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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 12, 2022?

18 free events take place on Wednesday, January 12 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 12 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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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.
        

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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Tours, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | Grease Live! (2016): Film Adaptation of The Musical (online, streaming for 24 hours)


Join the rollicking gang at Rydell High with GREASE: LIVE, a one-night musical television adaptation of the popular crossover musical "Grease" - performed LIVE before a studio audience! Featuring a talented young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine the unforgettable moments, great music, and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. Directed by Thomas Kail, Alex Rudzinski Starring Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Films, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Grease Live! (2016): Film Adaptation of The Musical (online, streaming for 24 hours)

Lecture | The Artist Arakawa and the Architect Madeline Gins: Compelling Connections (online)


Tiffany Lambert, curator at the Japan Society in New York, will discuss the relationship between Arakawa’s art and his collaborative architecture practice with Madeline Gins. Taking Arakawa’s conceptual works from the 1960s and the 1980s—including paintings and drawings on view in the exhibition Arakawa: Waiting Voices at Gagosian, Basel, through January 22—as a starting point, this online talk examines the compelling connections between these works and the pair’s idea of using the built form as a way to investigate and transform the relationship between body and environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, The Artist Arakawa and the Architect Madeline Gins: Compelling Connections (online)

Book Discussion | Virtual Open Book Hour (Online)


Each month, readers come together to discuss new and noteworthy books, swap recommendations, and more. Join for a lively book discussion. All genres and formats welcome, including e-books and audiobooks. This event will take place over Google Meet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Virtual Open Book Hour (Online)

Gallery Talk | Gwendolyn Brooks: A Poet’s Work In Community: Exhibition Preview (online)


The Morgan Library's Nicholas Caldwell as they discuss the upcoming exhibition that celebrates the life and work of American poet Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000). Though Brooks is generally well-known for her poetry, few recognize her expansive social and political impact. The first Black author to win a Pulitzer Prize in any category, Brooks led a decades-long career marked by her engagement with struggles for racial justice. Comprising more than forty manuscripts, broadsides, and first editions, the show explores Brooks’s roles as a poet, teacher, mentor, and community leader.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Gwendolyn Brooks: A Poet&rsquo;s Work In Community: Exhibition Preview (online)

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation (online)


Connect with your core self. Step away from your hectic day to quiet your mind and nourish your soul with a thirty-minute meditation experience. Learn simple Kundalini Yoga breathing techniques and meditations that reduce stress, increase your focus, balance your emotions and magnify your presence. With Rita London.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Lunchtime Meditation (online)

Talk | The Automat: Dissertation Led To A Film (online)


NYPL's Tal Nadan talks about the Horn & Hardart Automat with Lisa Hurwitz, director of the upcoming documentary The Automat, and Alec Shuldiner, Lisa's collaborator and author of a 2001 dissertation on the subject. These coin-operated eateries were once ubiquitous in New York and Philadelphia, and their rich history is documented in the NYPL's Robert F. Byrnes collection of automat memorabilia as well as many other archives explored by these researchers. During the program, they will discuss how the dissertation led to the film and the very different processes and challenges entailed in creating these two formats of scholarship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, The Automat: Dissertation Led To A Film (online)

Lecture | The Other Side: Law, Education, Ideology And Normalizing The Criminal (Online)


A school board in Texas was recently asked by its executive director to contemplate “opposing views” of the Holocaust. Can such views ever accord with reason, social, political and religious values? Hitler explicitly wished to create an “antisemitism of reason” and employed all the institutions of German society — education, law, religion, medicine, science, philosophy and history — to create the logic whereby segregation, expulsion and ultimately genocide was made reasonable, acceptable, normal to the majority of Germans. This lecture by YIVO's executive director Jonathan Brent will explore the other side of “normal.” Jonathan Brent is the Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. From 1991 to 2009 he was Editorial Director and Associate Director of Yale Press.  He is the founder of the world acclaimed Annals of Communism series, which he established at Yale Press in 1991. Brent is the co-author of Stalin’s Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953 (Harper-Collins, 2003) and Inside the Stalin Archives (Atlas Books, 2008). He is now working on a biography of the Soviet-Jewish writer Isaac Babel. Brent teaches history and literature at Bard College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, The Other Side: Law, Education, Ideology And Normalizing The Criminal (Online)

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! Smokey and the Bandit (1977): Oscar Nominated Action Comedy By Hal Needham !!!!CANCELLED!!!


The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff. 96 min. Director: Hal Needham. Starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed. As the highest paid stuntman in the world, Hal Needham broke 56 bones, his back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth. His career has included work on 4500 television episodes and 310 feature films as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, 2nd unit director and ultimately, director. The film's editors, Walter Hannemann and Angelo Ross, were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, !!!CANCELLED!!! Smokey and the Bandit (1977): Oscar Nominated Action Comedy By Hal Needham !!!!CANCELLED!!!

