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60 free events take place on Friday, June 21 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 21 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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60 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, June 21, 2024

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free events nyc October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre
free events nyc Choreograph the Future: Social Media Dance Challenge
free events nyc Argentine Tango: Dance and Music
free events nyc Sarah Vaughan Centennial: A Celebration of the Legendary Jazz Vocalist
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Concert | Kehlani, Pop Singer


Kehlani is an American singer and songwriter. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, and achieved initial fame as a member of the teen pop group Poplyfe in 2011. Her latest album is Crash. Check-in: By 5:15 a.m. (concert concludes at 9:30 a.m.)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Kehlani, Pop Singer

Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
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Workshops, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Tai Chi

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 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Catch-and-Release Fishing

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
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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 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, 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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Workshops, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Pickleball on the Waterfront

Festival | Summer Solstice Celebration


Summer solstice celebration featuring local artists: DJ Des One, Robert Rutledge, Tropical Rhythms, Nikita and Company.
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Festivals, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Summer Solstice Celebration

Workshop | Beekeeping Class


Beekeeping classes presented by New York City Beekeepers Association. In these instructional classes, you’ll learn about honey bee colonies and the vital role they play in the natural environment. The classes welcome gardeners, prospective beekeepers, and anyone interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping!
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Workshops, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Beekeeping Class

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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Workshops, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Festival | Pueblo Harlem: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Culture


Pueblo Harlem is Belongó’s (formerly Afro Latin Jazz Alliance) annual celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture. This festive program includes activities for children and families, and performances by: Arturo O’Farrill and the multi Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, Belongó’s pre-professional youth ensemble; and special guests from Belongó’s family of performing and teaching artists.  Belongó performs, educates about, and preserves the music of all of the Americas, emanating from African and indigenous roots, through the entry point of jazz and embraces its mission with a commitment to social justice, equity, inclusion, and the equality of all cultures worldwide.
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Festivals, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Pueblo Harlem: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Culture

Concert | Tilted Axes: Strawberry Solstice


Music for mobile electric guitars. It's a musical procession for the first day of summer and the full strawberry moon. It contains a foray into the neighborhood with stops at places of interest. Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is an ensemble created in 2011 and led by composer Patrick Grant. Now in its 12th season, the project takes on aspects of spectacle informed by the traditions of urban street bands, avant-garde theater, and ancient music. It takes music out into the world and seeks transformative situations meant to change the conversation. Tilted Axes perform exciting original compositions and a couple of unique arrangements of seasonal tunes, sonic structures comprised of burbling polyrhythms, and contemplative grooves for deep listeners. They will premiere a new piece, "Strawberry Solstice" and well as some surprises, it's a tilted tradition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Tilted Axes: Strawberry Solstice

Jazz | Tribute to Composer Billy Strayhorn - Outdoors


A celebration of New York City's musical heritage as they honor the legacy of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn, who broke barriers as an openly gay, black man in the mid-1900s. First joining up with legendary bandleader Duke Ellington in 1939, this marks the 85th anniversary of the pair's renowned collaborative relationship. From the dimly lit jazz clubs to the bustling streets and his home in Harlem, Strayhorn compositions such as "Lush Life" and "Take the 'A' Train" have etched themselves into the city's very essence.
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Tribute to Composer Billy Strayhorn - Outdoors

Concert | Eastern European Folk with a Jazz Aesthetic


This fiddle-forward fusion band blends Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy dance music with a convivial jazz aesthetic. Inspired by fiddling folk bands of Romania and Hungary, Sedi Donka will get you tapping your toes to odd-meters and singing along in a myriad of languages!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Eastern European Folk with a Jazz Aesthetic

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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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 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Francesc Tosquelles: Avant-Garde Psychiatry and the Birth of Art Brut: Exhibition Tour

Film | Inherent Vice (2014) Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon


