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63 free events take place on Thursday, 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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63 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, November 16, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) with Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, and Carrie Fisher
free events nyc Piano Master Class with Grammy Nominee Richard Goode
free events nyc The Lady Fortune and the Period of the Tremendous Flowering of Music
free events nyc South Indian Music (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc The Death of Public School by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cara Fitzpatrick
free events nyc Small Tragedy: Comedy About Staging a Sophocles Play
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Workshop | Fitness Yoga Class


Experience something new or enhance your yoga practice with instructors from Chelsea Piers Fitness. A complimentary, hour-long Vinyasa Flow classes in the Maker's Studio and start your day with a bit of balance. Make sure to bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Conference | Vues et Visions: Theorizing the Trans/Queer Avant-Garde


Featured topics:  9:45-11:30 Morgane Cadieu, “Almost an Island” Václav Paris, “Birds, Rocks, and Indifference” Ariel Goldberg, “Image Making in Romantic Entanglement” 11:45-1:00 [zoom panel] Hannah Frydman, “Voyage Away from Lesbos: Sappho's Present Absence in Cahun and Moore's Vues et visions" Annabel Kim, “Reading the Writing as a Wall” 2:30-4:15 M Ty, “Nonbinary!” Amelia Groom, “The Way of Cats” Juno Richards, “Queer/Trans Disability at the Crossroads of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore” 4:30-6:00 Emily Apter, "Trans Erotics and the Duogram: On the Cahun/Moore Partnership in Modernist Aesthetics” Jack Halberstam, “Turbulence— A Queer Aesthetics” In English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Dance Performance | Communi-Tree: Dances About Nature


Communi-tree is an educational dance program offering a creative experience of nature for children of all grades. The Time Lapse Dance ensemble, directed by choreographer Jody Sperling, is renowned for creating visually-stunning and accessible works exploring ecological themes. The program features highlights from Arbor, a dance cultivating kinship between trees and people, and Plastic Harvest, a romp about plastic pollution that provokes conversations about what—and who—society throws away. Sperling offers enlightening commentary between pieces and, with composer Matthew Burtner, a participatory movement/music-making experience. The hour-long program concludes with a Q&A for the children.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 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
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10:00 am
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Master Class | Bassoon Master Class


A Bassoon Master Class with Sebestian Stevensson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Lecture | The Compound Risk of Heat and COVID-19 in New York City (online)


Climate change is disrupting the fundamental conditions of human life and exacerbating existing inequity by placing further burdens on communities that are already vulnerable. Exposure to risk and its consequences varies by where people live and work. This talk will examine the overlapping spatial nature and multiplicity of compound risks associated with COVID-19 and extreme heat in New York City.  Speaker Janelle Knox-Hayes is a Professor of Economic Geography and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT and the director of the Resilient Communities Lab.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) with Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, and Carrie Fisher


Three successive family Thanksgiving dinners mark time for Hannah, her younger sisters Lee and Holly, and the men in their lives. Lee is having an affair with Hannah's husband, Elliot, and trying to end her Svengali-like romance with artist Frederick. Holly is frustrated by her lack of career fulfillment and her increasing dependence on Hannah's largesse, while being courted by the hypochondriac Mickey. Director: Woody Allen Cast: Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Daniel Stern, Max von Sydow, Dianne Wiest Woody Allen is an American filmmaker, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades. Allen has received many accolades, including the most nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, with 16. He has won four Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Grammy Award, as well as nominations for a Emmy Award and a Tony Award. Two of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". Mia Farrow is an American actress. She first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place and gained further recognition for her subsequent short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra. An early film role, as Rosemary in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), saw her nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She went on to appear in several films throughout the 1970s, such as Follow Me! (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), and Death on the Nile (1978). Michael Caine is an English retired actor. He has appeared in more than 160 films over a career spanning eight decades and is considered a British film icon. He has received numerous awards including two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Caine is one of only five male actors to be nominated for an Academy Award for acting in five different decades. Carrie Fisher was an American actress and writer. Fisher played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars films (1977-1983). She reprised the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017) -- a posthumous release that was dedicated to her -- and appeared in The Rise of Skywalker (2019), through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
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Lecture | First Ladies of the Civil War (online)


Although on opposite sides of a divided nation, Varina Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln had much in common. Delve into the lives of these two intriguing women who were First Ladies during the American Civil War with the American Civil War Museum’s Director of Programs, Kelly Hancock.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Discussion | What Would It Take to Transform Our Health Systems?


