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26 free events take place on Friday, March 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 March 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 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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26 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, March 20, 2020

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Conference | !!!CANCELLED!!! Pioneers of Africana Philosophy !!!CANCELLED!!!


"Africana Philosophy" is the term that has been coined to designate philosophy in Africa and the African Diaspora (the Caribbean; the two Americas, North and South; Europe; Asia), both in the pre-modern and modern periods. In modernity, this philosophy will be fundamentally shaped by the experience of transnational racial subordination: racial chattel slavery in the Atlantic world, colonialism, and then continuing diasporic racial oppression in nominally post-slavery and post-colonial societies. Thus, it is arguably in modernity that a subset of Africana Philosophy becomes "Black" Philosophy. As such, black philosophers have played a crucial role in pioneering what is now known as Critical Philosophy of Race: the philosophical examination of race from a "critical," anti-racist perspective. This 2-day conference pays tribute both to the historic pathbreakers of the past and the still living pioneers of the present who--under the most difficult and unfavorable conditions--were eventually able, after decades of struggle both within and outside the academy, to get Africana Philosophy and Critical Philosophy of Race recognized as legitimate areas of philosophical exploration and inquiry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!!  Pioneers of Africana Philosophy !!!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
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Tours, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many !!!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.
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Concerts, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Bach at Noon !!!CANCELLED!!!

Tour | !!!CANCELLED!!! Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour !!!CANCELLED!!!


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn't really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
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Tours, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour !!!CANCELLED!!!

Workshop | !!!CANCELLED!!! DIY Handmade Magazine (Zine) !!!CANCELLED!!!


What is a zine? Zines are unique do-it-yourself (DIY) handmade magazines that come in many different formats, shapes, and sizes. They can be handwritten, typed, stapled, photocopied, or professionally printed and reflect personal self-expression on various topics! What is this workshop? Learn to create a DIY publication by writing, drawings, or collaging. Participants will come up with a concept and create a group zine. The finished product will end up in The New York Public Library's zine collection!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! DIY Handmade Magazine (Zine) !!!CANCELLED!!!

Workshop | !!!CANCELLED!!! E-file Tax Assistance !!!CANCELLED!!!


You can prepare and file your tax return electronically with some help from a tax assistant...all for free. To participate in this free program, you must: Have a valid e-mail address and basic computer skills Bring all necessary documentation and information
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! E-file Tax Assistance !!!CANCELLED!!!

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! Anna (2019): Luc Besson 's Action Thriller With Helen Mirren !!!CANCELLED!!!


Beneath Anna Poliatova's striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world's most feared government assassins. 119 min. Director: Luc Besson. Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans.
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Films, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Anna (2019): Luc Besson 's Action Thriller With Helen Mirren !!!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.
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Workshops, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, CANCELLED***Lunchtime Meditation***CANCELLED

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! The Good Liar (2019): Crime Thriller With Helen Mirren And Ian McKellen !!!CANCELLED!!!


Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes. 109 min. Director: Bill Condon. Starring Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey. The film grossed $33 million against a budget of $10 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! The Good Liar (2019): Crime Thriller With Helen Mirren And Ian McKellen !!!CANCELLED!!!

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957): Soldiers At The Court-Martial !!!CANCELLED!!!


After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. 88 min. Director: Stanley Kubrick Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou. In 1992, Paths of Glory was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. A court-martial is a military court or a trial conducted in such a court. A court-martial is empowered to determine the guilt of members of the armed forces subject to military law, and, if the defendant is found guilty, to decide upon punishment.
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Films, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957): Soldiers At The Court-Martial !!!CANCELLED!!!

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! Instant Family (2018): Couple Adopts Three Children !!!CANCELLED!!!


A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. 118 min. Director: Sean Anders. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner. Instant Family grossed $67.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $52.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $118.8 million, against a production budget of $48 million.
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Films, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Instant Family (2018): Couple Adopts Three Children !!!CANCELLED!!!

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! Labyrinth (1986): Fantasy With David Bowie And Jennifer Connelly !!!CANCELLED!!!


