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39 free events take place on Wednesday, 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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39 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, December 14, 2022

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free events nyc Holiday Harmonies with an Award-Winning Country-Folk Duo
free events nyc Area: A Unique Listening Experience
free events nyc Grammy-Winning Stars of the Metropolitan Opera in a Celebration of Classical Music for Chanukah
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Other | Luminaries: A Mesmerizing Display of Colorful Lanterns


Conceived by the LAB at Rockwell Group, Luminaries’ glowing canopy consists of 640 twinkling custom lanterns that change in color and intensity. View a special light show at the top of every hour from 8am to 10pm, set to holiday songs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Luminaries: A Mesmerizing Display of Colorful Lanterns

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 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Performance | Ice Carving Live


Everyone’s favorite winter event returns! Ccatch a glimpse of the intricately carved, life-sized ice sculptures. 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. Okamoto Studio works with ice year-round, producing artful installations and performances out of the crystal-clear ice for all kinds of events—fashion shows, film premieres, product launches, weddings and anniversaries, to name a few. Founded in 2003, the NYC-based artist collective creates designs that consider both the functional and aesthetic benefits of ice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Performances, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Ice Carving Live

Discussion | The Algorithmic State: Art in the Expanded Technological Field (online)


Artists Agnieszka Kurant and Jenna Sutela along with other guests to speak with faculty member Noam Segal on rapidly evolving digital-art practices, data harvesting, the expanded field of new social sculpture, new forms of art objects and more.
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Discussions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, The Algorithmic State: Art in the Expanded Technological Field (online)

Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
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Tours, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Tour of New York City Hall

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 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Concert | Holiday Harmonies with an Award-Winning Country-Folk Duo


Celebrate the holiday season with a lunchtime concert featuring Our Band. Steeped in the tradition of iconic duos like June Carter and Johnny Cash and the Everly Brothers, Sasha Papernik and Justin Poindexter together, Our Band, bring their award-winning songwriting, intimate harmonies, and Eastern-European flair to a rich Americana soundscape, this time for the holidays. Together, they have performed for audiences in some of the world's greatest venues, from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Their debut album, featuring American music legend David Amram, was released to critical acclaim in 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Concerts, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Holiday Harmonies with an Award-Winning Country-Folk Duo

Lecture | Ukrainian-Jewish Relations on the Eve of and During the Holocaust (online)


This lecture will focus on prewar Ukrainian-Jewish relations, a matter that ultimately determined the attitude of the Ukrainian population toward the Jews during the Holocaust. With an emphasis on the lives of Jews and Ukrainians in Soviet Ukraine in the 1930s, particular attention will be paid to the Jewish kolkhozes (collective farms) established by the Agro-Joint in Soviet Ukraine and the attitude of Ukrainians to those settlements. Ukrainian-Jewish relations during the Holocaust will also be addressed and will concentrate on two aspects. First, the denunciation of Jews by Ukrainians, who delivered the victims to the German and Romanian authorities. The second is the rescue and safeguarding of Jews by Ukrainians, the circumstances and motivation for which will be examined. Research for this project has been based on a wide range of the YIVO archival collections, particularly Holocaust survival testimonies, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and its Agro-Joint branch documentation, as well as official German reports. Speaker Hanna Abakunova holds her PhD in Holocaust History from the University of Sheffield (UK).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Ukrainian-Jewish Relations on the Eve of and During the Holocaust (online)

Film | Big (1988) with Tom Hanks


Nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor at the 61st Academy Awards. After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult. Dir: Penny Marshall. With Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, and John Heard. 104 Min. Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks made his breakthrough with leading roles in a series of comedy films which received positive media attention, such as Splash (1984), The Money Pit (1986), Big (1988) and A League of Their Own (1992). He won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for starring as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS in Philadelphia (1993) and the title character in Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks has also won seven Primetime Emmy Awards for his work as a producer of various limited series and television movies, including From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific. In 2013, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Big (1988) with Tom Hanks

Workshop | Holiday Harmonica Jam Session


Harmonica virtuoso Jiayi He, featured on America's Got Talent, will lead a crash course in how to play the harmonica and then lead participants in a jam session to showcase their new skills with performances of holiday classics such as Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, Here Comes Santa Claus, Silent Night, and more. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and this is a perfect program for beginners and kids!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Holiday Harmonica Jam Session

Classical Music | Solo Piano Performance of a Composition by Schumann (In Person and Online)


