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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 26, 2023?

56 free events take place on Wednesday, April 26 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 26 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 Wednesday, April 26, 2023

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free events nyc The Greatest Showman (2017) with Hugh Jackman and Zendaya
free events nyc Tour of New York City Hall
free events nyc Black is a Church: Christianity and the Contours of African American Life by Josef Sorett (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Masterworks by Dvorak and Brahms
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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)


A talk with Inga Lāce, current CMAP Central and Eastern Europe Fellow at MoMA. Lāce has been a curator at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art since 2012 and was curator of Daiga Grantina’s “Saules Suns” for the Latvian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale (co-curated with Valentinas Klimašauskas). She has also been co-curator of “Allied” at the Kyiv Biennial 2021 (as part of the East Europe Biennial Alliance) and co-curator of the 7th-10th editions of the contemporary art festival SURVIVAL KIT, Riga (with Jonatan Habib Engqvist in 2017 and Angels Miralda and Solvita Krese in 2018-19). She is also co-curator of a research and exhibition project, Portable Landscapes, with exhibitions at Villa Vassilieff, Paris, Latvian National Art Museum, Riga (2018) and James Gallery at CUNY, New York (2019) and an upcoming publication. She has curated the exhibitions “It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades!” at Framer Framed, Amsterdam (co-curated with Katia Krupennikova, 2017) and “Performing the Fringe” at Konsthall C, Stockholm (co-curated with Jussi Koitela, 2020). Lāce was a curatorial fellow at de Appel, Amsterdam (2015-2016), where she organized a program and edited a publication on the intersection of art and ecology titled Instituting Ecologies.
   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
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10:00 am
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Symposium | Bispo Do Rosario: All Existing Materials on Earth: Discussions On Art (In Person AND Online)


Bispo do Rosario: All Existing Materials on Earth is a two-day symposium, in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name. With a keynote lecture by Kaira Cabañas, Professor of Art History at the University of Florida and author of Learning from Madness: Brazilian Modernism and Global Contemporary Art (University of Chicago Press, 2018), the symposium will bring together a group of scholars and curators to discuss different aspects of Bispo do Rosario's practice. The symposium will be hybrid, with three panels online and one panel in person. Interpretation in English and Portuguese will be available. Day 1 Program 10 am: Welcome & Introductory Remarks (Online)  Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Americas Society Raquel Fernandes, Director, Museu Bispo do Rosario Arte Contemporânea 10:15 am–12:00 pm: Panel 1 (Online)  Bispo do Rosario, Art and Mental Illness  Moderator: Javier Téllez, Artist and Curator  Valérie Rousseau, Chief Curator, American Folk Art Museum  Ricardo Resende, Curator, Museu Bispo do Rosario Arte Contemporânea Thomas Roeske, Director, Prinzhorn Collection  Audience Q&A  12:00 pm–1:00 pm: Break  1 pm – 2:30 pm: Panel 2 (Online)  Bispo do Rosario: Intersections of race, class, and institutions in Modern Brazil  Moderator: Tie Jojima, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Americas Society  Adele Nelson, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin  Roberto Conduru, Endowed Distinguished Professor, Southern Methodist University  Tania Rivera, Professor, Universidade Federal Fluminense  Silvana Jeha, Independent Scholar  Audience Q&A  6:00–7:00 pm: Keynote Talk (Online) Introductory remarks: Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Americas Society Keynote Talk: Kaira Cabañas, Professor, University of Florida  Audience Q&A 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Symposium | Mass Support Symposium: Flexibility and Resident Agency in Housing (online)


An international, online symposium on flexibility, resident input, and modular building in contemporary housing. From new models of social housing in Berlin and Barcelona to new applications of prefab construction in Beijing and Brooklyn, panelists will share architectural strategies that connect to broader, structural issues in housing today, including local economies of construction labor, densification in the suburbs, and more.
   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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Reading | Multipli Forti: Italian Literary Fiction Festival


