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59 free events take place on Thursday, April 4 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 4 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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59 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, April 4, 2024

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free events nyc Oscar Winner Hamlet (1948) Directed by and Starring Laurence Olivier
free events nyc Flute Works by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Robert Schumann, and More (In Person AND Online!)
free events nyc Mingus (1968): documentary
free events nyc The Concept of World-Alienation in Twentieth Century German Thought
free events nyc Comic Writers for Marvel, DC, and More in Conversation About the Roles Women Play in Shaping the World of Comics
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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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Tours, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Tour of New York City Hall

Discussion | Artist Talk: Collaboration and Listening (online)


Artist Gauri Gill joins curator Roma Patel to explore her embrace of collaborative partnership—an active relationship between subject, spectator, and photographer. Throughout her practice, Gauri Gill has worked with her subjects in the documentation of their experiences. Documenting Adivasi people in coastal Maharashtra, farmers in Punjab, and migrants in America, Gill uses photography as a powerful tool to give a platform to those rendered voiceless by the state, media, and society. She believes in working with and within her community, using a methodology she calls “active listening.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Artist Talk: Collaboration and Listening (online)

Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Let’s End Ageism (online)


Author and activist Ashton Applewhite explores the roots of ageism; how it manifests in the workplace, home, media and fashion; and what we can do to make discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind of bias. Moderated by Amy Stein-Milford, Director of Onsite and Special Programs at DOROT.
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Talks, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Let&rsquo;s End Ageism (online)

Film | Oscar Winner Hamlet (1948) Directed by and Starring Laurence Olivier


British made Oscar-winning film of the Shakespearean tragedy about the Danish prince who seeks vengeance when his uncle usurps the throne by killing his father and marrying his mother. In contemplating his revenge he becomes depressed and is thought to be mad, possibly for the love of Ophelia. Upon investigation, Hamlet proves it's not about her by sending her away. Director: Laurence Olivier Cast: Laurence Olivier Laurence Olivier was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, was one of a trio of male actors who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. For his on-screen work he received two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. The National Theatre's largest auditorium is named in his honor, and he is commemorated in the Laurence Olivier Awards, given annually by the Society of London Theatre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Oscar Winner Hamlet (1948) Directed by and Starring Laurence Olivier

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.
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Workshops, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Lecture | Negotiating Diversity in Expanded European Public Spaces (in-person and online)


The question of diversity and integration has occupied public debates, political agendas and social sciences for decades. In Europe, an important issue pertains to the settlement of post-immigrant ethno-religious groups, along with the expression and organization of collective identities; claims for participation/representation and recognition; the role of religion in public space; and the increasing influence of diaspora and transnational politics. The point of departure is that these questions cannot be properly addressed without at the same time taking into account the multilevel character of the European public space they unfold within, the multiple characters of the groups (some identified by national origins, others by religion etc.) and the multiple modes of integration. Speaker: Riva Kastoryano
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Lectures, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Negotiating Diversity in Expanded European Public Spaces (in-person and online)

Lecture | The Brain-Body Energy Conservation Model of Aging (in-person and online)


Speaker: Martin Picard, Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, The Brain-Body Energy Conservation Model of Aging (in-person and online)

Master Class | Violin Master Class


Violin Master Class with Peter Schuhmayer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Violin Master Class

Lecture | Writing Fear: Literary Depictions of Musar Literature (online)


This lecture will address the connections between Musar and modern Hebrew literature in order to understand the formation of the emotion of fear and its presentation as a "none-emotion" in the beginning of Hebrew literature. It will examine how "obedience" was perceived in the formative moments of modern Hebrew literature, and the way in which a parodic portrait of the God-fearing man was created.  Speaker Tafat Hacohen-Bick is a scholar of modern Hebrew literature, specializing in the field of secularism and religion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Writing Fear: Literary Depictions of Musar Literature (online)

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.
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Classical Music | Music in Midtown: Bach & Others (in-person and online)


