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33 free events take place on Wednesday, February 12 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 12 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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33 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

All events, things to do on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio
free events nyc War on the Weekends: Hong Kong in a Year of Uprisings
free events nyc Ely Jacques Kahn: An Architect Standing the Test of Time (2019)
free events nyc Works By Mozart, Debussy And Chopin For 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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Author Reading | Crude Intentions: How Oil Corruption Contaminates the World


Alexandra Gillies's new book examines the corruption crisis that erupted during the 2008 to 2014 oil boom, when nine trillion dollars in new money flooded the oil-producing world. Observing the oil boom is like placing a drop of dye in the circulatory system of global corruption, and watching as it reveals the system's channels and pathways. Company bosses signed off on risky schemes to snap up choice oil blocks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Crude Intentions: How Oil Corruption Contaminates the World

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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12:00 pm
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Tours, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, 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 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

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 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, 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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1:00 pm
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Workshops, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Lunchtime Meditation

Film | Touch of Evil (1958): Story Of Murder, Kidnapping, Corruption By And With Orson Welles


A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. 95 min. Director: Orson Welles. Starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. In 1993, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Touch of Evil was placed #64 on American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list in 2001.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Touch of Evil (1958): Story Of Murder, Kidnapping, Corruption By And With Orson Welles

Lesson | Genealogy Research with Maps


New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division collections are national and international in scope, and comprise 433,000 maps and 20,000 books and atlases, an invaluable resource for genealogists the world over. Holdings include:  Topographical maps that describe where our ancestors lived, the names of settlements, towns and cities, the effect of the landscape on the migration routes our ancestors took, the kinds of work they did, and the location of cultural features, including churches, cemeteries, fence lines, boundaries, and buildings. Fire insurance maps that help genealogists find records associated with historical property addresses, churches and cemeteries, hospitals, and courts: records that help prove lineage. Fire insurance maps also describe the neighborhoods where our ancestors lived, the location of schools, libraries, theaters and cinemas, and places of business, information that helps a genealogist develop narratives.  Historical maps that describe political and electoral boundaries, including wards and census enumeration districts; the location of piers and other sites of immigration; routes of transatlantic steamships, subways, canals, roads, and railroads; real estate for sale, and property ownership.  This class will describe how maps in the collections of The New York Public Library can be used to drive genealogical research and illustrate family histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Genealogy Research with Maps

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
Free
Concerts, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Lecture | Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books


Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book. In this class, you will examine an old book, look to see who else owns a copy, and review the sale records and current booksellers' catalogs to learn about its value. Along the way attendees will learn about the tools and resources that the antiquarian community uses to value a book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books

Author Reading | Absolute Zero: A Soldier in the Donbas War


The event will feature readings by Artem Chekh from his landmark 2017 book Tochka Nul (Absolute Zero), a lyrical diary capturing his experiences as a soldier in the Donbas war. The book was translated into English by Olena Jennings and Oksana Lutsyshyna and will be published in 2020. Jennings will read excerpts of the translation at the event. Maria Genkin will interpret for Chekh and Mark Andryczyk will moderate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Absolute Zero: A Soldier in the Donbas War

Poetry Reading | Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange


Acclaimed American poet Tess Taylor in conversation with historian Linda Gordon, and MoMA curator Sarah Meister, as they discuss the life and photographs of Dorothea Lange, as well as the new exhibition Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures—on view from February 9 through May 9, 2020 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.  In her new collection, Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange, Taylor follows the winding paths across California that Lange traveled during the Great Depression and in its immediate aftermath. On these journeys, Lange photographed migrant laborers, Dust Bowl refugees, tent cities, and Japanese American internment camps. Taylor's hybrid text collages lyric and oral histories against Lange's own journals and notebook fragments, framing the ways social and ecological injustices of the past rhyme eerily with those of the present. The result is a stunning meditation on movement, landscape, and place.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange

Reading | Women's Studies Quarterly Reading


This event will include a brief presentation featuring editors Ujju Aggarwal and Linta Varghese as well as featured authors in the form of a panel.
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Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Women's Studies Quarterly Reading

