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46 free events take place on Thursday, December 1 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!

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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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46 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, December 1, 2022

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free events nyc The Balkans and the Middle East: Contrasts and Parallels (online)
free events nyc Traditional Christmas Music From Europe and America (In Person and Online)
free events nyc Holiday Lights Celebration
free events nyc Stay True: Asian American, but Out of Place
free events nyc French Electronic Artist and Polish Cellist in Collaboration
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Lecture | Speculating Futures: How China's Transnational Youths Opt Out of Urbanization and into Rural Revitalization (online)


Silvia Lindtner is working on two intertwined topics at the moment: on the one hand, she looks at how data-driven experiments in computer science are applied to transform China's agriculture. This mostly involves research in large-scale farming experiments at the outskirts of China's big cities (precision farming, partnerships between SOEs, Chinese universities' computer science programs, and international/multinational partners). On the other hand, she looks at how these large-scale (and often state-driven) data-driven experiments sit alongside what some have described as a broader "inwards" turn - specifically, she has been doing research with a younger generation of transnational Chinese who decide to move to rural China instead of taking the high-tech jobs in Shanghai and San Francisco, experimenting with permaculture farming, eco-farming, and various forms of spiritual and shamanistic practice. Her initial research sites were in rural Jiangxi and Guangdong, but she is now working on establishing access to some sites here in Yunnan, since there are quite a few activities here as well. Part of her bigger argument is that both the large-scale data-driven farming experiments and the "youths turning inwards" phenomenon are enrolled into two of the state's major policies, "rural revitalization" and "digitization/data-driven transformation," each framed as key to China's future challenges of national sovereignty and food security.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Speculating Futures: How China's Transnational Youths Opt Out of Urbanization and into Rural Revitalization (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
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Tours, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Video | Being & Belonging: Seven Short Videos on Artists and HIV/AIDS (online thru Dec. 3)


A program of seven short videos highlighting under-told stories of HIV/AIDS from the perspective of artists living with HIV/AIDS across the world. The program features newly commissioned work by Camila Arce (Argentina), Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes (USA), Jaewon Kim (South Korea), Clifford Prince King (USA), Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas (Colombia), Mikiki (Canada), and Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry (Mexico). For more information on the filmmakers, please visit Visual AIDS  From navigating sex and intimacy, to confronting stigma and isolation, Being & Belonging centers the emotional realities of living with HIV/AIDS today. How does living with HIV shift the ways that a person experiences, asks for, or provides love, support, and belonging? The seven videos are a call for belonging from those who have been stigmatized within their communities or left out of mainstream HIV/AIDS narratives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Videos, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Being & Belonging: Seven Short Videos on Artists and HIV/AIDS (online thru Dec. 3)

Discussion | Finding the Disappeared: The Role of Truth Commissions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico (online)


A challenging conversation about recovering disappeared persons and the promotion of human rights. A stellar panel of scholar/activists will explore the role of truth commissions and other international justice efforts to document, sanction, and establish reparations for 20th and 21st century rights violations in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Finding the Disappeared: The Role of Truth Commissions in Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico (online)

Discussion | Stories Survive: Escaping the Nazis (online)


Rita Kaplan Lowenstein was born in Warsaw, Poland to Jewish parents Bernard and Rachel Kaplan. Her father owned chemical manufacturing plants around Warsaw, and her mother was a pianist and piano teacher. After the Nazis invaded Poland, the family was forced into the Warsaw ghetto. In August 1942, Rita and her parents escaped the ghetto through secret underground tunnels and made their way to Klimontov, Poland. Once there, Rita’s father purchased fake identity documents for her and her mother, and from then on, she was known as Krystyna Gronowska. After the war, Rita and her mother moved to Paris and then to the United States in 1950. Rita married and had two children. This is a program exploring Rita’s life with her daughter Wendy Sandler, who will discuss Rita’s story and her experience growing up as the child of a survivor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Stories Survive: Escaping the Nazis (online)

Discussion | The Balkans and the Middle East: Contrasts and Parallels (online)