In a California beach community, private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc's help; it seems that Shasta's current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon Joaquin Phoenix is an American actor. Known for playing dark and unconventional characters in independent films and period dramas, he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Grammy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. In 2020, The New York Times named him one of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Josh Brolin is an American actor. A son of actor James Brolin, he gained fame in his youth for his role in the adventure film The Goonies (1985). After years of decline, Brolin had a resurgence with his starring role in the crime film No Country for Old Men (2007). Brolin received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying Dan White in the biopic Milk (2008). Owen Wilson is an American actor. He has had a long association with filmmaker Wes Anderson with whom he shared writing and acting credits for Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), the last of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. Wilson also starred in the Woody Allen romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011) as unsatisfied screenwriter Gil Pender, a role which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2015, and Forbes listed her among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019 and 2021.
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Films, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Inherent Vice (2014) Directed by&nbsp;Paul Thomas Anderson, Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon

Film | Ophelia (2018) with Naomi Watts and Clive Owen


As a rebellious and motherless child, Ophelia is taken into Elsinore Castle by Queen Gertrude as one of her most trusted ladies-in-waiting. Soon enough, Ophelia captures the affections of the young Prince Hamlet. A passionate romance secretly kindles between the two as the kingdom is on the brink of war amidst its own political intrigue and betrayal. When Hamlet's father is murdered and the prince begins to unravel, Ophelia sharply navigates the rules of power in Denmark. Director: Claire McCarthy Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, George MacKay, Tom Felton, Devon Terrell Naomi Watts is a British actress. She played a tormented journalist in the horror remake The Ring (2002). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as a grief-stricken mother in 21 Grams (2003). For her role as Maria Bennett in the disaster film The Impossible (2012), Watts received another Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Clive Owen is an English actor. He received critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes (1991) before earning international attention for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier (1998). In 2005, he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the drama Closer (2004).
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Films, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Ophelia&nbsp;(2018) with&nbsp;Naomi Watts and Clive Owen

Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
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Workshops, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation

Concert | Sousapalooza 2024


The always popular participatory program affectionately known as “Sousapalooza” returns this season with a special afternoon performance. All brass, woodwind and percussion players, of all backgrounds and skill levels, are invited and encouraged to join us by sight reading the marches of the incomparable John Philip Sousa on the spot, in a pop-up performance directed by Conductor Oscar Wiley Thorp.
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Sousapalooza 2024

Film | Face/Off (1997) with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage


Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy's. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy's brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer's face. Director: John Woo Cast: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Alessandro Nivola John Travolta is an American actor. Travolta began acting in television before transitioning into a leading man in films. His accolades include a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award. Nicolas Cage is an American actor and film producer. Born into the Coppola family, he is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Cage first gained attention for his romantic roles in Valley Girl (1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Moonstruck (1987), and gained praise for playing an ex-convict in the comedy Raising Arizona (1987). For starring as an alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another Academy Award nomination for his performance as twins Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation (2002).
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Films, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Face/Off (1997) with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage

Concert | Street Jamz 2024: 5 Bands Perform Outdoors


SCHEDULE: 2pm: World Record Players  3pm: Glicky’s Connection  4pm: The Wigouts  5pm: Johnny Mellor’s Bastardos  6pm: Not All Heroes 
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Street Jamz 2024: 5 Bands Perform Outdoors

Concert | Mass Appeal: Cello


Calling all Cellists, and music lovers! The Violoncello Society of New York presents a fun, family-friendly event all about the cello! Come learn more about the Cello and other instruments in the orchestra, join us for our giant Cello play-along, and a concert of Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa Lobos, performed by Soprano Yolanda F. Johnson, and 8 pro cellists led by VCSNY President Kate Dillingham! Schedule: 3-4pm: Instrument Petting Zoo, Lemonade, Family activities etc. 4-5pm: Larger Inclusive Cello Ensemble pieces 5-6pm: Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 -"Headliner" program
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Mass Appeal: Cello

