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48 free events take place on Thursday, December 12 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 today, tonight, tomorrow and 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 12 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!

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 example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Morning Fitness

Conference | Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue In Post-Conflict Settings


Prevention activism--that is, the effort to record, acknowledge, address and redress the violent past-- seeks to counter nationalist myths and identities that are central ingredients of ethnic and political violence. Its goal is to deny the propensity for the future escalation of violence by acknowledging the role that the misuse of history has played in dividing societies. In other words, by enhancing public discussions about the past, prevention activism has become a central part of the efforts in post-conflict societies, as well as in democratic societies, to come to terms with their violent past. This conference seeks to explore activities that can be defined as "prevention activism", and their academic analysis. What forms do projects and initiatives take to address past violence, and what impact have they had? These projects often range from civil society initiatives, to government-instated commissions, to the work of international bodies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 am
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Conferences, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue In Post-Conflict Settings

Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
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Workshops, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning 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 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | City Hall Tour For Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Tours, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Film | Funny Girl (1968): Oscar Winning Comedy Drama With Barbra Streisand And Omar Sharif


A life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienna and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfield girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein. 149 min. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford. Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. In 2016, Funny Girl was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Funny Girl (1968): Oscar Winning Comedy Drama With Barbra Streisand And Omar Sharif

Master Class | Jazz Voice Master Class


Dutch singer and producer Humphrey Campbell took part in the Dutch Eurovision selection in 1992, when his song Wijs me de weg (English version; Open your eyes) was chosen from 12 entrants as the country's representative in the 37th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Malmo. Campbell finished the evening in ninth place.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Jazz Voice Master Class

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
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Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Bach at Noon

Gallery Talk | Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour


The collection of Audrey B. Heckler is emblematic of the growth of the field of self-taught art in the United States, which manifests a strong interest for African American artists, a consistent attention on American classics, a curiosity for European art brut, and a search for international discoveries. For the last twenty-seven years, Heckler has surrounded herself with excellent examples by the most significant artists associated to this art niche, among them Emery Blagdon, Aloïse Corbaz, William Edmondson, August Klett, Augustin Lesage, Martín Ramírez, Thornton Dial, and Anna Zemánková.
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Gallery Talks, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour

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.
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Tours, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Poetry Reading | Literature Out Loud: The New York Public Library's Best Poetry Books of 2019


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month, poetry selected for the New York Public Library's Best Poetry Books of 2019 will be explored. Gather and discuss brand-new, acclaimed contemporary poetry. All literary enthusiasts are welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Literature Out Loud: The New York Public Library's Best Poetry Books of 2019

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 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Classical Music | Pipes at One: Organ Recital By Organist Performed At Carnegie Hall


Organist Janet Yieh has been appointed as Associate Organist at Trinity Church, Wall Street in New York City. She has performed at such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center, Yale University's Woolsey Hall, Malaysia's St. Thomas's Cathedral, and Japan's Momoyama St. Andrew's University Chapel, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Pipes at One: Organ Recital By Organist Performed At Carnegie Hall

Classical Music | French Baroque Works For Piano and Harpichord


Jessica Park, violin; Robert Warner, harpsichord. Le Concert Spirituel, the Parisian concert series based at the Palais de Tullieries, served as a showcase for the new French Baroque Violin School. Composers such as Rebel, Leclair and Pagin, featured in this program, blended Italian instrumental techniques with the French dance traditions in their violin works. About the performers Praised as an "exceptional talent" by the Frankfurter Neue Presse, violinist Jessica Park has appeared internationally at such venues as the Cologne Philharmonie, Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Vienna Konzerthaus; and stateside at Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Hall (Boston), and Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage and Weill Recital Hall.
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, French Baroque Works For Piano and Harpichord

Film | Ray (2004): Two Time Oscar Winning Story Of Legendary Blues Musician


The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. Director: Taylor Hackford. Starring Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington.  Ray won two Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Sound Mixing.
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Films, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Ray&nbsp;(2004): Two Time Oscar Winning Story Of Legendary Blues Musician