A recital by the Piano Performance Forum. Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) Kreisleriana, Op. 16. Schumann claimed to have written Kreisleriana in only four days in April 1838. The work was dedicated to Frederic Chopin, but when a copy was sent to the Polish composer, "he commented favorably only on the design of the title page". Despite that cool reception, Kreisleriana is viewed by some critics as one of Schumann's finest compositions. In 1839, soon after publishing it, Schumann called it in a letter "my favourite work."
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Concerts, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Solo Piano Performance of a Composition by Schumann (In Person and Online)

Performance | Area: A Unique Listening Experience


At this event, you get to experience and see the nexus between culture, music, innovation and business unfold. What does that mean? You will be able to try out the innovative Austrian tech product NOUS Sonic. NOUS Sonic is a very precise indoor-locating headphone system, originally developed for museum purposes, that can be used for a unique augmented listening experience. You can witness the theater transform into a music studio in which you can individually experience an interactive sound installation by the well-known Austrian electronic musician Christian Fennesz with the NOUS Sonic headphones. Please note: The sounds are pre-installed, this is not a live performance by the artist. But you get to be your own artist by creating your very own sound mixes, simply by walking through and looking around the theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
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Performances, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Area: A Unique Listening Experience

Book Discussion | Examine an Essential Work of Poetry


Frank O'Hara's 1957 volume of poetry, Meditations in an Emergency, is considered a classic work from a master of poetry. Join fellow readers for readings and discussions of the poems in the book, as well as the collection as a whole. Please come to the discussion having read this specific volume of poetry, and bring your copy to our meeting. We will be doing close readings and discussions of the poems, as well as discussing the collection as a whole. Bring your own copy or pick one up at this meeting. Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara (1926 - 1966) was an American writer, poet, and art critic. A curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became prominent in New York City's art world. O'Hara is regarded as a leading figure in the New York School, an informal group of artists, writers, and musicians who drew inspiration from jazz, surrealism, abstract expressionism, action painting, and contemporary avant-garde art movements.
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Book Discussions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Examine an Essential Work of Poetry

Slide Lecture | Photography from Glacier National Park (online)


Imma Barrera's presentation will be an overview of the work carried out as an artist in residence during July 2021 and a comprehensive introduction to Glacier National Park. The residency focused not only on capturing the Milky Way but also covered some of the spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife found in the park. Glacier and its sister park, Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, have been certified as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sly Association and therefore offer great photographic opportunities any time of the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Slide Lectures, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Photography from Glacier National Park (online)

Book Signing | Almost Something: Return to Korea


Born in South Korea, Hanna Moon became interested in fashion and moved to Seoul for two years to study textile, before flying to London at the age of 22 as part of a one-year exchange, where she studied fashion communication, discovered photography and assisted the photographer Tyronne Lebon. For her first book, she has returned to Korea, to Seoul, but also to Daejeon, her hometown, 150 km south of the capital. Back to her roots, her family, and her friends. A dive into a country which remains mysterious to the West, despite its rising influence on popular culture. In Moon’s book the overall mood is intimate – and save some cinematic shots of casted talent, refreshingly less glamorous than the generally sanitized images of Korea we are used to.  Here her country, serves as a captivating backdrop, but the photographer’s friends and family are its candid stars. 
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Book Signings, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Almost Something: Return to Korea

Opening Reception | Gwen Smith: The Chance Whale


This show surveys the coincidence of a pre-emancipatory history of Blackness and the sea as relating to ideas concealed in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Smith’s own surfer’s quest, her spiritual navigation from the womb to the ocean. These surreal, highly saturated compositions are a means of exploring and connecting Smith’s Black American lineage, the African Diaspora, and the often complex relationships of Black people to nature, particularly to the ocean.
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Opening Receptions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Gwen Smith: The Chance Whale

Book Discussion | Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions: A Memoir by Comedian Steve Martin (online)


In this memoir illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, Martin tells the story of his acting career for the first ttime. He shares anecdotes from the sets of his beloved films Father of the Bride, Roxanne, The Jerk, Three Amigos, and many more, as well as from his life doing stand-up comedy, banjo playing, writing, and cartoons, all with his unparalleled wit. With brilliant drawings and single-panel “diversions,” Number One Is Walking is full of the everyday moments that make up a movie star’s life, capturing Steve Martin’s singular humor and acclaimed career in film.
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions: A Memoir by Comedian Steve Martin (online)

