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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 11, 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! 64 free events take place on May 11 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 11 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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Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. Instructor: Alex Hing
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Tai Chi Outdoors

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This two-day national summit focuses on RebuildPR in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. In support of rebuilding efforts, this conference will create a safe space for the discussion of policy issues and the articulation of community responses to Puerto Rico's crisis from the perspective of stateside Puerto Ricans and other stakeholders. The Diaspora will share examples of community responses to the crisis, civic sector collaborations between the island and stateside communities, updates on efforts by stateside organizations working to meet the multiple needs of hurricane refugees, share best practices, and create action plans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans: Diaspora Summit

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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 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour

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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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City Walks, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

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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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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour

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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Lower Manhattan Tour

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Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Manhattan Street Art Tour

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It is easy to forget that you are in a crowded city while walking through this spectacular park! The original plan for the City of New York, laid out by the City Commissioners in 1811 did not include the park. But as the city grew rapidly in size, we needed a place for New Yorkers to get a breath of fresh air! Central Park, with its 843 acres of meadows, lawns, ponds, lakes and more, was the solution. Today it is one of the best-known parks in the world and is enjoyed by millions-both locals and tourists alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Central Park All-in-One Tour

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Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends. All players welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Bridge Club

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Expand your minds and your wardrobe at the Library! Come learn how to make your own tie-dye t-shirt or tote bag. All supplies will be provided. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, A Tie-Dye Making T-Shirt Party

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Sociologist Virag Molnar will explore emergent relations between fashion and national populism. Recent examples show how dress and fashion are both an important site and an idiom through which political conflicts over cultural membership are played out. Over thirty municipalities in France’s coastal areas have banned the burkini (full body swimwear) since 2016. One of the main campaign billboards used by the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the 2017 German parliamentary elections pictured two blonde young, bikini-wearing women from the back, accompanied by the slogan: “We prefer bikinis to burkinis.” The Israeli culture minister, Miri Regev, sparked a heated controversy at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for appearing in a dramatic dress printed with the Jerusalem skyline, clearly intended as an explicit political statement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Fashioning the Nation in the Age of Populism

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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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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Learn Juggling in the Park

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Panel #1: Theater Criticism in the Social Era 12-1pm As the number of full-time theater writers at major publications continues to shrink, the venues for quality analysis and conversation about theatrical productions are tougher to find, especially for independent theater or international artists. What new models are emerging to keep that relationship between artist and audience alive, and how can we as a theater community ensure that the conversation continues beyond the performance itself? Is there the potential for new voices to be heard in new models? With: Sergio Lo Gatto, Teatro e Critica (Italy) Jose Solis, Stagebuddy.com Steven Suskin, New York Stage Review Robert Gonyo, Go See A Show (podcast) Panel #2: Accessibility in Theatermaking 2-3pm In this discussion, you will be hearing from theatermakers with disabilities and their allies as they share their insights on how to make the rehearsal process accessible to all artists, and make the performance space accessible to audiences. What barriers in the rehearsal and performances spaces and practices are we overlooking? What can we take to our own practices to ensure we are not excluding artists and audiences? With: Nikomeh Andersen, Free the Arts Festival Dario D’Ambrosi, Teatro Patologico Kyle Wright, Digital Projects Director, The Shubert Organization, Radical Hospitality: Technology Solutions for Audience Inclusivity Meredith Ganzman, PIX11 Digital Multimedia Journalist Panel #3: Collaboration across Communities 3-4pm Now more than ever, it’s critical for theatermakers to build bridges rather than building walls. For theatermakers or theater companies that create work for a specific community — whether defined by nation, language, or heritage — how do we collaborate to other artistic communities locally and internationally? With: Aizzah Fatima, Producer and Artist Erwin Mass, Artistic Director at ISPA | International Society for the Performing Arts Valeria Orani, producer and organizer, Director of Umanism/369gradi Joanna Sherman, Founder and Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Theater's Changing Relationships

