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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 29, 2020?

23 free events take place on Saturday, February 29 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 29 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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23 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, February 29, 2020

All events, things to do on Saturday, February 29, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Beethoven's Piano Trio Opus 97, "Archduke" along with the display of Betthoven's Manuscripts
free events nyc The Goat and Her Three Kids (2019): Short Film Based on Romanian Fairy Tale
free events nyc Rough Magic: Shakesperean Superheroes

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 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Gallery Talk | Eat and Live. Eat and Die.: Exhibition Walkthrough


Purdy Eaton’s upcoming exhibition explores the essence of all life: plants, animals, humans, kings, queens, and cockroaches are all bound to the same ethos. The chaos of politics, climate volatility, and random violence is rightfully fear inducing and overwhelming, yet there is something hopeful and meditative about the reality you eat you live, you eat you die. There will always be a tomorrow no matter how dystopic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Eat and Live. Eat and Die.: Exhibition Walkthrough

Workshop | NY StartUP! 2020 Workshop 3: Developing Financial Statements


The financials section of your plan shows potential investors whether or not your business is viable. Learn about the different components of the financials section and how to develop financial statements for your business. This is the 3rd training workshop for the New York StartUP! 2020 Business Plan Competition. This session will be offered three times in February. Attendance for this workshop is REQUIRED for all entrants.
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Workshops, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, NY StartUP! 2020 Workshop 3: Developing Financial Statements

Gallery Talk | American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection: Exhibition Tour


Everyone has a story to tell--a life lived, witness to and participant in events both private and shared. Such moments are captured by American folk and self-taught artists in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimony to chapters in the unfolding story of America from its inception to the present. American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection showcases more than seventy stellar works of folk and self-taught art from the museum's premier collection. Beautiful, diverse, and truthful, the art illuminates the thoughts and experiences of individuals with an immediacy that is palpable and unique to these expressions. The artworks are organized into four sections--Founders, Travelers, Philosophers, and Seekers--that respond to such themes as nationhood, freedom, community, imagination, opportunity, and legacy. Evocative visual juxtapositions and accessible contextual information further reveal the vital role that folk art plays as a witness to history, carrier of cultural heritage, and a reflection of the world at large through the eyes, heart, and mind of the artist.
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Gallery Talks, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection: Exhibition Tour

Open Studios | Artist-in-Residence Open Studios


2019–20 artists in residence E. Jane, Naudline Pierre, and Elliot Reed open their studios to the public. Visitors are invited to meet the artists and be among the first to view their works in progress in advance of their exhibition taking place at MoMA PS1 later in the year.
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Staged Reading | Cole: A Son's Suicide


In the wake of the unexpected suicide of their son, a family tries to piece their life together. Cole is a study of how grief builds and self-perpetuates, examining how loss changes us and how we move forward when our world is shattered. Written by Andrew Massey.
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Film | Crazy Rich Asians (2018): Romantic Comedy Based On Bestseller


This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. 120 min. Director: Jon M. Chu. Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh. The filming of Crazy Rich Asians was done in Malaysia and Singapore. The film grossed $238 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade.
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Films, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Crazy Rich Asians (2018): Romantic Comedy Based On Bestseller

Play | Rough Magic: Shakesperean Superheroes


Transplanting characters from The Tempest to present-day New York, Rough Magic is a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe in which the evil sorcerer Prospero is willing to do anything to recover his stolen book of magic--even if it means Manhattan's destruction. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
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Plays, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Rough Magic: Shakesperean Superheroes

Slide Lecture | New York's Newtown Creek: Death and Resurrection -- A Chronicle in Maps and Photographs


Presented by New York Map Society Secretary/Webmaster -- and Hunters Point, Long Island City resident -- Andrew Kapochunas. His return to the Newtown Creek area after almost 70 years led him to join the Newtown Creek Alliance, dedicated to restoring, revealing and revitalizing an area once chock full of sea life and waterfowl, later the busiest maritime trade route of its size in the U.S., site of a 30 million gallon oil spill, and today a Superfund site. Showing many maps and photos of the area from 1609 to the present, Kapochunas will chronicle the creek's life, death, and resurrection.
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Slide Lectures, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, New York's Newtown Creek: Death and Resurrection -- A Chronicle in Maps and Photographs

Discussion | Waterways in Contemporary Chinese Ecological Art


Eric Fan Feng, assistant professor, Institute of Contemporary Art, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Betti-Sue Hertz, director and chief curator, the Wallach Art Gallery, discuss the far-reaching influence of the ancient concept of shan shui—literally “mountain water painting”—for ecologically sensitive contemporary Chinese artists. With consideration of this unique cultural referent, water’s role in landscapes undergoing degradation cannot be understood simply in terms commonly shared by global environmental and ecological art.
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Discussions, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Waterways in Contemporary Chinese Ecological Art

