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28 free events take place on Wednesday, November 1 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 1 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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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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free events nyc The Sting (1973) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford
free events nyc Dia de Muertos / Day of the Dead
free events nyc Post-Invasion Russia: A Stable New Order or a Collapse Waiting to Happen? (in-person and online)
free events nyc World Ballet Day Performance by Alvin Ailey Dancers (online thru Nov 7)
free events nyc Piano Works by Barber, Rachmaninoff, and More
        

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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Workshop | Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Vocal and Orchestral Works by J.S. Bach (In Person AND Online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Avi Stein, conductor. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), BWV 174 J.S. Bach (1685-1750), BWV 52
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Film | The Sting (1973) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford


Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan. Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won't even know he's been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don't go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo. Director: George Roy Hill Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Robert Earl Jones Paul Newman was an American actor, film director, race car driver, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and more. Robert Redford is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award from four nominations, a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2014, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Festival | Dia de Muertos / Day of the Dead


A celebration of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican tradition of pre-Hispanic origin that celebrates the memory and presence of the deceased. According to popular belief, the souls return home to be with their loved ones. Altars are assembled with offerings, food and rituals to celebrate their visit. Celebrate the holiday with activities and activations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Park Fall Foliage Photowalk


Fall means foliage in the Northeast and the park is one of the most beautiful places to take in the view. Tony Gale shares his best tips for photographing the beautiful colors this time of year.  This free event is for photographers of all levels, from beginner to professional. Loaner equipment will not be available, but they invite you to bring your camera along and take photos. No camera? No problem. Feel free to come learn some new tips or even just enjoy a carefree day in the park. 
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3:00 pm
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Discussion | Post-Invasion Russia: A Stable New Order or a Collapse Waiting to Happen? (in-person and online)


Russia has undergone massive changes since February 24, 2022. Its economy, surrounded by a wall of sanctions, has shifted into the new mode: fiscal-driven military mobilization. Millions of people participate in the war effort as soldiers, workers in the military-industrial complex and volunteers willingly supporting Russian troops in the war against Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands, mostly young skilled professionals, left the country. The Kremlin implemented de facto, if not de jure, martial law, banning all opposition and expanding its propaganda efforts, including an unprecedented overhaul of the education system along the nationalist and conservative lines. Do these developments point to the emergence of a new and stable social order and can potentially survive even a major defeat in Ukraine? Or are they simply haphazard attempts to adjust to the new situation, doomed to failure due to the sharpening of all social contradictions that could very well lead to the regime's or even the state's total collapse? There is some evidence supporting both scenarios. On the one hand, the statistics coming from Russia, as suspect as they are, seem to indicate that the economy is finding a new balance (externally corroborated data, such as import and export volumes, seems to support this). On the other hand, Evgeny Prigozhin's mutiny points to the deep fissures among the elites, including the leaders of various military formations. Volodymyr Ishchenko, a Ukrainian sociologist, and two Russian scholars, Ilya Matveev and Oleg Zhuravlev, will discuss these issues and provide their sometimes diverging interpretations. The event will be moderated by Yekaterina Oziashvili, a political economist from Sarah Lawrence College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Film | Darwin's Nightmare (2004): Fish That Feeds Europeans Threatens Tanzanians


A documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania's Lake Victoria. The predatory fish, which has wiped out the native species, is sold in European supermarkets, while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers. Director: Hubert Sauper 107 min. Followed by a discussion with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | Viktor Orbán and the Illiberal Turn Beyond Hungary (online)


For well over a decade, journalists and academics have been tracing the rise of Viktor Orbán and his particular brand of “illiberal democracy” in Hungary. So, too, have right-wing activists and politicians here in the United States. As last year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas made clear, Orbán is something of a hero, and even playbook-setter for the American Right. A crucial element of this shared approach to populist politics is the appeal to Christianity. The aim of this panel at IRCPL is to explore and lay bare the project that Orbán is enacting, and provide comparative analysis with dynamics in the United States. Speakers Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton) Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University) Jemar Tisby (Simmons College)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Ad Reinhardt: A Unique and Radically Experimental Artist


An exhibition of work from the 1940s by Ad Reinhardt (1913–1967). Reinhardt charted a unique and radically experimental path in his art during the 1940s, thrusting himself, from the outset of the decade, into the project of completely non-objective painting. While many of his contemporaries treated the canvas as a stage for depicting archetypal forms, mythic iconography, and the representation of the subconscious, Reinhardt pursued and achieved a degree of directness in his exploration of color, line, and form that would not be matched by his fellow American abstractionists until the end of the decade.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Sonatabend Recital (In Person and Online)


Artists perform a sonata repertoire with instrumentalists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | What a Way to Make a Livin': Writing about Work


