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52 free events take place on Thursday, May 11 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 11 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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52 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, May 11, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Dance Party: Swing and the American Cultural Experience
free events nyc Creed (2015): Boxing Drama with Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
free events nyc Newgrass Music: Songs from Life on the Open Road
free events nyc LIVESTREAM at an in-door public place: New York Philharmonic performs Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and More
free events nyc Cockroaches: Momma Was a Monster
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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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Workshop | Pick Up Pickleball


An exciting fusion of badminton and tennis, pickleball has been proven to strengthen muscles, boost cardiovascular health, and enhance brain function.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 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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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: Bertha Hope.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | Material Witness: Folk and Self-Taught Artists at Work: Curator's Tour


Curator Brooke Wyatt leads an introductory tour. This in-person, hour-long tour will examine highlights from each of the exhibition’s four sections, with a spotlight on recent gifts to AFAM’s collection. Visitors will explore artists’ use of diverse materials, considering distinctive creations wrought from regionally sourced products, fascinating transformations of scavenged objects, and ingenious applications of both conventional and unexpected craft and fine art materials. Free, meet in the Museum Atrium. Space is limited and registration is required; to register: education@folkartmuseum.org 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Master Class | Piano Master Class


A master class with Vladimir Feltsman. Pianist, conductor, and educator Vladimir Feltsman, born in Moscow in 1952, debuted with the Moscow Philharmonic at the age of 11. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1987, Feltsman was warmly greeted at the White House, where he performed his first recital in North America. That same year, his debut at Carnegie Hall established him as a major pianist on the American and international scene. Since then, Feltsman has performed with major American and European orchestras and appeared at the most prestigious concert venues and music festivals worldwide. His vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to the twenty-first-century. Feltsman expressed his lifelong devotion to the music of J.S. Bach in a cycle of concerts that presented the major clavier works of the composer and spanned four consecutive seasons (1992-1996) at the 92nd Street Y in New York. His project “Masterpieces of the Russian Underground” unfolded a panorama of Russian contemporary music through a survey of piano and chamber works by fourteen different composers from Shostakovich to the present day and was presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in January 2003 with great success. Feltsman is also the author of Piano Lessons, a book published in 2019 that presents insights drawn from a lifetime of devotion to music and addresses topics as practicing, performing, learning, and recording. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Jazz | Vocal Performance


An hour of music directed by Nicki Richards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Vocal Works by Carlo Gesualdo (In Person AND Online)


Charlotte Mundy, soprano; Elisa Sutherland, mezzo-soprano; Tim Keeler, countertenor; Steven Bradshaw, tenor; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director; and Steven Hrycelak, bass. This will be the first recreation of Carlo Gesualdo's (1566-1613) notorious music in competing authentic tunings of his time. Aside from Nicola Vicentino's complicated arcicembalo, other written testimonies by Gesualdo's musicians implicate that he composed according to a common lute’s meantone temperament. Audiences may hear that the prince went out of tune to express himself after killing his wife and her lover.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Film | M3GAN (2022): horror


M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that's programmed to be a child's greatest companion and a parent's greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch, and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl a M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences. Director: Gerard Johnstone Cast: Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | The Bedford Incident (1965) with Sidney Poitier


Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to the breaking point. Director: James B. Harris Cast: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox, Eric Portman Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian and American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first black actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received two competitive Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. Poitier was one of the last major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Musical | Tomorrow: A Musical About an American Actress Finding Her Self-Worth


The heartwarming new musical Tomorrow tells the story of an exhausted American actress struggling to find self-worth. Lost on the streets of London, she ventures into an unusual fog and stumbles upon several strangers who challenge her sense of purpose, success, and connection. The creators won an award from the Billy Rose Theatre Division to develop the musical as part of the Across a Crowded Room Fellowship initiative. This is the premiere of the work. Book and lyrics written by A. J. Freeman Music by Kristoffer Bjarke Directed by Nico Krell Cast: Laura Cetti, Hannah Fairchild, and Barrie Kreinik
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Workshop | Forest Bathing


Reconnect with nature by participating in a guided Forest Bathing experience. Allow yourself to connect with the park in a way you never have before. The program includes a short, no more than a half-mile walk at a slow pace. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water, snacks, and a towel or cushion for sitting on the ground.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussion | How Capitalists Think


