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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 20, 2022?

27 free events take place on Thursday, January 20 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 20 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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27 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Author Reading | Architectures of Violence: The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities from Yugoslavia to Syria (online)


Paramilitary or irregular units have been involved in practically every case of identity-based mass violence in the modern world, but detailed analysis of these dynamics is rare. Through exploring the case of former Yugoslavia, author Kate Ferguson exposes the relationships between paramilitaries, state commands, local communities, and organised crime present in modern mass atrocities, from Rwanda and Darfur to Syria and Myanmar. Kate Ferguson is a foreign policy expert specialising in atrocity prevention and civilian protection. She is Co-Executive Director of Protection Approaches, a charity she co-founded in 2014 to change how the world views hate and other forms of identity-based violence – and by so doing, change the way communities, governments and international institutions respond to and prevent it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Architectures of Violence: The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities from Yugoslavia to Syria (online)

Gallery Talk | documenta fifteen: Previewing an International Exhibition (online)


The global pandemic has dramatically changed the way we live, work, and think together, but ruangrupa—the Jakarta-based artist collective responsible for the upcoming documenta fifteen, considered the most important of all international exhibitions—has actively explored many of these questions long before Covid-19 struck. Their exhibition is highly anticipated for its global insights not only into how we can think about change in pandemic times but also about how art and exhibitions will reflect our ever-greater need for collectivity in life and work. Join farid rakun of ruangrupa, Lara Khaldi from the documenta fifteen artistic team, and Jasa McKenzie, curatorial assistant, for a special conversation previewing show’s opening this June.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, documenta fifteen: Previewing an International Exhibition (online)

Symposium | State of Democracy Summit (online)


Debates about election procedures and voting rights continue to heat up at the local and national levels. Meanwhile, mis- and disinformation threaten the understanding and interpretation of a wide range of vital issues, from the pandemic to the economy. Among this instability, most Americans feel that the very institution of democracy is under threat. One year after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, 92Y’s second annual State of Democracy Summit will explore the most important questions facing the country right now, with a special focus on technology’s impact on democracy and new approaches to civic engagement, journalism, politics and policy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Symposiums, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, State of Democracy Summit (online)

Gallery Talk | Virtual Tour: Jasper Johns (online)


A virtual tour led by one of the Whitney’s Teaching Fellows. These tours offer an introduction to the Museum's special exhibitions or themes from the Museum's collection. Participants are invited to comment and ask questions through a moderated chat for a fifteen-minute Q&A following the talk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Virtual Tour: Jasper Johns (online)

Dance Performance | Ice Skating Performance


Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) presents short pop-up lunch time performances. Be dazzled by some of the city's most talented skaters!
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:40 pm
Free
Dance Performances, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Ice Skating Performance

Concert | Winter Songs With Mezzo-Soprano and Lutes (In Person and Online)


Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Howard Bass, lutes. "A Wintry Mix" is a potpourri of traditional and Elizabethan songs to enliven the short days and long nights of winter. The song's themes and stories cover the darkness associated with winter, traditional winter tunes with advice to ensure a good new year, and the cold of winter - with some ideas for warming, from the inside out! Barbara and Howard have together explored repertoire for lute and voice for over 30 years. They are known for their engaging performances and for crafting creatively-themed programs (Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees, Songs from Shakespeare's Troupe, and Time, Cruel Time, among others).
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free
Concerts, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Winter Songs With Mezzo-Soprano and Lutes (In Person and Online)

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! After Hours (1985): Black Comedy By Martin Scorsese !!!CANCELLED!!!


An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop. 97 min. Dir: Martin Scorsese. Starring Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom. With After Hours, Martin Scorsese won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for the film.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, !!!CANCELLED!!! After Hours (1985): Black Comedy By Martin Scorsese !!!CANCELLED!!!

