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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 1, 2018?

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 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! 41 free events take place on June 1 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out June 1 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 June . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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Fri, June 1, 2018
41 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on June 1, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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Born in Edison, New Kersey, Halsey has recently released her second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, which hit number one on the Billboard chart and provided her with a Top Five single in "Bad at Love."  Attendees are advised to arrive early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Halsey, Synth-Pop Singer-Songwriter

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The Candadian pop star has scored two platinum albums, Handwritten and Illuminate.  His third LP, Shawn Mendes, has just been released and contains the Top Ten song "In My Blood."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Shawn Mendes, Teen Pop Heartthrob

Workshop |


Known benefits of a regular meditation practice include stress reduction, improved concentration, increased self-awareness and sense of happiness, improved cardiovascular and immune health, and more. This class is designed to introduce brand new beginners to the practice of mediation. Please bring a mat or blanket to sit on.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Introduction to Meditation

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Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. Instructor: Alex Hing
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Tai Chi Outdoors

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Showcase your checkers skills by competing against other New Yorkers in one-on-one play.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Others, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Checkers Tournament

Tour |


Tours take place at various times during the day, all day long: 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
11:00 am
pay-what-you-wish
Tours, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, take your pick!

Classical Music |


The Choir Sonus, led by Timbre Cierpke, performs works by Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) and more. Program Cierpke The Lord's Prayer Stanford Beati Quorum Via Mealor Ubi Caritas Rutter Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep Gaudete Piae Cantiones Rachmaninoff Rejoice, O Virgin Henson My Flight for Heaven McGlynn Kyrie Hrusovsky Rytmus Gjeilo Sanctus Whitacre Alleluia Manz E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, A choir performs works by Rachmaninoff and more

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The film not only chronicles the 3-day riot via first-person narrative, re-enactment, video and photos, it also outlines the events and climate which lead up to the occurrence of the event. Using news footage, clips from "educational" films of the time and testimonials from LGBT people, their allies and even a police officer involved in the raids, Stonewall Uprising offers a poignant perspective of the riots impetus. Based on David Carter's critically acclaimed book, Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution. 90 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Stonewall Uprising (2010): documentary

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Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. Sue Maskaleris is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist, and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. At the piano you will be treated to many of Sue’s original rags and music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos and Cuban contradanzas - two styles that evolved the same time ragtime was born, with many similarities in rhythm as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Tour |


Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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A free outdoor concert with live music that celebrates the end of the 2017-2018 Broadway season and adds to the festivities leading up to the 2018 Tony Awards. The event will consist of performances from this season as well as numbers from current long-running shows. Participating musicals:: Aladdin Anastasia The Band’s Visit Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Chicago Come From Away Dear Evan Hansen Escape to Margaritaville Frozen Kinky Boots Mean Girls My Fair Lady Once on This Island The Phantom of the Opera School of Rock The Musical SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Waitress Wicked With additional appearances from:: Children of a Lesser God Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two The Play That Goes Wrong Saint Joan
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Major Musicals Celebrate the End of the 2017-18 Broadway Season

Film |


Stars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis. A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. 86 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Dee Rees' Pariah (2011): Brooklyn Girl Comes of Age

Film |


Mr. Watts is the last Englishman remaining in a tropical village in Bougainville during its civil war in the 1990s. He begins to teach the local children by reading them Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. Matilda, an imaginative young girl, is transported into the story of the novel, believing that Dickens' character Pip is her friend. Matilda's "Pip" world is an extraordinary fusion of Dickens' Victorian London with the environment and people she knows on the island. Director: Andrew Adamson. 130 Min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Mr. Pip (2012): drama with Hugh Laurie

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Lara Downes, piano. Program Bernstein (1918-1990) Anniversaries About the Musician Lara Downes’ playing has been called “ravishing” by Fanfare Magazine, "luscious, moody and dreamy” by The New York Times, and "addicting - Downes plays with an open, honest heart" by The Huffington Post.  As a pianist, Downes has performed on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the U.S. Supreme Court, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Vienna Konzerthaus among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Piano Work by Leonard Bernstein

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Learn the basics with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Must be 16 or older to participate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Fencing Workshop

Park Walk |


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Heart of the Park Tour

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A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother. Director: George Cukor Starring: Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant 96 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Holiday (1938): Romantic Comedy

