the Greek Mythology, Selini Quartet borrows its name from the Goddess Selini, the Goddess of the moon. The semicircle-shape of the string quartet reminds us the one of the Quarter Moon, where each member of our quartet symbolizes one of the four moon phases. Nadia Kalmykova- Violin Ljuba Kalmykova- Violin Loredana Apetrei- Viola Loukia Loulaki- Cello
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussion | Tranforming Fiction into Opera (online)


Centering on an impoverished 19-year-old living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who dreams of a better life, La Hora de la Estrella is a new opera by composer Suzanne Farrin, with a libretto adapted by Argentinian novelist Sergio Chejfec from the landmark novel by Clarice Lispector. The opera is written in Spanish and has been translated into English twice (most recently by Lispector biographer Benjamin Moser). The American Opera Project and The Center for Fiction will bring together Suzanne Farrin, Sergio Chejfec, Benjamin Moser, and Paolo Fasoli (CUNY’s Professor and Coordinator of Comparative Literature) to appear as the latest guests for Note/Books, a series that showcases the transformation of fiction to opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Sacred Paris: A Guide to the City of Light


A beautifully illustrated guide to the history of Paris through its renowned and beloved places of worship. When visiting the City of Light, the spirit of Paris can be felt everywhere. It holds a sacred history that goes beyond words, beyond religion, and its legendary places of worship are truly its crown jewels. Susan Cahill's guide for seasoned Parisian visitors, novices, and armchair travelers to the historic religious sites of the city, from the well-known landmarks to the sacred spots off the beaten track, from the magnificent towers of Notre-Dame and the sweeping arches of the Grand Mosque to the serenity of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Author Reading | The Unwritten Book: An Investigation (online)


Award-winning author Samantha Hunt launches her genre-bending creation that explores ghosts, ghost stories, and haunting, in the broadest sense of each. What is it to be haunted, to be a ghost, to die, to live, to read? “I carry each book I’ve ever read with me,” writes Hunt, “just as I carry my dead—those things that aren’t really there, those things that shape everything I am.” Through literary criticism, history, family history, and memoir, inspired by W. G. Sebald, James Joyce, Ali Smith, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, and many others,
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Emel, Tunisian Singer-Songwriter


Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, better known as Emel, rose to international prominence as the voice of the Arab Spring with her world-shaking pop protest anthem "Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)." Since that breakout song, Emel has honed her skills to a fine edge, developing an immediately recognizable sound fusing hallmarks of Arabic and North African composition with UK electronic, trip hop, goth, folk and art rock. Over the past decade, Mathlouthi has toured globally, released four LPs of original music, and been embraced by Pitchfork, who called her work "magnetic, inviting, and urgent." Emel's latest release, 2021's Everywhere We Looked Was Burning, is an electrifying live tour re-recording of her groundbreaking, English-language dominant 2019 album.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | Musing(s): A Poetryscoundscape Installation


The NAACP nominated Brooklyn-based poet Mahogany L. Browne has written many works of fiction, stage plays and critical essays to go along with a half dozen poetry collections and another six anthologies as editor. Celebrating the release of her second YA novel Vinyl Moon, Browne is also the Executive Director of JustMedia and espouses community activism via media literacy. Her recently released book-length poem, I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love, explores the systemic binding and familial impact of mass incarceration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Organ Music (online)


Concert organist Todd Wilson offers a diverse program centered on the organ music of Gerre Hancock. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Lecture | Psychoanalysts on American Slavery: Privileges and Pleasures (online)


In this presentation, Volney Gay demonstrates how psychoanalytic thought can contribute to the task of understanding the psychic mechanisms that supported the institution of American slavery and its continuing deformation of our national psyche. For nearly four centuries, millions of Americans owned slaves because they wished to. Slavery gave Presidents Washington and Jefferson and other slave owners distinctive pleasures, including those associated with the control and enjoyment of beautiful human beings. Some, including Jefferson, used their slaves sexually. Others did not. Yet if we focus only upon sexual crimes, we overlook the pleasures afforded to all owners, who used their slaves’ bodies to supply status, aesthetic gratification, and self-esteem—not just economic gain. Attempting to reconcile slavery with their Christian identities, slave owners walled off their consciences from the diverse pleasures of ownership, which they rarely trumpeted; rather, they complained about the burdens of owning the slaves they were nevertheless unwilling to free.
   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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8:00 pm
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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