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38 free events take place on Thursday, March 2 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 2 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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38 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, March 2, 2023

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free events nyc Beethoven: Master of Variations (in-person and online)
free events nyc Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962
free events nyc Just Enough: Finding the Essence of Japanese Design (online)
free events nyc Shadow. Eurydice Says: Greek Myth and Female Reality (expect an outstanding theatre piece)
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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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Vivaldi


Program Vivaldi (1678-1741), Four Seasons
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Classical Music | Beethoven: Master of Variations (in-person and online)


Cellist Susan Salm, violin, and Norman Carey, piano, will perform Beethoven's Sonata No. 1 in F major, Seven Variations on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe," and Sonata No. 5 in D Major. Goverment photo ID is required to enter the building.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Violin Works by Hermann (In Person and Online)


Enjoy a set of highly evocative “miniatures” for solo violin that conjure a wide variety of images and affects, appealing in particular to children and the young at heart. Abigail Karr, violin. Abigail Karr has appeared in a variety of ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston and Tempesta di Mare of Philadelphia. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Jazz | Live Jazz from Harlem (online)


The fun, engaging, and astute vocal stylist Boncellia Lewis has been a fixture in the NYC music scene for several decades. Known for her long residencies at the Red Rooster in Harlem and Chez Josephine in Midtown, she has also toured in Europe, South America and across the U.S. She has worked with notable artists like Donald Smith, Bill Saxton and Harry Whitaker, and has mentored many younger musicians.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Oscar Nominee Top Gun: Maverick (2022) With Tom Cruise


After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to fly it. Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller Tom Cruise is one of the world's highest-paid actors. He's received three Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award four times. His films have grossed over $4 billion in North America and over $11.5 billion worldwide,[2] making him one of the highest-grossing box-office stars of all time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Talk | Artist Talk: Loss, Longing, Belonging


On the occasion of the opening of her exhibition, renowned Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander is in conversation with Professor Gayatri Gopinath. Sikander’s photographs, initially taken in 2012, depict the ruin and desolation of a South Asian movie theater and its sole caretaker in Khorfakkan, Sharjah, and speak poignantly to the questions of home, displacement, belonging, and unbelonging that touch the lives of many South Asian migrants in the UAE.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussion | Pressing Issues in Understanding Russia Today (in-person and online)


A conversation hosted by Dr. Yevgenia Albats with Anne Applebaum.   Another installment in our series of conversations hosted by Jordan Center Distinguished Journalist in Residence Dr. Yevgenia Albats. Throughout the year, Dr. Albats will be joined by leading experts – journalists, researchers, foreign service officers, and more – in one-on-one, public conversations regarding the most pressing issues in our understanding of Russia today. Anne Applebaum is a journalist, a prize-winning historian, a staff writer for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she co-leads a project on 21st century disinformation and co-teaches a course on democracy. Her books include Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine; Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956; and Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. Dr. Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host. She has been Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007. On February 28 2022, Vladimir Putin blocked its website, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine. Despite that, Albats contines to run the newtimes.ru, and she kept reporting from Russia until she had to leave the country in the last week of August 2022 after she was fined for her coverage of the war with Ukraine and pronounced a foreign agent.
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Where Did All the Labor Go?: Gender and the Decline of Hand Spinning Worldwide (in-person and online)


Although scholars have recently pointed to the disappearance of hand spinning in contexts ranging from Great Britain to India, the effects of this change have only just begun to become clear, and have never been explored in a globally comparative manner. What happened to this vast labor reserve of women around the world? Regional studies suggest that experiences differentiated vastly, not only in terms of timing, but also in terms of the nature of (married) women’s subsequent labor market activities. We know that a share of married women in rapidly industrializing contexts found employment in emerging factories, as was the case in Britain, the USA and the Netherlands. In some countries, such as Japan and colonial Indonesia, a proportion of married/adult women shifted to intensified hand weaving, while in others, such as India, the surplus of female labor was mostly absorbed into low productive agriculture. Presumably, these differences both stemmed from, and resulted in, highly regionally diverging paths of economic development as well as women’s position in the labor market up until the present. This talk aims to show that studying these variegating experiences of female laborers therefore has direct relevance for understanding inequality – between and within countries – today.   Speaker Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk is full professor of Economic and Social History at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Discussion | A People's Guide to New York City: An Alternative Guidebook (in-person and online)


