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53 free events take place on Thursday, October 17 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 October 17 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 October . 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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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Master Class with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano
free events nyc Viva El Vedado: The History of the Havana Neighborhood -- unique collection of Cuban architecture
free events nyc The Disunited States of Europe: A Perspective from the Peripheries
free events nyc Playing for Peace Concert by a Celebrated Cellist
free events nyc A Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Art Blakey
free events nyc Voices of A People's History of the United States: Book into Performance
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Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can't be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Every Tuesday and Thursday
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Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga

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
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Tours, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | City Hall Tour For Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Lecture | Remaining a Ukrainian Woman: Normative Femininity as "Armor" in the Gulag


In the 1940-50s, tens of thousands of Ukrainian women were sentenced to long-term imprisonment in the Gulag for political charges. Their experiences of living in the most brutal conditions of the Soviet camps have not yet been the subject of special historical-anthropological research. This talk examines the personal memoires of Ukrainian female former prisoners of the Gulag in order to reveal women’s gendered behaviors and daily practices that sought to preserve their gender identities and thus counteract the dehumanizing effects of the camps. Speaker Oksana Kis is a historian and anthropologist, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Remaining a Ukrainian Woman: Normative Femininity as "Armor" in the Gulag

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Bach at Noon

Tour | Tour The Battery


Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more! Tours last about an hour. Thursdays, April 25-October 31, 2019
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Tours, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Tour The Battery

Gallery Talk | Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour


The collection of Audrey B. Heckler is emblematic of the growth of the field of self-taught art in the United States, which manifests a strong interest for African American artists, a consistent attention on American classics, a curiosity for European art brut, and a search for international discoveries. For the last twenty-seven years, Heckler has surrounded herself with excellent examples by the most significant artists associated to this art niche, among them Emery Blagdon, Aloïse Corbaz, William Edmondson, August Klett, Augustin Lesage, Martín Ramírez, Thornton Dial, and Anna Zemánková.
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Gallery Talks, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour

Poetry Reading | Literature Out Loud: The American Tradition of Resistance Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month's theme is The Poetic Tradition of Resistance. This session, the historical foundations of resistance and civic engagement in American poetry will be explored. All literary enthusiasts are welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Literature Out Loud: The American Tradition of Resistance Poetry

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Pipes At One Organ Recital


Colin Lynch, organ, of Trinity Copley Square, Boston, MA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Medieval and Fantasy-Inspired Compositions


A diverse journey through medieval sound and place. Musicians will perform evocative music from 12th to 15th centuries, as well as medieval and fantasy-inspired compositions by David Yardley. Performers: David Yardley, countertenor, harp, percussion Christopher Preston Thompson, tenor, harp, percussion Peter Walker, bass, medieval bagpipe, hurdy gurdy, citole.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Concerts, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Medieval and Fantasy-Inspired Compositions

Master Class | Master Class with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano


Denyce Graves is an operatic mezzo-soprano. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995 and has appeared at many opera houses. Though her repertoire is extensive, her signature parts are the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. Graves also made many appearances on the children's television series, "Between the Lions" where she used her talents to teach children sounds of words. USA Today identifies her as "an operatic superstar of the 21st Century," and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, "if the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves."
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:30 pm
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Concerts, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Master Class with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano

Performance | Performance for One: Slippery Memory


Performance for One is a one-on-one performance event written and directed by Edward Einhorn, presented in 10-minute slots at venues across Manhattan. The performance is about memory, but even more so, it is about relationship between performer, audience member, and author. What is the responsibility of the audience member, and how is it felt differently when there is only one audience member? Who is the story teller, the author or the performer? What happens to a memory that two people share after one of those people is gone? Presented by Untitled Theater Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Viva El Vedado: The History of the Havana Neighborhood -- unique collection of Cuban architecture


