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66 free events take place on Thursday, June 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 June 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 June . 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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66 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, June 20, 2024

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free events nyc October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre
free events nyc Blues by the Boardwalk
free events nyc The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): All 37 Plays in One
free events nyc Metropolitan Opera Singers Perform Arias, Duets, and Ensembles in a Park
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Workshop | Rooftop Yoga


These invigorating classes will feature dynamic flow sequences, providing ample opportunities for meditation and self-reflection. All skill levels are welcome to participate, but if you are pregnant, please consult your doctor and inform the instructor before attending.
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Workshops, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Rooftop Yoga

Workshop | Mindful Movement Class in the Park


A 60-minute group workout.
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Workshops, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Mindful Movement Class in the Park

Workshop | Pick Up Pickleball


An exciting fusion of badminton and tennis, pickleball has been proven to strengthen muscles, boost cardiovascular health, and enhance brain function.
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Workshops, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Pick Up Pickleball

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
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Tours, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Catch-and-Release Fishing


The Harlem Meer is a thriving aquatic ecosystem that supports a wide variety of fish, waterfowl, turtles, plants and microorganisms. Some of the fish living in the Meer include large-mouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel. Fishing poles are available to borrow. Instruction and bait are provided.
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Workshops, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Catch-and-Release Fishing

Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
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Tours, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More

Film | Julius Caesar (1953) with Marlon Brando


Brutus is convinced by a scheming band of Roman senators, led by Caius Cassius, that his dear friend Julius Caesar intends to dissolve the republic and install himself as monarch, and he joins a conspiracy to assassinate him. Brutus stirringly defends his actions, but when Mark Antony responds with a speech that plays upon the crowd's love for their fallen leader, a battle between the two factions is assured. Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast: Marlon Brando, James Mason, Louis Calhern, John Gielgud, Edmond O'Brien, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr Marlon Brando was considered one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. He received numerous accolades throughout his career, which spanned six decades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, one Cannes Film Festival Award, and three British Academy Film Awards. Brando is credited with being one of the first actors to bring the Stanislavski system of acting, and method acting, to mainstream audiences.
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Films, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Julius Caesar (1953) with Marlon Brando

Fair | October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre


To celebrate the end of his two years of service as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces' paratrooper division, Tomer Meir joined 13 of his friends at the Nova Musica Festival on the weekend of October 6 in Re'im in southern Israel. It was his first ever music festival. "It was the best moments of my life. I can't explain the state we were in," the 21-year-old told the New York Jewish Week. "It was pure love -- people dancing, laughing, smiling. All the good stuff that we're living for." Until 6:29 a.m. on Saturday morning. The red alerts, the rockets and the running. "The music stopped. The rockets started. We started running for our lives," Meir said. Meir is a survivor of the Nova Music Festival Massacre, where Hamas militants killed 364 festival-goers and took at least 40 hotstages on the morning of Oct. 7. Six months after the attack, Meir is in New York sharing his story as part of an interactive exhibit about that day, which he says is helping him heal. The Nova Musical Festival exhibition, titled October 7th, 06:29AM, is an immersive step into what it was like to be at the festival when it was attacked. Screens show clips from the attack on Nova are displayed next to personal and camping items taken from the festival recreating the festival layout. The exhibit, which debuted in Tel Aviv for 10 weeks in December, was created by Israeli designers and cultural producers, many of whom were producers with the Nova Music Festival itself. It was brought to New York with the help of Scooter Braun, the Jewish-American music producer and philanthropist. The exhibit recreates the visuals and sounds of the Nova Music Festival massacre. But the New York version is in some ways "more intense," according to Yael Finkelstein, a volunteer who collected items from the Nova site and helped set up both the Tel Aviv and New York exhibit. New elements at the New York exhibit include dozens of video testimonies from survivors, Zaka volunteers and family members, as well as graphic raw footage taken on Oct. 7 from both festival-goers and Hamas militants. In addition, survivors of the massacre such as Meir and Sassi will be at the exhibit every day to share their stories and answer questions. Their goal, Meir said, is to show New Yorkers that the horror they experienced could happen to anyone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

