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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 9, 2023?

38 free events take place on Tuesday, May 9 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 9 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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38 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, May 9, 2023

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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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Workshops, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Forest Fitness

Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


Learn and practice this traditional system of health and self-defense. Derived from the philosphy of Taoism, Tai Chi was designed to develop the optimum degree of harmony between body and mind, as well as between the individual and the natural order of the universe. Classes are lead by teachers and students who train nearby at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris. All ages and levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Tai Chi in the Park

Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. Located in the heart of Midtown, the park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
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Tours, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Park Walk | History Tour of The Battery


Tour New York's historic birthplace park with an expert guide. Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, SeaGlass Carousel, beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much 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.
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Jazz | Linear Comp Ensemble with Grammy Winning Director


Works directed by Grammy winner soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom. Jane Ira Bloom is a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz and winner of the Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album, the Guggenheim Fellowship for music composition, the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Award for lifetime service to jazz, Downbeat International Critics Poll & Jazz Journalists Award for soprano saxophone, and more. She has performed, recorded, and/or collaborated with Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell, Fred Hersch, George Coleman, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester, Rufus Reid, Mark Dresser, Bobby Previte, Matt Wilson, Jerry Granelli, Mark Helias, David Friedman, Jay Clayton and Cleo Laine. Her affinity for other art forms has led to collaborations with other innovative artists including dancer/ choreographer Carmen DeLavallade, comedian Lewis Black, and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Linear Comp Ensemble with Grammy Winning Director

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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Concerts, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Classical Music | Lithuanian Music for Soprano, Zither, and Piano


Simona Smirnova, soprano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Lithuanian Music for Soprano, Zither, and Piano

Classical Music | Organ Concert


Karol Hilla, organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Organ Concert

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: Bertha Hope.
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Concerts, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Piano in the Park

Film | 102 Not Out (2018): comedy


Dattatraya Vakharia is a 102 year old man living like a youngster, while his 75 year old son Babulal has accepted his old age and lost all excitement in life. Dattatraya wants to break the world record of oldest person living on earth held by Chinese man but feels that it won't be possible to break the record by living with boring Babulal. Director: Umesh Shukla Cast:  Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi
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Films, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, 102 Not Out (2018): comedy

Lecture | Baruch Vladeck and the Movement for Public Housing (online)


Baruch Vladeck (1886-1938) was an important figure in American Yiddish culture, serving as the longtime managing editor of the Forverts, a New York City Councilman, president of the American ORT and chairman of the Jewish Labor Committee. Yet one of Vladeck's most significant, but still underappreciated, roles was his place on the first board of the New York City Housing Authority and as a supporter of public housing. The public housing movement in New York in part grew out of earlier Jewish tenant activism, especially on the Lower East Side. In the 1930s, New York City was a pioneer in the field of public housing, creating a system that today is the largest in the nation and houses around 340,000 people in its developments. In this talk, Michael Casper will explore Vladeck's unique place as a pioneer in the public housing movement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Baruch Vladeck and the Movement for Public Housing (online)

Jazz | Vocal Performance


An hour of music directed by Nicki Richards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Vocal Performance

Film | For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943) with Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper


Based on Ernest Hemingway's book of the same name. Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on, and Jordan, who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era -- like Ernest Hemingway and his friends -- has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a bridge in a cave. Pilar, who is in charge there, has an ability to foretell the future. And so that night she encourages Maria, a young girl ravaged by enemy soldiers, to join Jordan who has decided to spend the night under the stars. Director: Sam Wood Cast: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Katina Paxinou,Joseph Calleia Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films, television movies, and plays. With a career spanning five decades, she is often regarded as one of the most influential screen figures in cinematic history. According to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, upon her arrival in the U.S., Bergman quickly became "the ideal of American womanhood" and a contender for Hollywood's greatest leading actress. In 1999, the American Film Institute recognised Bergman as the fourth greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood Cinema. She won numerous accolades, including three Academy Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and four Golden Globe Awards. She is one of only four actresses to have received at least three acting Academy Awards (only Katharine Hepburn has four). Bergman starred in Casablanca (1942) as Ilsa Lund, her most famous role, opposite Humphrey Bogart. Bergman's notable performances in the 1940s include the dramas For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), and Joan of Arc (1948), all of which earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress; she won for Gaslight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943) with Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper

Book Discussion | Hang the Moon: From New York Times Bestselling Author Jeannette Walls (online)


Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the biggest man in a small town, the charismatic Duke Kincaid. Born at the turn of the 20th century into a life of comfort and privilege, Sallie remembers little about her mother who died in a violent argument with Duke. By the time she is just eight years old, Duke has remarried and had a son, Eddie. While Sallie is her father’s daughter, sharp-witted and resourceful, Eddie is his mother’s son, timid and cerebral. When Sallie tries to teach young Eddie to be more like their father, her daredevil coaching leads to an accident, and Sallie is cast out.
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Film | Ticket to Paradise (2022) with Julia Roberts and George Clooney


David and Georgia, two divorced parents who can't stand each other, head to Bali after their daughter, Lily, announces her plans to marry a local islander she just met while on holiday. They decide to put aside their differences and work together to stop the wedding, believing that doing so will keep Lily from making a dreadful mistake similar to their own. Director: Ol Parker Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever, Maxime Bouttier, Billie Lourd, Lucas Bravo Julia Roberts is an American actress known for her leading roles in films encompassing a variety of genres. She has received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards. After an early breakthrough with appearances in Mystic Pizza (1988) and Steel Magnolias (1989), Roberts established herself as a leading actress when she headlined the romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990). She starred in numerous commercially successful films throughout the 1990s, including the romantic comedies My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), Notting Hill (1999), and Runaway Bride (1999), before winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the biographical drama Erin Brockovich (2000). Roberts achieved further film success in the following decades with Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and more. She also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the HBO television film The Normal Heart (2014). George Clooney is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. Clooney started his career in television, gaining wide recognition in his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the NBC medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He expanded to leading roles in films, with his breakthrough role in From Dusk till Dawn (1996), followed by superhero film Batman & Robin (1997), Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998), David O. Russell's Three Kings, and the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). Greater stardom came from his starring role in Soderbergh's Ocean's film series from 2001 to 2007.
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3:00 pm
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Films, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Ticket to Paradise (2022) with Julia Roberts and George Clooney

Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning -- plus it's fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | The Comedy of Errors: A Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's Play


Conceived by director Rebecca Martínez and composer Julián Mesri, a member of The Public Theater’s 2022-23 Emerging Writers Group, this new adaptation rigorously embraces music from all over Latin America in this tale of separation and joyous reunion. With songs in English and Spanish, this new musical adaptation brings an energetic vibe to this age-old tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas as they overcome a baffling case of mistaken identity—and the mayhem and hilarious confusion that follows.
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Musicals, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, The Comedy of Errors: A Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's Play

Workshop | Board Games Social


A wider selection of board games to the Games Cart at the weekly Board Games Socials, with games like Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Catan, King of Tokyo and more. Not sure what to play? Games Hosts can help you find the perfect game and match up players.
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Concert | Traditional Andean Music Ensemble


A lively celebration of New York City’s Peruvian cultures and community with traditional Andean music ensemble Inkarayku. Led by founder Andres Jimenez, the group seeks to link the past, present and future of Andean arts, through the performance of indigenous music forms that have evolved into the contemporary mestizo music heard today. Inkarayku’s sound blends traditional Quechua folk songs with the energetic aesthetics unique to NYC.
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Jazz | Wayne Shorter Ensemble with Grammy Winning Director


