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25 free events take place on Monday, April 1 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 1 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, April 1, 2024

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free events nyc April Fools' Day Parade: Democracy at the Guillotine
free events nyc Piano Works by George Gershwin and More (In Person AND Online!)
free events nyc Blackbeats: Cubism Reimagined
free events nyc Oboe Works by Mozart, Saint-Saens, and More (In Person AND Online!)
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Birdwatching | New York State Birding Trail


Naturalists teach about The New York State Birding Trail which highlights world-class birding opportunities across the state. Explore the parks, and see what makes this spot a hang-out for urban birds and marvelous migrators! Binoculars and field guides provided, or bring your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, New York State Birding Trail

Workshop | Morning Meditation


Start your day by balancing your mind, body, and spirit during instructor guided meditation. This renowned practice lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Morning Meditation

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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Tours, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Book Discussion | Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State


Between the 1850s and World War I, about one million Muslims from the Russian Empire’s Caucasus region sought refuge in the Ottoman Empire. In his new book, Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State, Dr. Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky examines how Circassian, Chechen, Dagestani, and other refugees transformed the late Ottoman Empire and how the Ottoman government managed Muslim refugee resettlement. Dr. Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky's Empire of Refugees argues that, in response to Muslim migrations from Russia, the Ottoman government created a refugee regime, which predated refugee systems set up by the League of Nations and the United Nations. The book further revises our understanding of how Russia used migration policies to govern the Caucasus and its Muslim populations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State

Parade | April Fools' Day Parade: Democracy at the Guillotine


The irreverent parade returns to poke fun at all the hype, hyposcrisy, deceit, bigotry and downright stupidity of the last year. The parade ends with the crowning of the King of Fools.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Parades, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, April Fools' Day Parade: Democracy at the Guillotine

Master Class | Cello Master Class


Cello Master Class with Steven Doane.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Cello Master Class

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in 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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Workshops, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Symposium | Strikes, Camera, Action: The Future of Entertainment in the Age of AI


This symposium will focus on this intersection of technology and the entertainment industry. Specifically, we aim to address how technology affects entertainment law by delving into the importance of key negotiating points and consequences of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, as well as the current and expected uses of generative AI in entertainment in the context of labor law and right of publicity / likeness rights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Strikes, Camera, Action: The Future of Entertainment in the Age of AI

Book Discussion | The Constitution of the War on Drugs: A New Argument


The U.S. government's decades-long "war on drugs" is increasingly recognized as a moral travesty as well as a policy failure. The criminalization of substances such as marijuana and magic mushrooms offends core tenets of liberalism, from the right to self-rule to protection of privacy to freedom of religion. It contributes to mass incarceration and racial subordination. And it costs billions of dollars per year--all without advancing public health. Yet, in hundreds upon hundreds of cases, courts have allowed the war to proceed virtually unchecked. How could a set of policies so draconian, destructive, and discriminatory escape constitutional curtailment? Author David Pozen provides an authoritative, critical constitutional history of the drug war, casting new light on both drug prohibition and U.S. constitutional development.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:10 pm
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Book Discussions, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, The Constitution of the War on Drugs: A New Argument

Jazz | Jazz Improv Ensembles


All instrumental students at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music participate in small-group improvisation ensembles to foster individual musical creativity. Start Times: 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Jazz Improv Ensembles

Lecture | Canary in a Coal Mine: Lessons from the Mixing of Art and Industry in Socialist Poland


In July of 1971, experts in diverse fields (artists; scientists; sociologists) convened for a festival hosted by a coal mine in southwest Poland. Though the mine was operational at the time, this could not be guessed from the event’s visual record, from which workers, machinery, and the activity of work are conspicuously absent. This talk uses a diary by the festival’s commissioner to reconstruct its participants’ vexed debates over their rapport with local workers and over their own uneasy proletarian status. The festival is evaluated as proof-of-concept for a campaign in the 1960-70s to build bridges between industry and the arts, in part in order to socially integrate intellectual and working classes. The event’s internal contradictions preview problems that would be this campaign’s undoing, making the event a canary in a coal mine for dysfunction troubling the socialist dream of class unity. Speaker Eliza Rose is Assistant Professor and Laszlo Birinyi Sr. Fellow of Central European Studies at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Canary in a Coal Mine: Lessons from the Mixing of Art and Industry in Socialist Poland

Lecture | Eisenstein's Red Thread: A Genealogy of the Strike Film (in-person and online)


