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51 free events take place on Thursday, March 7 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 7 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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51 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, March 7, 2024

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free events nyc Works by Female Baroque Composers for Lute and Voice (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc The Golden Harvest (2019): Olive Trees and Mediterranean People
free events nyc The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972): Classic French Cinema from Luis Bunuel
free events nyc Collective's Modern Bluegrass Spirit
free events nyc Meg: A Play About Sir Thomas More's Daughter by Tony Winner Paula Vogel
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Discussion | Curatorial Roundtable (online)


A talk with Anthony Huberman on what it means for an organization to be "artist-centered." The Curatorial Roundtable, an international forum for curators and institutional leaders to discuss formative and current projects, is hosted by Steven Henry Madoff, founding chair of the MA Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Symposium | Flamenco Festival NY: Paco de Lucia and the Americas (in-person and online)


A major conference on the Spanish guitar virtuoso's relationship with the Americas. Musicians and scholars from around the world honor and celebrate the remarkable artistry of Paco de Lucia. Marking the 10th anniversary of de Lucia's death, this conference explores the influence of the flamenco guitar virtuoso, composer, and producer on the Americas, as well as the Americas' influence on him. Paco de Lucia (1947-2014) was a giant as a guitar innovator, his music transcending and transforming genres. His unique fusions of Spanish musical idioms with North American, Caribbean, and Latin American genres continue to influence classical, flamenco, jazz, pop, and world music today. This conference investigates de Lucia's antecedents and honors his legacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:30 am
Free

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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Lecture | Critical Issues in Global Health in Conflict Settings (online)


This event examines contemporary issues and challenges in global health, with a particular focus on conflict and violence-affected areas. We will explore the causes and determinants of these challenges as they are shaped by social, cultural, economic, and political factors. Participants will apply a critical lens to the intersection of violence and its aftermath as it affects population health, as well as the various roles of local and international actors. On a larger scale, this seminar explores how the framing and arrangements of neocolonialism in humanitarian action, the liberal approach to peace in the aftermath of conflicts, structural violence, and necropolitical governmentality work to shape public health outcomes in the most vulnerable communities in the world. In addition to the challenges posed to global public health, the seminar will also analyze the various partnerships and modes of solidarity among different actors in their efforts to promote public health in their communities, drawing primarily from real-world examples. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in writing and advocacy to address these challenges effectively. First of 10 sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Film | Little Women (1949) with Elizabeth Taylor


The March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — struggle to make ends meet in their New England household while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism, often with neighbor Laurie as a companion. As they mature, they face burgeoning ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, all the while maintaining their unbreakable bond. Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, Rossano Brazzi, Mary Astor Elizabeth Taylor began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She then became the world's highest paid movie star in the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood cinema.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Talk | Meet Me in the Kitchen: Making Healthy Choices


Nutritionist Lauren C. Kelly offers creative twists on classic recipes, food prep and cooking trends. From appetizers, to entrees, to dessert, learn how to design menus using helpful tips and current research findings for better health and eating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Opening Reception | Zoe Longfield: Paintings & Works on Paper 1948 - 1950


A striking exhibition of sumptuous paintings and works on paper.. This is the gallery's first one-person exhibition of the artist since announcing exclusive representation of the Zoe Longfield Estate and includes material produced by the artist in the late 1940s and early 1950s that has rarely, if ever been shown and/or reproduced.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Exploring the Politics of Dignity in the Spaces of Death (in-person and online)


Speaker: Randa M. Wahbe, a recent PhD graduate in anthropology at Harvard University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:15 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Book Discussion | Strangers: Migration Stories


Award-winning journalist Ismail Einashe's book explores migration stories through the lens of art, using the works of renowned artists like Tania Bruguera, Arshile Gorky, and Mona Hatoum to provide profound insights into the struggles of individuals seeking refuge in strange lands.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Bisbee '17 (2018): documentary, Western, and musical


