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54 free events take place on Thursday, May 16 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 16 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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Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga

Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Every Tuesday and Thursday, April 25-May 30, 2019
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Workshops, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Morning Fitness

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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Workshop | Sunrise Yoga


Rise and shine and begin your morning with an outdoor yoga class that will help align your chakras and invigorate your day. Instructors focus on movements meant to enhance posture alignment and increase flexibility and balance. All levels welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come first serve. Thursdays, May 2-June 27, 2019
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Workshops, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Sunrise Yoga

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 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | City Hall Tour for Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, City Hall Tour for Individuals

Film | Cabaret (1972): 8 Time Oscar Winning Musical Drama Starring Liza Minnelli


A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. 124 min. Director: Bob Fosse. Starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem. Vincente Minnelli won the Academy Award for Best Actress. With Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Original Song Score and Adaptation, and Best Film Editing, Cabaret holds the record for most Oscars earned by a film not honored for Best Picture.
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Films, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Cabaret (1972): 8 Time Oscar Winning Musical Drama Starring Liza Minnelli

Workshop | Essentials for Job Seekers: Cover Letters


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. Please do not arrive late interrupting the class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Essentials for Job Seekers: Cover Letters

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.
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Tours, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

Birdwatching | Birdwatching in the Park


Learn more about the variety of bird species that take flight and nest in the park’s trees and gardens. Local birder Ethan Goodman hosts this lunchtime talk in search of everyday city and special migratory birds, like the warblers and woodpeckers. Binoculars provided.
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Birdwatchings, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Birdwatching in the Park

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term ‘baroque’ has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was ‘maestro di capella’ at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today’s music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
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Concerts, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Bach at Noon

Talk | The Mayor of Milan in Conversation


Giuseppe "Beppe" Sala was elected Mayor of Milan in 2016. A successful business executive, he was CEO of the 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan from June 2010 to December 2015. Mayor Sala is visiting the United States to illustrate Milan’s post-industrial transformation through governance and private-public collaboration, while reconnecting to its distinctive DNA of design, knowledge, innovation, industriousness, and culture. In English.
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Talks, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, The Mayor of Milan in Conversation

Tour | Tour The Battery


Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more! Tours last about an hour. Thursdays, April 25-October 31, 2019
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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.
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Gallery Talks, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour

Reading | Literature Out Loud: Lyric Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month's theme is Nontraditional Forms. The class will celebrate the poetics of music in this session about lyric poetry of the 20th and 21st century. All literary enthusiasts are welcome.
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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.
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Concert | Works For Viola Da Gamba By String Band


Abendmusik presents a program featuring works for the viola da gamba for small and large forces by composers including Carlo Farina, David Funck, Johann Michael Nicolai, Johann Hermann Schein, and Theodor Schwartzkopf. Abendmusik, New York's Early Music String Band, showcases the rarely-performed repertoire of the late 16th and 17th centuries composed for string consort (core ensemble, 2 violins and 3 viols). The Ensemble explores repertoire from Italy, the Hapsburg Empire of Austria and Spain, Kroměřiž in Moravia, Poland, Holland, England, Denmark and France. Patricia Neely, Carlene Stober, Larry Lipnik, Adam Young, viola da gamba.
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Concerts, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Works For Viola Da Gamba By String Band

Film | Bumblebee (2018): Return Of The Hero From Transformers


On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. 114 min. Director: Travis Knight. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena.  Bumblebee grossed $127.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $336.1 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $463.3 million, against an estimated production budget of $135 million.
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Films, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Bumblebee (2018): Return Of The Hero From Transformers

Film | Green Book (2018): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama


A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. 130 min. Director: Peter Farrelly. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini.  Green Book won the National Board of Review award for the best film of 2018, and was also chosen as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. The film received numerous accolades and nominations, and at the 91st Academy Awards won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. 
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Film | George Cukor's Sylvia Scarlett (1936): Romantic Comedy


A free-spirited young woman wants to run away with her con artist father to France, but needs to pretend to be a boy to do it. 95 min. Director: George Cukor. Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Brian Aherne. Sylvia Scarlett was the first pairing of Grant and Hepburn, who later starred together in Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938), and The Philadelphia Story (1940).
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Films, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, George Cukor's Sylvia Scarlett (1936): Romantic Comedy

