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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 17, 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! 58 free events take place on May 17 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 17 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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free events nyc Grammy-nominated choir and orchestra perform Bernstein and more
free events nyc Ray Mantilla, Legendary Conga Player
free events nyc Darkest Hour (2017): Winston Churchill and the fate of Western Europe
free events nyc A Tribute to Billie Holiday
free events nyc Living Musical Icon, jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith
free events nyc Political Exiles, Transnational Repression and Global Authoritarianism
free events nyc Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-Winning Phantom Thread (2017): Fashion Designer's Love
free events nyc Violin Works by Beethoven, Grieg, and Brahms
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, World Tai Chi Day

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 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Morning Fitness

Discussion | Political Exiles, Transnational Repression and Global Authoritarianism


As authoritarian regimes have consolidated their position in Eurasia and the Middle East, many members of the political opposition, independent media and civil society have gone into exile. But as political struggles have moved beyond borders, so too has state repression. Governments have monitored, intimidated, detained, kidnapped and assassinated activists living abroad, as well as placing pressure on them through their relatives remaining in their home country. Many of these practices are enacted through international organizations, most notably Interpol, as well as through regional organizations like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. While these counter-exile strategies have a history dating back to the practice of ostracism in Athens in the fifth century BC, transnational repression has become more prominent in recent years. Discussion questions will include: How has the targeting of exiles in recent years differed from the practices adopted by previous governments? To what extent are these practices limited to authoritarian regimes? What are the similarities between the extraterritorial targeting of exiles in Eurasia and the extraordinary rendition program created by the US government as part of the War on Terror? In what ways can exiles resist being targeted? What measures can be taken to prevent organizations like Interpol against being manipulated by governments to pursue political opponents?
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
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Discussions, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Political Exiles, Transnational Repression and Global Authoritarianism

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.
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Tours, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, 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 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

Park Walk | Central Park Tour - Middle Section


This tour focuses on the middle of Central Park, starting in front of the beautiful American Museum of Natural History. From there enter the park and explore, seeing everything from a castle to the wild-looking Ramble. See an Ancient Egyptian obelisk and the place where Stuart Little raced his sailboat in the E.B. White children’s classic. Don’t forget to bring along your camera. There will be many wonderful photo opportunities throughout.
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Park Walks, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Central Park Tour - Middle Section

Tour | Williamsburg Street Art Tour


Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s and continues to be applied to subsequent incarnations. Stencil graffiti, wheat pasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture are common forms of modern street art.
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Tours, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Williamsburg Street Art Tour

Film | Martin Ritt's Edge of the City (1957): Wharf Buddies with John Cassavetes


If you need a job Charlie Malik can find a spot for you in the dockside railyards. All he needs in return is that you show up on time, work hard, and kick back part of your pay. Two New York City longshoremen, Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter, and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader, join forces against a corrupt New York waterfront union official. The two share a bond that cuts across society's black/white divide. Stars: John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier, Jack Warden. 85 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Martin Ritt's Edge of the City (1957): Wharf Buddies with John Cassavetes

Workshop | Essentials for Job Seekers: Cover Letters


Looking for a job? Discover what tools to use to find vacancies, learn inside tips from a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist on where to find job postings and what HR is looking for in your application. Laptops will be first-come-first-served; bring your own if you have one. Also bring paper copies of your resume/cover letter, or have the file accessible via email or flash drive. Please do not arrive late interrupting the class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Essentials for Job Seekers: Cover Letters

Other | Karaoke


Love to sing? Stop by!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Karaoke

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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Workshops, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Learn Juggling in the Park

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.
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Bach at Noon

Author Reading | David Webber discusses his book The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon


Webber uses cases to shine a light on labor’s most potent remaining weapon: its multitrillion-dollar pension funds.
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Author Readings, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, David Webber discusses his book The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon

Concert | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. An eclectic musician of Armenian origin, Armen Donelian has appeared internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. His piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary, and a boundless source of creative ideas. Armen is also a Fulbright Scholar, educator, author and producer of 13 acclaimed recordings.
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

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.
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Tours, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Tour | Tour The Battery


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.
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Jazz | Ray Mantilla, Legendary Conga Player


Ray Mantilla brings his exciting jazz / latin quartet.
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Ray Mantilla, Legendary Conga Player

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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Classical Music | Grammy-nominated choir and orchestra perform Bernstein and more