Featuring: Michael McGinnis, Executive Officer, Senior Scholar, and Executive Director of the NAM Leadership Consortium for a Learning Health System, NAM Michael Sparer, Chair and Professor, Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health Linda P. Fried, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health and DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice Professor of Epidemiology and of Medicine  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Park Walk | Wildlife Outing in the Park


A wildlife outing in the park to discover the flora and fauna that make the park ecologically rich.
   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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Discussion | A Conversation with New York Times Political Reporter Adam Nagourney (online)


Julie Salamon sits down with Adam Nagourney, national political reporter for The New York Times. Since joining the newspaper in 1996, he has served as Los Angeles bureau chief, West Coast cultural affairs reporter, chief national political correspondent, and chief New York political reporter. He is the co-author of Out for Good, a history of the modern gay rights movement, and his recent book The Times: How the Newspaper of Record Survived Scandal, Scorn and the Transformation of Journalism, was recently published in September 2023.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Lecture | Zionism and the International Community: Between Gratitude and Betrayal (online)


A lecture by Derek Penslar of Harvard University. This lecture employs the history of emotion to illuminate the Zionist movement's historic position in the international community. It focuses on the discourse of gratitude and betrayal expressed by leaders of pre-1948 Zionism and post-1948 Israel. Although they are opposed to each other, feelings of gratitude and betrayal both assume dependence - in this case on Britain (for the period before 1948) and the United States (from the 1940s to the present).These feelings illuminate the contradiction within the Zionist project between strivings for sovereignty and the need for allies and protectors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Music in Midtown: Schumann, Stravinsky, Brahms (in-person and online)


Music in Midtown presents chamber ensembles comprised of artists from the D.M.A. performance program. The program includes Robert Schumann's Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63, performed by violinist Tiffany Chang, cellist Allen Liang, and pianist Ryan Jung; Igor Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, performed by violinist Abigail Hong and Ryan Jung; and Johannes Brahms' Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8, performed by violinist Sophia Stoyanovich, cellist Ethan Brown, and pianist Nenad Ivovic.
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1:00 pm
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Master Class | Piano Master Class with Grammy Nominee Richard Goode


Richard Goode has made more than two dozen recordings over the years, ranging from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos. His 10-CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle, the first-ever by an American-born pianist, was nominated for a Grammy and has been ranked among the most distinguished recordings of this repertoire. Other recording highlights include numerous Mozart piano concerti with Orpheus and the Beethoven piano concerti with Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Telemann and J.G. Janitsch for Harpischord, Oboe, Violin, and More


Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Geoffrey Burgess, oboe; Karen Dekker, violin & viola; Steven Zohn, flute; and Heather Miller Lardin, viola da gamba & bass, perform works by Telemann (1681-1767) and his godson J.G. Janitsch (1708-1763).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Book Discussion | Cross-Stitch: Embroidering a Life (online)


Stitches, secrets, shame: Mexican writer Jazmina Barrera's first novel stitches together a coming-of-age story with a feminist history and theory of embroidery. Mila, Citlali, and Dalia, childhood friends now college-aged, leave Mexico City for the London of The Clash and the Paris of Gustave Courbet. They anticipate the bookstores, cafes, and crushes, but not the realization that they are steadily, inevitably growing apart. That feels like forever ago. Mila, now a writer and a new mother, has just published a book on needlecraft, an art form long dismissed as "women's work." After hearing that her old friend Citlali has drowned, Mila begins to reminisce about their years together for the first time since becoming a wife and mother. What has come of all the nights the three friends spent embroidering together in silence?
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1:30 pm
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Film | The Girl Who Had Everything (1953) Starring Elizabeth Taylor