Film | Creed II (2018): Rocky Balboa Trains Apollo Creed's Son


Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, heavyweight contender Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago. 130 min. Director: Steven Caple Jr. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson.  The movie is a sequel to Creed (2015) and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series.
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Films, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Creed II (2018): Rocky Balboa Trains Apollo Creed's Son

Workshop | Creative Writing Circle


If you like to write and like to meet people who like writing, bring your creativity and personality to this creative writing workshop! All writers of all styles are welcome to participate in writing and editing exercises. Brush up your writing skills!
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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.
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Concert | Works For Harp By J. S. Bach And More


Katy Wong, harp. Program Pierick Houdy Sonate pour harpe J. S. Bach (arr. Marcel Grandjany) Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 539 Elias Parish-Alvars Grande Fantaisie et Variations de bravoure, Op. 57 Astor Piazzola Histoire Du Tango for Flute and Harp
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Concerts, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Works For Harp By J. S. Bach And More

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


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


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.
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Discussions, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Let's Talk Democracy: NYC Charter Commissions

Opening Reception | Brancusi's Flowers: Photgraphs by the Sculptor


Brâncuşi’s Flowers offers an unprecedented opportunity to view eight of the sixteen known images on the subject matter, each photographed and printed by the artist in his darkroom in the 1920s and 1930s. These still life photographs depicting “nature’s readymades” served dual purposes for the artist. Firstly, they were created as gifts for friends and lovers as lasting objects of his affection, rather than the gifting flowers destined for decay. Secondly, they were a further extension of Brancusi’s explorations into photography, fixing flora and fauna at the pinnacle of their sculptural beauty.
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Brancusi's Flowers: Photgraphs by the Sculptor

Opening Reception | Brancusi: The Photographer:


Brancusi: The Photographer brings together 30 rare vintage gelatin silver prints spanning two decades that illuminate the significance of photography in the artist’s oeuvre. Taken in the intimate, atmospheric environment of his carefully orchestrated studio design at the Impasse Ronsin in Paris, many of the works in the exhibition depict assemblages comprised of Brancusi’s most regarded sculptures.
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Brancusi: The Photographer:

Opening Reception | C&A: 14 Pedestrian Scenes


Berlin-based painter Marcus Weber presents here in their entirety for the first time his series of 14 pedestrian scenes, each of them frozen amid gridded and abstract painterly spaces. Evoking the work’s multiple layers of references, C&A refers to a German-Dutch chain of fashion stores (a stand-in for mass consumer culture), though it may also refer to the titles of his canvases and the titular characters populating them.
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Opening Receptions, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, C&A: 14 Pedestrian Scenes

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Beckoned to Blue


Celebrate UNESCO’s International Day of Light with Norwegian artist Anne Katrine Senstad in conversation with Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Together they will explore the phenomena that embody the color blue in an experiential evening of poetry, philosophy, and physiology, set within Senstad’s new solo exhibition.
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Performance | Taíno Creation Stories and Ancestral Songs


Irka Mateo (Taíno descent) presents a multimedia cultural program that brings to life Taíno creation stories with imagery, songs, and music performed on traditional instruments. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
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Classical Music | Works For Cello By J.S.Bach, Beethoven and Prokofiev


Sung Moon Park, cello. Program Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4, Op. 102 No. 1 in C Major Sergei Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante in E minor, Op. 125
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Concerts, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Works For Cello By J.S.Bach, Beethoven and Prokofiev

Workshop | DrawNow! Workshop


Bilingual workshop in Spanish and English Explore how drawing operates in the world today in our current exhibition As If: Alternative Histories from Then to Now. Members of The Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop at Taller Boricua, East Harlem, will be present for a conversation about drawing’s relationship to printmaking; different types of mark-making; and the work generated by the Workshop artists. Led by Ada Pilar Cruz, artist, museum educator, and member of The Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop.
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Discussion | New York Ramadan: Muslim Life on the Lower East Side


The Lower East Side is an iconic neighborhood associated with many immigrant and migrant communities, as well as cultural movements. It is, however, rarely thought of in the context of the Muslim community who have called the neighborhood home over time. May is Lower East Side History Month, and this talk will explore the diversity of the Muslim communities on the LES. Panalists Include: -- Abeda Khanam, educator, community leader, grew up on Orchard St -- Rashidah Ismaili, poet, Benin-immigrant who lived on the LES during the Black Arts Movement -- Ali Abbas, writer and filmmaker
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Jazz | Singer Who Is Equal Parts Jazz, Blues, Standards and Gospel


