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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 19, 2020?

33 free events take place on Wednesday, February 19 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 19 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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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

All events, things to do on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Artist Talk: Interventions into Public Life
free events nyc The Special Case of Steffy Goldner: The New York Philharmonic's First Woman
free events nyc Leave the Cannoli: A Comedic Take on The Godfather
free events nyc Sonatenabend performs
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, 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 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Bach at Noon

Lecture | Fighting for Tyranny: How State Repression Shapes Military Performance


Past research has highlighted trade-offs between the loyalty and competence of military personnel in authoritarian regimes, suggesting that some autocrats can sacrifice military performance by purging competent, yet potentially disloyal officers. Yet officer purges and "coup-proofing" represent only a fraction of the state violence against the military. We know very little about how mass repression in broader society affects individual behavior on the battlefield. To address this question, NYU's Arturas Rozenas employs a unique dataset containing millions of individual records on Red Army conscripts in the Second World War and millions of arrests and political killings during the Soviet Great Terror in the 1930's. Rozenas links the two data sources at the level of individual birth location to study how exposure to repression at the individual and community level impacted the battlefield resolve and loyalty of soldiers. His preliminary findings suggest that Red Army soldiers more exposed to pre-war repression were less likely to flee the battlefield, more likely to die, but also less likely to show individual initiative for which they would receive military decorations. While repression may have helped resolve some collective action problems associated with fighting, it ultimately resulted in conformity and a crippling lack of initiative, not heroism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Fighting for Tyranny: How State Repression Shapes Military Performance

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 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, 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.
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Tours, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, 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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Workshops, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Lunchtime Meditation

Concert | Wednesdays at One: Lab Orchestra


Juilliard artists share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts throughout the season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Wednesdays at One: Lab Orchestra

Film | Four Time Oscar Nominated Film-Noir Crime With Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner And Edmond O'Brien


Hit men kill an unresisting victim, and investigator Reardon uncovers his past involvement with beautiful, deadly Kitty Collins. 103 min. Director: Robert Siodmak. Starring Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien. In 2008, The Killers was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Four Time Oscar Nominated Film-Noir Crime With Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner And Edmond O'Brien

Lesson | Getting Started in Genealogy Research


Start your family history research! Learn about the library's genealogy resources, discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Getting Started in Genealogy Research

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
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Concerts, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Workshop | African Dance Workshop


Professor Carolyn Webb will lead an open level interactive celebration of dance, song, and rhythm derived from West Africa and the diaspora. Carolyn Webb is a lifelong dance educator, dance artist, choreographer, and musician who specializes in dance and music from the African Diaspora. Select performances have taken her to Egypt, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Canada, Norway, and throughout the United States. The workshop workshop will culminate with an introduction to the movements and rhythms of dance Ibo, a dance of pride and resistance from Haiti via the Igbo people of Nigeria.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, African Dance Workshop

Master Class | Collaborative Piano


South Korean pianist Hie-Yon Choi first appeared on the international piano music scene when she won prizes at high-profile competitions such as Kapell, Epinal, Busoni and Viotti. She has been since performing with prestigious orchestras of Europe, US and Korea such as das Rundfunkorchester Berlin, the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), the Northern Sinfonia, the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Collaborative Piano

Lecture | Unmaking Citizenship in India


In 2014, the Supreme Court of India ordered an update of the NRC, a register of all Indian citizens in the state of Assam, citing unverified data to justify large-scale illegal migration. Serving as an exercise to separate Indian citizens from “foreigners,” the NRC is responsible for the unimaginable harassment of a large section of society. Now the government wants to implement the NRC all over India, sparking protests across the country. Join us for a conversation on the human rights implications of the NRC and India’s recently-passed Citizenship Amendment Act. Speakers: -- Aman Wadud, Human Rights Lawyer; Founder of the Justice and Liberty Initiative -- Rohit De, Associate Professor, Yale University; Legal Historian of Modern South Asia; author of A People’s Constitution: Law and Everyday Life in the Indian Republic
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Lectures, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Unmaking Citizenship in India

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Can't I Alter / To See from a Distance


