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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 2, 2023?

35 free events take place on Thursday, February 2 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 2 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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35 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, February 2, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Traditional Folk Meets Baroque (In Person and Online)
free events nyc Angels: Award-Winning Short Film and Discussion
free events nyc The Velvet Queen (2021), documentary
free events nyc Emmy-winning Tony, Oscar, Golden Globe, Nominated Actress in Conversation
free events nyc Forgotten Gems of Italian Cinema
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
Free

Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Film | Mahogany (1975) with Diana Ross


A poor girl grows into a success when she becomes a world-famous fashion model and designer. But at the same time, she yearns for her boyfriend back home.Directed by Berry Gordy With Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Beah Richards. 109 Min. Diana Ross is an American singer and occasional actress. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, who became Motown's most successful act during the 1960s and one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. They remain the best-charting female group in history, with a total of twelve number-one hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100. Ross was named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard in 1976. Since her solo career began in 1970, Ross has released 25 studio albums, numerous singles, and compilations that have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She is the only female artist to have had number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist, as the other half of a duet, as a member of a trio, and as an ensemble member.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Discussion | A Conversation with the Editor of Resy, the Online Reservations System for NYC's Top Restaurants


Learn how Resy has become a tastemaker for the NYC dining scene in this session with New York editor Deanna Ting. Some call it the death of spontaneity. The type-A among us call it a godsend. Whether you're a skeptic or a fan, there’s no denying that Resy has become a critical component of the New York City dining experience. The hottest restaurants in town have taken to releasing new reservations via Resy weeks in advance, at all hours of the day. There’s even a black market for buying and selling hard-to-get reservations. And Resy is more than just the arguable gatekeeper for top restaurants. The site has also become a tastemaker, offering a slew of guides and hit lists with new hotspots and celebrated standbys for foodies to check out. But how do they decide which restaurants to feature? What makes a top-rated list? In a city with nearly 30,000 restaurants, how does Resy make sure they’re featuring a diverse array of chefs and cuisines? You’ll get the answers to those questions and more at our latest Ask the Expert session with Resy’s New York Editor, Deanna Ting. Ting will discuss her process for developing and editing Resy’s New York City content as well as give attendees an inside look at the restaurant reservation system. You’ll also have a chance to ask your most pressing dining-related questions — though please note that she won’t be able to get you a reservation at Carbone.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Traditional Folk Meets Baroque (In Person and Online)


Historical oboist and recorder player Gaia Saetermoe-Howard and continuo team Sarah Stone and Dr. Kevin Devine explore folk-influenced Baroque music from South America and Northern Europe. The featured composers incorporated folk idioms from their cultures into each of these works, and in doing so, sparked a dialogue between the concert hall and the bandstand. Gaia Saetermoe-Howard, oboe and recorders; Sarah Stone, cello; Kevin Devine, harpsichord.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Elie Weisel: Confronting the Silence


American journalist and author Joe Berger was a staff reporter and editor for The New York Times from 1984-2014, and is the author of 4 books. His latest is the first full-length biography of Elie Wiesel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Film | Tar (2022) with Cate Blanchett


Set in the international world of Western classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tar, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra. Directed by Todd Field. With Noemie Merlant, Nina Hoss. 2 Hr 38 Min. Catherine Elise Blanchett is an Australian actor. Acknowledged as one of the greatest actors of her generation, she is known for her versatile work across independent films, blockbusters, and stage, and has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Conversations About Crafting (Online)


Join a community of fellow crafters and talk your latest creation. Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, or sculpt, you can chat and share tips with crafty people just like you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussion | A Conversation with New Yorker Writer Masha Gessen (in-person and online)


Masha Gessen is a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of 11 books of nonfiction, most recently Surviving Autocracy, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy., a 2015 award-winning account of the Boston Marathon bombers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Discussion | A Block in Time: A New York City History at the Corner of Fifth Avenue and Twenty-Third Street (online)


