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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 29, 2021?

13 free events take place on Friday, January 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 January 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 January . 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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13 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, January 29, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Film | Risk: Jazz Postwar, Rise of Bebop, Charlie Parker (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


The postwar years bring America to a level of prosperity unimaginable a decade before, but the Cold War threat of nuclear annihilation makes these anxious years as well. In jazz, this underlying tension will be reflected in the broken rhythms and dissonant melodies of bebop, and in the troubled life of bebop's biggest star, Charlie Parker. The streaming is available until Feb 7th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Films, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Risk: Jazz Postwar, Rise of Bebop, Charlie Parker (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Tour | Barcelona: Sagrada Familia - The Church of Antoni Gaudi Live (virtual)


The Sagrada Familia is one of the most distinctive churches in Europe, and perhaps even the world. Join the tour guide Josep to learn about the genius behind this architectural masterpiece. He will also answer any questions you may have about this iconic building. Why and how did it start? Which tricks did he use to be able to calculate such "impossible" structures 130 years ago? Why 18 towers? When will it be finished? The engaging explanations will be intertwined with the architect's life, family history, and under which circumstances "the architect of god" came to pass away.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Barcelona: Sagrada Familia - The Church of Antoni Gaudi Live (virtual)

Tour | Portal to Prospect Park: Restoring the Endale Arch (virtual)


Prospect Park Alliance recently completed the restoration of the Endale Arch, one of the original portals to the park designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. Get an insider’s look at the restoration process, which required years of research, incredibly skilled craftspeople, and painstakingly detailed work to bring the arch back to its original splendor. Join conversation with Sarena Rabinowitz, Assistant Architect, Design & Construction at the Alliance about the years-long, multi-phase process to restore the full arch, and Curtis Barnhart of Barnhart Restoration & Design, which did the restoration work on the stunning interior. You will also visit the arch virtually to see these wonderful details up close. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Tours, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Portal to Prospect Park: Restoring the Endale Arch (virtual)

Opera | Opéra de Dijon's The Enchanted Palace (virtual)


To save his protegé from a fatal destiny, a magician has imprisoned knights and ladies in an enchanted labyrinthine palace and mystifies them to the point of delirium. Luigi Rossi's first opera - boasting sixteen soloists, double and triple choirs for 6 and 12 voices, numerous ballets - marked the last surge of Roman opera before the Eternal City forsook it for a long time. For the Argentine conductor Leonardo García Alarcón, who rediscovered the opera in the Vatican Library neglected for 380 years, Il Palazzo incantato is ‘the missing link in the history of opera and the metaphor of our lives'.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Op&eacute;ra de Dijon's The Enchanted Palace (virtual)

Concert | String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)


Ethel is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field with an eye on tradition and an ear to the future. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators also make periodic appearances. Ethel is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin). The concert takes place every Friday at 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary (in-person)


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Museumss, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary (in-person)

Concert | Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)

Book Discussion | Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, with The Author (virtual)


Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously. Ida B. the Queen tells the awe-inspiring story of an inspirational woman who was often overlooked and underestimated--a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Written by Wells's great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, this "warm remembrance of a civil rights icon" (Kirkus Reviews) is a unique visual celebration of Wells's life, and of the Black experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, with The Author (virtual)

Theater | 24th Annual Short Play Festival (virtual)


Covid Chips by Mark W. Sasse Directed by Mike Mroch As restaurants in New York State begin to re-open during the COVID-19 crisis, Mr. Jawarski, from Peppy's Pub in Jamestown, receives a Zoom call from an Albany health official making sure that Peppy's is compliant. As Mr. Jawarski continues complying with new regulations, the health official keeps making additional Zoom calls to bring attention to another matter of omission. Women Underground by Kay Ellen Bullard Directed by Justin Braun Three women living lives of quiet desperation find themselves buried in the rubble of a bank explosion. Each has her own past experiences that could impact their survival strategy. Is any rescue even possible if you've already been living the equivalent of a buried life? Every Single Sunday by Chris Karmiol Directed by Whitney Stone Different generations attempt to make a virtual connection and it doesn't go too smoothly. But that's okay... it wasn't meant to.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Theaters, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, 24th Annual Short Play Festival (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander from March, 2020 (virtual, streaming for 23 hrs)


In March 2020, the Met made the difficult choice to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season in an effort to keep audiences, performers, and staff members safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision also meant ending the Live in HD season early, only days before a scheduled transmission of Francois Girard's stirring new production of Der Fliegende Hollander. Fortunately, as part of regular preparations for an HD broadcast, a prior performance of the opera was recorded as a camera rehearsal. In this high-definition "scratch taping," celebrated conductor Valery Gergiev is on the podium for Wagner's breakout operatic masterpiece, an eerie ghost story about the otherworldly Flying Dutchman. Having already sung a number of the composer's works at the Met, bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin delivers a commanding performance in the title role, opposite soprano Anja Kampe in her debut season as Senta. The thrilling cast also stars tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as Erik, bass Franz-Josef Selig as Daland, mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura as Mary, and tenor David Portillo as the Steersman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Met Opera: Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander from March, 2020 (virtual, streaming for 23 hrs)

Musical | Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale with Broadway Actors (virtual)


Based on historical events, the show takes place as Charles IX is crowned as the new French monarch, the Catholic church puts pressure on Queen Catherine de' Medici to eradicate Protestantism in France. The treacherous queen has a plan of her own: to remain in power through her beloved and overly conceited son, Henry of Anjou, and to plan her daughter's wedding with a Protestant knight, while executing one of the bloodiest events in history. Music by Guillermo Mendez M. Lyrics by Mendez and Guadalupe Sandoval Directed by Roberto Araujo Music direction by Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Musicals, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale with Broadway Actors (virtual)

Theater | Belfast Blues: tour-de-force... a powerful evening of theatre - Backstage (virtual)


Passionate, riveting, and often humorous, Belfast Blues is a tapestry of autobiographical stories told from Hughes' perspective as a little girl coming of age in the war-torn Belfast of the 1980s. These stories bear insightful witness to the many faces of "trying to live a normal life" amidst the violence born of the longstanding conflict between Catholics and Protestants. At thirteen, Hughes temporarily left The Troubles to star in a TV movie, Children in the Crossfire, directed by George Schaefer, only to return home to a different kind of confusion and pain. Written and performed by Geraldine Hughes Directed by Carol Kane
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Theaters, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Belfast Blues: tour-de-force... a powerful evening of theatre - Backstage (virtual)

Discussion | Sound of Metal (2019): Director and Stars in Conversation (virtual)


During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist says his condition will rapidly worsen, Ruben thinks his music career - and with it his life - is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben must choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben's experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world. Join the conversation with Marder and stars Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Riz Ahmed (Rogue One), Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci. Moderated by Matt Zoller Seitz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 29, 2021, 01/29/2021, Sound of Metal (2019): Director and Stars in Conversation (virtual)
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

Regular Price: $69
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Musical | Holiday Musical by Grammy Nominee

Regular Price: $49.50
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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