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52 free events take place on Thursday, October 20 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 20 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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52 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, October 20, 2022

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc An Afternoon of Viennese Trios: Mozart and Shubert
free events nyc Happiness Is Not in Affluence but in Hard Labor and a New Sense of Community: Japan's Rural Development (in-person and online)
free events nyc Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look
free events nyc Eye-D: Portraits, Featuring Grammy-Winning Rock Star Peter Gabriel
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Workshop | Pick Up Pickleball


An exciting fusion of badminton and tennis, pickleball has been proven to strengthen muscles, boost cardiovascular health, and enhance brain function. BPCA is proudly working with NYC Pickleball to offer beginner pickleball classes to the community. All equipment will be provided.
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Workshops, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Pick Up Pickleball

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 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
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Discussion | Carbon, Chemicals and Compliance (online)


Gabe Wing and Thaddeus Owen are sustainability experts who execute the ambitious 2030 goals for MillerKnoll, one of the world’s largest and most influential design manufacturers. They share stories about the challenges and successes in their mission to make design healthier and more sustainable. They will talk about their experiences with removing flame retardants from products, challenges with using recycled plastics, and the hot topic of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemicals used in products.
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Carbon, Chemicals and Compliance (online)

Discussion | Getting Beyond the Noise: A Non-Meditator’s Guide to the Power of Silence (online)


In this deep-dive webinar, co-authors of Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise, Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn, take us on an unlikely journey—from the West Wing of the White House to San Quentin’s death row; from Ivy League brain research laboratories to underground psychedelic circles; from the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival—to explore the meaning of silence and the art of finding it in any situation.
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Getting Beyond the Noise: A Non-Meditator&rsquo;s Guide to the Power of Silence (online)

Discussion | Legal Advocacy for an Equitable Epidemic Response


A conversation with Public Citizen’s Zain Rizvi, who will share some of his research on COVID-19 and monkeypox vaccines and his advocacy for more equitable epidemic responses.Rizvi’s remarks will touch on his analysis of previously secret vaccine procurement contracts and his analysis of neglected but powerful U.S.-government-held legal authorities in patents and trade secrets that could potentially expand access to vaccines.  
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Legal Advocacy for an Equitable Epidemic Response

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.
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Concerts, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Bach at Noon

Discussion | The Future of the EU After Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine


Speakers: Matthias Matthijs, Associate Professor of International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Maria Snegovaya, Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service R. Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University Nick Banner, Adjunct Associate Professor Moderated by: Hadas Aron, Faculty Fellow, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, The Future of the EU After Russia&rsquo;s Invasion of Ukraine

Book Discussion | Hugo Kauder: Composer, Musical Philosopher, Music Theorist (online)


Hugo Kauder was a mid-century Viennese Jewish composer, pedagogue, and émigré to America, who defied the atonal trend of his generation with his uniquely harmonic, contrapuntal style. His legacy of over 300 works, many yet to be published, is receiving renewed interest today. Alex Weiser joins Kauder's biographer, scholar and pianist Karin Wagner, for a conversation about Kauder, his work, and his legacy.
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Hugo Kauder: Composer, Musical Philosopher, Music Theorist (online)

Classical Music | An Afternoon of Viennese Trios: Mozart and Shubert


Norman Carey, Executive Officer of the Ph.D. music program, along with alumni Eve Leon and and Miho Weber, present a program of Mozart and Schubert trios.
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Concerts, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, An Afternoon of Viennese Trios: Mozart and Shubert

Park Walk | Urban Farm Tour


Take a tour of an Urban Farm to learn about how they grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City
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Classical Music | Baroque Music by Renowned Flautist who Played for The French Royals (in-person and online)


The Opus Project: Joanna Marsden, flute; Christophe Gauthier, harpsichord The 18th century theater historian Claude Parfaict described Michel de la Barre (c. 1675-1745) as the finest flute player of his age, known for his deeply expressive playing. De la Barre's Premier livre de pieces pour la flute traversiere avec la basse-continue (Paris, 1702) contains the earliest published works for the Baroque flute and was considered revolutionary in its context. He played at the courts of Louis XIV and Louis XV. The Opus Project is a chamber music initiative formed in 2020 by Christophe Gauthier and Joanna Marsden in Montreal. Inspired by the beauty of early musical prints and manuscript sources, the Opus Project explores unsung treasures of the Baroque chamber music repertoire by focusing deeply on one collection at a time.
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Concerts, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Baroque Music by Renowned Flautist who Played for The French Royals (in-person and online)

