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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 22, 2019?

51 free events take place on Wednesday, May 22 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 22 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of May . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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All events, things to do on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc The Big Shot (1942): Film-Noir Crime With Humprey Bogart
free events nyc Dance Party: R&B Night
free events nyc Bertolt Brecht Out Loud
free events nyc Panel On The Legacy Of Miles Davis, Eight Time Grammy Winning Jazz Artist
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Workshop | Boot Camp


The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Boot Camp

Birdwatching | Spring Migration Bird Walk


A bird walk with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. Last spring's walks included sightings of a Blue Grosbeak, a Summer Tanager, and 21 other bird species. The walk will be led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City. He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Spring Migration Bird Walk

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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10:00 am
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Tours, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and by the verdant park, with its very special Hot and Cool gardens; each flower-filled and colorful throughout the season. All art materials are provided. Wednesdays, May 1-June, 26, 2019.
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Elements of Nature Drawing

Film | The Big Shot (1942): Film-Noir Crime With Humprey Bogart


Fearing life in prison for a third offense, convict Duke Berne pulls out of an armored car robbery, planned by his crooked lawyer, but he is framed for the robbery anyway. 82 min. Director: Lewis Seiler. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:15 am
Free
Films, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, The Big Shot (1942): Film-Noir Crime With Humprey Bogart

Film | WALL·E (2008): Winner Of The Academy Award For Best Animated Feature 


In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Director: Andrew Stanton. Starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin. WALL·E won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Best Original Screenplay at the 81st Academy Awards. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, WALL&middot;E (2008): Winner Of The Academy Award For Best Animated Feature&nbsp;

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 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Braille Study Group

Tour | Governors Island Official Walking Tour


Look into the past of Governors Island and talk about its exciting transformation and future! In these one-hour walking tours, examine how historic preservation, innovative design and environmental stewardship make the Island what it is today - one of the most unique public spaces in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

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 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, City Hall Tour for Individuals

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 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Bach at Noon

Author Reading | Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life:


The internationally bestselling self-empowerment book from influencer, rapper, and spoken word artist Humble the Poet, now available in a new edition with a new foreword by the author. Unlearn offers short, accessible, and counterintuitive lessons for reaching our full potential.
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Author Readings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life:

Concert | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist with a “tender touch.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Gallery Talk | Infinity of Nations: Exhibition Tour


A 45-minute tour of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlights the importance of many of these iconic objects. Start times: 1pm, 2pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Infinity of Nations: Exhibition Tour

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. Wednesdays, May 1-June 26, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Classical Music | Choral Works By Mendelssohn And More


Texas Boys Choir (Fort Worth, TX) Program Kinley Lange Esto Les Digo Thomas Tallis If Ye Love Me Fenno Heath The Lamb William Cornysh Ah Robin, Gentle Robin arr. Milburn Price Star in the East Michael McGlynn Jerusalem Ernani Aguiar Salmo 150 Antonio Estevez Mata del anima sola Felix Mendelssohn Lift Thine Eyes Kurt Beston, arr. Andrea Klouse Prayer of the Children
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Concerts, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Choral&nbsp;Works By&nbsp;Mendelssohn And More

Film | All The President's Men (1976): Four Time Oscar Winning Drama Starring Dustin Hoffman And Robert Redford


The Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. 138 min. Director: Alan J. Pakula. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford and Jack Warden. In 2007, the movie was added to the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) list at No. 77. AFI also named it No. 34 on its America's Most Inspiring Movies list and No. 57 on the Top 100 Thrilling Movies. The characters of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein shared the rank of No. 27 (Heroes) on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains list. In 2010, All The President's Men was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, All The President's Men (1976): Four Time Oscar Winning Drama Starring Dustin Hoffman And Robert Redford