Dr. Penny Lewis and Dr. Carolina Bank Munoz present their alternative guidebook for one of the world's most popular tourist destinations explores all five boroughs to reveal a people's New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:15 pm
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Book Discussion | The Art of the Straight Line: My Tai Chi: A Celebration of Lou Reed 


A celebration of Lou Reed’s life, music, and meditations at the upcoming release of The Art of the Straight Line: My Tai Chi, a collection of unpublished writings by the late musician Lou Reed on the technique, practice, and purpose of martial arts, as well as essays, observations, and riffs on meditation and life. The celebration falls on Lou Reed’s 81st birthday and the fourth annual Lou Reed International Tai Chi Day. Join us for a Tai Chi demonstration, a public Tai Chi class, and presentation by the book editors. The event will culminate with a performance of musical improvisors set against Lou Reed’s Musical Drones. SCHEDULE: 5:00 PM | Lou Reed’s Musical Drones performed by Stewart Hurwood 5:30 PM | Tai Chi demonstration by Master Ren Guang Yi and students with Stephan Berwick MC 6:00 PM | Free Tai Chi class with Master Ren Guang Yi 6:30 PM | The Art of the Straight Line discussion with book editors, Laurie Anderson, Stephan Berwick, Bob Currie and Scott Richman 6:45 PM | Lou Reed’s Musical Drones resume 8:00 PM | Guest performances by Kevin Hearn, Sarth Calhoun, Shahzad Ismaily, Laurie Anderson and others. Lou Reed was a musician, singer, songwriter, poet and founding member of the legendary rock band the Velvet Underground. He collaborated with many artists, from Andy Warhol to Robert Wilson and Metallica. Reed had a groundbreaking solo career that spanned five decades until his death in 2013.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Reading | Storytelling Circle (online)


One of the oldest traditions around the world is storytelling — folk tales, fairy tales, historic tales, family tales. Bring whatever story you choose. We’ll gather ’round the virtual campfire and listen. Doris Hart moderates.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Our Bodies, Our Freedom / Other Lives


Our Bodies, Our Freedom "Women’s push against the powerful patriarchal structures continues in spite of frequent setbacks. Yet women never give up, keeping their efforts steady, resisting and pushing forward. The six artists in this exhibition use visual messages to make the public aware of the importance of women’s equality as well as the importance of maintaining the laws that guarantee it." –Dr. Kyra Belan Judy Werlin: Other Lives Judy Werlin says "The work in this show is done with mixed materials including casein paint, pens and pencils, clay, white and black gesso, and various papers and board. Some pieces in my current show are wood shrines which I made several years ago but have filled with new inhabitants."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | 7th Annual International Women’s Day: Group Show


Featured Artists: Aprajita Lal, Gulsum Keskinoglu, Jean Chiang, Kaori Yasumoto, Kumi Hirose, Melina Sobi, Miho Hiranouchi, Naomi Hyman, Natasha Marcano Dillon, Penny Dell, Richa Rashmi, Sandra H. Andersen, Shenan Howard, Silvia Aviles, SunHe Hong, Tanja Momcilovic, Thais Coelho Plokamakis International Women’s Day first began in New York City in 1911 and has historically been utilized to call attention to the many hardships and oppressions faced by women throughout the world. The Suffragettes founded International Women’s Day to unite and empower women in their fight for equality and to this day, it continues to inspire individuals to persevere in the face of adversity, celebrate powerful women, and organize direct action to further our progress as a society towards the abolishment of gender inequality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962


Debra Bricker Balken and Lynn Gumpert discuss the lives and careers of American artists in postwar France to celebrate the publication of thei book, the first substantial, scholarly overview of the American creative community living in postwar Paris, featuring never-before-published interviews with Americans and French artists, critics, and dealers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Andrea Branzi: Contemporary DNA


