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46 free events take place on Wednesday, February 20 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 20 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 Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
free events nyc Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio
free events nyc Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Soprano Nadine Sierra
free events nyc Works by Italian and American Composers for Violin, Viola D’amore and Piano
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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
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Tours, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Workshop | Researching African American Historical Newspapers


The New York Public Library has cultivated one of the premier collections of African American historical newspapers in the United States. A large number of these newspapers are now digitized and searchable from your home or library computer. This e-resources training will provide patrons with a detailed overview of these historical African American online newspaper collections. Patrons will leave with knowledge of where to find content and how to expertly navigate all of the important features from these databases. These newspaper collections range from popular papers still in existence today, such as the New York Amsterdam News, major newspapers no longer in print, such as the Baltimore Afro-American, newspapers that predated the Civil War, such as Freedom's Journal, as well as independent African American newspapers from the 1960s and 1970s. Historical newspapers are invaluable primary source materials and this training will help you get the most out of your research.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Researching African American Historical Newspapers

Film | Dust Be My Destiny (1939): Story of an ex-con suspected for murder


An ex-con's luck goes from bad to worse when he falls in love with the warden's daughter, right before he dies, leaving the con as the prime suspect in a murder case. 88 min. Director: Lewis Seiler Starring John Garfield, Priscilla Lane, Alan Hale.  Garfield was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Four Daughters in 1939 and Best Actor for Body and Soul in 1948.
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Films, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Dust Be My Destiny (1939): Story of an ex-con suspected for murder

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.
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Films, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Wonder (2017): Oscar nominated drama starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson

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.
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Tours, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, 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.
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Concerts, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, 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 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

Workshop | Chess for all ages


Come learn to play or demonstrate your prowess!
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Workshops, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Chess for all ages

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.
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Other | Free E-File Tax Assistance 


You can prepare and file your tax return electronically with some help from a tax assistant. To participate in this free program, you must: Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills Bring all necessary documentation and information Sites are open January 28th through April 15th. Mondays & Wednesdays: 1 PM – 6 PM, Fridays & Saturdays: 1 PM – 5 PM.
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, 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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Jazz | Vocal Jazz


Stephanie Borgani is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Jazz Studies. She is a part of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, and studies jazz voice under Christine Correa, as well as jazz piano under Bruce Barth.
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Film | Silkwood (1983): Five time Oscar nominated drama with Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher


A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant. 131 min. Director: Mike Nichols. The film received positive reviews and was a box office success, with particular attention focused on the performances by the three leads. At the 56th Academy Awards, Silkwood received five nominations in total, including Streep for Best Actress, Cher for Best Supporting Actress, Nichols for Best Director. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. Silkwood was a nuclear whistleblower and a labor union activist who died in a car collision while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant where she worked. In real life, her death gave rise to a 1979 lawsuit, Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee, led by attorney Gerry Spence. The jury rendered its verdict of $10 million in damages to be paid to the Silkwood estate (her children), the largest amount in damages ever awarded for that kind of case at the time. The Silkwood estate eventually settled for $1.3 million.
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Films, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Silkwood (1983): Five time Oscar nominated drama with Meryl Streep,  Kurt Russell and Cher

Lesson | Learn to play chess


Learn to play the most popular game ever: a game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.
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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."
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Concerts, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Lesson | Researching the History of Your New York City Home


Have you ever wondered about the history of your home? Who used to live there or what their lives were like? This class will show you how to research the history of your building and the people who owned and lived in it. The Milstein Division is home to one of the largest free United States history, local history and genealogy collections in the country. Looking at censuses, city directories, land conveyances, and photographs, newspapers and local histories available at the New York Public Library, and at other New York City institutions, you will learn how to construct a narrative history of your home.
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Lessons, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Researching the History of Your New York City Home

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.
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Play | 2 New Plays: Hal / The Tall Ones


The first pair of plays in the New Voices Festival will be Hal, written by Collin McConnell and directed by Joey Rizzolo; and The Tall Ones, written by Miles Orduna and directed by Rebecca Etzine. Presented by the College of Performing Arts.
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Plays, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, 2 New Plays: Hal / The Tall Ones