Workshop | Pickleball on the Waterfront


Serve up some fun this spring, as you try your hand at pickleball on the scenic waterfront. Grab your favorite opponent to have a friendly match.
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Gallery Talk | Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut: Exhibition Tour


Co-curators behind the scenes of Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut, which explores for the first time in the United States the legacy of Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles. The four curators will walk through the exhibition's artworks, archival documents and films, opening up a new window on psychiatry and its connections to art, literature and French theory.
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Gallery Talks, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut: Exhibition Tour

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
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Jazz | Lunchtime Jazz in the Park


Let the students from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music provide the soundtrack to your afternoon.
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Concerts, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Lunchtime Jazz in the Park

Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Charlie Judkins.
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Film | The Seven Year Itch (1955) with Marilyn Monroe


In the midst of a summer heat wave, New Yorker Richard Sherman ships his wife, Helen, and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor -- but will his fantasies about her become a reality? Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. Known for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as an emblem of the era's sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million by the time of her death in 1962. Long after her death, Monroe remains a pop culture icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her as the sixth-greatest female screen legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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Films, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Seven Year Itch (1955) with&nbsp;Marilyn Monroe

Film | Mean Girls (2024): musical comedy


New student Cady Heron gets welcomed into the top of the social food chain by an elite group of popular girls called the Plastics, ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina's ex-boyfriend, she soon finds herself caught in their crosshairs. Director: Samantha Jayne, Arturo Perez Jr. Cast: Angourie Rice, Renee Rapp, Auli'i Cravalho
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Films, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Mean Girls (2024): musical comedy

Workshop | Big City Fishing


Over 200 species of fish are found in the Hudson River, including over 85 species in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary waters. Anglers ages 5 and up are invited to participate at this program, with parental supervision required. Our River Project team provides all the necessary equipment and an on-site fishing tutorial. Participation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginners and experts alike are encouraged to join Big City Fishing for a relaxing and educational experience at the water’s edge.
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Workshop | Mah Jongg Social


Players of all skill level are welcome to play. Socials are hosted and organized by Linda Fisher, and players play the National Mah Jongg League style. Participants are welcome to borrow equipment, or bring their own Mah Jongg sets.
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Gallery Talk | Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut: Exhibition Tour


Co-curators behind the scenes of Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut, which explores for the first time in the United States the legacy of Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles. The four curators will walk through the exhibition's artworks, archival documents and films, opening up a new window on psychiatry and its connections to art, literature and French theory.
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Gallery Talks, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut: Exhibition Tour

Dance Lesson | The Origins of the Hustle Dance: Panel Discussion and Dance Lesson


Learn about the origins of the Hustle dance in New York with Maria Torres! Last year, the dancer and choreographer participated in a residency documenting the history and stylistic evolution of the hustle dance with dancers from the hustle community who experienced it first hand. For this event, Torres brings together those dancers to discuss highlights from their experience and revisit moments that made the hustle a cultural phenomenon. Then, Torres presents a dance lesson after the panel discussion. Registration required.
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Dance Lessons, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Origins of the Hustle Dance: Panel Discussion and Dance Lesson

Opening Reception | The Objects We Choose: Group Show


As consumers who navigate existence through a continuous process of selecting one thing over another, we know that objects have meaning that transcends their utilitarian and material value. The items that surround us, some of which we choose to use or wear, say a lot about us. Likewise, artists select certain items from which to make an artwork because of their significance, which in turn can give specific meaning to their work. The exhibition consists of works by a range of artists who use ordinary, everyday articles as the raw material for artistic expression. Shoes, neon signs, hats, clothing, wigs, terracotta blocks and blankets are refashioned and transformed into works of art, privileging their symbolism over intended use, making clear that what objects do, is often surpassed by what they represent.
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Objects We Choose: Group Show