Qne hour of music directed by Rachel Z. Wayne Shorter was one of the giants of improvised music as well as a notable leader and composer. This ensemble is an in-depth study of Shorter's work, both compositionally and as an improviser. Rachel Z, a jazz pianist, keyboardist, and technologist has trailblazed a top-level sideman career on keyboards while also recording 13 albums as a jazz leader on Sony, Savoy, Verve/GRP, OZmosis and NYC Records.Rachel Z has recorded, performed, and earned Grammys with Wayne Shorter (Highlife-responsible forsynth orchestral arrangements and piano) and Najee (co-wrote Tokyo Blue). She has toured and recorded with her own band "OZmosis"; Steps Ahead; Vertu; Wayne Escofferey Band; George Coleman, George Garzone, Christian McBride, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Dave Liebman, Charnette Moffett, Victor Bailey, Regina Carter, & Al Foster. She has toured with Savage Garden, Al DiMeola, Marcus Miller, and Neal Schon.
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Concerts, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Wayne Shorter Ensemble with Grammy Winning Director

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.
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Discussion | Textiles and Identity in East Africa


Learn about the history of kanga textiles in East Africa. The renovated Africa galleries of The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing will foreground the brilliance of textile traditions from across the continent as a unique and diverse means of expression. To complement this new emphasis, join Eileen Musundi of the National Museums of Kenya—in conversation with Christine Giuntini and Jenny Peruski—as she discusses her research on kanga textiles and how they have been presented in the region. With: Eileen Musundi, Head of Exhibitions, Directorate of Antiquities, Sites, and Monuments at the National Museums of Kenya Christine Giuntini, Conservator, Michael C. Rockefeller Wing Jennifer Peruski, Senior Research Associate, Michael C. Rockefeller Wing
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Film | 102 Boulevard Haussmann (1991): biographical drama


In 1916, while the war rages on the battlefields of France, Marcel Proust lives a nocturnal, closeted life in his Paris apartment, obsessively working on his writing. After venturing outside to visit a concert, he becomes fascinated by a string quartet's viola player, who is a wounded serviceman home from the front. Director: Udayan Prasad Cast: Alan Bates, Janet McTeer, Paul Rhys, Jonathan Coy, Celia Imrie, Philip McGough, Philip Rham, Peter Geeves, Michael Wilcox Registration required.
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6:00 pm
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Films, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, 102 Boulevard Haussmann (1991): biographical drama

Opening Reception | Landscapes: Group Show


An interdisciplinary in-person art event uniting painting, photography, sculpture, spoken word, movement art, live art, and so much more. Landscapes provides a space where art is a magical woodland of diverse artistic entities. Come explore the myriad Landscapes from May 9th to 14th. Register for these unique and exciting events below.  
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Opening Receptions, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, Landscapes: Group Show

Discussion | A Conversation with the Second Generation: The Importance of Telling Our Stories (online)


In The Ones Who Remember: Second Generation Voices of the Holocaust, children of Holocaust survivors contend with the legacies handed down to them by their survivor parents. Each author discusses how they were affected by the trauma of the Holocaust, regardless of how much their parents had or hadn't told them, and the ways it affects their lives in myriad ways. This museum panel will feature Ellen Bachner Greenberg, co-founder and president of Descendants of Holocaust Survivors (2G Greater New York) in discussion with Joy Wolfe Ensor and Natalie L. Iglewicz, authors whose writing is featured in The Ones Who Remember. They will discuss their motivations for writing, how their understanding of their parents shifted through the writing process, and why it's important for descendants to write about their stories. This program is co-presented by Descendants of Holocaust Survivors (2G Greater New York).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, A Conversation with the Second Generation: The Importance of Telling Our Stories (online)

Workshop | Movement Meditation


Movement mediation observes and releases emotions through guided mediation, reflective writing, and gentle movement.
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Workshop | Moving for Life Workout


Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness.
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
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Book Discussion | The First Lady of World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt's Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back


Shannon McKenna Schmidt's book is the first to tell the full story of Eleanor Roosevelt's unprecedented and courageous trip to the Pacific Theater during World War II. On August 27, 1943, news broke in the United States that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was on the other side of the world. A closely guarded secret, she had left San Francisco aboard a military transport plane headed for the South Pacific to support and report the troops on WW2's front lines. Americans had believed she was secluded at home. As Allied forces battled the Japanese for control of the region, Eleanor was there on the frontlines, spending five weeks traveling, on a mission as First Lady of the United States to experience what our servicemen were experiencing... and report back home.
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Lecture | How America Ends and Begins Again (In Person AND Online)


