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Sat, December 16, 2017
49 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 16, 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 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, 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 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, 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.
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9:45 am
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, 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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9:45 am
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
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.
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9:45 am
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City Walks, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
Workshop |
Whether you are a seasoned professional, a proud shower singer, or someone who has never opened their mouth to sing, Inside Voice allows singers and non-singers alike to uncover the power and beauty of their full 5-octave range while developing a deep, emotive connection to their own unique sound. Through exercises and group songs that are as silly as they are revelatory, "Sing a Secret," the introduction to Inside Voice, shows that the only limits on our voices are the ones we impose on them and that to work on the voice is to work on the self. You’ll learn to harness powerful, heartbreaking, visceral, fragile, and otherworldly sounds you never dreamed were inside you all the while dramatically extending your range, building your confidence, and strengthening the emotional links between you and your voice.
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Workshops, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Sing A Secret
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Calm your senses by starting your weekend on your mat with an open level Vinyasa flow class. This gentle paced yoga practice is focused on linking your breath with your movements to help you build focus, strength, and flexibility.    Instructor Mai Ling is a certified yoga instructor that has additional certification in prenatal and restorative yoga. Her classes are designed to be assessable to everyone and to bring peace and wellness into life. Please bring your own mat, towels, and water. Also, feel free to bring yoga blocks if you'd like to use them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Open-Level Yoga
Hike |
5-6 miles at a moderate pace. Hilly terrain, some trails paved, others wooded. Sheltered so pleasant walking even in cold weather. Water and lunch. Dress for weather, walk cancels only if below freezing or precipitation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
$3
Hikes, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Alley Pond Park Hike
City Walk |
Between 1880-1924, over 4 million Italians immigrated to the United States. Many settled in the neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, where Italian-Americans began to establish a unique culture that mixed the traditions of the old country with the ebbs and flows of their new home. This two hour walking tour visits the churches, restaurants, and infamous locales that have made Little Italy one of America's most enduring and celebrated neighborhoods.
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11:00 am
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City Walks, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Stories from Little Italy
Workshop |
OMG NYC is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - the ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws. 
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Workshops, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Origami Meetup Group
Park Walk |
Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky on a special winter walking tour. This is a 45-minute long tour led by High Line docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides who offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather.  Tours are every Saturday until February 24, 2018.    
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12:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, High Line Winter Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Reading |
Dozens of terrific writers and performers join for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic. Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers, or linger through the afternoon for the whole, spirited tale. Festivities will kick off at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Readings, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, What the Dickens? The Eighth Annual A Christmas Carol Marathon Reading
Talk |
Big Daddy Kane will kick-off the 30th-anniversary celebration of his debut album Long Live The Kane, discuss Afro-masculinity, his novel, and the influential “Dark Gable” persona. Youth ages 13-19 have priority seating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Talks, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Big Daddy Kane: Seminal, Grammy-Winning Rapper
Discussion |
If you collect, read, or are just interested in classic pulp magazines, you want to know about the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. They are pulp readers and collectors who meet once a month to talk about their favorite subject: popular fiction magazines from the first half of the 20th century. They discuss what they've been reading along with new developments in the fields of reprints, movies, TV, auctions, conventions, "new pulp" fiction, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Gotham Pulp Collectors Club
Staged Reading |
Presented by the Instant Shakespeare Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Staged Readings, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy
Screening |
The George Balanchine holiday classic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Screenings, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, "The Nutcracker (2011): Performed by the New York City Ballet
Film |
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera by Woldgang Amadeus Mozart. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment.
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1:00 pm
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Films, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, New York Opera Forum presents Mozart's Die Zauberflote
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, 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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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the one of the most active and most famous squares in NYC through discussions about the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped its surroundings. You’ll hear how the square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on the famous sculpture and so much more! The tour takes place every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Crossroads of New York Tour
Poetry Reading |
Ragged Sky Press presents the launch of Go Deep, a book of poetry and pastels, with a reading and musical performance. POETS: Newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma, Steve Nolan called every person in the country rumored to have the same form of cancer. He was misinformed about NJ DeVico’s leukemia; she had myelodysplastic syndrome. The initial phone call revealed his love of poetry and her love of art. A collaboration—and friendship—was born. Nolan has been writing poetry for 40 years, has spent time in Afghanistan, and as a social worker in the US Army and Air Force. DeVico fell in love with Crayola crayons 56 years ago, but has since moved up to oil pastels. MUSICIANS: Marion Beckenstein (vocal, autoharp, keyboard) has sung extensively with Steve Reich and Musicians, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Music Before 1800 and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, among others.  She has been described by The New York Times as "pure and unflinching" - that is, her voice has.  Bryan Brown (vocal, guitar, keyboard) plays in the post-Nuggetist Shanghai Love Motel of New York City as well as sundry other pre-, post-, and non-Nuggetist ensembles.  He has been described as "flinching, but subtle about it." 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Go Deep: Poetry Reading, Music Performance and Pastels from Ragged Sky Press
Symposium |
Clean Music Matters is concerned about predominant negative messaging in popular music and entertainment that glorifies criminal lifestyles, promiscuity and violence - which has a detrimental impact on multicultural youth and spurs racial tension. Clean Music Matters purpose is to promote, inspire and popularize healthy lifestyles through music in a form youth relate; institute positive balance in media directed toward our communities on a local, regional and national scale; and bridge divides.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Symposiums, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Clean Music Matters Symposium
Workshop |
Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will help you define, design and experience the life of your dreams. Turn your greatest possibility into your reality.