How can one of Manhattan's 30,000 blocks tell the story of New York City through the ages? A Block in Time is a deep dive into the history of 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, tracing its changes from the Ice Age to the present day. Author Christiane Bird explores the lives and stories of this block's residents, workers, and visitors - a cast of glamorous, grimy, and notorious characters - to tell the story of New York City's growth and transformation. A Block in Time takes readers on a lively journey through New York City history through the lens of a single block. Bird uses to journalistic research to tell the stories of the remarkable characters and diverse places, from gambling dens to gourmet restaurants, associated with this corner of the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Reading | Storytelling Circle (online)


One of the oldest traditions around the world is storytelling — folk tales, fairy tales, historic tales, family tales. Bring whatever story you choose. We’ll gather ’round the virtual campfire and listen. Doris Hart moderates.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | Art Educators in Conversation


An intimate talk with art educators who will share anecdotes from their many seasons teaching. They will discuss the current exhibition and what techniques they use to encourage artistic expression with class participants as well as how they find inspiration for their own work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Screening | Angels: Award-Winning Short Film and Discussion


This film is set in Tehran, Iran and 1968. When French-Iranian student Niloufar, 10, learns that President Georges Pompidou will visit her school, she devises her own way to make an impression. Anges is a short (6 minutes) French-language U.S.-France co-production released in 2021. It has been featured in international film festivals including the New York Shorts International Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, Pittsburgh Shorts, Cyprus International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Detmold in Germany, and the Rabat International Children and Family Film Festival. The film was awarded the Best Director Prize at the Children's International Film Festival of Wales. Film screening and discussion with director Jasmine Bissete and Professor Roxanne Varzi
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Ciao!: Group Show


The American Society of Contemporary Artists presents its final exhibition, highlighting the work of 5 of its members at Ceres Gallery. Participating artists include María de Echevarría, Erin Karp, Richard Karp, Margo Mead, and Bonnie Rothchild.  The 106-year-old non-profit organization, one of the oldest in NYC, began in Brooklyn in 1917; throughout the years, its members included renowned artists, such as Jacob Lawrence, Minna Citron, Nancy Sussman Ranson, Chaim Gross, William Zorach, and Adolph Gottlieb. ASCA, as it is informally known, is and always has been an entirely member-run organization with dedicated leadership and proactive members who ensured its long legacy as an important, valuable art organization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Cy Gavin: Large Landscape Paintings


Gavin’s landscape paintings transmute subjective responses to specific places into expansive works with striking palettes and fluid, gestural brushwork. Composed in dimensions that are in keeping with the scale of experience, these paintings interpret the sites and processes of the natural world. In this body of work, Gavin concentrates on subjects he finds in the vicinity of his studio in New York’s Hudson Valley. He proposes a conception of landscape in relation to his status as a citizen and steward of the land, developing ways to explore themes of growth, renewal, and belonging. Gavin’s paintings respond to the land as he finds it, which he endeavors to preserve and rewild. Made following the artist’s move to his current studio in early 2020, these works are also undergirded by the tensions of our time, which are marked by periods of solitude and upheaval.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Heritage: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future in Black Art


This exhibition features artwork by NYC Parks employees exploring their Black heritage in a variety of media. The exhibition also includes selections from a collection of vintage hip-hop flyers and vintage invitations produced by NYC Parks’ Ebony Society—an employee-based affinity group.  Artists include Tuwanda Harmon, Preston R. Coston. Jr., Buddy Esquire (from the collection of Curtis Sherrod), Claudette Ramos, and Patrick Forman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Lake Superior Our Helper: Stories from Batchewanaung Anishinabek Fisheries (2022)


Small-scale fishing is an important part of food sovereignty for many Indigenous communities throughout the world, building on traditional ecological knowledge and management practices. Fishing has been an essential element of the Batchewana First Nation’s sustenance, identity, and livelihood from time immemorial. Sharing these traditions through diverse mediums, including community-based and participatory film, can contribute to their continuance. This film follows Chief Dean Sayers through a series of conversations with community members to reveal the cultural, political, and ecological relationships surrounding their fisheries. Inviting us on a journey of Lake Superior, the film shares the messages of elders, youth, fishers, community leaders, and their visions for the future of Batchewana’s fisheries. It also documents how fishing has changed over time, conflicts with the Canadian state around management and regulation, principles of Indigenous law, and the culture and ceremony that are deeply embedded within fishing practices. Followed by a panel discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Noah Purifoy: Assemblages of Found Objects


