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New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the must see and must do New York attractions such as the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There are many more places to visit and places to see if you visit New York for more than several days, or if you live here!  

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77  Best Free Events, Best Free Things to Do in New York City, NYC

We all know that best things in life are free, but nowhere it's true more than in New York (NYC).  Free shows, free concerts, free movies, free tours, free poetry readings, free lessons of any kind: yoga, tai chi, tango, dancing, drawing, photography,  and much much more happen all over the city every day of the year. Take a look at those free 77  events that our editors think are the best things to do to in New York City at this point -- December 7, 2019 and on...   Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Screening | 16mm Short Film Screenings: Artists in New York (Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Jerome Myers)
Screening of three 16mm short movies on artists in New York. Jackson Pollock (1951), (10 min.) Dir: Hans Namuth, Paul Falkenberg. From the straightforward documentation of the artist at work, and his personal explanation of what he is doing, to the original music score, everything in this film is marked with the intense quality of the late Pollock's personality. Artist in Manhattan (1968), (9 min.) Dir: Barry H. Downes, Linda Marmelstein. A portrait of Jerome Myers, a key figure in the famous Ashcan school of American art and one of the founders of the historic Armory Show of 1913. His paintings and drawings depict New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. Andy Warhol (1965), (22 min.) Dir: Marie Menken. "A long day in the life of pop artist Andy Warhol shortened into minutes: a document." Warhol is seen in his studio and at gallery showings surrounded by his signature pieces: Brillo and Campbell soup cartons, and his silkscreens of flowers and well-known personalities.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 7
1:00 pm

to 1:45 pm

Free

Screenings, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, 16mm Short Film Screenings: Artists in New York (Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Jerome Myers)
Discussion | Critical Perspectives on Hong Kong
The unprecedented mass uprising in Hong Kong, now half a year long, has been met with increasingly brutal repression by Hong Kong's Beijing-backed authorities. 5,000 people have been arrested, two young people have been shot, and the Hong Kong police laid siege to a major local university for over a week. A broad "non-compliance" movement has started, including blocking transit systems, to compel a general strike. Local citizens have even launched an effort to collectively unionize across industries in preparation for a longer-term economic war. Meanwhile, the analysis of Hong Kong from the Western left has been largely overshadowed by Sinophobic voices on the Western right or simply dismissed by leftists who suspect imperialist meddling on the United States' part. Lost in this are the narratives of Hong Kong leftists, who have played important if little-acknowledged roles in this year's movement. What are the sociopolitical conditions that have catalyzed the biggest mass protest Hong Kong has ever seen? What is the unique nature of colonial capital and the relationship between local government, the PRC, business elites, and the city's workers and migrants? How can we situate Hong Kong's struggle within a broader internationalist left politics? How can minoritarian subjects in the Hong Kong diaspora critically and responsibly engage with the movement? This is a discussion with two members of Lausan Collective, a group translating and sharing decolonial perspectives in Hong Kong.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 7
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, Critical Perspectives on Hong Kong
Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 7
7:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish

Tours, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
Dance Performance | The Nutcracker: A One-Hour Version of the Holiday Ballet
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky's cherished score is set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 7
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, The Nutcracker: A One-Hour Version of the Holiday Ballet
Opera | Works By Strauss and Wagner
Program R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Suite Wagner Siegfried Final Scene Canadian Soprano, Sarah Cambidge has made important house and role debuts this 2018-19 season, including Chrysothemis in Elektra at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Sieglinde in Die Walkure at l'Opera National de Bordeaux, and returning to the San Francisco Opera for her role debut as the Foreign Princess, in Rusalka. Cambidge also made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Dama di Lady Macbeth [Lady in Waiting] in their production of Macbeth. Tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven made his debut on the San Francisco Opera stage as Young Servant in Strauss' Elektra, and covered the leading roles of Cavaradossi, in Tosca, George and Uncle Billy Bailey, in Jake Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Aegisth in Elektra, Froh in Das Rheingold, and Siegmund in Die Walkure.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 7
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, Works By Strauss and Wagner
Classical Music | Handel's Messiah
The Barnard-Columbia Chorus and student soloists bring this beloved work to the community for the festive holiday season.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 7
8:00 pm

$5...

