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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 23, 2019?

30 free events take place on Thursday, May 23 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 23 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 Thursday, May 23, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


A morning class provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 7-August 27, 2019
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Workshops, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Tai Chi in the Park

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


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Birdwatching | Birding Basics: The North Woods


Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the park welcomes more than 270 migrating bird species each year. Learn the basics of bird identification while exploring the North Woods, the largest woodland landscape in the Park. Along with beautiful arches and peaceful waterfalls, the North Woods provides 40 acres of vibrant habitat in the middle of New York City, making it an important stopover for birds during spring migration. How many can you spot on this tour? Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from our tour guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Birdwatchings, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Birding Basics: The North Woods

Workshop | Essentials for Job Seekers: Interviewing


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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11:30 am
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Workshops, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Essentials for Job Seekers: Interviewing

Film | Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974): Oscar Winning Mystery Thriller With Jack Nicholson


A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. 130 min. Director: Roman Polanski. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston.  In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and it is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. At the 47th Academy Awards, it was nominated for 11 Oscars, with Towne winning Best Original Screenplay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Roman Polanski's&nbsp;Chinatown (1974): Oscar Winning Mystery Thriller&nbsp;With&nbsp;Jack Nicholson

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term ‘baroque’ has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was ‘maestro di capella’ at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today’s music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi’s advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Bach at Noon

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


Folk art has flourished in the heart of New York City since the eighteenth century, contrary to popular belief that it was a rural genre that reflected local tastes, traditions, and needs. Around 100 works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world from two perspectives simultaneously: “The Art of Business” portrays the people and places that were part of the city’s thrumming commercial life, and “The Business of Art” highlights the diverse mediums and formats used by the artists, artisans, and manufacturers. This tour of the exhibition is conducted by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art: Exhibition Tour

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 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Concert | Band Performs Cantatas By Well-Known French Composer


Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre was highly regarded in her day for the genius of her compositions, yet her music today is seldom performed. In this program, two of her magnificent sacred cantatas along with some of her extraordinary instrumental music will be presented. Mango Baroque focus on colorful and compelling solo vocal cantata repertory of the mid-17th to mid-18th Centuries, especially unknown or neglected masterpieces. Mango Baroque consist of small forces to present this music in dramatically engaging ways to audiences who might have limited opportunities to savor this great repertory. Performers Marguerite Krull, soprano; Rebecca Cypess, harpsichord; David Bakamjian, cello; Dongmyung Ahn, violin. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Band Performs Cantatas&nbsp;By Well-Known French Composer

Film | Mary Queen of Scots (2018): Two Time Oscar Nominated Power Struggle Between Cousins


Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. 124 min. Director: Josie Rourke. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden.  Mary Queen of Scots two nominations for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 91st Academy Awards. For her performance, Robbie earned nominations for a SAG Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Mary Queen of Scots (2018): Two Time Oscar Nominated Power Struggle&nbsp;Between Cousins

Workshop | Be Creative With Crafts


A craft prgram for adults. All materials will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Be Creative With Crafts

Film | Oscar Nominated Alice Adams (1935): Comedy Drama Based On A Novel


A young girl hoping to marry well in the 20s soon finds out some of the realities of love and life. 99 min. Director: George Stevens. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Fred MacMurray, Fred Stone. The film was adapted from the novel Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington. The film received two Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress.
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Films, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Oscar Nominated Alice Adams (1935): Comedy Drama Based On A Novel

Workshop | Traditional English Afternoon Tea


English-style tea, black tea, Pally's rich tea biscuit will be served. “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”- Henry James Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. While the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared. Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
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Film | Boy Erased (2018): Drama With Nicole Kidman And Russell Crowe


The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. 115 min. Director: Joel Edgerton. Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe. The movie is based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir of the same name. Boy Erased received two Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor for Hedges and Best Original Song for Revelation.
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Films, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Boy Erased (2018): Drama With Nicole Kidman And Russell Crowe

Film | Singin' in the Rain (1952): Two Time Oscar Nominated Musical Romantic Comedy