City Walk | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


Learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past.
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City Walks, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

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 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Imagine Science Film Festival (online)

Lecture | Happiness Is Not in Affluence but in Hard Labor and a New Sense of Community: Japan's Rural Development (in-person and online)


This talks is on community-based, site-specific art projects those emerged in Japan's provinces, the regions typically excluded from a capitalist accumulation machine. The exemplary areas include Benesse Art Site Naoshima (1992-), the Seto Inland Sea, followed by the first Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial (2000-), Niigata, and the Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center, Tokushima. Speaker Midori Yamamura, Associate Professor of Art History at the CUNY Kingsborough, specializes in global contemporary art history focusing on Asia and its diaspora.
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Lectures, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Happiness Is Not in Affluence but in Hard Labor and a New Sense of Community: Japan's Rural Development (in-person and online)

Fair | Uptown Night Market


Manhattans' largest, most celebrated foodie series.50+ eclectic vendors representing the city's best culinary, packaged goods, and arts & crafts offerings. Dozens of local musicians and performers from every genre.
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Lecture | Sadie T.M. Alexander: Fascism and Race


During the 1930s the first African American economist Sadie T.M. Alexander drew parallels between racism directed against Jews in Europe and Latin America during the early 1930s and rampant racism throughout the United States by the late 1930s. Speaker Nina Banks, Associate Professor of Economics at Bucknell University, discusses Alexander's analysis of the links between fascism and racism and her recommendations for safeguarding democratic institutions and protecting the rights of racialized communities through economic reforms.
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Lectures, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Sadie T.M. Alexander: Fascism and Race

Film | Fruit of Their Labor: Migrant Farm Workers


The film follows two migrant farmworkers and their families as they prepare for another 9-month rotation on two different North Carolina farms. Through virtual reality, video and portrait photography, interviews with farmworkers, their families and farm owners highlight the rigors of the work, the complexity of the program and the direct impact on our country's food supply and economy. Followed by a discussion with director Marc McAndrews.
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Opening Reception | Labor of Love: The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at 30


The Vera List Center was founded in 1992 in direct response to the pressing debates of the day on freedom of speech, identity politics, and public support of the arts. In this exhibition, we carve out five themes that continue to shape everything we do—democracy, knowledge, identity, ecology, and care. Each area will be illuminated through archival and documentary material, tracking whether and how these debates and topics have shifted and evolved. As we identify common threads, we subject our own history to a self-critical course correction and challenge both archival and curatorial practices.
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Opening Receptions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Labor of Love: The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at 30

Concert | Indie Rock Band and Nashville Artist


Ryan Yingst, traveling artist out of Nashville is stopping by New York for the week and playing several shows to show off some of the new songs he’s working on. Believe In Ghost! is an indie rock band that’s preparing a stripped-down version of their set. Together, their shows will reflect some of what FreeThe’s output currently is and what the two acts are working on at the moment.
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Concerts, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Indie Rock Band and Nashville Artist

Book Discussion | Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look


Dior and His Decorators is the first book devoted to the two interior designers most closely associated with Christian Dior. Like the luxurious fashions of Dior's New Look, which debuted in 1947, the interior designs of Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy infused a war-weary world with a sumptuous new aesthetic drawing on the refined traditions of the past. Using vintage photographs, author Maureen Footer recounts the lives and the work of this trio.
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Dior and His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look

Opening Reception | Alvin Armstrong: It Goes to Show


The show features the artist’s latest series of paintings that depict a dear friend, Miles, in candid poses of dance performance. Together they use their chosen media to convey a viscerally powerful, intimate narrative.
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Opening Reception | Daniel Ingroff: Meniscus


Ingroff’s paintings explore bodily relations between the subject and the outside world. The title of the show, Meniscus, refers to the shape fluid makes on a surface in response to its container. Similarly, the protagonists of these paintings are reacting to pressure from their environment. The bodies depicted are permeable, with animals, plants and architecture encroaching upon the body’s territory. The subjects are in a state of “becoming” as they hybridize into other forms. A variety of responses to this violation are depicted: there is challenge, there is resignation, and there is communion.  
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Book Discussion | Eye-D: Portraits, Featuring Grammy-Winning Rock Star Peter Gabriel