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On the last day before summer vacation, high school teacher Andy Campbell tries his best to keep it together amid senior pranks, a dysfunctional administration and budget cuts that threaten his job. Things go from bad to worse when he crosses Ron Strickland, the school's toughest and most feared teacher.  Director: Richie Keen. Starring Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Christina Hendricks, Kumail Nanjiani.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Fist Fight (2017) with Ice Cube, Charlie Day: comedy

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A no nonsense classic that tells of the last major action fought in the Korean War. With Korea in the news lately there has never been a better time to re-visit this subject. Director: Lewis Milestone. Starring Gregory Peck, Rip Torn & George Peppard. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Pork Chop Hill (1959): American Korean War film

Dancing |


Enjoy the sounds and songs from the 70’s and 80’s. A prize will be given to the last person standing.     
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Dancings, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Studio 351 Summer Dance-A-Thon

Festival |


The Zine and Photo Book Fair, entitled Common Silence, invokes the utopian notion of printed matter’s ability to enact social change through small-scale action to generate micro-policies. Through his selection of works, curator Mauricio Marcin questions how the gesture of fixing a word or image on paper has the potential to incite social change. In the last decade there has been a tremendous influx in self publishing throughout Latin America, particularly in Mexico. This is largely a result of artists utilizing independent publishing as a political and artistic platform for direct communications; thus allowing the self-published book, fanzine, and maquettes to function outside of commercial intermediaries and institutional entities and empowering artistic content to transcend traditional forms of production and dissemination. The selection of participants in the fair, all Latin American based, seeks to offer the public a concise overview of this multiplicity of editorial exercises, ranging from photography and contemporary art to poetry and literature.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Common Silence: 8th Annual Zine and Photo Book Fair

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Featuring the very best beats of today, with a nod to the musical heritage of the East Village, 550 revelers will be able to switch their headphones between three different genres, played by three live DJs. The iconic venuewill provide the ultimate backdrop for revelers dancing through the sunset into the night.  Wireless headphones will be available on a first come, first served basis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dancings, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Silent Disco

Gallery Talk |


Third annual First Fridays: Gay Pride Edition and with recognition of In the Life Archive, a collection of materials of and by black LGBT people throughout history preserved in our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division. Guests are also invited to check out 3 exhibitions Black Power, Unshackled Ink and InHarlem Firelei Báez: Joy out of Fire. Hosted by Dhalimu from Dhali's Closet and Lee Soulja from Black Pride NYC. With the music of DJ Missy B and Craig Nice and performance by drag queen Harmonica Sunbeam.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, LGBTQ Pride Edition: music, drag performance and more

Party |


Amaze the crowd when you rock the mic at #TotallyPublicKaraoke nights. Bring your friends, your voice, and your courage. All ages! Please note: This is a popular event, so please note that sign-ups are required and close between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. depending on attendance. You may not have a chance to sing. One song per person/group. They alternate young singers with adults in the lineup. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, #TotallyPublicKaraoke Night

Discussion |


In this intimate conversation, one of the originators of the term Post-Blackness, Thelma Golden shares recommendations for the books that have inspired her throughout her life. Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987. After a decade at the Whitney, she returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005. In 2015 Golden joined the Barack Obama Foundation's Board of Directors. Golden will speak with Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman, which was one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016.
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Discussions, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, An art world icon talks about her love of reading

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A roundtable with representatives of the artistic delegation of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2018 Moderated by Jenny McPhee). Featuring: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza - Sicilian Ghost Story Filippo Luna, Vincenzo Amato - Sicilian Ghost Story Paolo Genovese - The Place Roberto De Paolis - Pure Hearts / Cuori puri Marco Tullio Giordana - Nome di donna Ferzan Ozpetek - Naples in Veils / Napoli velata Vincenzo Marra - Equilibrium / L'equilibrio Francesco Patierno - Diva! Silvia Luzi, Luca Bellino - Crater Lucia Mascino - Stories of Love that cannot belong to this world Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo - Boys Cry
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Discussions, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Open Roads: 2018 Italian Cinema on Stage

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Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o. T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake. 134 min. Come early! Before this screening, they will have a Wakanda Style Fashion Show, music and live African drumming and more activities related to the movie. You should arrive before 6:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Films, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (2018): Superhero Blockbuster