Discussion | Europa's Opera: Three Acts


Europa's Opera: Three Acts will showcase productions by three of New York City's most innovative opera companies. In the late 16th century, in what could be described as a revolutionary act, a group of intellectuals, from an array of different backgrounds, gathered to conceive a musical art form that would update the supposed ancient Greek practice of comprehensibly setting words to music. This method of reciting through song (recitar cantando) expanded very quickly throughout the European continent, reaching the ears and hearts of people normally separated by country, class, language, and gender. Curated by Gina Crusco (Underworld Productions), Europa's Opera: Three Acts draws upon this rich history and presents three semi-staged productions by Philip Shneidman's The Little Opera Theater of New York, Dorian Bandy, and Judith Barnes' Vertical Player Repertory. These performances and an in-depth moderated conversation among the producers aim to demonstrate the power of art and music to transcend national borders, and to act as a binding force, uniting people in a shared experience and common cause. Panel discussion with producers: Philip Shneidman, The Little Opera Theater of New York Dorian Bandy, McGill University Judith Barnes, Vertical Player Repertory
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Discussions, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Europa's Opera: Three Acts

Workshop | Video Lab: Small Screen Magic


Create imaginative videos with the illusion of teleporting, disappearing, and other visual tricks. Using recording and editing techniques inspired by video-maker Zach King, Apple Creatives will show you how to create a "jump cut" scene that brings magic and storytelling to your video using the Clips app. Get hands-on with the latest iPhone in this session or bring your own.
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Workshops, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Video Lab: Small Screen Magic

Classical Music | Works By Brahms, Reicha And More For French Horn


Hannah Miller, French horn. Program Anton Reicha Horn Trios Op. 82 Jean Francaix Divertimento for horn and piano Jean-Michel Defaye Alpha Esa-Pekka Salonen Concert Etude Johannes Brahms Horn Trio in Eb major, Op. 40 Sean O Riada Mise Eire
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Works By Brahms, Reicha And More For French Horn

Gallery Talk | Taking Shape: Exhibition Walkthrough


An exhibition walkthrough with Summer Sloane-Britt, Graduate Curatorial Assistant.
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Gallery Talks, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Taking Shape: Exhibition Walkthrough

Author Reading | The Cactus League: The World of Spring Training Baseball


Emily Nemens's debut novel explores the world of spring training baseball with "a kind of attenuated hope" (Booklist, starred review). In 2018, Nemens became the seventh editor of The Paris Review, the nation’s preeminent literary quarterly.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, The Cactus League: The World of Spring Training Baseball

Author Reading | This Is Not How It Ends: Hearts Lost and Found


From bestselling author Rochelle B. Weinstein comes a moving novel of hearts lost and found, and of one woman torn between two love stories.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, This Is Not How It Ends: Hearts Lost and Found

Screening | Sorry I Missed Your Show: Dance Screening and Discussion


Tess Dworman facilitates a conversation alongside Neil Greenberg about improvisation in performance. Using Dworman's recent work as examples, they'll discuss her process of structuring and directing improvisation as well as some mistakes she made along the way. A screening and discussion series, Sorry I Missed Your Show highlights dance works from the recent past to explore their relationship to the dance canon and contemporary practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Screenings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Sorry I Missed Your Show: Dance Screening and Discussion

Author Reading | As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction


Dan Peres's As Needed for Pain is a raw and riveting—and often wryly funny—addiction memoir from one of New York media’s most accomplished editors which explores his never-before-told story of opioid addiction and the drastic impact it had on his life and career.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, As Needed for Pain: A Memoir of Addiction

Film | Ely Jacques Kahn: An Architect Standing the Test of Time (2019)


Starting around 1920 with buildings of classical restraint, Ely Jacques Kahn was a master of the fashionable Beaux-Arts style setback structures of the late Twenties. Playing a significant role in the advent of American modernism and International Style, he designed more than 50 significant edifices in Manhattan, including such landmarks as 2 Park Avenue, the Film Center Building, the Squibb Building and 120 Wall Street. The film retraces Kahn's unique journey from his family roots in Austria to his accomplishments in New York City. Directed by Ingrid Bertel and Nikolai Dorler 45 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Films, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Ely Jacques Kahn: An Architect Standing the Test of Time (2019)