An intriguing photographic exploration of the human eye from Anna Gabriel, in conversation with Peter Gabriel. It is said that the eyes are a window to the soul. They are what we first look at when we meet a stranger, and one of the most expressive parts of the human body. The eye speaks an intricate language, one that cannot be heard, only felt. The size of the pupil can signify focus or arousal. We meet each other's eyes to show attentive interest, yet often feel discomfort when stared at: an evolutionary trait designed to alert us to a predatory gaze. This book is a testament to the power of the human eye. It gathers together Anna Gabriel's collection of photographs, showing the close-up eyes of numerous well-known rock and film stars, including David Byrne, Helena Christensen, Willem Dafoe, The Edge, Noel Gallagher, Annie Lennox, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Zephaniah, Peter Gabriel and many more. Born in London, England, Anna Gabriel moved to the US in 1992 to launch her career as photographer and video director. Her fine art photography has been exhibited in galleries in Sundance, Boston, New York, and London. She has photographed musicians including Iggy Pop, Moby, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and PM Dawn and directed music videos for artists such as Joseph Arthur, Jesca Hoop, Emmanuel Jal, and Adam Masterson. Peter Gabriel first rose to fame as the lead singer of the innovative progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a successful solo career with the hit single "Solsbury Hill." Gabriel has championed a series of humanitarian projects and participated in numerous benefit concerts for different causes, both on and offstage. To date, Gabriel has won 6 Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards. He has twice been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of Genesis, and again as a solo artist. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, and Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He lives in Wiltshire, England. Tags
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Eye-D: Portraits, Featuring Grammy-Winning Rock Star Peter Gabriel

Opening Reception | National Association of Women Artists 133rd Annual Members Exhibition


This is the prestige exhibition of the year by the full, juried-in members of the first women’s professional arts organization in the US. For over 100 years, NAWA has been offering women artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in New York City, the arts capital of the country. NAWA members from across the United States will have their artwork on display. Original works will include all 2D mediums in Oils, Watercolors, Acrylics, Collage, Fiber Art, Digital, Photography, and Mixed Media as well as Sculpture on pedestals and wall hanging sculptural & assemblage works. This is the much-anticipated prestige art exhibition of the year for NAWA members to shine. All work is for sale in-person and online.
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Opening Receptions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, National Association of Women Artists 133rd Annual Members Exhibition

Opening Reception | Paul Winstanley: My Heart's in the Highlands


A solo exhibition of work by British artist Paul Winstanley (b. 1954). The exhibition will include 12 new paintings, all produced over the course of the past year, on view for the first time. Winstanley continues his career-long investigation into the relationship between painting and photography. In these new works he updates and re-paints images of early 19th century Alpine landscape paintings. The process involves initial layers of intervention using physical and digital printing processes that appear to incur damage and trauma to otherwise sublime images. Winstanley then re-constitutes and re-makes these images as new paintings for a more skeptical and problematic age. The new works present moments of intimacy and universality, offering comfort in the unknown. Winstanley’s photographic realism combined with painterly softness results in a sense of dreamlike wonder and ethereal openness, a certain romantic longing that Winstanley has mastered in his work and continues to build upon.
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Opening Receptions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Paul Winstanley: My Heart's in the Highlands

Book Discussion | The Vanishing: Tracing the Journey from Novel to Film (online)


In a blend of history, fiction, and magical realism, The Vanishing, is a new novel from David Michael Slater. The book traces how one girl, as a result of witnessing a brutal murder, turns invisible to save her best friend from the horror of Nazi Germany.  Slater will be joined in conversation by Jay Lender, writer and storyboard director of SpongeBob SquarePants and Phineas and Ferb, who is adapting the book into a live-action film. Moderated by Susan Dubin, library director and education specialist at the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center in Las Vegas. In addition to the content of the book, the conversation will address Slaters process of writing the novel and how Lender plans to make it into a film. 
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, The Vanishing: Tracing the Journey from Novel to Film (online)

