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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 21, 2019?

64 free events take place on Thursday, November 21 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 21 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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free events nyc Music in Midtown: Rorem, Schumann, Bartok, Mozart
free events nyc Keith Sonnier: Rarely Seen Seminal Work
free events nyc Pierre Jahan: Vintage Photographs from the 1930s to the 1950s
free events nyc The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: The New Testament's Most Infamous and Sinner
free events nyc A Thanksgiving Recital: Schumann, Chopin, Debussy
free events nyc The Calypso King of the World
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Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can't be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.
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Workshops, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Morning Fitness

Tour | East Side Access Construction Tour


East Side Access is the MTA’s largest capital project, spanning three boroughs with over 8 miles of new or refurbished tunnels and over 40 miles of new track containing 96 switches. With work on the new 8-train terminal expanding 160 feet below Park Avenue in Manhattan, the more than 1.5 million cubic yards of excavation has created two 1100-foot-long terminal caverns that could each fit the Chrysler Building laid on its side. This is the first expansion of the Long Island Rail Road in over 100 years and a critical component of LIRR’s modernization that will give riders direct access to the East Side of Manhattan, ease crowding in and around Penn Station, and help meet the demands of Long Island’s growing population.  This event is a construction tour of East Side Access with Paige Biancamano, Director of Communications & Community Outreach, MTA.
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Tours, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, East Side Access Construction Tour

Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
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Workshops, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga

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 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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.
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Tours, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Master Class | Former Member Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra 


Jazz trumpeter and composer Sean Jones has been prominently featured with a number of artists, recording and/or performing with many major figures in jazz, including Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Wilson and Marcus Miller. Sean was selected by Miller, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter for their Tribute to Miles tour in 2011. He featured on the 2007 Grammy Award-winning album Turned to Blue by Nancy Wilson. Sean turned a 6-month stint with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra into an offer from Wynton Marsalis for a permanent position as lead trumpeter, a post he held from 2004 until 2010. 
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Former&nbsp;Member Of The&nbsp;Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra&nbsp;

Tour | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
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Tours, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Heart of the Park Tour

Lesson | Introduction To Copyright: Intellectual Property Rights Basics for Researchers


This introductory class to copyright basics will help researchers understand how to identify and use copyrighted material, as well as how to protect their own work. Topics of discussion will include a brief history of US copyright law, an overview of the types of works that are copyrightable, copyright duration, formalities, fair use, clearing permissions, and licenses.
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Lessons, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Introduction To Copyright: Intellectual Property Rights Basics for Researchers

Film | John Huston's The MacKintosh Man (1973): A Spy Movie With Paul Newman


A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor. 98 min. Director: John Huston. Starring Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason.
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Films, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, John Huston's The MacKintosh Man (1973): A Spy Movie With Paul Newman

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.
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Bach at Noon

Gallery Talk | Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour


The collection of Audrey B. Heckler is emblematic of the growth of the field of self-taught art in the United States, which manifests a strong interest for African American artists, a consistent attention on American classics, a curiosity for European art brut, and a search for international discoveries. For the last twenty-seven years, Heckler has surrounded herself with excellent examples by the most significant artists associated to this art niche, among them Emery Blagdon, Aloïse Corbaz, William Edmondson, August Klett, Augustin Lesage, Martín Ramírez, Thornton Dial, and Anna Zemánková.
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Gallery Talks, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour

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 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Classical Music | Music in Midtown: Rorem, Schumann, Bartok, Mozart


A chamber music concert featuring a stellar group of musicians from the DMA performance program. Performers include Han Chen, piano; Julia Danitz, violin; Isabel Fairbanks, violoncello; Graeme Johnson, clarinet; Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Jocelyn Lai, piano; Clare Monfredo, violoncello; Alexandra Smither, soprano; Alexei Tartakovsky, piano; Johnna Wu, violin; Fifi Zhang, piano; and Stephanie Zyzak, violin. Works presented include Ariel Songs by Ned Rorem, Robert Schumann's Piano Trio in D Minor Opus 63, Bela Bartok's Sonata No. 1, Sz.75, for Violin and Piano and Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat K. 493.
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Music in Midtown: Rorem, Schumann, Bartok, Mozart

Classical Music | Organ Recital with Erik Suter


Organist Erik Suter has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as many Asian and European countries. Notable venues have included Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Lisbon Cathedral, Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, among others.
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Organ Recital with Erik Suter

