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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 25, 2017?

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 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! 50 free events take place on May 25 in New York City.
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Thu, May 25, 2017
50 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 25, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The lines for these general public ship tours may be capped early to allow guests to finish their tours.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Fleet Week Ship Tours
Other |
The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform as part of Fleet Week festivities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team Performance
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 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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.
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9:30 am
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City Walks, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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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.
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9:45 am
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Tours, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Harlem Tour
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The lines for these general public ship tours may be capped early to allow guests to finish their tours.
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Tours, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Fleet Week Ship Tours
Workshop |
Learn the fundamentals of computer programming with the popular language Python. This class will cover concepts fundamental to all programming languages and provide an introduction to coding more generally. Note that this is a two-part class, the first session will be from 11am-1pm, the second from 2pm-4pm, with a one hour lunch break between. You must attend the first session in order to attend the second. You MUST be comfortable using a computer in order to code, especially typing. They highly recommend being able to type at least 20 words per minute.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Learn Programming Fundamentals with Python
Film |
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Warner Anderson. A recent widow meets an army major while skiing and despite pressures from friends and family becomes romantically involved with him. 94 min.
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Curtis Bernhardt's My Reputation (1946): Widow Finds Love Again
Performance |
The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform as part of Fleet Week festivities.
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Performances, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team Performance
Workshop |
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.
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Juggling in the Park
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Bach at Noon
City Walk |
Join a tour of The Battery, a 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan. Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 134,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more. Every Thursday from May 11 to June 29, 2017.
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12:50 pm
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City Walks, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Tour The Battery
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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 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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An in-depth look at the unique architecture and exquisite beauty of the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. Designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1907, the Custom House is a National Historic Landmark. The building’s interior splendor includes an elliptical rotunda with a 140-ton dome skylight designed by Valencia-born engineer Raphael Gustavino and murals by New York painter Reginald Marsh, as well as monumental marble arches and columns. Tours include a visit to the Collectors Office, not normally accessible to the public. Takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Book Reading |
Poet, teacher and author of 24 books, Hettie Jones will read a selection of her poems, from her bestselling memoir, How I Became Hettie Jones, and from her latest book, Love H: The Letters of Helene Dorn and Hettie Jones.
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Book Readings, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Hettie Jones reads from her book Love, H.
Workshop |
Share your passion for gaming the old-fashioned way. If words excite or inspire you, and crossword puzzles keep you going, then Scrabble is your game! Are you a chess or checkers champion? Whether you're a master or just starting out, show off your best moves. If you like wheeling and dealing, Monopoly's the game for you. Join them for some lively board time. All levels of play welcome. Please feel free to bring your own game set, and friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Retro Board Gaming and Jigsaws for Adults
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Film |
Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Lionel Jeffries, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell. After Miss Marple is made a trustee of a merchant marine training vessel, a fellow trustee is poisoned, and ship's officers are later murdered after she comes on board. 93 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, George Pollock's Murder Ahoy (1964): Comedic Take on Agatha Christie
Gallery Talk |
Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Gallery Talks, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Curator's Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
Concert |
The Lyra Consort continues its exploration of rare jewels of French baroque, highlighting the pardessus de viole in a brand new program of lyra viol solos, sonatas, pardessus duos and trio sonatas, by Leclair, Dubuisson, Blavet, de la Guerre, and Corelli. Performers:   Vita Wallace, violin Beverly Au, pardessus de viole Lisa Terry, basse de viole with Rosamund Morley, pardessus de viole Deborah Fox, theorbe
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1:15 pm
Free
Concerts, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, The Lyra Consort presents 'Rare Jewels of the French Baroque pt. 2'
Film |
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen. A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. 116 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Morten Tyldum's Oscar Nominee Passengers (2016): Trapped on a Spaceship
Tour |
Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Subway Art Tour
Film |
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Frances Ramsden, Jimmy Conlin. Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job destroys that dream, and when he finds a particularly potent drink at his local bar, he goes on a very strange and funny rampage (with a lion in tow). 89 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Preston Sturges' The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947): Let's Get Drunk
Film |
Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson. A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. 139 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Denzel Washington's Fences (2016): Viola Davis' Oscar
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Stars: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley. Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. 151 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Gore Verbinski's Oscar-Winning Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006): Johnny Depp Sequel
Workshop |
Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book. In this class, you will examine an old book, look to see who else owns a copy, and review the sale records and current booksellers’ catalogs to learn about its value. Along the way attendees will learn about the tools and resources that the antiquarian community uses to value a book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books
Film |
Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson. A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. 139 min.
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4:00 pm
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Denzel Washington's Fences (2016): Viola Davis' Oscar
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Janine Di Giovanni.
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4:30 pm
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Book Discussions, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Book Club: The Morning They Came for Us
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.
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5:00 pm
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Birdwatchings, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Spring Birding Tour
Workshop |
Learn the basics of working with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel for Mac. Topics include: entering data and formulas, moving and copying data, formatting your spreadsheets for readability and much more. Class is conducted on Macintosh computers.
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Beginner Excel for Macs Workshops
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
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5:45 pm
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Book Discussions, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Book Club: Americanah
Opening Reception |
A 12-person exhibition featuring contemporary artwork reflecting on our celestial sphere.
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Opening Receptions, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, In This House of Sky: Group Exhibition
Opening Reception |
A group exhibition of photographers who engage and expand the practice of contemporary German photography. The exhibition considers how photographic production in Germany has evolved, expanding past its identifications with the Becher school, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. While photographers continue to employ these aesthetics and formal tropes – seriality and the index, for example – the turn towards performance, humor, process, and an integration of multiple media is producing invigorating works that challenge the conventional associations of “German Photography.”  
