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56 free events take place on Thursday, 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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56 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, February 29, 2024

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free events nyc Oppenheimer (2023) Directed by Christopher Nolan, Starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and More
free events nyc Tour of an Historic Synagogue and the Historic Lower East Side (online)
free events nyc Music for Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, and More
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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
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Tours, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Tour of New York City Hall

Film | Pride and Prejudice (1940) with Laurence Olivier


In the early 19th century in the English village of Meryton, the arrival of wealthy bachelors, most notably Mr. Darcy, stirs up the families with single daughters. Among those is the Bennet family, with five eligible daughters, including the spirited Elizabeth and her pretty older sister, Jane. As Mrs. Bennet aggressively tries to pair off her girls, Elizabeth crosses swords with the imperious Darcy. Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver, Maureen O'Sullivan, Ann Rutherford, Frieda Inescort Laurence Olivier was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, was one of a trio of male actors who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. For his on-screen work he received two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. The National Theatre's largest auditorium is named in his honor, and he is commemorated in the Laurence Olivier Awards, given annually by the Society of London Theatre.
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Films, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Pride and Prejudice (1940) with&nbsp;Laurence Olivier

Hike | Leap Day Hike


An exciting adult hike at Allison Pond and Jones Woods! Spend a refreshing day in nature, exploring beautiful trails and enjoying the company of fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Lace up your hiking boots, grab your water bottle, and get ready for a memorable Leap Day adventure!
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Hikes, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Leap Day Hike

Discussion | Universal Basic Income: Freedom and the Future of Work


A discussion on the desirability, feasability, and justifications for universal basic income.
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Discussions, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Universal Basic Income: Freedom and the Future of Work

Lecture | Land from Water: Cuzco and Tuscany (in-person and online)


Inca rulers and Italian Renaissance political thinkers shared a peculiar commonality: they thought of land as an infrastructure that could be shaped to direct the flows of water and wealth. Stella Nair and Caroline Murphy, historians of the early-modern period, will present research about land management techniques drawn from the long history of infrastructure in two globally distant 16th-century places: Cuzco, Peru, and Tuscany, Italy.
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Lectures, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Land from Water: Cuzco and Tuscany (in-person and online)
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Screenings, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Big Game Commercials

Lecture | Gaza as Epicenter: An Alternative Reading (in-person and online)


A lecture by Tareq Baconi, who is working on a book about decolonization in the 21st century. His memoir is forthcoming with Atria in fall 2025. He is the author of Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance (Stanford University Press, 2018) and of the short film One Like Him.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Gaza as Epicenter: An Alternative Reading (in-person and online)

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.
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Concerts, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Discussion | Leading with Confidence in the Age of Generative AI (online)


The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2023 report finds AI, analytical thinking, creative thinking, and big data will be top in-demand skills by 2027.  This insightful webinar, which includes a discussion and Q&A session between Mariana Amatullo and Jeongki Lim. The webinar will illustrate  how organizations and creative and business leaders can embrace generative AI's vast and diverse opportunities to enable their transformation and build a flourishing organizational culture(s). Explored through a design attitude lens, they will surface multiple interface opportunities between AI and creativity illustrated by actionable case studies to confidently lead in a time of profound disruption. 
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Discussions, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Leading with Confidence in the Age of Generative AI (online)

Talk | The Psychology of Photography (online)


Photography and life share a symbiotic relationship. Elements of psychology can be used to enhance our photography in the same manner that photography can, quite literally, change the physiology of our brains, helping us live our best lives. Speaker Maher Ismail explores the connection between mind and body, and how photography plays an instrumental role in it all.
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Talks, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, The Psychology of Photography (online)
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Screenings, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Big Game Commercials

Classical Music | Works by Paganini and More for Violin, Keyboard, and Cello (In Person AND Online)


Amelia Sie, violin; Vivian Mayers, violin; Kevin Devine, keyboard; Chelsea Bernstein, cello, perform works by Biagio Marini (1594-1663), Paganini (1782-1840), and more.
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Concerts, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Works by&nbsp;Paganini and More for Violin, Keyboard, and Cello (In Person AND Online)

