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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 14, 2023?

41 free events take place on Thursday, 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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41 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, December 14, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Harriet Tubman and the Quest for Freedom (online)
free events nyc Silent Disco Night
free events nyc An Essential Backgrounder for the Israel-Hamas War (online)
free events nyc Navidad en Familia: A Christmas Concert
free events nyc Vocal Concert with Drums, Electric Bass, Dancing, and More
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Workshop | Fitness Yoga Class


Experience something new or enhance your yoga practice with instructors from Chelsea Piers Fitness. A complimentary, hour-long Vinyasa Flow classes in the Maker's Studio and start your day with a bit of balance. Make sure to bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many -- Includes Holiday Lights Tour


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 Holiday Lights Tour
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Film | Remember the Night (1940): romantic comedy


Moved to pity by the Christmas season, New York District Attorney John Sargent lets pretty shoplifter Lee Leander out on bail and offers her a ride home to Indiana. Along the way they have a run-in with a Pennsylvania sheriff, meet each others' parents, and eventually fall in love. John's mother, however, disapproves, and warns Lee to stay away, lest she damage John's career. Not wanting to cause trouble, Lee resolves to leave the man she loves. Director: Mitchell Leisen Cast:  Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Lecture | Harriet Tubman and the Quest for Freedom (online)


She was called "General Tubman" and "the Moses of her people," yet there is much we do not know about this heroic "conductor" of the Underground Railroad who risked all to rescue others. Kelly Hancock, Director of Programs at the American Civil War Museum, for an intimate look at the woman who may one day be the face of the $20 bill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Festival | Holiday Extravaganza: Photo Ops with Favorite Characters, Classic Movies, Interactive Activities for Kids, and More!


Santa Claus is coming to town! This venue is transforming into a wonderland of family entertainment, with a lineup of events that will make your holidays unforgettable. From the whimsical world of My Little Pony to the high-flying antics of the Harlem Globetrotters, there's something for everyone. Step into a Peanuts paradise for a cozy holiday experience or join Rosie Fuentes from PBS Kids' Rosie's Rules for a festive celebration. Each event offers exclusive screenings, photo ops, and interactive activities for the kids. November 25 - January 7, Wednesdays to Sundays. CFT members have to use a code (provided below the location) to get free admission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | The Algorithmic State: The Power and Peril of Artificial Memory (online)


A talk with artist Lozano-Hemmer and curator Kathleen Forde. Internationally celebrated artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses digital technologies and machine learning to develop works of art that powerfully engage viewers in new ways to engage memories as individuals and collectively. His works point to the promise of intelligent machines while questioning what artificial memory production may also portend. In this talk, Lozano-Hemmer and curator Kathleen Forde will discuss the artist’s machine-mediated practice with a focus on his most recent immersive art environment, Atmospheric Memory, and its implications for surveillance, collective memory and border politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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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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12:20 pm
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Concert | Holiday Caroling with The Broadway Carolers


With over 25 years of experience, Broadway Carolers perform across the region and are committed to bringing light into people’s lives during the holiday season. They have performed at houses and apartments, parks and country clubs, and NYC landmarks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concert | Holiday Harmonies


Celebrate the holiday season with a lunchtime concert featuring talented local musicians performing a variety of seasonal favorites. Featured Musicians: Ilya Shneyveys (accordion) and Jake Shulman-Ment (violin) are two of the leading contemporary musicians breathing new life into old-world klezmer, the celebratory music of East European Jews. This performance for Hanukkah will be filled with soulful Hasidic spirituals and rollicking dance melodies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Master Class | Piano Master Class


Piano Master Class with Angelina Gadeliya. Praised for her "refined and exceptionally phrased and stylized" playing (Telavivcity.com), and her "rare ability to make music speak" (The Gazette), Ukrainian pianist Angelina Gadeliya performs regularly at Carnegie Hall as well as at the Juilliard School. She has appeared as soloist with the Boulder Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, as well as with the Fort Worth, South Dakota, Oberlin, and Stony Brook symphonies. Angelina's recent performances include solo and chamber music recitals in such venues as New York's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Halls, the Consulate of France, The Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Organ Concert (In Person AND Online)


