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All events, things to do on December 12, 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 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, 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.
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City Walks, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Kundalini Yoga
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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9:45 am
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Tours, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, 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.
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Tours, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Harlem Tour
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In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” Tours take place every Tuesday at 10am, 11am, 2pm, and 3pm until Dec. 12, 2017.
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Tours, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
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.
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Heart of the Park Tour
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
12:00 pm
Free
Others, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Live Ice Sculpture Carvings by Okamoto Studio
Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar.
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Film |
Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. 127 min.
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12:00 pm
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Films, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Destin Daniel Cretton's The Glass Castle (2017): Noncomformist Family
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 12, 2017 to May 23, 2018.
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Bach at Noon
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Organist and composer Thomas Fielding is director of music and liturgy for St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs’ School of Music. He has taken first prize in the national Arthur Poister (Syracuse, NY) and San Marino (CA) performance competitions, has won several national composition prizes, has been the recipient of several full-tuition scholarship awards at IU and, as an undergraduate, won several music prizes offered by his alma mater Valparaiso University.
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Prism Concert: The Organ Series
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 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
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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Tours, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Discussion |
Faculty members Richard Schechner and Barbara Browning have a discussion and Q&A that breaks down stereotypes of what it means to age. Exploring personal, practical and literary perspectives on aging.          
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Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Stereotypes of Aging
Slide Lecture |
As the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office, Pete Souza captured the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama’s presidency in an unprecedented detail, that brought us, the viewers, inside the life of the man and the White House. Pete Souza’s images allowed us all to be a proverbial fly on the wall in ways never captured before. In this presentation Souza will show some of his iconic images and discuss what it is like to be a photographer tasked with recording history. A book signing will follow his talk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Slide Lectures, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Photographer Pete Souza discusses his book Obama: An Intimate Portrait
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.
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Mark Sandrich's Holiday Inn (1942): Oscar-Winning Musical
Film |
Captured over two years, this is a feature length documentary about four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype. 98 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Films, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Emily Abt's Daddy Don’t Go (2015): Disadvantaged Fathers
Book Discussion |
Discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Ottendorfer Book Club
Other |
Immerse yourself in virtual reality and other holiday must-haves from PlayStation for kids, teens, and adults alike. This family-friendly event will include an exclusive Sony PlayStation gift bag for the first 350 attendees. Enjoy light bites and a signature holiday mocktail from Flatiron's own Merakia restaurant while you test out the latest technology and games for your holiday wish list.
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6:00 pm
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Others, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Flatiron Holiday Gift Preview Party
Opening Reception |
An exhibition of work by third-year BFA Interior Design students.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, M’Bongi: A Place of Non-Warship: Student Exhibition
Concert |
Music and Collective Action students will present No Small Voices: Music For Immigrant Rights. This event will feature artists from a diverse range of musical genres as well as an original art installation to support DACA and raise awareness for Dreamers and the wider immigrant community in the US. 
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, No Small Voices: Music for Immigrant Rights
Workshop |
Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm, and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment .
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Workshops, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Meditation at the Library
Forum |
Elana K. Arnold writes for and about children and teens. She has titles published and forthcoming from Random House, Harper Collins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lerner Press, and Simon & Schuster. Some of her books have been included on the LA Public Library’s Best Books of the Year list, the Bank Street Best Book list, the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, have been ALAN picks, and have been selected for inclusion in the Amelia Bloomer Project (feminist books for young readers).
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Forums, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Writing for Children and Young Adults Forum
Film |
Stars: Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks. A holiday fable that tells the story of an elderly man discovering love for the first time. 92 min.