Concert | Music Inspired by Heritage, Identity and Discovery - in a Park


Open Perspectives is a program of music inspired by heritage, identity and discovery. Players will perform a piece of music that they feel represents their own heritage and culture and juxtapose it with a piece by a composer who presents a different perspective, to include less- programmed  women and composers of color.  Expect an interesting mix of styles and genres, reflecting what it is to be human and how music crosses boundaries and  touches all of us.   3-4pm: Artists from the Village Trip Festival 4-6pm: music students from all over the city 6-7pm: Artists from the Village Trip Festival
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Music Inspired by Heritage, Identity and Discovery - in a Park

Concert | Broadway Songs in the Park


A public concert of classic and contemporary theater repertoire, where professional Broadway and off-Broadway singers will serenade passersby. FEATURING: Wyatt McManus (4:00pm) Wyatt is an actor, singer and children’s theatre director based in New York City. Apart from studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, he has appeared in numerous regional theatre productions. Highlights include: The New York City Opera’s “Dear Erich” at the Nat’l Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and “Baby” at The Media Theatre, Philadelphia. www.wyattcmcmanus.com / @wyatt.chamberlain  Hosea Mundi (4:40pm) Mariama Diop (5:20pm) Mariama Diop made her professional debut in Once on This Island’s first National tour in 2019 and her Broadway debut in The Lion King in 2022. Mari is a social activist and committed to making the world a better place. She has spoken at the United Nations for their Girls in Science and Girl Power conventions. She has a passion for social justice and loves historical musicals - especially Hamilton, Six and 1776! She is also a published author and a proud New Yorker. Aidan Wells (Accompanist) Aidan S. Wells is a NYC-based music director and conductor. Beyond an expansive history as a pianist on and off Broadway, Aidan served as Associate Conductor for the South Kansas Symphony until 2020, and has conducted a range of concerts and productions both from the keys and the podium. Some favorite Music Director credits include Ordinary Days, Guys and Dolls, We Will Rock You, original productions of Over The Garden Wall, Brighter Than The Sun, and several devised pieces like How Did You Know Her?: an (un)Original Song (re)Cycle. Aidan is currently on staff and a frequent Associate Music Director at New York University. 
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Broadway Songs in the Park

Concert | Soulful Piano Music from 2 Carnegie Hall Performers - Outdoors


This special program will feature: Charu Suri, a pianist and composer who treads fearlessly between genres, fusing Indian ragas with more traditional jazz; Suri is also the first Indian woman to debut work at Carnegie Hall. Cassandra Kubinski: After sold out shows at Carnegie Hall and Caffè Lena, Cassandra Kubinski brings her pop/folk sound to Make Music NY. Fans of Billy Joel, Sara Barielles, Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift will enjoy her piano-forward trio and soulful, witty, poignant lyrics Sound In the Sky, presented by Ultimate Ears
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Soulful Piano Music from 2 Carnegie Hall Performers - Outdoors

City Walk | Walking Tour of Beautiful Riverfront Parks


Explore Battery Park City's southern district - New York undiscovered by many. The tour includes some of BPC's earliest landscapes and infrastructure, including the residential enclaves built in the 1990s that followed the 1979 Cooper Eckstut Master Plan. See historic views of the waterfront, the tour will visit South Cove and the green spaces that connect to the Esplanade, the first waterfront park in New York since the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade in 1951. We will also learn about current construction underway in Wagner Park, as part of the developing Resilience Action Plan of the BPC Authority.
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City Walks, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Walking Tour of Beautiful Riverfront Parks

Concert | Mass Appeal: Guitar Music in the Park


Bring your guitar to the park and join hundreds of guitarists of all levels for a massive guitar strum-along of beginner friendly songs like Perfect by Ed Sheeran, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, and more. Schedule: 4:30-6:30pm: Free guitar lessons from twenty guitar teachers 6:30pm: Play-along concert Stick around at 7pm for live rock music!
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Dancing | Choreograph the Future: Social Media Dance Challenge


