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39 free events take place on Thursday, October 6 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 6 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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39 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, October 6, 2022

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free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc Contrasting Musical Gems of the Early 21st Century
free events nyc Interludes: Ladies of Hip-Hop
free events nyc Poor Richard's Women: An Intimate Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (in-person and online)
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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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10:00 am
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Tours, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Street Fair

Book Discussion | Jozef Pilsudski: Founding Father of Modern Poland (in-person and online)


Joseph Zimmerman's new biography is the story of the enigmatic Jozef Pilsudski, the founding father of modern Poland: a brilliant military leader and high-minded statesman who championed the independence of Ukraine and secretly proposed to France in 1933 a joint preventative war to remove Hitler from power. Pilsudski was a complicated figure. Passionately devoted to the idea of democracy, he ceded power on constitutional terms, only to retake it a few years later in a coup when he believed his opponents aimed to dismantle the democratic system.
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Book Discussions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Jozef Pilsudski: Founding Father of Modern Poland (in-person and online)

Jazz | Piano in the Park


New York City's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists perform.
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Concerts, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Piano in the Park

Gallery Talk | Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)


A virtual tour of Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered. This hour-long tour, led by AFAM Senior Educator Nicole Haroutunian, takes participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
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Classical Music | Contrasting Musical Gems of the Early 21st Century


With the Da Capo Chamber Players: Curtis Macomber, violin; Chris Gross, cello; Patricia Spencer, flute; Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet; and Steven Beck, piano. In celebration of the Da Capo's 50th anniversary season, this a program including: Matthew Ricketts, Enclosed Position (2014), Mario Davidovsky, Quartetto No. 4 (2005), Amy Williams, First Lines (2006), and Lei Liang, Gobi Canticle (2004).
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Concerts, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Contrasting Musical Gems of the Early 21st Century

Classical Music | The English Guittar of the 18th Century in Duet, Song, and Chamber Music (in-person and online)


The English guittar was wildly popular in Georgian England. Its popularity spread throughout the British Empire and into the United States. Its brilliant flowering was brief, however, disappearing by 1800. Rather than a proper guitar, it was a 6-string instrument strung with brass. The leading composers of Georgian England all offered music for the guittar: Geminiani, J.C. Bach, R. Straube, and James Oswald. This concert offers a survey of some of this delightful and rare chamber music: Scottish and English duets and songs and Italian arias. Performed by Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction: Daniel Swenberg ~ English guittar & archlute; Andrew Rutherford ~ English guittar; Leah Nelson ~ violin; Marcia Young ~ soprano In 1605 famed English architect Inigo Jones brought the newly-developed theorbo from Italy into England. At Dover, customs impounded the instrument fearing it was some engine from the popish lands brought to destroy the king. This group emphasizes fun, lascivious, nerdy, and dramatic programs and features rarely heard ensembles for lutes, theorbos, and guitars.
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, The English Guittar of the 18th Century in Duet, Song, and Chamber Music (in-person and online)

Jazz | Celebrated Jazz Percussionist and Her Band (online)


The celebrated percussionist, educator, and bandleader Annette A. Aguilar grew up in the Bay Area before moving to NYC, where she has earned two masters degrees and played with a wide array of important artists, including Tito Puente, Toshi Reagon and Arturo O’Farrill. She founded her Latin Jazz and Brazilian group StringBeans in 1992. Named in part after its unique instrumentation–including violin and other strings–this group has performed at the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center; across the United States; and, as Latin Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, in many parts of Africa.
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Concerts, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Celebrated Jazz Percussionist and Her Band (online)

Discussion | Documentary Director Discusses His Film on the Place of Humankind (online)


In Cyril Dion's Animal, the place of humankind among the living is the main subject of this documentary. Two teenager activists embark on an extraordinary quest to understand the impact of the ecological crisis and sixth mass extinction of the earth’s living species, and to find better ways for humans to cohabit more harmoniously alongside other animals. To do so, they travel and meet with scientists and activists all over the globe.
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Discussions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Documentary Director Discusses His Film on the Place of Humankind (online)

