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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 18, 2023?

30 free events take place on Saturday, November 18 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 18 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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30 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, November 18, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Roald Dahl Double Feature: Fantastic Mr. Fox / The BFG
free events nyc Reel Taiwan: The Women Make Waves International Film Festival
free events nyc Small Tragedy: Comedy About Staging a Sophocles Play
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Workshop | Rise and Shine Yoga (online)


Start your day with a guided meditation and gentle yoga flow. We will sync mindful movement with our breathing through a variety of poses (asanas) that will certainly awaken your mind, body and senses. All levels welcomed. Modifications will be offered. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 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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Talk | Artist's Workshop Demonstration: The Art, Vision, and Community of Photographer Will Wilson


Observe portrait demonstrations and the process of tintype photography with photographer Will Wilson (Diné, Navajo). In these 45-minute sessions, gain insight into this early photographic technique and learn about Wilson's method and creative choices. Presented in celebration of Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month. Start times: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3:30pm
   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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Musical | A Series of Short Musicals


20-minute musicals. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Park Walk | Autumn Mushroom Walk


Expert mycologist Paul Sadowski, of the New York Mycological Society and the New York Botanical Garden, for a fungus tour of the park, one of New York City's oldest woodlands. Walk among the park's varied habitats in search of mushrooms large and small, edible, inedible or just plain poisonous.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Screening | Native Cinema Showcase 2023 (online thru Nov 24)


The National Museum of the American Indian's Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year's theme highlights films of Indigenous perseverance that inspire, uplift, and triumph against adversity--stories that prevail against the judicial system, generational trauma, and cultural appropriation through love and complex relationships, self-worth, and humor. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic. All films available on demand: Aitamaako'tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun L'Inhumain The Legend of Molly Johnson Powerlands Rosie We Are Still Here Connections Shorts Program Future-Focused Shorts Program Inside Out Shorts Program Pacifika Shorts Program
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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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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12:00 pm
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Tour | Historic New York: The Highbridge Water Tower


Urban Park Rangers lead a tour inside the iconic Highbridge Water Tower to learn about the history of New York City's water supply and enjoy the panoramic views from the top of the 200 foot tower. Arrive between 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 p.m, to gain admittance. Registration is not required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talk | Mexico Now: The Present and Future of Ancestral Practices


Learn how Chef Diana Wangeman preserves ancestral Oaxacan food practices. Following Wangeman will be a performance by Maya rapper Pat Boy, who uses music to preserve the Mayan language and teach rap to youth in his rural community in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | Roald Dahl Double Feature: Fantastic Mr. Fox / The BFG


Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Director: Wes Anderson 90 minutes A stop-motion adaptation of children's author Roald Dahl's novel about a fox leading the charge against the farmers. The BFG (2016) Director. Steven Spielberg 115 minutes Based on the beloved Roald Dahl book, a fantasy movie about a little orphan girl who befriends a Big Friendly Giant.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Film | Absence of Malice (1981) Directed by Sydney Pollack, Starring Paul Newman and Sally Field


Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his supposed crime was committed but it involves an innocent party. When she tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, tragedy follows, forcing Carter to face up to the responsibilities of her job when she is confronted by Gallagher. Director: Sydney Pollack Cast: Paul Newman, Sally Field Sydney Pollack was an American film director, producer and actor. Pollack is known for directing commercially and critically acclaimed studio films. Over his forty year career he received numerous accolades including two Academy Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award as well as nominations for three Golden Globe Awards and six BAFTA Awards. 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. Sally Field is an American actress. Known for her extensive work on screen and stage, she has received many accolades throughout her career spanning over five decades, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two British Academy Film Awards. She was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014, the National Medal of Arts in 2014, the Kennedy Center Honor in 2019, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2023.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Film | Asteroid City (2023) Directed by Wes Anderson, Starring Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, and More