Grammy-nominated choir of Trinity Wall Street; NOVUS NY, orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor; Melissa Attebury, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Herbert, baritone. Program Bernstein (1918-1990) Arias and Barcarolles Newman Mass (World Premiere) About the Performers Grammy-nominated interpreters of both early and new music, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has changed the realm of 21st-century vocal music, breaking new ground with an artistry described as “blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven” (The Times). The ensemle has been described as “thrilling” (New Yorker), “musically top-notch” (Wall Street Journal), and “simply superb” (New York Times). NOVUS NY is Trinity Church Wall Street’s contemporary music orchestra, under the leadership of Trinity’s Director of Music, Julian Wachner. Hailed by the New Yorker as “expert and versatile musicians,” its members perform new music from all corners of the repertoire, meeting “every challenge with an impressive combination of discipline and imagination” (New York Classical Review). Music director Julian Wachner has been variously described as “jazzy, energetic, and ingenious,” (Boston Globe), having “splendor, dignity, outstanding tone combinations, sophisticated chromatic exploration…a rich backdrop, wavering between a glimmer and a tingle...,” (La Scena Musicale) being “a compendium of surprises,” (Washington Post) and as “bold and atmospheric,” while having “an imaginative flair for allusive text setting,” and noted for “the silken complexities of his harmonies” (New York Times). He has made guest appearances with such major organizations as the San Francisco, New York City, and Glimmerglass Opera, the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonic and many more. Baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert performs concerts and opera throughout the world, frequently with GRAMMY-nominated ensemble, New York Polyphony. Hailed by Opera News for his “exceptional” singing, Christopher has worked has performed with with the San Francisco Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, International Contemporary Ensemble and many more. Praised by the New York Times as a “rich-toned alto who brought a measure of depth to her performance”, mezzo-soprano Melissa Attebur is a frequently engaged soloist in concerts and oratorio. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Masterworks at Carnegie Hall, Trinity Wall Street, and more.
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Grammy-nominated choir and orchestra perform Bernstein and more

Workshop | Planning for a Successful Retirement


Where will the money come from? This class describes a variety of tax advantaged accounts that individuals can set up to help them acquire the nest egg necessary for retirement and/or college bound children. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first seated basis.
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Workshops, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Planning for a Successful Retirement

Classical Music | Thomas Jefferson's favorite baroque composers


Drawn from archives at the University of Virginia and Monticello, this program reveals the taste of Thomas Jefferson: the music which he and his family played for their domestic entertainment. An avid violinist and collector of musical prints and manuscripts, he attended concerts wherever he went, be it New York, Philadelphia, Paris or London, and encouraged his family to play instruments.  Performers: Sarah Pillow, soprano David Sariti, violin Daniel Swenberg, guitar John Austin Clark, harpsichord Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba.
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Thomas Jefferson's favorite baroque composers

Park Walk | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
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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.
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Tour | Subway Art 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.
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City Walk | Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour


Join a three hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. Begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. From there, make your way through the Gansevoort Market and the Meatpacking Historic Districts and then onto the extraordinary High Line. Then relive the bygone days of a thriving cruise ship and industrial waterfront along the Hudson; we'll see where trains ran along "death avenue", where the New York harbor along the Hudson was perhaps the most significant waterfront in the world at one time.
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Film | Vincente Minnelli's Home from the Hill (1960): Epic Family Drama


Stars: Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker, George Peppard. Dramatic story of the influential Hunnicutt family set in Texas during the late 1950s. 150 min.
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Films, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Vincente Minnelli's Home from the Hill (1960): Epic Family Drama

Film | Trish Sae's Pitch Perfect 3 (2017): musical comedy


Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow.  After the highs of winning the world championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time. 93 mins.
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Films, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Trish Sae's Pitch Perfect 3 (2017): musical comedy

Film | Sean Baker's The Florida Project (2017): Growing Up Outside Disney World


Starring Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe. Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World. 111 min.
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Films, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Sean Baker's The Florida Project (2017): Growing Up Outside Disney World

Film | Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-Winning Phantom Thread (2017): Fashion Designer's Love


Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville. Set in 1950's London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover. 130 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-Winning Phantom Thread (2017): Fashion Designer's Love

Book Discussion | Discuss Great Books in a Great Space: The Death of Ivan Ilyich


Discuss the book by Leo Tolstoy.
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Book Discussions, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space: The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Workshop | Mah Jongg Social


Mah Jongg Socials, led by Linda Fisher, throughout the summer. Basic instruction included.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Crochet Club