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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.
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Bach at Noon

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Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

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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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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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Organist Donald R. Meineke serves as Cantor at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity where he oversees the musical life of the Parish, conducts the Holy Trinity Parish Choir, curates an extensive concert series, and is Artistic Director of Bach Vespers featuring the renowned Bach Choir and Players. Weekly recitals showcasing the new organ, featuring New York City's leading organists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Pipes at One Organ Recital

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Stars: Renée Zellweger, Meryl Streep, William Hurt, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham. A newspaper columnist is called home to care for her mother, who is dying of cancer. Finding her mother's social circle insufferable, she eventually realizes this will be the finally holiday season with the whole family together.  130 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Carl Franklin's One True Thing (1998): Book-to-Movie Adaptation

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Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning & Emma Howard. At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tensions, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events. 94 min.
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Films, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled (2017): won Cannes Best Director Award

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Learn the basics with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Must be 16 or older to participate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Fencing Workshop

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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.
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Park Walks, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Stroll to Strawberry Fields

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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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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Harlem Tour

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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.
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour

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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.
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour

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New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour

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Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular public spaces and tourist attractions in New York City. This depression-era commercial complex takes up over three full city blocks and is rich with history, public art, and art-deco architecture. Built by business mogul John D. Rockefeller Jr. with his own money, he instructed his team of designers and architects to build the most beautiful commercial complex of it’s kind in the world. That vision resulted in what is still one of NYC’s greatest treasures and gave rise to some of NYC’s favorite traditions including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the famous dance team the Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Rockefeller Center Tour

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Starring Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe. Andy Lau. Searching for the secret of gunpowder, European mercenaries travel to China during the reign of the Renzong Emperor. A few miles north of the Great Wall, Khitan bandits attack them. Upon escaping, the survivors seek refuge in a cave but are attacked by a monster, leaving only William Garin and Pero Tovar alive. 103 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Zhang Yimou's The Great Wall (2016): a monster film

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Starring Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall. A film that deals with social and racial issues in an inner city school. Mark Thackeray an unemployed man, applies for an engineering job but it will be a long time before a decision is made. He also applies for, and is awarded, a teaching position at North Quay Secondary School in the tough East End of London. He comes from British Guiana via California. 105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, James Clavell's To Sir with Love (1967): British drama starring Sidney Poitier

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Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish. Frances McDormand won Oscar for best actress picturing a mother who rents three billboards to call attention to her daughter's unsolved murder. 115 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Martin McDonough's Three Billboards Outside Ebbling (2017): Winner of 2 Oscars

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Bring your own knitting needles and yarn!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Knitting Club

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This is not a class, but a group for knitters. Participants must bring their own supplies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Knitting Circle
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Vocal blues ensemble performs

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Clarinetist Noémi Sallai was featured as a soloist and performed with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Sallai also participated in the Zoltán Kodály World Orchestra conducted by the renowned Hungarian pianist and conductor Tamás Vásáry. Besides playing classical music, Ms. Sallai also performs klezmer and folk-style pieces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Clarinet Recital

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Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Central Park Sunset Tour

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Featuring: Jessica Alazraki, Christina Corfield, Hilary Doyle, Maureen Drennen, Maggie Ellis, Mokoki Horikubo, Benn Nordsmark,Yusuke Ochiai, Hector Rene, Alex Sewell, Nick Wildermouth.
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Opening Receptions, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Typical America: Group Show

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Marisol Baca won the Andres Montoya poetry scholarship prize. While at Cornell, she won the Robert Chasen poetry award for her poem, "Revelato." Currently, she is an English professor at Fresno City College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Prize-winning poet Marisol Baca reads from her book Tremor

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Learn a new strategy game and discuss tactics at socials focused on tactical games like King of Tokyo, Shadows over Camelot, Forbidden Island, Alhambra, 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.
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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Strategy Game Social

