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58 free events take place on Thursday, May 4 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 4 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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58 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, May 4, 2023

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free events nyc 17th Through the 21st Century Works for Violin, Oboe, Cello, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Live Jazz from Harlem (in-person and online)
free events nyc Dance Party: Tango Argentino Tradicional
free events nyc From Baroque to Contemporary with Grammy-Nominated Flutist
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Workshop | Forest Fitness


This regular fitness class incorporates climbing multiple staircases, stretches and strengthening exercises, notable tree identification, and forest bathing. Led by instructor, Nancy Bruning\.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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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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10:00 am
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Workshop | Ribbon Dancing


Combine cardio with artistry as you wave long ribbons in the air to create rainbows, waterfalls, dragons and ocean waves. Ribbon Dancing is as visually stunning as it is fun and easy to learn. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Ribbons will be available to borrow, but participants may also bring their own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Lecture | Unsettling Approaches: Decolonizing and Diversifying Museum Perspectives (online)


Leading minds and rising voices of their fields explore new avenues of research in art history, visual culture, education, and cultural heritage preservation. The Met’s fellows present cross-cultural and transhistorical connections throughout The Met collection that go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, bridging the visual arts and other areas of the humanities, social sciences, performing arts, and fine arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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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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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Todd Robbins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Book Discussion | The Object of Jewish Literature: A Material History (online)


With the rise of digital media, the "death of the book” has been widely discussed. But the physical object of the book persists. In her new book, Barbara E. Mann tells a history of modern Jewish literature, from novels and poetry to graphic novels and artists’ books. Bringing contemporary work on secularism and design in conversation with literary history, she offers a new and distinctive frame for understanding how literary genres emerge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | What That Quilt Knows About Me: Curatorial Tour


In this in-person tour of What That Quilt Knows About Me, visitors will gather for close looking and conversations that highlight unexpected stories in the textiles on display, including surprising makers, materials, and histories. Led by Warren Family Assistant Curator Sade Ayorinde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Lecture | Museum Futures: Rethinking Collection, Engagement, and Publics (online)


Leading minds and rising voices of their fields explore new avenues of research in art history, visual culture, education, and cultural heritage preservation. The Met’s fellows present cross-cultural and transhistorical connections throughout The Met collection that go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, bridging the visual arts and other areas of the humanities, social sciences, performing arts, and fine arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Ravel, Haydn, and More (In Person AND Online)


NOVUS NY. Program Caroline Shaw (1982-present), Cant voi l'aube Ravel (1875-1937), Introduction and Allegro Miguel del Aguila (1957-present), Submerged Daniel Schlosberg, the one white rose and destiny (World Premiere) Gabriel Fauré (1845-1942), Pavane, Op. 50 Haydn (1732-1809), "Sunrise" Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | 17th Through the 21st Century Works for Violin, Oboe, Cello, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


Tatiana Daubek, violin; Gonzalo X Ruiz, oboe; Matt Zucker, cello; and Elliot Figg, harpsichord.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Film | A Man Called Otto (2022) with Tom Hanks


Otto is a grump who's given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around. Director: Marc Forster Cast: Tom Hanks, Truman Hanks, and Mariano Trevino Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America. Hanks has received six Academy Award nominations, including two consecutive wins for Best Actor for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Play | His Is a Cage: Pitfalls of the American Dream


When Paul returns home from 10 years of incarceration, he goes to his family’s home to find them fighting over their parents' property. Only wanting to turn over a new leaf and marry his high school sweetheart, Paul must now confront the family's pent-up conflicts since arriving in the States in this tale of the pitfalls of the American dream from a new perspective. Written by Blake Bonilla.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Jazz | Live Jazz from Harlem (in-person and online)


A versatile talent on the tenor and soprano saxophones, Alvin "Wink" Flythe's career path may have been determined when, at age 11, he was hoisted onto the shoulders of the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra reedman Paul Gonsalves during a performance. Flythe had the opportunity to play with Ellington, a blood relative, while in his youth, and went on to work with other jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Lonnie Liston Smith, Bernard Wright and Little Jimmy Scott, as well as diverse other artists like the Fatback Band, Oscar Brown, Jr, and director Spike Lee. That he grew up in South Jamaica, Queens is forever chronicled in his contribution to Tom Browne's Funk-Soul classic "Funkin' for Jamaica". What time is it? It's Flythe Time!
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Jazz | Vocal Performance