Opening Reception | The Black Civil War Soldier: Stoic Portraits and Intimate Ephemera


An opening reception and book signing for The Black Civil War Soldier, curated by Deborah Willis. The exhibition is a stunning collection of stoic portraits and intimate ephemera from the lives of black Civil War soldiers. Portraits of black soldiers, whether taken in a photographic studio, on a battleground, or on a campground, are connected to the concept of democracy and citizenship expressed by abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass. Willis seeks to engage that sense of activism and highlight the various acts of courage by black men and women, both bonded and free, during the Civil War, as well as the rewards they received. These are experiences shared by all the soldiers, no matter their backgrounds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, The Black Civil War Soldier: Stoic Portraits and Intimate Ephemera

Talk | Artist Talk: Dominican Iconography (online)


Nicolas Dumit Estevez Raful Espejo Ovalles's research on the Virgin of Altagracia's iconography, the spiritual protector of many in the Dominican Republic, as well as Haiti and the diaspora. Through Visioning the Brown Mother, an experiential excavation of HSM&L's collection of images of the Mother exported/imposed to the so-called new world, Visioning the Brown Mother seeks to decolonize this iconography in varied geo-political perspectives through one-on-one dialogues/reflections, and through spontaneous in-person exchanges in the streets of the City. Nicolas's one-person pilgrimage from his home in the South Bronx to Washington Heights (also home to the Hispanic Society), two enclaves of Dominican presence in New York City, takes into consideration a back and forth between these two loci informing one another culturally. Nicolas was born in the Dominican Republic. He threads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. Many of his work is ephemeral as it is the experience of engaging with it. Nicolas's creative praxis often includes community involvement and/or religious/spiritual questioning.
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Discussion | Civility in Social Media and the News Media (online)


A group of scholars and practitioners will examine the role of social media and the news media in shaping civil discourse in America. They will examine how advances in technology have driven the breakdown in civility. They will address questions including: How much is technology itself to blame versus misplaced attention by those in political media (e.g. ignoring the “workhorses” in Congress; and covering “fights” and election horse races rather than policymaking)? What is the responsibility of online platforms? What has been the impact of the decline in local and community-based news sources? And how do journalists and online commentators shape how we see ourselves, see others, and interact with each other? Speakers include: Imran Ahmed, founder and CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate US/UK; Paul Cheung, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Public Integrity' Chenjerai Kumanyika (moderator), Assistant Professor of Journalism; and Sarah Sobieraj, Department Chair and Professor of Sociology at Tufts University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Civility in Social Media and the News Media (online)

Discussion | Generation Disaster: Shaped by Trauma (in-person and online)


A particular slice of the population, which includes roughly the younger half of Millennials and the older half of Gen Z, are distinguished by the fact that while they live in the shadow of 9/11, it is an event for which they may not have a memory or complete understanding. Disaster mental health expert Karla Vermeulen refers to this group – those who were born between 1989 and 2001 - as Generation Disaster in her latest book of the same name. She is joined by Florence Buchanan, director of the documentary films Right There and Right There Part 2, which follow a group of 12 students from PS 234, an elementary school located three blocks north of the World Trade Center, as they reflect on their experiences at the milestone junctures of 10 and 20 years after the 9/11 attacks. One of the students, now a special education teacher, Jenice Lyla Walford, shares her personal reflections as a member of this generation. Together, in conversation with Noah Rauch, the Museum’s Senior Vice President, they discuss the trauma caused by numerous events that have followed since the attacks and how these events have continued to shape all of us – as kids, as adults, as parents, and as a community.
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Discussions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Generation Disaster: Shaped by Trauma (in-person and online)

Dance Performance | 2022 Holiday Dance Performance and Party


Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre announces their 2022 Holiday Performance and Party, featuring a preview of the developing work Habit Formed. Celebrate the holidays with food, drink, and community. Habit Formed will use Selwyn’s playful, athletic, and sensuous movement vocabulary to create a moving landscape that unpacks the structured and habitual behavior in our lives. These habits can manifest strength, ease, and freedom and also create limits, boundaries, and affliction. Repeated group sections with small changes and moving scenic elements will embody the ways in which we, as humans, are habit forming creatures.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, 2022 Holiday Dance Performance and Party

