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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 1, 2019?

26 free events take place on Friday, February 1 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

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!

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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26 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

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free events nyc An Award-Winning Genre-Blurring Singer-Songwriter
free events nyc Psychic and Physical Clutter: Exploring How to Create Order Inside and Out
free events nyc The Kardashian Generals: Celebrity and Power in Contemporary Civil-Military Relations
free events nyc Pianist Whose Performances Have Been Broadcast over WNYC, Public Radio, and More
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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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Conference | Finding the Way to Truth: Sources, History, and Impact of the Meditative Tradition


How is the ancient exhortation to “know thyself” related to consolation, virtue, and the study of nature? How did the commitment to self-knowledge shift over the centuries in writings by Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and early modern natural philosophers? How did medieval women contribute to modern notions of self, self-knowledge, and knowledge of nature? This conference explores the meditative “reflective methodology” from its ancient roots, through medieval Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions to the so-called “new” methodologies of early modern science. Speakers include Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Pierre Force, Clémence Boulouque, Christia Mercer, and Pamela Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Finding the Way to Truth: Sources, History, and Impact of the Meditative Tradition

City Walk | Randall’s Island Walk


Duration: 3 hours. Distance: 5 miles. Circle Randall’s Island, passing Hell Gate, Triboro Bridge (RFK bridge), nature sanctuary, salt marsh, athletic fields and of course several photo ops. Walk over the Ward’s Island pedestrian bridge to begin. End either by walking back to Manhattan via the Triboro Bridge (RFK bridge) or back across the the Ward’s Island at 103rd Street.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Randall’s Island Walk

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Film | Hotel Artemis (2018): Cyberpunk thriller with Jodie Foster


Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, 'Hotel Artemis' follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. 94 min. Director: Drew Pearce. Starring Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum. Filming started in downtown Los Angeles in May 2017 and lasted 33 days. Hotel Artemis was released in the United States on June 8, 2018 and grossed $12.8 million. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Hotel Artemis (2018): Cyberpunk thriller with Jodie Foster

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank Tour


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, 2019, 02/01/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Classical Music | Pipes at One Organ Recital: Juilliard performers


Performers from the Juilliard School: Daniel Ficarri, Colin MacKnight, and Alexander Pattavina. Juilliard organist Daniel Ficarri has performed in Lincoln Square’s Winter’s Eve Festival and Juilliard’s ChamberFest to concerts with the Chelsea Opera, the New Choral Society, and the Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. His recent performance of John Cage’s Souvenir for organ was listed under the “Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments" in The New York Times. Organist Colin MacKnight recently joined the staff of the Cathedral of the Incarnation as Associate Organist and Choirmaster. Colin previously served as Assistant Organist at New York's Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue and at Church of the Resurrection. Weekly recitals showcasing the new organ, featuring New York City's leading organists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Pipes at One Organ Recital: Juilliard performers

Film | Wonder (2017): Oscar nominated drama starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson


Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. 113 min. Director: Stephen Chbosky. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Wonder grossed $132.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $173.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $305.6 million, against a production budget of $20 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Wonder (2017): Oscar nominated drama starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson

Film | Ava DuVernay's Oscar Winning Selma (2014): MLK in Alabama


A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. 128 min. Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth. Selma premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, began a limited US release on December 25, and expanded into wide theatrical release on January 9, 2015, two months before the 50th anniversary of the march. The film was re-released on March 20, 2015 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historical march. Selma had four Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director and Best Actor and won for Best Original Song. It was also nominated for Best Picture and won Best Original Song at the 87th Academy Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Ava DuVernay's Oscar Winning Selma (2014): MLK in Alabama

Master Class | Percussion master class


As a principal timpani Percussionist James Ritchie has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Jay has participated in a variety of summer festivals, including a Principal Timpanist appointment with the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific Music Festival, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. Timpani or kettledrums are musical instruments in the percussion family. A type of drum, they consist of a membrane called a head stretched over a large bowl traditionally made of copper.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Percussion master class

Reading | Queer Milton: A Landmark Collection


This book launch and roundtable celebrates the release of the landmark collection Queer Milton, an overdue intervention in the field of Milton criticism. A glittering assemblage of the volume’s contributors will discuss their essays, with topics ranging over gender and sexuality, ecocriticism, and biopolitics. They will also point to paths not yet taken, to queer Miltons waiting to be explored. Mario DiGangi will situate panelists’ remarks in the larger landscape of queer early modern studies. Participants: Corey McEleney, Fordham University Erin Murphy, Boston University David Orvis, Appalachian State Melissa E. Sanchez, Penn State Steven Swarbrick, BaruchCollege, CUNY
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Queer Milton: A Landmark Collection

Lecture | Revolutionary Circles: Shadowy Identities and the Conspiratorial Method


A lecture by Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey of Cambridge University.
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Lectures, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Revolutionary Circles: Shadowy Identities and the Conspiratorial Method