Movie in a Park | Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971): Roald Dahl Classic, with Gene Wilder


A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory. Director: Mel Stuart Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum 100 min.
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Movie in a Parks, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971): Roald Dahl Classic, with Gene Wilder

Talk | Democracy, Dictators, and Disinformation


Sergei Guriev specializes in political economy and is widely published in a variety of social science and science publications. He will discuss his recent book Spin Dictators about how autocrats use the affordances of democracy such as media as tools of disinformation, along with observations on current events in Russia and elsewhere.
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Talks, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Democracy, Dictators, and Disinformation

Discussion | Immigration in America with The Atlantic's Caitlin Dickerson


Caitlin Dickerson is a staff writer at The Atlantic focusing on immigration. Previously, she was at the New York Times and NPR. She wrote the major September cover story, "An American Catastrophe," about the U.S. Government's family separation policy. She will be in conversation with Daniel Alarcon, founder of Radio Ambulante.
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Immigration in America with The Atlantic's Caitlin Dickerson

Discussion | Invisible Victims: 9/11 and Undocumented Immigrants


It is estimated that of the 2,977 people killed on 9/11, 67 were undocumented immigrants - the majority having been workers at the Windows on the World restaurant atop the North Tower. Dr. Sekou Siby shares his own 9/11 experience as one of these workers, and is joined by Alexandra Delano, Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the New School, and Benjamin Nienass, Associate Professor of Political Science and Law at Montclair State University, to highlight the stories of undocumented immigrants who died on 9/11, while discussing the complex legal processes of proving their existence and ensuring they would not be forgotten.
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Invisible Victims: 9/11 and Undocumented Immigrants

Discussion | Readiness and Resilience: 10 Years After Sandy


With the devastation of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian fresh in our minds, preparedness and solutions for future natural disasters are ever-salient. A decade after Superstorm Sandy, the Seaport Museum takes a timely look back to see what has been learned over the past decade, and what potential solutions could safeguard against future disasters. Where is the hope? What have we learned? What are people doing to safeguard against future disasters? Meet some of the individuals from around the world who are thinking about solutions for the future. Guest experts include Matthijs Bouw, Dutch architect and founder of One Architecture and Urbanism, and Rebecca Kennedy, Collections Care Specialist.
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Readiness and Resilience: 10 Years After Sandy

Lecture | Revokable Rights and Their Grammar of Power: Post Roe, Post Foucault


Professor Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern University) asks how and why we should understand reproductive rights as revocable, giving a broad meaning to the term “revocability,” and suggesting a conjoined vocabulary that includes conditionality, exceptionality, and disqualifying qualification.
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Screening | Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion (2020): Award-Winning Short Film


After taking the international film festival circuit by storm with over 90 awards and counting to its name, Jessica Gould's Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance and Modern Oblivion makes its long awaited New York screen debut in the place where it all began. Coursing through four centuries of music history, Babylon considers the resonance of Psalm 137 (By the Waters of Babylon) through the music of two of history's most marginalized peoples - Italian Jews of Mantua during the period of the Counter-Reformation, and African Americans before, during, and after the Harlem Renaissance. The titanic-voiced Ezra Knight narrates a journey through music, interweaving works from the ancient Kora virtuosi of Western Africa to the Italian-Jewish composer Salomone Rossi (1570 - 1630), to the young African-American composer Brandon Waddles (1988 -). Starring the groundbreaking Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, the award winning soundtrack includes historical recordings by Ma Rainey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, as well as two luminaries in contemporary West African music - Kevin Nathaniel Hylton and Yacouba Sissoko. Additional Rossi works include performances by the Bacchus Consort, Voices of Music, and Ms. Gould in collaboration with lutenist Lucas Harris. Since its December 2020 premiere, Babylon has garnered over 90 laurels from film festivals across the globe, including the prestigious Violetta d'Oro prize of the Parma International Music Film Festival (the top prize of the festival) and Best International Film from the Asti International Film Festival. Other first place trophies for the short film hail from Cannes, Tokyo, Mykonos, Milan, Rome, London, Toronto, Belgrade, Naples, among many other cities. Followed by a conversation with director Jessica Gould and star Ezra Knight
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Screenings, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion (2020): Award-Winning Short Film

Book Discussion | Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journal of an African American Jew (online)