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Stressed? The latest craze is artistic coloring for adults, and the adult coloring books have more intricate designs and patterns than those designed for children. This program allows adults to create wonderful pictures and offers a fun and unique way to unwind and express creativity. Plus, it can actually lower stress. All materials will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Tour | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
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Tours, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Heart of the Park Tour

Lesson | Learn To Play Chess


Learn to play the most popular game ever: a game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Learn To Play Chess

Tour | Model to Monument Park Tour


Tour the park open air gallery and see seven sculptures by accomplished artists of the Art Students League Model to Monument public art project.
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Tours, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Model to Monument Park Tour

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I’ve played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
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Concerts, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artists/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Wednesdays, May 1-June 26, 2019
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class

Tour | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour


Highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, information about architect Cass Gilbert and viewings of the Collectors Office with its Tiffany woodwork, Reginald Marsh murals and the 140-ton rotunda dome, designed and built by Rafael Gustavino.
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Tours, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

Poetry Reading | Poetry Workshop


No experience necessary. Just bring a writing instrument and 25 copies of your poem ( if you have one). Bill Zavatsky is an American poet, journalist, jazz pianist, and translator. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Where X Marks the Spot (2006), For Steve Royal and Other Poems (1985), and Theories of Rain and Other Poems (1975). Zavatsky has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. He was named MacDowell Poet for 2007–2008. Zavatsky translated poems by André Breton with Zack Rogow; that volume, Earthlight (1993), won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Poetry Workshop

Workshop | Chess For Adults


Come learn to play or demonstrate your prowess!
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Chess For Adults

Tour | Architectural Tour of the Oculus


A one-hour walking tour that explores the space and architecture of the Oculus and surrounding area of Westfield World Trade Center. First come, first serve basis with a 15 person capacity. Tour led by Isolde Brielmaier, Executive Director & Curator, Arts, Culture & Community
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4:50 pm
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Tours, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Architectural Tour of the Oculus

Book Signing | It's Hot in the Hamptons: Where No Rules Apply


Local author Holly Peterson will be meeting with her readers and signing her books in our cafe area from 5-7 pm. She is the author of the bestselling novels It Happens in the Hamptons, The Manny and The Idea of Him. Come and celebrate with her.
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Book Signings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, It's Hot in the Hamptons: Where No Rules Apply

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 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Workshop | Writing Workshop With Award Winning Author


The workshops will offer an opportunity to write about stories that are unique to the individual, - community stories, neighborhood stories, family stories together with award winning writer Magie Dominic. For those who are interested in writing a full length story, these workshops will offer an excellent foundation. Each workshop will be preceded and followed by discussion. There will be reading, dialogue, and lots of time for writing. The workshops will explore creative life writing and how to shape experiences into a well-written, absorbing story. The course will help awaken creativity. Magie Dominic is a Canadian poet and author. Her first memoir, The Queen of Peace Room, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Judy Grahn Award. Occurring over a week-long retreat at an isolated retreat house, The Queen of Peace Room is an exploration of memory and of violence against women and children. A second memoir, Street Angel, received the Silver Medal from Independent Publishers Awards and was short listed for Book of the Year/memoir by Foreword Magazine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Writing Workshop With Award Winning Author

Workshop | Writer's Circle


This workshop will begin by creating a caring community where participants can talk about who they are as writers. Then, they’ll answer that all important question: how can we develop a daily writing practice that allows us to live our lives while writing, all at the same time? No experience with writing is necessary, just a desire and commitment to make a writing practice part of your life. Please bring a notebook and a pen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Writer's Circle

Workshop | 3D Modeling and Printing Workshop


Explore the world of 3D modeling and printing in this three-hour Rhino Intensive for beginners workshop. Instructor John Heida will demonstrate the use of a 3D scanner for acquiring 3D data and will lead attendees through a simple exercise to introduce them to Rhino 3D modeling. In the exercise, attendees will model a simple token that is 3D-printed. A deeper demonstration on the ins and outs of Rhino will be shared while waiting for models to print in the 3D printer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, 3D Modeling and Printing Workshop

