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All events, things to do are free unless otherwise noted. Check out our hand picked list of top free things to do in NYC today, October 20, 2017, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Film |
Starring John Lurie, Eszter Balint, and Richard Edson. A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. 89 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 20
12:30 pm

Free

Films, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Jim Jarmusch's Stranger than Paradise (1984): A Visit from the Old Country
Concert |
The Lower East Side’s own Avenida B presides over the dance floor for a night of classic salsa dura. It may be a new group but it has an old soul, committed to unearthing and reviving the old-school sound and timeless swing of the kind of salsa that truly makes you want to get up and dance. DJ Antonio (a.k.a. La Conga NYC) gets the floor warmed up with a salsa set that stretches from the ’60s to today.     New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 20
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Classic Salsa Dura: Avenida B
Classical Music |
Program: RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol DAUGHERTY: Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra (Jeffrey Kautz, soloist) GRIEG: Piano Concerto (Ivan Gusev, soloist) Known for their bold and adventurous programming, David Hayes and The Mannes Orchestra have been hailed by The New York Times for playing with “inviting warmth and solidity,” and for their “intensity of focus.”    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 20
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, The Mannes Orchestra performs Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg
Classical Music |
Mattheus Pipleare (c. 1450-1515) was a composer active in the Low Countries during the great flowering of Franco-Netherlandish music. He lived and worked in Louvain, Antwerp and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and, unlike many of his contemporaries, seems to have never left to study in either France or Italy. A master of polyphony, his surviving music consists mainly of sacred works, and the Festival Chorus of Collectio Musicorum will present several of these works. Also on the program are keyboard intabulations of works by Pipelare, performed by the organist James Wetzel. Collectio Musicorum, Inc. (“Collection of Music”) presents concerts of music you will not hear elsewhere. Founded in 2013 by musicologist Jeff S. Dailey, Collectio Musicorum is devoted to giving the best possible performances of music from the earliest of times.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 20
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, The Festival Chorus of Collectio Musicorum: Primarily Pipelare

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Classical Music |
PROGRAM: Avro Pärt: Fratres ("Brothers") Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 "Regensonate" Leoš Janacek (1854-1928) Sonata for Violin and Piano Maurice Ravel: Tziganne Featuring: Anna Rabinova in Recital.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 21
3:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 21, 2017, 10/21/2017, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra performs works by Pärt, Brahms, Janacek, Ravel
Film |
A father searches for his son, who has been missing since WW II, in post-war Poland. In his quest for the truth about his son, the father is forced to contemplate the elusive and coded nature of truth itself. 80 min. Presented by Annette Insdorf, author of the new book Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 21
3:30 pm

Free

Films, October 21, 2017, 10/21/2017, Wojciech Has' The Codes (1966): Polish War Drama
Concert |
Special guests, baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan, with music by Gheoghe Costinescu, Michael Dellaira, Barbara Jazwinski, Darleen Mitchell, Brian Schober, Roger Vogel, and Beth Wiemann.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 21
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 21, 2017, 10/21/2017, New American Art Songs and Arias
Cabaret |
Family "Liquid" Dinner is a Cabaret starring Kiley Caughey and Jessie Bangarang Atkinson featuring all music styles and special guest performers. Each performance has a different theme based on a stereotypical attendee of a family dinner like "Drunk Uncle" or "Angsty Teenager". Kiley and Jessie met at an open mic after both moving to NYC to pursue music and theatre. This is where they found their "NYC family". Come to dinner, they've saved you a place at the table!    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 21
9:00 pm

$5, no minimum

Concerts, October 21, 2017, 10/21/2017, Liquid Family Dinner

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Slide Lecture |
An exploration of the work of three 16th-century Renaissance painters profoundly influenced by Luther's new ideas: Lucas Cranach (a personal friend of Luther); Albrecht Dürer (a Catholic); and Hans Holbein, court artist to English reformer, King Henry VIII. Presented by art historian Dennis Raverty as part of the 500th anniversary celebration of the Protestant Reformation.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 22
9:30 am

