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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 8, 2019?

29 free events take place on Friday, February 8 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out February 8 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of 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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free events nyc Role Play Your Own Way on Valentine's Day: Explore Your Dominant and Submissive Sides at Work and at Play
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free events nyc Works by Fauré, Debussy, Chausson and Satie
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Lesson | Adult mental health first aid course


This course teaches participants a five-step action plan to help someone 18 years or older who is displaying signs of mental illness or emotional crisis. Why take Mental Health First Aid? Learn how to identify signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. 1 in 5 Adults experience mental illness in a given year. 8% of NYC public school students report attempting suicide. Receive a nationally recognized certification upon completion of the course.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Adult mental health first aid course

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 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Conference | Liberalism and Democracy: Past, Present, Prospects


Liberal democratic values seem embattled as never before in the United States, and around the world. The time is right for a serious and wide-ranging exploration of the prospects for liberal democracies in a context that acknowledges the historical and contemporary tensions between democracy and liberal values, both in theory and in practice. This conference convenes a varied group of scholars, journalists, policy expert and veteran public servant. They hope to stage a real meeting of the minds, not the usual partisan sniping that occurs at most academic events – and they are trying to be as inclusive as possible, by inviting thoughtful representatives from the left, right, and center. At this public seminar, participants will make brief remarks and then engage in dialogue. They will examine the prospects for liberal democracies against the backdrop of the historical and contemporary tensions between democracy and liberalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Liberalism and Democracy: Past, Present, Prospects

Lecture | The Ordeal of Rabbi Jacob Sasportas


This talk will examine the notion of Sabbatianism as “a new law” or “a new religion” in the writings of Jacob Sasportas (1610-1698). A rabbi who lived in the major centers of the Western Sephardic Diaspora, Sasportas emerged as the most articulate opponent of the messianic movement that coalesced around Sabbetai Zevi and his prophet Nathan of Gaza in 1665-1666. In his principal Hebrew work, Zizath novel zvi (The Fading Flower of the Zevi), Sasportas repeatedly described Sabbatianism with the Hebrew phrase “Torah hadashah,” which can be rendered in English as “a new law” or “a new religion.” Furthermore, he made an analogy between Sabbatianism and early Christianity, an analogy that would have enormous staying power for subsequent students of Sabbatianism from Jacob Emden to Gershom Scholem. This talk asks two related questions: what did Sasportas mean in his use of the phrase “Torah hadashah?” And what was stake for him in the analogy between Sabbatianism and Christianity?  Speaker Yaacob Dweck is Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies at Princeton University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, The Ordeal of Rabbi Jacob Sasportas

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Bach at Noon

Talk | Body as Model, Body as Self: Pathology, Imagination, Technology


This discussion with dancer, dance-maker, scientist, and teacher Betsy Coker will consider clinical neuroscience, biomechanics, and motion capture technologies to question how we conceive of our bodies, who authors body representations in scientific research, and the empirical and creative implications of objectivity. Elizabeth (Betsy) Coker is co-Artistic Director of Seán Curran Company and Assistant Arts Professor of Dance at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Coker has performed internationally in Latvia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan. Appearances in New York City include the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater, the Guggenheim Museum, New Victory Theater, 92nd Street Y/Harkness Dance Project, and Danspace Project.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Talks, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Body as Model, Body as Self: Pathology, Imagination, Technology

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 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Gallery Talk | 2 Folk Art Shows: Exhibition Walkthroughs


A tour of John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night and Paa Joe: Gates of No Return, led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, 2 Folk Art Shows: Exhibition Walkthroughs

Film | 84 Charing Cross Road (1987): British-American biographical drama


True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship. 100 min. Director: David Hugh Jones. Starring Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore is based on a play by James Roose-Evans, which itself was an adaptation of the 1970 epistolary memoir of the same name by Helene Hanff, a compilation of letters between herself and Frank Doel dating from 1949 to 1968. The play has only two characters, but the dramatis personae for the film were expanded to include Hanff's Manhattan friends, the bookshop staff and Doel's wife Nora. The film was shot on location in London and New York City. London settings include Buckingham Palace, Soho Square, Trafalgar Square, St James's, Westminster, White Hart Lane in Tottenham and suburban Richmond. Manhattan settings include Central Park, Madison Avenue, and Saint Thomas Church.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, 84 Charing Cross Road (1987): British-American biographical drama

Film | Race (2016): Running Against Hitler in Berlin


Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. 134 min. Director: Stephen Hopkins. Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree. Race won four Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Actor for James. Principal photography started on 24 July 2014, in Montreal, and on location at Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Race (2016): Running Against Hitler in Berlin