Talk |


The world of Hollywood film costume design has always been dominated by inspired and talented gay designers, their work showcased gorgeously in classic films. Edward Maeder, consulting curator of the exhibition Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, looks at the work of four gay costume designers from the Golden Age of film - Gilbert Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Orry-Kelly, and Howard Greer - and explores how the films and lives of this creative group of artists have inspired us with the glamour, imagination, and simply beautiful clothes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Talks, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Just Make Them Beautiful: Gay Costume Designers of Hollywood

Author Reading |


Lambda literary award 2018 finalist Nina Packebush is the author of Girls Like Me, a powerful coming of age story of a pregnant gay teenager who realizes that friends may make the best medicine. Authors China Martens and Katherine Arnoldi both have updated editions of their early groundbreaking books, The Future Generation and The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom. Come hear readings from this zine trinity of grandmother authors in celebration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, 3 Authors on Teen Pregnancy

Lecture |


A lecture by Reina Pennington of Norwich University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, What Russia Can Teach Us About War

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The jazz trio reinterprets Bernstein's songs in an improvisational context through a different stylistic lens. The program will demonstrate the ways that jazz has evolved since these works were originally composed. The band: Pianist Zach Lapidus has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, and the North Texas Jazz Festival. His playing has been featured on Voice of America and WBGO. He has performed with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wycliffe Gordon, Claudio Roditi, Rich Perry, Corey Christiansen, Bobby Watson and others. Bassist Peter Brendler has performed at several in New York, and throughout the country including The Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club, The Jazz Standard, The Kennedy Center and. He has also perfromed throughout Europe and in Russia. He has performed and/or recorded with artists such as John Abercrombie and Rich Perry. Drummer Aaron Seeber has shared the stage with Jon Faddis, Warren Wolf, Paul Bollenback, Alex Norris and others. He has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Atlas Theater, Carnegie Hall and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Jazz re-imaginings of Leonard Bernstein’s music

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Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing. Sunser Singing Circle tale place on Fridays during Summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Sunset Singing Circle

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Special guest Jason Robert Brown joins Broadway icon Hal Prince and cast members from Prince of Broadway for a musical performance followed by CD signing. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Musicals, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Prince of Broadway:  Broadway Icon Hal Prince Introduces the Cast CD

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A familiar sight – a romantic park wedding – develops into a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, full of madcap revelry and literary fantasy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Modern Twist on Shakespeare's Comedy

Classical Music |


Pianist Paula Biedma presents a program featuring music written by Beethoven (1770-1827), Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) and more. Paula Biedma has performed as a soloist and with chamber groups in many different cities throughout Europe and America. She has appeared in venues such as the Brooklyn Museum (NYC), Teatro Alcalá, Madrid (Spain), Real Coliseo Carlos III, El Escorial (Spain), Casa Da Música, Óbidos (Portugal), and Fundación Gilverto Alzate Avedaño, Bogotá, (Colombia).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more

Screening |


Stars: MC Lyte, Tichina Arnold, Michael Colyar . Set in culturally rich and historic Harlem, A Luv Tale is an edgy romantic comedy - digital series that examines friendship between four beautiful and cultural lesbians of color navigating their complex lives through a world of art, music, consciousness and love. This special Pride program is part film screening, part conversation and part uptown hang. 45 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Sidra Smith's A Luv Tale (1999): Edgy Romantic Comedy

Comedy Club |


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, An Evening of Standup Comedy

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Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney, The Piano Lesson) directs a sumptuous new production of Othello. Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production. May 29-June 3; June 5-9; June 14-18; June 20-24.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Othello: Shakespeare's Classic Drama

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During a dinner at the "Grand Restaurant,” a South American head of state mysteriously disappears. The boss, Mr. Septime, is soon suspected. An organization of formidable terrorists, already on the track to find the disappeared, surrounds the restaurant where an incredible game of hide-and-seek between the police, journalists, and Septime’s staff begins. 95 min. In French with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Jacques Besnard's Le Grand Restaurant (1966): Tasty French Comedy

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A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra performed by Eric Riedman. Featuring David Pearl (keyboard), Elias Bailey (bass), Don Braden (saxophone).
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
$5
Concerts, June 01, 2018, 06/01/2018, Celebration of the music by Frank Sinatra
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