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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 1, 2018?

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 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! 38 free events take place on February 1 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out February 1 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 February . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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38 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on February 1, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni
free events nyc Mario Sorrenti, legendary fashion photographer
free events nyc Russia Hosts the World Cup: Sports and Politics in 2018
free events nyc The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3: Performance Art by Eduard Freudmann
free events nyc Joanne Lipman discusses her book That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together
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The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour

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Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Harlem Tour

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Genealogy lovers, now is time to shape your genealogy research into a cohesive family history for others to read. Learn the different types of family history writing styles and explore the writing manuals that will match your writing style. Explore the history of the places where your family lived, learn tips for creating a cohesive narrative, and why writing a family history is the ultimate goal of genealogy research.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Writing Your Family History

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The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 12, 2017 to May 23, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Bach at Noon

Lecture |


David Graham Du Bois’s 1975 novel …And Bid Him Sing narrates the mistranslations between Egypt’s symbolic place in the Black radical imaginary and the lived experiences of African American expatriates in Egypt during the Cold War. While laying bare the tense and tangled intersections of racial, religious, and nationalist identity formation in Egypt, Du Bois’s novel also mobilizes a jazz vernacular and rhythm as a language through which Egyptians and their Black American neighbors become socially, culturally, and politically legible to one another. In her talk, Professor Sophia Azeb situates Du Bois’s novel and the Cairene jazz scene he put to page as part of an Afro-Arab cultural archive of difference that reimagines the place of North Africa within a broader genealogy of the African Diaspora.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Black Folks from Babylon: Disappointment and Difference in the Key of Cairo Jazz

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Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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Stars: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke. Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another...or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies. 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Christian Ditter's Love, Rosie (2014): Can Best Friends Be Lovers?

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Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Subway Art Tour

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Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel. In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers. 86 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Don Siegel's The Lineup (1958): Drug Smuggling Drama

Concert |


4:00 PM - 7:00 PM  Zaslavsky-Koch Piano Competition Finals 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM  Alexis Seminario, soprano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Student Recitals

Classical Music |


Bartok Piano Concerto Competition Finals  4:00PM Eunji Lee, Harpsichord  6:00PM Ryan Kennedy, Organ  8:00PM Emily Duncan, Flute  8:00PM
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Student Recitals

Master Class |


Julian Schwarz is with the Shenandoah Conservatory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Julian Schwarz, Cellist

Discussion |


Composer, pianist, and scholar Vijay Iyer (Harvard University) joins multidisciplinary scholar Daphne A. Brooks (Yale University) for a wide-ranging conversation at the intersections of music-making, race, and gender. Working outward from Iyer's various artistic and intellectual projects, the two will pursue a series of questions and disturbances around musical practice, the culture industry, and the academy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Difference, Resonance, Intervention: Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry

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A panel discussion regarding the relationship between global sporting events and their world governing bodies and local political agendas. From June 14 to July 15, 2018, the Russian Federation will host the 21st FIFA World Cup finals, the most watched global sporting event. In the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s recent decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the FIFA World Cup offers Moscow the opportunity to regain the global spotlight and rebrand itself. The panel, consisting of leading academics, activists and sports journalists will consider the relationship between global sporting events, their world governing bodies and local political agendas, and will identify the trends, themes and tensions that will drive international media coverage of the tournament: PANEL: Jane Buchanan, Associate Director, Europe & Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch Natalie Koch, Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University Gabriele Marcotti, ESPN Senior Writer and Times Columnist Moderator: Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute
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5:00 pm
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Discussions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Russia Hosts the World Cup: Sports and Politics in 2018

Book Discussion |


Discuss the book by Toni Morrison. Drawing on her Norton Lectures at Harvard, the Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize–winning novelist takes up vital questions bearing on identity in her latest work of nonfiction as she considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Chelsea Talks Book Group: The Origin of Others

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The first New York exhibition in over six decades to shed light on the early painting and drawing practice of celebrated American artist Allan Kaprow. While Kaprow’s radical innovations in the realm of performance shifted the course of twentieth-century American art, he began his career as a painter, studying with Hans Hofmann and focusing on the medium from the mid-1940s through the 1950s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Allen Kaprow: Paintings New York

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Displacement: Women's Journeys is a photo-based exhibition, co-curated by artists Pauline Chernichaw and Aldara Ortega, featuring twenty women artists and artactivists chosen from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Libbet Loughnan's Your Mind Mined is based on a theme of contemporary commissioned portraits. While many commissions are private, a number have been loaned back exclusively for this exhibition and the artist has included storylines about how each came about.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, 2 Art Shows: Displacement: Women's Journeys / Your Mind Mined

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A new body of work by artist David Lyle. Continuing on from his last series, "Everybody's A Critic," a wonderfully caustic commentary on the art world, Lyle resumes his humorous yet bitter critique by reimagining what well known artists might be doing today if they had not risen though through the art world ranks.
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Don't Quit Your Day Job: Painitngs by David Lyle

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This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery. Robert Calafiore employs custom, hand-built pinhole cameras to create large-scale, one-of-a-kind chromogenic prints. The primary subject matter, an impressive collection of decorative glassware inherited from his family, is assembled by stacking, shelving, and balancing pieces into a single tableau within a larger construction. It is then transformed by the unique recording characteristics of the camera’s wide angle, the extended exposure, and the light sensitive paper’s recording abilities.
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Muses: Prints by Robert Calafiore

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Defect and Desire is Myungho Choi's solo exhibition of recent paintings of monotoned expressions that address the desire for beauty, juxtaposed against accidental defects.
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Defect and Desire: Recent Paintings by Myungho Choi