Concert | An Award-Winning Genre-Blurring Singer-Songwriter


Queen Esther is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter, librettist, playwright, actor, and recording artist. Her work has led to creative collaborations in neo-vaudeville, alt-theater, various alt-rock configurations, (neo) swing bands, trip hop DJs, spoken word performances, jazz combos, jam bands, various blues configurations, original Off Broadway plays and musicals, experimental music/art noise and performance art. After forming the critically acclaimed avant-blues duo Hoosegow (Mighty/Homestead) with "guitarrorist" Elliot Sharp, she beat out more than 6,000 hopefuls to land a plumb role in the original cast of the first national tour of the Broadway musical Rent. While on tour, she started her own label and continued to develop her ideas, regardless of genre. Queen Esther recorded and performed with Grammy Award-nominated composer/pianist JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band, recorded and toured internationally with jazz guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer as frontperson for his trio Blues Experience Raw and garnered a publishing deal with Bug Music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, An Award-Winning Genre-Blurring Singer-Songwriter

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: (No) Fun / Convulsive Beauty in the Fur Teacup Bar


(No) Fun A group show that takes its cue from this George Orwell quote: "As time goes on and the horrors pile up, the mind seems to secrete a sort of self-protecting ignorance which needs a harder and harder shock to pierce it, just as the body will become immunized to a drug and require bigger and bigger doeses." Convulsive Beauty in the Fur Teacup Bar Imagine a clairvoyant conversation between surrealist Meret Oppenheim, and textile artist Anni Albers. Shop talk of readymade objects and sensuous transformations. Woven lines mesh and perform a tactile play of surfaces. Jean Foos is an artist living in NYC. Her paintings and installations transform found objects with abstract, gridded patterns.
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Opening Receptions, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, 2 Art Shows: (No) Fun / Convulsive Beauty in the Fur Teacup Bar

Discussion | Fact or Fiction: Social Media in the Art World


How has social media affected the art world? What are the challenges associated with integrating social media into an organization’s communications strategy, when the industry is based on in-person, personal experiences? This discussion will provide an overview of pros and cons of social media in the art world. Panelists include Nora Gomez-Strauss, Director of Digital Strategies at Public Art Fund, Stephanie Strasnick, Social Media Strategist and Freelance Arts Writer, and Molly Taylor, Director of Press, Marketing & Events at Paul Kasmin Gallery. The discussion will be moderated by Andi Harris, Senior Account Executive at FITZ & CO. and a MA Visual Arts Administration student.
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Discussion | Holes in Maps: Artists in Conversation


A public program revolving around questions many of us are asking: how can we, as curators, artists and art workers meaningfully address and counter current immigration policies and support the vulnerable communities we work with? The evening will begin with a conversation with exhibiting artist Juan Obando about his practice’s focus on the intervention of systems defined by accelerated globalization and accumulated capital, followed by a presentation by Reverend Juan Carlos Ruiz about the history of sanctuary spaces and featuring the work of documentary photographer, Cynthia Santos-Briones. It will conclude with a Know Your Rights training by Luba Cortés that offers practical information about legal rights and how to react effectively when interacting with ICE. A Q&A and open dialogue will follow. The program will be moderated by exhibition curator Juliana Steiner and No Longer Empty curator, Rachel Gugelberger. t.
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Talk | Psychic and Physical Clutter: Exploring How to Create Order Inside and Out


As a society, we are constantly bombarded by information in the form of emails, social media content and endless advertising. Psychic and physical clutter manifests in clouded thinking, inability to make decisions and sometimes interrupted sleep cycles. In this exploratory lecture, attendees will examine the ways in which we are overwhelmed by our “thoughts” and “things” and discover how to use art and imagery effectively in the healing space and in our own lives. Speaker Kimberly Faulkner has over a decade of clinical experience working with behavioral health populations as well as industry professionals. She recently relocated to Northern Virginia where she is a corporate wellness trainer and a Pratt supervisor while building her private practice on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Additionally, Kimberly is connected with several assisted living facilities where she provides art therapy groups to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases as well as patients in hospice care.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Talks, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Psychic and Physical Clutter: Exploring How to Create Order Inside and Out

Author Reading | Hannah Versus the Tree: A 'Mythopoetic' Thriller


A radical departure from contemporary storytelling, Hannah Versus the Tree enthralls the reader immediately and unfolds as an unerringly beautiful fable of lifelong love and a terrific act of vengeance. It presents nothing less than a new literary genre, the mythopoetic thriller. At the center of the story is Hannah, a fiercely intelligent young woman, and heiress to her powerful family’s fortune. A devastating wrong is done to her when she opposes a family business scheme and her response is a battle cry of astounding violence and beauty. Hannah Versus the Tree is a gripping fable for our times which burns brightly on every page. There is sex and drugs, punk rock and anarchism, social media scandal and hacking. Rooted in the ancient, it nevertheless captures the wonder, strangeness, and fear of living in the early 21st century. Although drawing on ancient myths, it is the perfect book for anyone today raging against the regime, impacted by the #metoo movement, and for all those looking for an escape. It is an exquisitely rendered celebration of the art of revenge – in particular against forces which seem too powerful to ever face the consequences of their actions. Leland de la Durantaye is a critic, translator, and professor. He taught at the École Normale Supérieure and at Harvard for many years and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of comparative literature at the Claremont Colleges. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, Artforum, The Believer, Cabinet, and others. He is also a translator from French and Italian; his translation of the Jacques Jouet novel Upstaged (2011) was a finalist for the PEN Best Translated Book of the Year. Hannah Versus the Tree is his first novel.
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Author Readings, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Hannah Versus the Tree: A 'Mythopoetic' Thriller