An hour of music directed by Marlon Saunders. As a vocal coach, Marlon Saunders works with artists from all major recording labels and has Broadway artists currently in Hadestown, Ain’t Too Proud, Frozen, Kinky Boots, Beautiful, The Lion King and Book of Mormon. Marlon has toured with Stevie Wonder on The Songs In The Key of Life Tour. He was also the vocal contractor for Sam Smith and Bastille, Logic, and Mondo Cozmo. Marlon has worked with various artists, including Cynthia Erivo, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Javier Colon, Billy Joel, Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Shawn Colvin, Nine Inch Nails, Jane Siberry, Shania Twain, Martha Wash, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Marlon also appears as the Calypso Singer in the popular Disney film, Enchanted and Marlon sings the Academy Award-nominated song, That’s How You Know with Amy Adams, who appears in the role of Giselle. The song also received best-song nominations at the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards. Marlon also performed That’s How You Know live at the 80th Annual Academy Awards with Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Talk | A Peek Into the Textile Vault: 1920s Clothing (online)


Illinois State Museum Curator of History Erika Holst and historical clothing consultant Christine Hand take a virtual walk through the museum's textile storage vault and an insightful look at womenswear of the 1920s, with a bend on separating fact versus fiction in regard to the "flapper" look.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | After Violence: Russia’s Beslan School Massacre and the Peace that Followed


Starting on September 1, 2004, and ending 53 hours later, Russia experienced its most appalling act of terrorism in history, the seizure of School No. 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. Approximately 1,200 children, parents, and teachers were taken hostage, and over 330 —nearly one of every hundred Beslan residents— were killed, hundreds more seriously wounded, and all severely traumatized. Debra Javeline 's book is the first to analyze the aftermath of such large-scale violence with evidence from almost all direct victims. It explores the motivations behind individual responses to violence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Jazz | ECM Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Steve Cardenas. Steve Cardenas has many diverse credits as a performer and recording artist. He has performed with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, as well as Joey Baron's band, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of the John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, Ben Allison and Think Free, Jon Cowherd Mercy Project and Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project. He has also performed regularly with such diverse artists as Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Eliane Elias, Maria Muldaur, and many others. Additionally Steve is co-author, with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook, Hal Leonard Publishing. The Thelonious Monk Fakebook marks the first time all of Monk's compositions have appeared in one volume, many of them appearing for the first time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | Radio/Audio Masterworks (online)


Radio/Audio Masterworks will feature vibrant performance artists, playwrights, and audio producers who have created significant audio works that are worthy of critical attention who will talk about their process. Clips of the works will be played. The event will be moderated by faculty member Sarah Montague, who has created a course around this concept.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Rabble Rousers: Frances Goldin and the Fight for Cooper Square (2023)


A trailblazing housing organizer and her diverse working class neighbors fight Robert Moses, the real estate industry and five mayors to create the first Community Land Trust in New York City — an oasis of permanently low-income housing in the heart of the rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side. In 1959 New York City announced a “slum clearance plan” by Robert Moses that would displace 2,400 working-class and immigrant families and dozens of businesses from the Cooper Square section of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Guided by the belief that urban renewal should benefit – not displace – residents, a working mother named Frances Goldin and her neighbors formed the Cooper Square Committee (CSC) and launched a campaign to save the neighborhood. Over five decades, they fought politicians, developers, white flight, government abandonment, blight, violence, arson, drugs, and gentrification – cyclical forces that have destroyed so many working-class neighborhoods across the US. Through tenacious organizing and hundreds of community meetings, they not only held their ground but also developed a vision of community control. Fifty-three years later, they established the state’s first community land trust – a diverse, permanently affordable neighborhood in the heart of the “real estate capital of the world.” Director: Ryan Joseph Followed by a panel discussion
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Yvonne Jacquette: Looking Up/Down/Inside/Out, 1962 – 1976


The show features the artist’s paintings and works on paper from 1962-1976. Rarely seen together, these early works exemplify Jacquette’s consistent intensity of gaze and unique vantage point expressed throughout her career.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | A Little Serendipity: Group Exhibition


