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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on March 17, 2020?

31 free events take place on Tuesday, March 17 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 March 17 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 March . 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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31 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

All events, things to do on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | !!!CANCELLED!!! Celebrating St. Patrick's Day By Handing Out Free Books !!!CANCELLED!!!


This year marks a decade of celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the most cherished of Irish legacies: the stories. This event is the 10th Annual Book Day to hand out 10,000 free books by Irish and Irish American authors alongside work by writers from France and the French diaspora, in the tradition of honoring kindred voices and bridging diverse cultures on this special day for the global Irish community. The event will last until the books run out!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Workshops, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Celebrating St. Patrick's Day By Handing Out Free Books !!!CANCELLED!!!

Tour | CANCELLED!! 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many CANCELLED!!


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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many CANCELLED!!

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! On the Basis of Sex (2018): The Struggle Of A Woman For Equal Rights !!!CANCELLED!!!


The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. 120 min. Director: Mimi Leder. Starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Films, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! On the Basis of Sex (2018): The Struggle Of A Woman For Equal Rights !!!CANCELLED!!!

Workshop | CANCELLED!! Zumba Fit Workshop CANCELLED!!


A fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of Salsa, Merengue, Hip Hop and more! Enthusiastic Instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new dance steps each week. Bring your friends!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
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Workshops, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! Zumba Fit Workshop CANCELLED!!

Jazz | !!!CANCELLED!!! Dixieland Jazz With The Gotham Jazzmen !!!CANCELLED!!!


The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; David Hofstra on bass; and Ernie Lumer on clarinet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Dixieland Jazz With The Gotham Jazzmen !!!CANCELLED!!!

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! The Boxer (1997): Sports Drama With Daniel Day-Lewis And Emily Watson !!!CANCELLED!!!


Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood. 113 min. Director: Jim Sheridan. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly. The Boxer was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards in the Picture, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Director (Jim Sheridan) categories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! The Boxer (1997): Sports Drama With Daniel Day-Lewis And Emily Watson !!!CANCELLED!!!

Classical Music | CANCELLED!! Bach at Noon CANCELLED!!


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! Bach at Noon CANCELLED!!

Workshop | !!!CANCELLED!!! Public Speaking Workshop !!!CANCELLED!!!


Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. A continuing series held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, this program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Public Speaking Workshop !!!CANCELLED!!!

Workshop | CANCELLED***Lunchtime Meditation***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED***Lunchtime Meditation***CANCELLED

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! West Side Story (1961): 10 Time Oscar Winning Musical !!!CANCELLED!!!


Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. 153 min. Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise Starring Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Richard Beymer. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won ten, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a musical. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for the National Film Registry in 1997.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! West Side Story (1961): 10 Time Oscar Winning Musical !!!CANCELLED!!!

Gallery Talk | CANCELLED!! From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli Art from YU Museum's Collection: Curator's Tour CANCELLED!!


Join Collections Curator Bonni-Dara Michaels for a tour of From A(gam) to Z(aritsky), exploring the character of Israeli art and the personal relationships between artists and collectors.
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Gallery Talks, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! From A(gam) to Z(aritsky): Highlights of Israeli Art from YU Museum's Collection: Curator's Tour CANCELLED!!

Master Class | !!!CANCELLED!!! Double Bass Master Class With The Principal Bassist Of The San Francisco Symphony !!!CANCELLED!!!


Scott Pingel, double bass. Scott Pingel is the principal bassist in the San Francisco Symphony. He had been the principal bassist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 Pingel had the privilege of performing on the acclaimed Karr-Koussevitzky bass for his solo debut with Andrei Gorbatenko and the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. "The string contributions [were] dominated by bassist Scott Pingel... He played with absolute lack of pretense and an outlandish sense of glee that left Mozart's charming, much-loved trifle purring with delight. The audience must have gone crazy." -- Strings Magazine
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Double Bass Master Class With The Principal Bassist Of The San Francisco Symphony !!!CANCELLED!!!

Lesson | !!!CANCELLED!!! Researching Vital Records !!!CANCELLED!!!


Vital records (birth, death, and marriage) are fundamental to genealogical research, but often difficult to track down. Learn how to search for and find these key documents through resources at NYPL and elsewhere. This class will also explore the history of state record-keeping practices, and offer a variety of search strategies to use in your genealogy research.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Researching Vital Records !!!CANCELLED!!!

Classical Music | !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, Mompou And More For Piano !!!CANCELLED!!!