Symposium | Persepolis, Then and Now


Speakers will explore the history and archaeology of ancient Persepolis—along with its revival in the modern era, in the visual imaginations of artists such as Parviz Tanavoli and others.
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Symposiums, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Persepolis, Then and Now

Classical Music | Pipes At One Organ Recital


Erik Suter, organ.
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Pipes At One Organ Recital

Concert | Vocal Works


The Academy of Sacred Drama's presentation unites an excerpt of Antonio Gianettini's monumental oratorio with a routine by classically-trained mime Tony Lopresti in the American premiere of this work. A new edition and English translation has been created for this performance. The Academy of Sacred Drama is a society for the classical arts that is exploring the stories, ritual, and music of sacred drama. Oratorio performances and salon concerts feature the music and libretti of works rarely or never heard in modern times accompanied by lectures and receptions. Performers: Jeremy Rhizor, director and violin Tony Lopresti, mime Chloe Fedor, violin Arnie Tanimoto, gamba Arash Noori, theorbo.
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Vocal Works

Film | A Prairie Home Companion (2006): Comedy Drama With An Ensemble Cast


A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court. 105 min. Director: Robert Altman. Starring Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones.
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Films, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, A Prairie Home Companion (2006): Comedy Drama With&nbsp;An Ensemble Cast

Film | Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) With Samuel L. Jackson And Jake Gyllenhaal: Spider-Man Around The World


Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. 129 min. Director: Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal.
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Films, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) With Samuel L. Jackson And Jake Gyllenhaal: Spider-Man&nbsp;Around The World

Film | The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934): Two Time Oscar Nominated Drama With Norma Shearer


Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning. 109 min. Director: Sidney Franklin. Starring Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton. The Barretts of Wimpole Street was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Shearer was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
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2:00 pm
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Films, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934): Two Time Oscar Nominated Drama With Norma Shearer

Film | A Dog's Way Home (2019): In Search Of Her Owner


A female dog travels four hundred miles in search of her owner throughout a Colorado wilderness. 96 min. Director: Charles Martin Smith. Starring Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Edward James Olmos. A Dog's Way Home grossed $42 million in the United States and Canada, and $34 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $76 million, against a production budget of $18 million.
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Films, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, A Dog's Way Home (2019): In Search Of Her Owner

Film | Citizen Kane (1941): Nine Time Oscar Nominated Drama By Orson Welles


Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. 119 min. Director: Orson Welles. Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore. Citizen Kane was Welles's first feature film. Nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, it won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles. It topped the American Film Institute's 100 Years ... 100 Movies list in 1998, as well as its 2007 update.
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Films, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Citizen Kane (1941): Nine Time Oscar Nominated Drama By Orson Welles

Master Class | Cello Master Class


Cellist Frans Helmerson has performed under many conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Maxim Shostakovich, Neemi Jarvi, Evgeny Svetlanov, among others. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, United States, and Russia.
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Cello Master Class

Tour | Excursion Through H(elle)’s Kitchen: Performance & Poetry Walk


Join Riga-based Orbita Group (Vladimir Svetlov & Aleksandr Zapoļ) for a walk through the memories and imaginations of the Hell’s Kitchen art and poetry group. The excursion will traverse the midtown west neighborhood that was their home including the building in which the poet Linards Tauns lived; Central Park, where Gunars Saliņš used to take walks; bars where the members of Hell’s Kitchen used to gather; a drugstore; and the hospital emergency room that Tauns visited on his last day of life. Delving into their dreams and texts, the walk explores how the artists thoughts return to the lost paradise of Torņakalns, Āgenskalns and the Moscow Vorstadt districts of Riga.  
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Tours, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Excursion Through H(elle)&rsquo;s Kitchen: Performance & Poetry Walk

Lesson | Getting Started in Genealogy Research


Start your family history research! Learn about the library’s genealogy resources, discover essential research methods and strategies, identify relevant records and how to locate them, and organize your family research information.
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Lessons, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Getting Started in Genealogy Research

Lecture | Shock Therapy: Neoliberalism, National Security, and U.S. Drug Control in Bolivia during the 1980s


Brittany Edmoundson of New York University will be the speaker. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the Q & A session.
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4:00 pm
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Lectures, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Shock Therapy: Neoliberalism, National Security, and U.S. Drug Control in Bolivia during the 1980s

