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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 18, 2022?

37 free events take place on Tuesday, October 18 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 18 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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37 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Imagine Science Film Festival (online)
free events nyc Crystal Swan (2018): Waylaid in Belarus
free events nyc The Red Turtle (2016): Animated French Film
free events nyc Jazz Nonet
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Classical Music | Cinderella No More: Chamber music works


Masks must be worn by audience members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Cinderella No More: Chamber music works

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Adult Zumba

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Blitz Chess & Backgammon


A lunch time program for passersby to play a quick game of chess or backgammon. Using clocks, opponents will play 5 minute games that are fast, furious and fun. An instructor will be on hand to offer pointers and tips to improve your game.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Blitz Chess & Backgammon

Classical Music | Organ Music by Bach and Kodaly (in-person and online)


Balint Karosi, organ Program Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, BWV 543 Kodaly (1882-1967) Triptyque (NYC Premiere)
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
$6 suggested donation
Concerts, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Organ Music by Bach and Kodaly (in-person and online)

Jazz | An eclectic afternoon of jazz (In Person AND Online)


Jazz concert at an intimate venue featuring the Abraham Burton-Eric McPherson Quartet. Abraham Burton, sax Eric McPherson, drums David Bryant, piano Dezron Douglas, bass
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, An eclectic afternoon of jazz (In Person AND Online)

Book Discussion | Contemporary Poetry: Diane Seuss, William Carlos Williams, Ed Bok Lee


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. In this session, participants will ponder what poets think about their craft and medium, exploring the relationship between poet and poem, artist and art in this discussion of poems about poetry. Reading selections for this meeting are: [it is abominable, unquenchable by touch] - Diane Seuss Sonnet in Search of an Author - William Carlos Williams Poetry Is a Sickness - Ed Bok Lee
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Contemporary Poetry: Diane Seuss, William Carlos Williams, Ed Bok Lee

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Screenings, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Imagine Science Film Festival (online)

Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning -- plus it's fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Drop-In Chess

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Book Discussion | Fifth Avenue: From Washington Square to Marcus Garvey Park


Author Bill Hennessey's book is an in-depth exploration of architecture along one of the world's most iconic streets: New York City's fabled Fifth Avenue. Through six fact-filled walking tours, this accessible illustrated guide takes readers along the entire length of Fifth Avenue, studying its architecture block by block, building by building, offering the chance to discover exceptional and unusual structures across Greenwich Village, Midtown, the Upper East Side, and Harlem. This talk will focus on the tour of Greenwich Village.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Fifth Avenue: From Washington Square to Marcus Garvey Park

Book Discussion | Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis (online)


Climate and environment-related fears and anxieties are on the rise everywhere. As with any type of stress, eco-anxiety can lead to lead to burnout, avoidance, or a disturbance of daily functioning. Author Britt Wray seamlessly merges scientific knowledge with emotional insight to show how these intense feelings are a healthy response to the troubled state of the world. The first crucial step toward becoming an engaged steward of the planet is connecting with our climate emotions, seeing them as a sign of humanity, and learning how to live with them. We have to face and value eco-anxiety, Wray argues, before we can conquer the deeply ingrained, widespread reactions of denial and disavowal that have led humanity to this alarming period of ecological decline.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis&nbsp;(online)

Book Discussion | New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms (online)


New York City, arguably the world's Art Deco capital, is well known for its iconic towers. In a new book, photographer Andrew Garn and writer Eric P. Nash illustrate the myriad ways that Art Deco is drawn in steel, stone, terra cotta, brass, and bronze upon the city's great buildings. Featuring both the legendary landmarks and little known treasures, this new collection of Garn's photographs richly illustrates the metropolitan menagerie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms (online)

Book Discussion | Sperm Whales: The Gentle Goliaths of the Ocean


Inspired by a life-changing childhood experience, Gaelin Rosenwaks set off on a journey to tell the story of sperm whale families through photography and film. In the waters off Dominica, she observed—eye to eye—the close bond between mother and child firsthand. What she found is that these animals live in matriarchal family units made up of remarkable females that stay together for generations. Like elephants and humans, they take care of one another.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Sperm Whales: The Gentle Goliaths of the Ocean

Opening Reception | Susumu Kamijo: Jack & Venus


An exhibition of new paintings by New York-based Japanese artist Susumu Kamijo. Kamijo is critically admired for graphic compositions featuring abstracted poodles as vehicles for an ongoing exploration of pattern, color, and surface. With the works in Jack & Venus, the artist has incorporated new components—birds and foliage—expanding his deceptively charming visual vocabulary. The group of eleven vivacious paintings on view at Venus have been executed in a horizontal format— another shift in Kamijo’s approach—and with the artist’s delightfully expressionistic brushwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Susumu Kamijo: Jack & Venus