Film | The Kitchen (2019) With Elisabeth Moss: Wives Take Over Their Husbands' Rackets


The wives of New York gangsters in Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands' rackets after they're locked up in prison. 102 min. Director: Andrea Berloff. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss.
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Films, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, The Kitchen (2019) With Elisabeth Moss: Wives Take Over Their Husbands'&nbsp;Rackets

Film | The Miracle Woman (1931) With Barbara Stanwyck: Romantic Drama By Frank Capra


After an unappreciated minister dies, his daughter loses her faith in God, prompting her to open a phony temple with a con man. Can the love of a blind aviator restore her faith and happiness? 90 min. Director: Frank Capra. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy.
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Films, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, The Miracle Woman (1931) With Barbara Stanwyck: Romantic Drama By Frank Capra

Film | The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019): Comedy Drama With Shia LaBeouf


Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. 97 min. Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen.
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Films, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019): Comedy Drama With&nbsp;Shia LaBeouf

Lesson | Getting Started in Genealogy Research


Start your family history research! Learn about the library's genealogy resources, discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information.
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Lessons, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Getting Started in Genealogy Research

Symposium | Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?


What can knowledge feel or look like? How might it move us? What might the emotional and aesthetic effects of knowledge be, in addition to the cognitive? How does one know or come to know? What place do repetition, gesture, rhythm, mimesis, rehearsal, meditation, and travel have in knowledge? Now in its second year, Performing Knowledge is a one-day festival of knowledge performances that accommodate and celebrate contradiction, that find their meaning in specific social contexts, and that may end with a question mark. Prominent scholars and graduate students across disciplines come together to reframe research and knowledge as happy human and intrinsically social occasions. Throughout the day, students and faculty will pesent their research as 20-30 minute lecture performances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Symposiums, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?

Film | The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019): Comedy Drama With Shia LaBeouf


Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. 97 min. Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen.
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Films, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019): Comedy Drama With&nbsp;Shia LaBeouf

Performance | The Full Moon Show: Dead Cows: An Outdoor Performance


Join artist/performer John Pizza for a performance. Come gather — rain or shine, happy or sad, up or down — on the sidewalk outside the gallery. When a young computer programmer falls asleep in front of his TV after work one night, the line between horror movies and real-life blurs. One transformation can only lead to another and what begins as an innocent midnight snack ends with a domino effect of bloodied lives. Using found objects and homemade puppets, a lycanthropic adventure tale unfolds in a small rural town, where no one is safe, especially the cows. John Pizza is a performer, builder, and drawer. He uses trash and thrift-store detritus scrounged in his Brooklyn neighborhood to tell stories and make his shows. He loves the macabre and the mushy sweet. His sculptures are performative, and his performances involve sculptures—an object theatre of weird surprises.
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Performances, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, The Full Moon Show: Dead Cows: An Outdoor Performance

Lecture | "Universityism" in American Culture and Beyond


The university looms in the American imagination as well as its politics and culture. It is often dismissed as an "ivory tower" but it is actually a foremost civic institution, drawing the participation of an overwhelming majority of Americans as well as a major portion of resources. With nearly 85% of younger Americans attending some form of college, 30% attaining BAs, and 20% attaining advanced degrees, we live in the age of higher education. The American university is not only a formal institution but permeates our cultural imagination--in its bearing as an idea, a historical story, a cultural image, a political conception, and an object of policy. This talk proposes that we consider the extent of "universityism" in American culture and beyond. In the period after World War II to now, given the expansion of higher education in the US and its dominance in culture, we might call it the age of higher education. "Universityism" names both a way to describe and an attempt to analyze the age of higher education. Speaker Jeffrey J. Williams is Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
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Lectures, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, "Universityism" in American Culture and Beyond

Discussion | Museum of Capitalism Event: After the Museum, After Capitalism?


The exhibition Museum of Capitalism closes with this panel discussion -- featuring its own curators, researchers, contributors, advisors, and critics - that will consider the role of history and art in activism and speculate on the future of the museum and of capitalism itself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Museum of Capitalism Event: After the Museum, After Capitalism?

