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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 5, 2024?

29 free events take place on Friday, April 5 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 5 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, April 5, 2024

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free events nyc The Four Realms of Existence: A Fresh Look at the Science of What and Who We Are
free events nyc Works by Thelonious Monk and More for Saxophone and Guitar
free events nyc Orlando: My Political Biography (2023): Interpreting Virginia Woolf
free events nyc Afro-Cuban Group's Joyous Sounds
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Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Tai Chi

Symposium | Permission to Speak Freely? Managing Public Employee Speech in a Democracy


A symposium examining the speech rights of public employees—and the threats they face  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Permission to Speak Freely? Managing Public Employee Speech in a Democracy

Conference | Weaving Words, Sculpting Sentiments: Manipulating Emotions in Public Spaces of the Ancient Mediterranean (in-person and online)


Emotions play a large role in even basic decision-making, as recent research continues to demonstrate. Fear, sadness, pride, guilt, shame, awe, joy, and disgust all inform our decisions and influence our participation in social movements. Emotional responses can arise from our relationships with other people, impacted by their own decisions that affect us, but also from our relationship with institutions. For various reasons, these institutions often manipulate emotional responses across the entire public through rhetoric, iconography, space, religion, or architecture.  This conference, will explore the interplay in antiquity between the manipulation of emotions through public displays (written, spoken, material, or visual mediums) and the collective or individual responses to these manipulations. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Weaving Words, Sculpting Sentiments: Manipulating Emotions in Public Spaces of the Ancient Mediterranean (in-person and online)

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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Tours, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Symposium | Don't Jive Me: Gender and Jazz


A day-long symposium focusing on the impact gender has had on the way we think about, discuss, and perform jazz. Roundtable panels feature distinguished scholars Rebeca Muñoz Garcia, Tammy Kernodle, Kelsey Klotz, Sherrie Tucker, and Christi Jay Wells as well as renowned professional musicians Sasha Berliner, Courtney Bryan, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Sumi Tonooka. The symposium will conclude with a keynote presentation by University of California professor emerita Angela Davis.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Don't Jive Me: Gender and Jazz

Festival | First Friday: Exhibitions, Tours, Workshops, Performances


Explore the museum's exhibitions and attend a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, First Friday: Exhibitions, Tours, Workshops, Performances

Symposium | New Directions in Fashion Research


This symposium will focus on new avenues of study in the interdisciplinary field of fashion. Scholars, curators, and collectors will explore topics such as practice-based research, collecting practices, theories and methodologies, and the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in fashion education.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, New Directions in Fashion Research

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Adult Zumba

Symposium | Light + Justice Symposium 2024: Interior Spaces (in-person and online)


A symposium to explore how indoor lighting quality—especially in public facilities—is generally neglected for marginalized, under-resourced, and vulnerable occupants. Everyone deserves good lighting and beneficial darkness, especially indoors, where most of us spend most of our time. Good lighting is an investment in occupant satisfaction, well-being, and productivity. This hybrid event is an opportunity for lighting professionals to recognize inequities that can perpetuate inequitable indoor lighting for vulnerable occupants, including people of color, the aging, the impaired, and the incarcerated. Panels including experts in lighting, design, and community engagement will be featured to discuss both the challenges and benefits of addressing these systemic inequities as an industry and offer case studies that engage these communities to provide equitable, quality lighting for neglected interior spaces and vulnerable occupants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Light + Justice Symposium 2024: Interior Spaces (in-person and online)

Discussion | “If not us, then who?”: Understanding Ukrainian Civilians’ Engagement in the War Effort Since February 2022


Following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, analysts and observers around the world were shocked and surprised that Ukraine did not fall in a matter of days or weeks. Instead people across the country resisted with both military and civilian means, halting the Russian advance. Surveys indicate that over 80% of the Ukrainian population contributed to the war effort in some way (e.g. Onuch et al 2022, 2023), suggesting that Ukrainian civilians have made a crucial, if hard-to-quantify, contribution to Ukraine’s continued resistance. However, scholarship on civilian wartime engagement more broadly tends to focus on decisions to join the military or to flee following the onset of conflict – meaning that our understanding of how and why civilians mobilise in non-combatant roles is limited. Drawing on recent fieldwork conducted in Ukraine, this talk discusses the diverse roles Ukrainian civilians are playing in the war effort and what motivates this engagement, particularly in parts of Ukraine most acutely impacted by the war. The discussion will also contextualize this engagement in Ukraine’s longer history of civilian mobilization, based upon Emma’s doctoral research into mass mobilization in Ukraine prior to 2022.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, &ldquo;If not us, then who?&rdquo;: Understanding Ukrainian Civilians&rsquo; Engagement in the War Effort Since February 2022

