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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 16, 2021?

27 free events take place on Tuesday, November 16 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 16 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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27 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Discussion | The Monetary/Fiscal Policy Mix Needed for Attacking the COVID Slump (online)


There is great interest in understanding the “post-COVID” world, and how the macro policy levers have been and will be moved is clearly an important part of that story. Professor Patricia Mosser, Director of the MPA Program in Economic Policy Management and Senior Resarch Scholar, will engage with faculty members – Willem Buiter, Special Economic Adviser to Citigroup and adjunct Professor, Guillermo Calvo Professor of International and Public Affairs, Takatoshi Ito, Professor of International and Public Affairs, and Jack Lew, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs – to analyze how fiscal and monetary policy around the world may need to adjust as we move out of the most acute phase of the pandemic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, The Monetary/Fiscal Policy Mix Needed for Attacking the COVID Slump (online)

Discussion | Book Bans and the Conservative Critique of Critical Race Theory: What's Really Going On? (online)


Leading scholars, practitioners, and intellectuals discuss new challenges to intellectual honesty and free expression in the educational and civic spheres. This program will assess the issues and opportunities to challenge growing censorship and misinformation efforts, including banning school and library coverage of racial history and literature and associated conservative attacks on Critical Race Theory. Speakers: Tim Komatsu - Research Assistant, Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy Dr. Sheryl Evans Davis - Director, City of San Francisco Human Rights Commission Dr. Nicolas Kanellos - Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies and Founding Director, Arte Publico Press, University of Houston
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Book Bans and the Conservative Critique of Critical Race Theory: What's Really Going On? (online)

Concert | Daytime Piano Recital


Olga Radovic, piano. Pianist Olga Radovic performed in venues like Kolarac Hall, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade, Rekstensamlingene and Kabuso Art center in Norway; Steinway Hall, Yamaha Artists Service Salon, Tishman Auditorium, Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts, Studley Theatre in the US. Olga has participated in multiple festivals, most notably Tel Hai Piano Festival in Israel, Beijing International Music Festival and Academy in China, Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy in Norway, Sommermuik in Nagold, Germany.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Daytime Piano Recital

Discussion | Martin Luther King Jr.: An "Italian" Story (online)


The political activism of Martin Luther King Jr., from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the Selma-to-Montgomery March of 1965, has notably shaped the public debate, and then later the federal legislation, on civil rights in the United States. Since 1966, his opposition to the War in Vietnam and his efforts to organize a "Poor People's Campaign" started a new and controversial phase of the Civil Rights Movement. Outside the US, this "radical" King has often been neglected and re-shaped into the comforting icon of an American hero, minimizing the political and moral impact of his vision. This is a discussion on the intersection of the racial question in the United States and Italian history. Starting with the recent publication of Paolo Naso's Martin Luther King. Una storia americana (Laterza, 2021), this event aims to discuss the reception and intellectual debate in Italy around the ideas and the public figure of Martin Luther King Jr. from the early 1950s to the killing of Jerry Masslo in 1989. In English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Martin Luther King Jr.: An "Italian" Story (online)

Discussion | Narrating Srebrenica: Conducting Oral Histories with Genocide Survivors (online)


In the hills of eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina sits the small town of Srebrenica–once known for silver mines and health spas, now infamous for the genocide that occurred there during the Bosnian War. In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb Army captured and murdered over 8,000 Muslim men and boys, while forcibly bussing the women and girls away from the enclave. Twenty-six years later, many of Srebrenica’s surviving men and women continue to wrestle with coming forward to talk about their harrowing experiences. This is a conversation about the practical, ethical, and gendered challenges involved in conducting oral history interviews with and obtaining consent from genocide survivors. This is a virtual event featuring the authors of Voices from Srebrenica: Survivor Narratives of the Bosnian Genocide, Hasan Hasanović, Head of the Oral History Project at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial and himself a genocide survivor, and Ann Petrila, Professor of the Practice and Coordinator of Global Initiatives at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work; as well as Selma Leydesdorff, Professor of Oral History and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and author of Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak (Indiana University Press, 2011). Moderated by Laura B. Cohen, Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, CUNY.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Narrating Srebrenica: Conducting Oral Histories with Genocide Survivors (online)

Forum | The Happiness Summit: New Directions in Mental Health (online)


Happiness — the science of it, the pursuit of it, conquering the roadblocks to it are the focus of this forum, bringing together experts in the areas of positive psychology and mental health, authors and professors. Positive psychology and the elements that fuel emotional wellbeing and contentment has become a flourishing field, as mounting stresses have brought the prioritization of our mental health to the forefront. In a series of panels and workshops, our experts explore the roles of relationships, gratitude, resilience, spirituality, sleep and more, and how we can optimize them toward a life of greater optimism, purpose and joy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Forums, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, The Happiness Summit: New Directions in Mental Health (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
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Workshops, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Blitz Chess

Discussion | Where to Now? The New Challenges to Russian Independent Media (online)


