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34 free events take place on Thursday, May 23 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out May 23 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of May . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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34 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, May 23, 2024

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free events nyc October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre (THE LAST DAY)
free events nyc Baroque Works for Viola da Gamba, Harpsichord, and More (In Person AND Online!)
free events nyc Latin Sound with Latin Grammy Award-winning Musician
free events nyc The World's Greatest Interpreter of Recorder Music
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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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Workshops, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Pick Up Pickleball

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 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre (THE LAST DAY)


To celebrate the end of his two years of service as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces' paratrooper division, Tomer Meir joined 13 of his friends at the Nova Musica Festival on the weekend of October 6 in Re'im in southern Israel. It was his first ever music festival. "It was the best moments of my life. I can't explain the state we were in," the 21-year-old told the New York Jewish Week. "It was pure love -- people dancing, laughing, smiling. All the good stuff that we're living for." Until 6:29 a.m. on Saturday morning. The red alerts, the rockets and the running. "The music stopped. The rockets started. We started running for our lives," Meir said. Meir is a survivor of the Nova Music Festival Massacre, where Hamas militants killed 364 festival-goers and took at least 40 hotstages on the morning of Oct. 7. Six months after the attack, Meir is in New York sharing his story as part of an interactive exhibit about that day, which he says is helping him heal. The Nova Musical Festival exhibition, titled October 7th, 06:29AM, is an immersive step into what it was like to be at the festival when it was attacked. Screens show clips from the attack on Nova are displayed next to personal and camping items taken from the festival recreating the festival layout. The exhibit, which debuted in Tel Aviv for 10 weeks in December, was created by Israeli designers and cultural producers, many of whom were producers with the Nova Music Festival itself. It was brought to New York with the help of Scooter Braun, the Jewish-American music producer and philanthropist. The exhibit recreates the visuals and sounds of the Nova Music Festival massacre. But the New York version is in some ways "more intense," according to Yael Finkelstein, a volunteer who collected items from the Nova site and helped set up both the Tel Aviv and New York exhibit. New elements at the New York exhibit include dozens of video testimonies from survivors, Zaka volunteers and family members, as well as graphic raw footage taken on Oct. 7 from both festival-goers and Hamas militants. In addition, survivors of the massacre such as Meir and Sassi will be at the exhibit every day to share their stories and answer questions. Their goal, Meir said, is to show New Yorkers that the horror they experienced could happen to anyone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
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Fairs, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre (THE LAST DAY)

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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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.
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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
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Tours, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More

Film | The Asphalt Jungle (1950) with Marilyn Monroe


Recently released from prison, Dix Handley concocts a plan to steal $1 million in jewels. Dix gathers a team of small-time crooks, including a safecracker and a lawyer, and the heist is a success until a stray bullet kills one of the men. As they scramble to pick up the pieces after the theft, the men let their greed get the best of them while entangling themselves in webs of deceit, treachery and murder. Director: John Huston Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. Known for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as an emblem of the era's sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million by the time of her death in 1962. Long after her death, Monroe remains a pop culture icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her as the sixth-greatest female screen legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
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Films, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, The Asphalt Jungle (1950) with&nbsp;Marilyn Monroe

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in 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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Workshops, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

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: Yuka Aikawa.
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Workshop | Pickleball Clinic


Check out what the buzz is all about! Learn the basic rules, strokes, and strategy at this instructor-led clinic followed by open play. Equipment is provided or bring your own. All skill levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Urban Farm Tour


Take a tour to learn about how they grow produce and support local wildlife in the heart of downtown New York City. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Baroque Works for Viola da Gamba, Harpsichord, and More (In Person AND Online!)


Caroline Nicolas, viola da gamba; Kevin Payne, theorbo; Elliott Figg, harpsichord, perform works by Antoine Forqueray (1672-1745), Marin Marais (1656-1728), and Le Sieur de Machy (1655-1700).
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Baroque Works for Viola da Gamba, Harpsichord, and More (In Person AND Online!)

