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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 18, 2018?

36 free events take place on December 18 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out December 18 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of December . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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All events, things to do on December 18, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
free events nyc Nigeria: A Failed State? : a close look on Africa's most populous country
free events nyc Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy Discussion with the author at the 10th anniversary of publishing

Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 28, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Morning Fitness

Workshop | Kundalini Yoga


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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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Kundalini Yoga

Tour | 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Lesson | Chinese chess


Strategy board game for two players. Learning, interacting and having fun with Chinese chess.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Chinese chess

Workshop | Zumba Jumpstart


A fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of Salsa, Merengue, Hip Hop and more! Enthusiastic Instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new dance steps each week. Bring your friends! Tuesdays, October 2 through December 18, 2018
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Zumba Jumpstart

Workshop | Resume Help


Applying for a job? Update your resume, or even start from sratch. Learn how to craft a resume that will help you land that interview.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Resume Help

Film | Elf (2003): Fantasy comedy with Will Ferrell


After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Director: Jon Favreau. Starring James Caan, Bob Newhart. 97 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Elf (2003): Fantasy comedy with Will Ferrell

Jazz | Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen


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. Doors open at 11:45 am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Film | BlacKkKlansman (2018): Comedy crime by Spike Lee


Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier.  135 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, BlacKkKlansman (2018): Comedy crime by Spike Lee

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Public Speaking


Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. A continuing series held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, this program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Public Speaking

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank 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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Tours, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Lesson | Spanish Conversation Circle


Are you looking to practice your Spanish language skills? If you are at an intermediate or high beginner level and would like to practice conversational Spanish, this meetup is for you! One hour a week you will join others to practice Spanish conversations self-guided but with subject prompts.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Spanish Conversation Circle

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

Workshop | Adult Colormania Club


If you're an adult looking for a fresh, new activity that will help bring stress relief to your busy life, try the new coloring club. Sitting down to color a picture can be effective as meditation in reducing stress.  Materials will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Adult Colormania Club

Film | Ace High (1968): Italian Western Comedy


A recently-escaped bandit forms an unlikely alliance with two bounty hunters and an acrobat to get revenge against the people who framed him. Director: Giuseppe Colizzi. Starring Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Eli Wallach. 122 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Party | Traditional English afternoon tea


English-style tea, black tea, Pally's rich tea biscuit will be served. “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. While the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
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Film | Nigeria: A Failed State? : a close look on Africa's most populous country


Political repression, rampant corruption, ethnic and sectarian strife, crumbling infrastructure, energy shortages, and an economy hooked on oil and mining all make Africa’s most populous country a basket case, according to this hard-hitting jeremiad. Robert Nwadiaru ranges through Nigeria’s history since it gained independence in 1960, finding in it a story of vast potential and natural resources that have been squandered by misrule.  A former Religious Brother, Nwadiaru has passion for what happens in human society. He has written many articles in a variety of publications.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Films, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Nigeria: A Failed State? : a close look on Africa's most populous country

Workshop | Domino Club


Have fun playing dominoes! Ongoing, Thursdays at 4pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Domino Club

Author Reading | Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy Discussion with the author at the 10th anniversary of publishing


Professor and author Stephen Duncombe will discuss his book Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy, now in re-print to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its publishing. Stephen Duncombe is the author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture, co-author of The Bobbed Haired Bandit: Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York, editor of the Cultural Resistance Reader, and co-editor of White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Author Readings, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy Discussion with the author at the 10th anniversary of publishing

Workshop | Meditation at the Library


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, 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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Workshop | Writing Club: Minimalism


An evening of free-form creative writing! No formal writing experience is required, just enthusiasm and curiosity to see where writing takes you. December session, will be on blackout poetry, created by blacking out words from a photocopy of literature and interpreting the result on the page as a minimalist poem. After learning you can continue writing your own poems in the same minimalist tradition!
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Writing Club: Minimalism

Workshop | Achieve Your Goals in 2019: Practical Steps for You & Your Business


How would it feel to look back a year from now and realize that you achieved all the goals you had set for 2019?  Much has been said and written about accomplishing goals, but not everything works for everybody. The key is to take what works for you and stick to it.  But how do you know what works for you? Something has to work because, in the same amount of time, some people achieve a lot while others don’t… Come listen to Helena Escalante as she will share practical knowledge from the experts on how to achieve your goals to make 2019 your best year so far! She is an avid reader (100+ books per year) who has interviewed many authors on the topics of productivity, leadership, marketing, sales, psychology,  and  general business topics.
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Workshops, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Achieve Your Goals in 2019: Practical Steps for You & Your Business
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Concerts, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Tribute to a famous artist

