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58 free events take place on Thursday, October 12 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 12 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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58 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, October 12, 2023

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Workshop | Fitness Yoga Class


Experience something new or enhance your yoga practice with instructors from Chelsea Piers Fitness. A complimentary, hour-long Vinyasa Flow classes in the Maker's Studio and start your day with a bit of balance. Make sure to bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 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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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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10:00 am
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Lecture | The Geometry of Chaos: The Primacy of Doubt


Tim Palmer of the University of Oxford will argue that Chaos Theory should be considered the third great theory of twentieth-century physics, alongside Quantum Theory and Relativity Theory. Why? Because Chaos Theory and fractal geometry encode the instabilities that characterize the occasional breakdown in predictability of many nonlinear systems: from the weather and the motion of planets to the global economy and our health. He will discuss the development of practical prediction tools that enable some uncertainties in these nonlinear systems to be forecast, and show how this is transforming the way in which humanitarian agencies provide relief to societies at risk of natural disasters. Palmer also suggests how the geometry of chaos provides a new way to explain one of the deepest mysteries of quantum physics - its apparent nonlocality. He concludes that such nonlocality does not imply "spooky action at a distance", but instead signals that our fundamental laws of physics must - like the geometry of chaos - be profoundly holistic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Film | Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) with Cary Grant


Writer and notorious marriage detractor Mortimer Brewster falls for girl-next-door Elaine Harper, and they tie the knot on Halloween. When the newlyweds return to their respective family homes to deliver the news, Brewster finds a corpse hidden in a window seat. With his eccentric aunts, disturbed uncle, and homicidal brother, he starts to realize that his family is even crazier than he thought. Director: Frank Capra Cast: Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Priscilla Lane, Peter Lorre, Edward Everett Horton, James Gleason, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, John Alexander Cary Grant was an English-American actor. He was one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He was nominated twice for the Academy Award, and was honored with Academy Honorary Award in 1970, and the Kennedy Center Honor in 1981. He was named by American Film Institute the second greatest male star of the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1999.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

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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Forum | Suppression of Academic Voices


Esteemed speakers will bring attention not only to the imprisonment of many academics in many places in the world, but will also showcase the particular case of Azerbaijani economist Dr. Gubad Ibadoghlu, who was an original member of the New University in Exile Consortium. Dr. Ibadoghlu has been unjustly imprisoned in Azerbaijan since July 23rd, 2023. This event will be the culmination of a month-long advocacy campaign to free Dr. Ibadoghlu, and will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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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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Discussion | AI & Theatre


The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is at the center of the negotiations currently underway in both the SAG-AFTRA and Screenwriters Guild strikes. But how will this new technology affect theatre, and how is it already affecting it? Moderators Doug Reside and Elliott Masie (Broadway Producer and Technology Analyst) will provide both a briefing on the current AI technologies and their potential impacts on all aspects of theatre. In these discussions, the hope is neither to promote or denigrate AI--instead, the discussion will make space at a key moment in the technology's development to engage in an open dialogue about the potential impacts of AI on Theatre. A preliminary agenda is as follows: 1:00 Welcome and Introductions 1:30 Survey and demos of current AI software (ChatGPT, DALL-E, PlayHT) 2:00 Panel: Theatre and Technology 2:30 Reports from Theatrical union representatives 3:00 Affinity groups discuss potential/dangers for AI in their fields 3:30 Presentations and large group discussion 4:00 AI & Theatre Near-Term Futures and Challenges 4:30 Discussion and next steps for theatre industry 5:00 Light refreshments Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Workshop | Pickleball Clinic


Check out what the buzz is all about! Learn the basic rules, strokes, and strategy at this instructor-led clinic followed by open play. Equipment is provided or bring your own. All skill levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Telemann and More for Flute, Violin, Cello, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


Brooklyn Baroque: Melanie Williams, flute; Theresa Salomon, violin; David Bakamjian, cello; Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord, perform works by Telemann (1681-1767), Michel Blavet (1700-1768), Jean-Pierre Guignon (1702-1774), and Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Film | Red Ball Express (1952): war film


