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43 free events take place on Friday, April 14 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out April 14 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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43 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, April 14, 2023

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free events nyc Black Comic Book Festival: Day 1
free events nyc Dance on Film: One & One Other - a bizarre play between reality and absurdist fantasy (online thru Apr 24)
free events nyc A Tribute to the Paradise Garage: Remembering the Notorious Soho Nightclub
free events nyc Works by Stravinsky and More with Leonard Slatkin, Multiple Grammy-Winning Conductor
        

Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Symposium | Comparative Mediterraneanisms: Noucentisme, Novecento, and the Politics of Modernist Classicism (in-person and online)


Program: 9:00am Coffee 9:30am Welcome by Stefano Albertini, Director 9:45am Plenary Speaker: Javier Pérez Segura, Universidad Complutense de Madrid “The Mediterranean in Madrid. Tracing Noucentisme and Italian modern figurative art in the twenties and thirties” 10:45am Session 2: Painting of the New Century between Noucentisme and Novecento Filippo Bosco, PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa “‘...comme immergé dans ce mer’: Mario Tozzi, Eugenio d’Ors and the Mediterranean Constructs” Virginia Magnaghi, PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa “‘Paesi, quasi senza natura’. Noucentisme and Novecento Facing the Paradoxes of Landscape” Vinyet Panyella, writer and cultural researcher, Sitges “Joaquim Sunyer and Novecento” Sarah Linford, John Cabot University, Rome Valori Plastici, ‘Premises and Arguments’ in Interwar Modernism” Moderated by Ara H. Merjian, NYU Followed by Q&A 12:30pm-2:00pm --- break --- 2:00pm Session 3: Mediterranean Crossings Xavier Castanyer i Angelet, Director, Museu Municipal Josep Aragay, Breda “The Italianness of Josep Aragay” M. Mercè Compte, PhD Candidate, Universitat de Barcelona, and Mireia Freixa, Universitat de Barcelona “Monumentality in the Mediterranean Private Garden. The Case of the Masia Freixa in Terrassa and the Vil·la Casals in Sant Salvador” Joan Safont Plumed, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya “D’Annunzio’s Airplane: the Italianism of the Magazine Iberia during the First World War” Josep M. Muñoz, Director, L’Avenç, Barcelona “Jaume Vicens Vives’ Discovery of Italy and the Search for Mediterraneanism” Moderated by Robert Davidson, Director, The Northrop Frye Centre, University of Toronto Followed by Q&A 4:00pm Keynote Address: Elena Pontiggia, Politecnico di Milano “The Return to Plato in Margherita Sarfatti’s Thought and in Novecento Italiano” 5:00pm Concluding Remarks by Jordi Falgàs, Director, Fundació Rafael Masó, Girona 5:30pm Reception  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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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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Festival | Black Comic Book Festival: Day 1


The 2023 Black Comic Book Festival marks 11 years of bringing together animators, Blerds, bloggers, cosplay lovers, fans, families, illustrators, independent publishers, and writers to celebrate Black comic books and graphic novels and provides a platform to get the works directly to readers. This event features panel discussions, workshops, and cosplay showcases, and highlights the work of creators from across the country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free

Conference | Caribbean Crucible: Atlantic Migrations and the Making of the Modern World


Panel Descriptions:  African-Caribbeans & British Legal History “Fictitious Remedies in English Law: Reckoning with the Legal Haunting of Black Personhood” | Leonie Clarke, SOAS, University of London “The ‘World Newest Nation!’: West Indian Federalism and Nationalism in the British Caribbean Diaspora, 1945-1960” | Elanor Kramer-Taylor, King’s College London Cultures in Transit, Africans in Diaspora “Reinventing Ourselves? Afro-Caribbean Cuisine at the Crossroads of Inter-Caribbean and Transatlantic Migration” | Mathilde Debbiche, University of Toulouse “Cooperation, Contestation, and Identity Formation: A Study of Black Life in Late Eighteenth Century and Early Nineteenth Century Sierra Leone, 1787-1834” | Taylor Prescott, University of Pennsylvania   Digitizing Diasporas, Mapping Migration
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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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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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Between Urbanism and Zoomorphism in the Mongol Empire's Northwest: Constructing Nomadic Antiquity