Kaliya Kalcheva, piano. Program Mompou (1893-1987) Cancion y Danza Debussy (1862-1918) Etudes Liszt (1811-1886) Trois etudes de concert, S. 144 Kaija Saariaho (1952- ) Arabesques et adages Beethoven (1770-1827) Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10 No. 3 Scriabin (1872-1915) Vers la flamme, Op. 72 Since performing her first solo recital at age 9, pianist Kaliya Kalcheva has given recitals in New York, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Bulgaria, and Russia and has collaborated with musicians across Europe and in the U.S. She has been a soloist with many orchestras, including the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Sofia Philharmonic, and Classic FM Radio Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt, Mompou And More For Piano !!!CANCELLED!!!

Classical Music | !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By Stravinsky, Vieuxtemps And More For Viola !!!CANCELLED!!!


Lisa Sung, viola. Program Stravinsky (1882-1971) Elegy for Solo Viola Tower (1938-) Purple Rhapsody Vieuxtemps (1820-1881) Sonata for Viola and Piano in B-Flat Major, Op.36 Violist Lisa Sung has appeared as concerto soloist at the Sydney Opera House and in chamber music recitals at Alice Tully Hall. Currently the associate principal violist of Symphony in C, she is also a guest musician with the New York Philharmonic and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
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Concerts, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By Stravinsky, Vieuxtemps And More For Viola !!!CANCELLED!!!

Author Reading | CANCELLED!! Crying the News: A History of America's Newsboys CANCELLED!!


Vincent Digirolamo's new book is an epic retelling of the American experience from the perspective of its most unshushable creation.
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Author Readings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! Crying the News: A History of America's Newsboys CANCELLED!!

Author Reading | CANCELLED!! 2 New Books: The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting / Aesthetics at Large CANCELLED!!


A book launch in celebration of poet and critic Barry Schwabsky's The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting and art historian Thierry de Duve's Aesthetics at Large. Schwabsky and de Duve will discuss their recently published works, covering the role of audience and Kantian aesthetic philosophy in contemporary art discourse. The conversation will be followed by a reception.
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Author Readings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! 2 New Books: The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting / Aesthetics at Large CANCELLED!!

Opening Reception | CANCELLED!! 5 Photography Shows CANCELLED!!


BT Kim, The Face John Custodio, On the Road: Structures Robert Kalman, In Tompkins Square: A Fleeting Intimacy Anne Burlock Lawver, Unadorned Group Show: Portraits
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Opening Receptions, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! 5 Photography Shows CANCELLED!!

Discussion | CANCELLED***Native American Fashion Design***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** In a conversation moderated by Regan de Loggans (Mississippi Choctaw), Jeffrey Gibson and Korina Emmerich will discuss Native American fashion design. Gibson is an award-winning Choctaw-Cherokee artist, whose work combines traditional Native American elements with contemporary references. Emmerich is the founder of EMME, a fashion brand, which reflects her indigenous heritage stemming from the Coast Salish territory, Puyallup tribe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED***Native American Fashion Design***CANCELLED

Screening | CANCELLED!! Alumni Film Festival CANCELLED!!


This series will share the recent work of thirty alumni from the past 28 years. With pieces ranging from short form narrative, documentary, abstraction, environmental, music videos, installations and more, this festival highlights the dynamic scope of video work emerging from our department and highlights our global alumni community and commitment to new directions the moving image.
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Screenings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! Alumni Film Festival CANCELLED!!

Opening Reception | CANCELLED!! Artist Talk: MINHWA & minhwa CANCELLED!


In this talk, contemporary minhwa painter Seongmin Ahn will discuss her creative practice in Asian traditional paintings, artistic background, immigration, and her philosophy. This program is part of the special exhibition, MINHWA & minhwa: Korean Folk Paintings in Dialogue with the Contemporary, celebrating the Asia Week New York. Seongmin Ahn will focus on how tradition became inspiration to her and the meaning of what she does in contemporary context along with her personal narratives and philosophy.
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Opening Receptions, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! Artist Talk: MINHWA & minhwa CANCELLED!

