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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 21, 2019?

29 free events take place on Monday, October 21 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 21 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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29 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Monday, October 21, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
free events nyc New York City Anonymous: Photographs/2008-2018
free events nyc David Ben-Gurion: A Biography of the Founder of Israel
free events nyc Representation and the Femme Body Part 2: Screening of feminist classic Working Girls

Workshop | Morning Meditation


Balance mind, body, and spirit in this Primordial Sound Meditation led by an instructor. Work with a personal mantra, a specific sound or vibration. Take part in a regular meditation practice that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Morning Meditation

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 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | The Hustle (2019): Comedy Crime With Anne Hathaway


Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson star as female scam artists, one low rent and the other high class, who team up to take down the men who have wronged them. 93 min. Director: Chris Addison. Starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp.  The Hustle grossed $35.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $59.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $95.0 million
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, The Hustle (2019): Comedy Crime With Anne Hathaway

Film | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010): Seventh Of The Series


As Harry, Ron and Hermione race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, they uncover the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. 146 min. Director: David Yates. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 received two nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010): Seventh Of The Series

Talk | Reporting Asia: Japan


About the speakers: Bill Emmott is a writer and consultant best known for his 13 years as editor in chief of The Economist in 1993-2006, a publication he first joined in 1980 and served in Brussels, Tokyo and London. During his time as editor the publication’s weekly circulation more than doubled from 500,000 to over 1 million, enjoying worldwide growth to become the leading current affairs and business magazine worldwide. Tomoko Kubota joined Tokyo Broadcasting (TBS) in 2000 where she became an announcer and worked on various programs. From 2013, she held appointments across the news bureau and served as a correspondent with the New York Bureau, as well as a political reporter at TBS. In 2017 she became a freelancer and in 2019 she obtained an MA in oral history from Columbia University. She is currently in a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo where she further pursues her research on oral history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Reporting Asia: Japan

Tour | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


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
1:00 pm
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Tours, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

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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Workshops, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Lecture | Stereotypes as Grounds for Discrimination: Women and the LGBT Community in Courts and Penitentiaries


According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, gender stereotyping is one of the root causes for discrimination, abuse, and violence, leading to violations of a wide array of human rights. States not only have an obligation to eliminate discrimination, but also to refrain from stereotyping per se. In this talk, Maria Abrahamyan will discuss how states fail those obligations, leading to de facto "legalization" of harmful stereotypes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Stereotypes as Grounds for Discrimination: Women and the LGBT Community in Courts and Penitentiaries

Lecture | Sister Doctors: Elizabeth & Emily Blackwell


A lecture by Janice Nimura.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Sister Doctors: Elizabeth & Emily Blackwell

Film | American Beat: Cops and Refugees Join Forces in Boise 


In 2018, more than 22,000 refugees were resettled in the United States, amid a rising tide of anti-immigrant rhetoric and hostility. How have those who have fled war and famine, as well as others who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, fared in their new communities under such conditions? The documentary shines a light on the local, human interactions that take place when refugees from Syria, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of Congo attempt to create new lives for themselves America. Panelists: Tracy Reigns, Regional Director, International Rescue Committee Amir Husak, Assistant Professor of Media Studies Darcy Neill, Peace Corps Community for Refugees and former Peace Corps Country Director, Morocco and Jordan  
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Films, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, American Beat: Cops and Refugees Join Forces in Boise&nbsp;

Author Reading | New York City Anonymous: Photographs/2008-2018


Photographer Craig Bagno will present and sign his new book. Bagno offers an alternative perspective on New York City, one that focuses on solitude and quiet, fleeting moments often missed. In his signature style, he assumes the perspective of a passerby, a shadowy apparition-- positioned between, beside, behind--often depicting others as they turn away, hurry past, and wander off.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, New York City Anonymous: Photographs/2008-2018

Author Reading | Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation


Author Perry Halkitis explores the life experiences of three generations of gay men –the Stonewall, AIDS, and Queer generations – arguing that while there are generational differences in the lived experiences of young gay men, each one confronts its own unique historical events, realities, and socio-political conditions, there are consistencies across time that define and unify the identity formation of gay men.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation

Book Discussion | Winter in the Blood: A Classic of the Native American Renaissance


