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52 free events take place on Thursday, October 19 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 19 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 19, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Music Studies: A New Framework (online)
free events nyc Early 17th Century Sonatas for Recorder, Dulcian, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Mapping the Future of Higher Education (in-person and online)
free events nyc Jazz Quintet
free events nyc Sh'ma: A Story of Survival: Dance Film (in-person and online)
free events nyc Bruno Schulz: An Artist, a Murder, and the Hijacking of History by Benjamin Balint (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Contemporary Latin Pop Meets Traditional Peruvian Folk
free events nyc Performance by Juilliard Violinist
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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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Conference | The Assault on Culture in Ukraine: The Holodomor Years


Since the fall of the USSR, the Holodomor has been the subject of considerable research, yet connections between it and attacks on Ukrainian culture have received relatively little attention. This conference will consider the relation between the famine and the assault on Ukrainian language, literature, art, theatre, education, religion, and traditions. Conference participants: Mark Andryczyk, Leah Batstone, Olga Bertelsen, Nichloas Denysenko, Bohdan Kild, Olena Palko, Matthew Pauly, Yuri Shevchuk, Myroslav Shkandrij, Frank Sysyn, Serhy Yekelchyk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Conference | Italian Author Curzio Malaparte and the Visual Arts


Italian author Curzio Malaparte (1898-1957) has been celebrated and ostracized worldwide for his controversial politics and for the impressive success of novels such as Kaputt (1944) and The Skin (1949). In his writings, Malaparte witnesses the fall of Europe during WWII by illuminating the racialized, gendered and biopolitical aspects of modern political power, even beyond fascism. At the same time, his name is indelibly associated with Casa Malaparte (1938-40, revised until 1950), the outstanding modernist mansion perched atop a solitary rock in Capri, which the author himself designed in collaboration with rationalist architect Adalberto Libera. A fabled subject and setting for countless photographers and filmmakers, Casa Malaparte has become a paradigm of luxurious minimalism and an international icon of Italian style, famously portrayed in Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt. Malaparte’s unique interpretation of arts, architecture, and landscape in his visionary writing and beyond—from Casa Malaparte, to the piercing photographs he shot as a war correspondent in Ethiopia, the Balkans and Ukraine, to his anti-picturesque film The Forbidden Christ (1951)—are at the center of this event.
   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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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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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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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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Film | Young Frankenstein (1974) Directed by Mell Brooks, Starring Gene Wilder


Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather's estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather's experiments with the help of servants Igor, Inga, and the fearsome Frau Blücher. After he creates his own monster, new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor's fiancée, Elizabeth. Director: Mel Brooks Cast: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr, Kenneth Mars, Madeline Kahn Mel Brooks is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, songwriter, and playwright. With a career spanning over seven decades, he is known as a writer and director of a variety of successful broad farces and parodies. A recipient of numerous accolades, he is one of 18 entertainers to win the EGOT, which includes an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. Gene Wilder was an American actor, comedian, writer and filmmaker. He was known mainly for his comedic roles, but also for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He collaborated with Mel Brooks on the films The Producers (1967), Blazing Saddles (1974), and Young Frankenstein (1974), as well as with Richard Pryor in the films Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Lecture | Expertise, Another Word for Bias (in-person and online)


Expertise is lauded as the ultimate competence of intelligence professionals. But when expertise becomes the filter you use to interpret current events, it functions much like any other cognitive bias. This talk will explore the implications of this dynamic for the Intelligence Community and offer ways of overcoming it.   Speaker: Carmen Medina, Owner, MedinAnalytics LLC; Former Deputy Director of Intelligence; Central Intelligence Agency; Former Director, Center for the Study of Intelligence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walk | Wildlife Outing in the Park


A wildlife outing in the park to discover the flora and fauna that make the park ecologically rich.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Can We Eradicate Poverty Without Growth?: Next Steps in the Global Anti-Poverty Agenda


An interactive discussion with Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, as he sheds light on how to address poverty in an era of climate disaster and the challenges that come.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:10 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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Book Discussion | The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Music Studies: A New Framework (online)


