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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 12, 2020?

18 free events take place on Thursday, November 12 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 12 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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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, November 12, 2020

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Discussion | Exemplars in Global Health? Comparing Asia's Many Responses to COVID 19 (virtual)


Even as the COVID 19 pandemic continues to be marked by ebbs and flows, a handful of countries in Asia have had relatively sustained success in curtailing morbidity and mortality due to the virus. No single reason - such as regime type, surveillance technology, or experience with past epidemics - seems to explain these countries' comparative achievements. The panel will bring together experts from different states including Japan, Vietnam, China, and South Korea. The juxtaposition of these national experiences will aim to illuminate the constellation of historical, political, infrastructural and other factors that undergird competent public health responses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
Free
Discussions, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Exemplars in Global Health? Comparing Asia's Many Responses to COVID 19 (virtual)

Museums | Outsider on the Inside: Photographs from 1958 to 2008, NYC (in-person)


Bruce Davidson: Outsider on the Inside brings together more than a hundred photographs by legendary Magnum Photos member, Bruce Davidson. Ranging from study prints to rare vintage items, the exhibited works showcase Davidson’s singular ability to chronicle unmediated instances of candor and emotion activated by New York urban space. Throughout his career, Davidson has used his camera to record the stories of communities at the periphery of mainstream society. In the historic Brooklyn Gang (1959), East 100th Street (1970), Subway (1980) and Central Park (1995) photo-essays, the American photographer demonstrates his readiness to shape behind-the-lens relationships with his subjects into unapologetically honest depictions of human nature. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Museumss, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Outsider on the Inside: Photographs from&nbsp;1958 to 2008, NYC (in-person)

Discussion | Repression and Resistance Around the World (virtual)


The webinar will begin with a keynote presentation by Professor Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, whose talk is titled, "The Human, Humanities, and Human Rights." She will focus on the shutting down of gender studies programs globally and how this connects to the issue of human rights. The keynote will be followed by presentations from scholar-members of the New University in Exile Consortium. They will discuss the rise of authoritarianism, anti-intellectualism, and censorship globally, offering perspectives from Turkey, China, and Brazil. The presentations will call attention to restrictions on academic freedom and free speech in each country, and highlight strategies academics use to push back on governmental repression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Discussions, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Repression and Resistance Around the World (virtual)

Classical Music | Tales at the Harpsichord: Music from the 16th – 18th Centuries (virtual)


Kevin Devine, harpsichord About the Program Susannah and the Elders, Pygmalion, The Kuruc Rebellion, Jacob’s wedding. The birth of programmatic instrumental music during the early modern era resulted in some incredibly engaging and enigmatic harpsichord repertoire. Enjoy music from the 16th – 18th centuries that will uncover riveting stories from the past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Tales at the Harpsichord: Music from the 16th &ndash; 18th Centuries (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Squids! Learn with a Marine Biologist (virtual)


Learn all about these charismatic (and delicious!) ocean critters with Sam Cheng, a marine biologist. The inspiration for myths and legends like the Kraken and Chtuthlu, squids are also extremely important to the health of our oceans and the livelihood of fishers around the world. Find out how genetics are used to better understand the biodiversity of squid species and their populations, as well as the importance of sustainable practices in fisheries around the world to support the conservation of these important ocean habitants in this family-friendly program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Slide Lectures, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Squids! Learn with a Marine Biologist (virtual)

Concert | The Queen of Disco: Gloria Gaynor (virtual)


Grammy winner Gloria Gaynor's legendary career spans the past 40 years. Her best known hits from the disco era are "I Will Survive", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Let Me Know (I Have a Right)", and "I Am What I Am".
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, The Queen of Disco: Gloria Gaynor (virtual)

Concert | Celtic Traditional Music (virtual)


Multi-instrumentalist Carlos Nunez celebrates the music of Galicia, Spain's northwest region, which is rich in vibrant Celtic traditional music. Nunez's style draws on influences that range from ancient Celtic music (with a unique Spanish touch) to Medieval and Baroque, and also incorporates sounds and styles of the places where Galicians have settled, including Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, even the United States. He will be joined by folklorist, writer, and educator Stephen Winick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Celtic Traditional Music (virtual)

Discussion | Fashion with a Couture Designer: Upcycling and Sustainability (virtual)


Join couture designer Ronald van der Kemp and The New Fashion Initiative founder Lauren B. Fay who discuss van der Kemp's career and his devotion to craftsmanship, upcycling and reducing waste in fashion. Ronald van der Kemp is a Dutch fashion designer and founder of demi-couture fashion house RVDK, his namesake label, which shows at Paris Couture week and uses exclusively upcycled fabric. Lauren Fay has spent her career committed to improving sustainability, transparency and accountability in the fashion industry. The New Fashion Initiative (TNFI) was born out of a need to create a more collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to fashion and brings together brands, nonprofits and academics to educate future industry leaders. Join Q&A during this pre-recorded event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Fashion with a Couture Designer: Upcycling and Sustainability (virtual)

