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32 free events take place on Tuesday, November 9 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 9 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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32 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Conference | African Communities: Reflections of Coexistence and Cooperation (online)


This series of three lectures explore social, religious, and economic interconnections in Africa and with its neighbors. 11 am Outsiders on the Inside: The Enigmatic Pan-Grave Culture in the Ancient Nile Valley Dr. Aaron M. de Souza 12 pm Ancient Africa: Insights from the Aksumite Town of Beta Samati (Ethiopia) Dr. Michael J. Harrower 1 pm Social Cooperation between Muslims and Followers of Non-Scriptural Religions: A Deep-Rooted West African Tradition Dr. Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias 2-2:30 pm Q&A
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Conferences, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, African Communities: Reflections of Coexistence and Cooperation (online)

Lecture | From Global Heating to a Global History of Heat (online)


Nobody really suffers from global warming. This category (or 'global heating' in better-informed circles) is obviously an indispensable indicator of average historical temperature rise on a global level. Yet collapsing together day and night, summer and winter, Cairo and Siberia, it also directs attention away from the actual experience of heat itself and from the local settings where its wild oscillations occur. A lecture with On Barak, a social and cultural historian of science and technology in non-Western settings. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lectures, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, From Global Heating to a Global History of Heat (online)

Workshop | Blitz Chess


Play blitz chess, a form of speed chess where each player gets 5 minutes. It is fast and fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Workshops, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Blitz Chess

Concert | Midtown Music


Accomplished musicians playing live music in a pop-up performance. Linger and listen for a song or two, come across an unexpected soundtrack during lunch or on your commute home, and be surprised by the melodies of midtown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Midtown Music

Performance | Lunchtime Pop-Up Ice Skating Concert


Ice Theatre of New York performers include Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver, ITNY ensemble members Armen Agaian, Valerie Levine, Liz Schmidt, and young ice dance apprentices Oona and Gage Brown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:40 pm
Free
Performances, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Lunchtime Pop-Up Ice Skating Concert

Discussion | John Brown in Visual Culture (online)


On Sunday October 30, 1859, Henry David Thoreau addressed the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts, to give his account of the character and actions of John Brown, as the abolitionist stood trial for murder, inciting an insurrection, and treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia. Two weeks earlier, Brown had led an unsuccessful raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, that Brown thought would be the spark to ignite rebellion by enslaved people across the South, and ultimately abolition throughout the nation. Brown’s powerful adversaries––many of whom, as members of the Confederacy during the Civil War, would go on to uphold the enslavement of Black people––portrayed him as a madman and a traitor. Despite the outcry from abolitionist allies including Thoreau, he was sentenced to hang on November 2.  In 1942, painter Horace Pippin portrayed the moments leading up to the execution of John Brown. This season of the Artist’s Institute is dedicated to this painting, examining the lasting influence of both John Brown and Horace Pippin in American culture. The Institute began studying the painting with Hunter College graduate students in January 2020, a semester whose final months found us in the streets protesting police brutality and racism––a sobering reminder that the liberation envisioned by Brown and his fellow abolitionists has not yet been realized in the United States. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, John Brown in Visual Culture (online)

Talk | Artist Talk: Spirituality in the Aesthetic Process (online)


Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser is known for her Modernist-inspired geometric constructions. Influenced by the work of Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, who embraced spirituality as part of their aesthetic process, Wieser broadens their ideals to consider the coexistence of abstraction and physiological experience. The artist will give insights into her thinking and practice, and will discuss with Public Art Fund Associate Curator Katerina Stathopoulou the expansion of her work into the public realm, where it has grown to monumental scale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Artist Talk: Spirituality in the Aesthetic Process (online)

Discussion | Decolonizing Human Rights (online)


Human rights are a struggle for ordinary people to hold those in power to account. But in the context of a world of extreme inequality, is international human rights advocacy also an instrument that perpetuates the very hierarchies of knowledge, race, political power and resources rooted in colonialism?  Sakiko Fukuda-Parr in conversation with Irene Khan, Kayum Ahmed, and Gulika Reddy about decolonizing human rights practice - not the principles and standards but their promotion and advocacy.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Decolonizing Human Rights (online)

Discussion | Remembering Kristallnacht: The Forgotten Life of Herschel Grynszpan (online)