Talk | Artist Talk: Perspectives from Mexico


Jose Dávila is a self-taught artist. He studied architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (Guadalajara, MX). Dávila has been awarded with the 2017 Baltic Artists’ Award in the UK and is a 2016 Honoree of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, USA. Dávila has received scholarships and funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Sistema Nacional de Creadores del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico. The artist lives and works in Guadalajara, MX.
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Talks, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Artist Talk: Perspectives from Mexico

Lecture | "The Most Frightened Victors the World Ever Saw:" American Capitalism and American Democracy, 1919-2019


Ever since the tumultuous years 1919-1921, Americans policymakers have tried to reconcile capitalism and democracy -- and to repel the threat of radicalism -- by promoting the ownership of property by individual citizens, particularly in the form of corporate stocks and family homes. By examining these perennial efforts, this lecture sheds new light on the most pressing political-economic problems in the United States today: corporate power, inequality, the racial wealth gap, the state of American unions, high levels of indebtedness, and low levels of innovation and growth. Is the 'ownership society ideal dead? Is it even possible to reconcile democracy with capitalism in the twenty-first century? Speaker Julia Ott, Associate Professor in the History of Capitalism, investigates how financial institutions, practices, and theories influence American political culture and how, in turn, policies and political beliefs shape economic behavior and outcomes.
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Lectures, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, "The Most Frightened Victors the World Ever Saw:" American Capitalism and American Democracy, 1919-2019

Opening Reception | A Room Of One’s Own: Paintings 


Hisako Kobayashi grew up in Tokyo before moving to New York City in 1981 to earn a Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute. She has exhibited at New York’s Georges Bergès Gallery and the Brooklyn Museum, and at other prestigious venues on four continents. As an abstract painter, her art combines the influences of a person who still feels a strong affinity for her native culture, while integrating her life experience outside of Japan in her work.
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, A Room Of One&rsquo;s Own: Paintings&nbsp;

Opening Reception | American Truth: A Multicentric Survey of Contemporary America


American Truth is a multi-centric survey of contemporary America through the lens-based work of a group of 20 artists. Exhibiting artists present objects and images that reflect a multitude of American experiences. With a focus on the moments that are often missed, ignored, polemicized, made invisible, or even erased by the mainstream media, this exhibition explores our collective understanding of others and ourselves as people living in America. 
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, American Truth: A Multicentric Survey of Contemporary America

Opening Reception | American Truth: Contemporary America Through the Lens


A multi-centric survey of contemporary America through the lens-based work of a group of 20 artists. Exhibiting artists present objects and images that reflect a multitude of American experiences. With a focus on the moments that are often missed, ignored, polemicized, made invisible, or even erased by the mainstream media, this exhibition explores our collective understanding of others and ourselves as people living in America.
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, American Truth: Contemporary America Through the Lens

Opening Reception | Between Four Mountains: The Interplay Between Artist, Subject and Viewer


A solo exhibition by Yana Dimitrova (b.1983), a New York -based, Bulgarian-born painter and mixed-media artist. Yana Dimitrova is a classically trained painter informed by contemporary theory and practice. Her work explores the interplay between artist, subject and viewer. For Dimitrova, her work is a conduit of her life as an immigrant and an artist - ideas around arriving and leaving behind, family and culture. Painting is a universal voice that can empower human experience and provide a sense of universality.
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Between Four Mountains: The Interplay Between Artist, Subject and Viewer

Opening Reception | Elaine Stocki: Caput Mortuum


An exhibition of new paintings and photo-works by artist Elaine Stocki. By working within and across the two mediums, Stocki’s practice critically explores the nuance of difference. A richly colorful term, Caput Mortuum draws color, alchemy, art and death into the exhibition’s circle of interests. With literal translations of worthless remains and death’s head in Latin, Caput Mortuum has broadly lent its name throughout history to various colors, the leftover remains of alchemist’s experiments and mummys’ head (an original source of pigment for artists).
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Elaine Stocki: Caput Mortuum

Film | Hail Satan? (2019): A Comedic Documentary


"This lively, equal parts funny and discomfiting film follows a group of self-identified Satan-worshipers to interrogate their beliefs and practices." -- Washington Post Director: Penny Lane 95 min.
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Films, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Hail Satan? (2019): A Comedic Documentary