Book Discussion | The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (Online)


Join for a virtual discussion of The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. Surprising transformations take place when a newspaperman's elderly aunt and two daughters decide to move back to their family home on the coast of Newfoundland. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx's The Shipping News is a vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (Online)

Discussion | Nazis on Long Island: The Story of Camp Siegfried (online)


In 1936, the German-American Bund, a pro-Nazi group, was formed in the United States to advocate for policies beneficial to Germany. The Bund was very active throughout the latter half of the 1930s, organizing rallies and marches, including a rally at Madison Square Garden in 1939. One of the Bund's most notable activities was running summer camps across the nation that were similar to Hitler Youth Camps. Camp Siegfried was located in Yaphank, New York and attracted numerous visitors. The camp even had its own train on the Long Island Railroad, the "Siegfried Special." This is a program exploring Camp Siegfried and Nazis in the United States. The program will feature a panel discussion between Bess Wohl, playwright of Camp Siegfried; Bradley W. Hart, author of Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States; and Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn & the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund. The conversation will be moderated by Randi F. Marshall, Editorial Writer at Newsday.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Discussions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Nazis on Long Island: The Story of Camp Siegfried (online)

Lecture | Käthe Kollwitz: Art and Politics (online)


Philadelphia Museum of Art Senior Curator Louis Marchesano will explore the work of the German artist Käthe Kollwitz In the course of her long career, Kollwitz developed an aesthetic vision that focused on social and political struggles of her time. This talk will address Kollwitz’s commitment to social critique, assess her complex process of art-making, and reveal the technical and formal experiments that underlie the production of the artist’s powerful works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, K&auml;the Kollwitz: Art and Politics (online)

Author Reading | Hip-Hop Architecture: A Cross-Disciplinary Examination (online)


How does architecture inform and relate to hip-hop? One a movement and subculture borne from underrepresented communities, another a technical and academic practice of design and building, the two have more in common than meets the eye. In his new book, Sekou Cooke explores the necessary and powerful intersections of hip-hop architecture as a new type of design philosophy vital to uplifting marginalized voices in design and architecture. Cooke's work comes at a critical juncture in the study and practice of architecture, as the field confronts a legacy of racism and academic elitism that has long excluded and oppressed marginalized communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Hip-Hop Architecture: A Cross-Disciplinary Examination (online)

Book Discussion | The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Online)


Join for a book discussion on The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Online)

Performance | !!!CANCELLED!!! Theater in Quarantine Performing In Person !!!CANCELLED!!!


Since the beginning of the pandemic, Theater in Quarantine (TiQ) has developed and livestreamed dozens of visually distinctive, original performances from an eight-square-foot closet in the East Village. Hailed as one of the most consistent and imaginative makers of digital performance, this Drama League Award-winning company has worked with over 100 remote collaborators, been profiled on NPR and in The New York Times, and has reached audiences around the globe. Now, for the first time in its history, Theater in Quarantine will perform live for an in-person audience, bringing the closet to the stage at the Library for the Performing Arts. Get a behind-the-scenes view of how TiQ makes digital magic, as co-creative directors Joshua William Gelb and Katie Rose McLaughlin perform old favorites as well as a world premiere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, !!!CANCELLED!!! Theater in Quarantine Performing In Person !!!CANCELLED!!!

Book Discussion | Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement


"When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying." So said Polish-born American rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) of his involvement in the 1965 Selma civil rights march alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Heschel, who spoke with a fiery moralistic fervor, dedicated his career to the struggle to improve the human condition through faith. In this new biography, Julian Zelizer tracks Heschel's early years and foundational influences--his childhood in Warsaw and early education in Hasidism, his studies in late 1920s and early 1930s Berlin, and the fortuitous opportunity, which brought him to the United States and saved him from the Holocaust, to teach at Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary. This deep and complex portrait places Heschel at the crucial intersection between religion and progressive politics in mid-twentieth-century America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement

Poetry Reading | Other Forms of Love: Music and Poetry


A musical performance and poetry reading featuring acclaimed American poet Roger Reeves and the NYU Skirball String Quartet. Roger Reeves is the author of Other Forms of Love, a new poetry cycle. These poems take their inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement and Joseph Haydn's musical work The Seven Last Words of Christ. This multimedia realization of Haydn's work, performed in its version for string quartet, brings together music and spoken word, as well as past and present, in a provocative new synthesis. NYU String Quartet: Jessica Gehring, violin Sarah Fazendin, violin Matthew Ryan, viola Ana Lei, cello
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Other Forms of Love: Music and Poetry

Book Club | Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan (Online)


Join for a discussion of Liam Callanan’s Paris by the Book, which is available from NYPL.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan (Online)

Opening Reception | Surrealist Collaboration: Poetry, Art, Literature, Ingenuity and Life Itself: Group Show


The group exhibition will examine the diverse collaborations between Surrealist artists, with strong focus on cadavre exquis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Surrealist Collaboration: Poetry, Art, Literature, Ingenuity and Life Itself: Group Show

Discussion | CANCELED***Climate Change, Girl's Education and Gender Equity (online)***CANCELED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED The UN reports that 80% of people displaced by climate change are women. This means women and girls are experiencing a disportionate amount of the consequences of climate change already through natural disasters, food shortages, and scarce resources. The panelists will delve into how environmental justice intersects with the fight for gender equity. We will discuss how climate change affects women and girl's access to education, healthcare, and the resources they need to succeed. Additionally, we will talk about how women and girls are taking a stand and fighting for a better environment and for their rights. This conversation will be moderated by Columbia Climate Conversations creator Lauren Ritchie.
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Discussions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, CANCELED***Climate Change, Girl's Education and Gender Equity (online)***CANCELED

Discussion | Filmmakers in Conversation (online)


Wally Fall and Severine Catelion, two filmmakers from the Cinemawon film collective, discuss their work.. New Negress Film Society is a collective of Black women and non-binary filmmakers who create community, spaces, and films that reimagine cultural productions that have traditionally exploited our communities. The work we create, the programming we offer, and the conversations we facilitate are all rooted in a legacy of collective artmaking, institution-building, and consciousness-raising grounded in the personal and political realities of Black people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Filmmakers in Conversation (online)

Lecture | Magic, Mourners & Healers: Jewish Women in the Shtetls and Contemporary Art (Online)


Find out more about women of Eastern European shtetls and how their stories, beliefs, and superstitions are evoked in our latest exhibition. For the work in the Museum’s current exhibition, Every Protection, artist Debra Olin was inspired by questions about motherhood posed more than a century ago by Russian ethnographer S. An-sky. What was An-sky’s motivation in asking these questions? How did he elicit stories and folk beliefs from the Jewish women of the Pale of Settlement? And how does this fascinating backstory inform Olin’s art? Find out when Nathaniel Deutsch, Director of The Humanities Institute and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Santa Cruz, joins virtually for a talk about the women of Eastern European shtetls in the Pale and how their stories, beliefs and superstitions are evoked in Olin’s art. Deutsch translated and explored An-sky’s questions, and in this talk, he will dive into the stories An-sky uncovered from female prayer leaders, healers, exorcists, expectant mothers and professional mourners. As he examines Olin’s evocative collages, he’ll consider how these stories and traditions are embodied and sustained in her artwork. Join for a fascinating look at these century-old questions and stories that continue to spark imaginations, illuminating the inner lives of long-ago Jewish women and their connections to the present day. You won't want to miss this chance to look back in time!
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Lectures, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Magic, Mourners & Healers: Jewish Women in the Shtetls and Contemporary Art (Online)

Gallery Talk | Magic, Mourners & Healers: Jewish Women in the Shtetls and Contemporary Art (online)


For the work in the current exhibition Every Protection, artist Debra Olin was inspired by questions about motherhood posed more than a century ago by Russian ethnographer S. An-sky. What was An-sky’s motivation in asking these questions? How did he elicit stories and folk beliefs from the Jewish women of the Pale of Settlement? And how does this fascinating backstory inform Olin’s art? Find out when Nathaniel Deutsch, Director of The Humanities Institute and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Santa Cruz, gives a talk about the women of Eastern European shtetls in the Pale and how their stories, beliefs and superstitions are evoked in Olin’s art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Magic, Mourners & Healers: Jewish Women in the Shtetls and Contemporary Art (online)