Master Class | Adult Community Choir


Come and experience the joy of singing! This beginner, non-auditioned group welcomes all who love to sing. You will learn healthy singing habits, warmups, and how to find your own voice as you sing with a group. The class will sing and study music of many styles and genres like jazz, Latin, soul, choral, gospel, folk, and music from around the world. Everyone is welcome; no experience necessary!  The class will culminate with a final public performance.  Classes will meet Fridays, March 1st - May 10th from 12pm-1:15pm. The final performance date is May 17th at 12pm. Registration is required, and class size is limited. Participants should plan to attend all sessions. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Adult Community Choir

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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Concerts, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Film | Dumb Money (2023) with Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, America Ferrera, Seth Rogen, and More


Everyday people flip the script on Wall Street and get rich by turning GameStop into one of the world's hottest companies. In the middle of everything is Keith Gill, a regular guy who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock. When his social media posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets wealthy — until the billionaires fight back and both sides find their worlds turned upside down. Director: Craig Gillespie Cast: Paul Dano, Pete Davidson, Vincent D'Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan. Shailene Woodley, Seth Rogen Paul Dano is an American actor. He gained wider recognition for playing a troubled teenager in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). For his portrayal of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy (2014), he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2018, he starred as a convicted murderer in the Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Pete Davidson is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He started doing standup in 2013 before being hired as cast member on the NBC late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live for eight seasons from 2014 to 2022. America Ferrera is an American actress, director and television producer. She has received numerous accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to a nomination for an Academy Award. In 2007, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world and in 2023, she was named in BBC's 100 Women list. Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, comedian and filmmaker. He had leading roles in Judd Apatow's comedies Knocked Up (2007) and Funny People (2009). Rogen and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, co-wrote the films Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), The Green Hornet (2011) and This Is the End (2013), and directed This Is the End and The Interview (2014), all of which starred Rogen. He also starred in the FX on Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy (2022) for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Dumb Money (2023) with&nbsp;Paul Dano, Pete Davidson,&nbsp;America Ferrera,&nbsp;Seth Rogen, and More

Book Discussion | The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos (online)


Mark Chiusano discusses his new book, the stranger-than-fiction story of U.S. Representative George Santos, told in full for the first time by the dogged Long Island reporter who has been on his trail since 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos (online)

Discussion | Israel 2024 and Beyond: Two Voices (online)


A conversation with two recognized Jewish thought leaders, Peter Beinart and Rabbi David Wolpe. Peter Beinart is Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY. He is also Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, an MSNBC political commentator, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He served as Editor of The New Republic and has written three books, including The Crisis of Zionism (2012). A graduate of Yale University, he did his graduate studies at Oxford University under a Rhodes scholarship. He writes the Beinart Notebook newsletter on Substack.com. Rabbi David Wolpe is the Max Webb Emeritus Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School. He has previously taught at UCLA, Hunter College, Pepperdine, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the inaugural Rabbinic Fellow for the Anti-Defamation League. Wolpe was named “The Most Influential Rabbi in America” by Newsweek. He is author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Israel 2024 and Beyond: Two Voices (online)

Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation

Book Discussion | The Four Realms of Existence: A Fresh Look at the Science of What and Who We Are


Author Joseph LeDoux is an American neuroscientist whose research is primarily focused on survival circuits, including their impacts on emotions such as fear and anxiety. LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at New York University, and director of the Emotional Brain Institute.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, The Four Realms of Existence: A Fresh Look at the Science of What and Who We Are

Poetry Reading | 3 Poets Read Their Work


With Adrienne Chung, Lisa Olstein, and Rachel Zucker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, 3 Poets Read Their Work

Concert | Indie Soul Singer-Songwriter


Rebecca McCartney is a born and raised New Yorker who makes her life as an indie soul singer songwriter. Known for her reflective, endearing lyrics and magnetic live performances, McCartney has released two solo EPs that conjure the grit and warmth of a lifelong musician raised in the energy of an ever-changing city. She fuses genres from jazz to folk to indie rock to make music that bursts at the seams with soul, joy, and reflection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Indie Soul Singer-Songwriter