Festival | Winter's Eve Festival


A festive evening of art, music, and mingling. You will have the opportunity to shop at the Small Works exhibition and a pop-up for holiday gifts, enjoy lite bites, and upcycle a personal item in need of repair.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Winter's Eve Festival

Opening Reception | Evening in America: Road-Trip Paintings


Edie Nadelhaft's new group of road-trip paintings picks up where her last series left off. Evening in America focuses on the visual nuances and psychological ambiguity of twilight. Nadelhaft draws inspiration from artists, writers and filmmakers whose work explores the subtler (and often stranger) corners of the American experience, including David Lynch, Diane Arbus, Donna Tartt, and Walker Evans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Evening in America: Road-Trip Paintings

Opening Reception | Exposure: Week 3


With: Marcia Annenberg, Joan Arbeiter, Michael Dantuono, Noreen Dean Dresser, Joanna First, Roni Henning, Nigella Hillgarth, Angela Manno, Francine Perlman, Ann R Shapiro
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Exposure: Week 3

Opening Reception | Harry Benson: Behind the Scenes


Photojournalist Harry Benson has been a witness to a great many of the major political and social events in modern history. With an uncanny instinct for being in the right place at the right time, his unforgettable photographs have found their way into the national consciousness. In addition to this monumental body of work there is yet another side to Benson’s career: the fashion world. Photographing the industry since the 1960s, Benson covered what has become the golden age of American fashion - Halston, Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Oscar de la Renta; in addition to the French greats Yves St. Laurent, Madame Grès, Pierre Cardin, and others. This exhibition includes intimate behind-the-scenes photographs of the fashion houses preparing for the runway, the work rooms, the designers at work and at home, as well as the glamorous façade of the models being made up and then in full regalia. We also see the fashion editors and the ladies who lunch who purchase and wear these designs. Benson has documented the enormous effort and collaboration involved in the fashion industry’s most influential players, and he captures the essence of a moment in time.
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Opening Receptions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Harry Benson: Behind the Scenes

Author Reading | Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose


Author Mark Cohen will discuss his new book Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose. The book is about the life of the great American Jewish impresario Billy Rose, for whom the Library's theatre division is named after. Billy Rose was an American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist. For years both before and after World War II, Billy Rose was a major force in entertainment, with shows such as Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt , Jumbo, Billy Rose's Aquacade. As a lyricist, he is credited with many famous songs, notably Me and My Shadow, More Than You Know and It's Only a Paper Moon. Mark Cohen is a writer and speaker specializing in the Jewish American scene. He is the writer of Overweight Sensation: The life and comedy of Allan Sherman, Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim and Last Century of a Sephardic Community: The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943. His articles have appeared in Forward, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, and Newsday.
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Author Readings, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose

Talk | Behind the Scenes at HBO's Series Habla


Author and filmmaker Alberto Ferreras takes a deep dive into the creative processes behind the award-winning HBO Latino series, Habla. Ferreras will discuss casting, the challenges involved in producing a bi-cultural and bilingual series about Latinos for a global cable platform, the importance of using television to build bridges beyond the Latino community and his latest literary and visual projects.
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Talks, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Behind the Scenes at HBO's Series Habla

Author Reading | Nos Stars en Amérique: Shooting French Stars in America


Photographer Jean-Pierre Laffont presents his latest book. A New York-based French photographer, Jean-Pierre Laffont photographed the greatest stars of the 1960s and the 80s, including Charlie Chaplin, Charles Aznavour, Alfred Hitchcock, Françoise Hardy, Yves Montand, Line Renaud, Alain Delon, and many others. His incredible images, which reflect a unique bond between photographer and subject, are now compiled in a beautiful coffee table book just out in France with les éditions de La Martinière.
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Author Readings, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Nos Stars en Am&eacute;rique: Shooting French Stars in America

Talk | Artist Talk: Dawoud Bey


A conversation between artist Dawoud Bey and Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum.
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Talk | Artist Talk: Digital Media, Robotics, Medical Science, and Performance Art


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is one of the most innovative voices of his generation, best known for creating large-scale installations in the public realm. His work challenges traditional notions of site-specificity, and instead focuses on the idea of creating relationship-specific work through connective interfaces. Since his emergence in the 1990s, Lozano-Hemmer has mixed the disparate fields of digital media, robotics, medical science, and performance art into interactive artworks. 
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Discussion | How to Solve Climate Crisis by 2030?


