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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 2, 2021?

30 free events take place on Thursday, December 2 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 2 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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30 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, December 2, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Book Discussion | The Emerging Public Realm of the Greater Bay Area: Approaches to Public Space in a Chinese Megaregion (online)


Through illustrated case studies, twenty scholars and practitioners in this edited volume focus on the emerging public realm and the critical transformations of public space in the world’s most populous megaregion —the Greater Bay Area of southeastern China— projected to reach eighty million inhabitants by the year 2025.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, The Emerging Public Realm of the Greater Bay Area: Approaches to Public Space in a Chinese Megaregion&nbsp;(online)

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
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Tours, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | Holiday (1938) With Katharine Hepburn: Romantic Comedy By George Cukor


A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother. 95 min. Director: George Cukor. Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Holiday (1938) With Katharine Hepburn: Romantic Comedy By George Cukor

Discussion | HIV & COVID-19: When Pandemics Collide (online)


Against the backdrop of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, this event considers the status of the two pandemics, lessons learned from the global HIV response that can inform the COVID-19 response, and how COVID-19 has impacted HIV programs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, HIV & COVID-19: When Pandemics Collide (online)

Concert | Midtown Music


Accomplished musicians playing live music in a pop-up performance. Linger and listen for a song or two, come across an unexpected soundtrack during lunch or on your commute home, and be surprised by the melodies of midtown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Midtown Music

Gallery Talk | Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)


This hour-long tour, led by Nicole Haroutunian, take participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)

Classical Music | String Works By Vivaldi And Others (In Person and Online)


Caroline Nicolas, baroque cello and viola da gamba; Kevin Payne, theorbo and lute. This program features a collection of music by composers including Diego Ortiz (1510-1570), Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), Marin Marais (1656-1728), and Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741). About The Performers Cellist/gambist Caroline Nicolas made her solo debut in Alice Tully Hall, New York City. Ensembles she has worked with include Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica, Juilliard Baroque, Kammerorchester Basel and Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein. Festival appearances include the Boston Early Music Festival, Bach Festival Leipzig and Styriarte Festival in Austria. Lute/theorbo artist Kevin Payne has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Morgan Library, Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany, among others. He has worked with noted conductors including William Christie, Andrea Marcon, Richard Egarr, Monica Huggett, Jordi Savall, and Masaaki Suzuki. Vaccination Card required. Masks required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Concerts, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, String Works By Vivaldi And Others (In Person and Online)

Film | On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970): Musical With Barbara Streisand


A troubled young woman who visits a psychotherapist to help her quit smoking undergoes hypnosis and finds herself reliving a tragic Victorian romance from a past life. 129 min. Director: Vincente Minnelli Starring Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart. The movie is recognized by American Film Institute 2006: AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals- Nominated.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970): Musical With Barbara Streisand

Book Discussion | Refuge Must Be Given: Eleanor Roosevelt, the Jewish Plight, And the Founding Of Israel (online)


In this essential history, John F. Sears illustrates for the first time Eleanor Roosevelt's transformation into one of America's foremost advocates for Jewish refugees and Israel. The author will be in conversation with Director of the College Center for Jewish Studies Leah Garrett. Deeply researched and revelatory, Refuge Must Be Given explores in great detail Eleanor Roosevelt's effort to advocate for the Jews of Europe at a time when few would do so. With an emphasis on her role in the establishment of the State of Israel, the book also gives thorough consideration to her work with Quaker leader Clarence Pickett to admit more refugees into the United States, and her relationship with Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles, who, though sympathetic to the victims of Nazi persecution, defended a visa process that failed both Jewish and non-Jewish refugees. Also included is how, as a member of the American delegation to the United Nations, Eleanor Roosevelt came to the conclusion that the partition of Palestine was the only solution--both for Jews in displaced persons camps in Europe and for the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews. Eleanor Roosevelt's devotion to Israel is shown to reflect some of her most deeply held beliefs about community building, education, and citizenship--originating a bond not only between Eleanor Roosevelt and the people of Israel but between her and the American Jewish community,
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Refuge Must Be Given: Eleanor Roosevelt, the Jewish Plight, And the Founding Of Israel (online)