Free

Slide Lectures, October 22, 2017, 10/22/2017, Martin Luther's Reformation and Northern Renaissance Art
Hike |
1.5 hours at easy pace with optional extension at own pace. Easy pace. Be among the first to enjoy the island during the autumn as 2017 is the first year Governors Island is open to the public through October. Rhonda Heise Asher (volunteer with the Friends of Governors Island) will lead the tour and will cover both the history and the new developments of the island. Terrain is mostly flat, ending at a big hill that is optional (though it offers the best views of New York Harbor!).  Optional extension at your own pace. After the guided tour, walkers may head back to the ferry or extend the walk with a hike around the circumference of the island at their preferred pace.   Water/Food: Bring water. Since it’s late in the season, food to purchase on the island may be limited. It’s wise to bring your own snack/lunch.     New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 22
11:15 am

$3

Hikes, October 22, 2017, 10/22/2017, Governors Island, New York City Harbor: Guided History Walk

Monday, October 23, 2017

Discussion |
Perhaps no single event in recent memory has had such an effect on – and continues to have the potential to affect – US-Russian relations then the ongoing allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States Presidential Elections. From secret meetings at Trump Tower to Facebook ads and bots to FBI wiretaps and raids, this story seems to take new twists and turns almost weekly. Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Seva Gunitsky is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Julia Ioffe is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering politics and international affairs. She was a Moscow-based correspondent for Foreign Policy and The New Yorker from 2009-2012. Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, an affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and an affiliated Professor of Data Science.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 23
4:00 pm

Free

Discussions, October 23, 2017, 10/23/2017, Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: What Happened, What Do We Know, and What Are We Going to Find Out?
Book Reading |
Too often consumers find themselves paying much more money than they expected, getting much less than they bargained for. Medical care is no exception.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 23
5:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 23, 2017, 10/23/2017, Adria Goldman Gross discusses her book Solved! Curing Your Medical Insurance Problems
Discussion |
In light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across the nation, a panel discussion on Civil War Monuments has been planned -- on the subject of their meaning, the complex histories that surround their realization, and the current socio-political conditions that are causing their very existence to be reconsidered. Should these monuments be saved? Should they be torn down? Is it possible—or even appropriate—to make thoughtful, informed interventions into these works of public art that can preserve their history, diffuse the myth and polarization that surround them and serve as teaching moments for future generations? These and other questions will be posed during the program. Panelists include:                ·         Stony Brook University Professor Michele H. Bogart, whose teaching areas include the social history of public art and urban design and commercial culture in the United States; ·         Executive Director of the American Historical Association James Grossman whose work has focused on various aspects of American urban history, African American history, the place of history in public culture, and more; ·         Julian LaVerdiere, a 1993 graduate and co-creator of the Tribute in Light Memorial; ·         Visual journalist and former CNN correspondent Brian Palmer, who has photographed Virginia's neglected African American cemeteries and more; ·         Columbia University Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Mabel O. Wilson, whose design and scholarly research investigates space, politics and cultural memory in black America and race and modern architecture; ·         Mya Dosch, faculty member who is teaching the fall 2017 course “Take ‘em down: Monuments, Artist Interventions, and the Struggle for Memory in the Americas,” will moderate.        New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 23
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, October 23, 2017, 10/23/2017, Monument, Myth and Meaning: A Conversation between Educators, Historians, Artists, and Architects
Classical Music |
Program: Bridge String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor Zhou Long Song of the Chi'in Dvořák String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 51 Shanghai Quartet: Weigang Li, violin Yi-Wen Jiang, violin Honggang Li, viola Nicholas Tzavaras, cello Few ensembles have the worldwide reputation of the Shanghai Quartet, known for its “utterly sublime” performances (New York Times). They regularly perform in major halls across the world, drawing large crowds of devoted fans. Their performances of repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven quartets to contemporary Chinese works are marked by “an unwavering unanimity of expressive intent” (Washington Post).      New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 23
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, October 23, 2017, 10/23/2017, The Shanghai Quartet performs works by Dvořák and others

