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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 3, 2023?

38 free events take place on Friday, November 3 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 3 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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38 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, November 3, 2023

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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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8:30 am
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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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Festival | First Friday: Exhibitions, Tours, Workshops, Performances


Explore the museum's exhibitions and attend a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Symposium | Food & Fashion Symposium


The Food & Fashion Symposium features preeminent food and fashion scholars, as well as designers, chefs, and artists, exploring how, for over two centuries, food culture has impacted fashion, and vice versa. Topics include sustainability, the creative overlap between fashion and food within haute cuisine and through social media, how cultural identity and social justice are communicated through food and fashion, how body image and eating practices intersect with food and fashion, and how artists express the relationship between these two vital aspects of culture and society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free

Discussion | Industrial Policy, National Security, and Globalization (online)


Professors Bernard Hoekman and Petros Mavroidis are the co-authors of a new book that examines how the WTO and the international trading system can respond to the actions of major economies using national security and economic security policies (subsidies, investment restrictions, export restraints, etc.) Former Trade Minister Han-koo Yeo and the moderator, Professor Merit E. Janow, will join the discussion. The webinar will consider: Is the world deglobalizing? How are governments using policy tools to support economic and national security? What are the cross-border and international consequences and the implications for the global trade regime? What can be done to reduce the negative spillover effects and increase cooperation?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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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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Film | Funny Thing About Love (2021): romantic comedy


A successful business woman takes her boyfriend home for Thanksgiving only to find her family is scheming to reunite her with her lost love. Director: Adam White Cast: Jon Heder, Barry Corbin, Summer Bellessa, Brooke White, Pat Finn
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Technical Lands: A Critical Primer


Jeffrey S. Nesbit (Temple University) and Charles Waldheim (Harvard University) present their co-edited book.  Designating land as technical is a political act. Doing so entails dividing, marginalizing, and rendering portions of the Earth inaccessible. Technical lands are co-extensive with political and physical boundaries instrumentalized by their exceptional status. Their remote location, delimited boundary, and active management occlude their visibility. Technical lands include disaster exclusion and demilitarized zones, extractive industry sites, airports, and spaceports, among dozens of other typologies. Despite the recent emergence of a discourse on technical lands, our understanding of these geographies remains unclear. Technical Lands: A Critical Primer assembles authors from a diverse array of disciplines, geographies, and epistemologies to illuminate the meanings of these spaces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | The Good House (2021) with Sigourney Weaver


A New England realtor ignites long-buried emotions and family secrets when she rekindles a romance with her old high school flame. Directors: Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena Baccarin, Rob Delaney Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. A figure in science fiction and popular culture, she has received various accolades, including a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Grammy Award, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | Margin Call (2011) with Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons


When an analyst uncovers information that could ruin them all, the key players at an investment firm take extreme measures to control the damage. Director: J. C. Chandor Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci Kevin Spacey is an American actor. Known for his work on stage and screen, he has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and more. Jeremy Irons is an English actor and activist. He is known for his roles on stage and screen having won numerous accolades including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. He is one of the few actors who have achieved the "Triple Crown of Acting" having won Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Awards for Film, Television and Theatre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Film | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Starring Russell Crowe


In 1805, aboard the H.M.S. Surprise, the brash Captain Jack Aubrey and his trusted friend, the ship's scholarly surgeon, Stephen Maturin, are ordered to hunt down and capture a powerful French vessel off the South American coast. Though Napoleon is winning the war and the men and their crew face an onslaught of obstacles, including their own internal battles, "Lucky Jack" is determined that nothing will stop the Surprise from completing its mission. Director: Peter Weir Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany Russell Crowe is an actor who has earned various accolades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a British Academy Film Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Museum Highlights Tour