Film | The Little Princess (1939): Drama Based On A Novel


A little girl is left by her father in an exclusive seminary for girls, when her father fights in the Second Boer War. Later, when he is presumed dead she is forced to become a servant. 91 min. Directors: Walter Lang, William A. Seiter. Starring Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise. The movie is loosely based on the 1905 novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, The Little Princess (1939): Drama Based On A Novel

Festival | Artsists And Writers Showing Their Work


B Scene Zine is a tiny neighborhood publication with the goal of documenting, perpetuating and illuminating the arts and commerce of the Avenue B corridor and its surrounding environs. Carpo is an Australian-born artist who lives in NYC. Carpo enjoys making unsolicited additions to existing artworks, photos and postcards with a touch of humor, rebellion and occasional social commentary. Delphine Le Goff. Delphine is a East Village based artist who started to sketch during lockdown. It all started from "let's do something to improve myself!"she drew her apartment. She posted on social media and people liked it. From there, she drew people's living room, then buildings from the neighborhood. Eve Packer. Eve will present her latest book, No Mask No Talk Corona Poems 2020-2021 (w/photos) (autonomedia press). Frank New (@manyourstyle) is a multi-hyphenate creative force, from display artist to fashion historian to self-taught clothier, shop an assortment of face masks, totes, and fabrics + trims for custom orders. Greg Masters. Over the last decade, he has published nine books of his writing with Crony Books. His two latest books of poetry are Collaborations and It Wasn't Supposed to Be Like This. Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes. Three Rooms Press is a fiercely independent New York-based publisher inspired by diversity, dada, punk, and passion. Ron Kolm. Ron is the author of Divine Comedy, Suburban Ambush, A Change in the Weather, Welcome to the Barbecue and Swimming in the Shallow End. Ruth Oisteanu is a collage artist who has been living and producing art in the East Village for 40 years. She creates collages through an uncontrolled creative process that selects a combination of images inspired by surrealism, Dadaism, impressionism, pop art, and fellow artists. Sara Ann Rutherford, painter. Her work has been featured in the inaugural issue of Dumbo Living Magazine and the second issue of Gallery M International Art Magazine. Valery Oisteanu, poet and artist, has been creating artworks since the 70s, mostly drawings, collages and watercolors. He has been showing his art in NYC and abroad in galleries and in literary/art publications.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Artsists And Writers Showing Their Work

Concert | Midtown Music


Accomplished musicians playing live music in a pop-up performance. Linger and listen for a song or two, come across an unexpected soundtrack during lunch or on your commute home, and be surprised by the melodies of midtown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Midtown Music

Discussion | Cinema of the Afrofuture (online)


Host Celia C. Peters explores the short films Star Thieves and The Journey with actors Dennis Hill and Vaneza Oliveira, musician and director Jonathan Ferr and interdisciplinary artist Selam Bekele. About the films: Star Thieves A young priest living on Earth is pulled into an adventure 1,000 years in the making as he discovers he is a member of a tribe of nomadic aliens caught in an intergalactic dilemma. Directed by H. Leslie Foster II. The Journey Brazilian jazz pianist Jonathan Ferr directs this mystical short film, soundtracked to Ferr’s song “Luv is The Way.” Ferr explores the relationship between Aiye and Ona in this time-hopping experiential film.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Cinema of the Afrofuture (online)

Lecture | The Struggles of Immigrant Low-Income Families of Color in NYC as They Home-School During Covid-19 (online)


