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58 free events take place on Thursday, December 8 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 8 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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58 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, December 8, 2022

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free events nyc Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Become a Better Leader (online)
free events nyc Cello Works by Haydn, Brahms, and Paganini (In Person and Online)
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free events nyc A Viennese Christmas: Traditional and Modern Songs
free events nyc A Rising Star in Colombian Music
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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 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Discussion | Energy Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean


Transitioning to a zero-carbon future in Latin America and the Caribbean will be difficult. The public program will examine the challenges Latin America and the Caribbean face in reducing carbon while meeting its growing energy needs today and in the future. Despite challenges, there are opportunities to meet rising energy demand using existing and future energy sources in ways that maintain affordability, reliability, sustainability and expand access to growing communities and industries in the region
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Discussions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Energy Transition in Latin America and the Caribbean

Talk | Meet Me in the Kitchen: Making Healthy Choices


Nutritionist Lauren C. Kelly offers creative twists on classic recipes, food prep and cooking trends. From appetizers, to entrees, to dessert, learn how to design menus using helpful tips and current research findings for better health and eating.
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Talks, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Meet Me in the Kitchen: Making Healthy Choices

Talk | Artist Talk: Certainty of the Flesh (online)


Tune in as artist WangShui and writer Nora N. Khan discuss art, artificial intelligence, technology, and communication, in a convening moderated by X Zhu-Nowell, Assistant Curator. The conversation is followed by a virtual presentation of the first chapter of WangShui’s new project Certainty of the Flesh, an AI simulation project. Weaving together science fiction, ancient Chinese philosophy, and reality television with a range of machine learning programs, the project proposes an algorithmic interpolation of being.  
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Talks, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Artist Talk: Certainty of the Flesh&nbsp;(online)

Discussion | Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Become a Better Leader (online)


We can't all be superheroes, but we can all be leaders, engage in leadership, and influence those around us. Many of us are trying to learn leadership skills in school, work, or personal life. In this exemplary webinar, you will innovatively develop and conquer individual leadership capabilities through pop culture. The authors of the book, Leaders Assemble: Leadership in the MCU use the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its superheroes to help executives, students, and workers develop their leadership skills. You will learn the following: -- The basics of leadership theory through engaging examples -- Developing one's own leadership skills through pop culture examples -- Leadership examples from the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- Techniques such as book clubs, training assignments, and reflective activities for leadership development infused with pop culture elements
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Discussions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Using the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Become a Better Leader (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.
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Concerts, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Gallery Talk | Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Exhibition Walkthrough


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.
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Gallery Talks, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Exhibition Walkthrough

Classical Music | Works for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano in an Art Gallery


A monthly chamber music series designed to share musical performances of the highest quality with the Bronx community presents a program of music by Debussy, Grieg and Reinecke. Featuring:  Todd Palmer, clarinet Karl Kramer, horn Reiko Uchida, piano
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Concerts, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Works for Clarinet, Horn, and Piano in an Art Gallery

Concert | Around Francois Couperin: Music for Harpsichord (In Person and Online)


In the process of recording the Four Books of harpsichord works of acclaimed harpsichord composer Francois Couperin, Andrew Appel is developing programs that showcase this central repertory for the harpsichord and place them in context with composers who influenced or composers who were influenced by Couperin. The program will include an ordre from Book 2 of the works as well as a suite of pieces by Gaspard Le Roux and some additional works by Rameau and Duphly. Andrew Appel, Artistic Director of the Four Nations Ensemble, performs throughout Europe and the United States as soloist in many festivals including Italy's Spoleto Festival, New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Redwoods Festival. As recitalist, Mr. Appel has performed at Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, as well as halls from the Music Academy of the West to the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Besides his work with The Four Nations Ensemble, he has been a guest of Chatham Baroque, the Smithsonian Players, and Orpheus. He serves as harpsichordist for Opera Lafayette and has toured with several European chamber orchestras.
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Concerts, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Around Francois Couperin: Music for Harpsichord (In Person and Online)

