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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 12, 2019?

18 free events take place on Sunday, May 12 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 12 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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Sun, May 12, 2019
18 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Sunday, May 12, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Urn on an Empty Stage: Authoritarians and Their Victims
free events nyc Baile Con Mi Madre: Screening and Dance Party
free events nyc Puppenhaus. Treatment: Treason and Collaborationism
free events nyc The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island

Workshop | Tai Chi Workshop


Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow-moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothes and sunscreen. Every Sunday through August 11, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Tai Chi Workshop

Festival | Japan Day!


Featuring: -- Stage performances with amazing artists -- Activity Tents include a variety of fun and family-friendly Japanese activities, while our Food Tents offer free samples of mouth-watering Japanese cuisine. -- Charity Initiatives
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Festivals, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Japan Day!

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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10:00 am
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Tours, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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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10:00 am
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Fairs, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Street Fair

Tour | East River Walk to Hallet Nature Sanctuary


Walk 4 to 9 miles along the East River path to 50th St. and First Ave., walking on promenades of the East River seeing the variety of newly renovated sights including new piers. Enter the United Nations Headquarters and learn about its mission and commitment to keep world peace coupled with education, medical & social interventions. Bring your PHOTO ID to be entered the UN. Stop at a well-known actress’s private garden located near by the UN. After lunch an optional walk to Hallet Nature Sanctuary in Central Park is possible. Bring lunch, water and snack. Heavy rain and storm cancels walk. CALL to CONFIRM STATUS, a day before the walk. NO CALLS AFTER 9:00PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tours, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, East River Walk to Hallet Nature Sanctuary

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 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

Tour | Flatiron District Walking Tour


A journey through the vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Tour guides: Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Flatiron District Walking Tour

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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1:00 pm
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Plays, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island

Gallery Talk | T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour


A 45-minute tour. One of the most influential, innovative and talented Native American artists of the 20th century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Learn how Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens and exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art historical tropes while creating an entirely fresh visual vocabulary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour

Author Reading | Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot


As an industry insider and pioneering post-punk musician, Vivien Goldman’s perspective on music journalism is unusually well-rounded. In Revenge of the She-Punks, she probes four themes—identity, money, love, and protest—to explore what makes punk such a liberating art form for women.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot

Staged Reading | Urn on an Empty Stage: Authoritarians and Their Victims


A stage reading of the Slovakian play by Martin Cicvak, directed by Katarina Vizina.. In Urn on an Empty Stage, Cicvak brilliantly explores the dynamics between authoritative figures and their “victims”, particularly women. Using the Greek myth of Europa, the play attacks the problem of gender equality and the status of women in today’s society. The story begins when three actresses and an opera diva meet on an empty stage. They have come to say their last farewell to a great director whose ashes they have brought with them in an urn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Staged Readings, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Urn on an Empty Stage: Authoritarians and Their Victims

Performance | Storytelling: En El Camino: Stories of Migration and Love


“Desplazado” is the correct word to define a migrant: a person forced off their land, away from their culture. For Mexican storyteller Valentina Ortiz, migration started at age two. As she walked the paths of the world she learned to love, laugh, cry, sing, and tell her stories. En el Camino~Stories of Love and Migration she narrates a journey of a child faced with the learning of several languages to the grown woman who whispers to her plastic pet alligator as she roams the streets of New York.  Valentina Ortiz speaks the ancient Aztec wisdom as well as the modern stories of Mexico. She has been on stage since she was six as an actress, musician, and storyteller. In Mexico, the US, and other parts of the world she works for children and for adult audiences. She now deeply enjoys multilingual storytelling; Spanish, Nahuatl, English, and French and continues to work in small Mexican communities bringing the stories back home.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Performances, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Storytelling: En El Camino: Stories of Migration and Love

Dancing | Baile Con Mi Madre: Screening and Dance Party


Bring your mother to to celebrate the holiday with a conversation about family, tradition, and dance featuring filmmaker Eva Lia Pedriglieri and her mother Luisa Pedriglieri. Followed by a dance party inspired by the film. When else will you have a chance to dance with your mother? Baile con Mi Madre is a short documentary film in which Eva traces the roots and significance of dancing with her mother, Luisa. They discuss how dancing impacts their relationship and Eva’s choice to highlight their long-distance communication through technology. The film features a documentation of performances, a conversation between Eva and Luisa about the project, as well as archival family footage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Dancings, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Baile Con Mi Madre: Screening and Dance Party

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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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Afternoon Organ Meditations

Classical Music | Organ Recital


Michael Kleinschmidt is Director of Music and Organist of Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, having joined the music team there as Associate Musician in 2001. At Trinity, he directs a program involving eighty singers in choirs that sing four weekly services and join together to offer concerts and special services in the major holiday seasons.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Organ Recital

Opening Reception | Arms, Legs, Fingers: Three Paintings by Colleen Asper and a Play in Three Acts


Arms is an animated coming-of-age story. Commonly the most dexterous of the limbs, the artist’s arms spring forth from her vagina-turned-stage to play Rosalyn, a young girl not yet marked as woman; her friend and sympathizer Paul; his younger brothers Ryan and Sammy; and the mother of the three boys, who in her proximity and distance to Rosalyn is a modern twist on the evil stepmother. She sets out to teach Rosalyn what it means to be a woman in this stark portrayal of family strife and childhood angst. The ending will leave you stunned.  Legs follows Lilly, kicking and screaming, from a down-and-out yoga studio into her past. When a chance instruction during vinyasa jogs a memory of a long-lost friendship, Lilly, played by the artist’s left leg, reencounters Jamie, played by the artist’s right leg. The return to her adolescence offers more than Lilly bargained for in this suspenseful meditation on the origins of desire. The ending will leave you speechless.  Fingers is the final tale in this triumvirate. Twinkle, snap, clap, and cheer for an ensemble cast of all ten of the artist’s digits. Spring break will never be the same after two freshmen drinking in a suburban bathroom learn something about themselves, each other, and finally humanity. What happens next takes us through courtrooms, onto alien spaceships, and right up to current events in order to answer that age-old question, what is in a name? The ending will leave you wanting more.  Colleen Asper has had solo and two person exhibitions at venues that include Stellar Projects, New York, NY (2018); On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2016); P!, New York, NY (2015); Art Production Fund Lab, New York, NY (2010); and Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (2007).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Arms, Legs, Fingers: Three Paintings by Colleen Asper and a Play in Three Acts

Staged Reading | Puppenhaus. Treatment: Treason and Collaborationism


In Puppenhaus.Treatment, playwright Magda Fertacz examines the issues of treason and collaborationism from the perspective of alternative codes of memory: “Traitors to the country,” “collaborators,” and “renegades,” are World War II figures that have re-entered the national and political discourse of today. By constructing a theatrical fantasy about wartime, the artists are asking questions about the stigmatization, punishment and judgment of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, renounce heroism and refuse to fight and make sacrifices for their country. How is historical memory and moral evaluation of past choices and actions constructed? What are the limits of interpreting and fantasizing about history charged with trauma and heroism? How can collective memory be healed?
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Staged Readings, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, Puppenhaus. Treatment: Treason and Collaborationism

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
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 12, 2019, 05/12/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island
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