The history of the Havana neighborhood of El Vedado from the last quarter of the 19th century through the Cuban Revolution and highlights its varied and outstanding architecture. Known as a cultural center of Havana, Vedado is particularly notable for its unique collection of Cuban architecture of the 20th century. The film's goal is to introduce its audiences to the neighborhood's remarkable architecture, its vibrant life, and the need for preserving Vedado as part of Havana's heritage. Director: Stanley Staniski
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Films, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Viva El Vedado: The History of the Havana Neighborhood -- unique collection of Cuban architecture

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Discover the fun and calming benefits of coloring. Color, relax and enjoy. Coloring supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatching | Fall Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with a guided tour. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow!
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Opening Reception | Animals: An Enduring Tradition


Under the theme doubutsu-ga or “animal pictures,” this show will consider the humor, beauty, and mystery of the animal world as represented in 19th and early 20th century woodblock prints and contemporary Nihonga paintings. With each gallery a leader in their respective field, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore these works side-by-side.
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Opening Receptions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Animals: An Enduring Tradition

Talk | Artist Talk: Graphic, Calligraphic and Historic Influences


Sanya Kantarovsky does not like to hear his work discussed neatly in terms of figuration or abstraction; instead, he relates it to the graphic, calligraphic, and historic influences that guide his practice. Kantarovsky produces video installations and sculptures, though he is best known for his paintings; his signature works often have thinly applied, wiped, or scraped layers of paint, and feature narrative scenes populated by isolated, sinewy figures.
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Talks, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Artist Talk: Graphic, Calligraphic and Historic Influences

Discussion | News on the Right


This event centers on the forms and formation of right-wing movements and conservative media outlets as they shaped the conditions leading up to the 2016 Presidential election, with an eye towards 2020. With: -- Reece Peck is an Associate Professor of Media Culture at College of Staten Island, CUNY. -- Khadijah White is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers.  
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Discussions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, News on the Right

Film | Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975): History Of Race Films


Ossie Davis narrates a history of "race films," films made before 1950 which catered to a primarily black audience.  Films included in this study are: Natural Born Gambler, Birth of a Race, Black and Tan, So Red the Rose, and Pinky. 52 min. Director: Steven York. Starring Ossie Davis, Fredi Washington, George Johnson. 
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Films, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975): History Of Race Films

Opening Reception | In Praise of Shadows: Emotions Emulating Architecture


Alexandria Smith’s latest body of work examines the manifestations of emotional expectations and permissions as they are projected onto h­­­uman structures. It asks the question: How do our emotions emulate architectural confinement and impact our abilities to exist within our bodies?  
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Opening Receptions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, In Praise of Shadows: Emotions Emulating Architecture

Opening Reception | Passed and Present: Approaches to Filmmaking


An exhibition and installation by Tessa Hughes-Freeland comprising a variety of cinematic elements. Known for her contributions to the Cinema of Transgression movement, the exhibition includes single-channel and multiple projections, an interactive kaleidoscope, sculptural fans, and a series of special screenings including the premiere of her recently completed Lost Movie/The Bug. Confrontational, transgressive, provocative, and poetic, Hughes-Freeland approaches filmmaking from a multiplicity of styles. Her work includes underground films, classic narrative, expanded cinematic performances, experimental “automatic” films assembled entirely from found footage, and delicate fans made from film of all gauges. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Passed and Present: Approaches to Filmmaking

Author Reading | Radical Virtuosity: Ana Mendieta and the Black Atlantic


Aart historian Genevieve Hyacinthe offers a new view of Mendieta, connecting her innovative artwork to the art, cultural aesthetics and concerns, feminisms, and sociopolitical messages of the black Atlantic. 
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Discussion | Roar, Lion, Roar: A Celebration of Columbia Football


A moderated panel will discuss the arc of Columbia football from its inception in 1870 to the present day. The discussion is being held in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the establishment of college football, and panelists will include former Columbia players and staff. Organized by the University Archives, the event will end in a reception on the Library's sixth floor, where panelists and audience members can view the exhibit.
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Opening Reception | Surface Visions: Group Exhibition


A group exhibition curated by Christy Dan Dan Qin. Gianna Putrino, Rachel Rubenstein, Meir Srebiansky, Lee Tal, Kelly Wang are the exhibiting artists.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Surface Visions: Group Exhibition

