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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 20, 2020?

20 free events take place on Friday, 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, November 20, 2020

All events, things to do on Friday, November 20, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

Play | Bright Colors And Bold Patterns: a play about your worst-nightmare wedding guest (virtual)


Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot, because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says "Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns." In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left? By Drew Droege Directed by Paul Conroy
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Plays, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Bright Colors And Bold Patterns: a play about your worst-nightmare wedding guest (virtual)

Staged Reading | Anton Chekhov: Audio Plays by Cynthia Nixon and Others (virtual)


You'll hear "A Drama" performed by Cynthia Nixon--an ambitious writer overwhelms her idol; "Rapture" performed by Robin Miles, Sam Underwood (Fear the Walking Dead; The Following), Rainn Wilson (Star Trek: Discovery; The Office), and Di Zhu--a young man enjoys his 15 minutes of fame; "Which Is Better?" performed by Rainn Wilson--Chekhov debates the merits of schools vs. pubs; and "Verotchka" performed by Rainn Wilson--a studious young man confronts romance. Hosted by Emmy winner Jane Curtin (Broadway's Noises Off, Candida, Our Town).
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:05 am
Free
Staged Readings, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Anton Chekhov: Audio Plays by Cynthia Nixon and Others (virtual)

Theater | Broadway Actors in a Comedy, The Jerry Duncan Show: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Others (episodes 1-4; virtual)


The series follows Jerry Duncan, a popular podcaster who interviews politicians and celebrities in the headlines: everyone from Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders. Jerry is a middle-aged, bombastic, arrogant and at the same time an insecure nebbish who has lived alone with no exit ramp in sight. His mother Maggie is still trying to ruin his life.. even though she died months prior, according to doctors,"by yelling her lungs out until her heart failed." Video series based on off off Broadway play The Jerry Duncan Show. Written by Dean B. Kaner, political satirist for Humor Times. Directed by Broadway veteran Nick Corely (Burn This; Plaza Suite) Cast: Stand-up comic/actor Josh Hyman as Jerry Duncan (Men Are From Mars, Women.. Venus Live!; Drunk Shakespeare), Matthew Arkin as Bernie Sanders (Sunshine Boys, Dinner with Friends, Losing Louis), Molly Erdman as Elizabeth Warren (Second City), Jeff McCarthy as Joe Biden (Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, Chicago), Lauren Molina as Ginger Daniels (Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages), June Rachelson-Ospa as the voice of Maggie Duncan (co-wrote Tourettaville, Rapunzarella), Maria Peyramaure as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bart Shatto as Donald Trump (War Paint, The Civil War, Dracula), Christina Bianca as Sarah Palin (singer and leading impressionist; appeared on Ellen and The Today Show). Can be streamed anytime.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Broadway Actors in a Comedy, The Jerry Duncan Show: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Others (episodes 1-4; virtual)

Discussion | The Future of America's Leadership in Space (virtual)


Join the conversation about the state of play for America's future in space. While U.S. preeminence in this domain is undeniable, innovation across government and commercial technology is needed to maintain a robust national space enterprise. This is particularly vital in the face of the global pandemic and its impacts, when earth observation can provide critical intelligence for navigating through the crisis. How will space-based capabilities impact American national security and economic interests in a changing geopolitical landscape? Hear from esteemed leaders across the U.S. defense, intelligence and space industry community as they explore these and other issues: - How can the U.S. government and Congress can best tailor their policies to support geospatial innovation in both the private and public sectors? - What is the current state of the U.S. space industrial base, and how have its critical supply chains been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? - What is the current state of competition for dominance of the space domain amongst key global actors, including Russia and China, and how do new/shifting alliances play into this? - Could U.S. businesses' ability to trade and travel freely be impacted by a loss of U.S. dominance of the space domain? - What is the role of space surveillance in supporting a wide range of national security priorities, including search and rescue and environmental priorities in the Arctic?
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Discussions, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, The Future of America's Leadership in Space (virtual)

Classical Music | Chamber Orchestra Performs Mendelssohn, Debussy (virtual)


Manhattan School of Music String Chamber Orchestra; George Manahan, conductor  Program Mendelssohn String Sinfonia No. 5 in B flat major James Lee III Symphony No. 1. First movement “Preamble” Debussy Danses sacree et profane Holst St. Paul’s Suite
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Chamber Orchestra Performs Mendelssohn, Debussy (virtual)

Jazz | Jazz Band in a Park: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More (in-person)


David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and more. The band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Jazz Band in a Park: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More (in-person)

Lecture | Collegium with John Wilson: Beethoven and Thomas Mann (virtual)