In August 1944, Patton's Third Army has advanced so far following the D-Day invasion toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To maintain the momentum, Allied headquarters establishes an elite military truck route. One racially integrated platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, German resistance, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions. Director: Budd Boetticher Cast: Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries: Exhibition Tour


Museum Director Gabriel Goldstein gives a guided tour, illuminating the life and impact of the multifaceted luminary and great Jewish sage across continents and cultures through rare manuscripts and books. Exhibition highlights include manuscripts in Maimonides's own handwriting, a carved 11th-century door to the Torah ark from Cairo's Ben Ezra Synagogue, and beautifully illuminated medieval manuscripts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | CANCELLED: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023) with Chris Pine and Hugh Grant


A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a long lost relic, but their charming adventure goes dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Directors: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley Cast: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Rege-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Hugh Grant Chris Pine is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot film series (2009-present); Steve Trevor in the DC Extended Universe films Wonder Woman (2017) and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020); Will Colson in Unstoppable (2010); Toby Howard in Hell or High Water (2016); and Edgin Darvis in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023). Hugh Grant is an English actor. He established himself early in his career as a charming and vulnerable romantic leading man, and has since transitioned into a more dramatic character actor. Among his accolades, he has received a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Honorary Cesar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Symposium | Eros: Thinking, Feeling, Writing Love from Classical Antiquity to Early Modernity (in-person and online)


What is the nature of love? Does it possess a fixed essence? Is it genetically hardcoded? Or does it bend under the influence of social constructs? Does it transform across time periods, geographical locations and cultural contexts? How is it conceived within varying social and historical frameworks? And how does its perception shift alongside evolving scientific paradigms and the narratives woven by fiction? Beyond their scholarly significance, these questions resonate deeply with us as human beings. The Eros symposium brings together eminent scholars in Literature, Philosophy, Musicology, History of Emotions, and Neurobiology: they will gather at Casa Italiana to share their research, unravel these enigmas, and engage in dialogue with both the in-person and virtual audience. Barbara Rosenwein, a pioneer in the field of History of Emotions and the author of Love: A History in Five Fantasies (2021), posits that emotions intertwine intricately with narratives, stories, and fantasies. These constructs furnish the backdrop and substance from which our emotional landscape emerges. In her keynote address, she will delve into "some specific fantasies that have nourished — and continue to nourish — how eros feels and what it means for us today and meant in the past." In the same session, Cristina Alberini, who is both a Neurobiologist and a Psychotherapist, bridging these domains, will elucidate how our brain and psyche, rooted within our memories, shape our individual experience of eros. With the theoretical foundation set by Rosenwein and Alberini, our focus will pivot towards the pre-Modern conceptualisations and experiences of eros, seamlessly blending the Humanities and the History of Science. David Konstan, Julie Van Peteghem, and Aileen Feng will guide us to navigate the Classical, Medieval and Humanistic literary and philosophical landscapes; with Lina Bolzoni, Jane Tylus, and Giuseppe Gerbino, we shall explore the Early Modern Italian perceptions of eros through words and music; Paola Ureni, Monica Calabritto, and Eva Del Soldato shall plumb the scientific and medical interpretations of love that thrived during that era. Finally, during the conference, nine graduate students will deliver a round of lightning talks, sharing their ongoing doctoral projects on the enigmatic terrain of eros.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussion | AIDS Memorial Quilt Founders Chat (online)


Curator Matthew Terrell in an online chat with caretakers of the AIDS Quilt. Recreating the early days of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, Living Room, San Francisco, 1986 takes place in the living room of a Victorian-style home in San Francisco, featuring early panels of the quilt, archive ephemera, and the work of contemporary artists addressing HIV/AIDS.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Festival | Prelude Festival 2023


Dozens of performances, panels, artists talks, and more at various venues across the city from October 7-27. See link for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Lecture | Projecting Tradition into the Future in Three Solo Works


