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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 8, 2019?

54 free events take place on Wednesday, May 8 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 8 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 8, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Dance Party: Latin & Ballroom Night
free events nyc Imagining Experience: A Conversation with Pulitzer Winner Margo Jefferson, Times Film Critic A.O. Scott, and More
free events nyc Works Of Haydn, Mozart, And Mendelssohn
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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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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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10:00 am
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Tours, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Interview With Confidence


David Lees revisits the job interviewing process, showing job seekers the tools to effectively stand out from other candidates and helping them to better manage the interview. Job seekers learn the big secret to communicating and managing interviews; how best to prepare for an interview; how to prepare to answer those troubling questions, and the three steps to score points in the interview. Since 2008, David Lees has been coaching professionals in career transition at the NY State Department of Labor. He has also proudly worked with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including returning Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan re-entering the workforce. David has been a featured motivational speaker for corporate retreats and with non-profit organizations in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Interview With Confidence

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Elements of Nature Drawing

Talk | Wildlife Conservation and Photography: What Can YOU Do?


John Steward and Wendy Hapgood, co-founders of Wild Tomorrow Fund, along with NYC-based photographer, Charles Chessler, discuss on-the-ground wildlife conservation in southern Africa, and how photographers can help. In this presentation you will learn about conservation challenges in southern Africa and the work of Wild Tomorrow Fund, a wildlife conservation charity based in New York and “Zululand” South Africa. Wild Tomorrow Fund is working to protect wildlife and their wild spaces by saving habitat, equipping rangers with urgently needed equipment, conducting research, and supporting the development of local communities. You will learn how, as photographers, you can get involved and help support wildlife conservation efforts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Wildlife Conservation and Photography: What Can YOU Do?

Film | Bank Holiday (1938): Nurse On Holiday Thinks About Work


A look into the life of a nurse spending a hectic weekend with her naive lover at a crowded resort, where she can only think of the widower whose wife just died giving birth. 86 min. Director: Carol Reed. Starring John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:15 am
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Films, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Bank Holiday (1938):&nbsp;Nurse On Holiday Thinks About Work

Film | The Croods (2013): Oscar Nominated Animation Comedy


After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. 98 min. Directors: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone.  The Croods was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and for Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, The Croods (2013): Oscar Nominated Animation Comedy

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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

Talk | Korean Illuminated Sutra Transcription Talk & Demonstration


Master artist Kim Kyeong-Ho is a pioneer and transmitter of the art of Sagyeong, Korean Sutra Copying. He was appointed by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labor as the sole Traditional Sutra Copying Skills Transmitter, and is both an accomplished artist and teacher of this unique art that had not been practiced for 600 years since the Joseon Dynasty. During the lecture, Master Kim will speak about the process and ingredients used in his sutra transcription as well as his philosophy and approach to this thousand years old art form. He will also demonstrate a transcription with gold powder for 5 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Korean Illuminated Sutra Transcription Talk & Demonstration

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Workshop | May Flowers Painting Workshop


A celebratory painting session led by Glenn Echevarria. Learn about color theory, color mixing, sketching, and painting with water colors. Supplies are limited.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, May Flowers Painting Workshop

Jazz | Midday Jazz: Pianist And Bassist


Jon Davis piano; Gianluca Renzi, bass. Jazz pianist Jon Davis has performed with jazz legends such as Joe Henderson, Milt Jackson, and Stan Getz. He was also playing in bands with future jazz greats Larry Grenadier, and Jeff Ballard, and had become a major force on the freelance scene of the Bay Area. He was house pianist for the jam sessions at The Blue Note, lead a session in the early days of Smalls, as well as a five year steady engagement at Sweet Basil with tenor saxist Ilhan Ersahin (NuBlu club founder). At this time, Davis was touring Turkey frequently as part of Ersahin's quartet, which led to a couple of recordings featuring Eddie Henderson, Larry Grenadier, and Brian Blade, among others. Bass player Gianluca Renzi has performed in some of the world most important Jazz Festivals: Umbria Jazz (Italy), Marciac Jazz Festival (France), San Fracisco SFJazz (USA), Richmond Jazz Festival (USA), Istambul Jazz Festival (Turkey), Shanghai Jazz Festival (China), Jazz al Parque (Colombia), Jarasum Jazz Festival (South Korea), Kanazawa Jazz Festival (Japan), San Javier Jazz Festival (Spain), Guimaraes Jazz Festival (Portugal) and many more. He has also performed in some of the most internationally known Jazz Venues: Birdland (New York), Lincoln Center (new York), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Velvet Note (Atlanta), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), Blue Note Nagoya (Japan), Cotton Club Tokyo, Sunside Jazz Club (Paris), Duc des Lombard (Paris) and many others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Midday Jazz: Pianist And Bassist

