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29 free events take place on Friday, November 19 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 19 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, November 19, 2021

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

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 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Tai Chi

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Rome: The Colosseum (livestream)


If you come to Rome, you can't miss the Colosseum. It is one of the most, if not the most, iconic Roman monuments still standing today. On this tour with Sara, you will focus on the history and archaeology of the spectacular amphitheatre, also known as the Flavian amphitheatre. Built in 72 a.d by the Flavian family and completed in only 8 years by the Jewish slaves, it was a real stadium dedicated to the gladiatorial fights, animal hunts and public executions. Although it is not possible to go inside of the Colosseum, Sara will show you this main symbol of Rome and its imposing construction that, with almost 2,000 years of history, will bring you back in time to discover the way of life in the Roman Empire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Rome: The Colosseum (livestream)

Discussion | The Taliban Takeover, Women's Right and the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan (online)


This panel aims to bring together human rights activists, professionals, and students for a discussion on the future of Afghan women’s rights in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover. The panelists will examine the current state of women's rights in the country and discuss the impact of a growing humanitarian emergency that threatens to further undermine these rights. They will share their perspectives on ways to build effective activism and discuss some of the urgent steps needed from the international community and human rights stakeholders for the realization of women's rights in Afghanistan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, The Taliban Takeover, Women's Right and the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan (online)

Book Discussion | #WomenofBiH: 50 Bios from Bosnia-Herzegovina (online)


A book talk with Amila Hrustić Batovanja and Masha Durkalić, two co-authors of this illustrated collection of 50 biographies of extraordinary women from Bosnia and Herzegovina who made a unique contribution to the history of BiH, advocated for emancipation and gender equality, have changed and are still changing its society for the better. The book is illustrated by 50 women artists, designers and illustrators from BiH.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, #WomenofBiH: 50 Bios from Bosnia-Herzegovina (online)

Lecture | Castrating Classicism: Karoline von Günderrode's Don Juan (online)


Lecturer Frauke Berndt is currently the Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University. She teaches as Professor of German Literature at the University of Zurich, after holding positions at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, The University of Chicago, and Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen. Berndt has published widely on rhetoric, aesthetics, and literary theory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Castrating Classicism: Karoline von G&uuml;nderrode's Don Juan (online)

Gallery Talk | Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800-1500: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)


A sweeping overview of manuscript production in the Holy Roman Empire, one of the most impressive chapters in the history of medieval art. While little known and rarely seen by the general public, these illuminated manuscripts count among the most luxurious works of art from the Middle Ages. Designed to edify, to entertain, and above all to embody the sacred, these manuscripts and their spectacular illuminations retain the ability to dazzle and inspire modern audiences just as they did those of the Middle Ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800-1500: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)

Film | Bad Boys for Life (2021): Action Comedy With Will Smith And Martin Lawrence


124 min. Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah. Starring Will Smith,Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens. The movie is the sequel to Bad Boys II (2003) and the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise. It grossed $426.5 million worldwide, making it the third highest-grossing January release of all time and the fourth highest-grossing film of 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Bad Boys for Life (2021):&nbsp;Action Comedy With&nbsp;Will Smith And Martin Lawrence

Film | Black Widow (2021): A Superhero Movie With Scarlett Johansson


Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. 135 min. Director: Cate Shortland. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour. Black Widow broke several pandemic box office records and grossed over $379 million worldwide, becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Black Widow (2021): A Superhero Movie With Scarlett Johansson

Film | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971): Oscar Nominated Musical Fantasy With Gene Wilder


A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory. 100 min. Director: Mel Stuart. Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum. The movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score, and Wilder was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971): Oscar Nominated Musical Fantasy With&nbsp;Gene Wilder

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 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More

Lecture | Response-Ability: A Manifesto on Ecocide (online)


The Argentinian artist collective Etcétera presents a manifesto, a manifestation about ecocide. Ecocide is the mass damage and destruction of ecosystems—severe harm to nature that is widespread or long-term. In recent months, legal experts from around the world have come together to rework a definition of ecocide, which is intended to be adopted by the international criminal court to prosecute the most atrocious crimes against the environment. Joined by special guests, the collective presents this lecture/performance. Seeking to give support and visibility to this new definition of ecocide, Etcétera presents material from the second chapter of their current research through a collection of voices, images, testimonies, and public actions around this topic. 
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Lectures, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Response-Ability: A Manifesto on Ecocide (online)

Tour | Bolivia: The Valley of The Souls (livestream)