Master Class | Vocal master class


Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe has sung in many of the renowned opera houses in the US and Europe including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris. Her many roles include the title roles in Carmen, Samson et Dalila , Orfeo ed Euridice, La Grande Duchesse, Tancredi, Mignon, and Giulio Cesare; Frugola, Principessa, and Zita in Il Trittico, Fricka in both Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress. She also created the role of Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and sung performances of Ms. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the San Francisco Opera and Nettie Fowler in Carousel at the Houston Grand Opera and with the New York Philharmonic.
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Workshop | Writing club


Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Writing Club. Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up).
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Book Discussion |
The Nine Cloud Dream: A New Translation of a Korean Literary Masterpiece


Korea’s most prized literary masterpiece: a Buddhist journey questioning the illusions of human life—presented in a vivid new translation by PEN/Hemingway finalist Heinz Insu Fenk. Often considered the highest achievement in Korean fiction, The Nine Cloud Dream poses the question: Will the life we dream of truly make us happy? Written in 17th-century Korea, this classic novel’s wondrous story begins when a young monk living on a sacred Lotus Peak in China succumbs to the temptation of eight fairy maidens. For doubting his master’s Buddhist teachings, the monk is forced to endure a strange punishment: reincarnation as the most ideal of men.
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Book Discussions, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, The Nine Cloud Dream: A New Translation of a Korean Literary Masterpiece

Author Reading | Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap: When and How Governments Power the Lives of the Poor


Johannes Urpelainen explores why energy poverty is persistent in some countries and not in others. Drawing on case studies from India, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Urpelainen and his co-authors assert that energy poverty is a policy problem, and engaging with it as such offers new opportunities not only for ensuring equal energy access, but also for political, economic, and environmental development. Following Dr. Urpelainen’s presentation, he will join Michelle Keane, World Bank Program Manager for the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund, on a panel moderated by Philippe Benoit, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy.
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Author Readings, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Escaping the Energy Poverty Trap: When and How Governments Power the Lives of the Poor

Book Signing | Kerry Joyce: The Intangible


Emmy Award-winning interior designer Kerry Joyce showcases eight of his diverse projects in a beautifully produced and large format book. Quietly poetic text and gorgeous photography illustrate his mantra of creating well-being and tranquility. Foreword by Whitney Robinson, editor in chief of Elle Décor.
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Opening Reception | Sunless: Sensitive Watercolor Paintings


A solo exhibition by the painter and writer Seth Cameron, his second with the gallery. Chris Marker’s 1983 essay film, “Sunless,” is a rumination on the capacity of images to suspend time, to thwart the drive of narrative toward resolution. The film posits the gaps and misdirections of memory as “things that quicken the heart.” For his exhibition, Cameron locates these moments of aesthetic sublimation through a series of sensitive watercolor paintings, a selection of small-scale oil studies and a personal essay presented on a large folding screen. Seth Cameron (b. 1982, South Carolina) is a painter and writer. He worked as the Creative Director for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, curating the exhibition A Knock at the Door…, which examined First Amendment issues in the arts in the aftermath of the Patriot Act. Meanwhile he co-founded The Bruce High Quality Foundation, an artist collective masquerading as an artist’s foundation, producing unsanctioned public interventions, musical theater performances, zombie films and myriad other nose-thumbing commentaries on the art world.
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Talk | Dapper Dan, Legendary Harlem Fashion Designer


Dapper Dan discusses the Harlem Renaissance and its impact on fashion and culture.  Dapper Dan's influential boutique, operated from 1982–92 and is most associated with introducing high fashion to the hip hop world, with his clients over the years including Eric B. & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z. In 2017, he launched a fashion line with Gucci, with which he opened a second store and atelier, Dapper Dan's of Harlem, in 2018.
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Talks, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Dapper Dan, Legendary Harlem Fashion Designer

Workshop | How To Stay Positive During A Job Search Period


Career Counselor Renee Lee Rosenberg in this interactive and fun session as she introduces you to her 10 strategies to stay positive and productive during a difficult job search. Come prepared to laugh and learn. Clinical Career Counselor Renee Lee Rosenberg is helping individuals on all levels to achieve a successful job search and a satisfying career transition and change. She is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and the author of Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making it Happen. 
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Screening | Kayapó Filmmaking in the Amazon


A screening of films by indigenous Kayapó-Mẽbêngôkre filmmakers from the Béture Collective. Post-screening discussion: filmmaker Bepkadjoiti Kayapo and Simone Giovine, Béture Collective’s founder and director.
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Discussion | The Black Experience in America: Social Justice and the Criminal Justice System


