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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 21, 2023?

56 free events take place on Friday, April 21 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 21 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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56 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, April 21, 2023

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free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) with Nicolas Cage
free events nyc Works by Debussy, Mozart, and More for Flute (In Person AND Online)
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Lecture | The Paradoxes of the Czechoslovak Sokol Association after the First World War (online)


The Sokol movement is said to have experienced something of a ‘golden age’ in the interwar period, similar to that of the Czechoslovak Republic itself. The Czechoslovak Sokol Association, which became a mass movement in the interwar period, received and also gave fulsome support to the national institutions of the state, and its impressive organisation and public pageantry were routinely put on display both at home and abroad in the movement’s large synchronized gatherings, so-called ‘Slets’. This talk explores some of the paradoxes of this golden age of Sokol. With: John Paul Newman, Associate Professor, Maynooth University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 am
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Conference | Autonomous Finance: Facts and Fakes (online)


Top Fintech academics, leading Fintech investors, innovative Fintech startups, and forward-looking Financial institutions. This year’s theme is artificial intelligence and fintech, including both the light and dark sides of automation. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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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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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
10:00 am
Free

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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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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Gallery Talk | Claude Gillot: Satire in the Age of Reason: Exhibition Tour


A session on 18th century French artist Claude Gillot, the innovative, brilliant outlier of his age whose work inspired so many artists who followed. We'll explore his diverse talents in the context of his time, and look closely at a few of his most engaging works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Brahms, Clara Schumann, and More for Violin (In Person AND Online)


Hannah Song, violin. Program Brahms (1833-1897), Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Three Romances for Violin and Piano Franz Waxman (1906-1967), Carmen Fantasie
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China (online)


Authors Michael Beckley and Hal Brands argue that China today fits the profile of a dangerous adversary, a rising power that has reached a point where its growth seems to have peaked and its leaders become increasingly reckless in striking out against rivals allying against them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) with Nicolas Cage


Unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, actor Nick Cage accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan's birthday party. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when a CIA operative recruits Cage for an unusual mission. Taking on the role of a lifetime, he soon finds himself channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to save himself and his loved ones. Directed by Tom Gormican. With Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish. Nicolas Cage is an American actor and film producer. Born into the Coppola family, he is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He was ranked No. 40 in Empire magazine's The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list in 2007 and was placed No. 37 in Premiere's 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood in 2008.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

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 | Disneynature's Chimpanzee (2012): nature documentary with Tim Allen


Meet adorable young chimp Oscar and his fellow mayhem-creating buddies, who see the world as their playground. Full of curiosity, joy, and a love for mimicking others, these are some of the most extraordinary personalities in the jungle. Directors: Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield Cast: Tim Allen and China Anne McClain Tim Allen is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement (1991-1999) for which he won a Golden Globe Award and Mike Baxter on the ABC/Fox sitcom Last Man Standing (2011-2021). He voices Buzz Lightyear for the Toy Story franchise and played Scott Calvin and Santa Claus in The Santa Clause franchise (1994-present). Allen's other films include Tropical Snow (1988), Galaxy Quest (1999), Joe Somebody (2001), Zoom (2006), Wild Hogs (2007), and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:45 pm
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Film | The Menu (2022) with Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy


In this comedy horror, a couple travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. Director: Mark Mylod Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, John Leguizamo Ralph Fiennes is an English actor, film producer, and director. A Shakespeare interpreter, he excelled onstage at the Royal National Theatre before having further success at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has received various accolades including a Tony Award, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and an Emmy Award. He made his film debut playing Heathcliff in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (1992). His portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Göth in the Steven Spielberg drama Schindler's List (1993) earned him nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. His performance as Count Almásy in The English Patient (1996) garnered him a second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actor. Anya Taylor-Joy is an actress who has won several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award. After portraying small television roles, she found success through a role in the horror film The Witch (2015). Taylor-Joy later starred in the horror film Split (2016), its sequel Glass (2019), and the black comedy Thoroughbreds (2017). Taylor-Joy appeared in the fifth and sixth seasons of the television crime drama Peaky Blinders (2019–2022), and played Emma Woodhouse in the period drama Emma (2020), which gained her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Also in 2020, she received acclaim for her performance as chess prodigy Beth Harmon in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit, winning a Golden Globe Award and receiving a nomination for an Emmy Award. Taylor-Joy has since starred in the films Last Night in Soho (2021), The Northman, and The Menu (both 2022), earning another Golden Globe Award nomination for the last of these.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Destined for Greatness: Sense of Mission in Post-Soviet Russia's Foreign Policy (in-person and online)


Messianism is often referred to as one of the inherent features of Russia's culture and politics. It functions almost as a self-evident truth, i.e. everybody knows about Russian messianism and there is therefore no need to elaborate on it. The so-called "conservative turn" in Russian politics, the annexation of Crimea and finally the invasion on Ukraine have revived discussion about Russian messianism. Considering the increasing prominence of messianism in today's debate on Russia, it is surprising how little substantial data and analysis has been produced concerning the contemporary dynamics of this phenomenon. In regard to the fundamental issue whether contemporary Russian foreign policy is messianic, experts' opinions are divided. Some hold that messianism disappeared with the fall of the USSR. This is also the position with which most of the Russian political elite would agree. Others, however, insist that the sense of mission is an indispensable part of the Russian worldview. This talk will present the main findings of my research whose main goal was to characterise messianic motifs in the foreign policy of the Russian Federation (2000-2018). With Alicja Curanovic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
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Play | Root Rot: Under the Rubble in Ukraine


Moorka's play is about a first-generation fool in search of truth in the rubble of Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Classical Music | Baroque Works for Violin


Amelia Sie, Baroque violin. Program Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758), Assaggio à Violino Solo, BeRI 306 John Eccles (1668-1735), The Mad Lover Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690), La Terza from 'La Cetra,' Op. 10 Johann Joseph Vilsmayr (1663-1722), Partia No. 6 Andrea Falconieri (1585-1656), La Suave Melodia y Su Corrente Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (1180-1207), Estampie Ancienne d'apres Kalenda maja Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi: La quarte Estampie Royal Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764), Concerto in F Major, Op. 3 No. 10 from 'L'arte del violino' Michel Corrette (1707-1795), Concerto Comique No. 19 in A Major 'La Turque et la Confession'
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Film | March of the Penguins (2005): documentary with Morgan Freeman


Morgan Freeman narrates this exceptional and surprisingly moving documentary about the intricate and often hazardous mating rituals of penguins living in Antarctica. Director: Luc Jacquet Cast: Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman is an American actor, director, and narrator. Throughout his career spanning over five decades, he has received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor in 2008, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2011, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:15 pm
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Book Discussion | Empire of Rubber: Scenes from Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia (in-person and online)


Abstract: In the early 1920s, Americans owned 80 percent of the world’s automobiles and consumed 75 percent of the world’s rubber. But only one percent of the world’s rubber grew under the U.S. flag, creating a bottleneck that hampered the nation’s explosive economic expansion. To solve its conundrum, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company turned to a tiny West African nation, Liberia, founded in 1847 as a free Black republic. Empire of Rubber tells a riveting story of ecology and disease, of commerce and science, and of racial politics and political maneuvering, as Firestone sought to transform Liberia into America’ rubber empire. Drawing upon excerpts from Mitman’s recent book, this talk illuminates how Black activists, agricultural experts, anthropologists, businesspeople, diplomats, scientists, and writers across the African diaspora rallied to support or oppose the experiment that was Firestone in Liberia. It also offers an intimate portrait of how industrial ecologies, born of racial capitalism, shaped the relationships among people, trees, chemicals, machines, and parasites on what became a Jim Crow corporate enclave on African soil. Author Gregg Mitman is with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is a hybrid event, taking place online and in person in Room 5417 at the CUNY Graduate Center. For both in-person and online registration, please visit: https://cuny-mitman.eventbrite.com
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:15 pm
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Concert | Acoustic Trio SoulCake


