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45 free events take place on Thursday, March 21 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!

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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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free events nyc Jane Eyre (1943) with Orson Welles
free events nyc Music in Midtown: Treasures from the Great American Songbook
free events nyc Works by Mozart for Violin, Viola, and Cello (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Her Turn: An Intergenerational Dialogue with Global Women Leaders
free events nyc Latin American Music for Voice, Guitar, Saxophone, and More
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Discussion | Climate Change: Views from the Global South (online)


International negotiations about climate change have long been anchored in frameworks of carbon emissions and net-zero targets. However, this framing has not necessarily captured the most meaningful goals for many parts of the world that are coping with some of the most intense effects of climate change. Their concerns have centered around other issues such as the availability of water, the rise in extreme heat, air pollution, and shifts in patterns of biodiversity and agriculture. These issues are undoubtedly connected to emissions, and yet the dominant framework has often determined the production of knowledge, the determination of targets, and the design of interventions, in ways that have elided the concerns of different parts of the world. This panel will bring together scholars and practitioners from the Global South who will discuss the perspectives of climate change that are most trenchant in their parts of the world. 
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Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Climate Change: Views from the Global South (online)

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
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Tours, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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.
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Tours, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Tour of New York City Hall

Film | Jane Eyre (1943) with Orson Welles


Based on the renowned Charlotte Bront? novel, this drama depicts the trials and tribulations of young English woman Jane Eyre. Orphaned and raised in an abusive home, Jane eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she falls for its older aristocrat owner, Edward Rochester. However, numerous obstacles stand in the way of Jane and Edward's romance, and their love may not survive a series of dramatic and unfortunate events. Director: Robert Stevenson Cast: Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine Orson Welles was an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer who is remembered for his innovative work in film, radio, and theatre. He is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Welles received an Academy Award and three Grammy Awards among other numerous honors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Jane Eyre (1943) with Orson Welles

Book Discussion | Poisoning the Wells: Antisemitism in Contemporary America (online)


In twenty-first century America, antisemitism is on the rise, especially on the extreme left, the radical right, and within political Islamism. Expressions of this oldest hatred are also increasingly prevalent in popular culture, where they are spread by politicians, entertainers and celebrities, the media, social justice activists, and religious leaders, as well as in universities, in schools, on the streets, and even, in some instances, by Jews. Once, Jews regarded the United States as die Goldene Medina-the Golden Land-where they could escape persecution and finally be free. However, this dream has not been realized and major trends are moving in the opposite direction. In Poisoning the Wells, leading scholars analyze contemporary antisemitism in the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Poisoning the Wells: Antisemitism in Contemporary America (online)

Book Discussion | The Bosniaks: Nationhood After Genocide


For the first time in nearly two centuries, one ethnic group now constitutes an absolute majority of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s population: the Bosniaks. It is an unlikely development given that, scarcely thirty years ago, they were targeted for extermination and expulsion by Serbia’s Slobodan Milošević. Even as the Bosniak community fought to survive these atrocities, it simultaneously came under attack from militants led by Croatian president Franjo Tuđman, who attempted to partition Bosnia and Herzegovina between Zagreb and Belgrade. Improbably, the Bosniaks and the Bosnian state survived these campaigns. But the country’s fractious sectarian post-war order has produced the world’s most convoluted constitutional regime, always teetering on the brink of collapse. Author Jasmin Mujanović illuminates the sources of contemporary Bosniak political identity, tracing the evolution of a religious community into a secular nation, and shedding light on the future of a nation at a crossroads. He explores the idea of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a ‘national homeland’, considers how narratives of genocide influence self-identity, and probes how demographic changes are putting pressure on the country’s political framework.
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Book Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, The Bosniaks: Nationhood After Genocide

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.
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Workshops, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Lecture | The History of the UN Through Its Most Cited Resolutions (in-person and online)


