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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 6, 2023?

36 free events take place on Friday, 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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36 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, October 6, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Practical Magic (1998) with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman
free events nyc Pop, Folk and Jazz Band in the Park
free events nyc John Coltrane Jazz Festival | Miles Ahead
free events nyc The Calling: The Transformative Power of African American Doll and Puppet Making
free events nyc Outdoor Musical Celebration of Hispanic/Latin Heritage Month
free events nyc Works by Haydn, Ravel, and More for Violin, Piano, and Cello
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Lecture | The Struggle for Quality and Transformation in Afghanistan's Higher Education (online)


This 10-week seminar will provide a comprehensive analysis of the steps taken to improve quality and drive transformation in Afghanistan’s higher education sector over the last two decades and before the 2021 takeover of the Taliban. Beginning with the historical context of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and tracing the advancements, setbacks, and changes following the Taliban takeover and U.S. invasion, this course takes a socio-historical approach to examine the past, present, and future of higher education in Afghanistan. First of ten sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Conference | Celebrating Istvan Deak: Historian, Teacher, Provocateur


A conference in honor of Istvan Deak (1926-2023). Botstiber Institute recently sponsored a special issue of the Journal of Austrian-American History (May 2023) dedicated to Deak. Titled "How East Central Europe Changed: The Istvan Deak School of History."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Festival | First Friday: Exhibitions, Tours, Workshops, Performances


Explore the museum's exhibitions and attend a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Start times on the hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


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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Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Terry Waldo's Gotham City Band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Practical Magic (1998) with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman


Sally and Gillian Owens, born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian's vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov, dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. With policeman Gary Hallet growing suspicious, the girls struggle to resurrect Angelov -- and unwittingly inject his corpse with an evil spirit that threatens to end their family line. Director: Griffin Dunne Cast: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, Stockard Channing, Aidan Quinn Sandra Bullock is an American actress and producer. She has received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She was the world's highest-paid actress in 2010 and 2014. In 2010, she was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world. Nicole Kidman is an American and Australian actress and producer. Known for her work across various film and television productions from several genres, she has consistently ranked among the world's highest-paid actresses. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and six Golden Globe Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | Asteroid City (2023) Directed by Wes Anderson, Starring Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, and More


World-changing events spectacularly disrupt the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention in an American desert town circa 1955. Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Tony Revolori, Jake Ryan, Jeff Goldblum Wes Anderson is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their eccentricity, unique visual and narrative styles and frequent use of ensemble casts. They often contain themes of grief, loss of innocence, and dysfunctional families. Some critics cite Anderson as a modern-day example of an auteur. Three of his films have appeared in BBC Culture's 2016 poll of the greatest films since 2000. Scarlett Johansson is an American actress. The world's highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019, she has featured multiple times on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021. Johansson's films have grossed over $14.3 billion worldwide, making her the highest-grossing box office star of all time. Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America. Hanks has received six Academy Award nominations, including two consecutive wins for Best Actor for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). Tilda Swinton is a British actress. Known for her roles in independent films and blockbusters, she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award, in addition to nominations for three Golden Globe Awards. In 2020, The New York Times ranked her as one of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Edward Norton is an American actor. He gained immediate recognition and critical acclaim for his debut in Primal Fear (1996), which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination in the same category. His role as a redeemed neo-Nazi in American History X (1998) earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the film Fight Club (1999), which garnered a cult following. Adrien Brody is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Wladyslaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski's war drama The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, becoming the youngest actor to win in that category. He also became the second American male actor to win the Cesar Award for Best Actor for the same film. He has starred in several other films and has received several other awards including nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Film | Ballad on the Shore (2017): Song of the Fishermen


The film follows the daily rituals of three old fishermen/fisherwomen couples living in fishing villages on Grass Island and in Aberdeen, Hong Kong. These elderlies are the last living links to the distant past of Tanka fishermen songs in the region. Recorded over four years, Ballad on the Shore is an engaging film documenting their arranged marriage, their back-breaking working days, their joy and sorrow, and their singing of these traditional ballads of a water world linked to the past yet immediately present. Director: Ma Chi-hang 98 min. In Cantonese and Tanka-dialect Chinese with English subtitles Followed by a discussion with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Concert | Pop, Folk and Jazz Band in the Park


Gramercy Street Band showcases a variety of well-known pop, folk, jazz, Motown, country, soft rock, and R&B music. The band is a New York City group of friends and music lovers who are inspired to bring entertainment and joy to communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Poetry Reading | 3 Poets Share Their Work