Composer Jen Shyu will offer an inside look into her process behind research, composition, and improvisation that led to her three of her solo ritual-theater-music works: Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (2014) directed by Garin Nugroho; and Nine Doors (2017) and Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (2019), both directed by Alexandru Mihail. These works were inspired by 20+ years of study of traditional music and dance from five countries, including epic storytelling and East Coast shaman music from South Korea; music from East and West Timor; Hengchun Folk Song with moon lute from Taiwan; Ledhekan, which combines Javanese dance with improvisational singing from Indonesia; and the “speaking-the-song” or “katari” with Japanese biwa, the rare 4-stringed instrument originally used by monks and priests.
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3:00 pm
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Opening Reception | David Hockney: Editions


The exhibition will feature a collection of thirty prints that span over the course of the beloved British artist’s exceptional six decade long career. Throughout his life, Hockney has been eager to adapt and engage with new technologies, leading him to experiment with his iPad. The show will feature the artist’s recent iPad prints, as well as a selection of earlier works. Pop artist, painter of modern life, expert of color, explorer of image and observation- David Hockney’s true mastery lies in his relentless delight in experimentation, which is exemplified in his printmaking.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Tetsuya Ishida: My Anxious Self: Curator's Talk


One of the appeals of Tetsuya Ishida’s works is the accessibility of his images. They teem with the dark, quiet, and subdued air of apathy and regression unique to comics, reflecting the state of mind of the Japanese youth of the artist’s generation. Born in 1973, Ishida (who died in 2005) spent his twenties in the period of recession known as “the lost decade” after the Japanese economic bubble burst in 1991. The employment rate of new grads fell to 60 percent, and by 1998 the suicide rate exceeded thirty thousand annually. By the latter half of the ’90s, many young people were unable to find full-time jobs: they lost hope for their future and began to drop out of society, their retreat accelerated by an environment overloaded with media. The number of hikikomori (unemployed shut-ins unable to negotiate the outside world) who had lost the ability to communicate swelled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 | Karon Davis: Beauty Must Suffer


Karon Davis (b. 1977, Reno, Nevada) creates sculptures and multimedia installations that touch on issues of history, race, and violence in the United States, using materials as varied as plaster strips, chicken wire, glass, and readymade objects. Drawing on her background in theater and film, Davis creates haunting tableaux inhabited by protagonists both historical and imagined. The figures are created using the artist’s unique plaster method, amalgamations of life-size casts taken from friends and family as well as her own body. The material reflects her longtime interest in ancient Egyptian mummification practices, using wrapping to memorialize different bodies and their complex histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Interconnecting Lines: Group Show


An ongoing artistic project that puts an emotional and empathetic emphasis on the human experience. Artio Gallery will be showcasing a curated selection of contemporary artworks by emerging and established artists with their own deep and enriching stories to tell, exploring themes of mortality, beliefs, and the meaning of love through visual abstraction and deeply-rooted emotions. These artists vary in different creative skills, and artistic education. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to connect with art enthusiasts, collectors, and curators from around the world and introduce them to our artists' works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Nick Georgiou: Biblioscapes


Georgiou's innovative artistic process consists of collecting discarded pages sourced from dictionaries, gilded encyclopedias, textbooks, novels, journals, anthologies, and more. The materials are then reworked into pieces that evoke the timeless allure of classical mosaics and sculptural wall reliefs. In this setting, literary narratives transcend the boundaries of their original medium, offering new transportive, utopic tableaus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Reflections: The Art of Burton Silverman


A unique retrospective exhibition will feature 47 curated works of Burt Silverman, spanning over two decades (2001-2023), offering a rare opportunity for art lovers and educators to trace the artistic journey of this iconic artist. Burt Silverman, often referred to as “the grandfather, a guiding presence” by countless artists who studied under him, has left an indelible mark on the world of art. Born in Brooklyn in 1928, Silverman’s career took off after graduating from Columbia University in 1946. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and he has been honored with 38 major prizes, including the Gold Medal of the Portrait Society of America in 2004.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Valerie Jaudon: Parameters


An exhibition of new paintings shown with a selection of works from the last two decades. In 2006, Valerie Jaudon’s practice underwent a fundamental shift when the artist eschewed color and optical elements for compositions of white paint on bare linen canvas. Her most recent paintings maintain the simplified palette of white and black paint on raw canvas, while introducing freely curving lines, creating irregular forms within the complex architecture of the composition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | War and Punishment: Putin, Zelensky, and the Path to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine (in-person and online)


