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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 6, 2017?

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Fri, October 6, 2017
27 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 6, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Symposium |
"What is at Stake?" focuses on the intersection of visual culture and the complex and contradictory notions of community. “Community” is a potent, yet overused word, meaning dramatically different things to different people. Similarly, it can be hard to see the extent to which visual culture—the media, images, art, and memes around us—is the way we know our “communities,” and how that visual work might play a creative and productive role in social change. There will be conversations with artists, community organizers, cultural organizations, and public agencies, as well as with fellow participants, about how visual culture defines or redefines who’s included or excluded from “community,” and what are the hard questions cultural institutions, service providers, teachers, and artists need to ask themselves in the work that is sometimes referred to as social practice, social documentary, civic engagement, or simply community-based work. Confirmed speakers, facilitators, and participating organizations include: Nicholas Mirzoeff, Mindy Fullilove, Ruth Sergel, Stephanie Dinkins, Chinatown Art Brigade, The Point, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, the Laundromat Project, Erin Barnett, Kristen Lubben, Danielle Jackson, Quito Ziegler, Bayeté Ross Smith, MTL Collective, and Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Symposiums, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, What is at Stake?: Questions of Community and Visual Culture
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
City Walk |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Tour |
Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, New York One-Day Tour
Workshop |
Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends! All players welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Bridge Club
Workshop |
Learn a step-by-step guide on how to make bracelets and necklaces from beads.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Beginner Jewelry Making Workshop
Dance Performance |
Part of the rededication of the African Burial National Monument.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Dance Performances, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Eclectic Butterfly: Dance and Spoken Word Performance
Book Reading |
Blanche Wiesen Cook to discuss the final volume of the biographer’s trilogy on Eleanor Roosevelt, focusing on the legacy of her political activism in NYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Blanche Wiesen Cook discusses her book Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962
Workshop |
Beginner lessons with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing. No prior experience needed and equipment is provided. Must be 16 or older to participate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Workshops, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Fencing Lessons for Beginners
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Tour |
Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular public spaces and tourist attractions in New York City. This depression-era commercial complex takes up over three full city blocks and is rich with history, public art, and art-deco architecture. Built by business mogul John D. Rockefeller Jr. with his own money, he instructed his team of designers and architects to build the most beautiful commercial complex of it’s kind in the world. That vision resulted in what is still one of NYC’s greatest treasures and gave rise to some of NYC’s favorite traditions including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the famous dance team the Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Rockefeller Center Tour
Festival |
Traditional German “beer hall” celebration and entertainment. The Polka Brothers, a four man band of hipster polka lovers perform a unique mix of classic polka favorites, covers of pop and rock songs with a polka spin, as well as original tune.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Festivals, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Oktoberfest: beer and polka music
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, High Line Tour
Lecture |
This volume gives us the city on a whole new scale, as skyscrapers jostle for prominence and the ambitions of the wealthy compete with those of immigrants, radicals, and Harlem’s African Americans. Wallace, founder of the Gotham Center, speaks with Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Lectures, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Mike Wallace discusses his book Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919
Discussion |
An hour-long pre-concert discussion led by musicologists and scholars as they discuss the Hudson’s music and legacy, taking an in-depth look at their contributions to the genre. This discussion looks at the music and career jazz luminaries: drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield of the new supergroup Hudson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Jazz Supergroup Hudson in Discussion
Concert |
With its shrieking sirens, honking horns, and prattling pedestrians, New York City can be an assaulting auditory experience. However, New York has also produced other kinds of sounds. Under the direction of faculty member Rebecca Steinberg on trumpet, the trio includes colleague pianist Sara Sherman and guest artist violinist Ann Marie Bermont in a program of works for piano and trumpet by some of the city's most gifted musical residents such as George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Edward MacDowell, and Eric Ewazen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Sounds of the City Concert: Gershwin, Copland, MacDowell
Film |
Florence Price (1883-1953) was the first African-American woman whose music was performed by major symphony orchestras. In 1933 the famous Chicago Symphony performed her 'Symphony in E minor' at the World's Fair. She also composed over 50 songs which were sung by the great Marian Anderson. 57 min. Followed by a reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Films, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Documentary: The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price (2015)
Performance |
An illuminating work of documentary theater, The Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Written in collaboration with director Cecilia Rubino, Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors' voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. Run time is 75 minutes with no intermission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, The Tar Sands Songbook: Documentary Theater That Asks Us to Reconsider Our Relationship with Oil
Play |
In a conservative society, a woman forces herself into a marriage of convenience, only to discover that her true passion lies with her past lover – a passion that drags her down like a river – bringing together a marriage between Love and Death. The College of Performing Arts' School of Drama Directing Festival presents this play by Federico García Lorca, translated by Caridad Svich, directed by Andrés López-Alicea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Blood Wedding: Federico García Lorca's Play About Love and Death
Classical Music |
With: Aminda Asher, cello, Hannah Min, violin, and Sophie X. Zhang, piano The performance is followed by a meet-the-artist reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Faculty Recital: A Tchiakovsky Piano Tro
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour
Concert |
Get into the transcendent rhythmic flow-state of Doctrine of Signatures. Glen Velez and his charismatic ensemble of virtuosos go deep into the spiritual power of synchronized rhythm. This revolutionary composition was originally composed in the 1980’s as a continuation of an earlier piece called Internal Combustion. The legendary composer John Cage attended a performance of Doctrine and was so inspired that he created a solo piece for Glen In 1989. Doctrine is an evolving piece designed to show off the surprising melodic qualities and healing potential of single-headed frame drums, a drum with 5000 years of history. The composition is based on an energetic process of rhythmic cueing by a lead drummer, a role in this special performance played by the composer. The drummers create an ultra-flow-marathon coordinating mind-body-spirit — all limbs synchronized to ecstatic vocal signals, continuous pulsations while stepping in shifting time cycles. Glen Velez is a 4-time Grammy Award-winning master drummer, composer, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame inductee and founding father of the modern frame drum movement. Glen Velez Handance Ensemble was founded in the 1980’s to present music inspired by his 40 years of research into the 5000 year history of the frame drum. Handance Ensemble features the illustrious multi-percussionists: Shane Shanahan, Yousif Sheronick, Glen Fittin and rhythm vocalist Loire Cotler. Featuring: Glen Velez Handance Ensemble: Glen Velez, Shane Shanahan, Yousif Sheronick, Glen Fittin, and Loire Cotler with special guest renowned artist Mark Kostabi, who will create a live painting   A brief pre-concert talk with Glen Velez will begin at 7:30PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Doctrine of Signatures: An Epic Percussion Journey with 4-Time Grammy Winner Glen Velez
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It’s 2013, Obama has just been re-elected, and The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race. In an attempt to win the 2016 presidential election, the GOP backs a candidate who is a mixture of every race on earth. Christopher Chen's wild and surreal comedy skewers all political parties to the point it becomes indiscernible of what is satire – and what is today’s frightening reality. This production is part of The College of Performing Arts' School of Drama New Visions Directing Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:30 pm
Free
Plays, October 06, 2017, 10/06/2017, Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race: A Surreal Comedy
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