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62 free events take place on Thursday, November 30 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 30 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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62 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, November 30, 2023

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free events nyc Works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and More for Piano, Violins, Viola, and Cello
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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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Other | Luminaries: A Mesmerizing Display of Colorful Lanterns


Conceived by the LAB at Rockwell Group, Luminaries’ glowing canopy consists of 640 twinkling custom lanterns that change in color and intensity.View a special light show at the top of every hour from 8am to 10pm featuring one of following holiday songs: Winter Wonderland by Michael Bublé Silver Bells by Tony Bennett Carol of the Bells by The Bird and The Bee Let It Snow by Pentatonix
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 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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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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10:00 am
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Film | The Morning After (1986) with Jane Fonda and Jeff Bridges


Failed actress Alex Sternbergen wakes up hungover one morning in an apartment she does not recognize, unable to remember the previous evening — and with a dead body in bed next to her. As she tries to piece together the events of the night, Alex cannot totally rely on friends or her estranged husband, Joaquin, for assistance. Only a single ally, loner ex-policeman Turner Kendall, can help her escape her predicament and find the true killer. Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Raul Julia Jane Fonda is an American actress and activist. Recognized as a film icon, Fonda is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and more. Jeff Bridges is an American actor. He is known for his leading man roles in film and television. In a career spanning over seven decades he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Screening | African Diaspora International Film Festival: Kinshasa Makambo (2018)


Christian, Ben, and Jean-Marie are fighting for political change of power and free elections in their country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the incumbent President refuses to relinquish power. How can the course of events be changed? Must they join forces with the historical opposition leader and his powerful party? Is dialogue still possible or must they resign themselves to a popular uprising and the risk of a blood bath? Kinshasa Makambo immerses viewers in the combat these three activists are engaged in, a combat that neither bullets, nor prison, nor exile seem able to stop. Directed by Dieudo Hamadi Screening followed by a Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Music in Midtown: Mozart, Schubert, Shostakovich (in-person and online)


Music in Midtown presents chamber ensembles comprised of artists from the D.M.A. performance program. The program includes Mozart’s String Quartet in F Major, K. 590, performed by violinists Samuel Andonian and Claire Bourg, violist Nicholas Gallitano, and cellist Aaron Wolff; a new work by Santiago Beis, written for soprano Amber Evans, flutist Meera Gudipati, percussionist Sean Statser, and pianist Lora Al-Ahmad; Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major, D. 932, performed by violinist Ellen Kim and pianist Robert Carlson; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 57, performed by Ellen Kim, cellist Joseph Staten, and pianist Mizuho Yoshimune.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Baroque Works for Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


Elliot Figg, harpsichord; and Caitlyn Koester, harpsichord, perform works by the Bachs and the Couperins.
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1:15 pm
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Film | A Patch of Blue (1965) with Sidney Poitier


When Selina D'Arcey, a blind young white woman, befriends Gordon Ralfe, a black office worker, their budding relationship eventually leads to romance. However, once Selina's insensitive and abusive mother, Rose-Ann, finds out about Gordon, she becomes determined to keep the couple apart. With its stirring story of interracial love, this thoughtful film fittingly reflects the civil rights movement of the era. Director: Guy Green Cast: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian and American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first black actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received two competitive Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. Poitier was one of the last major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Live Jazz from Harlem (online)


Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, and business owner Andrea Brachfeld, a graduate of the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music, has recorded ten CDs as a leader, spanning styles from Latin jazz to charanga jazz, straight-ahead and devotional music. Some of the guest artists on her CDs include Wallace Roney, Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Longo, Paul West, Winard Harper, Bill O' Connell, Oscar Hernandez, Steve Turre, Pedrito Martinez, and Hilton Ruiz. She currently tours with her own group, Andrea Brachfeld and Insight, and with Santi Debriano & Arkestra Bembe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Film | African Diaspora International Film Festival: Citizen Kwame (2023)


This is a minimalist film about travel visas. It tells the story of Kwame, an African man who wants to travel outside of his compound, but he must first get a visa from a Caucasian gatekeeper who controls movements in-and-out of the house. It is only with the help of a newly acquired Caucasian girlfriend that he succeeds. Directed by Yuhi Amuli Screening followed by a Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshop | Photography: The Backyard Birder (online)