A classic of the Native American renaissance, this novel by James Welch features a young man living on a Montana reservation who seeks some way to connect to his lost heritage. Facilitated by author and instructor Jan Clausen, these discussions will engage with perspectives that capture the complicated relationship Americans have with the land and living things around them.  Free with  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Winter in the Blood: A Classic of the Native American Renaissance

Lecture | Objectivity and the Humanities: Prospects for a New Realism


Over the last decades, the humanities have come under pressure from the scientific worldview. To many, it seems as if the humanities provide us at best with less-than-objective knowledge claims. Arguably, there are at least two overall reasons for this. On the one hand, the scientific worldview tends to associate objectivity with the kind of knowledge-acquisition, explanation, and justification characteristic of the natural sciences. On the other hand, the humanities themselves have contributed to the impression that they might be less relevant than the natural sciences to epistemic progress due to internal problems having to do with the very concept(s) of knowledge, reality and objectivity. Speaker Markus Gabriel holds the chair in epistemology, modern and contemporary philosophy at the University of Bonn.
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Lectures, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Objectivity and the Humanities: Prospects for a New Realism

Discussion | Preserving Popular Music Recordings in Contemporary Southeast Asia


A talking and listening session by Nate Hun (Cambodian Vintage Music Archive) and David Novak (University of California Santa Barbara) focused on rare vinyl, cassettes, and digital files from Southeast Asia.  Nate Hun is a Cambodian music/film enthusiast and collector. He worked with director John Pirozzi as an associate producer on the acclaimed documentary film Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (2014), and co-founded the Cambodian Vintage Music Archive, which aims to locate collectors to preserve digital copies of Cambodian popular music recordings. David Novak is an associate professor and director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (2013) and co-editor of Keywords in Sound (2015). His current book project, Diggers: A Media Archaeology of Global Popular Music, theorizes musical globalization through networks of record and cassette collectors, labels, archives, and digital preservation projects.
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Discussions, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Preserving Popular Music Recordings in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Discussion | Screening And Discussion: Harold Prince: The Director’s Life


Lonny Price and David Thompson discuss and screen their documentary film Harold Prince: The Director’s Life, which premiered on PBS Great Performances in November 2018. In addition to archival clips, this fascinating performance-documentary includes interviews with many of Prince’s renowned collaborators, including Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mandy Patinkin, John Kander, Susan Stroman, Angela Lansbury and others, all sharing their firsthand insights into his pioneering achievements in the theater.
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Discussions, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Screening And Discussion: Harold Prince: The Director&rsquo;s Life

Author Reading | David Ben-Gurion: A Biography of the Founder of Israel


As the founder of Israel, David Ben-Gurion long ago secured his reputation as a leading figure of the twentieth century. Determined from an early age to create a Jewish state, he thereupon took control of the Zionist movement, declared Israel's independence, and navigated his country through wars, controversies and remarkable achievements. And yet Ben-Gurion remains an enigma--he could be driven and imperious, or quizzical and confounding. In this definitive biography, Israel's leading journalist-historian Tom Segev uses large amounts of previously unreleased archival material to give an original, nuanced account, transcending the myths and legends that have accreted around the man.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, David Ben-Gurion: A Biography of the Founder of Israel

Talk | Judy Chicago: New Views: The Artist Discusses a New Book


World-renowned artist Judy Chicago will be joined in conversation by writer Sarah Thornton around the release of Judy Chicago: New Views, the first major monograph on the artist in nearly 20 years. For almost six decades, Chicago has been a steadfast champion for overcoming the erasure of women's achievements through her work. New Views provides fresh look at Chicago's entire career and accompanies the debut of her latest body of work in an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C. titled, Judy Chicago--The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction.
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Talks, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Judy Chicago: New Views: The Artist Discusses a New Book

Author Reading | Rose Désert: A Journey from Morocco to Senegal


Author Violaine Huisman, depressed and approaching thirty, decides to cross the desert from Morocco to Sénégal. Throughout this unlikely and perilous journey, she reflects on loss and control. She mentally revisits her love affairs and explores her romantic and sexual awakening with a rarely equaled sincerity.
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Rose D&eacute;sert: A Journey from Morocco to Senegal

Film | True Conviction (2018): Three Exonerated Former Prisoners 


The film is about three exonerated former prisoners create a Dallas agency that helps to free wrongfully convicted inmates. Directed by Jamie Meltzer Q/A with Christopher Scott, featured in the film. A reception will follow the screening.
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Films, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, True Conviction (2018): Three Exonerated Former Prisoners&nbsp;

