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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 21, 2018?

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 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! 45 free events take place on August 21 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out August 21 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 August . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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Tue, August 21, 2018
45 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 21, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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A morning class provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 am
Free
Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Tai Chi in the Park

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Improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination in this Taijiquan class open to beginner and experienced alike. This martial art, created in the 19th century in Beijing, China, is a gentle, non-impact exercise benefiting both body and mind. Practitioners Tina and Juan want you to join them in their practice—northern Wu style.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Tai Chi Class

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Improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination in this Taijiquan class open to beginner and experienced alike. This martial art, created in the 19th century in Beijing, China, is a gentle, non-impact exercise benefiting both body and mind. Practitioners Tina and Juan want you to join them in their practice—northern Wu style.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Tai Chi Class

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These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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Perfect your downward dog under the trees at the 16th season of outdoor yoga classes presented by KeVita. A colorful selection of mats is provided by Gaiam.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Yoga Outdoors

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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 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Zumba Gold Workshop

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Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney. 119 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Craig Gillespie's Oscar Winner I, Tonya (2017): Discgraced Skater Biopic

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From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States.  A majority of these nearly 360,000 men and women crossed in bondage.  Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex paper trail of genealogical research material.   After exhausting basic introductory resources, discover some recommended next steps in the pursuit of African-American family history.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, African-American family history Part II

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Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. Directed by John Curran. Starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms. 101 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Chappaquiddick (2018): the 1969 car accident

Jazz |


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. Bertha Hope is a jazz pianist, teacher, composer, and arranger.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

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Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. The program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Public Speaking

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Karl Jacoby, author of The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire and Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of Somebody’s Daughter, discuss the famous muckraking novel by Upton Sinclair.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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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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Tours, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Gallery Talk |


The exhibition explores the confluence of art, love, science, and religion in the extraordinary art of Orra White Hitchcock, one of America’s first female scientific illustrators. White exhibited a prodigious scientific mind and abundant artistic talent at an early age. The exhibition traces her development from schoolgirl projects to highly accomplished renderings of the natural scenery of the Connecticut River Valley used in her husband’s many geology publications. Less well known are colorful paintings on cotton—some more than twelve feet long—that were used to illustrate her husband’s many college lectures on geology, botany, zoology, and anatomy. A tour of led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Gallery Tour: Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863)

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Cast on al fresco with fellow enthusiasts and experts to guide your knits and purls. Swing by for free instruction from Knitty City, New York City’s favorite yarn community and store, and knit with fellow enthusiasts. Yarn and needles are provided. Classes are weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Knitting in the Park

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An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Southern Park Welcome Tour

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Learn how to create a professional resume. Please be prepared with job history, education, and other important information and bring it with you to the session along with a flash drive. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, How to write a Resume

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Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem-solving, and strategic planning – plus it’s fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Drop-In Chess

Concert |


Concerts present original music, hits from yesterday and today, and musical theater tunes with singer-songwriters who happen to be Broadway actors and composers. Tuesdays in August and September.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Broadway Buskers Concert

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Concerts present original music, hits from yesterday and today, and musical theater tunes with singer-songwriters who happen to be Broadway actors and composers. Tuesdays in August and September.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Broadway Buskers Concert

Staged Reading |


A young actress gets romantically involved with her controlling acting teacher and the lines between reality and fantasy blur. By Dan Evashevski.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Staged Readings, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, They Told Me to Use It: Acting Student's Passion

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The first step to breaking into the data science and analytics field is to have a great resume that tells your story eloquently. Kaiser Fung, a distinguished thought leader in data science and analytics provides professional help to enhance your resume from a seasoned hiring manager and acknowledged expert of visual story-telling.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lessons, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Resume Review Workshop

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Grab a team and join this weekly al fresco battle of the wits! Fun prizes go to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Teams must be 4 people or fewer. Hosted by TriviaNYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Tuesday Trivia

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Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm, and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Meditation at the Library

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Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice... Born into a world of wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all. A loving daughter to her father, a US senator, with her own ambitious career as a lawyer and a handsome fianc waiting for her in Baltimore, she has lived a charmed life. But when Avery returns to Aiken to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with May Crandall, an elderly woman she's never met before, leaves Avery deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about May's life will take her on a journey through a hidden history of stolen children and illegal adoption. A journey that will reveal a secret that could lead to devastation... or redemption. “One of the year’s best books.. It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel.” —The Huffington Post Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Please read the book before coming for the discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Lisa Wingate's  Before We Were Yours

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This Vinyasa style class is designed to unleash your inner warrior. Light meditation and a Vinyasa flow will help students focus on linking breath to movement, building strength and increasing flexibility; all while calming the mind and relaxing the body. This class is open to all level practitioners from beginner to expert yogi. Please bring your own mat & towel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Vinyasa Yoga