Concerts, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, Handel's Messiah
Concert | A Night Of Argentine Tangos
Violinist Machiko Ozawa, a former concertmaster of Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, gave her debut recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition. Subsequently she has given numerous solo recitals in U.S. and Japan at major venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Kennedy Center Performing Arts and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, among others. Pianist Pablo Cafici always played and produced several bands of musical genres in Argentina over the world including Tango, Flamenco, Fusion, Reggae, Rock, Pop and more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 7
9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 07, 2019, 12/07/2019, A Night Of Argentine Tangos

Sunday, December 8, 2019

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

Sun, Dec 8
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, December 08, 2019, 12/08/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
Dance Performance | The Nutcracker: A One-Hour Version of the Holiday Ballet
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky's cherished score is set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 8
1:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 08, 2019, 12/08/2019, The Nutcracker: A One-Hour Version of the Holiday Ballet
Play | Measure for Measure: An Adaptation of Shakespeare's Classic Comedy
Temporarily left in charge by the Duke, the upright and uptight Lord Angelo has decided to crack down on the city's debauchery, arresting young Claudio for impregnating his fiancee Juliet before their wedding. When virtuous Isabella, Claudio's sister, hears of his death sentence, she begs Lord Angelo for mercy. But hypocritical Angelo propositions her instead, leaving Isabella with an impossible choice: save her soul or her brother's life. In this timely production, lovers and leaders in disguise reveal how those in power take advantage of those without it - asking the question, can the law be both just and merciful? The all-black women cast features Jasmine Batchelor (Isabella), Nora Carroll (Escalus/Juliet), Toccarra Cash (Lucio), Alfie Fuller (Pompey), Adrian Kiser (Angelo), Gabrielle Murphy (Provost), Jacqueline Nwabueze (Understudy), Latonia Phipps (Mariana/Overdone), and Grace Porter (Duke).    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 8
1:00 pm

Free

Plays, December 08, 2019, 12/08/2019, Measure for Measure: An Adaptation of Shakespeare's Classic Comedy
Classical Music | Bach Vespers: Schwingt Freudig Euch Empor
Wen Yang, conductor. The chuch cantata Schwingt freudig euch empor BWV 36 was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1731. He drew on material from previous congratulatory cantatas, beginning with Schwingt freudig euch empor, BWV 36c (1725). The Gospel for the Sunday was the Entry into Jerusalem, thus the mood of the secular work matched "the people's jubilant shouts of Hosanna". In a unique structure in Bach's cantatas, he interpolated four movements derived from the former works with four stanzas from two important Advent hymns, to add liturgical focus, three from Luther's Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland and one from Nicolai's Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 8
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 08, 2019, 12/08/2019, Bach Vespers: Schwingt Freudig Euch Empor
Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 8
7:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish

Tours, December 08, 2019, 12/08/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour

Monday, December 9, 2019

Film | Digital Warriors: Women Changing the World (2019): The Net as an Activist Tool
Women around the world use social media platforms as a weapon in their struggle for equal rights. Their online campaigns against femicide in Latin America, FGM in Africa or compulsory headscarves in Iran, mobilize thousands others. Director: Bettina Kolb 52 min. In English, French, and Spanish with English subtitles. Followed by a discussion.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 9
6:00 pm

Free

Films, December 09, 2019, 12/09/2019, Digital Warriors: Women Changing the World (2019): The Net as an Activist Tool
Staged Reading | An Evening with Argentine Playwright Romina Paula
Romina Paula is one of Argentina's most celebrated emerging playwrights, winning critical acclaim both at home and abroad, but to date none of her plays have been translated into English. In her work, she breaks down barriers that have traditionally separated artistic genres, not least theatre and film, and investigates the synergies between documentary and fiction, gender and biography, and love and art. Paula's Fauna is a play about the making of a film that will never take place, a film that brings together a daughter, a son, an actor, and a director. Together they will attempt to tell the story of Fauna, a wild but well-read otherworldly being, who over the course of her lifetime transitions to become Fauno. Highly intertextual, reflexive, and subtly ironic, the play explores how to tell the story of one's life, how to capture what is true and real, and how to decipher where reality ends and fiction begins. The evening will feature readings from Paula's translated plays Fauna and The Whole of Time, included in the volume Fauna and Other Plays by Romina Paula.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 9
6:30 pm

Free

Staged Readings, December 09, 2019, 12/09/2019, An Evening with Argentine Playwright Romina Paula
Lecture | Dante and Cosmology
In the early twentieth century, Albert Einstein discovered that time could stretch and space bend, and a multi-dimensional mathematics would eventually be needed to describe the cosmos that his physics predicted. In this lecture, Professor Egginton shows how, by confronting some of the greatest metaphysical problems of their day, Dante and the theologians and philosophers who inspired him anticipated Einstein's insight in surprising and at times mind-bending ways. Speaker William Egginton is the Decker Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 9
6:30 pm

Free

Lectures, December 09, 2019, 12/09/2019, Dante and Cosmology
Opera | Opera Collective: The People's Opera
A group of opera singers throughout New York City, seeking to make opera accessible to the general public by presenting engaging experiences of music, including opera, art song, operetta, and musical theater in New York's thriving subway stations as well as above ground. These songbirds lift their voices with more passion and talent, than can be ignored.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 9
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 09, 2019, 12/09/2019, Opera Collective: The People's Opera
Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 9
7:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish

Tours, December 09, 2019, 12/09/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
Play | Orlando: Virginia Woolf's Timeless Classic
How many lifetimes does it take to find love? Destined to never age, Orlando's fantastical journey crosses continents, centuries, and genders to find true happiness. Beginning during the reign of Elizabeth I, we follow Orlando over the course of more than 300 years in this stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's timeless masterpiece.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 9
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, December 09, 2019, 12/09/2019, Orlando: Virginia Woolf's Timeless Classic

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Author Reading | Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World
In a timely new book, as the U.S. and China compete for dominance, Branko Milanovic asks: What are the prospects for a fairer world now that capitalism is the only game in town? What is the relationship between capitalism and democracy?    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 10
6:30 pm

Free

Author Readings, December 10, 2019, 12/10/2019, Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World
Festival | Stars United's Red Hot Holidays: Figure Skating and More
Created and produced by United States Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, Stars United “Red Hot Holidays” is an innovative and multi-disciplinary concert experience. Figure skating, iconic dancers, singers, acrobats, visual effects, and haute couture fashion are tied together in this unique experience that’s part ice show and part rock/pop concert. 2019 Featured Stars: Olympian Isadora Williams, United States Champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, World and Olympic choreographer Rohene Ward, Iconic dancer Princess Lockeroo, 5x Billboard #1 EDM artist Jason Walker.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 10
7:00 pm

Free

Festivals, December 10, 2019, 12/10/2019, Stars United's Red Hot Holidays: Figure Skating and More
Screening | Ernie Kovacs 100: Legacy of a TV Genius
Born 100 years ago, the Hungarian-American entertainment luminary was directly inspired by Hungarian fin-de-siècle cabaret, impacting generations of comedians like Andy Kaufman, Chevy Chase, or Jimmy Kimmel and was posthumously awarded an Emmy for his work in 1962. Television and radio daredevil Josh Mills will be showing never-seen-before footage of Ernie’s work and sharing stories about him you never thought of. Archivist Ben Model curates the clips presented and will join for the subsequent discussion and Q&A.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 10
7:00 pm

Free

Screenings, December 10, 2019, 12/10/2019, Ernie Kovacs 100: Legacy of a TV Genius

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Symposium | Reinventing Privacy
The premise of “notice and consent” is flawed. We need a new paradigm to address privacy of data. How can we provide guarantees of privacy while preserving technological innovation? How can data be accessed and shared by every contributor in a democratic way without being controlled by a small number of players? Data collection, use limitation, accountability and consent are key pillars we will focus on in this workshop convening experts in the fields of computer science, law and policy.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
9:00 am

to 5:00 pm

Free

Symposiums, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Reinventing Privacy
Film | A Foreign Affair (1948): Two Time Oscar Nominated Romantic Comedy By Billy Wilder
In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her. 116 min. Director: Billy Wilder. Starring Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund. A Foreign Affair was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Black-and-White Cinematography and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
11:15 am

Free

Films, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, A Foreign Affair (1948): Two Time Oscar Nominated Romantic Comedy By Billy Wilder
Film | Interstellar (2014) With Matthew McConaughey: Oscar Winning Epic Science Fiction By Christopher Nolan
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. 170 min. Director: Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. Interstellar won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Production Design.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
11:15 am

Free

Films, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Interstellar (2014) With Matthew McConaughey: Oscar Winning Epic Science Fiction By Christopher Nolan
Classical Music | Works By Beethoven Strauss and Britten
Kyle Ritenauer, conductor; Sasha Scolnik-Brower, conductor; Molly Turner, conductor. Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3 Britten Four Sea Interludes Strauss Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
1:00 pm

to 2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Works By Beethoven Strauss and Britten
Jazz | Midday Jazz: Yuletide Celebration Part 1
Performers Ben Cassara, Roz Corral, Alex Leonard, Josephine Sanges, Sandy Stewart, Ronny Whyte, Saadi Zain and Ray Marchica. Yule or Yuletide ("Yule time" or "Yule season") is a festival historically observed by the Germanic peoples. Scholars have connected the original celebrations of Yule to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modraniht.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
1:00 pm

to 2:00 pm

$10.00 suggested donation

Concerts, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Midday Jazz: Yuletide Celebration Part 1
Film | The Gift (2000): Supernatural Thriller With Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves and Hilary Swank
A woman with extrasensory perception is asked to help find a young woman who has disappeared. 111 min. Director: Sam Raimi. Starring Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
2:00 pm