Harmoniumist Artis Wodehouse performs period repertoire on an 1864 melodeon harmonium made in Connecticut and an 1871 cottage organ made in Vermont.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Gallery Talk | CANCELLED***Ida y Vuelta: Curator's Tour (online)***CANCELLED


Professor Laura Bravo, curator of Ida y Vuelta, explores the origins and development of this exhibition. The show, whose name translates to Arrivals and Departures, features 19 Puerto Rican artists whose works respond to the experience of many Puerto Ricans living abroad.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Lecture | Anti-Asian Violence during the Pandemic and Mental Health Outcomes Among Low-Income Chinese Elders (in-person and online)


Speaker Na Yin is Associate Professor in Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and CUNY Institute for Demographic Research at Baruch College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Sojourner: Black Gay Voices in the Age of AIDS (in-person and online)


An evening of readings and reminiscences of Sojourner, the second anthology of the NYC-based Black gay men's collective Other Countries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Dancing | Silent Disco Night


Dance the night away under the stars with a silent disco experience where participants groove to the beat of their own music in a festive, winter atmosphere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free

Performance | Broadway Under the Stars


Attendees get an exclusive upfront performance of some of Broadway's most renowned and critically acclaimed shows. Catch live performances from the Disney Broadway hits The Lion King and Aladdin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Open Studios | Open Studios


MFA Fine Arts students Zoe Toscano, Tina Mitchell , Tyson Houseman, May Kwon, Jon Copes, Jusun Jessie Seo, Erin Hayde and Al Svoboda in their studios.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann for Viola and Double Bass (In Person AND Online)


John Tobin, Viola; Ruth Christopher, Double Bass. Program Andrés Martín, Sonata para Contrabajo solo J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in C Major, BWV 1009 arr. viola Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 John Tartaglia (1932-2018), Fantasia for Viola and Double Bass on Themes of Marin Marais
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Blue Boy / DIstant Signals


Jesse Small - Distant Signals The exhibition will feature Small’s newest series of work, featuring layers of pierced metal screens which create a three-dimensional relief on the wall. The layers are well spaced to allow light to diffuse through the sculpture and generate shadows below. Timothy Cummings - Blue Boy While most of Cummings’s paintings are dream-like fantasies filled with myriad detail and discovery, each has a figure or figures. Much of Cummings’s work addresses the issue of youthful turmoil, of that awkward moment between childhood and adulthood, of identity, of gender. The artist often paints figures as a child might conjure them in his/her mind, giving a dreamlike, fantasy quality to a grown-up persona.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Exposure 3: Group Exhibition


Artists: Jacqueline BarnettoSamita BhatiaoEmily Farisho Olga GuerraoGail KolflatoSassoon KosianoLaurence Neron-BanceloMary Alice OritooFrancine PerlmanoHeather Stoltz
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Marcus Leslie Singleton: Return from Exile


This exhibition showcases 10 new paintings, including the artist’s largest paintings to date, and his first exhibited video. A deeply personal show, Return from Exile confronts issues of visibility, spirituality and the historical significance of everyday moments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | An Essential Backgrounder for the Israel-Hamas War (online)


At a time of surging antisemitism, it is crucial to understand the history of the modern state of Israel and the ongoing war with Hamas. Hosted by ADL Long Island, hear from ADL's Deputy National Director Kenneth Jacobson in conversation with Regional Director Scott Richman. Jacobson has worked for ADL for more than 50 years and has lived much of this history. The event will unpack together the historical and contemporary elements that led us to where we are today. Come with questions for a thoughtful, informed and nuanced discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Poetry Reading | An Evening of Poetry and Music