A highlights tour of these exhibitions: A Collection without Borders -- celebrates the art and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Goa and the Philippines. Includes a wide range of paintings and decorative arts. Featuring works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Murillo, Tápies, Viladrich, Arrieta, and many more. Anatomy of a Fresco: Drawings of José Clemente Orozco from the Wornick Collection -- Anatomy of a Fresco features a rare group of figurative sketches for portraits and preparatory works for large-scale murals made during the Mexican Mural Movement. Sorolla's Vision of Spain -- The monumental series of 14 paintings known as Vision of Spain by the Valencian master Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. A truly unique, immersive experience that captures the essence of turn-of-the-century rural Spain. Sculpture on the Audobon Terrace -- Immerse yourself in Penetrable, an interactive sculpture created by Jesús Rafael Soto, as well as Marta Chilindron’s Orange Cube 48, the inaugural selection for Art on the Audubon Terrace, a partnership with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Lecture | Writing the Crowd of the Human World: Nation and Proletariat in Fedor Reshetnikov’s Ethnographic Fictions (in-person and online)


This talk considers the “peasant question” that became acute in the wake of the 1861 emancipation of the serfs in the Russian Empire in relation to the “nationalities questions” of the same period through the lens of Fedor Reshetnikov’s fictional ethnographic sketches from the 1860s. These “questions,” among the proliferate big social questions of the era, are often taken separately, primarily because they were discussed separately in the press at the time. But Reshetnikov’s work shows that the issue of how to imagine national belonging across class lines was closely linked to issues of ethnic and confessional difference.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Exploring the Constellations Above New York


Choreographer Anna Maria Hakkinen's newest work takes minimalist dance as its point of departure, exploring star constellations above New York and Helsinki as blueprints for movement. Collaborating with a community of New York's finest downtown dance artists, Hakkinen reinterprets Judson Dance Theater figure Lucinda Childs thus creating a bridge between the past and the present through an original score featuring a harpist and electronic dance music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:45 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Fruits of Labor: Reframing Motherhood and Artmaking


Artists: Ahna Serendren - Anna Maria Maiolino - Ashley January - Gabriela Vaisencher - Graziela Kunsch - Katya Meykson - Koyoltzintli - Sara Shaoul This show brings together women artists unpacking the vastly personal yet universal experience of mothering. Encompassing painting, sculpture, video, installation, photography and text-based work, the exhibition evokes motherhood thematically, but also explores the countless tangential ways in which this subject appears in artists’ practice, as a mode of work and being.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Aaron Fowler: Bigger Than Me 2: The Mecca


New works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung


The mysterious world of Cursed Bunny with  author Bora Chung and translator Anton Hur. Published in the US for the first time, Cursed Bunny was longlisted for the 2023 National Book Award in Translated Literature and shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize. This event will be moderated by Frances Cha, critically acclaimed author of If I Had Your Face. Bora and Anton explore their writing processes along with their favorite Korean horror tales when they examine various themes with Cursed Bunny. Following the discussion, you will have the opportunity to meet Bora Chung and Anton Hur in person along with the option to have your copy of Cursed Bunny signed. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Ellen Jong: Another Mother


An exhibition of new work by the artist Ellen Jong. Putting traditional calligraphic ink to unexpectedly groundbreaking ends, Jong’s sculptures reimagine an ancient communicative tool to explore the body, stereotypes, personal history, and cultural identity. Comprising a series of velvet wall works and a functional fountain sculpture, Another Mother marks Jong’s solo debut at the gallery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Interplay: Group Show


A celebration of endless curiosity and discovery in our world of art. By paying homage to the historical journey and rise of street art and its trailblazing artists, we wish to bridge the gap between the past and present, tradition and innovation. This exhibition seamlessly weaves through the work of iconic artists and captivating figures from the most important arena in all of art – the street.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Lynda Benglis: Skeletonizer