Independent journalism in Russia currently faces the most difficult circumstances since the advent of free media in the country. As the Kremlin expands its use of coercion under the guise of legalistic categories such as "undesirable organization" and "foreign agent," journalists and media organizations confront a set of serious challenges. How do journalists continue their professional work and interact with state authorities, while defending freedom of expression and their personal security? More generally, what is the role of the media under current political conditions? Ann Cooper, Professor Emerita at Columbia Journalism School, interviews Roman Badanin, founder and editor-in-chief of recently established investigative media outlet Agentstvo and former editor-in-chief of Proekt, and Galina Arapova, Director of the NGO Mass Media Defence Centre (Russia) and a practicing media lawyer who has defended journalists in Russian domestic courts and at the European Court of Human Rights. Moderated by Elise Giuliano (Harriman Institute).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Where to Now? The New Challenges to Russian Independent Media (online)

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
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Performances, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Lunchtime Pop-Up Ice Skating Concert

Discussion | Book Bans and the Conservative Critique of Critical Race Theory: What's Really Going On? (online)


Leading scholars, practitioners, and intellectuals discuss new challenges to intellectual honesty and free expression in the educational and civic spheres. This program will assess the issues and opportunities to challenge growing censorship and misinformation efforts, including banning school and library coverage of racial history and literature and associated conservative attacks on Critical Race Theory. Speakers: Tim Komatsu - Research Assistant, Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy Dr. Sheryl Evans Davis - Director, City of San Francisco Human Rights Commission Dr. Nicolas Kanellos - Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies and Founding Director, Arte Publico Press, University of Houston
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Book Bans and the Conservative Critique of Critical Race Theory: What's Really Going On? (online)

Screening | Ganef: Short Film on the Trauma Experienced by Holocaust Survivors' Families (online)


A screening and discussion of the award-winning short film from director Mark Rosenblatt. Inspired by stories from the aftermath of Rosenblatt’s own family’s Holocaust survival, the film explores, through the tiniest of domestic details, the subtle and complicated impact of trauma on the next generation. The film, set in London in 1962, centers on a little girl, spooked by a dark tale from her mother’s Holocaust past, who starts to believe her adored cleaner is a thief. It stars Lydia Wilson, Izabella Dziewanska, and Downton Abbey’s Sophie McShera.  This program will include a screening of the 14-minute short film followed by a discussion with the team behind the film. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Irit Felsen, a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with Holocaust survivors and their families.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Ganef: Short Film on the Trauma Experienced by Holocaust Survivors' Families (online)

Film | Trading Places (1983): Oscar Nominated Comedy With Dan Aykroyd And Eddie Murphy


A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. 116 min. Director: John Landis. Starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy. At the 56th Academy Awards, the movie was nominated for Best Original Score. At the 41st Golden Globe Awards in 1984, the film received two nominations: Best Musical or Comedy (losing to romantic drama Yentl) and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Murphy
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Films, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Trading Places (1983): Oscar Nominated Comedy With Dan Aykroyd And Eddie Murphy

Talk | Artist Talk: Sources of Inspiration (online)


Artist Toots Zynsky speaks about her work and sources of inspiration. Zynsky’s work is included in more than 80 museum collections in the US, Europe, Asia & Australia, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt in New York City; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs du Louvre in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards including the 2015 Smithsonian Visionary Award, the Women’s Center of Rhode Island Annual Women of Excellence Award in 2013 and the Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2006.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Artist Talk: Sources of Inspiration (online)

Book Discussion | The Family: Novelist Discusses Book with Today's Jenna Bush Hager (online)


A captivating debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia, and a coming-of-age story of twentieth-century Brooklyn itself. Author Naomi Krupitsky talks with Jenna Bush Hager.
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Book Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, The Family: Novelist Discusses Book with Today's Jenna Bush Hager (online)

Opening Reception | Exhibition as Image: Group Show


This show focuses on the role exhibition documentation plays within artistic practice, exhibition making, and criticism. With the advent of increased visibility, the homogenization of documentation has typically flattened exhibitions into images. As such, this group show reframes how art is seen by artists who have either documented exhibitions or who take the documentation of art as a basis for their own work, offering counterpoints to processes of standardization. See link for COVID protocols.
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Opening Receptions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Exhibition as Image: Group Show

Discussion | European Literature Night 2022


European Literature Night returns bringing some of Europe's brightest literary talents to the New York audiences. Critically acclaimed authors as well as translators and performers representing 11 E.U. countries will read excerpts from new works and beloved classics and engage in a panel discussion exploring the topic of literature and peace. The 2022 lineup includes authors Bianca Bellova (Czech Republic), Krystyna Dabrowska (Poland), Raphaela Edelbauer (Austria), Olivier Guez (France), Sandor Jaszberenyi (Hungary), Nora Krug (Germany), Askold Melnyczuk (Ukraine), Claudia Serea (Romania), Ilmar Taska (Estonia), and translator Birute Vaicjurgis Slezas (Lithuania). Members of NYC-based Saudade Theatre will perform a reading of works by Jose Saramago (Portugal). Panel moderated by Andrew Singer, director and editor in chief of Trafika Europe, Europe's literary radio station.
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, European Literature Night 2022

Book Discussion | Go-Go's Drummer Gina Schock Discusses Her Book Made in Hollywood