Classical Music | Works By Bach, Debussy And More


Juilliard chamber music ensembles present masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire. Program Johann Sebastian Bach Two-Part Inventions Isang Yun Together Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Works By Bach, Debussy And More

Film | Chinatown (1974) With Jack Nicholson: Oscar Winning Mystery Thriller By Roman Polanski


A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. 130 min. Director: Roman Polanski. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and it is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. At the 47th Academy Awards, it was nominated for 11 Oscars, with Towne winning Best Original Screenplay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Chinatown (1974) With Jack Nicholson: Oscar Winning Mystery Thriller By Roman Polanski

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Heart of the Park Tour

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, 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."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Play | Dog: On the Shores of a Toxic River


Is he really turning into a dog, or does he just think he's turning into a dog? Is it psychological or is it magical realism? Is there a difference? On the shores of a toxic river, a girl is torn between two different beasts and a boy develops an uncanny sense of smell.   Written by Anna Jastrzembski. Directed by Katherine Wilkinson.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Dog: On the Shores of a Toxic River

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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2:30 pm
Free
Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class

Workshop | Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books


Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book. In this class, you will examine an old book, look to see who else owns a copy, and review the sale records and current booksellers’ catalogs to learn about its value. Along the way attendees will learn about the tools and resources that the antiquarian community uses to value a book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books

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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Poetry Workshop

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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Author Reading | Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age


Our national discourse has become increasingly toxic, irrational, self-absorbed; our leaders and our citizens suffer from an allergy to nuance and complexity. In his new book, John Sexton argues that universities must make the fight against this "secular dogmatism" central to their missions. In conversation with journalist, author, and teacher James Traub, Sexton speaks about the "secular ecumenism" for which the university has long stood, and about the need for a new model of the “global network university” to serve an increasingly interconnected world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age

Author Reading | This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America


Morgan Jerkins takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to beto live as, to exist asa black woman today? This is a book about black women, but its necessary reading for all Americans. Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our countrys larger discussion about inequality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

Film | Under Strange Skies (2002): Escaping the Nazis Through Portugal


During the Second World War, Lisbon was a corridor for refugees going from Hitler's occupied territories to America. This film tells two parallel stories about exile and accommodation. Through a narrated memoir and photographs, the tale of a German Jewish family that decided to stay in Portugal is recounted. The larger, more sociological account of the others, who used Lisbon's escape route is skillfully told as well, using beautifully shot historic footage and written memoirs by some of the era's leading intellectuals, including Heinrich Mann and Alfred Döblin. This film evokes a desperate, intensely romantic period of exile, despair, and, ultimately, freedom. Director: Daniel Blaufuks 57 min. The director will be present. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Under Strange Skies (2002): Escaping the Nazis Through Portugal

Performance | A Drag March Storyslam: Tales of Glamour and Resistance


This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riot and the 25th Anniversary of the Drag March. Join a storytelling performance about the incredible history of the Drag March!
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Performances, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, A Drag March Storyslam: Tales of Glamour and Resistance

Dancing | Dance Party: Latin & Ballroom Night


Come Dressed to Impress for this 1940’s Retro Latin Glamour Party Dance Party 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. Fleur Seule is an authentic 1940s Ballroom swing band that plays hits from all around the world. Songbird/Bandleader Allyson Briggs, "The Glamour Girl of Jazz", sings in seven languages, the better to accommodate a wide variety of New York audiences. Fleur Seule plays Swing Era hits, jazz standards and ballroom classics that will transport you to the times of big bands and glamorous 1940 evenings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Dancings, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Dance Party: Latin & Ballroom Night