Multipli Forti is a transatlantic window on major literary trends of Italian fiction, told by the authors who are writing it. Multipli Forti is a transatlantic window on major literary trends of Italian fiction, told by the authors who are writing it. We asked them to think about six major themes that shape today’s literature in their language. Each event of Multipli Forti will revolve around their response to these themes, which take the form of short stories, literary memoirs and meditations, swift brief essays and, in some cases, even personal confessions. In English. A light lunch will be served
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Book Discussion | Ranking: The Unwritten Rules of the Social Game We All Play


Human beings are competitive. We like to see who is stronger, richer, better, more clever. Since humans (1) love lists, (2) are competitive, and (3) are jealous of other people, we like ranking. Ranking reflects the reality, illusion, and manipulation of objectivity. Some situations, like ranking people based on height, can be ranked in objective ways. However, many "Top Ten" lists are based on subjective categorization and give only the illusion of objectivity. In fact, we don't always want to be seen objectively since we don't mind having a better image or rank than deserved. Ranking: The Unwritten Rules of the Social Game We All Play applies scientific theories to everyday experience by raising and answering questions like: Are college ranking lists objective? How do we rank and rate countries based on their fragility, level of corruption, or even happiness? How do we find the most relevant web pages? How are employees ranked? Peter Erdi's book is for people who have a neighbor with a fancier car; employees, who are being ranked by their supervisors; managers, who are involved in ranking but may have qualms about the process; businesspeople interested in creating better visibility for their companies; scientists, writers, artists, and other competitors who would like to see themselves at the top of a success list; or college students who are just preparing to enter a new phase of social competition. Readers will engage in an intellectual adventure to better understand the difficulties of navigating between objectivity and subjectivity and to better identify and modify their place in real and virtual communities by combining human and computational intelligence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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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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Lecture | Benno Elkan (1877-1960) and the Definition of Israeli Art


In honor of Yom Ha'azmaut, Israel's Independence Day, and this year's 75th anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948, this talk by Georgetown University professor Ori Z Soltes addresses the question of what defines Israeli art and when it began to take shape. Is it made only by Israelis--then how did Elkan's Menorah become the consummate symbol of Israel when he never lived in the state? Did "Israeli" art begin with or before the birth of the state? How does this relate to the opening of the Bezalel School of Art in 1906-and closing by 1929, only to re-open years later? How does it relate to the question of defining Jewish art?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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
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12:15 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Lecture | Dialogue with the Dictator: Information Management and Popular Support in Putin’s Russia (online)


Political participation is often viewed as a central component of democratic governance. But can it become a tool of authoritarianism as well? This talk documents the development of managed participation in Putin’s Russia and evaluates the conditions under which these tools can help—or hurt—modern-day autocrats. Speaker Hannah S. Chapman is the Theodore Romanoff Assistant Professor of Russian Studies and an Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Park Walk | Shakespeare Walk in Central Park (online)


“My dancing soul doth celebrate,” wrote Shakespeare. Celebrate the Bard's birthday with a walk through Shakespeare Garden where they’ll share favorite Shakespearean quotes as you take in the spring blooms.
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12:30 pm
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Discussion | A Deep Look Into Dancer Joan Miller (In Person AND Online)


Dyane Harvey-Salaam and Sheila Kaminsky discuss dancer Joan Miller, who was known as a no-nonsense bundle of intellect, creativity, and humor. Beginning at Juilliard, Miller went on to dance with the Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow dance companies. She became the Lehman College's dance director for 30 years, and premiered her signature dance performance, Pass Fe White, in 1970. She brought in many dancers who went on to have major careers, like Alvin Ailey, Chuck Davis, and Eleo Pomare. Performing artist, educator, and director, Dyane Harvey-Salaam and dance scholar and archivist, Sheila Kaminsky, offer a deep look into the mind of Miller. About the Speakers Dyane Harvey-Salaam is a performing artist, founding member/assistant to the director Abdel R.Salaam of Forces of Nature Dance, a dance educator, choreographer, and founder of Ma'at Pilates. With a career that spans over 50 years of concert and commercial dance, and experimental theatrical expression, dancing for Joan Miller ranks among the most important in the development of her artistry. She is honored to illuminate aspects of Joan Miller's legacy. Sheila Kaminsky's works have been presented in galleries, museums, and theaters in the US and Europe. One of Kaminsky's great pleasures was teaching with Joan Miller and choreographing works for her talented company, especially for her farewell performance. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 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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Lecture | Between the Living and the Dead: Considering Tradition in the Jewish Cemeteries of Poland, 1918-1945 (online)


