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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 2, 2022?

21 free events take place on Monday, May 2 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 2 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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21 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, May 2, 2022

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free events nyc "Truth in the Pleasant Disguise of Illusion": An Evening of Tennessee Williams
free events nyc From Europe with Love: songs and arias by Antonín Dvořák, Manuel de Falla, Gaetano Donizetti and more
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Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Juggling in the Park

Jazz | Jazz Piano in the Park


Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being the leader of the Bertha Hope Trio, she has re-formed the Bertha Hope 5tet featuring Elmo Hope compositions. During the pandemic crisis, she is focusing on wider recognition of her own compositions and was included in trumpeter Jeremy Pelts first edition of his book Griot, published in 2021. As composer and arranger of several recordings her works include: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. After completing a two-year residency at Minton's Supper Club in Harlem, Bertha began work on a documentary about her life, as well as a new CD. In addition, Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. In 2016 Kennedy Center’s Artistic Jazz Director Jason Moran invited Bertha to perform at Kennedy Center and the Apollo Theatre in a two-city program. She has been honored by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and continues to work with her daughter, Monica Meaux Hope, on a music CD for Meaux, Hopes’ Play Healing Fractures. Be
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Jazz Piano in the Park

Talk | “What Does Your Dream Tell You?”: B. Rivkin and Yiddish Occultism in America (online)


The writer B. Rivkin (Borukh Avrom Weinrebe, 1883–1945) is known to scholars today as an important anarchist thinker and Yiddish literary critic who formulated the notion that Yiddish literature must strive to serve as a non-territorial homeland for the Jewish people. Less known is that Rivkin was also a firm believer in the occult who attended spiritualist séances and speculated about the possibility of telepathic communication. Over the three decades of his literary career in the United States, Rivkin published hundreds of articles on occult topics, edited a short-lived Yiddish journal devoted to the development of latent inner powers, and published a weekly psychic dream interpretation column in the newspaper Der tog in the early 1940s that analyzed dreams submitted by readers in the shadow of the Holocaust. In this talk, Sam Glauber-Zimra will uncover this forgotten side of Rivkin’s literary career. Utilizing materials preserved in Rivkin’s archive at YIVO, he will trace the significance of the occult for Rivkin and his Yiddish-speaking immigrant readers as they navigated religious change and the crisis of the Holocaust.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, &ldquo;What Does Your Dream Tell You?&rdquo;: B. Rivkin and Yiddish Occultism in America (online)

Film | The Courier (2020): Cuban Missile Drama with Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan


Businessman Greville Wynne is asked by a Russian source try to help put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Director: Dominic Cooke Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan 111 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, The Courier (2020): Cuban Missile Drama with Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan

Classical Music | Underscored: Suite for Violin and Piano (1943) by William Grant Still (online)


A prodigious, much-honored composer and conductor, William Grant Still was a longtime pioneer on the American music scene. He was the first Black to have an opera produced by a major U.S. company, to have an opera televised on a national network, and to conduct a major symphony orchestra. When violinist Louis Kaufman offered him a commission, Still produced a glowing work that reflected that illustrious performer’s passion for the visual arts, and interest in a composition melding popular, blues, and jazzy elements with classical forms and techniques. The composer explained that his Suite for Violin and Piano from 1943 was “suggested by” sculptures by several Harlem Renaissance artists. The opening movement references Richmond Barthé’s “African Dancer,” and is big, bold, and high-energy, capturing the sculpted figure in the throes of dance. The Suite’s songful, meditative central movement was inspired by a series of “mother-and-child” paintings and sculptures by Sargent Johnson, which reminded the composer of the complexities of his own mother’s love and its duality – both nurturing and disciplined. The joyful, carefree finale is animated by Augusta Savage’s portrait bust of a confident young boy. This program features Music from Copland House’s complete performance of Still’s exuberant, affecting work, followed by a live Q&A between viewers and artists. Music from Copland House featured artists: Curtis Macomber, violinist; Michael Boriskin, pianist. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Underscored: Suite for Violin and Piano (1943) by William Grant Still (online)

Classical Music | Works by C.P.E. BACH, MOZART and RAVEL


Eduardo Sepúlveda Ortiz de Zárate, Oboe. Program: CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH Violin Sonata in G minor, H. 524.5. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Oboe Concerto in C Major, K 314. MAURICE RAVEL (arr. Christian Schmitt & Laurent Riou) Le Tombeau de Couperin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Works by C.P.E. BACH, MOZART and RAVEL

Book Discussion | Afrofuturism in "Black Panther": Gender, Identity, and the Re-Making of Blackness (online)


This event will be hosted by Renée T. White and moderated by Professor Brittnay Proctor-Habil, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Media in the School of Media Studies. It  brings together contributors from the collection and members of our New School community, including: Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Co-Editor and Full Professor of Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Central Connecticut State University; Dolita Dannêt Cathcart, Associate Professor of History at Wheaton College; dann j. Broyld, Associate Professor of African American history at the University of Massachusetts Lowell; Mikal J. Gaines, Assistant Professor of English at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University; and JAZSALYN, founder and curator of black beyond, Parsons Design and Technology ‘21. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Afrofuturism in "Black Panther": Gender, Identity, and the Re-Making of Blackness (online)

Birdwatching | Birding Tour of the North Woods


Discover birding in the more serene northern part of the Park during the height of songbird migration. Mondays, April 25-May 23, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Birding Tour of the North Woods

Classical Music | Works by VIVALDI, J.S. BACH, COUPERIN and more...


