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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 17, 2022?

18 free events take place on Monday, October 17 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out October 17 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of October . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, October 17, 2022

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free events nyc Sondheim: the Man, the Mentor, and his Music
free events nyc League of Professional Theatre Women: An interview with Tony Award winner
free events nyc Adventures in Italian Opera: Met Baritone Michele Pertusi
free events nyc Chamber Soloists Play Villa-Lobos and More
        

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Book Discussion | Serbian Paramilitaries and the Breakup of Yugoslavia: State Connections and Patterns of Violence (online)


A book talk with Iva Vukušić, Assistant Professor in International History at Utrecht University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
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Book Discussions, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Serbian Paramilitaries and the Breakup of Yugoslavia: State Connections and Patterns of Violence (online)

Discussion | Sondheim: the Man, the Mentor, and his Music


Broadway songwriters Amanda Green, Jason Robert Brown, and Tom Kitt explore Stephen Sondheim's craft, mentorship and advocacy. Audiences across the globe are familiar with Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, but comparatively little attention has been dedicated to his music. In this panel of Broadway songwriters, moderated by lyricist Amanda Green, composers Jason Robert Brown and Tom Kitt will discuss the craft behind the legendary writer's music, as well as how Sondheim mentored a generation of theatrical composers. Stephen Joshua Sondheim (1930 - 2021) was an American composer and lyricist. One of the most important figures in twentieth-century musical theater, Sondheim was credited for having reinvented the American musical with shows that tackled unexpected themes that range far beyond the genre's traditional subjects with music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication. His shows addressed darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience, with songs often tinged with ambivalence about various aspects of life. Sondheim's numerous accolades include eight Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2008), an Academy Award, eight Grammy Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, a Pulitzer Prize, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has a theater named for him both on Broadway and in the West End of London. Film adaptations of his work include West Side Story (1961), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Into the Woods (2014), and West Side Story (2021). Seating is first come first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Discussions, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Sondheim: the Man, the Mentor, and his Music

Book Discussion | Destroyed, by Hilary Mantel (online)


Destroyed, a short story by award-winning author Hilary Mantel, tells the tale of a young girl who's dog, Victor, dies and is replaced by two puppies, Victor and Mike. Dame Hilary Mary Mantel DBE (1952 - 2022) was a British writer whose work includes historical fiction, personal memoirs and short stories. Mantel won the Booker Prize twice: the first was for her 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and the second was for its 2012 sequel Bring Up the Bodies. The third instalment of the Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light, was longlisted for the same prize.
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Book Discussions, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Destroyed, by Hilary Mantel (online)

Screening | Imagine Science Film Festival (online)


The Imagine Science Film Festival, now in its 15th year, is an experimental interdisciplinary sci-art festival seeking to open new dialogues between scientists, filmmakers, and artists. Over the week of October 15 - 21, through an intersection of genres, subjects, fact and fiction, the festival will be exploring crucial scientific issues through film, panels, and collaborations, such as symbioses, a collaboration involving pairs of scientists and filmmakers who produce a film in one week and screen it on the last day of the festival. This year’s theme is Science New Wave. Scientific storytelling is increasingly and fearlessly experimenting in form and style. Scientific stories are becoming more personal and hybrid, tackling issues pertaining both to the individual and the world at-large. How are artists, scientists and educators working together to create singular narratives? The boundaries between scientific data and cinema magic are dissolving. Similar to developing organisms, science films are emerging with new traits and new forms. See link for complete line-up of films and conversations.
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Screenings, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Imagine Science Film Festival (online)

Lecture | The Many Faces of Tojixon Shodieva: Celebrity, Empire, and the Soviet Public in Central Asia (online)


Tojixon Shodieva was the biggest celebrity in 1930s Soviet Uzbekistan. Her image as a hyper-productive Stakhanovite, a courageous activist, and the survivor of a traumatic past circulated through a wide array of mass media representations. As Shodieva became ensconced in narrative, film, and poetry, she became a Socialist Realist “positive hero” par excellence. This lecture focuses on two representations of Shodieva: one a poem by Uzbekistan’s most prominent female writer, Oydin; the other a short documentary film directed by Liudmila Snezhinskaia, a director with Alexander Medvedkin’s agitational Film Train. Entangled in a dense web of intertexual and intermedial relationships, both works not only represent Shodieva, but also call into question how that representation might be received. This lecture puts forward the “state public” as a category to explain the fraught dialectic of representation and reception in Soviet Central Asia. It argues that Socialist Realism functioned as a mode for imagining and addressing a multinational, gender-inclusive Soviet public; and, at the same time, that the unpredictable dynamics of mass participation rendered that project of mass publicity inherently unstable. With Claire Roosien.
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Lectures, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, The Many Faces of Tojixon Shodieva: Celebrity, Empire, and the Soviet Public in Central Asia (online)

Gallery Talk | Black Melancholia: Curator's Tour (online)


Curator and scholar Nana Adusei-Poku presents her recent exhibition which brings together the work of twenty-eight artists of African descent to expand and complicate the notion of melancholy in Western art history and cultures. The exhibition opens a dialogue with traditional discourses around the representation of melancholia. It pushes beyond the iconography of melancholia as an art historical subject and psychoanalytical concept to subvert highly racialized discourses in which notions of longing, despair, sadness, and loss were not only pathologized, but also reserved for white cis (fe-)male subjects.
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Gallery Talks, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Black Melancholia: Curator's Tour (online)