Workshop | Play bridge in a stress-free environment


One of the most popular card games of the last century, bridge is still enjoyed by professional and amateur players alike today - and now you can stop by and enjoy it too! Bring your bridge partner, or you will be matched up with someone to play as a pair. There will be instructions and the chance to observe players, making this a perfect event for beginners looking to learn how to play bridge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Play bridge in a stress-free environment

Discussion | What Makes It Italian?: The Violin (online)


"What Makes It Italian?" is a music listening and discussion group. The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions. Where is country fiddling much like a Baroque violin performance? Here in northern Italy, where the superb craft of Antonio Stradivari of Cremona - universally regarded as the greatest of all violin makers - transformed the violin forever. .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, What Makes It Italian?: The Violin (online)

Film | Crystal Swan (2018): Waylaid in Belarus


In 1990s Belarus, a wandering young DJ is derailed by a typo in a forged US visa application, forcing her to a backwater village where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream. Director: Darya Zhuk Stars: Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yuriy Borisov 95 min. Followed discussion with the film director Daria Zhuk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Films, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Crystal Swan (2018): Waylaid in Belarus

Book Discussion | Lavender House: A Historical Novel of Family Secrets


Lev AC Rosen's Lavender House is Knives Out with a queer historical twist. Lavender House, 1952: the family seat of recently deceased matriarch Irene Lamontaine, head of the famous Lamontaine soap empire. Irene’s recipes for her signature scents are a well guarded secret—but it's not the only one behind these gates. This estate offers a unique freedom, where none of the residents or staff hide who they are. But to keep their secret, they've needed to keep others out. And now they're worried they're keeping a murderer in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Lavender House: A Historical Novel of Family Secrets

Book Discussion | Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life


Journalist Margaret Sullivan, who is a trusted champion and critic of the American news media, takes you behind the scenes of the nation's most influential news outlets. It's a conversation that explores how Americans lost trust in the news and what it will take to regain it in an evening celebrating the debut of Sullivan's new memoir.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | A conversation about Black Women Will Save the World, by April Ryan


Former White House correspondent April Ryan will discuss her latest book, Black Women Will Save the World: The Anthem, celebrating the under-recognized work and influence of Black women on upholding democracy. In Black Women Will Save the World, Ryan creates an inspiring portrait of one of the momentous years in American history, 2020 -- when America elected its first Black woman Vice President -- and celebrates the tenacity, power, and impact of Black women across America. April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House - a position she has held for 25 years. Her position as a White House correspondent has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation's past presidents. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Presidency in Black and White, and At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White, and Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House. Today she is the Washington D.C Bureau Chief and Senior White House Correspondent at The Grio, and she can be seen on CNN as a political analyst.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, A conversation about Black Women Will Save the World, by April Ryan

Talk | Preparing for Gandhi (online)


Speaker Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bengaluru. His books include a pioneering environmental history, The Unquiet Woods (University of California Press, 1989), an award-winning social history of cricket, A Corner of a Foreign Field (Picador, 2002), and a widely acclaimed history of his country, India after Gandhi (Macmillan/Ecco Press, 2007) He is also the author of a two-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi Before India, 2013, and Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World, 2018, both published by Knopf).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Reducing Anxiety through Meditation (online)


Life is full of anxieties and stress, now perhaps more than ever before. Come to this workshop to learn how you can calm your body and mind by sitting in meditation. Find a place of happiness and peace within ourselves to reduce our anxiety and fortify against the stresses of life. Join Eileen Carlotto, long time meditator, for this informative lecture. There will even be a chance to meditate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | The "Discovery" of Religious Freedom: Italian Immigrants in the U.S. from the "Confessional Order" to the First Amendment (in-person and online)


For the millions of Italian immigrants who arrived in the United States between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the religious life of the American metropolis referred to a totally new model of society. As soon as they landed, even the poorest and most illiterate among them would soon become aware of a series of "facts" that characterized the new society in which they lived. Among these, there was first of all the absence in the United States of the "confessional order" based on the monopoly of the Catholic Church and the political role of the clergy, which they had continued to experience, especially in the South, even after the unification of Italy and the breach of Porta Pia (1870). The absence of a political, hierarchical, and clerical church was not filled by another form of confessionalism, but was replaced by the presence of a public and free religious life, the result of "that broad and friendly tolerance that is typical of the American people" (Alberto Pecorini, 1906), where citizens were constantly called to participate and contribute, even financially. In this lecture, Prof. Massimo Di Gioacchino will explore the confusion, the astonishment, but also the sense of "discovery" that many Italian immigrants experienced in America. By entering a Protestant church in Manhattan or reading the Gospel for the first time, by democratically electing a religious minister, or by attending an evangelical theological school, the Italians progressively abandoned the "confessional order" they had experienced for centuries and fully became part of a "free market" of religious ideas and experiences that New York and other American cities represented at the time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, The "Discovery" of Religious Freedom: Italian Immigrants in the U.S. from the "Confessional Order" to the First Amendment (in-person and online)

