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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 22, 2023?

35 free events take place on Wednesday, February 22 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 22 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 Wednesday, February 22, 2023

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free events nyc Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
free events nyc A Conversation with FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh
free events nyc The Divine Presence on the Lips of a Gentile: The Dynamics of an Early Hasidic Controversy
free events nyc Miki Orihara, A Japanese Dancer in America: "the kind of Graham dancer who comes along once in a decade"
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Discussion | Curatorial Roundtable (online)


With Ingrid Haug Erstad, director of Bergen Assembly, a triennial for contemporary art that takes place in the city of Bergen, Norway. Erstad has previously worked as the curator of Bergen Kunsthall’s projects space, Landmark, as well as at Multiplex, a curatorial platform devoted to artists’ films and moving image works in Berlin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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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
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Tour | Guided Tour of the 1908 Lightship Ambrose


Visitors can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission of staying on station, being seen, and being heard. Ambrose was the first vessel to join the museum’s fleet and the very first lightship to guard the largest shipping channel in and out of the ports of New York and New Jersey—the Ambrose Channel.  Start times: 11:30am, 12:30pm 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Discussion | Under Poisoned Skies from Northern Manhattan to Southern Iraq (in-person and online)


A discussion on researching PAH metabolites in a setting of childhood cancer and oil extraction, and the role of investigative journalism in moving public health science forward, with the journalists who produced the BBC News Arabic documentary and the scientists who informed the work. Panel Owen Pinnell, producer BBC News Arabic Jessica Kelly, director and Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker Shukri Al Hassan, PhD, Department of Environmental Health Science, University of Basra, Iraq Moderator: Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, Director Global Health Certificate, Departments of Epidemiology and Pediatrics
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Book Discussion | Teaching Black History to White People: Unapologetic Truths (online)


Author Leonard N. Moore will discuss his book. Dr. Moore will discuss lesser known histories and unapologetic truths about the multi-faceted African American experience in the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Reinventing Tradition: Orthodox Script and the Folklore-Themed Paintings of Viktor Vasnetsov (online)


Once upon a time, tales and legends were passed along by word of mouth – later through printed collections, literature, and art. Among the large-scale paintings depicting Russian epics, legends, and folk tales, those by Viktor Vasnetsov (1848–1926) are considered iconic even today. Alongside his new interpretations of the printed material, Vasnetsov sometimes added written text to his artworks using the Church Slavonic alphabet, which had been reserved for the Orthodox Church after a reform by Peter the Great in 1708. The choice to apply script associated with the Orthodox Church to folklore subjects created a new combination of the two traditions that artists and viewers alike understood to represent an authentically Russian cultural identity. This talk by Ludmila Piters-Hofmann will explore why these paintings were so expressive and compelling for the viewer in the nineteenth century and how Orthodox and folklore traditions coexisted not as opposites but as a union. It will trace Vasnetsov’s source material back to – on one hand – collections of folktales and legends by Russian scholars like Aleksandr Afanas’ev and Vladimir Dal’, and – on the other hand – Church Slavonic writing in books, on icons and in other inscriptions in the churches. Comparing these sources to his final artworks and works by other artists – such as Vasilii Perov, Elena Polenova, and Ivan Bilibin – will reveal not only that Vasnetsov incorporated his own interpretations of the depicted subjects but also the success of his choices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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City Walk | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:15 pm
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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Workshop | Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Lecture | The Influence of Bertram Ross on Modern Dance (In Person and Online)


A discussion by Andy Chiang on the choreography of Bertram Ross and his influence on Nai-Ni Chen. Andy Chiang of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company discusses modern dance icon Bertram Ross, Ross's work, and his concert with Nai-Ni Chen. Ross taught at NYU and at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio on Broadway, where he met and taught Nai-Ni Chen. Chen became one of his favorite students and, in his words, a formidable choreographer. To introduce Nai-Ni Chen to the dance world, Mary Anthony sponsored a concert commissioned two dances from Bertram (Entrances and Exits, and Nocturne), and Nai-Ni Chen showed two dances of her own at the Nicholai Louis Dance Lab. Chiang examines the wonderful choreographic craft of Bertram Ross in these two works and how it might serve as exemplary choreographic lessons for future generations. The lecture also includes video of Nai-Ni Chen's later work, Movable Figures, following some of the ideas from Bertram Ross's Entrances and Exits, but expanding upon it in multiple directions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Lecture | Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice (online)


