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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 11, 2019?

55 free events take place on Saturday, May 11 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 11 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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Sat, May 11, 2019
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All events, things to do on Saturday, May 11, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival
free events nyc Union Square, Broadway And SoHo Historic Walking Tour
free events nyc New Amsterdam and the Evolution of New York
free events nyc Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama: Immigants in a Patriarchy
free events nyc Spite Marriage (1929): Silent Comedy With Buster Keaton
free events nyc Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Animated Superheroics (Outdoors)
free events nyc Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today: A Play by a Nobel Prize Winner
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Tour | Bronx Botanical Garden, Arthur Avenue and the Hall Of Fame of Great Americans Walk


Moderate walking, some hills, about five to six hours. After lunch, walk up Fordham Road to the University Avenue. Walk south on University Avenue to the Bronx Community College and the Hall of Fame of Great Americans. Then walk down to the No. 4 train at Burnside Avenue and return to Manhattan. Bring lunch and water. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Tours, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Bronx Botanical Garden, Arthur Avenue and the Hall Of Fame of Great Americans Walk

Lesson | Adult Mental Health First Aid Course


This course teaches participants a five-step action plan to help someone 18 years or older who is displaying signs of mental illness or emotional crisis. Why take Mental Health First Aid? Learn how to identify signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. 1 in 5 Adults experience mental illness in a given year. 8% of NYC public school students report attempting suicide. Receive a nationally recognized certification upon completion of the course.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Adult Mental Health First Aid Course

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 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Compost Workshop


.Learn how to compost, how to speed the decomposition of food and yard scraps, what compost is good for, and how composting helps reduce waste, increase the nutrition value of your produce, and build soil properties. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Compost Workshop

Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk, and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Art materials provided. Saturdays, May 4-June 29, 2019
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Drawing in the Park

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Forum | Taking the Lead: Labor and Global Warming


With: -- Donn Mitchell, on the UAW and the First Earth Day, author of Tread the City’s Streets Again: Frances Perkins Shares Her Theology -- Irene Shen, International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment, CUNY, on the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy -- Jon Forster, DC 37 Climate Justice Committee, on the Labor Network for Sustainability -- Zakia Elliott, Program Coordinator, Philadelphia Climate Works -- Christopher Erikson, Business Manager, Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers -- Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, President, New York State Nurses Association -- Eileen Moran, Environmental Justice Committee, Professional Staff Congress -- Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director, Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN) -- Bruce Hamilton, Vice President, Amalgamated Transit Union  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Forums, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Taking the Lead: Labor and Global Warming

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 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Braille Study Group

Workshop | DrawNow! Workshop


Explore how drawing operates in the world today. Coffee and art materials provided. Draw fantastic or conjured imagery from the subconscious as you look at and discuss the incredible range of drawings in Neo Rauch: Aus dem Boden / From the Floor, including landscape and architectural studies, compositional sketches, and absurd characters. Led by Ada Pilar Cruz, artist and museum educator.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, DrawNow! Workshop

Workshop | Free Resume Critique


Herry Natkow is a career specialist and certified resume writer in private practice on the Upper East Side. When she's not delivering lively workshops, she's helping job seekers, one-on-one, work smarter on their job search. Bring a hard copy of your resume for a 20-minute one-on-one critique.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Free Resume Critique

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. Tours start at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

Tour | Historical Stroll Through Tompkins Square Park


The Lower East Side developed early into an area that housed new immigrant groups, many of which started their American life here. In the mid-19th century, the Tompkins Square offered reprieve from a hard life for our country's new immigrants, in what was once the most densely populated neighborhood in America. Come to discuss the statues, memorials, landmarks, and trees that make up our park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Tours, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Historical Stroll Through Tompkins Square Park

Workshop | Tai Chi to the People


A walk-in tai chi class with a curriculum tested at the Tai Chi World Cup. Breathwork, visualization, and body-mechanics unite in this unique evolution of the tai chi system that gives practitioners something tangible to take with them in every class. Taught by former US Tai Chi Push Hands Team captain and World Cup silver medalist Jan Lucanus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Tai Chi to the People