An evening of poetry with Austin Alexis, Sheila Maldonado, Bakar Wilson, Ron Kolm, Danny Shot Jennifer Blowdryer with Steven Wishnia (guitar), Kim Brandon, Matthew Hupert, Eve Packer with Daniel Carter (multi-instrumentalist). Host: Eve Packer
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Jazz | Award-Winning Jazz Pianist and Composer


A performance by the great pianist and composer Bertha Hope. In 2018 she won the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's Legends of Jazz Award. Hope has toured globally with artists like Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Eddie Henderson, while being a respected educator and bandleader in her own right, with several albums under her leadership.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concert | Choir Performance in a Luminous Garden


Experience the voices of the Henry Street Choir in a luminous environment. Enjoy hot cocoa and live music led by Michael Inge with accompaniment by Juancho Herrera featuring pop, rock and soul songs you know and love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Concert | Jazz with Grammy Winning Saxophonist


Grammy winner and acclaimed saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom, with students from The New School's College of the Performing Arts, presents new music and collaborative works inspired by library archives. The concert will be followed by a discussion with the composers to discuss their process from research to performance. Jane Ira Bloom was the first musician to be commissioned by the NASA Art Program. Her 2013 release, Sixteen Sunsets, received a Grammy nomination for the 56th Grammy Awards in the Best Surround Sound category, and in 2017, Bloom won the Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound category at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for her album Early Americans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Festival | Snowflake Soireé


An enchanting evening of winter merriment and frolic. Visitors will be transported to a winter wonderland where they can snack on traditional Dutch stroopwafels and create their own pomander.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talk | The English Language Machine Cancels of Dublin, Ireland to 1922 (online)


Language seems like such an ordinary, insignificant part of our lives, but language, even a provincial language like Gaelic, can be a powerful symbol; an expression of shared national identity. Many outsiders thought that Ireland should be content with being an integral part of the United Kingdom. Ireland is a fiercely independent country that has fought for its Gaelic traditions, and many did not wish to remove the robes of nationalism or lose their language and customs. The period of 1916–1921 in Ireland was marked by political violence and upheaval. This resulted in the partition of Ireland in 1920 and independence for 26 of its 32 counties. Contrast this volatile political environment with the humble role of the post office.  Postal Reform in 1840 caused an unprecedented increase in the volume of mail. By the 1900’s the increase in the volume of mail in Ireland reached the point where the government could not add enough clerks to process the mail.  Machines to cancel the mail became a necessity to spite the “Troubles” in Ireland. Speaker Charles J.G. Verge was President of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada from 2000 to 2007, President of the American Association  of Philatelic Exhibitors (1998-2002) and is a Past President of the Eire Philatelic Society. His primary philatelic interests include managing the hobby, writing about it and promoting it. He collects Haiti revenues, Canadian FDCs from the 1950s, Dental FDCs and Thematics, English language cancelling machines of Ireland prior to 1922 and many other areas. He is a national and international collector, accredited judge,  philatelic journalist, author and has represented Canada at many international philatelic gatherings. He was asked to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2020 and received the Lichtenstein Award in 2023.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | 44th Annual A City Singing At Christmas (in-person and online)


Featuring the Jacksonville Children's Chorus, the Young People's Chorus of New York, the Cathedral choir and organists, and the New York Symphonic Brass. Standing room only.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Midnight Rambles: H. P. Lovecraft in Gotham


Unknown to many fans and readers, the influential and controversial horror author H. P. Lovecraft lived and wrote in New York City between 1924 and 1926. During this time, Greenwich Village became his favorite neighborhood. Often in the dark hours of the night, Lovecraft lost himself in its maze of streets and alleys. He visited Greenwich Village not to fraternize with its poets and painters, but to savor the neighborhood’s architecture and buildings. However, his encounters with its immigrant and minority communities revealed his deep racism and xenophobia. These beliefs were distilled in his stories “The Horror at Red Hook” and “He,” both written in New York. Author David J. Goodwin will discuss his new book, a biography on the horror master’s love-hate relationship with the city, and he will invite the audience to discover how Greenwich Village informed Lovecraft’s imagination and fiction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Silver Dollar Road (2023): Black Family Targeted by Developers


