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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 18, 2019?

35 free events take place on Monday, November 18 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 November 18 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!

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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35 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Monday, November 18, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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Discussions, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Golden Globe and Tony Nominated Actors and Others in Converstaion

Workshop | Morning Meditation


Balance mind, body, and spirit in this Primordial Sound Meditation led by an instructor. Work with a personal mantra, a specific sound or vibration. Take part in a regular meditation practice that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Morning Meditation

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 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” This tour repeats every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

Film | Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Action Comedy With  Dwayne Johnson And Jason Statham


Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity. 137 min. Director: David Leitch. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba.  As of October 27, 2019, Hobbs & Shaw has grossed $173.8 million in the United States and Canada, and $586.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $760.2 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019): Action Comedy With&nbsp; Dwayne Johnson And Jason Statham

Discussion | How To Create the Business Plan That's Right for You


Your business plan is a dynamic blueprint for your company’s future. Who should attend? Potential business owners, start-ups and those in business who want to create/update their business plans or launch a new product or service. Overview A business plan is not “one size fits all”—it depends on your business strategy, goals and financial resources. As a rule, your small-business plan should be flexible and proceed through affordable steps. When crafting it, be sure to take into account customer acceptance, revenue and cash-flow growth, and the market for the product/service itself. An effective plan will include a timeline for implementing your business model.  This workshop will give you the tools and background to: Articulate your reasons for developing a business plan  Develop achievable plans to determine and deliver value to your customers Formulate your business model and business goals  Project funding needs and financial results  Communicate your business strategy to stakeholders (potential investors, partners and lenders)  Develop strategies that encourage stakeholders to participate.
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Discussions, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, How To Create the Business Plan That's Right for You

Film | Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016): Oscar Winning Fantasy Written By J.K. Rowling


The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. 132 min. Director: David Yates. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best Costume Design, becoming the first Wizarding World film to win an Academy Award. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016): Oscar Winning&nbsp;Fantasy&nbsp;Written By J.K. Rowling

Film | Baby Face (1933): Woman Wants To Go To The Top


A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top. 71 min. Director: Alfred E. Green. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Donald Cook. In 2005 Baby Face was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Baby Face (1933): Woman Wants To Go To The Top

Tour | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
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Tours, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

Lecture | Low Carbon Agriculture: The New Institutional Environment and Brazilian Efforts


Speaker José Eustáquio Ribeiro Vieira Filho is currently the program director of the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply. He is on leave from his tenured position as a senior researcher at the Institute of Applied Economic Research.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Low Carbon Agriculture: The New Institutional Environment and Brazilian Efforts

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Jazz | Satchmo Jazz Salute for Veterans


The Veterans Administration and New York State Jazz Literacy and Art Society are hosting a jazz concert for New York City's veterans. The event features international jazz man Dr. John Satchmo Mannan and his Harlem Renaissance 2.0 Band. It is a way to show gratitude to the men and women in uniform and their families who serve our nation so unselfishly. Vocalist Lee Olive Tucker, tap dancer Makiko, saxophonist Alvin Flythe, the Radway Sharp Trio and others will provide joy and entertainment along with Central Comedy comedian  Steve "Fat Daddy" Lou Ray.
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Concerts, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Satchmo Jazz Salute for Veterans

Forum | Neuroscience and the Study of Intergenerational Trauma: How Does the Remote Past Get Under Our Skin?


Hear from pioneering researchers, clinicians, and scholars as they make sense of how the remote past gets under the skin to affect the present. How do we "remember" things that did not happen to us? Neuroscience has made remarkable discoveries about ways in which our brains and bodies can be affected by traumatic experiences of our parents. Speakers: -- Frances Champagne, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin -- Gabriele M. Schwab, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine -- Rachel Yehuda, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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Forums, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Neuroscience and the Study of Intergenerational Trauma: How Does the Remote Past Get Under Our Skin?