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Design a Life You Love Living
Film |
Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 130 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life (1946): Holiday Classic
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Plays, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Play |
An aspiring director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. Aaron Posner's Stupid F*cking Bird is an irreverent, funny, contemporary remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Plays, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Stupid F*cking Bird: Contemporary Twist on Chekhov
Concert |
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, and directed by John Znidarsic.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Holiday Songbook
3:00 pm
Regular: $55
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Plays, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, A play by Broadway director
4:00 pm
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Theaters, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, An amazing evening of intimate magic
Classical Music |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Concert on Water: Classical Music
Classical Music |
Forty-five minute organ meditations celebrating the diverse repertoire of the pipe organ. The program features the great repertoire of the organ on the 101-rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders. Takes place every Saturday from Sept. 9, 2017 to May 27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Classical Music |
Program: MOZART Divertimento in F Major, K. 138 BORODIN (arr. Sargent) Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2 MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No. 7 in D Minor COPLAND Hoe-Down from Rodeo   Pre-College String Ensemble
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4:30 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, String Works by Copland, Mendelssohn, Mozart
Film |
Celebrate the 90th birthday of Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general (under Lyndon B. Johnson), with a screening followed by a panel discussion.  Maya Wiley, senior vice president for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management, moderates a conversation on Clark’s legacy with Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation; Sara Flounders, principal leader of the International Action Center; Frank Serpico,activist and former NYPD officer; and Joseph Stillman, the film’s producer and director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Films, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Joseph C. Stillman's Citizen Clark... A Life of Principle (2017): Documentary on LBJ's Attorney General
6:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Performances, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Improvisational comedy, played as a sport
City Walk |
About 4 miles. Walk to see Christmas decorations in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. We will eat dinner at a diner after the walk. Call leader to confirm that walk is on. Please use bathrooms at home as this is a residential area. Dress for the weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
$3
City Walks, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Evening in Dyker Heights Walk
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
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Holiday Lights Tour
Tour |
When people think about holiday decorations in New York City, they usually think of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the lavish store window displays. But some of the best sights to be seen are actually in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Starting in the 1980’s, Christmas started getting bigger and brighter out in Brooklyn with each passing year. Expect to see massive, professionally- done light displays (some costing upwards of $20,000!). There is an unspoken competition among the home owners in the neighborhood, so some have added huge lawn ornaments and motorized displays, making for a lavish holiday spectacle. Dyker Heights has truly become a “must-see” for many people during the holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Tours, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour
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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Play |
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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7:00 pm
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Plays, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, The Cherry Orchard: Chekhov's Searing Family Drama
Dance Performance |
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Regular: $30
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Dance Performances, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, A tap dance
7:30 pm
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Plays, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, A play about self-discovery
Classical Music |
Program: KABALEVSKY Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24 MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67   Pre-College Symphony Adam Glaser, conductor               Free;
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Symphonic Works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Kabalevsky
Concert |
The Art Mob, an uncommon a cappella chorus, wows audiences with an oddball mix of offbeat, witty, and occasionally heartrending music from bygone days.  Now in its 37th year, the 15-member Mob specializes in Victorian parlor songs, Sacred Harp hymns, 1920s radio gospel, scary old children’s ditties, Tin Pan Alley numbers, English folk tunes, temperance anthems, jazz and doo-wop. The Fall 2017 concert delves into three of our favorite topics: drinking (or not); thinking (or not); and catchin’ fish (or not). Watch them weave these motifs into a coherent (or not) evening of harmony and fun. They open in ragtime and close in a rhumba. The performance concludes with a sing-along of favorite holiday carols. The Art Mob is: Brent Frederick (music director), Connie Beckley, Hannah Campbell, Gaynor Coté, Martin Donach, Frank Donno, Richard Haas, Lauren Hsu, Amanda Keating, Anne Kostick, Paul Martin Kovic, Emilia Mahaffey, Jaye Maynard, Dean Rainey, and Kirsten Skrinde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Donations requested
Concerts, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Hook, Wine, and Thinker: An A Cappella Concert with The Art Mob
9:00 pm
Regular: $25
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Comedy Clubs, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Stand-up comedy
Book Discussion |
The Giver by Lois Lowry - The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 pm
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Book Discussions, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Book Discussion Group
11:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, December 16, 2017, 12/16/2017, Stand-up comedy
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