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
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Book Discussion | The Battle Nearer to Home: The Persistence of School Segregation in New York (in-person and online)


Despite its image as an epicenter of progressive social policy, New York City continues to have one of the nation's most segregated school systems. Tracing the quest for integration in education from the mid-1950s to the present, Christopher Bonastia's book follows the tireless efforts by educational activists to dismantle the deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities that segregation reinforces. The fight for integration has shifted significantly over time, not least in terms of the way "integration" is conceived, from transfers of students and redrawing school attendance zones, to more recent demands of community control of segregated schools. In all cases, the Board eventually pulled the plug in the face of resistance from more powerful stakeholders, and, starting in the 1970s, integration receded as a possible solution to educational inequality. In excavating the history of New York City school integration politics, in the halls of power and on the ground, Christopher Bonastia unearths the enduring white resistance to integration and the severe costs paid by Black and Latino students. This last decade has seen activists renew the fight for integration, but the war is still far from won.
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Book Discussions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, The Battle Nearer to Home: The Persistence of School Segregation in New York (in-person and online)

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
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Workshops, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Juggling in the Park

Birdwatching | Park Birding Tour


Spot a wonderful diversity of birds that visit the park during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon. Located in the heart of Midtown, our park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
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Film | Documentaries About the Fight for Childcare


In two documentary films, independent filmmakers capture the need and the ways in which individuals, especially women, have stepped up and shown up to fill the void in affordable, accessible childcare from 1971 to today. In this screening and discussion, you will watch Through the Night, a documentary about a 24-hour daycare center in New Rochelle and the mothers who depend upon it, and the restoration premiere of the 1971 film, Childcare: People's Liberation.
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Films, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Documentaries About the Fight for Childcare

Dance Performance | Interludes: Ladies of Hip-Hop


Ladies of Hip-Hop is a nonprofit organization that provides artistic opportunities for girls and women in hip-hop culture. The ladies will present vignettes from their latest projects showcasing their signature fresh, dynamic and powerful take on hip-hop.
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5:30 pm
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Dance Performances, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Interludes: Ladies of Hip-Hop

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Hypermnesia / Strange Magic


At the heart of Luis Edgar Mejicanos’ narrative-driven works is a fascination with painting and its potent ability to convey and elicit emotion. Grief is frequently at the forefront, partly due to the artist’s experience with loss in his own life, which he processes by casting himself as well as members of his family into hypothetical, dream-like vignettes. Hypermnesia, or as the philosopher Paolo Virno describes, “an increasing mnestic capacity following a crisis,” underscores his painterly approach, which begins in a haze of memory and fictive imagination, and gradually focuses or even factualizes alongside each meticulously rendered detail. Hypermnesia brings together a recent group of paintings that collectively play with the notion of the gaze, whether through the frame of surveilling devices such as camcorders and hearing aids that heighten one’s perception, or from the standpoint of actors, portrayed or otherwise, who observe each other from across the room. Part innate sensibility, part acquired skill – strange magic is one way to describe the extraordinary power wielded to achieve countless feats of parenting. Like gifted magicians, parents often assume the role of entertainer, charming their infant audiences through tactics of surprise and diversion, all the while ensuring an environment of safety and amusement. It is within this theatrical framework that Madeline Donahue explores the performative arcs of motherhood, from its embarrassing flops to its resounding joys. In Strange Magic, Donahue presents paintings, drawings, and ceramics that portray scenes at home over the course of a seemingly ordinary day; yet circumstances can turn at any moment.
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, 2 Art Shows: Hypermnesia / Strange Magic

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Rising Curtain / reminiscent of  


Rising Curtain: Digital Paintings and Aquatints is an exhibition of 35 works by Chalda Maloff. In a world where the course of our existence is increasingly uncertain, general anxiety has intensified to an epoch-defining constant. To counter this collective sentiment, Maloff presents Rising Curtain as an affirmative celebration of each exquisite moment in time. In reminiscent of, Anne Mondro reflects on how time spent in nature inspires personal discoveries and intellectual curiosity, while serving as a positive distraction from recent experiences with grief and sadness. Drawing on these insights, she creates intricate organic sculptures reminiscent of flora and human anatomy. Mondro employs the methodical process of crocheting to fabricate the work.
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Opening Reception | 3 Art Openings: Ecce Homo / Pain Relief Drawings / We Rule