World-changing events spectacularly disrupt the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention in an American desert town circa 1955. First come, first seated. Maximum audience size is 35 people. Doors open at 1:50 pm. Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, Jeff Goldblum Wes Anderson is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their eccentricity, unique visual and narrative styles and frequent use of ensemble casts. They often contain themes of grief, loss of innocence, and dysfunctional families. Some critics cite Anderson as a modern-day example of an auteur. Three of his films have appeared in BBC Culture's 2016 poll of the greatest films since 2000. Scarlett Johansson is an American actress. The world's highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019, she has featured multiple times on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021. Johansson's films have grossed over $14.3 billion worldwide, making her the highest-grossing box office star of all time. Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America. Hanks has received six Academy Award nominations, including two consecutive wins for Best Actor for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). Tilda Swinton is a British actress. Known for her roles in independent films and blockbusters, she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award, in addition to nominations for three Golden Globe Awards. In 2020, The New York Times ranked her as one of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Edward Norton is an American actor. He gained immediate recognition and critical acclaim for his debut in Primal Fear (1996), which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination in the same category. His role as a redeemed neo-Nazi in American History X (1998) earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the film Fight Club (1999), which garnered a cult following. Adrien Brody is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Wladyslaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski's war drama The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, becoming the youngest actor to win in that category. He also became the second American male actor to win the Cesar Award for Best Actor for the same film. He has starred in several other films and has received several other awards including nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

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
2:00 pm
Free

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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Talk | New York’s Culper Spy Ring


In this fascinating presentation, historian and author Bill Bleyer will illuminate the true tale of the Culper Spy Ring, a covert operation that provided critical support to George Washington's Continental Army during the American Revolution. In the quest for independence, George Washington recognized the immense value of enemy intelligence circulating through the streets of Lower Manhattan. He enlisted Major Benjamin Tallmadge, a native of Long Island, to spearhead an intelligence network that history remembers as the Culper Spy Ring. Drawing from his recent book, George Washington’s Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide, Bleyer will sift through the myths and realities, showcasing the ingenious workings of this indispensable covert network that ultimately played a pivotal role in securing victory for the Patriots.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Screening | Reel Taiwan: The Women Make Waves International Film Festival


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Women Make Waves International Film Festival. For three decades, WMWIFF, the largest of its kind in Asia, has promoted and nourished countless women filmmakers from around the world including the Sinophone sphere. This special program (consisting of five fictional, experimental and documentary films) joins the celebrations taking place in Taipei, Paris and elsewhere this fall. 3pm Fresh Kill (Shu Lea Cheang, 80 min, 35mm, 1994) Followed by Q & A with the filmmaker 5:15pm God, Man, Dog (Singing Chen, 119 min, DCP, 2007) Followed by Q & A with the filmmaker
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Dance Performance | Roots: Music and Dance of Immigrant Stories


The Museum of Chinese in America presents an afternoon dedicated to sharing immigrant stories. Experience a unique blend of jazz-infused Taiwanese folk songs and a dance theatre piece, delicately laced with feelings of joy and regret. 1st performance: 3pm – 3:30pm 2nd performance: 4pm – 4:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Atlas


Artist Ana Paula Cordeiro will show a work-in-progress "atlas" originated from her artistic research with the map collection. She will also share insights from a workshop taken with the former Library of Congress map conservator Pamela Spitzmueller, and offer to the audience the opportunity to participate in hands-on demo of two historical map structures, the Turkish Map Fold and the Vade Mecum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Reception | (In)directions: Queerness in Chinese Contemporary Photography


Artists: Mengwen Cao Chi Peng Whiskey Chow Alec Dai Fang Daqi Tommy Kha Amiko Li Liao Jiaming Pixy Liao Lin Zhipeng (No.223) Ren Light Pan Beatrix Pang Kanthy Peng Ren Hang Shen Wei Leonard Suryajaya Tseng Kwong Chi Xu Guanyu Yang Bowei Zhang Zhidong William Zou
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Beethoven and More (In Person AND Online)