Kako Miura, Baroque Violin. Program: JOHANN GEORG PISENDEL Sonata for Violin Solo in A minor FRANÇOIS COUPERIN Troisième Ordre «L’Impériale» from Les Nations GEORG MUFFAT Violin Sonata in D Major ANTONIO VIVALDI Violin Concerto in D Major, RV 234 "L'Inquietudine" JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | "Truth in the Pleasant Disguise of Illusion": An Evening of Tennessee Williams


In 1997, to mark the 50th anniversary of A Streetcar Named Desire, Alan Pally produced a series of public programs focusing on the work of Tennessee Williams. On May 2, in celebration of Streetcar's 75th anniversary, Pally will talk about planning the 1997 series and show rarely seen video excerpts from the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive as well as other rare materials from the Library's collections. Guest artists Austin Pendleton and Laila Robins will read from Williams letters and discuss their considerable experience of working on Williams' plays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussions, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, "Truth in the Pleasant Disguise of Illusion": An Evening of Tennessee Williams

Talk | Artist Talk: Your Choices Matter Even When You Don't Know You're Making Them


Berlin-based artist Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley presents an interactive online artist talk. This is not a passive talk. You will be expected to work to get the answers you seek here. What is talked about and how it is spoken about will be determined by the effect your presence has. Be prepared to consider how your choices will affect everyone else.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Byzantium as Seen by the White Russians in Constantinople (online)


A discussion with historian Sergey A. Ivanov, moderated by Valentina Izmirlieva, Director of the Harriman Institute. For the broad public in pre-revolutionary Russia, Byzantium belonged to religious discourse; it also became a battle cry for Russian imperialism. And, by an irony of history, it was that long-coveted Byzantium that greeted the White Russians as they, orphaned refugees, disembarked in Constantinople following their defeat in the Civil War. What sentiments did the Byzantine monuments inspire in them? It appears that their attitudes were more nuanced than pure nostalgia or dismissal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussions, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Byzantium as Seen by the White Russians in Constantinople (online)

Book Discussion | Children Under Fire: An American Crisis (online)


John Woodrow Cox talks aout his book, the winner of the 2021 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice. The book is an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, and a call to action for a new way forward.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Children Under Fire: An American Crisis (online)

Book Discussion | One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America (online)


How have immigrants shaped our country today? In a groundbreaking new book, sociologist Nancy Foner documents the impacts of immigration in the last half-century, from the economy and politics, in cities and rural areas, and on formative ideas about race and culture. From the Museum’s 20th Century tenement apartment, Foner will be joined by Suketu Mehta, writer, journalist, and Professor at New York University, for a conversation on how immigrants, as one-quarter of the nation, continue to redefine American society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Golden Swift: The Latest from New York Times Bestselling Author Lev Grossman (online)


In this eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2020’s The Silver Arrow, beloved protagonists Kate and Tom confront the limits of what even magic can do. Kate and Tom are full-fledged conductors of the steam-powered, animal-saving Great Secret Intercontinental Railway, and life is good. Or good-ish, anyway—her uncle Herbert has gone missing, and the worsening climate means that there are more and more animals that need help all the time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, The Golden Swift: The Latest from New York Times Bestselling Author Lev Grossman (online)

Author Reading | 2 New Novels: Bibliolepsy / A Tiny Upward Shove


Writers Gina Apostol (Bibliolepsy) and Melissa Chadburn (A Tiny Upward Shove) will read from and discuss their books. Drawing on themes of Filipinx myth, folklore, and history, and the women whose fates are entwined in all three, they’ll speak to the power of the written word to liberate us all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, 2 New Novels: Bibliolepsy / A Tiny Upward Shove

Book Club | The Blue Fox by Sjón (online)


Set against the stark backdrop of the Icelandic winter, an elusive, enigmatic fox leads a hunter on a transformative quest. At the edge of the hunter's territory, a naturalist struggles to build a life for his charge, a young woman with Down syndrome whom he had rescued from a shipwreck years before. By the end of Sjón's slender, spellbinding fable of a novel, none of their lives will be the same. Winner of the 2005 Nordic Council Literature Prize—the Nordic world's highest literary honor—The Blue Fox is part mystery, part fairy tale, and the perfect introduction to a mind-bending, world-class literary talent.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, The Blue Fox by Sj&oacute;n (online)

Classical Music | From Europe with Love: songs and arias by Antonín Dvořák, Manuel de Falla, Gaetano Donizetti and more


Czech soprano Kristýna Kůstková; pianist Ahmad Hedar. Kristýna Kůstková will perform a medley of the most beautiful songs and arias by Antonín Dvořák, Jaroslav Křička, Leoš Janáček, Manuel de Falla, Gaetano Donizetti, Léo Delibes, and other world-renowned composers. She is a laureate and a winner of several voice competitions and her future engagements include Prague National Theatre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, From Europe with Love: songs and arias by Anton&iacute;n Dvoř&aacute;k, Manuel de Falla, Gaetano Donizetti and more

Classical Music | Percussionist performs J.S Bach and more


Oliver Xu, Percussion. Program: JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 FRANCO DONATONI Omar PIERRE JODLOWSKI I.T. JUDD GREENSTEIN Move Like This
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Classical Music | Piano Works by BEETHOVEN, SCARLATTI, and LISZT


Xiaofu Ju, Piano. Since his orchestral debut at age 14 with Shanghai Philharmonic, where Xiaofu Ju performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, he has successfully played with orchestras including European Union Symphony, China Central Opera House, Shanghai Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera House, Japan Gunma Symphony, Russian Ке́меров National Symphony, Jiangsu Symphony, and the Hong Kong Youth Philharmonic.  Program: LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78 DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sonata in D Major, K. 29, L. 461 DOMENICO SCARLATTI Sonata in B minor, K. 87, L. 33 FRANZ LISZT Sonata in B minor, S. 178
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 02, 2022, 05/02/2022, Piano Works by BEETHOVEN, SCARLATTI, and LISZT
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