In Can’t I Alter, Canadian-Trinidadian artist Curtis Talwst Santiago creates an immersive, drawing-filled installation that explores the theme of ancestry and the struggle to access lost and tangled histories. Featuring more than thirty works from Guo Fengyi's brief yet prolific career, To See from a Distance provides an overview of Guo's visionary drawings, which incorporate the diagrammatic, the mystical, and the wildly imaginative
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Opening Receptions, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, 2 Art Shows: Can't I Alter / To See from a Distance

Author Reading | Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It


Do we have to choose between equality and prosperity? Many think that reducing economic inequality would require such heavy-handed interference with market forces that it would stifle economic growth. Heather Boushey, one of Washington’s most influential economic voices, insists nothing could be further from the truth. Presenting cutting-edge economics with journalistic verve, she shows how rising inequality has become a drag on growth and an impediment to a competitive United States marketplace for employers and employees alike.  
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Author Readings, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It

Author Reading | You Don't Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism


Tsedale M. Melaku's book reflects the emphasis of her scholarly interests on race, gender, class, workplace inequality, diversity, and occupations. You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer focuses on how race and gender play a crucial role in the experiences of women of color in traditionally white institutional spaces.
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Author Readings, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, You Don't Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Light Minded


Cate Woodruff's solo exhibition is a selection of photographs by the artist, taken between 2008 and 2019, illustrating her experimentation with formlessness, spaces between objects and light-science. The images presented are representative of Woodruff's fascination with light as a medium and her mastery with various photographic media, including homemade lenses, a technique she has invented and explored over the last decade. Her photographs are achieved by placing objects in direct contact with light, through and across reflective surfaces. The combination of ephemeral phenomena with color in light reflection underscores Woodruff's work.
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Gallery Talks, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Artist Talk: Light Minded

Talk | Nurturing Our Friendships: How to Enhance Your Relationships for Greater Health and Happiness


Among the issues for the evening's conversations will be: How loved and supported do you feel by your friends? How do you cultivate friendships where both of you feel heard? Nelson’s formula for nurturing friendships includes positivity, consistency, and vulnerability. Do you agree? Which friend-nurturing practices could help your friendships the most? How can you create space for more of them in your friendships in the near future? Do you think connectedness is correlated with the significant health issues? How does that make you feel? Is there anyone in whom you want to invest in more, to enhance your friendship? If yes, what makes you want to invest in this friendship? What action will you take to invest in this friendship?
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Talks, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Nurturing Our Friendships: How to Enhance Your Relationships for Greater Health and Happiness

Lecture | The American Co-op Movement


We are in a Cooperative Moment – one in which people find that they are excluded from their economy or society. In the past, people have looked to the cooperative business model to ensure workers, consumers, or producers have a greater say in the market – whether in commodity markets (agriculture co-ops with two million farmers), consumer finance (credit unions with over 100 million consumers), or basic utilities (rural electric cooperatives with nearly 50 million rural citizens). This talk will focus on how one in three people in the United States have used cooperatives to solve heretofore unsolvable problems and capture more economic opportunity: through greater public awareness, political organization, and advocating for a supportive public policy environment. Speaker Doug O’Brien serves as the President & CEO of NCBA CLUSA where he works with the cooperative community, both domestically and internationally, to deepen its impact on individuals and communities.
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Lectures, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, The American Co-op Movement

Book Discussion | Hadriana in All My Dreams: Zombie Bride


Internationally acclaimed novelist Edwidge Danticat and Barnard professor and translator Kaiama L. Glover discuss  René Depestre’s masterpiece.. Winner of the prestigious Prix Renaudot, Hadriana in All My Dreams takes place primarily during Carnival in 1938 in the Haitian village of Jacmel. A beautiful young French woman, Hadriana, is about to marry a Haitian boy from a prominent family. But on the morning of the wedding, Hadriana drinks a mysterious potion and collapses at the altar. With the bride transformed into a zombie, her wedding becomes her funeral.
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Book Discussions, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Hadriana in All My Dreams: Zombie Bride