Ecce Homo: The Drawings of General Idea Founded in Toronto in 1969 by AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal, General Idea is recognized today as a key participant in the Conceptual Art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. From their early staged beauty pageants, boutiques, and talk shows to their later material output in the form of postcards, prints, posters, magazines, and wallpaper, General Idea enthusiastically embraced commercial forms and explored multimedia, conceptual, and performance work as a tool for engaging with popular culture and its repressions. Ibrahim El-Salahi: Pain Relief Drawings Born in 1930 in Omdurman, Sudan, Ibrahim El-Salahi has been a prolific, innovative, and highly influential international voice in the contemporary art discourse for more than sixty years. Featuring 122 drawings from the artist’s most recent series, This show will mark the first museum presentation of El-Salahi’s drawings in the United States. Drafted on the back of medicine packets, pill bottle labels, envelopes, and scraps of paper, the task of creating this intricate pen and ink series serves as a form of respite for the ninety-two-year-old artist, who finds diversion from his chronic pain through his daily drawing practice. Catherine Chalmers: We Rule Working at the intersection of art and science, New York-based artist Catherine Chalmers has built a multidisciplinary practice that celebrates nature and confronts humans’ often adversarial relationship with the earth. For her exhibition, Chalmers presents recent work alongside two site-specific installations inspired by her observation of and engagement with colonies of leafcutter ants on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, 3 Art Openings: Ecce Homo / Pain Relief Drawings / We Rule

Book Discussion | Paradoxes of Neoliberalism: Sex, Gender, and Possibilities for Justice


From the rise of far-right regimes to the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent years have brought global upheaval as well as the sedimentation of longstanding social inequalities. Analyzing the complexities of the current political moment in different geographic regions, this new book co-edited by Janet Jakobsen (Claire Tow Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and Elizabeth Bernstein (Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology) addresses the paradoxical persistence of neoliberal policies and practices, in order to ground the pursuit of a more just world. st).
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Book Discussion | Shingle and Stone: Houses


Renowned architect Thomas Kligerman launches his full-career monograph surveying twenty years of iconic houses, with Mitchell Owens. The book will feature iconic Kligerman houses built over the past twenty years and current projects that demonstrate the evolution of his architectural thinking. This will be a “deep dive” into the design process, illustrated by sketches and renderings as well as finished photography.  
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Film | The Draughtsmen Clash (1996): A Game of Checkers


Set in a fictitious African country, this meticulously composed medium-length comedy recounts the tale of the country’s president—the founder and “first citizen” of his nation—settling in for an all-night game of checkers. Director: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda 40 minutes In French with English subtitles
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Book Discussion | The Return of Cultural Heritage in Latin America: Nationalism, Policy and Politics in Colombia, Mexico and Peru


Pierre Losson's book looks at recent case studies that have made headlines in the media: Colombia's claims for the "Quimbaya Treasure" and funerary statues from San Agustin; Mexico's attempts at recovering the famous "penacho de Moctezuma" and Teotihuacan murals; and Peru's successful claims for the Machu Picchu collection held at Yale and Paracas textiles held in Sweden. The author analyses how return claims contribute to the strengthening of state-sponsored discourses on the nation; the policy formation process that leads to the formulation of return claims; and who the main actors of the claims are, including civil society individuals, experts, state authorities, and Indigenous communities. The book proposes explanations for why Latin American countries are interested in these artefacts held in Western museums and why these claims have come to light over the past three decades.
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Book Discussions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, The Return of Cultural Heritage in Latin America: Nationalism, Policy and Politics in Colombia, Mexico and Peru