Talk |


Hosts of the podcast Two Beers In, Cody Lindquist and Charlie Todd chug two beers on stage and discuss the politics of the week with special guests.   They will be joined by Nell Scovell, the veteran TV writer, producer and director who has worked on shows ranging from The Simpsons to Late Night with David Letterman to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and produced. Her new memoir, Just the Funny Parts, offers an insider’s look at how pop culture gets made. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, TV writer from The Simpsons and comedic podcast hosts drink and talk politics

Park Walk |


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Guided 75-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Tuesdays and Saturdays, June 23 -September 29, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Dancing |


Things heat up when the sun goes down with Sunset Salsa! Salsa dancing led by Talia Castro-Pozo and friends. Beginner Salsa dance lessons from 6:30pm – 7:15pm; DJs start the party at 7:15pm. Tuesdays, July 10-August 28, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Sunset Salsa Dancing

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The year is 1935 and the Taft State Hospital is one of seven psychiatric facilities in the U.S. built exclusively to care for “insane and idiotic negroes,” where the homeless and downtrodden are housed alongside the criminally insane and diseased. Attius builds coffins at Taft Hospital, where he has been locked up for years, but when two new patients ask him to help them escape Attius dares to dream of a life beyond the hospital walls. Written by Terence Anthony.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Staged Readings, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, The House of the Negro Insane: Dreaming of Escape

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Veteran Donald Calliste leads exercises with varied tempos that send your body into fat-burning overdrive even after your workout is done. Please bring a mat. Every Tuesday from June 5-October 30, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, HIIT Workshop

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Stretch, breathe, and find your inner peace at evening yoga classes. Bring a mat and join an instructor from Sweet Water Dance and Yoga to strengthen your muscles while taking in views of the sunset on water. Every Tuesday from June 5-September 11, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Yoga in the Park

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Come to a beautiful park for a yoga class. This yoga class is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring your own mat and water. No class in case of rain. Every Tuesday from June 5-August 28, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Yoga in the Evening

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Bodyroll is a 90s-inspired dance aerobics class designed to tone, strengthen, and train your body with slammin' moves and bangin' grooves that will getchu looking (and feeling) suppa duppa fly! Tuesdays, August 7-September 25, 2018.                             The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside Park South Manhattan Directions to this location   Cost Free   Event Organizer Summer on the Hudson Contact Number 311
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Bodyroll Workout

Opening Reception |


At the beginning of 1968, the so-called rebuilding process began in Czechoslovakia. It was based on the utterly misconceived idea that the regime established and maintained by brutal methods can be democratized and humanized by moderate reforms. If successful, it would probably lead to the loss of the power monopoly of the Communist Party, the re-acquisition of full political sovereignty of Czechoslovakia, and, in its consequence, to the collapse of the Soviet bloc. An army of half-a-million soldiers of five Soviet bloc states - the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary and the German Democratic Republic - invaded the country with heavy military equipment including tanks. People were horrified and took to the streets to protest the occupants. The exhibition includes photographs by Vladimír Lammer, Libuše Kyndrová, Dagmar Hochová, Miloň Novotný, Jiří Všetečka, Miroslav Martinovský, Václav Toužimský, Jaromír Čejka, Bohumil Dobrovolský, Jiří Stivín, Gustav Aulehla, and Jan Reich, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, August 21, 1968: Photographs of the Crushing of the Prague Spring

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With: Christian Campbell Myronn Hardy Dawn Lundy Martin Michelle Whittaker
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, 4 poets read from their work

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Louis Hyman presents the untold history of the surprising origins of the "gig economy" -- how deliberate decisions made by consultants and CEOs in the 50s and 60s upended the stability of the workplace and the lives of millions of working men and women in postwar America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary

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Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded in a bizarre but momentous "Land Run" in 1889, when thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stake their claims. Since then, it has been a city torn between the wild energy that drives its outsized ambitions, and the forces of order that seek sustainable progress. Sam Anderson, former book critic for New York Magazine and now a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports reporting, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to tell the strange but compelling story of an American city whose unique mix of geography and history make it a fascinating microcosm of the democratic experiment.
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Author Readings, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, its Chaotic Founding...its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis
7:00 pm
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Musicals, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Sci-fi musical
7:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Improv comedy
8:00 pm
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Concerts, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, French chanson and jazz

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An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world. Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton 117 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.
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Films, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Steven Spielberg's The BFG (2016): Roald Dahl's Friendly Giant

Movie in a Park |


A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly 103 min. Free popcorn!  Movie starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Singin' in the Rain (1952): Musical with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor

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Take a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. Tuesdays, July 3-October 30, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Stargazing in the City

Comedy Club |


The Baby Shower Comedy Show sets out on a mission to elevate bar comedy shows in NYC and offer a better experience - specifically for date nights or for people who might not seek out comedy in NYC. They bring the audience a very intimate, special show every week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Baby Shower Comedy Show
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Performance | A science show!

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Play | A drama by award-winning author

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