Taking stunning bird photos from your backyard: Do you want to take captivating bird photos from the comfort of your back yard? Attend this webinar by Sony's Mahesh Thapa, and learn everything from choosing the proper equipment to dialing in the recommended camera settings. He will also offer helpful practical advice to attract birds and set up your backyard environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Lecture | Black Reconstruction in (Latin) America (in-person and online)


Speaker Geo Maher is Founder and Coordinator of the W.E.B. Du Bois Movement School for Abolition & Reconstruction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussion | Creative Skills for Community Development


This series of three presentations, curated by Juanli Carrion, is opening the conversation about how different professionals working in the field of Creative Community Development approach their practices. Artists, curators, administrators, and stakeholders will present their work with communities to spark dialogues about processes, successes, challenges, failures, innovation and best practices. A Conversation with Andrew Harris and Ryan Westphal from Hester Street about Creative Skills for Community Development. Hester Street is an urban planning, design and development nonprofit that works to ensure that neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. We offer planning, design and community development technical assistance to community-based organizations, government and other agencies. Our goal is equitable, sustainable and resilient neighborhoods and cities. Andrew Harris is currently a project manager at Hester Street. He previously worked at Dattner Architects in their housing studio, BKSK Architects working on commercial and residential projects, and FSI Architecture focusing on restoration and preservation projects. Additionally, Andrew is the CMO of ComXnwealth, an economic empowerment app that allows individuals to locate businesses that align with their values and spend intentionally. Andrew holds a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded a 2020 Urban Design Forefront Fellowship from the Urban Design Forum to Focus on the use of local public Climate Investment funding to support MWBEs. Ryan Westphal is a Project Manager at Hester Street, supporting their community design and engagement work. Recently he has developed tools and strategies to gather community health priorities with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and he’s supported community outreach with the Brooklyn Public Library as they renovate their Central Branch. Ryan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons where he facilitated workshops to envision the radical futures of urban commons, designed games for the National Gallery of Denmark and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and researched the role of design in collective worldbuilding.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Race Hygiene: Black Eugenics and Health Inequality


This talk will examine the ways that African American physicians, social scientists, and reformers mobilized eugenics, hygiene, and public health to address health inequality in the first half of the twentieth century. It will show that by crafting their own public health and mental health interventions, African American physicians, scholars, and reformers embraced a vision of eugenics that argued for better environmental conditions, education, and access to health care as ways to biologically uplift the race. In doing so, they sought to disprove that racial susceptibility was an inherent quality of the race. This would show that eugenically inflected public health and mental health work could improve the collective stock of the race and ultimately its future Speaker: Ayah Nuriddin, Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University
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Parade | Winter Glow Kick-Off Parade


Everyone is invited to participate in the event, wearing their most vibrant attire, as they parade along a neon trail curated by local artist Kuki. The procession concludes at a Plaza where the public art installation, Control No Control, will be unveiled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | Feminist Avant-Garde Poetry


An incredible evening of poetry and performance with the legendary poet Anne Waldman and the students of Feminist Avant-Garde Poetics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Italo Calvino A Storyteller for the Stage (online)


Laura Caparrotti (Artistic Director, Kairos Italy Theater) gives a talk dedicated to author Italo Calvino (1923-1985) on the centenary of his birth. Calvino’s immensely creative mind provided extraordinary stories that were so theatrical in nature that they were often put on stage as solo shows, plays, and story-telling presentations. From Il barone rampante to Palomar, from Il visconte dimezzato to Le città invisibili and Lezioni Americane, Calvino is a central figure in contemporary Italian theater. This encounter will explore the major productions based on his works to discover how (and why!) they were adapted for the stage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | New York City Composers Ensemble


A new ensemble performing the compositions of modern New York City-based artists.
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Festival | 27th Annual Central Park Holiday Lighting


Celebrate the season with our 27th Annual Holiday Lighting. Come meet Santa and friends, sing carols on the Plaza, and warm up with hot cocoa while enjoying a variety of seasonal activities. The event concludes with the lighting of a flotilla of trees on the Harlem Meer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: Local Shares Her Work (online)