Radically combining collaborative documentary, western, and musical elements, Bisbee '17 follows several members of a close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly 2,000 immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert, and left there to die. This long-buried and largely forgotten event came to be known as the Bisbee Deportation. Bisbee '17 documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a large scale recreation of the deportation itself on the exact day of its 100th anniversary. These dramatized scenes are based on subjective versions of the story and offer conflicting views of the event, underscoring the difficulty of collective memory, while confronting the current political predicaments of immigration, unionization, environmental damage, and corporate corruption with direct, haunting messages about solidarity and struggle. Director: Robert Greene
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Marvels of My Own Inventiveness: Curatorial Tour


Brooke Wyatt and Sadé Ayorinde will lead an in-person, introductory tour of the exhibition. Featuring 22 paintings by five contemporary Black artists in the museum collection, the exhibition explores the artistic self-expression of Black makers working in and around abstraction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Female Baroque Composers for Lute and Voice (In Person AND Online)


Filigree Ensemble: Christina Kay, soprano; Kim Leeds, mezzo-soprano; Adam Cockerham, lute, perform works by female Baroque composers, paired with selections from the Cantigas de Santa Maria.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Film | The Holdovers (2023) with Paul Giamatti


A curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school remains on campus during Christmas break to babysit a handful of students with nowhere to go. He soon forms an unlikely bond with a brainy but damaged troublemaker, and with the school's head cook, a woman who just lost a son in the Vietnam War. Director: Alexander Payne Cast: Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa Paul Giamatti is an American actor. His accolades include a Primetime Emmy Award and three Golden Globes, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and a British Academy Film Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Lecture | Improvising Musical Time: A Perspective from Embodied Cognition


Music is often regarded as a temporal artform, but what does that truly entail? According to Mariusz Kozak, musical time emerges from interactions between sonic events and the embodied responses of participants—performers and listeners alike. More specifically, musical time is enacted when we coordinate our movements, ranging from surreptitious tapping and head-nodding all the way up to full-blown choreographies and vigorous headbanging, with what we perceive to be opportunities for action. We improvise time with and through our bodies when we use our knowledge of what movement feels like to turn explicit events (the present) into implicit ones (the past), and implicit events (the future) into explicit ones (the present). Speaker: Mariusz Kozak, Associate Professor of Music
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Book Discussion | CANCELLED***New Narratives on the Peopling of America: Immigration, Race, and Dispossession***CANCELLED


Editors T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Alexandra D?lano Alonso present an extraordinary collection of original essays that reshape our understanding of the peopling of the United States. This thought-provoking volume goes beyond conventional accounts of immigration by reexamining narratives about foreign-born populations in the United States. It situates them as part of a larger story of forced displacement and dispossession that needs to include indigenous people, enslaved persons, deported and returned migrants, and those residing in territories and foreign nations acquired by the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussion | The Haitian Revolution in the Early Republic of Letters: Incipient Fevers


Duncan Faherty discusses his latest publication with Elizabeth Maddox Dillon, Robert Reid-Pharr and David Waldstreicher.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Songs of Rage and Hope: A Poetry Reading and Conversation


Alex Averbuch will read, in the original Ukrainian and in English translation, from his latest book Zhydivsky korol (The Jewish King, a 2023 finalist for the Shevchenko National Prize, Ukraine’s highest award for culture and literature), as well as new poems from his upcoming book, and answer questions from the audience. Averbuch’s poetry deals with interwoven Jewish-Ukrainian relations, issues of ethnic fragmentation and in-betweenness, multiple identities, queerness, cross- and multilingualism, documentalist writing, and memory. Unsettling but ultimately liberatory de-specifications of ethnos, language, and sexuality relieve trigger-points in Ukraine’s history through the confessional intimacy of family, shame, pleasure, and the reconciliation of self and other.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:15 pm
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Film | The Golden Harvest (2019): Olive Trees and Mediterranean People


A 6,000-year old love story in which the filmmaker tries to understand the profound, often troubled, relationship between olive trees and the people of the Mediterranean, including her own father. It is a complicated romance, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, set in a region that includes some of the poorest and most conflicted areas of Europe and the Middle East. Director: Alia Yunis 85 min. Followed by a talk with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free

Workshop | Cardio Dance


This creative and fun workout fuses dance and aerobics to improve cardio fitness and tone the body. Instructor: Masayo Kado
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Kim Harty: Birthing Anatomies


