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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 13, 2023?

62 free events take place on Thursday, April 13 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 13 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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62 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, April 13, 2023

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free events nyc Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc Works of Baroque Spanish Composers (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Works by Liszt, Schubert, Gounod, Sarasate Inspired by the Legend of Faust
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Conference | Life in the Face of War: Political Challenges, Social Responses, Cultural Shifts


The Andrew Gagarin Center for the Study of Civil Society and Human Rights at Bard College, the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, the Smolny Beyond Borders Educational Initiative, and the Harriman Institute presetn this two-day conference
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 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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Workshop | Cardio Dance


A fusion of Hip Hop, R&B, Afro beats and dance cardio that promotes self-love and body confidence, using easy-to-follow moves. Instructor: Ebony Jones-Abdul Majeed
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Ribbon Dancing


Combine cardio with artistry as you wave long ribbons in the air to create rainbows, waterfalls, dragons and ocean waves. Ribbon Dancing is as visually stunning as it is fun and easy to learn. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Ribbons will be available to borrow, but participants may also bring their own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free

Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:25 am
Free

Film | The 39 Steps (1935) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


The 39 Steps is a British thriller loosely based on the 1915 novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. It concerns a Canadian civilian in London, Richard Hannay, who becomes caught up in preventing an organization of spies called "The 39 Steps" from stealing British military secrets. Mistakenly accused of the murder of a counter-espionage agent, Hannay goes on the run to Scotland and becomes tangled up with an attractive woman, Pamela, while hoping to stop the spy ring and clear his name. Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie, Helen Haye, Franck Cellier Alfred Hitchcock was an English filmmaker who is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. In a career spanning six decades, he directed over 50 feature films, many of which are still widely watched and studied today. His films garnered 46 Academy Award nominations, including six wins, although he never won the award for Best Director, despite five nominations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Talk | Meet Me in the Kitchen: Making Healthy Choices


Nutritionist Lauren C. Kelly offers creative twists on classic recipes, food prep and cooking trends. From appetizers, to entrees, to dessert, learn how to design menus using helpful tips and current research findings for better health and eating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposium | Comparative Mediterraneanisms: Noucentisme, Novecento, and the Politics of Modernist Classicism (in-person and online)


The program of the Symposium includes presentations by Laura Moure Cecchini, from the University of Padua; Margarida Casacuberta, from the University of Girona; Javier Pérez Segura, from the Complutense University of Madrid; and Elena Pontiggia, from the Polytechnic of Milan. In addition, numerous communications will be presented, with representatives from Pompeu Fabra University, Princeton University, the University of Toronto, the University of Venice, the Escola Normal Superior de Pisa, the John Cabot University of Rome, from the University of Barcelona, and the Open University of Catalonia. On the Catalan side, renowned specialists will also participate, such as Vinyet Panyella, director of the CoNCA; Josep M. Muñoz, director of L’Avenç; and Xavier Castanyer, director of the Josep Aragay Museum in Breda.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Dante and Arabic Philosophy (online)


Marco Signori will consider an unexpected terminological link between Dante’s verse "a flash of lightning, wherein came its wish" and the fleeting flash – fulgor cito pertransiens – to which some kinds of prophetic visions are likened in the medieval Latin translation of al-Ġazālī’s Maqāṣid al-falāsifa (“The Intentions of the Philosophers”).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:15 pm
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: Borrowing Authority from Death (online)


Artist Amitis Motavelli will discuss her work in relation to cultural resistance and survival of people living in poverty, conflict, and war. Through many mediums—including sculpture, video, performance, and collaborative public art – her work asks questions about violence, occupation, and the path to decolonization, while invoking the significance of a secular grassroots struggle.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Debussy, Robert Schumann, and More for Violin (In Person AND Online)


Kun Yan, violin. Program Debussy (1862-1918), Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 140 Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972), Second Piece for Violin Alone Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | What That Quilt Knows About Me: Curatorial Tour


In this in-person tour of What That Quilt Knows About Me, visitors will gather for close looking and conversations that highlight unexpected stories in the textiles on display, including surprising makers, materials, and histories. Led by Warren Family Assistant Curator Sadé Ayorinde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works of Baroque Spanish Composers (In Person AND Online)