Talk | Does Discrimination Explain Mental Disparities Between Sexual Minorities and Heterosexual Adults in the United States? (in-person and online)


A large body of evidence shows that sexual minorities (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other minority sexual orientations) are more likely to report psychological distress than heterosexuals. These disparities are likely due to discrimination and stigma, which most population-based surveys do not measure. Dr. Gilbert Gonzales explores this evidence in a discussion. Professor Gonzales completed his PhD in Health Policy & Administration at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Biology from Baylor University.
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Talks, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Does Discrimination Explain Mental Disparities Between Sexual Minorities and Heterosexual Adults in the United States? (in-person and online)

Staged Reading | Lemuria: Humans in the Animal Kingdom


In Bonnie Antosh's play, Professor Anabelle Katz-Carver, the greatest primatologist since Jane Goodall, runs her elite research lab as a strict matriarchy. After grooming potential successors for decades, she's finally ready to choose an heir — but in the animal kingdom and in our own, how does a queen pass the crown on to another queen? Lemuria is an inheritance drama about dominance, queer Southern scientists, academic lineage, sex, and — yes  — lemurs.
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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.
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Lecture | Discover the Early Works of Georgia O'Keeffe (Online)


Professor Jan Yablow, Senior Docent and Lecturer at the Whitney Museum of American Art, analyzes the early works of renowned artist Georgia O'Keeffe. 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. Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986) was an American modernist artist. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been called the "Mother of American modernism". In 2014, O'Keeffe's 1932 painting Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 sold for $44,405,000, more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist.
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Lectures, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Discover the Early Works of Georgia O'Keeffe (Online)

Lecture | The Church(es) in Protest Movements and Beyond: The Civil Rights Movement in the US and ‘Solidarity’ in Poland (in-person and online)


The Black Church played a significant role in African American history. For a long time, it was a reservoir of Black culture as well as a source of political leadership. The Civil Rights movement was both a socio-political movement of protest and a religious movement, sustained by the religious power of Black churches (Harvey 2016). For Poles due to the turbulent history, religion (in this case the Roman Catholicism) was also important, and almost always involved in politics. During the partition of Poland (1770s – 1918) the Church acted as a chief guardian and repository of Polish values and the protector against the oppressors. In the absence of Polish state structures, it also assumed a number of roles traditionally performed by the state. During the time of communism, the Church was involved in the struggle for democratic changes. It was long seen as the only independent institution. And although, the history of Poles and African Americans cannot be equated in any way, there are some parallels concerning the role that the Church(es) assumed in the history of these two groups, especially during the important protest movements.  Speaker Dr. Paulina Napierała authored In God We Trust: Religion in the American Public Sphere.
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Lectures, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, The Church(es) in Protest Movements and Beyond: The Civil Rights Movement in the US and &lsquo;Solidarity&rsquo; in Poland (in-person and online)

Discussion | Digital Platform Work in the US and Latin America: A Challenge for the Working Class of Our Days (in-person and online)


Fellipe Coelho-Lima and Andrew Wolf discuss the advance of digital platforms in the organization of labor in the Global North and South Digital platforms have risen in the world in the last decade and quickly they conquered big spaces in our everyday lives. However, many studies have demonstrated how these platforms can contribute to intensifying precarious work. These processes happen in the world, but they have some differences considering the region of the globe. In this panel Fellipe Coelho-Lima andAndrew Wolf debate the particularity of the advance of digital platforms in the Global North and South, considering the context of the US and Brazil. They will discuss the challenges for workers and how they are fighting for better conditions in this kind of work. Fellipe Coelho-Lima is a professor at the Psychology Department of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). Andrew Wolf is currently a research fellow at the Workplace Justice Lab at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations and he teaches at the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies.
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Discussions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Digital Platform Work in the US and Latin America: A Challenge for the Working Class of Our Days (in-person and online)

Classical Music | Cello Works by Haydn, Brahms, and Paganini (In Person and Online)


Sebastian Stoger, Cello. Program: Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano in F Major Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840) Caprice No. 24 in A minor
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Concerts, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Cello Works by Haydn, Brahms, and Paganini (In Person and Online)