Opening Reception | Beyond Boundaries: Nine Talented Artists


Beyond Boundaries presents works of the selected artists whose practices range across diverse mediums and go beyond traditional artistic boundaries. This group show of 9 artists introduces a large number of experimental works of different genres, including installation, painting, illustration, video, and sculpture. Showcases works by nine talented artists: Jihyun Hong, Nayoung Jeong, Jong Sook Kang, Bonam Kim, Gene Kim, Kieun Kim, Genevieve Quick, Jaime Sunwoo, and Jeongwon Yoon.
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Opening Receptions, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Beyond Boundaries: Nine Talented Artists

Opening Reception | Passages: Black Identity and Space


A meditation on the lasting impression of transitions, the artist’s new paintings trace the passage of time, of bodies through space, and of ideas through text. Through figuration and abstraction, Tajh Rust explores the relationship between black identity and space. He collaborates with his subjects to determine how they are represented and employs film and literary references to draw connections among portraiture, language, and modes of representation. Central to Rust’s practice is his mastery of color, with which he creates vivid environments echoing the subjects’ skin tones. Individuals are at once obscured and placed center-stage, challenging the historical invisibility of black bodies. Referencing the perspectival distortions more typically employed in film and photography, Rust’s paintings command the gaze of the viewer toward the intimacy of each scene.
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Opening Receptions, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Passages: Black Identity and Space

Film | Platform (2000): Theater Troupe Reflects Chinese Society


A theater troupe from rural Fenyang struggles under the decline of communism and rise of popular culture in China in the 1980s. Director: Jia Zhangke 154 minutes In Mandarin with English subtitles
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Films, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Platform (2000): Theater Troupe Reflects Chinese Society

Book Signing | The Dinner Party: Book Signing and Artist Talk 


The Dinner Party is an investigation into the mysterious narratives of Julie Curtiss’ paintings. Surreal and bizarre, Curtiss creates works that raise questions without an answer. Her images were used as a prompt for Darren Bader, Lauren Groff, Austin Lee, Carmen Maria Machado, Nick Mulgrew, and Legion Seven. The authors were invited to join the ‘party’ and react to an existing painting, or write a text that the artist reinterpreted in the form of a new painting. The result is a multi-course feast that reflects on some of Julie’s favorite themes: food, nature, the human body and how to transform the quotidian into the unexpected.
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Book Signings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, The Dinner Party:&nbsp;Book Signing and Artist Talk&nbsp;

Dancing | Dance Party: R&B Night


West Coast Swing Done Right Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, includes superb bands and expert dance instruction for extraordinary dancing experiences each Wednesday evening. Learn the steps from 6pm - 7pm and then test out your new moves to live music from 7pm to 8:30pm. Exenia (pronounced ek-SEN-ya) is a rising R&B singer/songwriter and dancer/choreographer based in New York City currently working with Grammy winners in both New York and Los Angeles. She recently released her first music video, "Automatic,” and is actively working on her debut album, tentatively titled Prism. Exenia is also a competitive West Coast Swing dancer and teacher, known on the East Coast and beyond for her musicality and energy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Dancings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Dance Party: R&B Night

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the bod and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. Wednesdays, May 1-June 26, 2019
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Workshops, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Sunset Yoga

Talk | Artist Talk: WEBbing


On occasion of the publication of her art monograph WEBbing (published by Drava, Klagenfurt), this is an artist talk with Eva Petrič moderated by Richard Vine, managing editor of Art in America.  Eva Petrič's WEBbing is a hybrid of her visual art and creative writing with which she presents the web of her 25 art installations in the medium of lace assemblage. Collective Heart, her monumental lace assemblage of more than 1000 found laces from all over the world, originally made as the Fasting Cloth for the St. Stephan's Cathedral in Vienna, is currently part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine's exhibition on the theme of sanctuary
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Talks, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Artist Talk: WEBbing