Jean Latimer has a very comfortable life, much of which is due to the efforts of her lawyer father, Steve. One day, however, Jean falls for one of his clients, a dangerous gangster named Victor Y. Raimondi. She leaves her boyfriend, the stable Vance Court, and tensions rise between her and her father. Will love triumph in the end, or will Jean do as her father wishes, abandoning Victor to justice? Director: Richard Thorpe Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas, William Powell Elizabeth Taylor was a British and American actress. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She then became the world's highest paid movie star in the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood cinema.
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2:00 pm
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Symposium | Tales of Time, Images of Memory: Archives, Evidence, Connections


In Latin America, we live in urgent times that require us to rethink our relationship with the past and with the remnants of multiple temporalities. Zones of extractivism, dispossession and specific violences--a violence of conquest, some authors would say--are mixed with recognition, cultural sovereignty and the proliferation of alterities in the context of the crisis of the nation-state. What is the shape of this Latin American "time" that defies the linear order of historical representation? What stories do the archives tell that we are unable to listen? We have long insisted that a "disobedient memory" is one capable of connecting what we have been forced to dissociate. What are the signs of these necessary connections and their multiple times? How can alternative/subaltern/queer archives be imagined not only as a kind of register, but in their potential for the future(s)?
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3:30 pm
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Lecture | In the Name of Language: Ideology, Mechanisms and Costs of Revitalizing Hebrew (in-person and online)


Speaker Elana Shohamy is Professor Emerita at the school of Education, Tel Aviv University in Israel. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a post doctorate from Stanford University. Over the years she has given numerous workshops to prospective and practising teachers in procedures and methods for preparing and using language tests in the classroom.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | War and International Politics


This talk will focus on the central role that great-power war plays in shaping how policymakers think about international relations. Special attention will be paid to probing the essence of politics and how it relates to the military instrument. Speaker John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982.
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Neoliberal Failures and Anti-Capitalist Information Futures


This event posits that neoliberal media and information policies, dominant since the 1990s across much of the world, have failed on grounds of both equality and democracy.   Scholars Christopher Ali and Marisa Elena Duarte help examine these failures from the perspective of critical political economy, critical policy studies, and critical race and indigenous studies offering ways to imagine anti-capitalist information futures. Their presentations will cover historical analyses alongside contemporary and movement-based efforts towards digital sovereignty, rural connectivity and technological justice across geographically marginalized areas in the U.S. with global implications.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | Our Man in Ukraine: A Conversation with Terrell Jermaine Starr


The war in Ukraine has highlighted one of the most entrenched challenges in contemporary global journalism: the lack of diversity in foreign correspondence. War and conflict reporters shape our perceptions of the fundamental contours of any conflict: accountability, root political drivers, historical context, wider geopolitics, and the nature of civilian suffering. Please join Global Journalism and the Jordan Center for a conversation with Terrell Germaine Starr, independent journalist and founder of the Black Diplomats podcast, Jessica Pisano, Professor of Politics at the New School, and Azadeh Moaveni, Associate Professor of Journalism, as they discuss Starr’s reporting from Ukraine and the interplay of foreign policy, race, and politics in global reporting today. Terrell Germaine Starr is a Brooklyn based foreign affairs reporter with over sixteen years of experience. He has covered U.S. domestic politics, racism, Eastern European affairs, among other topics, all with an emphasis on making news relatable to his audience. Terrell is the host of “Black Diplomats,” a podcast aimed at amplifying underrepresented voices in foreign policy, with a focus on Black and non-white experts. He has held significant roles as a national political correspondent at FUSION during the 2016 presidential campaign and later at The Root from 2017 to 2021. Terrell’s journalistic journey also includes substantial on-the-ground reporting, particularly during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, for major television networks such as CNN, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Barbara Nessim: Balancing Act: Drawings 1969-1974