Eight glass sculptures and three digital prints comprise the exhibition and were made by Harty over the last eighteen months to address ideas around reproduction and the body following the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling. The work grapples with themes of reproductive justice and societal perceptions of reproductive anatomy through abstraction, challenging the narratives we construct about our bodies and exposing the gap between imagination and lived experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Film | The Project of the Century (2015): Abandoned Nuclear Dreams


In an abandoned nuclear project conceived by Cuba and the USSR, a disillusioned engineer survives with his mean father and his frustrated son, while 1970s found footage of the "project of the century" describe its ambitious scope. Director: Carlos Quintela Stars: Mario Balmaseda, Mario Guerra, Leonardo Gascón 100 min.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Clare Hu & Nicholas D’Ornellas: but still bearing visible


Working from the lineage of unknown women weavers, under-the-table service workers, broken threads, miscommunication, physical glitches, text becoming texture, textile becoming texture, a quick glimpse of a blue tarp deteriorated with time, the last look of a room becoming the vessel for remembering; but still bearing visible. Located in a small triangular storefront in Times Square, the site becomes a meeting ground for Clare Hu & Nicholas D’Ornellas, whose practices are rooted in contemporary craft and formalist language.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Estudio Campana: On the Road


This show opens a new chapter of the studio’s practice. It invites spiritual perspectives, recent material influences and creative instinct, while continuing to explore and bring new context to local craft traditions across Brazil. The result is a body of work that signifies and communicates while celebrating spontaneity and intuition as equally stalwart values of the studio’s methodology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Ian Lewandowski: The Colossus


An exhibition of photographs by Ian Lewandowski, the artist’s second solo show in New York. Lewandowski collects source imagery like a bird canvasing for materials to build a nest. The world that the artist documents and builds in his images is populated by the poses and visual artifacts of the past—from art, history, queer life, pornography, erotica, and Instagram. Lewandowski moved from Indiana to New York in 2011 to study photography at the Pratt Institute clinging to a MTA subway map and a camera phone. Thirteen years post-arrival, Lewandowski no longer needs to carry the now crumpled and outdated map, and instead lugs around his large format camera and tripod. Many of the photographs in The Colossus were created by the artist during the COVID-19 pandemic and trace the navigation between domestic and public spaces, and a complex negotiation between safety and exposure. The earlier images in the series, often shot in private interior spaces in New York, communicate a level of intimacy between the photographer and subject in a shielded collaborative environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | In True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, Unmasked


Jonna Hiestand Mendez began her CIA career as a “contract wife” performing secretarial duties for the CIA as a convenience to her husband, a young officer stationed in Europe. She needed his permission to open a bank account or shut off the gas to their apartment. Yet Mendez had a talent for espionage, too, and she soon took on bigger and more significant roles at the Agency. She parlayed her interest in photography into an operational role overseas, an unlikely area for a woman in the CIA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Jess Valice: Mara


On the face of things, stoicism can look a lot like exhaustion. In fact, fatigue, with all its causes and variations, may be our modern-day version of stoicism. Or so we may surmise from spending time with Jess Valice’s portraits: the straight-ahead stare of large hooded eyes, the small tightly-closed mouths, and the massive yet contorted solidity of her figures convey both determination and resignation, poise and detachment. These figures remain resolutely silent in the face of any pain we may imagine them suffering—and we know, everybody hurts.  Over the past few years, during which time the self-taught painter has developed a distinctive stylistic consistency, Valice has homed in on what she’s called a vacancy of expression that is capacious enough to be a screen for projection and an ocean in which to get lost in thought. She depicts a kind of dazed waking dream state. Her subjects gaze assertively at us, connecting directly while embodying an essential aloneness and distance, perhaps a melancholy. Having come to painting from the field of biopsychology (also known as behavioral neuroscience, or the study of how the brain and nervous system determine behavior), Valice is drawn to representations of psychological opacity and blockage, replete with all the ineffable richness and complexity buried inside each person’s remote unknowability: “There is this overwhelming sense of fatigue that I think is typifying our generation, the weight of a spectrum of emotional responses that digital space provokes in us every day… It’s all so complex—this is where the science and melancholia come in—the recognition of this blankness as a widespread response. It’s too much to feel.” Rather than a symptom of the organism’s failure, numbness is a psychological coping mechanism, a refuge, a recuperative state, and unlikely source of strength.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Michal Rovner: Pragim