Opening Reception | William Patterson: The Magician’s Breakfast


In this body of new work, Patterson combines ancient narratives and modern references touching on a variety of themes such as the “biblical garden” and “original sin,” King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table, recent movies and domestic interiors. The characters and suggested narratives painted create poetic, contemplative images both humorous and poignant. Patterson channels the familiar into symbols, and the lessons of his artist heroes—from late Gothic painting to contemporary masters—provide the formal foundation of his compositions. A viridian green patch both harmonizes with and simultaneously repels the coral shape it is butted against; his juggling act with shapes and colors and obvious delight in formal mastery makes these works of compelling interest.
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, William Patterson: The Magician&rsquo;s Breakfast

Opening Reception | XL: Group Exhibition


Artists: Elio Rodriguez, Carlos Rodriguez Cardenas, Jose Angel Vincench, Armando Marino, Gustavo Avcosta, Alberto Alejandro Rodriguez, Jean-Guerly Petion
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Opening Receptions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, XL: Group Exhibition

Dance Performance | NYC DADA DO Performance Salon


Enjoy the first of two evenings of performance and poetry by leading NYC maverick artists and writers. Join 23 performance artists as they put on a contemporary dada performance and poetry. Costumes encouraged. Come as you aren't. Part I takes place on Thursday, October 6th, at 6 pm, followed by Part II on Thursday, October 13th, at 6 pm. Dada was an art movement formed during World War I in Zurich in negative reaction to the horrors and folly of war. The art, poetry and performance produced by dada artists is often satirical and nonsensical in nature.
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Screening | Preview Screening of CNN's Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy Season 2 Premiere


A special showing of the season 2 premiere of Stanley Tucci's CNN series that explores the food and culture of Italy.
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Talk | The Hispanic Legacy of the Panamanian National Costume


A presentation and sartorial display with live music focused on the cultural origins of Panama’s National Costume With live music.
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Lecture | The Natural and Built Environments of the U.S.-Mexico Border (in-person and online)


The political divide that separates the United States from Mexico passes through six different ecological regions. Each one of these “ecoregions” has a distinctive climate, specific configurations of plants and animals, and unique topography. The political border does not conform in any meaningful way to these environmental boundaries. The political divide does, however, commandeer two rivers -- the Colorado and the Rio Grande -- and for part of their lengths demands that they adhere to the predictability and fixity required of modern political borders. In his book Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the U.S.-Mexico Divide, CJ Alvarez explains the border as a history of accretion, an ever-more complicated system of barrier infrastructure on land and hydraulic engineering projects on the rivers. Today, the environmental unity of border regions has been eclipsed by the built environment which has, in turn, impoverished our imaginations. But his current research and book project go beyond the built environment, deeper into time and further into the realms of the nonhuman world. This talk is about the relationship of political borders and environmental boundaries, the contrast between contemporary political developments and the multimillennial history of environmental regions and rivers, and the tension between anthropocentrism and ecocentrism.
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Discussion | What's Prison For?: A Conversation with Bill Keller, Former Executive Editor of The New York Times (online)


America's prison system doesn't exactly have a reputation for empathy—but could that change? Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Keller has spent years examining what is possible if prisons focus on preparing the incarcerated to be good citizens when they return to society, which the overwhelming majority will. In his new book, he shows us how we can reform our prisons and why there’s a reason for cautious optimism. Rehabilitation, he argues, is not only an investment in public safety but a moral imperative. This is a live conversation with Bill Keller, founding editor of The Marshall Project, former executive editor of The New York Times, and author of What’s Prison For? Punishment and Rehabilitation in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Moderator Jason D. Williamson, executive director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law at NYU School of Law, will guide the discussion on the complexity of the criminal justice system and explore Keller’s hope for more just and empathetic prisons.
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Discussions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, What's Prison For?: A Conversation with Bill Keller, Former Executive Editor of The New York Times (online)