Camila Parias, soprano; Christa Patton, Baroque harp; and Hideki Yamaya, Baroque theorbo, perform the works of 17th century Spain by master composers, Juan Hidalgo, Juan de Navas, Jose Marin, and Cristobal Galan. About the Composers Juan Hidalgo (1614-1685) was a Spanish composer and harpist who became the most influential composer of his time in the Hispanic world, writing the music for the first two operas created in Spanish. He is considered by many to be the father of Spanish opera and of the zarzuela, which is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular songs, as well as dance. Juan de Navas (1650-1719) was a Spanish Baroque composer and harpist. He served as court harpist to Charles II of Spain. Jose Marin (1619-1699) was a Spanish Baroque harpist, guitarist, and composer noted for his secular songs, tonos humanos. Cristobal Galan. (1630-1684) was a Spanish Baroque composer, who was considered Madrid's principal composer of sacred music
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Film | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967): Oscar-Winning Drama with Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn


A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiance. Director: Stanley Kramer Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn 108 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Film | She Said (2022): drama


New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation - a story that helped ignite a movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. Director: Maria Schrader Cast: Lola Petticrew, Katherine Laheen, Zoe Kazan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Shootist (1976) with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall


A dying gunman aims to go out in a blaze of glory while settling old scores and making new friends in turn-of-the-century Nevada. Director: Don Siegel Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone   John Wayne was an American actor who became a popular icon through his starring roles in films which were produced during Hollywood's Golden Age, especially through his starring roles in Western and war movies. His career flourished from the silent era of the 1920s through the American New Wave, as he appeared in a total of 179 film and television productions. He was among the top box-office draws for three decades, and he appeared with many other important Hollywood stars of his era. In 1999, the American Film Institute selected Wayne as one of the greatest male stars of classic American cinema. Lauren Bacall was an American actress named the 20th-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute. She received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009 in recognition of her contribution to the Golden Age of motion pictures.
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2:00 pm
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Jazz | Live Jazz from Harlem (in-person and online)


Acclaimed jazz and r&b vocalist Kathryn Farmer is a musician’s musician with a 4 1/2 octave range and an electrifying stage presence. Also a pianist, organist, arranger and bandleader,  her gifted vocals have captivated audiences in over 16 countries headlining in venues from Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei to Budapest, Berlin, Casablanca, and Moscow.  In addition to performing with many musical greats–among them Tito Puente, David “Fathead” Newman, Walter Bishop, Jr, Lester Bowie, and James Carter–she has been tapped for legacy roles such as Brooks Benton’s duet partner (in Dinah Washington’s former role) and the Doug Carn Black Jazz Legacy Band. Recent years have found her in 5-star hotel performances in Tokyo, Hanoi and Seoul, as well as in NYC venues such as Swing 46.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Play | The Group: Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse


MFA Playwriting Student DeAndre Short's play follows six men in a childhood sexual abuse survivor support group. Over the course of eight weeks, they embark on the healing process with unconventional exercises, puzzles, and LEGO bricks. Digging into their past to mend themselves isn't easy, but each is held together by the community they create.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Not So Perfect Strangers: A Fateful Encounter (online)


L.S. Stratton's novel tells of one fateful encounter that upends the lives of two women in this tense domestic thriller, a modern spin on Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train that flips the script on race and gender politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Chopin and More for Cello (In Person AND Online)


Keina Satoh, cello. Program Chopin (1810-1849), Introduction and Polonaise Brillante Toshiro Mayuzumi (1929-1997), Bunraku César Franck (1822-1890), Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and More for Piano (In Person AND Online)


Hsi-Yun Wu, piano. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54 Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), Danse Macabre Stravinsky (1882-1971), Three Movements from Petrushka Frederic Rzewski (1938-2021), The People United Will Never Be Defeated! George Gershwin (1898-1937), Rhapsody in Blue
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Performance | 2 Student One-Act Plays (online thru Apr 14)


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 & 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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4:00 pm
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Lecture | 100 Years of Indigenous and Rural Education in Mexico


A focus on analyzing the sociocultural effects of educational projects on indigenous and rural education through a transdisciplinary perspective. Marco Caledrón will explain the history of indigenous boarding schools, Rural Normal Schools, bilingual alphabetization centers and institutions of intercultural education from 1921 to 2021 in Mexico.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Sylvia Plimack Mangold: Leaves in the Wind