Film | Bosnia Express (2022): The Power of Place


The tension is extreme in this area of the planet. Diversities are many, pressure here has a destructive potential. But not always. Yet tension can be creative, it can be both destructive and creative. This is the reason why every writer who travels through this place is fascinated by the power of these lands and these peoples. Director: Massimo D'Orzi With: Clio Bosiglav, Eva Tomat, Amina Mocevic, Amina Hodzic 70 min. In multiple languages with English subtitles Followed by a Q&A with the director
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6:30 pm
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Films, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Bosnia Express (2022): The Power of Place

Dance Performance | Sor Juana: Showcasing Choreographer Michelle Manzanales


A work-in-progress by choreographer Michelle Manzanales. In her new work, Manzanales takes on the powerful Mexican visionary Sor Juana, who was a 17th century nun, self-taught scholar and acclaimed writer of the Latin American colonial period and the Hispanic Baroque.
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Dance Performances, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Sor Juana: Showcasing Choreographer Michelle Manzanales

Classical Music | Grammy-Winning Stars of the Metropolitan Opera in a Celebration of Classical Music for Chanukah


This "extravaganza" performance at a celebrated midtown event space will feature acclaimed countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and soprano Angel Blue. The concert will include selections from Handel's celebrated oratorio on Chanukah themes, some of Handel's most exquisite arias, and select Chanukah-themed works by modern masters, including a piece by Carlos Simon written for Costanzo and the BYC. Featuring: Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor Angel Blue, soprano The Knights Chamber Orchestra Brooklyn Youth Chorus Eric Jacobsen, conductor
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6:30 pm
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Concerts, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Grammy-Winning Stars of the Metropolitan Opera in a Celebration of Classical Music for Chanukah

Talk | Hanukkah in the Tenements: A Virtual Tour (online)


Did they spin the dreidel in 1910? What does it take to fry a latke in a tenement apartment? For Jewish tenement residents of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, Hanukkah was a much smaller holiday than it is today, but one still full of traditional foods and rituals. This a special virtual tour exploring how the Rogarshevsky and Confino families might have celebrated the holiday in the 1910s. From the Rogarshevsky’s Eastern European Ashkenazi traditions to the Confino’s Sephardic ones, explore this moment when Hanukkah grew in popularity and importance in the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Hanukkah in the Tenements: A Virtual Tour (online)

Talk | Safeguarding Ukraine's Cultural Heritage During the Time of War 


A historic cultural institute presents a talk on efforts to protect and preserve Ukraine’s cultural treasures during the time of war and after. The talk will feature Bénédicte de Montlaur, President and CEO of the World Monuments Fund.
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Poetry Reading | Spanner in the Works Poetry Night


Featuring: Alex Butler Miciah Hussey Sahra Motalebi Kevin Kenkel Sayra Player
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Book Club | "The Dead" by James Joyce (online)


Discuss "The Dead," the final story in Joyce's collection Dubliners.
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Book Clubs, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, "The Dead" by James Joyce (online)

Book Discussion | Diane Arbus Documents: A Revolutionary Photographer's Work


A groundbreaking publication offering insight into the critical conversations and misconceptions around this unrivaled artist’s works. Best known for her penetrating images exploring what it means to be human, Diane Arbus is a pivotal and singular figure in American postwar photography. Arbus’s black-and-white photographs demolish aesthetic conventions and upend all certainties. Both lauded and criticized for her photographs of people deemed “outsiders,” Arbus continues to be a lightning rod for a wide range of opinions surrounding her subject matter and approach. Critics and writers have described her work as “sinister” and “appalling” as well as “revelatory,” “sincere,” and “compassionate.” Through an assemblage of articles, criticism, and essays from 1967 to the present, Diane Arbus Documents charts the reception of the revolutionary photographer's work. With Jarrett Earnest and Max Rosenberg.
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Book Discussions, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Diane Arbus Documents: A Revolutionary Photographer's Work

Book Club | Metamorphoses: Books 3 & 4 by Ovid


By 8 AD, Ovid had completed Metamorphoses, his most ambitious work, a 15-book epic, written in exquisite Latin hexameter. Metamorphoses journeys from creation to tense life and death moments, to the joys of love, and through the depths of depravity. The theme of transformation is woven throughout the work, and the impact of the poems sweeps the entire literary canon.
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Book Clubs, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Metamorphoses: Books 3 & 4 by Ovid

Lecture | Art History Through a Jewish Lens: See Chanukah in a New Light (online)


