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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 14, 2021?

24 free events take place on Friday, May 14 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 14 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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Friday, May 14, 2021

All events, things to do on Friday, May 14, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Staged Reading | The Heroes and Villains Monologues: By Seven-Time Emmy Nominee, OBIE Award Winner and Others (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Eight playwrights were challenged to write a monologue for a historical or fictional hero or villain starring a randomly assigned actor. Playwrights were asked to include a quote from their chosen figure and, as an additional challenge, reference another hero or villain. From the Man of Steel to the Fuhrer, from Kamala Harris to Hannibal Lecter, heroes and villains abound! Playwrights include seven-time Emmy Award nominated Scott C. Sickles, Massachusetts Artist Fellow in Playwriting John Minigan, OBIE Award-winning producer Sandra Sharif-Daley, United Solo Festival's Best Documentary One-Woman Show recipient Jenny Lyn Bader, and award-winning playwrights Catherine Weingarten, Ruth Zamoyta, Frank Tangredi and Eric Percival. The streaming will be available until May 16th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, The Heroes and Villains Monologues: By Seven-Time Emmy Nominee, OBIE Award Winner and Others (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Play | Yours Unfaithfully: 'un-romantic comedy' (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


An "un-romantic comedy" about the price of free love, Yours Unfaithfully is an insightful, intelligent and exceptionally intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn't writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love? More than the story of an unconventional couple, the play is about what happens when our ideals clash with our emotions. Written by Miles Malleson Directed by Jonathan Bank The event is streaming until May 16th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, Yours Unfaithfully: 'un-romantic comedy' (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Pilates Workshop


Dodge YMCA hosts a socially-distanced Pilates. Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility.  Fridays, May 7-October 29, 2021 Advanced registration is required. Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Pilates Workshop

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. • Masks and contact information required upon arrival. • Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. • All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | (IN PERSON) The Art Tours at Hudson Yards: The HYxOffTheWall Tour


Discover how art is threaded throughout the Hudson Yards neighborhood. Enjoy a curated and guided tour throughout Hudson Yards as part of NYCxDESIGN, Design Days. HYxOffTheWall Tour Exploring how graphics, branding, and specifically symbols are viewed through the lens of identity. Topics include exploring how the power of symbols unite people through history, or how organizational branding is representative of projected identity. You will discover how artistic expression of brand identity is guided through mission, culture, language, or response to world events. Highlights include Elle's larger-than-life mural and Indie 184's graphic mural. The tour is offered 3 times a day - 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, (IN PERSON) The Art Tours at Hudson Yards: The HYxOffTheWall Tour

Workshop | (In Person) Tee Time on the Plaza


Putt putt your way through this 7-hole mini golf course. Grab a friend and make a day of it! May 10-27, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | 100 Years | 100 Women (virtual)


The Met and Park Avenue Armory host a series of conversations about the 100 Years | 100 Women project with the participants. The project invited one hundred artists, activists, scholars, students, and community leaders to respond to the centennial and complex legacy of the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote. Each conversation in this series features a group of participants exploring specific topics that resonate with the project, including uplifting underrepresented stories of women, art and disability advocacy, the past and future of women of color in film and television, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, 100 Years | 100 Women (virtual)

Screening | Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Conducted by Herbert von Karajan, 1967 (virtual)


Carnegie Hall's opening in 1891 is inextricably linked with Tchaikovsky, who timed his only North American tour to coincide with the Hall's Opening Week Music Festival. The last work he conducted at the Hall was his First Piano Concerto, which Herbert von Karajan recorded in 1967 with pianist Alexis Weissenberg and the Berlin Philharmonic. Full of passion, lyricism, and technical bravura, the concerto became Tchaikovsky's first work to achieve widespread acclaim on this side of the Atlantic. The streaming will be available until May 20th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, Conducted by Herbert von Karajan, 1967 (virtual)

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Gallery Talk | David Hockney: Drawing from Life: A Virtual Tour


Morgan Library docents lead an interactive virtual tour of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, David Hockney: Drawing from Life: A Virtual Tour

Tour | Red Square: Moscow's Must-See (virtual)


A visit to Red Square is a must for all first-time visitors to Moscow as it has been Moscow's historic and cultural center for centuries, holding everything from a medieval marketplace to Soviet military parades and rock concerts. The sights of Red Square can get crowded, especially in hot travel season, but this live virtual tour will allow you to learn the history, travellers' tips and tricks, the cultural and architectural background of such gems as magnificent St Basil's Cathedral, palace-looking GUM Department Store, onion-domed Orthodox Kazan Cathedral, the famous Lenin's mausoleum with no crowds!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | The Second Amendment (virtual)