A discussion with some of the top analysts who have researched and worked on the Middle East and Balkan regions. This is a rare discussion that is often never addressed in a public forum about the parallels and comparisons between the Middle East and the Balkans. Both regions are dominated by persistent "frozen conflicts" that are centered around ethnicity and religious identities and their requisite political and civil affiliations. These regions are also engaged in power international relations that include partnerships between and with the United States, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Israel, now post elections with the return of a right-wing Bibi Netanyahu to government and Serbia lled by autocrat Aleksandar Vucic who persists in illiberal politics are two of most dominant personalities in either region. Iran has been in turmoil with the most significant push back since the revolutionary guard uprising in the late 1970s by compulsory hijab wearihng of women citizens who have continued to protest the government crackdown on women for nearly two months that intersects with similar, echoes in the Balkans about gender based sexual violence and femicide. We will probe and discuss these issues and more in what portends to be a fascinating discussion. Panelists: Reuf Bajrovic, Vice President at the US-Europe Alliance in Washington DC; Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute Dahlia Schiendin, Political analyst and a public opinion expert Kurt Bassuener, Co-founder and Senior Associate of the Democratization Policy Council Harun Karcic, Journalist and political analyst Dijana Mujkanovic, Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Moderated by Tanya Domi, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, The Balkans and the Middle East: Contrasts and Parallels (online)

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Staged Reading | Madeleines: The Solace of Baking


Spiced with poetry, Yiddish, and Spanish, Madeleines is about a family of Jewish women grappling with how to love each other through shared grief and the solace of baking. Winner of the 2022 National Jewsih Playwriting Contest. Written by Bess Welden, directed by Emmy-winner Annette Jolles, featuring Drama Desk and Obie winner Laura Esterman, Kate Levy (Gossip Girl), and Eva Kaminsky (The Lucky Star).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Madeleines: The Solace of Baking

Gallery Talk | Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)


This is an hour-long tour, offered in person and led by gallery guides, 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 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)

Classical Music | Music in Midtown


Music In Midtown ends the fall semester with a program of chamber works, performed by our extraordinary artists in the DMA program.  Program TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Music in Midtown

Concert | Traditional Christmas Music From Europe and America (In Person and Online)


Celtic and early music band The Chivalrous Crickets presents a program spanning nine centuries of traditional holiday tunes from Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, and America. The Chivalrous Cricket: Fiona Gillespie, vocals, Irish whistle, Irish flute, bodhran; Paul Morton, theorbo, Baroque guitar, banjo, vocals; Genevieve Gillespie, violin, vocals; Ben Matus, small pipes, Renaissance pipes, German Medieval pipes, dulcian, vocals; Bradley King, vocals, cello
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Concerts, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Traditional Christmas Music From Europe and America (In Person and Online)

Lecture | The Aral Sea: Environment, Society, and State Power in Central Asia (in-person and online)


Once one of the world’s largest inland bodies of water, Central Asia’s Aral Sea began to shrink dramatically in the 1960s, when Soviet officials directed an increasing volume of water towards cotton production. As a result of the declining water levels, the climate and ecology of the surrounding region changed.  People who lived near the sea began to experience a dramatic increase in health problems and the sea’s once vibrant fishing industry collapsed. After the Soviet collapse, international agencies, including the World Bank and the United Nations, intervened. Today, water levels have been partially restored on the Kazakh side, while the Uzbek side has continued its decline. The case of the Aral Sea is often painted as a uniquely Soviet story, a warning about the deleterious effects of socialism on the environment. The partial restoration of water levels on the Kazakh side after the construction of a World Bank-sponsored dam in 2005, meanwhile, has been celebrated as a feat of international intervention. This talk by Sarah Cameron will challenge this narrative, showing the ways that many states and international actors played a role in the making of the catastrophe. It will also integrate the stories of nomads, fishermen and others to illustrate how the people who lived near the sea adapted to these momentous environmental shifts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, The Aral Sea: Environment, Society, and State Power in Central Asia (in-person and online)

Lecture | The Aral Sea: Environment, Society, and State Power in Central Asia (online)


