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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 27, 2023?

70 free events take place on Thursday, April 27 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 27 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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70 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, April 27, 2023

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free events nyc French Baroque Works for Violin, Oboe, Bass Viol, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Live Jazz from Harlem (in-person and online)
free events nyc Unsettling Classical Bodies: Acclaimed Indian Choreographer (in-person and online)
free events nyc Iphigenia Among the Taurians: Euripides' Tragi-Comedy
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Workshop | Forest Fitness


This regular fitness class incorporates climbing multiple staircases, stretches and strengthening exercises, notable tree identification, and forest bathing. Led by instructor, Nancy Bruning\.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 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
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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 some panels online and some in person. Interpretation in English and Portuguese will be available. Day 2 Program 10 am: Welcome & Introductory Remarks (Online) Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Americas Society  10:00 am–11:30 am: Panel 3 (Online)  The legacy of Bispo do Rosario in modern and contemporary art  Moderator: Bernardo Mosqueira, Curator New Museum, New York  Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator, El Museo del Barrio, New York  Sergio Bessa, Curator of Programs, Bronx Museum, New York  Lisette Lagnado, Independent Curator  Audience Q&A  6:00–7:30 pm: Panel 4 (In-Person)  Curatorial practices on outsider art — Roundtable discussion  Moderator: Aimé Iglesias Lukin, Director and Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Americas Society  Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  Javier Téllez, Artist and Curator  Massimiliano Gioni, Director of Exhibitions, New Museum, New York  Luis Pérez-Oramas, Independent Curator   Audience Q&A  7:30–8:30 pm: Reception (In-Person)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Cardio Dance


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


A chamber music master class with Yosuke Kawasaki. Yosuke Kawasaki is the Concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Ribbon Dancing


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


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Conference | 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. 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Film | Citizen Kane (1941) Directed by and Starring Orson Welles


Alone at his fantastic estate known as Xanadu, 70-year-old Charles Foster Kane dies, uttering only the single word Rosebud. So ends the odyssey of a life, and begins a fabulous tale of the rise to wealth and power, and ultimate fall, of a complex man. Director: Orson Welles Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris Orson Welles was an American director, actor, producer, and screenwriter who is remembered for his innovative work in film, radio, and theatre. He is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. In 1938, his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air gave Welles the platform to find international fame as the director and narrator of a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, which caused some listeners to believe that an alien invasion was in fact occurring. Although reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed 23-year-old Welles to notoriety. His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which is consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made and which he co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in as the title character, Charles Foster Kane.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Book Discussion | Easy Money: American Puritans and the Invention of Modern Currency (online)


Economists endlessly debate the nature of legal tender monetary systems—coins and bills issued by a government or other authority. Yet the origins of these currencies have received little attention. Dror Goldberg tells the story of modern money in North America through the Massachusetts colony during the 17th century. As the young settlement transitioned to self-governance and its economy grew, the need to formalize a smooth exchange emerged. Printing local money followed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 | Eurasian Elites as a Political, Economic and Cultural Problem


Economic elites across Eurasia (Russia, China, the Middle East, and Central Asia) are usually seen primarily as political, economic, and financial actors. What picture do we get if we situate these superrich also as socially networked, culturally entangled human beings? Do the particulars matter concerning, for example, their conspicuous consumption, ostentatious philanthropy, and claims of "effective altruism" or innovatively serving the common good? How do considerations of taste and aesthetic judgement enable or modulate elite power? We consider how ethnography could potentially reveal how trust is built, alliances formed, interests align, obligations incurred, and projects initiated within the transnational, multi-sectoral networks of Eurasian elites, whose activities may be becoming more consequential than those of national governments and Bretton Woods institutions. Speaker Morgan Liu is Chair and Associate Professor of Near Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures at The Ohio State University, with a Ph.D. in anthropology from The University of Michigan.
   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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Workshop | Lunchtime Poetry Workshop


