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61 free events take place on Wednesday, May 1 in New York City. 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 today, tonight, tomorrow and 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!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out May 1 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of May . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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 example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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All events, things to do on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Central Europe: From Democratization to Populism
free events nyc Midday Jazz: Tribute To A Famous Jazz Vocalist
free events nyc Babes in the Wood: Three's Company
free events nyc Baby Face (1933): Woman Wants To Go To The Top
free events nyc Dance Party: Salsa Night with Tito Puente Jr.
free events nyc Da Qui a Palermo: The Palermo Sketches Multimedia Project
free events nyc Music Homecoming: Gramercy Brass Orchestra
free events nyc Works by Grammy Winning Jazz Orchestra
free events nyc The Story of Marie and Pierre Curie

Workshop | Boot Camp


The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 am
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Boot Camp

Birdwatching | Spring Migration Bird Walk


A bird walk with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. Last spring's walks included sightings of a Blue Grosbeak, a Summer Tanager, and 21 other bird species. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Spring Migration Bird Walk

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and by the verdant park, with its very special Hot and Cool gardens; each flower-filled and colorful throughout the season. All art materials are provided. Wednesdays, May 1-June, 26, 2019.
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Elements of Nature Drawing

Film | Great Expectations (1946): Two Time Oscar Winning Drama By David Lean


A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. 118 min. Director: David Lean. Starring John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager. Great Expectations based on the novel with the same name by Charles Dickens. The movie won two Academy Awards (Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography) and was nominated for three others (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Great Expectations (1946): Two Time Oscar Winning Drama By David Lean

Film | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001): Three Time Oscar Nominated Fantasy


An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. 152 min. Director: Chris Columbus. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris.  The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. It was the first instalment of the Harry Potter film series.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001): Three Time Oscar Nominated Fantasy

Workshop | Braille Study Group


Join staff, peers and volunteers who can help you with your braille study plan and assignments and recommend strategies for taking your braille proficiency to the next level. Braille games and activities will help you put your skills into practice. This study group welcomes blind and sighted learners alike. Braille is a tactile writing system used by people who are visually impaired. It is traditionally written with embossed paper. Braille users can read computer screens and other electronic supports using refreshable braille displays. They can write braille with the original slate and stylus or type it on a braille writer, such as a portable braille notetaker or computer that prints with a braille embosser.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Braille Study Group

Tour | Governors Island Official Walking Tour


Look into the past of Governors Island and talk about its exciting transformation and future! In these one-hour walking tours, examine how historic preservation, innovative design and environmental stewardship make the Island what it is today - one of the most unique public spaces in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

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. Monday through Friday
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Learn Juggling in the Park

Jazz | Portuguese Vocalist Blends Jazz and Brazilian Styles


New York-based singer Sofia Ribeiro was born in Portugal and studied at the Berklee College of Music. With strong and emotional performances, she attracts listeners to her unique musical universe, which is firmly rooted between jazz, fado and Brazilian musical styles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Portuguese Vocalist Blends Jazz and Brazilian Styles

Classical Music | Works By Edvard Grieg


Meghann Vaughn, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Johnson, piano.  Pianist Christopher Johnson made his solo recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He soloed with dozens of symphony orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Greater Trenton Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, and the Plainfield Symphony.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Works By&nbsp;Edvard Grieg

Discussion | Central Europe: From Democratization to Populism


Is populism a symptom of democratic crises? What is its relationship to the political process in the so-called democratization countries? When and how have populist movements in Central and Eastern Europe imitated, substituted, threatened and reinforced the region's democratization processes? Tsveta Petrova and Susann Worschech will discuss the networks and frames developed by those movements to take advantage of political opportunities in the post-communist world, with a focus on Central Europe and its democratization trajectory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:10 pm
Free
Discussions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Central Europe: From Democratization to Populism

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term ‘baroque’ has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was ‘maestro di capella’ at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today’s music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. Wednesdays, May 1-June 26, 2019
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