Opening Reception | Arthur Jafa: Black Power Tool and Die


New work by Los Angeles–based artist Arthur Jafa (b. 1960). Lauded for his achievements as a filmmaker and cinematographer as well as a visual artist, Jafa has developed an incisive, chameleonic practice, through which he seeks to unravel the cultural significance and strictures ascribed in tandem upon Black existence in the Western world. Spanning the length of the gallery will be a site-specific installation—a plexiglass structure that Jafa refers to as a “picture unit”—whose interior will be covered from floor to ceiling in the artist’s characteristically potent imagery, drawing the viewer through its labyrinthine halls. Jafa has also created new paintings, sculptures, and a new film, all of which will be installed around the gallery, their forms and colors reflected onto the picture unit’s exterior in a charged and destabilizing kind of visual doubling.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Arthur Jafa: Black Power Tool and Die

Lecture | An Update on U.S.-Cuba Relations in a Multipolar World


Speaker: Ernesto Soberon Guzman, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, An Update on U.S.-Cuba Relations in a Multipolar World

Screening | Chinatown Labor: Short Films


Presenting films that document both the current plight of Chinese immigrants who continue to face exploitative labor practices in NYC as well as past and present examples of the significant power of organizing for change, this screening intends to expand on the importance of historical precedent in understanding contemporary experience which, in part motivated this re-presentation of the Color Photographs from the New Deal exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Screenings, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Chinatown Labor: Short Films

Classical Music | Violin Works by Beethoven and More


Valerie Kim, violin. Program Janacek (1854-1928), Sonata for Violin and Piano Nicky Sohn, Whispers on a Sleepless Night Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata No. 9 "Kreutzer" for Violin and Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Orlando: My Political Biography (2023): Interpreting Virginia Woolf


Academic virtuoso turned filmmaker Paul B. Preciado's Berlin Film Festival award-winning documentary tells his and others' stories of transition through unique reenactments and visual interpretations of Virginia Woolf's Orlando: A Biography. Director: Paul B. Preciado 98 min. Followed by a discussion with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Films, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Orlando: My Political Biography (2023): Interpreting Virginia Woolf

Lecture | A Trip to Three Greco-Persian War Battlefields: Marathon, Thermopylae, and Plataea (online)


Speaker: Dr. Alexander Stavropoulos, Kingsborough Community College
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, A Trip to Three Greco-Persian War Battlefields: Marathon, Thermopylae, and Plataea (online)

Jazz | Works by Thelonious Monk and More for Saxophone and Guitar


Lisa Parrot, saxophone; and Jamie Fox, guitar, perform works by Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, and Don Cherry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Works by Thelonious Monk and More for Saxophone and Guitar

Concert | Afro-Cuban Group's Joyous Sounds


Juno Award-winning Afro-Cuban group Okan, led by singer-songwriters Elizabeth Rodriguez on violin and Magdelys Savigne on percussion, make joyous music that doesn't fit comfortably into any single genre pigeonhole. Their raucous drums, catchy hooks, and Spanish language lyrics suggest they might best be stashed alongside erstwhile collaborators Bomba Estereo or Lido Pimienta as "alterlatino," but their lavishly produced scores and inclination toward high-flying improvisation evoke jazz fusion. The Toronto-based combo's latest album, 2023's Okantomi, is an internationally charting showcase for their powerful harmonies, elevated musicianship, provocatively playful themes, and wide-ranging tastes. NPR's Alt Latino has named the Okantomi to be among the best music of 2023. Passionate advocates for freedom of expression, queer rights, and gender equality, Okan has also gained a reputation for making lifetime fans at their electrifying live performances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Afro-Cuban Group's Joyous Sounds

Performance | The Moving Memory Project: Performance Art


Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup and David Shenk present the Moving Memory Project, a festival devoted to memory and forgetting featuring an interactive audience gameshow ‘what we share’, the latest iteration of Nelson’s in-process performance piece Dea v.5.2, and post-performance discussion led by best-selling author, David Shenk Launched in 2019, The Moving Memory Project embodies its founders’ vision of bringing together artists, caregivers, and seniors to create a community of care surrounding issues connected to memory loss and destigmatizing the diagnosis of dementia, with the goal of raising awareness, to increase funding, until a cure is found. “Works like this can help the world think and talk about Alzheimer's in important new ways” says co-producer David Shenk, whose writings on Alzheimer's and dementia garnered him international acclaim as an authority on the subject.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, The Moving Memory Project: Performance Art

Master Class | Violin Master Class


Violin Master Class with Peter Schuhmayer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 05, 2024, 04/05/2024, Violin Master Class
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