Bring your own hooks, yarn and projects for an informal and friendly gathering for all skill levels. Crochet, chat, and learn from each other.  First time visitors will be provided with hooks and limited yarn.
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Film | Darkest Hour (2017): Winston Churchill and the fate of Western Europe


Stars: Gary Oldman, who won Best Actor Oscar for this role, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas. During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Joe Wright, director 125 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Darkest Hour (2017): Winston Churchill and the fate of Western Europe

Workshop | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
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Workshop | Jigsaw Puzzle Night


Drop in and join the Hudson Puzzle Club for socializing and jigsaw puzzle fun! Come try out a wide variety of new and vintage puzzles with other puzzle enthusiasts.
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Workshop | Cookbook club


Cookbook Club for all the food lovers to swap favorite recipes obtained from cookbooks, from grandma or family traditions and from the media.  In May we celebrate Spring a season of rejuvenation utilizing the abundant natural resources of healthy, delicious and fresh vegetables and fruits by preparing light, springy, nutritious and delicious feasts. Stretch your imagination and experiment using wonderful ideas and cooking methods to perhaps explore uncharted cooking territory. Please bring a simple favorite cooked recipe to class for everyone to taste or leave a recipe.
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Beethoven, Grieg, and Brahms


Stephanie Zyzak, violin. Program: Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3 Edvard Grieg Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13 Solo Violin Work Commissioned for the 2018 Seoul International Violin Competition TBA Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Violin Works by Beethoven, Grieg, and Brahms

Opening Reception | Pajaritos: Photos of Beautiful Small Birds


Photographer Daniel Handal says: "Because of their singular ability of soaring into the sky, birds are universally seen as an allegory of freedom. Pajaritos ('small birds') represent the landing place for my life journey, and embracement of queer identity. They are also my way of transforming pretty into a statement of rebellion: the angelical beauty of canaries and finches resting on a perch in front of immaculate pastel color backgrounds are as much a statement of grace, as a state of defiance."
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Poetry Reading | They Knew What They Wanted: Poems and Collages by the Great American Poet John Ashbery


Celebrating They Knew What They Wanted by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbery, the gallery will host a one-night pop-up exhibition of selected Ashbery collages.
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Poetry Readings, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, They Knew What They Wanted: Poems and Collages by the Great American Poet John Ashbery

Lecture | History of food and families in Postwar America


This class is a social history of food and families in Postwar America, focusing on the personal, lived-experiences of people. Topic of the day: Eating Out - Restaurant Culture(s). Over the course of roughly 30 years (1945 – 1965), the U.S. population grew by over 50 million and the very definition of what it meant to be an American family changed in ways large and small. We will focus on the role of different food products and experiences in everyday life, including: the introduction of convenience foods into home kitchens; gendered and racialized approaches to advertising food products; a burgeoning restaurant landscape including McDonald’s and Howard Johnsons; and newly organized school lunch programs.
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Jazz | A Tribute to Billie Holiday


Eve Zanni and her Jazz Quartet perform hits by Billie Holiday (nicknamed "Lady Day").  With Bill Easley, tenor sax; Isaac Raz, piano; Paul Beaudry, bass; Dwayne ‘Cook’ Broadnax on drums.
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, A Tribute to Billie Holiday

Workshop | Beginner Chess Social


Learn the basics of chess with the help of a friendly Games Host.
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Workshop | Social Media Advertising Overview


Social media advertising is a powerful and (comparatively) inexpensive ally when targeting customers. But with so many changes in the existing platforms, plus new ones coming out often, which are the best ones to use? What are the trends? Internet industry expect Maisha Walker shares her expertise in the digital marketing arena and discusses how to figure out the best strategies to obtain the desired results for your business. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis.
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Performance | Remember Moondog? Master Composer, Poet, and Playwright


Remember Moondog? To many New Yorkers he was simply an eccentric icon of the counterculture, a bearded man standing on Sixth Avenue on the Lower East Side in full Viking regalia. Too few appreciate Moondog the master composer, poet, and playwright, who influenced and moved people across the globe. This is a celebration of Moondog, with live performances, a reading from his lost play Thor, archival recordings of his poetry, and a reunion of Moondog friends and collaborators. 
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Tour | Sunset Brooklyn Bridge Tour


On May 24, 1883, journalist Montgomery Schuyler said "It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge." This tour will tell the story of the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, and examine its ever-present historical, technological, and cultural impact.
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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.
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Workshop | Yoga Flow


Link mindful breath 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. Please bring a mat.
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Workshops, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Yoga Flow

Film | 16mm Film Nights: Laura Mulvey's Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti (1983)


