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43 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 8, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Birdwatching |
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with a guided tour. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will's-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Spring Birding Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
City Walks, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
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9:30 am
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Tours, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
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9:45 am
Free
City Walks, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Workshop |
Brooklyn resident James Martinelli’s Cardio Dance and Range of Movement workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility. Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective and fun workout. Sneakers are a must. A few notes: - Registration begins at 9:30 am before each class. - Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. - All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating. Mondays at 10 am, May 8 - August 14
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Broadway Dance
Workshop |
Learn how to create a slideshow presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Topics include creating and editing slides, inserting images and clipart, and running your slideshow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, MS PowerPoint 2010 for Beginners Workshop
Workshop |
Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
Free
Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Beginner Language Class: Italian
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Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Juggling in the Park
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Gallery Talk |
Bringing to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompting questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society, A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD is a path-breaking exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Guided Exhibition Tour: A World of Emotions
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Harlem Tour
Film |
Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne. During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way. 117 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Lewis Milestone's A Walk in the Sun (1945): World War II Drama
Concert |
Xiaomeng Zhang, Baritone 4 p.m. Maria Brea, Soprano 4 p.m. Yin-Ying Tseng, Viola 6 p.m. Harrison Miller, Bassoon 6 p.m. Douglas Marriner, Jazz Drums 8 p.m. Parker Ramsay, Harp 8 p.m.
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Student Recitals
Concert |
Program Giueseppe Ottavio Pitoni Cantate Domino Leonard Cohen Halleluia Trad.Ride the Chariot Trad. Amazing Grace Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ave Verum Moses Hogan Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel Maurice Duruflé Ubi Caritas Michael Praetorius Soli Deo Gloria Moses Hogan Elijah Rock
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Choral Concert: Ardsley (NY) High School Select Chorus
Concert |
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Chunghee Lee, soprano 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Hocheol Shin, cello 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Emirhan Tunca, cello 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Eun-Chong Lee, piano 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Huijie Gao, violin 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Montana York, mezzo-soprano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Student Recitals
Screening |
Screen and discuss the popular TED Talk, "We Should All Be Feminists" from the author of Americanah, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- a talk that begins to introduce a new and more inclusive definition of feminism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Screenings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, We Should All Be Feminists: TED Talk View Party and Discussion
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park. The tour is every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, High Line Tour
Film |
Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse. An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. 140 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Lars von Trier's Oscar-Nominated Dancer in the Dark (2000): A Fantasy America
Book Reading |
The Financial Diaries is based on careful tracking of the financial lives of 235 American households for a year. Professor Jonathan Morduch and co-author Rachel Schneider cast a light on the growing financial instability—volatile incomes, volatile expenses, less slack, more risk—Americans face. The Financial Diaries helps explain pervasive economic anxiety despite economic and employment growth and a hidden source of stubborn income and wealth inequality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider discuss their book The Financial Diaries
Book Reading |
A compilation of 30 essays that explore how responsive grantmaking, focused on grassroots wisdom and close connections, can make a lasting impact in the Global South. This book is essential reading for all those who wonder how their donations and work can make a difference in developing countries – from aid agency staff and policy makers, to globally engaged individuals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Jennifer Lentfer reads from her book Smart Risks: How Small Grants are Helping to Solve Some of the World's Biggest Problems
Workshop |
Come and test your knowledge in a challenging though entertaining 30 question trivia quiz. There are questions and categories for all comers, spanning subjects from Music and Movies to New York History, Sports, Literature and others in between. Individuals and teams welcome. Bring your friends and be prepared to have a good time. Trivia Master Chris Vaccari is a New York-based trivia host with the answers to (almost) all of your questions. He has hosted fun-filled trivia events in the Tri-State area since 2007.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Trivia Night
Book Reading |
Fear City challenges the orthodox view of the 1975-76 fiscal crisis in New York City as the result of wasteful, profligate spending under Mayor Lindsay, and the moment when labor, business, citizens, and financial interests joined in common sacrifice to keep New York City alive. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Kimberly Phillips-Fein speaks about her new book Fear City
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated talk tells the incredible story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Slide Lectures, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Noah Isenberg discusses his book We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie
Workshop |
In today’s constantly connected world, bringing some calm to a crowded mind can be difficult. Meditating for just a few minutes a day can make you happier, healthier, and reduce the stress of daily life. Our simple, convenient approach is rooted in history, based in science and comes with some serious benefits. Join us and experience the many benefits of meditation firsthand. In this class, you will: Be taught the basics of meditation and how to start a daily practice Learn more about the effects of meditation on the mind and body Understand how meditation can reduce stress at work and beyond