A solo exhibition of historic works on paper by pioneering artist Barbara Nessim. Innocent, sexy, and unapologetic, Nessim’s portraits, made between 1969-1974, were depictions of enigmatic female archetypes which reflected the zeitgeist of a pivotal moment in women’s history.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Duane Michals: Magritte + Warhol 


Photographer Duane Michals turns his eye on the legendary artists René Magritte and Andy Warhol in this exhibition of early portraits. Known for his surreal sequences and witty storytelling across media, Michals’s portraits of other artists turn the tables upon his subjects by adopting elements of their characteristic visual styles. Among the many artists photographed by Michals over his six-decade long career, Michals particularly sought out Magritte and Warhol as subjects. The exhibition will feature nearly forty portraits of Warhol and twenty portraits of Magritte, alongside over twenty portraits of other major 20th century artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Leigh Li-yun Wen: The Four ELements


In her newest exhibition, Wen explores the four elements of western cosmology—earth, air, fire, water— while intermingling these concepts with her deep cultural and personal history in a mixed media platform. Growing up on the island of Taiwan has given Wen a deep, personal affinity for the forces of nature, especially that of the elemental power of water. She can constantly feel the ebb and flow of competing cultures as a Taiwanese- American artist who has spent many years in both countries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Melvin Smith and Rose Smith: Recollections of Rondo


This presentation features a selection of key works from the vast, ongoing, collaborative project the Smiths refer to as Rondo, which consists of painted portraits made by Rose, and collages of urban scenes along with architectural sculptures made by Melvin. Initiated in the 1990s, Rondo documents the artists’ memories of civic life in their vibrant Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota as it existed prior to being bulldozed in the 1960s for construction of the Interstate 94 highway. Now both in their 80s, Rose and Melvin have focused for three decades on a unique shared artistic mission to recall that lost enclave, which was the center of Black life in St. Paul and home to a number of individuals, among them Major League baseball great Dave Winfield and artist Gordon Parks, who would achieve national and international renown in their fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Retinal Hysteria: More Than 40 Artists


An expansive exhibition curated by Robert Storr, who was previously Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, and Dean of the Yale University School of Art. Featuring works by more than forty artists, Retinal Hysteria draws its inspiration from Eye Infection, the landmark 2001–2002 exhibition presented to critical acclaim by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Curated by Jan Christiaan Braun, Eye Infection achieved enduring international impact — and influence that continues today — via Storr’s accompanying catalogue essay, a tour de force that captured and advanced the maverick sensibility shared by the exhibition’s five artists: a small cadre of Americans united by their interest in the unsightly aspects of contemporary life, a challenge to establishment and avant-garde standards, a flair for blending meticulous facture with audacious vulgarity, and a distinct linguistic style frequently misread as mere jest or anti-intellectualism.
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Opening Reception | The 30th Korea International Art Exhibition New York Special Exhibition


This exhibition features a total of 17 artists, including 11 domestic artists discovered through the Korea International Art Exhibition over the past 30 years and 6 Korean-American artists. The artworks of these artists, totaling over 50 pieces, will be on display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading | The Carousel of Inevitability and Certain Foreboding: A Musical Reading


The musical centers around the final ride of a classic World's Fair-era audio-animatronic show at Digsbyland, the most popular theme park in America. Although the main characters, Donna and Jimmy, have complicated feelings about the attraction (as well as their own histories with the Kurt Digsby Corporation) it seems they scored tickets! These lifelike robots sure do appear friendly as they sing about electric ovens and humanity's progress as dictated by a multinational corporate sponsor. But what if their frequent mechanical failures indicate something far more horrific than faulty hydraulics? And moreover—IS the future inevitable? Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Tim Eitel: something there somewhere outside


Tim Eitel’s first solo show in New York since 2009 will feature a selection of new works that meditate on painting’s relationship to time and space. Methodically layered and meticulously composed, Eitel's work centers on precise representation.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Tom Friedman: In Focus