The discourse of mass incarceration was brought to the fore with the explosive work by Michelle Alexander in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander’s work unpeeled how a racialized justice system severely hinders people of color in general, and Black people the worst. Afterwards, the release of Ava Duvernay’s documentary, “13th,” provided a visual on how Black communities were impacted as a result of the rise of incarceration mostly due to rigid and racialized drug conviction laws during the so-called, “War on Drugs.” Before this, a number of scholars, activists, grassroots organizations and community members worked tirelessly on criminal justice reform for decades. As the case for dismantling a broken criminal justice grew, the solutions on re-entry in the age of mass incarceration became an even bigger question. As criminal justice reform initiatives percolate across the United States, the complex and difficult discourse on racism, social justice and the justice system continue. This panel will tackle the issues and possible remedies. With: -- Law Professor Fareed Hayat -- Professor Carla Shedd -- Professor Rolanda West Spencer -- Law Professor Anthony Thompson Free and open to the public! Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-sponsored by Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute; Black Student Union NYU; Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora; Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law; Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures; The Latinx Project; Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; and Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board Click for full details and to RSVP
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Discussion | North Macedonia: On the Precipice


This panel will discuss what is at stake in the Republic of North Macedonia in this moment following the Greek parliament’s approval of the Prespa agreement to change its name, enabling it to move forward toward NATO enlargement and EU candidacy. Following nearly thirty years of obstruction preventing Macedonia from joining EU institutions, as well as internaitonal ones because of its name dispute with Greece, the new Republic of North Macedonia now has a major opening to seek NATO membership and a future in the European Union. Panel: -- Reuf Bajrovic, former Minister of Energy in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina -- Dimitar Bechev, nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center -- Zhikica Pagovski, partnerships officer at the External Relations Department of the German Marshall Fund, Washington D.C. -- Elena Stavrevska, Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University -- Moderated by Tanya Domi, SIPA, Harriman Institute
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Author Reading | A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Bridging Literature and Science


Why is there such a wide chasm between the world of literary intellectuals and that of empirical scientists? In A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, Siri Hustvedt, encouraged by thinkers like C.P. Snow, attempts to bridge the gap from both sides. Siri Hustvedt is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. The author of six novels including What I Loved and The Blazing World, four collections of essays, and a work of nonfiction, Hustvedt is the recipient of numerous awards. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
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Talk | Adventures in Italian Opera: A Conversation with Soprano Nadine Sierra


The fourth Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features American soprano Nadine Sierra, performing this season at The Metropolitan Opera in Verdi's Rigoletto.
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Workshop | Ellis Island Genealogy: Beginner's guide for genealogy research


Are you curious about finding out about your Ellis Island/Castle Gardens ancestors but don’t know where to begin? Does the cost of genealogy databases scare you away from joining millions of researchers in America’s most favorite hobby? Learn the basics and take advantage of word-class research tools at no cost to you!
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Talk | Minimalism And Conceptual Art 


An artist, a curator, and an installation director will discuss the most comprehensive publication of the revered twentieth century artist Sol Lewitt's work to date. Featuring Lindsay Aveilhé Susan Cross John Hogan Pat Steir Christopher Vacchio Iconic American artist Sol LeWitt is credited with helping to establish both minimalism and conceptual art. After more than a decade spent working in close collaboration with the artist’s estate, Artifex Press presents Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings Catalogue Raisonné, the definitive publication  of the roughly 1,350 wall drawings that LeWitt  produced. Comprising archival photographs, diagrams, installation instructions, sound recordings, and video, the collection  highlights the evolution of LeWitt’s work over the roughly 3,500 installations of his wall drawings.  The catalog’s editorial team is joined by an artist and close friend of LeWitt, the Senior Curator of Visual Arts at MASS MoCA, and  the Installation Director for Sol LeWitt's wall drawings to discuss the publication and reflect on the lasting importance of the artist’s body of work. 
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Discussion | Representation in Art: What Does It Mean?