SoulCake singer/songwriter/guitarist Joff Wilson leads the band, be it the core acoustic trio or an extended electric lineup. Founder of bands The Bowery Boys, Irthlings, and Fugitives, Joff shared the stage with blues greats Junior Wells and Joe Beard. He accompanied poet-turned-singer Jim Carroll (Basketball Diaries) in the early 90s and played with iconic counterculture raconteur David Peel during the 2000s. Downtown musician Laura Sativa brings flute and percussion to the arrangements, lending the band an unexpected instrumentation. Filling out the recipe Sarafe is a distinct presence on bass and vocals. SoulCake has earned a reputation for shows that are fun and full of surprises, from unannounced guests and spontaneous repertoire to new interpretations of audience favorites.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Other | Book Swap


Bring a book, take a book (or more), or just come and browse and take what you'd like. There will also be a live music performance and local art and artists selling their work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 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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5:00 pm
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Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? Games Hosts will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Poets Read and Discuss Their Work


A poetry reading by Charif Shanahan and conversation with Claudia Rankine followed by a reception. Charif Shanahan is the author of two collections of poetry: Trace Evidence and Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing, which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Publishing Triangle's Thom Gunn Award. He is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Northwestern University, where he teaches poetry in the undergraduate and Litowitz MFA+MA graduate creative writing programs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. Located in the heart of Midtown, the park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | The Clinical Complex: Reflections on Sick Buildings and the Architectures of Illness in Ten Images 1880/2020


We are what Walter Benjamin calls "newcomers to eternity," with new spatial coordinates: "when the end approaches, [people] are stowed away in sanatoriums or hospitals by their heirs." The architectonic development that Benjamin outlines holds true not only for the late 19th , but also for the 20th and 21st centuries. This talk looks back at the explosion of hospital construction in Austria-Hungary during its waning years and explores this moment as it is refracted in works by Arthur Schnitzler and Rainer Maria Rilke; it also suggests a connection to the present via works by Ulrich Seidl and Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The architecture of medicine and the medicalization of architecture have important implications for how we think about sickness and health today--and how we experience our clinical spaces. Speaker Fatima Naqvi is Elias W. Leavenworth Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Film and Media Studies at Yale University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Park Walk | Horticulture Walk: Climate Resilience in the Design of Brooklyn Bridge Park


Many of the design choices that went into the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park have taken climate change and climate resilience in mind. These range from plant selection and planting strategies to infrastructure design. Park horticulturist Evelyn Manlove will walk through the park to take a closer look at some of these elements and talk about how they prepare Brooklyn Bridge Park for the future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Debussy, Mozart, and More for Flute (In Person AND Online)


Scotty Q, flute. Program Paul Taffanel (1844-1908), Andante Pastoral et Scherzettino Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Flute Sonata in E-flat Major, H. 545 Debussy (1862-1918), Syrinx Mozart (1756-1791), Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285 Paul-Agricole Genin (1832-1903), Carnaval De Venise, Op. 14
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Bob Thompson: So let us all be citizens


The works on view spotlight the artist’s jazz-influenced style and how he used this method to engage new audiences within the history of painting. Looking at his particular consideration for color, line, and figuration—developed during a period when abstraction was the dominant trend in American art—this intimate exhibition pays homage to the friction Thompson generated between his proximity to and deviation from cited and canonical sources. The show’s title is taken from a speech that Thompson gave at a church as a teenager, “Building through Citizenship.” Forecasting the artist’s passion for the tenets of freedom and expression, the phrase “So let us all be citizens” encapsulates the power of Thompson’s work to widen the scope of what is imaginable in contemporary painting and for whom.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Ellen Berkenblit: Norton