Free

Films, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, The Gift (2000): Supernatural Thriller With Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves and Hilary Swank
Lecture | Towards Nazism: On the Invention of Plato's Political Philosophy
Like in Raphael's School of Athens, Plato has been celebrated for centuries as the champion of the contemplative life. Such a description of Plato will be probably striking for most of the contemporary readers of the dialogues, used to a very different Plato, at least from Popper onwards. For many, nowadays, Plato is first of all a political philosopher. The contrast couldn't be sharper. The goal of the paper is to reconstruct the origins of the political interpretation: endorsed by the Nazis, made famous by Popper, it was first developed by some important Hellenists in Germany (such as Wilamowitz and Jaeger), in the first thirty years of the 20th century and quickly became dominant also outside the universities - the most interesting example being the so-called George Kreis, and most notably K. Hildebrandt's attempt to harmonise Plato and Nietzsche. What happens when you reconcile Plato and Nietzsche? For sure this is not a marginal story, for philosophers and not only for them.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
2:00 pm

Free

Lectures, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Towards Nazism: On the Invention of Plato's Political Philosophy
Talk | Designing an Inclusive City with Renowned Architect Renzo Piano
Renzo Piano, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect behind the first new buildings on Columbia's Manhattanville campus, will reflect on the role of architecture in creating more inclusive cities. Speaking at the Forum, one of his three Manhattanville buildings, he will discuss how architecture can create more open, permeable neighborhoods, provide arenas for cross-cutting exchanges and opportunities, and enrich civic life. Offering contemplations on democracy and participation alongside examples of his work, Piano will discuss how architecture can address particular needs, while also pointing toward models of thinking and doing that are more generalizable and dynamic.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
6:30 pm

Free

Talks, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Designing an Inclusive City with Renowned Architect Renzo Piano
Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
7:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish

Tours, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
Festival | Stars United's Red Hot Holidays: Figure Skating and More
Created and produced by United States Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, Stars United "Red Hot Holidays" is an innovative and multi-disciplinary concert experience. Figure skating, iconic dancers, singers, acrobats, visual effects, and haute couture fashion are tied together in this unique experience that's part ice show and part rock/pop concert. 2019 Featured Stars: Olympian Isadora Williams, United States Champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc, World and Olympic choreographer Rohene Ward, Iconic dancer Princess Lockeroo, 5x Billboard #1 EDM artist Jason Walker.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 11
7:00 pm

Free

Festivals, December 11, 2019, 12/11/2019, Stars United's Red Hot Holidays: Figure Skating and More

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Conference | Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue In Post-Conflict Settings
Prevention activism--that is, the effort to record, acknowledge, address and redress the violent past-- seeks to counter nationalist myths and identities that are central ingredients of ethnic and political violence. Its goal is to deny the propensity for the future escalation of violence by acknowledging the role that the misuse of history has played in dividing societies. In other words, by enhancing public discussions about the past, prevention activism has become a central part of the efforts in post-conflict societies, as well as in democratic societies, to come to terms with their violent past. This conference seeks to explore activities that can be defined as "prevention activism", and their academic analysis. What forms do projects and initiatives take to address past violence, and what impact have they had? These projects often range from civil society initiatives, to government-instated commissions, to the work of international bodies.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
8:30 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Conferences, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue In Post-Conflict Settings
Classical Music | French Baroque Works For Piano and Harpichord
Jessica Park, violin; Robert Warner, harpsichord. Le Concert Spirituel, the Parisian concert series based at the Palais de Tullieries, served as a showcase for the new French Baroque Violin School. Composers such as Rebel, Leclair and Pagin, featured in this program, blended Italian instrumental techniques with the French dance traditions in their violin works. About the performers Praised as an "exceptional talent" by the Frankfurter Neue Presse, violinist Jessica Park has appeared internationally at such venues as the Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Vienna Konzerthaus; and stateside at Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Hall (Boston), and Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and Weill Recital Hall.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
1:15 pm

to 2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, French Baroque Works For Piano and Harpichord
Symposium | Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?
What can knowledge feel or look like? How might it move us? What might the emotional and aesthetic effects of knowledge be, in addition to the cognitive? How does one know or come to know? What place do repetition, gesture, rhythm, mimesis, rehearsal, meditation, and travel have in knowledge? Now in its second year, Performing Knowledge is a one-day festival of knowledge performances that accommodate and celebrate contradiction, that find their meaning in specific social contexts, and that may end with a question mark. Prominent scholars and graduate students across disciplines come together to reframe research and knowledge as happy human and intrinsically social occasions. Throughout the day, students and faculty will pesent their research as 20-30 minute lecture performances.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
2:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Free

Symposiums, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?
Lecture | "Universityism" in American Culture and Beyond
The university looms in the American imagination as well as its politics and culture. It is often dismissed as an "ivory tower" but it is actually a foremost civic institution, drawing the participation of an overwhelming majority of Americans as well as a major portion of resources. With nearly 85% of younger Americans attending some form of college, 30% attaining BAs, and 20% attaining advanced degrees, we live in the age of higher education. The American university is not only a formal institution but permeates our cultural imagination--in its bearing as an idea, a historical story, a cultural image, a political conception, and an object of policy. This talk proposes that we consider the extent of "universityism" in American culture and beyond. In the period after World War II to now, given the expansion of higher education in the US and its dominance in culture, we might call it the age of higher education. "Universityism" names both a way to describe and an attempt to analyze the age of higher education. Speaker Jeffrey J. Williams is Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
4:30 pm