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Screening |
After his death, writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) became a global icon of modern literature and a pop culture brand. Best known for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem “The Raven,” Poe’s stories are the basis of countless films and TV episodes, and have inspired even more, as has his name and image. At least four American cities claim this literary legend as their own – Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia and New York: an NFL football team is named after one of his poems, and his image appears on everything from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover to lunchboxes, bobbleheads and socks. Creating the detective fiction genre with “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841), Poe wrote over 100 short stories and poems altogether, beginning with Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), his first published work. Written and directed by Eric Stange (The War That Made America, American Experience: Murder at Harvard), the new documentary American Masters – Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive draws on the rich palette of Poe’s evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 24
2:00 pm

Free

Screenings, October 24, 2017, 10/24/2017, Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive: Exclusive Pre-Broadcast Showing of PBS Documentary
Film |
This documentary examines how the Nuit Debout (Arise at Night) protest that took place in March 2016 in Paris turned into a kind of movement in the spirit of Occupy Wall Street, a new form of democratic Assembly, without a leader or elected representatives, in which each person was given an opportunity to speak and participate in the collective.  98 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 24
6:30 pm

Free

Films, October 24, 2017, 10/24/2017, Mariana Otero's The Assembly (2017): U.S. Premiere of French Documentary
Book Reading |
Behar hits the most unpopular president ever elected where it hurts—and makes us laugh and cheer—in this hilarious alphabetical guide to everything that’s wrong with the "Orange One," Donald Trump. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 24
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 24, 2017, 10/24/2017, The View cohost Joy Behar discusses her book The Great Gasbag: An A-Z Study Guide to Surviving Trump World
Concert |
Program: Mozart Fantasy and Sonata in C minor KV 475/457 Chopin Introduction and Rondo in E flat major op. 16 Anton Arensky (1861-1906) Four Salon Pieces  Gershwin Second Rhapsody Sara Davis Buechner is one of the most original concert pianists of our time. Lauded for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times), “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post), and “astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), Japan’s InTune magazine sums up: “Buechner has no superior.”    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 24
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, October 24, 2017, 10/24/2017, Piano Works by Mozart, Chopin, Gershwin
Classical Music |
With internationally-renowned violinist (and former Met Opera concertmaster) Elmira Darvarova and acclaimed French harpist Melanie Genin and a program of indescribably beautiful gems by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ibert, Messiaen, Marais, Berthomieu, and others.     New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 24
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 24, 2017, 10/24/2017, French Masterpieces for Violin and Harp

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Film |
A documentary on a New York fish market telling about a tough world the workers deal and live in. Having more than 180-year old history, the market speaks for itself and tells its own story without a narrator. 80 min. Followed by a talk from the director.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 25
6:00 pm

Free

Films, October 25, 2017, 10/25/2017, Robert Keith Nicolay's Fulton Fish Market U.S.A. (2009): Documentary on a Tough Institution
Film |
Leo Hurwitz’s Strange Victory (1948) was made during a time when critique of American society was seen as bordering on treason. Now, almost 70 years after the film premiered, it has lost none of its topicality. Collaging nonfiction materials, newsreel footage, and Hurwitz’s own brilliantly-staged scenes, the film examines the meaning of victory over Hitler for U.S. society. America may have won the war, but why, the film asks, “in the country of the victors, [are] the ideas of the defeated still in fashion?” The film was beautifully restored by Milestone Films from producer Barney Rosset’s original 1948 nitrate interpositive. Milestone Films' co-founders, Dennis Doros and Amy Heller, will introduce the film, speaking about their experiences with Rosset, the preservation process, and a brief conclusion that Hurwitz added to the film in the 1960s. Cinema Studies PhD Candidate Tanya Goldman will also discuss the film’s curious distribution history.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 25
6:00 pm

