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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 19, 2023?

57 free events take place on Wednesday, April 19 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 19 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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57 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, April 19, 2023

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free events nyc Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
free events nyc Standards from the American Songbook
free events nyc Pride and Prejudice (2005) with Keira Knightley and Judi Dench
free events nyc People, Rule of Law, and Supreme Courts Now with Stephen G. Breyer, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and International Judges
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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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7:00 am
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Discussion | Curatorial Roundtable (online)


With Reem Shadid, a curator, researcher and cultural organizer who works on the emancipatory possibilities within artistic practice, exploring the ways it intersects with ecological, political and socio-economic forms. Shadid is a co-curator for the 2023 edition of Taipei Biennial and for the second edition of “New Visions” (2023), the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter triennial for photography and New Media in Høvikodden, Norway. She is also a contributing editor at Infrasonica, a digital platform of non-Western cultures for experimental sound and visual art practices and is the producer and host of Radio Alhara’s show Listening with Reem Shadid, which comprises listening sessions with artists and practitioners working at the intersection of sonic, visual and literary productions.
   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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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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10:00 am
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Talk |
What Characterizes "Jewish Medicine?" (online)


Explore what defines a Jewish, or “Jew-ish” approach to health care from earliest times to the present. Along the way, consider a spectrum of practitioners from humble shtetl healers to Nobel Prize laureates — and even some fictional “medical menschen.” Discuss how Jewish bioethics has sometimes differed from universal approaches. The first of three sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 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
   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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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

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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Park Walk | Earth Walk in Central Park (online)


Explore the beauty and purpose of Central Park’s native meadows and discuss climate change, its effects on the Park, and the Conservancy’s efforts to create a more resilient landscape. How can we take better care of Central Park—and the earth?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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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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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Music for Brass


   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Jazz | Standards from the American Songbook


Jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests play standards from the American Songbook. Bill Wurtzel began playing guitar at age 9, and was a radio and TV country music performer by age 12. He attended art school and had a career as an award-winning advertising creative director. He continued to play professionally and switched to music full time in 1989. Bill has played worldwide with many jazz legends, including the Count Basie Countsmen, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, singers Gloria Lynne and Terri Thornton, as well as Paul Simon. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Vocal Works by Bach (In Person AND Online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Avi Stein, conductor. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191 J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott, BWV 101
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talk | Why Does New York Look the Way it Does?


New York has been recognized as a world metropolis, as a center of commerce, as a generator of arts, culture and entertainment, as a place of world-famous skyscrapers and as a city of hundreds of unique neighborhoods. Its buildings, streets, parks and transportation are admired and enjoyed and at the same time are often frightening and confusing. As residents, and visitors experiencing the city, we can walk by famous old and new buildings, often without giving it much thought until we begin to see some structure or use that disrupts or even destroys the sense of our city. But why is it that New York City looks the way it does? Skyscrapers on one block, three or four story buildings on another, parks and open spaces here but not there; how did this happen? Zoning has had a relatively short history but it plays a prominent role in the shaping of most cities. Remarkably, New York has been a pioneer in the field of zoning since it enacted the nation’s first comprehensive zoning ordinance in 1916 in a 14-page text and three sets of maps which designated use, height and area in the city. And as we will see, from that relatively simple document which regulated egregious incompatible uses, zoning laws have more or less guided the city’s growth and development. It is an imperfect, complex and often heavy- handed tool for implementing planning policy. Speaker Ethel Sheffer is an urban planner, civic and community leader and educator.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | Pride and Prejudice (2005) with Keira Knightley and Judi Dench


Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his social class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? Director: Joe Wright Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Judi Dench Keira Knightley is an English actress known for her work in both independent films and blockbusters, particularly period dramas. She has received several accolades, including nominations for two Academy Awards. Her breakthrough came when she played a tomboy footballer in the sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2002), and went on to achieve global stardom for playing Elizabeth Swann in the swashbuckler fantasy series Pirates of the Caribbean, beginning in 2003. For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She starred in a number of more period pieces, playing a complex love interest in Atonement (2007), tastemaker Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), and the titular socialite in Anna Karenina (2012). She forayed into contemporary dramas, appearing as an aspiring musician in Begin Again (2013) and a medical student in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Knightley returned to historical films playing Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game (2014), earning her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Judi Dench is regarded as one of Britain's best actresses. She is noted for her versatile work in various films and television programs encompassing several genres, as well as for her numerous roles on the stage. Dench has garnered various accolades throughout a career spanning over six decades, including an Academy Award, a Tony Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

