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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 9, 2021?

25 free events take place on Thursday, December 9 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 9 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, December 9, 2021

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Gallery Talk | Arakawa: Waiting Voices: Exhibtion Tour (online)


A virtual tour of the exhibition with Ignacio Adriasola, assistant professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia. The exhibition features works on canvas and paper made by Arakawa between 1964 and 1984. The artist was one of the earliest international pioneers of conceptual art, and a founding member of the Japanese avant-garde collective Neo Dada.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Gallery Talks, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Arakawa: Waiting Voices: Exhibtion Tour (online)

Film | Roman Holiday (1953): Three Time Oscar Winning Romantic Comedy With Audrey Hepburn


A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. 118 min. Director: William Wyler. Starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert. In 1999, Roman Holiday was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance; the screenplay and costume design also won.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Roman Holiday (1953): Three Time Oscar Winning Romantic Comedy With Audrey Hepburn

Gallery Talk | Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing: An Exhibition Tour (online)


A virtual tour led by one of the Whitney’s teaching fellows. Discover the artist’s intimate work and ask questions in a Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing: An Exhibition Tour (online)

Discussion | The Idea and Ideology of Empire in the Middle Ages (online)


A panel discussion to accompany the exhibition Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800 -1500. The Holy Roman Empire, a shape-shifting entity that underwent continuous transformation throughout the Middle Ages and beyond, provides the framework for this virtual panel discussion, which focuses on the conceptions and understandings of empire that informed political, legal, and historical debate during the period in question. Presented by the Morgan Library and Museum in partnership with the German Historical Institute, this virtual event consists of a brief introduction to the exhibition by its two co-curators, followed by four brief papers and discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Discussions, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, The Idea and Ideology of Empire in the Middle Ages (online)

Concert | Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble (In Person and Online)


Rebecca Kellerman, guest soprano soloist; Alexander Bonus and Patrick O’Connell, cornetto; Barry Bocaner, alto & tenor sackbut; Michael Holmes and Steven Lundahl, tenor sackbut; David Searle, bass sackbut; Bozena Jedrzejczak-Brown, continuo. Considered one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in North America, the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble (WCSE), directed by Michael Holmes, consists of historic brass instrument specialists based in Washington D.C. Assemblages of ‘cornetts’ (curved hybrid brass/woodwind instruments) and ‘sackbuts’ (early trombones; spelled numerous ways) comprised what was the standard brass ensemble of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras of Western music. This program includes music of Hassler, Scheidt, Schütz, Praetorius, Stoltzer, Speer, and Senfl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble (In Person and Online)

Film | Best Foot Forward (1943): Musical Comedy Based On A Broadway Show


Lucille Ball accepts a cadet's invitation to a military academy's senior prom in order to boost her career. Director: Edward Buzzell. Starring Lucille Ball, William Gaxton, Virginia Weidler. The movie was adapted from the 1941 Broadway musical comedy of the same title.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Best Foot Forward (1943): Musical Comedy Based On A Broadway Show

Film | Oliver Twist (1933): Drama Based On A Charles Dickens Novel


An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves. 80 min. Director: William J. Cowen. Starring Dickie Moore, Irving Pichel, William 'Stage' Boyd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Oliver Twist (1933): Drama Based On A Charles Dickens Novel

Discussion | A Conversation with the Filmmaker Behind Fordlandia Malaise (online)


Susana de Sousa Dias's Fordlandia Malaise is a film about the memory and present of Fordlandia, the company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rain forest in 1928 to produce rubber for U.S. car production. Nowadays, Fordlandia is a space suspended between times (20th and 21st centuries), between utopia and dystopia, between visibility and invisibility: steel and glass buildings remain in use while traces of indigenous life leave no marks on the ground. Giving voice to the inhabitants who claim the right to write their own story, the film blends together archival imagery, drone footage, tales, myths and songs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, A Conversation with the Filmmaker Behind Fordlandia Malaise (online)

Lecture | Free Style: Democratic Virtue and the Capitalist Hustle on Russian TV in the Final Days of Perestroika (online)