Michal Rovner's show, titled Pragim—the Hebrew word for Poppies—will feature prints, video works, and installations from a series the artist started in 2019. Over the last five years, as part of this long-term project, Rovner has filmed and drawn wild poppies that grow in her field in Israel. For more than 30 years, Rovner’s practice has centered on universal questions of the human condition—bringing issues of identity, place, and dislocation to the fore. The poppy—which carries different associations and meanings around the world—embodies both fragility and fortitude, as well as memorial and loss. The ongoing war has impacted the artist’s perspective on her Pragim works, as they now also powerfully reflect the state of unrest and anguish afflicting the region. Using a dark palette of black, gray, and red, the artist imbues her human-scale staccato swaying poppies with harsh and tragic qualities. Working across drawing, printmaking, video, sculpture, and installation, the artist often obscures identifying details and specifics of time and place in her layered compositions, creating abstract yet resonant reflections of reality and the human experience. One of her most famous projects is Makom (Place), a series of monumental cubic structures composed of stones of dismantled or destroyed Israeli and Palestinian homes from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa, the Galilee, and the border between Israel and Syria. The Makom series echoes conflicts in the past and present. Working with Israeli and Palestinian masons, Rovner addresses the possibility of creating together, in a shared experience of reconstructing and rebuilding.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Renegades: San Francisco, the 1990s


Chloe Sherman's new monograph collects her photographs of San Francisco's vibrant lesbian subculture in the 1990s. In conversation with Noelle Flores Th?ard. A tender, joyous portrait of the thriving lesbian subculture in '90s San Francisco In the 1990s, queer youth, outcasts and artists flocked to San Francisco to experiment with art, self-expression, style and gender and to find community. Rent was affordable, paving the way for queer bars, clubs, tattoo shops, galleries, caf?s, bookstores and women-owned businesses to emerge. A new wave of feminism embraced gender fluidity, and butch/femme culture flourished. The Mission district was the center of this queer cultural renaissance, and the feeling of community there was palpable. Chloe Sherman was both a member of this community and an ardent visual chronicler. Her documentary photographic work on 35mm film stems from a commitment to capturing the vibrancy, tenderness, individuality, resilience and joy within this subculture that was derided by mainstream society. Distilling the spirit of the time, her debut monograph is a candid portrait of a vibrant era that connects current and future generations to the pulse of San Francisco at a pivotal chapter in queer history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Spring Forward: Group Show


An exhibition of paintings by local and international artists marking the unfolding of artistic practices and movements across history.  With a deliberate focus on the continuum of artistic influence, the show brings together artists who seamlessly bridge the gaps between classical traditions and contemporary styles. Echoes of the past reverberate as far back as antiquity traveling across centuries to the modern era. Vibrant tableaux depicting female figures evoke mythical scenes from Ancient Greek amphoras while stirring recollections of Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Charming vedute of European cities offer modern spins on 17th and 18th century landscape painting, blending elements of Surrealism, Magical Realism, and Metaphysical art. On the contemporary spectrum, expressionism prevails, with gestural emotion-driven brushstrokes, color fields, and unconventional palettes. Other works are equally eclectic, creating enticing, thought-provoking convos between old and new masters. The show invites viewers to explore art’s enduring dialogue across centuries and the dynamic interplay between tradition and innovation. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Teorema (1968): drama


A mysterious young man seduces each member of a bourgeois family. When he suddenly leaves, how will their lives change? Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini Cast: Terence Stamp, Laura Betti, Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky, Ninetto Davoli
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Tony Shore: Painting in the Dark