Birdwatching | Hawk Watch


New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience they encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars or ask a park ranger to borrow a pair.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Hawk Watch

Workshop | Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness


Shape Up NYC‘s dance fitness classes are fun! Colorful outfits are encouraged! Every Saturday through September 28, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness

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).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Writing Club

Symposium | Clothing as Craft: People, Process, Product


In this symposium, students in FIT’s MA program in Fashion and Textile Studies will present papers on a range of historical and contemporary topics, investigating craft objects, makers, and practices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Clothing as Craft: People, Process, Product

Festival | Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival


This family-friendly event offers all ages the opportunity to watch their kites soar above the Manhattan skyline, while enjoying special activities exploring the science of flight. The event will emphasize S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts such as wind tunnels, robotic air propellers, and outdoor adventures. Kites will be available for purchase at the event, or participants can bring their own kites to fly. Live music, stilt walkers, and face-painters will round out the event this year..
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival

Discussion | Love in the Time of War: Art as a Tool for Reflecting Violent Realities and a Strategy for Imagining Peace


A panel of artists and activists discuss the intersection of war and the arts, and how art can be used both as a tool to reflect a violent reality and as a strategy for imagining peace with Kevin Young, Toi Derricotte, Javier Zamora and Tyehimba Jess, moderated by Maurice Decaul.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Love in the Time of War: Art as a Tool for Reflecting Violent Realities and a Strategy for Imagining Peace

City Walk | Union Square, Broadway And SoHo Historic Walking Tour


Learn about the making of New York City's most notable and celebrated public squares. Then, take a stroll down New York's most famous street--learn about its origins as a Lenape trail, and how it eventually became the main artery of the most populous city in the United States. Finally, we walk through scenic SoHo, exploring both the neighborhood's recent history as well as some sordid tales from centuries past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
City Walks, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Union Square, Broadway And SoHo Historic Walking Tour

Film | Smallfoot (2018): Animation Brings Together Yetis And Humanbeings


A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist. 96 min. Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig.  Starring Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Danny DeVito.  Smallfoot is based on the unpublished children’s book Yeti Tracks by Sergio Pablos. The movie has grossed $83.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $130.9 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $214.1 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Smallfoot (2018):&nbsp;Animation Brings Together Yetis And Humanbeings

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?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island

Jazz | An Afternoon of Jazz in the Park


Born in Granada, Spain and now based in New York, singer/songwriter, Lara Bello conveys the music of her hometown: Flamenco, Arabic melodies, and Mediterranean roots masterfully fused with African and Latin American rhythms. Her magical voice expressively touches your heart whilst her poetic lyrics take you on a beautiful journey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, An Afternoon of Jazz in the Park

Workshop | Art Workshop For Women: Home


Explore your creative side with these art workshop led by teaching artists from the Association of Women Artists. Commemorating Mother’s Day through the memories of one’s home, or place that feels like home. Please bring the personal photo materials and souvenirs to be included in the artwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walk | New Amsterdam and the Evolution of New York


Before there was New York, there was a sleepy outpost of the Dutch West India Company called Nieuw Amsterdam. The entirety of the colony that was New Amsterdam--which eventually evolved into one of the world's greatest cities--could be found south of Wall Street. Participants will walk through what is now known as the Financial District, discuss the Dutch origins in New Amsterdam, their relationship with the indigenous Lenape tribe, the transition from Dutch trading outpost to English colony to the (temporary) capital of a new independent nation, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
City Walks, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, New Amsterdam and the Evolution of New York

Jazz | Unique, Virtuosic, Gospel-Tinged Jazz Piano


Back by popular demand, the great pianist Roy Meriwether brings his unique, virtuosic, gospel-tinged stylings to Harlem. Meriwether will pay tribute to Jackie Robinson and the celebration of his 100th Anniversary with music from that time. This is a rare opportunity to hear him in a solo performance.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Unique, Virtuosic, Gospel-Tinged Jazz Piano