The Jewish cemetery has long been a site guided by Jewish law and traditional ritual practice. However, in the early twentieth century, pressures of modernity and urbanization in Poland strained traditional practices at the Jewish cemetery. In this talk, Alison B. Curry will examine how politics, modernity, and tragedy altered traditional uses of Jewish cemeteries in Poland. While during the interwar period specific aspects of funerals, burials, and cemetery usage relied less and less on Jewish tradition and law, with the start of the Second World War, caring for bodies after death became both a priority and a triviality. Handling the ever-increasing numbers of the deceased in the ghetto meant that, in many cases, various death traditions were abandoned altogether. On the other hand, the sanctity of Jewish tradition and ethics emboldened many activists to call for returns to traditional practices of funeral and burial during the Holocaust. In this talk, Curry argues that the Jewish cemetery became a central space for negotiation of identity - a place where the living considered their own Jewishness, reflected in that of the dead.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Music


   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Lecture | Performing Jewish Identity in Russian Immigrant Narratives of the Third Wave (online)


Was the Third Wave (1970s-1980s) of the Russian Emigration to the United States in fact Jewish? This talk will focus on Russophone authors from the Soviet Union immigrating to the US in the 1970-1980s, Sergei Dovlatov. It will discuss the permutations of their hybrid identity as Soviet Jews and Russian writers and ways in which this identity was performed in fiction and poetry. Presented by Yasha Klots, Assistant Professor
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Bach for Organ, Flute, and Cello (In Person AND Online)


Alcee Chriss, organ; Sandra Miller, flute; Sarah Stone, cello.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | The Greatest Showman (2017) with Hugh Jackman and Zendaya


Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by age 12. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Featuring catchy musical numbers, exotic performers, and daring acrobatic feats, Barnum's mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth. Director: Michael Gracey Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor who began in theatre and television, landing his breakthrough role as Logan / Wolverine in the X-Men film series (2000-2017). He is the recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, and two Tony Awards, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award. Jackman has headlined films in various genres, including the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action-horror Van Helsing (2004), the drama The Prestige (2006), the period romance Australia (2008), the musical Les Miserables (2012), and many more. Zendaya is an American actress who has received various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world on its annual list in 2022. She made her television debut as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010-2013) and starred as the titular character in the sitcom K.C. Undercover (2015-2018), for the channel. Her feature film debut came in 2017 with the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, and she later starred in its sequels. Zendaya's role as Rue Bennett, a struggling drug addicted teenager in the HBO teen drama series Euphoria (2019-present) made her the youngest recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her film roles include the musical The Greatest Showman (2017), the romantic drama Malcolm & Marie (2021), and the science fiction epic Dune (2021).
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Reading | Multipli Forti: Italian Literary Fiction Festival