Opening Reception | Arthur Elgort: On the Move


This exhibition spans the photographer Arthur Elgort’s five-decade career, offering an all-encompassing view of Elgort’s celebrated work and showing him as the original artist who introduced the ‘‘snapshot’’ style of fashion photography featuring models with wit, freedom of movement, and reportage influence. It includes images known by many that have defined fashion through the decades, as well as new images pulled from the photographer’s archive that have never been printed or exhibited previously. The photographs of Arthur Elgort created a sensation in his 1971 debut in British Vogue when a breath of fresh air wafted into the world of fashion photography. His free and easy style freed his models to move. His models wore less make-up, were more casual and lively and moved about freely in outdoor locations such as city streets, pools, and beaches which characterized his style.
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Arthur&nbsp;Elgort: On the Move

Book Discussion | Divine New York: Inside the Historic Churches and Synagogues of Manhattan (online)


An exclusive tour through the breathtaking and inspirational interiors of Manhattan's houses of worship. For the past fifteen years, Michael L. Horowitz has been photographing the interiors of Manhattan's historic churches and synagogues. Though their exteriors are often unassuming and overlooked by passersby, their interiors are spectacular, uplifting worshippers and architectural devotees alike. In this book, Horowitz takes us from Lower to Upper Manhattan, from the colorful wall paintings of Bialystocker Synagogue, to the jewel-like stained glass windows of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, to the awe-inspiring wooden ceiling of the Holy Name of Jesus and Saint Gregory the Great Parish. A lively and informative text by Elizabeth Anne Hartman tells the stories behind each of the seventy-five houses of worship featured. These sacred edifices reflect the hopes and aspirations of the many different communities that helped build the metropolis, expressed in numerous architectural and artistic styles. And many of these interiors bear the imprint of notable personalities in Big Apple history, from Clement Moore of "The Night before Christmas" to pioneering Black philanthropist Pierre Toussaint.
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Opening Reception | Dream space: Group Exhibition Channels the Power of Books


This group show of drawings and paintings channels the power of books to transport a reader’s mind to another place. Featuring landscapes, portraits, and hybrid pieces that blend these categories, Dream space encourages both frequent visitors and new guests to engage with the Library. These works incorporate direct observation of the subject combined with imagination, to varying degrees depending on the artist and specific piece. The subject of dreams and other motifs going beyond the visible world has been present in art since its inception. From depictions of angels and demons, anthropomorphism, to mythical creatures, gods, and invented environs – from utopias to hellscapes – so many of the worlds artistic masterpieces go beyond reality to a dream space. Specific movements such as Romanticism and Symbolism dwell in this mode, while others such as The Hudson River School might access the sublime through documentation of an observable instant so fleeting it feels as if it’s from a dream.
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Dream space: Group Exhibition Channels the Power of Books

Opening Reception | Exposure B: 10 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 • Ruby Silvious • Lucky Checkley • Mary Alice Orito •Jonathan Keller • Kathy O'Keefe • Steve Mohn • Ana Sicat • Holly Meeker Rom • Laurence Neron Bancel •
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Exposure B: 10 Photographers

Opening Reception | Jess T. Dugan: Look at me like you love me


Includes self-portraits, portraits of individuals and couples, and still lifes that collectively form a poetic representation of contemporary life through Dugan's eyes. In the images Dugan aims to explore how relationships and intimacy shape one's identity. The individuals depicted in Dugan's images vary in class, race, age, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Some are depicted alone, others with their loved ones, always seen by the photographer with a direct and honest perspective. By capturing individuals in a matter-of-fact way, Dugan creates space for the sitter's complex internal life, leaving viewers with enough unsaid to encourage contemplation. Dugan's inclusion of self-portraits within an already highly personal collection of imagery, serves an explicitly auto-biographical purpose, documenting the artist's emotional and physical state in various settings at different moments in time. In addition to portraits and self-portraits, Dugan captures still lifes, which help to set the mood of the project, and punctuate the portraiture with moments of stillness and reflection.
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Jess T. Dugan: Look at me like you love me

