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50 free events take place on Thursday, 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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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 A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism
free events nyc Antonio and Piti (2019): Cross-Cultural Love
free events nyc Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother?: The Chaperone
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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 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Author Reading | Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach


The development of human rights norms is one of the most significant achievements in international relations and law since 1945, but the continuing influence of human rights is increasingly being questioned by authoritarian governments, nationalists, and pundits. Unfortunately, the proliferation of new rights, linking rights to other issues such as international crimes or the activities of business, and attempting to address every social problem from a human rights perspective risk undermining their credibility, argues Hurst Hannum in Rescuing Human Rights. Hannum calls for understanding 'human rights' as international human rights law and maintaining the distinctions between binding legal obligations on governments and broader issues of ethics, politics, and social change.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach

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.
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Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Bach at Noon

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.
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Classical Music | Organ Recital With Forrest Eimold


Forrest Eimold, organ. In June 2013, Forrest Eimold became the youngest organist ever (aged 13) to present Messiaen's epic organ cycle Livre du Saint Sacrement at Saint Paul's Church. Greatly in demand as a solo performer and Collaborative Musicia
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Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Organ Recital With Forrest Eimold

Classical Music | Ensemble Hailed By Washington Post Explores The Myth Of Courtly Love


Sarah Pillow, soprano; John Mark Rozendaal, vielle; Tina Chancey, vielles, rebec, kamenj. In the Middle Ages, Courtly Love was many things; a poetic ideal, a civilizing influence, a spiritual discipline; a wealth of lyrics and romances produced and read by men and women sharing an elaborate feudal ritual. But how did it manifest in daily life, where love and marriage seldom converged? Hesperus explores the many aspects of Fin'amor. Early music and folk music ensemble Hesperus connects the rich musical past and curious 21st century concertgoers, not only with single-genre early music programs and early music scores for silent films, but through collaborations with theatre, mime and dance; multi-century musical portraits of a single culture; and Crossover fusions of early music and American traditional styles. "Engaging stage presence, backed by programs put together with exceptional imagination..." - The Washington Post
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Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Ensemble Hailed By Washington Post Explores The Myth Of Courtly Love

Workshop | Photo Skills: Photography on iPhone


Create better photos and videos using iPhone. tHEY'll show you how to use the Camera app to take Live Photos, capture a quick video on the go, and more in hands-on activities. Experiment with the latest iPhone or bring your own. Recommended for anyone looking for new ways to take photos.
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Workshop | Video Skills: Getting Started with iMovie


Go from recording videos to creating a visual story using iMovie for iPad. You’ll capture video and get hands-on with editing techniques like trimming, timing, and rhythm. Then learn how to add audio and titles. Bring your iPad or they’ll provide one. Recommended for all skill levels.
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Workshops, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Video Skills: Getting Started with iMovie

Staged Reading | Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother?: The Chaperone


The Tanzanian government allowed Jane Goodall to study chimpanzees in the wild under one condition - she must bring a chaperone. So, Jane invited her mother. Written by Michael Walek.
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Staged Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother?: The Chaperone

Workshop | Video Skills: Recording Techniques with iPhone


Capture your best video right from your iPhone. Learn recording techniques and how to control exposure, set focus, and more. Get hands-on with the latest iPhone in this session or bring your own. Recommended for beginners.
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Classical Music | Works By Brahms For Organ


Phoon Yu, organ. Program Johannes Brahms Choralevorspiel und Fuge über "O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid" WoO 7 Johannes Brahms Elf Choralvorspiele op. post. 122 Johannes Brahms Choralevorspiel und Fuge über "O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid" WoO 7
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Lecture | Unfree Intimacies: Gender and the Taking of Terraqueous Space at Batavia in the Seventeenth Century


Colonization is not a one-time land grab, but rather an ongoing process of claiming space. Batavia, as the Dutch urban port city on Java in the seventeenth century was known, provides an opportunity to explore the role of gender in this unfolding process. There, the appropriation of local and regional terraqueous space relied on a simultaneous colonization of intimate space. Women of Batavia, as wives, concubines, and slaves, played an often-unwilling role in the construction of empire at the intimate, local, and transoceanic scales. Speaker Susanah Romney is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at New York University.
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Lectures, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Unfree Intimacies: Gender and the Taking of Terraqueous Space at Batavia in the Seventeenth Century