Film | Oppenheimer (2023) Directed by Christopher Nolan, Starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and More


During World War II, Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves Jr. appoints physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer and a team of scientists spend years developing and designing the atomic bomb. Their work comes to fruition on July 16, 1945, as they witness the world's first nuclear explosion, forever changing the course of history. Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh Christopher Nolan is a British and American filmmaker. Known for his Hollywood blockbusters with complex storytelling, Nolan is considered a leading filmmaker of the 21st century. His films have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide. The recipient of many accolades, he has been nominated for five Academy Awards, five BAFTA Awards and eight Golden Globe Awards. In 2015, and he was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time. Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor. His early film credits include the horror film 28 Days Later (2002), the dark comedy Intermission (2003), the thriller Red Eye (2005), and more. He played a transgender Irish woman in the comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. Murphy began his collaboration with filmmaker Christopher Nolan in 2005, playing Scarecrow in The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) as well as appearing in Inception (2010) and Dunkirk (2017). For portraying the lead role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in Nolan's Oppenheimer (2023), he earned a second Golden Globe nomination. Emily Blunt is a British actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for three British Academy Film Awards. Forbes ranked her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2020. Matt Damon is an American actor, film producer, and screenwriter. Ranked among Forbes' most bankable stars, the films in which he has appeared have collectively earned over $3.88 billion at the North American box office, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He has received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for three British Academy Film Awards and seven Primetime Emmy Awards. Robert Downey Jr. is an American actor. His career has been characterized by critical success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a surge in popular and commercial success later in his career. His films as a leading actor have grossed over $14 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. In 2008, Downey was named by Time magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world, and from 2013 to 2015, he was listed by Forbes as Hollywood's highest-paid actor.
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Films, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Oppenheimer (2023) Directed by Christopher Nolan, Starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and More

Jazz | Live Jazz from Harlem


Mala Waldron is a vocalist/pianist/composer born in New York City who balances shows in the tri-state area with tours in Europe and Asia. As a bandleader, Mala has performed at many esteemed NYC venues including the Jazz Standard, Dizzy's, 55 Bar, BAM Cafe, and Minton's Playhouse. She was also featured at the First Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival, and on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Her featured recordings include her CD debut, Lullabye, a tribute to her godmother Billie Holiday; He's My Father, a duo project with her father, pianist/composer Mal Waldron; and Always There, which was licensed by Columbia Records (Japan) and voted one of JazzUSA's Top 20 Jazz CDs of 2006. Today Waldron will perform solo.
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Live Jazz from Harlem

Colloquium | Queer Liberation Beyond the Law: Past, Present, and Future of LGBTQ+ Rights


Contemporary queer rights within the law classroom are often taught merely within the confines of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Lawrence, Obergefell, and Bostock. Yet, the basic legal curriculum has yet to respond to the ways that these decisions have been increasingly attacked in state legislatures, and the failures of our institutions to ensure the full promise of equal protection for LGBTQ+ individuals in America. This colloquium will encourage the community to meaningfully engage in this conversation and consider the ways that each of us can forge a path for meaningful liberation. During our 2-day colloquium, they seek to explore the legal landscape of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States, the intersection between LGBTQ+ social movements and other movements for progressive social change, and a future of collective liberation from the intertwined systems of oppression that enact harm onto marginalized communities. They will hear from legal scholars and practitioners, queer liberation activists across generations, and people that have been impacted by the anti-LGBTQ+ animus ingrained deep within American society.
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Colloquiums, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Queer Liberation Beyond the Law: Past, Present, and Future of LGBTQ+ Rights

Classical Music | Violin Works by J.S. Bach and More (In Person AND Online!)