Classical Music | Beethoven's Piano Trio Opus 97, "Archduke" along with the display of Betthoven's Manuscripts


Evelyn Chen, piano; Richard Lin, violin; Brinton Averil Smith, cello. Program Beethoven Piano Trio Opus 97, "Archduke" In conjunction with a one-day-only pop-up display of Beethoven manuscripts. The New York Times hailed Evelyn Chen as "a pianist to watch," praising her "brilliant technique, warm, clear tone, and exacting musical intelligence." Ms. Chen's recent engagements have included performances on five continents at venues including David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, among others. Violinist Richard Lin has appeared as a soloist with Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Macau String Association Orchestra. As a soloist, cellist Brinton Averil Smith's North American engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and with orchestras throughout the country, while his broadcast performances include CBS's Sunday Morning and regular appearances on NPR's Performance Today and Symphonycast.
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Beethoven's Piano Trio Opus 97, "Archduke" along with the display of Betthoven's Manuscripts

Author Reading | Kafka At Rudolf Steiner’s And Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg


Authors Rosalind Palermo Stevenson and Stephanie Dickinson converse about writing through the personas of Franz Kafka and Jean Seberg in their books Kafka At Rudolf Steiner’s and Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg. Some of the subjects they delve into are: What drew them to these two iconic figures and what it was like to write in an embodiment of their personas? The challenge of stepping outside the known into the unknown in recasting the real into fiction. The endurance of Kafka and Seberg in time and the way they continue to speak to the 21st century. Rosalind Palermo Stevenson is the author of the novel The Absent, the novella Insect Dreams, and the chapbook Kafka At Rudolf Steiner’s. Insect Dreams has also been published in the anthologies Poe’s Children and Trampoline. Her work appears in numerous literary journals. She is currently working on a book of lyric prose exploring speculative autobiography and the female Adam. Stephanie Dickinson is the author of the novels Half Girl and Love Highway. Some of her other books include Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg, The Emily Fables, and Girl Behind the Door. Her work appears in numerous literary journals and anthologies and has been reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the South, and New Stories from the Midwest. Audience Q&A will be part of the program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Kafka At Rudolf Steiner&rsquo;s And Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg

Discussion | Black Solidarity in a Global Context


Between the late 1940s and the 1990s, movements for independence, decolonization and Black Power emerged and flourished. While these movements altered the terrain of the global south, they had a profound echo effect on the culture, politics, and artistic expression of the global north. In Europe, support committees for Black political prisoners, anti-Apartheid actions as well as the Black Panthers provided “hot flashes” during the Cold War. Across social movements, “solidarity” became an alternative current to encompass modalities of difference, with activists working together against capitalism and racial separation. The result was a reshifting of racial and national boundaries, and an enduring hope for a different society. This event will explore the legacies of Global Black Solidarity, and what it means today through a conversation with Ginga Eichler and scholar Dr. Robyn Spencer, moderated by Kazembe Balagun.
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Concert | Music and Revolution in Ukraine: Discussion and Concert


Ukraine’s musical history has been intimately tied to moments of political revolution. These events feature works of revolutionary composers and their musical responses to oppression and liberation. The program will open with three academic talks on various composers and their musical interactions with political change. Dr. Inessa Bazayev will discuss the unique compositional approaches of one of Ukraine’s early Soviet avant-garde composers and the ways in which his music reflected his responses to the developments of Communism. Dr. Peter Schmelz will discuss one of Ukraine’s most important living composers, Valentyn Sylvestrov, providing an overview of his career and comparing his works from the 1960s to more recent compositions. Dr. Leah Batstone will explore the changing landscape of music in Ukraine following the 2014 Revolution of Dignity. These talks will be complemented by a concert of works from Roslavets, Sylvestrov, and others. CONCERT PROGRAM TO INCLUDE: Nikolai Roslavets, Meditation for cello and piano Valentyn Sylvestrov, Songs for Vasyl Slipak and Kitsch Music Ostap Manulyak, Oracle for ensemble Ivan Taranenko, Global Bells for piano Svyatoslav Lunyov, Dances of New Russians for two pianos Yevhen Stankovych, Maidan Fresco for violin and piano Karmella Tsepkolenko, Cycles of the Black Moon for violin and piano Serhii Zazhytko, To Samuel Beckett for bass Ludmila Yurina, Shadows and Ghosts for solo piano PERFORMERS INCLUDING: Valeriya Sholokhova, cello Joanna Mieleszko, soprano Pavel Gintov, piano Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin Shelest Piano Duo Claudia Knafo, piano Quynh Nguyen, piano Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet Marina Kifferstein, violin Erin Lensing, oboe Tessa Pettit, horn Remy Taghavi, bassoon Lindsay Eckenroth, flute 4:00 PM Music and Revolution in Ukraine: Panel Discussion 6:00 PM CONCERT    
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Discussion | Panel and Concert: The Relationship Between Music and Revolution in Ukraine


