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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 12, 2023?

43 free events take place on Wednesday, April 12 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out April 12 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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43 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, April 12, 2023

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free events nyc Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
free events nyc Dance on Film: One & One Other: a bizarre play between reality and absurdist fantasy (online thru Apr 24)
free events nyc Austrian Trio Plays World-Folk Music
free events nyc Dinner: When a Couple's Parents Meet
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Workshop | Core Body Boot Camp


A community-driven pop-up fitness group for an early-morning core body boot camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Core Body Boot Camp

Conference | Global Digital Music Studies Conference 2023


The conference will provide a forum for debate across the humanities, arts, and sciences to assess and address how digital music studies can be globally relevant and respond to broader questions of sustainability and resilience. The conference honors Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie's 30 years of service to RILM, first as Editor, and from 1996 to 2022 as its Executive Director. Dr. Mackenzie has been instrumental in driving forward Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale (RILM)'s mission to document the world's knowledge on all musical traditions, and to make this knowledge accessible to research and performance communities worldwide via digital collections and advanced tools. RILM's collections aim to include the music scholarship of all countries, in all languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries, thereby fostering research in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Global Digital Music Studies Conference 2023

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
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Tours, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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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Park Walks, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Gallery Talk | Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan Since 9/11: Curator's Tour


Museum's director Carol Willis will offer a gallery tour of the show, which focuses on Downtown's doubled population and transformed skyline over the past twenty years. Start times: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. 5pm
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Gallery Talks, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan Since 9/11: Curator's Tour

Discussion | Beyond the War: Understanding the Domestic Dynamics and the Prospects of Reconstruction in Ukraine (online)


Russia’s brutal invasion created tremendous pressure on the Ukrainian government and society. In this panel, experts discuss how this tragic year has shaped the Ukrainian political identity, national and regional politics, economy, and governance. We will also examine how Ukraine is responding to current economic challenges and building the foundations for future reconstruction, as well as what lessons it can take from past projects of post-war rebuilding. Speakers: Tymofii Brik, Rector of the Kyiv School of Economics and the Vice President for International Relations at KSE; National Coordinator of the European Social Survey in Ukraine; Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (2022-24); Visiting Professor of International Studies at the Department of Sociology and the Roberta Buffett Institute, Northwestern University (2022-23) Volodymyr Kulyk, Head Research Fellow at the Department of Political Culture and Ideology, Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Science of Ukraine; Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna; Associate at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University Oleksandra Keudel, Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Governance at the Kyiv School of Economics Sarah Kovner, Senior Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University
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Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Beyond the War: Understanding the Domestic Dynamics and the Prospects of Reconstruction in Ukraine (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 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Juggling in the Park

City Walk | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


Learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:15 pm
Free
City Walks, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
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Concerts, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Lecture | Russian Media During the War


In recent years the media market in Russia has been reshaped by the government, affecting citizens’ access to independent news sources. Media control and censorship has intensified after February 2022, following a major escalation in the war with Ukraine. How effective was the government in shutting down independent media sources? Where do the Russian people go to get their news now and how does it shape their beliefs? Andrey Simonov, Associate Professor of Marketing, explores the current Russian media market and how it has evolved over the last year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Russian Media During the War

Talk | Saving a National Treasure: The Story of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters (in-person and online)


In the summer of 1781, after spying on the British troops in Manhattan for six weeks, General Washington and General Rochambeau made a critical decision. They would not attack the British in New York but instead would take their troops across the Hudson River and march to Yorktown, Virginia to confront General Cornwallis' army in the South. That decision changed the war and it happened at Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters. In the spring of 2020, The Town of Greenburgh, NY, at the urging and leadership of Susan Seal took possession of Odell House to save it from collapse. Amazingly, this house, listed on the National Register, retains most of its original details and it is now in the process of restoration. By 2026, in time for the 250th commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, it will be open to the public as a museum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Talks, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Saving a National Treasure: The Story of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters (in-person and online)

Workshop | Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Percussion Ensemble


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Film | The Affair of the Necklace (2001) with Hilary Swank, Adrien Brody, and Christopher Walken


In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. Director: Charles Shyer Cast: Hilary Swank, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Joely Richardson, Christopher Walken Hilary Swank came to international recognition for her performances as Brandon Teena, a transgender man in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999), and as Maggie Fitzgerald, an aspiring boxer, in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). Both performances earned her critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards for Best Actress. She was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005. Adrien Brody received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring as Wladyslaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, becoming the youngest actor to win in that category. Christopher Walken has earned an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards. He has appeared in supporting roles in films such as The Anderson Tapes (1971), Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), Roseland (1977), and Annie Hall (1977), before coming to wider attention as the troubled Vietnam War veteran Nick Chevotarevich in The Deer Hunter (1978). His performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was nominated for the same award for portraying con artist Frank Abagnale's father in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002).
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, The Affair of the Necklace (2001) with Hilary Swank, Adrien Brody, and Christopher Walken

