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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 20, 2023?

23 free events take place on Monday, November 20 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 20 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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23 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, November 20, 2023

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free events nyc Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
free events nyc The Holocaust in Diaries and Memoirs of Child Holocaust Survivors (online)
free events nyc Works by Mozart, Mahler, and More for Double Bass (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc The Mourning Dove (1966), unfinished playlet by Jerome Robbins
        

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 am
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Symposium | Critical Approaches to Corruption and Transparency


A two-day symposium dedicated to the study of corruption and anti-corruption in the era of neoliberalism and its historical antecedents. The goal of this symposium is to explore the different ways that corruption and anti-corruption have emerged from, and contributed to, the late capitalist world order.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Workshop | Morning Meditation


Start your day by balancing your mind, body, and spirit during instructor guided meditation. This renowned practice lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Master Class | Bassoon Master Class


A Bassoon Master Class with Billy Short.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Lecture | The Holocaust in Diaries and Memoirs of Child Holocaust Survivors (online)


Speaker: Professor Joanna Silwa, Historian, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany; Author, Jewish Children in Krakow: A Microhistory of the Holocaust
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Book Discussion | Touch in the Time of Corona: Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability


In many respects, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be a thing of the past. Yet, what residual cultural practices, imaginations, social or economic inequalities or political divisions still linger on today? In this event, author Henriette Steiner takes as a starting point Touch in the Time of Corona - Reflections on Love, Care, and Vulnerability in the Pandemic, a book "co-written apart" with Kristin Veel in the months following the first hard lock-down and published in 2021. The book looks at the particular ways in which the possibilities for touch, touching and being touched, both physically and affectively, were reconfigured by the pandemic: How did love, care, and humanity's complex relationships with technology and nature play out in the interval between abandoned city centers and digitally mediated gatherings? And how did this allow us to imagine the world beyond the pandemic--both utopian and dystopian?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Mozart, Mahler, and More for Double Bass (In Person AND Online)


Landon Honolka, Double Bass. Program Marin Marais (1656-1728), Pieces de viole Mahler (1860-1911), Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Mozart (1756-1791), Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 Steven Banks (b. 1954), As I Am for Baritone Saxophone and Piano Xavier Foley, Always on the Move for Double Bass and Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Disappearing Rooms: The Hidden Theaters of Immigration Law


Author Michelle Castañeda lays bare the criminalization of race enacted every day in US immigration courts and detention centers. She uses a performance studies perspective to show how the theatrical concept of mise-en-scène offers new insights about immigration law and the absurdist dynamics of carceral space. Castañeda draws upon her experiences in immigration trials as an interpreter and courtroom companion to analyze the scenography—lighting, staging, framing, gesture, speech, and choreography—of specific rooms within the immigration enforcement system. Castañeda’s ethnographies of proceedings in a “removal” office in New York City, a detention center courtroom in Texas, and an asylum office in the Northeast reveal the depersonalizing violence enacted in immigration law through its embodied, ritualistic, and affective components. She shows how the creative practices of detained and disappeared people living under acute duress imagine the abolition of detention and borders.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Les Girls (1957) with Gene Kelly


When dancer Sybil Wren pens a memoir about her time in a troupe with two other women, she incurs the wrath of her former peers, Angele Ducros and Joy Henderson. This leads to a lawsuit, and the presence of Barry Nichols, the mastermind behind the troupe, who presents his perspective as accusations of affairs fly between the women. Truth is slowly revealed, helped along by some lively musical numbers. Director: George Cukor Cast: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg Gene Kelly was an American dancer, actor, singer, director and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style and sought to create a new form of American dance accessible to the general public, which he called "dance for the common man." He starred in, choreographed, and co-directed with Stanley Donen some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s and 1950s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening | The Mourning Dove (1966), unfinished playlet by Jerome Robbins