Book Club | The Unknown Stigma by Ryuho Okawa


The first volume in a trilogy of a new genre of spiritual mystery novels written by Ryuho Okawa, an international bestselling author of more than 3,000 titles. 
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Concert | Grammy Award-Winning Singer from Mali (online)


Ahead of her Apollo Theater debut and following the release of her most recent critically-acclaimed album Timbuktu, Malian artist and Grammy Award winner Oumou Sangaré, "the songbird of Wassoulou", performs, followed by a Q&A with attendees. As an activist, businesswoman, and global icon, Oumou Sangaré is considered an ambassador of Wassoulou; her music has been inspired by the music and traditional dances of the region. Drawing comparisons to legendary performers such as Grace Jones, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, Sangaré has been praised by stars including Beyoncé and Alicia Keys for her powerful voice and unwavering commitment to the betterment of women.
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Concerts, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Grammy Award-Winning Singer from Mali (online)

Discussion | League of Professional Theatre Women: An interview with Tony Award winner


Tony Award-winning producer Pat Addiss will be interviewed by critic and journalist Roma Torre about her contributions to the world of theatre. Pat Flicker Addiss is a Tony Award winning producer and a native New Yorker. She has produced more than 20 plays on and off Broadway. Most won or were nominated for a Tony, notably Little Women, Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life, Bridge and Tunnel, Spring Awakening, 39 Steps, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike, and Eclipsed. Roma Torre, a recipient of three Emmys and more than 30 other broadcasting awards, spent 28 years at NY1 where she was the channel's midday anchor and chief theatre critic. Roma began her TV career at Channel 2 News as a writer and producer before moving on to News-12 Long Island, the nation's first 24-hour local news channel where she anchored, reported, and reviewed film and theatre. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, League of Professional Theatre Women: An interview with Tony Award winner

Book Discussion | The Landscapes of Dieter Kienast: A Key Swiss Architect


Dieter Kienast (1945–1998) is a key Swiss figure in European landscape architecture. Amidst a striking change in the relationship between society and nature in the 1970s, he sought a synthesis between design and ecology. As a designer, planner, researcher, and professor, Kienast dedicated his life to create open spaces to enhance the wellbeing of both human beings and plants. Critiques of urban planning, processes of participation, and the significance of spontaneous urban vegetation played just as prominent a role in these discussions as did art, architecture, and literature. In the context of our current existential crisis his ideas are gaining a new momentum. With author Anette Freytag.  
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Book Discussions, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, The Landscapes of Dieter Kienast: A Key Swiss Architect

Discussion | Adventures in Italian Opera: Met Baritone Michele Pertusi


The first Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features bass-baritone Michele Pertusi, who is currently singing the role of Creonte in Cherubini's Medea at The Metropolitan Opera.
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Adventures in Italian Opera: Met Baritone Michele Pertusi

Lecture | Art, Time, Climate, Crisis


The last four decades have confronted us with the “end of history” in different ways. There was Fukuyama’s affirmative “end of history” nurturing the optimistic belief that the sense of history will realize or fulfill itself in the global proliferation of liberal-democratic societies. There was the postmodern farewell to “grand narratives” as another “end of history,” alternatively welcomed as a disengagement from false totalizations or criticized for denoting a lack of historical sensibility. Today, the present seems challenged by a radically different version of the “end of history,” an existentially menacing and at the same time plain version of the end: one of dramatic climate change and ecosystem collapse. Unlike the liberal and the postmodern end, the current apocalyptic version lies in the assumption that the ecological transformation that the planet’s inhabitants experience could be of such vast magnitude that human life as such is threatened. This end confronts us with the image of humanity’s imminent self-extinction, without any form of resurrection. Speaker Marcus Quent is a philosopher and writer. He is a research associate at the Department of Art History, Art Theory and Aesthetics at the Berlin University of the Arts.
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Workshop | Take a moment for mindfulness


Learn how mindfulness skills can help support your mental health and wellbeing with Shefalika Gandhi, a wellbeing clinician in student mental health at Cornell Medical College in NYC. The constant cascade of life's demands in our personal and professional lives can leave anyone feeling stressed and scattered, but the practice of mindfulness can help you gain composure and center yourself. Enjoy discussion and reflection upon the theme of mindfulness, followed by a guided mindfulness practice and light breathing exercises. Beginners and experienced practitioners are all welcome.
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Discussion | Talk about life and death in an informal, open-minded setting (online)


Partake in an informal, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. Instead, the purpose of this conversation is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives. This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
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Classical Music | Chamber Soloists Play Villa-Lobos and More


Program: Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Bachianas brasileiras no. 9 Paulo Costa Lima (1954- ) Concertino for Clarinet and Strings, opus 78 (North American premiere) Joao Luiz Rezende (1975-) MadrigAfro for Guitar and Strings (North American premiere) Clarice Assad (1978- ) Impressions The Sao Paulo Chamber Soloists (SPCS) was created by Alejandro Aldana (Concertmaster of the Orquestra do Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo) and Matthew Thorpe (Assistant Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo). SPCS is made up of 14 string musicians, with leaders from the main orchestras in Sao Paulo, and it aims to explore both traditional and non-traditional string orchestra repertoire, with special emphasis on minority composers. It has collaborated with the most renowned contemporary Brazilian composers, such as Clarice Assad, Felipe Senna, Lea Freire, Alexandre Guerra, and Silvia Goes.
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 17, 2022, 10/17/2022, Chamber Soloists Play Villa-Lobos and More

Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists Featuring: Nile Harris, gorno (Glenn Potter-Takata), Sandy Harry Ceesay, Noura Seif Hassanien, Salma AbdelSalam
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