The solo exhibition––which features new works by this pioneering figure in the history of post-1960s art––includes fifteen paintings and works on paper created over the past five years, all of which depict the same maple tree located outside of Mangold's studio in upstate New York.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | Dance on Film: One & One Other (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
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Classical Music | Piano Work by Beethoven (In Person AND Online)


Chris Chu, piano. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
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Classical Music | Works by Robert Schumann, Brahms, and More for Clarinet


Andrei Ion Caval, clarinet. Program Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Three Romances, Op. 94 Brahms (1833-1897), Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 120 Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Nightclub 1960 - from "Histoire du Tango" for Clarinet & Cello Katie Jenkins, Collage Luigi Bassi (1833-1871), Fantasia da Concerto sopra motivi dell’Opera ‘Rigoletto’ di Verdi
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Opening Reception | 5 Photography Shows


Featuring: Lea Banchereau, Botanic Susan Hockaday, Climate Change Stories Bob Leonard, Joyful Curves Joel Morgovsky, Inside Out  Laurie Peek, In Lieu of Flowers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Communists in Closets: Queering the History 1930s to 1990s (in-person and online)


Bettina Aptheker, in a rare New York live appearance will be discussing her fascinating new book about queer people and the Communist Party. The book transforms our understanding of the roots of many crucial aspects of queer liberation, tracing their foundations to rejection by the party and analysis and organizing skills learned in the party. Subjects include Harry Hay and the creation of Mattachine, Lorraine Hansberry and the Broadway production of Raisin In The Sun, Alix Dobkin and the creation of lesbian separatism and women's music, The founding of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and Angela Davis's role in and influence by the Communist Party.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Janice Nowinski: New Work


Nowinski now deepens her engagement with color and broadens her pictorial space. These paintings evoke a sense of scale that defies their size and packs a material punch that requires attentive unpacking, visual as well as intellectual. The artist usually starts from a found photograph, which can be rather generic and often carries scant information, using it for multiple paintings with rather different results. This relationship to source material is emblematic of her process, in which a visual “event” triggers her interest and incites the development of the work, propelling it beyond the initial impulse. This is also one of the methods Nowinski uses to evade the historical weight of her medium, letting each painting do its own thing, to the extent that she often surprises herself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signing | Tierra del Sol: Photographing Mexican Culture In L.A.


Carlos Jaramillo was born in McAllen, Texas to a Mexican mother and a Colombian father. When he moved to Los Angeles, he found a comfortable familiarity in the abundance of Mexican people and culture woven throughout the city. The photos that populate Tierra Del Sol document “El Clásico de las Américas,” an annual weeklong charrería that takes place in Pico Rivera, California.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | A is for Anarchist: A Sardonic Spin on the ABC Book


A sardonic spin on the ABC book, A is for Anarchist is a sharp knife in a drawer full of safety scissors. Wryly written by critically acclaimed rapper billy woods and sublimely illustrated by artist m. musgrove, A is for Anarchist upends the traditional ABC format with earnestness that belies its irreverence. Anarchist takes modest ideas, like E is for Energy and G is for Ghosts, and flips them into incisive commentary on modern life and the state of the world. Also, it has to be the only alphabet book with annotated footnotes and a Nas reference.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Asian Perspectives in Journalism


A roundtable discussion with Asian leaders in film, photography, print, and digital journalism. Join Professor Duy Linh Tu as he welcomes Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Poh Si Teng, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Marcus Yam, multimedia reporter Karen Yi, and digital journalist Xavier Wang to discuss their experiences in journalism. There will be time for Q&A and a meet-and-greet after the panel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Blackness in America


Anti-Blackness has been ingrained in the fabric of the United States since its pre-colonial emergence dating back over 400 years ago. Rooted in this history is today’s violent surveillance of Black bodies, with particular scrutiny and vulnerability falling on women-folk and members of the LGBTQ community. Scholarship which has sought to theorize Black vulnerability and resistance to premature death has been met with denunciation and characterizations like “woke”, “dangerous” and “divisive”. This has led to an attempted erasure of history and outright attacks on both Critical Race Theory and AP African American Studies. We are facing a swift backlash of epic proportions and resurgence of American-branded apartheid - a literal fight for our lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Caribbean Dance Fitness