Workshop | Start the New Year with Meditation (online)


The New Year is a time to create a clean slate. Join Bruce Faithwick, longtime meditator, for this powerful workshop. Bruce has been inspiring audiences on how to practice and learn this very simple technique which provides many benefits. There will even be a little meditation sitting at the end. Bring joy, peace, positivity and relaxation into your daily life and begin the New Year with a fresh start. The program will take place on Google Hangouts platform and on January 11 you will be emailed a url address to click on for video access, as well as a phone number if you prefer to join us by phone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Workshops, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Start the New Year with Meditation (online)

Book Discussion | How To Stop Time By Matt Haig (Online)


Join to discuss discuss Matt Haig's How To Stop Time. The link will be sent to you by email approximately one day before the discussion. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join via Google Hangouts Meet. Hard copies are available. Just place a Hold for pickup in branch. Also available as an ebook in Overdrive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, How To Stop Time By Matt Haig (Online)

Opening Reception | Cheryl Mukherji: Photography, Text, and Video


Cheryl Mukherji (b. 1995, India) is a visual artist and writer currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She explores the idea of origin and inheritance, which is embedded in the figure of her mother and her presence in the family album. It deals with memory, personal history, transgenerational trauma, and how they inform identity. She primarily works with photography, text, and video.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Cheryl Mukherji: Photography, Text, and Video

Talk | !!!CANCELLED!!! Everything and the Kitchen Sink !!!CANCELLED!!!


Sinks are part of mundane life where we wash our dirty dishes and do our daily ablutions. In medieval iconography the lavabo was a symbol of purity, and appeared in the backgrounds of numerous Annunciations. Modern and contemporary artists have used sinks to represent our quotidian existence, and some traces of activity: the slop sink in a janitor's closet, contemplating the water issuing from the tap, washing food as a first step in preparations for a meal, doing hand laundry. Many contemporary artists have focused their attention on the sink, including Lucian Freud, Alice Neel, Antonio Lopez Garcia and Catherine Murphy. They are at once gritty and poetic meditations on our temporal existence. The "Kitchen Sink School" was the name of a small group of London-based painters in the 1950s, led by John Bratby. His kind of working-class, deliberately vulgar realism corresponded to Britain's post-war austerity. What subject could better epitomize the mundane than an ordinary sink? Robert Bunkin is a painter, curator, art historian and educator, with a BS from CUNY and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He has taught art history and studio art in several NYC art schools, universities, colleges and museums.
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Talks, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, !!!CANCELLED!!! Everything and the Kitchen Sink !!!CANCELLED!!!

Author Reading | Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner (Online)


A virtual book talk with Michelle Zauner. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, which is available through the NYPL catalog, will be discussed.  Michelle Zauner is more widely known as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the musical group Japanese Breakfast, but Crying in H Mart has garnered her additional attention as a talented writer. From The Seattle Times: “A warm and wholehearted work of literature, an honest and detailed account of grief over time, studded with moments of hope, humor, beauty, and clear-eyed observation.. . . Crying in H Mart is not to be missed.”
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Author Readings, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Crying in H Mart: A Memoir&nbsp;By Michelle Zauner (Online)

Book Discussion | Sanctuary by William Faulkner (Online)


Join us for a discussion of the 1931 novel Sanctuary by William Faulkner.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Sanctuary by William Faulkner (Online)

Discussion | Location Photography (online)


Creating successful and compelling images outside the studio can happen in many different ways. Some photographers don't exert nearly as much control on location, while others focus on creating the best image they can out of whatever is happening in front of them. Each person’s process can vary widely according to circumstances, content, goal and personal preference. Issues relating to technique and production can have a large impact on the methods used to achieve a specific artistic outcome or to serve a client’s interests. SVA faculty members Janusz Kawa, Stacy Mehrfar, Joseph Sinnott and Esteban Toro hold a panel discussion on the craft, production and aesthetics of making photographs on location. The event will start with each panelist presenting some of their work along with a conversation around the paths they took to achieve their results. An extended Q&A will allow attendees to have their questions answered.
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Discussions, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Location Photography (online)

Author Reading | Good Enough: A Cookbook: Heartfelt Recipes (online)


Leanne Brown champions a different yet complementary approach to food and cooking through the lens of self-care, mental health, and the embrace of imperfection--because who hasn't eaten a handful of nuts over the sink and cold pizza for breakfast? Brown tackles the emotional barriers and shows us how to inventively and gently maneuver around the belief that we are not worth the effort it takes to cook, through heartfelt essays and 100 flexible, soul-satisfying recipes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 12, 2022, 01/12/2022, Good Enough: A Cookbook: Heartfelt Recipes (online)
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