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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 16, 2023?

39 free events take place on Tuesday, May 16 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 16 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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39 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, May 16, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc Works by Dvorak and More for Violin and Piano
free events nyc The American Symphony Orchestra Jazz Concert
free events nyc The History of Antisemitism: The Prisoner and the Writer (online)
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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 | 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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7:30 am
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Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant 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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8:00 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
10:00 am
Free

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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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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Discussion | Re-imagining David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center (online)


Architecture critic Paul Goldberger moderates a dialogue with Gary McCluskie of Diamond Schmitt Architects Toronto | New York and Billie Tsien of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners | New York as they discuss the role collaboration played in re-imagining David Gffen Hall. Gary and Billie will delve into how connectivity and collaboration were not only key to the dynamics of the project team, but how they informed the architecture and the creation of unique spaces for artists, patrons, and the greater public. Their design of the new David Geffen Hall redefines the performing arts institution through an inclusive architecture—one that fuels social empowerment and engagement, and enriches communities beyond its four walls.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 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: Pete Malinverni.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Dvorak and More for Violin and Piano


Susan Olsen Maren, violin; and Claudia Dumschat, piano. Music from Eastern Europe, featuring works by Prokovief (1891-1953), Dvorak (1841-1904), Wieniawski (1835-1880), and Bartok (1881-1945).
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

Gallery Talk | Material Witness: Folk and Self-Taught Artists at Work: Exhibition Tour (online)


A virtual tour led by Nicole Haroutunian takes participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | The Farewell (2019): drama


Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.   Director: Lulu Wang Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shu-zhen
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concert | Pop-Up Brass Band


Dance, sing, and celebrate with Triad Brass - a pop-up party brass band of award-winning musicians bringing you songs from the seventies, numbers from the noughties, and something for everyone in-between.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Book Club | Poetry Discussion Group


This event will take place outdoors. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. This month, discover poetry from the 20th and 21st century that explores humans' varied relationship to the environment. Reading selections for this meeting are: "Epithalamia" by Joan Naviyuk Kane "A Low Bank of Cloud" by Ed Roberson "Love in a Time of Climate Change" by Craig Santos Perez Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Film | The Invitation (2022): horror-thriller


After the death of her mother and having no other known relatives, Evie takes a DNA test and discovers a long-lost cousin she never knew she had. Invited by her newfound family to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, she's at first seduced by the sexy aristocrat host but is soon thrust into a nightmare of survival as she uncovers twisted secrets in her family's history and the unsettling intentions behind their sinful generosity. Director: Jessica M. Thompson Cast: Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden, Hugh Skinner, Sean Pertwee
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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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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3:30 pm
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Film | Where the Crawdads Sing (2022): drama


Kya is a young woman who raised herself in the North Carolina marshlands after being abandoned there by her mother when she was a little girl. She feels detached from the small-town community near the marshes until two men show interest in her. However, when one of them later dies, she becomes the town's prime suspect. Director: Olivia Newman Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, David Strathairn, Michael Hyatt
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:45 pm
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Book Discussion | Uneducated: A Memoir of Flunking Out, Falling Apart, and Finding My Worth


In this “hilarious and heartbreaking...must-read memoir” (Publishers Weekly), Christopher Zara breaks down his winding journey from dropout to journalist and the impact that his background had in the world of privilege. Free beer, wine, and snacks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshop | Board Game 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? Games Hosts will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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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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5:30 pm
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Jazz | The American Symphony Orchestra Jazz Concert


The American Symphony Orchestra explores a truly American genre--jazz, with an ensemble comprised of ASO musicians and other featured artists active in the New York jazz scene today. The program chronicles some of America's greatest jazz composers of the last century with works composed between 1923 and 2023 that have become lasting contributions to the canon of standard repertoire. Seats are first come, first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Easily Slip into Another World: A Life in Music


An autobiography of one of the towering figures of contemporary American music and a powerful meditation on history, race, capitalism, and art. Henry Threadgill has had a singular life in music. At 79, the saxophonist, flautist, and celebrated composer is one of three jazz artists (along with Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis) to have won a Pulitzer Prize. Threadgill recalls his childhood and upbringing in Chicago, his family life and education, and his brilliant career in music.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Wandering Souls: A Novel of Postwar Vietnam


After the last American troops leave Vietnam, siblings Anh, Minh, and Thanh journey to Hong Kong with the promise that their parents and younger siblings will soon follow. But when tragedy strikes, the three children are left orphaned, and sixteen-year-old Anh becomes the caretaker for her two younger brothers overnight. Told through lyrical narrative threads, historical research, voices from lost family, and notes by an unnamed narrator determined to chart these siblings’ fates, Cecile Pin's story captures the lives of a family marked by loss yet relentless in the pursuit of a better future. With urgency and precision, it affirms that the most important stories are those we claim for ourselves, establishing Pin as a masterful new literary voice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshop | Play bridge in a stress-free environment