Master Class | Violin Master Class With Dawn Wohn


Dawn Wohn, violin. Violinist Dawn Wohn has appeared as a soloist for live-broadcast performances with orchestras such as the Korean Broadcasting Symphony and the Aspen Conducting Orchestra, Daejon Philharmonic, The New York Sinfonietta, Japan's Telemann Ensemble and the Festival de Febrero in Mexico. In addition, she has performed recitals across the world including Carnegie Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and Jordan Hall.
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Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Violin Master Class With Dawn Wohn

Author Reading | Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem


With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Daniel Day pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. In this book, Dapper Dan tells his full story for the first time. Book signing to follow the presentation.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

Opening Reception | Destruktion: Ruins of Modern Society


An exhibition of painting, sculpture, and artist books by Alberto Alejandro Rodríguez, centered on the different forms that ruins can take in our modern society. This is the artist’s first exhibition outside Cuba. In his consideration of ruins as a byproduct of indifference, as we reflexively interact with the space around us, Rodríguez explores them not simply as partially or completely destroyed architecture but as a changing structure woven into the urban fabric.
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Opening Reception | Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo


The first solo exhibition of Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión in the United States, curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Centurión created work engaging with folk art and queer aesthetics in 1990s South America. Through the embroidery and painting of these vernacular objects, Centurión rendered poetic readings of his youth in the tropics, his love experiences in the metropolis, and his spiritual reflections before his untimely death due to AIDS-related illness.
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Opening Receptions, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Feliciano Centuri&oacute;n: Abrigo

Opening Reception | Nocturne: Meticulous Paintings


A solo exhibition of new work by Sebastiaan Bremer (Dutch, b. 1970). Nocturne marks the debut of several series of portraiture that Bremer has been developing over the course of the past two years. Each unique image in the exhibition is characterized by Bremer’s meticulously hand painted white pointillist dots, however these three new series are distinct in the evolution of the techniques used, as he continues to push the bounds of his hybrid creative process.
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Opening Receptions, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Nocturne: Meticulous Paintings

Opening Reception | Open Door: Art Therapy Exhibition


An exhibition of multimedia work by MPS Art Therapy students and the people they work with at their internship sites. These artists seek to open doors, and in doing so, create restorative relational experiences. Public involvement is viewed as a key aspect of community-based art therapy practice: offering people opportunities for contribution, recognition and support within our collective community. The therapeutic goals are to bring people together in ways that acknowledge and respect our differences.
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Opening Receptions, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Open Door: Art Therapy Exhibition

Opening Reception | Passing Freight: The Unique Beauty of Freight Train Cars


A solo exhibition of photographs by Stephen Mallon, Passing Freight is a visual celebration of the unique beauty and function of freight train cars in United States. In 2018 there were 1,637,000 freight cars in operation across North America, each distinctive in their construction, markings and utility. Time and human contact add to each train car’s individuality: all carrying a vast, and sometimes surprising array of goods and resources. This series of photographs captures the still active rail lines that carry freight to destinations across the country. Mallon’s industrial landscape photographs isolate freight cars within this iconic transportation system, which has played a critical role in supply infrastructure across the continent for hundreds of years.  
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Opening Receptions, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Passing Freight: The Unique Beauty of Freight Train Cars

Opening Reception | Romare Bearden: Abstract


Featuring rarely-seen stain and collaged paintings from 1958-1962 by one of the most renowned visual artists of the 20th century. Also on view, will be selected works from earlier and later periods. The abstract paintings shed light on Bearden’s continual interest in experimental techniques. They also provide new context to the influence his earlier work had on this period, and how these seminal paintings contributed to the development of his later well-known collages.
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Film | Selena (1997): Music Biopic with Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos


The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. Dir. Gregory Nava 127 min.
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Films, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Selena (1997): Music Biopic with Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos

Opening Reception | Three Spaces for Time: Fusion of Sculpture and Photography


The images in this show are founded in Yamini Nayar's process-oriented fusion of sculpture and photography, in which she now deepens as well as complicates - on several levels - the aspect of time. As before, the artist begins by building stand-alone and wall based sculptures composed of various studio materials, primarily wood, plaster and paperboard, which – through the eye of the camera – are turned into scenes reminiscent of architecture, simultaneously monumental and fragile.
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Opening Receptions, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Three Spaces for Time: Fusion of Sculpture and Photography

Opening Reception | Wet Paint: Subway Signage


Al Díaz's career spans five decades. Born and raised Puerto Rican in New York City, he was known by age 15 as a prolific and influential, first-generation subway graffiti artist. During the early 70s, his popular and recognized name was "BOMB-1." After high school and the SAMO©... period, Díaz began to practice musical percussion and created recordings, including a performance on Basquiat's collectible 1983 early hip-hop album. Currently, Díaz works with signage used throughout the NYC MTA subway system. After cutting out individual letters to create clever-sounding, surreal and poignant anagrams, he hangs the finished messages in City subway stations. In 2016, he resurrected the SAMO©... writings and contemporary fans appreciate his frequent use of Instagram (albert_diaz1), where the satirical images are shared widely. Recently, Díaz released to the public his private collection of photographs of Basquiat as a teenager, with several more currently unrevealed.
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Opening Receptions, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Wet Paint: Subway Signage

Lecture | Participatory Sensing: From Ecosystems to Human Systems


Speaker Deborah Estrin of Cornell Tech will describe her research and practice in leveraging mobile devices and data to address socio-technological challenges, such as environmental monitoring, chronic disease management, and privacy-sensitive personalization.
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Workshop | Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait


Using the creative approach of photographer Christopher Anderson, learn how to rethink the subject, obstruct the lens, and stylize your shot to create unexpected portraits. Bring a friend or pair up with others, and creative pros will take you through immersive exercises and photo prompts. Try the latest iPhone or bring your own.
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Author Reading | A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism


When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Yet even with its monopoly on ideology and power, the Soviet Communist Party never succeeded in overcoming religion. Instead, atheism was reimagined as an alternative cosmology with its own set of positive beliefs, practices, and spiritual commitments. Through its engagements with religion, the Soviet leadership realized that removing religion from the "sacred spaces" of Soviet life was not enough and eventually--in a stunning and unexpected reversal--Mikhail Gorbachev abandoned atheism and reintroduced religion into public life as the Soviet experiment was nearing its end. Author Victoria Smolkin explores the meaning of atheism for religious life, for Communist ideology, and for Soviet politics.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism

Film | Antonio and Piti (2019): Cross-Cultural Love


The Amonia River runs near the border of Brazil and Peru, where both indigenous Ashaninka people and white settlers live in the municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo. Antonio and Piti explores the love between a Peruvian-born indigenous man and the daughter of Chico Colo, a white rubber tapper soldier. The film tells the story of their community-led reforestation project and the pressures of a predatory and extractive economy. With directors Vincent Carelli and Wewito Piyako. 78 minutes
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Films, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Antonio and Piti (2019): Cross-Cultural Love

Film | Barbara (2017): Photographing a Famous Singer


A director wants to make a biopic about the female singer Barbara. Director: Mathieu Amalric Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Mathieu Amalric, Vincent Peirani 107 min.
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Films, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Barbara (2017): Photographing a Famous Singer

Film | East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story (2020): An Advance Screening with Emmy-Winning Filmmaker Ken Burns


Before East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story airs on PBS in March, join the filmmakers for a special preview of highlights and a discussion. The documentary, which focuses on East Lake Meadows, an Atlanta public housing development opened in 1970 and demolished a generation later, tackles the impact of racism on housing and explores the lives of residents and the community. Executive producer Ken Burns, whose many PBS films include The Civil War and Country Music, joins in conversation with directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon, who also made The Central Park Five and Jackie Robinson; Carla Shedd, associate professor of sociology; and moderator Nikita Stewart, a reporter covering social services for The New York Times.
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Author Reading | Farewell, Mama Odessa: Pulled Between Russia and the West