Opening Reception | Jessica Lange: Highway 61


Renowned actress Jessica Lange's new body of work, Highway 61, presents a tribute to the storied route which Lange has traveled countless times since her childhood in Northern Minnesota. Highway 61 originates northeast of Minneapolis and runs 1,400 miles along the Mississippi River though the American Midwest and South, rolling through eight states, down to New Orleans. Over the last seven years, Lange has revisited Highway 61 many times to photograph the historic route. Lange has noted that "long stretches of 61 are empty, forlorn, as if in mourning for what has gone missing — the hometowns, the neighborhoods, family farms, factories and mills."  
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Jessica Lange: Highway 61

Opening Reception | Keith Sonnier: Rarely Seen Seminal Work


An exhibition of rarely seen seminal work by Keith Sonnier. Large scale works from the ongoing series Ba-O-Ba, which the artist began in 1968, utilize large panes of glass and Sonnier's signature neon tubing in a geometric composition that forms a confluence between the sculpture and the gallery wall and floor. Based on the Greek mathematical theory of the Golden Ratio, the series takes its title from the Haitian French dialect in Sonnier's native Louisiana for 'bath of color' or 'light bath.' They are quintessential examples of Sonnier's ability to masterfully synthesize architecture and light, speaking to a formal inventiveness that has defined nearly six decades of work.
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Keith Sonnier: Rarely Seen Seminal Work

Opening Reception | Pierre Jahan: Vintage Photographs from the 1930s to the 1950s


In the mid twentieth-century in France, a time when serious ideologies in art played out against a backdrop of rapid political and social change, Pierre Jahan emerged as a figure uniquely equipped to produce compelling photographs that could often slip seamlessly between the disparate worlds of Surrealism and reportage. He was a successful commercial photographer, whose advertisements, editorial work and book cover images were often aligned with the Surrealist ethos, while his reportage work memorably captured historic events and preserved history.
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Opening Receptions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Pierre Jahan: Vintage Photographs from the 1930s to the 1950s

Author Reading | The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers


Authors Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson explore the intersection of migration, race, labor, politics and social change. The authors will share insights and selections from the book while engaging the audience in an interactive exchange of ideas.
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Author Readings, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Music by some of the greatest jazz singers

Lecture | The Power of Art


We live in an era of aesthetics. Art has become both pervasive and powerful – it is displayed not only in museums and galleries but also on the walls of corporations and it is increasingly fused with design. But what makes art so powerful, and in what does its power consist?  According to a widespread view, the power of art – its beauty – lies in the eye of the beholder. What counts as art appears to be a function of individual acts of evaluation supported by powerful institutions. On this account, the power of art stems from a force that is not itself aesthetic, such as the art market and the financial power of speculators.  Art expresses, in a disguised form, the power of something else – like money – that lies behind it. In one word, art has lost its autonomy. In his talk, Markus Gabriel rejects this view.  He argues that art is essentially uncontrollable. It is in the nature of the work of art to be autonomous to such a degree that the art world will never manage to overpower it. Markus Gabriel holds the chair for Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy at the University of Bonn and is also the Director of the International Center for Philosophy in Bonn as well as the director of the Center for Science at Thought at Bonn.
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Lectures, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, The Power of Art

Author Reading | 2 New Books: The Year of Blue Water / Insurrecto


This evening's reading will feature writers Yanyi and Gina Apostol Yanyi is a writer and critic. In 2018, he won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for his first book, The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press, April 2019). Currently, he is a poetry editor at Foundry, a poetry review editor at Public Books, and an MFA candidate at New York University. Publishers Weekly named Gina Apostol's Insurrecto one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. The New York Times calls it "a bravura performance...Apostol is a magician with language (think Borges, think Nabokov)...." Her third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, 2 New Books: The Year of Blue Water / Insurrecto

Author Reading | On Wings of a Lion: International Intrigue and Passion


A whirlwind of international intrigue and passion set in the last days of the Shah of Iran's reign. Join Susan Wakeford Ansgard for a reading of her historical novel, a story of intrigue, treachery, murder and betrayal set during the Iranian Revolution. Wakeford Ansgard is an actress, writer, and director, who was an eyewitness to the Iranian Revolution.
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Book Discussion | Roma | New York: An Interpretative Widening of Art History


