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39 free events take place on Wednesday, February 13 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!

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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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free events nyc Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio
free events nyc When Paris Sizzled: the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s
free events nyc Little Sallie Walker (2016): Refuge in Play
free events nyc Bike America: A Multigenerational Odyssey to Discover Our Obsession with Happiness
free events nyc Hornist of Berlin Philarmonic
free events nyc The Woman / The Man: An Evening of Two One-Act Plays
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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 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Film | Barefoot in the Park (1967): Comedy based on a play starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford


Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment. Director: Gene Saks. Starring Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Mildred Natwick.  Barefoot in the Park is based on Neil Simon's 1963 play of the same name. Natwick was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Barefoot in the Park (1967): Comedy based on a play starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford

Film | Home (2015): 3D animation starring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez


An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference. 94 min. Director: Tim Johnson. Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez. Home grossed $177.4 million in North America and has grossed $208.6 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $386 million. Besides lending her voice to the film, Rihanna also created a concept album of the same name. The soundtrack includes guest vocals from Jennifer Lopez, among others, was supported by two singles, "Towards the Sun" and "Feel the Light".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Home (2015): 3D animation starring the voices of Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez

Tour | City Hall Tour for Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, City Hall Tour for Individuals

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 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year.
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Workshops, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

Workshop | Chess for all ages


Come learn to play or demonstrate your prowess!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Chess for all ages

Workshop | Exploring The Slave Ship


Explore items from our collection of archival material related to an image that became an epochal symbol of Transatlantic slavery - The Slave Ship. The Slave Ship was the means by which nearly 12.5 million enslaved Africans were transported from Africa to the Americas between 1500 and 1866.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Tour | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
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Tours, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Film | Ava DuVernay's Oscar Winner 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 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Ava DuVernay's Oscar Winner Selma (2014): MLK in Alabama

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I’ve played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Concerts, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Workshop | Figure Drawing Workshop


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure using a variety of materials. Models will strike long and short poses while an artist/educator offers constructive suggestions and critique.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Give Me What You Ask For: An Exhibition Panel


Leading up to the same-day exhibition opening, curator Miguel A. López and artist Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge introduce Victoria Cabezas and Priscilla Monge: Give Me What You Ask For in a panel discussion. Followed at 6:30pm by the opening reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Give Me What You Ask For: An Exhibition Panel

Lecture | Demographic Threat and Whites’ Racial Classification of Others


Speaker Maria Abascal is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Dr. Abascal recently completed a postdoc in the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. Broadly, she is interested in intergroup relations and boundary processes, especially as they pertain to race, ethnicity and nationalism. Her dissertation explores the impact of Hispanic population growth––real and perceived––on relations between Blacks and Whites in the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Demographic Threat and Whites&rsquo; Racial Classification of Others

Author Reading | When Paris Sizzled: the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s


Historian Mary McAuliffe discusses her book When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends. When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Années folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them—one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Author Readings, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, When Paris Sizzled: the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s

Author Reading | None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Altanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators


Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton explore how racist policies and practices cheated generations of black children out of opportunities long before some teachers tampered with tests. Examining the corporate education reform movement, hyper-policing in black communities, cycles of displacement and gentrification, and widening racial and economic disparities in Atlanta, they reveal how the financially powerful have profited from privatization and the dismantling of public education. Against this backdrop, they cast the story of the cheating scandal in a new light, illuminating a deeply flawed investigation and a circus-like trial spun into a media sensation that defied justice.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Altanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators

Film | The Good Earth (1937): Winner of 2 Oscars, with Paul Muni, Luise Rainer


Although married Chinese farmers Wang and O-Lan initially experience success, their lives are complicated by declining fortunes and lean times, as well as the arrival of the beautiful young Lotus. Directors: Sidney Franklin 138 min.
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Films, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, The Good Earth (1937): Winner of 2 Oscars, with Paul Muni, Luise Rainer

Opening Reception | Twenty-six: Photographs as Text


Comprised of 26 stoic photographs installed in a seemingly melodic rhythm, Sam Margevicius’s solo exhibition challenges the boundaries of collective versus individual experience in modern daily life. Through repetition, simplicity of composition, and unexpected interruptions, Margevicius asks viewers to slow down and read the images as if they were text. The work presents a myriad of possible narratives, calibrating the intellectual rigor of today’s audience. Through sparse compositional shifts and methodical image placement Margevicius nods toward contemplation versus scrolling, inviting viewers to indulge in an introspective pause.
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Opening Receptions, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Twenty-six: Photographs as Text