When murky grand history was unfolding on the streets of Moscow between December 1990 and August 1991, a parallel murky history was taking place in Moscow’s mass media circles, where the old Soviet behemoth of Gosteleradio was rapidly undergoing an evolution towards a post-Soviet market model. At this time, members of Perestroika’s most culturally impactful mass media outfit, the late-night politics and entertainment show View] formed the private media company “VID.” Professor Pavel Khazanov’s talk will consider the vanishing moment between Perestroika and Yeltsinism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Free Style: Democratic Virtue and the Capitalist Hustle on Russian TV in the Final Days of Perestroika (online)

Concert | Works By Trio For Violin, Cello and Piano (Online)


Trio Casals presents a program of emotional work by Joanna Estelle and the late Jacob E. Goodman. Featuring the piano trio alongside flutist Kimberly Reighley, the program explores the heartbreak of tragic loss in Estelle’s Bobby’s Song as well as the familiar melancholy and comfort of a rainy day in Goodman’s Variations for a Rainy Afternoon. Trio Casals performs regularly in Weill Hall (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020), has concertized in the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Holywell Room in Oxford, England, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and has toured China and Romania.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Works By Trio For Violin, Cello and Piano (Online)

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Museumss, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Lecture | Sciascia's Theater: An Italian Playwright's Influence (online)


Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Leonardo Sciascia's birth. This event journeys into the history of Italian theater to explore its language, and its contribution to Italian society and world theater. It will explore Sciascia's relationship with theater - his plays and the theatricality of his writing - and with his fellow countryman, the playwright Luigi Pirandello.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lectures, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Sciascia's Theater: An Italian Playwright's Influence (online)

Comedy Club | Open Mic Comedy Club


Experience stand up comedy in NYC at the historic New York Comedy Club. This open mic features both pro + up and coming comics within the NYC comedy community. New comics are featured each week, and don't be surprised if a celebrity comic drops in!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Comedy Clubs, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Open Mic Comedy Club

Poetry Reading | Air Raid: Describing What Cannot Be Told (online)


A discussion with poet and scholar Polina Barskova about her new volume. The Siege of Leningrad began in 1941 and lasted 872 days, resulting in the most destructive blockade in history. Already shaken by Stalin’s purges of the ’30s, Leningrad withstood the siege at a great human cost. Air Raid takes us through the archives of memory and literature in this city of death. Polina Barskova’s polyphonic poems stretch the boundaries of poetic form—this is what we’re left with after poetry’s failure to save nations and people: post-death, post-Holocaust, post-Siege, post-revolution; post-marriage and post-literature. How does language react to such a catastrophe? How does a poet find language for what cannot be told? This new translation of a leading contemporary Russian poet confronts English excavating its muteness, stutter, and curse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Air Raid: Describing What Cannot Be Told (online)

Opening Reception | Flora and Fauna in Flux: Drawings and Ceramics


Joan Bankemper began this series at the start of the pandemic with ink drawings, on pages from her daily journal (written in isolation) that she calls her “Pod Series.” The drawings began at an intimate scale of 22 x 17 inches and blossomed into a larger, bolder format approximately 44 x 32 inches. Pod is a word with many meanings: it is an elongated seed encased in an outer shell; it is a protective container; or a small, designated group of people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Flora and Fauna in Flux: Drawings and Ceramics

Opening Reception | For Calder (In Motion): A 4-Artist Exhibition


Drawing on inspiration from the sculptor Alexander Calder, the exhibition focuses on four unique painters that will rotate artworks once a week. The idea presents a new form of the exhibition weekly, and allows the show to be viewed not just through one lens, but through a multitude of shifting perspectives. Each iteration of the exhibition will include three artists on view at a time, totaling five unique viewings throughout the duration of the exhibition.  .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, For Calder (In Motion): A 4-Artist Exhibition

Opening Reception | The Yes Men: 'Identity-Correcting' Hijinks


Emerging out of the gathering neoliberal fog of the early nineties, the Yes Men, a creation of Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos (or Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) perform “identity-correcting” stunts in the heart of the corporate beast, exposing a latent brutality ordinarily veiled through a regular barrage of insidious PR campaigns. Confronting corporate-speak with a childlike earnestness (“what if they really did what they said?”) paired with brilliant subterfuge and cunning, the Yes Men’s “hijinks” provide periodic and necessary shocks to a system whose seamless messaging routinely serves as a means to disorient and immobilize the public.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, The Yes Men: 'Identity-Correcting' Hijinks