Petya Andreeva will offer a glimpse into the arts and material culture of the Golden Horde – the Mongol Empire’s Northwestern and most diverse section. Centered around the Eurasian steppe’s nomadic core but surrounded by several sedentary civilizations, the Golden Horde was home to both sedentary and nomadic communities, as well as people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds. Petya will explore how the strategic revival of Iron-Age nomadic design idioms in Golden Horde metalwork was reconciled with the new Mongol penchant for monumentality and urbanism. The Mongol elite wished to sustain two distinct identities: that of a legitimate successor to an uninterrupted steppe nomadic tradition traceable to the Scythians, and that of a worldly trade partner in the Afro-Eurasian milieu, eager to build trade-centered cities on the traditionally nomadic steppe. Petya studies how the Mongol ruling clans in the Golden Horde used nomadic antiquity to manufacture collective memory in a fragile, inherently unstable alliance during especially tumultuous periods (e.g., the Black Death). The study also explores the development of new axes to the traditional Silk Routes under Pax Mongolica, namely the Black Sea route which contributed to artistic transmissions all the way to Byzantium. Speaker Petya Andreeva is an Assistant Professor of Asian Art and Design History at ADHT at Parsons.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Talk | Disrupting the Culture of Online Sexual Violence (online)


Sexual violence online isn't just a "women's issue." Even though female identifying students historically experience higher rates of harm, emerging data shows abuse targeting male-identifying students is on the rise. What does abuse in online spaces look like, how do different genders experience it, and how can we be part of the solution?
   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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Slide Lecture | Murals in NYC (in-person and online)


With art historian and lecturer Sylvia Laudien-Meo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 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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Concert | Tartan Day Observance


The American-Scottish Foundation presents this lunchtime concert in honor of Tartan Day - the day on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320; the Declaration, dated April 6th, 1320, is widely seen as Scotland's most iconic document. In words and music with readings from Senate Resolution and Presidential Decrees excerpts from the Declaration of Arbroath and musical program including: Craig Weir-Piper, Highland Divas, Scots College Pipe Band Sydney, St Columba's School Pipe Band, Scottish Police Community Choir.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Haydn, Robert Schumann, and More for Double Bass (In Person AND Online)


Andrew J Gantzer, double bass. Program Haydn (1732-1809), Divertimento in D Major David Kirkland Garner, When The Old Man Smokes Tyson Gholston Davis (2000-present), Tableau No. V Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Fantasy Pieces Op. 73
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Film | In the Name of the Father (1993) with Daniel Day Lewis


Fact-based story of Gerry Conlon, an Irishman wrongly accused of a 1974 IRA bombing and imprisoned by British authorities. Based on Conlon's autobiography, "Proved Innocent." Director: Jim Sheridan Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlewaite, Emma Thompson, Corin Redgrave, John Lynch Daniel Day-Lewis is an English actor often described as one of the preeminent actors of his generation. He received numerous accolades throughout his career, which spanned over four decades, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor, making him the first and only actor to have three wins in that category.
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1:00 pm
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Film | The Good House (2022): comedy-drama


The Good House follows Hildy Good, a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her compartmentalized life begins to unravel as she rekindles a romance with her old high-school flame, Frank Getchell, and becomes dangerously entwined in one person's reckless behavior. Igniting long-buried emotions and family secrets, Hildy is propelled toward a reckoning with the one person she's been avoiding for decades: herself. Director: Maya Forbes Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney, David Rasche, Rebecca Henderson, Kathryn Erbe, Beverly D'angelo, Paul Guilfoyle
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | Women Talking (2022): drama


The women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith. The women come together to figure out how they might move forward together to build a better world for themselves and their children. Stay and fight, or leave. They will not do nothing. Director: Sarah Polley Cast: Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Rooney Mara
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2:00 pm
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Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Lecture | Screening Sino-Soviet Friendship: Cinematic Collaboration and the Ghosts of Empire in the Socialist World (in-person and online)