Workshop | How To Preserve Your Family Archive


How can you preserve your family's memories? What should you keep and what gets tossed? This class will help the family historian learn how to identify important records and store valuable heirlooms on a budget. Acid-free folders and archival boxes, mylar sleeves and scrapbooks, filing cabinets and shelves, what's the best way to keep your family treasures from disintegrating into dust? What records should you keep? How do you decide? From basic preservation guidelines, to storage and handling methods, to general best practices, this class will review resources to help organize your collections, and help researchers set priorities for personal materials care and maintenance. This class will help individuals understand basic preservation and conservation terminology, identify important family history documents and where to find them, and offer guidance on resources for maintaining a personal archive for years to come.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, How To Preserve Your Family Archive

Workshop | How To Stay Motivated Throughout The Job Search Process


Looking for a job can be a long, arduous journey that requires much time and patience, especially in this economy, before you see results. Staying positive and motivated throughout the process can make you a less stressed and more effective applicant. Kristina Leonardi helps you re-evaluate your overall career and job search strategy to reduce job search stress. Kristina Leonardi is founder of The Women’s Mosaic, a nonprofit organization that promotes intercultural understanding and empowerment among women. Previously, she held the position of Vice President of Sales for a promotion item firm. She is one of the coaches at NY Women in Communications and is a vetted coach as part of The Muse’s Coach Connect.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, How To Stay Motivated Throughout The Job Search Process

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 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Sunset Yoga

Talk | Supermodel's New Clothing Line Made in Africa


Accomplished supermodel and designer Liya Kebede talks about lemlem, Kebede’s collection of women’s, men’s, children’s clothing, and home goods made entirely in Africa. The core collection is handwoven from natural cotton sourced in Kebede’s native Ethiopia. Women artisans are at the heart of lemlem, and the brand is committed to helping them find health care, education, and jobs through the lemlem Foundation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Talks, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Supermodel's New Clothing Line Made in Africa

Author Reading | How to Be Less Stupid About Race


It's been a few hundred years since the United States was founded, but many Americans continue to grapple with the legacy of slavery and its lasting effect today. At the same time, misunderstanding and outright denial about the country's history continues to exist. How to Be Less Stupid About Race is a guide to breaking through the half-truths and misconceptions that have affected the way race is presented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics.  Crystal M. Fleming, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies Associate Faculty at Stony Brook University, combines social critique, personal anecdotes, and the latest scholarship on systemic racism for an accessible and irreverent take on everything that’s wrong with our national conversation about race, while also providing a road map for social change.  Dr. Fleming will be joined in conversation by Charles W. Mills, a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center and author of Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism.
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Author Readings, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, How to Be Less Stupid About Race

Author Reading | Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren


For a time, Nelson Algren was America’s most famous author, lauded by the likes of Richard Wright and Ernest Hemingway. Millions bought his books. Algren’s third novel, The Man with the Golden Arm, won the first National Book Award, and Frank Sinatra starred in the movie. But despite Algren’s talent, he abandoned fiction and fell into obscurity. The cause of his decline was never clear. Some said he drank his talent away; others cited writer’s block. The truth, hidden in the pages of his books, is far more complicated and tragic. Now, almost forty years after Algren’s death, Colin Asher finally captures the full, novelistic story of his life in a magisterial biography set against mid-twentieth-century American politics and culture.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Never a Lovely So Real: The Life and Work of Nelson Algren

Screening | Hiding in Plain Sight: The Case of Gay Life -- Screening Perry Mason


Perry Mason (1957-1966) is known for its formulaic plots—attorney Mason (Raymond Burr) defends an innocent client and forces the real murderer to confess in a courtroom finale. With its stylish noir filming, outdoor locations, and deep background characterizations, the series arguably also featured a prescient queer subtext. Burr was a gay man who led a covert life, but on the show, Mason is consistently paired with his investigator, Paul Drake (William Hopper), in harmonious, sometimes domestic contexts—especially notable in the episode to be’ll screened:" The Case of the Borrowed Baby" (1962). 50 min. With commentary by Drake Stutesman, Adjunct Professor of Cinema Studies and Costume Studies.
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Screenings, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Case of Gay Life -- Screening Perry Mason

Discussion | Imagining Experience: A Conversation with Pulitzer Winner Margo Jefferson, Times Film Critic A.O. Scott, and More


What role do experience and imagination play in writing poetry, fiction, and criticism? Featuring: Margo Jefferson, essayist Gregory Pardlo, essayist Francine Prose, essayist A.O. Scott, film critic
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Imagining Experience: A Conversation with Pulitzer Winner Margo Jefferson, Times Film Critic A.O. Scott, and More