Once one of the world’s largest inland bodies of water, Central Asia’s Aral Sea began to shrink dramatically in the 1960s, when Soviet officials directed an increasing volume of water towards cotton production. As a result of the declining water levels, the climate and ecology of the surrounding region changed. People who lived near the sea began to experience a dramatic increase in health problems and the sea’s once vibrant fishing industry collapsed. After the Soviet collapse, international agencies, including the World Bank and the United Nations, intervened. Today, water levels have been partially restored on the Kazakh side, while the Uzbek side has continued its decline. The case of the Aral Sea is often painted as a uniquely Soviet story, a warning about the deleterious effects of socialism on the environment. The partial restoration of water levels on the Kazakh side after the construction of a World Bank-sponsored dam in 2005, meanwhile, has been celebrated as a feat of international intervention.  This talk will challenge this narrative, showing the ways that many states and international actors played a role in the making of the catastrophe.  It will also integrate the stories of nomads, fishermen and others to illustrate how the people who lived near the sea adapted to these momentous environmental shifts. Speaker Sarah Cameron is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, The Aral Sea: Environment, Society, and State Power in Central Asia (online)

Discussion | Conversations About Crafting (Online)


Join a community of fellow crafters and talk your latest creation. Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, or sculpt, you can chat and share tips with crafty people just like you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Conversations About Crafting (Online)

Lecture | Discover the Works of Stuart Davis (Online)


Professor Jan Yablow, Senior Docent and Lecturer at the Whitney Museum of American Art, analyzes the early works of renowned artist Stuart Davis. He will present some of Warhol's masterpieces, talk about his career, and dive into the artist's background. This event is a part of the series about the artistic masterpieces of the 20th century selected from major museums across the globe to share and discuss. View works from major artists, hear amazing stories, and dive into the background of every artist, all while making connections between their artistic creations and considering the meaning of their work as it relates to your own experiences. Stuart Davis (1892 - 1964), was an early American modernist painter well known for his jazz-influenced, proto-pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s, bold, brash, and colorful, as well as his Ashcan School pictures in the early years of the 20th century. With the belief that his work could influence the sociopolitical environment of America, Davis' political message was apparent in all of his pieces from the most abstract to the clearest.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Discover the Works of Stuart Davis (Online)

Book Discussion | Disabilities of the Color Line: Redressing Antiblackness from Slavery to the Present (online)


Dennis Tyler's book reveals how disability and disablement have shaped Black social life in America. Through both law and custom, the color line has cast Black people as innately disabled and thus unfit for freedom, incapable of self-governance, and contagious within the national body politic. Disabilities of the Color Line maintains that the Black literary tradition historically has inverted this casting by exposing the disablement of racism without disclaiming disability.   Dennis Tyler is an Associate Professor of English at Fordham University. He will be in conversation with Anna Hinton, Assistant Professor of Disability Studies and Black Literature & Culture.
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Book Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Disabilities of the Color Line: Redressing Antiblackness from Slavery to the Present&nbsp;(online)

Lecture | Alternative Truths and Epistemologies. On Fake, Fiction, And Conspiracy.


A presentation and discussion of the status of preliminary research which compares case studies from the German-language discourse (including Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), with case studies from the U.S. media discourse, as far as the fake and alternative truth aspect is concerned. Speaker Dr. Christer Petersen is the Chair of Applied Media Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Stigmatized English (Has) Rules!: Varieties of American English (in-person and online)


This event aims to study and compare features of stigmatized and so-called standard varieties of American English. In many cases, the two systems reside in the mind of an individual speaker, an understudied form of multilingualism. I will explore this notion of multilingualism and delve into the source and ramifications of stigma. We will examine several wide-spread syntactic features of stigmatized English (e.g., negative concord, ain't, invariant was, habitual be, demonstratives) with an eye toward understanding the patterns and, in some cases, the historical origins. Participants will be provided with language data from a stigmatized variety of English and will have an opportunity to develop generalizations and formulate rules. Seminar participants will be asked to explore their own attitudes about multilingualism and compare multilingualism involving two totally separate languages (e.g., English and Spanish) and multilingualism involving two different varieties of English, one standard and the other stigmatized. Other issues to be explored include the place of stigmatized varieties in educational settings. Speaker Dr. Judy B. Bernstein is Professor of Linguistics at the William Paterson University of New Jersey, where she developed and coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in Linguistics.
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Talk | Cumbra Vieja: Volcano Rising from the Ashes (in-person and online)