Discussion | Dalloway Day: Film and Discussion on Virginia Woolf


Come and celebrate Virginia Woolf and her acclaimed 1925 novel, Mrs Dalloway, with an evening of lively discussion and a film screening.   Dalloway Day is an opportunity to delve into Virginia Woolf's life and work. The evening will begin with scholars and enthusiasts leading an exploration of aspects of Woolf's life and the novel together in a lively discussion format. They will have presentations from local scholars and students, including the prize-winner for the recent Virginia Woolf Essay Competition. Then there will be a screening of the 1997 adaptation, Mrs. Dalloway, starring Vanessa Redgrave.
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Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Dalloway Day: Film and Discussion on Virginia Woolf

Workshop | Kayaking in the Park


Glide along the water this summer and fall in a protected embayment with public kayaking. Kayaking is offered throughout the summer. All levels are welcome including first-time kayakers - life vests and all equipment provided, as well as instruction. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.
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Concert | Music and Art Under the Arch


Featuring: La Banda Chuska are re-imagining the vintage sounds of Peruvian cumbia and surf through the lens of their New York City home and diverse musical and cultural backgrounds (Peru/Argentina/USA/Puerto Rico). They take inspiration from the twangy 1960s surf bands of Lima, and the psychedelic flavors of 1970s chicha (Los Destellos, Los Orientales de Paramonga). Their post-punk energy and subversive playfulness have also evoked comparisons to a tropical version of the B-52s. Fogo Azul NYC is New York City’s best and most powerful performance group. The New York City-based all-women, trans, and non-binary Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line Fogo Azul (Blue Fire) was born at the intersection of founder and Buffalo, NY native, Stacy Kovacs’ passion for Samba Reggae, her deep respect for its cultural roots as a music of protest and resistance, her belief and activism in support of gender equality and her sense of civic duty in the current environment to publicly awaken and inspire people to resist oppression and exercise their power to uplift society —loudly. Launched in 2016 as an extension of Marcus Santos’s Samba Reggae-based Grooversity education project, Fogo Azul NYC is an age and ethnically diverse community that spans the drummer spectrum from novice to professional.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Pride in the Park: Nurturing the LGBTQ Family Tree


Storytellers of all ages and backgrounds will share about important cross-generational relationships in their lives in honor of Pride month.    
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Book Discussion | Body Autonomy: Decolonizing Sex Work and Drug Use


Contributors Sinnamon Love, Justice Rivera, Jessica Penerranda, J.Leigh Oshiro-Brantly, and Presto Cresto discuss the book. From erotic labor, to the rights of people who use psychoactive substances, to reproductive health, and carcerality - we are living through a political moment when debates about bodily autonomy are at a fever pitch. Body Autonomy: Decolonizing Sex Work and Drug Use is a bold and timely collection that confronts these charged issues at the intersection of social justice and public health. It reveals the histories behind the United State’s ideological wars and illustrates their costs to all of us. It is a primer on healing-centered harm reduction which presents a visionary framework and set of practical strategies to advance unity and care while working to transform conditions for communities that bear the brunt of interpersonal and systemic violence, overdose deaths, and health inequities.
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Book Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Body Autonomy: Decolonizing Sex Work and Drug Use

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Raising Women’s Voices 2024 / Even in the Garden and Inner Beasts


Raising Women’s Voices 2024 A group exhibition of select gallery artists. Work in this exhibition will highlight the many points of view of Ceres’ artists expressed through their work in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, and photography. Participating artists: Kyra Belan, Marcy Bernstein, Regina Corritore, Hagar Fletcher, Nina Fletcher, Pamela Flynn, Jayne Gaskins, Hollis Hildebrand-Mills, Pat Hill Cresson, Libbet Loughnan, Anne Mondro, Christine Mottau, Mary Alice Orito, Francine Perlman, Nancy Quin, Yu Rong, Ann R. Shapiro, Maria Torffield, Kathlene Tracy, Vivian Tsao, Micaela de Vivero Virginia Mallon Even in the Garden and Inner Beasts New paintings by Virginia Mallon.  A timely exhibit which explores myths and bible stories about women's role in the world. The exhibition touches upon fictional events portrayed as reality, representing the loss of feminine power and the birth of the patriarchy. It launches from antiquity and reaches forward to the present to examine how antiquated ideology still rules our contemporary world.
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Opening Receptions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, 2 Art Shows: Raising Women&rsquo;s Voices 2024 / Even in the Garden and Inner Beasts