A discussion of  "States and The Masters of Capital" by Prof. Quentin Bruneau (NSSR/Politics) and "The Capital Order" By Prof. Clara Mattei (NSSR/ Economics), with Prof. Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University) and Prof. Julia Ott (NSSR/ Historical Studies).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concert | Motor City Groove Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Marlon Saunders. The music of Motown, or the Motown sound, is a style of R&B, soul and mainstream pop appeal of the 1960s and early 1970s. The sound grew out of Detroit, Michigan where teams of songwriters and musicians produced material for girl groups, boy bands and solo singers. The Motown sound changed the vision, the texture and the style of American music. In this ensemble, singers create and explore the music, style and sound of Motown. 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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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Telemann, Handel, and More


In Nomine Ensemble. Program Tarquinio Merula (c.1594-1665), Canzoni di suonare, Op. 17 Gottfried Finger (c.1660-1730), Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1 No. 5 Johann Joachin Quantz (1697-1773), Trio Sonata in C minor QV 2:Anh.5 Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767), Concerto a 4 TWV 43:D1 (Paris Quartet Concerto II) George Fredrick Handel (1685-1759), Trio Sonata in B minor Op. 2 No. 1, HWV 386b Gottfried Finger (c.1660-1730), Sonata in A Major Op. 1 No. 6
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | 7 Photography Shows


With: Joanna Epstein Isolation (Self) Rosalie Frost Radiance (Ellis Island) Bruce Hooke New Stories Arnold Kastenbaum Circa 1969 Neil O. Lawner Improbable Observations Sophie Liédot Aux Origines Inside/Outside An exhibition by gallery interns
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Climate Nature-Nature Climate: Group Show


This show is based on the impact of climate change on the earth. Several of the artists created works for the exhibition. Most of the artists have contributed statements on the subject of climate change, and how it has impacted their thinking and their work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Luc Tuymans: The Barn


In his first solo exhibition in the US since 2016, Tuymans’s newest paintings extend the artist’s examination of our current pervasive atmosphere of sociopolitical uncertainty and dissolution, drawing from a deliberately disparate range of source imagery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Mark Podwal: A Collage of Customs


An exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed artist and writer Mark Podwal. It features Podwal's inventive collages of woodcuts from the 16th-century Sefer Minhagim (Book of Customs). The works combine lighthearted, imaginative whimsy with insightful commentary on Jewish customs and history. His work not only injects a sense of playfulness into religious objects and practices, but also invites deeper contemplation and appreciation of their significance. Through his art and accompanying text, Podwal offers a nuanced and thought-provoking exploration of Jewish culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Matthew Day Jackson: Against Nature


This presentation will mark Jackson's debut solo show with the gallery and his first exhibition in New York in a decade. Titled Against Nature, the artist's upcoming exhibition will center on a focused body of work that includes painting and sculpture. Through his expansive practice, Jackson explores a wide range of subjects--historical, futuristic, scientific, spiritual, and fantastical. At the core of his work is a deep interest in finding similarities within binaries and dichotomies, particularly the simultaneity of beauty and horror. In his research-based, experimental process, the artist considers conceptual and physical underpinnings equally significant, incorporating combinations of traditional, industrial, and found materials in his work across painting, sculpture, installation, and other mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | McAlpine: Romantic Modernism


A celebration of the recent work of McAlpine, the award-winning architectural and interior design firm, with a collection of residences embracing modernism, classicism, and romanticism. The work of the renowned firm has always communicated the power of romanticism, speaking directly to the heart through the beauty and poetry of the home. Tapping diverse influences, the residences draw from architectural languages ranging from Elizabethan and Dutch to colonial Caribbean and agrarian American. The book opens with Bobby McAlpine’s own newly designed house, featuring exquisite spaces that are modern in expression but classical in order and balance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | My Velvet Shadow: 3 LGBT Artists from Generation X


Unlike other marginalized identities, queerness is not primarily passed down from generation to generation. Situating oneself in the cultural legacy and history of queer life is not as simple as looking to parents or older relations.  For LGBTQ+ artists from Generation X specifically, this search for communal belonging and a place in history is complicated by the devastating impact of AIDS. This generation tragically lost many groundbreaking community activists, innovators, and artists who would have served as living mentors, leaving an indelible void for the next generation of artists.  Many queer Gen X artists who came of age artistically at the turn of the millennium make work permeated by a sense of longing for connection and for another time. Robbed of would-be mentors, many sought out noncontemporaries from far earlier generations, a strategy which serves as an escape and a form of cherry-picked aesthetic nostalgia.  With John Brooks, Anthony Goicolea, and Kris Knight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Nigel Cooke: How the World Became Natural