Tongtong Lei, Violin. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Violin Sonata No.1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 Fauré (1845-1924), Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 Aleksey Igudesman (b. 1973), Applemania
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Book Club | The Dispossessed (1974) by Ursula Le Guin


A bleak moon settled by utopian anarchists, Anarres has long been isolated from other worlds, including its mother planet, Urras—a civilization of warring nations, great poverty, and immense wealth. Now Shevek, a brilliant physicist, is determined to reunite the two planets, which have been divided by centuries of distrust. He will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have kept them apart. To visit Urras—to learn, to teach, to share—will require great sacrifice and risks, which Shevek willingly accepts. But the ambitious scientist's gift is soon seen as a threat, and in the profound conflict that ensues, he must reexamine his beliefs even as he ignites the fires of change.
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Book Clubs, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, The Dispossessed&nbsp;(1974) by Ursula Le Guin

Workshop | Cardio Dance


This creative and fun workout fuses dance and aerobics to improve cardio fitness and tone the body. Instructor: Masayo Kado
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Book Discussion | Crip Negativity: Dealing with Disability (online)


An evening of bad crip feelings with a talk by J. Logan Smilges on their book, followed by a conversation with Jina B. Kim. Crip Negativity addresses the role of bad feelings in disability studies and organizing, and at this event, Smilges will address what the book’s reception can tell us about the field’s affective attachments and political commitments.
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Opening Reception | Us: Up Close: Group Show


An exhibition of multimedia artworks by 21 students in the MPS Art Therapy program, as well as people they work with at their internship sites and community members.
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Lecture | On Lies: Strange Abundance in Slavery's Archive of Sex


This talk explores the work of surfacing the history of sex in antebellum slavery. Unlike records from earlier periods of slaveholding in the Atlantic world, the archives of 19th century US slaveholders are abundant, yet that abundance is marked by the fictions and delusions that seduced and gripped the imaginations of slaveholding authors. Taking as a given that black women appear in fleeting and distorted forms in these records, this talk explores methods through which historians might reconstruct histories of black women's survival on the backdrop of sex and slavery, with attention to the twin legacies of social history and ethical provocation in African American women's history and black feminist theory. Speaker Emily Owens is the David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History at Brown University and the author of Consent in the Presence of Force: Sexual Violence and Black Women's Survival in Antebellum New Orleans.
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Film | Inundation District (2023): Cities vs Climate Change


In a time of rising seas and intensifying storms, one of the world’s wealthiest, most-educated cities made a fateful decision to spend billions of dollars erecting a new district along its coast — on landfill, at sea level. Unlike other places imperiled by climate change, this neighborhood of glass towers housing some of the world’s largest companies was built well after scientists began warning of the threats, including many at its renowned universities. The city, which already has more high-tide flooding than nearly any other in the United States, called its new quarter the Innovation District. But with seas rising inexorably, and at an accelerating rate, others are calling the neighborhood by a different name: Inundation District. Director: David Abel 79 min.
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Films, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Inundation District (2023): Cities vs Climate Change

Classical Music | Cello Works by Poulenc and More (In Person AND Online!)


Lydia Rhea, Cello. Program Philip Lasser (b.1963), Sonata for Cello and Piano Andrea Casarrubios, Armadura (Armor) for Solo Cello Poulenc (1899-1963), Sonata for Piano and Cello
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Discussion | The Frog in the Forest: Sound Art and Science to Calm Your Brain


Why do we feel like everything is not okay? As if our brains weren't built for our current world, and we're never quite in control of our own minds. What can we do to feel better? This groundbreaking hybrid performance work merges cutting-edge neuroscientific research with an immersive algorithmic soundscape, taking you deep within yourself on an extraordinary tour of your brain and autonomic nervous system. Part lecture, part concert, part downtown performance art happening--come ready for a participatory experience that will leave you invigorated, enlightened, and armed with practical tools to tame the ancient animal inside. Event Speakers: Darcy Kelley, Harold Weintraub Professor of Biological Sciences Ursula Kwong-Brown, composer and new media artist
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Discussions, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, The Frog in the Forest: Sound Art and Science to Calm Your Brain

Classical Music | Vocal Works by Schubert, Robert Schumann, and More (In Person AND Online!)


