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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 30, 2017?

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42 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 30, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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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 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, 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 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Workshop |
Learn the basics of Adobe's vector graphic creation program and how to create exciting digital art for print, video, and web Class is taught on Mac computers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Adobe Illustrator for Beginners
Park Walk |
On this east-west walk you will see some of the Park's most well-known landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Route involves a few stairs. 90 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Heart of the Park Tour
Film |
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson. A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts. 114 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist (1982): Another Haunted House
Discussion |
From transforming Moscow’s planetarium into an Easter egg, to reading Soviet cybernetics as urban codes and finding critical art aboard Lenin, the decommissioned nuclear-powered icebreaker, this panel explores the range of radical art projects and modes of curatorship operating within the visual index of the physical and intellectual landscapes within the post-Soviet space. Today, a time when the Russian contemporary art scene has reached the heights of consumerism and glamour, the parallel narrative of the “other visions” starts to be particularly prescient. These unforeseen pasts and the unforeseen futures of the Russian art scene have to be further explored. A panel discussion featuring Xenia Vytuleva, Simon Mraz, Aaron Levy, and Evangelos Kotsioris.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, New Visions in Curatorship, Art Criticism and Intellectual Histories: Russian Adventures
Workshop |
Exercise your mind with the New York Times crossword puzzle. Start with the easiest of the week (Monday) or try your luck with the most difficult (Sunday). Collaborate with fellow participants or work on your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Sunday/Monday Crossword Solving
Tour |
Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
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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 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Harlem Tour
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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 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Film |
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna. A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. 108 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Terence Young's Wait Until Dark (1967): Blind Woman Terrorized
Book Reading |
Most beloved for her roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bonanza, Love Thy Neighbor, Match Game, and Airplane!, Bulifant has been in dozens of films and television shows. Outside of her on-stage career, she has devoted much of her life to campaigning for children's rights as Executive Vice President of The Dyslexia Foundation and founder of the Hans Christian Anderson Award which recognizes dyslexics who made a positive contribution to society, including recipient Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Actress Joyce Bulifant discusses her book My Four Hollywood Husbands
Workshop |
Learn how to make your own website for free using Google Sites. Add links, images, videos, and more to create your own piece of the web.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Create Your Own Website With Google Sites
Workshop |
Learn desktop publishing basics using Microsoft Publisher 2010. Topics include creating flyers, brochures, business cards, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, MS Publisher 2010 Workshop
Workshop |
As the leaves are falling and days getting shorter, it’s a perfect time to review who you are and what you want to create for yourself going forward. What new perspectives or adjustments could you make to set the stage for where you want to be in the coming months, year and beyond? Examine what no longer serves a purpose, and what ideas, work, or relationships need to be let go of or revised. Take this opportunity to stop and reflect on wherever you are at this time in your life to make it the best and most fulfilled yet. Presenter: Kristina Leonardi
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 pm
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Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Spring Cleaning for the Autumn Soul
Discussion |
A presentation and discussion with Chairman Liu Zhenya. Chairman Liu served as Chairman and CEO of China State Grid (the world’s largest electric utility) from 2004 to 2016 and currently serves as Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization and Chairman of the China Electricity Council (CEC). Chairman Liu will offer keynote remarks on global energy interconnection and the transition to a low carbon economy. David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, will moderate the discussion following Chairman Liu's remarks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Global Energy Interconnection- Roadmap to a Low Carbon Economy
Workshop |
Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
Free
Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Body Blast: Dance and Sculpt
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 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, High Line Tour
Book Reading |
Boltanski comes from a long line of intellectuals starting with his grandfather Étienne Boltanski who was a member of the Academy of Medicine; his grandmother, a well-known romance author who wrote under the pseudonym Annie Lauran; an uncle, the visual artist, Christian Boltanski; and father, the sociologist Luc Boltanski.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Christophe Boltanski discusses his book The Safe House
Book Signing |
An artist’s book that explores the ability of art to engage us and re-envision our environment, Ten Huts documents a series of site-specific huts that were hand built from found and repurposed materials ranging from the mundane (e-waste and plastic bottles) to the bizarre (circus detritus, dental molds, and mugwort grown on the banks of a toxic creek) in landscapes as varied as industrial Brooklyn and the Norwegian Arctic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Signings, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Artist Jill Sigman signs copies of her book Ten Huts
Discussion |
Across America, Black women are engineering campaigns, building relationships, and changing the terms of the debate on who deserves to govern and how democracy is interpreted. With increasingly more Black women engaging in civic and electoral policy by running for office, forming campaign teams to get behind Black candidates, or showing up at the ballot, a new political era is emerging; one that both highlights the pernicious contradictions in law and policy that impact America's most vulnerable communities and gives us clear direction on how to meet the needs of more people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Black Women, Electoral Politics, and the Future of American Democracy
Lecture |
Speaker: Tressie McMillan Cottom, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Virginia Commonwealth University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Race in the United States: Race and Lower Education in the New Economy
Lecture |