Elizabeth Chang, Violin. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1 David Sanford (b. 1963), Battuta Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 Salvatore Macchia (b. 1947), Fantasy Variations Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30, No. 1 Eric W. Sawyer (b. 1962), Fast Forward Beethoven (1770-1827), Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer")
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussion | Reel Notes Live: The Relationship Between Rap and Film


Reel Notes is a podcast dedicated to exploring the relationship between rap and film. For its second live episode, host Dylan “CineMasai” Green will be in conversation with California rapper Maxo, whose last two albums Even God Has A Sense Of Humor and Debbie's Son were released earlier this year. Maxo will be in New York on a stop for his A Friend Of Mine tour the following night at Baby's All Right.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Robert Malmberg: Sum of Our Parts


A solo exhibition by mixed media artist Robert Malmberg. A blend of pop art, fine photography, and surrealism, the exhibit showcases new collages and works on paper that attempt to explore the mystery (and playfulness) of our subliminal nature. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served from 6-9pm in the hotel lobby, with tunes provided by DJ Hello Lightfoot.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Play | Mad Mad Mad: A Comedy of Nuclear Annihilation


A new devised play. Nukes, Cold War, the 80s in America and close calls with World Wide Nuclear Annihilation! Annnnd it’s a Comedy. MAD Mutually Assured Destruction! “What are you gonna do?” Find out what we are all so crazy about. Written by Michael F. Toomey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Opera | Two Short Chamber Operas: Mermaid in the Jar and L'Enfant et les Sortileges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties.


Two fantastical stories, written 100 years apart, about the imaginative power of children. Mermaid in the Jar A collaboration between Mannes Opera & Mannes Orchestra, Mermaid in the Jar, the first short chamber opera in the Peters and Vavrek's Wild Beast of the Bungalow triptych (Mermaid in the Jar, Prairie Dogs, and Fine and Dandy), takes place entirely within an eleven-year-old girl's bedroom as she overhears her parents' volatile conversations. After the Girl captures a Mermaid, she is forced to confront what it means to care for others and to be cared for herself. Music by Rachel J. Peters, libretto by Royce Vavrek Based on a short story by Sheila Heti Conductor: Christopher Allen Director: Rose Freeman Cast: Yohji Daquio, Brianna Dulock, Yu Shi, Dalis de la Mothe, Grace Bernard L'Enfant et les Sortileges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties Amidst the contemporary works is one French opera, the much loved L'enfant et les sortileges: Fantaisie lyrique en deux parties (The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts). Written almost 100 years ago by the writer Collete and composer Ravel, L'Enfant et les sortileges also explores the world of a discontented child and their vivid imaginary landscape. After a bout of bad behavior, the items in the Child's nursery come to life to chastise, terrorize, and teach the Child the value of compassion. Music by Ravel, libretto by Collette Cast: Claire Coven, Marcella Astore, Enes Pektas, Yixuan Li, Haojie jiang, Pedro Barros, Dallas Saxer, Haojin Mo, Maia Suwanameera, Melissa Hartman, Ping Gu, Himanshu Barot, Colin Safley, Marcella Astore, Yu Shi, Young Il Jeon, Brianna Dulock, Luna Park, Patricia Williams, Angela Shon, Claire Dai, Dmitri Mironov, Grace Bernard, Yu Shi, Hansol Oh, Qin Li, Yui Lee, Catherine McClure, Eliza Goldsteen, Christina Draper, Tiffany Ye, Josh Bowden, Nicholas Barron, Haoran Deng, Haoming (Tim) Xia, Kore Adachi, Junze Gong. Julian Bailey
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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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
8:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Violin Works by Mozart, Grieg, Bizet, and More (In Person AND Online)


Joshua Kim, Violin. Program Grieg (1843-1907, Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in F Major, Op. 8 Bizet (1838-1875), Carmen Fantasie Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947), Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata No. 21 for Violin and Piano in E minor, K. 304
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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