This presentation is based on a study that examined the inequities experienced by New York City immigrant, low-income families of color with young children during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic closings when work-from-home and on-line instruction went into effect. The themes of community, creativity and connectivity are explored as the participants’ attempt to identify what helped each of their families to make it through this crisis, and the approaches they adopted to cope with pandemic forces that threatened their physical and mental health, and economic well-being.  Speaker Amita Gupta is a professor of early education at The City College of New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, The Struggles of Immigrant Low-Income Families of Color in NYC as They Home-School During Covid-19 (online)

Concert | Midtown Music


Accomplished musicians playing live music in a pop-up performance. Linger and listen for a song or two, come across an unexpected soundtrack during lunch or on your commute home, and be surprised by the melodies of midtown.
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Concerts, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Midtown Music

Festival | Holiday Lighting in the Park


Celebrate the season at the annual Holiday Lighting. Meet Santa and friends*, sing carols on the Plaza, watch an ice-carving demonstration, and take part in other seasonal festivities. The event concludes with lighting a flotilla of trees.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Holiday Lighting in the Park

Book Discussion | Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art (online)


Judith Stein’s biography of the New York art dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-98) illuminates the birth of today’s market for contemporary art, for which Bellamy was its inadvertent midwife. An unconventional, bi-racial Midwesterner with counter-cultural values, he launched the careers of most of the iconic artists of the sixties during the five-year lifespan of his fabled Green Gallery (1960-65). In this talk, Stein will open with reflections on the process of writing a biography. She will then turn to considering Bellamy's passion and peculiar path, alongside the Pop, Op and conceptual artists, mavericks, and minimalists he favored as postmodernism elbowed the past aside.  
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Book Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art (online)

Opening Reception | Homegrown: Group Show


A juried group exhibition featuring 29 studio program artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Homegrown: Group Show

Talk | Ghost Work in Pandemic Times (online)


In the recent book she co-authored, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, Mary L. Gray exposes the invisible human workforce that powers the web. The reliance on on-demand workers to help AI systems run, Gray argues, has only increased during the pandemic, further eroding full-time employment and benefits. Will the post-COVID society create new forms of ghost work, or can technical innovation assist and empower human labor, such as that of trusted health care workers? Gray—a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, a senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research, and a faculty associate at Harvard University—addresses these urgent questions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Ghost Work in Pandemic Times (online)

Festival | Holidays Lights Celebration


Kick off the season at the Holiday Lights celebration. Special guest appearances by Sing Harlem Choir, PS/IS 276 Advanced Chorus, and you-know-who!
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Festivals, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Holidays Lights Celebration

Book Discussion | Nonfiction Forum (online)


A reading with author Kristen Radtke, as she sits down with Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator at the Creative Writing program. Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (2017), and published books Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (July 2021), for which she received a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, and Terrible Men, a graphic novel. She is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer magazine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Nonfiction Forum (online)

Author Reading | The Roman Republic of Letters: Scholarship, Philosophy, and Politics in the Age of Cicero and Caesar (in-person and online)


Katharina Volk explores a fascinating chapter of intellectual history, focusing on the literary senators of the mid-first century BCE who came to blows over the future of Rome even as they debated philosophy, history, political theory, linguistics, science, and religion. It was a period of intense cultural flourishing and extreme political unrest--and the agents of each were very often the same people. Members of the senatorial class, including Cicero, Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Cato, Varro, and Nigidius Figulus, contributed greatly to the development of Roman scholarship and engaged in a lively and often polemical exchange with one another. These men were also crucially involved in the tumultuous events that brought about the collapse of the Republic, and they ended up on opposite sides in the civil war between Caesar and Pompey in the early 40s. Volk treats the intellectual and political activities of these "senator scholars" as two sides of the same coin, exploring how scholarship and statesmanship mutually informed one another.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:15 pm
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Author Readings, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, The Roman Republic of Letters: Scholarship, Philosophy, and Politics in the Age of Cicero and Caesar (in-person and online)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Exploring Identity Across Cultural Landscapes (in-person and online)