Opening Reception | Sasha Maslov: Scorched Earth, Broken Lives


This exhibit is a record of the sacrifice Ukrainians are making and the devastating effect the war has brought to the lives of Ukrainian communities all over the country. War doesn’t knock on your door asking if it can come in. It doesn’t warn you what will happen to your life, your family, your community, your town, or your country. It won’t tell you what your future will look like. It destroys everything; it takes everything away from you without warning. It gives you one thing in return: the chance to fight back. Ukrainians chose to fight back. Since February 24, 2022, millions of people in Ukraine have resisted Russia’s invasion of their country. Some streamed toward new front lines that stretched hundreds of kilometers on sea, land, and air. Some have chosen to dedicate their skills, whatever they might be, to help the country resist. Sasha Maslov is a Ukrainian-American portrait photographer and storyteller based in New York City. His work has been exhibited in various photo galleries and art spaces around Europe and the United States. Sasha, a regular contributor to a number of magazines and leading publications in New York and around the globe, is actively pursuing the development of his documentary projects.
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Book Discussion | Poor Richard's Women: An Intimate Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (in-person and online)


Author Nancy Rubin Stuart reveals the long-neglected voices of the women Ben loved and lost during his lifelong struggle between passion and prudence. Weaving detailed historical research with emotional intensity and personal testimony, Nancy Rubin Stuart traces the life of Deborah Reed Franklin--Ben's common-law wife and partner of 44 years-- and those of Ben's other romantic attachments through their personal correspondence, giving an intimate look into the lives of these larger forgotten women.
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Book Discussions, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Poor Richard's Women: An Intimate Portrait of Benjamin Franklin (in-person and online)

Discussion | Re-enchanting the World: An Exhibition Discussion


Titled Re-enchanting the World, the Polish pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale is a manifesto on Roma identity and culture. Showcasing work by Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, the first Roma artist to ever be shown in a national pavilion, the exhibition draws inspiration from the Renaissance frescoes of the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara, Italy to reinscribe a Roma perspective into art historical discourse. Through the patchwork tapestries that make up the show, the artist carries out—both physically and metaphorically—the work of repair, the craft of narrative, and the experience of Aby Warburg’s nachleben, or life after life of images. In this program, pavilion co-curator Joanna Warsza is joined by Ana Janevski, Curator, Department of Media and Performance, Museum of Modern Art, to discuss the concept of re-enchanting the world as realized in the Polish pavilion. The conversation examines the themes of interdependence, transnationality, and cyclicality that informed both Mirga-Tas’s exhibition and the curatorial process of bringing it to Venice. Warsza also offers a glimpse into her upcoming show and publication,
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Lecture | Strangers in a Strange Land: Displacement, Sanctuary, and the Traveling Tale


Edward W. Said wrote that he habitually felt “out of place” and in his memoir movingly explores the strategies and theoretical ideas the experience inspired. Marina Warner will return to Said's ideas about estrangement, the traveling tale and contrapuntal reading, through a reading of the Flight into Egypt. The legend spread through stories, cult, and pilgrimage and Memories of Mary/Mariam in Egypt live on in some form in both the Christian and Islamic traditions. In a time of ever greater displacements and tumult, this narrative offers a test case of storytelling's role in living through exile and dislocation, and surviving somewhere that is not home. Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, cultural history, and criticism. Her study of the Arabian Nights, Stranger Magic (2011) won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism and a Sheikh Zayed Book Award; in 2015, she received the Holberg Prize in the Arts and Humanities. She contributes regularly to the London Review of Books, Raritan, and the New York Review of Books, and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College and a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Recent books include Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale and Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art and Artists. Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir, about her childhood in Cairo, appeared in the US earlier this year under the title Esmond and Ilia (NYRB). She is working on a study of the concept of Sanctuary.
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Lectures, October 06, 2022, 10/06/2022, Strangers in a Strange Land: Displacement, Sanctuary, and the Traveling Tale