Workshop | Chess For Adults


Come learn to play or demonstrate your prowess!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Chess For Adults

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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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Jazz | Midday Jazz: Tribute To A Famous Jazz Vocalist


Various jazz artists will perform for a tribute to famous jazz vocalist Marlen VerPlanck. Marlene Paula VerPlanck was an American jazz and pop vocalist whose body of work centered on big band jazz, the American songbook, and cabaret. VerPlanck sang backup for Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Mel Torme, and she performed around the United States and internationally as a cabaret singer. Her solo career then began in earnest, and she released more than 20 albums, mostly on the Audiophile label, and toured extensively as a soloist. She specialized in the Great American Songbook, especially the works of Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers, and gained a reputation as one of the most accomplished interpreters of the genre. Performers Ben Cassara, Carol Fredette, Carrie Jackson, Daryl Sherman, Sandy Stewart, Boots Maleson, Jay Leonhart, Ron Vincent, Tedd Firth, Russ Kassoff, Tomoko Ohno, Ronny Whyte. Vocalist Ben Cassara has performed in many avenues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Kitano, the Metropolitan Room among others. Russ Kassoff is playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes, private parties, and continues to perform in concert as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno with her heartfelt and sumptuous autobiographical show. In addition, he recently went into the recording studio as pianist/conductor/arranger for Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte and the Russ Kassoff Big Band for an exciting and wonderful new recording called Big Band Broadway! which will be available in the not too distant future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
$10.00 suggested donation
Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Midday Jazz: Tribute To A Famous Jazz Vocalist

Workshop | Small Business Roundtable: Get Support For Your Business


Do you feel lonely running your business? Do you know that you can get support from professionals? This workshop is for you to share your challenges/success experience/expertise. Moderator: Ms. Man-Li Lin, Economic Development Specialist/Emerging Leaders CEO Training Program Project Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration NY District Office.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Small Business Roundtable: Get Support For Your Business

Classical Music | Works By Franck And Kodaly


Juilliard chamber music ensembles present masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire. Program Zoltan Kodaly Duo for Violin and Cello Op. 7 Cesar Franck Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 1
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Works By Franck And Kodaly

Workshop | What Your Money Can Do for You


This class is designed to help investors focus on their goals, to recognize the potential risks and rewards of different investments, to teach some basic information about different asset types, and to help match individual goals to investment choices. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, What Your Money Can Do for You

Film | The China Syndrome (1979): Four Time Oscar Nominated Drama Starring Fonda, Douglas And Lemmon


A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant. 122 min. Director: James Bridges. Starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas. The China Syndrome received four nominations at the 52nd Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Screenplay.
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Films, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, The China Syndrome (1979): Four Time Oscar Nominated Drama Starring Fonda, Douglas And Lemmon

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Stressed? The latest craze is artistic coloring for adults, and the adult coloring books have more intricate designs and patterns than those designed for children. This program allows adults to create wonderful pictures and offers a fun and unique way to unwind and express creativity. Plus, it can actually lower stress. All materials will be provided.
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Tour | 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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Lesson | Learn To Play Chess


Learn to play the most popular game ever: a game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.
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Lessons, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Learn To Play Chess

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I’ve played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Workshop | Researching Naturalization Records


In this class the history of how our ancestors became citizens of the United States of America will be explored, the kinds of records they generated when they did so, what information those records contain, and where you can find them.
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Researching Naturalization Records

Lecture | Political Risk and Economic Consequences


A lecture with David Woo, Head of Global Rates at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, who will discuss key current market themes and explore why understanding the role of political economy has never been more important for market practitioners and policymakers.
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Lectures, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Political Risk and Economic Consequences

