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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 21, 2019?

18 free events take place on February 21 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 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 21 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of February . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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18 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on February 21, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga

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 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Performance | The Art of Storytelling


Storyteller Darren Thompson shares the traditions and culture of his Ojibwe community. The Ojibwe (said to mean "Puckered Moccasin People"), also known as the Chippewa, are a group of Algonquian-speaking bands who amalgamated as a tribe in the 1600's. They were primarily hunters and fishermen, as the climate of Michigan's Upper Peninsula was too cool for farming. Darren Thompson is an award-winning Native American flute player and educator from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. His talent and hard work have brought him to perform at such venues as the National Indian Education Association, the National Congress of American Indians and the North American Indigenous Games, America’s largest American Indian cultural festival. Start times: 10am, 11am, 1pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, The Art of Storytelling

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 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Bach at Noon

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.
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Gallery Talks, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, 2 Folk Art Shows: Exhibition Walkthroughs

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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Tours, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Reading | Literature Workshop: Postcolonial Literature


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month's theme is Race and Colonialism. In this session the class will examine how poetry from former European colonies explores the personal, social, and political aspects of imperialism. All literary enthusiasts are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Literature Workshop: Postcolonial Literature

Concert | Baroque ensemble performs works by Georg Philipp Telemann


Tableau Vivant performs works by Georg Philipp Telemann. About the Program Telemann is one of the most prolific composers in history and was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the leading German composers of the time—he was compared favorably both to his friend Johann Sebastian Bach, who made Telemann the godfather and namesake of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and to George Frideric Handel, whom Telemann also knew personally. Telemann's music incorporates several national styles (French, Italian, German) and is even at times influenced by Polish popular music. He remained at the forefront of all new musical tendencies and his music is an important link between the late Baroque and early Classical styles. About the ensemble Tableau Vivant (English: living picture) is an ensemble devoted to 17th & 18th century repertoire for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo in various formations. Its core members, violinist Karen Marie Marmer and keyboardist Dongsok Shin are principals of the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Rebel. Tableau Vivant has performed at Midtown Concerts and Downtown Music at Grace series in White Plains. Performers: David Ross, traverso Karen Marie Marmer, violin Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba Dongsok Shin, harpsichord.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Baroque ensemble performs works by Georg Philipp Telemann

Film | Anchors Aweigh (1945): Oscar winning musical comedy


Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical. Director: George Sidney. Starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly.  Anchors Aweigh won the Academy Award for Original Music Score. It has four other Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Music, Original Song. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Anchors Aweigh (1945): Oscar winning musical comedy

Film | Riffraff (1936): Crime drama starring Oscar winning Spencer Tracy


Two dock workers fight over a sexy woman on the California coast. 94 min. Director: J. Walter Ruben. Starring Jean Harlow, Una Merkel.  According to MGM records, the film earned $717,000 in the US, and $330,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $63,000. Contemporary reviews from critics were generally positive, both for the film and Harlow's new "natural" look, as she darkened her hair to what the press dubbed "brownette" before the film went into production. Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times praised the moments of "robust comedy", but lamented the instances when it turned serious and a "boisterous jest skids down the slopes of melodramatic routine". Variety ran a positive review, praising the "excellent cast" and dialogue that was "vigorous and well-written". Film Daily was also positive, calling it a "lusty picture, full of action and comedy", with "fine performances" from Harlow and Tracy.
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Films, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Riffraff (1936): Crime drama starring Oscar winning Spencer Tracy

Film | The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018): Secret of an ex-boyfriend


Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. 117 min. Director: Susanna Fogel. Starring Justin Theroux, Blanka Györfi-Tóth, Vilma Szécsi. The Spy Who Dumped Me grossed $33.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $41.7 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $75.3 million, against a production budget of $40 million. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018): Secret of an ex-boyfriend

Movie in a Park | Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): Scathing Black Comedy with Peter Sellers, George C. Scott


An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. 95 min. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included Dr. Strangelove in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was listed as number three on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list. Production took place in the United Kingdom. Story is loosely based on Peter George's thriller novel Red Alert (1958). The film recieved four Oscar nominations at the 37th Academy Awards. 
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Movie in a Parks, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): Scathing Black Comedy with Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Lecture | What Is Islamophobia? Disentangling Citizens’ Feelings Toward Ethnicity, Religion and Religiosity


