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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on March 12, 2024?

37 free events take place on Tuesday, March 12 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 12 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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37 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Park Walk with an Urban Naturalist
free events nyc Soviet Antisemitism
free events nyc Art History Through a Jewish Lens: Frida Kahlo's Artistic Tapestry (online)
free events nyc Rapsodia Satanica (1917): Italian Silent Film, Followed by Book Presentation Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames
free events nyc Dan Saltzstein's "That's So New York" with Sari Botton
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Forum | Reshaping NYC's Economy for a Vastly Changed Post-Pandemic Landscape (in-person and online)


New York City has bounced back from the depths of the pandemic, fully rebounding from the jobs lost since 2020 and emphatically repelling the threat of a "doom loop" scenario. But New York still has work to do to keep pace with a vastly changed post-pandemic landscape and reimagine key facets of the city's economy at a time when hybrid work, e-commerce, climate change, an affordability crisis, and several other ongoing issues threaten to create long-term economic vulnerabilities. This forum will explore what's needed to help New York stay ahead of these and other emerging challenges and build a stronger economy. Speakers will put forward bold and creative ideas for strengthening the city's commercial districts, sparking inclusive job growth in artificial intelligence and other emerging high-wage sectors, rethinking the public infrastructure needed to keep New York City competitive, and making the city more livable, sustainable, and affordable. We'll also seek out ideas from audience members. Confirmed speakers include: Dan Garodnick, Chair, City Planning Commission; Director, NYC Department of City Planning Margaret Anadu, Senior Partner, The Vistria Group; Chair, NYCEDC Winston Fisher, Partner, Fisher Brothers; CEO, AREA15 Jessica Lappin, President, Alliance for Downtown New York Ben Sun, Co-Founder and General Partner, Primary VC John Wang, Founder, Queens Night Market
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 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
Free

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
Free

Book Discussion | We Must Not Think of Ourselves: Life in the Warsaw Ghetto (online)


Inspired by a little-known piece of history—the underground group that kept an archive to ensure that the lives of Jewish occupants of the Warsaw Ghetto in World War II were not lost to history—Lauren Grodstein's heart-wrenching novel is about love and defiance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
Free

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They’re a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
Free

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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Classical Music | Organ Concert at a Church


Irena and Samuel Budryte-Kummer, organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet


After a painful breakup, Clementine undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel from her mind. When Joel discovers that Clementine is going to extremes to forget their relationship, he undergoes the same procedure and slowly begins to forget the woman that he loved. This visually arresting film explores the intricacy of relationships and the pain of loss. Director: Michel Gondry Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor and comedian. Known for his energetic slapstick performances, Carrey first gained recognition in 1990, after landing a role in the American sketch comedy television series In Living Color (1990-1994). He broke out as a star in motion pictures with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber (all 1994). This was followed up with Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Batman Forever (both 1995), and Liar Liar (1997).
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Organ Works (In Person AND Online)


Janet Yieh, organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Park Walk | Park Walk with an Urban Naturalist


Outdoor educator Marieke Bender leads a nature walk through the park. She will present a unique take on environmental education and active conservation, striving to make the natural world more accessible and to encourage all to discover the great outdoors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Lecture | Soviet Antisemitism


Izabella Tabarovsky is the Kennan Institute Senior Advisor on Regional Partnerships and Programming. She oversees the Institute's regional partnerships and programming, its independent journalism initiatives, and its Historical Memory initiative. She manages the Kennan Institute's Russia File, Focus Ukraine, and In Other Words blogs, and co-hosts its Russia File podcast. She has coordinated Kennan's U.S.-Israel working group on Russia in the Middle East, Kennan's alumni conferences, and other initiatives and events. Her research expertise includes politics of historical memory, Russia's independent media, the Holocaust, Stalin's repressions, and Soviet and contemporary left antisemitism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Film | The Creator (2023): science fiction action


As a future war between the human race and artificial intelligence rages on, ex-special forces agent Joshua is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI. The Creator has developed a mysterious weapon that has the power to end the war and all of mankind. As Joshua and his team of elite operatives venture into enemy-occupied territory, they soon discover the world-ending weapon is actually an AI in the form of a young child. Director: Gareth Edwards Cast:John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, Allison Janney
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: The Liberating Potential of Opacity and Quiet (in-person and online)