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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2:00 pm
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Discussion | Soccor Coach's Quest for Diversity (online)


A chat with Stefan Schirmer, who has been the guiding force behind making Mainz-based German football club FC Ente Bagdad into a beacon for diversity, acceptance, and equality, as well is in helping people recognize and understand Jewish history and culture. The club organizes many popular remembrance events, particularly during Mainz Remembrance Weeks, and reaches out to “new Germans” from war-torn countries including Syria, Afghanistan, and Ukraine who have found refuge in Mainz. For one match, the entire team wore kippahs in solidarity with a person who had recently been attacked.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Talk | The 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Resistance and Survival in the Holocaust (online)


The 80th anniversary of the beginning of the momentous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is on April 19th this year. In this talk, Dr. Zachary Mazur will reflect on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising as a powerful example of Jewish resistance and action in the face of Nazi oppression during the Holocaust. Mazur's presentation draws upon never-before-seen sources and images that were discovered in the process of preparing the Polin Museum's temporary exhibition Around Us a Sea of Fire, which addresses the civilian experience in bunkers and hideouts during the Uprising.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Other | 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


This annual event marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the greatest instance of Jewish armed resistance to the Holocaust, with an academy remembering the victims and their resistance to history's greatest crime. The upcoming program in Riverside Park, including music and readings, will feature Joanne Borts (appeared in Broadway's Tony-winning Best Musical ONCE, as well as FIDDLER ON THE ROOF starring Topol), Dr. Michael "Menachem" Fox (author of the acclaimed memoir BECOMING ORDINARY: A YOUTH BORN OF THE HOLOCAUST, WHAT I KEPT, WHAT I LET GO...), Irena Klepfisz (herself born in the Warsaw Ghetto and whose father was the first Jew to perish in the Uprising; just recently published her collected works titled HER BIRTH AND LATER YEARS: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS, 1971-2021), Marcel Kshensky (educator & son of Holocaust survivors and resistance activists), Shifee Losacco (featured soloist at Lincoln Center who has appeared in numerous Yiddish theater productions in NYC, and is currently a soloist with The Peace of Heart Choir), Elliott Palevsky (an activist with Nusakh Vilne, the association of Jews from Vilna in the U.S. and the son of fighters from the Vilner partisan movement), Lily Pazner (activist with the Workers Circle College Network), Daniella Rabbani (actress; Off-Broadway: THE GOLDEN LAND; film & TV: "Scenes from a Marriage," "God Friended Me," OCEAN'S EIGHT), Jeffrey Shandler (author of WHILE AMERICA WATCHES: TELEVISING THE HOLOCAUST; ADVENTURES IN YIDDISHLAND: POSTVERNACULAR LANGUAGE AND CULTURE; and JEWS, GOD, AND VIDEOTAPE: RELIGION AND MEDIA IN AMERICA), Mindy Spiegel (International Yiddish teacher and daughter of fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising), and Esti Zannoni (a student in the Workers Circle Midtown Shule).
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Master Class | Jazz Arts Master Class


A Jazz Arts Master Class with Immanuel Wilkins. Immanuel Wilkins's acclaimed debut album, Omega, was named the #1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Times. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, Liszt, and More for Piano (In Person AND Online)


Program Schubert (1797-1828), Wanderer Fantasy in C Major, D. 760 Chopin (1810-1849), Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 Ravel (1875-1837), Le Tombeau de Couperin Leoš Janáček (1854-1928), Piano Sonata, 1. X. 1905, “From the Street” Liszt (1811-1886), Transcendental Étude No. 4 in D minor, "Mazeppa"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Violence and Representation in the Arab Uprisings