Beatrice Coron discusses her body of work, her creative processes, and her ties to the Bloomingdale neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Mozart, Brahms, and Liszt (In Person AND Online)


Xiaoxuan Li, Piano. Program Mozart (1756-1791), Fantasy in D Minor, Kv.397 Brahms (1833-1897), Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op.24 Liszt (1811-1886), Sonata in B Minor
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Dance Performance | Rizoma: A Dance-Visual Art Collaboration


Rizoma is a collaborative project between the dancer, choreographer, and neuroscientist Cecilia Fontanesi and the visual artist Fred Hatt. The project's inception in 2019 marked the genesis of an exploration into the multifaceted dimensions of intelligence within the animal and plant kingdoms, with a particular focus on the profound implications of predation as a key aspect of intelligence and harmony in nature. Building upon those foundations, Rizoma extends its thematic scope by delving into the intricate world of underground networks formed by plant roots and fungi. The work found inspiration in Radiolab’s episode "From Tree to Shining Tree" and its poignant observation "...that all these trees, all these trees of completely different species, were sharing their food underground." "Rizoma" stands as a celebration of the innate beauty and intelligence that grace every aspect of nature's intricate web of life. This performance challenges preconceived notions of intelligence, spotlighting the magnificence found within symbiotic relationships. The show offers a heartfelt invitation to the audience, urging them to embrace the interconnectedness that binds all living beings.  
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Discussion | Visual Storytelling from Narrative Painting to Graphic Novel


Multidisciplinary artist Anya Ulinich will discuss the evolution of her practice and working on the border of fiction and autobiography. After training as a visual artist, Ulinich began to write, eventually publishing a literary novel, Petropolis. Her second book, Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel, was a graphic novel that blended fiction and autobiography. A funny and dark book loosely based on Bernard Malamud’s short story “The Magic Barre,” it told a story of an immigrant’s search for her true self through app-based dating. In recent years, Ulinich further expanded her practice, returning to painting and incorporating in animation and sculpture while completing her second graphic novel, The Assimilationist. She will discuss a practice that responds to contemporary life using a variety of media, show her recent work, and talk about surviving as a multidisciplinary artist outside of academia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Birth/Rebirth (2023): Psychological Horror


A morgue technician successfully reanimates the body of a little girl, but to keep her breathing, she will need to harvest biological materials from pregnant women. When the girl's mother, a nurse, discovers her baby alive, they enter into a deal that forces them both down a dark path of no return. Director: Laura Moss Stars: Judy Reyes, Marin Ireland, Breeda Wool 98 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | City Scenes: Video Art from the Collections of n.b.k. and EAI


The selection of films and videos presented in this exhibition range from the mundane daily ways of life; to whimsical pontifications on the randomness of the world; to the origins of bizarre urban legends; and to sardonic analysis of cultural supremacy. Assembled in one space, the works attempt to capture the eccentricities of their city-setting and make sense of the world through video-making practices from the early 1970s to the present day. Moreover, the videos also document and remark on the state of politics and life both before and after the symbolic collapse of the Iron Curtain/Berlin Wall, and both before and after the physical collapse of the World Trade Towers in the attacks on September 11th. Often eerily preempting an unknown future at the time of its making, the works in this exhibition retrospectively indicate the artists’ sense that the world is about to, or has just experienced a new cultural paradigm. Featured Artists:  Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, Astrid Heibach, K.H. Hödicke (with Cornelia Balcerowiak and Helmut Wietz), Ken Kobland, Gordon Matta-Clark, John Miller, Ira Schneider, Stuart Sherman, Shelly Silver, and Lawrence Weiner
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Opening Reception | Exposure 1: Group Exhibition


Artists: Mohammed Bari•Igor Bogojevic•Lucky Checkley• Erin Karp•Ellis Maiorino•Jack Maiorino•Esther Mizrahi•Mary Alice Orito•Brauna Rosen•Joel Tretin
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Opening Reception | Eye of the Beholder: Group Show


With: Edward Avedisian, Peter Bonner, Ford Crull, Nassos Daphnis, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Mark Gibian, Burt Hasen, Michiko Itatani, Buffie Johnson, Nancy Steinson, Petra (Gupta) Valentova & Francis deNim, and Marc Van Cauwenbergh.
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Opening Reception | Hans Weigand: Falling Waters Rising Skies