Film | Catch-22 (1970) with Alan Arkin


This scathing war satire follows Capt. John Yossarian, a pilot stationed in the Mediterranean who flies bombing missions during World War II. Attempting to cope with the madness of armed conflict, Yossarian struggles to find a way out of his wartime reality. Surrounded by eccentric military officers, such as the opportunistic 1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder, Yossarian must resort to extreme measures to escape his dire and increasingly absurd situation. Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Jack Gilford Alan Arkin was an American actor and filmmaker. In a career spanning seven decades, he received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Tony Award as well as nominations for six Emmy Awards.
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Films, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Catch-22 (1970) with Alan Arkin

Film | Dune (2021) with Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, and More


Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence, only those who can conquer their own fear will survive. Director: Denis Villeneuve Cast: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem Timothee Chalamet is an American–French actor. He has received various accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Film Awards. Oscar Isaac is an American actor. Recognized for his versatility, he has been credited with breaking stereotypes about Latino characters in Hollywood. He was named the best actor of his generation by Vanity Fair in 2017 and one of the 25 greatest actors of the 21st century by The New York Times in 2020. His accolades include a Golden Globe Award, a National Board of Review Award and a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2016, he featured on Time's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Zendaya is an American actress and singer. Known mononymously as Zendaya, she has received various accolades, including two Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2022.
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Films, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Dune (2021) with&nbsp;Timothee Chalamet,&nbsp;Oscar Isaac,&nbsp;Zendaya, and More

Master Class | Piano Masterclass


This afternoon program will feature performances by top students in partnership with Opportunity Music Project in a masterclass setting. Opportunity Music Project is a full scholarship music education program that fights to create diversity and equity in the arts, providing private music lessons, instruments to take home, and a full offering of educational programming to low-income students ages 4-18 from across 52 zip codes in New York City. Opportunity Music Project students receive performance opportunities at places like Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Juilliard School. Alumni have gone on to attend The Juilliard School Music Advancement Program and PreCollege, Peabody Conservatory, Harvard University, New York University, and many others.
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Discussion | The Future of Photography (online)


Photography is about more than just taking pictures; it is about sharing moments with others. The way we share photographs affects how we take them, and the photography industry is on the verge of a revolution in how we engage with images. Advancements in technologies hold the promise of completely reshaping visual storytelling as we know it. Modern website platforms allow us to move beyond static images to crafting immersive interactive stories. They can host interactive 360 imagery, allowing the viewer to pier inside the scene and look around for yourself. Gigapixel presentations allowing you to zoom into a photo to discover completely new ones. New screen technologies now deliver on the promise of true HDR capabilities, actually displaying the range of light and color that our cameras are capable of capturing. The future of photography is looking very bright! And then there’s the third dimension, and the fourth too, forever outside the realm of the print. Will Apple and the competition finally make the third dimension the new standard? At this very moment, the current state of technology makes it possible for us photographers to share our photographs, our vision, in a way that transcends the viewer from the experience of viewing it into the act of experiencing it.  Susan and Cliff will recap the latest news, dive into specific topics where they will demonstrate various techniques and capabilities and then lead a discussion with the community focused on the current state of the industry and where it's headed. Participate in this ongoing conversation around AI, technology and how it is shaping the future of photography.
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Discussions, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, The Future of Photography (online)

Opening Reception | David Yarrow: One Man Show


The artist will be giving a talk about his work.
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Opening Receptions, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, David Yarrow: One Man Show

Birdwatching | Evening Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season, with guided tours led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. 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!
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Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Fat Canary / View Collection IV


Fat Canary is an independent, pro-artist platform that celebrates contemporary and emerging artists. This alternative space creates exhibition opportunities for contributors of diverse backgrounds, identities, and expressions. Our practice is to leave creative control in the hands of the artist, allowing them the freedom to freely express that which drives, inspires, haunts, and heals them. We are artist owned and operated since 2018 and do not take commission on sales. All inquiries are referred directly to the artists. Minako Ito's View Collection IV is an exhibition of colorful lithographs. Ito is a skilled artist with a delightfully compelling view of life. Her charming lithographs are invitations to share her abundant pleasure in the daily scenes and commonplace objects that make up her real and imaginary life.
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Opening Receptions, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, 2 Art Shows: Fat Canary / View Collection IV

Opening Reception | Ben Crase: Smoke on the River


The exhibition title is drawn from the artist’s fond memories of floating on the river every summer with his dad. His late father would be guiding the boat, oars in hand and cigarette in mouth. While initial interpretation of the title may stir alarm, for the artist, it invokes a sense of nostalgia and tranquility. This upending of expectations is at the heart of Crase’s artistic vision, intending to challenge the common perceptions and narratives associated with the American West. Crase represents scenes inspired by his hometown of Butte, Montana and his subjects are living testaments to the eccentricities of the isolated area. Playing on his familiarity of the lore of the West, Crase has the keen ability to examine and question the stories and stereotypes that lead towards the distillation of his hometown into the setting of dramatic genre. The artist dismantles the cowboy narrative by presenting an idiosyncratic style marked by richly-hued attire, lavish backgrounds and intricate decorations. These details emerge through the thick application of lush swathes of oil paint and oil pastel to provide a physical depth to the humanity of the characters.
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Film | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) with Maggie Smith