Opening Reception | Catalina Tuca: Luma


The exhibition presents new works by Catalina Tuca informed by the luma—the word used for a police baton in Chile, as well as for a species of evergreen tree that is the source of the dense wood originally used to make them. Tuca explores the paradoxes between these two meanings, positioning the luma as a mediator of geographic identity, cultural heritage, ecological understanding, and systems of power. Tuca’s work “reminds us that objects are not simply inert products of society, but active agents that participate in the construction and reproduction of social and cultural meaning,” writes catalogue essayist Alexandra Trujillo Tamayo. Through film, sculpture, drawing, and archival material, the exhibition contemplates meaning-making through language and objecthood, reflecting upon the use and transformation of the luma to reveal the blurry boundaries between the local and the global, the personal and the collective.
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Film | Gertrud (1964): Danish drama


Hopeless romantic Gertrud inhabits a turn-of-the-century milieu of artists and musicians, where she pursues an idealized notion of love that will always elude her. She abandons her distinguished husband and embraces an affair with a young concert pianist, who falls short of her desire for lasting affection. When an old lover returns to her life, fresh disappointments follow, and Gertrud must try to come to terms with reality. Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer Cast: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe, Ebbe Rode, Baard Owe, Axel Strobye
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Book Discussion | High Desert Retreat: Aidlin Darling Design


Joshua Aidlin of Aidlin Darling Design launches High Desert Retreat, a monograph that documents the creative process behind this stunning residence in Palm Desert, California. In conversation with architectural photographer Adam Rouse and moderated by Jack Murphy. High Desert Retreat tells the story of one of the most celebrated new houses in California’s Coachella Valley. Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, a San Francisco-based architecture and design firm, the house builds on the legacy of modernism in the Palm Springs area, and it proposes a 21st century interpretation of the mid-20th-century design so closely associated with that desert region.
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Opening Reception | Kevin Quilles Bonilla: A small patch of sand, yet it holds so much


The show explores themes of colonialism and diaspora. The exhibition will feature photographic installations that invite audiences to consider the role of colonialism in perpetuating states of debility and disablement through cultural extraction, exploitation, and geopolitical instability. As a Puerto Rican artist living between the island and New York, Quiles Bonilla’s works focus specifically on the Puerto Rican diaspora, the long history of colonization, which dates back over 500 years, and the island’s current realities as a U.S. colony. Archival family photographs and materials such as sand, blue FEMA tarps, and beach towels printed with images of life after hurricane disasters, are incorporated into the works and juxtaposed with imagery and rhetoric associated with tourism.  
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Opening Reception | Patterns: Group Show


The show highlights over twenty artists whose work explores pattern in diverse ways—as a motif, organizing principle, compositional device, and strategy. Working in painting, weaving, quilt-making, mosaic, and sculpture, this cross-generational group of artists includes:  
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Opening Reception | People Who Work Here: More Than 60 Artists


Bringing together more than sixty artists from multiple departments across the gallery’s global locations, this exhibition marks the third and largest iteration of the People Who Work Here series since its debut in 2012. The artists featured interweave their creative practices with their day-to-day roles at the gallery, opening a portal between these parallel types of labor.
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Book Discussion | Solvable: How We Healed the Earth, and How We Can Do It Again