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Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López. In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. 118 min.
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Films, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Guillermo del Toro's Pan’s Labyrinth (2006): Eerie Fantasy

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Explore the park on a family-friendly bird walk. Who knows what birds they'll discover while taking in views of the Hudson River.        
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Birding Walk

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This thriller delves into a dystopia where one man interviews the person responsible for the murder of a million people. Written by Lorenzo De Liberato Directed by Stefano Patti With Marco Quaglia, Stefano Patti This performance is part of the 2018 In Scena! Italian Theater Festival. Now in its 6th season, the festival presents a survey of the best Italian theatrical productions - for free - in all five NYC boroughs.
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Plays, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Echoes: One Man, One Million Murders

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Evan Saddler is a collaborative percussionist interested in synergy between artists from across disciplines and musical genres to venture from the traditional concert experience into unconventional spaces in order to create engaging performances. He has performed at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. Additional performances have included engagements with AXIOM, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Multi-percussion soloist

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Viola player Haw Yuan Howard Cheng is a winner of Young Arts Competition, Idyllwild Arts Academy Concerto Competition, and Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition. He has given solo recitals on both coasts of the United States and has performed publicly throughout North America and Asia. Orchestral activities include performances with Perlman String Chamber Orchestra, Music Academy Festival Orchestra, as a substitute with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Viola Recital by the winner of Young Arts Competition

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Pianist Nicholas King, hailed by LA Weekly as "making his mark in the classical music world" has performed in major concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, France and Poland. He has appeard at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Grand Hall in Poland, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Pianist who is "making his mark in the classical music world"- LA Weekly

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This two-day, art-filled event celebrates the work of 16 artists. These artists work across all disciplines and genres. Discover new artists, art forms, and ideas. Connect with other art lovers. Get a behind-the-scenes view of creative practices in the visual, literary, and performing arts.
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Open Studioss, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Get a behind-the-scenes view of creative practices in the visual and performing arts.

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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.
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, High Line Tour

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Speaker Kaja Silverman, an influential thinker in art history, argues that photography is the world’s primary way of revealing itself to us. In this talk she presents her latest work on her three-volume history of photography, a reconceptualization of the defining media of our time. Silverman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania whose books include Flesh of My Flesh and The Miracle of Analogy, gives a keynote of the Visualizing Theory Conference.  
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Lectures, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, The Photographic Image

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Allison Plamondon, Canadian choreographer, and Katia Bandeiro de Mello-Gerlach, Brazilian fiction writer, team up for a fascinating evening of collaborative dance making and conversation. Presented as part of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, this evening offers the audience the opportunity to join in the creative process of a new dance work, choreographed by Plamondon and inspired by the writing of Bandeiro de Mello-Gerlach.
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Dance Performances, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Art to Share from Brazil to Canada: Choreography and Conversation

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Allison Plamondon, Canadian choreographer, and Katia Bandeiro de Mello-Gerlach, Brazilian fiction writer, team up for a fascinating evening of collaborative dance making and conversation. This evening offers the audience the opportunity to join in the creative process of a new dance work.
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Dance Performances, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Dance and conversation

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A conversation between translator Billie Maciunas and editor Charity Coleman followed by a special reading of Our Book with artists and poets. For the first time, Billie J. Maciunas’s fine English translations provide an ample selection of the great Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca‘s (1894–1930) sonnets. Our Book is a song of the self—a proclamation of love, torment, and erotic exaltation—all intricately linked to the poet’s life, mythologized as it transgressed the lot of women in Portuguese society. Long in the making and lovingly crafted, this book marks an important milestone, one well overdue, in the making of Florbela Espanca’s literary reputation.
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Poetry Readings, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Our Book: Translator and Editor Discuss the Work of the Great Portuguese Poet Florbela Espanca