Classical Music | A Night Of Latin American Composers And More


La Camerata Washington Heights; Víctor Hernández, flute; Jorge Garcia D’Leon, clarinet; Luis Casal, first violin; Charlene Bishop, second violin; Ina Paris, viola; Thea Miserow, cello; Anthony Morris, double-bass; Adán Vásquez, harp. Program Ariel Pirotti (b. 1970) Tangoide Julio A. Hernández (1900-1999) Romanza Aura Marina Del Rosario (1925-2019) Caracola   Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Danses Sacrée et Profane Maria Grever (1885-1951) Te Quiero Dijiste/ Magic is the Moonlight  Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791) Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Introduction and Allegro Marcel Grandjany (1891-1975) Aria in Classic Style  Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) Chanson dans la Nuit  Limited Seats. RSVP required. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination and mask required.
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Concerts, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, A Night Of Latin American Composers And More

Dancing | Salsa Party


Celebrate the art of salsa featuring social dancing and performances with a Latin dance studio. Start the evening with a class led by professional dancers at 6 pm, then dance the night away with live music and enjoy performances by Brooklyn's best Latin dance teams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Salsa Party

Discussion | The Work of Self-Taught Artists (online)


Noted artist and collector KAWS and Valérie Rousseau, Senior Curator of Self-Taught Art & Art Brut, take a closer look into the artist’s vivid interest in the work of self-taught artists. KAWS will reflect on both the impact these works have had on his creative practice and his favorite pieces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, The Work of Self-Taught Artists (online)

Classical Music | Brandenburg Concertos By J. S. Bach


Considered one of the greatest works of the Baroque era, Bach's exuberant Brandenburg Concertos are a marvel of innovative scoring, with each movement showcasing the virtuosity and distinct sonority of a different instrument. Orchestra of St. Luke's grew out of a chamber ensemble that gathered in the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village in 1974. Now St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble consists of 22 virtuoso artists with a diverse repertoire spanning Baroque to contemporary. The ensemble forms the artistic core of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, one of America's leading ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Brandenburg Concertos By J. S. Bach

Symposium | Looting, Loss, and Recovery: A Virtual Symposium (online)


A virtual symposium exploring a range of topics related to the exhibition Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art. The discussion will feature historians Rafael Cardoso, Lisa Moses Leff, Timothy Snyder, and Sarah Abrevaya Stein as well as co-curators Darsie Alexander, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, and Sam Sackeroff, Lerman-Neubauer Assistant Curator. Experts in their respective fields of study, the speakers will address a range of topics including the specific restitution story of a single painting, Max Pechstein's "Paysage" (1912), the destruction of the Jewish community of Salonica [Thessaloniki, Greece], and the efforts of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Inc. The exhibition curators will also provide a video overview of the exhibition. Viewers are encouraged to pose questions for the speakers in the chat during the video premieres. Videos will continue to be available for future viewing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Symposiums, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Looting, Loss, and Recovery: A Virtual Symposium (online)

Discussion | Transforming Moments: A Conversation with Fashion Icon Diane von Furstenberg (online)


Before she was an international fashion icon and a member of the Time 100, Diane von Furstenberg was a young girl growing up with parents who had just survived the Holocaust. Her father, originally from Moldova, escaped the Nazis in Switzerland. Her mother, originally from Greece, fought the Nazis as a member of the resistance until she was captured and sent to Auschwitz.  This is a conversation with von Furstenberg about her identity as the daughter of survivors and how it has informed her remarkable career at the helm of one of the world’s most recognizable brands. She will be in conversation with Dr. Eva Fogelman, renowned psychologist and author of the book Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, Transforming Moments: A Conversation with Fashion Icon Diane von Furstenberg (online)

Author Reading | The Everybody Ensemble: Wildly Inventive Essays (online)


Amy Leach’s new book is filled with praise songs, poetry, ingenious critique, soul-lifting philosophy, music theory, and whimsical but scientific trips into nature, Leach sets off an irrepressible celebration of our oddball, interconnected world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 09, 2021, 12/09/2021, The Everybody Ensemble: Wildly Inventive Essays (online)
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