Concert | New York in Yiddish Song (online)


This is a night exploring New York City in the Yiddish imagination with musical performances from inside the recreated 1890s parlor of the Levine family, immigrants from Eastern Europe. Since the earliest days of Jewish immigration to the United States, the "Golden Land" beckoned to the Jewish masses of Eastern Europe as a land of freedom and opportunity, and these ideas quickly made their way into Yiddish songs. This concert will range from Sholem Aleichem's 1892 lullaby which calls America a "Garden of Eden" for Jews, to songs about the realities of immigration, labor, and crime in turn-of-the-century New York City. The premiere of Pulitzer prize-finalist Alex Weiser's newly expanded song cycle, "in a dark blue night," which explores New York City at night through the eyes of Yiddish immigrant poets, will round out the program. The concert will feature introduction and historical commentary by Alex Weiser, in conversation with Tenement Museum President Annie Polland, and musical performances by singer Eliza Bagg and pianist Paul Kerekes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Concerts, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, New York in Yiddish Song (online)

Discussion | 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Soho Photo Gallery (online)


Meet some of Soho Photo’s founding members. Among the topics the panelists will discuss: -- What was photography like 50 years ago? -- How did joining Soho Photo help their careers? -- What are some of their fondest memories of Soho Photo? -- How digital photography has changed everything—except the definition of a good photograph. -- Do galleries still have a role in the age of the Internet and social media?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Soho Photo Gallery (online)

Book Club | The Arabian Nights (Online)


Writers, translators, and artists celebrate the most famous story collection of all time. Featuring:Yasmine Seale, Paulo Lemos Horta, S. A. Chakraborty, Elias Muhanna, Marjan Neshat. A cornerstone of world literature and a monument to the power of storytelling, The Arabian Nights has inspired countless authors, from Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe to Naguib Mahfouz, Clarice Lispector, and Angela Carter. In their extensive new collection, The Annotated Arabian Nights, literary historian Paulo Lemos Horta and poet and translator Yasmine Seale present a fresh selection of tales from the Nights. Featuring treasured original stories as well as later additions including "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," the collection definitively brings the Nights out of Victorian antiquarianism and into the 21st century. Elias Muhanna, New Yorker writer and a scholar of classical Arabic Literature, speaks with Horta, Seale, and speculative fiction writer S. A. Chakraborty about the beloved story collection. Plus, a special reading by actor Marjan Neshat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, The Arabian Nights (Online)

Poetry Reading | Mirroring Practice: Poets Respond to Jasper Johns (online)


This poetry reading brings together Rick Barot, Khadijah Queen, Cole Swensen, and Brian Teare, poets whose work has long been engaged with painting and the visual arts. Their work has treated painting as subject matter, and it has also treated language as a material whose properties, like those of paint, need further investigation. Their poems have mirrored painting sometimes through traditional representational means – description, figuration – and at other times through radical abstracting tactics – processes of layering, cutting, and scraping. Each poet is writing new work that responds to Jasper Johns as a maker, highlighting the fact that poetry at its root – poiein – means to make. Marrying art historical research, the hands-on technique of collage, the critic’s visual acumen, and a gift for the gestural, the work of these poets carries ekphrastic art forward into the 21st century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Mirroring Practice: Poets Respond to Jasper Johns (online)

Author Reading | Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best: A Cartoon Parody (online)


Writer and humorist Jennie Egerdie brings her wry, witty, loving satire of Arnold Lobel's famous amphibian friends. Through Frog and Toad, Egerdie points out the anxieties woven into our everyday existence over the past year and counting, from our well-meaning (but often-failed) attempts at self-care to our struggles to balance the gifts and burdens of technology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 20, 2022, 01/20/2022, Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best: A Cartoon Parody (online)
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