Master Class | Principal Viola Of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


Widely considered one of the leading violists of his generation, Milan Milisavljevic is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Milan has appeared as soloist throughout the world, with orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Classical Tahoe, Orquesta Filarmonica de Boca del Rio and many others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Principal Viola Of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Author Reading | Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland


Jonathan Metzl presents his book that reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

Film | Poms (2019): Cheer Leading Squad Of Retired Women


POMS is a comedy about a group of women who form a cheer leading squad at their retirement community, proving that you're never too old to 'bring it!' 90 min. Director: Zara Hayes. Starring Diane Keaton, Jacki Weaver, Celia Weston. 
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Films, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Poms (2019): Cheer Leading Squad Of Retired Women

Concert | Exploring The Music Of Pulitzer Nominated Composer


The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and students from the Mannes School of Music at the New School will present an interactive live-performance exploration the music of Augusta Read Thomas.  Composer Augusta Read Thomas' chamber opera LIGEIA (librettist: Leslie Dunton-Downer, based on the short story by Poe) was awarded the International Orpheus Prize.     In 2007, Ms. Thomas's composition, Astral Canticle, was one of two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. The Sovereign Prince of Monaco awarded Augusta Chevalier of the Order of Cultural Merit. The insignia of this distinction was given by S.A.R. Princess of Hanover at the Prince's Palace on 18 November 2015. 
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Concerts, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Exploring The Music Of Pulitzer Nominated Composer

Discussion | The Poet Paul Celan in Israel


A conversation between Professor Ulrich Baer (New York University) and Professor Amir Eshel (Stanford University) on Paul Celan’s visit to Israel in 1969 and on how Israel (past and present) could be seen through the poet's work.
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Discussions, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, The Poet Paul Celan in Israel

Author Reading | Busted in New York: History of race in America


Asking how we arrived at the current moment of racial division, Darryl Pinckney reminds his readers that “white supremacy isn’t back; it never went away.” Busted in New York reaches back in time to trace the lineage of black intellectual history, considers the eighteenth-century Guadeloupean composer Joseph Bologne, meditates on the legacy of James Baldwin, and includes Pinckney’s own coverage of landmark moments including the Million Man March, Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, and the grassroots protests in Ferguson, Missouri. The cumulative effect of the essays—many of which were previously published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and The New York Review of Books—is a contextualization of recent history in a manner only Pinckney’s prose can articulate. The award-winning author will be joined by New Yorker staff writer and journalism professor, Jelani Cobb.
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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Busted in New York: History of race in America

Book Discussion | Citizen 13660: A 1946 Graphic Memoir on Life in an Internment Camp


Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660 (1946) is a graphic memoir containing a selection of the 2,000 drawings that she created while seeking to document her experiences at Topaz concentration camp in Utah during World War II. Incarcerated with other Japanese Americans under the Federal government’s Executive Order 9066, Okubo relied on her skills as an accomplished painter and illustrator to describe and record the misery and traumatic sense of upheaval and isolation that resulted from the callous wartime policy. In this book talk with art historian Maymanah Farhat, Okubo’s own statements about the intent of Citizen 13660 and several key pages will be examined. This material will be presented alongside the works of other incarcerated artists and writers who used self-publishing and additional forms of printing and drawing to ensure that life in the camps would not be ignored. Revisiting this chapter in American history reminds us of the urgency of book arts, and will serve as the starting point for a larger conversation about art and social justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Citizen 13660: A 1946 Graphic Memoir on Life in an Internment Camp

Discussion | Africana Dance Dramaturgies: How Do We Represent?


Since the early 2000’s contemporary Africana choreographers and companies have been transforming and upending expectations of audiences and critics. They challenge categorizations and explode assumptions about the modern, the contemporary, and the traditional. Offering reimaginations of conventional approaches to Africana performance practices. This is an artist talk with choreographer Olivier Tarpaga of the Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, followed by a roundtable discussion with artists and scholars, including André M. Zachery, Rosamond S. King, Ph. D., Charmaine Wells, and others. Curated, moderated, and hosted by Margit Edwards, Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance & the 2018/19 Senior Assistant Director of Programs.
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Discussions, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Africana Dance Dramaturgies: How Do We Represent?

Author Reading | A Curious Life: From Rebel Orphan to Innovative Scientist


A reading and conversation on the life of Thomas Haines. Haines will be joined by co-author Mindy Lewis.  The funny, moving, and surprising story of how Thomas Haines—who grew up in the famed Graham School orphanage—became a prominent scientist, social activist, New York City landlord, educator, and founder of the City University of New York Medical School.
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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, A Curious Life: From Rebel Orphan to Innovative Scientist

Reading | Andrea Geyer: Dance in a Future with All Present


The launch of the most substantive monograph yet published on the work of German-born, New York–based multimedia artist Andrea Geyer. Dance in a Future with All Present focuses on Geyer’s recent explorations of the marginalized yet pivotal role that women have played in the formulation of American modernism, tracing and honoring the ephemeral acts, initiatives, and stories that shaped it. This event includes a performative reading by contributors and a group of dancers including Laurel Richardson, Lily Gold, and others.
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Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Andrea Geyer: Dance in a Future with All Present