A fun and exciting workout that uses easy to follow dance steps to maintain cardiovascular health. This class is created for all levels and you do not need any prior dance experience to participate. Instructor: Donnette McFarlane
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Charlotte Delbo: Writing Auschwitz and After (in-person and online)


A conversation between Ghislaine Dunant, author of the award-winning literary biography Charlotte Delbo: A Life Reclaimed, and translator Kathryn Lachman (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, UMass Amherst).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Feminism as a Concept of Movement: The Sediments of the Historical Reorganization of Feminist Imaginaries


The speaker will explain the meaning of concepts of movements such as communism, liberalism, and republicanism. Then she will argue how these concepts were used as guides to praxis by focusing first on republicanism and Kant. Finally, she will articulate her concept of feminist imaginaries focusing on how the sediments of historical time have enabled different struggles for emancipation.
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Discussion | Latin Families and Writing


A panel discussion about Latin families and writing. Panelists include: Ella Ceron, author of Viva Lola Esponoza Melissa Lozada-Oliva, author of Dreaming of You Alexis Nedd, author of Don't Hate the Player Moderated by Kelsey Butler, her Bloomberg colleague
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | National Book Award Winner Presents Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Evening of Poetry and Discussion


Join Henri Cole, one of America's finest poets, and internationally acclaimed novelist, essayist, and poet Joyce Carol Oates for an evening of conversation and readings of Cole's latest collections of poems, Gravity and Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Our Bodies, Our Stories: Drag, Spoken Word, Performance Art (in-person and online)


Featuring Junior Mintt, Jennifer Falu, Yiru Chen and Geanina Riley. The event will use a mix of drag, spoken word, and performance art to explore our collective struggle toward bodily autonomy for all. What does it mean to be free, body, mind, and spirit? When has our right to exist within our bodies been restrained, policed, or disciplined? How do we pursue and manifest bodily autonomy across a spectrum of identities?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conference | Textures of Change: Social Imaginaries, Narratives, and the Possibility of Politics


It has become common for political theorists and philosophers to insist on the neces- sity of new imaginaries and narratives. Crises of authority, financial meltdowns, and environmental disasters compel us to look for alternative frameworks and practices. While the urgency of this claim is undeniable, the conceptual ground for the creation of new imaginaries and narratives is still unclear. How do we define imaginaries and narratives in relation to our political and social life? How can they become normative and generate conceptual and practical shifts? And who is in a position to shape, direct, and take ownership of these emergent conceptions? This conference focuses on the current debate on political imaginaries and narratives to investigate some of these questions. As a starting point, we propose to challenge standard Marxist or epistemological approaches to the topic that either interpret imaginaries and narratives as ideological projections (a product of false conscious- \ness) or merely as individual, cognitive faculties. Rather, we suggest thinking about imaginaries and narratives as larger sensuous and embodied practices that re-orient material structures of domination and allow for a reflective rearticulation of collective demands. In particular, we set out to clarify: the meaning of "imaginaries" and/or "narratives" as forms of sense-making; their ability to shift existing discourses and power relations; the way in which they foster different ways of feeling, seeing, acting-in, and experiencing the world in a time of crisis; the way in which they are embedded in artistic and literary practices; and the way in which they address--or fail to address--marginalized subjects.
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Discussion | Trumpeter and Composer Terence Blanchard In Conversation


In 2013, Terence Blanchard premiered Champion, an opera, with libretto by Michael Cristofer, based on the life of Black boxer Emile Griffith. For the first time, the opera will be performed in New York at the Metropolitan Opera starting April 10. In celebration of this New York premiere, Blanchard and a guest will host an intimate conversation about the work. Registration required.
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Film | Daguerréotypes (1975): Documentary on Paris Small Shops


Portraits of the people that occupy the small shops of the Rue Daguerre, Paris, where the filmmaker lived. Director: Agnès Varda 78 min. Free popcorn will be served, and a discussion will follow the screenings.
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Lecture | How Modern Architectural Criticism was Born —The Pantheon in the Renaissance (In Person AND Online)