Rafael Mesquita, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Pernambuco, will show the motivation and early results of his project to tell the history of the UN through its most cited resolutions. The research’s added value stems from its original corpus containing the 20,000+ resolutions that the main UN organs (Security Council, General Assembly, ECOSOC, and global conferences) have adopted from 1946 to 2022 and their cross-citations. This web of interlinked documents allows for the application of network analysis and text-mining tools to deliver the first-ever data-driven account of how the UN and leading global norms have evolved. The presentation will zoom in on resolutions concerning Human Rights, Peacekeeping, and Migration as illustrative examples. By sharing this content, Rafael Mesquita hopes to: collect feedback and comments that contribute to his book manuscript, identify synergies with research projects conducted by peers, and brainstorm on policy-oriented applications in partnership with the UN.
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Lectures, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, The History of the UN Through Its Most Cited Resolutions (in-person and online)

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.
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Concerts, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Concert | Music in Midtown: Treasures from the Great American Songbook


Featuring soprano Amy Burton and pianist John Musto.
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Concerts, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Music in Midtown: Treasures from the Great American Songbook

Master Class | Piano Master Class


Piano Master Class with Jerome Rose. Jerome Rose has appeared with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, and Santa Cecilia, Rome. A frequent visitor to London, he has appeared with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic. In addition he has been soloist with most major U.S. orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston, Baltimore & Atlanta.
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Master Class | Piano Master Class


Piano Master Class with Jerome Rose. Jerome Rose has appeared with such orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, and Santa Cecilia, Rome. A frequent visitor to London, he has appeared with the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic. In addition he has been soloist with most major U.S. orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston, Baltimore & Atlanta.
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Talk | The International Architecture of Disney (online)


In the last two decades, Walt Disney World Resort has become a showcase of progressive architecture. At Walt Disney World Resort, more than a dozen world-renowned architects have designed a range of hotels, offices, and recreational buildings. These buildings have garnered worldwide attention as well as numerous architectural awards. Some of the architects have taken the idea of “themed architecture” quite literally; others have offered more abstract interpretations. Speaker David Stofcik has over 32 years of design experience, having a creative hand in successfully developing master planning and resort hotel projects around the globe. Having begun his Disney career at DDC (Disney Development Company) in 1991.Before joining Disney, David worked at Perkins & Will and SOM.He graduated from Harvard University and University of Illinois.
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Classical Music | Works by Mozart for Violin, Viola, and Cello (In Person AND Online)


Passeri Quartet: William Copeland, violin; Alyssa Campbell, violin; Joseph Lorang, viola; Clara Abel, cello, perform works celebrating Mozart's admiration for Haydn.
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Concerts, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Works by Mozart for Violin, Viola, and Cello (In Person AND Online)

Film | The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023) with Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, and Viola Davis


Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow remains the last hope for his fading lineage. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow becomes alarmed when he's assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird from District 12. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and political savvy, they race against time to ultimately reveal who's a songbird and who's a snake. Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Viola Davis Peter Dinklageis an American actor best known for portraying Tyrion Lannister on the HBO television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series a record four times.[4] He also received a Golden Globe Award in 2011 and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2020 for the role. Hunter Schafer is an American actress, model, director, and LGBT rights activist. She made her acting debut as transgender high school student Jules Vaughn in the HBO teen drama television series Euphoria (2019–present). In 2023, she portrayed Tigris Snow in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. Davis is one of the few performers to have been awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (EGOT). She is the sole black actor to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting as well as the third person to achieve both statuses. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017. In 2020, The New York Times ranked her ninth on its list of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Her film breakthrough came with her role in the drama Doubt (2008), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
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Films, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023) with&nbsp;Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, and Viola Davis