Pianist Roy Jennings performs with bass-baritone Kenneth Overton and mezzo-soprano Karmesha Peake. 
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Lecture | The Lodz Ghetto and the Kriminalpolizei: Jews, Neighbors, and Perpetrators in the Holocaust (online)


The German criminal police (Kriminalpolizei, or Kripo) maintained a permanent station in the Lodz ghetto, which over the four years of its existence imprisoned some 200,000 Jews. Responsible for stopping smuggling networks and for gathering information about hidden possessions inside and outside the ghetto, the Kripo relied heavily on local ethnic Germans, the so-called Volksdeutsche. These policemen exploited their prewar social networks in their investigations and carried out violent acts against Jews familiar to them. They deployed their Polish and Yiddish language skills in interrogations of suspects, and they used their knowledge of Jewish religious practices and local customs to spy on the Jews and later to evaluate their confiscated property. In this talk, Winson Chu focuses on how police records in Poland and survivor sources at YIVO enable a better understanding of such prewar connections with wartime perpetrators. By providing additional detail and context to existing accounts of ghetto experiences, this approach re-embeds Jews into interethnic relations in prewar Lodz and Nazi-occupied Poland and questions the common perception of the Lodz ghetto as “hermetically sealed.”
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Lectures, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, The Lodz Ghetto and the Kriminalpolizei: Jews, Neighbors, and Perpetrators in the Holocaust (online)

Classical Music | Baroque Works for Harpischord (In Person AND Online!)


Jonathan Salamon, harpsichord performs Baroque works.
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Baroque Works for Harpischord (In Person AND Online!)

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: 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm
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Film | The Color Purple (2023): musical period drama


Torn apart from her sister and her children, Celie faces many hardships in life, including an abusive husband. With support from a sultry singer named Shug Avery, as well as her stand-her-ground stepdaughter, Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood. Director: Blitz Bazawule Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Fantasia Barrino
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Jazz | One of Today's Leading Trombone Pioneers (in-person and online)


Dick Griffin is one of today’s leading trombone pioneers. In a career spanning over 50 years, he has performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz and Soul, as well as appearing with several symphony orchestras. A short list of the luminaries Mr. Griffin has worked with includes Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Heath, Lionel Hampton, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Isaac Hayes, Dionne Warwick and Sun Ra. An accomplished painter as well as composer/arranger, he has been honored by the NEA, BMI and others, and has released six albums as a leader
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Classical Music | Flute Works by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Robert Schumann, and More (In Person AND Online!)


Ruitong Qin, Flute. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Sarabande from Partita for Flute Solo in A Minor, BWV 1013 Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Three Romances, Op. 94 Andre Jolivet (1905-1974), Flute Concerto Vivaldi (1678-1741), Piccolo Concerto in C Major Guillaume Connesson (b. 1970), Le Rire de Sarai
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Flute Works by J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Robert Schumann, and More (In Person AND Online!)

Discussion | In Celebration of Dominican Cinema


Roundtable with directors Victoria Linares Villegas and Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias, moderated by Dominican singer-songwriter and writer Rita Indiana. This event celebrates recent achievements in contemporary Dominican arthouse and docu-fiction cinema..
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Discussions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, In Celebration of Dominican Cinema

Hike | Spring Wildflower Hike


Explore which plants are in bloom in our parks! Learn how to identify different species of flowers and pick up some botany basics on this engaging and educational hike.
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Lecture | The Highly Effective Irrationality of Science


Modern science has done amazing things: creating covid vaccines, sending humans to the moon, finding the ultimate nature of light. What makes it so powerful—and so different from the attempts to understand nature made by the philosophers and monks of old? Vaulting from Aristotle to gravitational waves, Michael Strevens argues that much of science’s power derives from an epistemic limitation that can only be understood as irrational. The paradigmatic scientist is a paradigmatic reasoner in many ways, but in at least one way, their perfection as a scientist lies in the deliberate cultivation of a gaping intellectual blind spot. Speaker: Michael Strevens, Professor of Philosophy
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Opening Reception | Constellation: Women's Invitational Small Works Show


