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52 free events take place on Wednesday, October 23 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 23 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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Workshop | Boot Camp


The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Boot Camp

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 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Birdwatching | Birding Basics: The North Woods


Located along the Atlantic Flyway, the park welcomes more than 270 migrating bird species each year. Learn the basics of bird identification while exploring the North Woods, the largest woodland landscape in the Park. Along with beautiful arches and peaceful waterfalls, the North Woods provides 40 acres of vibrant habitat in the middle of New York City, making it an important stopover for birds during spring migration. How many can you spot on this tour? Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from our tour guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Birding Basics: The North Woods

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and by the verdant park, with its very special Hot and Cool gardens; each flower-filled and colorful throughout the season. All art materials are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Elements of Nature Drawing

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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Tours, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Lecture | We’re All Thieves Here: The Soviet War on Crime and the End of Criminal Justice Reform, 1959-1991


Rhiannon Dowling will present on her book project, a cultural and intellectual history of crime in the Soviet Union, which argues that, of all of the promises that the Soviet state failed to fulfill, the most crucial, and most devastating, was the promise to eliminate crime with its causes. Dowling examines the changing approaches to the Soviet “war on crime” by intellectuals, bureaucrats, jurists, and the public (including convicted criminals) as the problem of crime became increasingly central to Soviet life and identity in the decades after Stalin’s death.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, We&rsquo;re All Thieves Here: The Soviet War on Crime and the End of Criminal Justice Reform, 1959-1991

Lecture | Sustainable Development Goals and the Right to Food


Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, will discuss her most recent report, which focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals as a potentially transformative tool to advance the realization of the right to food, as well as other economic, social and cultural rights. Inequality, and the inequitable distribution of food and productive resources, remains a significant barrier to the realization of the right to food, especially for populations that have been historically and structurally left behind. Lunch will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Sustainable Development Goals and the Right to Food

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.
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Concerts, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. Wednesdays, September 6-November 6, 2019
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Workshops, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

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.
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Tours, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, 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 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Film | The Fisher King (1991): Oscar Winning Comedy Drama With Robin Williams And Jeff Bridges


A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake. 137 min. Director: Terry Gilliam. Starring Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant.  The Fisher King won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, it had also four other nominations for Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction and Best Original Score.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, The Fisher King (1991): Oscar Winning Comedy Drama With Robin Williams And&nbsp;Jeff Bridges

Open Studios | Turning Towards a Radical Listening: A Sculptural Sound-Based Installation


In Turning Towards a Radical Listening, James Allister Sprang will develop a sculptural sound-based installation over the course of a five-week residency. On select days during Sprang’s residency, visitors are invited to sit in on the artist’s rehearsals within the installation. Visitors are welcome to arrive and depart at any time during Open Studio Hours.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studioss, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Turning Towards a Radical Listening: A Sculptural Sound-Based Installation

Lesson | Genealogy Research with Maps


New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division collections are national and international in scope, and comprise 433,000 maps and 20,000 books and atlases, an invaluable resource for genealogists the world over. Holdings include:  Topographical maps that describe where our ancestors lived, the names of settlements, towns and cities, the effect of the landscape on the migration routes our ancestors took, the kinds of work they did, and the location of cultural features, including churches, cemeteries, fence lines, boundaries, and buildings. Fire insurance maps that help genealogists find records associated with historical property addresses, churches and cemeteries, hospitals, and courts: records that help prove lineage. Fire insurance maps also describe the neighborhoods where our ancestors lived, the location of schools, libraries, theaters and cinemas, and places of business, information that helps a genealogist develop narratives.  Historical maps that describe political and electoral boundaries, including wards and census enumeration districts; the location of piers and other sites of immigration; routes of transatlantic steamships, subways, canals, roads, and railroads; real estate for sale, and property ownership.  This class will describe how maps in the collections of The New York Public Library can be used to drive genealogical research and illustrate family histories.
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Lessons, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Genealogy Research with Maps

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I've played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Concerts, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artists/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lesson | Mapping New York with Fire Insurance Maps