An exhibition of eight monumentally scaled paintings by Nigel Cooke. This exhibition will spotlight new, vibrant canvases featuring enactments of duality, tension, opposition, and entropy. Titled How the World Became Natural, the show will coincide with the 2023 editions of Frieze New York and TEFAF New York. Cooke is known for his evocative, atmospheric paintings that unite figurative forms and abstract elements in layered compositions. The artist’s work is informed by a wide range of subjects, including paleontology, neuroscience, classical mythology, and zoology, and his process is often guided by his experiences in different parts of the world and other autobiographical material. In Cooke’s paintings, intricate networks of calligraphic marks serve as portraits of psychological and physical spaces alike, fluctuating between states of balance and collapse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Szaweł Płóciennik: Dr. Feel and Mr. AI


The show marks Płóciennik’s New York solo debut and features his latest series that explores the complex relationship between human nature and artificial intelligence. The paintings illustrate an investigation into the impact of technology on aspects of our human nature such as our emotions, relationships, and identity. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | Tomorrow: A Musical About an American Actress Finding Her Self-Worth


The heartwarming new musical Tomorrow tells the story of an exhausted American actress struggling to find self-worth. Lost on the streets of London, she ventures into an unusual fog and stumbles upon several strangers who challenge her sense of purpose, success, and connection. The creators won an award from the Billy Rose Theatre Division to develop the musical as part of the Across a Crowded Room Fellowship initiative. This is the premiere of the work. Book and lyrics written by A. J. Freeman Music by Kristoffer Bjarke Directed by Nico Krell Cast: Laura Cetti, Hannah Fairchild, and Barrie Kreinik Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers


One of the artist’s largest gallery presentations to date, this exhibition will feature new paintings, new sculptures elaborating on her signature motifs of pumpkins and flowers, as well as a never-before-seen Infinity Mirrored Room.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancing | Dance Party: Swing and the American Cultural Experience


Superb bands and expert dance instruction. Instruction by Gaby Cook and AJ Howard Live music by Charenee Wade's Band of Swing Known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove, Brooklyn native Charenee Wade evokes a classic jazz sound akin to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, two of her musical touchstones. With her Motema debut, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, she pays tribute to another inspiration, the socially conscious poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, and confirms that she too plans to use her artist platform thoughtfully. The first full-length album tribute to Scott-Heron and his musical collaborator Brian Jackson by a woman artist, Offering is arresting in just how timely Scott-Heron's messages are today and how perfectly Wade delivers them through her savvy arrangements and intimate jazz interpretations. While she has earned many accolades - first runner-up in New York's Jazzmobile Vocal competition; a participant in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program; a feature on NPR's Song Travels; a starring role in the off-Broadway show Cafe Society and in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Salute to Betty Carter - she may surprise people with this authentic tour de force. Wade gives ample evidence on this remarkable debut as to why she is one of the most exciting, distinctive and bold young musical talents on the rise today. Wade has performed with Bobby Sanabria, Aaron Diehl, Oran Etkin, Robert Glasper and MacArthur Fellow and choreographer Kyle Abraham, among others, and at venues and festivals worldwide including Montreux and Spoleto.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Reading | Translation Slam


A lively event that puts different translations of the same text side by side and invites everyone into a debate comparing each version. The Translation Slam puts different translations of the same text side by side and invites the translators, authors, and audience members to join in a lively critical debate of how each version meets its creative challenges. New texts, previously untranslated into English will be provided by authors Kevin Chen (Ghost Town) and Maria Fernanda Ampuero (Human Sacrifices). Translating Ampuero’s work from Spanish will be Samantha Schnee and D.P. Snyder. Translating Chen’s work from Chinese are Stacy Mosher and Lin King. Translations of both Chen and Ampuero’s texts will also be provided by ChatGPT. Translations will vie for audience approval and the event will end with a brief Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Infernal Affairs (2002): Undercover Cop Drama


A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. Directors: Andrew Lau Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong 101 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Pieces of Blue: Moving on After Her Husband's Death