Seminal Italian designer and architect Andrea Branzi’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. An exemplary social thinker and educator, Branzi has been a fundamental voice in post-war and contemporary architecture and design, in Italy and abroad, since the mid 1960s. A culmination of his intuitive processes of turning research into physical form, this comprehensive and far-reaching exhibition unveils three new bodies of work: Roots, Germinal Seats, and Buildings. Presciently taking stock of our time, these works are composed of exceptions and variations throughout Andrea Branzi’s artistic evolution.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Gabriela Vainsencher: "Epic, Heroic, Ordinary"


You walk into an ancient ruin and there is a hideous creature, some sort of serpentine dragon slithering across the wall, flaunting a hideous tail and a tangle of arms, riddled with a myriad of ears. But wait, is that a frying pan? A tote bag? And on closer inspection, perhaps her head is not that of a Medusa, but that of a worried woman. And there are pacifiers, a toy, and maybe those talons are combing a child’s hair rather than wringing its neck. Welcome to the world of Gabriela Vainsencher, where motherhood meets mythology. Her work is rich with allegory, pulling inspiration from heroic tales, ancient Greek ceramics and Roman frescoes, as well as her experience as a mother.  It all makes sense. Vainsencher has been referencing archaeology and anatomy for close to a decade. Her “Back Dirt” photographic series is all about the dig, and her previous ceramics, though abstract, have all been about the body. The new work is a unique hybrid. Vainsencher employs a carved drawing method that gives her porcelain sculptures their close affinity to drawing. While the clay is still wet, she uses a sharp pin tool to free-hand carve her drawings into the clay, which allows the drawing line to be preserved in all its fluidity, and afterwards, she rubs pigmented underglazes into the grooves left by the pin tool. This process allows for mark-making that is between drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. The bodies, vessels and faces are then smudged, touched, and rubbed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Jane Freilicher: Abstractions


Demonstrating the expansiveness of Freilicher’s visual language and underscoring her contribution to a generation of New York City painters, Abstractions offers an opportunity to discover a series of work by an artist known primarily for her distinctive style of painterly representation.
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Opening Reception | Made in Italy | Sold in America: Fashion in 'Attenzione' Magazine, 1979-1987


An exhibition of historical magazines, including fashion from the NYU Costume Studies MA Study Collection. This exhibition highlights the Italian lifestyle magazine Attenzione, which was published in the United States in the early 1980s for an elite readership of Italophiles. Attenzione covered a range of topics relating to Italian culture including politics, the arts, society, food, and most notably, fashion. Though the topic of fashion was seen by some readers as undermining the magazine’s purpose of spreading knowledge about Italian heritage and history, for others coverage of the successful careers of Made in Italy designers was inspirational and a point of pride. By viewing the magazine alongside examples of designer fashions from the 1980s to today, this exhibition begins to contextualize the presence of Italian fashion in the United States just as Made in Italy was conquering the international market.
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Opening Reception | Matt Mullican: Sunday, August 9, 1908


A new series of paintings and drawings. Matt Mullican (born 1951, Santa Monica, California) earned his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles in 1974 and has since exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States. He recently had a series of retrospective exhibitions presented by the Possehl Foundation in Lübeck and was the recipient of their 2022 Possehl Prize for International Art. Other solo exhibitions have been held at the Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand Hornu, Belgium; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Skulpturenhalle, Neuss, Germany; Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan; and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. Mullican’s work can be found in the collections of several major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Matt Mullican lives and works in Berlin and New York.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Spaces on the Spectrum: How Autism Movements Resist Experts and Create Knowledge


Social movements are important spaces for the cultivation of contentious knowledge—or knowledge that aims to challenge expert authority and orthodoxy. In her forthcoming book, Spaces on the Spectrum: How Autism Movements Resist Experts and Create Knowledge, Catherine Tan investigates how two autism movements organize social and material resources to reimagine autism. In this presentation, Tan focuses on the autistic rights movement, which conceptualizes autism as a human difference that should be respected and valued—not treated or ‘cured.’ Within this movement, members form and empower an autistic identity that resists medicalization. They create temporary physical and social spaces to model acceptance. Drawing from ethnographic data, Tan illustrates how contentious knowledge is collectively generated, enacted, and protected.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Tina Barney: The Beginning


