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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 5, 2023?

23 free events take place on Thursday, January 5 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 5 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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23 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, January 5, 2023

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Hike | Greenbelt New Year’s Hike


Welcome the New Year of 2023 with a hike filled with nature. Pass quiet frozen ponds and catch glimpses of winter birds. Trails are hilly at times, so wear appropriate footwear.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Greenbelt New Year&rsquo;s Hike

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Gallery Talk | Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)


This is an hour-long tour, offered in person and led by gallery guides, take participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)

Slide Lecture | On the Journey to Becoming a Bird Photographer: The How, the When, and the Why (online)


In this program, Emilie Talpin will share her journey in the world of bird photography from the Eastern Coast of the United States to the plains of France. She will share her favorite images and bird stories as well as techniques and tips. You will learn how to capture such images and prepare the equipment needed to make a successful trip and create the photos you envisioned.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, On the Journey to Becoming a Bird Photographer: The How, the When, and the Why (online)

Classical Music | Lesser-Known Baroque Works (In Person and Online)


Bethlehem Baroque will present three lesser-known works from the mid-eighteenth century. Violinist Elizabeth Field will perform a sonata by Pietro Castrucci featuring virtuosity reminiscent of his teacher Arcangelo Corelli. Harpsichordist Charlotte Mattax Moersch offers Armand-Louis Couperin's brilliant and expressive Pieces de clavecin. Cellist Loretta O'Sullivan performs a sonata by Joseph Boismortier which combines French elegance with Italian flair. Bethlehem Baroque is a newly-formed period instrument ensemble comprised of core players from The Bethlehem Bach Orchestra. Elizabeth, Charlotte and Loretta have been playing Bach together for over 20 years. Elizabeth Field is concertmaster for The Bethlehem Bach Orchestra and has served as guest concertmaster for leading ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, Opera Philadelphia, National Philharmonic, and Opera Lafayette. Charlotte Mattax Moersch has appeared at major international venues and festivals, including the Associazione Musicale Romana and Tage alter Musik Regensburg. She has recorded the complete harpsichord pieces of Noblet, Fevrier, D'Anglebert, and Armand-Louis Couperin, and over 100 videos online for The Vernissage Project. Loretta O'Sullivan has played with many of this country's leading ensembles, including the Four Nations Ensemble, Opera Lafayette, Aston Magna, Capriccio Baroque, the American Classical Orchestra, and Helicon. Her work specializing in Baroque music on modern instruments includes the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. All attendees must wear masks at the venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free
Concerts, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Lesser-Known Baroque Works (In Person and Online)

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Performances, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Discussion | Conversations About Crafting (Online)


Join a community of fellow crafters and talk your latest creation. Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, or sculpt, you can chat and share tips with crafty people just like you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussions, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Conversations About Crafting (Online)

Hike | Wild Winter Haiku & Tea Hike


The quieter, colder winter season has inspired many writers. Be inspired by nature as you take a brief hike along the Nature Center trail and learn more about its natural features, then try your hand at the time-honored tradition of haiku poetry while sipping some warming tea. Dress appropriately for winter conditions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Hikes, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Wild Winter Haiku & Tea Hike

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Performances, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Classical Music | Piano Music by Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and More


Pianist Navid Underwood presents repertoire for solo keyboards by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and others. Proof of full vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Piano Music by Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and More

Tour | Public Art Tour


Join a downtown Brooklyn arts fund for a guided viewing of the organization's latest projects and talkback with featured artists Sherwin Banfield, Joseph Morris, and Owen Trueblood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Public Art Tour

Opening Reception | 2 Art Exhibitions: Black and White Thinking / Limulus


Black and White Thinking A group exhibition of the gallery's artists. While black and white thinking can be considered a symptom of mental illness or a statement about race, etc., for an artist, limiting herself to black and white is a constraint that allows her to have something to work against. It is restrictive in a way that can focus the work and, without the distraction of color, it brings out the essential shape and form of the subject depicted. Having limitations can push an artist's work in new directions. Black and white art grabs an audience’s attention and, in this case, the idea of producing it grabbed Ceres’ artists’ attention as well. 29 artists set themselves the task of producing work without color and the exhibition that resulted includes excellent examples of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, textile and sculpture, all in black and white (and some gray). Artists: Marilyn Banner - Stefany Benson - Jo-Ann Brody - Regina Corritore - Hagar Fletcher - Pamela Flynn - Susan Grabel - Judith Greenwald - Melanie Hickerson - Hollis Hildebrand-Mills - Carla Rae Johnson - Madelon Jones - Susan Kaplow - Tania Kravath - Libbet Loughnan - Lynne Mayocole - Liz Ndoye - Mary Alice Orito - Francine Perlman - Nancy Quin - Ann Shapiro - Irina Sheynfeld - Pam Shields - Jane Stevens - Michelle Stone - Maria Torffield - Kathlene Tracy - Vivian Tsao - Judy Werlin Carlyle Chaudruc Upson: Limulus Carlyle Chaudruc Upson's watercolor paintings of horseshoe crabs are inspired by counting, capturing, tagging and releasing these prehistoric marine animals through a citizen scientist program called Project Limulus in conjunction with Sacred Heart University’s project in coastal New England.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, 2 Art Exhibitions: Black and White Thinking / Limulus