Each season since 2012, artists and writers across disciplines have gathered for a year-long series devoted to unpacking artistic and cultural terms as their meaning shifts--and may become more resonant or ambiguous--over time. This year, the series will revolve around "representation," particularly as the term at once conjures critical strategies in art from previous decades; the necessity of diverse publics; and, against the backdrop of precarious governing institutions, recent impulses toward non-representative social structures on both ends of the political spectrum. The conversation of the winter season will feature presentations by artist and author Keren Cytter, professor of philosophy Lydia Goehr, and visual artist and writer Jill Magid.
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Discussion | Writing for Children and Young Adults Forum


Anna Meriano is the author of the Love Sugar Magic series, which has received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness. A Houston native, she works as a tutor and part time teacher with Writers in the Schools, a Houston nonprofit that brings creative writing instruction into public schools. Laura Silverman is an author and editor. Her works include Girl Out of Water, You Asked for Perfect, and It's a Whole Spiel. Girl Out of Water was a Junior Library Guild Selection. She currently splits her time between Atlanta, Georgia and Brooklyn, New York.
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Reading | Guernica: Readings from the Magazine


Authors Tracy O'Neill, Alexandra Kleeman, and Rosebud Ben-Oni join Guernica to discuss art, culture, and politics in Trump's America. Moderated by Rachel Riederer, co-editor-in-chief of Guernica. Founded online in 2004, Guernica is an award-winning magazine focused on the intersection of arts and politics. Run entirely by a staff of volunteers, Guernica is also the grateful recipient of federal and private support. A home for incisive ideas and necessary questions, we publish memoir, reporting, interviews, commentary, poetry, fiction, and multimedia journalism exploring identity, conflict, culture, justice, science, and beyond. Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful, one of Electric Literature's Best Novels of 2015, and Quotients, forthcoming from Soho Press. In 2015, she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, and was a Narrative Under 30 finalist. In 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. She holds an MFA in fiction from the City College of New York and an MA in communications from Columbia University. She currently teaches at the City College of New York and is the former editor-in-chief of the literary journal Epiphany. Alexandra Kleeman is a Staten Island-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in Harper's, Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations (Harper, 2016), a short story collection. Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. Her most recent collection of poems, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, was selected as Agape Editions' EDITORS' CHOICE, and will be published in 2019. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog and is an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. She teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program and The Speakeasy Project. Rachel Riederer writes about science, the environment, culture, and policy—sometimes at the same time. She holdd a BA in environmental science and public policy from Harvard and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia. She is the co-editor-in-chief of Guernica: a magazine of global art + politics.
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Readings, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Guernica: Readings from the Magazine

Film | In Spring (1929): Ukrainian Silent Cinema


In Spring is an outstanding example of the Ukrainian silent cinema avant-garde, and captures the spirit and poetry of Kyiv in the late 1920s. This rarely seen document of the epoch was shot in the middle of the Soviet Union’s transition from revolutionary enthusiasm to Stalinist totalitarianism. Directed by Mikhail Kaufman. Dr. Yuri Shevchuk will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion. The film will be shown with English subtitles.
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Book Club | In the Midst of Winter: Three Lives Intersect


Isabel Allende's novel journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the Midst of Winter is about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that offers “a timely message about immigration and the meaning of home” (People). During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house, seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant, Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice. As these three lives intertwine, each will discover truths about how they have been shaped by the tragedies they witnessed, and Richard and Lucia will find unexpected, long overdue love. Allende returns here to themes that have propelled some of her finest work: political injustice, the art of survival, and the essential nature of—and our need for—love.
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Author Reading | The Atlas of Reds and Blues: The Second-Generation American Experience


When a woman—known only as Mother—moves her family from Atlanta to its wealthy suburbs, she discovers that neither the times nor the people have changed since her childhood in a small Southern town. Despite the intervening decades, Mother is met with the same questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? The American-born daughter of Bengali immigrants, she finds that her answer—Here—is never enough. Mother’s simmering anger breaks through one morning, when, during a violent and unfounded police raid on her home, she finally refuses to be complacent. As she lies bleeding from a gunshot wound, her thoughts race from childhood games with her sister and visits to cousins in India, to her time in the newsroom before having her three daughters, to the early days of her relationship with a husband who now spends more time flying business class than at home. The Atlas of Reds and Blues grapples with the complexities of the second-generation American experience, what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace, and a sister, a wife, and a mother to daughters in today’s America. Drawing inspiration from the author’s own terrifying experience of a raid on her home, Devi S. Laskar’s debut novel explores, in exquisite, lyrical prose, an alternate reality that might have been. Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Tin House and Rattle, among other publications. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and is an alumna of The OpEd Project and VONA. Laskar is the author of two poetry chapbooks, and this is her first novel. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Author Readings, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, The Atlas of Reds and Blues: The Second-Generation American Experience