Steffani Jemison attends to the seam between conceptual precepts and embodied knowledge. Her multidisciplinary approach spans time-based, sculptural, and discursive mediums, informed by deep research into movement practices, literature, ethnomusicology, and the history of cinema. A 2020 recipient of a Creative Capital Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors, her recent work examines the liberatory potential of opacity and quiet. Calligraphic drawings on clear film or tempered glass suggest an unreadable language, amplifying what she calls the “tensions between what can be read, what can be intuited, and what refuses to give up its secrets.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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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
Free

Discussion | Local Approaches to Global Challenges: NYC, Migration, and Gender (in-person and online)


In this community talk, representatives from various local organizations share insights on critical issues related to livelihoods, housing, health, education, and employment within the context of New York City. By highlighting local strategies to address global challenges in migration at the sidelines of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the event fosters meaningful exchange and collaborative efforts from intersectional perspectives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They’re a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
Free

Discussion | Parts of Fashion: Curating in Focus


A panel discussion that brings together two exhibitions: Statement Sleeves curated by Curator of Costume and Accessories Colleen Hill, and Untying the Bow, organized by students in Fashion and Textile Studies master’s degree program. Hill will be in conversation with FIT faculty member Sarah Byrd and graduate student Claire Calvert as they discuss the issues and processes of exhibitions that are focused on one part of a garment, such as sleeves, pockets, or bows. The panel will be moderated by Hilary Davidson, chair of Fashion and Textile Studies.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Raising Two Fists: Struggles for Black Citizenship in Multicultural Colombia


Roosbelinda C?rdenas's book is a historically grounded ethnography of Afro-Colombian political mobilization after the multicultural turn that swept Latin America in the 1990s, when states began to recognize and legally enshrine rights for Afro-descendants. Roosbelinda C?rdenas explores three major strategies that Afro-Colombians' developed in their struggles against racialized dispossession--the defense of culturally specific livelihoods through the creation of Black Territories; the demand for differential reparations for Afro-Colombian war victims; and the fight for inclusion in Colombia's peace negotiations and post-conflict rebuilding--illustrating how they engage in this work both as participants of organized political movements and in their everyday lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Anachrony and Migrant Memory


In this talk, Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen is thinking of a certain form of temporality that is relevant to the discourse on racism and which she understands as anachrony. By this she means that from a certain perspective, racism is considered to have already been overcome, which is why it is always out of date, so to speak, to talk about it. Racist violence is thus placed in a temporal vacuum. If we apply Didi-Huberman's concept of anachrony, it refers not so much to something that is no longer relevant, but to a historical legibility that has not yet been achieved. After the so-called NSU’s series of racist murders came to light in 2011, many people were shocked to realize that they had gone almost unnoticed by a wider public. Michaelsen will refer to the collectively unfolding reflections on mourning and remembering racist violence in order to approach the mode of anachrony in this context. Anja Sunhyun Michaelsen is a postdoctoral scholar in the ERC Consolidator Grant Project “Tales of the Diasporic Ordinary. Aesthetics, Affects, Archives” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Art History Through a Jewish Lens: Frida Kahlo's Artistic Tapestry (online)


Did you know that Frida Kahlo and her husband and fellow artist, Diego Rivera, were of Jewish descent and staunch public challengers of antisemitism? Kahlo's life was marked by many physical and emotional challenges, including her complex identity and tumultuous relationship with Rivera. Art historian and lecturer Ellaine Rosen explores the artwork that made Frida Kahlo the iconic feminist figure she is today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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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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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Mass Timber 101 (online)


Can we build tall buildings out of wood? We can. Modern Mass Timber is a new system of building materials that also beats steel and concrete in strength by weight, with only a fraction of their "carbon costs." It's time to learn about this revolutionary material, and we have the perfect professionals to explain: Michelle Roelofs, a structural engineer at Arup who specializes in Mass Timber, and Tanya Luthi, the Director of Engineering at Timberlab, a contractor specializing in Mass Timber structures. They will lead us through a primer on the history and types of Mass Timber, especially Cross Laminated Timber, or CLT and explain its virtues and challenges. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshop | Play bridge in a stress-free environment