Film | The Bookshop (2017): The Magic Of Books


England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. 113 min. Director: Isabel Coixet. Starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne.  The Bookshop is based on the novel of the same name by Penelope Fitzgerald. It was shot in Portaferry and Strangford, County Down, Northern Ireland, and in Barcelona during August and September 2016.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, The Bookshop (2017): The Magic Of Books

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 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Film | A Dog's Purpose (2017): The journey of a dog


A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners. 100 min. Director: Lasse Hallström. Starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton. A Dog's Purpose has grossed $64.5 million in the United States and Canada and $139.5 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of $204 million, against a production budget of $22 million. On June 21, 2017, CEO of Amblin Entertainment Michael Wright announced that a sequel was in development. On August 26, 2018, Universal began production on the sequel, which will be directed by Gail Mancuso, and scheduled for release on May 17, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, A Dog's Purpose (2017): The journey of a dog

Film | A Quiet Place (2018): A Post-Apocalyptic World


Described by Stephen King as “an extraordinary piece of work,” A Quiet Place has been hailed by critics as “a smart, wickedly frightening good time.” In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. The film artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary. 91 min. Director: John Krasinski. Starring Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds. A Quiet Place was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018. It was nominated for Best Sound Editing at the 91st Academy Awards. The movie grossed over $340 million worldwide. A sequel is scheduled to be released on May 15, 2020.
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, A Quiet Place (2018): A Post-Apocalyptic World

Film | Lincoln (2012): Two time Oscar winning story of the president by Steven Spielberg


As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. 150 min. Director: Steven Spielberg. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. Lincoln received significant praise for the acting, especially Day-Lewis's performance, as well as Spielberg's direction, and production values. In December 2012, the film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Spielberg and winning Best Actor (Motion Picture – Drama) for Day-Lewis. At the 85th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director; it won for Best Production Design and Best Actor for Day-Lewis. The film was also a commercial success, grossing over $275 million at the box office.
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Lincoln (2012): Two time Oscar winning story of the president by Steven Spielberg

Film | Loving Vincent (2017): an animation biography of Van Gogh


In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. 94 min. Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman. Starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk. Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of over 100 painters. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Loving Vincent (2017): an animation biography of Van Gogh

Reading | Share A Book You Loved: Fantastic Realms


Come and share a book you loved reading or a book you plan to read. What to expect at an Open Book Hour book social: - Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). - Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. - No negative criticism please. - Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. The theme is Fantastic Realms. Middle-earth, Atlantis, Discworld, Narnia, Westeros, Xanadu… From fables and legends to parallel worlds and alternate universes, explore your favorite fantasy and mythical worlds. Sign up for booktalking slots begins at 1:45 PM.
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Author Reading | The Extreme Gone Mainstream: The Insidiousness of Ideologies


The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in far-right politics, social movements, and extremist violence in Europe. Scholars and policymakers have struggled to understand the causes and dynamics that have made the far right so appealing to so many people- in other words, that have made the extreme more mainstream. In this book, Cynthia Miller-Idriss examines how extremist ideologies have entered mainstream German culture through commercialized products and clothing laced with extremist, anti-Semitic, racist, and nationalist coded symbols and references. The events does not seem to cover extremism on the left.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Author Readings, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, The Extreme Gone Mainstream: The Insidiousness of Ideologies

Conference | 44th Annual Scholar and Feminist Conference


The conference addresses the complex questions that circulate around the politics and ethics of archival work. A vital tool of traditional scholarship, archives are crucial to the preservation of the stories and legacies of marginalized communities and political movements. Archivists, librarians, artists, activists, and scholars will discuss key questions, such as, how can archival material give voice to muted histories? What differences do recent digital tools and capabilities make in how we archive and access the past? How can archives empower communities to tell their own stories? The conference will feature workshops and exhibits to introduce participants to the wide array of work taking place among communities and their archivists today.
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Conferences, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, 44th Annual Scholar and Feminist Conference

Author Reading | A Death of One’s Own: Literature, Law, and the Right to Die


To be or not to be—who asks this question today, and how? What does it mean to issue, or respond to, an appeal for the right to die? In A Death of One’s Own, Jared Stark takes up these timely questions by testing predominant legal understandings of assisted suicide and euthanasia against literary reflections on modern death from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rigorously interdisciplinary and lucidly argued, Stark’s wide-ranging discussion sheds critical light on the disquieting bioethical and biopolitical dilemmas raised by contemporary forms of medical technology and legal agency.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, A Death of One&rsquo;s Own: Literature, Law, and the Right to Die

Author Reading | Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy: Jorge Semprún


Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy (Arcade 2018) is the first biography of Jorge Semprún, and explores the incredible life of a European hero who was an exile, French resistance fighter, Nazi camp survivor, novelist, political activist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter. Author Soledad Fox Maura is a Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Williams College. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of three books. Her work focuses on biography, and on the the intersections between literature, memoir, and history in the contexts of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the Cold War.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy: Jorge Sempr&uacute;n

Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts


5:30 pm Laura Meyer - Touring singer-songwriter 6:05 pm Kora Feder - Indie singer-songwriter 6:40 pm Greg Connors - Post-punk-death-folk
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Author Reading | The Sun of This Day: A Letter to Ivo Andrić


Author Vladimir Pištalo discusses Ivo Andrić (1892-1975), a Yugoslav novelist, poet and short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961. Pištalo's conversation with Ivo Andrić is a conversation with the tradition. It shows us a different Andrić, more emotional, more playful, more passionate. It is also a dialogue between two moments in history: the decolonization that marked Andrić's era, and neocolonialism. Vladimir Pištalo was born in Sarajevo in 1960. He studied law in Belgrade and Sarajevo and received a PhD in American history from the University of New Hampshire. Pištalo’s first story was published in a literary magazine when he was eighteen, and his first book was published when he was twenty-one. Since that time, he has published eleven books of fiction. Tesla: A Portrait with Masks, his first book to be translated into English, won the 2008 NIN Literary Award, the most prestigious award in Serbia, and has appeared in ten languages. He teaches U.S. and world history at Becker College in Massachusetts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, The Sun of This Day: A Letter to Ivo Andrić

Film | It Will Be Chaos (2018): Immigation and the Underground


Life in southern Italy is thrown into a tailspin when refugees arrive by the thousands and the locals are left to fend for themselves. Eritrean survivor Aregai, trapped in the Italian faltering immigration system, goes underground to reach Northern Europe. Through his journey, intercut with the road trip to Germany of a Syrian family, the clash between the newcomers and the locals escalates in real time. Directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo 93 min. In Italian, English, Arabic, and Tigrinya, with English subtitles Followed by a Q&A with the directors, moderated by David Forgacs
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Films, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, It Will Be Chaos (2018): Immigation and the Underground

Workshop | Role Play Your Own Way on Valentine's Day: Explore Your Dominant and Submissive Sides at Work and at Play


Given fourth-wave feminism, equal rights activism, Leaning In, #TimesUp, and #MeToo movements, it can be awkward for some women to admit that their sexual fantasies wander into Fifty Shades of Grey territory. A 2014 Journal of Sexual Medicine study reported 65% of women’s erotic fantasies were about sexual submission, though only half were likely to act on it. Why are women reluctant to get freaky and/or kinky? Lisa Robyn, author of The Corporate Dominatrix: Six Roles to Play to Get Your Way at Work, discusses the connection between the roles women play at the office, and the roles women play (or secretly want to try!) between the sheets. Learn to get in touch with your inner actress and go from inhibition to empowerment. Wine and cheese served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Workshops, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Role Play Your Own Way on Valentine's Day: Explore Your Dominant and Submissive Sides at Work and at Play

Play | The Moors: Dark Comedy About Love


Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors, written by Jen Silverman, is a dark comedy about loneliness, love and desperation. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Plays, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, The Moors: Dark Comedy About Love

Concert | Award-Winning Pianist, Performed in All Fifty US States


Pianist Adam Tendler has performed solo recitals in all fifty United States, including solo engagements at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Symphony / SoundBox, Carnegie Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, The Kitchen, The Broad Museum, Symphony Space, National Sawdust, Issue Project Room, Roulette, Art Institute of Chicago. Tendler is the 2019 recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists.
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Award-Winning Pianist, Performed in All Fifty US States

Classical Music | Works by Fauré, Debussy, Chausson and Satie


Soprano Noelle Barbera will be joined by violinist Naho Parrini, Tim McCullough and guests for an evening of music from the golden age of Paris' Belle Époque. Fauré, Debussy, Chausson and Satie. Critics praised Noelle Barbera “shining upper register and musicality”(Opera News). The soprano has sung the roles of Mimi in La Boheme, Violetta in La Traviata, Gilda in Rigoletto, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Barbera’s extensive concert credits include Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Brahms’ Deutches Requiem, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate which was her European debut with the Berlinnerkammerorchester in the Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin. Violinist Naho Parrini is an active recitalist and chamber musician. She has given numerous recitals in the United States, Japan, Germany, and Bulgaria, and has performed at prestigious halls such as the Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, and the National Palace of Culture in Bulgaria.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, February 08, 2019, 02/08/2019, Works by Faur&eacute;, Debussy, Chausson and Satie

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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