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35 free events take place on Thursday, December 19 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 19 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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free events nyc Works By Beethoven, Prokofiev And Robert Schumann For Piano
free events nyc Instituto Coreografico: Showcasing Choreographer Ramon Oller
free events nyc Composers Concordance: Eclectic Bands Perform Latin Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban And More
free events nyc Salsa Group's 10th Anniversary Celebration
free events nyc Ensemble Performs Works By JS Bach
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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 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Morning Fitness

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, 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
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Film | Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama


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. Director: Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.  It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama

Film | Holiday Inn (1942): Oscar Winning Musical


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. Director: Mark Sandrich. Starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds. Holiday Inn received a 1943 Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Score and Best Original Story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Holiday Inn (1942): Oscar Winning Musical

Concert | Christmas Caroling


Performances of classic Christmas carols and other holiday songs
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Christmas Caroling

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Classical Music | Pipes at One: Organ Recital With Karen Christianson


Organist Karen Christianson has given more than 60 solo recitals at some of the most prestigious venues in North America and Europe. She has performed extensively in England, including at Gloucester Cathedral, Coventry Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral and Ely Cathedral. Last year, she performed her second solo recital at Westminster Abbey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Pipes at One: Organ Recital With Karen Christianson

Classical Music | The Joy Of Advent And Christmas In Renaissance Europe


Vox Fidelis celebrate the joy of Advent and Christmas in renaissance Europe. Featuring such great Renaissance composers as Palestrina, Victoria, Praetorius, and Byrd; this concert will offer a sumptuous buffet of your seasonal favorites from across renaissance Europe. About the performers Vox Fidelis is a professional choir which specializes in sacred Renaissance polyphony, its cultivation and promotion, and its place in traditional sacred liturgy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free
Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, The Joy Of Advent And Christmas In Renaissance Europe

Film | A Christmas Story (1983): Christmas Comedy Set In 1940s


In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. 94 min. Director: Bob Clark. Starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin.  In 2012, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, A Christmas Story (1983): Christmas Comedy Set In 1940s

Film | Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) With Samuel L. Jackson And Jake Gyllenhaal: Spider-Man Around The World


Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. 129 min. Director: Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal.
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Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) With Samuel L. Jackson And Jake Gyllenhaal: Spider-Man&nbsp;Around The World

Film | The Twelve Chairs (1970): Comedy Adapted From A Russian Novel


In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution. 94 min. Director: Mel Brooks. Starring Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella. The film was one of at least 18 film adaptations of the Russian 1928 novel The Twelve Chairs by Ilf and Petrov.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, The Twelve Chairs (1970): Comedy Adapted From A Russian Novel

Film | The Weekend (2018): Comedian Goes On A Holiday With Ex- Boyfriend and His New Girlfriend


A comedian goes away for the weekend with an ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. 87 min. Director: Stella Meghie. Starring Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, The Weekend (2018): Comedian&nbsp;Goes On A Holiday&nbsp;With Ex- Boyfriend and His New Girlfriend

Film | Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) With Samuel L. Jackson And Jake Gyllenhaal: Spider-Man Around The World


Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. 129 min. Director: Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal.
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Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) With Samuel L. Jackson And Jake Gyllenhaal: Spider-Man&nbsp;Around The World

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama !!!CANCELLED!!!


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. Director: Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, !!!CANCELLED!!! Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama !!!CANCELLED!!!

Classical Music | Works By Beethoven, Prokofiev And Robert Schumann For Piano


Huan Li, piano. As a soloist, pianist Huan Li has performed in venues in Asia, North America, and Europe. She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, and the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. Program Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No.7 In D Major, Op. 10 No. 3 Robert Schumann Piano Sonata No.3 In F minor, Op.14 Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Works By Beethoven, Prokofiev And Robert Schumann For Piano

Book Club | Trust Exercise: Fiction Novel Hailed By Washington Post


Trust Exercise is a 2019 coming-of-age novel by Susan Choi. Sarah and David come from different socio-economic backgrounds: Sarah lives with her mother in poverty; David's family is financially comfortable. They fall in love despite their contrasting circumstances, but their relationship ends in a bitter breakup. "This author never takes you where you thought you were going, but have faith: You won't be disappointed." - The Washington Post "Trust Exercise is an elaborate trick; it's a meta work of construction and deconstruction, building a persuasive fictional world and then showing you the girders, the scaffolding underneath, and how it's all been welded together." - The Atlantic 
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Book Clubs, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Trust Exercise: Fiction Novel Hailed By Washington Post

Opening Reception | Live Painting Performance and Painting Workshop By Japanese Artists


Enjoy Artworks by Japanese artists' live painting performance and Japanese painting Workshop! Artist "Colorhythm Risa" will show her live painting performance. Also, at the workshop, Nobuyo Sakakibara will show you how to use mineral pigments and metal foils, and you will paint your own images of a starry sky or the universe on small square poetry cards.
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Opening Receptions, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Live Painting Performance and Painting Workshop By Japanese Artists

Book Signing | American Goddess: Jean Patchett


Jean Patchett was both model and muse, a famous face from New York’s vibrant midcentury popular culture and the most successful high-fashion model of her time. With authors Robert and Lois Lilly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, American Goddess: Jean Patchett