Providing a longue durée perspective on the Arab uprisings of 2011, Benoît Challand narrates the transformation of citizenship in the Arab Middle East, from a condition of latent citizenship in the colonial and post-independence era to the revolutionary dynamics that stimulated democratic participation in the region in 2011. Considering the parallel histories of citizenship and marginalization in Yemen and Tunisia, Challand develops innovative theories of violence and representation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:10 pm
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Book Club | Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies (1923)


Duino Elegies, translated from the German by Vita Sackville-West and Edward Sackville West, are a collection of ten elegies written by the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The Duino Elegies are intensely religious, mystical poems that employ the symbolism of angels and salvation, but in a manner atypical of Christian interpretations. Published for the first time in 90 years, the Sackville-Wests’ translation is both a fascinating historical document and a magnificent blank-verse rendering of Rilke’s poetry cycle. Featuring a new introduction from critic Lesley Chamberlain, this reissue casts one of European literature’s great masterpieces in fresh light. Please come to the discussion having read this specific volume of poetry, and bring your copy to the meeting. Attendees will be doing close readings and analysis of the poems, as well as discussing the collection as a whole.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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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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Workshop | Dance Workshop


This in-person workshop will explore how musical theater, through the lens of dance, can effectively become contemporized and relatable for audiences of today. Learn a piece of rep from Danielle Diniz’s March 24th performance at Tribeca PAC and parse through why certain steps were choreographed to further the storytelling and evoke emotions and a visceral response from performers and viewers alike.   *
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshop | Settlers of Catan Social


Play one of the most popular board games in the world at the Games Cart. They welcome players of all levels to this weekly social.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | What is the Future of Solar Energy in NYC? (online)


Can your building be solar powered now? What’s the future of solar energy in NYC?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | Off the Bench: Queer Players in Sports and Sports Fandom (in-person and online)


Representation and the struggle for inclusion of LGBTQIA+ identities have long triggered pressing discussions both on the pitch and in the stands. The recent 2022 FIFA World Cup broadcasted LGBTQIA+ prejudice on a global level in a way never before seen in sports history, while numerous state legislatures in this country continue to advance laws that ban transgender students from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity. These phenomena bring LGBTQIA+ issues to the forefront of debates in locker rooms, athletic associations, different levels of government, and leadership of major sport franchises. Organized by the Queer Space Studies Initiative and the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation, a panel discussion between scholars, sports professionals and activists will critically discuss the social and political context of inclusion and exclusion of LGBTQIA+ communities in sports and sport fandom. Panelists Moderator: Stefanos Milkidis, Ph.D. Candidate Vikki Krane, Professor at Bowling Green State University John Dorn, Soccer Coach and Executive Ryan Keesee, Community Engagement Liaison and Activist in Atlanta, GA
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | People, Rule of Law, and Supreme Courts Now


No one is above the law: this commitment is a valuable tool for harmony among citizens, justice among equals, and social well-being overall.  In this roundtable, four constitutional court judges will reflect on the present and future of the complex relationship between people and the rule of law, which has a direct effect on every person. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | People, Rule of Law, and Supreme Courts Now with Stephen G. Breyer, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and International Judges


In this roundtable, four constitutional court judges will reflect on the present and future of the complex relationship between people and the rule of law, which has a direct effect on every person. Roundtable Speakers: Giuliano Amato, former President of the Italian Constitutional Court Susanne Baer, Judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany Stephen G. Breyer, retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ana Maria Guerra Martins, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights; former Judge of the Constitutional Court of Portugal
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Works by Hindemith, Brahms, and More for Clarinet (In Person AND Online)


Joseph Shiner, clarinet. Program Hindemith (1895-1963), Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Ruth Schonthal (1924-2006), Sonata Concertante Max Reger (1873-1916), Albumblatt in E-flat Major, WoO II/13 Brahms (1833-1897), Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Screening | Bridges of Time (2018): Remembering the Cinematic Poets of the Baltics