Discussion | Her Turn: An Intergenerational Dialogue with Global Women Leaders


This is an event featuring several renowned senior female UN officials. This is not a standard lecture format, but a dialogue in that these officials want to hear from those outside the UN and especially youth (roughly those 24 and younger). There will be opening remarks but it is intended to be a way for new voices to be heard by the Global Women Leaders of today. If you choose to attend this dialog, we would suggest for you to ask what have those Global Women Leaders done to bring awareness about Oct. 7 mass gang rapes commited by the terrorists of HAMAS and what have these Global Women Leaders done to help those victims of the massacre, who managed to survive the ordeal. Speakers: -- Anita Bhatia: Former Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive of UN Women (2019-2023) -- Carol Bellamy: Former Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (1995-2005), Former director of the US Peace Corps (1993-1995) -- Gillian Sorensen: Former Assistant Secretary-General for external relations (1997-2003), Former National Advocate for the United Nations Foundation -- Ann Veneman: Former Executive Director of UNICEF (2005-2010), US Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005)
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Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Her Turn: An Intergenerational Dialogue with Global Women Leaders

Book Discussion | Illiberal Vanguard: Populist Elitism in the United States and Russia


Recent years have witnessed a growing affinity between increasingly radicalized right-wing movements in the United States and Russia, countries that only recently viewed each other as intractable foes. In his book, Alexandar Mihailovic untangles this confluence, considering ethnonationalist movements in both countries and their parallel approaches to gender, race, and performative identity. Rather than probe specific points of possible contact or political collusion, Mihailovic unveils the mirrored styles of thought that characterize far-right elitism in two erstwhile enemy nations. Mihailovic investigates notable right-wing actors like Steve Bannon and Alexander Dugin and targets of right-wing ire such as globalization, LGBTQ+ activism, and mobilizations to remove controversial statues (that honor Confederate generals and Soviet leaders, for instance), but the argument extends beyond the specifics. How and why are radical right-wing movements developing along such similar trajectories in two nominally oppositional countries? How do religious sectarianism, the construction of whiteness, and institutionalized homophobia support each other in this transnational, informal, but powerful allegiance? Despite their appeals to populism and flamboyant theatrics, Mihailovic argues, much of the answer can be found in the mutual desire to justify and organize an illiberal vanguard of elite intellectuals, one that supports and advocates for a new authoritarianism.
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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
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Opening Reception | Barbara Takenaga: Whatsis


An exhibition of new paintings. In recent years, Barbara Takenaga has explored the space between control and randomness, creating vast imagined spaces that evoke the interconnectedness of the natural world. Her new bodies of work continue this duality of fluidity and structure, while introducing graphic and geometric forms. Takenaga translates, recombines, and hybridizes these visual systems, reinterpreting them across cultures and generations.  
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Book Discussion | Jane Jacobs: Champion of Cities, Champion of People (online)


Urban planner Jane Jacobs was born more than a hundred years ago, yet the ideas she popularized — about cities, about people, about creating a more equitable world — remain hugely relevant today. In her book for young readers, author Rebecca Pitts paints a vivid picture of a headstrong and principled young girl who committed her life to building cities made for, and by, the people who live in them.
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Film | La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) (1946) with Jean Marais, Directed by Jean Cocteau


The story of a gentle-hearted beast in love with a simple and beautiful girl. She is drawn to the repellent but strangely fascinating Beast, who tests her fidelity by giving her a key, telling her that if she doesn't return it to him by a specific time, he will die of grief. She is unable to return the key on time, but it is revealed that the Beast is the genuinely handsome one. A simple tale of tragic love that turns into a surreal vision of death, desire, and beauty. Director: Jean Cocteau Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Par?ly, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Marcel Andr? Jean Marais was a French actor, film director, theatre director, painter, sculptor, visual artist, writer and photographer. He performed in over 100 films and was the muse and lover of acclaimed director Jean Cocteau. In 1996, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his contributions to French cinema. Jean Cocteau was a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic. He was one of the foremost artists of the surrealist, avant-garde, and Dadaist movements and an influential figure in early 20th century art. The National Observer suggested that, "of the artistic generation whose daring gave birth to Twentieth Century Art, Cocteau came closest to being a Renaissance man."
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Films, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) (1946) with Jean Marais, Directed by Jean Cocteau