Culinary historian Michael Twitty gives for a special virtual Tenement Talk. Catch up and sit down at the Epstein's 1950s dining table to discuss his latest book, an exploration of the cultural crossroads of Jewish and African diaspora cuisine and issues of memory, identity, and food.
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Film | John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle (1950): City of Crime (online)


A major heist goes off as planned, but then double crosses, bad luck and solid police work cause everything to unravel. Director: John Huston Stars: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen 112 min.
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Discussion | Make Room!: Emerging Art Spaces


Vera G. List’s philanthropic activities led to the creation of not only the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, but also a number of other art organizations, spaces, and initiatives across universities and cultural institutions, including the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Brown University’s List Art Center, and the Vera List Art Project at Lincoln Center. Such spaces bear more than their founder’s name; they often embody the ethics, aesthetics, and vision of those who created them in explicit and tacit ways. But as philanthropy and art institutions face public scrutiny and increased calls for accountability, the role of philanthropists such as List is being questioned, reimagined, and addressed through new artist-driven and community-led organizations and initiatives. As they celebrate their founder and chart new paths for the future of the Vera List Center, look at art spaces emerging around us led by philanthropists and artists that take up the mantle of creating new spaces for experimenting with and experiencing art, but also make room for new ways of doing so. We consider not only the financial contributions of these individuals, but their values and vision for the future of art and society as reflected in the spaces they created for collective work at a moment of renewed hope and urgency for art and politics. This conversation focuses on the history of the VLC with a forward look at new artistic environments, with speakers including Lulani Arquette, President and CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), Center for Native Arts and Cultures, Portland, Jane Hait, founder, Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA), and Shani Peters, co-founder, The Black School. Kathy Goncharov and Carin Kuoni introduce the panel with a conversation on Vera G. List.
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Make Room!: Emerging Art Spaces

Book Discussion | Reconstructing the Violence of Jim Crow (in person and online)


Margaret A. Burnham Burnham discusses her new book, By Hands Now Known, with Saidiya Hartman. By Hands Now Known unearths Jim Crow's forgotten history of racially motivated homicides and their enduring legacy in today's legal and political structures. The book is an examination of how states should reckon with historical injustices and how amends should be made in the present to address long-buried historical harms. Burnham is the founding director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University, which charts the systematic failure of law enforcement systems, particularly in the Deep South, to protect African American citizens from widespread racial terror from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights era. Her new book continues that work, painting a more comprehensive and accurate picture of the multifaceted systems of racial injustice that have shaped the history of anti-Black violence in the Jim Crow South.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Reconstructing the Violence of Jim Crow (in person and online)

Poetry Reading | 3 Poets Read and Discuss Their Work


Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems, Love and Other Poems, Together and by Ourselves, and Begging for It. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Poetry. Robert Wood Lynn is a writer from Virginia. His debut collection, Mothman Apologia, was selected by Rae Armantrout for the 2021 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, and his chapbook How To Maintain Eye Contact is forthcoming from Button Poetry in January 2023. Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level, a finalist for the National Book Award and the recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and The Rupture Tense. She has been supported by fellowships and grants from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Kundiman, and New York Foundation for the Arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, 3 Poets Read and Discuss Their Work

Book Discussion | Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation


Author Ruth Wilson Gilmore is one of the foremost scholar-activists of our time. Her research and organizing has reshaped the way we think about race, place, power, prisons, and the transformations of state structures. She discusses her new book. The panel conversation will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing session.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation

Book Discussion | The Choreography of Everyday Life: A Dancer's Life


In this sparkling, innovative, fully-illustrated work, world-renowned choreographer Annie-B Parson translates the components of dance--time, proximity, space, motion and tone--into text. As we follow Parson through her days--at home, reading, and on her walks down the street--and in and out of conversations on everything from Homer's Odyssey to feminist art to social protest, she helps us see how everyday movement creates the wider world. Dance, it turns out, is everything and everywhere. With the insight and verve of a soloist, Parson shows us how art-making is a part of our everyday lives and our political life as we move, together and apart, through space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, The Choreography of Everyday Life: A Dancer's Life