This show brings together 49 artists working across metal, fiber arts, photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, mixed media and video to create a constellation of beliefs, attitudes and values as visualized by a range of established and emerging women artists from across the country and abroad. Small artworks exhibition provides a personal experience unmatched by bigger pieces and invites a different kind of interaction; demanding close scrutiny and fostering an intimate viewing experience. Small artworks challenge perception and provide entry into thinking about bigger subjects through the reward of a bantam detail or illuminating a larger understanding.
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Lecture | Putin’s Church Militant: Does It Matter, and Why?


The projection of imperial power through overtly religious pageantry, symbols and narratives has been a key element of Russia’s identity politics under Putin, informing not only the Kremlin’s aggressive international policies but also shaping in a distinctly messianic key the domestic perceptions of Russia’s global role. Professor Izmirlieva’s talk will explore the utility of the Russian Orthodox Church in this process and the significant transformations within the Orthodox sphere that facilitate the radical militarization of Russian society. Speaker Valentina Izmirlieva is the Director of the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies and Professor of Slavic Literatures at Columbia University.
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Film | Mingus (1968): documentary


Charles Mingus, jazz bassist and composer, performs, recites poetry, and talks about his life, work, racism, politics, aspirations. Footage includes Mingus being interviewed in his rented loft space in New York City with the company of his young daughter, followed by his publicized eviction; various performances in clubs and with an orchestra; Mingus and his wife strolling in New York City; Mingus with children in Central Park. Directed by Thomas Reichman
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Films, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Mingus (1968): documentary

Classical Music | Piano Works by Liszt, Robert Schumann, and More (In Person AND Online!)


Sarah Tuan, Piano. Program Liszt (1811-1886), "Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude" from Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S. 173 Jingting Zhu, Psaumes Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
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Poetry Reading | A Year of Last Things: Award-Winning Author's Poetry


Michael Ondaatje—Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient and other acclaimed works of fiction and memoir—as he reads from and discusses his new collection of poetry.
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Poetry Readings, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, A Year of Last Things: Award-Winning Author's Poetry

Opening Reception | Bhen Alan: Sometimes My Accent Slips Out


This show builds upon artist Bhen Alan’s ongoing investigation of the banig, an indigenous form of mat weaving in the Philippines that, for the artist, serves as a memory bank in the face of personal upheaval, new territories, and shifting cultural landscapes. Sometimes My Accent Slips Out parallels the practice of mat weaving with the sociolinguistic impact of migration and personal transformation. Alan reflects upon his own ancestry, contemplating the significance of the banig to everyday life, spirituality, and culture in the Philippines. These mats—which are used for sleeping, eating, gathering, rest, and ritual—serve as extensions of the individual self and collective heritage, as objects that mediate birth and death, celebration and mourning. They serve as a material legacy of resilience and community, with their forms and techniques passed down from weaver to weaver despite centuries of colonization, globalization, and foreign imposition. 
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Opening Receptions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Bhen Alan: Sometimes My Accent Slips Out

Film | Close-Up (1990): Iranian docufiction


While reading a novel by Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf on the bus, Ali Sabzian strikes up a conversation with a pretty girl, Mahrokh Ahankhah. When she tells him her family admires Makhmalbaf's work, Ali pretends to be the filmmaker to impress her. Becoming friendly with the Ahankhahs, Ali tells them he is preparing a new movie, but when they uncover his true identity, he is arrested for fraud. This film reenacts the true story of the incident, with Ali and the family playing themselves. Director: Abbas Kiarostami Cast: Hossain Sabzian, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Book Discussion | Full of Myself: A Graphic Memoir About Body Image


Siobhan Gallagher discusses her new book, a humorous and heartfelt graphic memoir details her journey from being anxious and unhappy to learning to love herself as she is.
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Book Discussions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Full of Myself: A Graphic Memoir About Body Image