Performance | Mariupol: Diary of War and the Tree of Life


The performance piece is directed by Virlana Tkacz and features four diaries collected by Daria Kolomiec. The Mariupol diaries are by Yaroslav Semenenko, a member of the Ukrainian National Paralympic swim team; Yevhenia Ivanchenko, a captain in the Mariupol Police; Olena Nikulina, from an old Mariupol family, whose husband defended Azovstal and is currently a Russian captive; and Valeria Mykhailovska, was working in the Czech Republic and decided to return home to Mariupol to rescue her mother.
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Opening Reception | Sarah Stolar: Selected Works from The Grief Club


An interdisciplinary body of work presented as a fictitious nightclub by artist Sarah Stolar. The motivation to create this work is a result of Sarah’s desire to use dark humor and irony to explore the emotions of grief. It is informed by 17th century Dutch vanitas paintings, with their references to pleasure and the certainty of death, and the Kübler Ross model of the Five Stages of Grief, which she has personified as entertainers. They embody the Celtic tradition of keening women—paid mourners who wail lamentations, feast, dance and perform provocative acts in a party-style funeral called “the merry wake.”  Sarah Stolar, who is the descendant of a lineage of artists, was mentored by her mother, Merlene Schain, her entire life. In 2018, Merlene was diagnosed with advanced stage Alzheimer’s disease and Sarah became her primary caregiver. Caring for her initiated this new interdisciplinary body of work, which continues beyond her mother’s death in April 2022. While this work is autobiographical, it is also about our collective trauma. Sarah states, “As a result of our current sociopolitical climate, COVID-19, isolation, and the great loss of lives, we are all living in an age of loneliness and grief. This project is a body of work, but it is also a uniting idea. “The Grief Club” establishes a type of ‘membership’ that anyone can theoretically join, thus creating a ‘place’ for human connection and healing without masking the reality of grief.” “The Grief Club” challenges our traditional experience of sadness (reserved, conservative, somber) and the appropriate methods of coping (therapy, medication, positive thinking) by interpreting the raw and real ways many humans find comfort (escapism, sexual promiscuity, drug use). 
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Opening Reception | Terence Nance: Univitellin


The narrative begins with a woman and a man who meet on a bus in Marseille, France, and fall for one another over the course of eighty-four hours. In this accelerated odyssey of intimacy—three and a half days collapsed into an eight-minute film—the audience follows the paramours from the halcyon of their courtship to the incidental tragedy that parts them. This is a special installation of Terence Nance’s eponymous short film from 2016, and a selection of photographs from the artist’s archive depicting family, faith and the synthesis of creative and spiritual practice. For this iteration of the piece, the story is split into a two-panel projection—the mirrored perspectives of Lui and Elle. Positioned between both screens, the audience swivels in the orbit of the pair as their magnetism strengthens and their reality shifts. Translating to “of the same egg” in French, the title promises that—from the moment of their meeting—the young lovers’ destinies will be indefinitely intertwined.
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Scarlatti


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs Scarlatti's (1685-1757) Stabat Mater.
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Discussion | Good COP, Bad COP?: The Future of Climate Negotiations


Has COP accomplished its goals? Is COP complicit in a lack of climate progress? Have frontline communities been given a voice? Climate scientist Isatis Cintron Rodriguez and community advocate AJ Hudson discuss climate justice and inclusion of frontline communities in the international fora.   
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Lecture | Hoop, Rope and Stage: Early Modern Performance Cultures and Feminine Embodiments of Witchcraft in The Tempest (online)


This talk traces the practice of tumbling and rope-dancing women in early modern Europe and explores the effects of their agile, muscular, flexible and dynamic embodiment of femininity on the performance of canonical Shakespearean stage femininity. These alternative feminine embodiments sit at the intersections of gender, race-making, age, ability and class, and at the intersection of early modern performance cultures. Attending to Lording Barry’s Ram Alley, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Queens, the talk sets the female-identified rope-dancer and tumbler next to the figure of the witch, both on- and off-stage. Speaker Clare McManus is Senior Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and Professor of English at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
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Discussion | Intergenerational Memories of World War II: Italian and Italian American Captivities (in-person and online)