Celebrate National Poetry Month with a one-hour workshop on the art and craft of writing poetry. Led by Professors Dan Collins and Meghan Gilbert, this workshop will provide expert insight and practical, creative exercises in writing poetry. This workshop welcomes both novice and experienced writers of poetry. About the Presenters Meghan Gilbert is an Associate Professor of English and the Interim Faculty Coordinator of the First Year Experience at Guttman Community College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Gilbert holds a Ph.D. in English from St. John’s University. Dr. Daniel Collins serves as the Acting Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs at Guttman Community College. Dr. Collins received his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in rhetoric and composition, and he has an abiding interest in innovative writing pedagogy. Dr. Collins’ recent research has focused on the relationship between the act of writing and the creation and maintenance of student well-being. With Dr. Meghan Gilbert, he is writing a book-length manuscript, Composing an Anti-Racist Academy, about culturally responsive pedagogy, anti-racism, and linguistic justice in the Composition classroom and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Profiling Energy Literacy Within World Energy Literature: On Chernobyl Fiction and Beyond (online)


Profiling energy literacy (‘the domain of basic energy-related knowledge, coupled with an understanding of the impacts of energy production and consumption on the environment, energy usage and the adoption of energy-saving behaviors within ‘world energy literature’ studies by narrating the Chornobyl disaster and its aftermath in fictional writing helps distinguish the emotional and non-emotional tools of fictionalizing a nuclear disaster from the perspective of framing critical thinking and understanding of nuclear technologies, nuclear energy industry, and nuclear infrastructure – with their benefits, risks and challenges. This helps define the critical perception of nuclear energy related issues from the aspect of transmitting scientific knowledge through fiction.  This study helps distinguish the societal and cultural parameters of energy literacy in fictionalizing the Chornobyl-related issues in the focus of intermedial ecocriticism’s perspective (Bruhn, 2020), with its emphasis on translating scientific knowledge into other media. ‘Nuclear fiction’ is regarded, within the contemporary energy humanities’ agenda, as a societal response to current debates on energy-related challenges of energy-driven society from the perspective of critical thinking on nuclear history. Professor Inna Sukhenko focuses on studying the literary dimensions of profiling nuclear literacy in nuclear fiction within contemporary Ukrainian Cheprnobyl-related fiction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | The Algorithmic State: Artificial Aesthetics


Lev Manovich discusses AI media transformation, drawing on the theoretical analysis being developed in his new book Artificial Aesthetics: Critical Guide to AI, Media, and Design, as well as his experience as an artist working with computers since 1984.
   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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Talk | Artist Talk: Paper, Plants, and Identity (online)


May Babcock's artwork uses foraged plant fibers for papermaking to engage with both the materiality of place and discovery of multiracial identity. In this talk, the artist will take a deep dive into how we collectively talk about plants from other places (think of the words 'invasive' or 'native') and her work towards an ecocentric way of thinking about problematic plants, humans, and nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works for Violin, Cello, Piano, and Flute (In Person AND Online)


NOVUS NY: Katie Hyun, violin; Andrew Yee, cello; Daniel Schlosberg, piano; and Melissa Baker, flute. Program Andrew Yee, The Light After Elena Kats-Chernin (1957-present), Colours of the Sea Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus and Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus Mel Bonis (1858-1937), Suite en Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano Heinrich Ignaz (1644-1704), Franz Biber Passacaglia
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | French Baroque Works for Violin, Oboe, Bass Viol, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


Readers Roberta Maxwell & Paul Hecht with Vita Wallace, violin; Jane McKinley, oboe; Lisa Terry, bass viol; and Webb Wiggins, harpsichord. This dramatic musical entertainment combines French Baroque music with eyewitness accounts of life at Versailles, featuring actors Roberta Maxwell and Paul Hecht reading from the letters of Elisabeth Charlotte, sister-in-law to Louis XIV and the memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon, a soldier, diplomat, and diarist. The program gives listeners an idea of daily life at the court.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Film | A Child Is Waiting (1963) with Judy Garland


Judy Garland stars in this story of a new worker's problems at a home for mentally disabled children. Director: John Cassavetes Cast: Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, Gena Rowlands, Steven Hill, Bruce Ritchey Judy Garland was an American actress and singer. While critically acclaimed for many different roles throughout her career, she is widely known for playing the part of Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939). She attained international stardom as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage. Renowned for her versatility, she received an Academy Juvenile Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Special Tony Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022) with Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba


A lonely scholar, on a trip to Istanbul, discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Director: George Miller Cast: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Erdil Yasaroglu Tilda Swinton is a British actress known for her roles in independent films and blockbusters. She has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, in addition to nominations for three Golden Globe Awards. In 2020, The New York Times ranked her as one of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Idris Elba is an English actor who is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire (2002-2004), DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther (2010-2019), and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). For Luther, he received four nominations each for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, winning one of the former.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Jazz | Live Jazz from Harlem (in-person and online)