Emil Draitser launches his autobiographical novel. "The characters of Emil Draitser's amazing new work find themselves balancing between the two worlds. Their souls belong to Russia, but their aspirations are tied to the West." - Laura Vapnyar
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Farewell, Mama Odessa: Pulled Between Russia and the West

Talk | Five Generations of a Seneca Village Family: The Andrew Williams Story


Presented by Cal Jones, Manhattan Borough Historian emeritus.
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Workshop | Trooper Fitness Class


A team-oriented conditioning session that involves cardio and strength training methods, where each trooper is responsible for their fellow troopers’ success. It’s the partner accountability and team exercises that make this class an exhilarating challenge. This class will improve overall conditioning, stamina/ endurance, strength, and the best part, mental toughness. This class is built to challenge you in a way that empowers both your mind and body, and helps you reach those 2019 fitness goals.
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Discussion | What to Do With Your Shmates: Fighting Fast Fashion


Waste not, want not! After over century of automation, consumer waste is at an all time high. So, what can we do with our shmates? There’s a lot we can learn from our bubbes and zaydes. After New York Fashion Week, a new generation of sustainable style superstars share how we too can go from rags to riches. Panelists include consumer advocate Chuck Bell (Consumer Reports), fashion designer Jillian Grano (Archerie, Utility Canvas), CEO Jessica Schreiber (FABSCRAP), FIT professor Amy Sperber, and LIM Professor Andrea Kennedy (Fashiondex.com). Please bring gently used women’s clothing to be donated to The Dwelling Place women’s shelter. Pajamas and slippers are especially needed.
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Staged Reading | Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother?: The Chaperone


The Tanzanian government allowed Jane Goodall to study chimpanzees in the wild under one condition - she must bring a chaperone. So, Jane invited her mother. Written by Michael Walek.
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Staged Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother?: The Chaperone

Book Signing | Jane Dickson in Times Square: A Grittier Time


Coinciding with Dickson’s exhibition Hot, Hot, Hot: Paintings of Times Square Peep Shows, this is a book signing, slide show, and discussion with editor Johan Kugelberg for her critically acclaimed book, Jane Dickson in Times Square, published by Anthology Editions.
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Author Reading | Reimagining the National Security State: Liberalism on the Brink


Edited by Karen J. Greenberg, Reimagining the National Security State provides the first comprehensive picture of the toll that US government policies took on civil liberties, human rights, and the rule of law in the name of the war on terror. Looking through the lenses of theory, history, law, and policy, the essays in this volume illuminate the ways in which liberal democracy suffered at the hands of policymakers in the name of national security.
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Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Reimagining the National Security State: Liberalism on the Brink

Film | Strange Victory (1948): Racial Bias in Post-World War II America


A film about racial bias in post-World War II America that uses dramatized scenes interspersed with newsreel footage and evocative imagery. Director: Leo Hurwitz 71 min. Panel discussion to follow screening.
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Classical Music | Handel's Cantatas


Europa’s Opera: Three Acts will showcase productions by three of New York City’s most innovative opera companies throughout spring 2020. 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.
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Reading | Insurgent Tongues


A special night of readings and discussion to launch a new folio in the Transpacific Literary Project: Insurgent Tongues. In efforts to dismantle the languages of domination, contributors to the folio and guests will share their distinct approaches to probing the insurgent nature of language and languages of (counter)insurgency. Tyrell Haberkorn, Sophia Terazawa, Nguyen Quoc Vinh, and Gina Apostol will read from their individual works and join in a group discussion moderated by Vicente Rafael, author of Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation.  
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Reading | Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter


A monthly fireside gathering on the Lower East Side in the amphitheater. Sit by the fire and welcome the evening with neighbors, stories, and food (bring some to share). With artist Emily Johnson.
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Concert | Pop-Rock Star from the Czech Republic


Singer, songwriter and lyricist Michal Hrůza has been a personality of the Czech music scene for twenty years now. Audiences will mostly recognize him as a founding member and longtime frontman of the Ready Kirken band. In 2006, he went solo and founded the band Kapela Hrůzy. Michal Hrůza and his band will be playing in the USA for the very first time in their musical career.
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Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Pop-Rock Star from the Czech Republic