A lecture by Julian Agyeman, a professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate at Tufts University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Film | CANCELLED A Lady of Chance (1929): Classic Silent Film


An attractive con artist blackmails married men by luring them to her apartment, where they are caught by her "husband." Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. With Norma Shearer, Lowell Sherman, and Gwen Lee. Silent Film. 79 Min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshop | Figure Drawing


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. Artists/ educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | If Beale Street Could Talk (2018): romantic drama


A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit. Directed by Barry Jenkins. With KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal. 119 Min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Murder Your Employer: Devilish New Thriller (online)


In this devilish thriller, Rupert Holmes delivers a killer concept: The McMasters Conservatory for the Applied Arts, a luxurious, clandestine college dedicated to the fine art of murder where earnest students study how best to “delete” their most deserving victim.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Screening | The First Step (2021), documentary 


In a divided America, Van Jones attempts to pass a landmark criminal justice bill - and finds himself under fire from all sides. This documentary tells the story of a coalition of activists, celebrities, and politicians who came together to fight for those impacted by the criminal justice system.  Dir.: Brandon Kramer With Van Jones, Cory Booker, Karen Bass, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and others  90min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Discussion | A Conversation with FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh


Person Place Thing host Randy Cohen hosts a wide-ranging conversation with FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, who first joined the FDNY as Director of External Affairs in 2014, is credited with key FDNY initiatives, including increasing the department's number of women graduates. An alumnus of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Post Graduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute, she has a BA from Whittier College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Africatown: America's Last Slave Ship and the Community It Created


Nick Tabor launches his book, the powerful story of the enslaved people brought over on America’s last slave ship. An evocative and epic story, Africatown charts the fraught history of America from those who were brought here as slaves but nevertheless established a home for themselves and their descendants, a community which often thrived despite persistent racism and environmental pollution. In 1860, a ship called the Clotilda was smuggled through the Alabama Gulf Coast, carrying the last group of enslaved people ever brought to the U.S. from West Africa. Five years later, the shipmates were emancipated, but they had no way of getting back home. Instead they created their own community outside the city of Mobile, where they spoke Yoruba and appointed their own leaders, a story chronicled in Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon. That community, Africatown, has endured to the present day, and many of the community residents are the shipmates' direct descendants. After many decades of neglect and a Jim Crow legal system that targeted the area for industrialization, the community is struggling to survive. Many community members believe the pollution from the heavy industry surrounding their homes has caused a cancer epidemic among residents, and companies are eyeing even more land for development. At the same time, after the discovery of the remains of the Clotilda in the riverbed nearby, a renewed effort is underway to create a living memorial to the community and the lives of the slaves who founded it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Reading | A Reading with Author Hilary Leichter


A reading with author Hilary Leichter as she sits down with Morgan Jerkins to discuss her work. Leichter is the author of the novels Temporary and Terrace Story. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Conjunctions, and Selected Shorts. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | CANCELLED A Lady of Chance (1929): Classic Silent Film


An attractive con artist blackmails married men by luring them to her apartment, where they are caught by her "husband." Dir: Robert Z. Leonard. With Norma Shearer, Lowell Sherman, and Gwen Lee. Silent Film. 79 Min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Liederabend (In-Person and Online)


Artists from the Collaborative Piano department perform repertoire with singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | The Divine Presence on the Lips of a Gentile: The Dynamics of an Early Hasidic Controversy


A lecture by Elly Moseson, the Warren and Susan Stern Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought. One of the most foundational and controversial doctrines of the Hasidic movement was the immanence of the divine within all material beings. This talk will focus on one particularly radical formulation of the doctrine of divine immanence attributed to the purported founder of Hasidism, Israel Ba'al Shem Tov, according to which even gentiles embody the divine presence. It will trace the transmission and reception history of this teaching and discuss the political, ideological and literary responses it provoked both within the movement and without.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussion | The Russian Way of Deterrence: Change and Continuity in Russian Coercion Strategy


