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As a child actress, Lovato came to fame in Disney's Camp Rock.  As a pop singer, she has garnered top ten hits like "Heart Attack," "This Is Me" and "Skyscraper."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Concerts, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Demi Lovato, Singer and Actress
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As a solo artist, Loggins experienced a string of soundtrack successes, including an Academy Award nomination for "Footloose" in 1984. His early soundtrack contributions date back to the film A Star Is Born in 1976, and for much of the 1980s and 1990s, he was known as "The Soundtrack King".  Finally Home was released in 2013, shortly after Loggins formed the group Blue Sky Riders with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Concerts, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Kenny Loggins, Oscar-Nominated Singer-Songwriter
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
City Walk |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
Tour |
Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, New York One-Day Tour
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It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park! The original plan for the City of New York, laid out by the City Commissioners in 1811 did not include the park. But as the city grew rapidly in size, we needed a place for New Yorkers to get a breath of fresh air! Central Park, with its 843 acres of meadows, lawns, ponds, lakes and more, was the solution. Today it is one of the best-known parks in the world and is enjoyed by millions-both locals and tourists alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Central Park All-in-One Tour
Workshop |
Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends! All players welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Bridge Club
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A fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of Salsa, Merengue, Hip-Hop and more. Enthusiastic Instruction creates fun community of dancers who learn new dance steps each week. Bring your friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Zumba Gold Workshop
Lecture |
Taught by renowned Shakespeare scholar Bob Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Lectures, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Shakespeare: An In-Depth Exploration
Workshop |
Dive into the world of Nintendo on the 2017 Summer of Play Tour. Play games that offer social competitive fun together with family and friends and snap photos in front of colorful visuals full of characters like Mario and the Inklings from the Splatoon™ series. Choose from a wide variety of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games from beloved franchises.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Nintendo Summer of Play
Poetry Reading |
Poet and author Joshua Bennett will use the park as his stage. The poet’s work will come to life as he performs it amongst Josiah McElheny’s prismatic glass and painted wood structures. He will openly engage the public in interview-style performances, bringing his personal narrative as an artist into the light of the public sphere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Joshua Bennet performs his poetry
Tour |
Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban explorer, historian, and storyteller Justin Ferate. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour
Jazz |
Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination” (All Music Guide). Her five albums include Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, a solo piano session that seamlessly combines jazz, classical, and Brazilian music; and the liturgical jazz release, From This Place. Her brand new recording, Makes the Heart to Sing, features fourteen of her jazz hymn arrangements as performed by her trio.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Deanna Witkowski, Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Film |
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons. The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible. 133 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Peter Berg's Patriots Day (2016): The Boston Marathon Bombing
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular public spaces and tourist attractions in New York City. This depression-era commercial complex takes up over three full city blocks and is rich with history, public art, and art-deco architecture. Built by business mogul John D. Rockefeller Jr. with his own money, he instructed his team of designers and architects to build the most beautiful commercial complex of it’s kind in the world. That vision resulted in what is still one of NYC’s greatest treasures and gave rise to some of NYC’s favorite traditions including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the famous dance team the Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Rockefeller Center Tour
Film |
Stars: Will Smith, Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland. An affluent New York couple find their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is. 112 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Fred Schepisi's Six Degrees of Separation (1993): Adapted from the Stage
Film |
Stars: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway. A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions. 113 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Tay Garnett's The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946): Woman and Drifter Murder Husband
Film |
Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons. As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise. 128 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Gavin O'Connor's The Accountant (2016): Money Man
Festival |
Every Friday on the lawn, the park has a free picnic, featuring over 100 free blankets to borrow, lawn games, entertainment, and food vendors from the Hester Street Fair, with wine and beer also for purchase from ARK Restaurants. Each week, the park will bring to the picnic a theater, music, or dance production.   Every Friday from May 12 to September 1, 2017.                         Bryant Park Lawn in Bryant Park  Manhattan Directions to this location    Cost Free   Event Organizer Bryant Park Corp. Related Links Bryant Park Website Categories Accessible, Concerts, Dance, Art, Festivals, Games, Theater, Free Summer Concerts, Free Summer Theater, Food Additional Media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Festivals, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Friday Picnics in the Park