A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. 103 min. Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly. Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds.  In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry. It topped the AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals list and is ranked as the fifth-greatest American motion picture of all time in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007. Singin' in the Rain was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Best Music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Singin' in the Rain (1952): Two Time Oscar Nominated Musical Romantic Comedy

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Discover the fun and calming benefits of coloring. Color, relax and enjoy. Coloring supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Adult Coloring Club

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 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Workshop | Park Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
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Workshop | Writers Coalition


A class of writing and sharing work in a supportive and respectful environment. Writers of all genres and levels of experience welcome. No prior writing experience is necessary. Led by Elizabeth Leonard, writer and writing workshop leader certified to lead creative writing workshops with NY Writers Coalition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Writers Coalition

Film | A Star Is Born (2018): Oscar Winning Story Of A Musician And A Singer Starring Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga


A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. Director: Bradley Cooper. Starring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott.  The film received eight nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Cooper), Best Actress (Gaga) and Best Supporting Actor (Elliott), and won for Best Original Song ("Shallow"). It received five nominations at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture-Drama and was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018.
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Films, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, A Star Is Born (2018): Oscar Winning Story Of A Musician And A Singer Starring Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga

Staged Reading | Eve of Beltane: Political Corruption In The Face Of Ancient Celtic Mythology


Coni Koepfinger and actors present a dramatic reading of her new play Eve of Beltane. Eve of Beltane Written by Coni Koepfinger & Joe Izen. Directed by Cailin Heffernan. The Eve of Beltane is an enchanting tale of power and passion that dares to look beyond the walls of time to see the point and possibilities of reincarnation.
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Staged Readings, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Eve of Beltane: Political Corruption In The Face Of Ancient Celtic Mythology

Opening Reception | Monuments: Single-Stone Wax Rubbings


An exhibition of James Nares’ newest body of work. New York City’s downtown sidewalks were laid almost 200 years ago by immigrant masons. These monolithic granite slabs were elaborately chiseled with improvised marks and designs to help prevent pedestrians from slipping. These carvings have withstood the erosion of time and human traffic, leaving a wonderful record of free thought and whimsical, personal markings from the hands and minds of uncelebrated workmen. Single-stone wax rubbings were made on site, gilded in 22K gold, and hung vertically as shining “monuments” to those unknown souls whose touch still lingers on the city’s sidewalks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Monuments: Single-Stone Wax Rubbings

Workshop | Yoga Flow


Link mindful breath with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Please bring a mat. Every Thursday from May 23 to June 27, 2019, and July 11 to October 31, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury


A captivating, spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities, passionate feelings, and aesthetic ideals drew them together, pulled them apart, and profoundly influenced the very shape of twentieth-century art. Carolyn Burke is the author of No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf, Lee Miller: A Life, and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy. Born in Sydney, Australia, she now lives in Santa Cruz, California.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Plays, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Hamlet: Princess of Denmark

Author Reading | Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for 'The Simpsons'


In celebration of The Simpsons' thirtieth anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer, Mike Reiss, offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for 'The Simpsons'

Author Reading | The Guest Book: Past Mistakes of a Privileged America


A novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America. It is a literary triumph. With author Sarah Blake.
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Author Readings, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, The Guest Book: Past Mistakes of a Privileged America
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Concerts, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Classical Masterpieces by French Composers

Concert | One of the Premier Flutists in Latin Music


A native New Yorker, Karen Joseph has established herself as one of the premier flutists in Latin music, performing with the who’s who of the genre, including Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta II, Johnny Almendra y Los Jóvenes del Barrio, Hansel y Raul, Charanga America, Charlie Rodriguez's Conjunto, La Charanga 76, and countless others. For this special engagement, Joseph leads her own band, MamboCha, whose pulsating beats will keep you on your feet all night long.  
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Concerts, May 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, One of the Premier Flutists in Latin Music

Play | Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romatic 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 23, 2019, 05/23/2019, Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy of Romatic Retribution and Miscommunication
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