Opening Reception | Les Lalanne: Zoophites


This show marks the 60th anniversary of the artists' first joint solo exhibition in Paris in 1964. Drawn entirely from the collection of Caroline Hamisky Lalanne, and curated by Paris-based art historian Paul B. Franklin, this exhibition features major works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne as well as rare examples of their collaborative sculpture.
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Opening Reception | Marc Ohrem-Leclef: Ulisse


Working with found materials dating back to the 1940s, with vernacular images and his original photographs, Ohrem-Leclef follows the migratory footpaths of collaborators, roads, ships, pieces of mail, and–most  viscerally–the pull of the water. From North Africa, Europe, Australia and America these pathways share a quest for belonging, driven by the push and pull of desire and memory: the desire to fulfill dreams and the memory of the people and places left behind.
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Opening Receptions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Marc Ohrem-Leclef: Ulisse

Opening Reception | Matthew Day Perez: Accumulation


Matthew Day Perez’s new body of work focuses on his interest in the mutability of material and ideas related to accumulation, piling, or collecting. Starting from detritus readily available in a glass studio each work is tethered by heat, time, and gravity to emboss, shape, or freeze particles into the glass. The formal aspect, the shape, is akin to a canvas to spread and mount material into form. Accumulation is defined as “the acquisition or gradual gathering of something.” Day Perez says that “it is sometimes slow and unrealized or, at times, fast and overwhelming; and that the new works are physical manifestations of accumulated and dispersed materials - used as metaphors for identity, skilling, growth, and mutability.”
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Opening Reception | Nature Speaks: Goup Exhibition


A group exhibition of paintings that depict the pristine beauty of the natural kingdom. The selection includes works on canvas, wood panel, and paper executed in oils and a variety of water-based media. Greens and blues dominate the palettes, whether found in the turquoise waters of the sea, the emerald foliage of the woods, or the parakeet and fern gradients of a hill, offering an immersive experience of tranquility. Roman god sculptures conjure visions of decadent gardens, perhaps in abandoned villas somewhere in the Italian countryside, where wildflowers and weeds reclaim their rightful ownership. Beautiful gardens, idyllic escapes graced with resplendent blooms, a black swan, the fonds of a willow tree in a park–everything celebrates the magnificence of the natural world. Even when present, human figures act out secondary roles, existing solely in correlation with their surroundings. Receding in the distant background, they stand as quiet observers. Free at last of its artificial counterpart, nature’s voice reverberates through the valleys, forests, skies, and oceans, unleashing its full healing power. At a loss for words, we bow to the infinite eloquence of the natural world and remain silent, for a change.
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Book Discussion | Portrait and Place: Photography in Senegal, 1840–1960


Giulia Paoletti's richly illustrated history of photography in one of the epicenters of African modernity
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Book Discussion | Tgirl.jpg: A Black Transgender Life


Sol Cabrini’s book is a complex verse collection following a Black transgender woman’s life over a decade, from teenage years to adulthood, from Chicago to New York, with hefty philosophical and existential quandaries expressed in the same dynamic, catchy, heartfelt, and challenging voice found in her music. Cabrini’s hip-hop background is fundamentally intertwined through her poetics, with poems transforming into songs and back again, aided by a series of QR codes that make the reader a listener and invite them into a tapestry of interactive word and sound.  This dynamic assortment of poetry, diaries, letters, and songs will take you on a strange journey from innocence to experience, exploring the intricate relationship between self-discovery, social involvement with the world, and personal development —from the perspective of a trans Woman of Color. Cabrini tells a contemporary story of resilience and struggle, reckoning with lineages while forging ahead into an avant garde realm of Afro-Surrealism and racial intersectionality. Tgirl.jpg is as powerful as it is fun. Discover a new favorite experimentalist in the fascinating Sol Cabrini. 
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Opening Reception | William N. Copley: LXCN CPLY