A solo exhibition of Baltimore-based artist Tony Shore. The show features the artist's latest paintings that capture vignettes of everyday life rendered on the unconventional support of black velvet. With his distinctive technique blending quotidian imagery with kitsch media, Shore captures the vibrancy of candid life as it unfolds in the shadows. Shore renders seemingly ordinary moments with vivid majesty. A late night basketball game, a visit to a roadside hot dog joint, a psychic reading emerge from the dense black fabric as if from a dream or memory. These everyday moments take on increased significance when seen through a glowing lens of nostalgia. Capturing these moments with a masterful painting technique elevates the consideration of each scene to a realm of high art.  Through his cinematic approach to framing his compositions, Shore casts the viewer as voyeur. The darkness of the black velvet draws the viewer in to exist within the plane on which each moment is transpiring. We are afforded peeks into the shadows to revel in the chance to glimpse not only the seedy underside of society but also the sincerity of ordinary life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Asain American Artists in Conversation (online)


A conversation between artist An-My Lê and writers Ocean Vuong and Monique Truong. This conversation will explore themes of memory, autobiography, authenticity, and heritage in relation to An-My Lê’s exhibition Between Two Rivers/Giữa hai giòng sông/Entre deux rivières. The exhibition, spanning 30 years of work, engages the complex fictions that inform how we justify, represent, and mythologize warfare and other forms of conflict, with poetic attention to politics and landscape. An-My Lê meditates on the meaning of perpetual violence, war’s environmental impact, and the significance of diaspora.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Critique of Critical Reason


What is critique? According to the Kantian tradition, it is an investigation of the transcendental conditions for the possibility of thinking and experience. While later critics shifted the focus to material conditions, core metaphysical commitments and procedures of critique remained unchanged. Critique of Critique (Stanford UP, 2023), the subject of this talk, probes critique as an orientation of thought through its historical manifestations from Plato to the Frankfurt school and present-day critical theory. In the process, it asks us to consider what critical thinking is and whether it can assume orientations other than critique. Speaker Roy Ben-Shai is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | String Quartet Performs Works by Women Composers


The Ivalas Quartet performs works by Helen Crane, Mary Howe, Marion Bauer, Madeleine Dedieu-Peters, and Mabel Wood-Hill. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | A New Antiquity: Art and Humanity as Universal, 1400–1600


We tend to think of sixteenth-century European artistic theory as separate from the artworks displayed in the non-European sections of museums. Alessandra Russo argues otherwise. Instead of considering the European experience of “New World” artifacts and materials through the lenses of “curiosity” and “exoticism,” Russo asks a different question: What impact have these works had on the way we currently think about—and theorize—the arts? Centering her study on a vast corpus of early modern textual and visual sources, Russo contends that the subtlety and inventiveness of the myriad of American, Asian, and African creations that were pillaged, exchanged, and often eventually destroyed in the context of Iberian colonization—including sculpture, painting, metalwork, mosaic, carving, architecture, and masonry—actually challenged and revolutionized sixteenth-century European definitions of what art is and what it means to be human. In this way, artifacts coming from outside Europe between 1400 and 1600 played a definitive role in what are considered distinctively European transformations: the redefinition of the frontier between the “mechanical” and the “liberal” arts and a new conception of the figure of the artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Book Discussion | It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over: Alive in the Afterlife


A bracing writer of great nerve and verve, Anne de Marcken bends reality (and the reader’s mind) with throwaway assurance. It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over plumbs mortality and how it changes everything, except possibly love. Delivering a near-Beckettian whopping to the reader’s imagination, this is one of the sharpest and funniest novels of recent years, a tale for our dispossessed times. The heroine of the spare and haunting novel is voraciously alive in the afterlife. Adrift yet keenly aware, she notes every bizarre detail of her new reality. And even if she has forgotten her name and much of what connects her to her humanity, she remembers with an implacable and nearly unbearable longing the place where she knew herself and was known—where she loved and was loved. Traveling across the landscapes of time and of space, heading always west, and carrying a dead but laconically opinionated crow in her chest, our undead narrator encounters and loses parts of her body and her self in one terrifying, hilarious, and heartbreaking situation after another.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood (in-person and online)


A new book from author and sociologist Gretchen Sisson sharing the stories of American women who relinquished infants for private adoption. Based on hundreds of interviews with women over a decade, Relinquished looks at how women came to their decisions, how they navigate a societal lack of support, and how they manage their ensuing grief. Relinquished reveals adoption to be a path of constrained choice for those for whom abortion is inaccessible, or for whom parenthood is untenable. Sisson will be joined in conversation by Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, a novel looking at stories of children sent out for adoption in the mid-19th century. Sisson and Kline will draw connections between past and present and shine light on these stories that deserve to be heard about a response to this moment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972): Classic French Cinema from Luis Bunuel