Jazz | Jazz Trio


The Rick Germanson Trio, featuring Rick Germanson on vocals and piano, and accompanying bass and drums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Resilience and Renewal in Europe


A series of shocks have battered the European economy. Europe was rebounding strongly from the COVID-19 crisis, but now faces of a severe worsening of its terms of trade driven by a surge in energy prices, the cost of which must be shared between European businesses, governments and households. These added pressures risk delaying important investment to address long-term, structural challenges, including the climate transition and digitalisation. Europe’s future depends on being able to compete internationally and on leading in innovation, particularly in strategic technologies linked to the climate transition. As growth slows and budgetary pressures mount, public investment must be protected to reduce economic scarring and to stimulate the private sector. The impact of the energy shock on individual EU members and their capacity to respond vary widely. Speaker: Debora Revoltella, Director of the Economics Department of the European Investment Bank.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Resilience and Renewal in Europe

Gallery Talk | Museum Closer Look Tour


A public tour of current exhibitions, led by museum Gallery Guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Museum Closer Look Tour

Book Discussion | The Blue Commons: Rescuing the Economy of the Sea


Guy Standing of the University of London will speak about his new book. Planet Earth is mostly blue - about 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by the oceans, which provide half of the oxygen we breathe and three-quarters of all life on Earth. But who owns the sea? About 40% of the world’s population lives in coastal communities and depends on ocean resources. They are in trouble. Since the twentieth century governments and corporations around the world, often corruptly, have pushed a fatally flawed maxim of ‘blue growth’, destroying fish populations and plundering vital ocean ecosystems. The sea has been extensively enclosed for private gain, generating multiple inequalities. A system of rentier capitalism now dominates the marine economy, based on privatization, rapacious financial capital and a remorseless drive for profit over people and ecosystems. The Blue Commons peels back the veil of the boundless exploitation and inherent criminality in the ocean economy. Written by an economist responsible for much of our contemporary understanding of inequality and possible solutions, this book not only reveals the scale of the challenge but points to a transformative alternative: building a blue commons, dismantling rentier capitalism and prioritizing the world’s commoners and the health of our oceans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, The Blue Commons: Rescuing the Economy of the Sea

Discussion | Free Evan: An Event in Support of Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal Reporter Detained by Russia


Journalists from the Financial Times, New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal will discuss the detention of Evan Gershkovich in Russia. In late March, Russia detained Gershkovich, a 31-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter, on accusations of espionage, a patently false claim. It is the first time Russia has brought a spy case against an overseas reporter since the Cold War. His arrest has been widely condemned by the Biden administration, press-freedom groups and news organizations, which have called on Russia to release him immediately. Gershkovich is a dedicated reporter who was accredited by the Russian foreign ministry and had reported extensively from the ground in Russia over the last year. His arrest follows a clear pattern of hostage-taking by the Putin government: It has only released Americans detained in Russia after their convictions—which in some cases have taken years—and in exchange for Russians held in the U.S.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Free Evan: An Event in Support of Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal Reporter Detained by Russia

Discussion | The Ancient City of Tharros: Cultural Crossroads in the Mediterranean over Two Millennia


Before predatory looting, the site of the port city of Tharros in western Sardinia had extensive ruins, magnificent temples, and tombs stocked with jewels and other grave goods. In this roundtable, "The Ancient City of Tharros: Cultural Crossroads in the Mediterranean over Two Millennia," archaeologists will present the most recent discoveries; afterwards, guests will be invited to the opening reception for a linked photography exhibition. Registration is for planning purposes and does NOT guarantee a seat. Doors open at 3:30 PM.
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Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, The Ancient City of Tharros: Cultural Crossroads in the Mediterranean over Two Millennia

Lecture | Russian Oil and Gas: Is There Life Under Sanctions?


Russia has withdrawn voluntarily from the natural gas market in Europe, without any hope to access alternative markets in Asia, even though no sanctions were threatening its gas exports. In the meanwhile, its “banned” oil exports are thriving but fetch just about half of previous revenues to the state budget. Is the current strategy of Russian oil exporters short-lived? Can the West do more to decrease Putin’s access to cash needed for the Ukraine war? Speaker Mikhail Krutikhin is a co-founder and leading analyst of RusEnergy, an independent consulting agency based in Moscow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Russian Oil and Gas: Is There Life Under Sanctions?