A compelling and pragmatic argument: solutions to yesterday’s environmental problems reveal today’s path forward. We solved planet-threatening problems before, Susan Solomon argues, and we can do it again. Solomon knows firsthand what those solutions entail. She first gained international fame as the leader of an expedition to Antarctica in 1986, making discoveries that were key to healing the damaged ozone layer. She saw a path—from scientific and public awareness to political engagement, international agreement, industry involvement, and effective action. Solomon, an atmospheric scientist and award-winning author, connects this career-defining triumph to the inside stories of other past environmental victories—against ozone depletion, smog, pesticides, and lead—to extract the essential elements of what makes change possible. 
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Book Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Solvable: How We Healed the Earth, and How We Can Do It Again

Talk | Art Talk: Justice Reflected


A talk with the director of public art about Justice Reflected, the mosaic art adorning the plaza wall. See art that tells an allegorical story of justice and injustice, freedom, and incarceration in America. Learn about the artist James Yaya Hough's life and his use of universal symbolism to express humanity's complexity. Start times: 6pm, 6:30pm
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Poetry Reading | Cuarto de Pegar: A Performance of Poetry and Music


A performance by artist Pablo Helguera that includes storytelling, poetry, and music. Cuarto de Pegar departs from an early memory of the artist in his childhood home in Colonia Roma in Mexico City, a large house once owned and initially furnished by his grandfather, Ignacio Helguera, who had a particular fascination with Spanish art and literature. This event will feature a solo performance, a theatrical monologue, that incorporates poetry, song, and storytelling in pieces composed by the artist. It will include a musician to accompany the performance and a digital projector to display archival material. The autobiographical narrative will be a reflection upon the cultural relationship between Latin America and Spain and the inheritance of those historical narratives for a Mexican family that emigrated to the United States. The work will include musical excerpts of works by Manuel De Falla (Siete Canciones Populares Españolas), Zarzuela (“Yo no sé qué veo en Ana Mari”, from “El Caserío” by Guridi), and a Spanish Renaissance song from the Cancionero de Upsala (“Si la Noche Haze Escura”).
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Poetry Readings, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Cuarto de Pegar: A Performance of Poetry and Music

Workshop | Martial Arts in the Park


A variety of martial arts classes for the masses.
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Classical Music | Organ Works (In Person AND Online!) 


Alcee Chriss, organ, performs works by Neely Bruce (b. 1944), John Cage (1912-1992), Rashaan Allwood, Paula Matthusen (b. 1978), and Pamela Decker.
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Concert | Peace in All Languages: Music and Art in the Park


Pasha Radetzki and friends present an evening of music and art on the Center Lawn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Workshop


Learn about engaging your audience and tackling nerves in interactive workshops, led by GoldJam Creative.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | 1974: A Personal History


The first memoir from critically acclaimed, bestselling author Francine Prose, about the close relationship she developed with activist Anthony Russo, one of the men who leaked the Pentagon Papers--and the year when our country changed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, 1974: A Personal History

Play | Macbeth: Shakespeare's Scottish Tragedy in the Park


Co-directed by Geoffrey Horne and Alec Baldwin, this fully-realized production of this timeless tragedy of ambition and hubris plays inside the open-air walls of the venue. Set in 11th century Scotland, this captivating classic follows the journey of Macbeth, a valiant general whose thirst for power and unchecked ambition leads him down a path of witches, betrayal, murder, guilt, and consequence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | The Comedy of Errors: An Outdoor Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare


The Comedy of Errors will be performed in English and Spanish by the Public Theatre's Mobile Unit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Plays, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Comedy of Errors: An Outdoor Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare

Play | The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): All 37 Plays in One


Three actors will perform all of Shakespeare's 37 plays in 97 minutes! Presented by The Hudson Classical Theater Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): All 37 Plays in One

Book Club | The Nutmeg Trail: Recipes and Stories Along the Ancient Spice Routes by Eleanor Ford