Delve into the multifaceted narratives of World War II Prisoners of War (POWs) as their descendants share compelling insights during this roundtable discussion. Through a hybrid format blending online and in-person participation, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore the scholarly, artistic, and visual representations of their fathers’ and grandfathers’ captivity experiences. Speakers: Yemane Demissié, New York University; Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College; Mark Pedri, United States; Anton Pulvirenti, Australia; Elisa Longarato, Italy
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Classical Music | Orchestral Work


The Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Josephine, a wind quartet piece dedicated Josephine Baker and her legacy. Playwright and actor Kirya Traber joins the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the performances, weaving her original narrative together with Coleman’s musical memoir. Born in 1906, Baker began her journey as a performer on the vaudeville stages of St. Louis. From there, she headed to New York at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, and from New York to the cabaret halls of Paris, including the renowned Folies Bergère. Her presence as a singer and dancer captivated audiences, establishing her as a sensation and a cultural icon—the epitome of the Jazz Age to Parisians. She later naturalized as a French citizen, started a family, and largely remained in Europe for the rest of her life, as she vocally refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States. Registration required.
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Film | It’s Basic (2023): Spotlighting Guaranteed Income


The feature-length documentary spotlights pilot Guaranteed Income programs launched in five U.S. cities, which tested the effects of giving everyday people an extra $500 to $1000 per month, with no strings attached. Directed by Marc Levin
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Book Discussion | Plentiful Country: The Great Potato Famine and the Making of Irish New York (online)


Author Tyler Anbinder talks about his new release. Irish immigrants transformed New York City in the 19th century – by 1855, nearly one-third of all adults in Manhattan were Irish immigrants who had escaped the hunger now commonly known as the potato famine. They bore the weight of low status and prejudice as they sought refuge in the tenements of Lower Manhattan, yet their striving and tenacity reshaped the entire nation. Anbinder uses newly available records to highlight the individual and communal stories of the “Famine Irish,” bringing new perspectives to our understanding of this migration.
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Book Club | The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger.


The term “home economics” may conjure traumatic memories of lopsided hand-sewn pillows or sunken muffins. But that common conception obscures the story of the revolutionary science of better living. The field exploded opportunities for women in the twentieth century by reducing domestic work and providing jobs as professors, engineers, chemists, and businesspeople. And it has something to teach us today. In the surprising, often fiercely feminist The Secret History of Home Economics, Danielle Dreilinger traces the field’s history from Black colleges to Eleanor Roosevelt to Okinawa, from a Betty Crocker brigade to DIY techies. These women—and they were mostly women—became chemists and marketers, studied nutrition, health, and exercise, tested parachutes, created astronaut food, and took bold steps in childhood development and education. Home economics followed the currents of American culture even as it shaped them. Dreilinger brings forward the racism within the movement along with the strides taken by women of color who were influential leaders and innovators. She also looks at the personal lives of home economics’ women, as they chose to be single, shared lives with other women, or tried for egalitarian marriages.
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Book Clubs, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live by Danielle Dreilinger.

Film | Francois Truffaut's Stolen Kisses (1968): French Screwball Comedy


After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women. Director: Fran?ois Truffaut Stars: Jean-Pierre L?aud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig 91 min. In French with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Francois Truffaut's Stolen Kisses (1968): French Screwball Comedy

Other | National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony for 2023


Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. In addition, NBCC awards the John Leonard Prize for the best first book in any genre, voted on by NBCC membership; the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, which recognizes outstanding work by a member of the NBCC; and the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award and the Toni Morrison Achievement Award, which are given respectively to individuals and literary institutions for transformative contributions to book culture. The Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize, for the best book of any genre translated into English and published in the United States will also be awarded
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony for 2023