One of the most popular card games of the last century, bridge is still enjoyed by professional and amateur players alike today - and now you can stop by and enjoy it too! Bring your bridge partner, or you will be matched up with someone to play as a pair. There will be instructions and the chance to observe players, making this a perfect event for beginners looking to learn how to play bridge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | What Makes It Italian?: Bronze (online)


"What Makes It Italian?" is a music listening and discussion group. The encounter will focus on Bronze: Composer Francesco d'Ana (c 1460 – c 1503) with sculptor Andrea del Verrocchio (1435 – 1488); and Composer Franco Margola (1908 –1992) with sculptor Marino Marini (1901 – 1980) Molten bronze is poured into a form; here is music that also depends on pre-existing forms. How can our understanding of italianità in music be informed by Italian sculpture? The insubstantial nature of musical materials – mere vibrations that move through the air, imperceptible to sight and touch – creates in us a longing for an analog made of solid material. In sculpture we have just such an analog: run your hand across the carved wood; feel the heat radiating from the bronze; watch the light play off the marble surface. This Spring we find the substance of Italian music by exploring its relationship to the substance/s of sculpture, one medium at a time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works for Violin and Bass


Big dog little dog: Jessie Montgomery, violin; Eleonore Oppenheim, bass. Sit onstage and enjoy a free drink during this hour-long weeknight Pop-Up Concert, and mingle with the musicians and fellow concertgoers after the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem: A Book-Length Poem


Nam Le's explosive, devastating debut book of poetry from the acclaimed author of The Boat delivers a shot across the bow with a book-length poem that honors every convention of diasporic literature—in a virtuosic array of forms and registers—before shattering the form itself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Fourteen Days with Authors R.L. Stine, Angie Cruz, and Mira Jacob


R.L. Stine, Angie Cruz and Mira Jacob will all be in attendance to talk about their contributions to the new Author's Guild title, Fourteen Days, edited by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston. Books will be available for purchase, and the authors will be holding a book signing session after the author talk. Set in a Lower East Side tenement in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Fourteen Days is an irresistibly propulsive collaborative novel from the Authors Guild, with an unusual twist: each character in this diverse, eccentric cast of New York neighbors has been secretly written by a different, major literary voice. Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Celeste Ng,Tommy Orange, John Grisham, R.L. Stine, Angie Cruz, Mira Jacob, and more!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Screening | Rapsodia Satanica (1917): Italian Silent Film, Followed by Book Presentation Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames


Rapsodia Satanica (Italy, 1917, 55', silent) Directed by Nino Oxilia Recorded score by Pietro Mascagni performed by the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna A Faustian tale about an old woman who makes a pact with Mephisto to regain her youth. In return, she must stay away from love. However, after signing the pact, she meets two brothers who fall in love with her. Followed by the book presentation of Velvet Curtains and Gilded Frames: The Art of Early European Cinema This book explores the intermedial context of early cinema. It tackles the first European feature films' intricate relationship with its sister arts to reveal that the period referred to by historians as the "long nineteenth century" was one in which Bourgeois Realism reigned supreme. The nineteenth-century rise of the middle class coincided with realism becoming the dominant artistic mode in both form and content, leading to a revival of genre painting in the art academies; the supremacy of the social melodrama on the stage; and the advent of Pictorialism in photography. In its quest for artistic legitimacy, European filmmakers sought to win over middle-class audiences with films based on popular works of art - the first "art films" - by employing similar visual and narrative strategies as its artistic counterparts
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Talk | Art Talk: Work Ethic & Faith (in-person and online)


Nathaniel Mary Quinn‘s practice operates within a world of visual metaphor, in which identifiable forms and features are mobilized to reveal aspects of character. Images taken from online sources, fashion magazines, and family photographs come together to form composite portraits that are at once neo-Dada and adamantly realist, evoking the intimacy and intensity of a face-to-face encounter. In combining his autobiographical history with an exhaustive range of source materials, Quinn’s figures strike a balance between the grotesque and the beautiful.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Tour | Meet Bridget: Tenement Reenactment Tour (online)