From humankind’s earliest travels, people have followed and sought out the spice routes. These maritime trading trails acted as the central nervous system of the world, enabling the flow of goods and ideas. The Nutmeg Trail is a culinary exploration of spice, showcasing how centuries of spice trading and cultural diffusion changed the world’s cuisine. Eleanor Ford presents a unique and enlightening guide to cooking with spice as she follows the trails of ancient maritime trade through Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, and the Emirates. Eleanor examines how spices can be used, combined and layered—how some bring sweetness, others fragrance, heat, pungency, sourness or earthiness to create something one-of-a-kind. Chapters and recipes are divided by spice—by the fire and thunder of ginger and peppercorns, floral petals & bark, chillies, lime & lemongrass, earthy cumin & coriander, plus complex spice blends. Combining historical research with a travel writer's eye and a cook's nose for a memorable recipe, The Nutmeg Trail is a cookbook interwoven with stories that explore how spices from across the Indian Ocean, the original cradle of spice, have, over time, been adopted into cuisines around the world.
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Book Clubs, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Nutmeg Trail: Recipes and Stories Along the Ancient Spice Routes&nbsp;by Eleanor Ford

Book Discussion | Times Square Remade by Lynne B. Sagalyn


Scholar and author Lynne B. Sagalyn will discuss her book Times Square Remade with journalist Charles Bagli. What is it about Times Square that has inspired such attention for well over a century? And how is it that, despite its many changes of character, the place has maintained a unique hold on our collective imagination? In this book, which comes twenty years after her widely acclaimed Times Square Roulette, Lynne B. Sagalyn masterfully tells the story of profound urban change over decades in the symbolic space that is New York City's Times Square. Drawing on the history, sociology, and political economy of the place, Times Square Remade examines how the public-private transformation of 42nd Street at Times Square impacted the entertainment district and adjacent neighborhoods, particularly Hell's Kitchen. Sagalyn chronicles the earliest halcyon days of 42nd Street and Times Square as the nexus of speculation and competitive theater building as well as its darkest days as vice central, and on to the years of aggressive government intervention to cleanse West 42nd Street of pornography and crime. Thematically, the author analyzes the three main forces that have shaped and reshaped Times Square—theater, real estate, and pornography—and explains the politics and economics of what got built and what has been restored or preserved.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Times Square Remade by&nbsp;Lynne B. Sagalyn

Concert | Blues by the Boardwalk


Enjoy foundational blues masters in intimate, weekly concerts throughout June. Jimmy Hill and the Allstarz Band are one of Brooklyn's most electrifying and long-running musical ensembles. Having performed at venues from the Apollo, BB King's, the Cutting Room and the Essence Club, the Allstarz are perhaps best known for their work with the late, great vocalist Charles Bradley and his James Brown-impersonating alter-ego, Black Velvet. Jimmy Hill leads a special, condensed line-up for this winter warm-up performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Concerts, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Blues by the Boardwalk

Dancing | Dancing to Golden-Age Disco


It's time to shake your groove thing! Joe McGinty & The Loser's Lounge celebrate the golden age of disco, with their ecstatic mix of crowd-pleasing covers of classic dance floor hits. The Loser's Lounge collective is made up of Downtown NYC's best musicians, and has been bringing the party to the people for over 30 years! The band will be sharing the night with legendary DJ Bill Coleman, the producer and owner of the eclectic NYC dance music label and culture creator Peace Bisquit, for a dance-along boogie down celebration of disco. It's all the glitz and glamor of Studio 54 in the seventies, but without a bouncer. If you're new to the disco scene, don't worry, a dance instructor will be on hand to teach you the basics of the bump and the hustle. Stick around after the live set for the silent disco DJ afterparty where the tunes will be spinning into the late hours! Dress like you're on the set of Saturday Night Fever and meet us under the giant disco ball to dance the night away!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Dancing to Golden-Age Disco

Workshop | HIIT Workout on the River


At MTHD by Oscar, they take longevity seriously. Their highly methodical, holistic approach to training is based on functional movement. Start with the basics – push, pull, squat, lunge, hinge, and rotation as you build each workout. This approach optimizes strength and stability to create more balance in the body.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, HIIT Workout on the River

Festival | Summer Solstice Celebration


Summer tea, a bonfire, live music and more in the garden.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Summer Solstice Celebration