Book Discussion | Black Case Volume I & II: Return From Exile


Brent Hayes Edwards and Adam Shatz lead a discussion about the republication of Joseph Jarman’s Black Case Volume I & II: Return From Exile. A founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Joseph Jarman was responsible for the pioneering theatrical and multimedia elements of the avant-garde jazz group’s shamanistic performances, which often also featured the recitation of Jarman’s poetry. In 1977, Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing Co. published Black Case Volume I & II: Return From Exile, a collection composed mainly of his flowing, fiery free verse.
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Book Discussions, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Black Case Volume I & II: Return From Exile

Staged Reading | Leave the Cannoli: A Comedic Take on The Godfather


Writer Gary Apple's long list of credits include The Simpsons. He made his Off-Broadway debut with Christmas in Hell (2018), a twisted holiday musical. His one-act plays, including When God Comes for Breakfast You Don't Burn the Toast, have been published and received hundreds of productions nationwide.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Leave the Cannoli: A Comedic Take on The Godfather

Author Reading | Whistle Blower; My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber: A Memoir


The unbelievable true story of the young woman who faced down one of the most valuable startups in Silicon Valley and what came after. Susan Fowler, the technology op-ed editor at The New York Times, shares her story of facing down one of the most valuable startups in Silicon Valley history--and what came after. She will be joined in conversation by journalist, author, and empowerment advocate Gretchen Carlson. Following the discussion, Susan will sign copies of her new memoir Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber, which both Vogue and Cosmopolitan called one of the "Most Anticipated Books of 2020."
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Author Readings, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Whistle Blower; My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber: A Memoir

Talk | Artist Talk: Interventions into Public Life


Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group and institutional behavior. He has exhibited at SFMoMA; Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; Shanghai Biennial; Carnegie International; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and on street corners.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Artist Talk: Interventions into Public Life

Talk | Exploring Ethical Dilemmas: Kids vs. No Kids


For women today, married or single, grappling with the dilemma of whether or not to have children is not a simple decision. This is a discussion of the ethical issues involved in this decision as well as the environmental and social implications. Andrea Reyes, an adjunct instructor at LIM College, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Baruch College, will lead the discussion along with other members from the Fair Trade Coalition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Exploring Ethical Dilemmas: Kids vs. No Kids

Author Reading | New Thrillers: The Sun Down Motel / The Return


Welcome authors Simone St. James and Rachel Harrison. They will be discussing their intense new thrillers with Abby Endler, creator of popular crime fiction blog, Crime By the Book.
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Author Readings, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, New Thrillers: The Sun Down Motel / The Return

Workshop | Self-Defense Workshop with Pop Gym


Come by this workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. They’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us! Open to all ages. Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Self-Defense Workshop with Pop Gym

Classical Music | Sonatenabend performs


Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Sonatenabend performs

Discussion | The Special Case of Steffy Goldner: The New York Philharmonic's First Woman


Gabryel Smith, Director of the New York Philharmonic Archives, in conversation with Vienna-based artist Nives Widauer on their project discovering the story of the Philharmonic's first female musician and her traveling harp case. In collaboration with the New York Philharmonic's commissioning initiative Project 19.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, The Special Case of Steffy Goldner: The New York Philharmonic's First Woman

Book Club | Upper Eastside Fiction Reading Group: Beautiful Ruins


Jess Walter’s story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood.
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Book Clubs, February 19, 2020, 02/19/2020, Upper Eastside Fiction Reading Group:&nbsp;Beautiful Ruins

Concert | Convergences Concert


Program: Christopher Trapani: Convergence Lines Isabel Mundry: Dufay Bearbeitungen Elliott Carter: Tempo e tempi With: Ensemble Échappé
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Classical Music | Organist Hailed By The New York Times


Claudia Dumschat ,organ. Since 1999 organist Claudia Dumschat has been Organist and Choirmaster at Church of the Transfiguration, where she conducts the Choir of Men & Boys, the oldest such choir in America. She also founded the Transfiguration Camerata, Girls Choir and Cherub Choir there, and she has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, which has produced over fifty concerts since its inception in 2004. Her repertoire includes orchestral and choral music, chamber music, oratorios, and operas. In a New York Times review of an all-Bach concert, her playing was described as "brilliantly assertive.”
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