Staged Reading | I, of Course, Was Livid: Women Living with HIV


A reading of a play about the activism by women living with HIV that lead to the definition of AIDS becoming more inclusive in 1993. The play will be followed by a talkback about the experience of women living with HIV now with Malaya Manacop and Valerie Reyes-Jimenez, moderated by Jennifer Johnson Avril.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Staged Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, I, of Course, Was Livid: Women Living with HIV

Author Reading | Shuggie Bain: Navigating 1980s Glasgow


Shuggie Bain is Douglas Stuart's unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Shuggie Bain:&nbsp;Navigating 1980s Glasgow

Author Reading | The Coldest Warrior: The Dark Side of Intelligence


Based on the real-life case of biological warfare scientist Frank Olson, the new novel by author Paul Vidich explores the dark side of intelligence, recreates, then reimagines the circumstances of Olson's still-unexplained death.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, The Coldest Warrior: The Dark Side of Intelligence

Talk | Artist Talk: California to New York


David Reed is a Californian who lives and works in New York. His exhibition Painting Paintings (David Reed) 1975, was curated by Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool. This show originated at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, in 2016 and travelled to Gagosian, New York, and 356 South Mission Road, Los Angeles. Currently there is an exhibition of his new paintings at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, until February 22.
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Talks, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Artist Talk: California to New York

Master Class | Former Principal Trumpet With The Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra 


Trumpet player Otto Sauter was principal trumpet in the Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra between 1988 and 1998. He has worked with orchestras and artists like RSO Prague, RSO MDR and HR, Czech Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bachcollegium Leipzig, Sinfonia Varsovia, Münchner Kammerorchester, Cappella Istropolitana, Edita Gruberová, among others. Trumpet player Sergei Nakariakov has played in concerts with the Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich, Borodin Quartet in Istanbul, London and Amsterdam as well as several performances in Moscow, New York, St. Petersburg, Cologne, Luzern, Lahti and more.  “Sergei Nakariakov plays the trumpet the way the rest of us breathe – if we are lucky” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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Concerts, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Former Principal Trumpet With The&nbsp;Bremen State Philharmonic Orchestra&nbsp;

Discussion | War on the Weekends: Hong Kong in a Year of Uprisings


Chino and Wren, recently returned from Hong Kong, discuss the Hong Kong uprisings. The protests, misunderstood among the international left, express the deep-seated popular discontent with political authoritarianism and economic inequality-much like other recent global rebellions, but in a unique context. We will discuss the movement's street tactics, broader political meaning and direction, strengths and potential limitations. Hong Kong organizers will join us over video for on-the-ground perspectives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, War on the Weekends: Hong Kong in a Year of Uprisings

Film | The Land of Oz (2015): Russian Comedy


While residents preparing for a major national holiday, Lenka Shabadinova works at kiosk till midnight. She does not even know that New Year's Eve has prepared a crazy scenario for her. Director: Vasiliy Sigarev Stars: Yana Troyanova, Yuriy Kutsenko, Andrey Ilenkov 100 minutes. Presented with English subtitles.
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Films, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, The Land of Oz (2015): Russian Comedy

Author Reading | Weather: A Family in Crisis


From Jenny Offill, the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation, a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis.
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Author Readings, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Weather: A Family in Crisis

Film | The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020): Documentary on the War Zone in Ukraine


Anna is a single mother living under siege with her four children in the war zone of Donbas, Ukraine. While there are bombings and chaos in the outside world, the family struggles to keep their home a safe haven, full of life and light. The family's passion for cinema drives them to shoot a film inspired by their own life during the time of the Russian aggression against Ukraine. For Anna and the children, transforming trauma into a work of art is the ultimate way to stay human. Followed by a Q&A with director Iryna Tsilyk. 74 min. In Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020): Documentary on the War Zone in Ukraine

Classical Music | Works By Mozart, Debussy And Chopin For Piano


Hengyi Ye, piano. Program Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No.13 in B-Flat Major, K333 Claude Debussy Images (Book 1) Frederic Francois Chopin Sonata No.3 in b minor, op.58
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, February 12, 2020, 02/12/2020, Works By Mozart, Debussy And Chopin For Piano
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