Film | The Great Green Wall (2019): Climate Change in Africa


The effects of climate change on Africa’s Sahel region are devastating: desertification, famine, conflict and migration. Yet some hope lies in the Great Green Wall, an ambitious reforestation project spanning the continent aimed at revitalizing ecosystems and restoring economies. In this story of resilience and self-determination executive produced by Fernando Meirelles, Malian musician/activist Inna Modja journeys from Senegal to Djibouti gathering stories and sharing songs with those on the frontline of the fight to save their land and their ways of life. Director: Jared P. Scott 90 min. In English, French, Bambara, Tigrigna, and Hausa with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, The Great Green Wall (2019): Climate Change in Africa

Book Discussion | The Study of Human Life: Poetic Speculative Fiction


Joshua Bennett's third collection reveals an acclaimed poet further extending his range into the realm of speculative fiction, while addressing issues as varied as abolition, Black ecological consciousness, and the boundless promise of parenthood
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, The Study of Human Life: Poetic Speculative Fiction

Opera | An evening of opera scenes


Enjoy a variety of opera scenes from the traditional opera canon. Katherine M. Carter, Director; Brendan Gonzales Boston, Production Designer & Collaborator Masks must be worn by audience members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, An evening of opera scenes

Dance Performance | Freestyle Dance and Live Music


Embodying the continuum of concert and social dance, LayeRhythm led by Mai Lê Hô weaves a singular mix of freestyle dance, live music, and audience interaction, celebrating the vibrancy of street and club dance cultures. Spotlighting Popping and Sun Kim Dance Theater, the evening will feature choreographed work from the company alongside improvisations by musicians, dancers and emcees, captivating young and old, theater and club goers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Freestyle Dance and Live Music

Performance | Sync: An Audiovisual Collaboration


Sync is an audiovisual collaboration between artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and percussionist, composer, and artist Eli Keszler. This performance will center on his immersive, biometric artwork Pulse Topology, which consists of 3,000 suspended lightbulbs that glimmer in tune with the heartbeats of different participants from the past. Pulse sensors detect and record new heartbeats, which replace the oldest ones, creating a memento mori. Keszler—who has released numerous solo albums, including his most recent Icons, and presented his work at The Kitchen in New York; Lincoln Center, the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and other spaces around the world—will activate Pulse Topology with his distinctive drumming style. Keszler has previously worked with Kevin Beasley, Oneohtrix Point Never, Skrillex, and many more artists, and his one-off performance at Pace can be understood as “Beat Minimalism” for the 21st century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Sync: An Audiovisual Collaboration

Discussion | The Craft of Fiction: Can Creative Writing Be Taught? (online)


If writing is a craft, how do we classify the teaching of writing? Apprenticeship? Pedagogy? Art? Is it even possible to teach creative writing, or are we essentially teaching students how to better read their own and others’ work? Four authors, editors, and teachers come to our stage to tease out some answers to some of these more philosophical questions. John Oakes moderates what is certain to be a lively conversation. Come prepared with your own questions for them, too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, The Craft of Fiction: Can Creative Writing Be Taught? (online)

Concert | Lives of the Piano: The Piano and the Asian Influence


Lisa Yui, piano. Since making her concerto debut at the age of seven, Dr. Yui has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra. She is the top prizewinner of the Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy and the Super Classics International Auditions in Tokyo. She has worked with such prominent orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony, Polish National Radio, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, and the Krakow State Philharmonic. Masks must be worn by audience members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Lives of the Piano: The Piano and the Asian Influence

Musical | Gwangju: The Story of South Korea's Democratic Movement


The winner of five Korean Musical Awards, Gwangju: The Musical commemorates the Gwangju May 18 Democratic uprising by students at Chonnam University against the military-led government of General Chun Doo-hwan. Written by Sun-woong Koh and Pil-Dan An Directed by Andrew Rasmussen Music composed by Uzong Choe Music directed by Andy Roninson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Gwangju: The Story of South Korea's Democratic Movement

Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, Bomb Shelter Comedy Show

Opera | An evening of opera scenes


Enjoy a variety of opera scenes from the traditional opera canon. Katherine M. Carter, Director; Brendan Gonzales Boston, Production Designer & Collaborator Masks must be worn by audience members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, An evening of opera scenes
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

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Classical Music | Jazz and Classical Piano Music at a Landmark Venue

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