A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. Director: Luis Bu?uel Stars: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur 102 min. In French with English Subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Discussion | Black Women, Freedom Making & the Long 1960s


Scholars Anastasia Curwood (Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics), Suzanne Cope (Power Hungry: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer and Their Fight to Feed a Movement), and Christina Greene (Free Joan Little: The Politics of Race, Sexual Violence & Imprisonment) discuss the role of Black women in movements for justice and equality throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Jewish Values and American Politics (in-person and online)


How does the Jewish teaching to "welcome the stranger" apply to US immigration policy? How should Jews balance economic freedom against economic justice? Should the fight against antisemitism stress the distinctive aspects of hate against Jews or its intersectional relation with other forms of hate? Does following Jewish tradition and supporting our community lead one to advocate progressive or conservative policies? The Democratic or Republican Party -- which has better reflected Jewish values and served Jewish interests? At a moment when political differences have become partisan Grand Canyons and a momentous 2024 election is approaching, two of American Jewry's most prominent social policy thinkers will join us to debate such issues. Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform Jewish leader and former Obama appointee, and Dr. Tevi Troy, an Orthodox Jew who served in the Bush administration, will model the type of respectful discord all too uncommon in these contentious times . . . and explore how we might forge a Jewish path to greater bipartisan cooperation and tolerance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Advokaten 1938: What Happened to Austria's Lawyers After Germany's Annexation


This book, Advokaten 1938: The fate of the lawyers and trainees registered with the Austrian Regional Bar Associations who were barred from practicing in the legal profession from 1938 to 1945, will be presented at this event. The downfall of Austria as an independent state and its annexation to the German Reich in 1938 implied for many lawyers the end of their career. On March 13, 1938, 2,605 lawyers were registered in the list of the Austrian Bar Association in Vienna. By the end of that year, only 771 of them remained. On the basis of the regulation of March 31, 1938[1], it became possible to ban Jewish lawyers and solicitors from the exercise of their profession, depriving them of their livelihoods. As of September 1938, also “half-breed Jews” had to be deregistered from the list of the Austrian Bar. The dimension of the terror and injustice linked with these grueling developments are brought to light with this new and comprehensive compendium that serves as a memorial book as well as a critical analysis. The “Association of Research of the Professional History of the Members of the Austrian Bar Association which were Discredited Between 1938 and 1945” has been founded by all the regional Chambers of Lawyers of Austria including the ÖRAK (Österreichischer Rechtsanwaltskammertag) and has the duty to investigate the professional fates of lawyers’ existences lost between 1938 and 1945. What is the story of these colleagues, what was their personal history as lawyers, how did their lives develop? These and other questions will be explored in the course of this event which aims at thoroughly revisiting this part of the history of the Austrian lawyers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Film | Escape from Mogadishu (2021): Trapped Diplomats


Based on a true story: as civil war rages in Mogadishu, rival North, and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape. Director: Ryoo Seung-wan 121 minutes In Korean with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | My Life at the Wheel: Toward a Memoir


In this collection of impeccably written essays, Lynne Sharon Schwartz tells us early on that she never thought of her life as a “continuous line” but rather a series of intertwined interrupted experiences. Hers is a life that has been bumped, tumbled, and smoothed by an endless stream of travel, fascinating people, and books: writing them, pondering them, translating them. Her essays range from musings about the art of translation, the tribulations of major surgery dissected with biting wit, a quest for recovery from the 9 /11 attacks at a music school, and hours spent with friends arguing, drinking and smoking in a neighborhood bar. Her personal narratives range from humorous childhood (an 8-year-old writer) and troubled revelations to learning to be an adult facing the difficulties of simultaneously writing and raising children. We see her as a daughter struggling to understand her parents through adolescent eyes, a mother startled at the all-consuming demands of motherhood and writing, and as an older adult grappling with mortality. Throughout, she is painfully honest, funny, and unafraid of difficult truths. While Schwartz’s perspective is decidedly literary, her reflections reveal a careful look at life’s big questions through the prism of a ­­shared yet very individual experience. Relentlessly candid, subjecting herself to her own sharp scrutiny, she is willing to confront the confusions of maturing in a changing world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Staged Reading | The Smiths: Waiting for an Addict