As soon as the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, prominent independent Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar circulated a Facebook petition signed first by hundreds of his cultural and journalistic contacts and then by thousands of others. That act led to a new law in Russia criminalizing criticism of the war, and Zygar fled Russia. In his time as a journalist, Zygar has interviewed President Zelensky and had access to many of the major players—from politicians to oligarchs. As an expert on Putin’s moods and behavior, he has spent years studying the Kremlin’s plan regarding Ukraine, and here, in clear, chronological order he explains how we got here.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Performance | A Night of Experimental Comedy and Music


Come Experience the moxie of Spectacle de Merde! Featuring a curated lineup of established and emerging comedians and musicians experimenting with new melodies, concepts and locutions. New material never before seen or heard will be executed! Light refreshments will be served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | A Supreme Fact-Check: How the Supreme Court Gets U.S. History Wrong (online)


The Supreme Court’s conservative supermajority has appealed to history to justify its recent opinions that have eviscerated reproductive freedom, gun control, and affirmative action. With its hard originalist turn, the Court has signaled that more such opinions are in store, making the past a battleground for the future of the Constitution. But should history be the sole source of rights? And what if the history that the Court has relied on is flat-out wrong? The Court has placed the work of professional historians in the middle of a critical national conversation. And historians have a lot to say. Leading historians dissect how history has been used and abused in consequential recent cases and expose the flawed thinking at the core of toxic originalism. Guests will include historians Laura Edwards, Kate Masur, and Karen Tani. Moderator Adam Serwer will lead the panel as it sets the historical record straight, sketches out alternative views for how history can help us better understand the Constitution, and highlights issues to watch when the Court reconvenes this fall. Speakers: Laura Edwards, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty, Princeton University Kate Masur, Board of Visitors Professor, Northwestern University Karen Tani, Seaman Family University Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School Moderator: Adam Serwer, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
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Discussion | Exploring Indigenous Ceramics: A Pueblo Community Panel


Delve into the spirit of Pueblo pottery and hear from community leaders, curators, artists, and collaborators on The Met’s first-ever, community-curated Native American exhibition, Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery, featuring more than 100 ancestral, modern, and contemporary clay works that foreground Pueblo voices and aesthetics. Get a personal glimpse into the artists’ processes and discover the significance of the visual and material languages embodied by artworks in the exhibition. With: -- Dr. Joseph Aguilar (San Ildefonso) is a scholar of archaeology and serves as Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at San Ildefonso Pueblo. -- Tara Gatewood (Isleta, Diné) is a contemporary clay artist, storyteller, photographer, and print and broadcast journalist. -- Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) is an award-winning potter and tribal leader who serves on the board of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. -- Brian Vallo (Acoma) is the Former Governor of Acoma Pueblo and former Director of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), Santa Fe. He is an active museum consultant and cultural advisor. -- Kathleen Wall (Jemez) is a contemporary clay artist whose work is grounded in traditional techniques. She is a board member of the School for Advanced Research (SAR), Santa Fe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Intersections: Marking Fifty Years of Hip Hop and the WTC


Intersections examines the often-surprising connections between 9/11 and today's world. From global industries to individual lives, the attacks marked a fundamental shift for many, altering trajectories in ways both expected and unforeseen. These programs explore these shifts and make visible 9/11's continuing legacy. Amid one of New York City's most tumultuous decades, 1973 saw the dedication of the World Trade Center and the birth of Hip Hop. As we look at 9/11's impact across culture, we mark this twin milestone 50 years later with Dr. MC Debbie D, Hip Hop historian and pioneer MC; Chuck Creekmur, CEO of AllHipHop.com; and Rocky Bucano, Executive Director of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. Together in conversation with Museum Director Clifford Chanin, they reflect on the history of Hip Hop, how the genre has evolved in a post-9/11 world, and how New York City and its ever-changing skyline influenced the artistic movement that now spans the globe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Open Mike | Open Mic Night