Opening Reception | Ukrainian Perspectives: Photography from the 1940s-Now


This exhibition, curated by Fred Ritchin and Ira Lupu, offers a visual response to political pressures that have been shaping Ukrainian representation for centuries, reclaiming narrative control by offering a glimpse into the daily lives of Ukrainians from their own points of view. Ukrainian Perspectives gives unprecedented access to a combination of archival images of pre-2014 Ukraine and war coverage by Magnum photographers, photos of post-2014 everyday life from Ukrainian photographers, and projections from all groups of participants. The show explores Ukraine and Ukrainians beyond the parameters of war, giving viewers a window into the lives of the people not just surviving the present moment, but also shaping their future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Ukrainian Perspectives: Photography from the 1940s-Now

Dance Performance | Dance on Film: One & One Other: a bizarre play between reality and absurdist fantasy (online thru Apr 24)


In a bizarre play between reality and absurdist fantasy, One & One Other is a dance film offering a window into the secret world that exists on the fringes of our late-night consciousness. At the heart of the film is the mind's ability to transport us away from the mundane, habitual rhythm of life into the incongruous realm of our imagination; a place that oscillates between the fantastic and the harrowing. One & One Other is Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern and Emilie Leriche's fifth collaboration together, driven by a shared ambition to push the boundaries of film and dance and uncover how the two media might meet, intersect, and disrupt each other.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Dance Performances, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Dance on Film: One & One Other: a bizarre play between reality and absurdist fantasy (online thru Apr 24)

Book Discussion | A House in Maine: A New England Seaside Escape


The interior design of this New England seaside escape—by decorating legend Nina Campbell—explores a myriad of themes: the evolution of a home, the importance of place, and the creation of an oasis amid a bustling world. The interiors of this glorious retreat's many buildings are given the Nina Campbell treatment with vibrant palettes, sumptuous fabrics, fine antiques, and a contemporary clarity. Constructed at the turn of the last century, the core of the main house is a simple cottage overlooking a secluded cove. The pioneering couple who built it had no idea that they were creating a legacy that would become central to the lives of future generations of their family, who use the place as a retreat from busy lives in the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, A House in Maine: A New England Seaside Escape

Book Club | Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R.F. Kuang


From award-winning author R. F. Kuang comes a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal retort to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British empire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R.F. Kuang

Opening Reception | Marilyn Minter: Painting, Sculpture, and More


An exhibition of recent work by Marilyn Minter. Spanning three floors and six gallery spaces, this ambitious show is the artist's first solo exhibition in New York since her celebrated retrospective Pretty/Dirty at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016-17. It introduces several new bodies of work, including portraiture, and highlights Minter's daring fifty-year exploration of beauty, representation, autonomy, and desire through a feminist, sex-positive perspective. A jaw-dropping display of jewel-toned paintings will comingle with sculpture, video, photographs, and prints.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Marilyn Minter: Painting, Sculpture, and More

Film | The Affair of the Necklace (2001) with Hilary Swank, Adrien Brody, and Christopher Walken


In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. Director: Charles Shyer Cast: Hilary Swank, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Joely Richardson, Christopher Walken Hilary Swank came to international recognition for her performances as Brandon Teena, a transgender man in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999), and as Maggie Fitzgerald, an aspiring boxer, in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). Both performances earned her critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards for Best Actress. She was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005. Adrien Brody received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring as Władysław Szpilman in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, becoming the youngest actor to win in that category. Christopher Walken has earned an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards. He has appeared in supporting roles in films such as The Anderson Tapes (1971), Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), Roseland (1977), and Annie Hall (1977), before coming to wider attention as the troubled Vietnam War veteran Nick Chevotarevich in The Deer Hunter (1978). His performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was nominated for the same award for portraying con artist Frank Abagnale's father in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002).
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Films, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, The Affair of the Necklace (2001) with&nbsp;Hilary Swank,&nbsp;Adrien Brody, and&nbsp;Christopher Walken

Lecture | Affirmative Action and Educational Inequality: What the Evidence Says


A talk on the topic of race, education, and inequality featuring Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, and Professor of Sociology at Stanford University.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Sonatabend Recital (In Person and Online)


Artists perform a sonata repertoire with instrumentalists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Forum | Taking Care of Each Other: How Do We Meet the Need for Mental Health Services in NYC?