Born in Detroit but long based in New York City, Rod Williams is a renowned pianist, keyboardist and composer, with degrees in electronic music and interactive performance from SUNY Brooklyn College. A skillful accompanist who has worked with Cassandra Wilson, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Geri Allen, James Carter, Julius Hemphill, Ronnie Burrage, Marcus Belgrave, and Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch among many others,
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Prokofiev and More for Viola (In Person AND Online)


Isabella Bignasca, viola. Program Frank Bridge (1879-1941), Allegro Appassionato Prokofiev (1891-1953), Six Pieces from "Romeo and Juliet" Reena Esmail (1983-present), Varsha Liam Cummins, Smoke Rising Joaquín Turina (1882-1949), Scéne Andalouse
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Lecture | George L. Mosse: The Legacy, the Work, the Human Being


Professor Emeritus Steven E. Aschheim of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will reflect on the legacy of George L. Mosse (1918-1999), one of the most prominent historians of National Socialism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Subtraction: Urban Landscapes and the Legacies of Racial Capitalism (in-person and online)


This talk discuss subtraction as a major component of urban life in the American rustbelt, and place it within the long ambit of racial capitalism. It will look at the combined effects of capital flight and racial segregation in housing, employment, transportation, and schools, particularly as these shape outcomes on the landscape. Over the past four decades, these forces have combined to accelerate disinvestment and the withdraw of private and public capital from inner city communities, leaving behind abandoned factories and homes, vacant parcels, crumbling infrastructure, and large contiguous expanses of untenanted land. Such distressed, dissembled, and neglected landscapes take a massive toll on the communities that live there. Speaker Joseph Heathcott is the Chair of Urban and Environmental Studies at The New School. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and More for Violin (In Person AND Online)


Hanke Li, violin. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 Debussy (1862-1918), Violin Sonata in G minor, L. 140 Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), Violin Sonata No. 3 Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), Le londres for Two Violins Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Valse Scherzo
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Club | The Buried Giant (2015) by Kazuo Ishiguro


Kazuo Ishiguro's novel follows an elderly Briton couple, Axl and Beatrice, living in a fictional post-Arthurian England in which no-one is able to retain long-term memories. After dimly recalling that they might years earlier have had a son, the couple decide to travel to a neighbouring village to seek him out.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Lecture | Give Us Our Name: Jewish Genealogy and American Jewish Religion (online)


Since its organizational beginnings in the 1970s, Jewish genealogy has offered countless Americans of Jewish descent an opportunity to connect with Jewish history emotionally and spiritually. Based on her interviews with genealogists around the country, observations of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and studies of Jewish genealogists’ papers, Rachel B. Gross, Associate Professor of American Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, will discuss how and why genealogy research has come to be viewed as a religious practice by many American Jews today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | NYC Composers Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Nir Felder and Mary Halvorsen. This is a new ensemble performing the compositions of modern New York City-based artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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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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5:00 pm
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Screening | Baymen: Our Waters are Dying (1976)


In recognition of Earth Day, there will be a screening of Anne Belle's 1976 film Baymen: Our Waters are Dying, which addressed the threat of water pollution to the clam diggers of eastern Long Island. After the screening, there will be a discussion with marine biologist and Back to the Bays Aquaculture Coordinator Kate Rossi-Snook on whether conservation efforts implemented since the film's production have been successful. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | 3 Openings: Listen Closely / Changing World / gather-sieze


Listen Closely Francine Perlman Newspapers express the whole of a community - politically, culturally, and socially. In Ceres’ intimate Gallery II, the focal sculpture, Listen Closely, with its chairs built of newspapers (one in Arabic and one in Hebrew) invites the community of Palestinians to speak out, visually, silently about their ongoing grievances. The idea for this installation germinated in 2011 with Francine Perlman's two-week visit to the West Bank with Rabbis for Human Rights. This experience continues to surface in her work.   Changing World Dr. Ann Shapiro The exhibition showcases Shapiro's unique perspective on climate change and its impact on our natural environment. Shapiro is deeply concerned about the current state of our planet. Through her paintings, she seeks to capture the sense of urgency and societal turbulence that is occurring due to our rapidly changing natural environment. The abstract, boldly colored paintings in this exhibition were produced using oil paint and a palette knife in an expressive, gestural manner creating a sense of movement and dynamism. gather-sieze Michelle Stone Stone embraces ambiguity, enigma and the shadow side of how an artist creates. Having grown up in a family of artists and freaks, these things feel familiar to Stone, and are concepts she revisits throughout her work. Stone has spent her art life creating paintings and sculptures that question the human condition about what all nature shares in common: growth, transformation, and decay. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Andrew Sim: Autobiography and Mythology