Considering the activity of the numerous foundations that contributed in spreading new expressive languages, today appears to be a fundamental operation in view of an interpretative widening of art history. Starting from this consideration, this publication - in two volumes - traces the path of the Murray and Isabella Rayburn Foundation, established in New York in 1982 with the aim of promoting Italian art in the United States. A panel featuring: Emily Braun, CUNY Germano Celant, art historian, critic, curator Laura Mattioli, Founder of CIMA Isabella Del Frate Rayburn, IDF Art Consultants Giorgio Spanu, Olnick Spanu
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Roma | New York: An Interpretative Widening of Art History

Book Discussion | The Ribbon at Olympia’s Throat: A New Look at a 1980s Novel


Bruce Hainley, Wayne Koestenbaum and Christine Pichini for a conversation on Michel Leiris’s The Ribbon at Olympia’s Throat. Written in 1981, toward the end of Leiris’s life, the book serves as a coda to his autobiographical masterwork, The Rules of the Game, taking the form of both shorter fragments (poems, memory scraps, notes) that are as formally disarming as the fetishistic experiences they describe, and longer essays, more exhaustive critical meditations on writing, apprehension, and the nature of the modern.
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Discussion | Creativity, Addiction, and Mood Disorders


A conversation about the relationship between mental illness, psychic suffering, addiction, and creativity, focused particularly on the poets Robert Lowell and John Berryman. Moderated by Phillip Lopate. With Leslie Jamison and clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison, Johns Hopkins University.
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Discussion | The Prospects for Cyber Peace


What might a positive cyber peace look like, and how might we get there? At the end of the day, what is the best we can hope for in terms of "peace" on the Internet? Too often cyber peace is measured as a negative - as the absence or end of cyber attacks. Although certainly desirable, such an outcome is politically and technically unlikely, at least in the near term. Instead, what might a positive cyber peace look like, and how might we get there? At the end of the day, what is the best we can hope for in terms of "peace" on the Internet? This panel of distinguished speakers will provide their perspectives on the prospects for cyber peace. Introduction: Pano Yannakogeorgos, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs Moderator: Christopher Ankersen, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, The Prospects for Cyber Peace

Author Reading | In A Word: Trans: Collected Comics


Justin Hubbell is a trans nonbinary artist, advocate and educator from Rochester, New York. His comics on gender and trans identity have been read and shared on the internet for many years, and have finally been collected in their debut book.
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Author Reading | Mary Toft; Or, The Rabbit Queen


Dexter Palmer introducies his new, fascinating novel. Based on a true story, in 1726, in the town of Godalming, England, a woman confounded the nation's medical community by giving birth to seventeen rabbits. Q&A and Book Signing to follow. Refreshments will be served.
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Author Reading | McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality


Mindfulness is now all the rage. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution. But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the neoliberal status quo?  In McMindfulness, Ronald Purser debunks the so-called "mindfulness revolution," exposing how corporations, schools, governments and the military have co-opted it as technique for social control and self-pacification. A lively and razor-sharp critique, Purser busts the myths its salesmen rely on, challenging the narrative that stress is self-imposed and mindfulness is the cure-all.
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Performance | Mediterranean Migration Monologues: Documentary Theater


The stories of Naomie from Cameroon and Yassin from Libya, who find themselves on a boat to Europe. It also tells of brutal coast guards, dubious sea rescue centers, and activists who fight against migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea. The activists are part of the project AlarmPhone as well as the German non-governmental organization Seawatch. They convince coast guards to search after people in distress at sea and train volunteers to rescue people from drowning. In short, they do what can no longer be taken for granted in 2019: They save human lives. The Mediterranean Migration Monologues are documentary, verbatim theater based on many hours of interviews, which reconstruct real cases of sea rescues in order to narrate from the perspective of those affected—both refugees and activists. One of these cases shows the particularly brutality of the Libyan coast guard.
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Gallery Talk | SIERRA/costa: Mountains and Shore


SIERRA/costa invites visual artists to explore the differences between the sierra heights and the coastal shore through representations or visual metaphors for great contrast. Ecuador boasts deeply rooted cultures both in the sierra of Quito and Cuenca as well as in the Guayaquil coast with the nearby Galapagos Islands.  And even though as an Island Puerto Rico is apparently all coast line, it also has mountains. Both environments provide exceptional sights.
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Author Reading | The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter: A Story of Vanity, Pettiness, and Infidelity 