The fire insurance maps covered in this course provide access to detailed property maps for towns and cities across New York state. The information contained within these maps includes outlines of buildings (size, construction materials, location of windows, etc.), street names, sidewalk widths, property boundaries and more. One can even find information regarding pipelines, railroads, wells, and dumps. The New York Public Library’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division has one of the most comprehensive collection of these maps in the world. This course will cover how to access and use fire insurance maps in both print and electronic form. Learn about the physical maps available in the Map Division, the Digital Collection and the Geocoded Sanborn Maps database. The Geocoded version of Sanborn Maps contains GIS information that allows users to locate data by address or geographic coordinates.
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Lessons, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Mapping New York with Fire Insurance Maps

Lecture | The Border is Back: Immigration Discourse, Policy, and Outcomes in Europe and the United States


Speaker Martin Schain is Professor of Politics Emeritus at New York University. He is the author of The Politics of Immigration in France, Britain and the United States: A Comparative Study (New York: Palgrave, 2008/2012); co-author and editor of Comparative Federalism: The US and EU in Comparative Perspective (Oxford, 2006), Shadows Over Europe: The Development and Impact of the Extreme Right in Europe (Palgrave, 2002) and Europe Without Borders: Remapping Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age (Johns Hopkins, 2003).
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
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Lectures, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, The Border is Back: Immigration Discourse, Policy, and Outcomes in Europe and the United States

Opening Reception | Mesmeric: Group Photography Show


MPS Digital Photography presents an exhibition of thesis work by its class of 2019.
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Mesmeric: Group Photography Show

Talk | Artist Talk: Waterlicht


Daan Roosegaarde will discuss Waterlicht and other visionary projects such as Gates of Light, Van Gogh Path, Smog Free Project, and Space Waste Lab with Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts.
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Discussion | Repurposing Sustainable Fashion: Clothing and Textile Waste and Reuse


A panel on the complex relationship between fashion, globalization, sustainability, and the environment. Panelists include: -Hanna Rose Shell (Associate Professor, Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts, U-C Boulder, and author of the forthcoming Shoddy: Textiles, Technology, and Identity) -Adam Baruchowitz (Wearable Collections, Founder and CEO) -Idania del Rio & Leire Fernandez (Clandestina Co-Founders) They will discuss the complex relationship between fashion, globalization, sustainability, and the environment. Refreshments to follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:15 pm
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Discussions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Repurposing Sustainable Fashion: Clothing and Textile Waste and Reuse

Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read


With: Diane Mehta Monica Ferrell Maya Phillips Julia Guez
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Poetry Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, 4 Poets Read

Opening Reception | Hyperplane: Layered, Confusing Spaces


A solo exhibition featuring a new body of work by Michael Van Den Besselaar. Van Den Besselaar combines futuristic design aesthetics with abstract forms to create layered, confusing spaces within an architectural framework. He conjures a nostalgic longing for the past’s vision of utopian futures. The spaces Van Den Besselaar creates are uncanny, spiraling outward and folding inward. The work in Hyperplane visualizes disordered structures in multidimensional spaces.
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Hyperplane: Layered, Confusing Spaces

Opening Reception | Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward:


For more than 120 years, the Forward has given an eager American Jewish audience a unique mix of news, culture and opinion. Published on the Lower East Side beginning in 1897, this Yiddish-language newspaper had a circulation of more than 275,000 in its heyday. Now a digital-only publication appearing in both English and Yiddish, the Forward maintains a vast archive tracing the history of the printed publication and the stories it covered. Pressed dives into this archive, presenting a selection of metal plates used to print images in the paper, along with contemporary prints made, using the historic plates, with traditional equipment at Bowne & Co., Stationers. For some, the pages of the Forward on which the images once appeared will be displayed alongside these images. Together these pictures of strikes and activists, Yiddish theater stars and baseball players, daily life and historic moments, present the history of this singular publication, its audience and Jewish life in America and around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Pressed: Images from the Jewish Daily Forward:

Author Reading | The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia


As long as we have known death, we have dreamed of life without end. In The Future of Immortality, Anya Bernstein explores the contemporary Russian communities of visionaries and utopians who are pressing at the very limits of the human.
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Discussion | Exquisite Elegies: Genoa's Staglieno Cemetery


Once deemed “the most beautiful cemetery in the world” (Le Figaro), Genoa’s monumental cemetery is a museum unique in the world, with some of the 19th century’s most stunning and elaborate statuary. Against a historical background that evokes the period’s crucial sociopolitical shifts, poet Grace Schulman, visual artist Susan Unterberg, and sculptor/preservationist Walter Arnold will recount their personal trajectories with Staglieno and share the creative endeavors it has inspired.
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Discussions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Exquisite Elegies: Genoa's Staglieno Cemetery