Scottish artist Andrew Sim’s forthcoming solo presentation features new paintings and works on paper. Here Sim presents new variations on their signature motifs, including werewolves, Santa Clauses, sunflowers, daisies, and monkey puzzle trees. In these works, the artist intertwines elements of their autobiography with fantasy, mythology, and the mysteries of nature to explore the internal and external queer experience. Through their subjects’ poses, delicate rendering, and otherworldly glow, these archetypal forms become vessels through which to express vulnerability, transformation, and growth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Daniel Gordon: Free Transform


A new series of richly-detailed, large-scale photographic prints alongside the debut of the artist’s three-dimensional vessel sculptures. Spanning the exhibition is the seven-panel Panoramic Still Life (2023), which functions as a single site-specific installation while allowing for its alternate presentation in individual works or groupings. As his subjects and objects glitch through multiple mediums, Gordon occasions a slippage that speaks to the camera’s capability to transform as well as document.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | February James: Gap Year


The exhibition will include paintings, watercolors, and installations. A gap year is, by definition, a break from study or work. Gap Year, the exhibition, provides a place of rest and retreat, a place to review and reflect and to commune with our inner self, our memories and the ancestors that have come before us. February James centers this exhibition around the idea of the home, the place that contains the family, that resonates in one’s memory as the place from which we come and is the source of our outlook on the world, our religion, our diet, our ways of communicating. It is the first place that taught us about our emotions and about love. As such, the home can be regarded as an altar of sorts, an image that remains in our hearts and minds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Jan-Ole Schiemann: New Paintings


Jan-Ole Schiemann’s second solo exhibition will present new paintings and works on paper. Schiemann’s energetic constructions are characterized by boldly abstract figures, vivid cumulous color clouds, and an assertive, instinctive use of shape and line. The artist’s most recent compositions meld fragments and echoes from his former visual vocabulary with new devices that together push the language of gestural abstraction into new territories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Kelly Akashi: Infinite Body


Exploring the biological memory of the body through the language of geology, Infinite Body presents materially diverse translations of the artist’s personal and shared experiences along a broader temporal landscape. Throughout the exhibition, cast representations of the artist’s body are broken into pieces, mended together, and merged with other representations of natural bodies on large rammed earth platforms. The fragmented body becomes a poetic experiment encapsulating the impermanence of life while also reflecting the romance and history of material processes. The body as a vessel of consciousness is conceptually connected to altar-like calcite forms and personal objects presented throughout the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Lise Ellingsen: The Norse Universe: Isis Eats The Sun


A solo exhibit of the artist Lise Ellingsen showcasing large-scale surrealist mashups of Norse mythology and US pop culture. Ellingsen juxtaposes her Norwegian heritage with her current life in NYC, combining 3D scanned hand-made characters in 3D animated and printed sculptures, video performance, archaic stop-animation, smartphone-augmented reality applications, and Cyberpunk Prog Rock music. Through camp humor, low and high culture, Ellingsen embraces the imperfect performer by incorporating herself into pre-existing fables, stories and roles where men traditionally were the protagonist and antagonist. The sculpture Auðumbla—a 3D printed clay sculpture that is also animated in videos— reflects the creation of Cosmos, reimagining the body of the cow into the form of her bull-terrier dog, Isis, its long, pink tongue inspired by the pop-culture Pokémon icon Lickilicky. Elevating animals to gods (higher spiritual beings) references the disconnect and destruction of our environment and ourselves, a reminder that the land is threatened and no longer endless. The imagery offers an underlying, subversive message about personal empowerment and the alarming state of our world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Sherrie Levine: Wood