Play | Babes in the Wood: Three's Company


Ashley, Anna, and Paulie live in a converted loft on the outskirts of an Eastern Seaboard city. Paulie suffers chronic melancholy, Ashley struggles with alcohol and Anna has had bouts of mania since undergrad. They all dreamed this life would be, perhaps, something different. Matters come to crisis when Anna suffers a manic attack and Ashley discovers her true feelings for Paulie are unrequited. Written by Emily Wiest. Directed by Kate Bergstrom.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
Free
Plays, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Babes in the Wood: Three's Company

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artists/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Wednesdays, May 1-June 26, 2019
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Poetry Reading | Poetry Workshop


No experience necessary. Just bring a writing instrument and 25 copies of your poem ( if you have one). Bill Zavatsky is an American poet, journalist, jazz pianist, and translator. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Where X Marks the Spot (2006), For Steve Royal and Other Poems (1985), and Theories of Rain and Other Poems (1975). Zavatsky has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. He was named MacDowell Poet for 2007–2008. Zavatsky translated poems by André Breton with Zack Rogow; that volume, Earthlight (1993), won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Poetry Workshop

Lecture | Polygyny in Kyrgyzstan: Motivations of First and Second Wives


Although scholars agree that polygyny is practiced in post-Soviet Central Asia, they have not studied the causes or consequences of this marital practice in any detail. Michele Commercio will discuss her research on polygyny in Kyrgyzstan, which is based on extensive fieldwork, and argue that marital status, familial benefits, and financial security motivate women to remain married to men who have taken second wives, while marital status, financial security, and the opportunity to reproduce motivate women to wed married men. Speaker Michele Commercio specializes in Russian and Central Asian comparative politics.
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Lectures, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Polygyny in Kyrgyzstan: Motivations of First and Second Wives

Discussion | Governance Feminism and Postcolonial Difference: Headscarf Regulations in the Netherlands and Germany


With: -- Gökce Yurdakul, Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt University of Berlin -- Anna Korteweg, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga
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Discussions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Governance Feminism and Postcolonial Difference: Headscarf Regulations in the Netherlands and Germany

Workshop | Writing Club


Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Writing Club. Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up).
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Writing Club

Film | Baby Face (1933): Woman Wants To Go To The Top


A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top. 71 min. Director: Alfred E. Green. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook. In 2005 it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Films, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Baby Face (1933): Woman Wants To Go To The Top

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Weekly Game Nights are the perfect place to learn a new game, challenge yourself with new opponents, swap strategies, and meet like-minded people. Mondays through Fridays, May 1-August 31, 2019 Mondays: Mah Jongg (starts May 20) Tuesdays: Word Game Night Wednesdays: Catan Game Night Thursdays: Mah Jongg (3pm-5pm, starts May 23); Beginner Chess Fridays: Learn a New Game Night  
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Lecture | The Global Impact Revolution


Speaker Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. For nearly two decades, his ground-breaking initiatives have catalyzed global efforts to drive private capital to serve social and environmental good.
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Discussion | Immigration, Detention, and Resistance Through Art


A panel conversation on immigration and detention in the United States. Immigration policy and mass incarceration represent today one of the main sites of human rights abuses and violations in the US. The criminalization of displaced peoples, in its turn, is part of a broader context of securitization of borders worldwide, a notion that contributes to and strengthens regimens of surveillance and detention advanced by States. The bodies targeted by this trend are gendered and racialized, as black and brown populations from the Global South try to access Europe and the US. The resistance to repressive and regressive policy occurs in many forms, from rights advocacy to political art. With that in mind, the panel seeks to bring together community-based artists and organizers, academics, immigration advocates and attorneys to discuss insights and intersections between their work. The discussion will also explore the ways in which community art can be mobilized as a form of resistance, and the event will allow attendees to support policy advocacy and engage in community art.
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Discussions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Immigration, Detention, and Resistance Through Art

Opening Reception | At the Table: Group Exhibition


This group exhibition examines various elements related to food, from its physical presence and beauty to dining with friends or family – or in solitude. When individuals come together “at the table,” there can be a sense of joy and community, or of stress and alienation. The works spotlighted in the show speak to the diversity of these experiences. At the Table features pieces in mediums including acrylic and watercolor, pen and ink, ceramic, fabric, mixed media, digital photography, and more.
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, At the Table: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Insensitive Flesh: Photo-Sculptural Works


