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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 1, 2023?

38 free events take place on Saturday, April 1 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 1 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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38 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, April 1, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc 38th Annual April Fools' Day Parade
free events nyc The Mask (1994) with Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz
free events nyc Wall to Wall Concert: Women of Soul (in Person AND Online)
free events nyc Seen, Sound, Scribe: Spoken Word and Conversation
free events nyc Grammy Winning Bass Baritone and the New York Philharmonic in Celebration of Harlem Renaissance Figure Paul Robeson
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Conference | 39th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference (in-person and online)


In an ongoing tradition of uplifting and celebrating community gardening in New York City since 1984, the 39th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference will kick off the community gardening season. The theme for this full-day conference is Learning from the Land: Bounties of Wisdom from Community Gardens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Other | 2023 Macy's Flower Show


Celebrate the enchanting beauty of flowers and fragrance in this spring. Dior has brought its passion for florals to life, transforming the mezzanine level into a lavishly romantic dreamscape with thousands of beautiful blooms. Tours are given every twenty minutes until 1pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Discussion | Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Digital Art (online)


Artist Kathrin Hunze and composer Rob Hamilton introduce their creative works, artistic thinking, and research to engage in a lively conversation about Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Digital Art in relation to music and sound. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Cardio Circuit Blast


This high-energy total body workout will keep you moving with challenging yet fun bodyweight circuits. Cardio Circuit Blast is a heart-pumping, high-intensity class that is open to all levels and the perfect way to increase your overall endurance. Instructor: Chris Patt
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Hike | Discovery Hike: Sounds of Spring


The birds are chirping, the frogs are croaking, the trees are creaking– what does it all mean? This is a meditative hike through Hunter Island to explore and identify the sounds you can experience in the park.
   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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11:00 am
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Symposium | Order!: The Spatial Ideologies of Carbon Modernity (in-person and online)


With the onset of the industrial revolution, a new spatial order emerged—one that is not only energy-intensive, but one that also writes the social and economic structures of an industrial and extractive society into concrete, steel, and glass. As part of the exhibition Confronting Carbon Form, this symposium gathers architects, designers, scholars, historians, and theorists to identify and study the specific spatial concepts of that order—a necessary undertaking if architecture is to address the climate crisis. The symposium will consist of three sessions, each of which will be organized in a point-counterpoint structure: two presentations will focus on a specific characteristic of carbon modernity, while a third will discuss a specific precedent or model that might contain the seeds of a counter-project. Elisa Iturbe will deliver the opening remarks followed by presentations and discussions including Kathi Weeks, Esra Akcan, Cameron McEwan, Ross Exo Adams, Matthew Soules, Ana María Durán, Catherine Ingraham, Gary Fields, and David Wengrow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Parade | 38th Annual April Fools' Day Parade


A satirical parade that has been held annually in New York City since 1986. The parade is organized by American artist and satirist Joey Skaggs, who sought to use the format of the parade to parody social and political issues, as well as the media's coverage of them. The parade typically features a variety of tongue-in-cheek floats, costumes and performances that often mock current events and poke fun at politicians, celebrities, and other public figures. It is known for its irreverent and often absurdist humor, as well as its willingness to tackle controversial and taboo subjects. While the parade is not officially sanctioned by the city, it has become a beloved annual tradition and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. It typically draws a large crowd of spectators. Participants are encouraged to show up in costume and join the fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Dance Performance | Future Dance Festival ’23 (online thru Apr. 2)


Come see the choreographers of tomorrow today. The Future Dance Festival presents the work of pioneering dance artists who propel the art form forward. In the festival’s first two years, 42 diverse choreographers were selected from 6 different continents to become finalists. Each choreographers received access, through the Future Dance Festival to a network of company directors and industry luminaries who are all invested in the future of dance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | The Last Word: Defendants' Final Statements in Russia


