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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 2, 2018?

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 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! 31 free events take place on November 2 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out November 2 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 November . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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31 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on November 2, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Hoi Polloi: Art as a Rorschach Test
free events nyc The Mechanics of Democracy: are free and fair elections the definition of democracy?
free events nyc Anniversaries: A German Miniseries, Episode 1
free events nyc 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many
free events nyc Pipes at One Organ Recital
free events nyc Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook (2018)
free events nyc Diane Arbus: Untitled: The Complete 66 Photographs
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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
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Tours, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Lecture | Mysticism, Messianism and Ritual: The Secret Religion of the Sabbatian ma’aminim


The Ma’aminim – the faithful – are the decedents of Sabbatian Jews who converted to Islam in the late 17th century, following in the footsteps of their messiah Sabbatai Tsevi. They formed secret communities in Ottoman Salonica and created a hybrid Messianic religion which combined reinterpretations of Kabbalistic sources as well as elements of Mystical Islam. This lecture will focus on the esoteric inner writings of the Ma’aminim and offer an interdisciplinary examination of their content and performance.  Speaker Hadar Feldman Samet researches the lives and texts of the Sabbatean Ma’aminim, their syncretic religion, and the development of Sabbateanism, based on a corpus of approximately a thousand 18th- and 19th-century mystical and messianic liturgical poems, written in Ladino, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Ottoman-Turkish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Mysticism, Messianism and Ritual: The Secret Religion of the Sabbatian ma’aminim

Workshop | Dance Class


Scientifically-based dance-exercise program. Gentle warm-up, light aerobics and targeted strengthening that is safe, fun and enjoyable for all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Dance Class

Workshop | Adult Coloring


Coloring is an activity we think of as being for kids. However, it can be beneficial for adults. Coloring helps us de-stress because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. Coloring generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Adult Coloring

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank Tour


Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Concert | Pipes at One Organ Recital


Organist Donald R. Meineke serves as Cantor at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity where he oversees the musical life of the Parish, conducts the Holy Trinity Parish Choir, curates an extensive concert series, and is Artistic Director of Bach Vespers featuring the renowned Bach Choir and Players. Weekly recitals showcasing the new organ, featuring New York City's leading organists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Pipes at One Organ Recital

Film | The Spinning Man (2018): a thriller with Pierce Brosnan


Evan Birch is a family man and esteemed professor at a distinguished university, where his charm and reputation have made his philosophy class very popular. When a female student named Joyce goes missing, Evan's previous off-campus dalliances make his wife questions his alibi. Gruff police Detective Malloy has even more reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in her disappearance. Directed by Simon Kaijser. Starring Minnie Driver, Guy Pearce. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, The Spinning Man (2018): a thriller with Pierce Brosnan

Lecture | Frozen in the Glassy, Bluestreaked Air: John Dos Passos’s Photographic Metropolis


The experimental form of John Dos Passos’s first major novel, the episodic, multilinear Manhattan Transfer (1925), has long been understood in connection with the montage techniques of avant-garde cinema. However, Dos Passos’s notes and drafts for the book reveal the ahistoricity of this analogy even as they offer up other spectatorial contexts for understanding its experimental form. With: Alix Beeston, Cardiff University  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Frozen in the Glassy, Bluestreaked Air: John Dos Passos’s Photographic Metropolis

Screening | Documentary: I Am Bolt (2016): Story of an athlete with Olympic Gold Medals


The legacy of the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt. Directors: Benjamin Turner, Gabe Turner. 107 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Documentary: I Am Bolt (2016): Story of an athlete with Olympic Gold Medals

Film | Nora Ephron's Oscar-Nominated Julie and Julia (2009): Cooking Challenge


Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. Starring Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Chris Messina. 123 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Nora Ephron's Oscar-Nominated Julie and Julia (2009): Cooking Challenge

Film | Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): 4 Oscar Nominations


In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. Starring Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor. 113 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): 4 Oscar Nominations

Discussion | Trading in Turbulent Times


A conversation with Kelly Anne Shaw, Trade Counsel, US House Committee on Ways and Means and Special Assistant to the President for International Trade, Investment and Development, and Elissa Alben, International Trade Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Trading in Turbulent Times

Lecture | Airing Grievances and the Atmospherics of Chinese Legal Reform


This talk considers the ways in which legal reform unfolds as a palpable, if vague, “change in the air” in new zones of urban revitalization and port development in contemporary China. Drawing from various examples of air’s tactile circulation through the rezoned areas of coastal Fuzhou, it shows how redevelopment as filtered through “the rule of law” still politically and literally stinks for those caught up in its environs. Speaker Julie Y. Chu is a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in mobility and migration, economy and value, ritual life, material culture, media and technology, and state regulatory regimes. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | Kundiman Poetry Prize Reading


Kundiman Poetry Prize winner Sharon Wang’s first collection is Republic of Mercy. Franny Choi's second collection is Soft Science. Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Kundiman Poetry Prize Reading

Opening Reception | Selgas & the Escher Effect, 1974-2018


A retrospective look at the art of acclaimed Cuban and queer artist Cepp Selgas. The show focuses on Selgas’ body of work inspired by graphic art master M.C. Escher.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Selgas & the Escher Effect, 1974-2018

Opening Reception | Diane Arbus: Untitled: The Complete 66 Photographs


The first complete presentation of Diane Arbus’s Untitled series. The sixty-six images were made at residences for people with developmental disabilities, places Arbus repeatedly returned to for picnics, for dances, and at Halloween between 1969 and 1971, the last years of her life. The exhibition will include several images that have never before been exhibited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Diane Arbus: Untitled: The Complete 66 Photographs