An insightful painter and graphic artist employs ancient media rich in tradition, rendering them into a contemporary context. In that same vein, the exhibition focuses on Hans Weigand as a groundbreaking artist addressing environmental, and sociopolitical issues as well as in advancing or challenging the discourse on aesthetic issues like abstraction, conceptualism and high modernism. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | José Lerma: Works of Cast Paper Pulp


A presentation of trial proofs by José Lerma. This presentation will focus on unique trial proofs made of cast paper pulp at the paper shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn. José Lerma was first inspired to make thick paintings of portraits many years ago, when he saw a painting of a crowd by Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. He observed that the further away from the foreground the figures were, the less information about their features was depicted. The furthest appeared with no face at all, composed of a few limited brushstrokes, diluted to only the suggestion of a person. Lerma extrapolated this technique in his own work but focused on the composition of a single subject. He scaled everything up, including the size of the canvas, the tools he used, and the figure. The effect distorts the perception of space making one feel miniature in comparison to the large daubs of paint, recalling sensations of childhood when one explores a world of objects they have not yet grown into. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Matt Phillips: Hold Tight Horizon Eyes


The show features the artist's latest paintings, which convey aspects of the world that are not readily visible yet reflect elements of time, tension, and rhythm. While these forces remain essentially invisible, their presence is ubiquitous. We encounter subtle hints of their existence in the rhythmic patterns of ocean waves or the graceful billowing of a curtain shaped by a once-distant wind. Musical notes mark seconds like an irregular and impulsive clock. For Phillips, painting serves as the ideal medium for exploring his interest in how time and light can be materialized.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Stéphane Mandelbaum: Exhibition Walkthrough


Ranging from large-scale portraits to small sketches, Stéphane Mandelbaum’s drawings of historic figures, friends, and anonymous characters who populated Brussels’s subcultures are consummate in technique and deeply disturbing in subject matter. A native of Brussels, Mandelbaum made art for ten years, but in that time he created hundreds of drawings. Mandelbaum sought to capture the essence of his subject’s characters with a ballpoint pen, graphite, and color pencil, often adding collaged magazine clippings, scribbles, lists, and text in French, Yiddish, Italian, and German. A precocious and skillful draftsman, Stéphane Mandelbaum used his artistry to probe the depths of his own persona by conjuring some of the darkest visages of the twentieth century in Europe. His drawings are inhabited by figures from his nightmares like the German Nazis Joseph Goebbels and Ernst Röhm, as well as those from his fantasies like Arthur Rimbaud and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Raised in a Jewish household impacted by the Holocaust, Mandelbaum’s subjects are often Jewish figures, and his pages are filled with words in Yiddish, a language that the artist had taught to himself. The presence of the Hebrew alphabet juxtaposed with images of Nazis and underworld characters give his drawings a patina of menace and even violence, which was tragically borne out by the artist’s assassination by a criminal syndicate in 1986 at age twenty-five. Mandelbaum’s sensational end is a coda to an artistic life lived on the edges of society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Peer Effect: How Your Peers Shape Who You Are and Who You Will Become


A discussion of the new book by leading sociologists Margaret M. Chin and Syed Ali. In this important and eye-opening analysis, Chin and Ali illuminate the power of peers, and peer culture, to shape individual behavior and future success. The authors will be in conversation with award-winning journalist and author Ada Calhoun. For decades, parents across America have asked their kids, "If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you?" As parents well know--and as The Peer Effect so powerfully illustrates--peers have a tremendous impact on who their kids are and who they will become as adults. Through a fascinating and often humorous narrative, Ali and Chin show how highly motivated students can create a culture of influence to achieve success in learning, and in admission to elite colleges, as well as the many other ways that peers influence one another beyond school performance--from "hookup culture" to school bullying and youth suicide. Ali and Chin begin their exploration of what they call "the peer effect" at the elite high school from which they both graduated: Stuyvesant. Through interviews with Stuyvesant alumni, The Peer Effect investigates the long-lasting effects of high school peer culture--notably around workplace misconduct, the steroid culture in baseball, and the use of excessive force by the police. The Peer Effect offers a new lens through which to understand the power of peer influence, and with it a new approach to resolving the issues peer influence can cause.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Film | African Diaspora International Film Festival: Otiti (2022)