A lecture by Anna Narinskaya. In recent years and, particularly, in recent months in Russia, a distinct oral/literary genre has re-emerged -- the "final statement" of a defendant. Paradoxically, the "cage" in a court room (in today's Russia, the accused are put in a bullet-proof glass booth) appears as the only remaining place where a person can still speak freely. Thus, it can be said, without exaggeration, that the courtroom, where people are tried for dissent, is a last bastion of freedom of speech in today's Russia. And the voices that reach us, despite the obstacles, help the external world to understand the conditions in which people live under Putinism. This talk explores the final statements delivered by women. Women's resistance is directed not only against the political system in today's Russia, but also against the patriarchal way of life, which support this system. Because of this, women are more vulnerable and, as a result, their political statements frequently are more radical than their male counterparts'. A lonely female voice stands up against the omnipresent violence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshop | African Brazilian Workout


The culture of Brazil is a colorful blend of different ethnicities. The African influences are strongest in the North. Afro-Brazilian dance is full of spontaneous, soulful, exotic, and dynamic movement that will energize your body and spirit. These classes present sequences and exercises to prepare the body for uplifting and exciting dances from northern Brazil. You will learn to develop rhythm and coordination, stay fit, relieve stress, and of course learn about Brazilian culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: The Conservation of Ancient Heritage


Artist Gala Porras-Kim in an intimate discussion about her creative process. Offering a window into her multidisciplinary practice researching ethnographic collections around the world and unpacking their methods of acquisition, preservation and museology, this conversation will consider a series of questions surrounding the conservation of ancient heritage that her practice raises: What happens when objects of the past enter museum collections? How are their original functions or intended destinies affected? Who decides how we should care for them? Should these decisions be made only by museum specialists, or are there other agents that should also be part of the discussion? How can speculation allow us to envision alternate models to preserve and understand the past?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Artists In Conversation


On the final day of their exhibitions, this is a conversation between artists Annette Hur, Justin Chance, and Sylvie Hayes-Wallace, moderated by Jamie Sterns, around the theme of translating and processing emotions within their respective practices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussion | CANCELLED***Command: The Politics of Military Operation (online)***CANCELLED


Using examples from a wide variety of conflicts, Lawrence Freedman shows that successful military command depends on the ability not only to use armed forces effectively but also to understand the political context in which they are operating. Command in war is about forging effective strategies and implementing them, making sure that orders are appropriate, well-communicated, and then obeyed. But it is also an intensely political process. This is largely because how wars are fought depends to a large extent on how their aims are set. It is also because commanders in one realm must possess the ability to work with other command structures, including those of other branches of the armed forces and allies. In Command, Lawrence Freedman explores the importance of political as well as operational considerations in command with a series of eleven vivid case studies, all taken from the period after 1945. Over this period, the risks of nuclear escalation led to a shift away from great power confrontations and towards civil wars, and advances in communication technologies made it easier for higher-level commanders to direct their subordinates.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | SharQui: The Bellydance Workout


In a SharQui class, you’ll learn new moves and combinations in flow. You’ll gradually build up to more complex movements starting with the very basics. If you can walk in place, you can belly dance with SharQui. This class is taught to music with easy-to-follow steps that will surely get your heart pumping. Instructor: Kaitlin Hines-Vargas    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussion | Youth in Action: Film Futures (online)


How are emerging filmmakers using film as a force for activism? Moderator James Lujan (Taos Pueblo), Anpa'o Locke, (Hu?kpapha Lakota/Ahtna Dene), Lejend Yazzie (Dine), and Petyr Xyst (Laguna Pueblo) discuss how Native film is changing perceptions about Indigenous peoples and what the future holds. In English with English and Spanish captions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Play | 2 New One-Act Plays by Students


Second-year Contemporary Theatre and Performance students present Monica, Richie, & Angel: A One-Act Traumatic Comedy and To All the Ways We Say Goodbye. These two new one-act plays were developed in the New Play Workshop work-in-progress course led by facilitators Tea Alagic and Pippin Parker.  Monica, Richie, & Angel: A One-Act Traumatic Comedy Written by Carlos Zipactonal Martínez In the Summer of 2021. Monica and Angel, a chaotic odd couple living together, struggle to stay afloat in their apartment. Tensions rise when Angel discovers a secret that Monica is hiding. Only to make matters worse, Richie returns to heal a broken relationship with Monica. To All the Ways We Say Goodbye Written by Zandra Paxton How many times do you say “goodbye” before realizing a relationship has come to an end? After meeting off an app, an unlikely pairing stumble their way through a series of (un)happy accidents, trying to figure out what it means to find “LOVE” in this age of technology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Promised Land (2012) with Matt Damon