Opening Reception | Hoi Polloi: Art as a Rorschach Test


James English Leary is a New York-based artist, filmmaker, and educator whose paired down biomorphic canvases compel a psychological reading, confronting the viewer with “a Rorschach test as a parody of abstraction.” The duality of his works’ objectness and figurative allusions synthesize into a gestalt awareness of authorial subjectivity through his playfully callous material handling. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, Greater New York show at MoMA PS1 and the Sundance Film Festival. The Rorschach Test is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Hoi Polloi: Art as a Rorschach Test

Film | Mediterranea (2015): Life-and-Death Struggle of Two Refugees


Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees. Director: Jonas Carpignano Stars: Alassane Sy, Koudous Seihon, Pio Amato 107 min. In multiple languages with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Mediterranea (2015): Life-and-Death Struggle of Two Refugees

Film | The Bullish Farmer (2017): Stock Market to Farm Market


One man’s journey from stock market to farm market, and his tenacious desire to make local food the future…one bite at a time. Director: Ken Marsolais 79 min. Q&A with the film’s director to follow the screening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, The Bullish Farmer (2017): Stock Market to Farm Market

Film | Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook (2018)


Rigged exposes how our most important right, the right to vote, is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks and political shenanigans -- from gerrymandering to new voter restriction laws and from wide-scale voter purges to the 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. Shot during the 2016 election season, it is narrated by Jeffrey Wright. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Brennan Center voting experts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Films, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook (2018)

Festival | Borimix: Puerto Rico Fest 2018


Celebrate with a festival kick-off event. The evening begins with the Borimix Awards ceremony honoring leaders in the Puerto Rican and Colombian communities, followed by with the opening of the visual arts exhibitions, Dislexia geográfica, Geography on the edge and special entertainment by Latinx artists. Don’t miss this fun-filled evening celebrating both Puerto Rican and Colombian heritage, arts and culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Borimix: Puerto Rico Fest 2018

Talk | Veterans and Electoral Politics


A lecture by Jeremy Teigen of Ramapo College.
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Discussion | The Mechanics of Democracy: are free and fair elections the definition of democracy?


We often talk as though free and fair elections were the definition of democracy. This assumption begs to be demolished. Cynthia Fleury, Ingrid LaFleur, James Fishkin, and Andreas Kalyvas dare to imagine a better way of doing politics with informed and motivated citizens. Moderated by Masha Gessen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, The Mechanics of Democracy: are free and fair elections the definition of democracy?

Screening | Anniversaries: A German Miniseries, Episode 1


New York, New York, in the late 1960s. German interpreter Gesine Cresspahl, who was born in a small village in the German province of Mecklenburg, feels out of place in her adopted country. She has never gotten over the death of Jakob, her true love. The father of her now eleven-year-old daughter was run over by a train and killed. At Marie’s insistence Gesine begins to tell the story of her family, which in turn is a story of what happened in Germany. The memories stretch from Hitler’s rise to power and World War II, to the post-war period and the establishment of East Germany, and finally to the suppression of the Prague Spring in the summer of 1968.   For a long time Uwe Johnson’s complex masterwork Anniversaries was believed to be unfilmable. Director Margarethe von Trotta filmed it anyway. The result is a four-part miniseries, in which von Trotta succeeds in translating the complexity and intricacy of the novel into cinematic language.  90 min. In German with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Anniversaries: A German Miniseries, Episode 1

Film | Syria: The Impossible Revolution (2018): Life at War


This documentary presents interviews with witnesses who describe the realities Syrians face today. The progressive civil opposition that started the Syrian Revolution in 2011 continues to exist. In some areas of Syria it continues to be the real power on the ground in self-governing municipalities. The film gives an overview of the roots of the revolution and the subsequent problems and crises that have resulted from war conditions. Director: Ronan Tynan 91 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Syria: The Impossible Revolution (2018): Life at War

Musical | Star-Spangled: A New Musical


It’s the summer of 1972, and the college-aged "Star-Spangled Singers" are at the top of their game. They’ve kissed performing at local Kiwanis clubs and VFW halls goodbye and are now singing and dancing their patriotic show choir routines for Bob Hope and President Nixon. But, in America, change is afoot! It's “Up with People” in the age of Watergate. Can everything be sorted out in time for the bicentennial? A college production: Written and directed by Douglas Carter Beane Music and lyrics by Lewis Flinn Choreography by Joey Pizzi
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, Star-Spangled: A New Musical

Play | 99 Histories: The Unbreakable Bond Between Mother and Child


99 Histories is a beautifully haunting and moving play about memory, legacy, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child. Presented by the College of Performing Arts. Written by Julia Cho.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, 99 Histories: The Unbreakable Bond Between Mother and Child

Play | A Midsummer Night's Dream: Classic Shakespeare Comedy Updated


This fall, a classic New York City block party becomes the enchanted setting where fairies work their mischief in Shakespeare’s beloved play. Acclaimed director Jenny Koons takes you to the royal wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta, where a celebratory play is being rehearsed. But the real drama is unfolding in the concrete jungle of fairy King Oberon. There, four young New Yorkers discover the course of true love runs anything but smooth, as supernatural sprites and the lovable Puck conspire to reveal what fools we mortals be, and draw us all into the collective dream of romance and merriment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 02, 2018, 11/02/2018, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Classic Shakespeare Comedy Updated

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | Romantic musical

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Concert | Tribute to one of the most beloved American composers and lyricists

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