This latest hometown presentation of oil paintings and gouache works on paper highlights the artist’s continual engagement with the physicality of painting and her sophisticated understanding of color. Positioned throughout the first floor space, Berkenblit’s formations of figures in twos and threes stand watch with focused eyes, as if an unspoken mission is afoot. From painting to painting, there are continual leaps in scale and cropping, which keeps any suggestion of narrative at arm’s length. A new alchemy in paint application is also at play: cadmium orange and neon purple scream through sheer earth tones, and innumerable shades of black create a complex atmosphere. These canvases are battlegrounds, with elements of their underlayer histories proudly laid bare. Berkenblit achieves a seductive balance between order and disorder, which makes her work endlessly engaging.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Mandala: In Search of Enlightenment


In its original form, the mandala, whose roots lie in the cultural realm of India, denotes a sacred circle. In addition to its use as an aid to meditation, it is also the artistic translation of spiritual visions. Yet mandalas are found not just across Tibet and other Asian countries, as the new book by Peter van Ham illustrates. The principles underlying them can also be found in representations of the spiritual arts across the globe. Bestselling author Peter van Ham will be joined by Matthew R. DeSantis for an evening of in-depth exploration around the world into the inner realms of the human psyche.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Master’s Books: Christopher Marlowe and Renaissance Radicalism


Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, will give the lecture. General editor of both the Norton Shakespeare and the Norton Anthology of English Literature, Professor Greenblatt will be lecturing on material from his forthcoming book on the great poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe.
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Discussion | A Conversation with 2-Time Olympic Medal Winner Laurie Hernandez -- Plus Short Films


A Q&A with Olympian Laurie Hernandez and a screening of short films selected as finalists for the 2023 NYU Sports Film Festival. Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Laurie Hernadez went on to win the coveted Mirror ball trophy on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and published a book titled, I Got This: To Gold and Beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | An Evening of Poetry and Music with Translator and Vocalist Haleh Liza Gafori


Vocalist, poet, and translator Haleh Liza Gafori will share new translations of poems by the Persian mystic and sage Rumi from her acclaimed book GOLD (2022). Accompanied by master violinist Trina Basu, poet and multi-genre performer Sabrina Hayeem-Ladani, cellist, Marika Hughes, and vocalist Sivan Arbel, Gafori weaves translations, poems, story, and song. Reciting in English and singing in Persian, she opens a window into the astonishing rhythm, rhyme, and wordplay that propel Rumi’s original poems, offering a dynamic and uplifting experience sure to deepen one's connection to the leaping imagery and powerful messages in Rumi’s poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Artist Talk: A Prolific Designer


Genius on Display with Zipeng Zhu explore the prolific design practice of the one and only Zipeng Zhu. Welcome the talented multi-hyphenate Zipeng Zhu for a Genius on Display artist’s talk. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the prolific designer about his expansive practice and distinctive visual style. Questions are strongly encouraged. Zipeng Zhu is a Chinese-born artist, designer, art director, illustrator, and animator in New York City who wants to make every day a razzle-dazzle musical. His clients include Apple, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix, New York Times, The New Yorker, MTV,  and Samsung. He was one of the Art Directors Club Young Guns 13 winners and has been recognized as Print magazine’s New Visual Artist and The One Show Young Ones. His work has been exhibited all over the world, including New York, Barcelona, Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai, Beijing, and other major museums and institutions. Now he runs his creative practice Dazzle Studio, and gift shop, Dazzle Supply, to push dazzle life to the next level.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Israel's Eurovision Representative in Concert  


Achinoam “Noa” Nini, singer/drummer known for appearances with Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and Sting, and musical partner Gil Dor, guitar, play a concert to honor the 75th anniversary of Israeli Independence Day.  
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Talk | The History of Coronations in Art