Book Club | Science Fiction Book Club: Ursula K. LeGuin's The Dispossessed


GoodReads: "Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life—Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Urras, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Clubs, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Science Fiction Book Club: Ursula K. LeGuin's The Dispossessed

Author Reading | The Unspoken as Heritage: The Armenian Genocide and Its Unaccounted Lives


In the 1910s historian Harry Harootunian's parents Ohannes and Vehanush escaped the mass slaughter of the Armenian genocide, making their way to France, where they first met, before settling in Detroit. Although his parents rarely spoke of their families and the horrors they survived, the genocide and their parents' silence about it was a permanent backdrop to the Harootunian children's upbringing. In The Unspoken as Heritage, Harootunian--for the first time in his distinguished career--turns to his personal life and family heritage to explore the genocide's multigenerational afterlives that remain at the heart of the Armenian diaspora. Drawing on novels, anecdotes, and reports, Harootunian presents a composite sketch of the everyday life of his parents, from their childhood in East Anatolia to the difficulty of making new lives in the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:15 pm
Free
Author Readings, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, The Unspoken as Heritage: The Armenian Genocide and Its Unaccounted Lives

Cabaret | Secret Crush: Big V Energy


This sketch cabaret focuses on heartbreak and hookups with original songs, classic covers and some of the city's best musical comedians. Secret Crush is coming in strong with that "Big V Energy" for Valentine's Day with musical numbers, characters, and prizes you won't want to miss. Bailey Swilley, Frankie Johnson, Schuyler Robinson and Scott Englund perform their love-themed musical spectacular. Bring your significant other, a date, your friends, or meet your newest crush.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
$6 + 2-drink...
Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Secret Crush: Big V Energy

Concert | Vibrant, Juilliard-Trained Bassist


Detroit native Endea Owens is a vibrant up-and-coming bassist who has brought her musical gifts to a diverse range of audiences, from jazz connoisseurs to city schoolkids. A Juilliard graduate, Owens has been mentored by the likes of Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, and Ron Carter. She has toured and performed with Jennifer Holliday, Rhonda and Diana Ross, Jazzmeia Horn, and Lea DeLaria. Mixing standards with her own original compositions, Owens plays hot, swinging jazz for multiple generations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Vibrant, Juilliard-Trained Bassist

Cabaret | Cabaret Économique


Like every intimate Cabaret, Èconomique requires a key, musicians, a large mirror and the fact of cannibal sirens. With Irena Haiduk, Dean Kissick, Daniel Bauer, Christian Schmitz, Maggie Segale and more. Dress code: Kindly appear dressed for a date and bring flowers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Cabaret &Eacute;conomique

Lecture | Resting Lions: Goethe’s Novella and the Force of Poetry


This lecture will show how Goethe’s Novella makes use of contemporaneous discourses in the sciences to reformulate and rethink established concepts about the effective force of speech. Apart from Goethe’s Novella, the lecture will engage with those of Goethe’s scientific writings that develop models and theories of force, especially his writings on physical and chemical forces in his geological studies. I thus hope to show how a model of mutually interactive forces in nature, which is not restricted to organic nature, ultimately becomes the model of force for poetry. Speaker: Prof. Cornelia Zumbusch
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Resting Lions: Goethe&rsquo;s Novella and the Force of Poetry

Film | The Goat Horn (1972): Revenge Drama from Bulgaria


In 17th-century Bulgaria, Kara Ivan’s wife is raped and killed by four local Ottoman feudals. Having disguised his daughter as a boy and trained her in the masculine art of warfare over a period of ten years, Kara Ivan sets out to take revenge. Director: Metodi Andonov Stars: Katya Paskaleva, Anton Gorchev, Milen Penev 103 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:10 pm
Free
Films, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, The Goat Horn (1972): Revenge Drama from Bulgaria

Comedy Club | Laughs Comedy Show


A weekly free stand-up comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on Comedy Central, College Humor, MTV and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Comedy Clubs, February 13, 2020, 02/13/2020, Laughs Comedy Show
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