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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 23, 2022?

16 free events take place on Monday, 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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16 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, May 23, 2022

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free events nyc YIVO Folksong Project: East European Jewish Folksong in its Social Context (online)
free events nyc National Tap Dance Day Open House
free events nyc Salute to America's Jazz Royalty: Count Basie, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington
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Film | Annihilation (2018): Sci-Fi Thriller with Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh


A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply. Director: Alex Garland Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson 115 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Annihilation (2018): Sci-Fi Thriller with Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Dancing | National Tap Dance Day Open House


In celebration of National Tap Dance Day, enjoy sample classes, jam sessions, film presentations, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Dancings, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, National Tap Dance Day Open House

Discussion | YIVO Folksong Project: East European Jewish Folksong in its Social Context (online)


From 1973-1975 YIVO collected 2,000 Yiddish folk songs and oral histories. The project, directed by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, created a one-of-a-kind audio resource which includes recordings of Yiddish folk songs from genres and groups which are rarely documented and gives insight into the songs traditional Eastern European Jewish singers sang, the range and variety of their repertoire, how they learned to sing, and what singing meant to them on a personal and communal level. Thanks to a "Recordings at Risk Grant" from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), this collection has now been digitized and is available to researchers anywhere in the world. This is a discussion of the YIVO Folksong Project including examples of material from the project, and a demonstration of how to access this material. This panel will feature the original project director Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin, singer and composer Joshua Waletzky, and YIVO Sound Archivist Eleonore Biezunski.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, YIVO Folksong Project: East European Jewish Folksong in its Social Context (online)

Discussion | Deep Listening: Contemporary Composers of the New York Scene


What’s that sound? Music possesses a unique ability to stir our emotions, call forth memories, or even transport us to another realm of being. Listen deeply to some of New York’s most exciting emerging classical composers, including award-winning artists Bradley Harris and Cheng Jin Koh. Meet composers. Explore some of the composers’ works, other musical examples and influences.  Explore the fascinating and far-reaching associations in music, giving participants the tools to appreciate the rich web of meaning that lies below the surface of the music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Discussions, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Deep Listening: Contemporary Composers of the New York Scene

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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5:30 pm
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Birdwatchings, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Birding Tour of the North Woods

Jazz | Salute to America's Jazz Royalty: Count Basie, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington


The American Symphony Orchestra presents this jazz ensemble as a salute to America's jazz royalty: New Jersey-native jazz pianist, organist, and composer Count Basie, considered one of the all-time greatest bandleaders; singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole, the first Black American to host a TV variety show; and Duke Ellington, whose totally original musical style used a unique blend of both classical and jazz compositional techniques that combined improvisation with written works. Musicians: Alexa Tarantino, Alto Sax/Flute Dion Tucker, Trombone Lee Musiker, Piano Lou Bruno, Bass Kory Grossman, Drums
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Salute to America's Jazz Royalty: Count Basie, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington

Book Discussion | VNGRD: A Retrospective of the Cult Milanese Clothing Brand


Giorgio Di Salvo's book serves as a retrospective of the Milan-based clothing brand VNGRD, created by designers and artists at the heart of the city's underground scene. VNGRD is a clothing brand created in Milan in 2005 as the natural creative expression of a group of designers and artists who lived at the heart of the city's underground for years. Thanks to the creative direction of Giorgio Di Salvo—one of the two co-founders—and a mixture of extreme graphic design and unprecedented product research for the time, VNGRD quickly gained cult status.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, VNGRD: A Retrospective of the Cult Milanese Clothing Brand

Film | Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend (1967): Surrealistic French Film


A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance. Director: Jean-Luc Godard Stars: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon 105 min. In French with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend (1967): Surrealistic French Film

Workshop | Shadowboxing Workout


Move with the city. Stay active in the bustling heart of Midtown Manhattan. A high-energy workouts that will make you sweat. Mondays, May 9 - September 26, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Shadowboxing Workout

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


All are invited to attend an Open Level Flowing Yoga Class in this beautiful location. Practice yoga to create balance in our bodies and minds, while you celebrate the summer sun. All yoga levels are welcome. Bring your own mat. Mondays, May 16-June 20, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Sunset Yoga

Discussion | Tony-Winning Broadway Composer of Parade and The Bridges of Madison County Jason Robert Brown


The Tony-nominated musical Mr. Saturday Night includes the first full Jason Robert Brown score on Broadway since Honeymoon in Vegas opened in 2015. To mark the occasion, and in honor of over a quarter century of scores that have introduced a generation of artists and fans to musical theatre, celebrate the musicals of Jason Robert Brown in a live event. The evening will include an interview with Brown and feature video clips from his shows documented in the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. Jason Robert Brown is an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, and pianist best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of our time, including the generation-defining The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World, 13 (coming to Netflix this summer), The Bridges of Madison County (2014 Tony Award for Best Score), Honeymoon In Vegas, and the seminal Parade, for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score. He is a 2022 Tony nominee for his score for Mr. Saturday Night (written with lyricist Amanda Green).
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Tony-Winning Broadway Composer of Parade and The Bridges of Madison County Jason Robert Brown

Book Discussion | Acts of Service: A Novel of Contradictions and Sexuality


In the way only great fiction can, Acts of Service takes between its teeth the contradictions written all over our ideas of sex and sexuality. At once juicy and intellectually challenging, sacred and profane, Lillian Fishman's riveting debut is bold, unabashed, and required reading of the most pleasurable sort.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Acts of Service: A Novel of Contradictions and Sexuality

Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A high-visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performances, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Dance Works-in-Progress

Poetry Reading | As She Appears: Singing of Queer Women of Color (online)


In Shelley Wong's debut collection of poems sings of queer women of color in their being and becoming, of ecstatic joys and layers of memory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, As She Appears: Singing of Queer Women of Color (online)

Classical Music | Songs by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer: Explore the Breadth of Life Through Music


Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano; Kristin Gornstein, mezzo soprano; Joseph Tancredi, tenor; Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone; Spencer Myer, Ryan McCullough, piano Pulitzer Prize winner Ned Rorem's magnum opus explores the entire breadth of life in this evening-length song cycle. Evidence of Things Not Seen captures everything that makes up the human experience in song. Vaccination proof required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2022, 05/23/2022, Songs by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer: Explore the Breadth of Life Through Music
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