Author Reading | The Letters of Sylvia Plath


One of the most beloved poets of the modern age, Sylvia Plath continues to inspire and fascinate the literary world. While her renown as one of the twentieth century’s most influential poets is beyond dispute, Plath was also one of its most captivating correspondents. The Letters of Sylvia Plath is the breathtaking compendium of this prolific writer’s correspondence with more than 120 people, including family, friends, contemporaries, and colleagues. Peter K. Steinberg, co-editor of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, will discuss his work archiving the compelling correspondence of the seminal poet and author.
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Author Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, The Letters of Sylvia Plath

Author Reading | Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity


In this bold, innovative work, Dorinne Kondo theorizes the racialized structures of inequality that pervade theater and the arts. Grounded in twenty years of fieldwork as dramaturg and playwright, Kondo mobilizes critical race studies, affect theory, psychoanalysis, and dramatic writing to trenchantly analyze theater's work of creativity as theory: acting, writing, dramaturgy. Race-making occurs backstage in the creative process and through economic forces, institutional hierarchies, hiring practices, ideologies of artistic transcendence, and aesthetic form. For audiences, the arts produce racial affect--structurally over-determined ways affect can enhance or diminish life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Worldmaking: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity

Classical Music | A "Sensitive, Alert" Soprano


Soprano Jianing Zhang was described by Opera News as “particularly affecting in the role of Servillia, with sensitive singing and alert, in-the-moment acting” when she performed in Mozart’s last opera, La Clemenza di Tito. Zhang is a semi-finalist of the Oratorio Society of New York-Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition. She is also a soloist and choir section leader of Musica Viva NY.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, A "Sensitive, Alert" Soprano

Discussion | How To Achieve Sales Success


Veteran sales trainer, author, and consultant, Adrian Miller does a deep dive into the key essentials for achieving sales and business development success in the upcoming year. Adrian will cover all of the essentials and more and be prepared for a fast and interactive program. Adrian Miller is a sales trainer, consultant, speaker and author dedicated to helping  businesses achieve their highest levels of sales success. Adrian launched her business 30+ years ago and works with companies in a vast diversity of industries providing them with solutions that can take them to the next level. Her programs are highly engaging, fast-paced and interactive and designed to provide practical tips to sales challenges.
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Discussions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, How To Achieve&nbsp;Sales Success

Lecture | Lessons from the Propaganda Underground: How Cold War Optics Can Help Us Read Our World


The twentieth century witnessed the advent of modern propaganda. Many associate propaganda with the Nazi regime, with its vitriolic efforts to conjure militant hyper-nationalism and anti-Semitism. But far more pervasive and long lasting was the propaganda that characterized the Cold War that followed. Propagandists from the Soviet Union and the United States mobilized new and old techniques in mass communication to wage a war of words and images on the global stage. In this talk, Margaret Peacock examines the practices of Cold War propagandists in the Soviet Union, the United States, and the Middle East to unpack the lasting ways that the hearts and minds of the world have been swayed.
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Lecture | Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: A Journey to a Vanished World


For over two decades, starting in the mid-1960s, ethnographer and Balkan dance specialist, Martin Koenig researched and documented traditional Bulgarian music and dance forms in their original settings. Koenig will reveal a forgotten and vanishing culture with archival photographs and audio.
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Lecture | The Disunited States of Europe: A Perspective from the Peripheries


The talk suggests a common analytical framework for the study of the geographically distinct crises of the European Union (EU). Students of the problems of monetary integration (EMU) mainly focus on the North-South divide between debtors and creditors; those researching the illiberal regimes in the Eastern member states focus on the pitfalls of dependent capitalist development, while specialists of Brexit reflect on the factors of the growth of Euroscepticism. Speaker Laszlo Bruszt is a Professor of Sociology at the Central European University, Budapest.
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Lectures, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, The Disunited States of Europe: A Perspective from the Peripheries