A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. 101 min. Director: Jim Henson. Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud. Most of the film's significant characters, apart from Bowie and Connelly, are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Wireless listening device is needed to hear the film. Please go a few minutes early to borrow one with your library card or State/City identification card. You may use your own headphone.
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Films, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Labyrinth (1986): Fantasy With David Bowie And Jennifer Connelly !!!CANCELLED!!!

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! Toy Story 4 (2019): Fourth Of The Series !!!CANCELLED!!!


When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. 100 min. Director: Josh Cooley. Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts. Toy Story 4 has grossed $1.073 billion worldwide, becoming the highest grossing installment of the franchise, the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019.
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Films, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Toy Story 4 (2019): Fourth Of The Series !!!CANCELLED!!!

Talk | !!!CANCELLED!!! Living in Trying Times: An Oral History !!!CANCELLED!!!


Tak Furumoto, President and CEO of Furumoto Realty, will share the personal story of his life and experiences as a Japanese American in trying times. Born in an Internment Camp during WW II, he overcame the internment, the aftermath of atomic bomb in Hiroshima, and is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He then pursued the American dream by establishing his own real estate firm.
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Talks, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Living in Trying Times: An Oral History !!!CANCELLED!!!

Master Class | !!!CANCELLED!!! Violin & Chamber Music Master Class !!!CANCELLED!!!


The founder of the Chilingirian Quartet, Levon Chilingirian is also a professor and Chamber Music Artist In Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, and professor of violin and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, both in London.
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Concerts, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Violin & Chamber Music Master Class !!!CANCELLED!!!

Classical Music | !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert And More For Violin !!!CANCELLED!!!


Sein An, violin. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 Beethoven (1770-1827) Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" Schubert (1797-1828) Fantasy in C major for Violin and Piano, D. 934, Op. 159 Nathan Milstein (1904-1992) Paganiniana As a soloist, violinist Sein An she has performed with the Wilmington Symphony, Temple University Symphony, Cairn University Symphony, Ambler Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony. She received the Grand Prize of the 16th International Violin Competition "Remember Enescu" in Romania.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert And More For Violin !!!CANCELLED!!!

Author Reading | !!!CANCELLED!!! Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War !!!CANCELLED!!!


Author Ronak K. Kapadia theorizes the world-making power of contemporary art responses to US militarism in the Greater Middle East. He traces how new forms of remote killing, torture, confinement, and surveillance have created a distinctive post-9/11 infrastructure of racialized state violence. Linking these new forms of violence to the history of American imperialism and conquest, Kapadia shows how Arab, Muslim, and South Asian diasporic multimedia artists force a reckoning with the US war on terror's violent destruction and its impacts on immigrant and refugee communities.
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Author Readings, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Insurgent Aesthetics: Security and the Queer Life of the Forever War !!!CANCELLED!!!

Concert | CANCELLED***3 Folk Music Acts***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** 5:30 pm Jan Bell - Yorkshire-born Americana 6:05 pm Sarah Browne - Indie folk singer/songwriter 6:40 pm Ali Aslam - Supersonic folk
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Concerts, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, CANCELLED***3 Folk Music Acts***CANCELLED

Workshop | !!!CANCELLED!!! Art Inspired by Grace Hartigan !!!CANCELLED!!!


Come create your own masterpiece inspired by work from famous artists and various techniques. The series will include an overview of the artist or technique, followed by a hands-on workshop.
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Workshops, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Art Inspired by Grace Hartigan !!!CANCELLED!!!

Jazz | !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By Ted Snyder, John Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie And More For Jazz Bass !!!CANCELLED!!!


Philip Norris, jazz bass. Program Philip Norris No Other Way Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Love Ted Snyder (1881-1965) The Sheik of Araby Philip Norris Ballade No. 2 John Lewis (1920-2001) Django Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)Tanga Cole Porter (1891-1964) Love For Sale Bassist Philip Norris has played in various parts of the world including Switzerland, Bolivia, and Russia. He has also played with artists such as: Wynton Marsalis, Ulysses Owens Jr., Harold Mabern, Joe Farnsworth, Eric Alexander, Jeff Hamilton, Helen Sung, Catherine Russell, Kenny Washington, Elio Vilafranca, Igor Butman, and many more.
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Concerts, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Works By Ted Snyder, John Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie And More For Jazz Bass !!!CANCELLED!!!