The Mourning Dove is an unfinished playlet by Jerome Robbins in which he aligns the tragic death of John F. Kennedy--an event he felt could be perceived in time as of quasi-mythical nature--with the unique form of Noh, the Japanese theatrical tradition that Robbins regarded as a possible model for his own dramatic vision. The script and the spare poetry of his text mirror, in fact, the structure and patterns of a Noh play--an alignment that is to be intended as a way to express with extreme economy of means a subject of universal significance in words, dance, and music. In a timeless setting that evokes the Kennedys' life on Cape Cod, a deserted beach where the debris of memory are washed ashore, Robbins achieves a ritualization of grief through the exchanges between the wandering figure of a woman/bird, a bird-watcher, and a chorus serving as a lyrical extension of the protagonist. By making use of Noh's conventions of recollection and re-enactment, and of its phantasmal and non-anthropocentric nature, he creates a suspended world of arresting images in a constant shift of narrative perspectives. Though it is formally a film, this version directed by Luca Veggetti is essentially an audio treatment of the play, or perhaps a hybrid between an audio-play and an imaginary work of dance theater, in which a single actress, Saori Tsukada, plays all the parts within a musical universe that aims at conjuring movement in our mind. This screening will be followed by a conversation with Luca Veggetti and Saori Tsukada and moderated by Janet Wong. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Eleanor Roosevelt and Frances Perkins Embrace Politics and Power for Women


A discussion of the women who supported Eleanor Roosevelt and Frances Perkins in their pathbreaking endeavors to rescue the nation and create a better future. The panel will feature preeminent Eleanor Roosevelt biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook and historian Deborah Gardner, and will be moderated by professor emerita of American history at Columbia University Alice Kessler-Harris. When Eleanor Roosevelt and Frances Perkins went to Washington in March 1933, they did so with the support of millions of women who had voted for FDR’s promise of a “New Deal”—including those in the political and social welfare networks with whom they had worked for more than two decades. Among the more significant of those groups were the leaders of the women’s divisions of the Democratic party, the Women’s City Club, the League of Women Voters, peace activists, and the Women’s Trade Union League. Incoming Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, who shared many of Eleanor Roosevelt’s interests and values, was also connected, through her time with the New York State Industrial Commission, to the leading consumer protection groups and advocates for retirement and employment protection plans. Secretary Perkins supported the women from networks who were already working in the Department of Labor, and brought along others, who helped her launch some of the New Deal’s most consequential programs—which the First Lady then promoted in her speeches and columns, and during her travels. Those groundbreaking initiatives included: the Civilian Conservation Corps, Social Security, minimum wage, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, and a ban on child labor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Music Monday


A special performance from the Morrisania Band Project, hosted by vocal performer and band leader, Elissa M. Carmona. The Morrisania Band Program adds life to the South Bronx through artistic engagement and performances from local talent. Within the borough, there are hundreds of musicians who compose, sing, and/or play instruments, but budget cuts severely stagnate their artistic growth, forcing them to travel outside of their communities for those opportunities. The goals for this project are to expand creativity and reinforce confidence in an underserved population.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Rereading Tocqueville (in-person and online)


Guy Sorman proposes a deconstruction of Tocqueville based on the totality of his writings, including and beyond On Democracy in America. Sorman posits that Tocqueville was an ideological prisoner of his time, imbued with the glory of France, and a strong supporter of the colonization of Algiers.  Guy Sorman taught at Sciences Po Paris from 1970 to 2000. In English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | C’mon Get Happy: The Making of Summer Stock


Film historians David Fantle and Tom Johnson will talk about their latest book about the 1950 MGM musical starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. They will trace the history of this “troubled” production and provide insights into the mechanics of MGM’s famous musical film factory system. David Fantle and Tom Johnson have been interviewing, writing, and speaking about Hollywood’s Golden Age stars for 40 years. Their work has appeared in media outlets throughout the world. Tony-winning director and songwriter Richard Maltby Jr. will also participate in the discussions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | CANCELLED***Nancy Pelosi, Former Speaker of the House***CANCELLED


Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and author, podcaster, and former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara in a conversation about governance and safeguarding American democracy in a free, public program in The Cooper Union's Great Hall. The event will be broadcast on Bharara's national podcast Stay Tuned with Preet. Nancy Pelosi has represented San Francisco in Congress for more than 36 years. She served as the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency - the first person to do so in more than six decades. Speaker Pelosi is the chief architect of generation-defining legislation under two Democratic administrations, including the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan. She has led House Democrats for 20 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women's rights movement. Preet Bharara served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. Bharara oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases and supervised an office of more than 200 assistant U.S. attorneys, who handled cases involving terrorism, financial and healthcare fraud, public corruption, and more. In 2017, Bharara joined the NYU School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence. He is the co-founder of CAFE Studios and host of the award-winning "Stay Tuned with Preet," a podcast focused on issues of justice and fairness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading | First Floor Walk Up: Poetry and Prose Readings


Aerial Archipelago is the creation of Paul McRandle, Valery Oisteanu and Allan Graubard at Phasm Press. An international annual with artists and writers who present by invitation, it seeks a current tempo in the changing world we live in. Aerial Archipelago features Sortere Torregioan, Susana Wald, Laura Corsiglia, Sylwia Chrostowska, Timothy Laydon, Bill Wolak, Wayne Kral, and others. We began in 2022 and will continue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lecture | From the Globalized Market to the Crisis of Western Democracies


The fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 could have set off a new world order centered around the principles of liberalist democracies. The United States, at the helm of the West, was unchallenged in its economic and political hegemony. However, the US never found itself able to strategically conceive a new global development. Today, barely thirty years later, the tables appear to be turned. Ungoverned and unregulated globalization has led to particularly favorable conditions for the rise of autocratic powers with a negative effect upon democratic countries. In fact, economic and social inequalities have worsened, combined with adverse demographic tendencies that have led to a weakening of welfare states. The development of social media has paved the way for new forms of consensus manipulation. In order to avoid an irreversible decline of the West, a new system of regulations is necessary to harmonize the free market with the fundamental values of democracy. Speaker: Giovanni Bazoli, Università Cattolica, Milan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading | Alien Daughters Walk into the Sun: Critic's Early Writings


The early writings of renowned poet and critical theorist Jackie Wang, drawn from her early zines, indie-lit crit, and prolific early 2000s blog. Compiled as a field guide, travelogue, essay collection, and weather report, Alien Daughters Walk into the Sun traces Jackie Wang's trajectory from hard femme to Harvard, from dumpster dives and highway bike rides to dropping out of an MFA program, becoming a National Book Award finalist, and writing her trenchant book Carceral Capitalism. Alien Daughters charts the dream-seeking misadventures of an "odd girl" from Florida who emerged from punk houses and early Tumblr to become the powerful writer she is today. Anarchic and beautifully personal, Alien Daughters is a strange intellectual autobiography that demonstrates Wang's singular self-education: an early life lived where every day and every written word began like the Tarot's Fool, with a leap of faith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | A Discussion with Photography Critic A. D. Coleman (online)


A. D. Coleman has published 8 books and more than 2500 essays on photography and similar subjects. He is a former columnist for The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The New York Observer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | State of New York: A Healthier NYC (online)


It’s been more than three years since a global pandemic changed life as we know it, completely altering the fabric of the city. What have we learned about the state of our public health and what needs to be done to ensure a healthy and thriving New York City for all? This is a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, exploring the challenges and innovations in public health, addressing topics like community wellness, access to healthcare and pandemic preparedness, all within the context of the city’s unique needs and diversity. Engage in this enlightening conversation and discover how NYC is working to create a healthier future for all of its residents.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Collaborative Pianists’ and Singers’ Recital


Myra Huang, Thomas Lausmann, Bryan Wagorn, Directors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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