Spanning the years 1976 to 1981, this show brings together the earliest works of acclaimed American photographer Tina Barney. Featuring images largely unseen by the public, the exhibition chronicles a period of technical and artistic development that would lay the foundation for the complex and incisive tableaux that ultimately established Barney as a key figure in international photography. “The photographs in this book seem like X-rays of my mind,” she has said.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Baroque Works for Violin, Harp, and More


Anima: Beth Anne Hatton, soprano; Vita Wallace, baroque violin; Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba & lirone; Christa Patton, baroque harp. Program Settimia Caccini (1591-1638), Due luci ridenti (1628) Vincenzo Calestani (1589-after 1617), Damigella tutta bella Francesca Caccini (1587-after 1641), Chi desia di saper (1618) Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677), Per un bacio (1659) Sebastián Durón (1660-1716), Ay que me abraso (1716) Rossi (1597-1653), Passacaglia Rossi (1597-1653), Lagrime, dove sete? Landi (1587–1639), A che più l'arco tendere
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Lecture | Fictions of the Epidemic (in-person and online)


Long before the Coronavirus pandemic, we find fictions of the epidemic in 20th century French literature, whether in Joseph Delteil (the plague) in the 1920s or in Albert Camus (the plague) and Jean Giono (the cholera) at the turn of the 1940s and 1950s. These novels, which revolve around an epidemic, pose a number of historical, moral, health or aesthetic questions that the pandemic from which we emerge has naturally made more pressing: that of the place of disease, medicine and caregivers in society, that of forced immobility and movement, that of anxiety and exacerbation of vital instincts in times of crisis, that of our relationship with animals and the environment in which we live, and that of the role of art: "What is the use of poets in these times of distress?" (Hölderlin). Contemporary literature since Le Clézio (smallpox, in La Quarantaine, in 1997), taking over from stories of the AIDS crisis, is delving in its own way into these vital questions in various novels about different diseases, whether in Patrick Deville (plague and cholera) or Paule Constant or Adrien Absolu (Ebola fever), with an approach which diverges from the numerous detective and science-fiction novels dealing with the same subject. With Allan Schaffner.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Plotinus on the Meaning of “Know Thyself”


A lecture presented by Sara Magrin of the University of Pittsburgh. In light of Jean Pépin’s work on the ancient reception of Plato’s Alcibiades, most scholars today agree that the goal, or one of the goals, Plotinus pursues in the first treatise of the Enneads is that of examining the question of who we are. This is the question raised by the Delphic command “know thyself” and answered by Plato in the Alcibiades. While the author grants that the Delphic command and Plato’s approach to it in the Alcibiades are central to the argument of Enn., 1.1, the suggestion is that, in this treatise, the answer to question of who we are is part of a much more ambitious project.
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Discussion | Building a Black Public Square (In Person AND Online)


This program will feature reflections on the urgency of preserving the Black public square from CBFS’s founding directors, Komozi Woodard and Jeanne Theoharis, and the scholar-activist-archivists, Brian Jones and Robyn C. Spencer-Antoine, who were among its earliest supporters. The conversation will be followed by Q&A with the audience. About the Speakers Dr. Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of City University of New York and the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, the history of social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her widely-acclaimed biography, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, won a 2014 NAACP Image Award and the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; it appeared on the New York Times bestseller list and was named one of the 25 Best Academic Titles of 2013 by Choice. The critically acclaimed documentary of the same name, executive produced by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, is based on Theoharis’ bestselling book. Her recent book, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History, won the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize in Nonfiction. Dr. Robyn C. Spencer-Antoine is Associate Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York. She is part of the faculty in the History Department at the CUNY Graduate Center and is an affiliate faculty with the American Studies Program and the Women and Gender Studies Program. She teaches survey and seminar courses on African American Heritage, Civil rights and Black Power, and Black women’s history in the US, and her research centers on social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. She is the author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, served as one of the co-editors of the Radical Teacher special Issue on “Teaching Black Lives Matter” and co-edited a special issue of Meridians journal titled “Radical Transnationalism: Reimagining Solidarities, Violence, Empires.” Dr. Komozi Woodard is the Esther Raushenbush Professor of History, Public Policy & Africana Studies at Sarah Lawrence College specializing in African American history, politics, and culture, emphasizing the Black Freedom Movement, women in the Black revolt, US urban and ethnic history, public policy and persistent poverty, oral history, and the experience of anti-colonial movements. He is author of A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics and reviews, chapters, and essays in journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias. He is editor of, The Black Power Movement, Part I: Amiri Baraka, From Black Arts to Black Radicalism; Freedom North; Groundwork; Want to Start a Revolution?; and Women in the Black Freedom Struggle. Dr. Brian Jones is an American educator, scholar, activist, and actor. He is the inaugural director of the Center for Educators and Schools of The New York Public Library, and formerly the Associate Director of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where his department hosted Conversations in Black Freedom Studies. Prior to joining the Schomburg’s leadership team he was a Schomburg scholar in residence. He is author of The Tuskegee Student Uprising: A History and has contributed to several books on issues of racism, inequality, and Black education history, most recently to Black Lives Matter At School: An Uprising for Educational Justice. A teacher of elementary grades in the New York City Public Schools for nine years, Jones has been a prominent critic of school privatization. He co-narrated the independent film The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, which challenged the ideas of the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman.
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Performance | Winter 2023 City Skate Concert