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: A Country Far Away As Health / BIO MESO


David Dupuis A Country Far Away As Health A solo exhibition of new surrealistic landscape drawings. In his diaristic works, Dupuis uses color pencil, graphite, and collage to depict a world that was, that is, and that could be. For this show, his subject is a remote, rural area on the coast of Puget Sound where he lived from 1975-1982. While developing a body of work during the pandemic lockdown, Dupuis began unpacking his memories of this coastal environment, fueled by dread that the current health crisis and unchecked urban sprawl would prevent him from ever truly experiencing it again. Steve Keister BIO MESO A solo exhibition of new wall-based mixed media works by Steve Keister entitled BIO MESO. Inspired by Mesoamerican architecture and sculpture, Keister makes ceramic collages with glazed ceramic elements adhered to painted plywood panels which explore animal consciousness. The works in this exhibition were instigated by Keister’s discovery of a formal correlation between Styrofoam and cardboard packing cartons for computers and Mesoamerican architecture and sculpture.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, 2 Art Shows: A Country Far Away As Health / BIO MESO

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Marbled and Bewildered / In the Landscape


Evan Nesbit Marbled and Bewildered Nesbit poses a fundamental question: How does one make a painting? These paintings are created through an innovative process in which Nesbit squeegees hand mixed acrylic paint through the verso of dyed burlap. India ink is used to draw on the burlap to introduce abstract shapes and now, figurative images. The burlap’s weave is pulled, cut into irregular pieces, and re-sewn into dynamic grids. The grid, an emblematic modernist motif usually implying rigidity and order, is playfully subverted in Nesbit’s sloping checkerboard patterning. As he pushes the paint through the pores of the fabric, textural protuberances seep out of the burlap weave in a restructuring of the act of painting. Tom Fairs In the Landscape: Hampstead and Beyond An exhibition of five oil paintings on canvas and twelve works on paper in oil, oil stick and pastel. Fairs is recognized for a great range of mark-making and gesture with a quiet, skillful urgency, including a sense of structure in his compositions suffused with a sensitivity to light. The artist’s training in European Post-Impressionist artists such as Pierre Bonnard-influenced the all over patterning of his drawings and paintings, evident in the artist’s lush, verdant works made during the last twenty years of his life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, 2 Art Shows: Marbled and Bewildered / In the Landscape

Opening Reception | Accrochage: Group Show


Accrochage, a French term loosely translated as "hanging," refers to the act of arranging various works of art, not necessarily under the auspices of theme or curatorial vision, but - as in our case - by a desire to showcase artists whom we have not exhibited for some time, as well as artists of interest to the gallery. Collectively, these works move between the self, the collective and exterior reality, probing ideas as well as moments of interiority and vulnerability in material form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Accrochage: Group Show

Opening Reception | Lineage: Group Exhibition


Lineage presents the work of four exceptional artists: Chiara No, Hale Ekinci, K Sarrantonio, and Jennifer May Reiland. Presenting historical object narratives and archival materials along side works centered on the long and fluctuating history of reproductive justice, (de)gendered labor, and queer histories these artists create based on these lineages, the exhibition shows both the depth of research each artist engages and the long history of reproductive justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Lineage: Group Exhibition

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Concert | Group Infuses Soul, Hip-Hop and Jazz


Known for their unique sound and energizing live performances, Honey Collective infuses future soul, hip-hop, and jazz influences to create a space of their own. The group originated in Arkansas and relocated to New York City in 2022. They are currently working on new music to be released later in the year. Honey Collective is Aricka Lewis (vocal), Jordan Strickland (keys, guitar), Walter Ferguson (drums), and Matt Magerkurth (bass).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Group Infuses Soul, Hip-Hop and Jazz

Poetry Reading | Divine Blue Light: Revelatory Poems (online)


From Will Alexander, finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a new collection of poems from the intersection between surrealism and afro-futurism, where Césaire meets Sun Ra. Will Alexander’s poems constitute an alternative cartography that draws upon omnivorous reading—in subjects from biology to astronomy to history to philosophy—amalgamating their diverse vocabularies into an impossible instrument only he can play. Divine Blue Light further affirms Alexander’s status as one of the most unique and innovative voices in contemporary poetry and among the foremost surrealists writing in English today. Alexander is joined by prolific author Juan Felipe Herrera for a reading, discussion, and Q&A for what is sure to be a revelatory evening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Divine Blue Light: Revelatory Poems (online)

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Jazz | Grammy-Nominated Jazz Pianist-Vocalist Play the Great American Songbook


Judy Carmichael will have audiences dancing in the aisles with high-energy interpretations of the Great American Songbook, witty original compositions, and hilarious between-song patter: think Randy Newman meets Peggy Lee. From swinging romps on Cole Porter and Harold Arlen to sultry takes on Gershwin and Ellington, an evening with Carmichael is a don't miss, joy-filled experience. Count Basie himself nicknamed her "Stride" in reference to her mastery of that early piano style popularized by Thomas "Fats" Waller, Count Basie and James P. Johnson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Grammy-Nominated Jazz Pianist-Vocalist Play the Great American Songbook

Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, January 05, 2023, 01/05/2023, Bomb Shelter Comedy Show
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Lecture | Jewish History

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Musical | Classic Musical

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