Book Discussion | Anna-Sophie Berger: life and limbs


The gallery becomes a mouth. It has four pointy teeth and is an aged, even sickly, shade of off-white. The teeth are walls, and on them hang artworks selected by Austrian artist Anna-Sophie Berger for the exhibition, Swiss Institute’s fourth installment of its Architecture and Design Series. Berger’s premise for the show considers the body an experimental testing ground for design, a living site that is both vulnerable and resilient. As the title implies, life and limbs exists in a world where the human body, unadorned, is at risk and often confronts threat with dark and knowing humor but also with grace. Across these works, which draw from speculative architectures, Surrealism, late twentieth-century fashion design, and Viennese Actionism, among many other subsects of modern visual culture, Berger’s singular understanding of corporeal awareness unfolds. In the clutches of this jaw, bodies find ways to disappear, though some stretch, reach, and metamorphosize in attempts to escape themselves. This book is a means to further explore Berger’s thesis. Three remarkable essays, by Annie Godfrey Larmon, Philipp Ekardt and Berger herself, ponder the works that populate this wunderkammer and question design’s transformative potential.
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Film | Pierre Rabhi: In the Name of the Earth (2013): Documentary on Environmental Activist


Pierre Rabhi was a farmer, writer, thinker, and international activist. He was one of the pioneers of agroecology in France. Passionate and committed for forty years to improving the condition of humankind and nature, he worked throughout his life to raise awareness about the natural world and about alternative approaches to farming, and envisioned a new model of society where a more healthy and "happy simplicity" would replace overconsumption, human destruction of the natural world, and the malaise of contemporary life. This documentary retraces the itinerary of this “wise man,” from the Algerian desert where he was born in 1938, to Ardeche, France, where he and his wife bought land and raised a family while teaching themselves how to tend the land organically, to helping communities learn organic farming practices, including several years spent working in Burkina Faso. This is the inspiring life story of a man of deep reflection and action “on behalf of the earth.” Directed by Marie-Dominique Dhelsing 98 min. In French with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Music from East & West (In Person AND Online)


New music by Keyin Lou, Yike Zhang, and Julian Bennett Holmes
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Discussion | Thoughts on Marriage, Family, a Life in Art and Social Justice, with 2-Time Pulitzer-Winning Playwright Lynn Nottage


This is a special event with Lynn Nottage, two-time Pulitzer-prize winning playwright and Tony Gerber, PGA and Emmy Award-winning film director as they discuss their lives together: making a home, making art, and making history. Moderated by College of Performing Arts faculty member and Director of Equity Inclusion and Social Justice, Dennis Hilton-Reid. Lynn Nottage and Tony Gerber met 36 years ago while students at Brown University. They have been married for 31 years and have two children, Ruby and Melkamu. Lynn Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards including two Pulitzer Prizes in Drama for her 2009 play Ruined and her 2017 play Sweat. This past spring, Lynn had an unprecedented three productions running concurrently on Broadway: Clyde’s at Second Stage Theater, MJ: The Musical at the Neil Simon Theatre, and Intimate Apparel at Lincoln Center Theater. She is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts and an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory. Tony Gerber is an Emmy and PGA award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced over a dozen documentaries for National Geographic. He produced the critically acclaimed, award-winning film Jane about the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall as well as the short documentary Takeover(Tribeca 2021) about a group of Puerto Rican activists, the Young Lords, who take over a decrepit hospital in the South Bronx launching a battle for their lives, their community, and healthcare for all.
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Classical Music | An intimate performance of works by Beethoven from an award-winning string quartet


The Pelia String Quartet performs Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132. Composed in 1825 while Beethoven was convalescing from an agonizing intestinal disease that nearly killed him, the five movements of String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor are considered to be some of Beethoven's most powerful. In an offer of thanks for surviving his close brush with death, Beethoven titled the quartet's third movement "Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart" or "Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity from a convalescent in the Lydian mode." The "Heiliger Dankgesang" consists of slow sections interspersed with fast ones, mirroring the tenuous line between life and death, suffering and relief, illustrating by way of music the ebb and flow of painful memories in the body of a survivor. Heejeon Ahn, violin Delphine Skene, violin Sung Jin Lee, viola Nathan Cottrell, cello The Pelia String Quartet was formed through the Emerson String Quartet Institute at Stony Brook University in 2019. They participated and received a special prize in the 2021 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, a Bronze medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and were winners of the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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