Jared Werlein, Bass-Baritone. Program Arthur Somervell (1863-1937), A Kingdom by the Sea Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), Der Gärtner Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Abends am Strand Schubert (1797-1828), Der Zwerg Fauré (1845-1924), Le Berceaux Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), Drake's Drum, from "Songs of the Sea" Op. 91 Schubert (1797-1828), Erlkönig Carl Loewe (1796-1869), Herr Oluf Carl Loewe (1796-1869), Tom der Reimer Michael Flanders (1922-1975)/Donald Swann (1923-1994), The Armadillo Fauré (1845-1924), Le Papillon et la Fleur Michael Flanders (1922-1975)/Donald Swann (1923-1994), Misalliance John Duke (1899-1984), Jabberwocky Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), Der Rattenfänger Wolseley Charles (1889-1962), The Green Eyed Dragon
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Concerts, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Vocal Works by&nbsp;Schubert,&nbsp;Robert Schumann, and More&nbsp;(In Person AND Online!)

Book Discussion | A Life in Design: Celebrating 30 Years of Interiors


Acclaimed interior designer to the Hollywood A-list Kathryn M. Ireland celebrates thirty years of decorating in conversation with Kate Betts. Organized by location, the book takes an overview of the interiors Kathryn has designed over the past 30 years, including her own homes in Los Angeles, London, and the south of France. She shares her story of a life in design, from the early days in LA, where she started her career by decorating a home for Steve Martin, to designing houses all over the world, from California to the Cotswolds. This lavishly illustrated deep dive into Kathryn’s work is paired with a wealth of chatty, informal, and invaluable advice on creating comfort, adding color, finding and hanging art, designing great spaces for entertaining, and the design rules she brings to every project. A Life in Design is full of character and charm, just like Kathryn herself.
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Book Discussions, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, A Life in Design: Celebrating 30 Years of Interiors

Opening Reception | Alina Tenser: Circles with Sharp Corners


Working across sculpture, video, and performance, Tenser’s works propose possibilities for physical activation, play, and transference. Influenced by histories of conceptualism and postminimalism, Tenser’s practice interrogates form and movement through frameworks of autobiography, psychoanalysis and the quotidian.
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Opening Reception | Florian Reischauer: Pieces of Berlin 2019-2023


An exhibition by the photographer Florian Reischauer. For over 15 years, Reischauer has been capturing the multifaceted transformation of Berlin, focusing not only on the city's architecture, but also its inhabitants and their everyday lives. In his third book in the "Pieces of Berlin" series, Reischauer once again wanders the city streets, capturing his encounters – both photographically and in interviews – with urban dwellers from many walks of life. Each vignette gives us insight into their lived realities, drawing their voices and faces decisively out of the urban anonymity of the Berlin metropolis and painting a portrait of a city and its inhabitants navigating the intricacies of the COVID-19 pandemic, gentrification, the rising cost of living, and ever-shifting demographics.
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Opening Reception | Liz Ndoye + Jo-Ann Brody: Solo / Duo 2


JoAnn Brody, sculptor, and Liz Ndoye their second blended show. Their work and styles compliment each other. Both Ndoye and Brody are figurative artists but their approaches are unique to their individual concepts. Brody focuses on the form and stance of her figures while Ndoye is trying to capture the fictional, cultural milieu of her dolls.
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Film | Reflections In a Golden Eye (1967) with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor


A bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post. An Army major with a lusty wife battles his feelings of repressed love and obsession toward a young soldier on a 1940s base. Director: John Huston Cast: Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Brian Keith, Julie Harris Marlon Brando was considered one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. He received numerous accolades throughout his career, which spanned six decades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, one Cannes Film Festival Award, and three British Academy Film Awards. Brando is credited with being one of the first actors to bring the Stanislavski system of acting, and method acting, to mainstream audiences. Elizabeth Taylor began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She then became the world's highest paid movie star in the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood cinema.
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Discussion | Black Leadership: Post-Pandemic Reconstruction