Workshop | Warm from Within Deep Breathing Workshop


Come to enjoy deep breathing with Wim Hof/Tsa Lung- inspired techniques! This program is easy to join as the breathing is (as always) a continuous flow. -- Learn how to warm from within -- Experience the "energy body" within minutes with e.g tingling sensations -- Improve health, avoid sickness -- Gain mood boosts -- Learn about the science on breath, the latest studies on improving immune system, from depression/anxiety to happier states
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Writers Circle


A gathering for individuals with an interest in writing who are willing to share ideas and techniques. All genres and styles encouraged. Everyone is welcome in this friendly and supportive atmosphere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama: Immigants in a Patriarchy


A thousand years ago, Madame Huarui was the Chinese version of Helen of Troy, with her life beyond her control. In 2019, Kiki, a New York-based stage manager, is hired to work on a new Beijing Opera featuring Madame Huarui, while her professional and personal life is deeply affected by her uncertain visa status. Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama explores patriarchy in both historical times and nowadays, as well as new immigrants living under the current political climate between the US and China. Written by Ruoxin Xu. Directed by Miriam Grill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama: Immigants in a Patriarchy

Film | Milk (2008): Two Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama With Sean Penn


The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. 128 min. Director: Gus Van Sant. Starring Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch. Milk received 8 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning 2 for Best Actor for Penn and Best Original Screenplay for Black.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Milk (2008): Two Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama&nbsp;With Sean Penn

Film | Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage (1936): Spies In London


A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester.  The story is is loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent. In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw Sabotage ranked the 44th best British film ever. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Alfred Hitchcock's&nbsp;Sabotage (1936): Spies In&nbsp;London

Workshop | Creative Writing Class


Attendees will discover the value of their own stories. Participants are requested to commit to attending all sessions if possible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Creative Writing Class

Film | Documentary: Dread Beat an' Blood (1978): Portrait Of A Black Poet And Activist


A portrait of Black poet and political activist, Linton Kwesi Johnson.  45 min. Director: Franco Rosso. Starring Linton Kwesi Johnson. Johnson's poems, written in Jamaican creole, are chanted to reggae beat and reveal his feelings on racism and urban life in the Black working-class community of Brixton, London.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Documentary: Dread Beat an' Blood (1978): Portrait Of A Black Poet And Activist

Lecture | Reflection On The Beauty Of Chinese Classics Through Contemporary Folk Songs


Rooted in the classical forms of Chinese poetry, Campus Folk Song was originated in Taiwan during the 1970s and considered to be part of a new modern wave that spread far and wide across Chinese speaking areas. The melodies and lyrics in Campus Folk Songs not only embody the essences of the Chinese literature legacy but also manifest the beauty of Chinese culture and aesthetics that transcend East and West, classics and contemporary. Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, one of the pioneers of Campus Folk Song, will guide the audience through the beauty and virtue found in the Chinese words that remain reminiscent to many in the Chinese communities around the world.
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Lectures, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Reflection On The Beauty Of Chinese Classics Through Contemporary Folk Songs

Workshop | Selling To The Global Market And Government Contracting


Small Business Administration Economic Development Specialist Man-Li Lin discusses selling your products on the government and global markets. Topics covered in this workshop include: How Governments Buy Certify as a Minority/Women/Service Disabled Veterans-owned Business How to Find the Opportunities Marketing to Government Agencies Why Export? How to find the Global Market? International Trade Financing Resources and Assistance
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Selling To The Global Market And Government Contracting

Film | Ben Is Back (2018) Starring Julia Roberts: Son Returns Home From Rehabilitation


A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family's home on Christmas Eve. 103 min. Director: Peter Hedges. Starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance.
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Films, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Ben Is Back (2018) Starring Julia Roberts: Son Returns Home From Rehabilitation

