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

All events, things to do on December 4, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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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9:30 am
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City Walks, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
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Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Midtown Manhattan Tour
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Film |
Stars: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis. Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Norman Jewison's Moonstruck (1987): Oscar-Winning Comedy
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.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Harlem Tour
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Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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See the side of New York City that you have come to know and love through your favorite holiday movies. Visit some of the most iconic spots from favorite films such as Elf, Home Alone 2, Serendipity, Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street. In addition to film sites, you will get to experience some of the beautiful holiday decorations and displays as you walk through the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Christmas Movie Tour
Film |
Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds . At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Mark Sandrich's Holiday Inn (1942): Oscar-Winning Musical
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Renate Lanotte, long time meditator, leads this deep and engaging meditation workshop.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Finding Inner Peace and Calmness through Meditation
Discussion |
With: Margaret E. Crahan is a Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Cuba Program at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Anthony DePalma spent 22 years as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussions, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, US-Cuban Relations: From Obama to Trump
Discussion |
A conversation among Eric Lott, Alexandra T. Vazquez, and Ivy Wilson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism
Lecture |
A lecture with Ying Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of History, Ohio State University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lectures, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Making Confucians in Confinement: Imprisoned Officials in Ming China (1368-1644)
Lecture |
Speaker: Dr. Laura Cordisco Tsai is a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Scholar at New York University School of Social Work. She is a social work researcher and practitioner with over fifteen years of experience pertaining to human trafficking and gender-based violence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lectures, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Understanding the Perspectives of Survivors of Human Trafficking on their Experiences in Shelter Care in Cambodia
Master Class |
Receiving acclaim as a violinist and conductor, Koichi Harada often appears with the New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kioi Sinfonietta, Tokyo among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Koichiro Harada, Chamber Music
Lecture |
The remarkable plasticity of the human brain allows it to acquire new abilities through schooling and education. Reading acquisition recycles several pre-existing visual and auditory areas in order to reorient them to the processing of letters and phonemes. Comparisons of literate and illiterate brains have revealed three major sites of enhancement due to schooling: the early visual cortex, the « visual word form area » (a region specializing for the visual recognition of letter strings) and the planum temporale (a region involved in phonological processing). Dr. Stanislas Dehaene will present a novel longitudinal study in which we repeatedly scanned individual children every two months during the first year of school. The results paint a detailed picture of how the ventral visual cortex and associated language areas are changed, and how reading acquisition competes with the cortical representation of faces. Dr. Dehaene will also show how mathematics affects brain activity, particularly by enhancing the responsivity to numbers and mathematical expressions in ventral visual cortex.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:15 pm
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Lectures, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Educating the Brain: How the Acquisition of Reading and Mathematics Affects Human Brain Circuits
Workshop |
Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Body Blast: Dance and Sculpt
Dance Performance |
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II thrills audiences with the rich holiday customs of the Spanish-speaking world, from Argentina and Mexico to Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Through music, carols and dance, highlights traditions united by a single language, reflecting the influence of Spanish culture throughout the Americas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Navidad Flamenca: Music and Dance
Lecture |
Speaker Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar, Director of the International Human Rights Program, and Co-Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Deportation World: The Challenges of a New Global Phenomenon
Lecture |
Guest speakers: - Samuel Sinyangwe, member of the Movement for Black Lives and a co-founder of Mapping Police Violence, a database of police killings in the United States, and Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence - Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Race in the United States
Lecture |
Lecturer Nicholas Hoover Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, with affiliate appointments in the Departments of History and Asian and Asian American studies. His work focuses on corruption, imperialism, and state formation, and his talk will use the case of the English East India Company in the late 18th century to demonstrate how the politics of imperial administration related to the emergence of "modern" understandings of corruption.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, The Rise and Fall of Robert Clive: A Relational Theory of Empire and Modern Corruption
Film |
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith. A bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post. 108 min.
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Films, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, John Huston's Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967): Carson McCullers Adaptation
Book Reading |
From iPhones and clothing to jewelry and food, the products those of us in the developed world consume and enjoy exist only through the labor and suffering of countless others. In his new book, Bruce Robbins examines the implications of this dynamic for humanitarianism and social justice. He locates the figure of the "beneficiary" in the history of humanitarian thought, which asks the prosperous to help the poor without requiring them to recognize their causal role in the creation of the abhorrent conditions they seek to remedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Book Readings, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Bruce Robbins discusses his book The Beneficiary
Book Reading |
“It is fitting that I’m beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air.” This passage is from the first entry of a journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann’s spellbinding new novel. It is the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany–a house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator’s recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics.