The Sino-Soviet “honeymoon” of the 1950s was brief, and the three decades of Sino-Soviet Split that followed have tended to obscure the scale and stakes of this earlier period of Sino-Soviet alliance. Yet for almost a decade, the Sino-Soviet alliance was the lynchpin of a post-war socialist world whose unprecedented expansion had fundamentally redrawn the political map of Eurasia. At a moment of renewed yet unpredictable Sino-Russian alliance, this talk looks back at the aspirations and limits of Sino-Soviet friendship in the 1950s through the lens of cinema. Cultural transfer took place across the arts, but cinema was the artform where a collaborative mode of cultural production was both most feasible and most ideologically charged. Cinematic collaboration combined practical goals—technology transfer for the Chinese, market access for the Soviets—with the ideological aspiration of creating a common socialist culture equally legible to Soviet and Chinese audiences. This talk reconstructs the Sino-Soviet experiment in cinematic collaboration by focusing on three coproductions: Przhevalsky (1952, dir. Sergei Yutkevich), Under Ancient Desert Skies (Chinese title Almaty—Lanzhou, 1958, dir. Vladimir Shneiderov and Qin Zhen), and Side by Side (Chinese title Wind from the East, 1959, dir. Efim Dzigan and Gan Xuewei). Drawing extensively on archival materials, this talk reconstructs the dynamics of collaboration that shaped these productions, alongside the ideological affirmations of collaboration that emerged from the content and form of the films themselves. Besides illuminating an important moment in the history of Sino-Soviet relations, this material offers a case study in the complexities of creating “internationalist” culture in the socialist world of the early Cold War. Strikingly, these Sino-Soviet coproductions are all set in Manchuria or Xinjiang, historically contested spaces between the Russian and Chinese states. The tensions at the heart of these films emerge through their attempts to negotiate divergent understandings of two intertwined imperial pasts. Speaker Edward Tyerman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Play | The Trouble with Paradise: Myths of the Service Industry


MFA Playwriting Student Luz Lorenzana Twigg's play is about employees in a small-town coffee shop who are overjoyed when they win their majority to unionize. However, their plans are thwarted as a historic wildfire sweeps up the California coast and threatens to burn down everything they care about most. Set in idyllic Santa Barbara, the play takes a tender, charismatic look at the complex stratification of service work and interrogates the myth of the service industry “family."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Book Discussion | The Sweater: A History (online)


Co-author Gail DeMeyere and editor Keren Ben-Horin trace the garment's fascinating 300-year history as an aesthetic and craft object and tell the story of its materials and construction, national traditions, fashion fads, and accessories. The sweater has gone full circle from the inception of the hand knit to the advancement of technology and back to knitting with natural fibers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussion | The 20th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq


Twenty years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, commemorate the suffering and honor the perseverance of the Iraqi community with a panel of distinguished scholars, an exhibition of “The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” artists' book collection, and a concert of traditional Iraqi Maqam. The panel features the following distinguised speakers: -- Nadje Al-Ali, Robert Family Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies.  -- Omar Dewachi, Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology and Global Health at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  -- Muhsin al-Musawi, Columbia University, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Studies.  -- Zahra Ali, Sociologist and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Newark. -- Beau Beausoleil, poet and activist based in San Francisco, California. He is the founder of, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, which is a book arts response to the March 5, 2007 car-bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street (the street of the booksellers) in Baghdad, Iraq.   -- Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi American poet and writer, laureate of the UNESCO Sharja Prize for Arab Culture and fellowship recipient from the United States Artists, the Guggenheim, and Kresge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by Tobias Hume and More for Viola da Gamba (In Person AND Online)


Adrienne Polly Hyde, viola da gamba. Program Riccardo Rognoni (ca. 1550-1620), Anchor Che col Partire Tobias Hume (1569-1645), Alas poore men Tobias Hume (1569-1645), Pavan Tobias Hume (1569-1645), What greater griefe Tobias Hume (1569-1645), My hope is decayed Tobias Hume (1569-1645), Tobacco Marin Marais (1656-1728), Suite No. 6 from Livre 4 of Pieces de Viole in E minor
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Book Discussion | Fransisco: An Affair with a Filmmaker


Alison Mills Newman’s long out-of-print novel with a new foreword by Saidiya Hartman. Mills Newman tells the vibrant story of a young black woman’s love affair with an indie filmmaker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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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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Film | AJASS: Pioneers of the Black is Beautiful Movement


Ascreening of the award-winning documentary by Louise Dente.   The African Jazz-Art Society & Studios (AJASS) was founded in 1956 by a group of four talented creatives: Elombe Brath, Kwame Brathwaite, Bob Gumbs, and Chris Acemandese Hall. Inspired by the writings of activist and Black nationalist Marcus Garvey, and his protégé, Carlos Cook of the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement. AJASS was a collective of artists, playwrights, designers, musicians, and other Black creatives who sought to produce and promote their own work. Elombe Brath said that one of AJASS’s primary purposes was to “spread the idea of Black unity through appreciation of self, beauty of self — and to establish a Black standard." Dente’s documentary chronicles the journey of AJASS from its start in the South Bronx, where they first hosted jazz concerts, to Harlem where their projects expanded helping to shape the visual landscape of the second Harlem Renaissance in the process. It features commentary from several prominent voices on the impact of AJASS and the Grandassa Models, a modeling group created by AJASS for Black women, aiming to challenge white beauty standards.   There will also be a panel and Q&A with Dente that is hosted by Harold Thomas following the screening. Panelists include Cinque Brath, Elombe Brath Foundation; Ajuba Grinage Bartley, Grandassa Model; and Basir Mchawi, Educator/Activist/ WBAI Radio host.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by Bach, Prokofiev, and More for Cello (In Person AND Online)