Author Reading | Bertolt Brecht Out Loud


Some of today’s most captivating writers, musicians, and actors perform Brecht’s funny, heartbreaking, personal, and political verse. Featuring: Shane McCrae, Jessica Hagedorn, Lisa Kron, Paul Muldoon (with the band Rogue Oliphant), Austin Pendleton, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Alexandria Wailes. Though he is widely regarded as the greatest German playwright of the twentieth century, among English readers it is less known that all the while Bertolt Brecht was doing double duty as a poet. Touching on subjects from chess to war to sex, he composed more than 2,000 poems, though fewer than half were published in his lifetime. Now award-winning translators David Constantine and Tom Kuhn have made 1,200 of Brecht’s poems available to English readers in The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht, the most comprehensive collection of his poetry to date. To celebrate this monumental achievement, artists from across disciplines will gather at the Library to read aloud and perform poems that illustrate his ever-lasting lust for life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Author Readings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Bertolt Brecht Out Loud

Book Discussion | Revisiting French Classics: Emmanuel Bove’s My Friends


My Friends is Emmanuel Bove’s first and most famous book. Its narrator, Victor Baton, is a classic little man, of no talent or distinction or importance and with no illusions that he has any of those things. All Victor wants is to be loved, all he wants is a friend, and as he strays through the streets of Paris in search of love or friendship or some fleeting connection, we laugh both at Victor’s meekness and at his odd pride, but we feel with him, too. With Victor, Bove has created a kind of everyman, an archetypal, indomitable knight of human fragility who invests the back streets of the city and the unsorted moments of daily life with a weird and unforgettable clarity. Donald Breckenridge, Eugene Lim, Jonathon Sturgeon, and John Yau discuss Emmanuel Bove’s masterpiece.
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Book Discussions, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Revisiting French Classics: Emmanuel Bove&rsquo;s My Friends

Classical Music | Violin and Piano Works by Ravel, Mendelssohn, and Others


Program: Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in F Major for violin and piano (1838) Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008): Klangwölfe for violin and piano (1978) Aldo Finzi (1897-1945): Sonata for violin and piano (1926) Maurice Ravel: Sonata n. 2 for violin and piano (1923-27) The Sabatini-Rugani Duo is an award-winning violin and piano duo active on the European concert scene. Founded in 2013 by violinist Daniele Sabatini and pianist Simone Rugani during the Campus delle Arti masterclass, they are steadily building a promising career and an intense concert schedule. The duo has performed in venues such as ORF Funkhaus (Vienna, Asutria), Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (Vilnius, Lithuania), Villa Torlonia, Palazzo Braschi, Teatro di Marcello (Rome, Italy), Palazzo Cavagnis (Venice, Italy), Villa Contarini (Piazzola sul Brenta, Italy), Teatro San Teodoro (Cantù, Italy), Edsberg Slott (Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden), Glasgow Cathedral (Glasgow, GB), Edinburgh Society of Musicians (Edinburgh, GB), and has been invited to perform for festivals such as Monferrato Classic Festival, Campagnano International Music Festival, Carlo Capra Association in Chiari, Lunigiana International Music Festival and Asiago Festival.
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Concerts, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Violin and Piano Works by Ravel, Mendelssohn, and Others

Author Reading | A Bend in the Stars: Love Story in WWI-Era Russia


A riveting literary novel that is at once an epic love story and a heart-pounding journey across WWI-era Russia, about an ambitious young doctor and her scientist brother in a race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Grounded in real history -- and inspired by the solar eclipse of 1914 -- A Bend in the Stars offers a heartstopping account of modern science's greatest race amidst the chaos of World War I, and a love story as epic as the railways crossing Russia. Rachel Barenbaum is a graduate of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, A Bend in the Stars: Love Story in WWI-Era Russia

