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29 free events take place on Thursday, May 9 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 9 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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29 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Thursday, May 9, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


A morning class provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 7-August 27, 2019
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Workshops, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Tai Chi in the Park

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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Essentials for Job Seekers: Resumes


Looking for a job? Discover what tools to use to find vacancies, learn inside tips from a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist on where to find job postings and what HR is looking for in your application. Laptops will be first-come-first-served; bring your own if you have one. Also bring paper copies of your resume/cover letter, or have the file accessible via email or flash drive. All levels of experience welcome. Please do not arrive late interrupting the class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Essentials for Job Seekers: Resumes

Film | The Life of Emile Zola (1937): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Movie On French Writer


The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair. 116 min. Director: William Dieterle. Starring Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut.  In 2000, The Life of Emile Zola was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".  The movie won three Academy Awards for Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor - Joseph Schildkraut; Best Screenplay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, The Life of Emile Zola (1937): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Movie On French Writer

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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Concerts, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Bach at Noon

Gallery Talk | Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour


Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre that reflected local tastes, traditions, and needs. Around 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives simultaneously: “The Art of Business” portrays the people and places that were part of the city’s thrumming commercial life, and “The Business of Art” highlights the diverse mediums and formats used by the artists, artisans, and manufacturers. This tour of the exhibition is conducted by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour

Concert | Medieval Music By All-Female Band


During the fourteenth century, Florence’s republican society fostered accomplishments in poetry, sculpture, architecture, and a varied musical culture. Trobár explores this milieu in a presentation of madrigals, ballate, caccias, laude, and dance music in a concert organized around the four seasons. Trobár is a small band of voices and instruments dedicated to bringing medieval music and its stories to modern audiences. The Occitan word trobar, meaning "to find, to create, to invent," encompasses the spirit of discovery and invention that we bring to interpreting medieval music as both performers and scholars. Performers Allison Monroe, voice, vielle, rebec; Elena Mullins, voice, percussion; Karin Weston, voice; Nathan Dougherty, voice (guest artist).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Medieval Music By&nbsp;All-Female Band

Film | The Children Act (2017): Drama with Emma Thompson


As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle. 105 min. Director: Richard Eyre. Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin. Production was set to begin in London in October 2016, and it was reported on December 8, 2016 that filming had wrapped. The Children Act had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, The Children Act (2017): Drama with Emma Thompson

Film | The Magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles (1942): Four-Time Oscar Nominee


The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved. 88 min. Director: Orson Welles. Starring Tim Holt, Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello. The Magnificent Ambersons is often regarded as among the best U.S. films ever made, a distinction it shares with Welles' first film, Citizen Kane. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and it was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1991.
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Films, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, The Magnificent Ambersons&nbsp;by Orson Welles (1942): Four-Time Oscar Nominee

Workshop | Traditional English Afternoon Tea


English-style tea, black tea, Pally's rich tea biscuit will be served. “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”- Henry James Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. While the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
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Workshops, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Traditional English Afternoon Tea

Film | Instant Family (2018): Couple Adopts Three Children


A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children. 118 min. Director: Sean Anders. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner. Instant Family grossed $67.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $52.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $118.8 million, against a production budget of $48 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Instant Family (2018): Couple Adopts Three Children

Talk | Broker, Financial Planner Or Investment Advisor: How to Pick Your Advisor?


What kind of financial advice do you need? How is the advisor compensated? What credentials and licensing should you look for? Petar Arizanov, CFP® answers these important questions so you can choose the best type of advisor for you needs.  Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro NY.  Petar Arizanov, is a financial advisor at Investments at Oppenheimer’s Park Avenue. He works with each client to design, recommend and implement customized investment strategies intended to help them work towards achieving their specific retirement, liquidity, investment, tax, education, estate and philanthropic needs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Broker, Financial Planner Or Investment Advisor: How to Pick Your Advisor?

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Discover the fun and calming benefits of coloring. Color, relax and enjoy. Coloring supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Lecture | Migration and Inequality in Southeastern and Eastern Europe – Is There a Link?


The levels of income inequality and emigration are high and growing in most countries of Southeastern and Eastern Europe. This seminar presentation explores if this is more than a coincidence. Speaker Mihail Arandarenko is a professor of labor economics at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Migration and Inequality in Southeastern and Eastern Europe &ndash; Is There a Link?

