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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 1, 2018?

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! 52 free events take place on May 1 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out May 1 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 May . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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All events, things to do on May 1, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | World Tai Chi Day


A morning class provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris.
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Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Morning Fitness

Birdwatching | Spring Migration Bird Walk


A bird walk with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond. (212)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour

City Walk | Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour


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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City Walks, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

Workshop | Kundalini Yoga


Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Kundalini Yoga

Symposium | Photography Expanded: Counter-Histories


This symposium will feature projects that question official histories, disrupt the power structures embedded in archives, and explore the radical possibility of alternative narratives. Photography Expanded is an annual event that brings together photographers, writers, technologists, students, and other creative thinkers to experiment with new approaches to visual storytelling. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Photographic Seeing: The Camera


Designed for those who want to refine and enhance their compositional skills and improve their way of seeing, this introduction to photography course covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. All classes take place in the park. Please bring your camera or iPhone. Open to all. Instructor: Lynn Saville
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10:00 am
Free
Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Photographic Seeing: The Camera

Workshop | Zumba Gold Workshop


A fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of Salsa, Merengue, Hip-Hop and more. Enthusiastic Instruction creates fun community of dancers who learn new dance steps each week. Bring your friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Test your coordination and dexterity with 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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Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 12, 2017 to May 23, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Bach at Noon

Concert | Organ Concert


With students from Indiana University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Organ Concert

Workshop | Public speaking: an essential skill in today's workplace


Public speaking is an essential skill in today's workplace and a valuable ability to have to further your endeavors in whatever you're doing. This program is led by experienced public speakers in a supportive environment. All materials for this workshop are provided. A continuing series held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Public speaking: an essential skill in today's workplace

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank 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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Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


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
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

Park Walk | Stroll to Strawberry Fields


Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer. Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Stroll to Strawberry Fields

Tour | Harlem 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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Tour | SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour


You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walk | 911 Memorial and World Trade Center Tour


On this tour, learn about some of the most significant acts of heroism and the people who sacrificed their lives to save others, but we also discover the history of the World Trade Center, starting with the strategies in the 1950s that were put in place to build it, how it was designed, constructed, how it came down, and the new buildings that are redefining the center today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Play Mahjong


Mahjong, the popular game of skill, strategy, and luck, was created in China and has been beloved by Americans since the 1920s. With similarities to rummy card games, mahjong is played using beautiful tiles by groups of four people. Join the fun! Play the strategy game or learn while you play. All are welcome, from novices to experienced players and are welcome to play free of charge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Learn how to use Google Drive/Docs


Learn how to create, edit and share documents online using Google's cloud storage and web app platform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Learn how to use Google Drive/Docs

Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem-solving, and strategic planning – plus it’s fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Award-winning author Jane Lazarre discusses her book The Communist and the Communist′s Daughter: A Memoir


Jane Lazarre is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoirs Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons, Wet Earth and Dreams: A Narrative of Grief and Recovery, and The Mother Knot, as well as the novels Inheritance and Some Place Quite Unknown. She has won awards for her fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Award-winning author Jane Lazarre discusses her book The Communist and the Communist′s Daughter: A Memoir

Author Reading | Emmy-winning actor William Daniels discusses his book There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, Kitt, and Many Others


Welcome celebrated actor of stage and screen William Daniels (1776, Boy Meets World, St. Elsewhere) for a discussion to celebrate the publication of his new memoir. Daniels will sit down with playwright Steven Carl McCasland for an intimate conversation about his life on stage and off. William Daniels is an actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He won two Emmy Awards for his role as Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere and reprises his role as Mr. Feeny in the Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, the sequel series to Boy Meets World. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Author Readings, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Emmy-winning actor William Daniels discusses his book There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, Kitt, and Many Others

Opening Reception | Marango: Works by Sicilian Artist Alessandro Piangiamore


The exhibition features pieces from Piangiamore's 'Ieri Ikebana,' 'La cera di Roma,' 'Belvedere,' and 'Primavera Piangiamore' series, as well as a new site-specific work from the artist's 'Tutto il vento che c'è' (All The Wind That Blows) open-ended project. These works are symbolic of his practice, always maintaining an intimate and poetic dimension that often leaves the state of the final form to chance. Schedule: 5:30pm: Presentation of Piangiamore's monography, published by Nero 6-8pm: Official opening of the exhibition The artist will be present.
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Marango: Works by Sicilian Artist Alessandro Piangiamore

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Test your coordination and dexterity with juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
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Opening Reception | An Other Cuba: Nine Photographic Artists


Featuring: F. Emmanuel Bastien Norman Borden Sandra Carrion and Lois Youmans Neil O. Lawner Joan Lemler Alain Licari Alejandro Perez Marcia Soloff
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Opening Reception | Threads: Paintings from the 1960s and '70s: Works by Stephen Posen


A selection of the artist’s work never before been publicly shown. The exhibition is the first significant presentation to revisit Posen’s breakthrough shaped canvases and related paintings since his debut at New York’s SoHo gallery O.K. Harris, nearly five decades ago.
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Workshop | Meditation at the Library


Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm, and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment .
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Workshop | Card Game Social


Get together over a deck of cards and enjoy favorites like Monopoly Deal, Rummy, No Thanks, and more. Participants who win a game can enter a raffle to win a valuable prize pack at the end of the Game Social season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Recently Engaged? Time For the Money Talk!


