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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 12, 2021?

31 free events take place on Friday, 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, November 12, 2021

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Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Tai Chi

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer


Dutch paintings of the 17th century: the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in 17th century Dutch culture--from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women. The presentation also provides the opportunity to conserve and display rarely exhibited paintings, including Margareta Haverman's A Vase of Flowers--one of only two known paintings by the artist. The exhibition takes its title from one of the period's major works of art theory, Philips Angel's The Praise of Painting (1642), a pioneering defense of realism in art. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
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Museumss, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Concert | Band Plays Pop, Folk, R&B, and More in the Park


A band will give a free community concert showcasing a variety of well-known pop, folk, jazz, country, soft rock, and R&B music. The band is a New York City group of friends and music lovers who are inspired to bring entertainment and joy to communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:30 am
Free
Concerts, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Band Plays Pop, Folk, R&B, and More in the Park

Author Reading | Klimat: Russia in the Age of Climate Change (online)


Russia will be one of the countries most affected by climate change. No major power is more economically dependent on the export of hydrocarbons; at the same time, two-thirds of Russia’s territory lies in the arctic north, where melting permafrost is already imposing growing damage. Climate change also brings drought and floods to Russia’s south, threatening the country’s agricultural exports. Author Thane Gustafson predicts that, over the next thirty years, climate change will leave a dramatic imprint on Russia. The decline of fossil fuel use is already underway, and restrictions on hydrocarbons will only tighten, cutting fuel prices and slashing Russia’s export revenues. Yet Russia has no substitutes for oil and gas revenues. The country is unprepared for the worldwide transition to renewable energy, as Russian leaders continue to invest the national wealth in oil and gas while dismissing the promise of post-carbon technologies. Nor has the state made efforts to offset the direct damage that climate change will do inside the country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Klimat: Russia in the Age of Climate Change (online)

Festival | Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington


Be transported back in time and celebrate your local history. This year marks the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Fort Washington, a key event during the Revolutionary War. The Brigade of the American Revolution will perform and lead drills. Come watch a blacksmith demonstration, listen to live 18th-century music, make arts and crafts, and play games from the revolutionary period. Tour the battle scene with a tour guide dressed as heroine Margaret Corbin. Prizes will be offered for the most authentic costumes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington

Symposium | Rethinking German Minimalism (in-person and online)


This event brings together a new generation of artists and scholars to reconsider the classification of “German Minimalism,” a term that has been used to describe artistic practices that emerged in West Germany in the mid-1960s. A panel of art historians and practicing artists will discuss an alternative historical view on German art of the 1960s and a new understanding of its relevance to artistic practices today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Symposiums, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Rethinking German Minimalism (in-person and online)

Discussion | Words with Writers (online)


New York’s brightest students from Columbia University, New York University, and Rutgers College take on six German-language authors: Anna Baar (Austria); Isabel Fargo Cole and Sasha Marianna Salzmann (Germany); Judith Keller and Ivna Žic (Switzerland); and Benjamin Quaderer (Liechtenstein) – as well as students Manuela Ruckdeschel (NYU), Elisabeth Oberlerchner (Rutgers), Aziza Kasumov (Columbia), Robert Joseph Rubsam (Columbia), and Anamarie Katayoon Pasdar (Columbia). In English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Words with Writers (online)

Gallery Talk | Treasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Highlight Tour (virtual)


A docent highlights tour of the Morgan Library and Museum for an overview of the Morgan's history, ranging from the beginning of the collection and the creation of the historic Library to the Museum's expansion of the Morgan campus and ongoing acquisitions. This tour provides a general introduction to the Morgan and includes a selection of highlights from the permanent collection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Treasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Highlight Tour (virtual)

Film | Free Guy (2021): Bank Teller Is A Video Game Character?


A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game. 115 min. Director: Shawn Levy. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi. Free Guy has grossed $331 million worldwide, making it the tenth highest grossing film of 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Free Guy (2021): Bank Teller Is A Video Game Character?