Poetry Reading: Vievee Francis, Dana Levin and Cate Marvin, followed by a reception/signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Jazz | John Coltrane Jazz Festival | Miles Ahead


What could make a celebration of jazz giant/saxophonist John Coltrane even better? Throw a FREE concert on his birthday, September 23, add in a salute to the musical genius Miles Davis, and invite music fans throughout the region to celebrate at the second annual John Coltrane Jazz Festival | Miles Ahead. The festival will feature some of today's greatest performers playing this American music we call jazz, including National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Reggie Workman (bass) and his band, Najee (sax), Norman Connors (drums), T.K. Blue (sax), Al Flythe (sax), Patience Higgins (sax), Bertha Hope (piano), Bill Saxton (sax), Frank Lacy (trombone) and special surprise guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? Games Hosts will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Park Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Friends & Lovers: Group Exhibition


An expansive group exhibition centering on relationships between artists and their subjects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Office Race (2023): Competitive Coworker Comedy, with Joel McHale and Kelsey Grammer


An unmotivated office drone refuses to go the extra mile at work but is willing to go 26.2 miles to one-up his insufferable boss. Director: Jared Lapidus Stars Joel McHale, Beck Bennett, Kelsey Grammer 81 min. Q&A with the director follows.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | The Calling: The Transformative Power of African American Doll and Puppet Making


A show celebrating elder visual storytellers who chronicle the history, identity and culture of their communities. This exhibition includes dolls and puppets created by a group of 26 nationally acclaimed multi-media artists from the African Diaspora, who came of age in communities in the United States during the height of the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. Using mixed media, these visual storytellers chronicle the history, identity, and culture of their communities. Compelled or "called" to continue the special and enduring tradition of Black doll making, these artists recognize that their works are healing and transformative for themselves and for the communities they represent.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Movie in a Park | What a Girl Wants (2003): Teen Finds Real Dad, with Colin Firth


An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election. Director: Dennie Gordon Stars: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston 105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Screening | Allen Ginsberg’s The Fall of America Vol II: Film Screening and Album Release


A musical interpretation of poems from Ginsberg’s The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971. There will be a film screening including Philip Glass & Allen Ginsberg’s Have You Seen this Movie, Ai Weiwei and O_Future‘s Allen Ginsberg’s Hum Bom, Jack Dangers & Allen Ginsberg‘s Holy Ghost on the Nod over the Body of Bliss, CJ Mirra and Kai Campos & Allen Ginsberg‘s Bixby Canyon, and Seb Taylor & Allen Ginsberg's Over Denver Again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Screening | Cinematic Labyrinths: Interactive Storytelling from Flash to Unreal


The line between film, and video games gradually blurs. Are we playing a film, or watching a video game? The Kissinger Twins duo present their way from the early internet non-linear narratives to modern video games. The Kissinger Twins will talk about a constantly changing landscape of interactive storytelling, and present their award-winning projects. From Flash extravaganzas such as “Someday on the Misty Island", to “Sufferosa” one of the biggest web-based interactive films ever made, the AI-driven interactive film “Your Data Mirror”, and finally their newest narrative video game “Dustopia”.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Dealing with Disenchantment: Aesthetic Enlightenment and the Art of Decolonization


In times of multiple crises, it is imperative to (re)examine the mandate of art. What role should art play in the face of rising social injustices? Could critical artistic practices facilitate transnational justice and democracy, protecting and promoting human rights? Or should art remain non-purposive (or, unzweckmäßig, as phrased by Kant and Adorno)? Given that art functions within structures of capitalism and coloniality, the role of art and art institutions is ambivalent. Can the political labor of training the imagination mitigate unjust structures and practices? To find answers to this pressing question we (a) look into artivism, whose origins lie in the social movements of the 1970s and 1980s in Los Angeles and Berlin and (b) examine if and how an aesthetic education can help us imagine a planetary future. In this event, Nikita Dhawan, María do Mar Castro Varela, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will discuss methodologies to understand and further decoloniality-informed art practices and their transformative ramifications in society at large. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Freedom to Read: On Censorship & Photographs by Kimberly Butler