Valle de las Animas (The Valley of The Souls) The name of the valley has two possible explanations: the first is the one referred by the local community members who affirm that in the sector the wind produces pitiful sounds when passing between the formations; the second is that the elongated shapes of the formations suggest the silhouettes of spirits. The valley contains geological formations that resemble gigantic needles and pointed watchtowers of castles 30 to 70 meters tall. The plateau and the 'Laguna de las Animas' are part of this landscape that offers an exceptional view of Illimani and the other snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera. This is a site that defies nature, due to the present morphology molded by natural factors.
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Tours, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Bolivia: The Valley of The Souls (livestream)

Symposium | Environment, Climate and Cultural Heritage: Native American Perspectives (online)


This event gathers distinguished leaders in law and practice who advance the protection and survival of the cultural heritage of Indigenous communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Environment, Climate and Cultural Heritage: Native American Perspectives (online)

Classical Music | Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)


This quartet blends familiar classical tunes with cutting-edge repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Concerts, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)

Film | In My Room (2018): A World Vanished (online; streaming through Nov. 21)


A bored man suddenly realizes everyone around him has disappeared though he isn't sure what happened. Director: Ulrich Kohler Stars: Hans Low, Elena Radonicich, MIchael Wittenborn
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Films, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, In My Room (2018): A World Vanished (online; streaming through Nov. 21)

Book Discussion | The Art of Oz: Witches, Wizards, and Wonders Beyond the Yellow Brick Road


Oz archeologist Gabriel Gale will be in conversation with preeminent Oz historian John Fricke discussing how Gale brought to life all the creatures and inhabitants from L. Frank Baum’s beloved series, many illustrated here for the first time: wicked witches and their armies, mythical beasts, elemental fairies, robots, insects, one-legged and two-sided people, and many more sky, land, sea, and underground creatures.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, The Art of Oz: Witches, Wizards, and Wonders Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks required. Admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (reservations open two weeks in advance).
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Talk | Death and Dying: Ethical Considerations and Art-Based Interventions (online)


In this virtual workshop, art therapist Lisa Furman will provide an art-based psychotherapeutic model for palliative and terminal illness care within the context of ethical practice. Ethical challenges in end-of-life care will be discussed. Participants will receive an overview of palliative care assessment domains as well as evidence-based population and culturally-specific interventions grounded in the creative process. Case examples using art-based interventions will be provided.
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Talks, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Death and Dying: Ethical Considerations and Art-Based Interventions (online)

Opening Reception | The Forest: The Borderless Relationship Between Nature and Humans


Iconoclast provocateur Dumitru Gorzo (b. 1975), the bad boy of contemporary Romanian art, is ready to fill the Institute with a ”forest” of striking works, highlighting his steady commitment to innovation and experimentation. The exhibition marks the artist's first solo show at the RCI and solidifies his status as one of Romania’s most prominent contemporary artists, whose practice relies on a bold conceptual approach with a twist of neo-pop sensibility and a satiric attitude toward societal issues. Gorzo was born in Ieud, northern Romania, and currently lives and works in Bucharest and Brooklyn, NY. He is the co-founder of ROSTOPASCA, one of the most influential artist groups in Romania of the last decades. He has harnessed a multitude of mediums in his career, and his works range from paintings to sculpture, to hand-hewn wooden reliefs with a Romanian folkloric aesthetic to works on paper and installations.Gorzo’s sculptural language combines convention and innovation in a lyrical way, raising questions about the nature of forms: how volume relates to space, how form relates to context, how tangible objects become images and how images become tangible objects.
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Opening Receptions, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, The Forest: The Borderless Relationship Between Nature and Humans

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 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Bossa Nova Quintet Outdoors

Lecture | God, Gold and Geopolitics: The Fall of Tenochtitlan and Its Legacy, 1521-2021 (online)


This past August marked the quincentennial of the fall of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, and with it, the end of the Aztec Empire. Dr. Simon Sheppard of Long Island University discusses his book on the the fall of the Aztec Empire along with the lingering legacy of the Spanish conquest.
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Lectures, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, God, Gold and Geopolitics: The Fall of Tenochtitlan and Its Legacy, 1521-2021 (online)

