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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 14, 2021?

26 free events take place on Tuesday, December 14 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 14 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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26 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted.
        

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel etc. Every Tuesday. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Adult Zumba

Symposium | In Her Garden: Women Artists and Patrons in the Natural Sciences 1650–1800 (online)


A half-day symposium inspired by the installation Women Artists and Patrons in the Natural Sciences, 1650–1800. Women played an important role in the development of the natural sciences in the early modern period. This event will explore their varied contributions by focusing on the intersection of gender, natural history, and practices of drawing and collecting. It will consist of a brief introduction by Austėja Mackelaitė of the Morgan Library. Followed by a discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Symposiums, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, In Her Garden: Women Artists and Patrons in the Natural Sciences 1650&ndash;1800 (online)

Performance | Live Ice Carving, Plus a Holiday Musical Performance


Catch a glimpse of the intricately carved, life-sized ice sculptures depicting animals of all generations gathered together again. NYC-based artist collective Okamoto Studio returns for the ninth year of spectacular live ice carving, transforming ordinary blocks of crystal-clear ice into astounding sculptural works of art. 12 - 1:30pm - Live Ice Carving 1:30 - 2:30pm - Musical Performance by The Mistletones
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Performances, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Live Ice Carving, Plus a Holiday Musical Performance

Concert | The French Parnassus: Chamber Music Of Francois Couperin The Great


The French Parnassus: Chamber music of Francois Couperin the Great Juilliard Historical Performance and Vocal Arts students perform at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church featuring chamber music performed on period instruments. The 110-year-old church is the home of the celebrated Bach Vespers series.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, The French Parnassus: Chamber Music Of Francois Couperin The Great

Concert | Holiday Impromptunes


Enjoy the magic of the season and experience free holiday music performances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Concerts, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Holiday Impromptunes

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
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama

Workshop | Free Plant Swap


Is your indoor jungle overgrowing your space? Do you have cuttings to give away? Do you want to trade for something new or just adopt a new little plant friend? Join this event and meet new plant friends, both human and vegetation! This is a free plant swap. There is no fee to participate. You are encouraged to bring a healthy and pest-free plant or cutting to swap, but it’s not required. Also, please bring your own bags and/or containers to carry your new green friends home. Everyone is welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Free Plant Swap

Discussion | Reckoning With Totalitarianism: The Legacy of Hannah Arendt (online)


Hannah Arendt was many things during her life: an author, a journalist, a philosopher, and a theorist. She was one of the most influential and controversial Jewish figures of her time. Her works include The Human Condition and Eichmann in Jerusalem. This year is the 70th anniversary of her landmark book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, which explores the ways that totalitarian regimes come to power. Join the Museum for a program exploring Arendt's legacy and continuing impact. The program will include a discussion between Samantha Rose Hill, author of the new book Hannah Arendt and the upcoming translation of Hannah Arendt's Poems, and Ken Krimstein, author of The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Reckoning With Totalitarianism: The Legacy of Hannah Arendt (online)

Book Discussion | The Trial By Franz Kafka


Join for a discussion of The Trial by Franz Kafka. In this terrifying classic, Joseph K. is inexplicably arrested for a crime about which he is unable to attain any information and yet must defend himself against the charges.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, The Trial By Franz Kafka

Workshop | Writing Lab


The intention is to give writers the opportunity to read their own work aloud for approximately 5 minutes - followed by brief feedback from the other participants. The Writing Lab is open to the public and welcomes all interested writers of any genre or discipline.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Writing Lab

Concert | An Evening of Caroling in the Park with the New York City Opera (in-person and online)


A quartet of singers from New York City Opera will perform an hour of iconic Christmas carols alongside students from the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts Show Choir, accompanied by a brass quintet featuring artists from Manhattan School of Music. This concert will be filled with your favorite holiday music selections, perfect for people of all ages: "Oh Holy Night," "Jingle Bells," "Joy to the World," "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer" and more. This free performance takes place near the Christmas Tree and can be enjoyed by skaters on the Rink as well as visitors throughout the rink deck.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:45 pm
Free
Concerts, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, An Evening of Caroling in the Park with the New York City Opera (in-person and online)