Corporate salesman Steve Butler arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man who counters Steve both personally and professionally. Director: Gus Van Sant Cast: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook Matt Damon is an American actor, film producer, and screenwriter. Ranked among Forbes' most bankable stars, the films in which he has appeared have collectively earned over $3.88 billion at the North American box office, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He has received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for three British Academy Film Awards and seven Primetime Emmy Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Mask (1994) with Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz


Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a hapless, everyday bank clerk who finds a magical wooden green mask that transforms him into The Mask, a green-faced troublemaker with the ability to animate and alter himself and his surroundings at will. He starts using these powers mischievously, only to become targeted by Dorian Tyrell, a gangster who desires to overthrow his superior. Director: Chuck Russell Cast: Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Richard Jeni, Cameron Diaz Jim Carrey is a Canadian and American actor, comedian, and artist. Known for his energetic slapstick performances, Carrey first gained recognition in 1990, after landing a role in the American sketch comedy television series In Living Color (1990-1994). He broke out as a star in motion pictures with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber (all 1994). This was followed up with Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Batman Forever (both 1995), and Liar Liar (1997). Cameron Diaz is an American actress. She has received various accolades, including nominations for four Golden Globe Awards and a British Academy Film Award. As of 2018, her films have grossed over $3 billion in the U.S., making her the fifth-highest-grossing actress at the domestic box office.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A History of Our Future


With authors Luisa Neubauer and Alexander Reppening, as well as the book’s English-language translator and the director of the Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis University, Sabine von Mering. This in-depth conversation will focus on German climate activism and justice, what must be done to protect a livable future for our planet, and what lessons a U.S. audience can learn from their European counterparts. Alexander Reppening and Sabine von Mering will participate in this event in person and Luisa Neubauer via Zoom.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Classical Music | A Choral Festival (In Person AND Online)


The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and the Choir of New College Oxford. Both choirs are to feature individually, performing at various places throughout the nave, but will combine to perform as one for a grand finale. Featuring works of Parry, Elgar, Lotti, Bruckner, Sanders, Gabrieli, Poulenc, and more. This event is pay what you wish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concert | Wall to Wall Concert: Women of Soul (in Person AND Online)


A celebration of the great women who have contributed to soul music's past, present, and future, including Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, The Pointer Sisters, and more. Start times: 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Artist Talk: The Amateur


Mandy El-Sayegh returns to New York with her first solo show in the city since 2018. Featuring painting, sound, video, installation, and live elements, this visually and materially rich exhibition explores the curious experience of being an artist in the studio. Through a variety of media, El-Sayegh invites visitors into her interior world. Seeking to activate the gallery space through collaboration and chance encounters, the artist has programmed a series of events that will take place during the run of the exhibition, including an artist talk and open access opportunities for dancers in need of rehearsal space. Through her emphasis on collage techniques in painting, video and sound, and in acts of collaboration, El-Sayegh will realize a form of living collage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Performance | Breakfast: Performance Art "Under Hypnosis"


For over 40 years, Matt Mullican has engaged artmaking and performance in an attempt to articulate the complexities of existence and the human condition. Mullican's performances typically begin with him entering the stage in a state of retreat wherein he activates the entity known as ‘That Person,’ a formal title he gave his hypnotized self in the 1990s. ‘That Person’ is an ageless, genderless being who acts as a projection separated from medium, a representation of the self that we project onto an image or performer in order to feel vicariously through them. ‘That Person’ can never live because it is a projection, a tragic existence that wants to live so badly, that is mentally disturbed because of this fact that it cannot exist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Festival | First Saturdays: Free Programs of Art and Entertainment


At the monthly First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Reading | For the Desk Drawer: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde in Translation