A handbook of Jewish music that addresses the diverse range of sounds, texts, archives, traditions, histories, geographic and political contexts, and critical discourses in the field. The thirty-one experts from thirteen countries who prepared the thirty original and groundbreaking chapters in this handbook are leaders in the disciplines of musicology and Jewish studies as well as adjacent fields. Chapters in the handbook provide a broad coverage of the subject area with considerable expansion of the topics that are normally covered in a resource of this type. Designed around eight distinct sections--Land, City, Ghetto, Stage, Sacred and Ritual Spaces, Destruction/Remembrance, and Spirit--the range and scope of The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Music Studies most significantly suggests a new framework for the study of Jewish music centered on spatiality and taking into consideration temporality and collectivity. Together the chapters form a truly global look at Jewish music, incorporating studies from Central and East Asia, Europe, Australia, the Americas, and the Arab world. This is a panel discussion of this new handbook with contributors Eleonore Biezunski, Jessica Roda, and Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad, introduced and led by editor Tina Fruhauf.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Lecture | AI as the New Communications Technology: Accept it, Reject it or Shape it? (online)


When OpenAI introduced ChatGPT in November 2022, within 5 days over 1 million people tried it out, making it the fastest growing technology--ever. Today that number is over 100 million, which does not even include users of other generative large language model (LLM) AI systems like Google’s Bard, Microsoft Bing Chat, and open source models. What are we as citizens--and especially current or future media and communication scholars and workers--to make of this technology which is awesome, flawed and terrifying all at once. In this talk, media studies faculty Robert Berkman lays out some choices, which range from rejecting it, embracing it, or even shaping it. Among the key topics covered are fears about AI as an extinction event, its role in propagating misinformation, the corporate imperative, how the technology is changing education and learning, evolving AI media ethics, and how to practically get the most out of using generative AI systems. Speaker Robert Berkman has over 25 years experience as an editor, author, and professor in the media and information industries. He is the founder and co-editor of The Information Advisor's Guide to Internet Research, an international monthly journal for professional researchers. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussion | Both/And: Immaterial Mediators (online)


Curator Brooke Wyatt and artist Julianne Swartz in a virtual conversation. Focusing on works from the exhibition Material Witness: Folk and Self-Taught Artists at Work, the speakers will discuss how artists in the collection have redefined understanding of materiality and medium, weaving together notions of public space, healing, and spirituality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
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1:00 pm
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Concert | The Museum’s Collection Through the Prism of Healing and Spirituality (online)


Curator Brooke Wyatt and artist Julianne Swartz explore the museum’s collection through the prism of healing and spirituality. Many artists from the collection, such as Emery Blagdon, Judith Scott, Melvin Edward Nelson, and Lonnie Holley transform found materials and everyday objects into vehicles for ritual, healing, and communion. These practices straddle material and immaterial realms, building bridges between earthbound sensation and spiritual transcendence. In this context, the medium of art is polysemic, operating simultaneously as the material of artistic expression and as mediators channeling otherworldly thoughts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Early 17th Century Sonatas for Recorder, Dulcian, and Harpischord (In Person AND Online)


The Walton Waites: Clea Galhano, recorder; Joseph Jones, dulcian; Donald Livingston, harpsichord, perform early 17th century sonatas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free

Film | CANCELLED: Fantastic Voyage (1966): science fiction adventure


The brilliant scientist Jan Benes develops a way to shrink humans and other objects for brief periods of time. Benes, who is working in communist Russia, is transported by the CIA to America, but is attacked en route. In order to save the scientist, who has developed a blood clot in his brain, a team of Americans in a nuclear submarine is shrunk and injected into Benes' body. They have a finite period of time to fix the clot and get out before the miniaturization wears off. Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell, William Redfield, Arthur Kennedy
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2:00 pm
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Lecture | The Role of Policy in Addressing Inequality


Dr. Raphael Bostic, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will address the importance of achieving maximum sustainable employment in order to reduce wealth inequality in the U.S. He will discuss the role of monetary policy in this endeavor, as well as how the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta connects with other policymakers to find workable solutions that increase economic mobility and resilience in the communities they serve. In his lecture, he will talk about the need for a sustained effort to achieve real progress, but how many of the ideas and solutions needed are beyond the authority of the central bank and monetary policy. Therefore, he will challenge other policymakers and leaders to collectively step up to find effective and lasting solutions that reduce wealth inequality in this and future generations. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Reception | 6 Photography Shows


Shows: Norm Borden, Out of the Norm, Part II  Martin Frank, Lining the Boardwalk: Images of Asbury Park  Barry Guthertz, Floraphilia Revisited  Chris Shiels, Fake Views  Paul Stetzer, Three Friends and a Camera  Harvey Stein, Then and There: Mardi Gras 1979
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | El Dorado Roundtable: Territory and Extraction