Free

Films, October 25, 2017, 10/25/2017, A Strange Film for Strange Times: The Many Lives of Leo Hurwitz’s Strange Victory
Book Reading |
Golden Globe-winning actor Richard Gere reads from the new translation of Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees (1957, 2017 translation by Ann Goldstein). Cosimo di Rondó, a young Italian nobleman of the eighteenth century, rebels against his parents by climbing into the trees and remaining there for the rest of his life. He adapts efficiently to an existence in the forest canopy—he hunts, sows crops, plays games with earth-bound friends, fights forest fires, solves engineering problems, and even manages to have love affairs. From his perch in the trees, Cosimo sees the Age of Enlightenment pass by and a new century dawn. The Baron in the Trees exemplifies Calvino’s peerless ability to weave tales that sparkle with enchantment. This new English rendering by acclaimed translator Ann Goldstein breathes new life into one of Calvino’s most beloved works.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 25
6:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 25, 2017, 10/25/2017, Actor Richard Gere reads Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees
Discussion |
Why do birds sing? Could we call what they sing and how they sing music? Of all nonhuman animals, birds teach us to check anthropocentrism in music, or, as David Rothenberg puts it in Why Birds Sing (2005), birds check “the conceit that humanity is needed to find beauty in the natural world.” But how do they learn songs? Do they invent and compose them or “parrot” what they hear? This is a discussion between animal behavioral psychologist Professor Ofer Tchernichovski (Hunter College) and distinguished professor of philosophy and music, composer and clarinetist, Professor David Rothenberg (NJIT).     New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 25
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, October 25, 2017, 10/25/2017, Beyond Imitation: Birdsong and Vocal Learning
Book Reading |
Barry Blitt's cartoons have been lampooning American politics and culture for decades. His iconic New Yorker covers are defining images for our times. Featuring the author's hand-scrawled annotations and self-deprecating witticisms, more than one hundred never-before-seen sketches and drafts, and essays, Blitt is a visual delight and a rollicking trip into the mind of an utterly original artist. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 25
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 25, 2017, 10/25/2017, Barry Blitt discusses his book Blitt with legendary actor Alan Alda
Classical Music |
Program: Galuppi: Sonata No. 5 in C major Marco Stroppa: Miniature Estrose Berio: Six Encores Berio: Sonata Critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, with such accolades from The New York Times as “Phenomenon. There’s no denying that he is something special.”    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 25
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 25, 2017, 10/25/2017, Taka Kigawa, Critically Acclaimed Pianist

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Reading |
A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic "robot western" from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Oct 26
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, October 26, 2017, 10/26/2017, C. Robert Cargill discusses his book A Sea of Rust
Cabaret |
German-Dutch cabaret star Sven Ratzke returns, bringing along his amazing live band Van. Together they’ll perform songs from their new hit show Homme Fatale, featuring songs by history’s great songwriters, including David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Jacques Brel, and Bertolt Brecht, plus some Ratzke originals. Prepare to be entertained.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Oct 26
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, October 26, 2017, 10/26/2017, Sven Ratzke, German-Dutch Cabaret Star

Friday, October 27, 2017

Screening |
After his death, writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) became a global icon of modern literature and a pop culture brand. Best known for his Gothic horror tales and narrative poem “The Raven,” Poe’s stories are the basis of countless films and TV episodes, and have inspired even more, as has his name and image. At least four American cities claim this literary legend as their own – Baltimore, Richmond, Philadelphia and New York: an NFL football team is named after one of his poems, and his image appears on everything from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover to lunchboxes, bobbleheads and socks. Creating the detective fiction genre with “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841), Poe wrote over 100 short stories and poems altogether, beginning with Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), his first published work. Written and directed by Eric Stange (The War That Made America, American Experience: Murder at Harvard), the new documentary American Masters – Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive draws on the rich palette of Poe’s evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 27
2:00 pm