An exhibition of work by American artist Sherrie Levine. For this exhibition, the artist will present a never-before-seen suite of wood-panel paintings as well as a new installation of found-object sculptures, including a Japanese burlwood kitsune fox figurine, a New Guinea ceremonial stone mortar head, and a wooden scholar figure. Together, the works in this presentation demonstrate Levine’s ongoing inquiry into concepts surrounding ownership, authorship, originality, and authenticity, as well as her enduring interest in materiality. A concurrent exhibition of Levine’s work will be on view at the gallery’s Paris location.  Levine rose to prominence as a member of the Pictures Generation, a group of artists based in New York in the late 1970s and 1980s whose work examined the structures of signification underlying mass-circulated images, and, in many cases, directly appropriated these images in order to imbue them with new, critically inflected meaning. Since then, Levine has created a singular and complex body of work in a variety of media that often explicitly reproduces artworks and motifs from the Western art-historical canon as well as non-Western cultures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Oxford Handbook of the Latin American Novel: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


This volume, edited by Juan E. De Castro and Ignacio López-Calvo, offers an original and innovative overview of the Latin American novel, understood in its plural national and regional traditions, from its beginnings during colonial times, to its development during the 19th and early 20th century, to its flourishing and internationalization from the 1960s to the present. The book panel will feature editor Juan E. De Castro (The New School) and contributors Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (City University of New York), Nicholas Birns (New York University), and Gorica Majstorovic (Stockton University).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Walter Steding: A Painting Exhibition


An exhibition of portraits and allegorical paintings by Walter Steding that move beyond representation to hidden and poetic unseen worlds. An artist who has worked in many mediums— acting, writing, filmmaking, music, painting—his personal lexicon creates an alchemical mix projecting these works into a deeper, more mystical realm. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Aharon Applefeld's Poland: A Green Land


Award-winning Israeli novelist Aharon Applefeld's posthumous work, Poland, A Green Land, joins his many publications including the novels The Iron Tracks, Badenheim 1939, and The Story of a Life. The novel centers around Yaakov Fine, a successful dress shop owner who, struggling with a mid-life depression, journeys to his family's ancestral village and learns about the reality of Jewish life in Poland - past, present, and future. Applefeld mined lived experiences to create fiction of powerful, universal resonance. This discussion with Altie Karper, Applefeld's longtime editor at Schocken books, will explore Applefeld's literary legacy and timeless writing. Speaker Altie Karper is the Editorial Director of Schocken Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Little Brother


Buck Ellison will discuss Little Brother, his contribution to the The Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet As It’s Kept. Comprised of six photographs and a film, Little Brother was made between 2017 and 2022. In this work, Ellison imagines Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater, as he might have appeared on his Wyoming ranch in 2003, the year the firm received its first U.S. contracts to engage in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ellison carefully staged every piece in this project—hiring actors, sourcing props, researching filming locations—and combed through tax filings, transcripts of congressional hearings, military contracting price lists, as well as Prince’s autobiography in order to create this meticulous portrait.
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Workshop | Caribbean Dance Fitness


A fun and exciting workout that uses easy to follow dance steps to maintain cardiovascular health. This class is created for all levels and you do not need any prior dance experience to participate. Instructor: Donnette McFarlane
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Workshop | Chinese Calligraphy


An evening of learning, exploring and practicing an ancient art that cultivates appreciation of culture, language-learning, and wellness. No experience is required -- draw the first line or practice the thousandth! Ink, paper, and brush will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Love Underground: The Culture of House Music


An all-star panel of participants, featuring some of the top DJs, promoters, and producers from the house music scene convene to discuss and share their experiences with the history of underground house music starting in the late 1970s to today. Video footage of New York City underground and house music venues will be interspersed with presentations and audience discussion. The panel, moderated by house music veterans Barry Burden and Louis Kee, features Kai Finkenstsher, Amanda Adams-Louis, Conrad Neblet, Brian Polite, Joann Jimenez, and DJ "MoonBabe" Porcia Lewis. Herb Martin will open and close the event, spinning quintessential house music tunes. Seating is granted on a first come first serve basis. Five minutes before showtime, seats will be given out to people on the wait list regardless of reservation status. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Unsettling Classical Bodies: Acclaimed Indian Choreographer (in-person and online)


Padmini Chettur, pioneering choreographer and dancer based in Chennai, India, appears for the first time in New York to talk about her work with dance scholar Anurima Banerji (UCLA) and classicist and theorist Brooke Holmes (Princeton University). They will consider questions such as, what is the relationship between tradition and the contemporary? What archives does a body hold? And how do artists shape new futures with the creative legacies they carry?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Images of Class: Operaismo, Autonomia and the Visual Arts (1962-1988)