A roundtable discussion featuring the artists Scherezade Garcia, Pablo Helguera, and Julia Santos Solomon, and moderated by Edward J. Sullivan, co-curator of the exhibition El Dorado: Myths of Gold, who will also present the opening remarks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening | Hawaiian Soul (2020): Short Film and Discussion


Filmmaker ?Aina Paikai brings the Hawaiian soul and spirit. The award-winning director will showcase his Oscar qualifying short-film in NYC to share the story of Hawaiian legend, George Helm. Set in the 1970's native rights movement, this based-on-a-true-story biopic, brings the heart of the Hawaiian musician to the big screen with the intention of introducing this great indigenous leader to the outside world. In addition to the short-film, Paikai will share about his process of making the film with the Helm ?ohana, as well as share archival footage of George himself, so that the audience can directly hear from the voice that inspired a revolution of consciousness in Hawai'i.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Larissa De Jesús Negrón: La Canción Verde


With her latest works, Negrón reflects upon the past eight years she has spent in New York. She relates her story to that of the Coquí tree frog as depicted in the renowned children's book La Canción Verde by Doris Troutman Plenn. They share a transformative journey of leaving their homes in Puerto Rico to discover their voices in the urban landscape of New York City. This journey inadvertently left behind cherished aspects of their cultural heritage, including their community, pristine beaches, and beloved traditions. The creation of this series, allowed Negrón the opportunity to profoundly reconnect with her cultural roots.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
6:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Architecture, Politics, Gender


A conversation about the Austrian architect and women's rights activist Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. A panel discussion with Austrian art historian Dr. Bernadette Reinhold and German art historian Dr. Marcel Bois, moderated by Dr. Stephanie Buhmann, Head of Visual Arts, Architecture and Design. The topic focuses on Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897-2000), widely recognized as Austria's first female architect, a pioneer in social architecture, the inventor of the Frankfurt Kitchen, a women's rights activist, and a resistance hero against Nazi dictatorship. The discussion takes place in the year of the English edition release of the book "Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. Architecture. Politics. Gender." edited by Dr. Bernadette Reinhold and Dr. Marcel Bois.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Dada Poetry


An evening of provocative, exuberant, eclectic performance and poetry is slated to hit the stage. 2023 NYC ¡DADA! DO: PART 1: a wild ride of contemporary DADA performance and poetry by leading NYC-area maverick artists. The event includes Part I of the NYC launch of the internationally-renowned MAINTENANT 17: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art (2023, Three Rooms Press), which features more than 250 visual and literary works by artists and writers from six continents. Costumes encouraged. Come as you aren’t.  The line-up features renowned contempoarary DADA artists including, Austin Alexis, Amy Barone, Mark Blickley with Kellie Scott Reed, Natalie DiFusco, Jeff Farr, Cheryl J. Fish, Thomas Fucaloro, Ed Go, Robert Hieger, Ron Kolm, Karen Hildebrand, Patricia Leonard, Linda Lerner, Lois Kagan Mingus, Charles Mingus III, James B. Nicola, Yuko Otomo, John Paul, Nicca Ray, Wes Rickert, Angela Sloan, Phil Demise Smith, Christine Stoddard, Zev Torres, John J. Trause, and Joanie HF Zosike. Three Rooms Press co-founders and MAINTENANT editors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Lady Music: Figuring ‘A Matron Among Other Arts’ in Early Modern England (online)


Continuing an age-old practice, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English thinkers personified music as a woman, which overlapped with Latin learning and with residual archaic-English conventions to grant female or male gender to certain inanimate nouns, of which music must be recognized as one. This, in turn, intersected with ancient bodily metaphors for creativity that ultimately complicated facile gender binaries, encouraging men to speak of their musical processes in terms of female reproductive processes and bodily nurture and ultimately empowering women musicians. Speaker Linda Austern is Professor of Musicology at Northwestern University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Mapping the Future of Higher Education (in-person and online)


Featuring: Achieve Partners Managing Director, Ryan Craig, author of Apprentice Nation: How the "Earn and Learn" Alternative to Higher Education Will Create a Stronger and Fairer America, in conversation with Wall Street Journal reporter Melissa Korn, co-author of Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit and the Making of the College Admissions Scandal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Spooky Novels Panel


A discussion with authors Jessica Goodman (The Legacies), Kosoko Jackson (The Forest Demands Its Due), Ryan La Sala (Beholder), Lisa Springer (There's No Way I'd Die First), and Joelle Wellington (Their Vicious Games).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Colloquium | The Subject of Injustice