Free

Lectures, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, "Universityism" in American Culture and Beyond
Talk | Prosecuting Terrorism with Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Preet Bharara reflects on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on law enforcement practices from his unique vantage point as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (2009-2017). An advocate for trying 9/11 terrorists in civil courts rather than military commissions, Bharara discusses the challenges of prosecuting terrorism and his role in bringing senior al-Qaeda officials to justice.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
7:00 pm

Free

Talks, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Prosecuting Terrorism with Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
7:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish

Tours, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
Comedy Club | Overstep Comedy Variety Show
With: Jatin Chhugani, Andy Shartzer, Helen Shih, and Otter Lee Overstep is an all Asian sketch comedy collective dedicated to increasing diversity and kicking ass! Celebrate the holiday season with a fun hour of sketch comedy, stand-up, and more by the Overstep team and their funny Asian friends!    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
7:00 pm

Free

Comedy Clubs, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Overstep Comedy Variety Show
Concert | Two Master Percussionists
Karuna Trio is the musical project of Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph, two master percussionists known for their extensive work in world music, avant-garde jazz, and improvisation. Through their work on Karuna, they are continuing their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression, and to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion. For this performance the two are joined by Alex Marcelo on keys.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Two Master Percussionists
Classical Music | Works By Britten, W.F. Bach And More For Viola
Jordan Bak, viola. Violist Jordan Bak's recent performance highlights include an acclaimed performance of the Druckman Viola Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Bak has also been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician at Jordan Hall, Lyric Hall, Dairy Arts Centre, and Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, among others. Program Wilhelm Friedemann BachViola Sonata in C minor Paul Hindemith Sonata for Solo Viola Benjamin Britten Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of Dowland, Op. 48 Carl Maria Von Weber Andante e rondo ongarese, Op. 35    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 12
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Works By Britten, W.F. Bach And More For Viola

Friday, December 13, 2019

Lecture | The Flight East: WW2 Refugees in Tashkent, Tehran and Tel Aviv
Beginning in September 1941 and throughout the war, Central Asia and Iran became places of refuge to hundreds of thousands of Jewish and Catholic Polish citizens. Mikhal Dekel, whose father was a child refugee in Tehran, will recount the research and writing process of this epic yet relatively unknown Holocaust story, told in her new book Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey. She will discuss the circumstances that brought her father and hundreds of thousands of others from Poland to the Soviet interior, Central Asia, Iran, India and Palestine and talk about the refugees' experiences in each locale and the mutual impact of refugees and host countries on each other.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 13
11:00 am

Free

Lectures, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, The Flight East: WW2 Refugees in Tashkent, Tehran and Tel Aviv
Film | Long Shot (2019) With Charlize Theron: His Childhood Crush Running For Presidency
Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly. 125 min. Director: Jonathan Levine. Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 13
2:00 pm

Free

Films, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, Long Shot (2019) With Charlize Theron: His Childhood Crush Running For Presidency
Discussion | Capitals of Fashion: Paris vs. Florence, Rome, and Milan
Dr. Valerie Steele, Director of The Museum at F.I.T., in conversation with Grazia d'Annunzio of Universita Statale di Milano. It will be an opportunity to explore how Paris and Italian cities such as Florence, Rome, and Milan confront each other in establishing their fashion monopoly. Just think of Dior, Givenchy and Saint Laurent. Think of Pucci, Valentino, Armani and many more...    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 13
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, Capitals of Fashion: Paris vs. Florence, Rome, and Milan
Play | Orlando: Virginia Woolf's Timeless Classic
How many lifetimes does it take to find love? Destined to never age, Orlando's fantastical journey crosses continents, centuries, and genders to find true happiness. Beginning during the reign of Elizabeth I, we follow Orlando over the course of more than 300 years in this stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's timeless masterpiece.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 13
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, Orlando: Virginia Woolf's Timeless Classic
Classical Music | Works By Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven
Nada Radulovich, cello; Cullan Bryant, piano. Pianist Cullan Bryant has appeared in recitals with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in such venues as Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Detroit's Orchestra Hall. "The authenticity and strength of cellist Nada Radulovich, removes the melancholy that we all carry inside our souls." - Sonograma online    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 13
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, Works By Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven
Screening | A Night of Comedy: Doorstop Production Shorts
Doorstop Productions hosts a night of amazing short comedies featuring iPhones with an evil agenda, feminized money, talking vending machines, and delicious inanimate objects. These daring and wildly entertaining works will transport you to heretofore unexplored realities and display the creative potential of the cinematic short form. And Doorstop will be premiering their latest short film Siri-Ous Business, directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Stender.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 13
7:00 pm