Multipli Forti is a transatlantic window on major literary trends of Italian fiction, told by the authors who are writing it. 3:00-5:00pm Roundtable: The Publication and Promotion of Italian Literature in Anglophone Markets A panel with experts in the field, who will discuss current trends in Italian literature, how contemporary Italian authors are presented and promoted abroad, the journey of Italian literature into English—from representation to acquisition, translation, editing, publication, marketing and promotion—and into the hands of readers in America, the U.K., and international Anglophone markets. With: Alessandra Bastagli (Executive Director, Astra House) Aaron Robertson (Translator from Italian, Editor, Spiegel & Grau) Hamilton Cain (Leading US critic, formerly Book Reviews Editor at Oprah Magazine) Jonathan Galassi (Chairman, FSG, translator, author) Maria Campbell (President MCA Literary and Film Scouting) Sandra Waters (Series editor of Other Voices of Italy, Rutgers University Press) 6:00-8:00pm Roundtable with authors: Cristina Ubah Ali Farah Djarah Kan Chiara Tagliaferri Respondents: Peter Cameron Alessia Valfredini, Fordham University Moderator: Alessandro Giammei, Yale University In English
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Museum Closer Look Tour


A public tour of current exhibitions, led by museum Gallery Guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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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
3:30 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Untangling Blackness in Greek Antiquity (in-person and online)


This book offers an overview of and snapshot from the recently published book. This book explores how writers and artists create a world in which performers rework blackness alongside claims of foreignness and Greekness. In each chapter, black skin color interacts with other determinants of evaluation as Argive Greeks, royal Aithiopians, curious Scythians, and athletic Athenians participate in heterogeneous performances of blackness. Altogether, the sustained accounts that offered in these chapters highlight the wide range of performances of blackness in Greek antiquity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: Documenting the Downtown Art Scene (online)


In this talk, Lola Flash shares their artistic practice, which focuses on the intersection of race, sexual identity, aging, and social justice activism. As a photographer who has documented the art scene in downtown New York City and the global LGBTQ+ movement for 40 years, Flash’s photography is an introspective assessment of their life experience. Their portraits unmask the elegance and love for those often deemed invisible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concert | Progressive Rock Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Adam Holzman. This ensemble focuses on classic progressive rock from the '70's, including music from King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, etc.
   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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Lecture | Sovereigns, Dogs, and Other Creatures: Kafka and Shakespeare


How does Kafka’s “cynical” story, "Researches of a Dog," intersect with Shakespeare’s sad stories of the death of kings? How does each author locate a kind of freedom at the point of a missing link in the constitution of the world presented in each text, a point where the sovereign and the creature encounter one another in, to use Paul Celan’s phrase, the majesty of the absurd? Speaker: Eric Santner, University of Chicago
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Commitment by Mona Simpson (In Person AND Online)


Join WNYC's Alison Stewart and Mona Simpson for a live conversation about her newest book, Commitment. Commitment by Mona Simpson is a novel about a single mother’s collapse and the fate of her family after she enters a California state hospital in the 1970s. About the Author Mona Simpson is the author of Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, Off Keck Road, My Hollywood, and Casebook. She has received a Whiting Writer’s award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, an NEA fellowship, a Guggenheim grant, a Lila Wallace Prize, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Mary McCarthy Prize. Off Keck Road was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Heartland Prize from the Chicago Tribune. She was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the publisher of The Paris Review, where she worked as an editor in her twenties.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Man Ray’s Paris Portraits


Featuring 70 rare vintage silver prints that offer insight into one of the greatest artists and photographers of the twentieth century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Melissa Brown: Windows and Bars


A solo exhibition of new paintings by Melissa Brown. In this show, Brown continues to work with a collage of painting techniques, including airbrush, impasto, silkscreen, and stencil. These works in particular use iPhone pictures as a point of comparison between recorded memory and lived experience. Phone pics are reproduced as CMYK screen-prints in the paintings. The images are taken from events in the artist’s life: views of her apartment and of nightlife in and around New York City. The aggressively ordinary and subtle motifs could be from anyone’s point of view. However, they are selected because they feel out-of-time, mysterious, symbolic, or revealing about our current relationship to technology and representation.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | The Greatest Showman (2017) with Hugh Jackman and Zendaya


Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by age 12. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Featuring catchy musical numbers, exotic performers, and daring acrobatic feats, Barnum's mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth. Director: Michael Gracey Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor who began in theatre and television, landing his breakthrough role as Logan / Wolverine in the X-Men film series (2000–2017). He is the recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, and two Tony Awards, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award. Jackman has headlined films in various genres, including the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action-horror Van Helsing (2004), the drama The Prestige (2006), the period romance Australia (2008), the musical Les Misérables (2012), and many more. Zendaya is an American actress who has received various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. TIME magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world on its annual list in 2022. She made her television debut as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up (2010–2013) and starred as the titular character in the sitcom K.C. Undercover (2015–2018), for the channel. Her feature film debut came in 2017 with the superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, and she later starred in its sequels. Zendaya's role as Rue Bennett, a struggling drug addicted teenager in the HBO teen drama series Euphoria (2019–present) made her the youngest recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her film roles include the musical The Greatest Showman (2017), the romantic drama Malcolm & Marie (2021), and the science fiction epic Dune (2021).
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Book Discussion | Today Sardines Are Not for Sale: A Street Protest in Occupied Paris (in-person and online)


On Mother's Day, May 31, 1942, a group of women stormed a small grocery store at the corner of the rue de Buci and the rue de Seine, to protest the food shortages that had become a chronic feature of daily life. The then-outlawed French Communist party aimed to channel the frustrations of hungry Parisians by organizing actions like this "women's demonstration on the rue de Buci" as part of a larger, overarching resistance movement against the collaborationist Vichy regime and German occupiers. The Buci affair became a cause célèbre, in no small part owing to its tragic consequences: the imprisonment, deportation, and execution of some of the protagonists. Author Paula Schwartz takes an in-depth look at this singular event, its dramatic repercussions, and its rich postwar afterlife. This book was the Winner of the Philippe Viannay-Défense de la France Prize in 2020.
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Discussion | Connecting Cities to the Metaverse (online)


How are cities incorporating new virtual technologies to enhance public services, and how can they work with the private sector to improve them? The Metaverse is no longer solely the realm of the tech sector. Cities across the country are busy exploring how virtual worlds and augmented landscapes offer opportunities to enhance public life, deliver services, and engage residents. Join Open House New York, the Jacobs Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech, and the NYU School of Professional Studies Metaverse Collaborative for a dynamic panel discussion spotlighting how new technologies are being leveraged to reshape the ways we interact with the built environment. Moderated by Jacobs Urban Tech Fellow Greg Lindsay, this conversation features Ernest Chrappah, Acting Director of the Washington DC Department of Buildings, David Gilford, Head of Policy & Strategic Partnerships at Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, and Daria Siegel, Vice President for Special Initiatives at New York City Economic Development Corporation.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Peacock’s Bel-Air: Cast and Crew Discuss the TV Series (online)


Carla Banks Waddles (Showrunner / Executive Producer / Writer) and the stars of Peacock’s hit series Bel-Air—Jabari Banks (Will), Cassandra Freeman (Vivian Banks), Adrian Holmes (Philip Banks), Olly Sholotan (Carlton Banks) and Akira Akbar (Ashley Banks) — have a discussion about season two moderated by Rivea Ruff, Entertainment Editor, Essence. Inspired by Morgan Cooper’s viral trailer that reimagined the ‘90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starring Will Smith, Bel-Air takes a fresh and raw approach to this world of swagger, style, and aspiration, while exploring Will’s (played with assured charisma by Banks) complex journey through a current lens. Hear the cast discuss how their characters mirror and diverge from their Fresh Prince counterparts, what’s new in the second season, stories from behind the scenes, and what they can tease about the season two finale.
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Book Discussion | Black is a Church: Christianity and the Contours of African American Life by Josef Sorett (In Person AND Online)