Screening | Hierophant Hysteria: Short Works by Female Filmmakers


These films rupture the mirage of a smooth, canonical, singular female body in visual history. Instead, they present a plurality of perspectives, giving voice to the body, rejecting the conception of womanhood that generations of reclining nudes have created. The figures in the films of Hierophant Hysteria are energized, not complacent or recumbent. They are makers, hunters, athletes, protagonists, and doers. The women of these films stare back at the audience, calling on us to see the world with active eyes. A hierophant (Ancient Greek: ἱεροφάντης) is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy. The word comes from ancient Greece, where it was constructed from the combination of ta hiera, "the holy", and phainein, "to show". (Wikipedia) Works in show: Mavi Philips, La Petite Mort: 10 min. Rose Nestler, Gymnasia: 10 min. Jennifer Reiland, La Voisin: 2 min. Katy McCarthy, The Posers: 16 min. Jennifer Reiland, Three of Cups: 4 min. Joiri Minaya, Siboney: 10 min.
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. Featuring: Grant Jacoby Samantha Mohr Thomas Tyger Moore
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Dance Performances, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Dance Works-in-Progress

Author Reading | Jane Benson: A Place for Infinite Tuning


This book surveys the landscape of British-born, New York based artist Jane Benson’s acute, yet lyrical practice, forging  a trajectory through the past decade as she splits, fractures and skews archetypal structures into poignant re-assemblies. It is Benson’s first major monograph, printed on the occasion of her 2017 survey exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Notions of creation and destruction may seem diametrically opposed, but their uneasy, yet generative exchange has re-shaped the face of both art and the world it reflects. With a delicate, but poignant approach to dismantling and rebuilding, Benson has conducted a systematic campaign of deconstruction since the beginning of her career. Seeking to better reflect the multiple facets of the self as well as families separated by war, travel and trade, her amalgams forge a nascent place for renewal, plurality and gathering. This book surveys work from the past fifteen years of Benson’s practice, discussing installations, video, drawing, sculpture and performances that regenerate familiar objects, texts and settings into vexing new formations.
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Lecture | Settler Colonialism, Land, Capitalism, and US Social Movements


Speaker Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma. As a veteran of the ‘60s revolution, she has been involved in movements against the Vietnam War and imperialism, union organizing, and was one of the founders of the Women's Liberation Movement in the late 1960s. Since 1973, she has worked with indigenous communities for sovereignty and land rights and helped build the international indigenous movement. She is professor emerita at California State University East Bay, and author of numerous scholarly indigenous related books and articles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Settler Colonialism, Land, Capitalism, and US Social Movements

Workshop | Introduction to Meditation


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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Musicals, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Sci-fi musical
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Plays, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, A romantic drama

Classical Music | Former Metropolitan opera concertmaster perform pieces by Gerwshin, Bernstein and more


Grammy-nominated former Metropolitan Opera concertmaster Elmira Darvarova, violin; Amy Zoloto, clarinet, Howard Wall, horn, Thomas Weaver, piano. Program Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue  Yui Kitamura A Bird and a Hawthorn Tree  David Amram Violin Sonata Piazzolla Cafe 1930  Bramwell Tovey  New Work  ...and works by Bernstein, Koechlin, Kahn, and Villa-Lobos.
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Concerts, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Former Metropolitan opera concertmaster perform pieces by Gerwshin,  Bernstein and more

Comedy Club | Broadwalk Comedy Show


A weekly stand-up comedy show in the East Village that showcases some of the best comics the city has to offer. This week’s comedians: Scott Rogowksy (HQ) Nore Davis (Conan) Christi Chiello (Just For Laughs) Sam Taggart (Comedy Central)
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Comedy Clubs, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Broadwalk Comedy Show
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Performances, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Emmy winning comedian
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Plays, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, A drama about marriage issues
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Concerts, December 18, 2018, 12/18/2018, Tribute to a famous artist
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Musical | Sci-fi musical

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Play | A holiday comedy

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Play | A drama written by a bestselling author

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