A group exhibition of paintings and sculptures that explores the relationship between the expected and unexpected in the creation of art.   The works featured in this exhibition are a balance between spontaneous expression and calculated action. Technical mastery and intuition guide the hand in surprising directions, producing striking combinations of colors, shapes, and patterns. Effortlessly, they engage in a dance of opposites: chaos and order, structure and flow, solid and void. The work ranges from abstract paintings born out of spontaneous gestures to sculptures capturing figures in contemplative repose. The haphazard nature of some of the pieces belies a predetermined message, other times strongly suggestive representations leave ample room for interpretation. In each one, however, we find a delightful element of mystery and surprise that sparks a sense of wonder. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Avedon 100: Nearly 150 Works by the Famed Photographer


An exhibition in celebration of the centenary of Richard Avedon's birth. Almost 150 celebrated artists, designers, musicians, writers, curators, and fashion world representatives were asked to select a photograph by Avedon and elaborate on the ways in which image and artist have made an impact on them. Participants include Hilton Als, Naomi Campbell, Elton John, Spike Lee, Sally Mann, Polly Mellen, Kate Moss, Chloe Sevigny, Taryn Simon, Christy Turlington, and Jonas Wood. Avedon 100 celebrates Avedon's enduring influence on photography and makes clear his profound impression on visual culture worldwide. The exhibition represents various periods in his oeuvre, including his widely known In the American West series and images of the social justice movement, as well as classic portraiture, advertising, and fashion work. It features both iconic and rare photographs, among them his singular mural prints, as well as unique exhibition prints made throughout his career. Several of the works have never been exhibited publicly. The photographs on view reveal the enormous and fascinating diversity of Avedon's subjects, while the commentary offered by many celebrated selectors underscores the breadth and endurance of his inspiration. Avedon 100 shows how the artist dissolved the lines between photographic genres and cemented the medium's status as a contemporary art form. In an increasingly digital world, it is also testament to the technical and artistic achievements of film photography.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussion | Deep Marajó Roundtable


A panel featuring artist and activist Ronaldo Guedes, in conversation with Michael Heckenberger and Glenn Shepard, moderated by Helena Pinto Lima. The conversation will focus on contemporary ceramics produced by artists collectives from the Marajó archipelago, in connection to the exhibition Deep Marajó. About the Panelists  Ronaldo Guedes is a self-taught artist, activist, and musician from Marajó, Brazil. Guedes taught himself to sculpt more than 20 years ago, initially working with materials collected from the mangrove and later incorporating wood and clay in his works. Guedes' practice is focused on the research, creation, and dissemination of Marajoara ceramics and its history. In his works, Guedes incorporates painting techniques from ancient Indigenous ceramics with oral histories from the extractivist communities in the region. Along with Cilene Andrade, Guedes is one of the founding members of the atelier "Arte Mangue Marajó," a collective space for ceramists in the region to create work, research, and experiment with traditional methods of ceramic production. Helena Pinto Lima is an archaeologist at the Goeldi Museum in Belém, Pará, Brazil, where she also serves as a lecturer for the graduate program in sociocultural diversity and curator of the archaeological collection. Employing historical ecology, material culture studies, and a collaborative approach, she runs academic research and outreach projects on managing cultural heritage with indigenous peoples, riverine and quilombola communities in several Amazonian locations, including in the Marajó Archipelago, where she first participated in excavations in 1999, and currently partners with communities and local artists.  Michael Heckenberger is a professor of anthropology at the University of Florida. He initiated participatory cultural heritage mapping and archaeology with the Kuikuro in the Upper Xingu in 1992. This is the longest-running collaborative project with Indigenous peoples in the Amazon, with three generations of Indigenous assistants trained in state-of-the-art archaeological technology, and multidisciplinary and participatory research using cloud-based ArcGIS and real-time data collection and interaction.  Glenn Shepard is an ethnobotanist, medical anthropologist, and filmmaker based in the Human Sciences Division at the Goeldi Museum in Belém, Brazil. He has conducted fieldwork with diverse indigenous peoples of the Amazon and other tropical forest regions on traditional medicine and health, participatory resource management, historical ecology and indigenous appropriations of digital media, among other topics. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters by Petra Kuppers


Petra Kuppers’ 2022 book Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters is a “poetic field guide to witnessing community performance, offering a substantive revision of arts-based methods” (Lori M. Esposito). Join Petra for a talk in which she trains a disability culture lens onto contemporary performance, investigating co-experienced embodiment in unequally distributed power fields. Eco Soma proposes an art/life method of sensory tuning to the inside and the outside simultaneously, a bodymindspirit method that opens toward ethical cohabitation with human and more-than-human others. Using both video examples and gentle participatory observations, Kuppers will explore what this can mean for people as witnesses of their own lives.  Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Feminists Reclaim Mentorship: An Anthology