This exhibition, comprised of new photographic and photo-sculptural works by Tommy Kha, explores themes of likeness, representation, and otherness through the framework of the self-portrait. In his work, Kha photographs his own body to create life size cutouts of his body and masks of his face. Using these cutouts and masks, he then rephotographs them in various scenarios interacting with a regular cast of sitters including his mother, Queer, and Asian figures, and in different geographic settings—often taking place in the South. These rephotographs echo performances of and around his self, resulting in a photograph and subject sitting somewhere between a still life, portrait and self-portrait, and landscape.
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Insensitive Flesh: Photo-Sculptural Works

Opening Reception | Porous Structures: New Sculptures and Site-Specific Works


An exhibition of new sculptures and site-specific works by Damián Ortega. This show explores Ortega’s longstanding interest in visually dissecting the underlying sociohistorical narratives embedded in everyday materials. Including a mix of works created with sand, cement, brick, clay, and crystals, Porous Structures excavates the materiality of permeable structures and objects, and how the cultural, political, and socio-economic implications of manufactured and natural constructions impact humankind in both a deeply personal and universal way.
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Porous Structures: New Sculptures and Site-Specific Works

Dancing | Dance Party: Salsa Night with Tito Puente Jr.


Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, includes superb bands and expert dance instruction for extraordinary dancing experiences each Wednesday evening. Learn the steps from 6pm - 7pm and then test out your new moves to live music from 7pm to 8:30pm. Percussionist and bandleader Tito Puente Jr. draws comparison to his famous father, but how could it be otherwise? Puente Jr. carries his father with him; it’s in his looks, his joy, and his music. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy of Latin Dance left by his father and has devoted himself to winning over audiences, one hot salsa party at a time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Dancings, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Dance Party: Salsa Night with Tito Puente Jr.

Discussion | Lexicography and the Role of Language in Today’s World


Welcome Jane Solomon, lexicographer at Dictionary.com and author of The Dictionary of Difficult Words, and Shalini Shanker, professor and author of Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal About Generation Z’s New Path to Success, for an in-conversation event with The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Zimmer, about the importance of words, lexicography and the role of language in today’s world.
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Discussions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Lexicography and the Role of Language in Today&rsquo;s World

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the bod and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. Wednesdays, May 1-June 26, 2019
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Workshops, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Sunset Yoga

Film | Gay Sex in the 70s (2005): Liberated and in New York


Gay Sex in the 70s documents gay life in New York—from Greenwich Village to the Fire Island Pines—during the decade of liberation and sexual abandon following the Stonewall Uprising and before the outbreak of AIDS. Directed by Joseph Lovett 71 min. Introduced by the director, with Q&A.
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Films, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Gay Sex in the 70s (2005): Liberated and in New York

Author Reading | Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security


Ru Freeman and Kerri Kennedy are the editors of this collection of essays by more than 40 leaders, including Desmond Tutu, Colum McCann and Jimmy Carter, who redefine security as a shared goal for a shared future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security

Author Reading | Nomadland: Looking at The Casualties of The Great Recession


From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves “workampers.” In a secondhand vehicle, author Jessica Bruder lived on the road for three years, observing closely and getting to know this new American workforce more intimately, as she wrote Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Nomadland: Looking at The Casualties of The Great Recession