Free

Screenings, October 27, 2017, 10/27/2017, Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive: Exclusive Pre-Broadcast Showing of PBS Documentary
Film |
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. 88 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 27
3:00 pm

Free

Films, October 27, 2017, 10/27/2017, Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950): Japanese Cinema Classic
Dance Performance |
Samatva stars the following artists: Sophia Salingaros- Indian classical Dance Jeeno Joseph- Indian Classical Dance Lekha Yesantharao- Carnatic Vocal Abhinav Seetharaman- Mridangam Swetha Narasimhan- Violin Lalitha Sindhuri- Nattuvangam  Also featuring: Columbia Taal- Semi-Classical Indian group performance (opener) Columbia Raag- Indian Classical music group performance      New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 27
5:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, October 27, 2017, 10/27/2017, Samatva: Indian Classical Dance and Music
Discussion |
The Sound Art MFA Program is comprised of artists engaging in critical study of sound, and working with this medium as an integral part of their artworks. Works employ a multidisciplinary approach to sound -- including Performance, Video, Computer Programming, and Sculpture. Come see these new works in and meet the artists. The Sound Art MFA Program has developed a unique partnership with the library to exhibit sound art through the investigation of the library's spatial possibilities and devotion to sonic histories. Featuring: Lemon Guo, Ethan Edwards, Kamari Carter, Joan Hacker, Zhang Mengtai, and Lee Gilboa.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Oct 27
6:00 pm

Free

Discussions, October 27, 2017, 10/27/2017, Sound Art and Sound Artists

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Workshop |
Do you miss flipping through childhood pictures of yourself and siblings in your family photo albums? Do you wish your kids had their own family album they could look through too? Making print photo albums can be hard—especially when you're working with thousands of digital photos and online services that can bring more complexity. In this talk, digital photo curator and organizer Isabelle Dervaux. She will help you tell your family story and give you the strategies you need to start (and finish!) the photo album you've always wanted to create.        New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 28
11:00 am

Free

Workshops, October 28, 2017, 10/28/2017, Creating Photo Albums Everyone Will Enjoy
Film |
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. 141 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 28
2:00 pm

Free

Films, October 28, 2017, 10/28/2017, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman (2017): Comic Book Heroine

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Classical Music |
Program: Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in D Major Alexander Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto Felix Mendelssohn: “Reformation” Symphony Music director Mike Tietz teams up with trumpet soloist Kevin Quill in music of Bach, Arutiunian and, in honor of Reformation Sunday, Mendelssohn.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 29
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 29, 2017, 10/29/2017, The Broadway Bach Ensemble performs Mendelssohn, Bach
Festival |
Bring the whole family and celebrate Halloween in the park. Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, and most of all the signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail at twilight. 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Pumpkin Drop Off Pumpkin Carving by Hugh McMahon Halloween Crafts Spooky Stories with Story Laurie 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Halloween Costume Parade 6:30 pm Pumpkin Flotilla Launch      New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 29
4:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Festivals, October 29, 2017, 10/29/2017, Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla
Classical Music |
Program: J.S. Bach: BWV 80 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott At 3:45pm, there will be a pre-vespers talk by Michael Marissen.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 29
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 29, 2017, 10/29/2017, Bach Vespers: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Monday, October 30, 2017

Workshop |
Learn how to make your own website for free using Google Sites. Add links, images, videos, and more to create your own piece of the web.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 30
4:00 pm

Free

Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Create Your Own Website With Google Sites
Discussion |
Explore the rise of interest in the architecture of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe—and the activities of Alfred H. Barr Jr., Philip Johnson, and Henry-Russell Hitchcock in promoting their work in the U.S. With Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, and Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 30
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Modern Architecture Comes to America
Other |
The Golden Gate Bridge. Ants. 1940s Berlin. Music made by a washing machine. Gravitational waves. Radio producers Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett are going to set up a ring of speakers, hand out eye masks, turn off the lights, and surround you with sound. It will be an evening experienced entirely through the ears instead of the eyes. Hoff and Harnett are the creators of “The World According to Sound,” a 90-second radio show. Segments run on NPR’s All Things Considered and individually on public radio stations.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 30
7:00 pm