The Cumbre Vieja (Spanish for "old summit") is an active volcanic ridge on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, Spain. The spine of Cumbre Vieja trends in an approximate north–south direction, comprising the southern half of La Palma, with both summit ridge and flanks pockmarked by dozens of craters and cones. The latest eruption began on 19 September 2021 in a forested area of Las Manchas locality known as Cabeza de Vaca. Voluminous lava flows quickly reached populated areas downslope, fanning out across settlements and banana plantations, destroying thousands of buildings and ultimately pouring over steep cliffs into the ocean to enlarge the island at several locations. The volcano went quiet on 13 December 2021, and on 25 December 2021, the local government declared the eruption to be over. Speaker: Marc-Antoine Longpre  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Cumbra Vieja: Volcano Rising from the Ashes (in-person and online)

Other | Winter Haven Holiday Lighting


This lighting event is open to all. Kick off winter and spread holiday cheer. This event will include music, hot beverages and snacks (while supplies last).  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Winter Haven Holiday Lighting

Book Discussion | Recording Russia: Trying to Listen in the Nineteenth Century (in-person and online)


Gabriella Safran's book examines scenes of listening to “the people” across a variety of texts by Russian writers and European travelers to Russia. Safran challenges readings of these works that essentialize Russia as a singular place where communication between the classes is consistently fraught, arguing instead that, as in the West, the sense of separation or connection between intellectuals and those they interviewed or observed is as much about technology and performance as politics and emotions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Recording Russia: Trying to Listen in the Nineteenth Century&nbsp;(in-person and online)

Lecture | Being in the Room Privilege: Elite Capture and Epistemic Deference (online)


The call to “listen to the most affected” or “centre the most marginalized” is ubiquitous in many academic and activist circles. But from a societal standpoint, the “most affected” by the social injustices we associate with politically important identities like gender, class, race, and nationality are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated, underemployed, or part of the 44 percent of the world’s population without internet access – and thus both left out of the rooms of power and largely ignored by the people in the rooms of power. Individuals who make it past the various social selection pressures that filter out those social identities associated with these negative outcomes are most likely to be in the room. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò's talk will discuss problems that these pressures raise for organizing at different scales, and try out some thoughts about possible routes of response. Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Being in the Room Privilege: Elite Capture and Epistemic Deference (online)

Discussion | Exhaustion and Labor in the Digital Age


Author, poet, and media theorist Tung-Hui Hu in conversation with Elisa Giardina Papa discuss Hu’s new book, Digital Lethargy: Dispatches from an Age of Disconnection. As a modern ailment, digital lethargy is a societal pathology, like earlier forms of acedia, otium, and neurasthenia, but also a disease of performing selfhood under digital capitalism. Tung-Hui Hu makes the argument that digital lethargy helps us turn away from the demand to constantly “be ourselves” and see the potential of quieter, more ordinary forms of survival in the digital age such as collective inaction. He is joined in conversation by Italian artist Elisa Giardina Papa (Venice Biennale, MoMA, Whitney), whose work investigates gender, sexuality, and labor in relationship to neoliberal capitalism and the borders of the global South.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Exhaustion and Labor in the Digital Age

Discussion | Talk about life and death in an informal, open-minded setting


Partake in an informal, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. Instead, the purpose of this conversation is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives. This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Talk about life and death in an informal, open-minded setting

Conference | The Timeless Work of Grazia Deledda, the Only Italian Woman to Win the Nobel Prize for Literature (in-person and online)


This seminar session will consider the innovative and revolutionary figure of Deledda as our contemporary, concluding with a screening of the documentary film Grazia Deledda, La Rivoluzionaria (in Italian with English subtitles) by Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli. “I’ve developed these events with my eye on the future. Dialogue between Italian scholars and leading North American researchers on Grazia Deledda allows us to consider the revolutionary and universal aspects of the great Sardinian author, a source of inspiration to the young” explains Valeria Orani, the New York-based curator of the seminar in collaboration with the Institutional Committee for the 150th Anniversary of Grazia Deledda, including representatives from the Province and Town of Nuoro, MAN, UniNuoro, and the Bank of Sardegna Foundation. For Anthony Muroni, the Committee’s Artistic Director, “It is especially important that the city of New York, with its history of freedom, defense of civil rights, and attention to the role of women in society, should participate in this homage to an author who lifted restrictions on women and set out before anyone else on the road of self-determination, as rendered in the lives of the protagonists of her novels.” Muroni’s words are echoed by Constantino Tidu, Chief Administrator of the Province of Nuoro and head of the Institutional Committee, who adds, “The New York seminar is particularly important for presenting the figure and work of Deledda to a sophisticated and sensitive North American readership.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, The Timeless Work of Grazia Deledda, the Only Italian Woman to Win the Nobel Prize for Literature (in-person and online)