Our country is experiencing a period of accelerated democratic unraveling. But within the danger of this moment, Sherrilyn Ifill argues that there is also a unique opportunity. Can we build at long last, a healthy, multiracial democracy anchored in the values of equality and justice? Sherrilyn Ifill served as the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) from 2013 to 2022, and currently serves as President and Director-Counsel Emeritus. Ifill began her career as a Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, before joining the staff of the LDF as an Assistant Counsel in 1988, where she litigated voting rights cases for five years. Her 2007 book, On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century, was highly acclaimed and is credited with laying the foundation for contemporary conversations about lynching and reconciliation. A 10th-anniversary edition of the book was recently released with a foreword by Bryan Stevenson, the acclaimed lawyer and founder of the national lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2020, she was named "Attorney of the Year" by The American Lawyer. In 2021, Ifill was appointed to President Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court. She serves on the boards of the Learning Policy Institute, the NYU Law School of Trustees, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Profiles in Courage Advisory Board. In 2022, Ifill received the prestigious Brandeis Medal, named for Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, and the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award. Registration required.
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Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws. Ages Adult 18+ Registration required.
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Screening | (Serious) Fun with the UnLonely Film Festival (online)


Bellevue Literary Review editor Danielle Ofri will be with Jeremy Nobel, founder and president of the Foundation for Art and Healing, to screen three remarkable short films from the UnLonely Film Festival that explore themes of loneliness, connection, and belonging. These films are not afraid to be creative, resonant, or even hilarious.  Meet the creative teams behind the films, and see how just much power can be packed into an under-10-minute-movie. 
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Book Discussion | A Shadow Crown: Adult Fantasy Saga (online)


Melissa Blair's highly anticipated second installment of the new adult fantasy saga that picks up where A Broken Blade left off.
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Book Discussion | A Shadow Crown: High Fantasy Novel


Author Melissa Blair delivers a tour-de-force high fantasy novel with stunning world building and a slow burn enemies-to-lovers romance.
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Book Discussion | The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Essays on Desire and Consumption


Author Katy Kelleher explores our obsession with gorgeous things, unveiling the fraught histories of makeup, flowers, perfume, silk, and other beautiful objects. Katy Kelleher has spent much of her life chasing beauty. As a child, she uprooted handfuls of purple, fragrant little flowers from the earth, plucked iridescent seashells from the beach, and dug for turquoise stones in her backyard. As a teenager she applied glittery shimmer to her eyelids after religiously dabbing on her signature scent of orange blossoms and jasmine. And as an adult, she coveted gleaming marble countertops and delicate porcelain to beautify her home. This obsession with beauty led her to become a home, garden, and design writer, where she studied how beautiful things are mined, grown, made, and enhanced. In researching these objects, Kelleher concluded that most of us are blind to the true cost of our desires. Because whenever you find something unbearably beautiful, look closer, and you’ll inevitably find a shadow of decay lurking underneath. In these dazzling and deeply researched essays, Katy Kelleher blends science, history, and memoir to uncover the dark underbellies of our favorite goods. She reveals the crushed beetle shells in our lipstick, the musk of rodents in our perfume, and the burnt cow bones baked into our dishware. She untangles the secret history of silk and muses on her problematic prom dress. She tells the story of countless workers dying in their efforts to bring us shiny rocks from unsafe mines that shatter and wound the earth, all because a diamond company created a compelling ad. She examines the enduring appeal of the beautiful dead girl and the sad fate of the ugly mollusk. With prose as stunning as the objects she describes, Kelleher invites readers to examine their own relationships with the beautiful objects that adorn their body and grace their homes.
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Book Discussions, May 09, 2023, 05/09/2023, The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Essays on Desire and Consumption

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
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