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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 17, 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! 36 free events take place on November 17 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 17 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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36 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on November 17, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc A Midsummer Night's Dream: Classic Shakespeare Comedy Updated
free events nyc Paderewski in New York: 1891 Madison Square Garden Debut Revival Concert
free events nyc Concert at the coolest classical music concerts location in NYC
free events nyc Marisol: A War in Heaven
free events nyc Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling
free events nyc Hearts of the World (1918): World War I
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Lecture | Mental Health First Aid Training


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking public education program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. MHFA is an 8-hour certification course, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches about the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Mental Health First Aid Training

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, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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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Fairs, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Street Fair

Lesson | Chess tutorials


Come learn how to play chess. Develop your tactics and strategies at the library. Receive a one on one personal 30 minute session. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Chess tutorials

Workshop | DrawNow! Workshop


Explore how drawing operates in the world today. Coffee and art materials provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, DrawNow! Workshop

Workshop | Yoga for beginners


In this session you will learn simple but powerful yoga postures to balance and stabilize your system. No prior experience with yoga is necessary. Can relieve chronic ailments Can relieve stress, anxiety and tension Strengthens the spine Takes only 5-10 minutes to practice daily  Please bring a yoga mat and a towel, and arrive on an empty stomach.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Yoga for beginners

Staged Reading | The Critic by Sheridan


The Critic or, a Tragedy Rehearsed is a satire by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It was first staged at Drury Lane Theatre in 1779. It is a burlesque on stage acting and play production conventions, and Sheridan considered the first act to be his finest piece of writing.  The Shakespeare readings are set up to make classic literature accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the actors move around as much as they feel comfortable.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, The Critic by Sheridan

Workshop | Installation by Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire


In this exhibition, Báez features women whose legacies are preserved and maintained by the archives of the Schomburg Center. During the gallery tour, visitors will explore the artist's practice of using photographs, letters, and other archival materials to create large-scale, imaginative portraits. This dynamic and immersive tour will have something for everyone: adults, families and kids of all ages are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Installation by Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire

Gallery Talk | 2 Folk Art Shows: Exhibition Walkthroughs


A tour of John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night and Paa Joe: Gates of No Return, led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, 2 Folk Art Shows: Exhibition Walkthroughs

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
1:00 pm
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Plays, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Classic Shakespeare Comedy Updated

Book Club | Pulp magazines collectors club


If you collect, read, or interested in classic Pulp magazines, join the Gotham Pulp Collectors Club. The group members meet once a month to talk about their favorite subject: popular fiction magazines from the first half of the 20th century. They discuss what they've been reading along with new developments in the fields of reprints, movies, TV, auctions, conventions, "New Pulp" fiction, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Pulp magazines collectors club

City Walk | Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today


Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Dave Attell, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Truman Capote are just a few of the thousands of accomplished artists, writers, radicals, and performers who made their way through Greenwich Village. This tour, primarily focusing on the 1950s onward, visits the hangouts that have defined legendary people and the spirit of this iconic neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today

Lesson | Chess tutorials


Come learn how to play chess. Develop your tactics and strategies at the library. Receive a one on one personal 30 minute session.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Chess tutorials

Lecture | Time Management: Practical Strategies that Can Change Your Life


Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Do you want a greater feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in your daily life? You are not alone! Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life! You will learn: • How to focus your time on your priorities • When multi-tasking is helpful or harmful • Secrets to overcoming procrastination • Tips for managing distractions, interruptions and time wasters • Simple strategies and tools for gaining greater control over how you manage and use your time
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Time Management: Practical Strategies that Can Change Your Life

Staged Reading | Me and Stepin: America's Most Hated Actor


Richie McCall in his solo play, directed by Dathan Williams. A struggling actor journeys through years of side-splitting frustration and disappointment on his way to Broadway and finds his true voice in the unlikeliest of places--the spirit of America's most "dissed" black film actor, Stepin' Fetchit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Me and Stepin: America's Most Hated Actor