Free

Screenings, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, A Night of Comedy: Doorstop Production Shorts
Concert | Bossa Nova, Capoeira, Jazz and More
The Brazilian musician and actor Carlos Dias has appeared in many of Brazil's highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. In his performance "The living room", Carlos Dias as a soloist, travels through his Brazilian roots from the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz. Playing his Berimbau, the pandeiro and the guitar, he talks about his music influences.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 13
9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 13, 2019, 12/13/2019, Bossa Nova, Capoeira, Jazz and More

Saturday, December 14, 2019

City Walk | Christmas and Holiday Walk
Walk down 57th Street to Sixth Avenue. Down Sixth Avenue to the "Christmas Tree" and around to Fifth Avenue and up to 57th Street. Then walk down to Madison Avenue to 72nd Street and back to 57th Street. Continue on 57th Street to the Hammacher Schlemmer Store (across Third Avenue) and lunch. Relaxed walking, about four to five hours. Bring lunch, water, binoculars or a camera with optical zoom lens. Rain or shine.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 14
10:00 am

$3

City Walks, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, Christmas and Holiday Walk
Tour | Tribeca Architecture Tour
Tour the picturesque streets and alleys that make Tribeca one of Manhattan's most architecturally memorable neighborhoods. Architectural historian Matt Postal leads a tour through several of the adjoining historic districts to view handsome examples of 19th century mercantile design, including notable cast-iron warehouses and masonry loft buildings that once served the city's import/export and food processing trades. Likely highlights include Federal-style houses, the former site of St. John's Park and freight depot, the New York Mercantile Exchange, and a Renaissance Revival-style stable built for the American Express Company. Matt Postal is an architectural historian based in Brooklyn. He teaches graduate classes on the history of New York City and its extraordinary 19th and 20th century architecture, researches and writes designation reports for the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and since 1990, leads popular and entertaining walking talks and tours throughout the five extraordinary boroughs    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 14
11:30 am

Free

Tours, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, Tribeca Architecture Tour
Reading | What the Dickens?: The 10th Annual Marathon Reading of A Christmas Carol
Ring in the holidays with our tenth annual reading of Charles Dickens' classic. Grab your closest friends and settle in with dozens of terrific readers. This year's confirmed readers include: Tom Beer, Sarah Broom, Isaac Butler, Alexander Chee, Vinson Cunningham, Deborah Eisenberg, Rachel Fershleiser, Isaac Fitzgerald, Josh Gondelman, Rabbi Marisa Elana James, Leslie Jamison, Maris Kreizman, Lisa Lucas, Elissa Schappel, Parul Sehgal, Leanne Shapton, Rob Spillman, Darcey Steinke, Monique Truong, Kate Tuttle, Sarah Weinman, and John Wray.      New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 14
12:00 pm

to 4:00 pm

Free

Readings, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, What the Dickens?: The 10th Annual Marathon Reading of A Christmas Carol
Film | Moulin Rouge (1952): Two Time Oscar Winning Musical With Jose Ferrer
Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. 119 min. Director: John Huston. Starring Jose Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon. Moulin Rouge had seven Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing. It won two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 14
2:00 pm

Free

Films, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, Moulin Rouge (1952): Two Time Oscar Winning Musical With Jose Ferrer
Play | Orlando: Virginia Woolf's Timeless Classic
How many lifetimes does it take to find love? Destined to never age, Orlando's fantastical journey crosses continents, centuries, and genders to find true happiness. Beginning during the reign of Elizabeth I, we follow Orlando over the course of more than 300 years in this stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's timeless masterpiece. A student production. Written by Sarah Ruhl.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 14
2:00 pm

Free

Plays, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, Orlando: Virginia Woolf's Timeless Classic
Classical Music | Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC
Classical music on a boat with an intimate and romantic setting and beautiful view of New York City. Followed by a Q & A session with the musicians. Program and musicians TBA. Doors open at 3:45 pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 14
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC
Other | Ice Theatre of New York's Winter Holiday Skating Celebration
A holiday ice show featuring the Ice Theatre of New York, ITNY Junior Ensemble, The Skyliners, Sky Rink All-Stars, Figure Skating in Harlem, the Riverbank Figure Skating Club, and the Every Voice Choirs. There will also be a Christmas tree lighting.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 14
4:00 pm

Free

Others, December 14, 2019, 12/14/2019, Ice Theatre of New York's Winter Holiday Skating Celebration

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Tour | Flatiron District Walking Tour
A journey through the vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Tour guides: Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 15
11:00 am