Drawing a thread through five decades of the artist's career, this show explores the artist's distinct alphabet of images. Focusing on a selection of exemplary paintings and drawings from the late 1940s through the 1990s, this exhibition will be the first to center the development of Copley's signature visual language.
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Opening Receptions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, William N. Copley: LXCN CPLY

Classical Music | Sigmund Dreams of the Earth, Plus Works by Messiaen and Adams (in-person and online)


Soprano Stacey Fraser and pianist Alastair Edmonstone present works dedicated to nature, transcendence, and the spiritual world. Works by Christopher Cerrone, Missy Mazzoli, Olivier Messiaen, Gabriel Ortiz, Sean Heim, John Luther Adams, and the world premiere of Sigmund Dreams of the Earth for piano and voice by Columbia University alumnus Huck Hodge, recent winner of the Charles Ives Living Award.
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Concerts, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Sigmund Dreams of the Earth, Plus Works by Messiaen and Adams (in-person and online)

Lecture | The Concept of World-Alienation in Twentieth Century German Thought


In the final part of The Human Condition (1958), Hannah Arendt turns to the danger of 'world-alienation'. Based on a variety of discoveries and evolutions that are constitutive of modernity (globalization, Protestantism, the invention of the telescope), modern man has adopted an Archimedean, external position vis-a?-vis the world. According to Arendt, this 'view from without' has gradually jeopardized the experience of a shared world, endangering the foundation of all meaning-giving activities. This talk can be considered as a reply to Arendt's pessimistic account of modern 'world-alienation'. It builds on the idea that some of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century (Ernst Ju?nger, Georg Luka?cs, Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Aby Warburg, Sigmund Freud) did not equate the loss of a shared world with the loss of meaning. Rather, the conceptual framework of a substantial part of early twentieth century German philosophy centers on the exploration of a productive opposition, negation or fragmentation of the world. From the perspective of these thinkers, the world's 'durability' (Arendt) is not simply a source of shared meaning since it can be experienced as the mark of its indifference to change and renewal. Speaker St?phane Symons is Full Professor of Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Leuven, Belgium.
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Lectures, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, The Concept of World-Alienation in Twentieth Century German Thought

Discussion | The Future of Affordable Housing in the US


An interactive debate and conversation with panelists Alexis Crow (Moderator), Partner and Global Head of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Geopolitical Investing practice; Alicia Glen, Founder and Managing Principal of MSquared; Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business; and Byron Carlock, former U.S. Real Estate Practice Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers and current board member of Accordant; Alicia Glen, Founder and Managing Principal of MSquared; and Stijn Van Nieuwerburgh, the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, we will explore key questions on the future of Affordable Housing in the US
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Talk | Vanished Mansions of Lower Fifth Avenue


Opened in 1823, Fifth Avenue originally vied with several other locations for social supremacy, including St. John’s Park, Lafayette Place, and Second Avenue. By the Civil War, Fifth had become “The Avenue” superseding all other addresses in which to flaunt you had arrived. In this talk, explore some of the early mansions constructed on Fifth Avenue below 14th Street in the years prior to achieving social victory. Only one of these early mansions – the Hawley Residence at 47 Fifth – still survives today in anything resembling original condition.
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Book Discussion | Flesh and Spirit: Confessions of a Young Lord


An intimate conversation between Felipe Luciano (poet and activist) and Bentley Brown on Luciano’s memoir which paints a vivid portrait of his life in New York City; chronicling a Black Puerto Rican man’s transformation from an incarcerated gang member to the Co-Founder of the Young Lords Party and The Last Poets.
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Book Discussion | Short War: Novel Told in Three Voices


Told in three distinct voices, Lily Meyer's novel brings together a rapturous teenage love story set in Chile, the hunt for the author of an eye-opening literary detective story, and a complex reckoning with American political intervention in South America.
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Film | Utama (2022): Survival in a Bolivian Drought