Discussion | On the Road to Abolition: Archiving Resistance to the Carceral State


Simon Balto and Emily Thuma, in conversation with Researcher-in- Residence Mariame Kaba, will discuss histories of resistance to prisons and policing. Thuma will consider how grassroots women activists in and outside of prisons forged a radical politics against gender violence and incarceration in the 1970s, while Balto will discuss Black Communists’ rejections of police enforcement of Depression-era austerity politics, and the Black Power-era fight for community control of the police, among other related issues. Together these scholars and activists will share how these histories offer roadmaps and lessons for contemporary struggles.
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Discussions, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, On the Road to Abolition: Archiving Resistance to the Carceral State

Poetry Reading | 2 Poets Read


Featuring Gregory Pardlo and Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, 2 Poets Read

Film | Human with a Stool (2019): Ukrainian Adventure Documentary


A film about the last trip of traveler and director Leonid Kanter. Kanter journeys with a group of twenty people from four countries whose goal is to carry a wooden stool from an ordinary Kyiv kitchen to Cape Horn and place it on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, while documenting their unpredictable adventures along the way. Leonid records everything surrounding him, turning his life into a film in which he is both protagonist and director. On their return home, the travelers are caught up in the outbreak of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine In Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles.
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Films, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Human with a Stool (2019): Ukrainian Adventure Documentary

Author Reading | Infused: Adventures in Tea


Henrietta Lovell is best known as "The Rare Tea Lady." She is on a mission to revolutionize the way we drink tea by replacing industrially produced teabags with the highest quality tea leaves. Her quest has seen her travel to the Shire Highlands of Malawi, across the foothills of the Himalayas, and to hidden gardens in the Wuyi-Shan to source the world's most extraordinary teas. Infused invites us to discover these remarkable places, introducing us to the individual growers and household name chefs Lovell has met along the way - and reveals the true pleasures of tea. The result is a delicious infusion of travel writing, memoir, recipes, and glorious photography, all written with Lovell's unique charm and wit.
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Infused: Adventures in Tea

Author Reading | Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South


Since its original publication in 1994, this book has become a classic text of white antiracism. Now, this seminal book returns as a rousing testament of what can and must be done against America’s increasingly apocalyptic white supremacist movement. Mab Segrest will read from her book and discuss her decades of experience as a white lesbian organizing against far-right movements in the South.
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South

Author Reading | The Professor of Immortality: A Fulfulling Life's Bad Times


Professor Maxine Sayers once found her personal and professional life so fulfilling that she founded the Institute of Future Studies, a program dedicated to studying the effects of technology on our culture and finding ways to prolong human life. But when her beloved husband dies, she is so devastated she can barely get out of bed. To make matters worse, her son, Zach, has abruptly quit his job in Silicon Valley and been out of contact for seven months. With author Eileen Pollack .
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, The Professor of Immortality: A Fulfulling Life's Bad Times

Author Reading | Nelson DeMille discusses his new novel The Deserter


Bestselling author Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille will be discussing and signing their new book, a blistering new thriller featuring a brilliant and unorthodox Army investigator, his troubling new partner, and their hunt for the Army's most notorious---and dangerous---deserter. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Nelson DeMille discusses his new novel The Deserter

Film | Representation and the Femme Body Part 2: Screening of feminist classic Working Girls


BFA Photography and Video presents the second in its two-part series exploring labor, equity, representation and the femme body, co-organized by artist, producer and program alumnus Zackary Drucker and chair Joseph Maida. This screening of Lizzie Borden's feminist classic Working Girls will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by Drucker. A reception will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Representation and the Femme Body Part 2: Screening of  feminist classic Working Girls

Concert | Fun and Fabulous Music


D'Ambrose Boyd has shared the stage with such luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Mickey Rooney, Brenda Braxton, Ken Page, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Frank Langella. He has been on the boards of many Broadway, off-Broadway, Regional and European theaters. Some favorite performances include: Ain't Misbehavin', Wizard of Oz, Five Guys Named Moe, A Christmas Carol, Babes in Toyland and Wall to Wall Broadway: A Century of Musical Theater. He can be heard on many cast recordings and voice-overs for Nickelodeon. Followed by the open mic. No cover and no minimum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Fun and Fabulous Music
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