With: Bethania Assy (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) Vera Karam de Chueiri (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil) Commentator: Jay M. Bernstein  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Artist Talk: In the Spirit of Àṣẹ


Artist and faculty member Adama Delphine Fawundu discusses her solo exhibition spanning video, sculpture, photography, and printmaking with art historian Kellie Jones. The exhibition is now at the Newark Museum of Art. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lecture | Three Catastrophes and the Remnant of Politics: Climate, War, Metaverse


Humankind is now affected in its entirety by three intersecting catastrophes which seem to destroy the very conditions of politics as we used to define it: a room for deliberation, project, resistance, civil conflict, governmentality. These are: the global warming and extinction of multiple species, the generalized state of war, and the digital revolution. Which ideas and instruments do we have to recreate the possibility of controlling our own collective destiny as citizens of the world? Speaker Etienne Balibar is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Bruno Schulz: An Artist, a Murder, and the Hijacking of History by Benjamin Balint (In Person AND Online)


Isaac Bashevis Singer called Bruno Schulz "one of the most remarkable writers who ever lived." A master of 20th-century imaginative fiction who mapped the anxious perplexities of his time, Schulz was also a talented illustrator and graphic artist whose masochistic drawings would catch the eye of a sadistic Nazi officer. Drawing on extensive new reporting and archival research, Benjamin Balint's new biography follows the murals Schulz painted on the walls of an SS villa into multiple dimensions of the artist's life and afterlife. Sixty years after Schulz was murdered, his murals were miraculously rediscovered, only to be secretly smuggled by Israeli agents to Jerusalem. Balint speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Joshua Cohen about the ensuing international furor that raised questions about who has the right to curate orphaned artworks and to construe their meanings--and about who can claim guardianship over the legacy of Jews who were killed by the Nazis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Girlfriends: Stories of Modern Transgender Life


Seven heartstoppingly gorgeous stories about young transgender life from the Upper Midwest to New York City. In seven light-filled prisms of short stories, Emily Zhou chronicles modern queer life with uncompromising and hilarious lucidity. Attending to the intimacy of Gen Z women's lives, these stories move from the provinces to the metropolis, from chaotic student accommodation to insecure jobs, from parties to dates to the nights after, from haplessness to some kind of power.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Maybe Once, Maybe Twice: Second-Chance Love


Filled with the romance and angst that defines the years you come to know yourself, with a shifting timeline covering two decades and ratcheting up the tension, Alison Greenberg's book is a novel of second chances and finding your own way.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | New York Street Diaries 2020-2023: Images of the City


A talk with street photographer Phil Penman about his new book. In his street images, Penman captures New York’s grittiness, its quirks and charm, tragedy and humor—each image acting as a snow globe that represents the city. In New York City, where the sidewalks cooperate with photographers by being 18% grey, street photography is a popular topic. But street photography is not as simple as it looks. It requires a particular kind photographic athlete with a visual quickness that we all strive for but few truly master. Phil Penman is one of those few.  In this conversation with faculty member Tom Ashe, Penman will discuss his work and his new book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Sh'ma: A Story of Survival: Dance Film (in-person and online)


An innovative and powerful narrative dance film that celebrates resilience, connection, and hope, "Sh'ma: A Story of Survival" tells the story of director/choreographer Suki John's mother. Originally a live choreodrama performed in the former Yugoslavia and New York City, the story follows our heroine from her school days to the ghetto, to her deportation to a concentration camp, and finally her immigration to the U.S. The film features 15 virtuoso performers and extraordinary original music and design. The film screening will be followed by a conversation, moderated by Wendy Perron, former editor in chief of Dance Magazine, with Suki John, the film's director and choreographer, and two performers, Keith Saunders and Kira Rae Daniel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$10 suggested donation...