A meditative documentary essay portrays the less-remembered generation of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave. With finesse, they push beyond the barriers of the common historiographic investigation in order to achieve a consummate poetic treatment of the ontology of documentary creation. Directors: Kristine Briede, Audrius Stonys 88 min.   Short films also playing: From Estonia: 511 Best Photographs of Mars (1968) | Dir. Andres Sööt | 15 min. From Latvia: White Bells (1961) | Dir. Ivars Kraulītis | 24 min. From Lithuania: The Dreams of the Centenarians (1969) | Dir. Robertas Verba | 17 min. Post-screening discussion with special guest Zane Balčus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Free to Obey: How the Nazis Invented Modern Management


Reinhard Hohn (1904-2000) was a commander of the SS, one of Nazi Germany's most brilliant legal minds, and an archetype of the fervid technocrats and intellectuals that built the Third Reich. Following Germany's defeat, after a few years in hiding, he emerged in the early 1950s as the founder and director of a renowned management school in Lower Saxony. Hohn's story wouldn't be very different from that of many other prominent Nazis if not for the fact that a vast number of Germany's postwar business leaders--more than 600,000 executives--were educated at his management school. In this fascinating book, Johann Chapoutot, one of France's most brilliant historians, traces the profound links between Nazism and the principles of modern corporate management, our definitions of success, and a concept of personal freedom that masks rigid hierarchical structures of power and control.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Movement at the Still Point: An Ode to Dance


Renowned portrait photographer Mark Mann documents an impressive host of dancers--their eloquent bodies in posed tranquility and vibrant motion--representing years of excellence and varied disciplines of the art form. A celebration of the strength and emotive ability of dancers, this book is a collection of images that captures the dynamism and energy of the mediums of both dance and photography. In homage to Mann's hero Irving Penn, he installed a backdrop of old monochromatic muslin. Dancers from many genres--ballet, jazz, African, tap, Broadway theater, hip-hop, ballroom--perform and discuss their passions about the art form in this stark environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Film | Pride and Prejudice (2005) with Keira Knightley and Judi Dench


Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his social class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? Director: Joe Wright Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Judi Dench Keira Knightley is an English actress known for her work in both independent films and blockbusters, particularly period dramas. She has received several accolades, including nominations for two Academy Awards. Her breakthrough came when she played a tomboy footballer in the sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2002), and went on to achieve global stardom for playing Elizabeth Swann in the swashbuckler fantasy series Pirates of the Caribbean, beginning in 2003. For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She starred in a number of more period pieces, playing a complex love interest in Atonement (2007), tastemaker Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), and the titular socialite in Anna Karenina (2012). She forayed into contemporary dramas, appearing as an aspiring musician in Begin Again (2013) and a medical student in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Knightley returned to historical films playing Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game (2014), earning her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Judi Dench is regarded as one of Britain's best actresses. She is noted for her versatile work in various films and television programs encompassing several genres, as well as for her numerous roles on the stage. Dench has garnered various accolades throughout a career spanning over six decades, including an Academy Award, a Tony Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Asian American Writing Now: Reflections, New Ecologies, and Futurity


This panel gathers Asian American writers, agents, and academics to discuss “new ecologies” of Asian American Writing as a special collaborative event with the Creative Writing MFA Program and Kundiman, the national non-profit organization for Asian American poets and writers. Drawing from an intergenerational and intergenre panel of writers, poets, agents, and academics, the discussion explores changes in the writing of, and publishing of Asian American writing. As Kundiman enters its 20th anniversary, and they reflect on the first book in Asian American literature by Elaine Kim published in 1983, the panel asks critical questions on the changes, present, and future of Asian American writing. The panel features award winning writers and publishing professionals including Yale Series of Younger Poets and Lammy Winner Duy Doan, Novelist and Kundiman Staff Kyle Lucia Wu, Kundiman Co-Founder, Joseph O. Legaspi, and Frances Goldin literary agent Jade Wong-Baxter. The panel is moderated by Margaret Rhee Assistant Professor of Writing Across Media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Celebrating the Art of Activism and Community-Building in Chinatown