Jean Brodie is a free-spirited teacher at a Scottish girls' school during the 1930s. She encourages her young pupils to embrace romantic ideals, educating them about love and art rather than hard facts. However, her controversial teaching philosophy draws the ire of the school's headmistress, Miss Mackey, and, as Miss Brodie becomes entangled in a love triangle, her behavior towards her favorite students becomes increasingly manipulative. Director: Ronald Neame Cast: Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Gordon Jackson, Celia Johnson Maggie Smith is an English actress. Known for her wit in comedic roles, she has had an extensive career on stage and screen over seven decades and is one of Britain's most recognisable and prolific actresses. She has received numerous accolades including two Academy Awards, five BAFTA Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award, making her one of the few performers to earn the Triple Crown of Acting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Films, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) with Maggie Smith

Workshop | Performance and Drumming Workshop


Wula Drum will offer a drumming performance and lead a drumming workshop. Pinkster is an African American holiday that originated in the Dutch colony of New Netherland (present-day New York) in the 17th century. Pinkster was celebrated 7 weeks after Pentecost, or Pinksteren, and was originally a Dutch holiday. Pinkster became one of the few days of the year when enslavers would allow the people they enslaved to gather in groups, sell goods, dance, make music, and celebrate, and in 1790-1810, Pinkster became primarily an African American holiday. Location      
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Book Club | Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir by Curtis Chin


1980s Detroit was a volatile place to live, but above the fray stood a safe haven: Chung's Cantonese Cuisine, where anyone--from the city's first Black mayor to the local drag queens, from a big-time Hollywood star to elderly Jewish couples--could sit down for a warm, home-cooked meal. Here was where, beneath a bright-red awning and surrounded by his multigenerational family, filmmaker and activist Curtis Chin came of age; where he learned to embrace his identity as a gay ABC, or American-born Chinese; where he navigated the divided city's spiraling misfortunes; and where--between helpings of almond boneless chicken, sweet-and-sour pork, and some of his own, less-savory culinary concoctions--he realized just how much he had to offer to the world, to his beloved family, and to himself. Served up by the cofounder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, it is an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. It is structured around the very menu that graced the tables of Chung's. Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant is both a memoir and an invitation: to step inside one boy's childhood oasis, scoot into a vinyl booth, and grow up with him--and perhaps even share something off the secret menu.
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Book Clubs, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir by Curtis Chin

Book Discussion | Swimming in Paris: A Life in Three Stories


From the award-winning and bestselling French author Colombe Schneck, a woman’s personal journey through abortion, sex, friendship, love, and swimming.
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Concert | Latin Sound with Latin Grammy Award-winning Musician


A special evening featuring Latin Grammy Award-winning cuatro player Jorge Glem. Accompanied by Grammy nominated Sofia Rei and C?sar Orozco the trio will blend Latin American traditions and futurism into a graceful, elegant, and ever-evolving sound.
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6:30 pm
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Concerts, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Latin Sound with Latin Grammy Award-winning Musician

Book Discussion | Excessive Punishment: How the Justice System Creates Mass Incarceration


The United States has by far the world’s largest population of incarcerated people. More than a million Americans are imprisoned; hundreds of thousands more are held in jails. This vast system has doled out punishment—particularly to people from marginalized groups—on an unfathomable scale. At the same time, it has manifestly failed to secure public safety, instead perpetuating inequalities and recidivism. Why does the United States see punishment as the main response to social harm, and what are the alternatives? This book brings together essays by scholars, practitioners, activists, and writers, including incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, to explore the harms of this punitive approach. The chapters address a range of issues, from policing to prosecution, and from how people are treated in prison to the consequences of a criminal conviction. Together, they consider a common theme: We cannot reduce our dependence on mass incarceration until we confront our impulse to punish in ways that are excessive, often wildly disproportionate to the harm caused. Essays trace how a maze of local, state, and federal agencies have contributed to mass incarceration and deterred attempts at reform. They shed light on how the excesses of America’s criminal legal system are entwined with poverty, racism, and the legacy of slavery. A wide-ranging and powerful look at the failures of the status quo, Excessive Punishment also considers how to reimagine the justice system to support restoration instead of retribution.
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Concert | Choral Works