Opening Reception | CANCELLED***Tight Fit: Close Observation of the Female Body***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** A solo exhibition of oil paintings by Emily Roz. These new works are based on close observation of the female body, yet are abstracted through the use of color and pattern. Roz fuses the stripes and polka dots of undergarments into her backgrounds in order to accentuate bodily forms squished into ill-fitting underwear. The compact poses present figures with their heads cropped by the canvases' edges, while torsos and appendages are accentuated through the use of reflected color from the intense chroma-rich backgrounds.
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Opening Receptions, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, CANCELLED***Tight Fit: Close Observation of the Female Body***CANCELLED

Lecture | !!!CANCELLED!!! War and Conflict in the Middle Ages: A Global Perspective !!!CANCELLED!!!


Speaker: Stephen Morillo, U.S. Military Academy at West Point
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Lectures, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! War and Conflict in the Middle Ages: A Global Perspective !!!CANCELLED!!!

Poetry Reading | CANCELLED***Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** Celebrate the launch of Adeeba Shahid Talukder's latest collection, published by Tupelo Press and winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Pakistani American poet, singer, and translator of Urdu and Persian poetry, Talukder addresses romance within archetypes and employs metaphor illustrate a shifting mental state.
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Poetry Readings, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, CANCELLED***Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved***CANCELLED

Classical Music | !!!CANCELLED!!! Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano !!!CANCELLED!!!


Todd Phillips, violin; guest Rachel Yunkyung Choo, piano. Program Beethoven (1770-1827) Op. 12, No. 1 in D Major Op. 30, No. 3 in G Major Op. 23 in A Minor Op. 96 in G Major Todd Phillips has performed as a guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and Japan including the Pittsburgh Symphony, New York String Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with which he also performs frequently as concertmaster. He is one of the violinists of the Orion String Quartet, which performs regularly at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and are quartet-in-residence at New York's Mannes College of Music, where they are featured in a four-concert series each year. Pianist Rachel Yunkyung Choo has performed with numerous orchestras, including Korea National University of Arts Orchestra, Kang-nam Symphony Orchestra, TBC broadcasting Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among others.
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Concerts, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, !!!CANCELLED!!! Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano !!!CANCELLED!!!

Concert | CANCELLED***Charanga: Smooth, Danceable Cuban Salsa***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** In the 70's Charanga music--a smooth, creative, and extremely danceable form of Cuban Salsa featuring flute and violins--exploded on the scene with the creation of Charanga '76. The public loved the band and its female flute player who was at the center of all the attention. Coined as the first woman flutist to play Charanga music in the United States, Andrea Brachfeld burst into the spotlight and has been creating and playing this music, and many others, ever since. After a brief hiatus from the music scene, Andrea Brachfeld and Son Charanga was created in 2003. Now the group has been reconfigured once again with Bill O'Connell on the piano, Ruben Rodriguez on the bass, Willie Martinez on drums, Chembo Corniel on the congas, violinists Sam Bardfeld and Ali Bello, and vocalists Robert Meir (currently with Charanga '76) and Willy Torres. From decades of Charanga '76 hits to the original music of flutist Andrea Brachfeld, this band will reignite your passion and is sure to get you up and dancing.
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Concerts, March 20, 2020, 03/20/2020, CANCELLED***Charanga: Smooth, Danceable Cuban Salsa***CANCELLED

Jazz | !!!CANCELLED!!! Jazz Vocalist Hailed By The New York Times !!!CANCELLED!!!


"Elisabeth Lohninger is a powerful performer and a highly-skilled improviser and composer." - New York Times "Lohninger's ear for melody and intellect for smart lyrics have few peers. Add to this a warmly centered alto voice, well captured here, and a complete package of delight emerges." - All About Jazz Jazz vocalist and composer Elisabeth Lohninger has performed with many of the jazz greats, including Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, and Brian Blade, and the breadth of his experience - incorporating jazz, rock, Latin, fusion and contemporary classical - has prompted his appearance on over 100 album recordings. Working with the likes of Patti Austin, Grace Kelly and Curtis Stigers, as well as the Mahavishnu Project, she has progressively forged an enviable reputation for both exactitude and exhilarating musicality.
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