A conversation with author and professor Josef Sorett as he discusses his recently released work, Black is a Church: Christianity and the Contours of African American Life. Sorett's scholarship explores the vital and complex role that religion has played in shaping Black communities and movements with insights and research that straddles the disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, and music. He will be in conversation with Joy L. Bivins. Sorett employs primarily historical and literary approaches to the study of religion in Black communities and cultures in the United States. His first book, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics, illuminates how religion has figured in debates about Black art and culture across the 20th century. In addition to editing the recently released volume The Sexual Politics of Black Churches, Sorett is working on a new treatise, "There's a God on the Mic: Hip Hop's (Surprising) Religious History." Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Macunaíma: The Hero with No Character


Celebrate Katrina Dodson’s long-awaited translation of the Brazilian modernist epic novel by Mário de Andrade. This landmark 1928 novel follows the adventures of the shapeshifting Macunaíma and his brothers as they leave their Amazon home for a whirlwind tour of Brazil, cramming four centuries and a continental expanse into a single mythic plane. Having lost a magic amulet, the hero and his brothers journey to Sao Paulo to retrieve the talisman that has fallen into the hands of an Italo-Peruvian captain of industry (who is also a cannibal giant). Written over six delirious days—the fruit of years of study—Macunaíma magically synthesizes dialect, folklore, anthropology, mythology, flora, fauna, and pop culture to examine Brazilian identity. This brilliant translation by Katrina Dodson has been many years in the making and includes an extensive section of notes, providing essential context for this magnificent work. Dodson will be joined in conversation with poet and scholars Madhu H. Kaza and John Keene. Brazilian musician Iara Rennó will perform a few songs from her album based on Macunaíma and there will be a reception sponsored by the Brazilian Consulate General after the event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Rachel Feinstein: Mirror


A conversation between Rachel Feinstein and Yvonne Owens, professor of art history and critical studies at the Victoria College of Art, British Columbia, to celebrate the artist’s new book. The pair will discuss Feinstein’s practice as well as the catalogue which documents the eponymous 2022 exhibition at Gagosian, Davies Street, London, and features an essay by Owens. After the talk, the artist will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Performance | The Poemanto: Essay to Write (with) the Body


Created in 2000, when Ricardo Aleixo was a director and performer in the Sociedade Lira Eletrônica Black Maria, the poemanto is defined by the artist as a type of wearable art - similar to Hélio Oiticica's (1937-1980) parangolés. More than just a mere support for his corpographies, it is a kind of "second skin" with which Aleixo relates to on stage, aiming to attempt the relativization of the dichotomous subject/object opposition. Ricardo Aleixo's performance will be based on the projection of poemanto's records, captured in photographs and video fragments shot in and outside of Brazil, as well as on Aleixo's practical demonstration of his evolution with the piece. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the artist. In Portuguese with English translation 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Why Public Space Matters: The Future of Public Space in NYC (in-person and online)


Part of what makes New York City great is its beloved public spaces. In her book, Setha Low shows how thriving public spaces enhance creativity, health, urban resilience, and environmental sustainability; yet more than ever, these spaces are threatened by urban development, privatization, and neglect. Drawing on these insights, an expert panel envisions ways to make New York City more equitable through innovative approaches to its parks, plazas, waterways, and sidewalks. David Gonzalez, journalist at The New York Times, leads a discussion featuring Susan M. Donoghue, commissioner, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; Erik Kulleseid, commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and Setha Low, distinguished professor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Discussion | African Modernisms: A Legacy of Connection (in-person and online)


This program explores creative exchanges between artists working in Africa and the United States in the 1950s–70s, through a conversation between three curators whose current exhibition projects bring fresh perspectives to African modernism and its influence around the world. 
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6:30 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: An Eclectic Dance to the Music of Time (in-person and online)