This short pop-up concert features: -Of Water and Ice, Valerie Levine and Sarah France
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Play | Shadow. Eurydice Says: Greek Myth and Female Reality (expect an outstanding theatre piece)


A unique live theatre performance of a stage adaption of Elfriede Jelinek's acclaimed work. The play is produced by renowned Austrian director and Nestroy Theatre Prize winner Sabine Mitterecker and performed by the celebrated actress Alexandra Sommerfeld. Expect an outstanding theatre piece full of humour and ambiguity, composed in highly musical language. Orpheus and Eurydice are the embodiment of lovers. As Eurydice dies prematurely bitten by a snake, Orpheus ventures into the underworld to bring her back to life, charming Hades with his music. But what happens if Eurydice doesn't want to return? What if she refuses to be seen as the token of his love that he needs to redeem? What if she even discards the versions of female identity offered to her like last season's clothes? Ancient Greek myth and modern female reality are closely intertwined in Elfriede Jelinek's text, addressing us through the perspective of an unexpected speaker. What if the object of desire itself raises her voice?
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Red Balcony: Historical Novel of the British Empire


Based on actual events, Jonathan Wilson's gripping novel is about sex, love, history and justice in the tinderbox of British Mandatory Palestine. It's 1933, and Ivor Castle, Oxford-educated and Jewish, arrives in Palestine to take up a position as assistant to the defense counsel in the trial of the two men accused of murdering Haim Arlosoroff, a leader of the Jewish community in Palestine whose efforts to get Jews out of Hitler's Germany and into Palestine may have been controversial enough to get him killed. While preparing for the trial, Ivor, an innocent to the politics of the case, falls into bed and deeply in love with Tsiona, a free-spirited artist who happened to sketch the accused men in a Jerusalem cafe on the night of the murder and may be a key witness. As Ivor learns the hard way about the violence simmering just beneath the surface of British colonial rule, Jonathan Wilson dazzles with his mastery of the sun-drenched landscape and the subtleties of the warring agendas among the Jews, Arabs, and British. And as he travels between the crime scene in Tel Aviv and the mazelike streets of Jerusalem, between the mounting mysteries surrounding this notorious case and clandestine lovemaking in Tsiona's studio, Ivor must discover where his heart lies: whether he cares more for the law or the truth, whether he is more an Englishman or a Jew, and where and with whom he truly belongs.
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Book Discussion | The Revolt Against Humanity: Imagining a Future Without Us


In this blistering book about the history of an idea, Adam Kirsch, one of our leading critics, draws on his dazzling range and calls our attention to a seemingly inconceivable topic that is being seriously discussed: that the end of humanity’s reign on earth is imminent, and that we should welcome it. Kirsch journeys through literature, philosophy, science, and popular culture, to identify two strands of thinking: Anthropocene antihumanism says that our climate destruction has doomed humanity and we should welcome our extinction, while transhumanism believes that genetic engineering and artificial intelligence will lead to new forms of life superior to humans.
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Discussion | Authors in Conversation


The Creative Writing Program presents internationally acclaimed authors and professors Terrance Hayes, Claudia Rankine, and Ocean Vuong reading and in conversation. Program Director Deborah Landau will introduce the evening.
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Talk | Becoming Aware of Women Artists' Legacies