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Opening Receptions, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Photography Out of Germany: A Group Show
Opening Reception |
Chalda Maloff's new artworks explore the transient nature of existence via intimate portraits of imagined lifeforms. Each such conjectured creature is fragile and vulnerable. It resides in an uncertain universe, as do we all. Its delicate membranes and exquisite body parts are at times almost absorbed into the environment, casings vanishing as densely layered detail gives way to inscrutable miasma or arbitrary splatter. And yet, expressively rendered in exaggerated scale, each lifeform faces the viewer undeterred. It is fully present in time and space. Micaela de Vivero uses installation art to talk about relationships between the viewer and the art, between structure and movement, and between space and circulation. Lines, volumes and colors have become de Vivero's tools to create communication between the art and its environment.
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Opening Receptions, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, 2 Art Shows: Chalda Maloff / Micaela de Vivero
Discussion |
To mark the opening of the exhibition Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972, Yvonne Rainer and Lucy Sexton come discuss their careers in dance. In the 1960s, Rainer was a leader in the dance avant-garde through the rule-breaking collaborative, Judson Dance Theater. In the 1980s, DANCENOISE, Lucy Sexton’s performance art duo with Anne Iobst, rocked the New York club scene with transgressive, socially conscious acts of precisely aimed mayhem. With the help of performance clips, archival display, and mutual curiosity, Rainer and Sexton will question each other about how their separate generations transformed the New York dance scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Radical Dance Artists in the 60s and the 80s
Workshop |
Maintaining a positive attitude in your job search is essential. Renee Lee Rosenberg, a clinical career counselor and licensed mental health counselor with over 25 years experience helping individuals conduct a positive job search, leads this interactive and informative session. Learn how to keep yourself motivated, resilient, and productive during your job search.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Keeping Motivated and Conducting a Positive Job Search in Today's' Changing Economy
Workshop |
Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Beginner Chess Social
Slide Lecture |
***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED*** This illustrated lecture sheds light on Motown’s most controversial superstar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, CANCELLED***Peter Benjaminson discusses his book Super Freak: The Life of Rick James***CANCELLED
Workshop |
Link mindful breathing with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Bring your own mat. This event repeats every Thursday until September 28, 2017.
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Yoga Flow Workshop
Screening |
Over three evenings, short films made by this year's students in the graduate certificate program in Documentary Media Studies are screened for the public. Media Studies faculty member Deanna Kamiel will conduct Q&A sessions with the filmmakers following the screenings each night. These works are the product of a year of intensive study of documentary production, history, and theory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Screenings, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, 11th Annual Truth Be Told Documentary Festival
Film |
A carpenter unites with his neighbors to fight institutional injustice when he is accused of a murder he did not commit. 128 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Films, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Mexican Cinema: Ismael Rodriguez's We, the Poor (1948)
Musical |
The American Musical Theatre Academy of London and New York trains young adults in both London and New York to go out into the world of professional entertainment with the correct skills and attitude to succeed. They are proud to be presenting The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee featuring seven Professional Development students performing various roles, with special guest appearances by Preparatory Programme students. The show is a one-act comedy, featuring great music and a lot of laughs. the show is directed by Laura Josepher, who has been directing, teaching, and coaching professionally in New York City for the past thirty years.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Musicals, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: A Student Production
Tour |
New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories. famed explorers, native tribes, lost opportunities and political intrigue. With almost every step one takes through the West Village, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has its stories, every building has its haunted spirits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
Concert |
The celebrated Iraqi oud player performs works from his recent Smithsonian Folkways album with Iranian santour maestro Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American percussion master Issa Malluf.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Middle East Sounds: The Rahim Alhaj Trio
Tour |
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway. Takes place Thursdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Play |
Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary. Runs May 23-28, May 30-June 3, June 6-13 and June 15-18.
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Plays, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: A Play of Politics and Power
Comedy Club |
Featuring some of the top comedians and up-and-comers in NYC. The show is one of the most diverse and well curated comedy shows in NYC. Past guests have included Judah Friedlander, Mark Normand, Aparna Nancherla, and Jena Friedman. Hosted by Joon Chung and Chris Donahue. Tonight: Bobby Tisdale (Bob's Burgers) Jena Friedman (The Daily Show) Patrick Schroeder (Comedy Central Roast Battle II) Chewy May (Stand Up NY) Charlie Rohrer (Keith and the Girl)
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Comedy Clubs, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Panic Attack Comedy Show
Comedy Club |
Comics Mike Brown (Comedy Outliers) and Ayanna Dookie (She Devil Comedy Festival winner) host “King Hippo,” their weekly comedy showcase and afterparty. Mike and Ayanna - who have performed at venues nationally and throughout the tri-state area - will be joined at this launch by Seaton Smith (FOX); Chloe Hilliard (NBC); Dave Lester (SIRIUS XM) and Jon Laster (BET), with music by Thug Passion (Time Out NY).
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Comedy Clubs, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, King Hippo Comedy Show
Concert |
With a musician’s keen ear, a knack for storytelling, and rich vocals, New York-based chanteuse and songwriter Kate Chaston engages audiences with her unique blend of cabaret-, pop-, and blues-infused jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
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Concerts, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, The Pedro Project: An Intimate Evening of Songs from (and Inspired by) the Films of Pedro Almodóvar.
Workshop |
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include using formulas and functions, data sorting and conditional formatting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 pm
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Workshops, May 25, 2017, 05/25/2017, Advanced MS Excel 2010 Workshop
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Classical Music | Piano works by Chopin and more

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