The focus is on the mental health crisis in New York City. Panelists include George Aumoithe, a Harvard historian who focuses on health disparities; Jose Cotto, senior vice president for residential treatment at the Institute for Community Living, Omar Fattal, head of behavioral health at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue; Jo-Ann Abrams, a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Henry Street; and Arvind Sooknanan, board member and community advocate at Fountain House. Our moderator is New York Times social services reporter Andy Newman. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Climate Optimism: Celebrating Systemic Change Around the World


Zahra Biabani, a climate activist focused on hope and action, wrote this book to help readers learn why we need to and how we can stay optimistic in the face of the climate crisis. People are doing good things for our planet all over the world...it's time we highlight it! Change the way you think about the future. The fate of humanity can be daunting, but we don’t need to live in that space. First, we need to change our attitude in order to implement nature based solutions that help mitigate climate change. Good news: there are numerous encouraging environmental trends that will change the way you think about how we can protect the planet.
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Climate Optimism: Celebrating Systemic Change Around the World

Screening | Little Richard: I Am Everything (2023): documentary


Director Lisa Cortés’s Little Richard: I Am Everything tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions. In interviews with family, musicians, and cutting-edge Black and queer scholars, the film reveals how Richard created an art form for ultimate self-expression, yet what he gave to the world he was never able to give to himself. Throughout his life, Richard careened like a shiny cracked pinball between God, sex, and rock n’ roll. The world tried to put him in a box, but Richard was an omni being who contained multitudes – he was unabashedly everything. After the screening, there will be  a conversation with the film's director, Lisa Cortes; executive producer Dee Rees; and Chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU who appears in the film, Jason King; moderated by Emil Wilbekin, journalist and founder of Native Son. About the Speakers Lisa Cortés is an Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning producer and director renowned for creating challenging, visionary stories. The film Precious, which she executive produced, received the Sundance Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for best drama. All In: The Fight For Democracy, which she directed with Liz Garbus, chronicles the battle waged by Stacey Abrams against voter suppression. Jason King is the Chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. A multi-talented Canadian-American scholar, journalist, author, musician, DJ, performer, producer, songwriter, radio and video host, and event curator, Jason has served in leadership positions since the founding of The Clive Davis Institute. Emil Wilbekin is a multimedia maverick who has an expertise in editorial creation, content curation, and multimedia story telling (print, digital, social, video and live events), having served as Chief Content Officer at Afropunk, Editor-at-Large at Essence, Managing Editor of Essence.com, Editor-in-Chief of Giant and Giantmag.com, Style Guru at Complex Media, VP of Brand Development at Marc Eckō Enterprises, Editorial Director/Vice President of Vibe Ventures and Editor-in-Chief of Vibe Magazine. Under Wilbekin’s leadership, Vibe won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2002. He contributes to Architectural Digest and Town & Country and is co-producer and writer on the documentary The Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion (Netflix). Wilbekin is the Founder of Native Son, a platform created to inspire and empower Black gay and queer men.
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Screenings, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Little Richard: I Am Everything (2023): documentary

Book Discussion | Poor Richard's Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father


Award-winning author Nancy Rubin Stuart addresses how Benjamin Franklin found women as desirable and dangerous as electricity. How many women fell in love with Benjamin Franklin? How did America’s pot-bellied, balding scientist-statesman juggle all the romances? Award-winning author Nancy Rubin Stuart addresses how Franklin found women as desirable and dangerous as electricity. Weaving detailed historical research with emotional intensity, she traces Franklin’s romantic liaisons through their private correspondence revealing independent women two centuries before the rise of feminism. Included are his common-law wife, Deborah; young Catherine Ray; his English “wife” Margaret Stevenson; the beautiful French musician Madame Brillon and the witty salon hostess Madame Helvetius.
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Book Discussion | The Fortune Men: The Black Muslim Experience


Booker Prize finalist novelist Nadifa Mohamed in discussion with the poet and filmmaker Ladan Osman, talking about Mohamed's book and how experiences of diaspora across the world shaped a unique black Muslim experience, which was equal parts cosmopolitan and insular. Mohamed and Osman will speak about how to write and narrate this duality in fiction and poetry.
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, The Fortune Men: The Black Muslim Experience

Book Discussion | The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition


Dalit American activist and author Thenmozhi Soundararajan puts forth a call to awaken and act, not just for readers in South Asia, but all around the world. She ties Dalit oppression to fights for liberation among Black, Indigenous, Latinx, femme, and Queer communities, examining caste from a feminist, abolitionist, and Dalit Buddhist perspective–and laying bare the grief, trauma, rage, and stolen futures enacted by Brahminical social structures on the caste-oppressed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing, and Abolition

Discussion | The Importance of Intersectionality: Considering the Role of Diverse Identities in the Dialogue on Sexual Assault