Free

Others, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, The World According to Sound, Live!
Discussion |
Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor discuss their upcoming Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, as well as a variety of topics related to the current challenges and opportunities in the American theater, moderated by Susan Haskins, co-host of Theater Talk on PBS. David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. As a Tony-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony Award nominations, with her receiving awards for Best Director and Costume Designer.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 30
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor discuss their Broadway revivial of M. Butterfly
Workshop |
Learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. They’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out. Open to all ages. Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Oct 30
7:00 pm

Free

Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Self-Defense Workshop with Pop Gym

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Parade |
This is one of New York City's best and most unique parades with scores of decked-out New Yorkers strutting their usually outrageous costumes along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 31
7:00 pm

Free

Parades, October 31, 2017, 10/31/2017, 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Play |
“The Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s astonishingly late play of fury and redemption,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Lee Sunday Evans is a brilliant and innovative director."    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 1
6:30 pm

Free

Plays, November 01, 2017, 11/01/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Film |
While both participating in a production of Death of a Salesman, a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections. 124 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Nov 2
2:00 pm

Free

Films, November 02, 2017, 11/02/2017, Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman (2016): Oscar-Winning Iranian Movie
Talk |
Speaker John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer who blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in a nationally-televised interview in 2007. In 2012, he became the eighth whistleblower charged under the Espionage Act by the Obama Administration. He served nearly two years in prison for his disclosures.      New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Nov 2
6:00 pm

Free

Talks, November 02, 2017, 11/02/2017, 'Saying No to Torture: My Secret Life Inside the CIA's War on Terror and the Price of Whistleblowing'
Classical Music |
Program: Antonin Dvorak: Two Slavonic Dances for piano Henry Thacker Burleigh: “Deep River”, “Wade in Waters” and “Hard Trials” Rubin Goldmark: Selections from the Forest Scenes for piano, op. 12 Rubin Goldmark: Selections from Four Compositions for violin and piano Will Marion Cook: "My Lady", “Swing Along” and "Rain Song" Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet, op. 96 “American” Since 1999, Mannes School of Music has presented a yearlong music festival every year. Each festival includes more than 20 events performed by the school's gifted young student artists, distinguished faculty members, and renowned guests, at prestigious New York City concert venues and cultural institutions. The festivals are an outstanding component of the total Mannes program. During his years in America (1892-1895) as the Director on the National Conservatory in America, Antonin Dvorak was a major force in developing the American school of composers. His students became influential composers who would become the teachers of such legends as George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington. America also provided strong artistic inspiration for Dvorak. Among the works he composed during his stay in New York, are the emblematic New World Symphony and the American String Quartet.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Nov 2
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 02, 2017, 11/02/2017, MannesSounds Festival: Dvorak's New World and His American Students

Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Reading |
Tom Grace was a student at Kent State in 1970 when Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War. Four students were killed and Grace was one of nine students wounded. Grace places the Kent State shootings in the tradition of activism extending back to labor battles and the civil rights struggles of the 1950s. He argues that it was not a tragic anomaly as often portrayed, but the culmination of  a conflict between the forces of radicalism and repression throughout the decade of the 1960s.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 6
6:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, November 06, 2017, 11/06/2017, Tom Grace, who was wounded at Kent State, discusses his book Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Film |
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. 141 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Nov 9
4:00 pm

Free

Films, November 09, 2017, 11/09/2017, Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman (2017): Comic Book Heroine
Book Reading |
Riotous fan behavior, behind-the-scenes machinations, and madcap histories dominate in this unrivaled exploration of the modern American sports stadium.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Nov 9
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, November 09, 2017, 11/09/2017, Rafi Kohan reads from his book The Arena