Explore fascinating facts about Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Its history includes a Jewish civil war, assassinations, bribery, conspiracies, sex, heroes, heroines, kings, and queens. View artistic interpretations of the holiday’s personalities by Titian, Rubens, Caravaggio, Klimt, Botticelli, and more. Guest lecturer Ellaine Rosen will dispel popular Chanukah myths and misconceptions by exposing the true origins of gelt, latkes, dreidels, and the miraculous cruse of oil. Investigate the evolution of the Chanukiah, the Chanukah lamp, and the varied styles which reflect the architecture of the countries in which they were crafted. Discover a lesser-known reason for the eight-day celebration, and how the celebration of Chanukah was affected by Christmas. Ellaine Rosen has taught and lectured on Jewish history, Jewish art, the Holocaust, and secular art for over sixty years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Religious Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, a Master of Education from Harvard University, and successfully completed all coursework for a PhD (except the dissertation) in Judaic Studies, Religion, and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Lectures, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Art History Through a Jewish Lens: See Chanukah in a New Light (online)

Talk | Artist Talk: The Life and Times of Mark Surface


Artist Stephen Powers to discuss 30 years of painting in the streets, the galleries and the museums of the world, followed by a Q&A. Powers began as a graffiti writer but quickly found ways to dialogue with communities, first locally and now internationally. He is known for large-scale mural projects like “Love Letter,” which was first painted across 50 walls in Philadelphia and has now grown to be part of 15 cities worldwide. He has also had a long gallery and museum practice, showing at Deitch Projects, The Brooklyn Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. At the heart of his art is the humble hand-painted sign. He has painted signs for Coney Island amusements, record stores and taco shops throughout New York City. Powers advocates for public art as service, looking for ways to amplify voices that would otherwise go unheard, making money for small businesses and keeping the visual landscape of cities beautifully chaotic.
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Talk | CANCELED***Actor Talks About the Influence of Jazz***CANCELED


A close-up talkback with Harlem-based actor Tyson Hall. Hall, a classically trained actor with 20+ years' experience, is a Harlem resident, native New Yorker and frequent collaborator with the museum. Most recently, he gave a stellar performance in the role of "Sam" in the hit show Power Book III: Raising Kanan featured on the Starz network where he garnered a huge fan base. Hall discusses how jazz influences his art.
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Classical Music | Cello Works by R. Strauss, Chopin, and More (In Person and Online)


Mizuki Hayakawa, Cello. Program information: Shulamit Ran (1949 - ) Fantasy Variations Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949) Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6 Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849) Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3
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Concert | Experimental Music Combining Jazz and Improv Ensembles


The Music Performance Program and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program join forces for an evening of improvisational ensemble music.
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Concerts, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Experimental Music Combining Jazz and Improv Ensembles

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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City Walks, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Holiday Lights Tour

Concert | Acclaimed Saxophonist in Concert


Paul Cohen, saxophone Paul Cohen has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Richmond Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Charleston Symphony and Philharmonia Virtuosi. In addition, he has played in numerous ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Group for Contemporary Music, Charleston Symphony, New York Solisti, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Dr. has published more than 100 articles on the history and literature of the saxophone in a number of music journals. Combining his musicological pursuits with performing activities, Dr. Cohen has rediscovered and performed lost saxophone literature, including solo works for saxophone and orchestra by Loeffler, Florio and Dahl (for winds), as well as rare chamber works by Grainger, Ornstein, Sousa, Cowell, Siegmeister, and Loeffler. As arranger he has written The Renaissance Book, a collection of Renaissance songs and dances for saxophone quartet (Galaxy Music); Four Piano Blues of Copland for saxophone quartet (Boosey and Hawkes); and, as editor, has prepared the ossia passages for the Concerto for Saxophone by Ross Lee Finney (Peters Music).
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Concerts, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, Acclaimed Saxophonist in Concert

Concert | New Works by Baroque Performers


Nuova Pratica, an ensemble of composer-performers born out of Juilliard's Historical Performance program and specializing not only in the performance of European Baroque music, but also in its composition and improvisation, presents Early Bird: New Early Music by some of its most dedicated performers. Featuring Hannah Spierman, soprano; Rebecca Nelson, Tsutomu William Copeland, and Rafa Prendergast, Baroque violins/violas; Charlie Reed, viola da gamba; Ellen Sauer, flauto traverso; and Nicola Canzano, harpsichord.
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Concerts, December 14, 2022, 12/14/2022, New Works by Baroque Performers
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Play | Two Classic Plays Reimagined, with Broadway Actors

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Classical Music | Orchestra and Chorus: Mozart, Beethoven, and More at a Landmark Venue

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