One of the most popular card games of the last century, bridge is still enjoyed by professional and amateur players alike today - and now you can stop by and enjoy it too! Bring your bridge partner, or you will be matched up with someone to play as a pair. There will be instructions and the chance to observe players, making this a perfect event for beginners looking to learn how to play bridge. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | A Life of One's Own: Nine Women Writers Begin Again (online)


Can a woman thrive creatively and intellectually within society's expectations? Is domesticity a trap? Where is that room, Virginia? Author Joanna Biggs discusses her new book, a feminist tapestry of literary criticism, memoir, and historical biography. Writers Lauren Oyler (Fake Accounts) and Christine Smallwood (The Life of the Mind) will join Biggs to discuss the various ways that female writers--themselves, and their predecessors; from Virginia Woolf to Simone de Beauvoir to Toni Morrison--have navigated an intellectual and cultural landscape that, for centuries, has sought to marginalize them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | American Born: An Immigrant’s Story, a Daughter’s Memoir


An incisive memoir of Rachel M. Brownstein’s seemingly quintessential Jewish mother, a resilient and courageous immigrant in New York. When she arrived alone in New York in 1924, eighteen-year-old Reisel Thaler resembled the other Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Eastern Europe who accompanied her. Yet she already had an American passport tucked in her scant luggage. Reisel had drawn her first breath on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1905, then was taken back to Galicia (in what is now Poland) by her father before she turned two. She was, as she would boast to the end of her days, “American born.” 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Bathysphere Book: Effects of the Luminous Ocean Depths


A wide ranging, philosophical, and sensual account of early deep sea exploration and its afterlives, Brad Fox's book begins with the first ever voyage to the deep ocean in 1930 and expands to explore the adventures and entanglements of its all-too-human participants at a time when the world still felt entirely new.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$5

Discussion | Africa and the Global Diaspora: Performance and Discussion


An evening of powerful performances and discussions on the occasion of Contemporary &'s 10th anniversary This event will begin with a poetic reflection on the notion of Africa and the Global Diaspora by artivist and experimental poet Mia Harrison. During the following panel Margaret Morton (Director Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation), Aldeide Delgado (curator and founding director WOPHA: Women Photographers International Archive) and Enos Nyamor (art critic, Akademie Schloss Solitude alumna) will engage in a conversation how the vigor and endless connections of Black perspectives are empowering and enabling a change of the narration of contemporary art. Moderated by C&’s co-founder Yvette Mutumba. With a performance by Mia Harrison and Steven Baboun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Artist Talk: Halls of Power


London-based artist Jasmina Cibic and curator Melanie Kress for an artist talk on the occasion of Cibic’s solo exhibition Halls of Power. The conversation will feature insights into Cibic’s ongoing exploration into instances of “soft power” throughout the 20th century by East European nation states. The discussion is followed by a screening of her award-winning film The Gift (2021).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The History of Antisemitism: The Prisoner and the Writer (online)


In the new book The Prisoner and the Writer, Heather Camlot and Sophie Casson tell the intertwined stories of Alfred Dreyfus and Emile Zola - theirs is a story of antisemitism, international intrigue, and the mercurial nature of justice. In 1895, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was accused of betraying France and exiled to a prison on Devil's Island. At the same time, the well-known writer Emile Zola began to question Dreyfus' guilt and felt it was his duty to help the exiled captain who was targeted and blamed because he was Jewish. Camlot and Casson will be in conversation with Hsu-Ming Teo, Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Macquarie University, Australia, about the book, which details the Dreyfus Affair and how the two men's courage changed the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Concert | Vocal Works by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George & Ira Gershwin, and More


The Mendelssohn Glee Club; and Emily Margevich, soprano, perform works by John Lennon (1940-1980) & Paul McCartney (1942-present), Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900), Carly Simon (1943-present), Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), Vincent Youmans (1898-1946), George Gershwin (1898-1937) & Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), and Thomas Morley (1557-1602). Champagne reception to follow concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Writers on Mental Health (online)


Welcome Helena Fox, Kathleen Glasgow, Jennifer Niven, and Nic Stone for a live, virtual event for Mental Health Awareness Month with a panel discussion of all things mental health, where the writers will discuss their personal experiences and how it influences their writing -- both past and present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Borderless Thalia: A Multilingual, Pandemic Comedic Collection


A conversation with editor Catalina Florina Florescu and the authors of Borderless Thalia: A Multilingual, Pandemic Comedic Collection, Barbara Blatner, Sarah Congress, Tjaša Ferme, and Ornella Ohayon Conceived during C-19 as a coping mechanism, the collection contains plays written exclusively by female identified playwrights. In addition to the plays' full version in English, all have been partly translated into various languages. By so doing, readers immerse themselves theatrically into several languages, and, for a few moments, they forget about borders, politics of separation, and nonsense. My ultimate goal was to put Thalia, the goddess of comedy, on the spotlight. Similarly, the female playwrights empower themselves and others through the healing powers of laughter, relaxation, and joie de vivre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 pm
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Haydn and More at a Landmark Venue

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