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Marie Buck is the author of Life and Style, Portrait of Doom, and Goodnight, Marie, May God Have Mercy on Your Soul. She curates the online literary section of Social Text, where she is also managing editor, and recently completed a doctoral dissertation on newspapers, pamphlets, and other writing of the Black Power and Women’s Liberation movements. Robert Fitterman is the author of 15 books of poetry including This Window Makes Me Feel, Nevermind, Rob’s Word Shop, and No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself. He has collaborated with several visual artists, including Serkan Ozkaya, Nayland Blake, Fia Backström, Tim Davis and Klaus Killisch, and is the founding member of the international artists and writers collective, Collective Task. He teaches at New York University and is a member of the writing faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. Jennifer Hayashida is a poet, translator, and artist. Her first full-length collection A Machine Wrote This Song is just out from Gramma Poetry. Her translations from the Swedish include work by Ida Börjel, Athena Farrokhzad, and Fredrik Nyberg, and she is the recipient of awards from organizations such as the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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Author Readings, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Spring Reads with 3 Authors

Discussion |


Project LETS, a grassroots organization specializing in peer support, discusses building just, responsive, and transformative mental health care systems. Come imagine a world without ableism, where non-carceral responses to crisis are the norm, and all people can access high-quality support. They will be prioritizing feedback from people living with mental illnesses, trauma, and neurodivergence, and are especially interested in hearing from people of color, LGBTQ folks, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with highly-stigmatized mental illnesses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Mad as Hell: Imagining Transformative Mental Health Care Systems

Jazz |


Many of Wayne Shorter's compositions have become jazz standards. He has won 10 Grammy Awards. The Music of Wayne Shorter Ensemble studies and performs Shorter’s work in depth, both compositionally and as an improviser.
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Music of Wayne Shorter,  one of the giants of improvised music

Workshop |


Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing.
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Workshops, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Sunset Singing Circle

Video |


Paris, 1938 is a video installation in which artist Tony Whitfield proposes versions of what many believe was a same-sex relationship that resulted in an assassination, foreshadowing current acts of self-radicalized terror and launching Kristallnacht, an explosion of Nazi persecution of Jews that constitutes a critical pre-WW2 staging of the Holocaust. Running Time: 60 Minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Videos, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Paris, 1938: New York Premiere of a Video Installation

Film |


Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug. When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. 108 min.
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Films, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Jon Turteltaub's Cool Runnings (1993): Bobsled Underdogs

Play |


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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Plays, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Shakespeare's Henry V:  by Obie Award-winning director

Comedy Club |


With: comedian/author Leighann Lord (“Real Women Do It Standing Up”), author/journalist Harmon Leon (“Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America”)  comic Chris Griggs (TV Land’s “Prime Movies”)
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Comedy Clubs, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, No Name... & A Bag O' Chips Comedy Variety Show

Dance Performance |


A sampling of works curated from workshops and performances by Dance Division students throughout the year.
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Dance Performances, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Choreographic performances

Dance Performance |


This is a "17th century biographical performance" based on the life of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. In collaboration with actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists. Original music composed by Isabel Perez. Created, written and choreographed  by Antonio Merino.
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Dance Performances, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Erzsebet: Dance Performance Based on the Life of a Countess

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.
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour

Tour |


The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.
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Tours, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Ghosts of the East Village Tour

Play |


The tragic story of a powerful friendship destroyed in the ruins of the Abruzzo earthquake of 2009. By and with Alessandro Blasioli. In Italian with English supertitles.   This performance is part of the 2018 In Scena! Italian Theater Festival. Now in its 6th season, the festival presents a survey of the best Italian theatrical productions - for free - in all five NYC boroughs.
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Plays, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, This Is My House: Friendship in the Rubble

Classical Music |


Active in both solo performance and competitions, guitarist Alberta Gabrielle Khoury has performed at recitals in Australia and abroad.
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Guitar Recital

Classical Music |


Violinist Jonathan Miron appeared on NPR’s hit show From the Top.
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Concerts, May 11, 2018, 05/11/2018, Violinist, who performed at NPR's hit show From the Top
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