Classical Music | Mozart's Requiem at a Cathedral


Orchestra of St Luke's musicians and Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie are joined by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, soprano Lauren Snouffer, tenor Andrew Haji, bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, and the Musica Sacra Chorus for a program of choral and orchestral music. The concert begins with Haydn's Te Deum, a liturgical celebration originally commissioned by Empress Marie Therese of Austria at the turn of the 19th century. Paired with this work is Mozart's Requiem, one of Western Art Music's most revered and mysterious works. Commissioned just weeks before Mozart's death, the Requiem was incomplete at the time of his passing and was completed in secrecy by Mozart's pupil Franz Xaver Sussmayr. While the specifics of the composition process remains somewhat of a mystery, the legacy of the piece is clear: Mozart's Requiem will be forever known as one of the most significant contributions to Western Art Music. Doors will open at approximately 6 pm. The concert is sold out but there will be a stand by line for patrons without tickets that will be seated after 6:55 pm, so please plan your arrival time accordingly. Proof of full vaccination (it must be at least 14 days from the last shot), ID, masks are required.
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Concerts, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Mozart's Requiem at a Cathedral

Concert | New Music Quartet Plays World Premieres (online)


Program: Andrés Guadarrama Como hilos de viento y luz DM R The Sunsets on Mars are Blue (World premiere) Taylor Brook The Machine Stops (World premiere) Founded in 2005 by four like-minded friends who were graduate students at SUNY Stony Brook, Yarn/Wire is a new music quartet dedicated to the promotion of creative, experimental new music in the United States and abroad. After exhausting the preexisting available music confined under the new music umbrella, they realized in that in order to keep playing, they would have to actively create music in partnership with composers, sound artists, noise musicians, and more around the world. After 15 years, they are still as curious and in love with music as the earlier days of the ensemble, and just as dedicated to finding depth and value in the music they believe in.
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Concerts, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, New Music Quartet Plays World Premieres (online)

Jazz | Performance By Jazz Trio


Neal Kirkwood presents his compositions for piano along with original arrangements for the Blue Inventions Trio , featuring Tim Harrison, flute & Ron Horton, flugelhorn. Pianist Neal Kirkwood has performed and recorded with jazz artists Pony Poindexter, Bobby Previte, Lindsey Horner, Phillip Johnston, and Mike Clark and others. He has toured internationally with vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Abby Lincoln, Michel Hermon, and Chris Connor. Please be prepared to show proof of your full vaccination status. Masks are required.
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Concerts, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Performance By Jazz Trio

Concert | Works By Modern Composer


Soprano Christine Browning and pianist Marc Peloquin will present a program of vocal works, solo piano music by composer Jack Beeson, known for his operas. The concert will also present the world premiere of Beeson's revised edition of Leda for speaker and piano. Program ''Leda" for reciting voice and piano (1957; rev.1995) The Widow's Waltz and Cigarettes to Ashes Turn ( Two Arias Transformed for Piano) transcribed by Marc Peloquin (2000) A Fugue in Flight (2009) Indiana Homecoming (1956) Margaret's Garden Aria (1968) Fifth Piano Sonata (1951; rev. 1973) About The Performers Pianist Marc Peloquin has performed at such venues as The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Town Hall, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Bargemusic . He has also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Gardner Museum in Boston and the American Academy in Rome. Soprano Christine Browning made her Carnegie Hall Debut in December of 2018 and her European debut earlier that year with the Canto Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. In summer 2017, she was a Festival Artist with Utah Festival Opera where she covered the title role in Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem, and portrayed Maud Dunlop in The Music Man. Jack Hamilton Beeson (1921-2010) was an American composer. He was known particularly for his operas, the best known of which are Lizzie Borden, Hello Out There!, and The Sweet Bye and Bye. His notable students include Charles Wuorinen, John Kander, Phillip Ramey, Alice Shields, Joan Tower, Harvey Sollberger, Michael Rosenzweig, Bright Sheng, Mark Birnbaum, and Richard Einhorn. Limited seating capacity - first come first served Must show Ticket or RSVP Confirmation Must present Vaccination Card or Excelsior Pass Must fill out Health Screening Survey and present confirmation email Masks required
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Concerts, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Works By Modern Composer

Play | Hurrah of the Women: Dizzying Comedy About Family (online)


A play centered around the dizzying three-month cohabitation of four women: a smart and obedient daughter-in-law; her daughter, an actress in her 30s who is struggling to find her place in the world; a traditional mother-in-law and lady of the house; and a free-spirited boarder in her 70s. The play is a delightful and exhilarating bundle of emotions for all women who are living their lives full of responsibility and sacrifice. Not just a story “for women,” but one “with women,” the play is full of both laughter and tears as it dives into the true meaning of family and love. In Korean with English subtitles.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Hurrah of the Women: Dizzying Comedy About Family (online)

Symposium | NFTs: Future or Fad? (online)


Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are a contemporary point of confusion and controversy. This symposium will serve as a guide to this growing, creative, and potentially lucrative, market, and will discuss the role copyright can play in protecting these assets.
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Symposiums, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, NFTs: Future or Fad? (online)
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