Author Reading | What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape


After she was gang-raped as a 17-year-old, Sohaila Abdulali became the first in India to speak out about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault. Following three decades of grappling with the issue personally and professionally, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape examines sexual assault and the global discourse on rape from the viewpoint of a survivor, writer, counselor and activist. Abdulali draws on her own experience, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center in Boston, as well as interviews with survivors from around the world, to tackle some of our thorniest questions about sexual violence and how we want to raise the next generation. Abdulali will be joined in conversation by Chiké Frankie Edozien, author of Lambda Literary Award winning memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man. Sohaila Abdulali has written and edited a crazy-quilt assortment of material, and worked on communication strategy and materials with clients including the First Lady of the City of New York, Oxfam, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, Sesame Workshop International, and United We Dream. She writes and edits grants, annual reports, web copy, op-eds, blogs and articles. Her January 2013 op-ed in the New York Times broke readership records. She has two other books; Year of the Tiger (2010) and The Madwoman of Jogare (1999). 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Da Qui a Palermo: The Palermo Sketches Multimedia Project


Giancarlo Mazzù and Luciano Troja have played together since 2002. Their music is mainly based on the search for new forms and expressions, related to tradition with a solid jazz background, mixed with spontaneous composition, folk echoes, and classical forms. They live in Italy, and they perform in the US every year. In NYC, they founded in 2011 a trio with the veteran of improv-music Blaise Siwula, with whom they released three CDs, and performed all around NY. Since 2016, they have been joined by Rocco John Iacovone, another gem of NYC improv-music. Together they have played around Sicily, in festivals (Curva Minore Season, 20th Year Celebrations), cultural spaces (Cantiere dell'Incanto, Museo dello Strumento Musicale) and historical music seasons (Filarmonica Laudamo, 96th Season). During the stay in Palermo they recorded the CD Palermo Sketches at Zeit Studio of the Almendra label.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Da Qui a Palermo: The Palermo Sketches Multimedia Project

Discussion | Dance Is Sex Positive


A conversation on bodily pleasure from the perspective of dance—decolonizing sexuality as a theme in dance and empowering joy as a way of healthy sexuality. Guest Host: Sydnie Mosley Core Participants: Antonio Ramos, luciana achugar, Ashley RT Yergens, David Thomson, Sarah A. O. Rosner
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Talk | The Evolution of Times Square and West 42nd Street


A talk by architect Bruce Fowle about the evolution of 42nd Street and the Times Square area. Fowle and his firm played a major role in the development of this area over recent decades, designing six buildings between 53rd and 41st Street. This talk will address issues of physical design, zoning impacts, government oversight, and regulation of signage and street character, among other things, in a lecture illustrated with historic images and architectural designs. Bruce Fowle founded the firm now known as fxcollaborative in 1978, achieving international recognition for excellence in design over decades of work. Fowle and his firm have pioneered socially and environmentally responsible approaches to architecture and planning —most recently with the renovation and expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, The Evolution of Times Square and West 42nd Street

Author Reading | Of Color: Poets' Ways of Making


How do poets of color come to know what they do about their art and practice? How do they learn from and teach others? For poets of color, what does the relationship of "what one knows" have, with conditions extending but not limited to publishing, mentorship and pedagogy, comradeship and collegiality, friendship, love, and possibility? Is one a real poet if one does not have an MFA? For minority poets not considered part of the mainstream because of the combined effects of their ethnic, class, racial, cultural, linguistic, and other identities, what should change in order to accord them the space and respect they deserve? How best can they discuss with and pass on what they have learned to others? With: Melissa Coss Aquino & Amanda Galvan Huynh
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Of Color: Poets' Ways of Making

Book Club | Parkland: Birth of a Movement


Discuss David Cullen\'s book, a timely investigation into the Parkland school shooting and its aftermath.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | The Red Daughter: A Sweeping Historical Novel


Running from her father’s brutal legacy, Joseph Stalin’s daughter defects to the United States during the turbulence of the 1960s. This sweeping historical novel and unexpected love story is inspired by the remarkable life of Svetlana Alliluyeva. Novelist John Burnham Schwartz’s father was in fact the young lawyer who escorted Svetlana Alliluyeva to the United States. Drawing upon private papers and years of extensive research, Schwartz imaginatively re-creates the story of an extraordinary, troubled woman’s search for a new life and a place to belong, in the powerful, evocative prose that has made him an acclaimed author of literary and historical fiction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island