Lecture | The Poetics of Place


Join award-winning poet Helen Mitsios to discuss the importance of location when it comes to writing poetry. Participants will read two to three poems and write one of their own, and they'll have the opportunity to share their poem in a stress free, fun, and supportive workshop. Helen Mitsios is an award-winning poet, writer, and university professor. She is author of the poetry collections The Grand Tour and If Black Had A Shadow, and she is co-author of the memoir Waltzing with the Enemy: A Mother and Daughter Confront the Aftermath of the Holocaust. She is the Art+Style editor for Bob Guccione Jr.'s WONDERLUST travel magazine, where she also serves as poetry editor, and she is a member of New York Writers Workshop.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | 2 New Novels: Demon Copperhead / Lark Ascending (online)


Two acclaimed creative powerhouses, Barbara Kingsolver and Silas House, have a discussion about the past, present, and future of social inequity, complex family ties, and the significance of story. Kingsolver’s heart-wrenching new novel, Demon Copperhead, is an extraordinary reimagining of David Copperfield set in the mountains of Southwest Virginia at the onset of the opioid epidemic. House looks to the near future in his riveting story of survival and hope, Lark Ascending.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, 2 New Novels: Demon Copperhead / Lark Ascending (online)

Book Discussion | Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece


Award-winning author Helen Benedict and Syrian writer and refugee Eyad Awwadawnan team up to present the stories of five refugees from the Middle East and Africa who fled violence or persecution only to become trapped in some of the world’s worst refugee camps in Greece.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece

Book Discussion | Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative


“There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story. Nothing can stop it. Nothing can defeat it.” So begins the scholar and literary critic Peter Brooks’s reckoning with today’s flourishing cult of story. Forty years after publishing his seminal work Reading for the Plot, his important contribution to what came to be known as the “narrative turn” in contemporary criticism and philosophy, Brooks returns to question the unquestioning fashion in which story is now embraced as an excuse or explanation and the fact that every brand or politician comes equipped with one. In a discussion that ranges from The Girl on the Train to legal argument, Brooks reminds us that among the powers of narrative is the power to deceive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative

Book Discussion | The Miniaturists: An Attractioon to Tininess


Barbara Browning explores her attraction to tininess and the stories of those who share it. Interweaving autobiography with research on unexpected topics and letting her voracious curiosity guide her, Browning offers a series of charming short essays that plumb what it means to ponder the minuscule. She is as entranced by early twentieth-century entomologist William Morton Wheeler, who imagined corresponding with termites, as she is by Frances Glessner Lee, the “mother of forensic science,” who built intricate dollhouses to solve crimes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, The Miniaturists: An Attractioon to Tininess

Film | The Red Turtle (2016): Animated French Film


Through the story of a man shipwrecked alone on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, and his encounter with a mysterious red turtle, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being living in direct relationship with the island's natural environment. Director: Michael Dudok de Wit 80 min. In French with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, The Red Turtle (2016): Animated French Film

Concert | An evening of meditative solo double bass


Henry Fraser, double bass
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Why Do We Keep Blowing It?: Covid, Monkeypox and the Next Pandemic (in-person and online)


A conversation on science communication with Katherine Wu and Jay Varma. Moderated by Robin Lloyd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | A Minor Chorus: A Novel of Returning Home (online)


Welcomes award-winning author Billy-Ray Belcourt in celebration of his staggering debut novel. After an unnamed narrator abandons his unfinished thesis, he returns to northern Alberta in search of what eludes him. What ensues is a series of connections and disconnections that reveal the texture of life in a town literature left unexplored, where the friction between possibility and constraint provides an insistent background score. This reading and conversation tests the theory that storytelling can make us feel less lonely.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Jazz Nonet


Jazz Nonet; Jim Saltzman, conductor Saltzman was hailed by the Boston Globe as a "postmodern jazz saxophonist" that "plays with passion and intensity" and All Music as a "force to be reckoned with." He has performed with musicians such as George Coleman, James Moody, Eddie Gomez, Jon Faddis, and many others, as well as various jazz clubs, including The Blue Note, Smalls, Cecil's. Masks must be worn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 18, 2022, 10/18/2022, Jazz Nonet

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Reading | Marathon Reading of Julia Alvarez's How the García Girls Lost Their Accents


In this first of a three-night event, sit back and listen to Julia Alvarez’s critically acclaimed novel read by a cast of amazing women who have a special connection to Alvarez and her work, including Edwidge Danticat, Maria Hinojosa, and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Jazz and Classical Piano Music at a Landmark Venue

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