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Daniel Kehlmann discusses his book You Should Have Left
Discussion |
A conversation between Mark Carnes, professor of history and creator of Reacting to the Past, and Stephanie Pfirman (pictured), professor of environmental science and co-creator of EcoChains: Arctic Crisis. By utilizing competition and ownership of the topic at hand, will games lead to more informed decisions? This discussion explores future of gameplay in the classroom.
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, More Than a Game: Play to Learn
Discussion |
Lee Child is one of the world’s bestselling authors. When he wrote his 20th Jack Reacher novel, Make Me, Andy Martin shadowed the master and watched him write it, as described in Martin’s own book Reacher Said Nothing. The two authors discuss the writing process and their unique relationship.
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, The Craft of Fiction
Discussion |
Lead by Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, member of The Washington Post editorial board, writer for the PostPartisan blog, and host of the CapeUp podcast, the discussion will take place with April Ryan, White House Correspondent for American Urban Public Radio, named 2017 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and Michael Steele, former Chair of the Republic National Committee and MSNBC contributor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Race and Politics in America
Video |
Visual AIDS has commissioned seven artists -- Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell -- to create short videos about the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. The video program, titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, is the 28th iteration of Visual AIDS’s longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS looks to prioritize black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic. A talkback featuring commissioned artists Thomas Allen Harris, Cheryl Dunye and Ellen Spiro in conversation with curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett follows the Schomburg screening.
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Videos, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, 2017 Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art
Performance |
Valeria Orani and Umanism NY will bring some of the brightest, innovative, and most engaging playwrights from Italy to New York to develop their pieces through translation into English and public readings of the work. The Italian Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing from Italy to the US. The project restarted an artistic dialogue between the two countries which has been sporadic over the last 30 years. The final selection of the Italian playwrights by the Advisory Board TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Performances, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, The Italian Playwrights Project
Conference |
Knowledge in Flight is a conference investigating the migration of scholars from perilous and intellectually oppressive political settings to new environments that allow them to continue their work and thrive. The program focuses on the institutional forces that have promoted or impeded scholar rescue. The conference explores the topic from a variety of perspectives, including historical, institutional, financial, geopolitical, and cultural vantage points. Ultimately, Knowledge in Flight is aimed at deepening our understanding of the history of scholar rescue while providing insights on today’s refugee crisis. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Knowledge in Flight: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Scholar Rescue in North America
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 our on our 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
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Tours, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Holiday Lights Tour
Book Reading |
Descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugees confront the aftermath of war and, in verse and prose, deliver another kind of war story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Laren McClung discusses his book Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees
Open Mike |
Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at the next edition of Mouth to Mouth. Hosted by poets Sonia Guiñansaca and Kay Ulanday Barrett, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Amir Rabiyah and xoài phạm. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mikes, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
Jazz |
Performance is a central component of every student's education at The School of Jazz, and the Ensemble Showcases are where faculty-led student groups showcase their talent and creativity. The Music of John Coltrane Ensemble is a special repertory ensemble exploring the compositions and performances of John Coltrane. Ensemble director Reggie Workman performed with Coltrane as a member of his band, and develops the ensemble in the spirit of the great Coltrane groups.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Music of John Coltrane Ensemble
Staged Reading |
Young high school student India Ramos and her family battle overwhelming grief stemming from 9/11. Meanwhile, Subway Girl battles Dust Monster for control of the City! Will the Ramos family survive. . . will The City? Presented by the 29th Street Playwrights Collective. With book and lyrics by Michael Wells-Oakes and music by Max Balton, directed by Omar Perez.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Staged Readings, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Breath to Breath: A New Musical About Heroes, New Yorkers, Growing Up, Comic Books and Finding a Place to Breathe
Dance Performance |
Electronic works by competition winners from the Chreubini Conservatory in Florence with Alfonso Belfiore, director of MNT. Esther Lamneck, Artistic Director Sergio Kafejian Composer Douglas Dunn, Choreography
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Dance Performances, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, NYU New Music and Dance Ensemble
Concert |
Hosted by D'Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. Where New York's finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
$5
Concerts, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Singers Space
Jazz |
Performance is a central component of every student's education at The School of Jazz, and the ensemble showcases are where faculty-led student groups showcase their talent and creativity. The Music of Herbie Hancock Ensemble is devoted to exploring the compositions of Herbie Hancock from the early sixties through the seventies. The ensemble discusses and applies many key elements of Hancock’s writing and playing style, focusing on material from his Blue Note albums as well as on his later Headhunters compositions. Hancock’s concepts are applied to every instrument in the band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 04, 2017, 12/04/2017, Music of Herbie Hancock Ensemble
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