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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 21, 2021?

18 free events take place on Thursday, 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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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, October 21, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Discussion | A Documentarian Discusses Her Films (online)


Caroline Monnet’s visual and media arts demonstrate a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Her work grapples with colonialism’s impact, updating outdated systems with indigenous methodologies. Utilizing original and appropriated imagery, Monnet’s films integrate experimental and documentary techniques in concise poetic and politicized portraits of land and people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, A Documentarian Discusses Her Films (online)

Classical Music | Music from the Holy Roman Empire (in-person and online)


Explore enigmatic and ornate music by composers of the Dresden court, the wellspring of many great 18th-century German masterworks. Handel makes an appearance, too. Performers: Gaia Saetermoe-Howard, oboe Andrew Blanke, oboe Aaron Goler, bassoon Kevin Devine, harpsichord Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free
Concerts, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Music from the Holy Roman Empire (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | The Waiting: A Deeply Resonant Graphic Novel (online)


Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was a teenager when her mother revealed a family secret: she was separated from her sister during the Korean War. It’s not an uncommon story—the peninsula was split down the 38th parallel, dividing one country into two. As many fled violence in the north, not everyone was able to make it south. Her mother’s story inspired Gendry-Kim to begin interviewing her and other Koreans who left their hometown during the war and separated from their family. That research fueled this deeply resonant graphic novel. The Waiting is the devastating follow-up to Gendry-Kim’s Grass, which received numerous prizes including the Harvey Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, The Waiting: A Deeply Resonant Graphic Novel (online)

Concert | Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!


Pop, Broadway, TV, film and other hits by a string quartet and cajon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Concert | Indian Classical, Jewish, and American Roots Music


A musical dialogue when a clarinet and mandolin master meets with a raga trio.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Indian Classical, Jewish, and American Roots Music

Author Reading | 2021 Literary Studies Book Party (online)


A book party and raffle, featuring readings of new publications by the Literary Studies faculty at The New School. Featuring: Justin Neuman - Modernism and its Environments Juan de Castro -  Bread and Beauty: The Cultural Politics of José Carlos Mariátegui Dianca Potts - Planning for the Apocalypse A.W. Strouse - Form and Foreskin: Medieval Narratives of Circumcision Wendy Xu - The Past 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, 2021 Literary Studies Book Party (online)

Opening Reception | skin-screen-grass: The Vast Possibilities of Image Production 


Over the last three years, with increasing focus and intensity, Tishan Hsu’s art has taken a turn towards exploring the vast possibilities of image production today, and how to introduce this all pervasive force into his work.  With the steady development of ever more sophisticated image processing software, and quasi limitless access to photographic sources and electronic imagery afforded by new high resolution databases, Hsu’s palette has expanded exponentially to include a set of tools particularly well suited to engage with the concerns underlying his work since the beginning: How does the screen world affect cognition and our relation to our bodies? How can art channel omnipresent technological effects and reveal their immanent affective content? In other words, what kind of artistic forms might truthfully render this increasingly potent and palpable state of biomorphic affairs?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, skin-screen-grass: The Vast Possibilities of Image Production&nbsp;

Workshop | Fitness Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to new limits. The class combines bodyweight strength and cardio. For all levels. Bring your own mat. Thursdays, May 6-October 28, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Fitness Workout

Dance Lesson | Learn Bhangra, a Contemporary Indian Dance


Watch and learn choreography that celebrates contemporary Indian music and dance. Thursdays, October 7-28, 2021 Participants are required to wear masks during the entire class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Learn Bhangra, a Contemporary Indian Dance

Gallery Talk | Artist Haegue Yang: Performing Identity, Crafting an Aesthetic


A talk and book launch to celebrate the U.S. release of Haegue Yang: Emergence, published to accompany Yang's 2020-21 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Catalog author Lynne Cooke will discuss the pivotal role of craft in Yang's expansive practice, which encompasses working methods both artisanal and industrial, interweaving tradition and wild experimentation. See link fo COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Artist Haegue Yang: Performing Identity, Crafting an Aesthetic

Dancing | Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets


Enjoy socially distant, in-person dancing led by a world-renowned performer and instructor. Dancers of all experience levels get to move to the music! As the DJs spin, you can dance along—bring your dancing shoes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets

Discussion | A Chat with Veteran Comedian Robert Klein (online)


He sings. He acts. He jokes. He writes books. He offers a spontaneous and hilarious chat. Robert Klein’s career includes Broadway, TV, movies, and plenty of stand-up. The Bronx native has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Monty Python and even The Twilight Zone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, A Chat with Veteran Comedian Robert Klein (online)

Discussion | A Conversation with the "Most Powerful Woman" in New York Business (online)


The Wall Street Journal has written, “(There is) an exceedingly small club of women who have managed to move to the top of the brokerage business. That club’s most prominent member is Mary Ann Tighe.” Crain’s New York Business has named Tighe the most powerful woman—across both the public and private sectors—in New York, and chose her for induction to the Crain’s Business Hall of Fame. Placing her at the top of its ranking of the city’s most powerful women, Crain’s observed, “Ms. Tighe has a history of…transforming the face of Manhattan.” Indeed she does. From the revitalization of Times Square and the rebirth of Downtown to the westward expansion of Midtown’s central business district, Mary Ann Tighe has been at the forefront of the transformation of New York’s skyline during her 36 years in the real estate industry.  She'll speak with Scott Rechler.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, A Conversation with the "Most Powerful Woman" in New York Business (online)

Classical Music | Veils and Vesper: Art Installation with Live Music


Immerse yourself in the sounds of Veils and Vesper, a composition by John Luther Adams formed by interactions of a mathematical algorithm and prime numbers to create a sensuous, ever-changing soundscape. Watch the installation come to life with the live performance version of the piece featuring a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avant garde. New York is home to a vibrant instrumental New Music scene, with a relative paucity of vocal music. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Veils and Vesper: Art Installation with Live Music
7:30 pm
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Concerts, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Metropolitan Opera Star, Highly-Acclaimed Pianist and More
8:00 pm
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Plays, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, 'Grotesquely Funny' Show
8:00 pm
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Plays, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Comedic Vignettes

Comedy Club | Comedy Night


Live stand-up comedy show. Comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Amazon and late night TV.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, October 21, 2021, 10/21/2021, Comedy Night
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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Classical Music | Metropolitan Opera Star, Highly-Acclaimed Pianist and More

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