In the Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily life for years. During an uncommonly long drought, Virginio and Sisa face a dilemma: resist or be defeated by the environment and time itself. Director: Alejandro Loayza Grisi Stars: José Calcina, Luisa Quispe, Candelaria Quispe 87 min. In Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles Followed by a discussion with the director  
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Films, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Utama (2022): Survival in a Bolivian Drought

Talk | Architect Talk: Migrating Commons


The contemporary landscapes of increasing socio-economic, political, and environmental flux bring the shifting conditions and manifestations of "home" to the fore. Through selected recent projects of N H D M, the lecture will examine emergent notions and spaces of belonging, and explore the possibilities of new agentive futurity and communality in the milieu. Speaker Nahyun Hwang is an architect, educator, and founding principal of N H D M, an NYC-based practice for design and research in architecture and urbanism.
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Discussion | Artmaking/Writing As Timekeeping (online)


The exhibition, Rosemary Mayer: Words in Art are Signs Returned, presents the artist’s engagement with words and images as as a way of bridging, countering, and remaking linear time. For this program, curator Farren Fei Yuan and critic Tausif Noor have a conversation where they situate Rosemary Mayer in the avant-garde art scene of the 1960s-80s through a series of friendships she had with fellow women artists and poets Bernadette Mayer, Hannah Weiner, Adrian Piper, and Nancy Spero—a network of feminist solidarity despite differences. They discuss these artists’ shared preoccupation with dailiness and ephemerality, their sources, and the value of writing and artmaking as means of making alliances across time. The conversation also reflects on what it means to be “in” and “out” of time, imagining an expansive notion of “contemporaneity.”
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Discussion | Comic Writers for Marvel, DC, and More in Conversation About the Roles Women Play in Shaping the World of Comics


An insightful and empowering panel discussion with Amy Chu, Arielle Jovellanos, Soo Lee, and Amy Reeder, as they delve into the diverse and influential roles women play in shaping the world of comics. About the Speakers Amy Chu is a multi-genre writer for comics and animation. Her most recent graphic novel is Carmilla: The First Vampire (Dark Horse / Berger Books). For TV, she contributed to two seasons of the Netflix anime series DOTA: Dragon's Blood. At DC and Marvel, she has worked on popular characters such as Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Deadpool, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and Iron Man. Known for her contemporary run on the long running sword fantasy Red Sonja, she is also the first woman to write the KISS and Green Hornet series. Her graphic novels for children include Fighting to Belong!, Turning Red, Sea Sirens, Sky Island and Ana & the Cosmic Race. Arielle Jovellanos is a Filipina-American freelance illustrator, writer & comic artist based in NY. Her most recent illustrated project Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story came out in April 2023 from DC Comics' YA book line. Other works include Aggretsuko: Meet Her Friends (Oni Press), Black Star (Abrams Megascope), and Evil Thing: A Villains Graphic Novel (Disney-Hyperion). Soo Lee is a freelance comic artist and illustrator living in NYC. She is the illustrator and co-creator of the title Carmilla: The First Vampire and Carmilla: The Last Vampire Hunter. Amy Reeder draws and writes comics for all the big publishers in the industry and has been at it for over 15 years. You'll find her name at DC and Marvel in books like Batwoman, Madame Xanadu, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and Supergirl. She helped create the character Moon Girl, who will star in her own show on Disney this February. She also does creator-owned work, most notably Rocket Girl for Image Comics. Amy is known for her distinct characters, her kinetic action sequences, and her ability to tell a story. Currently, she's working on an unannounced romance graphic novel.
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Discussions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Comic Writers for Marvel, DC, and More in Conversation About the Roles Women Play in Shaping the World of Comics

Slide Lecture | Images of Kurdish Life


Alice Hendrickson has spent over twenty years creating woodcut prints depicting the lives of Kurds. Originally, she began drawing the resident Kurds and listening to their tales of life and their struggles. Compelled to create a witness to these tales, a body of woodcuts began to form. The Kurdish political party, now banned, presented her woodcut prints in both the Mesopotamian Culture Center in Istanbul and the Cigerxwîn Culture Center in Diyarbakir. In 2023, a Kurdish publishing company published the book Life in the East: Kurds with over 60 woodcut prints. Hendrickson has had shows of her artwork in New York City, Utah, Connecticut, the Philippines, and a major exhibition at the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.
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Lecture | The Royal Arts of Ancient Panama