During the 1960s and 1970s, Workerism and Autonomia were prominent Marxist currents. However, it is rarely acknowledged that these movements inspired many visual artists such as the members of Archizoom, Gordon Matta-Clark and Gianfranco Baruchello. Jacopo Galimberti's book focuses on the aesthetic and cultural discourse developed by three generations of militants (including Mario Tronti, Antonio Negri, Bifo and Silvia Federici), and how it was appropriated by artists, architects, graphic designers and architectural historians such as Manfredo Tafuri.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Red Zone: A Love Story


In the face of unimaginably violent systems, our most vulnerable bodies — sick, disabled, unable to rise from bed — offer the resistance of imperative vulnerability. What can we learn from the body that cannot help but fail? Leora Fridman's Static Palace weaves the writer’s experiences of chronic illness and activism to position sick and disabled bodies as sources of wisdom in apocalyptic times. Joining her in conversation will be Chloe Caldwell, author of many books including, most recently, The Red Zone, a searching, galvanizing memoir about blood and love, gender and relationship. Join us for a reading and conversation about gendered illness, medical diagnosis, and what it means to make community--and art--within these frames.
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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 | Fire and Rain: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Wars in Southeast Asia (online)


Carolyn Woods Eisenberg's book is a compelling, meticulous narrative that brings to life policy decisions about Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, conveying their significance to a new generation of readers. Drawing upon a vast collection of declassified documents, Woods Eisenberg breaks fresh ground in contextualizing Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger's decisions within a wider institutional and societal framework. While recognizing the distinctive personalities and ideas of these two men, this study more broadly conveys the competing roles and impact of the professional military, the Congress, and a mobilized peace movement. A half-century after the Paris Peace Conference marking the withdrawal of US troops and advisors from Vietnam and foreign troops from Laos and Cambodia, Fire and Rain is a dramatic account of geopolitical decision making, civil society, and the human toll of the war on the people of Southeast Asia.
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Book Discussion | Shortchanged: How Advanced Placement Cheats Students


Author Annie Abrams on how the College Board's emphasis on standardized testing has led the AP program astray.
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Discussion | A World Poet: On Translating Cavafy


Celebrated Cavafy scholar and a noted translator of his work Daniel Mendelsohn will engage in conversation with acclaimed poet Jana Prikryl on Cavafy’s stature as a “poet of the world,” which will consider the poet’s biography, the global influences on his work, as well as the art of translation, and the process of bringing his work into another place and time.
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Talk | An Evening of Georgian Culture


An evening of Georgian culture with artist-calligrapher Shota Saganelidze and Mariam Tabakhmelashvili. The program will begin with a presentation of an art exhibition, a masterclass on Georgian calligraphy, an educational lecture on Georgian script, and a live musical performance. Artist-calligrapher Shota Saganelidze has developed a new direction and meaning to Georgian Script. He combined all three beautiful Georgian Alphabets from III c. BC (Asomtavruli, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli) and created portraits of great figures and individuals who shaped Georgia. The concept's uniqueness can be defined by the fact that each letter is turned into facial features and portraits demonstrate true legends who fought for Georgia's independence and cultural success through arts, writing, politics, science. Thus, this art form symbolizes how to preserve old treasures and keep modernizing according to times. Mariam Tabakhmelashvili graduated from Tbilisi State University. An active participant of International Republican Institute Georgia's projects: #YouLead and #BuildGeorgia, she wrote and directed an animation scenario for the 2021 elections in Georgia supported by IRI. As the project manager of Georgian Modern Calligraphy Art, she manages communications and takes role of gallery attendant.
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Discussion | Authors in Conversation


A nonfiction reading by Eula Biss and conversation with Hari Kunzru, followed by a reception. Eula Biss is the author of four books, most recently Having and Being Had (Riverhead Books, 2020.) A New York Times Editor’s Choice, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Time and NPR. Hari Kunzru is a Clinical Professor in the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of five novels, including White Tears, a finalist for the PEN Jean Stein Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, One Book New York, the Prix du Livre Inter étranger, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
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Concert | Brazilian Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Alexandre Kautz. This ensemble focuses on contemporary Brazilian music fused with jazz.
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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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Discussion | New Ideas and Materials in Contemporary Furniture Design