Join the TRANScend Ambassadors & Community Chorale as they present "Hear My Voice," a concert celebrating shared human experiences with a program that includes new music from composers Hannah Cai Sobel and Felix Graham, as well as contemporary and traditional pieces from the Western choral canon, including John Michael Trotta, Alice Parker, Dietrich Buxtehude and others. TRANScend is a New York-based trans / gender-expansive vocal ensemble whose focus is on creating inclusive, supportive performance and musical experiences, while exploring the unique aural aesthetic of trans and atypical voices singing classical works together. 
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Discussion | Music on the Brain: Music Swings the Mood


An unforgettable evening of jazz exploration as you delve deep into the emotional currents of music. They’ll discuss how people react emotionally to music, explore what makes certain melodies resonate with our souls, and unravel the intricate interplay between the musician’s intentions and the audience’s perception. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain new insights into the magic of music and its profound effect on our emotional landscape. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator T.K. Blue will be joined by pianist Kelly Green and our guest speaker, Joy Reeve, accomplished author and music educator and final-year doctoral student in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Come hear a little jazz and take part in a conversation on music and the emotions it evokes.
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Discussion | Persona & Perception: Artists Talk


A conversation with Annie Armstrong- everyone’s favorite art writer- and Richie Shazam-downtown darling, curator, model, director, photographer, and prolific artist- on persona in the creative process and the role it plays in constructing the public's perception of the artist and their work.
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Reading | Winning Words: A Reading with the 2024 Bellevue Literary Prize Winners (online)


Bellevue Literary Review celebrates the publication of its 46th issue and recognize the winners of the 2024 BLR Literary Prizes. Step into spring with exciting new works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, plus interviews by BLR editors Saleem Hue Penny, Doris W. Cheng, and Danielle Ofri. 
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Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Tchaikovsky and More


The Doctors Orchestral Society of New York; Katherine Fortunato, marimba. Program Kevin Puts (b. 1972), Marimba Concerto Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74
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Concerts, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, Orchestral Works by Tchaikovsky and More

Concert | The World's Greatest Interpreter of Recorder Music


Los Angeles-based composer and musician Tali Rubinstein began playing the recorder when she was in the second grade. Her talent, distinctive style, and personal expression have made her the world's greatest interpreter of that often underestimated instrument. She has put her virtuosity to work in fields as diverse as Latin pop, modern jazz, Hindustani ragas, contemporary classical, and children's songs. In addition to her years of international touring, Rubinstein has performed at the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Birdland Jazz Club. She has played alongside David Borza, the Israeli Andalusian Orchestra, Anat Cohen, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Alejandro Sanz, Mariza, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, Tomatito and Paco De Lucia's band.
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Concerts, May 23, 2024, 05/23/2024, The World's Greatest Interpreter of Recorder Music

Book Discussion | All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me


A fascinating, revelatory portrait of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its treasures by a former New Yorker staffer who spent a decade as a museum guard. Millions of people climb the grand marble staircase to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art every year. But only a select few have unrestricted access to every nook and cranny. They’re the guards who roam unobtrusively in dark blue suits, keeping a watchful eye on the two million square foot treasure house. Caught up in his glamorous fledgling career at The New Yorker, Patrick Bringley never thought he’d be one of them. Then his older brother was diagnosed with fatal cancer and he found himself needing to escape the mundane clamor of daily life. So he quit The New Yorker and sought solace in the most beautiful place he knew. To his surprise and the reader’s delight, this temporary refuge becomes Bringley’s home away from home for a decade. We follow him as he guards delicate treasures from Egypt to Rome, strolls the labyrinths beneath the galleries, wears out nine pairs of company shoes, and marvels at the beautiful works in his care. Bringley enters the museum as a ghost, silent and almost invisible, but soon finds his voice and his tribe: the artworks and their creators and the lively subculture of museum guards—a gorgeous mosaic of artists, musicians, blue-collar stalwarts, immigrants, cutups, and dreamers. As his bonds with his colleagues and the art grow, he comes to understand how fortunate he is to be walled off in this little world, and how much it resembles the best aspects of the larger world to which he gradually, gratefully returns.
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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: Salma Zaky - Don’t Tell Comedy Shafi Hossain - Comedy Cellar Jordan Perry - New York Comedy Club Lauren Festa - Broadway Comedy Club 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Free
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