Hosted by Jonathon Timpanelli. Enjoy a night of singing, comedy, poetry and art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | The Devil’s Mail: Tragic World Events and the Mail That Survived Them (online)


Dr. Steven J. Berlin has assembled an extensive collection of mail and postal history items that have literally survived some of the world’s most hellish events.  From floods, blizzards, famine and other natural disasters to tragic accidents on the earth, in the air and on the water and mail that survived acts of true evil. Berlin’s collection is so rare and so unique that we will have two independent presentations that still touch on only a fraction of his collection.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Violin, Viola, and Cello Works (In Person AND Online)


Domenic Salerni, violin; Carrie Frey, viola; Raffi Boden, cello. Program Andrew Norman (b. 1979), The Companion Guide to Rome Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023), Cloud Trio Che Buford (b. 2000), the eye above the mask
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Opening Reception | Cosmic Shelter: Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida’s Private Cosmococas


In the mid-1960s, Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) began embracing joyously transgressive modes of performance, film, and installation to champion marginalized persons and their culture. The original Cosmococas began as a series of five immersive installations, made in collaboration with Brazilian filmmaker Neville D’Almeida (b. 1941) while Oiticica was self-exiled to New York during the 1970s. Formally known as Bloco-Experiências in Cosmococa–Programa in Progress (Block Experiments in Cosmococa–Program in Progress), these works operate on many levels to transform pop and underground culture into an explosive supra-sensorial experience. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cosmococas, the artist’s nonprofit foundation, the Projeto Hélio Oiticica, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Lisson Gallery have organized a year-long celebration for 2023 during which the series will be installed in cities around the world. 
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Film | My Name Is Andrea (2022): Documentary on Feminist Activist


A hybrid documentary drama based on the life of writer Andrea Dworkin who decades before #MeToo called out sexism with revolutionary flair. With this film, the viewer is invited to reconsider the legacy of one of the most misunderstood figures of the 20th century. Shaped by the values of justice and equality learnt from the civil rights movement as a young girl, Dworkin observed the ways that male chauvinism and discrimination impact every woman's daily experience and dared to demand that women be seen as equals. Director: Pratibha Parmar 90 min. Followed by a discussion with the director
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Book Club | Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American by Ian MacAllen


In Red Sauce, Ian MacAllen traces the evolution of traditional Italian-American cuisine, often referred to as "red sauce Italian," from its origins in Italy to its transformation in America into a new, distinct cuisine. A social and culinary history exploring the integration of red sauce into mainstream America alongside the blending of Italian immigrant otherness into a national American identity. The story follows the small parlor restaurants immigrants launched from their homes to large, popular destinations, and eventually to commodified fast food and casual dining restaurants. Some dishes like fettuccine Alfredo and spaghetti alla Caruso owe their success to celebrities, and Italian-American cuisine generally has benefited from a rich history in popular culture. Drawing on inspiration from Southern Italian cuisine, early Italian immigrants to America developed new recipes and modified old ones. Ethnic Italians invented dishes like lobster fra Diavolo, spaghetti and meatballs, and veal parmigiana, and popularized foods like pizza and baked lasagna that had once been seen as overly foreign. Eventually, the classic red-checkered-table-cloth Italian restaurant would be replaced by a new idea of what it means for food to be Italian, even as ‘red sauce’ became entrenched in American culture. This booklooks at how and why these foods became part of the national American diet, and focuses on the stories, myths, and facts behind classic (and some not so classic) dishes within Italian-American cuisine. Please note: Reading the book prior to the program is strongly encouraged to facilitate conversation, but all are welcome! Additionally, this is NOT an author appearance - it is a conversation about the book. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | The Super 8 Years (2022): Directors' Home Movies


Home videos shot by the directors of their family from 1972 to 1981 which feed into the themes of their work over the past 60 years. Directors: Annie Ernaux, David Ernaux-Briot 61 min. In French with English subtitles Q&A with director David Ernaux-Briot and Thomas Dodman will follow
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Poetry Reading | A Reading and Conversation with the African Poetry Book Fund