Free

Tours, December 15, 2019, 12/15/2019, Flatiron District Walking Tour
Classical Music | Bach Vespers: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Gabriel Crouch, conductor. Johann Sebastian Bach composed the church cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland in 1714. The cantata text was provided by Erdmann Neumeister, who quoted the Book of Revelation and framed his work by two hymn stanzas, the beginning of Martin Luther's Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, the main hymn for Advent with a melody based on Medieval chant, and the end from Philipp Nicolai's Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern. Bach structured the cantata in six movements, beginning with a chorale fantasia, followed by a series of alternating recitatives and arias, and concluded by a four-part chorale. He scored it for three vocal soloists (soprano, tenor and bass), strings and continuo.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 15
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 15, 2019, 12/15/2019, Bach Vespers: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Play | Clybourne Park: Scathing Satire
An often scathing, intentionally offensive satire about racism and social change, this multi-award-winning play explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Trapped in a societal purgatory of ineptitude and anxiety, the first act takes place in a recently sold house in a white middle-class neighborhood of Chicago in 1959. The second act is set in 2009 in the same house, recently re-sold, now in a predominantly African-American neighborhood facing gentrification. Written by Bruce Norris.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 15
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, December 15, 2019, 12/15/2019, Clybourne Park: Scathing Satire
Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 15
7:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish

Tours, December 15, 2019, 12/15/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour

Monday, December 16, 2019

Concert | Holiday Songbook's Future
This special concert features an array of all new holiday songs written by some of today's most talented composers and lyricists performed by some of New York's freshest talents.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 16
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Holiday Songbook's Future
Author Reading | Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy
At the end of his long, prolific life, Titian was rumored to paint directly on the canvas with his bare hands. He would slide his fingers across bright ridges of oil paint, loosening the colors, blending, blurring, and then bringing them together again. With nothing more than the stroke of a thumb or the flick of a nail, Titian's touch brought the world to life. With author Maria H. Loh.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 16
6:30 pm

Free

Author Readings, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy
Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 16
7:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish

Tours, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour
Opera | Opera Collective: The People's Opera
A group of opera singers throughout New York City, seeking to make opera accessible to the general public by presenting engaging experiences of music, including opera, art song, operetta, and musical theater in New York's thriving subway stations as well as above ground. These songbirds lift their voices with more passion and talent, than can be ignored.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 16
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Opera Collective: The People's Opera

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Film | The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018): Adventure Fantasy Starring Morgan Freeman
A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. 99 min. Directors: Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston. Starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman. The film grossed over $173 million worldwide, against a production budget of over $120 million. The music was adapted in part from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite from 1892 by James Newton Howard, updating the original and adding new tracks as well.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 17
11:30 am

Free

Films, December 17, 2019, 12/17/2019, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018): Adventure Fantasy Starring Morgan Freeman
Film | The Goldfinch (2019): Drama With Nicole Kidman
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 149 min. Director: John Crowley. Starring Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman. The Goldfinch was adapted from the 2013 novel of the same name by Donna Tartt.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 17
12:00 pm

Free

Films, December 17, 2019, 12/17/2019, The Goldfinch (2019): Drama With Nicole Kidman
Concert | Piano Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Brahms, The Rolling Stones, Mozart, Simon & Garfunkel, and More
Program: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) Flight of the Bumblebee Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Hungarian Dance No. 5 Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747) Adagio Aqua (1997) Barbie Girl Simon & Garfunkel (1966) Sounds of Silence Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Flower Valse from The Nutcracker Suite W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) Turkish March Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Polka Johannes Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Siciliano, BWV 1031 The Rolling Stones (1966) Paint it, Black Christina Perri (b. 1986) A Thousand Years Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) Etude No. 3 "La Campanella" from Grandes etudes de Paganini S. 141 Johann Strauss (1825-1899) Carnaval di Vienna Alina Kiryayeva, piano    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 17
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 17, 2019, 12/17/2019, Piano Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Brahms, The Rolling Stones, Mozart, Simon & Garfunkel, and More
Film | Tarantino's Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019): Comedy Drama With Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt And Margot Robbie
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. 161 min. Director: Quentin Tarantino. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 17
6:00 pm

Free

Films, December 17, 2019, 12/17/2019, Tarantino's Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019): Comedy Drama With Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt And Margot Robbie
Classical Music | Works By Beethoven, Brahms and More For Violin
Timothy Chooi, violin. Violinist Timothy Chooi has performed with the Brussels Philharmonic under Stephane Deneve, Santa Barbara Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as appearing at the Ravinia Festival and making his Carnegie Hall debut. Program Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Violin ans Orchestra in D Major, Op 61 Fritz Kreisler 3 Old Viennese Dances Cesar Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major Johannes Brahms 21 Hungarian Dances    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 17
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 17, 2019, 12/17/2019, Works By Beethoven, Brahms and More For Violin
Screening | The Essential Cameo: Alfred Hitchcock as Actor
Early in his career, Alfred Hitchcock began inserting himself into a short scene in each of his films. Once he became a "brand name" director, he would appear early in each film, knowing that audiences would not be able to concentrate on the action until they had seen Hitchcock appear. Usually there was a jokiness to his cameos, but if we take a closer look at all his appearances in his many films, we may discover that he was trying to tell us something. This program will be devoted to figuring out what intentions lay behind all those quick starturns. Hosted by Krin Gabbard, who teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Columbia University.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 17
7:30 pm