A seamstress with commitment issues takes care of the ailing father who had abandoned her as a child while her half- brothers position themselves to take over his property. Directed by Ema Edosio Deelen Screening followed by a panel discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Bewilderments: On Western-Indigenous Translative Curiosity


Emanuele Coccia’s The Life of Plants proposes to “reopen the question of the world” through the deceptively simple, yet radical fact that all breathing living beings breathe because of plants. Refuting the metaphysical assumption that breath as spirit (psyché rather than pneuma) inhabits a higher ontological order than matter, Coccia fundamentally adjusts the claim of animal superiority over plants. As original as this approach might be in contemporary Western thought, for Indigenous traditions, it is age-old. Not deterred by the “epistemic disconcertment” (H. Verran) between disparate knowledge traditions the – Western/Northern and Amerindian –, the Potawatomi scientist-botanist-ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer engages in a practice of translative curiosity which, in the age of climate disaster, is more critical than ever. Speaker Elisabeth Weber is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is also an instructor for the ‘Foundations in the Humanities’ Prison Pedagogy Correspondence Program of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.
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Symposium | In Common: Romare Bearden and New Approaches to Art, Race & Economy


Two generations after the passing of American icon Romare Bearden in 1988, The New School’s Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Romare Bearden Foundation, and The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University combine forces to examine Bearden’s legacy under three distinct lenses: the impact of his activist work, especially his prints; the role of music in both his practice at large and the activist projects; and the resonance of his oeuvre in contemporary art making. The multi-tier initiative In Common: Romare Bearden and New Approaches to Art, Race & Economy consists of a three-day symposium. Featuring contemporary creative works and perspectives from socially-conscious, politically engaged BIPOC artists and commentators, the symposium will draw on Bearden’s activist legacy to spotlight the potent, yet still-too-rarely-acknowledged relationships between race, culture, economy, and the Common Good. Through plenary discussions, live performances, and a striking new exhibition, we will investigate the themes of purposeful creativity, the artist as activist, BIPOC leadership in creative culture and economy, and much more. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Law and Political Economy of Housing


A conversation between Brian Highsmith (Harvard Law School) and Robert Robinson (Partners for Dignity and Rights), moderated by Raúl Carrillo (Columbia Law School) on the role of law in causing New York’s epic housing crisis and the opportunities for collective action in response.
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Lecture | The Intimacies of Perception and Aesthetic Trespassing


Speaker María Lugones theorizes the notion of resistance in terms of the notion of “trespassing,” through which “active subjectivity” has the possibility of problematizing normative practices and redrawing maps of power.
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Film | lnch'allah Dimanche (2001): In a Strange Land


Zouina is a woman who is torn from her home in Algeria. With her 3 children and her mother-in-law, she rejoins her husband in a foreign, unaccommodating land. Director: Yamina Benguigui Stars: Fejria Deliba, Rabia Mokeddem, Amina Annabi 108 min.
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Book Discussion | Looking at Picasso: Does the 20th Century's Greatest Artist Still Matter?


Does Picasso Still Matter? In his new book, Pepe Karmel approaches the artist's work through the lens of art rather than biography, showing how he invented multiple new visual languages and transformed the traditional themes of Western art. In this special lecture, Prof. Karmel will begin by giving an overview of his book and will then address the question of whether Picasso's work still matters today, when contemporary art seems to have evolved so far beyond historic styles like Cubism and Neo-Classicism, and when photography rather than life-drawing seems to be the starting point for artistic creation. Is Picasso's work a relic of expired revolutions, or does it still speak to art today?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent, 1948-1978


The timely launch of a new book on the American Jewish relationship with Israel focused on its most urgent and sensitive issue: the question of Palestinian rights. Author Geoffrey Levin, assistant professor of Middle Eastern and Jewish Studies at Emory University, will take part in a lively conversation moderated by Professor Lila Corwin-Berman of Temple University.
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Film | Santa Lucia (2021): Going Home to Naples