Matvei Yankelevich, a poet, translator, and editor, will read from his translations of Daniil Kharms, Osip Mandelstam, and Alexander Vvedensky, among others, as well as some of his original verse. His translation of Mandelstam's "Verses on the Unknown Soldier" was published in the March 7, 2022, issue of the New Yorker, together with his reading of the poem in English and in Russian.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Barbara G. Mensch: The Nobility of Work


A site -specific permanent installation drawn from photographs made during the 1980’s on the waterfront of New York City. At its inception in 1835, the Fulton Fish Market was housed in a small wooden shed, which was rebuilt in 1848 and again in 1869. By 1907, the fourth version was built; the facade was covered with corrugated metal and was referred to as the “Tin Building”. The 1907 “Tin Building” was one of two major structures to accommodate an expanded Fulton Fish Market.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Play | 2 New One-Act Plays by Students


Second-year Contemporary Theatre and Performance students present Monica, Richie, & Angel: A One-Act Traumatic Comedy and To All the Ways We Say Goodbye. These two new one-act plays were developed in the New Play Workshop work-in-progress course led by facilitators Tea Alagic and Pippin Parker.  Monica, Richie, & Angel: A One-Act Traumatic Comedy Written by Carlos Zipactonal Martínez In the Summer of 2021. Monica and Angel, a chaotic odd couple living together, struggle to stay afloat in their apartment. Tensions rise when Angel discovers a secret that Monica is hiding. Only to make matters worse, Richie returns to heal a broken relationship with Monica. To All the Ways We Say Goodbye Written by Zandra Paxton How many times do you say “goodbye” before realizing a relationship has come to an end? After meeting off an app, an unlikely pairing stumble their way through a series of (un)happy accidents, trying to figure out what it means to find “LOVE” in this age of technology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Excerpts in Honor of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 65th Anniversary (online thru Apr 6)


On March 30, 1958, Alvin Ailey and a group of young, Black modern dancers performed for the first time as members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The 92nd Street Y in New York City. That night, they launched what would go on to become one of the most celebrated modern dance companies in the world. Honor the 65-year legacy with a special presentation of excerpts from ballets by talented choreographers from the Company's extensive repertory: Episodes by Ulysses Dove, Hymn by Judith Jamison, Grace by Ronald K. Brown, and The Stack-Up by Talley Beatty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin and Viola Duo


Anna Majcherczyk and Luis Casal, violin and viola duo, perform the works of York Bowen, Luis Casal, Bohuslav Martinu, Alessandro Rolla, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. You must be fully vaccinated to attend any event at St John's. Face-coverings are optional.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Reading | Seen, Sound, Scribe: Spoken Word and Conversation


Brooklyn's Mahogany L. Browne, a prolific writer and important advocate for public art, is Lincoln Center's inaugural poet-in-residence. She has written works of fiction, stage plays and critical essays to accompany her half-dozen poetry collections and another six anthologies as editor. Browne's recently released book-length poem, I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love, explores the binding and boundaries of incarceration. For her Seen, Sound, Scribe series, Browne curates thought-provoking and politically driven evenings of spoken word, spirited conversation, and presentations of new work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Grammy Winning Bass Baritone and the New York Philharmonic in Celebration of Harlem Renaissance Figure Paul Robeson


Even in the modern age of celebrity, it's difficult to find a contemporary analogue for the fame and achievement of the seminal Harlem Renaissance figure Paul Robeson. An acclaimed professional athlete, actor, and singer whose work as a political activist resonates into the present day, the 125th anniversary of Robeson's birth this April provides an excellent opportunity to take stock of his remarkable talent and accomplishments. Multidisciplinary artist Helga Davis hosts this musical tribute to Robeson's theatrical and recorded repertoire, performed by a selection of orchestra members from the New York Philharmonic and sung by the Grammy Award-winning operatic bass-baritone Mark S. Doss, a musical heir to Robeson's complex legacy who makes his Lincoln Center debut at this event. Presented by the Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic. This event is pay what you wish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Re-Scored Silent Films


This performance features live re-scores of silent films and other media presented by composers and instrumentalists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Richard Strauss, and Francis Poulenc for Piano (In Person AND Online)


Ryan Soeyadi, collaborative piano. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata for Piano and Violin in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2 Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), Tel jour, telle nuit, FP 86 Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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