Poetry Reading | 3 Poets Read


Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three brilliant Cave Canem poets. With: Geffrey Davis Camonghne Felix Ladan Osman
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Author Reading | Felon: Poems


Between traditional forms and erasure poetry created from redacted court documents, Reginald Dwayne Betts creates a travelogue of the many effects incarceration casts on one man’s life after he leaves prison. Through verse that touches on homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and grace, Felon brings into focus the profound failures of the criminal justice system and the inadequacy of the labels it generates. Betts, who transformed himself from a sixteen-year old kid sentenced to nine-years in prison to a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of the Yale Law School, is joined by abolitionist and prison scholar, Ruth Wilson Gilmore.
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Discussion | An Invisible Ancestry and the Unquiet Genes of the Brain


In this conversation, artist and educator Cristina Pato and neuroscientist Kenneth S. Kosik will talk about music, memory loss, cultural memory, learning and genetics.
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Discussions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, An Invisible Ancestry and the Unquiet Genes of the Brain

Discussion | Race, Caste, and American Pragmatism


Opening remarks: Fred Harris, Dean of Social Science Speakers: Melvin Rogers (Brown University); Chris Lebron (Johns Hopkins); Menaka Gurusamy (Supreme Court, India) Comments by: Ira Katznelson (World Project and Political Science), Michele Moody-Adams (Philosophy)
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Workshop | Yoga Flow


Link mindful breath with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Please bring a mat. Every Thursday from May 23 to June 27, 2019, and July 11 to October 31, 2019.
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Author Reading | A Contest Without Winners: How Students Experience Competitive School Choice


While policymakers often justify school choice as a means to alleviate opportunity and achievement gaps, an unanticipated effect is increased competition over access to coveted, high-performing schools. In A Contest Without Winners, Kate Phillippo follows a diverse group of Chicago students through the processes of researching, applying to, and enrolling in public high school.
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Author Reading | A Moving Border: Alpine Cartographies of Climate Change


In 2009, Italy and Switzerland signed an agreement that introduced into law the notion of a "moving border." Since the 1990s, surveyors of both countries had noticed that the melting of Alpine glaciers - where much of the border lies - was causing the lines on the ground to drift away from their representation on official maps. Born out of practical necessity, this little-known agreement is possibly the first instance of two sovereign states recognizing the instability of their national territory in the face of global warming. Two of the book's authors, Andrea Bagnato and Marco Ferrari, will be joined in conversation by Heather Davis and Shannon Mattern. They will discuss the ambiguous nature of borders - zones of othering, markers of sovereignty, malleable cartographic inscriptions, shifting geophysical terrains - in the current condition of climate crisis and mass migration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, A Moving Border: Alpine Cartographies of Climate Change

Gallery Talk | Atlas Unlimited: Acts VII-X: Banalities and Atrocities


This is the final chapter in a two year project for the artists. There will be more than 64 hours of performance over the duration of the exhibition. Atlas Unlimited: Acts VII-X renders the banalities and atrocities of Syrian sculptor Zakaria Almoutlak's life through sculpture and vocal performance. Artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne have been working with Almoutlak since 2017, incorporating fragments of his story into the previous acts of Atlas Unlimited. Refused entry to the U.S. due to the 2017 travel ban, Almoutlak's presence will be conjured by the voices of Ganavya Doraiswamy and Aliana de la Guardia, drawing on karnatik, operatic, and pop vocal traditions. This is a discussion of the exhibiton with Aruna D'Souza and Matthew Jesse Jackson.
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Author Reading | Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico


The tragedy of US involvement in Puerto Rico, tracing the decades of economic and political exploitation that led to the debt crisis, hobbled the hurricane recovery efforts, and forced the island into a state of despair. With author Ed Morales.
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Author Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico

Play | Fuente Ovejuna: A "Disloyal Adaptation" of a 1619 Play


An adaptation by Cusi Cram, from the play by Lope De Vega based upon a historical incident that took place in a village in Castile in 1476 in which a group of mistreated villagers band together and kill their Spanish commander. The production will be directed by Christina Roussos, and feature: Aditya Lal Chadha, Chace Chester, Jodie Cortez, Alessandra Cronin, Branden Darcel, Tasja Drahveen, Adaline Gomez, Mitchell Hoover, Emma Maggi-Byers, Francis MacCall, Idan Morad, Borana Ramizi, Logan Riseling, Dylan Turczan and Malaika Wilson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Józef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking


This stunning monograph, a long-overdue critical appraisal of Polish artist Józef Czapski, arrives at a moment when the artist’s legacy is gaining new recognition. Within these pages, author Eric Karpeles conveys how making art was so enmeshed with Czapski’s way of seeing and being in the world that it was second nature. Given that he lived into his ninety-seventh year, it’s no surprise that the artist has works dating from every decade of the twentieth century but the first. As witness to the tumultuous events of that century, he found in painting “a refuge and a salvation.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, J&oacute;zef Czapski: An Apprenticeship of Looking

Poetry Reading | Mosses and Lichens: Poems


If a rolling stone gathers no moss, the poems in Devin Johnston's Mosses and Lichens attend to what accretes over time, as well as to what erodes. They often take place in the middle of life's journey, at the edge of the woods, at the boundary between human community and wild spaces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Mosses and Lichens: Poems

Author Reading | Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim


A searing, honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she chooses to live her life unapologetically. Tired of the constant policing of her clothing in the name of Islam and Western beauty standards, Leah Vernon takes to task the myth of the perfect Muslim woman with frank dispatches on her love-hate relationship with her hijab and her faith, on weight, on mental illness, on domestic violence, on sexuality, and on the process of finding her voice. With charming irreverence, Vernon reflects on her experiences hustling paycheck to paycheck, navigating the millennial world of dating, and coming to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Authors in Conversation


Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, was published by Penguin Press in June 2019. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Hosted by Creative Writing Program senior faculty member and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Darin Strauss.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Authors in Conversation

Classical Music | Organ Recital


Jennifer Pascual, Daniel Brondel and Michael Hey perform works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Soler, Sowerby, Kasilag, and John Williams.
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Concert | Playing for Peace Concert by a Celebrated Cellist


The former conductor of Iraq's Symphony Orchestra, cellist Karim Wasfi performs a site-specific musical composition for those affected by the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 9/11 attacks. He gained international recognition after taking his cello out into the streets of Baghdad, in a deliberate act of resistance, and giving improvised performances at the sites of recent car bombs. Wasfi discusses his experience in cultural diplomacy and shares how he uses music for healing, cross-cultural integration, de-radicalization and counterterrorism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Playing for Peace Concert by a Celebrated Cellist

Jazz | A Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Art Blakey


The MSM Jazz Orchestra; Jon Faddis, conductor. Two profoundly respected figures in jazz, Art Blakey and Louis Armstrong, are celebrated in a performance featuring artists who carry on the legacies of these musical geniuses. Performers: Herlin Riley, drums and bandleader Roderick Paulin, saxophone Wycliffe Gordon, trombone Nicholas Payton, trumpet Roland Guerin, bass Sean Mason, piano Davell Crawford, piano and vocals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Art Blakey

Classical Music | American Viola Works


Violist Jung-Yun Lee presents the nice 20th century American viola works. She has appeared in a wide range of venues, including Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall as a chamber musician and soloist. Ms. Lee has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Bach Festival. Program Jack Delano (1917-1997) Sonata en La Menor para viola y piano John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) The Star-Spangled Banner Alan Hovaness (1911-2000) Chahagir, Op 56A for Viola Solo Daniel Troob (b. 1949) January Sonata for Jennie Hansen
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Performance | Voices of A People's History of the United States: Book into Performance


This event commemorates Howard Zinn's seminal book A People's History of the United States with music and spoken-word performances that bring to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people in the book: those who built the movements for social justice, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight-hour workday, advancing women's rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right the wrongs of the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Voices of A People's History of the United States: Book into Performance
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Discussion | Experts Discuss Copyright Challenges and More in Music and Film Industries

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Discussion | Media Experts In Conversation

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