Concert | New York City Opera Performing Carols At Park


Singers from New York City Opera and students from LaGuardia High School perform an hour of iconic Christmas carols. This free performance takes place near the newly-lit Tree and can be heard by skaters on the Rink as well as visitors throughout the Deck.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:45 pm
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Concerts, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, New York City Opera Performing Carols&nbsp;At Park

Discussion | Gilded Figures: Wood and Clay Made Flesh: Exhibition Discussion


A lively conversation about the unique field of polychrome sculpture by scholars with expertise in the field. Speakers include Jerrilynn Dodds, Hélène Fontoira Marzin, Edward J. Sullivan, Amanda Wunder. Moderated by Patrick Lenaghan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Gilded Figures: Wood and Clay Made Flesh: Exhibition Discussion

Gallery Talk | Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing: A Curator's Tour (online)


Explore the exhibition with Jane Panetta, Curator and Director of the Collection, and Curatorial Assistant Ambika Trasi. Featuring over thirty works from the past decade, The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing is the largest survey of Packer’s practice to date. Her intimate renderings of friends, family, and flowers evoke the art historical genres of portraiture and still life, while also highlighting the politics of representation. For this event, Panetta and Trasi will provide an overview of the exhibition and then take questions from the audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing: A Curator's Tour (online)

Reading | Ways of Seeing: Writings on Drawings from the Jack Shear Collection


Co-edited by Chief Curator Claire Gilman and critic and writer Hilton Als, this anthology takes as its subject what contributor Nick Mauss calls the “singular fluency between drawing and writing.” Als will introduce authors Nick Mauss, Charlie Porter, Brenda Shaughnessy, Clare Sestanovich, and Jennifer Krasinski who will read selections from their contributions to the publication.   The authors were asked to reflect on drawings of their choosing from the expansive collection of Jack Shear—artist, curator, and President of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. The contributions include poignant and insightful stories, poems, personal ruminations, and visual analyses of objects from across countries and centuries resulting in a unique marriage of visual art and literature that testifies to the uncontainable power of art to make meaning over and over and over again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Ways of Seeing: Writings on Drawings from the Jack Shear Collection

Book Club | Fiction Book Group: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee (online)


The group discusses Chee’s book, a “wild opera of a novel” that tells the story of Lilliet Berne, an orphan who leaves the American frontier for Europe and is swept into the glamour and terror of Second Empire France. In an epic, sweeping, soaring tale, Chee plots Lilliet’s cunning transformation from circus rider to courtesan to legendary soprano, retracing the path that led to the role that could secure her reputation—or destroy her with the secrets it reveals. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Fiction Book Group: The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee (online)

Jazz | Gypsy Jazz and Vintage Swing


This Brooklyn group is New York's busiest jazz band. This quartet blends the sounds of New Orleans, Paris, and Manhattan hustle and bustle to form a unique and invigorating show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Gypsy Jazz and Vintage Swing

Discussion | The Animation of Decorative Arts in Eighteenth-Century France (online)


Discover how furniture and decorative arts came to life in the literature, dance, and theater of eighteenth-century France, a theme later explored and elaborated by Disney in the classic animated film Beauty and the Beast. With: Wolf Burchard, Associate Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Met Alicia Caticha, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University Sarah Lawrence, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Met Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, and Institute of Fine Arts, New York University David Pullins, Associate Curator, European Paintings, The Met
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, The Animation of Decorative Arts in Eighteenth-Century France (online)

Film | Final Account (2020): The Last Living Generation of the Third Reich


An urgent portrait of the last living generation of everyday people to participate in Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Over a decade in the making, the film raises vital, timely questions about authority, conformity, complicity and perpetration, national identity, and responsibility. Men and women ranging from former SS members to civilians in never-before-seen interviews reckon--in very different ways--with their memories, perceptions, and appraisals of their own roles in the greatest human crimes in history. Dir. Luke Holland 90 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Films, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Final Account (2020): The Last Living Generation of the Third Reich