This event explores the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latinx cultures. Event Details 6:00 PM: Doors Open 6:30 PM: Panel Discussion 7:30 PM: Reception Panel: MELISSA YOUNG Artistic Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre MATTHEW RUSHING Associate Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater AYODELE CASEL Artist ANGELO PINTO, Esq. Civil Rights Attorney TAMIA BLACKMAN-SANTANA Chief Engagement and Inclusion Officer (Moderator)
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Lecture | Culture & Freedom: Thinking Universality


Serving as a response to Aimé Césaire’s call for a universal filled with particularity from his infamous resignation from the French Communist Party in 1956, I focus on the role of culture for a project of universal emancipation. To do so, I follow Sylvia Wynter’s statement that the Négritude movement is an example of a universal and cultural project. Recalling Césaire’s words in “Return to My Native Land,” culture that serves universal emancipation must be “free of the desire to tame but familiar with the play of the world.” To this end, I develop a conception of culture that is both local and universal, that centers on the importance of what it means to be human, as life, as being, and as experience by reading culture as necessarily local, collective, disenchanted, and related to play. Speaker Elisabeth Paquette is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
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Colloquium | Our Labor, Our Voices: Recognizing Afro-Descendant Peoples’ Role in Securing Nature in the Americas (online)


A panel discussion with Martha Rosero and Kelvin Alie. The roles of Afro-descendant peoples in securing biodiversity and carbon is not adequately recognized, and hence their voices are not sufficiently considered. To address this lack of attention and demonstrate how ADPs are uniquely positioned to lead climate and conservation solutions we analyze multiple sources of evidence from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Suriname. We call on the global environmental organizations, multilateral agencies and governments to prioritize these long-overlooked actors in environmental decision-making, for funding and policy development that support Afro-descendant peoples’ cultural practices that have long supported environmental sustainability and resilience.
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Lecture | The Novel and the Museum: H. G. Adler on Post-Holocaust Restitution and Recovery


H. G. Adler was a German-speaking Jew, born and educated in Prague. After surviving the Holocaust, he settled in London where he wrote an influential book of Holocaust history along with novels and poems that challenge conventional approaches to the representation of the Holocaust. This talk will analyze Adler's contrarian views on the aesthetic, psychological, and memorial functions of art and museums in the shadow of the Holocaust. Speaker Samuel Spinner is Assistant Professor and the Zelda and Myer Tandetnik Chair in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopskins University. 
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Lectures, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, The Novel and the Museum: H. G. Adler on Post-Holocaust Restitution and Recovery

Book Discussion | Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm


Emmeline Clein presents a personal and cultural look at the dark underbelly of Western beauty standards and the lethal culture of disordered eating they've wrought. Clein recounts her struggle with disordered eating alongside the stories of other women: historical figures, pop culture celebrities, and the girls she’s known and loved. Through the story of her own sickness, the raw recollections of interview subjects, and dispatches from social media rabbit holes, Clein challenges stereotypes and renders statistics and science deeply personal and urgent. From her first encounters with icons of the thin ideal to her years ricocheting between hunger and bingeing, from the pro-anorexia blog that unexpectedly saved someone’s life to the residential treatment centers that make so many people sicker, from a wrenching elegy for those who didn’t survive to a manifesto for sisterhood, solidarity, and recovery, Clein uncovers girlhood’s appetites and injuries to reveal the economic, cultural, and political history of an epidemic.
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Film | Menus-Plaisirs - Les Troisgros (2023): Embedded in a French Restaurant


A 93-year-old director embeds inside a French restaurant that's held three Michelin stars for more than 50 years. Director: Frederick Wiseman 240 min. In French with English subtitles
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Discussion | A Conversation with Writer Claudia Rankine


Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March 2020 (The Shed, NYC), and The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/American Repertory Theater) and was published by Graywolf Press in 2019; as well as numerous video collaborations.
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Lecture | Tiny Portraits and Ritual in Antiquity


In the Hellenistic world, both royal courts and non-royal subjects deified their queens as a way to further elevate the legitimacy of a ruling dynasty. While some women were linked with powerful goddesses like Aphrodite, others were divinized in their own right. Especially within territories governed by the Ptolemaic dynasty, royal women’s cults depended on and were facilitated by their portraiture. In other words, the corporeal presence of the deified queen was central to the facilitation of her cult. This talk focuses on the so-called “queens vases” or the portable, mold-made faience oinochoai that depict deified royal women and played a central role in their cults. Hundreds of these vessels-as-portraits (both complete and fragmentary) are extant, and the majority have been excavated from tomb contexts in Alexandria and beyond Egypt. With these objects at the center of my examination, I consider two questions: What role does scale play in portraiture? How does portraiture facilitate ritual activity? Indeed, recent discussions by scholars of ancient religion (e.g. Jörg Rüpke) nuance the theoretical and methodological parameters of ritualizing objects by attending to the relationship between “real” bodies and represented bodies. Building on these discourses, I examine what these vessels reveal about the role of portraiture and its materialities—especially miniature scale—in shaping the ways that worshippers encountered the divine in the ancient world. With Professor Patricia Eunji Kim
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City Walk | Tour of an Historic Synagogue and the Historic Lower East Side (online)


The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative is hosting a virtual tour in conjunction with the Museum at Eldridge Street. Venture through the renowned Eldridge Street Synagogue and explore the historic landmarks of the surrounding Lower East Side neighborhood.
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Screening | 2 Films Highlight Nazis in New York in the 1930s (in-person and online)


85 years ago this month, on February 20, 1939, 20,000 pro-Nazi Americans attended a rally at Madison Square Garden in the heart of New York City. The keynote speaker of the rally was Fritz Kuhn, head of the German American Bund, which had chapters all across America that promoted antisemitism. Both the short film A Night at the Garden and the documentary Nazi Town, USA: The Untold Story of Nazi Sympathizers on American Soil tell the story of the rally and the Bund. This is a screening of A Night at the Garden along with clips of Nazi Town, USA. Following the screening Marshall Curry, director of A Night at the Garden, will be in conversation with Peter Yost, producer of Nazi Town, USA. Moderated by Daniel Lombroso, director of White Noise.
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Screenings, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, 2 Films Highlight Nazis in New York in the 1930s (in-person and online)

Film | Dancing Without Steps: The Art of Improvisation


This film is intended as a discussion of the power of improvisation to ignite and influence artists across varied mediums. The film emerged from a talk about the art form and grew into a documentary, the foundation of which is Beals' pioneering improvised performances over a period of fifty years, and draws from artists in other mediums as well. There will also be a discussion.
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Poetry Reading | Fog and Smoke: Poems of Intimacy and Misunderstanding (in-person and online)


This evening of poetry and conversation brings together three writers – Katie Peterson, Hannah Baer, and Maureen McLane – to celebrate the publication of Peterson’s 2024 collection of poems, Fog and Smoke, about intimacy and misunderstanding. It mixes fortitude and joy with panic and fear.
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Staged Reading | The American Dream: A Refugee's Imprisonment


Corina is an immigrant from Guatemala who has smuggled her way across the border guided by Efren, her coyote aka human smuggler. Instead of finding freedom, she finds herself imprisoned by Efren, who now holds her inside a safe house, awaiting the final Western Union payment from her husband. Set in the last hour and twenty minutes, Corina begs for her freedom but letting her go is against everything Efren stands for. Written by Juan Ramirez Jr.
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Book Discussion | The Overview: Meditations on Nature for a World in Transition