Author Reading | Pride: Photographs After Stonewall


Fifty years ago this coming June, the Stonewall uprising occurred in Greenwich Village—an event that marked the coming- out of New York’s gay community and a refusal by gays to accept underground status that was as important in its way as the Montgomery bus boycott was to the civil rights movement. As a direct outcome of Stonewall, gay pride marches were held in 1970 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. The ultimate chronicler of New York’s downtown scene in that period, and therefore of a signal moment in gay culture, was the late Fred W. McDarrah, the first staff photographer and first picture editor of the legendary Village Voice. Twenty-five years ago, to mark Stonewall’s 25th anniversary, McDarrah brought out a work that became a classic: Gay Pride: Photographs from Stonewall to Today. That book has long been out of print. Now, scanning from original negatives, OR Books has lovingly re-set and re-designed the book, newly entitled Pride. This edition also includes twenty-six photographs not in the original and available nowhere else.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Pride: Photographs After Stonewall

Author Reading | Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious


As opposed to most Latin American countries, where psychoanalysis is seen as a practice tied to the promotion of social justice, in the United States psychoanalysis has been viewed as reserved for the well-to-do, assuming that poor people lack the "sophistication" that psychoanalysis requires, thus heeding invisible but no less rigid class boundaries. Challenging such discrimination, the authors testify to the efficacy of psychoanalysis in the barrios, upending the unfounded widespread belief that poor people are so consumed with the pressures of everyday survival that they only benefit from symptom-focused interventions. Sharing vivid vignettes of psychoanalytic treatments, this collection sheds light on the psychological complexities of life in the barrio that is often marked by poverty, migration, marginalization, and barriers of language, class, and race. With: Patricia Gherovici and Christopher Christian.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious

Author Reading | Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations


Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of adventure during his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic


Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to life-saving drugs. Can Dr. McCarthy save the lives of his patients infected with the deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope? Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

Discussion | Panel On The Legacy Of Miles Davis, Eight Time Grammy Winning Jazz Artist


Host Ashley Kahn and a panel of special guests explore the legacy of Miles Davis’ landmark Birth of the Cool sessions, which celebrates their 70th anniversary this year. Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz. Miles Davis won eight Grammy Awards and received thirty-two nominations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Panel On The Legacy Of Miles Davis, Eight Time Grammy Winning Jazz Artist

Gallery Talk | Photographers in Conversation


To commemorate 2018 Workspace Resident Tommy Kha’s solo show, a conversation between Kha and 2013 Workspace Resident Pixy Liao. Kha’s show, Insensitive Flesh, is on view until June 1, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Photographers in Conversation

Talk | Celtic Pilgrimage: At The Landmark Mansion


Last year, Father Tom Damrosch was invited to join a New Zealand-based group of pilgrims on a Celtic Pilgrimage around the British Isles, from Canterbury, through Wales, Ireland and Scotland to Lindisfarne and Durham. This was a cross-cultural experience, seeing the many layers of Celtic spirituality through the eyes of New Zealanders of both Maori and European New Zealanders, let by Archbishop sir David and Mrs. Tureiti Moxon. The Rev’d. Tom Damrosch will present this program. About the Mansion The venue was built between 1914 and 1916. It was designed in Italian Renaissance revival-style by Grosvenor Atterbury, noted for the 1908 restoration of New York’s City Hall. The highlight of the house is its library, which showcases historic panels from the Palazzo Ducale di Urbino in Italy. The library also includes an Aeolian Opus 1398 organ from 1916. The building was designated a New York City Landmark in 1974, and is considered by many architectural historians to be one of the most distinguished examples of early 20th century residential architecture in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Celtic Pilgrimage: At The Landmark Mansion

Play | Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romantic Retribution and Miscommunication


Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (American Son, A Raisin in the Sun) directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication. In this modern production, find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 22, 2019, 05/22/2019, Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romantic Retribution and Miscommunication
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Discussion | Experts Discuss Copyright Challenges and More in Music and Film Industries

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Discussion | Media Experts In Conversation

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