Opening Reception | Exposure A: 9 Photographers


A unique, rotating exhibition of multiple, one-week, one-person shows bringing the personal vision of a diverse group of artists to Chelsea. With: • Andrew Marcus • Erin Karp • Lucky Checkley • Esther Mizrahi • Igor Bogojevic • Brauna Rosen • Inez Andrucyk • Monique Ford • Jack Maiorino •
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Opening Reception | Mailin Pierre: Metamorphosis


New work by emerging Swedish artist Malin Pierre. The exhibition focuses on a group of eleven glass sculptures. Their organic shapes are inspired by haute couture fashion and its exploration of volume, color and texture. Pierre’s molds are made by encasing soft sewn fabric objects, which she executes in blown glass. She works in an exploratory manner with an intense curiosity for materials, their surfaces, weights and textures. The billowing forms explore the contrast between soft and hard. In tracing the way glass appears and behaves, the way it transitions from amorphous liquid to a precise imprint of the mold down to the original tactile surface of her sewn positive, Pierre’s pieces evoke soft, voluminous upholstery in the hardened glass, inviting touch and contemplation. Many of her objects are also mirrored, emphasizing subtle sheen and color transitions.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | The Naked World: A Tale with Verse


Irina Mashinski's book begins with her birth:“Stalin had been dead for 5 years 1 month and 4 days.” The concluding notes tell us that currently “38% of Russians consider Stalin the greatest man in history.” The eerily exact figures underline the survivor’s dilemma: does she live in the past and allow her identity to be determined by atrocities, or does she cling to the present and sanitize her own experience?
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Opening Reception | You look familiar: celebrities in the wild


This show is a quixotic take on celebrity photography. The show features photography members as well as internationally important artists specializing in the field. Hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and water free.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festival | Holiday Lights Celebration


Kick-off the season with a festive evening of lively carols, cozy beverages, and sweet treats. Come see the new Holiday Lights Tree in the park. Celebrate the spirit of giving and help those in need by bringing an unwrapped gift to share with Stockings With Care. Special guest appearances by Sing Harlem Choir, and you-know-who. Sing Harlem is the breakout musical group from Mama Foundation for the Arts. Under the direction of Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson, the choir has grown to be a highly respected and influential force in the New York gospel scene, producing not only great vocalists, but top-notch global citizens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Festivals, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Holiday Lights Celebration

Workshop | Learn How to Create an Audition Tape


Using her expertise in what makes a good audition tape, casting director Sujotta Pace will lead this workshop to help actors highlight their skills and talent in the best possible light. Pace will also talk about what casting directors are looking for, and the tools needed to empower actors to put their best foot forward. Participants should come prepared to the workshop ready to record a monologue or song (no longer than 90 seconds) that they feel comfortable performing. Sujotta Pace is a casting professional, actress, stage manager, writer, and activist. Currently a casting Associate at the Roundabout Theatre Company, she has also worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville as the Professional Training Company & Casting Coordinator.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | The Laughable and Comedic Characterization in Plato's Euthydemus


Speaker Franco Trivigno (University of Oslo) aims to show that Plato's Euthydemus is an ideal comedy in that it imitates the laughable self-ignorance of Euthydemus and Dionysodorus and largely satisfies four constraints on ideal comedy.
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Lectures, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, The Laughable and Comedic Characterization in Plato's Euthydemus