This program will include readings from featured poets and a moderated conversation with Dr. Kwame Dawes, co-Founder of the APBF.  
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Discussion | Storming the Lab: Understanding the Revolution in Patient-Led Healthcare


A conversation for journalists, health care providers, and everyone else, featuring Amy Dockser Marcus, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of We the Scientists: How a Daring Team of Parents and Doctors Forged a New Path for Medicine, and Elaine Schattner, author of From Whispers to Shouts: The Ways We Talk About Cancer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Movie in a Park | A Wrinkle in Time (2018): Children Search for Scientist Dad, with Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey


After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Director: Ava DuVernay Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon 109 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:45 pm
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Poetry Reading | Bending into the Light: Pandemic Poems


A beautiful and timely collection of poems written during the pandemic. The poems in Alice Attie’s new volume are poised on an ever-shifting threshold where words ‘up and down, side to side’ appear as ‘figures in the distance approaching, each a declaration, each persisting’. Beings, things, ideas, present or vanishing, flow through the vessel of language wherein each exudes ‘its own aura, its own being, its own disappearance.’ Attie’s voice is intricate and intimate, shaping and reshaping the space of being and the space of non-being. These contemplative poems, interspersed with a few haunting photographs and artworks, extol, and mourn, melding the quotidian with the philosophical where we are formed and transformed in the profound knowledge that ‘the voice has no center.’
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Crooked Lines: A Single Mom’s Jewish Journey (online)


Jenna Zark, author and playwright, will converse with moderator Tonda Marton on the challenges facing a single mother raising a child Jewishly  and her book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Fire in the Canyon: Climate Disaster in Grape Country


A new novel from National Book Award nominee Daniel Gumbiner about a California grape-grower, his family, and the climate disaster that upends their quiet lives. Since his release from prison after serving an eighteen-month sentence for growing cannabis, Ben Hecht’s life has settled into a familiar routine. On his farm in the foothills of California, he stays busy cultivating a dozen acres of grapes and tending to a flock of mistrustful sheep. Meanwhile, from her desk in their old redwood barn, his novelist wife, Ada, continues to work on what may be her most important book yet. When their only son, Yoel, comes home from Los Angeles for a rare visit, Ben is forced to confront their long troubled relationship, which has continued to degrade in recent years. But before the two of them can truly address their past, a wildfire sweeps through the region, forcing the Hecht family to flee to the coast, and setting into motion a chain of events that will transform them all. This is a story about grape growing and wine, financial and familial struggles, and the peculiar characters and unlikely heroes one will always find in small-town California. Through the experiences of the Hechts and the escalating challenges that face their community, Fire in the Canyon is an intimate look at the lives of those already living through the climate crisis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Simply Put: Why Clear Messages Win — and How to Design Them


Ben Guttmann presents his guide to create simple messages from the award-winning marketing entrepreneur behind New York Times best-selling authors and notable campaigns such as I Love NY — along with an audience Q&A and book signing. From “Yes We Can” to “Just Do It,” regardless of if they’re trying to get your dollars, your votes, or just your thoughts, effective messages share one thing — they’re simple. So why does simple win? And how do we get simple?   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Economic Consequences of U.S. Mobilization for the Second World War (online)


Many believe that despite its destructive character, war ultimately boosts long-term economic growth. For the United States this view is often supported by appeal to the experience of the Second World War, understood as a triumph of both production and productivity. Author Alexander Field shows that between 1941 and 1945 manufacturing productivity actually declined, depressed by changes in the output mix and resource shocks from enemy action, including curtailed access to natural rubber and, on the Eastern Seaboard, petroleum. The war forced a shift away from producing goods in which the country had a great deal of experience toward those in which it had little.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Screening | The Merchant of Venice: A Filmed Production of Shakespeare's Play (in-person and online)


For one night only in the U.S., Shakespeare’s Globe reclaims Shakespeare’s disturbing tale in a bold, modern reimagining of The Merchant of Venice. Directed by Abigail Graham, The Merchant of Venice unfolds as Antonio is unable to pay back a loan from Shylock, who has requested a “pound of his own flesh,” and turns to his friend Bassanio for help. This screening of the filmed production of The Merchant of Venice, which asks us to confront and question our own prejudices in the here and now, will be followed by a discussion about the play and its contemporary context of antisemitism and racism with a panel of experts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Reading | Emerging Writers Share Their Work (online)