Can't sit still in your seat? Feelin' the rhythm and the beat? Get your dance on! Participants will explore the history of social media dances. How did this craze originate, develop, and what's next? Come learn some of the most viral dance steps with choreographer and dance educator, Jenn Lopez, then rise to the challenge and create the next original social media craze! All experience levels and abilities are welcome.
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Dancings, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Choreograph the Future: Social Media Dance Challenge

Concert | Make Music New York


Make Music New York is a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Celebrate the longest day of the year with free performances. 
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Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? Hosts will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games every Friday.
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Festival | Swedish Midsummer Festival


Enjoy this annual celebration of the summer solstice. Dance a lively dance around the Midsummer pole. Make floral wreaths, enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, a Scandinavian folklorist.
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Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts (online)


The museum’s critically acclaimed performance series continues via Facebook Live. Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of self-taught art on view at the museum. Hosted by Lara Ewen. Featuring: 6:00pm: The Twangtown Paramours 6:30pm: Jeannie Skelly 7pm: Richard Fisher
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, 3 Folk Music Acts (online)

Opening Reception | Diamond Stingily: Orgasms Happened Here


In this exhibition of new work, Stingily will install a series of site-specific architectural interventions that evoke the colors, textures, and scale of suburban American households and places of worship.
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Opening Receptions, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Diamond Stingily: Orgasms Happened Here

Opening Reception | Frank Walter: To Capture a Soul


The first solo museum exhibition in the United States to focus on the work of Antiguan artist Frank Walter (1926–2009). A polymath with a keen intellect and thirst for knowledge, Walter created a body of work that encompasses a variety of mediums, subject matter, and styles. During his lifetime Walter produced over 5,000 paintings, 1,000 drawings, 600 sculptures, 2,000 photographs, 468 hours of recordings, and a 50,000-page archive. To Capture a Soul provides insight into not only Walter’s artistic practice but also his relationship to issues of race and identity, the legacy of slavery, the colonial and postcolonial experience, and the history and politics of Antigua, Barbuda, and beyond.
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Opening Reception | in the whirlwind or in the storm: Group Show


Moving between nostalgic longings for place and a desire to archive lived experiences and familiar objects, the works in this exhibition play with time, memory, and visibility; conjuring up past, present, and future imaginings. This exhibition, organized by 2023-24 Curatorial AIRspace resident Anna Khimasia, showcases new work by the 2023–24 Visual Artist AIRspace residents at the culmination of their residency, focused on the theme of sanctuary.
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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.
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Plays, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): All 37 Plays in One

Workshop | Harlem Moves with Limón Dance Company


The world-renowned Limón Company Dancers teach the energetic and ease-filled Limón Technique, accompanied by live music. No experience necessary; class is open to all levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Harlem Moves with Lim&oacute;n Dance Company

Discussion | What Makes a Cultural Landmark? Perspectives from Oceania


Leading experts explore Indigenous cultural heritage sites in Oceania, with project case studies on Samoa and Buka Island that highlight the unique ways mobility, ocean navigation, and cosmology influence the region's expansive sense of spatial and built environments. In advance of the opening of the reenvisioned Michael C. Rockefeller Wing in 2025, learn how the new galleries will foreground the unique role that the environment plays in Oceanic art. With: Albert Refiti, Professor, Auckland University of Technology Tuputau Lelaulu, Co-Founder and Director, MAU Studio Taloi Havini, artist and curator Introduction by Maia Nuku, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Curator for Oceanic Art, The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, The Met Moderated by Jonathan Bell, Vice President of Programs, World Monuments Fund
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Discussions, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, What Makes a Cultural Landmark? Perspectives from Oceania

Concert | 60-Woman Chorus in the Park


The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 women, and non-binary singers, who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. Chorus members are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes. The RRC centers women in music, and addresses how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, 60-Woman Chorus in the Park

Film | Chicago (2002): Oscar-Winning Musical with Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones


Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention. Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere 113 min.
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Films, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Chicago (2002): Oscar-Winning Musical with Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones

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.
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Plays, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Macbeth: Shakespeare's Scottish Tragedy in the Park

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.
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Concert | Argentine Tango: Dance and Music


Embrace the beauty, romance, and grace of Argentinian tango as you dance to the enchanting live sounds of New York's own Abadd?n Tango ensemble. Abadd?n exemplifies the rich tradition of the tango sextet, showcasing the versatility and artistry to be found at the very pinnacle of the art. Established in 2016 by an accomplished band of east coast musicians based in New York and Philadelphia--including Shinjoo Cho and David Hodges on bandoneons, Sergio Reyes and Ina Paris on violins, Emilio Teubal on piano, and Pablo Lanouguere on bass, with guest musicians Alejo de los Reyes on guitar and vocalist Paula Serrano--the Abadd?n collective has played to full houses and rave reviews at major arts and culture festivals around the world. Individually, Abbad?n's members are all active performers, composers, and musical instructors, spreading the vibrant gospel of tango wherever they go. The program begins with a short instructional class to teach newcomers the basic steps and dance floor etiquette. Dancers of all backgrounds and ability levels are invited!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Argentine Tango: Dance and Music

Dancing | Improv Everywhere’s Mp3 Experiment Nineteen


The Mp3 Experiment Nineteen will bring a large group of strangers together to create a joyous shared experience. Open to all, the event invites participants to listen to secret instructions via headphones and carry out site-specific, synchronized choreography. Participants will playfully interact with passersby, dance, make music, and work together to make a truly silly spectacle. The project will celebrate the beauty of the Hudson River and serve to remind New Yorkers that our waterways can be a venue for culture and community.
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Concert | Mass Appeal: Harmonicas in the Park


Master harmonica player Jiayi He (teacher at Brooklyn Music School, as featured on America's Got Talent) will lead lessons and a group play-along for harmonica players of all ages and skill levels, including beginners! Just show up between 6:30-8pm to participate. Walk-ups are welcome.  Free Hohner harmonicas will be available to participants!   
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Film | Heights and Depths (2022): Grief and Mountaineering in Hungarian Drama


Hilda is forced to follow helplessly the tragic death of her mountaineer husband Zsolt Er?ss. As the heir of the deceased Hilda tries to cope with public expectations with her husband's attitude. It takes time for her to admit that she needs help in dealing with the tragedy. Director: S?ndor Csoma Stars: Em?ke P?l, Zsolt Trill, Enik? Nagy 98 min. In Hungarian with English subtitles
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Films, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Heights and Depths (2022): Grief and Mountaineering in Hungarian Drama

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.
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Book Discussion | Punk Rock Karaoke:


A coming-of-age tale that draws upon the explosive joy of the underground scene, while raising questions about authenticity, the importance of community and what it means to succeed on your own terms. With author Bianca Xunise, and live music.
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Concert | Mass Appeal: Ukeleles in the Park


Ukulele pro Gwendolyn Fitz leads an evening of song and fun perfect for adults, kids and families. Make sure to bring your Uke!
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Mass Appeal: Ukeleles in the Park

Classical Music | Mozart's Requiem - Outdoors


In past years, these performances of Mozart’s Requiem, organized by conductor Douglas Anderson and producer Melissa Gerstein, have proven both popular and profoundly moving. This season, they invite singers and instrumentalists from across New York City and beyond to celebrate the Summer Solstice and remember lost loved ones by performing Mozart’s profound and solemn work, the Requiem, K626.
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Jazz | Sarah Vaughan Centennial: A Celebration of the Legendary Jazz Vocalist


Celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan with acclaimed vocalist Charen?e Wade and her Septet. Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Brooklyn native Charen?e Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones. With her Mot?ma debut, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, she pays tribute to another inspiration, the socially conscious poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, and confirms that she too plans to use her artist platform thoughtfully.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Sarah Vaughan Centennial: A Celebration of the Legendary Jazz Vocalist