Book Discussion | Final Judgements: Questioning Conventional Wisdom


Joan Fuster (1922-1992) is one of the great 20th century Iberian essayists. His work spanned everything from daily newspaper articles and political satire to travel guides or scholarly works on Renaissance and contemporary Valencian writers. Fuster’s aphorisms are the pinnacle of his oeuvre. In celebration of the centenary of his birth, the Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua has commissioned a translation into English of Fuster’s Final Judgements by Mary Ann Newman. In Final Judgements Joan Fuster questions the conceits contained in conventional wisdom, revealing moral and philosophical truths relevant to the universal human experience. Despite the seriousness of its subject matter, this book is laugh-out-loud funny, stripping the language of its artifice and highlighting its contradictions. The cumulative effect is a quintessentially Mediterranean kind of playfulness. Participants: Verònica Cantó (President of the Valencia Academy of Language, AVL) Maria José Gálvez (General Director of Books and Promotion of Reading. Ministry of Culture and Sport, Spain) Mary Ann Newman (translator) Kirmen Uribe (writer) Adam Gopnik (staff writer for The New Yorker) Moderator: Jordana Mendelson
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Book Discussion | African American Education


A conversation about the ways that liberation and education have intersected throughout history. Featuring scholars Drs. Kabria Baumgartner, Christopher Bonastia, Michael Hines, and Brian Jones, this conversation will be moderated by the co-organizers of the Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series, Robyn Spencer and Jeanne Theoharis. Kabria Baumgartner is a historian of African American life and culture in the nineteenth-century United States. She is the Dean's Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Northeastern University where she also serves as Associate Director of Public History. She is the author of the award-winning book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America. Christopher Bonastia is professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Lehman College-City University of New York. His research focuses on the politics of racial inequality in education and housing. Bonastia is the author of Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government's Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs. Michael Hines is an Assistant Professor and historian of American education. Currently his research focuses on how African Americans in the early twentieth century created new curricular discourses around race and historical representation. His first book is A Worthy Piece of Work. Brian Jones is an American educator, scholar, activist, and actor. He is the inaugural director of the Center for Educators and Schools of The New York Public Library, and formerly the Associate Director of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where he was also a scholar in residence. He has contributed to several books on issues of racism, inequality, and Black education history, most recently to Black Lives Matter At School: An Uprising for Educational Justice. He is the author of The Tuskegee Student Uprising: A History.
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Discussion | Jail Reform, Safety, and Justice in NYC: Rethinking Rikers and the Role of the Courts (in-person and online)


The horrific conditions at Rikers Island were highlighted by the case of Kalief Browder, who died in 2015 after being held for three years without a trial. According to a recent watchdog report, Rikers is more “unstable and unsafe” than ever, and the average time a person spends there is growing. Experts discuss how the courts can decrease case-processing time to reduce jail time for those awaiting trial, and how it helps both those inside the jail and the community. Featuring: Akeem Browder, founder of the Kalief Browder Foundation; Hon. George A. Grasso (Ret.), former administrative judge for Queens County Supreme Court; and Jan Ransom, investigative reporter for The New York Times. Moderated by Michael Jacobson, executive director, CUNY Institute for State & Local Governance.
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Staged Reading | A Moving Picture: Professor vs Student


An NYU student’s screenplay about a WWII Mercedes Benz labor camp collides with a legendary professor and the dark secret of his Hollywood success. Written by Jennie Berman Eng, directed by Rebecca S'manga Frank
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Staged Readings, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, A Moving Picture: Professor vs Student

Book Discussion | As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy


The story of the model, actress, and American icon Edie Sedgwick is told by her sister Alice Sedgwick Wohl with empathy, insight, and firsthand observations of her meteoric life. As It Turns Out is a family story. Alice Sedgwick Wohl is writing to her brother Bobby, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1965, just before their sister Edie Sedgwick met Andy Warhol. After unexpectedly coming across Edie’s image in a clip from Warhol’s extraordinary film Outer and Inner Space, Wohl was moved to put her inner dialogue with Bobby on the page in an attempt to reconstruct Edie’s life and figure out what made Edie and Andy such iconic figures in American culture. What was it about Andy that enabled him to anticipate so much of contemporary culture? Why did Edie draw attention wherever she went? Who exactly was she, who fascinated Warhol and captured the imagination of a generation?
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Book Discussion | Stay True: Asian American, but Out of Place