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 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Workshop | Park Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Park Birding Tour

Discussion | Let's Talk Democracy: GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side)


Would you like to understand our political system better and have the tools to improve it? This is a community conversation to learn about how our federal, state and local governments are structured and how you can make an impact. Empower yourself to make the changes you want by learning how the system works & what you can do to get government to respond to you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Let's Talk Democracy: GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side)

Workshop | Writers Coalition


A class of writing and sharing work in a supportive and respectful environment. Writers of all genres and levels of experience welcome. No prior writing experience is necessary. Led by Elizabeth Leonard, writer and writing workshop leader certified to lead creative writing workshops with NY Writers Coalition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Writers Coalition

Opening Reception | Corks: Furniture Realized in Cork


The exhibition puts on view internationally acclaimed designer Jasper Morrison’s first complete series of furniture realized in cork. As limited editions, these pieces mark a departure from the designer’s usual methods of industrial production and initiate a new collaborative partnership that speaks to Kasmin’s continued engagement with presenting boundary-pushing work at the intersection of art and design. A domestic exhibition design will bring together examples of Morrison’s chaise longue, a fireplace, chairs, stools, and bookshelves.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Corks: Furniture Realized in Cork

Author Reading | Widows’ Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, the First Year, the Long Haul, and Everything in Between


Becoming a widow is one of the most traumatic life events that a woman can experience. Yet, as this remarkable new collection reveals, each woman responds to that trauma differently. Here, forty-three widows tell their stories, in their own words. Some were widowed young, while others were married for decades. Some cared for their late partners through long terminal illnesses, while others lost their partners suddenly. Some had male partners, while others had female partners. Yet each of these women faced the same basic dilemma: how to go on living when a part of you is gone.   Image Attached
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Widows&rsquo; Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, the First Year, the Long Haul, and Everything in Between

Talk | Artist Talk: Subliminal Standard


A leading voice of his generation, Brooklyn-based, Belgian-born artist Harold Ancart has become known for expressive works that blur the line between sculpture, painting, and drawing, and feature gestural marks that live somewhere between abstraction and representation. The artist will give a rare public lecture to accompany his first public art commission in the United States, Subliminal Standard. Ancart’s talk will address his general practice, as well as the expansion of his work into the public realm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Artist Talk: Subliminal Standard

Talk | The Waterfront and Railroad Along the Upper West Side


Speaker Kurt Schlichting is the author of Waterfront Manhattan: From Henry Hudson to the High Line. Schlichting is the E. Gerald Corrigan ’63 Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences at Fairfield University, where he is a professor of sociology. He is the author of Grand Central’s Engineer: William J. Wilgus and the Planning of Modern Manhattan and Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Engineering, and Architecture in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, The Waterfront and Railroad Along the Upper West Side

Poetry Reading | A Long Drawn Face: New Poetry


An evening of poetry with Homa Zarghamee as she reads from her new collection. Zarghamee is a professor of economics at Barnard College and affiliate scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, A Long Drawn Face: New Poetry

Author Reading | Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life


Being Numerous shatters the mainstream consensus on politics, personhood, and truth, and offers in its place a bracing analysis of a perilous world and how we might live in it. Beginning with an interrogation of what it means to fight fascism, Natasha Lennard explores the limits of individual rights, the criminalization of political dissent, the myths of radical sex, and why we may choose to leave room in our lives for ghosts. At once politically committed and philosophically capacious, Being Numerous is a revaluation of the idea that “the personal is political,” and goes on to ask the central question of our time—how can we live a non-fascist life? Natasha Lennard is a contributing writer for the Intercept, and her work has appeared regularly in The New York Times, Nation, Esquire, Vice, Salon, and New Inquiry, among others.
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Author Readings, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life

Author Reading | Stop Doing That Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back


Why do you act the way you do? Do you ever feel like you get stuck in destructive cycles that hold you back from living the life you really want? In a dynamic, compelling and aha-filled journey, Gary John Bishop's Stop Doing That Sh*t helps you connect the dots of your “stuff” all the way from your past to the present. You’ll make sense of yourself as you uncover how to interrupt those destructive cycles of yours and make the kind of profound shift needed to get your life on track. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Readings, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Stop Doing That Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back

Author Reading | Storm Cursed: A Mercy Thompson Mystery


In this powerful entry in the bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves. With author Patricia Briggs.
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Author Readings, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, Storm Cursed: A Mercy Thompson Mystery

Author Reading | The Decorated Tenement: How Immigrant Builders and Architects Transformed the Slum in the Gilded Age


Author Zachary Violette reexamines urban America's tenement buildings borne of the housing reform movement embraced by the American-born elite in the late nineteenth century, centering on the immigrant neighborhoods of New York and Boston. Drawing on research and fieldwork he reconsiders how housing improved for the working poor.
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Author Readings, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, The Decorated Tenement: How Immigrant Builders and Architects Transformed the Slum in the Gilded Age
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Plays, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, A Play About a Crime and Consequences

Concert | A Cursed Woman: Traditional Korean Singing


Throughout her career as a traditional Korean singer (“sorikun”), Lee Narae has reflected on and problematized the representation of women in traditional pansori, a form of musical storytelling that developed under the influence of Confucian culture. In exploring this art form, she sheds new light on Byeongangseo-ga—a pansori narrative that is a particularly strong example of patriarchal values—by shifting the perspective to the ill-fated female character, Ong-nyeo, and recreating this work through a variety of artistic styles. Lee Narae combines a wide range of sounds with spoken word and transforms them through music, seamlessly incorporating other musical influences. She thus inherits the tradition of pansori while recharging it with contemporary creative energy.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 09, 2019, 05/09/2019, A Cursed Woman: Traditional Korean Singing
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