Free

Screenings, December 17, 2019, 12/17/2019, The Essential Cameo: Alfred Hitchcock as Actor

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Jazz | Midday Jazz: Yuletide Celebration Part 2
Performers Danny Bacher, Alexis Cole, Melissa Hamilton, Erli Perez, Daryl Sherman, Ronny Whyte, Boots Maleson and David Silliman. Yule or Yuletide ("Yule time" or "Yule season") is a festival historically observed by the Germanic peoples. Scholars have connected the original celebrations of Yule to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modraniht.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 18
1:00 pm

to 2:00 pm

$10.00 suggested donation

Concerts, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Midday Jazz: Yuletide Celebration Part 2
Film | Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 130 min. Director: Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 18
2:00 pm

Free

Films, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama
Staged Reading | Event Horizon: New Italian Theater
An evening celebrating the publication of the second edition of the Italian Playwrights Project with a reading of Event Horizon by Elisa Casseri, translated by Adriana Rossetto. The center collaborated again with Valeria Orani and Umanism NY to publish a volume with some of the innovative and engaging playwrights from Italy. The anthology includes Event Horizon, Armando Pirozzi's A Notebook for Winter (translated by Adriana Rossetto), Giuliana Musso's My Hero (translated by Patricia Gaborik), and Fabrizio Sinisi's The Great Walk (translated by Thomas Simpson).    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 18
6:30 pm

Free

Staged Readings, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Event Horizon: New Italian Theater
Talk | The Jewishness of Key Intellectuals and Cultural Figures of Our Times
Professor Irwin Wall will be looking at the "Jewishness" of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Franz Kafka. All four were born ethnically Jewish and culturally German. To what extent did they identify as Jews, what role did their Jewish origins play in determining the course of their careers, and to what extent did their understanding of Judaism and Jews influence their life work?    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 18
7:00 pm

Free

Talks, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, The Jewishness of Key Intellectuals and Cultural Figures of Our Times

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Film | The Twelve Chairs (1970): Comedy Adapted From A Russian Novel
In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution. 94 min. Director: Mel Brooks. Starring Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella. The film was one of at least 18 film adaptations of the Russian 1928 novel The Twelve Chairs by Ilf and Petrov.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 19
2:00 pm

Free

Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, The Twelve Chairs (1970): Comedy Adapted From A Russian Novel
Classical Music | Works By Beethoven, Prokofiev And Robert Schumann For Piano
Huan Li, piano. As a soloist, pianist Huan Li has performed in venues in Asia, North America, and Europe. She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, and the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. Program Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No.7 In D Major, Op. 10 No. 3 Robert Schumann Piano Sonata No.3 In F minor, Op.14 Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 19
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Works By Beethoven, Prokofiev And Robert Schumann For Piano
Concert | Composers Concordance: Eclectic Bands Perform Latin Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban And More
"For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label." - The Wall Street Journal "Enterprising new music organization" - The New York Times "The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way....ingenious fun" - Classical-Modern Music Review Diverse musical groups assemble for an evening of 'Eclectic Bands' and great food. La Banda Ramirez plays a range of Afro-Cuban, Salsa, and Latin Jazz. Stefan Zeniuk's Creatures performs a loud, brash, avant-garde fusion to subvert the listener away from their daily life.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 19
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Composers Concordance: Eclectic Bands Perform Latin Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban And More
Concert | Salsa Group's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Founded in Venezuela by bandleader Carlos Padron, Rumberos del Callejon is a project created by the Padron family that blends classical and new salsa to perfection. After a decade which produced three albums (with a fourth in progress), this outstanding group remains fiercely dedicated to making great music for salsa lovers worldwide and taking their musical project to the next level. For Rumberos del Callejon's latest album, Decimo Aniversario (10th Anniversary), Padron has gathered some of the greatest and most recognized voices on the scene: Tito Nieves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maelo Ruiz, Domingo Quinones, Luis Fernando Borjas, Rodrigo Mendoza, Wilmer Lozano Angelito Vallenilla, and more. Rumberos del Callejon invites you to join them at the Atrium for a night of dance in celebration of ten years of unstoppable, delirious rhythms.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 19
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Salsa Group's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Classical Music | Ensemble Performs Works By JS Bach
New York Baroque Incorporated and Richard Egarr come together for a joyous evening of Johann Sebastian Bach: his Brandenburg Concertos No. 5 and 6, featuring a crazed harpsichordist and solos for the underdogs. As well as massively fun dance suites for the whole orchestra! Program Orchestral Suite No. 1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Orchestral Suite No. 3    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 19
7:30 pm

to 9:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Ensemble Performs Works By JS Bach
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