The Center for Fiction / Susan Kamil 2022-2023 Emerging Writer Fellows come together to conclude their cohort year and share their works in progress, hosted by Randy Winston, Director of Writing Programs. The 2022-2023 fellows are Sara Aboulafia, Natalie Adler, Han Chang, JP Infante, Diana Kole, Emmanuel Lachaud, Sabrina Helen Li, Juliana Roth, and Jiaming Tang.
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Fiction Writers in Conversation


Fiction readings by Lydia Davis and Isabella Hammad, and a conversation with Darin Strauss, followed by a reception. Lydia Davis is the author of Our Strangers: Stories, which delves into topics ranging from marriage to tiny insects, a celebration of language and careful observation. Isabella Hammad is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Parisian, which won the 2019 Palestine Book Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Impossible Structures with Khalil Rabah


2022-2024 Jane Lombard Fellow Khalil Rabah founded the semi-fictional Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind, a roving museum dedicated to generating interest in the natural and cultural history of Palestine, while also recognizing the futility of this gesture. Considered an ongoing project in institutional critique, the museum challenges and mocks nationalistic representation and museology, while also being an impossible and earnest attempt at portraying a Palestinian experience and state of being. In conversation with curator Fawz Kabra, Khalil Rabah discusses this impossibility and a lineage of institutional structures and restructuring. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | The Meanings and Myths of “Latino” with Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer (In Person AND Online)


In his new book, Pulitzer Prize winner Héctor Tobar writes that the feeling of being ni de aqui ni de alla—from neither here nor there—is the fundamental paradox of latinidad. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he uses the details of his own life and the broader past of Latinos in America to examine the impacts of colonialism, public policy, immigration, and pop culture as they relate to arguably the most open-ended and loosely defined of the major race categories in the United States. Tobar discusses with author Alejandro Varela the long, complicated story of the historical and social forces that define Latino identity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | Here I Am: Highlights from a New Musical


Here I Am is a new musical set in a cabaret bar in the West Village of Manhattan. In the throes of a final dress rehearsal for a fundraiser, this group of characters is faced with unwanted visits from the past, unrequited love and their own inner demons. With music and lyrics by Suzanne McCoy and book and direction by Michael Joseph Ormond, this story told through humor and love is sure to touch your heart.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Cabaret | And If You Listen Very Hard: Treasure Island Meets Led Zeppelin IV


The ostentatious performance artist, playwright, and vocalist Salty Brine is the next big name in outre downtown alt-cabaret. Salty's show is part of a series of expeditions into the heart of popular music. Each LRC event merges the live recreation of an entire classic album with stories of personal experience alongside interpolations of literature and theater, blending autobiographical monologue, a musical celebration of great LPs, and a fresh look at the artistic process. The key ingredients in this evening's Salty stew are Robert Louis Stevenson's immortal pirate adventure Treasure Island and the heavy metal folk rock masterpiece, Led Zeppelin IV. Created and Performed by Salty Brine Directed by Max Reuben Arrangements & Music Direction by Nate Weida Stage Managed by Devin McCallion Fletcher Production Designed by Christopher Bowser Costume Designed by Kate Fry
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Vocal Works by Brahms, Debussy, and More


Sidney Outlaw, baritone; Warren Jones, piano. Program Faure (1845-1924), Poeme d'un jour, Op. 21 Brahms (1833-1897), Die Mainacht Brahms (1833-1897), Von ewiger Liebe Brahms (1833-1897), Botschaft Brahms (1833-1897), Madchenfluch Debussy (1862-1918), Le promenoir des deux amants William Grant Still (1895-1978), Songs of Separation B. E. Boykin (b. 1989), 26 Ways of Looking at a Black Man
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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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. With: Lucas Connelly - Ambush Comedy Alex Dragicevich - You’re an Idiot podcast Rachel Darvas - The Stand The Rogue - Broadway Comedy Club 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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