Shinae Ra, cello. Program Gaspar Cassado (1897-1966), Serenade Bach (1695-1750), Suite No. 5 in C minor, BVW 1011 Eunike Tanzil, Catch! For Two Cellos Amy Beach (1867-1944), Four Sketches, Op. 15 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119
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Classical Music | Works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and More for Cello (In Person AND Online)


Fiona Cheng, cello. Program George Crumb (1929-2022), Sonata for Solo Cello Brahms (1833-1897), Cello Sonata No. 1 Op. 38 Eunike Tanzil, Catch! Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Song Without Words for Cello & Piano in D Major, Op. 109
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Poetry Reading | “No Poetry About War": 2 Writers Read


Readings by acclaimed authors Sasha Marianna Salzmann and Valzhyna Mort, from their latest works, followed by a conversation – with a thematic focus on writing in times of turmoil and war.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts (online)


6:00 pm: Concetta Abbate 6:30 pm: We'll Be Fine 7:00 pm: Zisl Slepovitch
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Clay Pop: The Reinvention of Ceramic Sculpture


Alia Dahl's Clay Pop documents the reinvention of ceramic sculpture by a new generation of artists. A medium that has often been characterized as more craft than art, clay is now an exciting platform for formal and conceptual innovation. Traditionally diverged from engagement with popular culture, clay is now adding a new dimension to Pop Art.
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Lecture | The Zombies in the Sky: What Happens When Stars Die?


Astronomy PhD candidate Shifra Mandel will be giving this talk, "Stars are powered by the nuclear fusion that occurs deep in their interiors, under conditions of immense temperature and pressure.  But what happens when a star inevitably runs out of fuel?  The death of a star can be explosive and cataclysmic, or slow but spectacular.  Supplied with a close companion star, the end-stage remnant of a dead star’s core can be revived into a “zombie” version of itself - radiating energy supplied not via nuclear fusion, but through the gradual cannibalization of its companion." Kick off the evening at 6:30pm with some astronomy trivia, followed by Shifra's talk and Q&A. From 7:40-8:40pm, go outside stargazing (weather permitting).
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Discussion | Writers in Conversation


Eileen Myles (Pathetic Literature, A Working Life, Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Inferno, Afterglow) in conversation with Adjunct Assistant Professor and Nonfiction Advisor of Undergraduate Creative Writing James Yeh.  
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Book Discussion | Faustian Bargain: The Soviet-German Partnership and the Origins of the Second World War (online)


When Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, launching World War Two, its army seemed an unstoppable force. The Luftwaffe bombed towns and cities across the country, and fifty divisions of the Wehrmacht crossed the border. Yet only two decades earlier, at the end of World War One, Germany had been an utterly and abjectly defeated military power. Foreign troops occupied its industrial heartland and the Treaty of Versailles reduced the vaunted German army of World War One to a fraction of its size, banning it from developing new military technologies. When Hitler came to power in 1933, these strictures were still in effect. By 1939, however, he had at his disposal a fighting force of 4.2 million men, armed with the most advanced weapons in the world. How could this nearly miraculous turnaround have happened? With author Dr. Ian Ona Johnson, Assistant Professor of Military History at Notre Dame University.
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Dancing | A Tribute to the Paradise Garage: Remembering the Notorious Soho Nightclub


From 1977 to 1987, the Soho nightclub Paradise Garage was the center of the underground dance world and a key nexus point of New York gay history, notorious for its all-night, experiential, and musically diverse explorations into sound. This celebration of Paradise Garage's memorable musical and cultural legacy, curated by the queer-owned and operated Brooklyn performance venue C'mon Everybody, invites the audience to come with their dancing shoes fully laced up for an all-night participatory party with live performances. Harlem DJ, producer, and youth advocate DJ Samuella opens the evening, followed by two pairs of non-binary rising stars: crossover hip hop drag provocateurs The Dragon Sisters and the rhinestone-spangled and afro-wigged disco divas The Illustrious Blacks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concert | Classical Iraqi Music