A special one-time event celebrating the coronation of King Charles III with a presentation on the History of Coronations in Art by Wolf Burchard to be followed by a discussion with Emma Wade-Smith. This is currently the only event being held in New York City in recognition of the coronation.
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Concert | "R&B Trailblazer" Rahsaan Patterson


"R&B trailblazer" (PopMatters) Rahsaan Patterson has worked with such varied artists as Ledisi, Brandy, Lalah Hathaway, Dionne Warwick, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, and more. His celebrated live performances highlight a powerful musical identity he has forged throughout the past several decades, earning him the utmost respect from fellow artists and devoted fans alike.
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7:00 pm
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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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Film | Precious Ivie (2021): Drama from Germany (online thru Apr 23)


Afro-German Ivie, whom her friends call Schoko, works in her ex-boyfriend’s tanning salon in Leipzig while she looks for steady employment as a high-school teacher. One day, her half-sister Naomie shows up from Berlin to tell her about their father’s death and his upcoming funeral in Senegal. Neither one of them knew him, nor did they know each other until now and they both find it hard to imagine meeting his side of the family. As the sisters grow closer, her nickname is not the only thing that Ivie starts to question about her life. Dir. Sarah Blaßkiewitz With Haley Louise Jones, Lorna Ishema, Anne Haug 109 min.
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Book Discussion | The Mongol Storm: Making and Breaking Empires in the Medieval Near East (online)


How the Mongol invasions of the Near East reshaped the balance of world power in the Middle Ages . With author Nicholas Morton.
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Play | X: A Contemporary Interpretation of Medea


A contemporary and intersectional interpretation of the timeless tale of Medea, staged by Kourtney Rutherford and written by Mamadou Mahmoud N'Dongo.
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Dancing | Dance Night at the Palladium


Few North American clubs have so drastically raised the profile of Latin music and dance as the Palladium Ballroom, the Midtown dance venue that served as ground zero for the mambo craze of the 1940s and ‘50s. The Palladium's decades-long success is directly attributable to its "Big Three" headline artists-in-residence: Afro-Cuban jazz legend Machito, iconic percussionist Tito Puente, and the composer-singer-crossover star Tito Rodríguez. Rodríguez's son, Tito Rodríguez, Jr., continues his father's legacy on the bandstand to this day. Generally considered to be one of the world's leading timbaleros and bandleaders of modern salsa and Latin Jazz, Rodríguez, Jr. and his band will electrify the dance floor with a set of mambo classics done in the classic Palladium-era style with a contemporary twist.
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Video | Full Disclosure: Selected Video-Performances 1972-75 (online thru Apr 30)


An online streaming program of a selection of Anthony Ramos’s video-performances circa 1972-1975, a fertile period for the artist then based in Los Angeles. Ramos’s interest in time and duration stems in part from his long friendship with Allan Kaprow, with whom he studied and worked under as a teaching assistant, and who housed him following his imprisonment for conscientious objection. Ramos met Kaprow while a student at the Southern Illinois University and participated in a handful of the artist’s iconic “happenings,” including the ambitious 1967 event Fluids,, which involved the construction of several intricate igloos across Pasadena. He was later part of a coterie of West coast figures inspired by Kaprow to mount their own interventions—Ramos often staged prankish, ephemeral art events with fellow artists Joe Ray and Lowell Darling, who appear in the two plastic bag videos.
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Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach and More for Piano and Guitar


Jose Maldonado, guitar; and Weiwei Zhai, piano. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Trio Sonatas Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Latin American Female Composers for Piano, Clarinet, and Bass


Low Frequency Trio: Jose Luis Hurtado, piano; Antonio Rosales, clarinet; Juan Jose Garcia, bass. About the Performers Low Frequency Trio is one of the few ensembles in the world that plays music exclusively composed for them. Its members are highly active in the international contemporary music scene. Since its foundation in 2016, the trio has collaborated with more than 50 young and established composers in the creation and performance of fresh and innovative new works for this unique instrumentation whose collective sound has yet to be discovered and repertoire, until now, has been practically nonexistent.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | A Festival of Psalms