What lessons can nature teach us about identity, resilience, and the climate struggle? Willow Defebaugh, cofounder and editor-in-chief of the biannual magazine and digital platform Atmos, discusses her new book, a collection of essays adapted from Defebaugh’s newsletter of the same name that draws attention to the lessons nature teaches us about how we can create a better world for ourselves and others. The book explores four main themes: healing, evolution, balance, and reverence. Alongside thoughtful essays, The Overview is supported by immersive imagery of ecosystems from around the world by award-winning photographers. The book also interweaves the story of Willow’s gender transition and the ways she looked to nature for guidance, illuminating how nature affirms queer identity.      
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Plays, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, A "Spellbinding" Play
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Plays, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Acclaimed Actors in a Play at One of the Major NYC Theaters
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Video | Making Your Life a Little Easier: Recent Short Videos


In this array of short videos, artists contend with the larger topics of AI, “essential” work, labor economies, and the false naturalization of technological progress. Two videos from Zoe Beloff and Eric Muzzy’s @ Work series (2022), now installed as a mural and art installation at the Electrical Industry Training Center in Long Island City, will bookend the evening. Following an expanded definition of “essential worker,” Beloff and Muzzy conducted interviews throughout New York City reflecting on cultural economies of labor and the diverse, often overlooked, skillsets involved in her interviewee’s vocations. Sondra Perry’s phantom. menace. (2023) uses AI DALL-E animation software to play out a speculative interaction based on a version of Perry’s Newark studio, formerly a barbershop. Kit Fitzgerald’s Romance (1986) comprises vibrant, computer-generated video paintings live-edited and set to original music by Peter Gordon. Cory Arcangel’s Transitions (2007), Making Your Life a Little Easier (2020), and A Couple Thousand Short Films about Glenn Gould (2007) make use of popular digital-age forms such as the stock video transition and self-directed YouTube performances to contextualize the relationships between these tools, their users and audiences, and technological development at large. Finally, Kristin Lucas’ Inforeceptor (1994), shot on Hi-8 and Super-8, provides a playful yet ominous anticipation of the then-cresting World Wide Web. Following the program, there will be an informal chat with artists Kit Fitzgerald, Zoe Beloff, and Michael Britto. An online, closed-captioned version of this program will be accessible for a limited time in March.
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Classical Music | Music for Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, and More


Charlotte Mundy, voice; Yoshi Weinberg, flute; Madison Greenhouse, clarinet; Pala Garcia, violin; Thea Mesirow, cello; Tristan Kasten Krause, double bass; Russell Greenberg, percussion; Alec Goldfarb, guitar; Kathryn Sloat, harp, perform Alyssa Regent's Mors osculi (2024).
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Jazz | Music Of Our Souls: Jazz by Charlie Parker, Quincy Jones & More


In celebration of Black History Month and the amazing Black men who contributed to the music of the United States of America, Marlon Saunders, Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music presents, Music of Our Souls. This musical journey will feature music from Charlie Parker, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder and more. Featuring four incredibly talented singers from the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music: Dakota Mack, Jordan Smith, Dwight Thomas and Donnie T. Smith.
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Dance Performances, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Experimental Dance

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Brahms and Bernstein


The Doctors Orchestral Society of New York. Program Brahms (1833-1897), Symphony No. 4 Bernstein (1918-1990), Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
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Jazz | Jazz Trumpet Works by Louis Armstrong and More (In Person AND Online!)


Summer Camargo, Jazz Trumpet. Program Summer Camargo, Concerto for Trumpet and Jazz Band Summer Camargo, Zebras with Pink Stripes Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-1990) / Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), I Thought About You Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), Cornet Chop Suey Summer Camargo, 80 Tears of Joy Summer Camargo, ¡Abuelito, a Bailar!
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Plays, February 29, 2024, 02/29/2024, Two Plays about Romance and More

Classical Music | Viola Works by J.S. Bach, Paganini, and More (In Person AND Online!)


Sungwon Kim, Viola. Program György Ligeti (1923-2006), Viola Sonata Paganini (1782-1840), Caprice, Op. 1 No. 20 J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 Arnold Bax (1883-1953), Sonata for Viola and Piano, GP 251
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