The event will focus on the broad theme of "believe survivors" in the context of intersectionality. Although there has been much discourse regarding the narratives of those who have experienced sexual violence, the conversation has not centered on the experiences and perspectives of individuals from marginalized communities. Through this event, we hope to explore the disparities in accessing resources for people with different identities and how we might amplify their voices. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, The Importance of Intersectionality: Considering the Role of Diverse Identities in the Dialogue on Sexual Assault

Book Discussion | 2 New Books: Heroes of the Fourth Turning / Easy Beauty. (online)


Welcome playwright Will Arbery and philosopher and journalist Chloé Cooper Jones for an event celebrating the publication of Arbery’s play Heroes of the Fourth Turning and the paperback release of Jones’s Easy Beauty. In Heroes, four young conservatives gather to toast the newly inducted pres­ident of their tiny Catholic college. Their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, becoming less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a dark night, in the middle of America, Arbery’s haunting play speaks to the heart of a country at war with itself. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and the recipient of an OBIE, a Lortel Award, and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Easy Beauty weaves together memory, observation, and aesthetic philosophy with a profound examination of Jones’s experience living with a rare and painful congenital condition called sacral agenesis. It was named a best book of 2022 by the New York Times, Vulture, Time magazine, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, 2 New Books: Heroes of the Fourth Turning / Easy Beauty. (online)

Staged Reading | Dinner: When a Couple's Parents Meet


A stage reading ofa new comedy written by Presidential Visiting Scholar Lisa B. Thompson. The reading will be followed by a brief talkback with the playwright. Dinner spotlights the first meeting between the parents of engaged couple Joanna and Jonathan. As Joanna struggles preparing an elaborate meal to impress her future in-laws, she finds herself at the center of a battle between the Black middle class and the Nigerian upper class. "Guess who's coming to dinner" and discover what's on the cultural and political menu when the African diaspora gathers to dine. The reading features Alinca Hamilton as Joanna and Kayode Soyemi as her fiance, Jonathan. Critically acclaimed actors Chantal Jean-Pierre play Joanna's parents and Tomike Ogugua and Daralyn Jay are Jonathan's parents, with Alexis Slade as our bride's best friend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Staged Readings, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Dinner: When a Couple's Parents Meet

Book Discussion | In Our Shoes: On Being a Young Black Woman in Not-So "Post-Racial" America


Brianna Holt presents a memoir in essays about young Black women and the stereotypes and preconceived notions they are expected to live up to, examined through the lens of Brianna Holt’s lived experience and pop culture to help readers unlearn their biases and expand their worldviews.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, In Our Shoes: On Being a Young Black Woman in Not-So "Post-Racial" America

Book Discussion | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993


Writer Sarah Schulman will be in conversation with Samiya Bashir, poet and Executive Director of Lambda Literary. In just six years, ACT UP, New York, a broad and unlikely coalition of activists from all races, genders, sexualities, and backgrounds, changed the world. Armed with rancor, desperation, intelligence, and creativity, it took on the AIDS crisis with an indefatigable, ingenious, and multifaceted attack on the corporations, institutions, governments, and individuals who stood in the way of AIDS treatment for all. They stormed the FDA and NIH in Washington, DC, and started needle exchange programs in New York; they took over Grand Central Terminal and fought to change the legal definition of AIDS to include women; they transformed the American insurance industry, weaponized art and advertising to push their agenda, and battled—and beat—The New York Times, the Catholic Church, and the pharmaceutical industry. Their activism, in its complex and intersectional power, transformed the lives of people with AIDS and the bigoted society that had abandoned them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

Film | We (2021): Strangers on a Train


Encounters on a rail line crossing north to south through Paris and its outskirts: A cleaning lady, a scrap merchant, a writer, a nurse, a follower of hunts and the filmmaker herself. Director: Alice Diop Stars: Marcel Balnoas, Ethan Balnoas, Florence Roche 115 min. In French with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, We (2021): Strangers on a Train

Concert | Austrian Trio Plays World-Folk Music


Birds Against Hurricanes: austrian musicians Alex Pinter (guitar), Viola Hammer (piano) and Christian Bakanic (accordeon) create an unusual blend of original music, folk songs and even a slight taste of the Great American Songbook.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Austrian Trio Plays World-Folk Music

Classical Music | Works by Mozart, Debussy, and Ravel for Violin (In Person AND Online)


Claire Bourg, violin. Program Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata No. 35 for Violin and Piano in A Major , KV 526 Debussy (1862-1918), Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 140 Ravel (1875-1937), Tzigane (Rapsodie de Concert) for Violin and Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 12, 2023, 04/12/2023, Works by Mozart, Debussy, and Ravel for Violin (In Person AND Online)
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Play | A "Spellbinding" Play

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