Beethoven scholar Dr. John D. Wilson's current and future projects include the books Young Beethoven, Beethoven in Context (Cambridge 2021) and the multivolume series “Music at the Bonn Electoral Court” (Bonn 2018–2021). He is also the author of articles on Beethoven for the Oxford Bibliographies Online and Grove Music Online (with Erica Buurman, planned for 2023).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Collegium with John Wilson: Beethoven and Thomas Mann (virtual)

Slide Lecture | The Long Island Estates that Inspired The Great Gatsby (virtual)


Explore the magnificent estates and mansions of Long Island's "Gold Coast" that are believed to have inspired The Great Gatsby, the classic 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that centered around one of the world's premier collections of glamour, luxury, and architectural achievement. Led by historian Gary Lawrance, this virtual showcase will include: -A historical overview of the North Shore of Long Island and why it became the social epicenter of New York's prominent families and known world wide for its wealth, glamour, and dazzling social life; - Aerial photos circa 1926 showing the endless estates that once were surrounded by ancient forests or overlooked the Long Island Sound -- it's believed over 2,000 of these palatial estates once stood; - A deep dive into some of the most prominent Long Island estates and families including Harbor Hill (a sprawling 100-room French Chateau), Beacon Towers (an over-the-top fantasy castle built by multi-millionaire and major suffragette Alva Belmont), and Pembroke (host to decadent parties where high society mixed with Broadway and Hollywood Stars, which is believed to be the inspiration for Jay Gatsby's parties); - Archival photographs showcasing the interiors of these "Gold Coast" mansions, which were all decorated with fine antiques and rare artworks Q&A will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
$10
Slide Lectures, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, The Long Island Estates that Inspired The Great Gatsby (virtual)

Workshop | Intro to Digital Marketing (virtual)


Step into the world of digital marketing and explore the components of brand building and see how modern marketers drive successful campaigns using content, email, social media, paid advertising channels, and more. Using real-world case studies, you will: Break down the components of a digital marketing campaign. Survey today's digital marketing landscape and its career opportunities. Learn to approach a marketing campaign by identifying your objectives first. Get hands-on practice identifying key performance indicators (KPIs).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Intro to Digital Marketing (virtual)

Movie in a Park | Sound of Metal (2020): Drama with Riz Ahmed (Rogue One) (drive-in theater, in-person)


Metal drummer Ruben begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf, hoping it will help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew. The fiction feature film debut of director Darius Marder (Loot), Sound of Metal features an astonishing performance by Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions, The Night Of, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and innovative sound design that bring the audience into the interior life of a young man whose life has been transformed overnight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Sound of Metal (2020): Drama with Riz Ahmed (Rogue One) (drive-in theater, in-person)

Concert | Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)

Classical Music | Evening Fantasies: Debussy, Duke Ellington and More (virtual)


Faculty members of the Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) explore the world of fantasies and memories. Pianist Judith Olson will join guest Rolf Schulte in a program which will include Nikolai Medtner's Night Song as well as Debussy's evocative Sonata for Violin and Piano. Bassoonist Gili Sharett leads an ensemble of faculty and guests in a program of traditional and original music from Colombia that will include works by BSM theory faculty member Sebastian Cruz and Rafi Malkiel as well as Duke Ellington's Black and Tan Fantasy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Evening Fantasies: Debussy, Duke Ellington and More (virtual)

Classical Music | Piano Cantabile: Survey of Beethoven’s Variations (virtual)


The Mannes Sounds Festival presents young artists from The Mannes School of Music. All-Beethoven Program Thirty Two Variations in C Minor on an Original Theme, WoO80  Seven Variations on “God Save the King”, WoO78  Six Variations in F Major on an Original Theme, Op.34  Fifteen Variations and Fugue in E flat Major on an Original Theme “Eroica”, Op.35 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Piano Cantabile: Survey of Beethoven&rsquo;s Variations (virtual)

Theater | Saving Wonderland: Innovative Family Adventure with Alice (live-streamed, virtual)


What happened to Wonderland after Alice returned home? In this innovative new adventure, the audience is plunged back down the rabbit hole as Alice herself, choosing the direction of the story in this fantastical re-thinking of the popular classic. Filled with beloved characters and mind-bending puzzles, the familiar turns peculiar as you search for missing gears from the White Rabbit’s watch in order to restore order to Wonderland and help save the day. A new, family-friendly adventure like you’ve never experienced before--live, interactive and in real time! You control the story as Alice to help save Wonderland. Making choices along the way that guide the action, you meet up with familiar friends, and turn back the hands of time over and over and over again
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Saving Wonderland: Innovative Family Adventure with Alice (live-streamed, virtual)