Francesco Benelli will discuss Modern Architectural Criticism as it relates to the Pantheon in the Renaissance. About the Speaker Francesco Benelli (PhD, IUAV Venice), is an architectural historian specializing in Renaissance and Middle Ages, professor at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, and currently Weinberg Fellow in Architectural History and Preservation. He has published on several aspects of architecture, theory, and historiography, and he is currently completing a book on Antonio da Sangallo the Younger’s studies on Vitruvius. He was the recipient of several fellowships including the Kunsthistorisches Institut of Florence, the Italian Academy, Columbia University and the Getty Research Institute. He is the director of the Serlio Digital Project (Avery Library, Columbia University) and has been the coordinator of the study group on palazzo Farnese at Caprarola. He taught permanently at Columbia University, and has been Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London. To attend in person, guests must confirm COVID-19 vaccination status.
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Lecture | When “Freedom” Has No Place in Photography


A conversation with Russian artist Emmie America on her recent work and activism to provide insight into the interdisciplinary realms of Slavic culture during a time of war. Emmie America is a Russian artist and fashion photographer currently based in New York City. In 2021, Emmie America was detained and fined by Russian authorities, after organizing a politically charged photo shoot in Moscow, where 25 participants dressed in police uniforms surrounded the word ‘Freedom’ written in the snow. Emmie, who has worked with brands such as Vogue, Louis Vuitton, Guess, and Calvin Klein, was charged by police for “organizing a protest.” Her work often explores narratives around coming-of-age vulnerability, no sense of belonging, insider-outsider perspective, LGBTQIA+ communities and experiences, and party culture as the ultimate cure. Since Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, Emmie has used her voice and considerable social media following to express her solidarity with the people of Ukraine and raise awareness of ways to help the ongoing country’s war effort. Her work is academic in nature as well; she has worked as a part-time professor at The Rodchenko Art School in Moscow and studied at Parsons School of Design, where she felt uplifted by the New York community of artists and activists to pursue photography.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Reading | 2 Writers Read and Discuss Their Work


Readings by Nuar Alsadir and Jess Row, followed by a conversation with Darin Strauss, followed by a reception. Nuar Alsadir's most recent book, Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation, is a work of nonfiction published simultaneously in the US by Graywolf Press and in the UK by Fitzcarraldo Editions. Jess Row is the author of the novels The New Earth and Your Face in Mine, a collection of essays, White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination, and two collections of short stories, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | After Institutions: Museums as Threatened Public Spaces


Celebrate the U.S. launch of a book by critic and art historian Karen Archey. On the occasion of the launch, Archey will be joined in a conversation with Shimrit Lee and James Meyer, moderated by Nicholas C. Morgan.  Faced with waning state support, declining revenue, and forced entrepreneurialism, museums have become a threatened public space. Simultaneously they have assumed the role of institutional arbiter in issues of social justice and accountability. The canon of Institutional Critique has responded to the social embeddedness of art institutions by looking at their inner workings. Author Karen Archey addresses contemporary art's sociopolitical entanglements by expanding the definition of Institutional Critique, looking beyond what cultural institutions were to what they are and what they might become.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Poverty and Wealth in East Africa: A Conceptual History


A reading and conversation to celebrate the release of Poverty and Wealth in East Africa: A Conceptual History by Rhiannon Stephens. Carl Wennerlind will join in conversation and Rosalind Morris will moderate.  Stephens offers a conceptual history of how people living in eastern Uganda have sustained and changed their ways of thinking about wealth and poverty over the past two thousand years. This history serves as a powerful reminder that colonialism and capitalism did not introduce economic thought to this region and demonstrates that even in contexts of relative material equality between households, people invested intellectual energy in creating new ways to talk about the poor and the rich. Stephens uses an interdisciplinary approach to write this history for societies without written records before the nineteenth century. She reconstructs the words people spoke in different eras using the methods of comparative historical linguistics, overlaid with evidence from archaeology, climate science, oral traditions, and ethnography. Demonstrating the dynamism of people’s thinking about poverty and wealth in East Africa long before colonial conquest, Stephens challenges much of the received wisdom about the nature and existence of economic and social inequality in the region’s deeper past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Forgotten Gems of Italian Cinema


With Mary Karr, poet, in conversation with Antonio Monda. This event is the fourth in a series taking place this year as part of the literary festival Le Conversazioni that focuses on films that the speakers believe worthy of being [re]discovered.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz Piano Prodigy