Classical Music | Handel's Lucrezia: A Noblewoman's Tale of Despair (virtual)


Helen Karloski mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Grossman harpsichord; Matt Zucker cello Program Handel (1685-1759) Lucrezia, HWV 145
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Handel's Lucrezia: A Noblewoman's Tale of Despair (virtual)

Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy by The East River (in-person)


Comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central, MTV, Conan, Jimmy Fallon, and more! Socially distanced outdoor comedy show. Benches available.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Stand Up Comedy by The East River (in-person)

Book Discussion | Jewish Literature in the 20th Century: Authors in Conversation (virtual)


Literary critics Adam Kirsch and Ruth Franklin discuss their compelling work on Jewish literature in the 20th century. Kirsch's The Blessing and the Curse is an erudite and accessible survey of Jewish life and culture in the twentieth century, as reflected in seminal texts. With discussions of major books by over thirty writers, he argues that literature offers a new way to think about what it means to be Jewish in the modern world. Franklin's A Thousand Darknesses examines the question: Do narratives about the Holocaust have a special obligation to be faithful to the facts of history? Franklin argues that the memory-obsessed culture of the last few decades has led to a mistaken focus on testimony as the only valid form of Holocaust writing, making a persuasive case for literature as an equally vital vehicle for understanding the Holocaust.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Book Discussions, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Jewish Literature in the 20th Century: Authors in Conversation (virtual)

Classical Music | Mendelssohn and Dvorak (virtual)


Calidore String Quartet; Xavier Foley, Double Bass Program Mendelssohn Quartet in F minor for Strings, Op. 80 (1847) Original performance November 30, 2017 Dvorak Quintet in G major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass, Op. 77 (1875) Original performance November 14, 2019 This concert series focuses on the work of individual Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists in a variety of ensembles, complemented by a short documentary film on the artist's life and work. Intermission will feature a Q&A with the artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Mendelssohn and Dvorak (virtual)

Concert | Renowned Kronos Quartet Celebrates the Legendary Folk Singer and Social Activist Pete Seeger (virtual)


Kronos Quartet and special guests celebrate multi-Grammy winner Pete Seeger through music and conversation. Through the power of Seeger's eternally relevant cries for unity and moral integrity, Kronos explores the responsibility we have as members of a greater community to question injustice and develop the courage to raise our voices together both in word and song. Kronos Quartet: ?? David Harrington, Violin ?? John Sherba, Violin ?? Hank Dutt, Viola ?? Sunny Yang, Cello
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Renowned Kronos Quartet Celebrates the Legendary Folk Singer and Social Activist Pete Seeger (virtual)

Classical Music | The New York Philharmonic (virtual)


The New York Philharmonic; Jaap van Zweden, conductor This is a recording of February 2020 concert of Project 19 series: Nina C. Young’s Tread softly, Tania León’s Stride, and Ellen Reid’s When the World as You’ve Known It Doesn’t Exist. Project 19 commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment with commissions of new works by 19 women composers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, The New York Philharmonic (virtual)

Theater | David Mamet's Boston Marriage with Tony winner Patti LuPone (virtual)


In Boston Marriage, Anna and Claire, two scheming "women of fashion", have their world upended when Anna receives an enormous emerald and an income to match from a wealthy admirer. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna's help for an assignation. "Very funny...dazzling repartee and exquisite literary banter. 4 stars!" - The Guardian Directed by David Mamet Starring Tony and Grammy winner Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy), Rebecca Pidgeon, Sophia Macy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
$5
Theaters, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, David Mamet's Boston Marriage with Tony winner Patti LuPone (virtual)

Discussion | Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director in Conversation (virtual)


Join new Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, one of the top theater companies in NYC, Adam Greenfield and Managing Director Leslie Marcus to check in on the outlook and upcoming offerings from the company while its theaters are dark. Learn more about its acclaimed Soundstage audio series, new literary magazine Almanac, the Lighthouse Project, digital master classes, and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director in Conversation (virtual)

Concert | Chamber Music for String Quartet, Piano and Voice Live on Stage (virtual)


Chamber music by composer Michael Murray, performed live at C Minor Recital Hall on the campus of Missouri State University. The program will include the world premiere of Butterfly Days (2020) for mezzo-soprano and piano, The Darkening Green (2018) for string quartet, and Genevieve's Cats (2017) for soprano and piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Chamber Music for String Quartet, Piano and Voice Live on Stage (virtual)

Dance Performance | Fusion of African Dance with Contemporary Choreography (virtual)


Choreographer Ronald K. Brown blends African dance traditions with contemporary dance vocabulary to create an aesthetic style that is earthy, powerful and surprisingly intimate. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of one of his signature pieces, Grace.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, November 12, 2020, 11/12/2020, Fusion of African Dance with Contemporary Choreography (virtual)
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Musical | Broadway Cast in a Moving Story

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Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Chorus Performs J.S. Bach

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