A concert with Annette St. John. Born and raised in Harlem, St. John grew up in a very artistic family that influenced her musical style: equal parts jazz, blues, standards, and gospel. She has performed all over Manhattan, including at the Apollo, the Blue Note, and The Cotton Club. In recent years she has led her own groups.
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Concerts, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Singer Who Is Equal Parts Jazz, Blues, Standards and Gospel

Workshop | Yoga in the Park


Stretch, breathe, and find your inner peace at evening yoga classes. Bring a mat. Thursdays, May 2--September 19, 2019
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Reading | Fence 35 Launch Party


Editor Rebecca Wolff is joined by contributors, editors, and board members to introduce the latest issue, and there will be short readings by contributors including Tess Brown-Lavoie, Rachel Levitsky, and Serena Solin.  
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Play | Hamlet: Princess of Denmark


Many women have played Hamlet throughout history, but rarely have they played Hamlet as a woman. What happens to this classic story when feminine power is a defining force? Might Hamlet have been a greater leader given the chance? Shakespeare's Hamlet for the #MeToo era, produced by The Drilling Company and directed by Karla Hendrick.
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Plays, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Hamlet: Princess of Denmark

Play | Hype Man: A Break Beat Play


Presented by the The Flea Theater, Hype Man  addresses challenging issues of race and social injustice through the story of a mixed-race hip-hop crew about to break through to the national stage. As they rehearse for their network premiere, a tragedy takes place in a band member's neighborhood. The tough conversations that follow test their friendships, their collective moral compass, all amidst the beats of a pulsating hip-hop soundtrack. Content not appropriate for young children. Recommended for teens and adults.
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Film | It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse but the Society in Which He Lives (1971): German Drama


Daniel, a young man from the province, comes to Berlin and meets Clemens. They fall in love, move in together, and try to copy the bourgeois marriage. But after four months their happiness comes to an end. In the meantime Daniel has met an older, rich man and moves into his villa with him.   Director: Rosa von Praunheim 67 min. In German with English subtitles.
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Films, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse but the Society in Which He Lives (1971): German Drama

Author Reading | The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture: Time-Tested Redeemers


With recent films like Django Unchained and screen adaptations of Marvel’s Luke Cage and Black Panther, violent black redeemers have rarely been so present in mainstream Western culture. Grégory Pierrot argues, however, that the black avenger has always been with us, firing the imaginations in the United States and the larger Atlantic World for three centuries. Pierrot will talk about this and more with Lavelle Porter and celebrate the release of his new book.
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Author Readings, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture: Time-Tested Redeemers

Author Reading | The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon


Award-winning former investigative reporter Basil Hero chronicles the life lessons humanity can learn from the twelve remaining Apollo astronauts who went to the Moon.
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Author Readings, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, The Mission of a Lifetime: Lessons from the Men Who Went to the Moon

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 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island

Author Reading | The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero


A fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking but forgotten figure—the remarkable Major Taylor, the black man who broke racial barriers by becoming the world’s fastest and most famous bicyclist at the height of the Jim Crow era. In the 1890s, the nation’s promise of equality had failed spectacularly. While slavery had ended with the Civil War, the Jim Crow laws still separated blacks from whites, and the excesses of the Gilded Age created an elite upper class. Amidst this world arrived Major Taylor, a young black man who wanted to compete in the nation’s most popular and mostly white man’s sport, cycling. Birdie Munger, a white cyclist who once was the world’s fastest man, declared that he could help turn the young black athlete into a champion. Michael Kranish is one of the country’s preeminent investigative reporters. He has worked at The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post.
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Screening | Craic LGBT Fest: Award-Winning Irish LGBT Short Films


Queer Ireland Panel featuring Steven Farrell | 7pm Special guest Steven Farrell joins this year's Queer Ireland conversation to celebrate advocacy and the role of the artist in advocacy work in today's Ireland. Steven is a visual artist/filmmaker and motivational speaker based in Dublin, where he often speaks to share tools and techniques that he used to overcome the difficulties he has faced and still faces in his life.  Film Screenings | 7:30pm A retrospective of award winning Irish LGBT shorts or shorts made by Irish LGBT filmmakers from the past 5 years. Q&A to follow with filmmaker Paul Rowley. Reception | 9-10:00pm
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Poetry Reading | New Poetry