Dancing | Sunset Salsa in the Park


6:30 PM: Beginner Lessons 7:15 PM: Open Dance Formerly the youngest Soloist from the National Ballet of Peru, Talía relocated to New York City to expand her dance abilities, study acting and manage some of the most successful Ballroom dance studios for over a decade. She is the producer of multiple salsa events around New York City. Her vast connection to the entertainment industry, combined with her warm, fun and inclusive approach to dance events, enables New Yorkers to fall in love with Latin Dance and Latin Culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Sunset Yoga


A multi-level sunset yoga practice. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | The Oracular Voice of Beauty: Music, Dance, and Poetry in Celebration of Isadora Duncan


The Isadora Duncan International Institute will honor the original Delphic Games and their modern reinstatements as they enact Isadora’s Duncan ethos on the merging of the arts in an evening of music, dance, and poetry. Artistic Director Jeanne Bresciani with the Isadora Duncan International Institute dancers will “weave a spellbinding tapestry of artistry and elegance” (NY Social Diary, ‘24). Guest artists will include Mary DiSanto-Rose, Zoie Lafis, and Cynthia Word. Excerpts from Vince Gagliardi’s video, “MANTO – Movtio,” an immersive 3D experience on the ancient oracle of Delphi will also be presented.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, The Oracular Voice of Beauty: Music, Dance, and Poetry in Celebration of Isadora Duncan

Book Discussion | Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life


Author Eric Weiner follows in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, mining his life for inspiring and practical lessons in a book that’s part biography, part travelogue, part personal prescription. Ben Franklin lingers in our lives and in our imaginations. One of only two non-presidents to appear on US currency, Franklin was a founder, statesman, scientist, inventor, diplomat, publisher, humorist, and philosopher. He believed in the American experiment, but Ben Franklin’s greatest experiment was…Ben Franklin. In that spirit of betterment, Eric Weiner embarks on an ambitious quest to live the way Ben lived. Not a conventional biography, Ben & Me is a guide to living and thinking well, as Ben Franklin did. It is also about curiosity, diligence, and, most of all, the elusive goal of self-improvement. As Weiner follows Franklin from Philadelphia to Paris, Boston to London, he attempts to uncover Ben’s life lessons, large and small. We learn how to improve a relationship with someone by inducing them to do a favor for you—a psychological phenomenon now known as The Ben Franklin Effect. We learn about the printing press (the Internet of its day), early medicine, diplomatic intrigue and, of course, electricity. And we learn about ethics, persuasion, humor, regret, appetite, and so much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Henry IV: Shakespeare Throughout the Park


This production is staged in Panoramic Theatre. Audience members physically follow the actors from place to place throughout the Park venue, entering the world of the play and becoming mobile participants in the story unfolding around them. Presetned by the New York Classical Theatre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Same As It Ever Was: Long Marriage Faces Challenges


Claire Lombardo discusses her brilliantly observed family drama in which the enduring, hard-won affection of a long marriage faces imminent derailment from events both past and present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Same As It Ever Was: Long Marriage Faces Challenges

Discussion | Collective Remembering: Documenting the House Ballroom Community


How does the House Ballroom Community document and archive its stories and traditions for generations to come? Where does the Ballroom archive live and who are its archivists and documentarians? How is community documentation and archiving in House Ballroom an expression of resilience and an emancipatory praxis? This is a moderated panel with four of House Ballroom’s most important community documentarian-archivists, in which they explore these and other questions.  Featuring Icon Ballroom Hall of Famer Luna Ortiz (photographer), Icon Eve Harlowe (photographer/videographer), Icon Felix Rodriguez Milan (videographer), the Rock-socking Noelle Deleon (videographer), and moderated by The Icon Ballroom Hall of Famer Founder Michael Roberson Maison-Margiela. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Collective Remembering: Documenting the House Ballroom Community

Classical Music | Metropolitan Opera Singers Perform Arias, Duets, and Ensembles in a Park


The Metropolitan Opera's Leah Hawkins, soprano; Mario Chang, tenor; and Michael Sumuel, bass-baritone, perform arias, duets, and ensembles, accompanied by Met assistant conductor Dimitri Dover at the piano.
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Concerts, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Metropolitan Opera Singers Perform Arias, Duets, and Ensembles in a Park

Classical Music | Organ Works (In Person AND Online!)