Film | Marathon Man (1976): Oscar nominee thriller with Dustin Hoffman


A Columbia grad student and runner gets mixed up with international intrigue, stolen diamonds, a government agent, and a Nazi war criminal with a penchant for oral surgery. Director: John Schlesinger. Starring Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider. 125 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Marathon Man (1976): Oscar nominee thriller with Dustin Hoffman

Film | Creed (2015): Sports drama with 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. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson. 133 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Creed (2015): Sports drama with Sylvester Stallone

Film | Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018): American-Italian thriller with Benicio Del Toro


The drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro. Director: Stefano Sollima. Starring Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner.  124 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018): American-Italian thriller with Benicio Del Toro

Film | Hearts of the World (1918): World War I


In a French village behind the Allied lines during World War I, a young boy loves a girl though he is importuned by the Little Disturber who also loves him. When the village is mobilized, the young man leaves for the trenches and the hamlet is occupied by the Germans. A Prussian officer tries to ravish the girl but she is rescued by her lover. French troops retake the village. Shot as a propaganda piece, the film was a popular and critical success upon its release. Griffith's use of French and German newsreel footage added an extra dimension of reality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Hearts of the World (1918): World War I

Play | Marisol: A War in Heaven


There’s a war in heaven, God is dying, and he’s taking the universe with him: this is the premise of José Rivera’s 1993 Obie-Award-winning play. The story of a young woman from the Bronx, Marisol is rich with the promise and the disappointments not only of life in New York, but of life itself—a life that, in the play at least, always seems to be mysteriously marked by the transcendent. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Marisol: A War in Heaven

Play | As You Like It: Shakespeare Comedy


The Fall production of the Undergraduate Theatre students. Directed by Barbara Bosch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, As You Like It: Shakespeare Comedy

Classical Music | Paderewski in New York: 1891 Madison Square Garden Debut Revival Concert


Program: Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 23 Appassionata, op. 57 Schubert: Impromptu in Bb major, op.142 no. 3 and Moments musicaux, op. 94 Liszt-Schubert: Divertissement à l'hongroise Schumann: Fantasy in C major, op. 17 Chopin: Etude, Nokturnes op.15, Waltz Des, and Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, op. 20 Anton Rubinstein: Barcarolle no. 2 in A minor, op. 45bis Paderewski: Menuet Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no. 12 Virtuoso pianist, composer, peacemaker, advisor to presidents, and Prime Minister of Poland, Ignacy Jan Paderewski was an artist that changed the world. The concert celebrates Paderewski Days 2018, the 100th anniversary of Polish independence, with a concert revival of Paderewski’s historic New York debut. After an introduction by Paderewski Festival Artistic Director Adam Wibrowski, American pianist Timothy Jones and Polish pianist Jakub Kuszlik perform the exact program Paderewski offered at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 1891, featuring works by Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, Chopin, and, of course, Paderewski.
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Paderewski in New York: 1891 Madison Square Garden Debut Revival Concert

Poetry Reading | Mind Sand: A Work of Poetic Paintings


Saleem Abdal-Khaaliq's poems fuse life experience and the shifting creations of his recent works. They endeavor to give voice to the unspoken while lifting our perspective in vivid and evocative ways.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Mind Sand: A Work of Poetic Paintings

Author Reading | An Afternoon With Boulevard Books


Readings by Michael Conley, Candice Azzara, Sepi Roozdar, Joel Goldberg, John A. Curley, Frank MacKay, and Patrick Kilpatrick.
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Author Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, An Afternoon With Boulevard Books

Opening Reception | Artist Talk


New York-based painter Harriet Korman continues her celebrated engagement with color, geometry, the picture plane, paint, and her handling of it. With such interests, Korman has frequently been cited as a champion of geometric abstraction or cast as a colorist: roles she has subtly sidestepped for decades.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Artist Talk