A Black family in North Carolina has been harassed for decades by land developers attempting to take their waterfront property. Director: Raoul Peck 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Wings of Red: Substitute Teacher in NYC


James W. Jennings's inventive and stylish debut is a clear-eyed, funny, imperfect, and observant work of autofiction that grapples with the absurdity of the New York City educational system as a substitute teacher—that, in the end, reads as an ode to the city itself
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Jazz | Saxophone Concert


Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Ravi Coltrane. Over the past several decades, Ravi has worked with such icons as Elvin Jones, Kenny Barron, Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Geri Allen, and Terence Blanchard—to name a few—and he maintains a globe-trotting career with his own bands and projects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Why Should I Care About Social Security? (online)


You’ve worked. You’ve saved. You’ve earned the benefits of social security. But this crucial element of the American safety net shows signs of fraying. How can it be made to last? This is a panel of experts from AARP for a virtual discussion exploring how to make social security work for you, and why you should care about its future. Learn about the benefits of social security and the current challenges it faces — along with its far-reaching economic and social impacts. In this free conversation, discover how we got here, why social security secures a safe future for all generations, and the potential policy changes that can enhance its sustainability — and your own retirement plans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Kristin Lucas: Primordial Soup of the Day


A live performance and screening of "Inforeceptor" (1994) with multimedia artist Kristin Lucas, an artist whose wide-ranging experiments with video, computer-generated imagery, technology history, and interactivity utilize playful, open-ended inquiry to examine the impacts of technological progress on Earth’s life forms and ecologies. Springing from Lucas’ decades-long engagement with networked technology, the evening will begin with a screening of Inforeceptor (1994)—a lighthearted yet ominous anticipation of the cresting World Wide Web shot on Hi-8 and Super-8, recently restored by the artist. A live performance will follow the screening, integrating display equipment from different eras to echo the evolution of life on our planet. Lucas will transform EAI’s office with video and augmented reality evoking the underwater home of a distant ancestor, a fish called the alligator gar, often referred to as a “living fossil” due to its morphological resemblance to ancestors dating back 100 million years. Alongside a live biodata soundtrack generated from the electrical signals of nearby plants, Lucas will narrate her research into the evolution of humans from fish, and her ongoing project of underwater breathing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concert | Navidad en Familia: A Christmas Concert


Heralded by no less than Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda as "the next big thing on Broadway," Mexican musical multi-hyphenate Jaime Lozano returns for the latest concert in his 2023 residency. Navidad en Familia is a concert full of stories and songs about finding a new home, learning a new language, trying to fit in, pursuing the American Dream, missing your native land, and what it means to celebrate Navidad as an immigrant in a new country. Joining Lozano is his Familia, an all-star, all-Latin lineup of Broadway and Off-Broadway performers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Tchaikovsky, Aaron Copland, and More


Gabriel Levy, Conductor; Daniel Jansen, horn; Ramon Tenefrancia, tenor; MSM Symphony Orchestra. Program Aaron Copland (1900-1990), Fanfare for the Common Man Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31 Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concert | Vocal Concert with Drums, Electric Bass, Dancing, and More


Tammy Huynh, voice; Kengchakaj Kengkarnka, keys + synthesizer; Pete Dennis, electric bass; Kobi Abcede, drum kit; Arien Wilterson, dancer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Bassoon Works (In Person AND Online)


Ruiqi Shi, Bassoon. Program Marcel Bitsch (1921-2011), Concertino pour basson et piano Gustav Schreck (1849-1918), Sonate Es-Dur für Fagott und Klavier Jean Françaix (1912-1997), Trio pour Hautbois, Basson et Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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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. With: Paul Henry - New York Comedy Club Clyde Mack - The Clyde Mack Show James Pontillo - Bitch Sesh Comedy Show Troy Alan - The Stand Comedy Club 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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