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 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Dog: On the Shores of a Toxic River

Film | Spite Marriage (1929): Silent Comedy With Buster Keaton


An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous. 76 min. Directors: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton. Starring Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle. Spite Marriage is the last silent movie of Buster Keaton.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
Free
Films, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Spite Marriage (1929): Silent Comedy With Buster Keaton

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Phantom Paradise


Delano Dunn’s first solo exhibition with the gallery is a recollection of the 1992 L.A. Riots from the perspective of a child who watched his neighborhood burn. Thirteen years old at the time, Dunn was unaware of the significance of the events happening around him—how they would shape the way people saw him—and how he would come to know exactly what it meant to be black and from the ghetto. The works—both large and small-scale layered paintings with collage and mixed-media on panel—explore the artists’ fleeting possession of innocence just days before its corruption. An innocence, that allowed Dunn to see brilliant colors in the night sky as his neighborhood burned, or wave at trucks of National Guardsmen “parading” down the street without really understanding what was going on or why.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walk | Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians And Icons From The 1950's To Today


Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Dave Attell, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Truman Capote are just a few of the thousands of accomplished artists, writers, radicals, and performers who made their way through Greenwich Village. This tour, primarily focusing on the 1950s onward, visits the hangouts that have defined legendary people and the spirit of this iconic neighborhood.
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City Walks, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians And Icons From The 1950's To Today

Staged Reading | Sunflower: Theater from Hungary


A staged reading of a Hungarian play by Andrea Pass, directed by Adrian Alea. A talk-back with the playwright and reception will follow the reading.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Sunflower: Theater from Hungary

Classical Music | Afternoon Organ Meditations


Diverse programs of music celebrating the great repertoire of the organ. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday from September 9, 2018 to May 26, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC


Classical music on a boat with an intimate and romantic setting and beautiful view of New York City. Followed by a Q & A session with the musicians. Program and musicians TBA. Doors open at 3:45 pm.
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC

Author Reading | Voices of the Silenced


Assault often fades into painful silence—but a group of pioneering authors have placed survivors at the center of their own narratives. Idra Novey’s Those Who Knew examines a popular politician’s sexual misdeeds and the alarming quiet surrounding those brutal acts. Scholastique Mukasonga’s works of memoir and fiction address the genocide that ravaged her family and countless others across her native Rwanda. And Brazilian philosopher, artist, and writer Marcia Tiburi’s latest novel tells of a woman’s endurance against both torturous and symbolic violence in dystopian São Paulo. Karen M. Phillips, Executive Director of Words Without Borders, moderates a discussion with these authors about how their transcendent stories of violence and resilience give voice to the silenced, create space for remembrance and encourage both reckoning and resistance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Voices of the Silenced

Author Reading | The Mars Room: Award-Winning Novel


Rachel Kushner's book was widely praised upon its release, with reviewers praising its imaginative scope and fervor. Sasha Frere-Jones called it “a gorgeous, contemplative slow ride” in a Bookforum cover feature, and Dwight Garner feted it as “a major novel, a sustained performance” in The New York Times. The book was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and was one of the New York Times’ notable books of 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, The Mars Room: Award-Winning Novel

Author Reading | Something’s Happening Here: A Sixties Odyssey from Brooklyn to Woodstock


Celebrate the publication of Mark Berger’s memoir. Since music was key to the energy of the 60s, singer-songwriter Olivia Quillio joins Berger to perform songs from that exhilarating decade as well as her own original material.
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Author Readings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Something&rsquo;s Happening Here: A Sixties Odyssey from Brooklyn to Woodstock

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 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island

Author Reading | This Heart Holds Many: My Life as the Nonbinary Millennial Child of a Polyamorous Family