An intergenerational evening featuring socially engaged artists, cultural workers and media makers who have been at the forefront of using art, culture and media for community building and transformative organizing in NYC’s Chinatown. Chinatown has a rich history of multi-issue organizing, cultural resistance and creative activism, tackling issues of housing displacement, systemic racism, labor rights, immigration justice, police brutality, incarceration, among other issues. The evening will feature poetry, art, films and a panel discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talk | Turkey at a Crossroads: The 2023 Earthquake, Election, and Centennial


On February 6, 2023, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck northern Syria and southern Turkey, killing over 49,000 and displacing millions. The government’s response exposed pitfalls in Turkey’s political system and the state of the country in the lead-up to the May 2023 election. As Turkey is gearing up to celebrate the centennial of the modern Republic, Museum Director Clifford Chanin is joined by Soli Özel, Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University, for a discussion about the rapidly unfolding events in Turkey. Özel reflects on how the events of 9/11 and the Arab Spring affected Turkey’s standing in the Middle East and relations with the West and what the future might hold for Turkey’s evolving political and national identity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Find a Jew (2022): Soviet Jews as a Social and Cultural Phenomenon


The phenomenon of the Soviet Jew is not quite perceptible. Jews were called "the main mystery of the USSR". How could they remain Jews without generally keeping to their religion, language, and traditions, and often willing to adopt new traditions? Anna Narinskaya, a prominent culture expert and journalist, who grew up in a "non-Jewish Jewish family", talks to the witnesses of the epoch, her friends and relatives, anthropologists and researchers of popular culture. And as a result of her search she finds herself in a very, very strange place. Followed by a discussion with director Anna Narinskaya.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Gallery Talk | The Epstein Family: Exhibition Tour (online)


A virtual tour in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Kalman and Rivka Epstein arrive in New York City in 1947, and were part of the first generation of Holocaust survivors to resettle in the United States. What happened when people settled in new places after World War II? How did the past shape their next chapter? Explore how the Epsteins began life anew through family and community support, their experiences raising their daughters Bella and Blima in an Orchard Street tenement, and how they made a home in the changing Lower East Side of the 1950s. Along the way, we’ll also discuss how their story invites us to reflect on memory and belonging, past and present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Film | The Janes (2022): Documentary on Abortion Rights


In 1973, a group of women who called themselves The Janes banded together to run a safe, affordable—and illegal—underground abortion facility in Chicago. This 2023 duPont Award-winning documentary provides an immersive sense of that time and place in American history, and makes vital comparisons to the current legal and political state of the law. With unforgettable characters and a poignant balance of humor and heart, the film is as entertaining as it is important. 121 min. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Tia Lesson and Emma Pildes, the film’s directors, moderated by journalist and professor Jessica Bruder. Pizza will be served.
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Book Discussion | The Peking Express: The Bandits Who Stole a Train, Stunned the West, and Broke the Republic of China


In May 1923, when Shanghai publisher and Chicago Tribune reporter John Benjamin Powell bought a first-class ticket for the Peking Express, he pictured an idyllic overnight journey on a brand-new train of unprecedented luxury—exactly what the advertisements promised. Seeing his fellow passengers, including the mysterious Italian lawyer Giuseppe Musso (a confidante of Mussolini and lawyer for the opium trade); American heiress Lucy Aldrich, sister-in-law of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.; and other prominent travelers, he was certain it would be the trip of a lifetime. He was right, but for reasons he could not have guessed. The Peking Express, brilliantly recreated with new and original research, tells the unforgettable true story of a clash that shocked the world—becoming so celebrated that it inspired several Hollywood movies—and set the course for China’s two-decade civil war. This event is with James Zimmerman, a Beijing-based lawyer who has lived and worked in China for over 25 years, as he speaks with Lingling Wei, Chief China correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, about his new book .
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Discussion | Black Curators Matter Oral History


