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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 21, 2020?

25 free events take place on Friday, 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 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 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!

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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Friday, February 21, 2020

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free events nyc The Edukators (2004): German Drama
free events nyc Orchestra Performs Works By Beethoven, Stravinsky And De Falla
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Discussion | The Fight for Fair Elections: Expanding the Vote in 2020


Given the especially high stakes of the 2020 election, the need for broad and unobstructed voter participation could not be greater. Yet the past decade has seen a plethora of legal curtailments on voting rights. Since 2010, 25 states have adopted strict photo ID requirements, curbs on early voting, and voter registration restrictions that have all served to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a major win of the Civil Rights movement. Finally, the perennial challenge of voter turnout still exists – over 25% of eligible voters are unregistered, and only 50% of registered voters are expected to vote, making the prospects for a truly democratic election in 2020 very concerning. What lessons can be gleaned from a long history of heroic efforts to ensure equal voting opportunities and rights for all? What are advocates, unions, and other activists doing to combat voter suppression and promote voter registration and turnout in the upcoming election? What should be the top legislative priorities of a more progressive, post-2020 federal government to strengthen our democracy by expanding the vote? With: Gloria Browne-Marshall, Professor of Constitutional Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Gerry Hudson, Sectretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Moderator: Deepak Bhargava , Distinguished Lecturer, Former Executive Director, Center for Community Change
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, The Fight for Fair Elections: Expanding the Vote in 2020

Conference | The Holocaust in Yugoslavia and the Balkans: A 2-Day Conference


9:00 am: Opening Remarks 9:15 am: Book Talk and Presentation by Georgia State Professor Jelena Subotic, author of Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance After Communism 10:45 am: Break 11:00 am: Panel Discussion on the Miracle of the Sarajevo Haggadah -- Aleksandra Buncic, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University -- Hikmet Karcic, author of Dervis M. Korkut: A Biography. Rescuer of the Sarajevo Haggadah -- Alexander Korb, Associate Professor of Modern European History, Leicester University -- Moderator: Tanya Domi, Harriman Institute, Columbia University 1:00 pm: Break 2:00 pm: Panel discussion on the Albanian Rescue of Jews during WWII -- Teuta Skenderi, independent scholar and translator -- Tanya Domi, Harriman Institute, Columbia University -- Gazmend Kapilalani, Visiting Chair of Albanian Studies, DePaul University -- Ardit Bido, General Director of the National Archives of Albania -- Moderator: Laura Cohen, Executive Director, Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, CUNY 3:30 pm: Final Remarks by Tanya Domi and Laura Cohen  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, The Holocaust in Yugoslavia and the Balkans: A 2-Day Conference

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 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Bach at Noon

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

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 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Lunchtime Meditation

Classical Music | String Works by Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Debussy


Program: Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Quartet in B-flat Major Op. 41 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, "Archduke" Claude Debussy Piano Trio in G major Paul Schoenfield (1947-) Café Music Fluffy Bao Trio, formed in 2018, comprises three students: second-year economics major and violinist Annett Ho, second-year English major and Juilliard exchange cellist Zoe Lin, and third-year neuroscience major and pianist Heather Hsun Chang. The group’s name references a Chinese steamed bun, or bāo zi, known for its light and fluffy (and delicious!) texture as a nod to the musicians’ common Taiwanese roots. In their time together, the ensemble has appeared in New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, String Works by Saint-Sa&euml;ns, Beethoven, Debussy

Workshop | Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020


Calling on creative artists, social activists, and community members of all ages and backgrounds to help spread awareness of the 2020 Census to undercounted communities. The Community Create-a-thon brings people from across New York together to produce creative content that spreads awareness about the importance of an accurate Census count--creating works of digital media, physical artwork, posters, poems, songs, dance, and more. Lincoln Center teaching artists will be on hand throughout the day to help facilitate and shape ideas. These vital materials and creative messages will be used to magnify outreach to undercounted populations. During the four-hour event, participants can connect with city leaders, event partners, and staff knowledgeable about the 2020 Census, including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC). The full schedule for the event is found below and on the Lincoln Center website, HERE. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Workshops, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Community Create-a-thon: Census 2020

Master Class | Associate Principal Percussion With St Louis Symphony


Percussionist Alan Stewart joined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2017 as Associate Principal Percussionist. Prior to this appointment, Stewart was an avid freelance percussionist, performing with orchestras throughout the US, including the SLSO, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Associate Principal Percussion With St Louis Symphony

Lecture | Empathy and the Value of Humane Understanding


Empathy is a familiar form of emotionally charged imaginative perspective-taking. It is also the source of a particular form of understanding, which this talk will call humane understanding. Humane understanding consists in the direct apprehension of the intelligibility of others' emotions. This apprehension is an epistemic good whose ethical significance is multifarious. This talk focuses on elaborating the sense in which humane understanding of others is non-instrumentally valuable to its recipients. People have a complex but profound need to be humanely understood. Because we respond to others' very real need when we pursue this sort of understanding of their emotions, empathy is best understood as itself a way of caring, rather than just a means to promote other caring behavior. Speaker: Olivia Bailey, Tulane University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Empathy and the Value of Humane Understanding

Poetry Reading | 2 Poets Read


Dobby Gibson is the author of Polar, which won the Alice James Award; Skirmish; and It Becomes You, which was shortlisted for the Believer Poetry Award. All three books were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Matthew Rohrer is the author of The Sky Contains the Plans (Wave Books, 2020), The Others (Wave Books, 2017), which was the winner of the 2017 Believer Book Award, Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), and more
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Poetry Readings, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, 2 Poets Read

Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts


5:30 pm Those Sensible Shoes - Acoustic indie folk duo 6:05 pm Tiphanie Doucet - Indie folk with a French touch 6:40 pm Ammar Farooki - Indie singer/songwriter
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, 3 Folk Music Acts

Opening Reception | Marvelous Microbes: All Things Microbial


The exhibit is a celebration of all things microbial, from art and comics to songs and plush toys. Each creative work was designed by a student as part of an assignment called "Getting Friendly with Bacteria" and has an associated barcode that links to a website, designed by the student, to feature the microbes. Come learn about all the marvelous microbes, their amazing capabilities, and their roles in Earth's ecosystems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Marvelous Microbes: All Things Microbial

Concert | African American Culture Through Art


Featuring music performances, compositions, poetry, and various forms of art celebrating the diversity and beauty within the African American Culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, African American Culture Through Art

Film | The Edukators (2004): German Drama


Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. Director: Hans Weingartner Stars: Daniel Bruhl, Julia Jentsch, Stipe Erceg 127 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Films, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, The Edukators (2004): German Drama

Workshop | Art Inspired by Georges Seurat


Come create your own masterpiece inspired by work from famous artists and various techniques. The series will include an overview of the artist or technique, followed by a hands-on workshop.
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Workshops, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Art Inspired by Georges Seurat

Author Reading | Find Me: André Aciman Reads from His Sequel to Call Me By Your Name


A reading and Q&A with André Aciman, about his latest novel. Published in 2019, it is a sequel to his 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name. Aciman, a professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is a memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar of 17th century literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Author Readings, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Find Me: Andr&eacute; Aciman Reads from His Sequel to Call Me By Your Name

Film | Speak So I Can See You (2019): Documentary on Radio Belgrade


Serbian filmmaker Marija Stojnić will screen her new documentary—a “cinematic soundscape” that captures the wonders of Radio Belgrade, Serbia’s long-lived radio station, which has kept history, culture and critical thinking alive in the former Yugoslavia.  
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Films, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Speak So I Can See You (2019): Documentary on Radio Belgrade

Lecture | Futile Exercise? The British Army's Preparations for War, 1902-1914


According to the official historian Brigadier-General James Edmonds: 'In every respect the Expeditionary Force of 1914 was incomparably the best trained, best organized, and best equipped British Army which ever went forth to war'. There has been considerable debate over the extent to which Edmonds' claim was justified, and to which the British Army had learnt the lessons of recent events (above all, its chastening experiences in South Africa). Conventional wisdom has it that the British Army in 1914 was utterly unprepared for the development of trench warfare from October 1914 onwards, and that it took many lives and a costly 'learning curve' for the British to come to terms with the new conditions of warfare. Given that war was expected in the decade before August 1914 - and that a great deal of time and money was spent preparing for that war - it seems obvious to ask why the British Army was not better prepared for the war when it came. With author Simon Batten
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Lectures, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Futile Exercise? The British Army's Preparations for War, 1902-1914

Reading | Groundhog Day: The Killing of Bonita Carter


Neta Bomani and Mariame Kaba will discuss their new zine collaboration, which excavates part of the history of Black people’s resistance to state violence (specifically policing). It’s often said that few people rally around the injury or death of Black women to demand justice. Yet the truth is that there are examples that contradict this assertion. The resistance varies in scale and impact and it is sometimes hidden from our view. However, where there is injustice, you will also find some resistance especially led by Black women. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Groundhog Day: The Killing of Bonita Carter

Screening | Ruff Cuts 4: Student Films


Produced by graduate students in the School of Media Studies, this is a series of screening sessions for undergraduate and graduate Media Studies students to exhibit and discuss their media works in progress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Ruff Cuts 4: Student Films

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, An Evening of Standup Comedy

Classical Music | Orchestra Performs Works By Beethoven, Stravinsky And De Falla


David Hayes, conductor; Mannes Orchestra. Known for their bold and adventurous programming, David Hayes and the Mannes Orchestra have been hailed by The New York Times for playing with "inviting warmth and solidity," and for their "intensity of focus." Program Beethoven Corolian Overture De Falla El sombrero de tres picos Stravinsky L'Oiseau de Feu Suite
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Orchestra Performs Works By Beethoven, Stravinsky And De Falla

Classical Music | Orchestra Performs Works By Britten, Varese, Horowitz And More


Nyu Symphony; Adam Glaser, conductor. Varese Hyperprism Walton Viola Concerto Horowitz it happens between Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Conductor Adam Glaser has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Orchestra Performs Works By Britten, Varese, Horowitz And More

Concert | Yasna Voices: The Bulgarian Women's Chorus


Vlada Tomova directs a joyful evening with singers who share a passion for ensemble harmony, folk traditions, and experimentation. Weaving together traditional Bulgarian village songs with artfully arranged a cappella pieces in the style of Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, Yasna Voices reveals the disarming power and intimacy of the unaccompanied voice. These ancient songs tell timeless tales of sweet or forbidden love, wild mountains, potent wine, and the secrets of the moon. This evening features the world premiere of Annie Beliveau's "Praznuvame Zora."
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Concerts, February 21, 2020, 02/21/2020, Yasna Voices: The Bulgarian Women's Chorus
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