Clark Neily, senior vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion about the Second Amendment, and its protection of the right to keep and bear arms. Neily will also discuss his career as an attorney and author, as well as answer questions from participants. .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | CATS: One of The Most Famous Musicals of All Time (virtual, streaming for 48 hours)


Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS first exploded onto the London's West End stage in 1981. "Memory", one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. Since then CATS has smashed records and conquered the world. Using the latest technology, all the excitement, thrill, romance and intimacy of this theatrical legend has been captured on screen. Breathtaking visuals and full digital sound (that has been completely re-recorded with a seventy piece orchestra) will leave you deep into the mysterious world of CATS as you've never seen it before -- more intoxicating and magical than you could possibly imagine. With a star cast including Elaine Paige and Sir John Mills.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_2:00 pm
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Musicals, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, CATS: One of The Most Famous Musicals of All Time (virtual, streaming for 48 hours)

Gallery Talk | Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age: A Virtual Tour (Zoom)


An in-depth look at the exhibition Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age. Recognized as one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century, Klinger brought a fresh voice to the world of advertising, blending humor with sexuality, quirkiness with technical precision. Klinger is often cited as one of the first to define the concept of corporate branding, and his legacy continues to shape the graphic design and advertising industries of today. Explore the trajectory of Klinger’s impactful career in this informative and engaging virtual tour led by docent Tim Medland. This online event will be hosted on Zoom with attendees cameras off.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)


Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met's Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music's reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators also make periodic appearances. ETHEL is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin).
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Museums | (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.
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Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bossa Nova Live


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac.
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Concert | (IN-PERSON) The History of Ireland in Music, Verse, and Song


Immerse yourself in the history and romance of the island of Ireland in this recital of music, song, and verse from Ireland through the ages. Frank Mathis (tenor) is accompanied by Mia Theodoratus (celtic harp), who also plays harp repertoire by blind Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan. Irish actress Eilin O'Dea delivers the work of great Irish poets and Fr Graeme Napier narrates the eventful and turbulent history from which this great art emerged. Masks are required.
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Concerts, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, (IN-PERSON) The History of Ireland in Music, Verse, and Song

Performance | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) El encuentro de los tepalcates: Performance on a Roof Terrace


A new performance work by Mexico City-based artists Noé Martínez and María Sosa. In this new collaborative endeavor, they explore how language, objects and physical movement can coalesce into liberatory force.   This performance will be held on the roof terrace and capacity is very limited. Visitors are required to wear masks at all times and to keep six feet apart from other attendees.
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Performances, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) El encuentro de los tepalcates: Performance on a Roof Terrace

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Singing Circle


Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: blankets, instruments, water, etc. o Masks and contact information required upon arrival. o Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. o All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance.
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Jazz | Okan: An Award-Winning Afro-Cuban Roots and Jazz Duo (virtual)


Raking their name from the word for heart in Santeria, Okan is a women-led ensemble that fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love.
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Concerts, May 14, 2021, 05/14/2021, Okan: An Award-Winning Afro-Cuban Roots and Jazz Duo (virtual)

Dance Performance | Tiny Hurricane: Our Kids Destroy Us (virtual)


We love our children. They also destroy us. In Jen Abrams's Tiny Hurricane, a woman looks the charred wasteland of her pre-partum self dead in the eye, while standing in awe of the luminous, powerful child she has given herself over to. She tells the story of her own destruction through movement and text. The transcendent joy of growing, birthing, and raising a new human is real. Tiny Hurricane deals with the price of that joy. My experience of becoming a parent was one of total destruction of the self I knew, of turning myself over completely to the experience of parenthood. Tiny Hurricane deals honestly with the loss of self many parents experience, but which is taboo to talk about in most parenting circles, and which is rarely portrayed in media. It is a moment of real talk about what a profound mess parenting actually is.
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Dance Performance | Korean National Ballet (virtual)


Korean National Ballet's Hoi Rang revolves around a strong-willed and devoted female character called Rang who disguises herself as a man to join the army in place of her father. She then leads the army to victory over the enemy. The performance video was filmed in 2019 at the Opera House, Seoul Arts Center. The event will be available for streaming until May 16, 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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