The Black Curators Matter Oral History Project is an intergenerational dialogue series between Black visual art curators who have made an outstanding impact across the arts and cultural world, presented by the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) at Columbia University, in collaboration with the Columbia Center for Oral History Research. The first in a series of conversations about Black visual art curators, this evening’s program will foreground the period between the 1970s -1980s, examining the works by Black curators whose exhibitions and writings offered alternative histories and interrogated systems of power and representation. Participants include: Deborah Willis (New York University), Lowery Stokes Sims (Museum of Arts and Design), Ashley James (Guggenheim Museum), and moderator Kalia Brooks (NXTHVN). About the Speakers Deborah Willis, PhD Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is the author of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship and Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, among others. Professor Willis's curated exhibitions include: Framing Moments in the KIA, Migrations and Meanings in Art, Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits at the International Center of Photography; Out of Fashion Photography; Framing Beauty at the Henry Art Gallery; and Reframing Beauty: Intimate Moments at Indiana University. Lowery Stokes Sims is a specialist in contemporary art, craft and design. Sims has served on the education and curatorial staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972-99), as executive director and president The Studio Museum in Harlem (2000-2007), and retired as Curator Emerita from the Museum of Art and Design (2007-2015). More recently, she has worked as an independent curator and consultant for numerous exhibitions at various institutions, including the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2018-2020) and has been appointed the 2021-22 Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Ashley James, PhD,  Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, is the curator of Off the Record (2021) and co-curator of The Hugo Boss Prize: Deana Lawson, Centropy (2021). Prior to joining the Guggenheim, James served as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she was the lead curator for the museum's presentation of Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (2018-19), organized Eric N. Mack: Lemme walk across the room (2019), and co-curated John Edmonds: A Sidelong Glance (2020-21). James also served as a Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Drawing and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art, where her work focused on the groundbreaking retrospectives of Adrian Piper (2018) and Charles White (2018¡V19), and has held positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she co-organized the exhibition Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection (2015). Kalia Brooks, PhD is a curator, arts administrator, and educator with a focus on developing exhibitions, programming, strategic planning, and curriculum for organizations working at the intersection of art and education. Her academic research covers the late nineteenth century through contemporary art with an emphasis on emergent technologies and African American, trans-Atlantic and diasporic cultures of the Americas. Brooks holds a PhD in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). She is co-editor of Women and Migration: Responses in Art and Histor. She has served as a consulting curator with the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Gracie Mansion Conservancy. Brooks is also an ex-officio trustee on the Board of the Museum of the City of New York.
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Discussion | Martha Hill: Changing the Face of Dance


This event explores the legacy of the visionary dance educator Martha Hill, who founded groundbreaking programs at New York University, Bennington College, and Juilliard, profoundly shaping the course of dance in higher education in the 20th century and beyond. Her many, many students have gone on to extraordinary careers where they continue to shape the course of dance training and performance. Excerpts from the documentary Miss Hill Making Dance Matter, directed by Greg Vander Veer, will begin the program and will be followed by reflections of several of her former students on how Martha Hill influenced their lives and careers as they carry dance and dance education into the 21st century.
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Video | (Mis)Reading the Image: Selections by Darrin Martin (online thru Apr 28)


A screening and discussion lead by artist and educator Darrin Martin, whose video, performance, and print-based installations have considered the synesthetic qualities of perception, and notions of accessibility through the use of tactility, sonic analogies, and audio descriptions.
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Book Discussion | Reckoning: A Memoir by V (formerly Eve Ensler), Tony-Winning Author of The Vagina Monologues (online)


Welcome award-winning journalist, reporter, and producer Carole Zimmer for a live taping of her fearless podcast Now What?, known for intimate conversations with people you've always wanted to get to know. Zimmer will speak with Tony Award-winning, bestselling writer of The Vagina Monologues, V (formerly Eve Ensler), about why she left Eve Ensler behind and where she and feminism are headed now with her new book. The political yet deeply personal memoir invites the reader into V's life and process over forty years, representing both the core of ideas that have become global movements and the methods through which V survived abuse and self-hatred. The discussion, like the book, will be unflinching, introspective, and courageous, exploring ways to create an unstoppable force for change, what it means to love and survive love, and how to reclaim the body and write oneself into freedom.
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Discussion | Cavafy as a Queer Poet


This conversation welcomes poet Richie Hofmann and the museum’s Director of Curatorial Programs Stamatina Gregory to explore C.P. Cavafy’s identity as a gay writer, and his influence on generations of LGTBQIA+ writers, artists, and thinkers.    
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Talk | Germany and Europe Facing the Ukraine War (in-person and online)