Can we really stop climate change soon? Yes. Low-cost solar plus low-cost battery storage are fast emerging as "the dominant backbone" of a future global energy economy. This event is a conversation on the Solar Dominance Hypothesis: the idea that the 2020's highly will experience a massive global market disruption in energy, so that within ten years 50% or more of power will be produced from solar plus storage. Combined with Green New Deal type policies to ensures justice in the transition, this could open the road to "solve climate"--the energy side--over the next decade. Panelists are Hunter Lovins, Eban Goodstein, Duane Peterson.
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Discussions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, How to Solve Climate Crisis by 2030?

Discussion | Whitman, Photography: Then and Now


Curator Deirdre Lawrence will be in conversation with three artists - Marianne Dages, Daphne Fitzpatrick and Stefan Killen. The discussion will include Whitman's use of photography and how these artists weave photography into their artistic practice.
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Discussions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Whitman, Photography: Then and Now

Author Reading | 1950s in 'Vogue': The Jessica Daves Years, 1952 -1962


One of only seven editors-in-chief in American Vogue's history, Jessica Daves has remained one of fashion's most enigmatic figures. Diana Vreeland's direct predecessor in the role, it is Daves who first catapulted the magazine into modernity. Written by fashion historian Rebecca C. Tuite and organized in thematic chapters, 1950s in 'Vogue' features photographs, illustrations, and spreads from the Vogue archives, as well as unpublished photographs and letters from Jessica Daves's personal archives, revealing a fascinating and previously little-explored moment in the life of Vogue.
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Author Readings, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, 1950s in 'Vogue': The Jessica Daves Years, 1952 -1962

Author Reading | Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War


In “a richly detailed and freshly illuminating musical/political history” (Kirkus Review), Jonathan Rosenberg reveals the surprising connection in 20th century America between classical music and world politics. The work of renowned conductors, instrumentalists, and singers, and the activities of orchestras and opera companies, were intertwined with momentous international events, especially the two world wars and the Cold War.
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Play | Frontieres Sans Frontieres: A Sanctuary Violated


In a nameless country, three resourceful orphans have created a haven of imagination and play. But as the outside world starts to encroach on their space, their sanctuary is turned upside down and their values are called into question. Through spectacle, comedy, music, and language, Frontieres Sans Frontieres challenges ideas of altruism, foreign aid, power, and civilization. A student production. Written by Phillip Howze.
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Plays, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Frontieres Sans Frontieres: A Sanctuary Violated

Film | Roberta Bayley: She Just Takes Pictures (2019): Punk Photography 


The documentary showcases Bayley’s punk-era photography from 1975 to 1986. Among the artists Bayley has photographed are Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Debbie Harry and Blondie, Richard Hell, Elvis Costello, the Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Ian Dury, Brian Eno, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Clash, Dead Boys, X-Ray Spex, Squeeze, and a reunited New York Dolls. Director: Beth Lasch 33 min.
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Films, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Roberta Bayley: She Just Takes Pictures (2019): Punk Photography&nbsp;

Author Reading | The Dolphin Letters 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle


The correspondence between one of the most famous couples of twentieth-century literature. The Dolphin Letters offers an unprecedented portrait of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick during the last seven years of Lowell’s life (1970 to 1977), a time of personal crisis and creative innovation for both writers. Centered on the letters they exchanged with each other and with other members of their circle—writers, intellectuals, friends, and publishers, including Elizabeth Bishop, Caroline Blackwood, Mary McCarthy, and Adrienne Rich—the book has the narrative sweep of a novel, telling the story of the dramatic breakup of their twenty-one-year marriage and their extraordinary, but late, reconciliation. Editor Saskia Hamilton will join Darryl Pinckney in conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, The Dolphin Letters 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle

Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour


See the holiday lights of midtown. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Tours, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour

Discussion | Midtown Local Voices Network: Everyone Is Invited To Be Heard


You can participate in this recorded community conversation on the topics that matter most to you. These recordings will be made available for journalists, decision-makers, and other local stakeholders to tune into real community stories and concerns. Here's how it works: Step one: You'll join a 4 - 6 person recorded conversation with fellow New Yorkers in your community, facilitated by NYPL staff. You'll share real concerns, stories, and ideas connected to your experience living in NYC. Step two: The recorded conversation will then be transcribed, keyworded and posted on a website to be shared with media outlets, local decision-makers, and other neighborhood stakeholders with the goal of offering a new window into issues that are important to our community. This will be a platform where everyone is invited to be heard. Space is limited. Please sign up at Refreshments will be served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Midtown Local Voices Network: Everyone Is Invited To Be Heard

Comedy Club | Overstep Comedy Variety Show


With: Jatin Chhugani, Andy Shartzer, Helen Shih, and Otter Lee Overstep is an all Asian sketch comedy collective dedicated to increasing diversity and kicking ass! Celebrate the holiday season with a fun hour of sketch comedy, stand-up, and more by the Overstep team and their funny Asian friends!
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Comedy Clubs, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Overstep Comedy Variety Show

Talk | Prosecuting Terrorism with Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York


Preet Bharara reflects on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on law enforcement practices from his unique vantage point as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (2009-2017). An advocate for trying 9/11 terrorists in civil courts rather than military commissions, Bharara discusses the challenges of prosecuting terrorism and his role in bringing senior al-Qaeda officials to justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Talks, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Prosecuting Terrorism with Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Discussion | Black Bodies/White Spaces: The Sports Edition


An inspiring conversation between athletes of African descent who participate in sports stereotypically not perceived to be for them. This is a discussion about athletes of African descent who participate in sports stereotypically not perceived to be for them. From elite gymnastics to swimming, fencing to skeleton, certain sports are not commonly associated with Black participation and excellence. Yet the assumption that certain sports do not have athletes of African descent ignores the incredible achievements of Black athletes in these fields, while also ignoring the very real barriers to participation and success that they have overcome in order to get where they are today. For this event, Hall of Fame rhythmic gymnast Wendy Hilliard is joined by – Olympic skeleton racer Simidele Adeagbo, Harlem Honeys and Bears synchronized swim team President Luther Gales, Harlem Honeys and Bears youth representative Justine Hill, Olympic saber fencer Daryl Homer, and Chief Squash Officer at StreetSquash Simba Muhwati – for a conversation about the achievements and experiences of athletes of African descent in atypical sports.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Black Bodies/White Spaces: The Sports Edition

Concert | Two Master Percussionists


Karuna Trio is the musical project of Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph, two master percussionists known for their extensive work in world music, avant-garde jazz, and improvisation. Through their work on Karuna, they are continuing their ongoing research into the connection of the inner life to musical expression, and to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion. For this performance the two are joined by Alex Marcelo on keys.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Two Master Percussionists

Classical Music | Works By Britten, W.F. Bach And More For Viola


Jordan Bak, viola. Violist Jordan Bak's recent performance highlights include an acclaimed performance of the Druckman Viola Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Bak has also been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician at Jordan Hall, Lyric Hall, Dairy Arts Centre, and Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, among others. Program Wilhelm Friedemann BachViola Sonata in C minor Paul Hindemith Sonata for Solo Viola Benjamin Britten Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of Dowland, Op. 48 Carl Maria Von Weber Andante e rondo ongarese, Op. 35
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Works By Britten, W.F. Bach And More For Viola

Jazz | Jazz Vocal Ensemble


The Hunter Jazz Vocal Ensemble performs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Jazz&nbsp;Vocal Ensemble
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, and More

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Musical | A Musical About Love

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