Author Reading | Recovered Memory: New York and Paris 1960-1980


Journalist and photographer Frank Van Riper’s striking black and white photographs, spanning twenty years, coupled with his eloquent texts, capture the 20th-century romance and grit of New York more than half a century ago, and Paris, some forty years ago. This work is a meditation on time and place, prior to the internet and 24/7 news; when a ride on the New York subway cost 15 cents; the smell of fresh-baked baguettes wafted over nearly every Parisian neighborhood; and the Coney Island parachute ride still thrilled thousands.
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Author Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Recovered Memory: New York and Paris 1960-1980

Gallery Talk | Modern Bestiary: An Artist Talk


A public dialogue between artist Walton Ford and Brooklyn Rail editor-at-large Jason Rosenfeld.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Modern Bestiary: An Artist Talk

Classical Music | Concert at the coolest classical music concerts location in NYC


Classical music on a boat with an intimate and romantic setting and beautiful view of New York City. Followed by a Q & A session with the musicians. Program and musicians TBA. Doors open at 3:45 pm.
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Concert at the coolest classical music concerts location in NYC

Reading | The Enclave: 4 Authors Read


A evening of readings by NYC's most incisive authors: novelist Eric Sasson (Admissions), New York Times features writer Dorri Olds, comedian and author Eddie Safarty, and memoirist Sheila McClear (The Last of the Live Nude Girls).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader


In 1909, Francisco Ferrer, the notorious Catalan anarchist educator and founder of the Modern School of Barcelona, was executed by firing squad. Ferrer navigated a tempestuous world of anarchist assassins, radical republican conspirators, anticlerical rioters, and freethinking educators to establish the legendary Escuela Moderna and the Modern School movement. Was Ferrer a ferocious revolutionary, an ardently nonviolent pedagogue, or something else entirely? Mark Bray and Robert H. Haworth present a new reader of Ferrer’s writings on rationalist education, revolutionary violence, and the general strike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader

Author Reading | Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling


Mikhail Iossel discusses his new book which brings together his most trenchant and enduring political and cultural commentary since the 2016 US presidential election. From a youth spent in the USSR to a life remade in the USA, Iossel shares the brunt of this experience on Facebook, where thousands follow his blistering posts on Trump’s America and Putin’s Russia, and his pensive, eerily timely recollections of life under totalitarianism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling

Staged Reading | Looking for Leroy: The Responsibility of Artists of Color


In Larry Muhammad's two-character play, a young theater intern and LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka debate fundamental questions of theater, aesthetics and artistic expression, weighing the added responsibility of artists of color. Performed by Russell Jones and NSangou Njikam.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Looking for Leroy: The Responsibility of Artists of Color

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.
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Plays, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Classic Shakespeare Comedy Updated

Play | Marisol: A War in Heaven


There’s a war in heaven, God is dying, and he’s taking the universe with him: this is the premise of José Rivera’s 1993 Obie-Award-winning play. The story of a young woman from the Bronx, Marisol is rich with the promise and the disappointments not only of life in New York, but of life itself—a life that, in the play at least, always seems to be mysteriously marked by the transcendent. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Plays, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Marisol: A War in Heaven

Classical Music | Music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco


Pianist David Witten presents music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 - 1968). Pianist David Witten has been described as a pianist "with that rare, elusive quality that charms and fascinates the listener." (Redondel, Milan) Witten's international career has included numerous concert tours in Ireland, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Europe, Mexico, South America, and China. As the recipient of a 1990 Fulbright Scholar award, Witten spent five months teaching and concertizing throughout Brazil, and he is frequently invited back to give concerts and masterclasses. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was an Italian composer, pianist and writer. He was known as one of the foremost guitar composers in the twentieth century with almost one hundred compositions for that instrument.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, Music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Play | The Winter’s Tale: Shakespeare Drama


As Leontes--King of Sicilia--convinces himself of his wife's adultery, he destroys his family, his friendships, and everything he holds dear. Sixteen years later we pick up with his daughter in the opposing land of Bohemia. The Winter's Tale, directed by Aydan Shahd, explores the space between loss and recovery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 17, 2018, 11/17/2018, The Winter’s Tale: Shakespeare Drama
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