A conversation with Distinguished Guest Speaker Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky. Moderated by Peter Clement and Kimberly Marten. How are the Russian theory and practice of coercion likely to evolve after the war in Ukraine? Russia entered the war with a coherent framework of “strategic deterrence.” This was far from perfect, but was the most elaborated theory of nuclear, conventional, and informational coercion that the Russian strategic community has ever had. The war offered a reality check of this framework. This talk explores the impact of the war in Ukraine on the evolution of Russian theory and practice of coercion. First, Adamsky will discuss the effectiveness (or the lack) of Russia’s use of coercion prior to and during the war with Ukraine, including the prospect of the potential nuclear escalation. Then, he will hypothesize about the possible continuities, transformations and innovations in the Russian deterrence theory and practice in the conventional, nuclear, informational and non-military realms. Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is a professor at the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at Reichman University, and a Head of the BA Honors Track in Strategic Studies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Brazil's Major Economic, Political, and Social Problems (in-person and online)


A discussion of contemporary Brazil's major economic, political, and social problems with leading analysts, activists, business leaders, and public figures. The seminar is unusual in its reliance upon a stream of outside speakers rather than on a fixed syllabus and set of lectures by the instructor only. Former participants include cabinet members, senior representatives of international organizations, academics, civil society activists, and other world-class experts. They will primarily focus on economic and financial issues while addressing social and political factors during the spring term. They will also prioritize a practitioner’s perspective, using Brazil as a reference to discuss challenges that developing nations face in their development path. Speaker: Vanessa Gomes, Global Associate Director of Sustainable Finance and ESG, Standard and Poor's Global Ratings
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:10 pm
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Lecture | Public Health and Localism


Conventional medical research fetishes conclusions derived from aggregate (typically quantitative) datasets. What results are top-down, national narratives of health policy that marginalize the thick experience of specific places. This talk takes an alternative approach and argues that one cannot understand the origins of health problems -- and the success of solutions to address them -- without analyzing the local context that surrounds them. We'll examine battles over pollution caused by industrial giants, coal extractors and fights over the unequal distribution of medical care in major cities via deep dives -- not ephemeral stops -- in a number of localities. In addition to arguing for the virtues of the local optic, this talk will also analyze localism as a political practice, which was embraced by community health advocates in the mid-20th century, only to fizzle and confront new challenges a few decades later that remain today. Speaker Merlin Chowkwanyun of Columbia University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Screening | Elder's Corner (2020): documentary


Elder's Corner is a musical voyage of rediscovery. Filmmaker Siji Awoyinka pays tribute to the countless Nigerian musicians whose vibrant music — Juju, Afrobeat and everything in between — formed the cultural and political backdrop of the country's march toward independence through the 1950s and '60s. Following the screening, there will be a talk with director Adesiji Awoyinka.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Ted Kennedy: A Life (in-person and online)


John A. Farrell's magnificent biography of Edward M. Kennedy is the first single-volume life of the great figure since his death. Farrell's long acquaintance with the Kennedy universe and the acclaim accorded his previous books--including his New York Times bestselling biography of Richard Nixon, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize--helped garner him access to a remarkable range of new sources, including segments of Kennedy's personal diary and his private confessions to members of his family in the days that followed the accident on Chappaquiddick. Farrell is, without question, one of America's greatest political biographers and a storyteller of deep wisdom and empathy. His book does full justice to this famously epic and turbulent life of almost unimaginable tragedy and triumph.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | A Frank Talk About Love and Learning Disorders (In Person and Online)


The poet and essayist Camonghne Felix speaks about her meditation on loving yourself in the face of heartbreak with multi-disciplinary artist, spiritual teacher, and musician Bunny Michael. When Felix goes through a monumental breakup, culminating in a hospital stay, everything--from her early childhood trauma and mental health to her relationship with mathematics--shows up in the tapestry of her healing. Diagnosed as a child with dyscalculia--a learning disorder that affects a person's ability to understand numbers and math--Felix reckons that part of herself against her miscalculations in love. Surveying her adult gambles in intimacy, she asks who gets to assert their right to pain? Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of Build Yourself a Boat, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Poetry, shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Awards. Bunny Michael is a multi-disciplinary artist who has dedicated their work to awakening higher self-consciousness on the planet- the manifestation of love within all humans deconditioned by a hierarchical thought system. Bunny uses writing, music, visual art, and social media activism to spread their message, and has given talks and performed music throughout the United States and Europe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Book Discussion | The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration


Jake Bittle's book is the untold story of climate migration in the United States—the personal stories of those experiencing displacement, the portraits of communities being torn apart by disaster, and the implications for all of us as we confront a changing future. Even as climate change dominates the headlines, many of us still think about it in the future tense—we imagine that as global warming gets worse over the coming decades, millions of people will scatter around the world fleeing famine and rising seas. What we often don’t realize is that the consequences of climate change are already visible, right here in the United States. In communities across the country, climate disasters are pushing thousands of people away from their homes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | We Should Not Be Friends: The Story of a Friendship


By the time Will Schwalbe was a junior at college, he had already met everyone he cared to know: the theater people, writers, visual artists and comp lit majors, and various other quirky characters including the handful of students who shared his own major, Latin and Greek. He also knew exactly who he wanted to avoid: the jocks. The jocks wore baseball caps and moved in packs, filling boisterous tables in the dining hall, and on the whole seemed to be another species entirely, one Will might encounter only at his own peril. All this changed dramatically when Will collided with Chris Maxey, known to just about everyone as Maxey. Maxey was physically imposing, loud, and a star wrestler who was determined to become a Navy SEAL (where he would later serve for six years). Thanks to the strangely liberating circumstances of a little-known secret society at Yale, the two forged a bond that would become a mainstay of each other’s lives as they repeatedly lost and found each other and themselves in the years after graduation. From New Haven to New York City, from Hong Kong and Panama to a remarkable school on an island in the Bahamas—through marriages and a divorce, triumphs and devastating losses—We Should Not Be Friends tracks an extraordinary friendship over decades of challenge and change. Schwalbe’s marvelous new work is, at its heart, a joyful testament to the miracle of human connection—and how if we can just get past our preconceptions, we may find some of our greatest friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Miki Orihara, A Japanese Dancer in America: "the kind of Graham dancer who comes along once in a decade"


Miki Orihara was 18 years old when she arrived in New York to study with Martha Graham, in whose company she was a soloist from 1987 to 2015. Along the way she received a Bessie Award and Dance Magazine called her "the kind of Graham dancer who comes along once in a decade." She has performed on Broadway, in films, with various dance companies, and has started a series of solo concerts that include her own choreography, with the aim of defining who she is now, how she got to be this artist and honoring her mentors and teachers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | New Collections: Evil Flowers / A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness (online)


Authors Jai Chakrabarti, Gunnhild Øyehaug, and Hernan Diaz join the stage for a discussion of the ever-versatile and wildly divergent short story form and its craft. Their featured new works include Evil Flowers—Norwegian author Øyehaug’s playfully surreal, madcap collection about love, death, and metamorphosis—and A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness—Chakrabarti’s masterful collection exploring what it means to cultivate a family today, across borders, religions, and race.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Open Mic 


Share a monologue, play a song, tell a story, or simply listen and reflect at this evening of open performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Brother to Brother: A Forum on the Black Masculine Body


The cultural significance, joy, and risk of being a Black man in America is a constantly shifting battlefield. One thing is for certain: to be Black and masculine is to be at war against stereotypes. For Black men, even (and perhaps especially) those who have reached the top of their field, the tension between fear and desire can be paralyzing. The image of a Black male artist presents a strange blend of complimentary and dehumanizing traits--strong, dark, virile, threatening--that can isolate and unman. For this unique open forum, a selection of successful NYC-based dancers, educators and curators explore their personal experiences navigating the pitfalls of Black masculinity and queerness, both within and without the world of the arts, for a frank and honest conversation about modern inclusivity. Featuring: Kenneth Murphy (Moderator) - Artist, Dancer, Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Ballroom Community Activist, and Educator Isaiah Blake (Moderator) - Artist and History Educator Omari Wiles - Artistic Director Les Ballet Afrik, Father of the House of Oricci, HBO Max "Legendary" Season 2 competition series Robert Mason - Artist, Juilliard Class of 2022 Alumnus, Dancer, Actor, Model, and Educator
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Tactus: Contemporary Chamber Music


Margaret Kampmeier, Artistic Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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