Talk | An Evening with Marco Bizzarri, President & CEO of Gucci


This event celebrates his extraordinary career across the fashion industry and beyond. Marco Bizzarri’s mantra at Gucci has been to foster creativity in every aspect of the business and to emphasize the importance of approaching work in a different way, challenging the status quo and encouraging risk-taking within the framework of a learning organization based on a culture of empowerment, respect and inclusivity.
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Talks, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, An Evening with Marco Bizzarri, President & CEO of Gucci

Workshop | How To Answer Difficult Interview Questions


Career coach Chip Conlin discusses the key to answering troubling or difficult questions during an interview. Learn how to take control of the interview by handling questions strategically and with confidence, including those questions that can easily derail any interview and turn your interview into a nightmare if not handled properly. Career coach Chip Conlin maintains an active private coaching practice in which he helps clients from a variety of professions, including financial services, information technology, marketing, publishing and the not-for-profit sector achieve their career goals. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. 
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Lecture | Old Books as Digital Objects


We are used to reading texts with our eyes—reading the words and images for their content (in fact, this is so obvious it’s odd to describe it). But we also read texts with our fingers—the feel of the materials, the act of navigating through a codex or scroll, and the feel of the weight shifting or paper folding as we move through the content all contribute to our understanding of the work we’re reading. This talk will use the practice of reading with our fingers to explore how we experience old books in that other sense of being digital—as bits of data able to be seen and manipulated by computer software. How does the transformation of early printed texts into digital images change how we use and understand the books we study and teach? And how can we take advantage of and respond to these changes without losing the tactile experience of reading material texts? Speaker: Sarah Werner, independent scholar, editor of the blog Wynken de Worde books, early modern culture, post-modern readers and the author of the forthcoming Studying Early Printed Books 1450-1800: A Practical Guide.
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Lectures, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Old Books as Digital Objects

Poetry Reading | 2 poets read from their work


Alan Felsenthal runs a small press called The Song Cave. With Ben Estes, he edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton. His writing has appeared in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and Harper’s. Lowly is his first collection of poems. Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017). Recent poems can be found in Poetry, Harper’s, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, LitHub, and jubilat. Skillings is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series. She has taught creative writing at Yale University, Parsons School of Design, Poets House, and through Brooklyn Poets.
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Poetry Readings, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, 2 poets read from their work

Film | Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975): A documentary on race films


Ossie Davis narrates a history of "race films," films made before 1950 which catered to a primarily black audience. 52 min. Director: Ray Hubbard. Starring Ossie Davis, Fredi Washington, George Johnson. Black Shadows on the Silver Screen was selected to be screened out of competition at the 30th Cannes Film Festival.
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Films, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975): A documentary on race films

Author Reading | Heart: A History


The human heart has strong connotations to our emotions and is often thought to represent the core of our being. For centuries its workings seemed beyond our comprehension. Only recently have we overcome old taboos and developed scientific advancements that can change lives. In Heart: A History, cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar alternates between important historical episodes and his own practice, telling the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. Sandeep Jauhar, MD, PhD, director of the Heart Failure Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, will be in conversation with Danielle Ofri, a physician at Bellevue Hospital and NYU School of Medicine and author What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.
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Film | Little Sallie Walker (2016): Refuge in Play


The documentary takes its title from classic follow-the-leader game and tells the story of four black women who find pleasure, refuge, and power in childhood play. Unfolding in Alabama, New York, California, and Washington State, the film shows surviving life in America as black girls involved imagining and creating worlds of make believe through a range of play like patty cake, dress up, double dutch, tag, doll-making, hopscotch and hide-and-go-seek.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Films, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Little Sallie Walker (2016): Refuge in Play

Author Reading | Too Black to be French: One Woman's Story


“Where are you from?” is the question that black French people are asked the most, the question that pops up the most spontaneously in conversation. “Where are you from?” asks the friend of a friend at a party, the person next to you at a dinner, the colleague trying to make friends, the perfect stranger. At the age of 6, Isabelle Boni-Claverie discovered that she was black. She dreamed of playing Mary in the school nativity play. She would be Balthazar, the Wise Man from Africa. For this little girl raised in an affluent neighborhood of Paris, it was a shock. Isabelle Boni-Claverie tells her story, from Paris to Abidjan, from her private Catholic school to working in television. A black woman from a privileged social background, she nonetheless has to face the obvious: in France, class does not erase race. She weaves her story with her grandfather’s, an African man who became a magistrate of the French Republic in the 1930s, and the husband of a young woman from the rural town of Gaillac, the first local to marry a black man. In English.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Too Black to be French: One Woman's Story