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Journey Meditation
Discussion |
This panel will examine how musicians of our time employ clothing and accessories to craft their stage personas. Moderated by Nancy Deihl, Director of Costume Studies MA Program, with speakers Anna Burckhardt, Intern, and Stephanie Kramer, Research Assistant, both Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art; and Colleen Hill, Curator of Costume and Accessories, The Museum at FIT.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Rocking Fashion: Françoise Hardy, Courtney Love, Patti Smith, Devo
Lecture |
A talk by NEH Senior Scholar Naomi Seidman exploring the role played by Yiddish and other Jewish languages in Freud’s writing, from the Yiddish of his parents "behind" his Viennese German to the translations and adaptations of his work in Eastern Europe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, 'My Unconscious Speaks Yiddish': Psychoanalysis and Jewish Languages
Workshop |
Discover and explore alternative software to common computer programs. Learn how to find, download, and use these software for your needs. Examples include word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Alternative Software Workshop
Performance |
Musician, choreographer, and filmmaker Michael Holman presents a dramatized tour of his collection. With live storytelling and projected video/film scene-sequences, Holman will recount his personal history in the creation of hiphop culture. From the uptown throwdowns to downtown collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat and B-Boys, to the creation of the very first hiphop television show, Graffiti Rock (with Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee and the New York City Breakers), Holman's performance will capture his role in the Belle Epoch that was the early 1980s in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Performances, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Confessions of a Subculturalist: A Dramatized Tour of a Hiphop Archive
Book Reading |
Seventeen-year-old Nora is eager to attend a summer fine arts program in Ireland for the amazing experience she knows she’s bound to have, but also because she’s sure that the program will help boost her resume when she applies to art schools in the fall. So, when her grandfather offers to pay for the trip — as well as a few other European stops along the way — Nora’s bags are as good as packed. But there’s a hitch: Nora’s mother, Alice, isn’t so thrilled about the plan. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter—and her opinions haven't gone unnoticed. Nora couldn't feel more unsupported by her mother, and in the weeks leading up to the trip, the women are as disconnected as they've ever been. But seconds after saying goodbye to Alice at the airport terminal, Nora hears a voice call out: "Wait! Stop! I'm coming with you!" And…they’re off. Hilariously entertaining and full of heart, Dana Schwartz’s debut captures the deep emotional bond between mother and daughter with humor and authenticity while bringing readers along on a European adventure that will leave them breathless.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Dana Schwartz reads from her book And We're Off
Staged Reading |
Second Monday Social is a monthly event where they strive to build a community of artists wgo can explore new work and get to know each other. Writers will share new works in progress cast with actors that have come to SECOND MONDAY SOCIAL. Everyone is welcome for, what will be a fun and exciting place to see old friends, get to know new artists, share exciting new work, explore the craft and....meet new plays!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Staged Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Second Monday Social: Come Experience New Plays
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Isabel Allende.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Monday Night Reading Group: The Japanese Lover
Book Reading |
J. Courtney Sullivan, the bestselling author of Maine and The Engagements, presents a sweeping, unforgettable novel from about the hope, sacrifice and love between two sisters and the secret that breaks them apart, yet ultimately binds them together. Saints for All Occasions is an expertly woven Irish family saga that is as devastating as it is hopeful.
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, J. Courtney Sullivan discusses her book Saints for All Occasions
Book Reading |
Jo Nesbo‘s hardboiled Oslo detective Harry Hole returns.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Jo Nesbo reads from her book The Thirst
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book of poems of Anna Margolin, translated from the Yiddish by Shirley Kumove.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Book Club: Drunk from the Bitter Truth
Book Reading |
Jews Queers Germans is a historical novel by Martin Duberman that recreates the intimate milieu around Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II from 1907 through the 1930s: a period of great human suffering and destruction but also of enormous freedom and creativity, a time when the remnants and artifices of the old world still mattered, while art and the social sciences were pirouetting with successive revolutions in thought and style. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Readings, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Martin Duberman reads from his novel Jews Queers Germans
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Concert |
Dominique McCormick, soprano
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Student Voice Recital
Comedy Club |
Actress and Emmy Award-winning commentator Nancy Giles (CBS' Sunday Morning) curates / hosts "The Mosquito," her fast and furious monthly variety show with stand-ups, sit-downs and music.  Nancy Giles, who starred on ABC-TV's China Beach and Delta series, will be joined by a rotating cast of regulars who have in the past included: Pat Candaras, Cynthia Kaplan, Peri Gaffney, Kathryn Rossetter, Sheila Head, Susan Burns, Sue Giles, Nancy Shayne and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Comedy Clubs, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, The Mosquito Comedy/Variety Show
Concert |
Program: Kyle Tieman-Strauss: Strong Arm Shelley Washington: The Third Colossus Joseph Church and Sheldon Harnick: The Tortoise and the Two Ducks Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” Eduardo Leandro, Conductor Pre-concert talk by Professor Jonathan Hall at 7:30 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, NYU Symphony performs works by Dvořák and others
Concert |
Program: Bernhard Lang - "Monadologie IV" for 3 percussionists Donnacha Dennehy - "Surface Tension" for 4 percussionists Kaija Saariaho - "Trois Rivières" for 4 percussionists and electronics 1994 The Mannes Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of James Baker, is dedicated to performing both new and classic solo and ensemble works for percussion in two performances each year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, The Mannes Percussion Ensemble
Concert |
Hosted by D'Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. Where New York's finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience.
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Singers Space
Workshop |
Learn what a blog is, see examples of blogs, learn how to blog and to create your own using Blogger/Word Press.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Workshops, May 08, 2017, 05/08/2017, Blogging for Beginners Workshop
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