Book Signing | Napoli Napoli Napoli: A Photographic Excursion


Brett Lloyd's book captures’a day in Naples, a sunrise-to-sunset excursion that meditates on classicism, the cathartic power of the sea, and the unique influence of the ancient landscape. Lloyd’s camera does not just hold a mirror to the beauty of Naples, rather, it asks its subjects to see themselves as participating in a process where beauty is continuous with social rhythms that span childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age.
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Book Signings, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Napoli Napoli Napoli: A Photographic Excursion

Opening Reception | Patty Horniga: A Few Good Men


The show features the artist’s latest series of paintings and sculptures that depict her humanist view of modern masculinity. This latest body of work is comprised mainly of portraits of fathers actively engaged as caregivers to their children, while a selection are of individual men who appear to be visibly comfortable in their own skin, just being.
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Patty Horniga: A Few Good Men

Opening Reception | Social Photography X: New Images


As the show arrives at its tenth iteration, a milestone of sorts, perhaps its most important feature to the gallery, apart from critical support that helps us continue our programming, is how a simple use of digital technology can foster and expand an in-person community so important to the galley’s mission.
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Opening Receptions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Social Photography X: New Images

Talk | Artist Talk: Feather Works (online)


Jessica Lagunas will discuss a new project “Feather Works” based on her research at the Hispanic Society, mainly in the textile collection. Her research on the collection’s Featherwork Bishop’s Miter and its PreHispanic technique has inspired her to retake, explore, and experiment with feathers, a material she briefly worked in the past. She also has been conducting research on the Mantones (shawls) de Manila. She is presenting projects with feathers on paper and one on fabric—based on the HSM&L’s (Peony) Mantón. Jessica Lagunas grew up in Guatemala. She presents works that deal with the condition of women in contemporary society. She works with unconventional materials—makeup, hair, perfume, thread—to approach projects that question our relationships with others and with ourselves, and confronting fears by working obsessively in an intricate and laborious way.
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Party | Bookstore Holiday Party


A festive holiday evening of books, drinks, and beloved authors. Meet your favorite writers, designers, and photographers, and enjoy a drink. Featuring drinks and refreshments from Pasqua Wines and Eataly. FEATURING: 6–7:30 pm Andy Baraghani | Isolde Brielmaier | Kenneth C. Davis | Isaac Fitzgerald | Jesse Green | Yiyun Li | Charlotte Moss | Alex Papachristidis | Kate Rothko Prizel | Sam Roberts | Xavier F. Salomon | Stephen Sills | Katy Tur 7:30–9 pm Neil Baldwin | Jill Bialosky | Eric P. Nash | Alastair Gordon and Barbara de Vries | Lee Jaffe | Margo Jefferson | Cleo Le-Tan | Fern Mallis | David Means | Simon Morrison | Marilyn Nance | Mark Prins | Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
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Lecture | Huey P. Newton's Phenomenalism, the Structured Vehicle, and the Gender of Fugitive Life


In 1971, Huey P. Newton drew upon the epistemologically disorienting experience of solitary confinement to constitute a phenomenalist epistemology that revised prior physicalist materialisms in Marxism. Drawing on Kant, Nietzsche, and Fanon, Newton called for a schema that organizes experiences of colonial suffering and social reproduction dialectically in the direction of “revolutionary process.” This lecture reconstructs these conceptualizations, Newton's later existentialist concerns, and the debates about gender, racial class, and sexuality that followed within the Black liberation movement, offering a genealogy that aids in better situating contemporary debates about lived experience, oppression, identity, and the politics of sovereignty. Speaker: Delio Vasquez
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Lectures, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Huey P. Newton's Phenomenalism, the Structured Vehicle, and the Gender of Fugitive Life

Opening Reception | Martha Rosler: changing the subject… in the company of others