Talk | An Evening with a World-Renowned Photographer


Moyra Davey was born in Toronto in 1958. Davey’s work initially featured documentary photographs of her family and friends, and later came to focus on the quiet, overlooked details of daily life: coins, kitchen shelves, and clumps of dust gathered along the floor. Depicting outsize close-ups of the fronts of worn pennies, Davey’s Copperhead series (1990), emphasizes the circulation of banal, everyday objects individuated by the accumulation of human touch. In the mid-2000s, the moving image took on a renewed prominence in Davey’s work. Inspired by her deep interest in the process of reading and writing, the artist’s essayistic video practice layers personal narrative with detailed explorations of the texts and lives of authors and thinkers she admires, such as Walter Benjamin, Jean Genet, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Davey’s own writing is central to her videos. The transcript of Fifty Minutes (2006), in which the artist reflects on her years in psychoanalysis, was published as a personal essay in the artist book Long Life Cool White: Photographs and Essays by Moyra Davey (2008), and her text “The Wet and the Dry” formed the basis of the narration of Les Goddesses (2011). In 2009, while on a residency in Paris, Davey folded one of her photographs and mailed it to her New York gallery for inclusion in a group show as a way to circumvent the logistics of transport. This gesture became the basis for her “mailer” works, such as Of Jane (Willow) (2014), in which photographic prints are folded up, taped at the edges, stamped, addressed, and put in the mail, accumulating on their surfaces the attendant marks of their travel through the postal system. The sixteen photographs that comprise the mailer work Trust Me(2011) were sent to writer Lynne Tillman, each image pasted with a fragment of text from Tillman’s novel American Genius, A Comedy (2006). Davey has had solo exhibitions at Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2008); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2010); Tate Liverpool (2013); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2014); and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2014), among other venues. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions such as Bottle: Contemporary Art and Vernacular Tradition, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2004); Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); Atlas: How to carry the world on one’s back?, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010); Whitney Biennial, New York (2012); and Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015). She currently lives and works in New York.
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Discussion | Lucio Fontana at The Met Breuer: Understanding the Artist's Relevance Today


A panel to discuss today's relevance of artist Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold, on view at The Met Breuer January 23 - April 14, 2019. With: -- Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art -- Yve-Alain Bois, Professor of Art History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton -- Iria Candela, Estrellita B. Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, curator of Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold -- Valentina Castellani, independent art dealer and adjunct professor, Steinhardt School -- Ara Merjian, Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Play | Bike America: A Multigenerational Odyssey to Discover Our Obsession with Happiness


Mike Lew's play peddles the audience along a cross-country bike trip from Boston to California, with stops in big cities and small towns along the way. Feckless heroine Penny is looking to bring more meaning into her life, to find a lifestyle that suits her and a town that feels like a home... so she drops her clingy boyfriend in Beantown and takes off for Santa Barbara. Along the way she befriends a colorful crew of bikers: Ryan, the health nut biking instructor; Tim Billy, the innocent wanderer; Annabel and Rorie, the badass activists seeking to get gay-married in every state they hit on the trip; and the mysterious Man with the Van who carries their stuff.
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Plays, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Bike America: A Multigenerational Odyssey to Discover Our Obsession with Happiness

Author Reading | Sea Monsters: The Moments and Mysteries That Shape Us


One autumn afternoon in Mexico City, seventeen-year-old Luisa does not return home from school. Instead, she boards a bus to the Pacific coast with Tom's, a boy she barely knows. He seems to represent everything her life is lacking--recklessness, impulse, independence. Tom's may also help Luisa fulfill an unusual obsession: she wants to track down a traveling troupe of Ukrainian dwarfs. According to newspaper reports, the dwarfs recently escaped a Soviet circus touring Mexico. The imagined fates of these performers fill Luisa's surreal dreams as she settles in a beach community in Oaxaca. Surrounded by hippies, nudists, beachcombers, and eccentric storytellers, Luisa searches for someone, anyone, who will "promise, no matter what, to remain a mystery." It is a quest more easily envisioned than accomplished. As she wanders the shoreline and visits the local bar, Luisa begins to disappear dangerously into the lives of strangers on Zipolite, the "Beach of the Dead." Meanwhile, her father has set out to find his missing daughter. A mesmeric portrait of transgression and disenchantment unfolds. Sea Monsters is a brilliantly playful and supple novel about the moments and mysteries that shape us. Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican American writer who was born in New York and grew up in the Netherlands and Mexico. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford in nineteenth-century French poetry and magic shows, she lived for nearly six years in Berlin. Her debut novel, Book of Clouds, has been published in eight languages and won the Prix du Premier Roman Étranger in France. Aridjis sometimes writes about art and insomnia and was a guest curator at Tate Liverpool. In 2014, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in London.
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Author Reading | The Falconer: A Bad Girl's Coming of Age