Twentieth century pioneering artist and early experimenter in hand papermaking, Lynda Benglis was first commissioned to make work for Dieu Donné's 25th Anniversary in 2001. That series of highly original sculptures were unlike anything Benglis had produced before and opened up new directions for hand papermaking. To celebrate Dieu Donné's forthcoming 50th Anniversary in 2026, Dieu Donné asked Benglis to create a new body of work. After two years of in-depth development with support from Dieu Donné's expert papermakers, Benglis has created a series of important sculptures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Ricky Day: Love and Blackness


An exhibition of photographs by Harlem-based interdisciplinary artist Ricky Day. This solo art exhibition and reception promises to be a feast for the eyes and a celebration of love and blackness. Prepare to be captivated by Day's powerful and thought-provoking artworks that beautifully depict the essence of black culture and identity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Colonialism and Alienation: From Tosquelles to Fanon (in-person and online)


When Frantz Fanon resigned his position at Blida’s psychiatric hospital, he famously wrote to the Governor General of Algeria that he could no longer work as a psychiatrist in a country run on principles that generated madness: "Madness is one of the ways that humans have of losing their freedom. And I can say that, placed at this junction, I have measured with terror the extent of the alienation of this country’s inhabitants. If psychiatry is the medical technique that sets out to enable individuals no longer to be foreign to their environment, I owe it to myself to state that the Arab, permanently alienated in his owncountry, lives in a state of absolute depersonalization." This was no hyperbole. Fanon’s descriptions of the colonial system and the difficulties of escaping its effects in the postcolonial period are deeply determined by his psychiatric thought and practice, which in themselves were revolutionary.  The purpose of this talk is to explain the links between Fanon’s thoughts on disalienation in psychiatry and in history, and to do so starting from his training with the revolutionary Catalan psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles whose remarkable work has recently been republished and will soon be celebrated in a major exhibition in New York. Speaker: Jean Khalfa, Trinity Professor in French Studies at Cambridge University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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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
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6:00 pm
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Dancing | Boromix Latinx Dance Party


The night marks the opening of a new group exhibition titled BORI-GUAY: Sur and a celebration with live Latin dance music by Las Mariquitas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Dogs of Summer: A Brutal Picture of Girlhood


In Andrea Abreu's buzzy debut, a ten-year-old narrator is consumed by thoughts of her best friend Isora. Isora is rude and bossy, but she’s also vivacious and brave; grownups prefer her, and boys do, too. That's why sometimes she gets jealous of Isora. But she's definitely not jealous that Isora’s mother is dead, nor that Isora's fat, foul-mouthed grandmother has her on a diet, so that she is constantly sticking her fingers down her throat. Besides, she would do anything for Isora: gorge herself on cakes when her friend wants to watch, follow her to the bathroom when she takes a shit, log into chat rooms to swap dirty instant messages with strangers. But increasingly, our narrator finds it hard to keep up with Isora, who seems to be growing up at full tilt without her—and as her submissiveness veers into a painful sexual awakening, desire grows indistinguishable from intimate violence. Braiding prose poetry with bachata lyrics and the gritty humor of Canary dialect, Dogs of Summer is a story of exquisite yearning, a brutal picture of girlhood, and a love song written for the vital community it portrays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Emperor of Rome by Mary Beard, in Conversation with Host of Project Runway, Tim Gunn (In Person AND Online)


In SPQR Mary Beard told the thousand-year story of ancient Rome. In her new book she turns to the emperors who ruled the Roman empire, from the very famous Julius Caesar, who was assassinated in 44 BCE, to the decidedly less well-known Alexander Severus, who was assassinated in 235. Along the way she tracks down the emperor at home, at the races, on his travels, even on his way to heaven. She introduces his wives and lovers, rivals and slaves, court jesters and soldiers—and the ordinary people who pressed begging letters into his hands. Mary Beard talks with Project Runway's Tim Gunn about writing history as only she can write it, and going directly to the heart of Roman (and our own) fantasies about what it was to be Roman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Why Sinéad O'Connor Matters: The Rise and Fall