An artist talk with Jacolby Satterwhite as he delves into the multilayered process of creating An Eclectic Dance to the Music of Time (2022), his site-specific film merging the past, present, and future of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic. Satterwhite will discuss how community engagement and public projects fit within his artistic practice. He will also dive into his unique approach to creating dreamlike digital animations that synthesize performance, illustration, and painting. Conceived for the 50-foot Hauser Media Wall in the newly renovated David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, An Eclectic Dance to the Music of Time playfully weaves archival images, live-action footage, and experimental digital animation. The film’s cast represents artists since the Philharmonic’s founding in 1842 and showcases more than one hundred music and dance students from local schools, including The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, and Professional Performing Arts School. Set against a colorful and highly detailed landscape inspired by New York City’s built environment, the film offers a more inclusive view of the history of Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic while envisioning a creative future that reflects the diversity of the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Edgar Award Best First Novel By An American Author Finalists


A panel discussion with four of the five finalists for the Edgar Award: 2023 Best First Novel By An American Author. Erin E. Adams, Katie Gutierrez, Ramona Emerson, and Eli Cranor will be joined by Alex Segura on the eve of the winner being announced.
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6:30 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Masterworks by Dvorak and Brahms


The brother-and-sister ensemble, Silvie and Brian Cheng, perform masterworks of Dvorak and Brahms; Shifting Baselines, by Paul Wiancko, Japanese-American composer and a member of the acclaimed Kronos Quartet; and Portrait of an Imaginary Sibling, by the Sri Lankan-Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne. These new works were commissioned by Cheng Duo during the pandemic, highlighting the stories of cross-cultural backgrounds while illustrating composers' journey as multidimensional artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Performance | Open Mic


Share a monologue, play a song, tell a story, or simply listen and reflect at this evening of open performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Orchestral Work by Schubert


Manhattan College Orchestra and Manhattan College Singers. Program Schubert (1797-1828), Mass in G Major, D. 1676
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Symposium | What Black Is This, You Say?: Readings and Discussions


In dialogue with What Black Is This, You Say?, the long-term public artwork by Chicago-based artist Amanda Williams at Storefront for Art and Architecture, an evening of readings, propositions, conversations, and musings on the plurality, complexity, and nuance of Black experience(s) will be presented. There will be a reading by New York Times culture writer J Wortham, a keynote lecture by Andres L. Hernandez, and a panel amongst Williams, Justin Garrett Moore, and Mabel O. Wilson, moderated by Camille Bacon*. The evening will close with a special sonic performance by singer, songwriter, and poet Jamila Woods. 6:00 pm Doors open 7:00 pm Welcome by Cooper Union's School of Architecture & Storefront 7:05 pm What Black Is This, You Say? Introduction 7:07 pm “mighty/Black walls (the Blackness of blackness)” by Andres L Hernandez 7:35 pm “NYT Uppercase” by J Wortham 7:40 pm Conversation with Amanda Williams, Mabel O. Wilson, and Justin Garrett Moore - Moderated by Camille Bacon 8:10 pm Musical Performance by Jamila Woods
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Staged Reading | The Secret Life of the American Musical: A First Look Workshop


By Jack Viertel and Stewart Ross Music by Various Composers Based on the novel of the same name by Jack Viertel
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | The Klezmer Ensemble


   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Blue Note Ensemble


An hour of music directed by James Francies, Jeremy Dutton, and Joel Ross. This ensemble will perform the music of 21st century Blue Note artists like James Francies, Joel Ross, Robert Glasper, and Immanuel Wilkins, and their colleagues.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Discussion | Steps Towards Spiritual Transformation and Impact (online)


A Buddhist, a Christian, and a Jew walk into a Zoom room…to help us learn what it means to take small, sweet steps towards transforming our personal suffering into service. Event leaders include: -- Zen Buddhist monk Soren Glassing, Head Chaplain on the Palliative Care team at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center -- Pastor Corey Kennard, healthcare activist, spiritual life coach and Reimagine Board Member -- Rabbi Sydney Mintz, Senior eAssociater Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Open Mike | Work of Art Wednesdays Open Mic (online)


Hosted By Jaime Pineiro Special Performances By Eddie Martinez - Monologue Shayla - Monaé - Painting Kayla Zanakis - Spoken Word Maher Aghnim - Monologue
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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