A reading and discussion with Dana Czapnik on her new novel. Internationally bestselling author Colum McCann will be joining Dana in conversation. New York, 1993. Seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler, a street-smart, trash-talking baller, is often the only girl on the public courts. At turns quixotic and cynical, insecure and self-possessed, Lucy is in unrequited love with her best friend and pick-up teammate Percy, scion to a prominent New York family who insists he wishes to resist upper crust fate. As she navigates this complex relationship with all its youthful heartache, Lucy is seduced by a different kind of life—one less consumed by conventional success and the approval of men. A pair of provocative female artists living in what remains of New York’s bohemia invite her into their world, but soon even their paradise begins to show cracks. Told in vibrant, quicksilver prose, The Falconer is a “wholly original coming-of-age story” (The New York Times), providing a snapshot of the city and America through the eyes of the children of the baby boomers grappling with privilege and the fading of radical hopes. Dana Czapnik is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2017, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction. Czapnik earned her MFA at Hunter College where she was recognized with a Hertog Fellowship. She’s spent most of her career on the editorial side of professional sports including stints at ESPN the Magazine, the United States Tennis Association and the Arena Football League. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son. Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organisation, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children.
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Poetry Reading | Unfollowing You: The Complexities and Absurdities of Contemporary Romance


An anthem for the modern woman, Unfollowing You serves as a true companion for those who seek a voice that explores the complexities and absurdity of contemporary romance. Komal Kapoor uses her personal experience and astute social awareness as mechanisms to empower self-acceptance and promote cultural transparency.
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Poetry Readings, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Unfollowing You: The Complexities and Absurdities of Contemporary Romance

Lecture | A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Politics of Lillian Hellman


In writing about playwright and memoirist Lillian Hellman, Professor Alice Kessler-Harris looks beyond the boundaries of Hellman’s life. She presents Hellman as a fascinating and flawed woman who was also a lens through which we can study a whole series of events and trends of the 20th century. She tackled serious issues, writing of corruption, fascism and the power of money in her most famous plays — "The Children’s Hour," "The Little Foxes" and "Watch on the Rhine." Hellman was a self-made woman when that was a rarity. Kessler-Harris’s book, A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman, makes it clear how complicated she was. Kessler-Harris’ research focuses on women’s history, the labor movement and radical politics—all of which her subject exemplified. She is R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, emerita; former president of the Organization of American Historians and the Labor and Working Class History Association. Her books include Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States; and In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth Century America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Artist Talk: Interrogating Narrative Tropes


Meleko Mokgosi is an artist and assistant professor of practice at New York University. He received his BA from Williams College in 2007 and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study program from 2007-2008. Mokgosi then received his MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio Program at the University of California Los Angeles in 2011. He participated in the Rauschenberg Residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL in 2015 and the Artist in Residence Program at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY in 2012. By working across history painting, cinematic tropes, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory, Mokgosi creates large-scale project-based installations that interrogate narrative tropes and the fundamental models for the inscription and transmission of history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Artist Talk: Interrogating Narrative Tropes

Discussion | Whitney Museum Panel: Histories of the Digital Now


Organized in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition Programmed: Rules, Codes,and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018, this panel discussion considers histories of technological art that help us to understand our present moment. Artists Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Katherine Moriwaki, and Tamiko Thiel, whose works are on view in the exhibition, and media historian and theorist Erkki Huhtamo explore the evolution of virtual and algorithmic practices, and the role that art can play in our increasingly coded world. The discussion is moderated by Christiane Paul, co-curator of Programmed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Whitney Museum Panel: Histories of the Digital Now

Master Class | Hornist of Berlin Philarmonic


Hornist Sarah Willis was a member of the Staatskapelle Berlin and in 2001 became the first female brass player to be accepted into the ranks of the Berlin Philharmonic. Sarah Willis has performed with other leading orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the Sydney Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist all over the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, Hornist of Berlin Philarmonic

Play | The Woman / The Man: An Evening of Two One-Act Plays


The Woman / The Man is a theatrical double feature comprised of two Obie-winning plays: Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro and Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead. Sarah, a young woman living in New York, struggles with her racial identity in Funnyhouse of a Negro. A child born at the intersection of Black and White, Sarah encounters images of her heritage through manifestations of historical figures from Jesus Christ to Queen Victoria to Patrice Lumumba in Kennedy’s dreamlike portrait of what it means to be a Woman of Color in America. In The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead, Black Man is trapped in a perpetual state of execution. Set in “the great hole” in American History, the legacies and lives of forgotten and omitted African American men and women remain unheard and unseen. Echoes of Black American culture and stereotypes are personified in Parks’ surreal narrative of the historical repetition of racial inequality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, February 13, 2019, 02/13/2019, The Woman / The Man: An Evening of Two One-Act Plays
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