Prospero, a powerful magician and the rightful Duchess of Milan, has been usurped by her brother and has escaped to a remote and barren island. There, despite the unforgiving landscape, she has tried her best to make a home for her daughter, Miranda. When Prospero conjures a powerful storm to sink her brother’s ship, she must decide how to deal with him and his confederates, who have washed ashore. How will she exact her long-awaited revenge? How do you satiate a desire for justice?
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Concert | Music Homecoming: Gramercy Brass Orchestra


Founded in the Gramercy Park neighborhood in 1982, the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York has delighted audiences around the country, and won numerous awards. The five member Principal Quintet returns, joined by a guest pianist, drummer and vocalist to form a unique eight-piece combo. From classics and jazz to modern popular repertoire, Gramercy Brass promises to deliver a festive evening of lively brass and percussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Music Homecoming: Gramercy Brass Orchestra

Author Reading | New Books from Two Siblings


Maureen Pilkington will read short fiction from her collection This Side of Water: Stories, and Kevin Pilkington will be reading from his latest collection of poetry Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems. 
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Discussion | Waterfront Heroes: Women on the Waterfront


A panel discussion dedicated to women who help to preserve the region's working waterfronts, restore historic vessels and other forgotten maritime objects, perpetuate the occupational culture of our waterways, and keep the waterfront accessible so that future generations can learn of New York's majestic maritime heritage. In correlation with our current exhibit, Waterfront Heroes. The evening's conversation will be moderated by maritime journalist Betsy Haggerty, and will feature several of our honorees, including Fulton Fish Market painter Naima Rauam, Carolina Salguero, founder and director of PortSide NewYork, Jasmine Benitez, Public Programs Manager of Rocking the Boat, and Capt. Cait Field, captain with Classic Harbor Line and Freshkills Park Manager for Science and Research Development. Panelists will describe their experiences working on and around New York's 520 miles of coastline and Long Island's 1600 miles of shoreline, and will answer questions from the audience. A reception will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Waterfront Heroes: Women on the Waterfront

Jazz | Works by Grammy Winning Jazz Orchestra


This concert will focus on the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra book with the group's lead trumpeter Nick Marchione and orchestra manager and trombonist Douglas Purviance co-directing. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra is the current title for a band that began its life as Thad Jones-Mel Lewis and The Jazz Orchestra in 1966 and has performed continuously over 50 years. Over the past decades, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has received multiple Grammy’s and Grammy Nominations for every recording they've made. Several of the ensemble's current key members played for Thad, so the original precepts of sound and swing are proudly held and displayed while the other original precepts of creativity and experimentation are nurtured and encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, Works by Grammy Winning Jazz Orchestra

Performance | The Story of Marie and Pierre Curie


A story of romance, obsession, and discovery about the revolutionary scientists Marie and Pierre Curie. Made possible by the Fred Ebb Grant., Music by Will Reynolds, Book & Lyrics by Eric Price. Marie Skłodowska Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. She was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris. Pierre Curie was a French physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. In 1903, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, and Henri Becquerel, "in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel". This event is FREE but tickets are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Performances, May 01, 2019, 05/01/2019, The Story of Marie and Pierre Curie

Opera | The Metropolitan Opera: An Evening of Arias and Duets


Metropolitan Opera stars Ying Fang, Ben Bliss and Nathan Gunn perform an evening of arias and duets from some of opera's most beloved works. Artists: Ying Fang, Soprano Ben Bliss, Tenor Nathan Gunn, Baritone Dan Saunders, Pianist
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Comedy Club | Golden Ticket Comedy Show


This month’s show features:  Josh Johnson (Conan) Caitlin Peluffo (Colbert) Ian Fidance (VH1) Shane Gillis (Sirius XM) Shanna Christmas (Black Women in Comedy Festival) AND a very special guest!  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Broadway Performer in a Drama

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