Concert | Pianist Whose Performances Have Been Broadcast over WNYC, Public Radio, and More


Canadian pianist Joan Forsyth has collaborated with such ensembles as the Cassatt Quartet, the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center and CYGNUS, and appeared as soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic and the Westchester Chamber Orchestra. She toured the Netherlands and Scandinavia with CYGNUS and a program of new American music in 1997 and then travelled with theat ensemble again to Russia in 1998. She performed in Tokyo with Trio Spark! in 2006. Her performances have been broadcast over WNYC, WFAS, Vermont and New York Public Radio, RAI Italy, Radio Denmark and Polish National Radio.
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Pianist Whose Performances Have Been Broadcast over WNYC, Public Radio, and More

Concert | SoundArt: From Costa Rica to NYC


SoundArt: From Costa Rica to NYC features rarely heard music by composers from Costa Rica, who will perform with SoundArt.NYC, a musical collaborative ensemble exploring and defining new paths for creativity and musical trends. This concert, curated by Carlos José Castro Mora and Edmundo Ramírez, features music by Costa Rican composers, and displays the variety of influences and expression of the country's contemporary musicians. The program includes acoustic and mixed-media pieces by Susan Campos-Fonseca, Rocío Sanz Quirós, Pilar Aguilar, Valeria Bregón, and Carlos José Castro Mora, performed by Ramírez, the Bleecker String Quartet, and SoundArt.NYC.  
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Lecture | The Kardashian Generals: Celebrity and Power in Contemporary Civil-Military Relations


Speaker Christopher Ankersen is Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, where he teaches in the Transnational Security concentration. Prior to joining NYU, Ankerson was the Security Advisor for the United Nations system in Thailand (2012-2017). Previously, he held positions at the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2010-2012); the UN Offices in Geneva (2007-2010) and Vienna (2006-2007); and with the Department of Safety and Security in New York, where he was Desk Officer for Iraq (2005-2006).
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, The Kardashian Generals: Celebrity and Power in Contemporary Civil-Military Relations

Comedy Club | Get Down Comedy Show


Get Down Comedy is back! They have the hottest NY comics performing on a Friday night. Featuring: Alex Ryu (ESPN) Eli Sairs (Comedy Central's Roast Battle) Quan Wiggins (New York Comedy Festival) Selena Coppock (author of The New Rules for Blondes) Koshin Egal (New York Comedy Festival) and your host, Calvin Cato (Tru TV)
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Film | Underworld (1927): Oscar-Winning Silent Film


Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend. This crime drama helped launch an American obsession with the organized crime-heist movie genre after winning the Oscar for best screenplay at the very first Academy Awards in 1927. Director: Josef von Sternberg 80 min. Accompanioed by live music with the Alloy Orchestra.
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Films, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, Underworld (1927): Oscar-Winning Silent Film

Classical Music | A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning


The Juilliard Orchestra; Gil Rose, conductor. Program Betty Olivero Tenuot (WDR commission) Gyorgy Ligeti Lontano (Radio France commission) Michael Tippett Symphony No. 2 (BBC commission) About the Performers The Juilliard Orchestra, Juilliard’s largest and most visible performing ensemble, is comprised of all orchestral instrumental majors in the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, led by numerous world-renowned guest conductors, including John Adams, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and many others. The Juilliard Orchestra performs regularly at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as in opera and dance productions, special events and broadcasts, and national and international tours. Acknowledged for his “sense of style and sophistication” by Opera News, noted 
as “an amazingly versatile conductor” by The Boston Globe, and praised for conducting with “admiral command” by The New York Times, Gil Rose is a musician helping to shape the future of classical music. Over the past two decades, Mr. Rose has built a reputation as one of the country’s most inventive and versatile conductors before the public. His dynamic performances on both the symphonic and operatic stages as well and over 75 recordings have garnered international critical praise.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 01, 2019, 02/01/2019, A Salute to 75 Years of International Radio Commissioning

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
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Concert | Women’s Voices: A Celebration of Songs by Female Composers


Soprano Lauren Ishida is delighted to return to perform at her beloved alma mater. Ishida is the vocalist half of Duo Moderne, an ensemble specializing in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. She is a frequent collaborator with the early music group, Ensemble Leonarda. In collaboration with her husband and duo partner, Noby Ishida, she is currently working on a biography of the Spanish-American composer Julio de Osma. This program features an exciting array of works by women composers and poets from the Middle Ages to the present, and challenges us to think about the many ways in which women use their voices to tell stories about their own lives and experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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