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41 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 11, 2016 are free unless otherwise noted.
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
For over 100 years, the Beaux-Arts beauty known as Grand Central Terminal (a.k.a Station) has been a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of a great city, impressing both travelers and visitors with its wonderful architecture and pulsating vibe. Its history is a story of immense wealth, great engineering, a few accidents, a planned sabotage and one terrific ceiling, but most importantly a story of survival and rebirth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Grand Central Terminal Tour
Tour |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Manhattan Street Art Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
City Walk |
Join a three-hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. They'll begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. Once a pastoral green oasis, and later a home for Irish and Italian immigrants, Greenwich Village has been at the forefront of some of the most important political, social, and artistic movements of the 20th Century. Filled with 19th century townhouses, and now one of the most desirable and high priced neighborhoods in America, the Village tells a multi-generational New York story. From secluded wealthy enclave to emerging Bohemian and Beat communities, from Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan to the Stonewall Inn. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and Sundays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
Talk |
"The election of Donald Trump has generated an atmosphere of anxiety and fear unprecedented in the history of the modern presidency. And rightly so. The future looks uncertain but dark. However frightening for progressives, it is especially so for vulnerable minorities — Muslims, immigrants, people of color, as well as fellow citizens who receive their health insurance from the Affordable Care Act and are one medical bill away from financial ruin. But think global warming, and we are all imperiled as the fate of the planet ostensibly rests in the hands of Mr. Trump, a climate-change denier. People are anxious and a sense of despair is understandable. But human beings cannot remain in despair for long, and anxious for even less so. At some point we must reclaim our hope. Speaking for myself, I abjure false hope. I am emotionally averse to Pollyanna-ish assertions of cheeriness when the facts speak otherwise. So my question is, can we find sources for an empirically-based hope? I think we can, and I will be examining these sources." --Speaker Joseph Chuman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Talks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Finding Hope in Times of Despair
Tour |
Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this 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. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Flatiron District Walking Tour
Concert |
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Whitney Pizza, piano 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM A Tribute to Al Mann: Lucy Rowan, Narrator 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Michelle Cozzi, percussion 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Kexin Li, percussion 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Junior Opera Theater Scenes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Student Recitals
Concert |
Chamber Music Recital 1 p.m. Chamber Music Recital 3 p.m. Chamber Music Recital 5 p.m. Composition Studio Recital 7:30 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Student Recitals
Dancing |
A buzzing trend around the world, Quiet Clubbing will transform the space into a high-energy dance party under the magic of the Luminaries canopy. When you arrive, you’ll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between three DJs with a flip of a switch, each spinning their own flavor. The blue, red or green light on each headset shows which DJ you are listening to, so choose to dance with friends, like-minded strangers or rock out on your own! Arrive early—headphones are first come, first served. Please note: Participation is free, but a credit or debit card is required to borrow headphones. There will be a $100 charge to your card if the headphones don’t come back at the end of the party!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Dancings, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Quiet Clubbing
Workshop |
Join artist Hilary Lorenz for her final printmaking workshop. Participants will learn the printmaking process used to create her colorful installation, Birding. Create your own print to take home or add it to the habitat wall in the Community Room.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Printmaking Workshop
Talk |
French activist and attorney Serge Klarsfeld in conversation with award-winning journalist and author Andrew Nagorski. Perhaps most famous for unmasking Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, Klarsfeld discusses how he and his wife Beate continue to seek justice for the victims and survivors of SS war crimes and the French Vichy collaborators.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Talks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, The Nazi Hunters
Park Walk |
On this east-west walk you will see some of the Park's most well-known landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Route involves a few stairs. 90 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Heart of the Park Tour
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments. This tour takes place Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 2pm, and Saturdays at 10am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Harlem Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
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Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Brooklyn Heights Tour
Tour |
Highlights: Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's home, The Ukrainian Institute, The Irish Historical Society, The Met Museum of Art, The Neue Galerie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Metropolitan Museum of Art Historic District Tour
Workshop |
In this class you will use Photoshop to clean up and modify digital images. Learn how to minimize blemishes, use the clone stamp tool, alter backgrounds, recolor images, and more. This class is taught on Mac computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Intermediate Photoshop: Photo Retouching
Workshop |
In this class you will use Photoshop to clean up and modify digital images. Learn how to minimize blemishes, use the clone stamp tool, alter backgrounds, recolor images, and more. This class is taught on Mac computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Intermediate Photoshop: Photo Retouching
Film |
Starring James Garner, Etchika Choureau, and Jack Warden. The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII. 121 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, William A. Wellman's Darby's Rangers (1958): WW2 Drama
Symposium |
An afternoon of interactive presentations, performances and panel discussions addressing the State of Hip Hop Music, Culture and Community, prompted by student-developed inquiry. Over the course of the semester the class has explored the history, development and Diaspora of Hip Hop through the portal of the Elements (MCing, DJing, Breakin’, Graffiti, Beatboxing, Beatmaking, Photography and Journalism). The guided investigation and independent research have produced Essential Questions into which we’ve dug deep.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Symposiums, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Hip Hop Skills, Style and Science