Featuring new sculptures and works on paper, The show explores the role of scale in the artist’s practice. Throughout his career, Friedman has used scale to disrupt viewers’ expectations and provoke deeper inquiry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Up on the Mountain (2022): Inside the American West's Wild Mushroom Harvest (online)


This documentary follows Southeast Asian refugees, Latino immigrants, and rural Americans on a year-round migration to harvest wild mushrooms in the American west. Working on foot in public forests, mushroom picking is an accessible path to self-employment. But despite evidence of the sustainability of the harvest, the workers who supply the restaurants of Europe, Japan, and North America are repeatedly denied access to public lands. In the observational documentary tradition, Up on the Mountain exposes race and class inequities in natural resources policies as well as the resourcefulness of disenfranchised communities. Director: Olivier Matthon 99 min. Followed by a discussion with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | A Tribute to Ukrainian Author Victoria Amelina


An evening in memory of Victoria Amelina, a Ukrainian writer who was to have begun a Harriman Residency in Paris in September 2023 but was killed by a Russian missile in June. The event will consider the profound impact of the writer’s work on Ukrainian literature. Participating in the event will be Valentina Izmirlieva, Jennifer Helinek, Mark Andryczyk, Andriy Kurkov, and William Ronald Debnam. Victoria Amelina (1986-2023) was the author of two novels The Fall Syndrome: or Homo Compatiens, and Dom’s Dream Kingdom as well as the children’s book Somebody, or Water Heart. She was the founder of the New York Literature Festival, which takes place in a small town called New York in the Donetsk region. Victoria also wrote poetry and was working on her next book, Looking at Women Looking at War, when she was killed in Kramatorsk while accompanying Colombian journalists with whom she was investigating Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
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Gallery Talk | Artists Talk: Photographing Migration


Photographers Maximo Colón and Monica Félix as they explore their photographs on display as part of the exhibition, Ida y Vuelta: Experiencias de la migración en el arte puertorriqueño contemporáneo.
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Concert | South Indian Music (In Person AND Online)


Visveshwar Nagarajan, flute; Sanjay Sharma, violin; Bala Skandan; mridangam perform South Indian Carnatic music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Lecture | The Courtesan and Her Bandit: Love, Lies, and Literature in Baroque Italy (online)


In 1881, the literary critic Costantino Arlia wrote a brief, but enraged, response to a recent favorable biography of the seventeenth-century singer, courtesan, and prolific writer Margherita Costa. Particularly irksome to Arlia was the fact that Costa had also won the praise of no less a judge than the esteemed Florentine librarian Antonio Magliabechi, who applauded the "singular talents" on display in her fourteen publications and the support she enjoyed from patrons like the Medici and the Barberini. Arlia's essay, entitled "Un bandito e una cortigiana letterati" (A bandit and a courtesan, literati), vehemently dismissed Costa on moral grounds and attributed her publications - which he deemed scandalously unfit for readers - to her paramour, the bandit Tiberio Squilletti. Through extensive archival research, this talk traces the real but tumultuous relationship between the infamous bandit and one of the most unusual and accomplished women writers of Baroque Italy, situating questions of agency, legitimacy, and authorial audacity across the Italian peninsula and throughout the pages of Costa's works. Speaker: Jessica Goethals.
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Lecture | The Jungle at Our Door: The Caribbean in the Colonial Biodiversity Science (online)


Historians have not fully recognized the degree to which encounters in Caribbean (Panama, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica) have shaped biological understandings of tropical forests worldwide. From these outposts of United States science, a growing community of American “tropical biologists” developed both the key scientific concepts and the values embedded in the modern discourse of biodiversity. In this event Raby sheds new light on the origins of present-day environmental/ecological knowledge, study and practices, and illuminates a surprisingly neglected history of twentieth-century U.S. science and empire. Featuring Dr. Megan Raby, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | The Lady Fortune and the Period of the Tremendous Flowering of Music


Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361) and Guillaume Machaut (1300-1377) are the two most representative composers of Ars Nova, the period of the tremendous flowering of music in the 14th century, particularly in France. Fortune and her wheel brought a wealth of music and art centered around the constant life changes that occur at the hands of the mighty goddess. Countless ballads were dedicated to life's twists and turns by medieval composers, and stories of Fortune's whimsical power extend well beyond the middle ages. Jolle Greenleaf, Director of NYC's TENET Vocal Artists, joins Professor Susan Boynton and musicology candidate Anya Wilkening lead a musical conversation about compositions by Machaut and De Vitry in honor of the Lady Fortune. The conversation will be punctuated with musical examples from TENET's upcoming program at Music Before 1800. Greenleaf and soloist Shira Kammen will discuss the roots of the concert's repertoire, beginning with music by the trouveres, and touch on the complexities of early French pronunciation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Lecture | The Philosopher Chrysippus on What Makes Right Acts Right


When W.D. Ross's 1930 The Right and the Good poses the question, "what makes right acts right?", it raises a question that is prior to, and has a bearing on, the practical question, "how do I determine the right thing to do?" The Stoics recognize this: Cicero tells us that every inquiry about duty has two parts: (1) a [theoretical] part concerned with the ends of goods and evils, which addresses such matters as whether all duties are perfect (omniane official perfecta sint), whether some are more important than others, and what are the kinds of duties, and (2) a [practical] part which sets out rules (praecepta) by which our conduct can be made to conform with the end. While Cicero proposes to focus his work on (2), this lecture seeks the prior answer to (1). Speaker Rachana Kamtekar is a Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Cornell University and has written on many topics in ancient philosophy and contemporary moral psychology.
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Book Discussion | Architects Draw: Freehand Fundamentals (in-person and online)


Celebrating the updated reprint of Architects Draw, authored by Professor Emerita Sue Ferguson Gussow. This publication chronicles the unique pedagogy of freehand drawing that Gussow developed over decades at The Cooper Union, a pedagogy that has influenced aspiring architects of varying drawing abilities to explore the possibilities of architecture through drawing. Originally released by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008, the book is being reprinted by the Architectural Publisher B, with The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture as co-publisher. The revised edition includes new student and professional work in the chapters Dirty Drawing and Drawing in Practice, respectively, and as recently as the 2022–23 academic year.   Event participants will include Sue Ferguson Gussow, Steven Hillyer, Kyna Leski, Anthony Titus, and Michael Young.
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Book Club | Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir by Amy Thielen


A food memoir chronicling one woman's journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the intoxicating world of New York City fine dining—and back again—in search of her culinary roots. Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City's finest kitchens—for chefs David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten—she grew up in a northern Minnesota town home to the nation's largest French fry factory, the headwaters of the fast food nation, with a mother whose generous cooking dripped with tenderness, drama, and an overabundance of butter. Inspired by her grandmother's tales of cooking in the family farmhouse, Thielen moves north with her artist husband to a rustic, off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads her to the sensory madhouse of New York's top haute cuisine brigades. But, like a magnet, the foods of her youth draw her back home, where she comes face to face with her past and a curious truth: that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.
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Book Discussion | Long Island City in 1776: The Revolution Comes to Queens (online)


1775 belonged to Boston but after April of 1776, the Revolutionary War's focus became New York City and the highly strategic Long Island, from Brooklyn's terminal moraine high ground to Queens's Hell Gate. 1776 was the year when revolution came to Long Island, and in particular the future Long Island City. The failures, defeats and eventual occupation of the area at the hands of the British forged the resolve and strength of character that would later ensure Patriot victories on distant battlegrounds throughout the rest of the colonies. The British did not evacuate western Queens County until November of 1783, but the events of 1776 would not soon be forgotten during the seven long years of occupation afterword. Author Richard Melnick charts the military, political and cultural history 1776 in Long Island City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Murder by Contract (1958): Hired Killer Targets Woman


Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman. Director: Irving Lerner Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi 81 min. Followed by a discussion Free popcorn
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Book Discussion | The Death of Public School by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cara Fitzpatrick


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cara Fitzpatrick will discuss her new book, The Death of Public School, with fellow Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris. America has relied on public schools for more than 100 years, but the system is increasingly under attack. With declining enrollment and diminished trust in public education, policies that steer tax dollars into private schools have grown rapidly. To understand how we got here, The Death of Public School argues, we must look back at the turbulent history of school choice. Cara Fitzpatrick uncovers the long journey of school choice, showing how it evolved from a segregationist tool in the South in the 1950s, to a policy embraced by advocates for educational equity in the North, to a conservative strategy for securing government funds for private schools in the twenty-first century.
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Talk | Artist Talk: Behold


A lecture by the visual artist María Magdelena Campos-Pons on the occasion of her solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Behold. Introduced by David Antonio Cruz, Visual Arts.
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Classical Music | Choral Works by Messiaen (In Person AND Online)


Novus NY Orchestra perform Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.
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Discussion | Nobel Prize Winner James Allison Interviewed by CBS News' Lesley Stahl (in-person and online)


Winner of a Nobel Prize James P. Allison pioneered the science of immunotherapy, a game-changing cancer treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to attack tumor cells. In his lab research, working outside the scientific mainstream, he found the molecular key to stimulating an immune response to cancer, resulting in new lifesaving drugs. Allison is chair of the MD Anderson Immunology department, executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform, and director of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He speaks about his work and his extraordinary career with Lesley Stahl of CBS's 60 Minutes.
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Play | Anatomy of a Suicide: 3 Women's Live in an Experimental Play


In Alice Birch's boldly experimental play, the stories of three women - Carol, Anna and Bonnie, each existing in a different time period - are played out simultaneously on stage in a theatrical triptych. Not only do the three plays work together thematically, like a triptych painting, they essentially create a fourth play. The script for Anatomy of a Suicide is “scored” like a piece of music, rather than a typical play with a traditional plot structure, providing a thrillingly difficult challenge for the actors on stage and for the audience. Winner of the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Playwriting, Anatomy of a Suicide is a revelatory exploration of mothers and daughters, and examines to what extent trauma is inherited or acquired.   
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Poetry Reading | Hell, I Love Everybody: The Essential James Tate


A reading to celebrate the new collection by the late poet, featuring Michael Earl Craig, Dorothea Lasky, Matthew Rohrer, Sampson Starkweather, Bianca Stone, and Ocean Vuong. 
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Book Discussion | Mama Said: Stories of the Opioid Crisis


Kristen Gentry discusses her new book, a collection of linked stories set at the rise of the opioid crisis in Louisville, Kentucky, that evoke Black family life in all its complexity.
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Book Discussion | Nadia: The War Following Her


Christine Evans's novel moves between the competing perspectives of two survivors of the 1990s Balkan Wars who have escaped to London, only to discover that the war has followed them there. Nadia is a young refugee who just wants to forget the past—until Iggy starts temping at her London office. Afraid he may be a sniper from the war she fled, Nadia starts seeing threats everywhere, alongside unsettling visions of her lost girlfriend, Sanja. As her volatile connection with Iggy unravels, Nadia is forced to face the ethically shaky choices she made to escape the war, her survivor guilt, and her disavowed queer sexuality. 
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Book Discussion | School of Instructions: West Indian Soldiers During World War I


Ishion Hutchinson's book is a stunning memorial work that excavates the forgotten experience of West Indian soldiers during World War I. Deep-dyed in language both sensuous and biblical, the book memorializes the experience of West Indian soldiers volunteering in British regiments in the Middle East during World War I. The poem narrates the psychic and physical terrors of these young Black fighters in as they struggle against the colonial power they served; their story overlaps with that of Godspeed, a schoolboy living in rural Jamaica of the 1990s. This visionary collision, in which the horizontal, documentary shape of the narrative is interrupted by sudden lyric effusions, unsettles both time and event, mapping great moments of heroism onto the trials of everyday existence It reshapes grand gestures of heroism in a music of supple, vigilant intensity.
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Lecture | Collective Rights and Human Rights Education: Lessons from the Indigenous Navigator