In ancient times as in the contemporary world, Panama was the center of the Americas, a vital landscape that served as a nexus of intellectual and material exchange between North and South America and between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Ancestral artists from the Isthmus created astonishing painted ceramics and ornaments of cast and hammered metals, greenstone, marine shell, fragrant plant resins, and other materials. These works formed elaborate burial assemblages lavished upon important patrons in some of the richest entombments in the ancient world. The Royal Arts of Ancient Panama represents a long-term research and exhibition project reevaluating the art and archaeology of societies known as Gran Coclé (ca. AD 500-1100) in Central Panama, undertaken in partnership with Panamanian scholars and Indigenous knowledge holders. The collaborative international project aims to reveal new insights about distinct forms of governance in human societies, proposing a new model of divine kingship based on archaeological evidence and 16th-century observations by Spanish colonizers. After establishing the interpretive framework for Coclé artistic production as a courtly, royal practice, the project reconceptualizes the extraordinary forms and iconography of bodily regalia and the production and decoration of ceramic feasting vessels. This fresh take on Gran Coclé artistry also implicates the enduring legacies of U.S. imperialism and highlights contemporary cultural connections with the Indigenous descendants in Panama today. Speaker: James A. Doyle, Director, Matson Museum of Anthropology; Associate Research Professor of Anthropology and Affiliate Professor of Art History, Penn State University
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Discussion | Visionary Women of Modernist Design


A panel discussion featuring the esteemed New York-based design historian Marilyn F. Friedman, author of Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s, and the acclaimed Vienna-based historian Dr. Caroline Wohlgemuth, whose research has focused on the history of Viennese furniture design and the exile of Jewish architects and furniture designers from Vienna in 1938. Her book Mid-Century Modern; Visionary Furniture Design from Vienna was published by Birkh?user in 2022.
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Discussions, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Visionary Women of Modernist Design

Book Discussion | Just City: Growing Up on the Upper West Side When Housing Was a Human Right


Jennifer Baum's captivating memoir of New York’s Historic Upper West Side at a time when community and unity defined the neighborhood Step into the world of Just City and embark on a poignant journey to a time when ideals were woven into the very fabric of a neighborhood. Jennifer Baum’s evocative storytelling brings to life an era in New York City’s history where affordable housing wasn’t just a concept, but a reality that defined the essence of community. Within the pages of this captivating memoir, you’ll find yourself transported to the historic Upper West Side—a place where diversity flourished and a shared belief in the importance of a home for all bound the residents together. Through personal anecdotes and heartfelt accounts, Baum illuminates her own upbringing alongside the stories of those who shared her neighbor­hood. She describes how as an adult, she came to appreciate that being raised in an integrated collective was a unique and exceptional experience. As she moves around the world for school, a husband, and work, she tells the story of her search for a home that would embody the values and community she grew up with.
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Video | Messages from the Avant-Garde: Video and Film


A selection of video and film highlighting the exchange of avant-garde experimentation in New York and Japan during the 1960s and 70s.
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Poetry Reading | New Poetry


Tyree Daye was raised in Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the author of the poetry collections a little bump in the earth (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press, 2024), Cardinal (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), and River Hymns (American Poetry Review, 2017), winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. A Cave Canem fellow and a Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellow,
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Talk | The Art of Arthur Szyk


This talk will give attendees the opportunity to meet speaker  Irvin Ungar in-person and discuss Arthur Szyk and the class as a whole in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. In addition, Ungar will sign copies of his books on Arthur Szyk.
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Lecture | "Juden, Baptized and Unbaptized": Jewishness and Ferdinand Hiller's 'Israel's Siegesgesang' (online)