David Briggs, organ; the Choir & Choristers of Heavenly Rest; members of the Canterbury Choral Society with brass quintet and percussion; Janet Yieh, conductor. Program David & Kerensa Briggs, A Festival of Psalms (World Premiere) The event will open with a Q&A with the composers and Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and organist for the New York Philharmonic. The world premiere performance of the work will follow. Free tickets required
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Talk | An Evening with Fashion Designer Nick Wooster


Legendary design and retail consultant Nick Wooster in a conversation about his illustrious career. Nick Wooster’s resume reads like a roll call of top American fashion brands and stores. His tenure in the menswear space has spanned over thirty-five years with various positions at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and JCPenney. Currently the Style Editor of At Large Magazine, Wooster continues to consult with brands around the world, currently designing a capsule collection for the Japanese brand Kuon and a capsule for the Italian brand La Martina. He recently launched a capsule collection with the Japanese sneaker brand Onitsuka Tiger. Past collaborations include Tiffany, Lardini, Paul & Shark, and more. His own exemplary style was lauded with a space in Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List in 2015.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Film | Baz Luhrmann's Elvis (2022): Rock 'n' Roll Legend's Life, with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks


The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Director: Baz Luhrmann Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge 159 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Theater | Opera Theatre: Broadway Babies


Director: Carolyn Marlow Music Director: Shane Schag
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Dance Performance | 2023 Master's Dance Concert


Featuring original choreography n many different styles and genres of dance including a special Uganda Dance and Drum ensemble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Play | King Lear: Shakespeare's Epic Tragedy


King Lear, perhaps the Bard's greatest play, will be performed Shakespeare in the Square.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Play | Root Rot: Under the Rubble in Ukraine


Moorka's play is about a first-generation fool in search of truth in the rubble of Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, Rameau, and More


Kyle Walker, piano. Program Rameau (1683-1764), Gavotte et six doubles Irene Britton Smith (1907-1999), Passacaglia in C-Sharp Minor Beethoven (1770-1827), Seven Variations on "God Save the King," WoO 78 Florence Price (1887-1953), Fantasie negre, No. 1 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), Three-Fours, Op. 71 About the Performer Kyle Walker has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center and other venues.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Mendelssohn and More for Bass-Baritone (In Person AND Online)


Donghoon Kang, bass-baritone. Program Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Paulus, Op. 36 Jacques Ibert (1890-1962), Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), Michelangelo Lieder Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Songs of Travel Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), The House of Life Gabriel Kahane (1981-present), The Memory Palace Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), Notte Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936), Nebbie Fernando Obradors (1897-1945), La mi sola, Laureola Fernando Obradors (1897-1945), El Vito
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Conference | The World of Jaroslav Hašek: The Work and Life of the Great Czech Author (in-person and online)


This conference will draw together leading scholars from various disciplines to reflect on the life, work, and ongoing relevance of the great Czech author, Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923). Best known for the unfinished long comic narrative, The Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk in the Great War (1921-1923), Hašek was many things at many moments: dilettante, humorist, satirist, journalist, hoaxer, bohemian, anarchist politician, Bolshevik commandant, and turncoat. His legacy remains unclear. While a household name in the Czech Republic, a key influence on later international fiction (especially on war novels such as Catch 22), and a crucial voice for articulating the role of stupidity in the modern world, for most scholars Hašek appears as a marginal figure on the world stage. He does not fit into familiar currents. Taking place on the 100th anniversary of the publication of the final part of Švejk, as well as of the author’s death, the conference will venture new answers to persistent questions about Hašek’s legacy: How has Hašek been received differently across the world? What was his relation to global modernism? What does Hašek have to offer to literary theory or philosophy? To what extent does the world we live in today resemble the one to which Hašek gave such a devastating representation?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 pm
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Haydn and More at a Landmark Venue

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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