The 1920s witnesses the emergence of the feature-length strike film as a world cinema form. This talk examines the formidable impact of Sergei Eisenstein's Strike (1925) on this untheorized corpus of global filmmaking. Not merely a topic -- i.e., a representation of strikes on screen -- the strike film is a struggle by filmmakers over how to apprehend collective resistance through the specific affordances and contradictions of cinema as a medium, artform, and technology. This talk examines the afterlives and afterimages of Strike on its global successors into the contemporary period, with a particular inflection point in the militant political cinemas of the 1960s-1970s in Latin America, where Eisenstein's impact was arguably at once most profound and most eccentric. It zeroes in on three key problems of this genealogy: narration (a problem of duration, episode, and denouement in recounting the strike); montage (indexing the labor of the "filmworker," a proxy for the withheld labor of striking workers) and collectivity (of both workers on strike and the viewing public). In the process, I argue that reading Eisenstein as a "red thread" also offers non-stagist and non-diffusionist models for understanding both the strike film and world cinema more broadly. Speaker Sarah Ann Wells is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Lectures, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Eisenstein's Red Thread: A Genealogy of the Strike Film (in-person and online)

Discussion | Democracy on the Brink: Is the Press Up to the Task?


This event will consider how journalists are handling one of the most consequential presidential campaigns in American history. With November’s election looming, controversy has swirled in the media sphere about such issues as objectivity, impartiality, framing of stories and the line between opinion and news. An all-star panel will explore one of the pressing journalism questions of the moment. Margaret Sullivan, the Newmark Center’s executive director, will moderate a discussion among journalist/historian Garrett Graff, New York Times national politics reporter Astead Herndon and Vox editor in chief and publisher Swati Sharma. They'll explore all the angles and take questions from the audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Democracy on the Brink: Is the Press Up to the Task?

Classical Music | Piano Works by George Gershwin and More (In Person AND Online!)


Baron Fenwick, Piano. Program Elliott Carter (1908-2012), Catenaires Aidan Gold, A Musical Game of Musical Life Jonathan Dawe (b. 1965), Quatre geographies Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b. 1939), Lament for Cello and Piano George Gershwin (1898-1931), Rhapsody in Blue
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Concerts, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Piano Works by George Gershwin and More (In Person AND Online!)

Film | Edward Scissorhands (1990) Directed by Tim Burton, Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder


A scientist builds an animated human being — the gentle Edward. The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg's teen daughter. However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward's hands make him an outcast. Director: Tim Burton Cast: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price, Alan Arkin Tim Burton is an American filmmaker, animator, and artist. Known for pioneering goth culture in the American film industry, Burton is revered for his fantasy, horror, and romantic films. These include Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Corpse Bride (2005), and more. Johnny Depp is an American actor and musician. He is the recipient of multiple accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for three Academy Awards and two BAFTA awards. Winona Ryder is an American actress. Originally playing quirky roles, she rose to prominence for her more diverse performances in various genres in the 1990s. She has received many accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, as well as nominations for a Grammy Award and two Academy Awards.
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Films, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Edward Scissorhands (1990) Directed by Tim Burton, Starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder

Film | Pickpocket (1959): French Drama


Michel passes the time by picking pockets, careful to never be caught despite being watched by the police. His friend Jacques may suspect, while both men may have their eyes on Jeanne, the pretty neighbor of Michel's ailing mother. Director: Robert Bresson Stars: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri 76 min. Followed by a discussion with Robert B. Pippin of the University of Chicago.
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Films, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Pickpocket (1959): French Drama

Lecture | Blackbeats: Cubism Reimagined


Richard J. Powell of Duke University rethinks the art of Cubism through the historical and aesthetic lens of African American art. Artists such as Dudley Murphy, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Mickalene Thomas, and Nina Chanel Abney use angular and fractured forms that resonate with the cultural effects of ragtime, jazz, hip-hop, and other Black performing arts traditions. They plumb Cubism's strategies and theoretical formations, weighing the value of universal signs and imaging systems and probing art's contested identities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Lectures, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Blackbeats: Cubism Reimagined

Discussion | Russian Musicals


Over the past two decades, Russia has witnessed a surge in the production of musicals. Alexander Zhurbin will focus on a number of contemporary Russophone musicals such as Peter the Great and The Mousetrap, Anna Karenina, A  Little Night Music, and Dead Souls, among many others. In conclusion Zhurbin will introduce his latest production Dibbuck based on Yiddish folklore. Alexander Zhurbin is one of the most important Russian composers of his generation. His music is widely performed all over the former Soviet Union, Europe, Canada and the United States. He composes in a wide range of forms and styles: from symphonies to pop music, from chamber music to “new wave,” from operas and ballets to movie scores and music for the theater.
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Discussions, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Russian Musicals