An evening with Rosmarie Waldrop to celebrate the long-awaited reissue of her brilliant novel. Pippin's daughter dropped her hanky and thus the town of Kitzingen was founded, birthplace of Waldrop's tenacious protagonist Lucy and of the various familial struggles that have shadowed her life. Moving between Hitler’s Germany and contemporary Providence, Waldrop’s narrative tour de force tells a story of vanity, pettiness, and infidelity against a backdrop of historical atrocity.
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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 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: The New Testament's Most Infamous and Sinner

Classical Music | A Thanksgiving Recital: Schumann, Chopin, Debussy


In a special appearance, celebrated Steinway pianist Daniel Gortler presents an evening of works by Schumann, Chopin and Debussy.
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, A Thanksgiving Recital: Schumann, Chopin, Debussy

Concert | America’s Got Talent Contestant Harmonica Virtuoso


America’s Got Talent contestant and cherished TBMS faculty member Jia-Yi He presents a set of famous pieces with unique arrangements for harmonica and woodwind quintet. This performance will also feature the premiere of a brand new composition! Harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He has appeared as a soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra, China National Ballet Symphonic Orchestra and the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared at many television stations including ABC-news, News 12 Long Island, Queens Public Television and Sino Television in the United States.
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Concert | Anthropologies Imaginaires/Imaginary Anthropologies


French Canadian Gabriel Dharmoo's musical practice defies easy pigeon-holing – and sometimes description – going beyond the limits of composition, performance, research, and vocal improvisation. His Imaginary Anthropologies is unpredictable, challenging, and amusing, floating in the fine space between satire and seriousness, between tradition and novelty, between cleverness and folly. In this solo vocal performance, Dharmoo weaves his way in and out of characters, shape-shifting from one to another, drawing his audience into the fray. A video mockumentary runs concurrently, featuring “experts” who comment on the ancient vocal traditions he demonstrates, along with imaginary folklore – all brilliantly highlighting the amazing virtuosic and experimental possibilities of the human voice. It’s a truly memorable musical experience that invites the audience to forget what they know and be a part of something truly singular. The result is a humorous and disturbing exploration of post-colonialism, post-exoticism, cultural extinction, globalization, normalized racism, and cultural appropriation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, Anthropologies Imaginaires/Imaginary Anthropologies

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: Calisthenics written by Michael Feldman Frankie is Famous written by Nadja Leonhard-Hooper Not the Same Old Thong & Dance written by Yilong Liu Dad, What Haunts You? written by Megan Chan Meinero You Got the Keys to My Cheese written by Mara Nelson-Greenberg Little Guys on Boats written by Lizzie Stern
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Performance | Theatre of the Oppressed NYC


TONYC was founded in 2011 by Katy Rubin, who trained with Augusto Boal in Rio, in 2008. After returning to New York and discovering a lack of effective "popular theatre" – interactive theatre created by communities facing oppression – Rubin helped form the Jan Hus Homeless Theatre Troupe, which is now called Concrete Justice. Since 2011, TONYC has grown rapidly in response to a real need from communities in crisis for social change. Our team of Jokers and Jokers-in-Training – the people who help facilitate workshops and performances – now collaborate with TONYC’s troupes to create more than 60 public performances a year.    
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Concert | The Calypso King of the World


The Mighty Sparrow, known as the Calypso King of the World, is a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, and a veritable living legend. A prolific songwriter, he has written over 600 songs and recorded over 60 albums and has been recognized by such songwriters as Bob Dylan and Van Dyke Parks for his genius as a wordsmith. With a legacy that spans recorded history from 78s to digital downloads, his importance to the second half of twentieth-century music stands alongside Bob Marley, Brian Wilson, James Brown, and Frank Sinatra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, The Calypso King of the World

Classical Music | Works By Verdi, Rachmaninoff and More


Ari Pelto, conductor. A performance by Msm Philharmonia Orchestra. Program Giuseppe Verdi Overture to La forza del destino Jean Sibelius Karelia Suite, Op. 11 Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
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Plays, November 21, 2019, 11/21/2019, 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: Super-regret, written by Will Arbery New shoes, written by Jahna Ferron-Smith take me under,  written by Dylan Guerra give it a good sniff, child, written by Sofya Levitsky-Weitz stranger things, written by Andrew Massey ain’t nobody can luv me betta, written by Ife Olujobi
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