Travel back to 1868, just a few years after 97 Orchard Street first opened, and meet Bridget Moore in her family’s brand-new apartment! This is a special virtual program and learn from an actress portraying Bridget Moore, an Irish immigrant who lived in our historic tenement in the 1860s. We’ll talk to Bridget about how she stays connected to her Irish heritage while she creates a home for her family in a mostly German building and draw connections between the Moore family and immigrant families today. Throughout this special costumed interpreter program, participants will have a chance to ask Bridget their own questions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws. Ages Adult 18+
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | How to Be Old by Lyn Slater (In Person AND Online)


ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED When Lyn Slater started her fashion blog, Accidental Icon, at age 61, she discovered that followers were flocking to her account for more than just her A-list style. They found in her an alternative model of older life: someone who defied the stereotypes, refused to become invisible, and showed that all women have the opportunity to be relevant and do something new at any stage of their lives. In her new memoir, Slater demonstrates that despite its unique challenges, being old is just like any new beginning--and can be the best and most invigorating of life's phases. With author Chlo? Cooper Jones, Slater discusses her positive outlook on aging and her "rules are meant to be broken" philosophy as to how to be old in a youth-obsessed world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talk | Conceptual Documentary Photography


A talk with Rita Nannini, a conceptual documentary photographer based in Brooklyn. Nannini’s work explores different ways of viewing. Nannini has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at New Jersey State Museum; the Griffin Museum; Los Angeles Center for Photography; Photoville; Princeton University; Beit Hatfutsot, Israel; and Konica Minolta Plaza, Tokyo. Her work has appeared in major international publications including Photo Book Journal, Frames Magazine, Lenscratch, The Eye of Photography, Art Daily News, Time Out, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, Die Presse, L'Obs, Yomiuri Shimbun, Welt am Sonntag and The Jerusalem Post. Nannini is a 2021 recipient of the New York City Artists Corps Grant. Her first monograph on all the terminal stops of the New York City subway work was released in April 2023. Nannini also received grants for photography from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Gender-Based Violence in Displacement Contexts (in-person and online)


In this roundtable discussion, experts and practitioners in the field share experiences and insights. From the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, to the Migrant Response Plan on the Horn of Africa and Yemen, and climate displacement in India, this roundtable dives into the complexities of GBV prevention, mitigation, and response. The roundtable is structured as a moderated discussion with guided questions and an interactive Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Chopin, J. S. Bach, Bartok, and More


Norbert Kael, piano. Program Norbert Kael (b. 1974), Rhapsody Bartok (1881-1945), Romanian Folk Dances Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude in C-minor Chopin (1810-1849), Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 Bartok (1881-1945), 15 Peasant songs (excerpts: No. 2, 4) Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967), Hungarian folk song - I will plough the emperor's courtyard J. S. Bach (1685-1750), Preludium in C-minor Chick Corea (1941-2021), Children's songs Hungarian folk song, Spring wind floods water
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Workshop | SharQui: The Bellydance Workout


In a SharQui class, you’ll learn new moves and combinations in flow. You’ll gradually build up to more complex movements starting with the very basics! If you can walk in place, you can belly dance with SharQui. This class is taught to music with easy-to-follow steps that will surely get your heart pumping. Instructor: Kaitlin Hines-Vargas
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Author Reading | Dan Saltzstein's "That's So New York" with Sari Botton


Charming, poignant, and occasionally salacious, That’s So New York is brimming with little snapshots of humanity that make one thing clear: There’s no place like New York. Dan Saltzstein has worked (mostly as an editor) at the New York Times for over twenty-five years. He lives in Woodside, Queens, with his wife, daughter, and cat. Sari Botton's memoir in essays, And You May Find Yourself...Confessions of a Late-Blooming Gen-X Weirdo, was chosen by Poets & Writers magazine for the 2022 edition of its annual "5 Over 50" feature. She edited the bestselling anthologies Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York. She publishes Oldster Magazine, Memoir Land, and Adventures in Journalism. This event will also feature readings from Isaac Fitzgerald and Jason Diamond, contributors to the book. he rear half of the store will be used exclusively for this event. The front bar will be open to the public for drinking & chatting. Book browsing will be limited to a few display tables and shelves closest to the front of the store.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
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