A stirring defense of Sinéad O’Connor’s music and activism, and an indictment of the culture that cancelled her. In 1990, Sinéad O’Connor’s video for “Nothing Compares 2 U” turned her into a superstar. Two years later, an appearance on Saturday Night Live turned her into a scandal. For many people—including, for years, the author—what they knew of O’Connor stopped there. Allyson McCabe believes it’s time to reassess our old judgments about Sinéad O’Connor and to expose the machinery that built her up and knocked her down. Addressing triumph and struggle, sound and story, Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters argues that its subject has been repeatedly manipulated and misunderstood by a culture that is often hostile to women who speak their minds (in O’Connor’s case, by shaving her head, championing rappers, and tearing up a picture of the pope on live television). McCabe details O’Connor’s childhood abuse, her initial success, and the backlash against her radical politics without shying away from the difficult issues her career raises. She compares O’Connor to Madonna, another superstar who challenged the Catholic Church, and Prince, who wrote her biggest hit and allegedly assaulted her. A journalist herself, McCabe exposes how the media distorts not only how we see O’Connor but how we see ourselves, and she weighs the risks of telling a story that hits close to home.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Jazz | A Tribute to Jazz Composer Bill Evans


Michael Cochrane and his ensemble pay tribute to one of his major influences, American jazz composer and pianist Bill Evans, in a concert featuring selections from Evans' album We Will Meet Again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Reading | Emerging Writers Share Their Work


Features MFA students (the "emerging writers") from a mix of genres reading alongside a headlining author.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Talk | How to Eventually Drag Your Private Life, Kicking and Screaming, Into the Public...After Passing a Few Roadblocks


Su Friedrich will give the background story on the motivation, ideas and formal concerns surrounding the making of her films. You will also hear about the technical, aesthetic, financial, and emotional roadblocks that she's hit along the way to finishing them (or in some cases, dumping them). She will then show excerpts from some of the films that actually survived scrutiny.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concert | Piano, Flute, and Guitar Performance


Joan Forsyth, piano; Amy Hersh, flute; and William Anderson, guitar perform the music of Joan Tower, Vasyl Barvinsky, Teresa Carreno, Bohuslav Martinu, Reinhold Gliere, Amanda Harberg, and Marty Rokeach.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Screening | Projections and Performances: The Work of Ericka Beckman


Ericka Beckman has made acclaimed works across Super-8mm, 16mm, and expanded cinema formats since the 1980s. Engaging live-action choreographed sequences, as well as handcrafted layered animation and fast paced soundtrack, Beckman transforms the cultural norms communicated through common-place material such as fairytales and games. This evening's screening and discussion with curator Piper Marshall will draw on Beckman’s long standing exploration of “the performance of the image” and the artist’s notion that physical action and our memory constructs cultural images and influences both our behavior and perception of reality. Beckman’s work has been collected and screened at numerous institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, and MoMA PS1.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lecture | The New Cold Wars: Their Origins and Their Likely Trajectories (online)


Dr. John Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, is the speaker. Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics more generally, including The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Jazz | Brass Concert


Brass concert featuring Judy Mendenhall, Ryan Roberts, Brandon Ridenour, Nick Schwartz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Dancing | Desi Dance Party


The multitalented DJ, producer, curator, and activist DJ Rekha is a pioneer in live-mixing Bhangra and Bollywood songs with electronic music and Hip-Hop. Rekha's first LP, 2008's DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra, featured a collaboration with Wyclef Jean and received a Best DJ Album nomination at the PLUG Awards. Appointed the "Ambassador of Bhangra" by The New York Times, Newsweek has credited Rekha as being one of the most influential South Asians in the U.S. An inductee into New York City's People's Hall of Fame, Rekha was an official DJ for the 2017 Women's March on Washington. For this autumn celebration dance party, Rekha will spin an eclectic mix of South Asian dance floor hits accompanied by dynamic visuals, live percussion, and professional dancers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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