A pioneering artist of the California assemblage movement, Noah Purifoy was also a key figure in the Black Arts Movement in Los Angeles during the 1960s and ‘70s. For Purifoy, art and political activism went hand in hand. He believed that art is a powerful tool for social change and never ceased to combine advocacy with creativity. Purifoy is known for his assemblages composed of found and recycled objects. As with John Outterbridge and other Los Angeles transplants who spent their early years in the South, repurposing of objects and materials was a way of living.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Dr. Ana Livia Cordero, the Proyecto, and Sociodramas: Creative Social Sciences from 1960s Puerto Rico


Sociodramas were one of the main methods used by the Proyecto Piloto de Trabajo con el Pueblo (the Pilot Project for Work with the People), a group founded in Puerto Rico in 1967 by the revolutionary organizer-intellectual and physician Dr. Ana Livia Cordero. Sociodramas are improvised role plays used to explore conflict in society, better understand reality, and think about the different psychosocial profiles of people in society. Cordero and the Proyecto relied heavily on the social sciences in their organizing, specifically sociology, anthropology, and psychology, and the talk will explain the relationship between sociodramas and these fields. Following the presentation, colloquium participants will create their own sociodramas, and we will watch and discuss the performances collectively. Dr. Plácido offers this method as a creative tool for participants to use in the future, since sociodramas are easy to learn and teach, and excellent and profound tools in educational and organizing settings. Speaker Sandy Plácido is an assistant professor in the History Department at Queens College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Friendship in Politics: The Case of Montaigne (in-person and online)


In his Essays, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) gives a very special place to the death of his friend, Etienne de La Boetie. This place crosses Les Essais right through, it is the main subject of chapter 28 of book I, entitled "On friendship", and represents this mourning, or infinite sadness, which pushed Montaigne to write. But this place is also the atopic place of a "soul in two bodies", harmony of minds, confusion of wills, indivisible sovereignty of lovers, which makes us think again about the "secret" foundations of any community, whether domestic or Politics. This will approach these questions, linked to the death of the friend, through a detailed analysis of the chapter on friendship, which unfolds itself like so many readings of Aristotle, Cicero and Saint Augustine. Speaker Serge Margel is a philosopher and philologist. He teaches Hebrew language, biblical sciences and exegesis of ancient texts at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Morgenthau: Power, Privilege, and the Rise of an American Dynasty (in-person and online)


Sarah Morgenthau interviews Andrew Meier about his book which follows the epic and intimate portrait of four generations of the Morgenthau family, a dynasty of power brokers and public officials with an outsize—and previously unmapped—influence shaping the American Century and daily life in New York City, including the Museum’s own Robert M. Morgenthau Wing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Screening | The Velvet Queen (2021), documentary


In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Dir.: Vincent Munier and Marie Amiguet With Vincent Munier and Sylvain Tesson In French with English subtitles. 92min. *Please note that the original date (Wednesday Febraury 1) has been changed by the event's organizer to Thursday February 2.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Discussion | Drawing Conversations (in-person and online)


What is a drawing? Over the past few decades, drawing has died, concluded, been popped, sampled, cartooned, montaged, turned (more than once), and digitized as image. Yet, drawing is still the term architects use to describe the representations they make, regardless of the technology of production or method of presentation. Within the discipline of architecture, a drawing often refers to representation that belongs to a trajectory of evolving ideas or a system capable of rendering subject matter that is complex or even ephemeral. As such, it is not the material or technique of the representation itself that matters as much as the exchange of knowledge that takes place on the drawing surface. How these exchanges take place at different times and in different contexts requires the conventions of drawing to be questioned; traces of future practice lie in probing disciplinary transformations and current debates. This event includes participants Bryan Cantley, Mark Dorrian, Riet Eeckhout, Adrian Hawker, Arnaud Hendrickx, Perry Kulper, Nada Subotincic, Mark West, and Michael Young. Moderated by Ashley Simone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Ernst Jünger’s On the Marble Cliffs