What good was thinking the future only held cloudy skies? Wasn’t the reality that pieces of blue were always there, waiting to break through? When Paul Hill drowns in a surfing accident, his broken-hearted wife, Lindsey, and their three children are left in huge financial trouble. Once Paul’s life insurance finally comes through, Lindsey impulsively uses the money to buy a charmingly ramshackle motel in Hawai’i, hoping for a fresh start. Teenage Olivia quickly develops a crush on a handsome but monosyllabic skateboarder. Twelve-year-old Carlos reinvents himself as a popular kid named Carl. And Sena, the youngest, will do whatever it takes to protect her beloved motel chickens. But while the kids adjust, Lindsey is flailing, trying to pretend she knows how to bring a motel—and herself—back to life. Then a handsome stranger rolls into the motel parking lot, and she’s surprised to feel a long-dormant part of herself stirring. She accepts his offer to help, unaware that he may have secrets of his own. And all the while, out in the Pacific, the trade winds are fiercely blowing. Author Holly Goldberg Sloan discusses her novel with American actor and comedian Richard Kind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Artist Talk: Of Mythic Worlds


Scholar and author Brook A. Ziporyn in a wide-ranging conversation to celebrate the last week of the exhibition Of Mythic Worlds: Works from the Distant Past through the Present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Design and Social Justice in New York City Today


In this talk, Laurie Beckelman and Paul Goldberger will discuss the challenges to both historic preservation and cultural institutions in achieving social justice in the public realm. Laurie Beckelman first became involved in preservation while working for Kent Barwick at the Municipal Art Society. She continued her career of advocacy, as the executive director of New York Landmarks Conservancy before being appointed to chair the Landmarks Preservation Commission [LPC] in 1990.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Scholar Explores Horace M. Kallen's Frontiers of Hope (1929): Prospects for Jews Between The World Wars (in-person and online)


Horace M. Kallen (1882-1974) is best known for his contributions to American multiculturalism, chief among them, the concept of "cultural pluralism." This lecture by scholar Esther Schor, however, explores Kallen's early dream of being a foreign correspondent--a dream dashed by the US Department of State, which repeatedly denied him a passport on (mistaken) suspicion of communist agitation. Finally permitted to travel abroad in 1926, Kallen spent a year assessing the prospects for Jews in Palestine, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. Frontiers of Hope combines gritty journalism, lyrical descriptions of place, and philosophical meditations on idealism and disillusionment. In trains, cafes, slums, rural collectives, and meeting-halls, Kallen probed the self-understanding of Zionists, Bundists, Communists, and Fascists, documenting how they tested their faith against the realities of unpredictable political power and economic hardship. Esther Schor, John J. F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor and Professor of English at Princeton, is a scholar, biographer, poet, and essayist. Her 2006 biography Emma Lazarus won the National Jewish Book Award. Her most recent book is Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language, a cultural history/memoir of the Esperanto movement. In 2022, she was awarded an NEH/Center for Jewish History Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her research on a biography of the philosopher Horace M. Kallen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | The Paterno Buildings in Bloomingdale (online)


The Paterno Family immigrated to New York City from Castelmezzano, Italy, in 1880, and subsequently built 164 buildings in Manhattan, mostly apartment houses. Of those, 95% still stand. The family was responsible for 32 buildings in Bloomingdale alone. Carla Golden, great-granddaughter of Dr. Charles V. Paterno, will introduce you to those Bloomingdale buildings, sharing the stories behind them, along with an enchanting tale of immigration involving one of Manhattan’s most prolific building families.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Homebodies: A  Novel of Racism in the Media


Urgent, propulsive, and strikingly insightful, Homebodies is Tembe Denton-Hurst's thrilling debut novel about a young Black writer whose world is turned upside down when she loses her coveted job in media and pens a searing manifesto about racism in the industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Club | Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (online)


A sharply observed satire about racial stereotyping in Hollywood and escaping the roles we are forced to perform, inventively presented in the form of a screenplay. Since it was first published in January of 2020, we have seen a sharp increase in violence against Asian Americans, bringing new urgency to Yu’s sharp rebuke of America’s persistent prejudices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | The Body’s Guest: Group Show


This exhibition explores both problematic and necessary modes of multiplicity within the self. The self, when fractured, is forced to reconcile, regenerate, and form a state of plasticity for the ever-modified structure. The “other” within soothes, quietly shuts the door, listens, rattles, reverberates, and becomes “they.” They counsel, entangle, feed from the reserve stocks, and sing the siren’s call. The small group show includes painting, assemblage, sculpture, fiber work, and analog and digital drawings. Featuring James Parker Foley, Carol Radsprecher, Farwah Rizvi, Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Nikki Schiro, Carter Shocket, Remy Sosa, Oakley Tapola, Carrie Wilmarth, and John Wright.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Life As Theater, Clothes As Costumes