In the eyes of eighteen-year-old Hua Hsu, the problem with Ken--with his passion for Dave Matthews, Abercrombie & Fitch, and his fraternity--is that he is exactly like everyone else. Ken, whose Japanese American family has been in the United States for generations, is mainstream; for Hua, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, who makes 'zines and haunts Bay Area record shops, Ken represents all that he defines himself in opposition to. The only thing Hua and Ken have in common is that, however they engage with it, American culture doesn't seem to have a place for either of them. Hua Hsu talks with podcast co-hosts E. Tammy Kim and Jay Caspian Kang about his new memoir.
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Book Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, Stay True: Asian American, but Out of Place

Discussion | An Evening with Tony-Winning Actor Wilson Jermaine Heredia


In conjunction of the 25 year anniversary of Rent, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, known for originating the role of Angel on Broadway and film, will be in conversation.
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Discussions, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, An Evening with Tony-Winning Actor Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Lecture | Flag Fictions and the Performance of Patriotism


Hannah Higgins speaks about the ways writers, artists, activists and a minister have performed wide-ranging readings of the American flag as an icon of governance. The national ensign’s complex history of use, abuse, activism, and weaponization speaks to competing aesthetics of administration, of governance, of activism, and of nativist violence. When the Judson Memorial Church hosted the People’s Flag Show in 1970, these competing performances of patriotism were placed in direct dialogue. Speaker Hannah Higgins is a professor in the School of Art and Art History at The University of Illinois Chicago.
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City Walk | Holiday Lights Tour


It's time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Lighting and window displays we visit on the tour: (tentative until displays are up): Rockefeller Center St. Patrick's Cathedral Saks Fifth Ave Macy's Herald Square Bergdorf Goodman Tiffany and Co. and much more Rain, snow or shine. Dress appropriate for the weather (jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and layers).
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Reading | Writers Salon


Readings by Angie Cruz and Adam Levin, with a conversation/Q&A moderated by Darin Strauss. A reception and book signing will follow. Angie Cruz is the author of the novel Dominicana (Flatiron Books, 2019), a Good Morning America Book Club pick that The New York Times called, “lovely” and “compelling.” Her other novels are Soledad (Simon & Schuster, 2001) and Let It Rain Coffee (Simon & Schuster, 2005), which was also a finalist in 2007 for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Adam Levin is the author of the novels The Instructions and Bubblegum, as well as the story collection, Hot Pink. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and Playboy.
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Play | Scena Shakespearean: Scenes by the Bard


A. Scott Parry, director
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Book Discussion | The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit-Feminist Meditation on Survivorship, Healing and Abolition (online)


A Dalit feminist-led celebration and discussion of Thenmozhi Soundararajan’s anticipated new book featuring Soundararajan, John Boopalan, Pabitra Dash, and Mimi Mondal, and moderated by Dhanya Addanki. Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a Dalit American artist, community organizer, technologist, and theorist. Currently, she is the executive director of Equality Labs, which she cofounded. Equality Labs is the largest Dalit civil rights organization working to empower caste-oppressed people in the US and globally. Through her work at Equality Labs, Thenmozhi has mobilized South Asian Americans towards dismantling eons-long systems of
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Concert | French Electronic Artist and Polish Cellist in Collaboration


Ego Death, a collaboration between French electronic artist Aho Ssan (aka Niamke Desire) and the Polish composer/cellist Resina (aka Karolina Rec). The duo first met as contributors to Nicolas Jaar's Weavings and quickly discovered a powerful musical connection. Pitchfork says Aho Ssan's sonic art "feels like a snapshot of something being torn at the molecular level," while Quietus lauds Resina's "evocative sound-world... moving from dreamily luminous to unnervingly dark." Together, these two cutting-edge creators have created a confrontational, complex and entrancing soundscape for this U.S. premiere. Opening is Polish experimental vocalist Antonina Nowacka, whose voice Pitchfork described as "a lone organism carving a languid path." In her work she explores an interest in the nature of sound, particularly its effect on the nervous system, as well as the ways that music can put the performer and audience in a specific state of mind.
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Concerts, December 01, 2022, 12/01/2022, French Electronic Artist and Polish Cellist in Collaboration
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

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Classical Music | Jazz and Classical Piano Music at a Landmark Venue

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