Author Reading | Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again


Full House actor Andrea Barber will be discussing and signing her book, a funny and inspiring memoir of fame, heartache, resilience, and the reboot of a lifetime. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again

Author Reading | In the Shadow of the Bridge: A Memoir of New York in the 1950s and 1960s


In his charming, brutally candid memoir of New York in the 1950s and 1960s, critically acclaimed novelist Joseph Caldwell recounts his bohemian life, his tenure working at WQXR, the venerated classical music station, marching in civil protests and being arrested, as well as a tragic love affair that inspired him to become a caregiver during the AIDS epidemic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, In the Shadow of the Bridge: A Memoir of New York in the 1950s and 1960s
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Performances, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, A "phenomenal" show

Opera | A Furiosus Preview: Roberto Scarcella Perino's Opera Comes to New York


Composer Roberto Scarcella Perino's latest opera Furiosius, based on Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, with a libretto by Flora Gagliardi, will receive its American premiere in May 2020. The composer will be giving a presentation of the work in the company of Professors Eugenio Refini and Lina Bolzoni (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa), featuring selections of the opera performed by tenor Michele Angelini.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, A Furiosus Preview: Roberto Scarcella Perino's Opera Comes to New York

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Behind th Scenes


Forum Gallery will present the first US exhibition in a decade of paintings by Austrian artist Xenia Hausner. The show features twelve striking new works and precedes a solo retrospective exhibition for the artist to be presented by The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria in April 2020. This is a special exhibition of photographic works by Xenia Hausner that take a closer look at the creative process behind her paintings. For the special exhibition opening of Xenia Hausner: Behind the Scenes on November 18, the artist will discuss her practice with writer Jessa Crispin.  
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Gallery Talks, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Artist Talk: Behind th Scenes

Discussion | Being in Your Body: The Rise of the Anti-Diet Movement


Virginia Sole-Smith (The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America), Caroline Dooner (The F*ck It Diet), and Fariha Róisín (Being in Your Body: A Journal for Self-Love and Body Positivity) dissect how damaging the diet and "wellness" industries are, and how to push back against such socially embedded movements.
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Discussions, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Being in Your Body: The Rise of the Anti-Diet Movement

Reading | NYU Writes: A Celebration of Writers and Writing at NYU with Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides, and More


Enjoy readings from NYU's creative writing faculty, including: Jeffrey Eugenides Jonathan Safran Foer Terrance Hayes Yusef Koumunyakaa Nick Laird Sharon Olds Zadie Smith Moderated by Deborah Landau
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Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, NYU Writes: A Celebration of Writers and Writing at NYU with Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides, and More

Opera | Opera Collective: The People's Opera


A group of opera singers throughout New York City, seeking to make opera accessible to the general public by presenting engaging experiences of music, including opera, art song, operetta, and musical theater in New York's thriving subway stations as well as above ground. These songbirds lift their voices with more passion and talent, than can be ignored.
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Concerts, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Opera Collective: The People's Opera

Workshop | Self-Defense Workshop with Pop Gym


Come by this workshop to learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. They’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out with us! Open to all ages. Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Self-Defense Workshop with Pop Gym

Classical Music | Baroque and Renaissance Music for Brass Ensemble


The "six superb brass players" of The Brass Project (Philadelphia Enquirer) are breathing new life into the brass ensemble, both through their own arrangements of Baroque and Renaissance music and through the nearly 40 short new works they have commissioned from a diverse range of established and emerging composers. Hear the brass ensemble redefined. Program J. S. Bach Excerpts from Art of Fugue English Renaissance music Gabriella Smith Strobe Reena Esmail Tuttarana Michael Thomas Foumai Psalm Kinan Abou-Afach Exodus The Brass Project: Theo Van Dyck, trumpet Brian Olson, trumpet Cort Roberts, horn Daniel Schwalbach, trombone Oliver Barrett, trombone Jake Fewx, tuba Doors open at 6:45 pm. First come, first seated.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Baroque and Renaissance Music for Brass Ensemble
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Concerts, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Vocal and Instrumental Music of Spanish Composers

Dance Performance | Experiments in Dance


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join each season in performing at the historic church. Featuring: Sahar Damoni Nicole Goodwin Pei Ling Ho Julie Mayo
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Dance Performances, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Experiments in Dance
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