An exhibition of feminist art by Martha Rosler centered on her work from the 1960s and 70s. It will present photomontages, videos, and sculpture that deepen the understanding of Rosler’s feminist landscape—one that feels increasingly relevant today. It is the artist’s first solo show in New York since her exhibition Irrespective at the Jewish Museum (2018).
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Poetry Reading | New Poetry: Bluest Nude / All the Blood Involved in Love (online)


Ama Codjoe is the author of Bluest Nude and Blood of the Air, winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. She has been awarded support from Bogliasco, Cave Canem, Robert Rauschenberg, and Saltonstall foundations as well as from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, Yaddo, Hawthornden, and MacDowell. Her poems have twice appeared in the Best American Poetry series. Among other honors, Codjoe has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bronx Council of the Arts, the New York State Council/New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation. Maya Marshall is the author of All the Blood Involved in Love. She is cofounder of underbelly, the journal on the practical magic of poetic revision. Marshall has taught at Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago, and holds fellowships from MacDowell, and Cave Canem among others. Her writing has been published in Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She works as an editor at Haymarket Books and she teaches at Emory University.  
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Lecture | The History of Black Miami-Dade (in-person and online)


Speaker Nadege Green’s work centers the lived experiences of Black people in South Florida and is deeply rooted in history and first-person narratives. Green will present her research for her emerging history and storytelling platform Black Miami-Dade, which uses a combination of ethnographic interviews and archival practices to herald the rich, and often ignored, history of Black Miami, especially rendering the lives of Miami’s Black queer populations visible in an upcoming exhibit in 2023. This event will include time for audience Q&A.
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Lecture | The Timetable as Punishment: A Colonial and Maritime History


Almost fifty years after its publication in French, Foucault’s Discipline and Punish has been read and discussed largely as a treatise on space, architecture and power. The text’s historical and analytic contributions include its emphasis on the spatiality of punishment and on the shifting role of the body, which in Foucault’s formulation, moves from a target of violence and death to a political force invested with life. In most accounts, the timetable is diminished and even subsumed through concerns with confinement, surveillance, and architectural form. What would it mean to begin with the timetable as punishment? What other histories of confinement and racial violence become perceptible? In this lecture, Renisa Mawani center the timetable in Foucault’s genealogy of punishment. Drawing guidance from maritime historians and from Black feminists writing critically about slavery, she argues that the (mari)time is vital to the changing economies of penality that Foucault begins to trace. 020).
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Book Discussion | Behind the Crimson Curtain: The Rise and Fall of Peale's Museum (online)


In 1786, Charles Wilson Peale created the most important—and most famous—museum in Revolutionary-era America. A fusion of natural history and art, Peale’s Philadelphia Museum was meant to be an embodiment of the Enlightenment. In this lecture, Lee Dugatkin will explore science, art, and the Enlightenment in early America and how these fed the appetite of a public hungry for “rational entertainment.”
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Talk | Artist Talk: Domesticanx (online)


An evening with artist, critic, and scholar Amalia Mesa-Bains. Presented within the context of the exhibition Domesticanx (on view through March 26, 2023), this program will acknowledge Mesa-Bains’s central role as the author of the term la domesticana, from which the show takes its inspiration. In dialogue with curator Susanna V. Temkin, Mesa-Bains will address the feminist origins of domesticana in relation to her career and artistic trajectory, as well as its evolving resonance and legacy today.
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Film | Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. (1950): 3-Time Oscar Winner with William Holden, Gloria Swanson


A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return. Director: Billy Wilder Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim 110 min.
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Films, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. (1950): 3-Time Oscar Winner with William Holden, Gloria Swanson

Discussion | On the Visitor Economy Regime


Marina Reyes Franco in conversation with Ilaria Conti, curator at the American Federation of Arts, will discuss Reyes Franco's research and curatorial process, delving into the connections between works in the show and their diverse reflections of what Reyes Franco terms the "visitor economy regime"—the unique amalgamation of tourism and finance that has profoundly impacted cultural production, identity, and policy across the Caribbean.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Reimagining the Purpose and Function of Jail (in-person and online)