Staged Reading | Shakespeare's La Pucelle (Joan of Arc) (virtual)


La Pucelle (Joan of Arc), by William Shakespeare by John Reed On the eve of war, Joan battles with her own demons, rousing her troops to the battlefield, the salvation of France, and certain death. During this extended soliloquy, Joan appeals to God, demons, her troops, even the ghost of her father to help her save France and herself. But she is plagued by delusions and personalities that may be either spirits and premonitions, or her own un-diagnosed mental illness, so misunderstood at the time. John Reed takes inspiration from Shakespeare's Henry VI mentions of Joan of Arc and restructures them (along with several other classic Shakespeare texts) in order to allow Joan to tell her own story-that of a complex girl thrust into a war she did not start. Readings by Mieko Gavia, directed by Tony Torn. Followed by Q&A
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Shakespeare's La Pucelle (Joan of Arc) (virtual)

Screening | Lou Reed's Berlin (2007): "A grimly majestic concert film." --The New York Times Critic's Pick (virtual)


Lou Reed, formely of the Velvet Underground, had recorded the Berlin album in 1972, when he was at a peak in his solo career, having just released Transformer, which included the Top 20 hit "Walk on the Wild Side." Expectations were high that Reed would achieve another big commercial success, but, instead he delivered a gorgeously dark concept album about drifting, tormented addicts in love, broken-hearted and self-destructive, on the outskirts of a divided city. Although now widely recognized as a masterwork, Berlin was panned by critics, and Reed, deeply wounded, put it away without ever performing it live in full. That is, until St. Ann's Warehouse and the Sydney Festival's Fergus Linehan joined forces to fulfill Reed's dream: to produce a staged concert of the album. Lou Reed's Berlin Live was an ecstatic, late-career triumph for Reed, captured on film by the great rock cinematographer Ellen Kuras.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Lou Reed's Berlin (2007): "A grimly majestic concert film." --The New York Times Critic's Pick (virtual)

Concert | J.S. Bach, Monteverdi, Purcell: Music and Conversation, Part 2 (virtual)


Music historian and American Classical Orchestra's Artistic Director Thomas Crawford will lead a fascinating exploration of the popular Baroque form Chaconne (music with a repeating bass line) through performances, discussions with guest artists, and more. Mexican mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza joins an intimate, hand-picked ensemble which features strings, plucked instruments, and harpsichord, with voice and percussion. Enjoy a lament by Claudio Monteverdi (d. 1643), JS Bach's incomparable masterpiece, Chaconne from Partita No. 2, and chaconnes by Barbara Strozzi (d. 1677) and Henry Purcell (d. 1695). This is Part 2 of the series. Part 1 takes place on Nov 17, 7:30 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, J.S. Bach, Monteverdi, Purcell: Music and Conversation, Part 2 (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites (virtual)


Ever since John Dexter's striking production marked the company premiere of Dialogues des Carmelites in 1977, Poulenc's devastating masterpiece has been a favorite of Met audiences. To close out the 2018-19 season, Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin led a starry revival of the opera. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the fearful Blanche de la Force, who joins a convent of Carmelite nuns in order to escape the terrors of the French Revolution. The exceptional cast also features sopranos Erin Morley and Adrianne Pieczonka and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill as some of Blanche's fellow sisters, with tenor David Portillo as the protective Chevalier de la Force. Maestro Nezet-Seguin leads a gripping performance throughout--from the opera's chaotic first bars to the chilling death scene of Madame de Croissy (sung by the incomparable Karita Mattila) to the work's harrowing final moments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Met Opera: Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites (virtual)

Play | On Beckett / In Screen: "CRITIC'S PICK! Captivating...radiant, living theater" - New York Times (virtual)


On Beckett / In Screen, An Exploration of the Works of Samuel Beckett. In this intimate evening, master clown and Tony winner Bill Irwin's approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett's work - including "Waiting for Godot," "The Unnamable," and "Texts for Nothing" - will allow audiences to experience the Nobel Prize winner's language in compelling new ways. Conceived and performed by Bill Irwin Directed for camera by M. Florian Staab and Bill Irwin
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, On Beckett / In Screen: "CRITIC'S PICK! Captivating...radiant, living theater" - New York Times (virtual)

Dance Performance | Ballet Gala! (virtual)


Pacific Northwest Ballet's annual First Look Gala! Watch excerpts from Balanchine's Appolo, Stowell's Swan Lake, the premiere of Madrid-born choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo's Pacopepepluto and other works. Cerrudo has worked with Stuttgart Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 2. His pieces have been performed by more than 20 dance companies around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, November 20, 2020, 11/20/2020, Ballet Gala! (virtual)
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