Hamid Al-Saadi, vocals; Amir ElSaffar, santur, vocals; Dena El Saffar, violin, joza, vocals; Tim Moore, percussion, vocals; and Zahra Ali, vocals. Marking 20 years since the US invasion of Iraq, this performance will celebrate the classical Iraqi Maqam of Baghdad, Basra, and Mosul with world-renowned practitioners of the art. Maqam music developed over centuries; its melodies, rhythms, and poetry are a direct reflection of Iraq's rich geography and culture, past and present. RSVP required.
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7:00 pm
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Talk | The Constant Future: A Century of the Regional Plan


James Sanders’s dramatic images transport one to a “dream city” of imagination and possibilities, of dazzling urban visions, built and unbuilt—and of the transformative ideas that have reshaped New York, its surrounding region, and, in time, cities all around the world. Archival video sequences trace the epic story of New York and its environs: the first urban area in the world to reconceive itself as a regional metropolis, an idea so familiar today it is almost commonplace, but a radical, innovative, and daring new way of thinking in the 1920s. The program features RPA’s four landmark Regional Plans—from 1929, 1968, 1996, and 2017— serve as the center point around which the story of the metropolis revolves. James Sanders is an architect and co-writer and producer with Ric Burns of the Emmy Award-winning eight-part PBS series, New York: A Documentary Film.          
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Stravinsky and More with Leonard Slatkin, Multiple Grammy-Winning Conductor


Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra; and Leonard Slatkin, conductor. Program Stravinsky (1882-1971), The Rite of Spring (1913) Frank Martin (1890-1974), Concerto for 7 Winds (1949) Cindy McTee (1953-present), Timepiece (2000) About the Conductor Leonard Slatkin's conducting debut was in 1966 when he became artistic director and conductor of the award-winning New York Youth Symphony. In 2000, Slatkin became the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and more. In 1984, Slatkin won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Orchestral Recording with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5, and in 1996, his recording with the National Symphony Orchestra of John Corigliano's Of Rage and Remembrance/Symphony No. 1 won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. Then, in 2005, he received Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance for William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. And again, in 2007, his recording of Joan Tower's Made in America with the Nashville Symphony won Grammy Awards in the Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance categories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Play | The Trouble with Paradise: Myths of the Service Industry


MFA Playwriting Student Luz Lorenzana Twigg's play is about employees in a small-town coffee shop who are overjoyed when they win their majority to unionize. However, their plans are thwarted as a historic wildfire sweeps up the California coast and threatens to burn down everything they care about most. Set in idyllic Santa Barbara, the play takes a tender, charismatic look at the complex stratification of service work and interrogates the myth of the service industry “family."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach and More for Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


Peter Hong-Jo Lim, harpsichord. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 Claudio Merulo (1533-1604), Canzona a 4 “L’Albergata” Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665), Toccata del secondo tono Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Keyboard Concerto in D minor, Wq. 23
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposium | Unsettling the Union: An Interdisciplinary Symposium (in-person and online)


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, erupted into world history as the most large-scale war on European soil since World War II. The unprecedented war prompts an urgent call for a critical reassessment of Russian imperialism, raising anew the question of the Soviet Union’s geopolitical status and nation-building legacy. While scholars have extensively studied the economic, social, and political stakes of Soviet communism and totalitarianism, much of the Anglophone academic discourse remains driven by the so-called “Red Scare” that to this day overshadows and obscures the USSR’s role as the heir and promulgator of Russian Empire’s colonial agenda. Unsettling the Soviet Union’s “friendship of the peoples” paradigm, this symposium foregrounds the perspectives of the marginalized ethnic and racial minorities by bringing together scholars from the various disciplines that can offer novel methods and theories for analyzing the Soviet Union as a colonial empire: anthropology, ethnomusicology, history, literary studies, religious studies, and Slavic studies. Participants will present on themes including racialization, colonial resistance, cultural assimilation, nation-building, urban development, historical memory, and environmental colonialism. They will reflect on how cultural specificities within their examined geographic regions may challenge historiographic periodization that has traditionally focused on shifting policies of the various state leaders. How have cultural workers and local bureaucrats shaped the discourse of nation-building in their respective republics? What alternative modes of colonial relationality can provide a more nuanced perspective on Soviet minority politics than the classic center/periphery binary? How did environmental, historical, and social factors contribute to the dissolution of the USSR? And ultimately, how can the reassessment of the Soviet legacy enhance our understanding of present-day geopolitics and provide tools for resisting further expansionist aggression?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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