How can more humane jails impact people held behind bars and society at large, and what are some successful examples? This panel — including jail and prison administrators — discusses what a functioning jail system can look like when oriented toward providing programs and meaningful supports to prevent and reduce crime. Featuring: Leann K. Bertsch, senior vice president of corrections at Management and Training Corporation, former director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Luis Quinones, CUNY alumnus, former member and mentor at the Institute for Justice and Opportunity, and program manager for elder services at Correctional Health Services, NYC Health + Hospitals; Stanley Richards, deputy chief executive officer of the Fortune Society; and John Wetzel, former Pennsylvania secretary of corrections. Moderated by Julio Medina, founder, executive director, and CEO of Exodus Transitional Community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Absolutely Indispensable Man: Ralph Bunche, the United Nations, and the Fight to End Empire (online)


A legendary diplomat, scholar, and civil rights leader, Ralph Bunche was one of the most prominent Black Americans of the twentieth century. The first African American to obtain a political science Ph.D. from Harvard and a celebrated diplomat at the United Nations, he was once so famous he handed out the Best Picture award at the Oscars. Yet today Ralph Bunche is largely forgotten. From marching with Martin Luther King to advising presidents and prime ministers, Ralph Bunche shaped our world in lasting ways. This definitive biography gives him his due. It also reminds us that postwar decolonization not only fundamentally transformed world politics, but also powerfully intersected with America's own civil rights struggle. Author Kal Raustiala is the Promise Distinguished Professor of Comparative and International Law at UCLA Law School and Director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading | Washington Square Review Reading


The editors of college's award-winning literary magazine gather for a reading to celebrate the Winter 2022-2023 double issue (46/47).  A reception will follow the reading. 
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Readings, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Washington Square Review Reading

Concert | A Viennese Christmas: Traditional and Modern Songs


Christmas is approaching and with it the Advent season, in which snowflakes are already dancing on the streets, the city shines in festive splendor and the scent of punch and gingerbread is in the air. It is the time for special songs. In their "Viennese Christmas," Cobario presents traditional as well as modern songs, performed with great enthusiasm and virtuosity on two guitars and a violin. The sound is relaxing and contemplative, but also jaunty and upbeat, when the trio mixes its own compositions into the program into the program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, A Viennese Christmas: Traditional and Modern Songs

Discussion | Black Women in Music Today


Harpist Brandee Younger, violinist Lady Jess, and flutist/saxophonist Gabrielle Garo in an evening of inter-generational conversations around operating as Black women/women of color in the world and in music/arts spaces. Topics will include creating, advocating for, and managing safe spaces, straddling and navigating various musical genres, career management, and building community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Chamber music for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano


Join a dynamic group of composer-performers that has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and placed #1 in Amazon's Classical Chamber Music Charts, for an afternoon of innovative "classical music for the 21st century". The Now Ensemble: Logan Coale, Bass Mark Dancigers, Electric Guitar Alicia Lee, Clarinet Michael Mizrahi, Piano Alex Sopp, Flute
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Chamber music for flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano

Discussion | Forgotten Gems: Six Movies to Revisit


Antonio Monda and film critic Stuart Klawans will discuss six movies that they feel have been forgotten and in need of "rediscovering."
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Screening | FX's Fleishman Is in Trouble: Episode Screening and Discussion (in-person and online)


A screening of the first episode followed by a conversation with Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of Fleishman Is in Trouble and the creator, writer, and showrunner of the FX series on Hulu, and A.O. Scott, film critic at The New York Times.
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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).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, Holiday Lights Tour

Talk | Screening of FX's Fleishman is in Trouble (2022) and Interview with Creator     


An annual literary festival welcomes an open audience for a conversation between Taffy Brodesser-Akner, author of novel and T.V. series Fleishman Is in Trouble, and A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times. The talk is preceded by a screening of the first episode.
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Lecture | Transliterative Tease: A Lecture/Performance (online)


Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, Transliterative Tease explores the potential for transliteration – the conversion of scripts – as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith. The lecture-performance by Slavs and Tatars focuses on the Turkic languages of the former Soviet Union, as well as the eastern and western frontiers of the Turkic sphere, namely Anatolia and Xinjiang/Uighuristan. Lenin believed that the revolution of the east begins with the Latinization of the alphabets of all Muslim subjects of the USSR. The march of alphabets has always accompanied that of empires – Arabic with the rise of Islam, Latin with that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic with the Orthodox Church and subsequently communism. This lecture-performance attempts not to emancipate peoples or nations but rather the sounds rolling off our tongues. .
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Discussion | Writers Forum


To celebrate the publication of Smokehouse Associates, the editor, Eric Booker, and contributing writers Charles L. Davis II, Ashley James, and James Trainor, will be in conversation. While the first event in this programmatic series featured the Smokehouse artists in conversation, this second event will focus on the writers of the new publication and seek to contextualize Smokehouse within larger histories of public art, abstraction, and architecture. Each writer will discuss their contributions to the book, providing entry points into their individual artistic or academic practices in the process. From 1968 to 1970, the Smokehouse Associates transformed Harlem with vibrant, community-oriented, abstract murals and sculptures. Established by William T. Williams with Melvin Edwards, Guy Ciarcia, and Billy Rose, Smokehouse grew to encompass a range of creative practitioners united around the revolutionary potential of public art. Though relatively unknown today, Smokehouse was ambitious in its scale, community engagement, and interaction with the built environment. Smokehouse Associates provides the first critical examination of the group’s work, expanding the narrative of public art and social practice in the United States to include the contributions of artists of African descent.
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Discussion | A Conversation on the Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


David Brodsky leads a panel discussion on the language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Panelists Donna Robinson Divine (Smith College) Miriam F. Elman (Syracuse University)    Asaf Romirowsky (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East)
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Discussions, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, A Conversation on the Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Book Discussion | Barkley: A Biography (online)


The Washington Post's Timothy Bella talks about his new book on NBA great Charles Barkley. Informed by over 370 original interviews and painstaking research, Bella’s Barkley is the most comprehensive biography to date of one of the most talked-about icons in the world of sports. Library Journal calls it "The definitive account of Barkley’s life so far. Essential reading for all basketball fans."    
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Concert | A Rising Star in Colombian Music


Diana Burco, a rising star in the Colombian music scene, for a concert at the Atrium. A singer-songwriter and accordion player, Diana is a two-time Latin Grammy nominee, most recently in 2021 for her second album Rio Abajo as Best Contemporary/Tropical Album and in 2018 for her LP debut as Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album, making her the first female nominee in that category. Blending traditional Cumbia, Vallenato, and Bullerengue genres with contemporary pop, Diana's sound is upbeat and passionate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2022, 12/08/2022, A Rising Star in Colombian Music

Concert | Dance Clarinets 2022


A clarinet orchestra comprised of twenty musicians along with percussion, piano, and bass), drawn from professional and semi-professional musicians from all over New York City who perform together with students.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Paino Quartets by Brahms and Beethoven (online)


As a young composer, Brahms complained in his letters of his plight of having to compose in the "shadow of a giant," referring to Beethoven. The Phoenix Chamber Ensemble will perform piano quartets by both giants of classical music: Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op .16 and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25. Pianists Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky will be joined by two members of the Tesla Quartet, Michelle Lie (violin) and Edwin Kaplan (viola), and guest cellist Titilayo Ayangade.
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Classical Music | Violin Works for Bach and Shonberg (In Person and Online)


Leonard Fu, Violin. Program: Johan Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) Contrapunctus XI from the Art of Fugue Johan Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) Ciacconna from Partita No. 2 in D minor Arnold Schonberg (1874 - 1951) Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Viola Works by Bach, Brahms, Ligeti, and More (In Person and Online)


Program: Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Sonata in F minor Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934) Cello Concerto in E minor Gyorgy Ligeti (1923 - 2006) Viola Sonata Carl Maria Von Weber (1786 - 1826) Andante and Hungarian Rondo Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Sonata in E-flat Major Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) Sonata in C Major Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959) Suite for Viola and Piano Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963) Sonata for Viola and Piano
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