According to the American Library Association (ALA), between January 1 and August 31 this year, a total of 1,915 unique titles have already been targeted for censorship in 2023. This marks a 20% increase from the same reporting period in 2022, a year which saw the highest number of book challenges on record since ALA began compiling data more than two decades ago. At this event, photographer Kimberly Butler presents images from her latest collection inspired by banned books. Please note that this presentation contains nudity and other sensitive imagery. Then, in conversation with WNYC's Brooke Gladstone will be leaders from all three of New York City's public library systems: Rosa Caballero-Li (The New York Public Library), Nick Buron (Queens Public Library), and Nick Higgins (Brooklyn Public Library).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Outdoor Musical Celebration of Hispanic/Latin Heritage Month


Celebrate Hispanic/Latin Heritage Month with Javier Diaz's drum ensemble. Listen to Afro-Cuban folkloric music, including bembe, rumba, son montuno, and bata drumming.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Lecture | The Gender-Neutral Language Ideological Debate in Catalonia


Gender-neutral and gender-inclusive language proposals have flourished across a wide range of language communities around the world. Almost unavoidably, such proposals have been met with heated public debates about language. Speaker Josep Soler is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the Department of English, Stockholm University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Milano: The Inside Story of Italian Fashion (2023)


An engaging documentary focusing on so-called "Milanese fashion." Through candid interviews with legendary designers and archival footage, you will discover the history of Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, and Dolce&Gabbana, just to name the most famous designers who made Milan - and Italy - famous worldwide. Director: John Maggio 90 min. Followed by a Q&A with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Movie in a Park | Home (2015): Animated Adventure


An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference. Director: Tim Johnson Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin 94 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Movie in a Park | Selena (1997): Tejano Singer's Life and Tragic Death


The true story of Selena, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart-topping albums on the Latin music charts. Director: Gregory Nava Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Play | Three Sisters: Chekhov's Longing Trio


In this adaptation of Chekhov’s classic, three sisters caught in a perpetual state of waiting struggle to find meaning in their provincial home and long to return to Moscow. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | The Uses and Utility of Wargaming (online)


Speaker: Sebastian Bae from CNA and the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Haydn, Ravel, and More for Violin, Piano, and Cello


Claudia Schaer, violin; Olga Gurevich, piano; Jisoo Ok, cello. Program Haydn (1732-1809), Trio No. 39 in G Major Ravel (1875-1937), Tzigane Bartok (1881-1945), First Rhapsody Gershwin (1898-1937), Jascha Heifetz ~ Three Preludes Paul Schoenfeld (b. 1947), Tin Pan Alley and Square Dance from Four Souvenirs Scott Joplin (1868-1917), William Bolcom (b. 1938), Easy Winners Rag Masks required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Concert | Blaziing and Poignant Hip-Hop Artist from the Dominican Republic


As the title of the Dominican Hip-Hop artist J Noa's 2023 major label debut EP attests, the Latin Grammy nominee has always been a self-starter. Autodidactica is a blazing-hot introduction to the San Cristobal rapper's considerable gifts: tongue-tying rhymes, nonstop bars, and the skills to switch up her flow from heartbeat to heartbeat. Spanish-speakers will be equally impressed by J Noa's intricate lyricism and poignantly relevant social and political statements on drug addiction, bucking racism and homophobia, and clap backs at local government mismanagement. At the ripe age of 17, J Noa can already boast a ten-year songwriting career and a million-plus viewed YouTube hit with "Betty," depicting the challenges of teen pregnancy. Don't miss the Lincoln Center premiere of the international star Rolling Stone is calling "a juggernaut." Run time: approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Jazz | Celebrating the Music of Thad Jones


MSM Jazz Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Mozart and More for Violin, Viola, and Cello


Quartet Salonnières (Aniela Eddy, violin/viola; Natalie Rose Kress, violin/viola; Chiara Stauffer, violin/viola; Cullen O'Neil, cello) perform works by Mozart, Rosetti, and Leopold Koželuch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Dance Performance | The Moving Memory Project: Fill in the Blank


Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup and David Shenk present the latest installment of the Moving Memory project: fill in the blank, a festival devoted to memory and forgetting. This performance features original dance works by Stefanie Nelson & Maya Orchin, Rebecca Margolick, and Mignolo Dance; visual art installation by Justin Randolph Thompson and Bradly Dever Treadaway, and live music by The Straightjackets. Launched in 2019, The Moving Memory Project embodies its founders' vision of bringing together artists, caregivers, and seniors to create a community of care surrounding issues connected to memory loss and destigmatizing the diagnosis of dementia, with the goal of raising awareness, to increase funding, until a cure is found. "Works like this can help the world think and talk about Alzheimer's in important new ways" says co-producer David Shenk, whose writings on Alzheimer's and dementia garnered him international acclaim as an authority on the subject.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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