Discussion | Silence No More: Perspectives on Black Ecologies


This event seeks to deepen our understanding of the contestations of the ecological-spiritual practices that Black cultures on both sides of the Atlantic have faced since the beginning of the colonial era with respect to African environmental knowledges and ecological relationships. With: Professor Saudi Garcia – Afro-Caribbean Queer Feminist & Anthropologist. Professor William Narteh Gblerkpor – Ghanaian Anthropological Archaeologist, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. Professor Alex A. Moulton – Black Geographer, Ecological Justice, and Political Ecology. Hunter College, NYC.
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Discussions, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Silence No More: Perspectives on Black Ecologies

Lecture | Before and After Babel


This lecture will describe what occurred, explaining why people stopped writing cuneiform and started using alphabets instead. Around 1300 BCE, anyone in the Near East who wished to be considered an intellectual wrote in the Babylonian language and its cuneiform script. Yet 500 years later, individuals throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, including Israel and Greece, expressed themselves in vernacular languages using a multitude of scripts. This lecture by Professor Marc Van De Mieroop, Miriam Champion Professor of History at Columbia University and Director of its Center for the Ancient Mediterranean Center, describes what occurred, explaining why people stopped writing cuneiform and started using alphabets instead.
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Before and After Babel

Lecture | Forced Evictions, Memory, and Hope: The Story of District Six, Cape Town


Dr. Joe Schaffers (District Six Museum) delivers the lecture. Prior to the 1950s, Cape Town was one of the least racially segregated cities in sub-Saharan Africa, but all that changed in dramatic fashion under the apartheid system (1948-1994). In this lecture, Dr. Schaffers tells the story of what happened to the people of District Six, an extraordinarily vibrant and diverse neighborhood in the heart of Cape Town that was destroyed by apartheid. From 1966 to 1984, the District Six community was torn apart following the declaration of apartheid urban planners that it would become an area for the “sole occupation of the white race group.” This policy was implemented in order to turn valuable urban land to more profitable uses and to realize the apartheid dream of turning the central city into a White city serviced by cheap Black labor that would, under no circumstances, be allowed to live and play in that white city. Informed by Dr. Schaffers’ lived experience and 25 years of experience as an educator in the District Six Museum, he elaborates what happened to more than 60,000 residents of color who were forced out of their homes in District Six. It discusses how displaced people attempted to rebuild their lives as they were scattered among so-called “colored townships”, miles away from District Six and from each other, and as their history and identity was taken away from them. Dr. Schaffers places strong emphasis on the importance of memory, community, and hope to human well-being in the face of massive dispossession, inequality and suffering. Schaffers also discusses the prolonged process of land restitution claims post-1994 in South Africa’s fractured democracy. The story of District Six is unfinished, and he offers his thoughts on what a socially just Cape Town might look like.
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Lectures, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Forced Evictions, Memory, and Hope: The Story of District Six, Cape Town

Conference | Italian Lyric Poetry: Perspectives and Interactions


The conference presents papers by a group of doctoral students from various American universities who deal with the works of poets from Guido Cavalcanti, Dante, Michelangelo, Tasso, Foscolo, and Leopardi up to Campana and Luzi. While their approaches are different, all the studies indicate a propensity to read poetry by establishing stratified associations with diverse disciplines. They open a relational space in which medieval, modern, and contemporary lyric poetry interacts with philosophy (Aristotle and Aristotelianism, Neoplatonism: Plotinus; Vico, and Hegel), history, and ethnology. The renewed interest in lyric poetry recently expressed by younger scholars does not fully explain or motivate their interpretations and methods. Rather, what emerges from their readings is the result of a more specific, focused attempt to activate a challenging interaction between the emotional-sentimental sphere and the intellectual-erudite.
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Conferences, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Italian Lyric Poetry: Perspectives and Interactions

Classical Music | Ensemble Works by American Composers


Mannes American Composers Ensemble presents works by iconic American composers.
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Concerts, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Ensemble Works by American Composers

Classical Music | Viola Works


David Aaron Carpenter, viola.
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Concerts, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Viola Works

Classical Music | Oboe Works by Mozart, Saint-Saens, and More (In Person AND Online!)


Jacks Pollard, Oboe. Program Howard Hanson (1896-1981), Pastorale, Op. 38 Pavel Haas (1899-1944), Suite for Oboe and Piano, Op. 17 Mozart (1756-1791), Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D Major, Op. 166
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, April 01, 2024, 04/01/2024, Oboe Works by Mozart, Saint-Saens, and More (In Person AND Online!)
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Haydn and More at a Landmark Venue

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Play | A Play About a Famous Artist

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