Saturday, November 11, 2017

City Walk |
Relaxed walking, slight inclines, about five to six hours. Winter Garden, City Hall Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Cadman Plaza, Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park). Walkers may donate cans of food which will be used in the canstruction then donated to food kitchens at the end of the exhibit.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 11
10:00 am

$3

City Walks, November 11, 2017, 11/11/2017, Manhattan and Brooklyn Tour: Canstruction, Statues & Outdoor Monuments

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Concert |
Russian-American pianist Sasha Papernik and her ensemble explore the songbook of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The program includes music influential to Bacharach's style, from the harmonic influences of Darius Milhaud to the bebop rhythms of Dizzy Gillespie and original music informed by Bacharach's legacy. Featuring Sasha Papernik (piano/vocals), Justin Poindexter (guitar/vocals), Kyle Saulnier (upright bass), and Will Clark (percussion).    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Nov 16
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 16, 2017, 11/16/2017, Anyone Who Had a Heart: The Burt Bacharach Songbook

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Film |
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter. A Pakistan-born comedian and grad student fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. 120 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 18
2:00 pm

Free

Films, November 18, 2017, 11/18/2017, Michael Showalter's The Big Sick (2017): Young Love Faces Problems

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Concert |
Believing that music makes community, the Washington Square Music Festival offers a celebration for the upcoming holiday season with Explorations in Music/Art/Dance. The concert’s featured work is the world premiere of Skyscrapers, a string quartet by Heather Schmidt (pictured) inspired by the Paul Klee painting “Composition 1914” and commissioned by the Washington Square Music Festival. Dancers from the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre will explore the music of J.S. Bach and György Kurtág, and the Chamber Ensemble will perform works by W.A. Mozart and BenedettoMarcello.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Nov 19
3:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 19, 2017, 11/19/2017, The Washington Square Music Festival: Explorations in Music/Art/Dance

Monday, November 20, 2017

Film |
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut. A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. 115 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 20
1:00 pm

Free

Films, November 20, 2017, 11/20/2017, François Truffaut's Day for Night (1973): French Comedy-Drama
Workshop |

   New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 20
5:30 pm

Free

Workshops, November 20, 2017, 11/20/2017, Healthy Holiday Eating

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Festival |
The Christmas Tree is a worldwide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit with live performances. Tens of thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions will watch it live across the globe. The tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2018.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 29
7:00 pm

Free

Festivals, November 29, 2017, 11/29/2017, 2017 Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Concert |
Now in its 16th year, the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest is one of the premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters in North America. This year’s grand-prize winner will be awarded an EP to be produced and mixed by an industry celebrity and recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as future performance opportunities at the Sundance Film Festival and NPR's Mountain Stage. Witness the finals live. The 2016 grand prize winner Wilder Adkins joins for a special performance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Nov 30
6:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 30, 2017, 11/30/2017, 16th Annual NewSong Music Showcase and Competition

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dance Performance |
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by longtime New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael. Please note, seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 1
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 01, 2017, 12/01/2017, New York Theatre Ballet presents Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dance Performance |
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by longtime New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael. Please note, seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 2
1:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, New York Theatre Ballet presents Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker
Dance Performance |
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by longtime New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael. Please note, seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 2
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, New York Theatre Ballet presents Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

Monday, December 11, 2017

Other |
The NYC-based Okamoto Studio returns for a seventh year of spectacular ice carvings, transforming blocks of ice into artistic representations of sea life. Visitors will be taken on a frozen journey through the depths of the sea, where they will see a variety of favorite creatures and have unforgettable photo opportunities.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 11
5:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Others, December 11, 2017, 12/11/2017, Live Ice Sculpture Carvings by Okamoto Studio

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Other |
The NYC-based Okamoto Studio returns for a seventh year of spectacular ice carvings, transforming blocks of ice into artistic representations of sea life. Visitors will be taken on a frozen journey through the depths of the sea, where they will see a variety of favorite creatures and have unforgettable photo opportunities.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 12
12:00 pm

Free

Others, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Live Ice Sculpture Carvings by Okamoto Studio
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