Poetry Reading | Poet Discusses Her Writing


Ama Birch discusses the process of translating her experience into poetry through her self-published work, Sonnet Boom, a collection of 88 sonnets on a range of topical, personal, and philosophical subjects as they relate to Birch’s being a lesbian African-American woman living in the 21st Century. Poet Ama Birch has four books, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Faces in the Clouds, Ferguson Interview Project, and Sonnet Boom! In addition, she has a video game for children and adults called, Space Quake by Ama Birch.
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Poetry Readings, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Poet Discusses Her Writing

Author Reading | Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It


Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech—shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | I Just Haven't Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life


Written as an open love letter to the author's future life partner, I Just Haven't Met You Yet chronicles Tracy Strauss’s dating history and her journey to dismantle the effects and stigmas of an abusive #MeToo-themed past, break free of destructive relationship patterns, and ultimately conquer her fear of truly being seen by the world, flaws and all. Through telling her story, Strauss shares the transformative lessons she learned and self-empowerment she achieved while overcoming each hurdle (including her PTSD diagnosis and recovery) along the way to finding the love of her life.
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Author Reading | Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America


In Lake of the Ozarks, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American Heartland and traces his evolution as a man and a writer. He shares laugh-out-loud anecdotes and tongue-in-cheek observations guaranteed to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for "the good ol' days." In conversation with Willie Geist from NBC's Today Show. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation, and Dialogue


The volume, edited by Jeremiah Alberg, Alex Hinton and Giorgio Shani, captures trans-disciplinary scholarship on Peace Studies. It emerged through a series of international workshops and conferences held with diverse academics and practitioners in Japan, U.S. and Sri Lanka from 2014-2016.
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Author Reading | The Daughter's Tale: An Unforgettable Family Saga 


The bestselling author of The German Girl and People en Español Editor-in-Chief, Armando Lucas Correa presents an unforgettable family saga exploring a hidden piece of World War II history and the lengths a mother will go to protect her children.
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Author Reading | The Paris Diversion: A Terror Attack -- Or Is It?


In Chris Pavone's new thrilling novel, Kate Moore is back in a pulse-pounding thriller to discover that a massive terror attack across Paris is not what it seems -- and that it involves her family.
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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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Plays, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island

Author Reading | The Wrong End of the Table: A Mostly Comic Memoir of a Muslim Arab American Woman Just Trying to Fit In


What happens when a shy, awkward Arab girl with a weird name and an unfortunate propensity toward facial hair is uprooted from her homeland of Iraq and thrust into the alien town of Columbus, Ohio? Part memoir and part how-not-to guide, Ayser Salman's book is everything you wanted to know about Arabs but were afraid to ask
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Bodega Run


An artist talk by Tschabalala Self followed by a panel on the social role and histories of food within urban communities of color. 
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Concert | Concert to Combat the School-to-Prison-Pipeline


The Concert to Combat the School-to-Prison-Pipeline will raise awareness for Exalt, a non-profit organization mentoring court-involved youth who have been affected by the "school-to-prison pipeline," a national issue that has motivated our efforts to engage in advocacy efforts while also promoting the work of passionate young artists. Moon Gel, Ritual Talk, Savon Bartley, and the Juggernaut War Party are local artists who have agreed to perform to raise awareness. The event will also feature Yvonne Eseonu, Nadya Encarnacion, and Pilar Barreyro to speak on their advocacy pertaining to incarcerated youth.  
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Classical Music | Works Of Haydn, Mozart, And Mendelssohn


The Argus Quartet performs works of Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Joseph Haydn String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1 W. A. Mozart String Quartet in G major, K. 387 Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 12 Artists: Clara Kim, violin Jason Issokson, violin Dana Kelley, viola Joann Whang, cello.
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Concerts, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Works Of Haydn, Mozart, And Mendelssohn

Classical Music | Orchestral Works By Haydn And More


Guillaume Pirard, conductor. Program Franz Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D major, "London" Charles Ives The Unanswered Question Ernest Chausson Poème for violin and orchestra, Op. 25 The New School Community Orchestra is comprised of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni, together with individuals from the larger NYC community, collaborating with world-class conductors and performing repertoire from a range of musical periods and styles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2019, 05/08/2019, Orchestral Works By Haydn And More
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Concert | Large Choir and Orchestra Perform Latin American Music

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