Book Discussion | Anita de Monte Laughs Last: A Female Artist's Suspicious Death


Author Xochitl Gonzalez delivers a mesmerizing novel about a first-generation Ivy League student who uncovers the genius work of a female artist decades after her suspicious death
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Anita de Monte Laughs Last: A Female Artist's Suspicious Death

Opening Reception | Harmony Holiday: Black Backstage


A project by writer, dancer, and filmmaker, Harmony Holiday which builds upon the artist’s latest book MAAFA (2022), a work that deals with the archetypes and sounds that form in and of the ruins after genocide and displacement. At The Kitchen at Westbeth, Holiday explores the ways Black music is often born in these aftermaths, and becomes the archives of their ruins—brought to the stage, to broadcast, and the album as necessity and commodity. Installed immersively, the exhibition transforms the loft space into a hybrid, liminal space that quotes the pared-down aesthetic of backstage spaces. The environment evokes the practical, immaterial aesthetic of a makeshift storefront church, revival meetings, faith healings, and other underground modes of instilling Black sacred and everyday rituals within the spectacle of performance. BLACK BACKSTAGE therein draws an intentional contradiction between the barren spaces that are left untended, and those that are cared for because they support the sale of Black spectacle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Harmony Holiday: Black Backstage

Classical Music | Choral Work by Scarlatti (In Person AND Online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street performs Scarlatti's (1685-1757) Stabat Mater.
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Concerts, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Choral Work by Scarlatti (In Person AND Online)

Discussion | I, a transplant // from overseas: W.H. Auden in Austria


An evening dedicated to the famous Anglo-American poet W.H. Auden and his last phase in Austria. The event includes a short lecture, a reading, a music performance by the Ruiss-Trio and a panel discussion with Ann Cotten and Edward Mendelson. W.H. Auden, one of the most famous poets of the 20th century in the English-speaking world, lived in New York from 1939 until 1972. Many New Yorkers know him as the Anglo-American poet and American citizen, but few know of his second home - Kirchstetten in Lower Austria - where he spent the summers for the last 15 years of his life. Auden bought the house in Kirchstetten, Hinterholz 6, in 1957, and when he died in 1973 after a reading in Vienna, he was buried in the Kirchstetten cemetery. Much of Auden's later work developed during his time in Kirchstetten, and he even dedicated a cycle of poems to his home in Kirchstetten: "Thanksgiving for a Habitat". After his death, part of his literary legacy remained in Lower Austria and formed the basis of the Lower Austrian Literary Archive. His former house in Kirchstetten remains a museum and was redesigned in 2015 by the government of Lower Austria, retaining the original ,,cave of making". Thanks to his legacy, many literary projects have been developed in cooperation between the Department of Culture of the Province of Lower Austria and the archive (now known as the "Archiv der Zeitgenossen"). One of these projects is the idea of having contemporary writers respond poetically to Auden's poems, specifically from the cycle "Thanksgiving for a Habitat", which will be transformed into a book and published by the ,,Literaturedition Nieder?sterreich" in September 2024.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, I, a transplant // from overseas: W.H. Auden in Austria

Discussion | Is Anything Okay? The History of Jews and Comedy in America (in-person and online)


Celebrate the launch of Is Anything Okay? The History of Jews and Comedy in America, a new online course about Jewish comedy, which delves into the history of Jewish comedy and its development in the United States. This is a panel discussion with lead scholar Eddy Portnoy and special guests Judy Gold and Alan Zweibel as they consider the diverse world of Jewish comedy past, present, and future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Is Anything Okay? The History of Jews and Comedy in America (in-person and online)

Concert | Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra: Courage and Compassion Concert (in-person and online)