Gain an in-depth perspective on German and European responses to the Russian invasion of Ukraine from German Consul-General David Gill, as the war enters its second year. Learn more about German popular responses to the first major land war in post-1945 Europe, as well as about the implications of Chancellor Scholz’s pivotal “Zeitenwende” speech. How has the German posture toward military conflict changed, and how long will German, American, and European support for Ukraine continue? Gill discusses these important questions with Presidential Professor John Torpey, director of the European Union Studies Center and the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.
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Jazz | Jazz and Social Justice: Performance and Film


René Marie will perform, followed by a screening of the film Tuning René Marie. In a span of two decades, René Marie has cemented her reputation not only as a singer but also as a composer, arranger, actress and educator. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by icons of past generations, this two-time Grammy nominee melds jazz with elements of spirituals, folk, R&B, classical and even country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, a musical architecture for the human spirit. Told through a series of vignettes animated over 16mm plates, filmmaker Rachel Kessler’s short film Tuning René Marie is a deep dive into the heart and soul of René’s music, creating a call-and-response between René’s story and her music, and highlighting René thoughts about music, healing and compassion. René Marie will perform, followed by a screening of the film. Following that, René and Rachel will join series host Larry Blumenfeld and other for a panel discussion about mental health, spiritual journeys and the power of song.
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Reading | Winning Words: A Reading with the 2023 Bellevue Literary Review Prize Winners (online)


Celebrate the publication of BLR's 44th issue and recognize the winners of the 2023 BLR literary prizes. Step into spring with exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, plus interviews by editors Scott Oglesby, Doris W. Cheng, and Abba Belgrave.
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Concert | Geomungo Verse_2023: Traditional Korean Sounds


Hwang Gina's concert with the geomungo, a traditional Korean instrument that is a plucked zither with both bridges and frets. The performance that shows you filling all the elements of music with a single geomungo. You can feel the infinite charm of geomungo with its traditional technique and anomalous technique for new sounds. In particular, Hwang Gina's music, which has a "descriptive voice," can be seen in this work. A story that creates a specific atmosphere or landscape with a melody and unfolds with sound invites the audience to the music world that presents a movie-like scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Richard Strauss and More


The Mannes Orchestra; William Cabison and David Hayes, conductors; Emma Taggart, piano. Program Minjoo Kim, A Brutal Music Box (World Premiere) Florence Price (1887-1953), Piano Concerto in One Movement Carl Maria Von Weber (1786-1826), Overture to Der Freischutz Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by Beethoven and More for Violin (In Person AND Online)


Miray Ito, violin. Program Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), Violin Sonata No. 4 Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), Violin Sonata
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Classical Music | Works by Brahms and More for Viola (In Person AND Online)


Zhanbo Zheng, viola. Program Max Reger (1873-1916), Three Suites for Solo Viola: Suite No. 3 in E minor, Op. 131d György Ligeti (1923-2006), Sonata for Viola Solo Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959), Rhapsody-Concerto Brahms (1833-1897), Sonata for Viola and Piano No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 120
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Discussion | Award-Winning Writers in Conversation


The award-winning novelist, political commentator and activist Ahdaf Soueif will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hisham Matar. Soueif’s debut novel, In the Eye of the Sun (1992), hailed as “extraordinary” by Edward Said, was followed by The Map of Love (short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 1999 and translated into more than 30 languages). Her short story collections include Aisha (1983), Sandpiper (1996) and I Think of You: Stories (2007). Soueif is also “a political analyst and commentator of the best kind” (London Review of Books). She advocates for feminism, democracy, environmental justice, human rights, and for Egyptian political prisoners. Her nephew, Alaa Abd el-Fattah, is a prisoner of conscience in Egypt. His collection of writings from prison, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated (2021), will be available at the event. Soueif has written an incisive and intimate account of the Egyptian revolution and resistance, Cairo, Memoir of a City Transformed (2014), and an influential collection of essays, Mezzaterra (2004), exploring Arab identity, art, and politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Choral Pieces at a Landmark Venue

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