Book Discussion | The Kitchen Without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs (online)


The co-founders of Eat Offbeat, siblings Manal and Wissam Kahi, present their very special cookbook, The story begins with hummus — First, through Manal’s dissatisfaction with grocery store hummus and second, the success of using her grandmother’s recipe. How many other family recipes were being made all over the city? Thus, the concept of Eat Offbeat was born. Staffed by immigrants and refugees, the company hinges on three foundations: “The first is to create quality jobs for talented refugees who want to be in the food industry. The second is to build community and build bridges between us cooking in the kitchen, and our customers having our food at home or at the office…” And finally, “…the third goal for us, ultimately, is about changing the narrative around refugees by showcasing a different and a more positive story.” Story is inherent in the book, inspired from its detailed chef profiles to its seventy authentic recipes, which highlight the emotional connection of food and home and celebrate the culinary traditions of Syria, Iran, Eritrea, Venezuela, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, The Kitchen Without Borders: Recipes and Stories from Refugee and Immigrant Chefs (online)

Discussion | Artists in Conversation (online)


A virtual artist talk between the International Studio & Curatorial Program’s art residency manager Alison Kuo and Austrian artists-in-residency Anna Witt and Larissa Kopp & Florian Aschka. During this talk, the artists give an introduction to their art and creative processes and discuss their experiences, artwork, and the future to come.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Artists in Conversation (online)

Talk | Black Women Photographers (online)


Speaker Polly Irungu is a multimedia journalist and self-taught photographer based in New York. She is also the founder of Black Women Photographers, a global community and directory of 700+ Black women and non-binary photographers. She speaks to artists and journalists about Black Women Photographers, building communities, photography, social media, branding, podcasting, media diversity, African media and journalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Black Women Photographers (online)

Discussion | Grey Matter: Parenting and the Science of the Teenage Brain (online)


Focusing on the teenage brain and how the past 20-plus months has impacted teens’ ability to remain resilient, this program examines how parents can understand teenage behavior and best support them during this time of heightened anxiety and stress. Featuring Marina Catallozzi, chief health officer and vice president of health and wellness at Barnard, incoming Chair of Neuroscience BJ Casey, University of California, Los Angeles’ Behavioral Neuroscience Chair, Adriana Galvan, and Professor of Psychology Russell Romeo, with remarks from President Sian Leah Beilock.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Grey Matter: Parenting and the Science of the Teenage Brain (online)

Discussion | Oscar-Winning Actor Mahershala Ali Discusses His New Film Swan Song (online)


Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice — for Moonlight (2017) and Green Book (2018) — and played Boggs in The Hunger Games. He is known to TV audiences from the HBO series True Detective (2019) as well as Treme (2011-12), and for playing Remy Danton in House of Cards. He will talk with the film’s writer-director Benjamin Cleary. Swan Song is a touching and philosophically provocative drama set in the near future. It co-stars Glenn Close as a doctor in charge of a facility that can create human duplicates.d tale is centered on one man’s journey toward answers and self-resolve in the face of death.” The first 300 people who register will receive a private link to watch the movie during a 3-day window prior to the interview.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Oscar-Winning Actor Mahershala Ali Discusses His New Film Swan Song (online)

Author Reading | Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust (online)


 Writer, mother, storyteller, and multimedia producer Chloe Dulce Louvouezo share a stunning collection of essays and photographs featuring the voices of prominent Black women reflecting on self-love, healing, overcoming trials, and finding connection. A companion and culmination to Louvouezo’s podcast of the same name, the book and podcast center personal stories that offer universal insights into topics relevant to modern women’s lives, from identity and family to trauma and motherhood, told through the lens of Black women. Louvouezo is joined by contributors Eniafebiafe Isis Adewale, Nneka Julia, and Julee Wilson for a virtual celebration of their individual journeys and their shared triumph of a book. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 14, 2021, 12/14/2021, Life, I Swear: Intimate Stories from Black Women on Identity, Healing and Self-Trust (online)
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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