Martine Gutierrez, New York-based photographer, performance and video artist holds a conversation on the occasion of her first public art exhibition, Anti-Icon. The exhibition of newly commissioned photographs extends Gutierrez’ exploration of identity across the cultural landscapes of gender, race, class, and celebrity. In ten new works, she has transformed herself into a multitude of roles, reinterpreting a diverse canon of radical historical and mythological figures. to create her show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Artist Talk: Exploring Identity Across Cultural Landscapes (in-person and online)

Lecture | Mary Ball Washington: George’s Good Enough Mother (online)


In this lecture, Martha Saxton, author of The Widow Washington, provides a sketch of the challenging life of Mary Ball Washington, who raised George and his four siblings largely alone—as well as her unfair treatment at the hands of his biographers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Lectures, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Mary Ball Washington: George&rsquo;s Good Enough Mother (online)

Screening | The Light and Legacy of Activist Rachel Cowan: Screening and Discussion (in-person and online)


Rachel Cowan was a civil rights activist, community organizer, the first female Jew by choice ordained as a Rabbi, and a beloved and influential mindfulness teacher. After she was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, her years of mindfulness practice enabled her to model living well while dying. This is an evening celebrating the remarkable light and legacy of Rachel's life. The program will feature a screening of Dying Doesn't Feel Like What I'm Doing, a new film about Cowan from American-born, Jerusalem-based documentary filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Weiman-Kelman, Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director of the Brotherhood Sister Sol, and Jeannie Blaustein, Founding Board Chair at Reimagine End of Life. The discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Marc Margolius, Senior Program Director at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, The Light and Legacy of Activist Rachel Cowan: Screening and Discussion (in-person and online)

Film | Mission: Joy—Finding Happiness in Troubled Times (2021): A Friendship Between Leaders


Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a documentary with unprecedented access to the unlikely friendship of two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. They offer neuroscience-backed wisdom to help each of us live with more joy, despite circumstances. Directors: Louie Psihoyos, Peggy Callahan 90 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Mission: Joy&mdash;Finding Happiness in Troubled Times (2021): A Friendship Between Leaders

Poetry Reading | The FSG Poetry Anthology: Past and Present Verse (online)


President of FSG Jonathan Galassi and poetry editor-at-large Robyn Creswell have a discussion about their new book. The event will feature readings from poets Maureen McLane, Ishion Hutchinson and Carl Phillips. To honor FSG's 75th anniversary, here is a unique anthology celebrating the riches and variety of its poetry list--past, present, and future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, The FSG Poetry Anthology: Past and Present Verse (online)

Staged Reading | Waste Land: A Comedic Picture of Climate Change


This staged reading, written by Magdalena Schrefel, paints the comedic picture of a world where the consequences of climate change and environmental pollution, outcomes that are being conjured today, have already become reality. Both the playwright and the director will be physically present for this one-night-only event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Waste Land: A Comedic Picture of Climate Change

Book Discussion | Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life (in-person and online)


Robert Thurman, a scholar and interpreter of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy for the modern world, leads a joyful exploration into the nature of reality through Buddha’s threefold curriculum of “super-education.” Deeply felt and bracingly direct, his book doesn’t teach about the teaching-it is the teaching. Get ready to get real, and have fun along the way, as you chart a path to reliable, lasting happiness.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, Wisdom Is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life (in-person and online)

Discussion | The Films of Andy Warhol (online)


To celebrate the publication of The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne 1963-1965, this program will illuminate Warhol's cinematic achievements and their relationship to his work in other media. General Editor John Hanhardt, former curator of film at the Whitney, is joined by art and film historian Bruce Jenkins and filmmaker Tom Kalin, editors and contributors to the Warhol Film Project, for a conversation about Warhol's films and their importance to 20th century art history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, December 02, 2021, 12/02/2021, The Films of Andy Warhol (online)
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

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Play | Broadway Actors In A Thriller

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Concert | 'A Superb Performer' and Her Band

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Performance | Courtroom and Political Storis

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Classical Music | Schubert, Debussy and More: Voice and Piano

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