Productivity is the main factor holding back Italy's long-term economic growth. Since the second half of the 1990s, productivity growth has been feeble both by historical standards and compared with the other main Eurozone countries. Understanding the reasons for such a dismal performance and finding the most effective policy levers is crucial to raise Italy's potential growth rate. The presentation will start with a detailed analysis of the data and a critical review of the available empirical evidence on the Italian economy's productive weaknesses and strengths; it will then move to the discussion of the structural reforms recently implemented. It will conclude with a discussion on the policy priorities for the near future. A presentation by Matteo Bugamelli, Banca d'Italia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lectures, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Productivity Growth in Italy: A Tale of Slow-Motion Change
Concert |
A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists, sung by Broadway vocalists, and produced and directed by John Znidarsic. Presented in collaboration with Arts and Artists of the Future. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Songbook: Broadway's Future
Film |
Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker. Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween. 82 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Michael Dougherty's Trick ‘r Treat (2008): Connected Horror Tales
Reading |
As a genre horror has always been transgressive. New works by Cristina Rivera Garza and Samantha Hunt (pictured) reveal the special power in queer horror writing to defy norms of gender and sexuality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Readings, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Queer Horror Stories
Discussion |
An exploration with Theaster Gates (Director of the Rebuild Foundation, as well as a sculpture, installation, performance and urban intervention artist) and Leslie Hewitt (artist and professor at The Cooper Union), on the past, present, and future of the black archive and his pioneering work with Rebuild.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Supersonic Blackness: The Archive of the Future
Discussion |
Explore the rise of interest in the architecture of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe—and the activities of Alfred H. Barr Jr., Philip Johnson, and Henry-Russell Hitchcock in promoting their work in the U.S. With Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, and Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Modern Architecture Comes to America
Lecture |
Reading Franz Grillparzer’s trilogy The Golden Fleece (1821) through the lens of Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams (1900), Professor Frauke Berndt of the University of Zurich demonstrates that curses play a critical role in nineteenth-century tragedy to probe modern ideas of knowledge and human self-understanding.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lectures, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, The Curse of Medea
Other |
The Golden Gate Bridge. Ants. 1940s Berlin. Music made by a washing machine. Gravitational waves. Radio producers Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett are going to set up a ring of speakers, hand out eye masks, turn off the lights, and surround you with sound. It will be an evening experienced entirely through the ears instead of the eyes. Hoff and Harnett are the creators of “The World According to Sound,” a 90-second radio show. Segments run on NPR’s All Things Considered and individually on public radio stations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Others, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, The World According to Sound, Live!
Discussion |
This discussion looks at our relationship to the huge, frameless, changing natural world with visual artist Riitta Ikonen, climate change researcher Åsa Rennermalm and artist Vanessa Thill. Moderated by Lizzy De Vita.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Art and the Natural World
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Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor discuss their upcoming Broadway revival of M. Butterfly, as well as a variety of topics related to the current challenges and opportunities in the American theater, moderated by Susan Haskins, co-host of Theater Talk on PBS. David Henry Hwang’s work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, and the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. As a Tony-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Julie Taymor has changed the face of Broadway with her innovative direction. Her Broadway adaptation of The Lion King debuted in 1997. An instant sensation, it received 11 Tony Award nominations, with her receiving awards for Best Director and Costume Designer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor discuss their Broadway revival of M. Butterfly
Workshop |
Learn some introductory skills that will keep you feeling safe. They’ll be covering the basics: stretching, conditioning, technique, and theory, with the hope that participants will leave with some super useful foundations that will aid them in the day-to-day. Mix that in with some sweat and some movement, and you’ll have an accessible and confidence-boosting good time for all. Whether you are a beginner, or someone with experience, come work it out. Open to all ages. Participants should wear clothing in which they are comfortable stretching and sweating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Workshops, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Self-Defense Workshop with Pop Gym
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Concert |
Nifty's is a klezmer-jazz band formed 1999 in Austria. Their music is a mixture of klezmer and eastern European folklore, spiced up with elements of modern music such as dub and ska. Nifty's sound is perhaps the best answer to Naftule "Nifty" Brandwein's question (which he transformed into a songtitle): "Wie bist Du gewesen vor Prohibition?" (What were you like before Prohibition?)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Modern klezmer-jazz with Nifty's band
Classical Music |
All-Druckman Program Bo (1980) String Quartet No. 3 (1981) The Seven Deadly Sins (1955) Come Round (1992) Performers Juilliard school's AXIOM; Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor Jeffrey Milarsky has worked with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Bergen Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Ensemble performs works by Druckman
Dance Performance |
A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join Movement Research Artists-In-Residence and international guests each season in performing at the historic Judson Memorial Church. Featuring: Jaimé Yawa Dzandu (pictured) Havanna Fisher Mina Nishimura kris seto + shoey sun | v e s s e l s |                    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Dance Performances, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Experiments in Dance
City Walk |
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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City Walks, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Performance |
Drunken Shakespeare invites you to get rowdy with rogues and strut your Stratfordian swagger! Got an audition piece you've been dying to show off? Want to give that soliloquy from your high school English class a try? This is the time! There'll be prizes, surprises, drink specials and much more!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Performances, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Drunken Shakespeare
Concert |
Hosted by D'Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. Where New York's finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
$5
Concerts, October 30, 2017, 10/30/2017, Singers Space
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Play | A play by Broadway director

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Classical Music | Piano works by Debussy and more

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