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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 20, 2019?

36 free events take place on Wednesday, November 20 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 20 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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36 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

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free events nyc Former Jazz Ambassador of the U.S.
free events nyc Blueprint: A Novel About the Bauhaus
free events nyc The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: The New Testament's Most Infamous and Sinner
free events nyc Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Perform Works By Strauss, Rodrigo and Stravinsky
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Workshop | Boot Camp


The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Boot Camp

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
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Tours, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | Four Time Oscar Winning Network (1976): TV Will Never Be The Same


A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. 121 min. Director: Sidney Lumet. Starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch. Network won four Academy Awards, in the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. In 2000, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2007, the film was 64th among the 100 greatest American films as chosen by the American Film Institute.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Four Time Oscar Winning Network (1976): TV Will Never Be The Same

Tour | City Hall Tour For Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. Wednesdays, September 6-December 11, 2019
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Workshops, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

Jazz | Crossover Jazz Performance


The Hunter Jazz Ensemble & Popular Jazz Music Combos.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Crossover Jazz Performance

Jazz | Former Jazz Ambassador of the U.S.


Jazz saxophonist and composer Virginia Mayhew has performed in many of New York City's major jazz venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Jazz Standard, the Blue Note, Sweet Basil, and Small's, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, as well as in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Mayhew has traveled twice as a representative of the United States as a Jazz Ambassador. She has worked with such artists as Earl 'Fatha' Hines, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Norman Simmons, Al Grey, Junior Mance, Joe Williams, Chico O'Farrill, Marlena Shaw, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Barron, Leon Parker, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Nnenna Freelon, and many others. Jazz pianist, organist and composer Roberta Piket was named Rising Star - Organ by DownBeat critics in 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
$10.00 suggested donation
Concerts, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Former Jazz Ambassador of the U.S.

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Tours, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

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 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Lecture | Translating Jewish Literature: Text, Context, Subtext


Modern Hebrew literature is composed of layers. It grew out of what may be referred to as 'The Jewish Library,' that is, such texts as the Bible, the Talmud, Midrashim, the Liturgy, the Haskalah movement of the last couple hundred years, and the large body of translated literature. In its richest manifestations (e.g., the works of S.Y.Agnon), resonances of that textual wealth can be discerned. Yet, the creative impulse was in transforming the contexts and subtexts of those works to serve a different (i.e., modern) purpose. Speaker Barbara Harshav began her professional career as a history professor. In the late 1970s, she fell into translation and has been in that field pretty much ever since. She has translated works of literature, history, philosophy, sociology and economics. Since she began, she has published over fifty books and numerous articles and essays from Yiddish, French, German and Hebrew.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Lectures, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Translating Jewish Literature: Text, Context, Subtext

Film | Casablanca (1942): Three Time Oscar Winning Drama With Humphrey Bogart And Ingrid Bergman,


A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco. 102 min. Director: Michael Curtiz. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid. Casablanca went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director and the Best Adapted Screenplay, it had five other nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Music.
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Films, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Casablanca (1942): Three Time Oscar Winning Drama With Humphrey Bogart And Ingrid Bergman,

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I've played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Film | Decade of Fire (2019): Arson in the South Bronx


As a kid in the South Bronx in the 1970s, Vivian Vazquez watched her tight-knit community become a burned-out ruin as an epidemic of fires raged through her Black and Puerto Rican neighborhood. As Vivian seeks to understand the lasting effects of this tragedy on her family and community, she uncovers a story of injustice, survival and hope that resonates deeply in cities today. Directed by Vivian Vasquez Irizarry & Gretchen Hildebran 76 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Decade of Fire (2019): Arson in the South Bronx

Author Reading | Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance


Moving between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic merge at the site of aesthetic practices. Sandra Ruiz theorizes Ricanness as a way to imagine, dream, and construct alternate forms of existence under colonialism, across bodies of water, beyond the annexation of land.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Rooms Needed: Sentimental Rooms: Teenage Bedrooms Abandoned


Fryd Frydendahl's exhibition features a display case of research materials and five photographic prints from a larger in-progress project titled Sentimental Rooms. It is an exploration of teenage bedrooms left partly untouched by the parents many years after their teenager moved out. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Rooms Needed: Sentimental Rooms: Teenage Bedrooms Abandoned

Author Reading | Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation


Celebrated New York Times journalist Michael Powell spent a year with a Navajo high school basketball team, sharing their dreams of a championship win. His book follows the team and the families of the students, bringing us a narrative of triumph and hardship and pain about a Navajo basketball team, showing us how important sports can be to youths in struggling communities, and the transcendent magic and painful realities of life on reservations and border towns.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Dance Again With Me Heywood! (2019): A New Type of Fairy Tale


The film is described as a new type of fairy tale, geared toward teenage audiences. It tells the story of a lonely man living in New York who becomes friends with a young woman through a shared love of dancing. They both suffer from Moon's Butterfly syndrome, which makes them invisible to everyone except carriers of the disease. Directed by Michele Diomà Starring Giorgio Arcelli Fontana, Ottavia Orticello, James Ivory 76 min. Preceded by the screening of: American Marriage (2019, USA, 15 min.), directed by Giorgio Arcelli Fontana. Followed by a Q&A with Michele Diomà, with the participation of James Ivory.
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Films, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Dance Again With Me Heywood! (2019): A New Type of Fairy Tale

Gallery Talk | Artists Talk: Resident Alien


In conjunction with the exhibition Resident Alien: Austrian Architects in America, this event will feature presentations by Yasmina Haddad and Sarah Pichlkostner, two Austrian artists currently in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, supported by the BKA - Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur (Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria).
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Gallery Talks, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Artists Talk: Resident Alien