Concert |
As the first prize winner of the 2008 Dublin International Organ Competition, the 2008 Fort Wayne National Organ Competition and the 2008 San Marino/Elizabeth Elftman National Organ Competition, Joseph Ripka has earned national and international recognition as one of today’s finest young organ talents. Joseph was awarded first prize at the Dublin competition by a unanimous decision of all five international jurors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:15 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Organ Recital: Joseph Ripka
Concert |
Hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players will congregate to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites. Tubists of all ages will line up under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza with the organ-line sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites. The musicians, hailing from across the country, will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented  in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, 43rd Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Concert |
4:00 PM Grant Martin, Drums 5:00 PM Jinglin Zhang, piano 6:00 PM Jorge Roldan, Saxophone 8:00 PM Mark Serkin, cello
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Student Recitals
Classical Music |
Offered by The Girls’ Choir joined with Alumnae and Women from the Adult and Parish Choirs. Nancy Allen joins the choir with her harp. This moving work is a special annual holiday tradition. Bring the whole family, enjoy singing some of your favorite carols and enjoy this choral masterpiece.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Annual Holiday Tradition: A Ceremony of  Carols by Benjamin Britten
Film |
Built exclusively around James Baldwin's words, I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks. 95 min. Shown December 9th - December 15th at 5:00pm and 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Films, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Special Advance Screening: Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro
Classical Music |
Program: Johann Kuhnau: Wie Schon leuchtet der Morgenstern
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Bach Vespers
Classical Music |
Program: Andrey Tchekmazov, cello Lily Friedman, piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Works by Brahms, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Shchedrin
Concert |
Organist: Benjamin Sheen of New York City, NY
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Sunday Organ Recital: Buxtehude, Dowland
Opening Reception |
In this site specific installation Zelehoski explores the relationship between mind and reality by deconstructing and recontextualizing found objects into two and three-dimensional space. Zelehoski divides the gallery with a large-scale immersive structure that requires the viewer to traverse a constructed reality that is seemingly ready to collapse at any moment. The works in Surface Tension oscillate between loosely abstract and tautly symmetrical, utilizing steel cable, structural pipe and even fluorescent light as graphic tools. The result is contradictory in nature, representing the immutability of the physical world and the uncertainty of our perception of it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Michael Zelehoski's Surface Tension: Site-Specific Installation
Poetry Reading |
With: Elaine Equi, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, D. Nurkse, Jerome Sala, Rachel Hadas, Patricia Clark, Larissa Shmailo
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Plume Poetry Reading
Concert |
A festive program with works from Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt to Beriot, Debussy, Johann Strauss and more; performed by NYPS concert pianists, who are professionals in fields other than music. The members form a unique potpourri of influential leaders in the community who work as medical doctors, scientists, engineers, CEOs, and police officers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, The NYPS 2016 Holiday Concert: Debussy, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt
Staged Reading |
Written by Owen Thompson. At the bitter end of the Vietnam War, the very last American soldiers restlessly wait for the fall of Saigon. But two of them share a dangerous secret and will do almost anything to get out of the pressure-cooker of a city before it is taken. A story of wartime passion, intrigue, and betrayal, The Green asks us to consider just how far we would go for love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Staged Readings, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Play Reading: The Green
Tour |
It’s time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all out on the New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Tours, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Holiday Lights Tour
Film |
Built exclusively around James Baldwin's words, I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, Peck matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks. 95 min. Shown December 9th - December 15th at 5:00pm and 7:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
$10 suggested donation
Films, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Special Advance Screening: Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro
Classical Music |
Featuring pianists Eteri Andjaparidze and Marilyn Nonken.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Celebrating Satie: Complete Music For Four Hands
Jazz |
New York-based vocalist and songwriter Marcus Goldhaber “rivals the jazz instincts of Chet Baker and John Pizzarelli,” according to JazzTimes, garnering more critical raves for his “wonderfully imaginative” interpretations of straight-ahead jazz standards while earning a reputation among critics and fans for his accessible songwriting. You’ll see Goldhaber performing in New York’s famed clubs like 54 Below, The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, The Metropolitan Room, Cutting Room, and at prestigious clubs and concert halls from Las Vegas to Miami, having shared stages along the way with the likes of the legendary Les Paul, Billy Stritch, Vince Giordano, and Bono.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Concerts, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Mostly Marcus, Jazz Vocalist and Songwriter
Comedy Club |
This is the city that never sleeps and brunch never ends. Every Sunday they have a token male show, where they showcase the best women in comedy and one funny man, if they can find one...
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Brunch Continued Comedy Show
Workshop |
Learn how to enhance photos using the number 1 photo editing software in the world; Adobe Photoshop. In this class you learn the features of Photoshop and learn about layers and use them to manipulate images to your desire. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 pm
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Workshops, December 11, 2016, 12/11/2016, Photoshop for Beginners
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Play | Comedy by Emmy winner

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Classical Music | Piano works by Chopin and more

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