Poetry Reading |


With: Stephen Ackerman, Philip F. Clark, Jessica Greenbaum, Alison Jarvis, Bicole Sealy, and Don Yorty.
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Poetry Readings, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Voices of Poetry in the Village

Gallery Talk |


A panel discussion with some of the artists featured, including Graciela Cassel, Willie Cole, Franco Frontera, Jon Gómez, Marilyn Narota, Aya Rodríguez-Izumi, and Jenny Santos. The artists will discuss their process and works on view. Moderated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado.
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Gallery Talks, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Artists' Tour of the Exhibition May Contain Moving Parts

Book Discussion |


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
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Book Discussions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Library Book Group

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Discuss the book by Elena Ferrante.
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Book Discussions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Book Club: My Brilliant Friend

Park Walk |


Brisk but sane. About seven miles.This is a regular series in which explore Central Park by foot as the work week winds down and then grab something to eat afterwards.  After quickly entering the park, head North, across and back down again to Central Park South. They will aim for about a 3mph pace. Please bring a flashlight as it is getting late earlier this time of year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Central Park Brisk Walk

Talk |


The fourth Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, who returns to Casa Italiana on the occasion of his recent run as Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and in anticipation of his performance in Handel's Rinaldo at Carnegie Hall on tour with The English Concert.
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6:30 pm
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Talks, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni

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The pop-up exhibition will display a selection of the valentines, and directly after the exhibition, these artworks will be mailed to women internationally and arrive in time for Valentine’s Day. The Opening Reception on February 1 will include reflections on the importance of love and community building from Visual AIDS Artist+ Members and others from the Positive Women's Network (PWN-USA), Iris House, She's So VOCAL (Voices of Community Activists and Leaders) and ICW.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Love Positive Women: A Group Exhibition

Author Reading |


Do you sound like yourself today? Or like someone else? Like who? How can you tell? Is this some kind of movement? Are you a part of it? What time is it in here, anyway? And why are you reading this—are these your kinds of questions, is this your kind of event; will the people there be your kind of people?  Such problems will be hard to avoid when Jeff Dolven and Wayne Koestenbaum take up the self-divided, trivial, indispensable concept of style. The discussants will talk about Dolven’s new book, Senses of Style (Chicago 2018), and also respond to a suite of stylistic provocations curated by Sina Najafi, editor-in-chief of Cabinet magazine. Sir Thomas Wyatt and Frank O’Hara guest star. Refreshments will be provided. Audience members are encouraged to show up in their style.
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Author Readings, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Jeff Dolven discusses his book Senses of Style: Poetry Before Interpretation

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Featuring presentations by Haki R. Madhubuti (publisher, educator and founder of Third World Press), Michael Simanga (activist cultural worker, artist and scholar in African American art and culture), and Noliwe Rooks (interdisciplinary scholar, author of the book Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education.)
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Discussions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Black Resistance to Trump Tyranny

Reading |


Celebrate issue six and the third birthday of biannual literary and visual culture magazine American Chordata.
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Readings, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, American Chordata Issue 6 Launch

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Eve L. Ewing is an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, Electric Arches, was published by Haymarket Books in fall 2017. Sam Sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017), winner of The National Poetry Series and Bury It (Wesleyan University Press, 2018), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, including Glass Town (Red Hen Press, 1999), and Blue Venus (Persea, 2004).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Poets Read: Eve L. Ewing / Sam Sax / Lisa Russ Spaar

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A stunning domestic thriller in which a woman must make the impossible choice between defending her husband and saving herself.
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Author Readings, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Alafair Burke discusses her book The Wife: A Novel of Psychological Suspense

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Filled with illuminating anecdotes, data from the most recent studies, and stories from author Joanne Lipman's own journey to the top of a male-dominated industry, this book shows how to reach across the gender divide. It shows why empowering women as true equals is an essential goal for women and men--and offers a roadmap for getting there.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Joanne Lipman discusses her book That's What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together

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Mario Sorrenti, legendary fashion photographer, will be joining Thomas Werner to discuss his career, creativity, and the changing business of fashion, publishing, and photography. The evening will be the formal launch of Thomas’ new book The Fashion Image, by Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Mario Sorrenti, legendary fashion photographer

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With: Mehammed Mack, assistant professor of French Studies at Smith College. Annette Joseph-Gabriel, assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Michigan. Moderator:  Hugo Bouvard, Institute of French Studies        
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Gendered, Sexualized, and Racialized Political Identities in France and Beyond

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The White Elephant Archive, Setting No 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. In this intensely personal one-man production, Freudmann uses his family's archive--which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps--to explore his family's silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3: Performance Art by Eduard Freudmann

Concert |


Growing up immersed in his father’s crates of jazz, hip-hop, soul, and classical records and influenced by the likes of Jackie Wilson and The Kinks, N’Gonda displays a vocal range that can soar like Prince in falsetto or deepen into a classic Stax-era blues growl, following the ebb and flow of his hook-filled songs. Having honed his craft in Liverpool and gigged across the U.K. and Europe, N’Gonda is now headlining shows in London, releasing a debut EP, and supporting touring acts, including Laura Mvula, Martha Reeves, and Lauryn Hill.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Jalen N’Gonda: Soul Singer

Comedy Club |


Bodega Cat is a weekly comedy show brought to you by Kevin Seefried (202 Comedy Festival), Andy Ostroff (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and Dane Hanson (Producer of Laughs on FOX). Live Stand-Up Comedy in New York City.
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Comedy Clubs, February 01, 2018, 02/01/2018, Bodega Cat Comedy Show
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