Discussion | The Nordic Model: Sweden's Welfare System & The Future of Work


Speakers will explore the reasons why Nordic countries lead surveys of societies with high levels of trust, happiness, gender equality, and quality of life. By many measures, these countries are among the most successful societies worldwide. In this lecture, how individual countries have successfully addressed certain issues that confront all societies will be looked at.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, The Nordic Model: Sweden's Welfare System & The Future of Work

Discussion | Unrealism: New Figurative Painting


Figuration is one of the oldest art forms, but it continually evolves, along with our changing understanding of human identity. Sascha Braunig, Ebecho Muslimova, Jeffrey Deitch, and others discuss contemporary figurative painting of the last five years. Alison Gingeras moderates.
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Discussions, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Unrealism: New Figurative Painting

Author Reading | 2 New Books: The Open Heart Club / The Ice at the End of the World


The Open Heart Club by Gabriel Brownstein This absorbing and poignant book is not merely the story of one writer's flawed heart. It is a history of cardiac medicine, a candid personal journey, and a profound reflection on mortality. The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change
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Author Readings, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, 2 New Books: The Open Heart Club / The Ice at the End of the World

Author Reading | Blueprint: A Novel About the Bauhaus


The young and inquisitive Luise Schilling arrives at Weimar's Bauhaus University at the beginning of the turbulent twenties. She takes classes with professors such as Gropius and Kandinsky and throws herself into the dreams and ideas of her epoch. From technology to art, communism to the avant-garde, populism to the youth movement, Luise encounters the social utopias that still shape us to the present day. She has ambitions of achieving a great deal in life -- but little of it has to do with paying homage to great men.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Blueprint: A Novel About the Bauhaus

Author Reading | Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises


Bankruptcy and the austerity it represents have become a common "solution" for struggling American cities. What do the spending cuts and limited resources do to the lives of city residents? Jodie Adams Kirshner follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy. Reggie loses his savings trying to make a habitable home for his family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises

Author Reading | Killer Calories: A New Amateur Sleuth


Spend time in the Big Apple with wise-cracking amateur sleuth Melanie Deming, as she follows clues from glamorous Park Avenue mansions to gritty soup kitchens. Melanie's a snarky writer and health fanatic who shockingly discovers the body of her good-looking co-worker. She's no Lois Lane and is scared of every germ, yet Melanie must have justice for her friend. With author Nancy Good.
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Author Reading | The Grammarians: Secret Language of Twins


Cathleen Schine's new novel is about Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart.
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Author Readings, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, The Grammarians: Secret Language of Twins

Play | The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: The New Testament's Most Infamous and Sinner


Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, this play reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament's most infamous and unexplained sinner. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The production will be directed by Melissa Crespo, and feature the entire cohort of MFA Second Year Actors: Ismael Castillo, Katherine Hare, Kwesiu Jones, Narges Khalehogli, Kate McLeod, Jordan Mosley, Nathan Nelson, Michael Sullivan, Kristina Szilagyi, Christopher Then, and Charlita Williams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: The New Testament's Most Infamous and Sinner

Talk | Artist Talk: Invisible Structures


Pieter Schoolwerth is a painter, filmmaker, and musician who lives and works in New York. Schoolwerth’s ‘painting in the last instance’ captures invisible flows of abstraction that structure contemporary experience, and turns them into motifs for an elaborate new kind of figurative painting. In his work, the stuff of paint itself reappears as a supplement only at the end of a complex, multi-media effort to produce a figurative picture depicting the ‘once removed’ space of the virtual.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Artist Talk: Invisible Structures

Performance | Asking for Trouble 2019: Ten-Minute Plays


Do you smell that in the air? It's not the whiff of pumpkin spice and fresh hay bales. It's trouble. Youngblood's annual ten-minute play festival with 24 brand new plays over four separate nights of theatre. Tonight: Circumcision of the Heart written by Harron Atkins Yeah Maybe written by Karina Billini Anything Can Be a Baby If You Want It to Be a Baby written by Ava Geyer Dad, What Haunts You? written by Lily Houghton Nobody Told Me There Wouldn't Be a Floor written by Mona Pirnot Our Love Story Is Not Very Interesting written by Julia Specht
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Performances, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Asking for Trouble 2019: Ten-Minute Plays

Book Club | Upper Eastside Fiction Reading Group: Alternate Side


This month's title being discussed is Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen, a provocative novel that explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.
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Book Clubs, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Upper Eastside Fiction Reading Group:&nbsp;Alternate Side
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Plays, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, "A Must See" Play
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Musicals, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Film Noir Musical
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Concerts, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Grammy-nominated Musicians Perform

Classical Music | Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Perform Works By Strauss, Rodrigo and Stravinsky


A performance by Msm Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus. George Manahan, conductor; Kent Tritle, chorus master; John Bogan, guitar. Program Richard Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20 Joaquin Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez Igor Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
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Concerts, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Perform Works By Strauss, Rodrigo and Stravinsky
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Plays, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Five One Act Plays On Climate Change

Performance | Asking for Trouble 2019: Ten-Minute Plays


Do you smell that in the air? It's not the whiff of pumpkin spice and fresh hay bales. It's trouble. Youngblood's annual ten-minute play festival with 24 brand new plays over four separate nights of theatre. Tonight: Don’t Piss in My Shirt Pocket and Tell Me It’s Raining written by Jake Brasch A Light Staggering written by Jeesun Choi They Pine for the Familiar Things written by AJ Clauss Is Anything Fair Game? written by Milo Cramer You’ve Got a Lot of Peppers in Your Garden written by Dan Giles Schlitterbahn. written by Phaedra Michelle Scott
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