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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 25, 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! 47 free events take place on May 25 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 25 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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47 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 25, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Public Tour of U.S. Coast Guard and Naval Ships
free events nyc Choir perform pieces by J. S. Bach, Mozart and more
free events nyc The Hungry March Band's Live Music Spectacle
free events nyc The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
free events nyc Tap dance and jazz: tribute to legendary tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
free events nyc A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Modern Twist on Shakespeare's Comedy
free events nyc Serra's Guernica (2016): Spanish-American war romance drama
free events nyc Oscar nominated Moana (2016): Animated Blockbuster
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The unlikely duo has put out a pop-reggae album, 44/876, which includes the single "Don't Make Me Wait." Attendees are advised to arrive early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Sting & Shaggy: The Police Frontman and and the Jamaican Singer Team Up

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After selling millions of records as the frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has embarked on a succesful country music career with hits like "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Darius Rucker, Country Crooner

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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.
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 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.
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City Walks, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 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.
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 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.
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City Walks, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 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.
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City Walks, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Central Park All-in-One Tour

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Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC 1127) and four U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol crafts will be open for public tours.
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10:00 am
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Public Tour of U.S. Coast Guard and Naval Ships

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Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Street Fair

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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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Bridge Club

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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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Learn Juggling in the Park

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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.
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

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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. Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a “tender touch” (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to “brisk runs” (like Bud Powell) – which can be heard on her recent solo CD Some Other Time.
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Concerts, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

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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.
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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Michael Hey of St. Patrick’s Cathedral has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and he was the featured organ soloist for the New York City Ballet’s newly commissioned work Acheron. He has performed at notable venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center, and the New World Symphony. “Tremendously virtuosic” -The Straits Times Weekly recitals showcasing the new organ, featuring New York City's leading organists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Organ Recital by “tremendously virtuosic” musician

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A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. 114 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, David Anspaugh's Hoosiers (1986): Basketball Drama starring Gene Hackman

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A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor. 135 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Alexander Payne's Downsizing (2017): Shrinking People; starring Matt Damon

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This class introduces savings and budget concepts: review banks and banking products, including debit and credit cards, and how to reduce indebtedness. The class also introduces investment principles. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first seated basis.
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Workshops, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Life Skills: Budgeting, Credit, & Debt

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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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Fencing Workshop

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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Greenwich Village Neighborhood 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Rockefeller Center Tour

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An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Southern Park Welcome Tour

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Starring Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults.  Julia Banks is being questioned by a detective in the murder of her psychotic ex-boyfriend, Michael. Julia claims that she has been set up and that she has nothing to do with the murder, despite social media conversations clearly showing Julia lusting after him. 100 min.
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Denise Di Novi's Unforgettable (2017)

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Starring Rock Hudson as a dissatisfied banker who gambles on a shocking medical procedure to radically change his identity and get a new life. 106 minutes.
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, John Frankenheimer's Seconds (1966):science fiction drama

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1937 Spain was a land divided by Civil War. In the midst of it all is a small village called Guernica. Here an American journalist falls in love with a local Spanish press officer. Can their love prepare them for the coming tragedy that awaits their small town and which will be symbolized by Picassos’ famous painting – GUERNICA! 120 mins. Starring Maria Vavalde & James D’Arcy.
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Serra's Guernica (2016): Spanish-American war romance drama

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Bring your own knitting needles and yarn!
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Lessons, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Knitting Club

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This is not a class, but a group for knitters. Participants must bring their own supplies.
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Workshops, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Knitting Circle

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West Carolina University Concert Choir; Dr. Allison Thorp, music director. Program Von Bingen (1098-1179) O Ignis Spiritus Palestrina (1525-1594) Sicut Cervus J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Singet dem Herrn ein neus Lied  Mozart (1756-1791) Ave Verum Corpus Stephen Paulus The Road Home from Southern Harmony  Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson Light of a Clear Blue Morning Charles H. Gabriel and Civilla D. Martin, arr. Ben Bram His Eye is on the Sparrow Traditional spiritual, arr. John Stafford II Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Choir perform pieces by J. S. Bach, Mozart and more