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Films, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Nik Fackler's Lovely, Still (2008): Old Man's First Love
6:30 pm
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Book Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Book launch by internationally renowned photographer
Talk |
Boris Efimov (1900-2008) was the most prolific Soviet propagandist. Over the course of his astonishing career, which spanned the entirety of the Soviet experiment, he estimated that he published 35,000 cartoons in publications such as Izvestiia, Krokodil, and Ogonek. Efimov’s cartoons allow us a chance to see consistent themes, figures, and mentalities within Soviet culture from beginning to end. Stephen Norris is Professor of History and Interim Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. His research focuses on Russian visual culture and propaganda.  He is the author of two books, A War of Images: Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity, 1812-1945 (2006) and Blockbuster History in the New Russia:  Movies, Memory, Patriotism (2012).  He is currently writing a biography of Boris Efimov.
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Talks, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Communism’s Cartoonist: Boris Efimov and Soviet Political Caricatures
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Regina José Galindo was born in 1974 in Guatemala City. She has completed residencies with Le Plateau, Paris (2005); Artpace, San Antonio, Texas (2008); and Chateau Třebešice, Czech Republic (2009). In her most celebrated work, Who Can Erase the Traces? (2003), she walked barefoot through the streets of Guatemala City, from the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura to the Corte de Constitucionalidad, carrying a basin filled with human blood into which she periodically dipped her feet.
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Talks, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Artist Talk: Regina José Galindo
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.
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Book Reading |
Everybody knows they should be eating more vegetables. Maybe you'd actually do it, too, if vegetables weren't so damn boring. Vegetarian chef Eddie McNamara has written the most entertaining cookbook you’ll read this year. With the right balance of attitude and reassurance, the chef, who describes himself as “a less attractive, heavily tattooed and bearded Rachael Ray,” shows us how to eat “healthy-ish,” save a few bucks, and enjoy our meals.
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Book Readings, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Chef Eddie McNamara discusses his book Toss Your Own Salad: The Meatless Cookbook with Burgers, Bolognese and Balls
Discussion |
The Second Tuesday series is proud to present a tribute to Mark Merlis, who gave us the novels American Studies, An Arrow's Flight, Man About Town, and, most recently, JD. Speakers including Christopher Bram, Scott Heim, William Johnson, Paul Russell, Michael Lowenthal, Patrick Merla, Ed Sikov, and William Sterling Walker will recall Merlis’ life.
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Discussions, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, A Tribute to Writer Mark Merlis
Slide Lecture |
Antonio M. Rosario is a professional photographer and filmmaker who shoots predominantly on the street, teaches street photography, and is one of the hosts of a popular photography podcast called "Street Shots." Following in the footsteps of his father, also a photographer, Antonio studied at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He began his career in the industry working as a photo editor for many years, before finally taking the plunge and quitting his day job to become a full-time photographer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Photographer Antonio Rosario shows his work
Concert |
Organist: Yuejian Chen
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Sacred Sounds: Organ Concert
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This is an introductory meditation classes were featured in New York Magazine’s top picks (4 stars). Each session is intended to stand alone, attendence at previous sessions is not required. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
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Workshops, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Introduction to Meditation
Play |
The Mobile Unit celebrates the 60th anniversary of its inaugural tour in 1957 which began with a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Joseph Papp.
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Plays, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
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The Cherry Orchard takes place on the grounds of Ranevskaya's estate, somewhere in the provinces of Russia. Unless the family can raise enough money to save it, the estate will have to be sold to clear her debts. Several plans are concocted, one of which entails cutting down their famous cherry orchard. But no one plan is settled upon. As August approaches, when the estate must be auctioned off to meet the mortgage payments, what unfolds in the household is a farewell of bittersweet beauty.
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Plays, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, The Cherry Orchard: Chekhov's Searing Family Drama
7:00 pm
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Plays, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, A play by Broadway director
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Plays, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Broadway star in a comedy
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Plays, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Revival of a Tony nominated Broadway show
7:30 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Blues with a Twist
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Plays, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Revival of Tony winning Broadway play
8:00 pm
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Performances, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, A play about great mysteries of life
Classical Music |
PROGRAM: Johann Strauss Overture to Die Fledermaus Samuel Barber Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Columbia University Orchestra performs works by Barber, Brahms, Strauss
9:30 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Blues with a Twist
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Concerts, December 12, 2017, 12/12/2017, Tribute to a legendary musician
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