After living in Argentina for 40 years, Roberto, an author who has gone blind, returns to Naples when his mother dies. With his brother Lorenzo, a musician manque, he takes a trip through his memories in the city of his childhood, which he can no longer see but only perceive through his remaining senses, his memories, and his imagination, in search of the tragic reason behind his departure. Directed by Marco Chiappetta Starring Renato Carpentieri, Andrea Renzi 76 min. In Italian with English subtitles Followed by a discussion with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Discussion | Assessing the Situation After the Terror Attack in Israel (online)


In response to a horrific terror attack, Israel has pledged to defend itself against Hamas and there is risk of war spreading within the region. The geopolitical implications of current events in the Middle East are significant and the United States has deployed substantial military resources nearby. Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.), former commander of US Special Operations Command, will assess the current situation and its potential impact, regionally and globally. His conversation will be with Clifford Chanin, Museum Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | New Fiction: All of Us / The Art of Her Life


Esther Cohen's All Of Us: Stories and Poems Along Route 17 is about people in a small town in upstate New York - different, even alien, from one another, often politically at odds, yet managing to live in peace, side by side. Matisse’s words and paintings permeate a girl's days and nights, and glancing at a note card of the painting she loves, she sees something she’s never seen before. Cynthia Newberry Martin’s The Art of Her Life shows the power of art to transform an ordinary life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Renowned Uruguayan-American Singer-Songwriter


A soulful performance by Julieta Rada, a renowned Uruguayan-Argentine singer, songwriter, and television personality. Experience classic Uruguayan folk songs and the rhythmic beats of Candombe Favela. Rada, a Latin Grammy Award nominee, captivated audiences as the opening act for Jorge Drexler at BRIC Summer Stage this past summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
$15 suggested donation...

Discussion | Taking UFOs Seriously: Science, Pseudoscience, and Culture


A conversation for journalists and everyone else, featuring Sarah Scoles, author of They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers, and Nadia Drake, science writer and editor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Discussion | The Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 and Immigration Restriction (online)


A discussion on the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924, the most comprehensive immigration restriction to date and the first immigration law to explicitly exclude Europeans. Between 1880 and 1924, 23 million immigrants entered the country, and New York’s population jumped from 1 million to over 5 million. The primary sources of immigration to NYC were Italy and Russia. But in 1921 and 1924, Congress established national origin quotas, ending an era of immigration. Professor Mae Ngai looks at the long-term legal ramifications and engages in conversation with Eric Goldstein and Maddalena Marinari on the law’s impact on the Eastern European Jewish and Italian immigrants of New York’s tenements. What impact did this law have on those immigrants already in the country? What did this law say about who could be American?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | US Immigration in 1924 (online)


A discussion on the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924, the most comprehensive immigration restriction to date and the first immigration law to explicitly exclude Europeans. Between 1880 and 1924, 23 million immigrants entered the country, and New York's population jumped from 1 million to over 5 million. The primary sources of immigration to NYC were Italy and Russia. But in 1921 and 1924, Congress established national origin quotas, ending an era of immigration. Professor Mae Ngai looks at the long-term legal ramifications and engages in conversation with Eric Goldstein and Maddalena Marinari on the law's impact on the Eastern European Jewish and Italian immigrants of New York's tenements. What impact did this law have on those immigrants already in the country? What did this law say about who could be American?
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Musical | Jenny Loves Me!: Musical on a Mother's Escape from the Holocaust (in-person and online)


Fascinating, emotional, and powerful, Jenny Loves Me! is the story of Jenny Graubart, born in Belgium in 1936 to Polish Jewish parents. As the Holocaust began, the Graubart family escaped Belgium to France, then Spain and Cuba, before finally settling in New York. Writer, composer, and performer Michael Levin tells his mother’s story in this one-man show, featuring eleven original songs, which NPR called “gorgeous.” The performance, directed and produced by Chris Mackin, with musical direction by Nancy Loedy, will be followed by a discussion with Levin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos


Mark Chiusano discusses his new book, the stranger-than-fiction story of U.S. Representative George Santos, told in full for the first time by the dogged Long Island reporter who has been on his trail since 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | With Marion: A Choreographer Honors Her Great Aunt