In November 1938, Herschel Grynszpan, a Jewish refugee living in Paris, walked into his city's German Embassy and assassinated Nazi diplomat Ernst vom Rath. Grynszpan was just seventeen years old. His actions would later be used as justification for Kristallnacht, the violent antisemitic pogrom which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. Now, eighty-two years later, Herschel Grynszpan has largely faded into history. This is a program exploring Grynszpan's story, how it came to be used as propaganda, and why it was ultimately forgotten. The program will include a discussion between Jonathan Kirsch, author of The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris, and Alan E. Steinweis, Professor of History and Raul Hilberg Distinguished Professoor of Holocaust Studies at The University of Vermont.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Remembering Kristallnacht: The Forgotten Life of Herschel Grynszpan (online)

Film | Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): Scathing Black Comedy


An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. 95 min. Director: Stanley Kubrick. Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden. Dr. Strangelove has four Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included Dr. Strangelove in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was listed as number three on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): Scathing Black Comedy

Concert | Brass Music in Midtown


Come and ‘cut a rug’ on the plaza with NYC’s finest brass bands party drawing on the Jazz heritage of New Orleans to bring you songs from the seventies, numbers from the noughties, and something for everyone in-between.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Brass Music in Midtown

Author Reading | The Death of Jane Lawrence: Marriage of Convenience Turns Fatal (online)


An uncanny, beguiling and captivating page-turner. Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town. With author Caitlin Starling.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Author Readings, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, The Death of Jane Lawrence: Marriage of Convenience Turns Fatal (online)

Opening Reception | Gestures of Affection: In Memory of Louise Fishman


An exhibition of work by Louise Fishman (1939-2021), who passed away over the summer, alongside that of some of her closest friends and colleagues, Suzan Frecon (b. 1941), Harriet Korman (b. 1947), Carrie Moyer (b. 1960), Ulrike Müller (b. 1971), and Dona Nelson (b. 1947). The exhibition has been organized by independent curator Melissa E. Feldman, who has known Fishman since she began writing about the artist's work in the '90s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Gestures of Affection: In Memory of Louise Fishman

Opening Reception | Neil Jenney: American Realism Today


A maverick of twentieth-century American art, Neil Jenney pursues realism as a style and philosophy. He strives to return to the classical ideal of truth and to integrate form and content, while eschewing what he has described as the decorative, expressive qualities of modern abstraction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Neil Jenney: American Realism Today

Concert | Midtown Music


Accomplished musicians playing live music in a pop-up performance. Linger and listen for a song or two, come across an unexpected soundtrack during lunch or on your commute home, and be surprised by the melodies of midtown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Midtown Music

Workshop | Tell Your Story: Learn How to Archive Family Histories (online)


An interactive workshop on how to preserve and share your family histories through oral histories, archival practices, and digital techniques. This workshop is for anyone seeking to preserve and share their family's cultural heritage. Led by St. Joseph's University historian Dr. Ambar Abbas and by Austin History Center archivist Ayshea Khan, this workshop will discuss how to preserve photographs and physical materials, the digitization of content, and conducting oral history interviews with family members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Tell Your Story: Learn How to Archive Family Histories (online)

Performance | Ice Theatre of New York


ITNY will be performing during opening week; atmospheric skating by the ITNY Ensemble and guest star performances by social media sensation Elladj Balde and young apprentices Oona and Gage Brown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Performances, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Ice Theatre of New York

Opening Reception | The Nervous System: A Berlin-Based Art Duo


Featuring new and recent work by the Berlin–based duo Elmgreen & Dragset, the show marks the artists’ first major show with the gallery since they joined in 2020. Elmgreen & Dragset, who have been collaborating since 1995, will take over the first floor for this exhibition comprising a highly narrative domestic scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, The Nervous System: A Berlin-Based Art Duo

Book Club | Fiction Group: The Judges of the Secret Court by David Stacton (online)


The group discusses David Stacton's historical novel about John Wilkes Booth. A long-lost triumph of American fiction as well as one of the finest books ever written about the Civil War, Stacton's novel about how the roles we play become, for better or for worse, the lives we lead, takes us back to the day of Lincoln's assassination, immersing us in the farrago of bombast that fills Wilkes's head while following his footsteps up to the fatal encounter at Ford's Theatre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Book Clubs, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Fiction Group: The Judges of the Secret Court by David Stacton (online)

Performance | Magic Show


Bring the whole family to enjoy a remarkable and funny show with your new favorite magician.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Magic Show

Discussion | Adventures in Italian Opera (online)


Fred Plotkin hosts a conversation with Roberto Scarcella Perino, currently professor at NYU's Italian Department, Italian Language Coach at the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera, and Scholar in Residence at the American Institute for Verdi Studies. Perino has been the recipient of numerous high honors and awards, including an International Competition for Children's Opera and the Musical Analysis International Competition N. Slonimskij.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Adventures in Italian Opera (online)

Talk | Indigenous Foodways (online)