The collective human rights to which Indigenous peoples are entitled are part and parcel of seminal international law documents that should guide the United Nations’ approach to Indigenous peoples. Yet, the human rights-based approach largely uses the language of individual human rights. How does a collective human rights-based approach look like in international partnerships focusing on Indigenous peoples? What role does human rights education play for Indigenous peoples in the spread and fulfillment of their collective human rights? Speaker: Dr. Romina Quezada Morales
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Play | We Are Pussy Riot or Everything Is P.R.: The Greatest Piece of Performance Art in Russia's History


In 2012, on the eve of Putin becoming president again, a small group of activists had an idea to create “Pussy Riot”, an anonymous punk feminist protest performance group. They dress up in bright colors and balaclavas and perform punk songs encouraging attention to be paid to Putin’s crimes.  This is a play by Barbara Hammond that explores the young feminist activists, who call themselves Pussy Riot. They offered up a punk prayer in Moscow’s Orthodox Cathedral. They played and shouted for exactly 48 seconds before being dragged out of the church by security guards. That night they uploaded a video of their performance to YouTube becoming enemies of both the Church and the State.  The girls were arrested and put on trial. Through the internet and mass media the word got out the world hold of the story and turned Pussy Riot into the greatest piece of performance art in Russian history. This is their story.
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Classical Music | Futuros: New Ideas in Composition


Hear some of New York’s most unique Latin voices. Composers in new music, experimental, and neo-classical fields showcase the depth and breadth of this vibrant corner of the Latin cultural multiverse. The event features vocalist, composer and conductor Raquel Acevedo Klein performing a selection of her compositions for voice and electronics; Bolivian, NYC-based pianist Walter Aparicio playing a selection of works by Latine composers; and composer-performer Pauchi Sasaki, whose interdisciplinary approach integrates musical composition with the design of multimedia performances and the application of new technologies. The evening will end with a brief post concert discussion and chance to connect with the composers and performers.
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Dance Performance | Tisch Dance Works III: Student Choreography (in-person and online)


Featuring the work of nine young choreographers.
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Play | Small Tragedy: Comedy About Staging a Sophocles Play


Backstage relationships and global politics unexpectedly collide during an amateur production of Oedipus Rex. This powerful, touching, and rich comedy from Craig Lucas insists, gently that the everyday tribulations and triumphs of contemporary life are worthy of staging in the same way as the celebrated works of Sophocles. As tensions among actors grow, reality indeed begins to emulate art in surprising ways. Written by Craig Lucas. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | An Evening of Cello and Piano: Then and Now


Rising cello sensation Miriam K. Smith in collaboration with pianist Julia Siciliano for a thrilling recital program. The themes are “Then and Now” and “American Impressionism.” Smith’s musical journey will take the audience from “Then” classic Beethoven, through César Franck and Rachmaninoff, to Nadia Boulanger, the famed pedagogue of 20th century composers, and “Now” current composer Edmund Finnis. Smith (b. 2006) is rapidly gaining recognition as an immensely talented and charismatic soloist with orchestras across the United States. Since making her concerto debut at age 8, she has performed as a soloist with the orchestras in Cincinnati, Louisville, Wisconsin Chamber, Youngstown, Hilton Head, Kentucky, Hendersonville, and many more. Her commercial albums are available on all digital streaming platforms.
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Lecture | Three Jewish Heroes: Herzl, Brandeis, and Eban (online)


Speaker Rick Richman is a resident scholar at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and NYU Law School and has written for Commentary, The Jewish Press, Mosaic, The New York Sun, PJ Media, The Tower Magazine, and his own blog, Jewish Current Issues, created in 2003.
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