Poetry Reading | The Soul Conveys Itself in Shadow: Poetry Anthology


A reading and conversation in celebration of the recent release of The Soul Conveys Itself in Shadow / El alma se mueve en la sombra. The anthology features contributions by Cecilia Vicuña, Rosa Alcalá, Etel Adnan, Sarah Riggs, Ananda Devi, Kazim Ali, Polina Barskova, Valzhyna Mort, Yu Xiuhua, Amanda Lee Koe, and Kit Warren. Edited by Kythe Maryam Heller and Carolina Gómez-Montoya. It features ten poet-translators and one artist-illustrator. English-language poets, and poets who write from a language other than English, are paired according to the synergies of their creative and translation practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Fiction Writers in Conversation


Fiction readings by Allegra Goodman and Brandon Taylor, and a conversation with Darin Strauss, followed by a reception. Allegra Goodman’s novels include Sam (a Read With Jenna Book Club selection), The Chalk Artist (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award), Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls (a National Book Award finalist). Brandon Taylor is the author of the novels The Late Americans and Real Life, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz Quintet


Highline Vocal Jazz Quintet performs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

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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7:00 pm
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Lecture | Surveillance and Capture: An Exploration of Computational Perception (online)


A conversation with Alexander R. Galloway on computational perception through two different operations: surveillance and capture. Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, he is author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including Uncomputable (Verso, 2021) and The Interface Effect (Polity, 2012).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | The Artistic Process Behind the Reimagined Musical Cats


Ahead of the new production of Cats, a reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical set in New York City’s ballroom scene, premiering in Summer 2024, members of the creative team, including choreographers Arturo Lyons and Omari Wiles, present a special in-process first look of the show. The choreographers discuss their artistic process, and excerpts are performed. Cats, a PAC NYC Production, is the reimagining of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic dance musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Inspired by the Ballroom culture that roared out of New York City over 50 years ago and still rages on runways around the world, the production is staged and directed as a spectacularly immersive competition by Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Chicken & Biscuits) and PAC NYC Artistic Director Bill Rauch (All the Way). With all new Ballroom and club beats, runway ready choreography, and an edgy eleganza makeover, this Jellicle Ball trades feline for fierce. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Play | Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea: A Reimagining of The Little Mermaid


Once upon a time, a rain cloud fell in love with a human. Dolan, who bears an uncanny resemblance to author Hans Christian Andersen, tries to tell this simple and sweet story, but characters in the story keep turning into figures from Dolan's own history of turbulent relationships. An adaptation, a reimagining, and a critique of The Little Mermaid, Julio Izumi's play is a story of romantic, obsessive, and unrequited love. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Play | Twelfth Night: Shakespeare Abbreviated


Shakespeare's play adapted and directed by Kern McFadden, with fourth-year actors before beginning their tour to NYC schools, community centers, rehabilitation facilities, jails and prisons.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Concert | Contemporary Latin Pop Meets Traditional Peruvian Folk


Peruvian-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Ernesto "Erni Lu" Lucar has found his true musical home in New York. From a young age, Erni fell in love with the city's music scene, particularly the infectious rhythms of boleros, waltzes, acid jazz, and funk. These genres, along with strains of contemporary Latin pop and traditional Peruvian folk, define his enticing sound. Over the past several years, Erni has gained significant experience composing film scores for movies such as Gary Terracino's Elliot Loves and Gonzalo Benavente's Rocanrol 68. Erni will be backed by a full live band performing a set of original songs celebrating the release of his debut album Siempre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Dance Performance | Second Avenue Dance Company October Concert (in-person and online)


The SADC goves an October October concert. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free

Play | Dancing at Lughnasa: Tony-Winning Play About Survival During Revolution


In Brian Friel’s Tony-winning play, a revolution began, but nobody called it a revolution. They were just some steps, incoherent, hesitant, and aimless. An animalistic ballet against something that didn't seem right. An amorphous instinct. Brian Friel’s Tony-winning play recalls those who, more out of courage and survival than belief, took the first moves to claim a fair space to be themselves. It's the story of five sisters surviving in a world that doesn't dance. It is a choreography of struggle, minor victories, and sorrows, composed through the blurred memories of a 7-year-old child in the summer that changed his life. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 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: Danny Polishchuk - Boyscast Podcast Wolfgang Hunter - New York Comedy Festival Natasha Pearl Hansen - OFTV Juan Nicolon - Laughing Skull Comedy Club
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Performance by Juilliard Violinist


Violinist Njioma Chinyere Grevious will be the fourth recipient of the National Arts Club's Herman and Mary Neuman Music Award. Described as "superb" by the Chicago Classical Review, Njioma is an emerging, passionate, and versatile solo, chamber and orchestral musician and performer. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a winner of its John Erskine Prize for scholastic and artistic achievement. In 2023, Njioma won both the First Prize and the Audience Choice awards in the Senior Division of the Sphinx Competition. This special event is presented in collaboration with the Sphinx Organization and WQXR.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
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Play | Oscar and Golden Globe Nominee in a Romantic Play

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Play | A Historical Play About Civil Rights

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