The event will feature readings from Allison Albino, Ariel Francisco, and Kwame Opoku-Duku.
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Lecture | Un/Knowing the Ten Thousand Things: Queerness in Ancient Sources


On the occasion of Shahryar Nashat’s exhibition, a lecture by scholar Zairong Xiang. In his recent work, Xiang creates opportunities for “unlearning” colonial and modern positions to discover new forms of queerness in ancient sources. Xiang writes, “If decolonizing knowledge and decentering critical theories does not mean the inclusion of more colors, but rather a departure from a recognition that these colors, these ‘ten thousand things,’ the assembly of all creatures, human, non-human, inert or living, are already within and have always been there, how do we move beyond (or below) the politics of inclusion and tolerance? How do we start to know the myriad, ten thousand creaturely things?”
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Film | Mary Poppins Returns (2018): Magical Nanny's Second Act (Outdoors)


Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. Director: Rob Marshall Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw 130 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.
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Films, May 16, 2019, 05/16/2019, Mary Poppins Returns (2018): Magical Nanny's Second Act (Outdoors)

Film | Shadows of Shame: Victims of National Socialism


A documentary presenting the gripping stories of three generations of Carinthian Slovenes, Roma and a Jewish family, the film shows how victims of National Socialism are turned into perpetrators and how they are pressured into seeing themselves as being responsible for their own suffering. The inflicted wounds manifest themselves in unique traumas which are often unconsciously passed on to their children and grandchildren. Director: Sabina Zwitter-Grilc The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, and the New York–based artist Lily Brett, who is the daughter of Holocaust survivors herself. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Ethel Brooks (Rutgers) and introduced by Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism.
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Performance | Voices of A People’s History of the United States: Book into Performance


Voices of a People’s History of the United States seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. This free performance marks the culmination of a year-long project with New York City AP U.S. History students at The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry, cofounded by Lincoln Center Education, inspired by Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States. After studying the speeches, letters, and songs of the remarkable people who inspired Zinn’s seminal 2004 book, the students will perform their selections along with special guest singer J. Hoard and others to be announced.
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Concert | Carnegie Hall Citywide: A Member Of Beyoncé’s Touring Band Performs


Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller is one of the leading performers on the jazz scene, as well as a member of Beyoncé’s touring band. An instrumental triple threat—she plays alto and soprano saxophone, and flute—she is a much sought-after performer who has played with such jazz luminaries as Wycliffe Gordon, Don Byron, Jon Faddis, and Nancy Wilson. Not only a stellar performer, Fuller is also a dedicated educator and full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music.
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Play | Big St. Germain: The Fate of a Family


When young father Marshall's sister Kasey drops back into his life after years away, he warily agrees to meet her at the rental property in Wisconsin once owned by their late grandfather. And over a weekend of drinking, dancing, nostalgia, and singing novelty fish, it seems this may just be a legitimate attempt at reunion- and there could be hope they can finally get back to what they had. But Kasey will always ask too much of Marshall, and as the ground beneath their reunion begins to crumble, the fate of their family hangs in the balance.   Written by Jack T. Calk. Directed by Lillian Meredith.
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Concert | Electronic Compositions Part Of A Festival


Composers Concordance presents 'Remix of the Animals’ as part of the 8th Annual CompCord Festival: ‘Animals’. Composers will perform electronic remixes and original electronic compositions. Composers/Performers: Lynn Bechtold, Seth Boustead, Svjetlana Bukvich, Dan Cooper, Velizar Iordanov, Mark Kostabi, Daniel Palkowski, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Anton Rovner, Roger Tréfousse, Zach Seely, others TBA. Composers Concordance is a presenting organization for contemporary music with a 32-year history of producing concerts in NYC. Composers Concordance has presented hundreds of concerts at venues including the Museum of Natural History, Austrian Cultural Forum, Bohemian National Hall, Chelsea Art Museum, Cutting Room, Dimenna Center, Drom NYC, Goddard Riverside Community Center, Kosciuszko Foundation, Le Poisson Rouge, MC Gallery, Miller Theater, The New School, 92nd St Y, NYU Loewe Theatre, Shapeshifter Lab, Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall.
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