This 1939 novel depicting the upheaval and ruin of a serene agricultural society is both a mesmerizing work of fantasy and an allegory of the advent of fascism. Tess Lewis, translator of a new edition published by the New York Review Books, is joined in discussion by novelist Jessi Jezewska Stevens, Ajay Singh Chaudhary, executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and Corey Rubin, political theorist and journalist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Performance | Winter 2023 City Skate Concert


This short pop-up concert features: -Of Water and Ice, Valerie Levine and Sarah France
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Opening Reception | C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction


C. C. Wang (1907–2003) is best known as a preeminent twentieth-century connoisseur and collector of pre-modern Chinese art, a reputation that often overshadows his own art. Held twenty years after the artist’s death, C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction recenters Wang’s extraordinary career on his own artistic practice to reveal an original quest for tradition and innovation in the global twentieth century. Spanning seven decades, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s distinctive synthesis of Chinese ink painting and American postwar abstraction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Power: The Rise of Black Women in America


Jennifer J. Raab, Hunter College President, leads a discussion of the book by Charity C. Elder.. Incisive and persuasive, Power weaves history and sociology with poignant interviews, ethnographic observations, and anecdotes from social media, pop culture, and personal experience to make the case that there has never been a better time for Black women in America. Elder has culled 80 years of data from the US Census, tracking the growth of median wages, college attendance, and professional and managerial roles. To this she adds the findings of a new study of how Black women view personal success--finding that 70% of Black women in America say they are successful, or have it within their power to succeed. Elder also employs real life stories, both personal and historical, to help reframe for readers what it means to be a Black woman in the US today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Dance Performance | Dance for Social Change (online)


Mark DeGarmo Dance continues its 13th annual Salon Performance Series for Social Change featuring global, U.S., New York City and State emerging and established Asian American and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Latinx, and other performing artists in a live online interactive global broadcast. This event provides a curated opportunity for the general public to view, engage with, and demystify the creation of original dance and movement works-in-progress of selected emerging and established artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talk | Emmy-winning Tony, Oscar, Golden Globe, Nominated Actress in Conversation


The Lambs' Club Award Winners Night presents 50-year veteran of stage and screen Brenda Vaccaro, best known for appearances with Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy (1969), Faye Dunaway in "Supergirl" (1984), Barbra Streisand in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), and Al Pacino in You Don't Know Jack (HBO, 2010).
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Forgotten Gems of Italian Cinema


Leslie Jamison, author, in conversation with Antonio Monda. This event is the second in a series of four events taking place this year as part of a literary festival that focuses on films that the speakers believe worthy of being [re]discovered.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Novelists in Conversation


A fiction reading by Angie Cruz and a conversation with Darin Strauss, followed by a reception/signing. Angie Cruz is a novelist and editor. Her most recent novel is How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water (2022). Her novel Dominicana was the inaugural book pick for GMA book club and shortlisted for The Women’s Prize, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction, The Aspen Words Literary Prize, a RUSA Notable book and the winner of the ALA/YALSA Alex Award in fiction. Darin Strauss is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than it Hurts You,  the memoir Half a Life, and most recently the acclaimed novel The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | The Politics of Pleasure: Music and Discussion


Rachel Lark is an LA based singer/songwriter known for her feminist activism and sex-positive anthems surrounding female sexual empowerment, kink, queerness and polyamory. Heralded for her blending of heartfelt lyrics with biting political satire, fearless authenticity, and raunchy wit, Lark’s recent rock musical Coming Soon premiered in a sold-out run in San Francisco and was directed by NYC theatre director Rachel Dart. In addition to her directing work in NYC, Rachel Dart has worked with the NYC Mayor’s office to end gender-based violence, and is the founder of Let Us Work - an advocacy group that combats sexual harassment in the theatre by effecting change in policy and culture. This evening will feature musical performances by Lark, followed by a discussion between Lark and Dart about the feminist possibilities of staging sexuality and pleasure in the wake of #MeToo, using humor as a vehicle for feminist theory, and how of art and live performance plays a role in shifting the sexual culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dancing | Dancing to Big Band Music


The Bushwick Big Band perform in this celebration of music and friends. Put on your dancing shoes and arrive prepared to dance to the live music. The Bushwick Big Band is an ensemble dedicated to playing jazz charts, old and new, from Count Basie to Stevie Wonder.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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