World-renowned art historian Camille Morineau has spent the last 13 years seeking answers. She also was awarded the Légion d’Honneur of the French Republic for her work. Morineau will speak on the importance of her quest in today’s world.
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Discussion | Just Enough: Finding the Essence of Japanese Design (online)


Since Japan and the West began exchanging ideas in the mid-19th century, Japanese design sensibilities--from elaborate kimono garments and meticulously raked gardens to lavish compositions of ukiyo-e woodblock prints--have had wide appeal across Europe and the United States. Often ornate yet minimalistic, Japanese design embodies numerous visual approaches underpinning the notion of "just right" or "just enough," known as hodo-hodo. While no single element characterizes the entirety of Japanese design culture, many scholars attribute the spectrum of Japanese design to cultural, social and spiritual practices deeply grounded in Japan's history that continue to be observed in Japanese design practices today. Featuring a discussion with Taku Satoh, one of Japan's most critically acclaimed contemporary designers, alongside two internationally recognized authorities on Japanese design sensibilities, Linda Hoaglund (bilingual filmmaker and cultural producer) and Sarah Teasley (Professor of Design, RMIT University), this live webinar will explore the underlying aesthetic and cultural roots essential for understanding the essence of Japanese design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussion | Panel with Nobel Translation Prize Finalist, and PEN/Albertine Prize Winner


Join a multi-prize-winning translators Emma Ramadan, Eugene Ostashevsky, & Chris Clarke for a discussion on the art of translation.  
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Staged Reading | Reading of a New Musical 


Even as Hannah Senesh was preparing to parachute into occupied Europe, fellow Hungarian Jew Rudolf Kastner was negotiating with Adolf Eichmann to try to save Jews. Senesh was caught and executed by firing squad, cementing her status as a Jewish folk hero; Kastner survived and settled in Israel, where he was accused of collaborating with the Nazis. "The Match," is a new musical that examines what it means to be a hero, the brutal calculus of impossible choices, and how far we’d be willing to go to save a life. Music, lyrics and book: Toby Singer  Dir.: Aaron Feinstein 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Transforming the Nation’s Food System: Lessons from the New Deal and Strategies for Today (online)


An expert roundtable to explore how federal policy initiatives can spur revitalization of regional agriculture, better conditions for farm and food-processing workers, more equitable food distribution, and improved nutrition for all Americans — measures that recall successful New Deal programs. The trauma of the pandemic alone has not changed the underlying forces that have shaped the nation’s food supply chain over many decades, narrowly concentrating sources of food production, processing, and distribution. The emergency infusion of funding for SNAP benefits, food pantries, and charitable hunger-relief programs is abating, though food insecurity persists widely. This year’s anticipated re-authorization of the federal farm bill is an opportunity to transform the nation’s food system. First enacted during the Great Depression, this omnibus statute encompasses a host of agricultural programs as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the largest source of federal food assistance for low-income Americans. Recent federal actions address food supply-chain insecurity, support for small farmers, and SNAP program management. Many of these measures resonate with successful initiatives of the New Deal era. These included hunger relief programs in rural and urban areas, including schools; construction of farm-to-market roads; rural electrification, facilities for farmer education and agricultural research; and housing for farmer resettlement. New Deal programs funded construction of urban farm market structures, some of which survive today in New York State and elsewhere. The experts will explore current challenges and opportunities and reflect on the legacies of the New Deal for today’s policymakers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | What Does Re-enchanting the World Mean Today?


A conversation between Verónica Gago and Silvia Federici about 1970s and contemporary feminist dynamics of politicization. How have forms of (paid and unpaid) work and subaltern bodies of work changed? What does it mean that rebel bodies are again at the center of the violence of financed capitalism? How does this translate both unevenly and in dialogue in Southern and Northern geographies? How can their resistances coordinate themselves politically? How can we think and imagine paid reproductive work when the “patriarchy of the wage” is in crisis? What historical experiences of international feminism do we have to rethink contemporary transborder coordination?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Oscar and Golden Globe Nominee in a Romantic Play

Regular Price: $69
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Play | A Historical Play About Civil Rights

Regular Price: $45
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