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
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Screening | Black Cinema as a Verb: Short Films


As the film industry grapples with destabilization, filmmakers are looking to expansive and supportive spaces to create. This is an evening with Black filmmakers centering community and exploring the collaborative possibilities of filmmaking. The short-film program will feature work that embraces, challenges, and plays with form and the imagination. There will be a conversation moderated by the program curator Nikkia Moulterie, featuring the directors and special guest Bina48, 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. They will discuss the creative process, finding your tribe, and whether Artificial Intelligence fits into the journey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Black Cinema as a Verb: Short Films

Classical Music | Flute Works by Gershwin, Enesco, and More


Annie Dahye Jung, Heejung Kim, Vishal Kumar, Mina Kyoung, Jinyoung Susanna Paik, Jisun Park, Monica Park, Soo-Kyung Park, Sungae Song, flutes. Program Sonny Burnette, Stained Glass Images  Eldin Burton (1913-1979), Sonatina for Flute and Piano Enesco (1881-1955), Cantabile et Presto for Flute and Piano Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), Dance of the Blessed Spirits  Andres Levell, Cuento infantile sin palabras (A Children’s Story without words)  Gershwin (1898-1937), Gershwin Favorites  Bernhard Romberg (1767-1841), Concerto, Op. 17 for Flute and Piano
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Flute Works by Gershwin, Enesco, and More

Concert | Hip-Hop, Indie Pop, Latin Music, and More in a Park


Ana Tijoux weaves lush, golden-era Hip-Hop production with a full band that brings to life intricate arrangements spiced with a bit of politics. A skilled singer and rapper, the revered Chilean MC was dubbed “South America’s answer to Lauryn Hill” by The New York Times. Mexican, Dominican, and American singer/songwriter Ambar Lucid captivates audiences with her indie pop/alternative Latin sound, and inimitable sonic storytelling that blends English and Spanish. About the Performers Ana Tijoux has been winning over fans around the world since her debut 1977 bubbled up from an underground sensation into mainstream recognition after being featured on the hit TV show Breaking Bad and favorited by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. Ana Tijoux’s new album, Vengo, showcases the nimble MC over lush, golden-era hip-hop production rooted in traditional Latin instrumentation. Rolling Stone named her performance at SXSW on of the best concerts of this year’s festival. Ambar Lucid is a 21-year old, Mexican, Dominican, and American singer/songwriter leading the way for the new generation of Indie pop/Alternative Latin music. Seamlessly flowing between english and spanish lyrics, Ambar represents not just a niche of music that doesn’t exist on a mainstream level, but countless youth who lack representation and the feeling of identity. With over 50 million streams across only two EPs and recently her first US headline tour including multiple SOLD OUT shows, Ambar is on a mission to touch as many souls as she can through her inimitable sonic storytelling.
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Concerts, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Hip-Hop, Indie Pop, Latin Music, and More in a Park

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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Screening | Playing Earl Turner: Theater on Film


More than a decade ago, the right-wing extremist terrorist cell known as NSU came across the novel The Turner Diaries by American neo-Nazi William L. Pierce. Initially unnoticed, subsequent trials revealed that this work served as a guide not only for the terrorists in Germany but also for other neo-Nazis worldwide. The performancecombines documentary material with fictional literature and, through the confrontation of NSU trial transcripts and scenes from The Turner Diaries, creates a disturbing scenario that fundamentally questions the common notion of lone perpetrators.   Written by Laura Andres and Stefan Schweigert
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Movie in a Park | Before Sunset (2004): Romantic Drama with Ethan Hawke


Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff 80 min. In English and French with English subtitles
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Dancing | Silent Disco


The tunes will be spinning into the late hours! Or, show up for the silent disco only if you can't make it for the live set portion of the night. Either way, we'll meet you under the giant disco ball to dance the night away.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 pm
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Dancings, June 21, 2024, 06/21/2024, Silent Disco
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