Staged Reading | Wonderland: Nonimaginary People in an Imaginary Town


Kate Douglas's Wonderland is a story of nonimaginary people populating an imaginary town. Wonderland is a staged suburb built to conceal a World War Two fighter jet factory in case the Japanese bombers fly over. Three actresses have been hired to live ordinarily as townspeople as a finishing touch. But World War Two never ends, and the summer job stretches on forever. Wonderland questions the meaning of authenticity and denial in a manufactured world where imminent doom is possible in every moment. Kate Douglas is a multidisciplinary theatre artist seeking to challenge audiences about the limits of their world. Her work has been performed at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub and The McKittrick Hotelr. She is the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant in support of her immersive work Extinct, which debuted in winter 2018.
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Talk | Artist Talk: Art History, Queer Culture, and Post-Colonialism


Salman Toor’s figurative paintings vary in scale and style, ranging in subject from art history, queer culture, and post-colonialism. Toor has had several solo exhibitions in the U.S. and has participated in significant group shows such as the Kochi Biennale 2016. His work is included in the collections of Tate Modern. He is featured both as an artist and a writer in publications such as ArtAsiaPacific, Hyperallergic, Artsy, Wall Street International, and Them Magazine.
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Talk | Creative Writing Lecture


Katie Kitamura's third novel, A Separation, was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori. It was named a Best Book of the Year by over a dozen publications, has been optioned for film, and will be translated into sixteen languages. Her two previous novels, Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, were both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and Santa Maddalena, Katie has written for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and frieze.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Karaoke Night: love songs


Bring that voice out of the shower and into the all-new Sing Along! For those afraid to tackle the bright lights of the solo Karaoke stage, we host a night where you, your closest friends, and complete strangers can come together to belt out some of the songs we all know and love. Hosted by Anthony Colon. Spend time with the people you love and sing some of the biggest love songs of the past and modern day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by Italian and American Composers for Violin, Viola D’amore and Piano


Marco Fusi, violin, viola d’amore; Kukuruz Quartet: Philip Bartels, Duri Collenberg, Simone Keller, Lukas Rickli. Program Salvatore Sciarrino Fra sé Giacinto Scelsi Xnoybis I, II, III Sciarrino Capriccio di una corda John Cage The ten thousand things Marcel Zaes Quartet No. 10 for four electronic metronomes Julius Eastman Gay Guerrilla About the Performers Marco Fusi is a violinist/violist, and a passionate advocate for the music of our time. Among many collaborations with emerging and established composers, he has premiered works by Billone, Sciarrino, Eötvös, Cendo and Ferneyhough. Marco has performed with Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Beat Furrer, David Robertson, and frequently plays with leading contemporary ensembles including Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, Meitar Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Linea, among others. The Kukuruz Quartet was founded in 2014 in a corn field – “Kukuruz” means corn in several languages, and the Swiss-German expression “Mais machen” (literally “to make corn”) means to stir up mischief. The four pianists were first witnessed making their contribution to a production by musician and director Ruedi Häusermann at the Zurich Schauspielhaus. The quartet was performing on four so-called “well-prepared one-hand pianos”, having spent long sessions exploring different preparations and constructions. From the outset, the group has been engaged with classical music, jazz and improvisation. In the same year it was founded, Kukuruz also started its involvement with the works of Julius Eastman. They took Eastman's work on a tour through Switzerland, Germany and Holland, where they performed in concert halls, clubs, bars, and breweries, and made Eastman’s pieces accessible to a wide audience.
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Concerts, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, Works by Italian and American Composers for Violin, Viola D&rsquo;amore and Piano

Play | 2 New Plays: Hal / The Tall Ones


The first pair of plays in the New Voices Festival will be Hal, written by Collin McConnell and directed by Joey Rizzolo; and The Tall Ones, written by Miles Orduna and directed by Rebecca Etzine. Presented by the College of Performing Arts.
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Plays, February 20, 2019, 02/20/2019, 2 New Plays: Hal / The Tall Ones
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