What citizens think about Muslim immigrants is of great importance for some of the most pressing challenges facing Western democracies. Advancing our understanding of what “Islamophobia” really is – i.e. whether it is a dislike based on immigrants` ethnic background, their religious identity or their specific religious behaviour – this talk suggests that in general Muslims are not viewed more negatively than Christian immigrants. Instead, citizens’ uneasiness with Muslim immigration is first and foremost the result of a rejection of fundamentalist forms of religiosity. This suggests that common explanations, which are based on simple dichotomies between liberal supporters and conservative critics of immigration, need to be re-evaluated. While the politically left and culturally liberal have more positive attitudes towards immigrants than the right-leaning and conservative, they are also far more critical towards religious groups. The talk concludes that a large part of the current political controversy over Muslim immigration has to do with this double opposition. Importantly, the current political conflict over Muslim immigration is not so much about immigrants versus natives or even Muslim versus Christians as it is about political liberalism versus religious fundamentalism.   Speaker Marc Helbling is full professor in political sociology[uni-bamberg.de] at the Department of Political Science at the University of Bamberg and a Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He was a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at the Centres for European Studies at Harvard University and New York University.
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Lectures, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, What Is Islamophobia? Disentangling Citizens’ Feelings Toward Ethnicity, Religion and Religiosity

Lesson | Writing Lab


The intention is to provide artists in the community the opportunity to develop works-in-progress of writing pieces, theater texts, performance pieces and related projects. In addition to writers and performers, musicians, singers, dancers, etc., are welcome to participate.
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Concert | Native Sounds Downtown


Cultural advocate and Garifuna historian James Lovell celebrates his Afro-Indigenous heritage in concert. Joined by dynamic percussionists and dancers, Lovell offers his knowledge and talent through music and conversation in honor of Black History Month. The Garifuna language is an offshoot of the Island Carib language, and it is spoken in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua by the Garifuna people. It is a language with French, English, and Spanish influences, reflecting their long interaction with various colonial peoples. James Lovell is a cultural ambassador who preserves traditional Garifuna music, dance and language, sharing it with audiences around the world. He is a passionate educator, activist, a storyteller and a multi-instrumentalist — including percussion, guitars, voice, clarinet, sax and euphonium.  
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Author Reading | Violence: Humans in Dark Times


Through a series of penetrating conversations originally published in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Review of Books, Brad Evans and Natasha Lennard talk with a wide range of cutting edge thinkers--including Oliver Stone, Simon Critchley, and Elaine Scarry--to explore the problem of violence in everyday life, politics, culture, media, language, memory, and the environment. "To bring out the best of us," writes Evans, "we have to confront the worst of what humans are capable of doing to one another. In short, there is a need to confront the intolerable realities of violence in this world." These lively, in-depth exchanges among historians, theorists, and artists offer a timely and bracing look at how the increasing expression and acceptance of violence--in all strata of society--has become a defining feature of our times.
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Author Reading | Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval


Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, cohabitation outside of wedlock, queer relations, and single motherhood were among the sweeping changes that altered the character of everyday life and challenged traditional Victorian beliefs about courtship, love, and marriage. Hartman narrates the story of this radical social transformation against the grain of the prevailing century-old argument about the crisis of the black family. In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship that were indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of law. They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Beautifully written and deeply researched, Wayward Lives recreates the experience of young urban black women who desired an existence qualitatively different than the one that had been scripted for them--domestic service, second-class citizenship, and respectable poverty--and whose intimate revolution was apprehended as crime and pathology. For the first time, young black women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives recovers their radical aspirations and insurgent desires. Saidiya Hartman is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route and Scenes of Subjection. She has been a Cullman Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. She is a professor at Columbia University, and lives in New York.
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Author Readings, February 21, 2019, 02/21/2019, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

Jazz | Jazz Singer-Songwriter from South Africa


Singer and songwriter Vuyo Sotashe is becoming an integral part of New York City’s jazz scene. After moving here in 2013, the young South African artist has quickly made his mark, earning a Fulbright Scholarship and finalist positions in several international competitions, while also collaborating with artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas, Elio Villafranca, Duchess, and the cabaret persona Jomama Jones, to name a few.  
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