One secret to living "happily ever after" is to communicate well and to agree on financial goals and spending priorities.   CPA, CFP and the owner of Playfair Planning Services, Kim Bourne shares techniques to help you and your partner build a financially secure future together. Seatng is on a first come, first seated basis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Fiction Forum: Heather Abel


Heather Abel is the author of The Optimistic Decade. She was raised in Santa Monica, California. She attended Swarthmore College and subsequently worked as a reporter and editor for political newspapers. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, and elsewhere.
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Discussion | Four Women in a Room: A Conversation about Women in NYS Government


In New York, women have been excluded from the highest levels of state government. Four women confront this power structure in a public conversation.  -- Stephanie Miner, former Mayor of Syracuse -- Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law -- Melissa Mark-Viverito, Senior Advisor of the Latino Victory Fund and former Speaker of the NYC Council -- L. Joy Williams, political strategist, President of the Brooklyn NAACP and creator and host of Sunday Civics shed light on the opacity of Albany and spark transparent inclusive solutions. The panel will be moderated by Gloria Pazmino of POLITICO NY.
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Lecture | Exposition Networks in Italy 1911-1942


In 1911, Italy held two international expositions—in Rome and Turin—to mark the 50th anniversary of the country’s unification. These little-known events provide a useful comparison, as their planners took highly divergent paths in addressing a fraught political and ideological context. Beyond its historical interest, this case allows us to interrogate prevalent approaches in exposition studies. Over the last generation, most studies of World’s expositions and fairs have come from disciplinary positions associated with intellectual history or cultural studies. Many have focused on the ideological goals of elites that organize these events. Alternatively, writers in the tradition of Walter Benjamin have emphasized the exposition as a laboratory for developing consumer visual practices. Neither of these approaches fully takes account of the complexity of the on-the-ground planning and design process. In the case of an exposition, that process involves the interactions of thousands of actors, responding to tight schedules and commercial pressures. Drawing on ideas of Giorgio Agamben and Bruno Latour, this lecture treats the expositions of 1911 as instances in an ongoing series of apparatuses that deploy elite intentions, popular perceptions, and built artifacts in networked relationships. The result is neither phantasmagoria nor noiseless ideological transmission. Rather it is a narrative of redefinition and hybridization at urban scale. Because exposition planners look at their predecessors, this narrative has a sequel, and in Italy that story leads to the better known events of the Fascist era, particularly the unrealized E42 exposition outside Rome, at which elements of the 1911 expositions were to be redeployed in surprising ways. Speaker Steve Rugare is Associate Professor at the Kent State University Architecture Program.  
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Lectures, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Exposition Networks in Italy 1911-1942

Lecture | What Makes It Italian? Discovering National Character in Music


How can we define the elusive quality of "Italian-ness" in music? This discussion group gives voice and vocabulary to our intuitions about Italian music, both instrumental and vocal. You'll listen to music from the sublime Palestrina, pinnacle of the Italian Renaissance; through Monteverdi, Lulli, Cherubini, Puccini, Respighi and more; to John Corigliano and our modern world, naming Italian characteristics and asking whether they stand the test of time. What Makes It Italian is a music listening and discussion group that is open to everyone. Attendance at all meetings, which take place on Tuesdays from April 10 to May 15, is encouraged, as the discussions are cumulative. Led by Gina Crusco, who also guides listening at the Riverdale Y, formerly music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions Opera. Tonight: The eclecticism of Giacomo Puccini
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, What Makes It Italian? Discovering National Character in Music

Workshop | Yoga in the Park


Stretch, breathe, and find your inner peace at evening yoga classes. Bring a mat and join an instructor from Sweet Water Dance and Yoga to strengthen your muscles while taking in views of the sunset on water.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Science Fiction Book Dicussion: Cat's Cradle


A discussion Kurt Vonnegut's book.
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Book Discussions, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Science Fiction Book Dicussion: Cat's Cradle

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Take a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. Featuring: Annie Sailer Dance Company Emily Chamberlin Julie Fotheringham
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Talk | Latinx Comics: Geometric Storytelling, Production, and Consumption


Frederick Luis Aldama will unzip his brain, offering a multimedia extravaganza of US Latinx comics as explored in and through pop culture. He explores how Latinx created comics vitally complicate and enrich our understanding of Latinx identity and experience and powerfully add to and actively shape the history of comics. Along the way Aldama presents a dynamic model for understanding Latinx subjects as active transformers of the world we live in today. Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss discuss their book Hey Ladies!


Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man.
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Author Reading | Motherhood: Parenting as a Moral Choice


In Motherhood, Sheila Heti asks what is gained and what is lost when a woman becomes a mother, treating the most consequential decision of early adulthood with the candor, originality, and humor that have won Heti international acclaim and made How Should A Person Be? required reading for a generation. In her late thirties, when her friends are asking when they will become mothers, the narrator of Heti's intimate and urgent novel considers whether she will do so at all. In a narrative spanning several years, casting among the influence of her peers, partner, and her duties to her forbearers, she struggles to make a wise and moral choice. After seeking guidance from philosophy, her body, mysticism, and chance, she discovers her answer much closer to home.
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Author Reading | The Essence magazine editor-at-large talk about Editor in Chic: How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self


Tips and secrets for modern women to develop a unique, vibrant style and spiritual wellness Mikki Taylor, the Essence magazine editor-at-large, critically acclaimed author, and president of Mikki Taylor Enterprises, shares this wisdom in her latest book and in conversation with broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien.
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Author Readings, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, The Essence magazine editor-at-large talk about Editor in Chic: How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self

Author Reading | Former ACLU president Nadine Strossen discusses her book Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship


Author, professor, and former ACLU president Nadine Strossen dispels misunderstandings about "hate speech vs. free speech," showing that the First Amendment approach promotes free speech and democracy, equality, and societal harmony. Restrictions may apply. Callfor details.
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Author Readings, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Former ACLU president  Nadine Strossen discusses her book Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship

Lecture | May 68 in Theory


A true event cannot merely be the object of already given theories: it challenges them and interrogates the very sense it makes to practice theory in general. This is eminently true of May 68 in France: it has been an event for “Theory.” However, its theoretical implications have been too often obfuscated by hasty interpretations that projected on it some vague Zeitgeist aptly coined “68 Thought.” In order to avoid such simplifications, one needs to get back to the perception the actors of the time themselves identified those theoretical stakes. It so happens that they in part were conflated with the reception of “structuralism.” This talk will patiently try to understand how such abstract theoretical constructions could be deemed at stake in the social and political commotion of those two months. It will appear that May 68 didn’t confirm or refute any particular theory, but rather imposed a problem that is still ours today: the concept of an event that does not make history by the way it changes institutions as the French or the Russian revolutions did, the concept of an event that maybe even overpasses the very categories of History. Speaker Patrice Maniglier is Maître de Conférences in the Philosophy Department at the Université Paris Nanterre. In English.
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Workshop | Introduction to Meditation


This introductory meditation class was featured as a New York Magazine top pick. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary.
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Film | Raoul Peck's The Young Karl Marx (2017): German Biopic


The early years of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Jenny Marx, between Paris, Brussels and London. In English, German, and French with English subtitles.
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Films, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Raoul Peck's The Young Karl Marx (2017): German Biopic

Play | Shakespeare's Henry V by Obie Award-winning director Robert O’Hara


Insulted by the regent of France, Britain’s King Henry V decides to wage war and claim the throne across the Channel. But Henry’s charm only distracts the soldiers for so long before the dire stakes of their task calls into question the King’s true motives and direction. Resonating from across the centuries—wherever there may be a kingdom for a stage, and royalty to act—Shakespeare’s drama about invasion, ego and leadership delves into history’s thorniest questions: What makes a person worthy of wearing the crown, and what do they owe the people they lead? Obie Award-winning director Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2)) brings a warring King and his band of brothers to communities all across New York.
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7:00 pm
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Plays, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Shakespeare's Henry V by  Obie Award-winning director Robert O’Hara

Comedy Club | No Name's Super Storytellers Edition


No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, No Name's Super Storytellers Edition

Tour | 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour


A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour

Concert | Faculty Recital: Fred Hand, Guitar


A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, Frederic Hand was a Fulbright Scholar to England and a student of Julian Bream. His solo performances, both in North and South America and Europe have received the highest critical acclaim. The New York Times wrote: "He played unerringly, with all the verve and spirit that one could ask.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Faculty Recital: Fred Hand, Guitar

Performance | Cantiam Maggio: Songs, Images and Readings from International Workers' Day


The performance will feature popular Italian songs and music dedicated to the subjects of work and emigration, as well as readings of literary selections from the 19th and 20th centuries, and from Avanti!, the daily newspaper of the Italian Socialist Party. Performed by members of the Orchestra Popolare Italiana dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma Readings by Alessandro Cremona Iconography by Walter Marossi, Marco Zeppieri, Ugo Intini Texts by Walter Marossi, Luigi Troiani, Ugo Intini Script by Alessandro Cremona, Luigi Troiani Directed by Alessandro Cremona
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 01, 2018, 05/01/2018, Cantiam Maggio: Songs, Images and Readings from International Workers' Day
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Performance | A science show!

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Play | Parody of Golden Globe winning TV show

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Classical Music | Piano works by Beethoven, J.S.Bach, Rachmaninoff and more

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