How does polyamory affect the children? Will they turn out like their parents? Koe Creation has become such an expert at answering these questions; they’ve wrote the book on it! In Koe’s first memoir, This Heart Holds Many: My Life as the Nonbinary Millennial Child of a Polyamorous Family is a fascinating testament of transformative, communal love. Koe is thrilled to share their story; for the brave families building what they need to thrive!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, This Heart Holds Many: My Life as the Nonbinary Millennial Child of a Polyamorous Family

Poetry Reading | Parent-Poets Read Their Work


On Mother’s Day Eve, parent-poets will take back a holiday that so many dread by reading poems of motherhood and childrearing that turn the notion of 'mommy dearest' on its pretty little apron-wearing head. Rachel Zucker, Jennifer Chang, Keetje Kuipers, Airea D. Matthews, Deborah Paredez, and Monica Ferrell will help us celebrate a night of mommy poetry without borders or boundaries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Parent-Poets Read Their Work

Poetry Reading | Speaking Joy and Pain: A Tribute to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Yusef Komunyakaa


With music from Tomás Doncker & The True Groove All-Stars, opening readings from Hermine Pinson, Gregory Pardlo, Tyehimba Jess and Sharon Olds, and a feature presentation by Yusef Komunyakaa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Speaking Joy and Pain: A Tribute to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Yusef Komunyakaa

Film | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Animated Superheroics (Outdoors)


Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld 117 min. Grab a blanket or towel and come enjoy a movie in the park. Glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Films, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Animated Superheroics (Outdoors)

Play | The Visitors: The Inevitability of Shared Humanity


One night in a small Florida town, on the border between Disney World and the heart of conservative America, a liberal teenager witnesses a beautiful spaceship flying through the sky. She’s eager to find someone with whom she can share this life-changing moment. But when she finds it in a middle-aged conservative neighbor, they both resist the inevitability of their shared humanity.   Written by Elisabeth Frankel. Directed by Kathleen Capdesuñer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, The Visitors: The Inevitability of Shared Humanity

Play | Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama: Immigants in a Patriarchy


A thousand years ago, Madame Huarui was the Chinese version of Helen of Troy, with her life beyond her control. In 2019, Kiki, a New York-based stage manager, is hired to work on a new Beijing Opera featuring Madame Huarui, while her professional and personal life is deeply affected by her uncertain visa status. Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama explores patriarchy in both historical times and nowadays, as well as new immigrants living under the current political climate between the US and China. Written by Ruoxin Xu. Directed by Miriam Grill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Plays, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Chinese Opera and a Modern Drama: Immigants in a Patriarchy

Play | Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today: A Play by a Nobel Prize Winner


Audiences will experience a full length production of the Romanian play by Nobel Prize recipient Herta Muller, directed and performed by Simona Maicanescu. The play is set in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall where Lili works in a Romanian factory making fine men's overcoats for export to Italy. Her love life is a mess-she has a live-in male friend who spends all of his time and most of her money drinking the day away. Lili also has a secret; she inserts notes which say “Marry me!” and include her name and address into the linings of the coats she sews. When her notes are discovered, Lili knows she could face unemployment or even imprisonment. She is summoned to the inspector’s office to receive the verdict. But the inspector takes a personal interest in her case; that is, he takes a personal interest in her. Following the production, there will be a talk-back and reception. This play will be performed in English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 11, 2019, 05/11/2019, Hoped I Wouldn&rsquo;t Meet Myself Today: A Play by a Nobel Prize Winner

Concert | Acoustic Concert  


Acoustic Adventure performs various songs from different genres. The band Acoustic Adventure are named for their non-electric, but lively, sound and the journey on which they take their audiences. Two guitar players, Lowell Marin and Seth Goldart, have different styles but are very much in sync and bring out the best in each other. Seth also plays mandolin and is a vocalist in this band. Also contributing to this synergy is Blake Brocksmith with his dynamic vocal and harmonica skills. He also occasionally adds percussion and rhythm guitar. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Major Symphonic Works Performed by Famous Orchestra

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Classical Music | Famous Orchestra Performs

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