Mentorship continues to loom large in stories about women's work and personal lives— sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. If mentors can nurture and support, they can also bitterly disappoint, reproducing the hardships they once suffered and reinforcing the same old hierarchies and inequities. The stories gathered in Feminists Reclaim Mentorship: An Anthology challenge our fundamental assumptions about mentorship, illuminating the obstacles that make it difficult to connect meaningfully and ethically while reimagining the possibilities for reciprocity. Does mentorship require sameness? Might we find more inventive, collaborative ways to bond than the traditional top-down model of mentoring? Drawing on their experiences in academia, creative writing, publishing, and journalism, the volume's editors, Nancy K. Miller and Tahneer Oksman, and their twenty-six contributors collectively strive for relationships that acknowledge differences alongside the importance of common bonds. The anthology includes contributions by Rachel Adams, Susan Gubar, Michele Faith Wallace, Hillary Chute, Sharifa Hampton, Jennifer Crewe, Kamy Wicoff, Sarah Glazer, Sarah Burnes, Mikhal Dekel, Michelle Yasmine Valladares, Elizabeth Wood, Aoibheann Sweeney, Joy Ladin, Siri Hustvedt, Ashna Ali, Dána-Ain Davis, Angela Francis, Elizabeth Alsop, Leigh Gilmore, Melissa Coss Aquino, Sarah Chihaya, Melissa Duclos, Sarah Blackwood, Laura Limonic, and Angela Veronica Wong. This evening will include a reading from several of the anthology’s contributors followed by a conversation involving the audience. The speakers will talk about why, and how, mentorship matters, and with the audience, brainstorm inventive ways of rethinking mentorship structures and approaches, including collective ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Katarina Riesing: She Shed


Referring to both the female counterpart to the Man Cave where a woman can be herself, and the shedding of skin, clothes, masks, or burdens, "She Shed" is a group of quieter works nonetheless fraught with intensity. Where earlier pieces cropped body parts and pushed them to the frame edge in order to play with the intersection of the sexy and the grotesque, Riesing's new works on silk focus on the body submerged in its surroundings. Rather than sit atop the stretched surface as paint would, her figures are hand painted with dye and painstakingly sewn into the silk itself, seeping through to the other side and becoming an indelible part of the fabric. Similarly, another merging takes place as Riesing plays optical tricks, and the body is intertwined or confused with the spaces it inhabits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Luisa: A Mirror of Memories


Luisa is a lonely woman in a bathroom, standing alone on a stool in front of a mirror. She retraces her life and her childhood appears in flashes of memory: the sexual violence by her own father, the ghost of the past in every man she meets. Only the memory of her mother will bring her some relief.  Written and performed by Bruna Braidotti In Italian with English supertitles  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Rhythm of the Unseen: 11 Photographers


A celebration of photographic expressionism showcasing the work of 11 artists from around the globe. The title of the show encapsulates the approach and vision of the exhibiting artists. Like the abstract expressionist painters, their work is diverse using unique approaches to create their images. They wield their cameras like a paintbrush, valuing spontaneity and improvisation, and approach their work at a different pitch from traditional photographers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Uman: I Want Everything Now


An exhibition steeped in Uman’s life story. She is an artist who wanders probingly into her own psyche, grounds herself in a ritualistic creative practice, and venerates the time and space that metaphysical artwork demands. Uman’s travels, triumphs and traumas inform her inventory of knowledge. Her works are documents of metamorphosis: an intricate cosmos of imagination and geometry. Channeled through every medium she explores, her self-image proliferates into myriad pictorial outcomes—an intimate dance with nature, wit, lore, and intuition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Who's Who: Unusual Photos of Celebrities


In this exhibition, the viewer is challenged to identify who the celebrity is in the photograph. Some are readily known by hair, hands, clothing, and posture. Some others are not so easy. Perhaps that's where the fun comes in, and perhaps the real person emerges. Sometimes, the element of disguise or concealment is a collaboration between artist and subject and reveals just as much as it hides. Ellen von Unwerth's photograph of Lady Gaga illustrates this. Elvis Presley's gait, Roy Lichtenstein's paintbrush, and Michael Jordan's heroic stature are also represented in images by Alfred Wertheimer, Abe Frajndlich, and Herb Ritts. Each image tells us something about its subject while being far from the traditional portrait.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Zayasaikhan Sambuu: Mothers of Invention