Concert |
Hip hop artists from New York City, Florida, Philadelphia and Detroit with special performances by Bobby Booshay, Justin credible, GB Breezy, Pete Colon, the Bomb Syndicate, Nashon Walker, TK the Artist, Journalist and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Concerts, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Hip hop music
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Emerging Music Festival returns for its third year with rising New York-based bands performing on one of the biggest stages of their young careers. Thousands of music lovers pack the park lawn for the city’s best new music, including indie rock, soul, R&B, singer-songwriter, and more. 6pm – Landlady – “brainy indie rock, offbeat rhythms, jazzy interludes and hooky choruses” (Washington Post) describe sounds made by Adam Schatz’s art pop band 7pm – Mail the Horse – “sun-baked indie rock” (Pop Matters) influenced by The Rolling Stones at their easiest and twang-iest 8pm - Luke Elliot – “a force to be reckoned with” (No Depression), Elliot’s music is regularly compared with the dark ballads of crooners Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits 9pm - 79.5 (pictured) – “honeyed vocalists, street flautists, and psych guitarists” (The New Yorker) make up this infectious seven-piece 21st-century disco band Between sets, attendees can play giant lawn games, learn to juggle, and purchase food and beverages from local vendors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, The Emerging Music Festival
Dancing |
An evening of the not-to-be-missed “authentic Buenos Aires Tango”. Make friends or dance while enjoying tango music, stories, and an instructional class. All are welcome!  
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dancings, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Tonight We Dance: Tango in the Park
Workshop |
Learn a new strategy game and discuss tactics at socials focused on tactical games like King of Tokyo, Shadows over Camelot, Forbidden Island, Alhambra, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Strategy Game Social
Dance Performance |
Join various local companies for dance performances and lessons of different movement styles. Harlem Dances events take place on the third Friday of each month from May through August. Today: Fusha Dance Company - dance, drum, and culture from Africa and the Diaspora.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Dance Performances, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Harlem Dances: Fusha Dance Company
Musical |
The musical pits a Catholic school girl and a subway conductor against a Monster Puppet as they fight for the health and safety of all New Yorkers, the civil rights of America and finally, the future of our planet. This is the story of the awakening of America's true Patriots to do battle with the Monster of Apple Pie fascism and the Pumpkin Head of state, whose mission lies in golf courses and hotels, Russian dances, corporate princes and the power of money.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Musicals, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Checks and Balances or Bottoms Up!: rip-roaring musical
Play |
Shakespeare's history play, produced by The Hudson Warehouse which presents classical plays in modern settings. Known as "The Other Shakespeare in the Park," the company was founded in 2004 by Nicholas Martin-Smith July 27 – Aug 20, Thursday through Sunday nights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Pay-what-you-can admission policy
Plays, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Shakespeare's Henry V
Dance Performance |
Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today the Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people.  The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding dancers and choreographers to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance, Paul Taylor, Mary Anthony, Elizabeth Streb and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, The 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival
Book Reading |
In a moving and detailed history, Michael Deibert, who has spent two decades reporting on Haiti, chronicles the heroic struggles of Haitians to build their longed-for country in the face of overwhelming odds. Based on years of interviews with Haitian political leaders, international diplomats, peasant advocates, gang leaders, and hundreds of ordinary Haitians, Deibert’s book provides a vivid, complex, and challenging analysis of Haiti’s recent history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Michael Deibert discusses his book Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History
Concert |
Friday nights mean great local music on the pier. Hear some of NYC’s best local artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Max Gallico & Friends
Jazz |
Solomon Hicks is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Swing and Blues Night with Guitarist Solomon Hicks
Play |
The Bard's tragedy of power and treacherous ambition comes to life in a panoramic outdoor professional production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, New York Classical Theatre presents Shakespeare's Macbeth
Comedy Club |
Featuring: comedian /actor Bob Greenberg
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour
Film |
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. 127 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Films, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures (2016): 3 Oscar Nominations
Film |
Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue. A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. 126 min. Free Popcorn. Beverages and snacks available for purchase. Movie begins at dusk (around 8:30pm).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 pm
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Films, August 18, 2017, 08/18/2017, John G. Avildsen's The Karate Kid (1984): Oscar-Nominated Classic
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Staged Reading | Operetta by an iconic playwright

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Classical Music | Piano works by Debussy, Chopin and more

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