Ryan, an addict, didn't come home. Now all his mother, Terri, and sister, Stephanie, can do is stand at their kitchen window in Appalachia. Swinging wildly through blame, shame, rage, and mourning, they stand waiting for the return of a man who is already gone. Written by Sam Walsh.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Reading | A Reading with Author Kaveh Akbar


Kaveh Akbar's poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the author of two poetry collections: Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf 2021) and Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James 2017).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | I Sing My Own Song: Stories of Women Who Never Surrendered


A series of monologues and songs about historical Italian women survivors of violence, abuse and patriarchy. The goal of the show is to raise awareness about the condition of women throughout history in a mostly male-dominated society. Texts from: Stai Zitta (2021) by Michela Murgia (1972-2023, writer, playwright and feminist activist) The Rape (2009) by Franca Rame (1929 - 2013, actress, playwright and feminist activist) Court deposition of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - c.1656, Baroque painter) Court deposition of Gostanza da Libbiano (1535 - c. 1600, woman accused of witchcraft) Le Beatrici (2011) by Stefano Benni (b. 1947, writer, poet and journalist) Music performed by Carmen Marsico on voice and Björn Wennås on guitar (recording) In Italian with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | War on Hamas: The Legal Frontlines (online)


As the war with Hamas continues, Israel is facing increased international scrutiny and criticism of its tactics in Gaza, with some questioning the extent to which they adhere to international law. This has started to have real-world implications with the ICJ ruling in favor of some provisional measures and continuing to hear charges of that Israel’s military operations could amount to genocide. How does Israel’s government and military take international law into account as it prosecutes the war? How does the asymmetry of this conflict affect the application of the laws of warfare? What more can be done based on historical precedents of democracies fighting terror organizations? What steps does Israel take to minimize harm to Palestinian civilians, and how is proportionality of collateral damage judged under international law? Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Shamir-Borer, Director of IDI’s Center for Security and Democracy and the former Head of the IDF International Law Department, and IDI President Yohanan Plesner, a former member of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, have an in-depth conversation about the Israeli perspective on the fraught legal frontlines of this war. Dr. Shamir-Borer has been serving in active reserve duty since Oct. 7, in the IDF International Law Department, and Plesner served in the IDF’s elite "Sayeret Matkal" unit, in which he still serves as an active officer in reserve duty. The conversation will be moderated by Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief of The Forward, the leading Jewish news outlet in the U.S., and a former Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Collective's Modern Bluegrass Spirit


For nearly a decade, the Fireside Collective has shared the modern bluegrass spirit of Asheville, North Carolina with audiences all across America. Each of the young members of this sharp quartet--Joe Cicero on guitar, Jesse Iaquinto on mandolin, Tommy Maher on resonator guitar, and Carson White on upright bass--bring a fresh voice to their respective instrument and to their turn on lead and harmony vocals. Blending the characteristic interplay of traditional bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies with strong original material and exuberant energy, Fireside Collective draws on folk, blues, funk, rock, and the rich history of old-school country sound to create a distinctive body of work that's purely their own. This will be with a rip-roaring full-length set featuring songs from their most recent LP, Across the Divide, and their newest single, a surprisingly catchy rendition of Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Play | Meg: A Play About Sir Thomas More's Daughter by Tony Winner Paula Vogel


Meg, the audacious early play by Tony Award winner Paula Vogel, flips the script on Henry VIII and the Tudors. Daughter to the famous and beloved Sir Thomas More, Meg feels certain that she'll follow in his steps as a brilliant scholar, with village idiot Will Roper as her trophy husband. But, as family secrets begin to come to light, Meg is forced to question the scholar's life her father has set out for her. Will her father's love or her husband's devotion help her realize her dreams, or keep her from discovering herself? Vogel's comic and cutting feminist vision questions how we construct histories, and who we leave out of them. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
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