The exhibition features a recent series of acrylic paintings, which Sambuu has described as "paintings for the Mongolian people." A current theme is that of questioning Mongolian identity. An identity that had been suppressed for a large part of Mongolia’s history by its intrusive neighbors, China and the Soviet Union. After 12 years of nomadic life, the artist returned to Ulaanbaatar, where he had received training in the traditional Mongolian style of painting,
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Crisis of Image in Conversation: Expanding Photography (online)


Artists Melissa Joseph, Sasha Rudensky, and Amy Elkins in conversation with author Kirsten Gill, co-hosted by Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington and Field Projects. Sasha Rudensky’s photographic work explores the production and interpretation of cultural identity and history. Amy Elkin’s “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” is a photography project spanning from 2009-2016 that explores how long-term isolation and incarceration can affect an individual's psychology, sense of self, and perception of reality. Melissa Joseph presents a laborious translation of an archive of family photographs into felt “snapshot” sculptures that distend the immediacy of photography. The exhibition catalog’s author Kirsten Mairead Gill is a scholar and theorist of moving image media and a doctoral candidate in the art history department at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Together, they will discuss how image-making, and particularly photography, today have the potential to “rearrange the possibilities for how we might appear,” a critical intervention in a state with increasing censorship and repressive mandates created to push for a homogenous nationalistic image.
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Dancing | Dance Party: Tango Argentino Tradicional


Superb bands and expert dance instruction. Instruction by Mariana Parma and Leo Sardella at 6pm Live music by Pedro Giraudo at 7pm Latin Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo is among the most compelling tango artists today. After two decades performing with the most important interpreters of tango, Pedro Giraudo debuted his own Tango Orchestra at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing in 2015; since, he has become an active cultural ambassador of this beautiful and passionate music of his native Argentina. His album Vigor Tanguero won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango Album in 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Poets of Broadstone Books


Broadstone Books will feature six New York area poets—three with international roots—who have recent works on the subjects of: politics, both domestic and international, death and dying, nature, Caribbean life, the struggle to keep a family home, and other subjects. Hosted by Larry Moore, publisher, Broadstone Books Aboout the Readers Indran Amirthanayagam produced a “world record” in 2020, publishing three poetry collections written in three different languages. He writes in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. He has published 23 poetry books, including Isleño (R.I.L. Editores), Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant, The Migrant States,The Elephants of Reckoning (winner 1994 Paterson Poetry Prize), Uncivil War, and The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems. He edits the Beltway Poetry Quarterly (www.beltwaypoetry.com) and is the IFLAC Word Poeta Mundial 2022. New books, include Powèt nan po la (Poet of the Port) and Origami:Selected Poems of Manuel Ulacia. Myra Malkin is the author of Sunset Grand Couturier, published in early 2022 by Broadstone Books. Her chapbook, No Lifeguard on Duty, was published by Mainstreet Rag in 2010. Mary Tautin Moloney is a two-time National Poetry Series finalist and a recipient of the Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency fellowship in Cassis, France. Her work has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Quarterly West, and The Florida Review, among others. Her debut collection, At the Base of Kaaterskill Falls, was released by Broadstone Books in 2023. Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet with poems and translations published in Field, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, The Puritan, Oxford Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently In Those Years, No One Slept (Broadstone Books, 2023). Serea won the Joanne Scott Kennedy Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia, the New Letters Readers Award, and the Franklin-Christoph Merit Award. Her poems have been translated in French, Italian, Russian, Arabic, and Farsi and featured on The Writer’s Almanac. She is a founding editor of National Translation Month, serves on the board of The Red Wheelbarrow Poets, and co-hosts their monthly readings. Mervyn Taylor, a Trinidad-born poet and longtime Brooklyn resident, is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Waving Gallery (2014), Country of Warm Snow (2020), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation that was listed for the Bocas Lit Prize, and most recently, The Last Train (2023). A chapbook, News of the Living: Corona Poems, was published by Broadstone in 2020. Currently, Taylor serves as co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley, New York. Meredith Trede’s poetry collections are: Bringing Back the House (Broadstone Books), Tenement Threnody (Main Street Rag Press), and Field Theory (SFA University Press). A Toadlily Press founder, her chapbook, Out of the Book, was in Desire Path. Extensive journal publications include Barrow Street, The Feminist Wire, Friends Journal, Gargoyle, Gathering of Tribes, and The Paris Review. She has held residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, Saltonstall, and VCCA in Virginia and France. She’s a Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee member.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Romantic and Modern Works for Oboe, Horn, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon (In Person AND Online)