Discussion | Implementing New York's New Climate Law


New York State’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act will require drastic changes to our transportation, buildings, and energy sectors. This event will bring together experts across sectors to explore pathways to achieving carbon neutrality.
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Discussions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Implementing New York's New Climate Law

Classical Music | Sonatenabend performs


Pianists from Juilliard's Collaborative Piano department perform sonata repertoire in partnership with student instrumentalists.
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Sonatenabend performs

Lecture | Talking Online: Using Data Mining to Unpack Our Digital Interactions


From old-school bulletin boards to the latest social media apps, engaging in digital conversations is a core way we interact with one another on a daily basis. Research into what happens in these spaces has a long history, ranging from naturalistic studies of grief support groups to experiments on how better facilitation can impact business students’ online interactions. This talk explores how we can build on this existing foundation by applying computational methods such as social network analysis, topic modelling and natural language processing to understand patterns of social connection, identify key topics of conversation, and document the ways people manage the (often delicate) task of talking online. Speaker Alyssa Friend Wise is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Technology at New York University and the Director of LEARN, NYU's pioneering university-wide Learning Analytics Research Network.
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Lectures, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Talking Online: Using Data Mining to Unpack Our Digital Interactions

Talk | The Notre-Dame Fire, and the Paris Cathedral's Original Fall and Resurrection


The April 2019 fire that nearly destroyed the Cathedral of Notre-Dame revived a polemic with resonance well beyond France. Should the edifice be reconstructed "as it was" or is the very idea of Gothic "authenticity" questionable - and should the extent and nature of restoration be open to discussion? This talk proposes to leave aside Notre Dame as lieu de memoire and focuses on it as a material object within a historical context. Speaker Allan Potofsky is a historian and Professeur des Universites at the Universite Paris-Diderot.
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Talks, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, The Notre-Dame Fire, and the Paris Cathedral's Original Fall and Resurrection

Discussion | How Can We "Re-Weave" Our Social Fabric?


The Weaver Movement is inspired by David Brooks, the New York Times columnist who has issued this call for social and cultural renewal: “The Weaver movement is repairing our country’s social fabric, which is badly frayed by distrust, division and exclusion. People are quietly working across America to end loneliness and isolation and weave inclusive communities. Join us in shifting our culture from hyper-individualism that is all about personal success, to relationalism that puts relationships at the center of our lives.”   At this session, you’ll come together to get to know each other and share our thoughts on why so many Americans feel isolated and how we might all work to build connections that can weave a strong social fabric where we all feel recognized, respected and valued. Conversations New York has partnered with many other community conversation groups and the Aspen Institute’s Weave Project to hold discussions like this. The aim is to explore the causes of today’s rising sense of isolation, loneliness and distrust, and what we can do together to weave a strong social fabric.
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Discussions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, How Can We "Re-Weave" Our Social Fabric?

Author Reading | Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life


Darcey Steinke is also the author of the novels Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde, and Up Through the Water. With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. Her new novel Sister Golden Hair was published Fall 2014 from Tin House.
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Author Reading | Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory


Rutgers professor Carla Yanni takes a stroll down the history of the American campus, from the 18th century to the present. Her richly illustrated book examines the architecture of dormitories in the United States from the eighteenth century to 1968, focusing on the dormitory as a place of exclusion as much as a site of fellowship. For history and architecture buffs alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory

Author Reading | Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis


Growing up in Germany, Freddy Mayer witnessed the Nazis' rise to power. When he was sixteen, his family made the decision to flee to the United States--they were among the last German Jews to escape, in 1938. In America, Freddy tried enlisting the day after Pearl Harbor, only to be rejected as an "enemy alien" because he was German. He was soon recruited to the OSS, the country's first spy outfit before the CIA. Freddy, joined by Dutch Jewish refugee Hans Wynberg and Nazi defector Franz Weber, parachuted into Austria as the leader of Operation Greenup, meant to deter Hitler's last stand. He posed as a Nazi officer and a French POW for months, dispatching reports to the OSS via Hans, holed up with a radio in a nearby attic. The reports contained a goldmine of information, provided key intelligence about the Battle of the Bulge, and allowed the Allies to bomb twenty Nazi trains. On the verge of the Allied victory, Freddy was captured by the Gestapo and tortured and waterboarded for days. Remarkably, he persuaded the Nazi commander for the region to surrender, completing one of the most successful OSS missions of the war. With author Eric Lichtblau, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis

Author Reading | The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay


Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman--economists who revolutionized the study of inequality--present a visionary blueprint for tax reform that can allow a more democratic and equal system to prevail. Blending history and cutting-edge economic analysis in their new book, Saez and Zucman offer a comprehensive review of America's tax system, demonstrating how the ultra-rich pay less in taxes while working-class Americans have been asked to pay more.
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay

Lecture | American Foreign Policy in the Middle East


President Trump has made overturning the Iran nuclear deal, the defeat of ISIS, and the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and Syria the cornerstone of his America First policy, determined to maintain only a light footprint in the region. Yet over the past two years, US Middle East policy has zigzagged between retrenchment and engagement as the administration has drastically reduced its diplomatic and civilian efforts in the region while changing realities on the ground have necessitated the deployment of additional American troops. What are the consequences of this reliance on the military and on highly personalized relationships with the region’s ruling families and autocratic rulers while the drivers of instability in the region—suppression of democracy and human rights, sectarianism, corruption, and economic stagnation—remain unaddressed? Moderator: Sylvia Maier, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
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Lectures, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Lecture | Liverpool: Multiple Deprivation and Multiple Celebration


In this lecture, Professor Richard Hill will discuss how, alongside deprivation and austerity, Liverpool humor has invented the term “multiple celebration” to describe the flourishing heritage, tourism, culture, retail, and partying worlds of the city centre. Some of the UK’s most deprived areas are in Liverpool. The historic core of the city is a World Heritage Site and one of the top British centres for cultural tourism. The retail hub of the city is thriving at a time when town centre retail is generally in decline. Bars and night life abound. Gentrification is taking place in the beautiful streets of “Georgian Liverpoo.l” Elsewhere low standard new housing is replacing Victorian terraces at suburban densities but with none of the charms of the leafy nineteenth and twentieth century suburbs that surround the city. There is virtually no market for new office buildings, and the rate of new company formation is low, so the economy of the city hangs by a thread.
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Lectures, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Liverpool: Multiple Deprivation and Multiple Celebration

Talk | Love Will Save the World: The Architecture of Studio Fuksas


The context is not only what we have in front of us, which is related to the past, but it is also thinking of the cities of the future. Being contemporary means working in an area considering how it will be in, at least, the next twenty years. These are the main issues of our days: the mutability of contemporary architecture and sustainability. Human beings no longer live in the countryside, but mostly in urban areas. Urban planning should be based on the study of the present, reflecting the past and carefully thinking of the consequences that  actions will have in the future. Studio Fuksas, led by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, is one of the most distinguished international architectural firm in the world. Over the past 50 years the company has developed an innovative approach through a strikingly wide variety of projects, ranging from urban interventions to airports, from museums to cultural centers and spaces for music, from convention centers to offices, from interiors to design collections. With headquarters in Rome, Paris, Dubai, New York and Shenzhen, the practice has completed more than 600 projects and has worked in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australia, receiving numerous international awards.
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Poetry Reading | Because What Else Could I Do: New Poetry


Martha Collins is an award-winning poet whose previous books include two volumes of linked sequences, Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day, and three works that focus on race and racism.
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Poetry Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Because What Else Could I Do: New Poetry

Film | Beshoot (2019): Ukrainian Military Drama


The soldiers of the Donbas Volunteer Battalion are at the center of this war drama inspired by real-life events. Two Ukrainian fighters who volunteered to repel the foreign aggression against their homeland are trying to get out of the Russian-surrounded Ilovaisk, a city in southwestern Ukraine. Taras Kostanchuk, call sign "Beshoot", was a real-life commander of a storm brigade in the Donbas battalion, and plays himself, the protagonist of the film. 120 min. Followed by a discussion with director Ivan Tymchenko and producer Svitlana Soloviova, moderated by Professor Yuri Shevchuk.
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Author Reading | Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997


Alvin Orloff's memoir details the lives of performance artists, poets, homocore punks, and queercore drag artists during the early AIDS years. The event will feature a reading and discussion by Orloff (Gutterboys), along with special readings and performances by trans-genre cabaret performer Justin Vivian Bond; author Beth Lisick, punk pioneer Jennifer Blowdryer; vaudeville-steampunk pop power trio The Babes NYC, plus additional special guests to be announced.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays


Former Senior Editor for Gothamist Rebecca Fishbein’s adult life has been a dramatic reflection of New York media itself—constantly evolving in unexpected ways and seemingly always on the edge of disaster. In short, Rebecca has seen it all—from 3 bedbug infestations, to being fired, to being yelled at while working at American Apparel, to losing all her stuff in a freak fire, to being bullied online by angry Taylor Swift fans. But the real humor and meat of the collection come from Rebecca's unwavering honesty and unflinching examination of her struggles with alcohol, anxiety, depression, compulsive lying, female beauty standards, and a slew of failed cowoker/roommate/friend semi-relationships are dark, insightful, and hilarious.  
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Author Reading | Gracefully You: Finding Beauty and Balance in the Everyday


Actress and dancer Jenna Dewan shares her uplifting message of how to elevate your life and experience beauty every day. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details. 
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Opening Reception | i will not be just a tourist in the world of images just watching images passing by which i cannot live in make love to possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstacy: Group Show


Sharing a poetic approach in embodying experiences moving between the physical world and that of the mind, five artists have created works in media ranging from painting and photography to video and installation. Under the title taken from Anais Nin's diary, works navigate through multiple realms with different modes and densities of time, questioning and investigating borders between what is perceived as internal and external; and how these may fold and ripple into each other.  
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Opening Receptions, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, i will not be just a tourist in the world of images just watching images passing by which i cannot live in make love to possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstacy: Group Show

Author Reading | The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories


From one of Argentina’s greatest short-story writers, a bewitching collection introducing Hebe Uhart’s wonderfully vivid world. This collection casts a beaming light on the witty lives of plants, animals, and humans. Her characters peer out of themselves, magnifying minute, everyday quirks in Argentina’s small towns: a cat curls around his owner to humor him, a classroom of children sway like trees when their teacher turns her back.
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Author Reading | To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #20


In the latest book in the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that family relationships are always a tricky proposition—even for Botswana's premier female detective. With author Alexander McCall Smith.
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Author Reading | Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System


Alec Karakatsanis's impassioned, hard-hitting text uncovers the injustices inherent to our legal system, and how it’s wielded not to enforce justice and public safety, but to criminalize the poor and reap profit. A former public defender, he quit his job to take on the radical project of suing court systems across the country for the widespread constitutional violations endemic in the legal system. He also founded the Civil Rights Corps, which challenged the money bail system in Harris County, Texas and secured the release of almost thirteen thousand people within months.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Widows' Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, the First Year, the Long Haul, and Everything in Between


Becoming a widow is one of the most traumatic life events that a woman can experience. Yet, as this remarkable new collection reveals, each woman responds to that trauma differently. Here, forty-three widows tell their stories, in their own words.
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Talk | Artist Talk: Remapping Historical and Collective Memories


Tiffany Chung is internationally noted for her research-based, multi-media installations and meticulously detailed cartographic works that examine conflict, migration, urban transformation and and environmental impact in relation to the history of specific places. Chung's work remaps historical and collective memories of traumatized topographies, creates interventions into the spatial and political narratives produced through statecraft, and unveils the connection between imperialist ideologies and visions of modernity.
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Discussion | Extinct in New York: A Conversation on the Exhibition


On the occasion of Michael Wang: Extinct in New York, currently on view at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, this is a conversation between Michael Wang and curator Paola Antonelli. In Extinct in New York, four greenhouses contain a selection of plant, algae and lichen species that were once native to New York City, but can now only persist under the care of humans. During the talk, which will cover both this exhibition and Wang’s practice at large, Wang and Antonelli will discuss themes including design in an age of extinction, the exhibition as a laboratory, cultivation and care and the destructive and sustaining forces of urban ecosystems.  
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Talk | Authors in Conversation


Wendy S. Walters is the author of a book of prose, Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal, named a best book of the year by Buzzfeed and Huffington Post, and two books of poems. Her work has been published in Fourth Genre, Full Bleed, Flavorwire, and Harper's among many others. Her lyrical work with composer Derek Bermel has been performed widely. Walters is Senior Nonfiction Editor at The Iowa Review.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | A Play by Obie Winner, directed by Tony Winner

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