The Go-Go's were the first all-female rock group in history to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and reach the top of the Billboard charts with their album, Beauty and the Beat. This is drummer Gina Schock's personal account of the band, which includes a treasure trove of photographs and memorabilia collected over the course of her 40-year career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Go-Go's Drummer Gina Schock Discusses Her Book Made in Hollywood

Jazz | Gypsy Jazz and Vintage Swing


This Brooklyn group is New York's busiest jazz band. This quartet blends the sounds of New Orleans, Paris, and Manhattan hustle and bustle to form a unique and invigorating show.
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Jazz | Gypsy Jazz And Vintage Swing By Trio


The Bailsmen play Gypsy Jazz and Vintage Swing music. With over 200 events and concerts a year, The Bailsmen are New York's busiest jazz band. These four young musicians mix the sounds of Paris, New Orleans, and New York city hustle and bustle to form a uniquely fun and upbeat show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Gypsy Jazz And Vintage Swing By Trio

Lecture | Intelligence Challenges in the Digital Age (online)


Speaker Amy Zegart of Stanford University specializes in U.S. intelligence, emerging technologies and national security, grand strategy, and global political risk management. She also served as a founding co director of the Stanford Cyber Policy Program. Zegart has been featured in The National Journal as one of the ten most influential experts in intelligence reform. Her forthcoming book is Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Intelligence Challenges in the Digital Age (online)

Gallery Talk | Type Tour of The Push Pin Legacy (online)


Type historian and educator Paul Shaw leads a virtual guided tour of the exhibition. He will look at the whimsical and playful  lettering and type featured in the exhibition, including many early iterations of alphabets designed by Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast. Get a new perspective on iconic posters and album covers by Push Pin Studios.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Type Tour of The Push Pin Legacy (online)

Lecture | St. Eustatius and the American Revolution (online)


In 1776, the US vessel Andrew Doria sailed to the Dutch island of St. Eustatius carrying a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Upon its arrival, the island's governor provided a formal cannon salute to the ship's patriot flag, marking the first acknowledgement of the United States' sovereignty.  In this presentation, Sergio Villavicencio, Vice President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, will delve into the early relationship between the United States and St. Eustatius, which critically supplied the patriots' cause by smuggling the necessary goods to keep the American Revolution going, and how the island's fate years later decisively affected the end of the Revolutionary War.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, St. Eustatius and the American Revolution (online)

Book Discussion | Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and The Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal (online)


Author Eric K. Washington calls James H. Williams “part of the central nervous system of the Harlem Renaissance”. Yet somehow, Williams’ life and achievements have been nearly forgotten. Born to formerly enslaved African American parents in 1878, Williams “broke the color line” of Grand Central’s white, Red Cap attendants upon his hire in 1903. The Red Caps; a balance of porter, escort and guide of the city, seamlessly ushered guests to and from trains with limited visibility. In 1909 Williams became the chief attendant of Grand Central Terminal, the first and most notable Black American officer, a position he would hold until his death. Highly visible, Williams became a celebrity and legend in his own right, commanding the respect, esteem and confidence of the twentieth century’s elite. Under his leadership and influence, the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal became a workforce employing hundreds of Black American men, at a time when Black Americans had to fight for job opportunities. A highly coveted and stable position, innumerable Black men advanced, finding ambitions for themselves and for the community within Harlem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and The Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal (online)

Discussion | A Conversation with a Storyteller/Performance Artist (online)


Helixx C. Armageddon is a storyteller intrigued with the human condition. She is a performance artist who weaves together poetry, music, and fashion to shift her audiences from observation to participation. Known for impassioned performances, Helixx channels a space for community, connection, and dialogue. For her, words are powerful and create more than narrative: words create action and momentum towards a more just world. Helixx has performed in New York City venues including Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Hammerstein Ballroom, Gene Frankel Theatre, Howl! Happening, Blue Note Jazz Club, and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.
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Discussions, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, A Conversation with a Storyteller/Performance Artist (online)

Author Reading | Tidesong: Fantasy Graphic Novel (online)


Wendy Xu launches her debut solo fantasy graphic novel. Sophie is a young witch whose mother and grandma put pressure on her to attend the best magic school in the realm, even though her control over her magic is shaky at best. When she’s sent away to train with strange relatives who won’t let her near a spell book, she attempts magic on her own and entangles herself with Lir, a young water dragon who’s trapped in his human form. With Lir’s help, Sophie might just ace her entrance exams, but that means thwarting his attempts to regain his memories and true self.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Tidesong: Fantasy Graphic Novel (online)

Concert | Saxophonist Hailed By The New York Times


Daniel Bennett, Saxophon; Mark Cocheo, guitar. The Daniel Bennett Group has been featured in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Indianapolis Public Radio, San Francisco Examiner, St. Louis Public Radio and the Village Voice. Time Out New York describes the music as, "hypnotic." In addition to leading his own band, Daniel Bennett performs in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater productions in New York City. Daniel Bennett currently plays woodwinds in Blank! The Musical, the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage. The New York Times calls the show, "Witty, Likable and Ludicrous!".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 16, 2021, 11/16/2021, Saxophonist Hailed By The New York Times
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