Alcee Chriss, organ, performs works by Neely Bruce (b. 1944), John Cage (1912-1992), Rashaan Allwood, Paula Matthusen (b. 1978), and Pamela Decker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | whale fall abyss: Performance Art on the Decomposition of Bodies


Choreographer mayfield brooks' work started virtually as an experimental dance film in 2021 during the height of the Covid-19 epidemic. When Whale Fall (the film) premiered, brooks wrote, “This project was born out of a desire to sit with grief and rage in a world that discards too much and consumes too much. As a result, the bodies of whales and the bodies of Black folk seem to have a kinship in how they have been both targeted, hunted and consumed since the transatlantic slave trade. I have also come to know that some slave ships were used as whaling vessels.” In this present moment of continued environmental destruction caused by war and accelerated global warming, brooks is asking, “What light reaches us? What darkness welcomes the reckoning?”  After four years of rigorous research and numerous iterations, brooks’s ever evolving project continues to decompose itself. This iteration lives as a call to the wild parts of ourselves, a denouement to complacent attitudes towards death and decay. How are we entangled in the ruse of romance with our compulsion to consume and our dependence on war machines? Why do we continue to kill? How can the whale fall reorient us to face our own mortality with more compassion?  brooks considers the whale fall as a reckoning. They imagine their ancestor’s bones mingling with whale bones beckoning us to embrace interspecies care and relation beyond the human. Perhaps we can save the whales, ourselves, and the planet if we simply decompose. Performers: mayfield brooks, performer; Dorothy Carlos, electric cellist; Camilo Restrepo, performer
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Helver's Night: Fascinated by Fascism


From Slovakia, with English subtitles. Ingmar Villqist's Helver's Night is a thrilling and gut-wrenching play that charts the relationship between Carla and her young charge, Helver. Helver is fascinated by fascism - not by the ideology, which he is unable to grasp, but by the bravura of the movement. With Diana Semanov? (Karla) and Franti?ek Balog (Helver). Production: Ter?zia Mindo?ov?.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Helver's Night: Fascinated by Fascism

Performance | The Poetics of (E)motion: A Social Robot Programmed with the Mind of an Amfrican American Woman


How might our interactions with machines move us to feel, think, and wonder in meaningful new ways? This live workshop and performance—with Bina48's longtime poetry mentor Sasha Stiles and Francesca Harper—explores the intricate dance between humans and intelligent systems, and invites us to experience the power of more-than-human collaboration. Bina48 is a humanoid robot powered by AI and the only social robot inspired, created, and programmed with mind files from an African American woman, Bina Rothblatt.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Thick Wake: Performance Art on Swimming While Black


Leslie Cuyjet examines systemic barriers for Black access to swimming amidst her own upbringing with swim lessons and competitions, in a new video installation. Layered projections of a silhouetted swimmer mimic the comfort of being submerged and ask audiences to reflect, witness and consider place, history and privilege.
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Performance | Tremor: Performance Art Explores Vocalizations and Vibrations


This special iteration of Samita Sinha's Tremor is performed in duet with Cecilia Vicu?a. Presented in a resonant space, Sinha and Vicu?a infuse their vibrations and lineages into the dense history and monumentality of the site, opening other ways of sensing, knowing, being, and being together. Their vocalizations are spatialized live by sound designer Daniel Neumann, within a visual design by architect Sunil Bald.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 20, 2024, 06/20/2024, Tremor: Performance Art Explores Vocalizations and Vibrations

Movie in a Park | Before Sunrise (1995): One Night Stand with Ethan Hawke


A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert 101 min. In English, German, and French with English subtitles
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