Film | The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)


The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again - and inspire a new family business. 107 min. Director: Tom McGrath. Starring Alec Baldwin(voice), James Marsden(voice), Amy Sedaris. The film is loosely based on the 2010 picture book The Boss Baby and its 2016 sequel The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee. The movie grossed $128 million worldwide. Wireless listening devices are needed to hear the film. Please be there a few minutes early to borrow one with your library card or State/City identification card. Bring your own headphone as these will not be provided, until further notice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)

Museums | Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More


Founded in 1906, the museum and library was built in an Italian Renaissance-style and reflects America's Age of Elegance. In its collection, there is Egyptian art, Renaissance paintings, Chinese porcelains, ancient seals and tablets, medieval art objects as well as literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books, old master drawings, photographs.    Proof of at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the FDA or the WHO, valid ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More

Opening Reception | Mark Tansey: Recent Paintings and Graphite Drawings


Each of Mark Tansey’s paintings is a visual adventure that explores the nature of perception, meaning, and subjectivity. Working with the traditions of figurative and landscape painting, Tansey incorporates his expansive knowledge of history in layers of literary, philosophical, and mathematical references. Distortions of perspective and scale combine with his technical mastery to complicate what it means to view and understand an image.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Mark Tansey: Recent Paintings and Graphite Drawings

Opening Reception | 7 Photographers Show Their Work


See the wide range of photographic art by talented practitioners. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, 7 Photographers Show Their Work

Opening Reception | Nothing Remains the Same: Hometown Imagery


Amani Lewis is a Miami- and Baltimore-based artist whose dynamic, mixed-media paintings foreground their subjects’ humanity and inner resilience. Lewis’ process incorporates photography, digital collage, screenprinting, and glitter into kaleidoscopic, large-scale portraits. The show meticulously combines storytelling, the spiritual, and hometown imagery in a new series of monumental works. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Nothing Remains the Same: Hometown Imagery

Play | The Ding Dongs: A New Dark Comedy


When a sweet-faced couple shows up on a suburban doorstep, an unsuspecting homeowner finds himself the victim of a surreal home invasion. Using wit and wordplay to mask a more sinister threat, the couple wages a battle over indigenous rights from the living room. An offbeat look at the cycle of violence that fuels our system of private property -- with jokes. Written by Brenda Withers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, The Ding Dongs: A New Dark Comedy

Classical Music | Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)


This quartet blends familiar classical tunes with cutting-edge repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (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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Performances, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Ice Theatre of New York

Workshop | Sunset Photo Walk


Discover the magic of the golden light and the blue hour with your camera, and understand how to capture and mix them with the cityscape of Manhattan. During this NYC Photo Walk, travel photographer Esteban Toro will share his best composition tips, the process of planning a photograph and how to take advantage of the available light. Partcipants will be walking the Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo, Brooklyn area. Bring any camera you have available and discover the world through the lens of a traveler. Registered guests will receive meeting location details 24 hours prior to the start of the event.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Sunset Photo Walk

Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts (online)


Featuring: 6:00 pm: Danni Nicholls 6:30 pm: Maggie Carson 7:00 pm: Andrea Wittgens
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, 3 Folk Music Acts (online)

Opening Reception | Catherine Murphy: Recent Work


As Catherine Murphy’s work embraces this close observation, it simultaneously considers the intellectual and the emotional, as well as the abstract nature of painting and of humor. Over the extended time it takes to make each work, Murphy employs a thousand instances of looking, transforming seemingly isolated and fleeting moments into representations of passing time and meditating on reality as a place of constant and inevitable change. By grounding her imagery in the everyday, she loads her representation of familiar places and objects with narrative potential.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Catherine Murphy: Recent Work

Opening Reception | Upbeat: Seminal Design


Michael Anastassiades’ debut solo-exhibition with the gallery and first solo show in the United States. A seminal figure in contemporary design, Anastassiades is internationally renowned for his precisely considered forms that delicately balance material and light. To realize this ambitious body of work, Anastassiades intentionally divested his exploratory prototyping process of industrial fabrication methods. Instead, he consciously resolved to confine production within the studio walls. Localizing initial creation proved a revelatory turning point; marking a departure from the studio’s signature, controlled materials, bamboo has been introduced as a core element.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Upbeat: Seminal Design

Opening Reception | Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection


Multidisciplinary artist Arlene Shechet takes an imaginative and personal approach to her installation of drawings selected from the expansive collection of Jack Shear, whose holdings consist of nearly one thousand drawings dating from the sixteenth century to the present. Shechet emphasizes the intimate relationship between object and viewer in an installation that includes her own carved wooden benches and hand-painted walls.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection

Festival | Borimix Puerto Rico Fest 2021


This year's festival will address the 500-year anniversary of the founding of the capital city of Puerto Rico, San Juan, featuring a broad array of performances, panels, concerts, screenings, and a visual arts exhibit throughout the month. The kick off celebration will take place with a line-up featuring a community award ceremony, the opening of Stone Yucayeque exhibition, headlining performances by Wily Rodriguez and William Parker as part of Jazz Libre, performances from Kevin Quiles Bonilla, and a screening of new work by playwright-director and filmmaker Javier Antonio Gonzalez & Caborca.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Festivals, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Borimix Puerto Rico Fest 2021

Museums | New York City and American History


Founded in 1804, this American history museum holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of New York and the United States. It presents exhibitions on a variety of topics and periods in American history, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Slavery in New York, The Hudson River School, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and much more. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required. Pay-as-you-wish admission available on Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, New York City and American History

Discussion | The Author's Voice (online)


Six German-language authors pair up with celebrated American authors to give a sampling from their work, providing a taste of new writing from Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Moderated by the award-winning author Monique Truong. English excerpts will be read by American authors John Keene, Idra Novey, John Wray and more. In English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, The Author's Voice (online)

Discussion | Becoming a Performer in New York City (online)


No Name creator/host Eric Vetter and author/performer Michele Carlo's friendship (and later, collaboration) goes back to the 20th century. Tune in as they discuss growing up in New York City and their paths to becoming producers and performers in an ever-changing. artistic/comedy/storytelling scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Becoming a Performer in New York City (online)

Concert | Bossa Nova Quintet Outdoors


Enjoy live Brazilian music. Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Bossa Nova Quintet Outdoors

Opera | Sandbox Figaro (Online)


An on-demand stream of Mozart's grand opera in an intimate theatrical setting by the Mannes Opera. 100 min. The Mannes Opera is led by managing artistic director Emma Griffin and operates within the College of Performing Arts at The New School.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Sandbox Figaro (Online)

Classical Music | All-Mozart Evening


Dongmin Kim, conductor. Mozart's Symphony No. 40 brims with drama, intensity, grace and grief - a snapshot into the composer's challenging later years. New York Classical Players pairs this late symphony with the charming Symphony No. 33, complementing Mozart's only oboe quartet. Program Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Oboe Quartet K. 370 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Symphony No. 33, K. 319 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Symphony No. 40, K. 550 About The Performers Conductor Dongmin Kim is the Music Director of the celebrated and innovated New York Classical Players(NYCP). His recent and upcoming engagements in the world's prestigious stages include Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Herbst Theatre, Faulkner Performing Arts Center, Seoul Arts Center, the Lotte Concert Hall, to name a few. Mr. Kim collaborates with some of the world's renowned artists, including Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Cho-Liang Lin, Pamela Frank, Charles Neidich, Peter Wiley, Carol Wincenc, HaeSun Paik, Chee-Yun, Jasmine Choi, and Richard O'Neill. New York Classical Players (NYCP) is an ensemble dedicated to the highest standards of artistry, collaboration, and virtuosity. Inspired by the belief that access to musical excellence is an essential human right, NYCP presents all concerts free of charge. Proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend indoor concerts. Masks are required at all times for all guests and visitors. Audience members who do not comply with the policies will not be admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, All-Mozart Evening

Dance Performance | Award-Winning Performance by an Acclaimed Choreographer and Singer


How do we define ourselves in relation to our biology, DNA, history, and aging? This is a journey both personal and universal, by acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and singer Janis Brenner. She inherited her father’s wavy hair and sarcasm, her mother’s singing voice and fragile bones, but also a lifetime of their belongings, thoughts, and ways of being in the world. Together they reveal moments of a family’s history and a daughter’s path. The work, a poetic narrative, a dance, a play, an opera, and a comic drama, is the winner of the 2018 Best Production, Best Composer, and Best Lighting Design Awards from the United Solo Theatre Festival Off Broadway and the 2019 Critics Award from All About Solo publication.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, November 12, 2021, 11/12/2021, Award-Winning Performance by an Acclaimed Choreographer and Singer
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Performance | A Unique "Magic" Show!

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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