Jacks Pollard, oboe; Carys Sutherland, horn; Luca Grianti, piano; Tessa Vermeulen, flute; Spencer Rubin, oboe; Alice McDonald, clarinet; Emily Howell, horn; Daniel McCarty, bassoon. Program Carl Reinecke (1824-1910), Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Horn, Op. 188 David Maslanka (1943–2017), Quintet for Winds No. 3
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Discussion | Fighting for Democracy in the Workplace: The New Labor Movement (in-person and online)


A dramatic wave of union organizing has occurred since the pandemic, with Amazon and Starbucks as only the most high-profile examples. In a relatively pro-labor environment, workers are energized to fight for their rights — witness the recent threatened rail strike and the nurses strikes of 2022-2023 — but the nation’s unionization rate remains historically low and employers continue to resist. How long will the window for progress stay open? In this timely discussion, hear from a new generation of labor leaders working on the frontlines about the opportunities and obstacles facing workers at this crucial moment. Featuring: Keith Bullard, organizer for the Union of Southern Service Workers; Mark Meinster, director of organization for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE); Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants - CWA, AFL-CIO; and Anthony Rosario, organizer from Teamsters Local 804, who is working on the Amazon and UPS campaigns. Moderated by Sarah Hughes, organizer, trainer, and writer at Labor Notes, and former coordinator of the Union Semester program at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Sovereignty: Reclaiming Cultural Memory


A panel discussion on Indigenous resurgence through fashion practices and systems of making. We humbly welcome renowned artists Christian Allaire, Korina Emmerich, Tania Larsson and Dr. Jessica Metcalfe in a conversation with Sariah Park on Indigenous fashion as a form of protest and concepts based in decolonization, land-based practices and rituals of adornment as ways to connect meaning and cultural memory, connection to the Land and identity through craft and making.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | Contemporary Asian American Ballads


Spend an evening listening to eclectic voices presented by Asian American Writers’ Workshop. The poets performing are Yi Wei, Emily Lee Luan, and Abigail Mengesha. AAWW helps define contemporary Asian American literature and provides an alternative platform that addresses issues at the intersection of migration, race, and social justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | Dance of India


Barkha Patel is a kathak dancer, choreographer, educator, and the Artistic Director of Barkha Dance Company based in New York City. She and members of her company will perform various works. A touring artist, Patel has performed solo, and ensemble works at dance festivals in India and the U.S. Her work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theatre Harlem, Erasing Borders Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, The Joyce Theater. Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently developing a new work based on the poetry of 14th century Kashmiri poetess, Lal Ded.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | François Truffaut's Stolen Kisses (1968): French Screwball Comedy


After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women. Director: François Truffaut Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Delphine Seyrig 91 min. In French with English subtitles
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Concert | To Paint the Earth: Concert Honoring the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (online)


To Paint the Earth delves into the decisions that went into launching the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 80 years ago this month. Directed by Tony nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime) and features a cast of Broadway actors, including Lauren Lebowitz, Stuart Zagnit (Caroline, Or Change, Newsies, The People In the Picture), Stephanie Lynne Mason (Fiddler on the Roof), Ben Liebert (Fiddler on The Roof, Wicked, Grease), Sharone Sayegh (The Band's Visit, Come From Away), and Joanne Borts (Once, Fiddler on the Roof).
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Opera | L’incoronazione di Poppea


Manhattan School of Music Graduate Opera; Jackson McKinnon, conductor; Chloe Treat, director. Music by Monteverdi (1567-1643). Libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello (1598-1659) Free tickets required.
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Play | The Mountaintop


The Mountaintop By Katori Hall Directed by Meikayla Thomany The Actors Studio Drama School presents its annual Repertory Season; in six weeks (through May 13) of theatre designed to introduce its graduating students to the professional world and the public in fully-professional productions of the work they have created during their three years of study. You will witness a weekly series of scenes, one-act plays, and full-length plays.  Vaccination proof is required.
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Classical Music | From Baroque to Contemporary with Grammy-Nominated Flutist