Pianist Victor Gould first caught the attention of the jazz world at the prodigious age of 17 as a go-to sideman for NEA Jazz Master Donald Harrison. Gould would go on to record with JD Allen, Wallace Roney, and Etienne Charles and play extensively with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, whose Grammy-nominated recordings “A Social Call” and “Liberation” spotlight Gould's assured and complex work on keys. As a bandleader, Gould has released four albums, including his latest, 2021's In Our Time, which Downbeat Magazine declares as the culmination of his development "from an emerging talent into a full-blown, fantastic artist."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | NYRB Poets 10th Anniversary Celebration


Celebrate 10 years of NYRB Poets. Inspired by the adventurous spirit of The NYRB Classics series, NYRB Poets features the work of poets from around the world, classical and modern, ancient and contemporary, in elegant, pocket-size editions. Celebrate their 10th anniversary by highlighting the many works of poetry in translation published by NYRB Poets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening | Rare Jazz on Film


A picture is worth a thousand words... This is an evening of rare jazz film. Artists including Miles Davis, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Hot Lips Page, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Ornate Coleman, Mary Lou Williams, and The Modern Jazz Quartet will be among the great artists glimpsed in this rarely seen film.
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Reading | An Evening with the 2023 One Story Literary Debutantes


One Story’s annual Literary Debutante Ball is a send-up of the debutante balls of old: instead of featuring young society ladies, it honors One Story authors who have published their first books in the past year. This is an evening of readings from the 2023 Debutantes featuring emerging authors Isaac Blum, Rita Chang-Eppig, Talia Lakshmi Kolluri, Richard Mirabella, Gothataone Moeng, David Lawrence Morse, Josh Riedel, and Laura Spence-Ash.
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Concert | Play and Games Within Musical Works: A Lecture-Recital (in-person and online)


Pianist and violinist Gabrielle Chou presents a lecture recital. The brief lecture will summarize her dissertation research, which explores play structures and game mechanics within composition and performance. Music to follow includes I'm Actually Just Making Stuff Up by Aidan Gold, Scrawl Etude by Kerrith Livengood, and the world premiere of a commissioned work by Gold, Music For a Pile of Sounds. The lecture will be around 15 minutes, followed by approximately 30 minutes of music. Pianist and violinist herself, Chou will be joined by guest artists Jingrui Liu, clarinet; Dominic Law, bass; Baron Fenwick, piano; and Aidan Gold, electronics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by Liszt, Schubert, Gounod, Sarasate Inspired by the Legend of Faust


This event features theatrical excerpts and music. Program Liszt (1811-1886), Mephisto Waltz (based on Nikolaus Lenau's scene from Faust) Gounod (181-1893)/Liszt (1811-1886), Waltz from the Opera Faust Sarasate (1844-1908), Nouvelle Fantasie sur Faust de Gounod Keaton Hoy, The Tragedy of Marguerite Schubert (1797-1828), Gretchen am Spinnrade Gounod (181-1893), Final Scene from Faust
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Workshop | Zumbra Workout (online)


Zumba is a fusion of Latin, international and popular music dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. The routines feature aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps. Instructor: Ashley Thompson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | 20th Century Vocal Works


Johnathan McCullough, baritone; and Carol Wong, piano. Program Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958), Songs of Travel (1904) Glen Hansard (1970-present), Song of Good Hope (2012) John Musto (1954-present), Selections from The Brief Light (2011) Justine Chen, "Platform Anxiety" from New York Songs (2020) Traditional English folk song, Greensleeves Traditional English folk song, Foggy, Foggy Dew Amy Beach (1867-1944), "Scottish Legend" Op. 54, No. 1 Amy Beach (1867-1944), "The Year's at the Spring" Op. 44, No. 1
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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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Classical Music | Workd by Brahms and More for Clarinet (In Person AND Online)


Jin Yingcun Jin, clarinet. Program Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), Andante et Allegro Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937), Introduction et Rondo, Op. 72 Clara Schumann (1819-1896), 3 Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 Brahms (1833-1897), Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120/1
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Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Brahms, and More for Violin (In Person AND Online)


Yanguang Bruce Zhang, violin. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Violin Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50 Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), Poème, Op. 25 Yongcheng Qin,  A Tone Poem by the Seashore Brahms (1833-1897), Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
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