The new generation of furniture designers have been changing how we think about furniture design and its function. There have been significant shifts in the approach to furniture design, with materials and technology becoming part of the conversation. As this market matures, we can see certain trends in the approach to contemporary furniture design. Join furniture designers Joyce Lin and Luam Melake together with AD Senior Design Editor, Hannah Martin, as they talk about the state of contemporary furniture design. The talk will be moderated by Evan Snyderman, Co-Founder of the R & Company gallery.
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Other | The 2023 Publishing Triangle Awards


Honoring the best books of 2022, the Publishing Triangle presents the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, the Joseph Hansen Award for LGBTQ Crime Writing, the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans & Gender-Variant Literature, and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. The Publishing Triangle partners with the Ferro-Grumley Literary Awards to present the Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction. The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement , the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award, and the Michele Karlsberg Leadership Award are also presented, and this year the Publishing Triangle will also give out its inaugural Torchbearer Award to Drag Story Hour NYC.
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Play | Iphigenia Among the Taurians: Euripides' Tragi-Comedy


Iphigenia details the final chapter in the murderous, multi-generational revenge saga of the House of Atreus, a family beset by a curse since before the Trojan War. Spirited away from sacrifice at the hands of her father, Iphigenia is now an enslaved priestess tasked with the killing of foreigners. When a mysterious prisoner is apprehended, a decades-old cycle of retribution comes to an end. A college production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading | CANCELLED 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
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Jazz | Legendary Jazz Saxophonist


An incredible evening of jazz music. Experience the legendary Bob Mintzer performing alongside the talented ensembles from the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. Get ready for a night filled with soulful melodies and unforgettable performances. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to witness jazz greatness live on stage! Bob Mintzer is a New York-born saxophonist, woodwind specialist, composer/arranger, and educator. He formed a connection to music at a very early age, primarily through playing piano by ear, and later moving on to guitar, clarinet, drums, and eventually saxophone. Bob attended the Hartt School of music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a longtime faculty member. After school, Bob joined the Tito Puente Orchestra and toured with Eumir Deodato as well as the Buddy Rich band and the Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Orchestral Works (In Person AND Online)


Program Joshua Kim, Yeet for String Orchestra Colby Kleven, Raccoon King Takes Manhattan for Orchestra Ian Maliney, Snowy Exhibition for Viola and Orchestra Leslie Ashworth, Romance for Viola and Orchestra Ruogu "Felix" Wen, Treacherous for Piano and Orchestra Jiahao Han, Bagatelle for Piano and Orchestra Dylan Hamme, Untitled for Orchestra Xiaotian Xu
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Concert | Two Generations of a Musical Dynasty


The composer and multi-instrumentalist Ljova has always worn a lot of hats – he has composed for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble, The Louisville Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider and The Knights; arranged music for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel with Ricky Martin, Carlos Vives and Natalia Lafourcade, and collaborated with dozens of film and dancemakers. He’s the leader of the genre-defying ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, and a champion of the fadolín, a new instrument that encompasses the range of the violin, viola, and almost all of the cello. Ljova returns with his new group Trio Fadolín, clarinetists Sam Sadigursky and Zisl Slepovitch, and three extra special guests – Ljova’s wife, the vocalist Inna Barmash, and his parents, Alexander Zhurbin and Irena Ginzburg, a songwriting duet that has, for 45 years, written and performed songs together and trained Ljova’s ear. Ljova’s father is the author of Russia’s first rock opera, Orpheus & Eurydice, as well as thirteen operas, eight symphonies, nine books, dozens of musicals, soundtracks and popular songs. An evening of music by two generations of this musical dynasty.
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Workshop | Zumbra Workout (online)


Zumba is a fusion of Latin, international and popular music dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. The routines feature aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps. Instructor: Ashley Thompson
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza. With: Santi Espinosa - What’s Going On podcast Zach Russell - Freestyle comedy show Peter Revello - Comedy Central Sarah Harvard - NYCF’s Best New Comic
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Jazz | Jazz Festival


Mingus Ensemble; Brazilian Music Ensemble; and the Dezron Douglas Ensemble.
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Classical Music | Works for Violin, Viola, and Cello


The Rhythm Method string quartet: Leah Asher, violin; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Carrie Frey, viola; Meaghan Burke, cello.
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