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Celebrating over 20 years of bringing live musical spectacle to the people of New York City and beyond is Hungry March Band, a brass, percussion, and performance ensemble. Founded in Brooklyn in 1997 for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, HMB embodies the spirit of NYC’s streets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Concerts, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, The Hungry March Band's Live Music Spectacle

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This three-day event encompasses hundreds of well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, a street fair and an art exhibit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Festivals, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

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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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Central Park Sunset Tour

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Manuela Soto’s work is both viral and permanent, a contradiction fit for an age where female empowerment and self expression is wrapped up in enduring trends and cyclical battles for Instagram-oriented liberation. From flip phones and fishnets to knuckles that read “B-A-B-Y”, the signifiers found within Soto’s anime-inspired tattoos mimic the online trends adopted by their wearers. Sensual postures, bare breasts and scowling grins imply agency, transforming manga-like figures into modern symbols of sexual dominance and self-empowerment.   Manuela Soto (b. 1991, Switzerland) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Her artistic practice spans fields of drawing, illustration, fashion, art direction and writing. Her work has been published and featured in Interview Magazine, Office Magazine, i-D Magazine, MISSBISH, Tattoodo, HYPEBAE, Galore, Papertrail Magazine and Drunk Magazine among more publications. She has collaborated with streetwear labels such as LeftHand and Dimepiece to create signature collections.
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Opening Receptions, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Meant to Be: Anime-Inspired Tattoos

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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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Strategy Game Social

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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, High Line Tour

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A well-known theater director wants an insecure actrress for his new play. 113 min. In German with English subtitles.
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Christian Schwochow's Cracks in the Shell (2011): German Drama

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Raising The Bar celebrates the timeless relationship between tap dance and jazz: two of the most popular original African-American art forms that has since been embraced worldwide. Choreographed by award-winning collaborators Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels-Smith. The show challenges perceptions of the standard chorus line, where dancers are instead offered moments to shine in their own right, through dynamic and intricate arrangements. Reminiscent of great American Vaudeville, the show concept, while inspired by the era, includes a more contemporary feel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Tap dance and jazz: tribute to legendary tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

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A monthly fireside gathering on the Lower East Side. Hosted by Emily Johnson/Catalyst, expect bonfires in the amphitheater. Sit by the fire and welcome the evening with neighbors, stories, food (bring some to share), star knowledge, and dancing. Gather and be welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Fireside Gatherings: Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

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Does the double badness make it good? Is bad already good? Come celebrate the two year anniversary—and final event—of this NYC-based monthly reading series to (maybe) find out. Twelve new and former guests will share whatever writing they want you to hear. Hosted as always by Charlotte Shane, the line up includes: Ana Bozicevic Kashana Cauley Andrea L. Chu Katherine Faw Naomi Fry Sarah McCarry Niela Orr Jasmine Sanders Estelle Tang Dodai Stewart Connie Wang Candace Williams
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Readings, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Bad Advice from Bad Women: 12 Writers Read

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A familiar sight – a romantic park wedding – develops into a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, full of madcap revelry and literary fantasy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Modern Twist on Shakespeare's Comedy

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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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour

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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 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Ghosts of the East Village Tour

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A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, An Evening of Standup Comedy

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An ex-GI builds a chapel for a desert convent, becoming the answer to the mother superior’s prayers while endearing himself to the local townspeople and avoiding an arrest for a previous crime. Directed by Ralph Nelson. Starring Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann, Stanley Adams, and Isa Crino. Arrive before 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Lilies of the Field (1963): Oscar for Sidney Poitier

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Watch the journey of Moana (Auli’I Cravalo), a brave 16-year old girl, as she sets out on a daring adventure to save her people in this animated Disney film! Along for the ride on this action-packed journey is the once powerful Maui (Dwayne Johnson), pet pig Pua, and rooster Heihei. Travel with Moana as she conquers obstacles, learns about her ancestors and discovers her true identity. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
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Films, May 25, 2018, 05/25/2018, Oscar nominated Moana (2016): Animated Blockbuster
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