Brandon Patrick George is a leading flute soloist and Grammy-nominated chamber musician whose repertoire extends from the Baroque era to today. He is the flutist of Imani Winds and has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Albany symphonies, American Composers Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, among others. He has been praised as "elegant" by The New York Times, as a "virtuoso" by The Washington Post, and as a "knockout musician with a gorgeous sound" by The Philadelphia Inquirer. George will perform ahead of his upcoming release of a solo album. Twofold explores musical dialogues across time by pairing classical compositions with modern works; alongside celebrated repertoire for the flute by C.P.E. Bach, Claude Debussy, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Toru Takemitsu, it features premiere recordings of contemporary composers Reena Esmail, Saad Haddad, and Shawn Okpebholo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festival | Illumination Spring Showcase


Step into a magical world of light and wonder at the Illumination Light Art Spring Showcase.. Kick off your spring with Illumination Light Art's first-ever Spring Showcase. Seven talented light artists, live performers, and DJs will transform the plaza into a dreamlike oasis. Explore and interact with exciting pieces produced by local New York-based light artists featuring a mixture of projection mapping, interactive video art, UV light art, and more! Dance to a different DJ every night Tuesday night to Saturday night as you wander and explore Illumination's outdoor gallery. Don't forget to bring your own light garb to take part in the festivities or check out our light shop where we will be selling all types of light merchandise!
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Classical Music | LIVESTREAM: New York Philharmonic performs Shostakovich, Respighi, and More


This live-streamed performance is presented on the 50-foot Digital Wall at an in-door public place. New York Philharmonic; Leonidas Kavakos, violin; and Gianandrea Noseda, conductor, perform works by Shostakovich, Respighi, and George Walker. Program Shostakovich (1906-1975), Violin Concerto No. 1 George Walker (1922-2018), Sinfonia No. 1 Respighi (1879-1936), Roman Festivals About the Performers The New York Philharmonic, one of the leading world orchestras, was founded in 1842 by the American conductor Ureli Corelli Hill, with the aid of the Irish composer William Vincent Wallace. The first concert of the Philharmonic Society took place on December 7, 1842 in the Apollo Rooms on lower Broadway before an audience of 600. It is the oldest major symphony orchestra in the United States in continual existence and one of the oldest in the world. Leonidas Kavakos is recognised across the world as a violinist and artist of rare quality, acclaimed for his matchless technique, his captivating artistry, and his superb musicianship He works with the world's greatest orchestras and conductors and plays as recitalist in the world's premier recital halls and festivals. Kavakos has performed with YoYo Ma at Carnegie Hall, with the Singapore Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and many more. Gianandrea Noseda is one of the world's most sought-after conductors, equally recognized for his artistry in both the concert hall and opera house. The 2022-2023 season marks his sixth as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra. This event is an in-person livestream of the concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Opera | Opera Theater: L’incoronazione di Poppea


Jackson McKinnon, conductor; Chloe Treat, director.
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Performance | Mubarak's Niece: One Story, Many Versions


Egypt: a country quite distant for politics and traditions from the Western ones. An ordinary person, "invisible to the world", who works as a radio speaker becomes friends with Abdul, an Egyptian who prepares and sells kebabs in his shop full of postcards from his country. In the background is the Tahrir Square Revolution. Slowly their friendship and the events following will show many possible versions of each story. Which one lies closer to the truth? Written by Valentina Diana Performed by Marco Vergani In Italian with English supertitles
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza. With: Brian Jian - Montreal Just For Laughs Festival Peter Wong - New York Comedy Festival Dave Rosinsky - Wedergino Austin Black - Denver Comedian
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Jazz | Monk Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Steve Cardenas. This ensemble focuses on Thelonius Monk’s important compositions and stylistic innovations. Steve Cardenas has many diverse credits as a performer and recording artist. He has performed with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, as well as Joey Baron's band, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of the John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, Ben Allison and Think Free, Jon Cowherd Mercy Project and Adam Nussbaum Lead Belly Project. He has also performed regularly with such diverse artists as Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Eliane Elias, Maria Muldaur, and many others. Additionally Steve is co-author, with editor Don Sickler, of the Thelonious Monk Fakebook, Hal Leonard Publishing. The Thelonious Monk Fakebook marks the first time all of Monk's compositions have appeared in one volume, many of them appearing for the first time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Spring Jazz Festival


This evening's performance features: Ron McClure; Tony Moreno; and Billy Drewes Ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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