This film-essay examines the painter Frida Kahlo and politically-conscious photographer Tina Modotti, who lived and worked during the period of the "Mexican Renaissance." The film analyzes the women's contrasting reactions to post-revolutionary Mexico, and includes candid footage of the two artists and their compatriots.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, 16mm Film Nights: Laura Mulvey's Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti (1983)

Gallery Talk | A Walkthrough of Terry Winters's Exhibition Facts and Fictions


New York-based artist Cecily Brown will lead a walkthrough.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, A Walkthrough of Terry Winters's Exhibition Facts and Fictions

Workshop | Stand-Up Comedy Workshop


Have you ever thought about trying stand-up comedy, but didn’t know how to get started? This one-hour Stand-Up Workshop will tell you everything you need to know. With: -- Gibran Saleem: Gibran has been featured on MTV, PBS, and Gotham Comedy Live. He is a regular in the college circuit and performs on college campuses all over the USA, as well as clubs all over the city. -- Andy Engel: Director of New Talent at Gotham Comedy Club. Recent castings include: HQ, HBO, Montreal Comedy Festival, Gary Busey Friars Roast.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Stand-Up Comedy Workshop

Talk | The Storyteller: A Conversation with Film Director Emanuele Della Valle


In the digital age, fashion communication and advertising have taken new directions and new strategies. Film director Emanuele Della Valle (Wetlands) talks about his longtime experience with his family brand Tod's, the importance of storytelling, and his future plans in cinema.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, The Storyteller: A Conversation with Film Director Emanuele Della Valle

Dance Performance | Soundings: Four Performances by Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance


Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance presents four studio performances featuring two new works-in-process and a revival of Ice Cycle. The program highlights Sperling's ongoing collaborations with composer Matthew Burtner and cellist Scott Johnson. A pioneer in the field of environmental music, Burtner will perform live for the first iteration of Wind Rose, a new work-in-progress for the company that visualizes changing local and global winds patterns, and plays with different rhythmic and spatial patterning, pushing the boundaries of Sperling's use of her Fuller-influenced apparatus.A wind rose is defined as a time-honored measurement tool used by meteorologists to indicate wind speed and direction at a particular location. With Ice Cycle, which was inspired by Sperling's experience dancing on polar sea ice, Burtner and Sperling convey the fragility and dynamism of the Arctic icescape.The program also includes Sound Study, a developing collaboration between Sperling and Johnson begun during a residency with Human Impacts Institute. The playful duet investigates the atmospheric vibrations of the performance space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Soundings: Four Performances by Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance

Tour | Ghosts of Greenwich Village 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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Tours, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour

Jazz | Living Musical Icon, jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith


NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. With a career spanning over five decades, Smith stands as the preeminent Hammond B-3 organist in jazz today. He has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Living Musical Icon,  jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith

Performance | Voices of A People’s History of the United States: Book into Performance


Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. This performance marks the culmination of a yearlong project with New York City students at the High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry, a New York City public school located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus. After studying the speeches, letters, and songs of the brave people who inspired Howard Zinn’s seminal work A People’s History of the United States, the students of HSAII will perform their selections along with actors Brian Jones and Susan Pourfar. Voices of a People’s History of the United States brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight-hour work day, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—Voices seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Voices of A People’s History of the United States: Book into Performance

Tour | Midtown Manhattan Night 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour

Concert | World Premieres and US Premieres by Austrian and American Composers


PROGRAM: Seong Ae Kim: Percée (2018, world premiere) Sungji Hong: Elevatus (2018, world premiere) Mirela Ivičević: Baby Magnify / Lilith's New Toy (2017, US premiere) Peter Jakober: Fast (2018, world premiere) Matthias Kranebitter: Ghost Box Diaries 24022018 (2018, US premiere) Sojin Yoon: incomplete moonlight (2018, US premiere) New York-based ensemble mise-en will perform world premieres and US premieres of three Austrian and three American-Korean composers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, World Premieres and US Premieres by Austrian and American Composers

Comedy Club | Bodega Cat Comedy Show


Bodega Cat is a weekly comedy show brought to you by Kevin Seefried (202 Comedy Festival), Andy Ostroff (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and Dane Hanson (Producer of Laughs on FOX). Live Stand-Up Comedy in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, May 17, 2018, 05/17/2018, Bodega Cat Comedy Show
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Musical | High-energy musical

Regular Price: $75
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Play | Dark comedy based on a famous book

Regular Price: $55
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Dance Performance | A famous comedic ballet

Regular Price: $50
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