Opening Reception | Exposure: Week 4


With: Jacqueline Barnett, Igor Bogojevic, Rachel Klein, Susan Lerner, Jack Maiorino, Lindsey Milazzo, Bari Mohammed, Wendy Moss, Carol Paik, Srividya Ramachandran
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Opening Receptions, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Exposure: Week 4

Opening Reception | Murder in the Adirondacks: All-Pervasive and Bodiless


A solo exhibition by Madeleine Bialke. At the turn of the century, a man murdered a woman on a secluded lake in the northern wild. Sensationalized, the story swept the nation and became an American tragedy, due to the sublime setting and a rags-to-riches origin story that turned into horror. In these paintings, this murderer is all-pervasive and bodiless. The crime stemmed from actions and decisions committed long ago that have current and future ramifications. These fragile figures navigate an altered landscape, haunted by saturated sunsets and looming pines. Nature, here, is performative, simplified and unbalanced. 
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Opening Receptions, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Murder in the Adirondacks: All-Pervasive and Bodiless

Workshop | DrawNow! Workshop


People of all ages are invited to take part in an interactive event—presented in Spanish and English—guided by teaching artist Ada Pilar Cruz and creative writing teacher Jamie Maleszka. Participants will collaboratively engage with the drawings on view, as well as works generated by the Words Uncaged writers, who are currently detained at the Calipatria Correctional Facility in California.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, DrawNow! Workshop

Dance Performance | Instituto Coreografico: Showcasing Choreographer Ramon Oller


Get an inside look at the reconstruction of Good Night Paradise from Ramon Oller returning to The Joyce Theater in 2020 for Ballet Hispanico's 50th Anniversary New York Season. Instituto Coreografico provides the audience the opportunity to respond, reflect, and enter into a cultural dialogue with artists about dance and culture. Born in Barcelona in 1962, he studied at the Theatre Institute of the Barcelona regional government, debuting with the Gelabert-Azzopardi Company. His first choreography, Dos Dies i Mig won second prize at Tortola Valencia Choreography Competition in 1984. He founded the Metros Company in 1985 where he premiered most of his work. He choreographed Naranjas y Limones alongside Jean-Christophe Maillot for the National Choreography Centre in Tours. He has served as choreographer for other companies such as the Spanish National Dance Company of the National Ballet of Spain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Instituto Coreografico: Showcasing Choreographer Ramon Oller

Discussion | Your Move: Games, Migration, and Social Impact


A panel discussion exploring the role of digital games in building  empathy for im/migrants. In 2019, more people are living outside their country of birth than ever before. Millions of people migrating experience detention, live in refugee camps, and must make difficult decisions about their future. Can games help us understand the experiences of migrants around the world? Could play inspire us to create real change? In this conversation, game designers and researchers discuss how recent digital games have presented stories and choices of migration, and how they see play as a key to building empathy. Speakers: Susana Pollack, President of Games for Change Nick Fortugno, Chief Creative Officer and game designer at Playmatics, partner in The Waiting Game
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Discussions, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Your Move: Games, Migration, and Social Impact

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
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Tours, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour

Concert | Composers Concordance: Eclectic Bands Perform Latin Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban And More


"For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label." - The Wall Street Journal "Enterprising new music organization" - The New York Times "The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way....ingenious fun" - Classical-Modern Music Review Diverse musical groups assemble for an evening of 'Eclectic Bands' and great food. La Banda Ramirez plays a range of Afro-Cuban, Salsa, and Latin Jazz. Stefan Zeniuk's Creatures performs a loud, brash, avant-garde fusion to subvert the listener away from their daily life.
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Composers Concordance: Eclectic Bands Perform Latin Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban And More
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Plays, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Winter story for kids!

Opera | Arias And Duets From Contemporary Opera


Arias and duets from contemporary operas will be performed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Arias And Duets From Contemporary Opera

Classical Music | Ensemble Performs Works By JS Bach


New York Baroque Incorporated and Richard Egarr come together for a joyous evening of Johann Sebastian Bach: his Brandenburg Concertos No. 5 and 6, featuring a crazed harpsichordist and solos for the underdogs. As well as massively fun dance suites for the whole orchestra! Program Orchestral Suite No. 1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Orchestral Suite No. 3
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Ensemble Performs Works By JS Bach
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Plays, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Family Drama

Concert | Salsa Group's 10th Anniversary Celebration


Founded in Venezuela by bandleader Carlos Padron, Rumberos del Callejon is a project created by the Padron family that blends classical and new salsa to perfection. After a decade which produced three albums (with a fourth in progress), this outstanding group remains fiercely dedicated to making great music for salsa lovers worldwide and taking their musical project to the next level. For Rumberos del Callejon's latest album, Decimo Aniversario (10th Anniversary), Padron has gathered some of the greatest and most recognized voices on the scene: Tito Nieves, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Maelo Ruiz, Domingo Quinones, Luis Fernando Borjas, Rodrigo Mendoza, Wilmer Lozano Angelito Vallenilla, and more. Rumberos del Callejon invites you to join them at the Atrium for a night of dance in celebration of ten years of unstoppable, delirious rhythms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 19, 2019, 12/19/2019, Salsa Group's 10th Anniversary Celebration
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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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