The program will open with three academic talks on various composers and their musical interactions with political change. Dr. Inessa Bazayev (Lousiana State University) will discuss the unique compositional approaches of one of Ukraine's early Soviet avant-garde composers and the ways in which his music reflected his responses to the developments of Communism. Dr. Peter Schmelz (Arizona State University, current Guggenheim fellow) will discuss one of Ukraine's most important living composers, Valentyn Sylvestrov, providing an overview of his career and comparing his works from the 1960s to more recent compositions. Dr. Leah Batstone (Hunter College, CUNY) will explore the changing landscape of music in Ukraine following the 2014 Revolution of Dignity. These talks will be complemented by a concert of works from Roslavets, Sylvestrov, and those responding to the events on Maidan. Performers Valeriya Sholokhova, cello; Joanna Mieleszko, soprano; Pavel Gintov, piano; Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; Shelest Piano Duo Claudia Knafo, piano; Quynh Nguyen, piano; Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Erin Lensing, oboe; Tessa Pettit, horn; Remy Taghavi, bassoon; Lindsay Eckenroth, flute. Program Nikolai Roslavets Meditation for cello and piano Valentyn Sylvestrov Songs for Vasyl Slipak and Kitsch Music Ostap Manulyak Oracle for ensemble Ivan Taranenko Global Bells for piano Svyatoslav Lunyov Dances of New Russians for two pianos Yevhen Stankovych Maidan Fresco for violin and piano Karmella Tsepkolenko Cycles of the Black Moon for violin and piano Serhii Zazhytko To Samuel Beckett for bass and actor Ludmila Yurina Shadows and Ghosts for solo piano The concert starts at 6:00 pm.
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Discussions, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Panel and Concert: The Relationship Between Music and Revolution in Ukraine

Author Reading | 2 Writers Read


Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, & translation—separately & in combination. Her books include Waves: Un Manifestation (forthcoming, Omnidawn), Some Girls Walk into the Country They Are From (forthcoming, Wave Books), and The Ants (Les Figues Press). She is co-editor of an anthology of 20th Century Japanese Poetry (forthcoming, New Directions), and a translated Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Presse). She teaches at Brown. 
 Moncho Alvarado is a Latinx-queer poet, translator, visual artist, & educator published in Lunch Ticket, 2018 Emerge Lambda Fellows Anthology, & Poets.org among others. Honors come from The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House, & Troika House. Alvarado holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence.  
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Author Readings, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, 2 Writers Read

Gallery Talk | Romare Bearden: Abstract


With: Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director, Neuberger Museum of Art, and author of Romare Bearden: Abstraction and Diedra Harris-Kelley, Co-Director, The Romare Bearden Foundation. The exhibition features 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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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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Opening Reception | Planted Thoughts: Optimism, Innocence and Genuine Joy


A solo exhibition by Amsterdam-based artist B.D. Graft features an array of drawing and painting, displaying the many forms of Graft's practice in his ongoing plant works. The exhibition forms a truly positive note, highlighting a sincere sense of optimism, innocence and genuine joy for art.
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Screening | The Goat and Her Three Kids (2019): Short Film Based on Romanian Fairy Tale


Based on Romania's best know fairy tale, this short film aims to unveil the true nature of the famed bed time story and to treat the audience to a different perspective, one that offers a glimpse at what the tragedy actually looks like beyond the happy songs and colorful characters. The writer and director, Victor Canache, will share with you the saga behind the project and will happily answer any questions you have.
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Screenings, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, The Goat and Her Three Kids (2019): Short Film Based on Romanian Fairy Tale

Opening Reception | The Road: Inner Mysteries


Paintings by Helen Oliver Adelson. Known for her large-scale portraits and landscapes in oil, and for her stage and set designs for her brother, Edgar Oliver, Adelson delves below the surface of her subjects to uncover inner mysteries and tensions. “Places, people, spirits—things real and imagined—that I find along the road,” she says.
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Opening Receptions, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, The Road: Inner Mysteries

Play | Rough Magic: Shakesperean Superheroes


Transplanting characters from The Tempest to present-day New York, Rough Magic is a Shakespearean action-adventure-fantasy in the tradition of Harry Potter and The X-Men that conjures a mythical, magical meta-universe in which the evil sorcerer Prospero is willing to do anything to recover his stolen book of magic--even if it means Manhattan's destruction. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
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Plays, February 29, 2020, 02/29/2020, Rough Magic: Shakesperean Superheroes

Dance Performance | Masters Performance Workshop


Choreographers: Dozje Brown Austin Coats Daniel Padierna Luca Renzi Kellyn Thornburg Margaret Wiss
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