The Festival Neue Literatur partners present the 2023 Friedrich Ulfers Prize Ceremony and the Festival Neue Literatur satellite event, "What a Way to Make a Livin': Writing about Work.” This year’s Friedrich Ulfers Prize will be awarded to the literary translator and writer Tess Lewis. The Festival Neue Literatur satellite event will feature readings by and a conversation among authors Dorothee Elmiger, Andrea Grill, Anja Kampmann, and Christine Smallwood, and will be moderated by Tess Lewis. In this conversation, acclaimed German- and English-language authors Dorothee Elmiger, Andrea Grill, Anja Kampmann, and Christine Smallwood will read from their recent work and discuss "What a Way to Make a Livin': Writing about Work.” Their conversation will be moderated by award-winning literary translator and writer Tess Lewis.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | World Ballet Day Performance by Alvin Ailey Dancers (online thru Nov 7)


World Ballet Day is coming. Celebrate with a streaming of Ailey II performing an excerpt of Alvin Ailey's The Lark Ascending. Watch this lyrical, romantic piece.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Plant Forward: 100 Bold Recipes for a Mostly Healthy Lifestyle


Next Level Chef co-star and Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais and his wife, Jazmin, deliver 100 bold and stylish recipes that cast veggies in the starring role on your plate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Robin Hood's Barn: A Study of Ice Age Culture 


To survive the Ice Ages, our ancestors desperately needed to preserve and transmit essential information. Both that knowledge, and the language that carried it through the millennia, not only survived, but remains visible in plain sight in our calendars, myths, traditions, fairy tales and games. Robin Hood’s Barn is a study of that language of survival, especially the visual language of our Ice Age ancestors. This book is the culmination of the life’s work of the late Professor Arthur Hill Corwin.
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Book Discussion | Skyscraper Settlement: The Many Lives of Christodora House


In 1900, there were over 300,000 people per square mile living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The inhabitants, mostly immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe, often arrived with few possessions and little money. To provide for the newcomers’ urgent needs, settlement houses were established in New York and other cities. Joyce Milambiling's book tells the story of a lesser-known settlement house located across from Tompkins Square Park. From 1897, the resident workers and volunteers at Christodora House, originally called the Young Women’s Settlement, provided classes, clubs, recreational activities, and medical and dental clinics for thousands of New Yorkers on Avenue B, and then in public housing and other locations.
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Book Discussion | Sleep: The English Poetry of Amelia Rosselli (1930-1996)


Amelia Rosselli is one of the great poets of postwar Italy, and recognized as such throughout Europe. She was also a musician and musicologist, close to John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and she waged a lifelong battle against depression. The child of Carlo Rosselli, a major figure in the resistance to Mussolini who was assassinated with his brother Nello in 1937, Rosselli grew up in exile and went to high school in Scarsdale, making her fluent in English. English poetry, especially the lyrics and sonnets of Shakespeare and the Elizabethans, became a prime reference for her own poetry, which mingles formal experimentation with memories of traditional forms to evoke the struggles of an embattled conscience. Rosselli's English poems, some of which were published by John Ashbery in the 1960s, are a major part of her body of work and are invariably included in Italian editions of her collected works. Sleep, the title under which Rosselli herself gathered these poems, is the first publication of her haunting and utterly original English oeuvre by an English publisher, the NYRB. A panel discussion with: Barry Schwabsky, art critic, poet, and author of the volume's introduction Alessandro Giammei, Yale University Isabella Livorni, NYU Moderated by Ara H. Merjian, NYU
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Book Discussion | Visions of Inequality: From the French Revolution to the End of the Cold War (in-person and online)


“How do you see income distribution in your time, and how and why do you expect it to change?” Author Branko Milanovic imagines posing this question to six of history’s most influential economists: François Quesnay, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, Vilfredo Pareto, and Simon Kuznets. In his sweeping and original new history, Milanovic argues that any concept of inequality is inextricably linked to a particular time and place. He joins in a discussion of the new book with Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize–winning economist and New York Times columnist; Clara Mattei, assistant professor of economics at the New School for Social Research; and Donald Robotham, professor of anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center.
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Book Discussion | On Marriage: A Critique and a Celebration


Devorah Baum's compulsively readable, startling, and philosophically rich book about marriage, from an acclaimed critic and filmmaker. “As far back as our history books go, we have no record of a time preceding marriage. Isn’t that an extraordinary fact?” So writes Devorah Baum in this searching and revelatory book. Marriage, for better or for worse, is how humans have organized their world and told their story. Straight, queer, coupled, single: none live outside the remit of marriage. One might as well try to live beyond language. But when confronted with the question “What do intellectuals think of marriage?” Baum concludes that most philosophers have preferred to avoid the subject. Is marriage then an intellectual blind spot? To fill in the gaps, she draws on a wide range of cultural material, from the classical to the contemporary, while interweaving reflections on her own experiences of matrimony to both critique and celebrate marriage’s many contradictions and its profound effects on us all. In doing so, she reveals how marriage has worked as a cover story for power and its abuses on the one hand, and for subversive and even utopian relational practices on the other. Entertaining, illuminating, consoling, and candid, On Marriage is an unprecedented investigation of what we are really talking about when we talk about marriage.
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Book Discussion | The Apple in the Dark: New Translation of Clarice Lispector Novel (online)