In coordination with Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark, a special exhibit highlighting the remarkable story of the rescue of Danish Jews during the Holocaust, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra presents a program of musical works that speaks to courage, compassion, and bravery through the ages. This special concert will feature the premiere of a new work by Gary S. Fagin, Founder and Music Director of the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, honoring Henny Sinding Sund? and her boat, the Gerda III. The Gerda III was donated to the Museum by the Danish Parliament in 1989 and is currently docked at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. In 1943, twenty-two-year-old Henny led the Gerda III's rescue activities, saving an estimated 300 Jews in groups of 10-15 at a time on clandestine journeys across the ?resund Sound to Sweden.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra: Courage and Compassion Concert (in-person and online)

Concert | Latin American Music for Voice, Guitar, Saxophone, and More


Magos Herrera, voice; Vinicius Gomes, guitar; Rogerio Boccato: drums; Monica Salmaso Trio (Monica Salmaso, voice; Teco Cardoso; flute and sax; Nelson Ayres, piano) perform new versions of classics from the Latin American repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Latin American Music for Voice, Guitar, Saxophone, and More

Poetry Reading | The Urban Range Poets


A reading with The Urban Range Poets to celebrate recent books by Stephen Massimilla, Ruth Danon, David Groff, Amy Holman, and Elaine Sexton. The featured poets will be joined by Elisabeth Frost,  Melissa Hotchkiss, Hermine Meinhard, Soraya Shalforoosh, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, The Urban Range Poets

Book Discussion | Finging Margaret Fuller: America's Forgotten First Lady


Allison Pataki launches her new historical novel, the story of the trailblazing Margaret Fuller. Young, brazen, beautiful, and unapologetically brilliant, Margaret Fuller accepts an invitation from Ralph Waldo Emerson, the celebrated Sage of Concord, to meet his coterie of enlightened friends. There she becomes “the radiant genius and fiery heart” of the Transcendentalists, a role model to a young Louisa May Alcott, an inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Hester Prynne and the scandalous Scarlet Letter, a friend to Henry David Thoreau as he ventures out to Walden Pond . . . and a muse to Emerson. But Margaret craves more than poetry and interpersonal drama, and her restless soul needs new challenges and adventures. And so she charts a singular course against a backdrop of dizzying historical drama: From Boston, where she hosts a salon for students like Elizabeth Cady Stanton; to the editorial meetings of The Dial magazine, where she hones her pen as its co-founder; to Harvard’s library, where she is the first woman permitted entry; to the gritty New York streets where she spars with Edgar Allan Poe and reports on Frederick Douglass. Margaret defies conventions time and again as an activist for women and an advocate for humanity, earning admirers and critics alike. When the legendary editor Horace Greeley offers her an assignment in Europe, Margaret again makes history as the first female foreign news correspondent, mingling with luminaries like Frédéric Chopin, William Wordsworth, George Sand and more. But it is in Rome that she finds a world of passion, romance, and revolution, taking a Roman count as a lover—and sparking an international scandal. Evolving yet again into the roles of mother and countess, Margaret enters the fight for Italy’s unification. With a star-studded cast and sweeping, epic historical events, this is a story of an inspiring trailblazer, a woman who loved big and lived even bigger—a fierce adventurer who transcended the rigid roles ascribed to women and changed history, all on her own terms.
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Book Discussions, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Finging Margaret Fuller: America's Forgotten First Lady

Film | Negrita (2023): Afro-Latina in the U.S.


A documentary about the Afro-Latina identity and experience in the United States. In their own words, empowered, self-affirming educated Afro-Latinas, located around the United States, share their experiences of living with a changing, often contested identity in a rac... Read all Director: Magdalena Albizu Following the screening, the director will engage in a post-show Q&A to discuss her process of embracing her African history and her family's struggle to accept her journey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, Negrita (2023): Afro-Latina in the U.S.

Comedy Club | NY Laughs Comedy Show


An all-female evening of stand-up comedy with NY Laughs featuring DJ Susan Z. Anthony. This unique non-profit seeks to enrich lives, build community, and inspire audiences through humor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, March 21, 2024, 03/21/2024, NY Laughs Comedy Show
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Haydn and More at a Landmark Venue

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Play | A Play About a Famous Artist

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