In this new evening-length work, choreographer Leslie Cuyjet mines family archives and narratives to refract her own notion of selfhood. With Marion is built from memories of and research about Cuyjet's great aunt Marion Cuyjet, a pioneer of dance education for students of color in the 1950s. In a densely mediated performance environment, Cuyjet builds video loops in real time combining archival footage with her own pre-recorded and live-captured video. Questioning the proximity of objects and self, Cuyjet assembles a fragmented, unstable repository of the past in order to redirect a future out from under its thumb. Leslie Cuyjet is an award-winning choreographer and performer whose work aims to conjure life-long questions of identity, confuse and disrupt traditional narratives, and demonstrate the angsty, explosive, sensitive, pioneering excellence of the Black woman. Since 2004, her tenure in the New York dance world is decorated with performances and collaborations, both formal and informal; with contemporaries, legends, and counterparts; on rooftops, good and bad floors, and alleyways; on stage, in film, art, on tour, and on the fly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Video | Day With(out) Art 2023: Everyone I Know Is Sick


A program of five videos generating connections between HIV and other forms of illness and disability. The program features newly commissioned work by Dorothy Cheung (Hong Kong), Hiura Fernandes & Lili Nascimento (Brazil), Beau Gomez (Canada/Philippines), Dolissa Medina & Ananias P. Soria (USA), and Kurt Weston (USA). Inspired by a statement from Cyrée Jarelle Johnson in the book Black Futures, Everyone I Know Is Sick examines how our society excludes disabled and sick people by upholding a false dichotomy of health and sickness. Inviting us to understand disability as a common experience rather than an exception to the norm, the program highlights a range of experiences spanning HIV, COVID, mental health, and aging. The commissioned artists foreground the knowledge and expertise of disabled and sick people in a world still grappling with multiple ongoing pandemics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Ensemble Works


Hogaku and Gagaku ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Music on the Brain: The Magic of Touch


Can music shape our sense of touch? Can sensual music affect our sexual receptivity? In this upcoming edition of Music on the Brain, explore cross-sensory experiences–in particular, the connection between what we hear and what we feel. Multi-instrumentalist jazz musician, composer, and educator T.K. Blue, pianist Sharp Radway, and Zuckerman Institute Neuroscientist Dr. Anastasia-Maria Zavitsanou lead a jazz concert and dialogue, exploring the fascinating interplay between auditory and tactile perception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Poets in Conversation


Nick Laird is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, and critic. He is the author of several books. His many honors include the Eric Gregory Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His fourth collection of poems, Feel Free, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Derek Walcott Award. The Seamus Heaney Professor of Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, Laird lives in London and Ireland. Terrance Hayes’s most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin 2018) and To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and More for Piano, Violins, Viola, and Cello


Magdalena Baczewska, piano; Cassatt Quartet: Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Rosemary Nelis, viola; Gwen Krosnick, cello. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1 in F Major Zhou Long (b. 1953), The Song of the Ch'in Shostakovich (1906-1975), Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 57
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Opera | Select Opera Scenes


A. Scott Parry, Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza. With: Sim Goodson - Comedy Cellar Amy Cardinale - New York Comedy Club Salma Hindy - Comedy Central
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Student Guitar Duos


Guitar duos their skills as accompanists, including in a wide variety of styles and rhythmic grooves (medium swing, up-tempo, bossa nova, funk, samba, ballad, waltz), "orchestral" accompaniment (as for a vocalist or a lyrical horn player), and applied reharmonization. In addition, guitarists broaden their repertoire, and get experience performing in the context of the guitar duo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | The Hip Hop Multi-Verse


Elai Tubo (aka Rakim D from Run DMC), young Hip-Hop artist Cyril Creque-Sarbinowski, and music technology faculty Leila Adu-Gilmore (Critical Sonic Practice Lab) and Robert Rowe join Stephon Alexander, physicist and member of the Board of the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, to explore the intersection of science, technology and creation. This multimedia event considers the impact of science and technology on the development of Hip-Hop, and vice versa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Viola Works by J.S. Bach, Brahms, and More (In Person AND Online)


Program Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), Viola Sonata J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BMV 1009 (Tran. for Viola) Hindemith (1895-1963), Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Major, Op. 11 No. 4 Ödön Pártos (1907-1977), Viola Concerto "Song of Praise" Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), Études-Caprice for two violas, Op. 18 Brahms (1833-1897), FAE Sonata Sonatensatz
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