Where do you keep your favorite old clothes? It depends. Surely, walk-in closets, racks, and storages are possibilities that never appealed to Alba Clemente. A former actress, current costume designer, and artists' muse (as well as a vibrant presence in Vanity Fair's Best Dressed List), a few years ago, Clemente envisioned the one and only option that suited her: she built a small theater in her husband's studio in Greenpoint. Il teatrino, as she named it, soon became not only a little box of treasures and a setting for intimate performances, but a place where a genuine passion for clothes and drama is magically unveiled. In converation with Grazia d'Annunzio.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concert | Vocal Blues Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Danny Mixon.
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Play | 6 Heroes of the Fourth Turning


Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arberry Directed by Chandler Stephenson 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Park | Creed (2015): Boxing Drama with Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone


The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson 133 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Choral Works by Verdi, Mendelssohn, Copland, Sondheim, and More


The Fieldston Choral Society. Masking is required for all audience members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | LIVESTREAM at an in-door public place: New York Philharmonic performs Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and More


This live-streamed performance is presented on the 50-foot Digital Wall at an in-door public place. New York Philharmonic; Yunchan Lim, piano; and James Gaffigan, conductor perform works by Valentin Silvestrov, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. Program Valentin Silvestrov (1937-present), Prayer for Ukraine Prokofiev (1891-1953), Symphony No. 3 Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Piano Concerto No. 3 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. Yunchan Lim is a pianist from South Korea. In 2022 at 18 years old, Lim became the youngest person ever to win gold at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In 2018, Lim won second prize and the Chopin Special Award in the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. The same year, he was the youngest participant in the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition where he won third prize and the audience prize. Lim has performed with orchestras such as the Korea Symphony, Suwon Philharmonic, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and others. Recognized worldwide for his natural ease and extraordinary collaborative spirit, American conductor James Gaffigan has attracted international attention for his equitable prowess as both a conductor of symphony orchestras and opera. Gaffigan is the newly appointed General Music Director of Komische Oper Berlin and is in his second season as Music Director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, where his production of Wozzeck was widely acclaimed. He serves as Principal Guest Conductor of both the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is in his ninth and final season, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra & Opera. He additionally serves as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, where he champions the education of promising young musicians. In June 2021, Gaffigan finished his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, a position he held for 10 years where he raised the orchestra's international profile with highly successful recordings and tours abroad. In the 2022/23 season, he leads productions of La Boheme and Tristan und Isolde at Valencia's Les Arts, La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera, and Tristan und Isolde at Santa Fe Opera. Symphonically, he returns to the National Symphony Orchestra; directs the Orchestre de Paris; returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; and more. This is an in-person livestream.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concert | Newgrass Music: Songs from Life on the Open Road


Newgrass combines the acoustic twang of bluegrass with jazz arrangements, improvisational jam rock riffs, unique instrumentation, and psychedelic influences for a distinctly modern sound that never strays too far from its traditional roots. This tripartite set of contemporary Newgrass stars reflects these artists' experience in their natural environment: independent and touring on the open road. Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter Chris Kasper celebrates the release of his playful and mellow new LP, Holysmoke. Jarrod Dickenson's guitar-driven 2023 album Big Talk swaggers with honky tonk cool and southern rock jangle. The Alabama husband-and-wife duo Electric Blue Yonder revel in the intersections of prog rock, psych folk and cosmic country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Play | Cockroaches: Momma Was a Monster


Emma Catherine Schillage's play is a Southern Gothic dark comedy. It tells the story of three sisters as they deal with the fallout of their mother's most recent suicide attempt. Momma has been acting strange since returning home from the hospital, causing oldest daughter, Jenny, to come home from college, middle child Charlie, to act out, and youngest child, Sissy, to follow in her mother's footsteps. As Momma becomes less and less human, the sisters must learn how to care for themselves and each other before it is too late. Cockroaches explores how we create monsters, deal with them, punish them, and learn from them in the wake of disaster.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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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: Harris Alterman - Comedy Central Shafi Hossain - Comedy Cellar Ahri Findling - Nick Shorts Brittany Cardwell - Worthless Clowns Podcast 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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