German composer Ferdinand Hiller (1811-85) lived and worked throughout a period of tumultuous change, marked by unprecedented movement (both geographic and socio-economic), active assimilation, and formalized emancipation for the Jews of German-speaking Europe. A piano prodigy and student of Hummel, he was a direct contemporary of Felix Mendelssohn, with whom he was personally and professionally close. Hiller, who was baptized at the age of 29, had a complex engagement with Jewishness and Judaism, which has thus been variously essentialized as a pervasive part of his identity to mere circumstance of birth, ignored and forgotten. Of several compositions explicitly engaging with Jewish texts, his 1840 oratorio, Die Zerst?rung Jerusalems, was a widely acclaimed success throughout Germany and beyond, whereas Hiller's eight-movement choral work, Israel's Siegesgesang, op. 151 (1871) had a more modest initial reception. This presentation shows how Hiller, by this point a well-established teacher and musical authority on the classical and early romantic traditions, used Psalm and other texts from the Hebrew Bible in Israel's Siegesgesang to reflect current political sentiment following the Battle of Sedan, which ended the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. Amanda Ruppenthal-Stein will trace this work's appearance from German-speaking Europe to English audiences in London, Cincinnati, Boston, and San Francisco, and finally in the 1897 edition of the Union Hymnal, showing how not only did Hiller clearly recognize his Jewish heritage and engage with it in varied ways throughout his life, but also the recognition of him as member of the broader Jewish community, regardless of his baptismal status.
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Lectures, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, "Juden, Baptized and Unbaptized": Jewishness and Ferdinand Hiller's 'Israel's Siegesgesang' (online)

Talk | Artist Talk: Beauty and Ecological Urgency


An evening with artist Joan Jonas, dedicated to her major work Moving Off the Land, commissioned by TBA21–Academy. Jonas will be in conversation with curator Ute Meta Bauer, co-curator (with Paul C. Ha) of Jonas’s acclaimed installation and performance They Come to us Without a Word in the United States Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Jonas’s long-term collaborator, marine biologist and CUNY professor David Gruber; TBA21 director Markus Reymann; and Danspace Project director Judy Hussie-Taylor. Their conversation will explore the genesis of Moving Off the Land, the research at its heart, and the way the artist conjured an aquatic universe of nonhuman creatures, mythological figures and real characters that is informed by stories of beauty and ecological urgency. The speakers will also revisit Jonas’s iconic performance of Moving Off the Land, which had its US premiere at Danspace Project in 2018.  
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Concert | Singer-Composer Mixes Caribbean, African and Indian Influences


Composer, performer and multiple Juno Award-nominated producer Alysha Brilla's sound and spirit is influenced equally by Toronto's vibrant Caribbean community, her musical father's Indian and East African heritage, and her mother's folk song heroes. Brilla's work is driven by a deep belief in music's power to transform ourselves and our world. Her songs weave together rhythmic global roots sounds with a flourish of esoteric lyricism, presenting an entire universe of music as healing medicine for the listener. As an openly queer artist, Brilla celebrates inclusion and universal space for belonging in the studio, onstage, and in her audience. Following extensive international touring, Brilla's experiences on the road find a fresh outlet in the energizing tracks on her latest LP, 2022's Circle, and her work as composer for Fawzia Mirza's film The Queen Of My Dreams. Buoyed by a distinctly powerful voice and unique melodies, Brilla's live show promises a memorable time.
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Concerts, April 04, 2024, 04/04/2024, Singer-Composer Mixes Caribbean, African and Indian Influences

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: Keenan Steiner - Comedy Central Philipp Kostelecky - European Comic in town Zahid Dewji - writer for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Drew Loryn - Doing Time podcast
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Beethoven and More (In Person AND Online!)


Valerie Kim, Violin. Program Leos Janacek (1854-1928), Violin Sonata, JW VII/7 Nicky Sohn, Whispers on a Sleepless Night Beethoven (1770-1827), Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
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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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