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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 23, 2021?

16 free events take place on Monday, August 23 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 August 23 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!

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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16 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Monday, August 23, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Classical Music | Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 by One of The World's Leading Conductors (virtual, streaming until Aug 27)


Like other artists of the Stalin era, Shostakovich wrote many of his most impressive works under a totalitarian system. Stalin's negative reaction in 1936 to Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District had caused the composer's music to be banned from the stage throughout the Soviet Union. Shostakovich sought a way to produce a work that would please the authorities without entirely bending to their will and in 1937 his Symphony No. 5 was premiered. It was a huge success and received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour. Enjoy a recording of the performance by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by one of the world's leading conductors Mariss Jansons, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Best known for his interpretations of Mahler, Strauss and Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich, Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons (1943-2019) has worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Jansons is credited on over 190 orchestral recordings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 by One of The World's Leading Conductors (virtual, streaming until Aug 27)

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: For seven years, Frank Owens was music director for NBC TV's Showtime at the Apollo. Owens has played and conducted abroad, including the conducting A Fourth of July Celebration of American Jazz, Pop and Broadway in Moscow. Owens was resident pianist at Mortimer's for over six years, and appeared several times a year at the Hotel Carlyle's Bemelman's Bar. He appeared at the Blue Note with Ruth Brown of Broadway's Black and Blue, having arranged and conducted her album, Fine and Mellow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Discussion | US Policy on Afghan Refugees: What Went Wrong and What Can Be Done (livestream)


With the Taliban take-over in Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans have sought to flee the capital. A far larger displacement crisis is likely to occur in the coming days.  The U.S. response so far has been chaotic, with promises from the President to ensure that U.S. citizens find safety but no firm plans to help all Afghans who assisted U.S. forces and no announcements on programs of support for other vulnerable and displaced persons, particularly women. This is a discussion with international migration experts on the refugee crisis in Afghanistan and the U.S. response. What is happening? What needs to be done? How can the U.S. mobilize other international actors?
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Discussions, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, US Policy on Afghan Refugees: What Went Wrong and What Can Be Done (livestream)

Author Reading | The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (virtual)


Therapy has long understood itself as taking place in a room, with two (or more) people engaged in person-to-person conversation. And yet, starting with Freud's treatments by mail, psychotherapy has operated through multiple communication technologies and media. These have included advice columns, radio broadcasts, crisis hotlines, video, personal computers, and mobile phones; the therapists (broadly defined) can be professional or untrained, strangers or chatbots. Author Hannah Zeavin proposes a reconfiguration of the traditional therapeutic dyad of therapist and patient as a triad: therapist, patient, and communication technology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy (virtual)

Workshop | Amp'd Workout


Start your week with Chelsea Piers Fitness! Hit the pavement and push your body to new limits in this class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Amp'd Workout

Workshop | Zumba in a Park


Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. This socially-distanced class features aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Sneakers are recommended. The class takes place every Monday until Oct 25, 2021. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Masks are required. Must sign a waiver before participating. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Zumba in a Park

Workshop | HIIT Class


A dynamic and challenging HIIT class (adaptable to all levels of ability) on one of the park's newest piers. Mondays, June 14-September 27, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, HIIT Class

Movie in a Park | Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021): Adaptation of London Musical by Renowned Choreographer


Inspired by true events, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is the film adaptation of the award-winning hit musical from London's West End, about Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teenager in a blue collar English town with a dream of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after graduation, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition as a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend and his loving mom shower him with endless support, but his unsupportive dad, an uninspired career advisor, and some ignorant school kids attempt to rain on his sensational aspirations. In rousing and colorful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to be more accepting, and to see the value in facing adversity stepping out of the darkness into the spotlight. 7:00 PM: Doors Open 8:10 PM: Pre-Show Drag Performance 8:25 PM: Introductions with director Jonathan Butterell (Broadway's Nine, Fiddler on the Roof, The Light in the Piazza) and stars Max Harwood & Lauren Patel 8:30 PM: Film Begins Masks are required at all times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021): Adaptation of London Musical by Renowned Choreographer

Performance | Musical Comedy, 'Inventive, funny, and satisfying'


Concert version of Just Laugh, a musical revue that celebrates the modern family. Four comedians, one overworked pianist, and a trunk full of props delight audiences with unexpected takes on moments everyone can relate to. The bride who can't wait to walk down the aisle because then she can... eat whatever she wants. The birds and the bees talk... about actual birds and bees. From funerals for pet fishes, to learning how to properly ask for a divorce, this hilarious revue pays tribute to a simple yet powerful idea: life can be hard, but it's a lot easier when you have a shoulder to laugh on! Purchase of 2 drink minimum per person required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Musical Comedy, 'Inventive, funny, and satisfying'

Author Reading | Readings Under the Bridge


Featuring readings from Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears, The Impressionist, Transmission, and others, and Katie Kitamura, author of A Separation. The evening includes a reading, Q&A, and book signing with the authors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Readings Under the Bridge

Author Reading | Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City (virtual)


Kent Babb's new book is a story of football at Edna Karr High, located on the West bank of the Mississippi in the New Orleans neighborhood of Algiers. Babb follows the team through its 2019 season as head coach Brice Brown and his team, perhaps the scrappiest and most rebellious group in the program's history, vie to again succeed on and off the field. What is sure to be a classic work of sports journalism, Across the River is a necessary investigation into the serious realities of young athletes in struggling neighborhoods: gentrification, eviction, mental health issues, the drug trade, and gun violence. It offers a rich and unflinching portrait of a coach, his players, and the West Bank, a community where it's difficult--but not impossible--to rise above the chaos, discover purpose, and find a way out.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Across the River: Life, Death, and Football in an American City (virtual)

Workshop | Drawing from a Distance Workshop (virtual)


Educator Luned Palmer's monthly art-making workshop closely examines scenes from a recent show. These fixed-perspective films feature spaces in museum where light shifts and nature actively interacts with sculpture. Learn introductory drawing techniques, and then settle into a flow while creating a long sketch. Reflect on your drawings and discuss the integration between art, space, and time. Materials: Pencils, an eraser, and paper. Previous drawing experience is not necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Drawing from a Distance Workshop (virtual)

Movie in a Park | Clueless (1995): Mean Girls Rule High School


Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Director: Amy Heckerling Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn. Movie starts at sunset.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Clueless (1995): Mean Girls Rule High School

Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park


Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor is a New York story about tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the city. A raucous spinoff featuring the Bard's most beloved comic characters, this hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality. NOTE: Tickets are available only through a digital lottery. Seats are not guaranteed. See below for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Book Club | A Discussion of the New Short Story Collection Afterparties (virtual)


Seamlessly transitioning between the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Anthony Veasna So's debut collection offers an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family. Dive into Anthony's vibrant collection of stories centering Cambodian-American life alongside profound insights into the intimacy of queer and immigrant communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, A Discussion of the New Short Story Collection Afterparties (virtual)

Open Mike | Poetry Open Mic (livestream)


A poetry-specific open mic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mikes, August 23, 2021, 08/23/2021, Poetry Open Mic (livestream)
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Musical | Broadway Cast in a Moving Story

Regular Price: $59
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Chorus Performs J.S. Bach

Regular Price: $30
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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