This event will discuss Indigenous Foodways: the study of how recipes, cooking and eating methods, and traditions develop overtime and provide another instance in which Indigenous People creatively preserve their culture within the context of colonization in of North America. The lecture will explore the ancestral diet of Indigenous People and how it both influenced and was influenced by the arrival of Europeans in North America, the dietary effects of the forced relocation of Indigenous People in the 19th century, and the recent revitalization of Indigenous cuisine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Indigenous Foodways (online)

Author Reading | What Just Happened: Notes on a Long Year


With unwavering humanity and light-footed humor, Charles Finch's intimate account of the interminable year of 2020 offers commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic, protests for racial justice, the U.S. presidential election, and more, all with a miraculous dose of groundedness in head-spinning times.  See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, What Just Happened: Notes on a Long Year

Discussion | A Conversation with a Dance Artist (online)


Dance artist Sooraj Subramaniam and his collaborator January Low talk about their work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, A Conversation with a Dance Artist (online)

Discussion | A Conversation with Art Writer Lori Zimmer (online)


Lori Zimmer is a New York-based author whose books include the forthcoming Art Hiding in Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City of Light, Art Hiding in New York: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Secret Masterpieces, The Art of Spray Paint: Inspirations and Techniques from Masters of Aerosol, and The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse. Zimmer spent 12 years as an independent art curator—curating over 50 exhibitions and projects before retiring to focus on writing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, A Conversation with Art Writer Lori Zimmer (online)

Discussion | A Little Piece of Home: Breaking Bread Beyond Borders (online)


In an effort to radically transform a series of shelters along the border in response to the increased migrant population and deteriorating conditions while awaiting approval for asylum in the U.S., global humanitarian organization Alight, in conjunction with various partners have joined together to establish community, sustainability and hope in a new program called A Little Piece of Home. By supplying sustainable sources of food along with educational tools, A Little Piece of Home allows the migrants to participate in one of the most basic acts of human-beings, preparing and gathering for a meal. As migrants from all over travel to the shelter, they bring with them their own stories, cultures and of course, recipes. With: James Beard award-winning cookbook author Sarah Owens, architect and designer Ron Rael, Alight Director of the Americas Annie Nolte-Henning, and Sister Lika.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, A Little Piece of Home: Breaking Bread Beyond Borders (online)

Book Discussion | Black Women on Feminism and Pop Culture (online)


What can mainstream feminism learn from game-changing Black women like Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and Cardi B? Entertainment journalist Sesali Bowen and film and culture critic Zeba Blay discuss a new, inclusive feminism that celebrates Black female identity. Bowen’s debut memoir, Bad Fat Black Girl, interrogates sexism, fatphobia, and capitalism through personal and cultural commentary. Blay’s collection of essays, Carefree Black Girls, contributes to this conversation, examining the strength and fortitude of Black women in American culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Black Women on Feminism and Pop Culture (online)

Concert | Percussion and Piano Quartet (online)


The “fearless” (Time Out NY) percussion and piano quartet creates a unique sonic experience. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Percussion and Piano Quartet (online)

Concert | Performance By Percussion and Piano Quartet (Online)


The "fearless" (Time Out NY) percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire performs Thomas Meadowcroft's Walkman Antiquarian, which juxtaposes music technologies to create an altogether unique sonic experience, paired with the world premiere of Laminar Flow by the Italian composer and sound artist Zeno Baldi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Performance By Percussion and Piano Quartet (Online)

Slide Lecture | Photographer Shows His Works (online)


Photographer Wendel A. White was born in Newark, New Jersey, and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was awarded a BFA in photography and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent projects include “Red Summer,” “Manifest,” “Schools for the Colored,” “Village of Peace: An African American Community in Israel,” “Small Towns, Black Lives,” and others. A selection of images from the “Manifest” project are the subject of a Smithsonian Magazine article dedicated to the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Photographer Shows His Works (online)

Poetry Reading | The Best American Poetry 2021 with Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith (online)


Smith and series editor David Lehman to celebrate and commemorate the 2021 edition of this annual collection. These poems explore and reckon with the difficult emotions exposed by a year of collective upheaval—from Covid-19 and the inequities it has exposed, to racialized police brutality and the terrorism of January 6th—and incalculable loss. From Terrance Hayes’s stirring tribute to George Floyd, to Louise Erdrich’s tender exploration of longing and isolation, to Rita Dove’s poignant examination of police violence as felt by young people, the work in this collection gives voice to the trauma, urgency, and bewilderment we’ve felt as a nation during this time. Smith and Lehman are joined by contributors to this year’s anthology for a reading and discussion of the making of an exceptional, essential collection.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, The Best American Poetry 2021 with Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith (online)
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