A celebration of the complete set of new Clarice Lispector translations published by New Directions—an enormous two-decade project spearheaded by Benjamin Moser, the translator of the just-published The Apple in the Dark). John Keene, Rivka Galchen, and Lucas Iberico Lozada will have a discussion about the stunning new translation of The Apple in the Dark—a chiefly metaphysical book about the nature of existence and creation—and the great Brazilian legend Clarice Lispector, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth-century, “a penetrating genius” (Donna Seaman, Booklist).
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Discussion | Appropriation or Celebration?: A Conversation on Music


Inspired by the New York Philharmonic's performances of works by Ligeti, in celebration of his centennial year, this is a look into art that features cross-cultural references. This dialogue among composers, performers, and scholars addresses how an orchestra can host a variety of cultural perspectives. How can Western classical music respectfully engage in cross-cultural practices, and what can be gained? Participants to include moderator Curtis Stewart, composer / pianist Anthony Cheung, and New York Philharmonic Director of Archives and Exhibitions Gabryel Smith.
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Lecture | Colonizing Gestures and the Colonial Gaze in Images of Equatorial Guinea


Equatorial Guinea’s first published comics artist, Nzé Esono Ebalé, is internationally recognized for his art and activism. His latest graphic narrative collaboration with Spanish journalist Pere Ortín, Diez mil elefantes (2022), focuses on the memory of Spain’s equatorial African colony. It reimagines and remediates Alex Guimerá’s 2015 docufiction film, Un día vi 10.000 elefantes—itself a remediation of an unpublished novel by prolific Equatoguinean author Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel. Diez mil elefantes portrays documentary filmmaker Manuel Hernández Sanjuán’s 1944 expedition to Spanish Guinea through the testimonio of Angono Mba, his (fictional) Guinean porter. The narrative interrogates colonial memory and denounces the physical, racial, and epistemic violence of the colonial project. Because Ávila Laurel’s creative involvement is not credited, however, the production of the comic unfortunately reproduces the very colonial logic it purports to criticize. I attend to this tension as I analyze the comic’s juxtaposition of the practices and technologies of the colonial gaze—specifically the impulse to possess and capture through written word and film—with oral storytelling, magical-real imagery, and Esono’s fantastical color palette. Esono’s mixed-media panels construct a redemptive decolonial archive that celebrates non-Western ways of seeing and knowing; nevertheless, the graphic novel is scaffolded by a harmful reenactment of extractive colonial practices. To grapple with this contradiction, I ask: does this instance of intellectual imperialism undermine the work’s message, or does it further underscore the importance of publishing, reading, and teaching decolonial works—in all their complexity—in hopes that future appropriative acts might be prevented? In English.
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Lecture | Latin America's Energy Transition


No one doubts Latin America’s potential in areas of an energy transition, like the development of green hydrogen and lithium. But while some projects are moving forward, the region is still punching below its weight in terms of attracting investment.  Where are the areas of greatest opportunity for the energy transition? What can we expect from politics in Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil? What is the role of state-run companies?  . Speakers  Mauricio Cárdenas, Professor of Professional Practice in Global Leadership, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; Director, MPA in Global Leadership; Global Senior Research Fellow at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy; and former Minister of Finance and of Energy, Colombia  Luisa Palacios, Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA; Adjunct Professor, Columbia University SIPA; and former Chairwoman, Citgo Petroleum Corporation  José Enrique Arrioja, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly (moderator)
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Discussion | On Being Prolific: Writers in Conversation (online)


Luisa A. Igloria and Eileen Tabios are not just multi-awarded authors with numerous books. The expanse of their prolific output creates its own dimension worth exploring for its impact on the literary life. Luisa has written (at least) one poem a day for almost 13 years to date; during this duration of her daily writing practice, she has published five books and four chapbooks (out of her total output to date of 19 books). Eileen has widened poetry’s expanse to encompass other genres and invented poetry forms that poets can use to create new poems for the rest of time. Join the conversation between these two writers as they explore the related subjects of time, scale, abundance (versus “output”), and finding what works best for their creativity and process.
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Discussion | How Can the Humanities Help a World in Crisis?


Recent years have seen an increasing concern about the decline of the humanities.  The number of PhDs in history,  philosophy, art history, and literature continues to decrease. However, the humanities continue to play an important role in our universities. They help students learn how to structure their knowledge and think about the world differently.  Can the humanities also help us figure out how to address the multiple crises we currently face? Can they give us better tools for understanding social injustice, economic insecurity, threats to our ecology and our health, or risks associated with artificial intelligence?  Can they provide a sense of peace of comfort?  And finally, can they provide tools for confronting the new dilemmas we now face?  Panel:. -- Frédéric Worms is professor of contemporary philosophy at the École normale supérieure (ENS) in Paris. -- Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia.  -- Clémence Boulouque is the Carl and Bernice Witten Associate Professor in Jewish and Israel studies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:15 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Barber, Rachmaninoff, and More


Inesa Sinkevych, piano; Joanne Polk, piano. Program Cecile Chaminade (1857-1944), La Sevillane, Op. 19 for Two Pianos Jie Wang, The Confrontation from Game for Two Pianos Barber (1910-1981), Souvenirs, Op. 28 Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
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7:30 pm
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