Discussion | CANCELLED***Self-Taught Artists: A Manifestation of the Urge to Play as the Exercise of Freedom for It***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** Curators Olivia Shao and Bob Nickas will convene for a conversation about the contemporary art world and its handling of self-taught art. Please note that conversation will be offered in English and ASL. Guo Fengyi (b. 1942, Xi-an) was a self taught artist who practiced qigong to alleviate her chronic arthritis pain. While practicing this ancient Chinese wellness technique, Fengyi drew intricate ink drawings and developed an imaginative, mystical, and deeply personal visual language. Bob Nickas is a writer and curator based in New York who has organized over 100 exhibitions since 1984. He has served as Curatorial Advisor at MoMA/PS1 between 2004-07, and on the teams for the 2003 Biennale de Lyon, and organized a section for Aperto at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Nikas is also the co-founder of Index magazine and has published widely over the past thirty-five years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED***Self-Taught Artists: A Manifestation of the Urge to Play as the Exercise of Freedom for It***CANCELLED

Dancing | !!!CANCELLED!!! Heros' Ball: A Beethoven Dance Party and Sound Salon !!!CANCELLED!!!


Beethoven's Eroica symphony starts with a violent waltz and ends with diplomatic English contra dance. His 7th Symphony famously revolves around a solemn funeral march but ends with a wild collage of Irish folk tunes and reels. This is an interactive dance workshop, where the dances that are the foundation of many of Beethoven's most famous symphonic works will be learnt.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Heros' Ball: A Beethoven Dance Party and Sound Salon !!!CANCELLED!!!

Author Reading | CANCELLED!! The Fortress: A Matriarchal Society CANCELLED!!


S. A. Jones debuts a new novel, a feminist, diverse sort of reverse The Handmaid's Tale that tackles and examines issues of power, privilege, masculinity, and whether change is possible, all set in a matriarchal society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! The Fortress: A Matriarchal Society CANCELLED!!

Author Reading | CANCELLED!! The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women CANCELLED!!


there is no way around tending to our life's roles and responsibilities, there is a way to bring more clarity and well-being into our lives so that we can move beyond surviving to thriving. The answer lies in our coming to learn and appreciate the importance of presence. With author Caroline Welch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women CANCELLED!!

Author Reading | CANCELLED!! The Gringa: Blurred Boundaries CANCELLED!!


In this powerful and timely new novel, Andrew Altschul maps the blurred boundaries between fact and fiction, author and text, resistance and extremism. Part coming-of-age story and part political thriller, The Gringa asks what one person can do in the face of the world's injustice.
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Author Readings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! The Gringa: Blurred Boundaries CANCELLED!!

Dance Performance | CANCELLED!! Dance Works-in-Progress CANCELLED!!


A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists' process. Featuring: Mariah Busk Yunguang Zang, Nuntinee Transrisakul Maya LaLiberte
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Dance Performances, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! Dance Works-in-Progress CANCELLED!!

Author Reading | CANCELLED!! New Fiction: The Illness Lesson / You Will Never Be Forgotten CANCELLED!!


Clare Beams's The Illness Lesson was named a most anticipated book of 2020 by Time, Vanity Fair, Esquire, O Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, BookRiot, Domino, and LitHub. At their newly founded school, Samuel Hood and his daughter Caroline promise a groundbreaking education for young women. But Caroline has grave misgivings. After all, her own unconventional education has left her unmarriageable and isolated, unsuited to the narrow roles afforded women in 19th century New England. In Mary South's provocative, bitingly funny debut collection You Will Never Be Forgotten, people attempt to use technology to escape their uncontrollable feelings of grief or rage or despair, only to reveal their most flawed and human selves.
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Author Readings, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED!! New Fiction: The Illness Lesson / You Will Never Be Forgotten CANCELLED!!

Workshop | CANCELLED***Introduction to Meditation***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** This is an introductory meditation classes were featured in New York Magazine's top picks (4 stars). Each session is intended to stand alone, attendence at previous sessions is not required. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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$10 suggested donation
Workshops, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED***Introduction to Meditation***CANCELLED

Talk | CANCELLED***Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** In May 2011, SEAL Team Six raided the Abbottabad compound where Osama bin Laden had been hiding for years, killing the leader of al-Qaeda. Robert Cardillo, then-principle deputy director for national intelligence, and Nicholas Rasmussen, then a senior staff person on the White House National Security Council, offer an inside look at the inter-agency collaboration, preparation, and decision-making behind the successful raid.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, March 17, 2020, 03/17/2020, CANCELLED***Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden***CANCELLED

Jazz | !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk And Modern Composers For Saxophone !!!CANCELLED!!!


Zoe Obadia, jazz alto saxophone. Program Zoe Obadia Evian Charlie Parker (1920-1955) Perhaps Zoe Obadia Twirl Fritz Schultz-Reichert, Carl Sigman It Worries Me Zoe Obadia Cypress Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) Off Minor Russ Columbo, Leo Robin, Clarence Gaskill Prisoner of Love
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