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63 free events take place on Thursday, October 26 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 26 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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63 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, October 26, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc Music from the Works in Shakespeare's First Folio for Recorder, Lute, Viol, and Voice (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Halloween in the Park
free events nyc Turkish Maqam & New Orleans Jazz (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc A Conversation with Award-Winning Writer Melissa Febos
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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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Lecture | Innovating the Aging Journey (online)


Amy Stein-Milford on discovering how technology can create a better quality of life for the country’s rapidly growing population of older adults. First of three sessions.
   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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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Film | Ghostbusters (1984) with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis


After the members of a team of scientists lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. Director: Ivan Reitman Cast: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis Bill Murray is an American actor and comedian known for his deadpan delivery in roles ranging from studio comedies to independent dramas. He has frequently collaborated with directors Ivan Reitman, Harold Ramis, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, and Jim Jarmusch. He has earned numerous accolades including a BAFTA Award, two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and two Independent Spirit Awards, as well as a nomination for an Academy Award. In 2016, Murray was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and musician. Aykroyd was a writer and an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" cast on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975 until his departure in 1979. For his work on the show, he received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1977. After his departure, he has since returned to guest roles. Aykroyd gained prominence for writing and starring as Dr. Raymond "Ray" Stantz in Ghostbusters (1984), and Ghostbusters II (1989). He also is known for his comedic roles in Trading Places (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), Dragnet (1987), Coneheads (1993), The Great Outdoors (1988), The Blues Brothers (1980), and its 1998 sequel. Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. A figure in science fiction and popular culture, she has received various accolades, including a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Grammy Award, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. In 2003, she was voted Number 20 in Channel 4's countdown of the 100 greatest movie stars of all time. Rick Moranis is a Canadian actor, comedian, musician, songwriter, writer and producer. He appeared in the sketch comedy series Second City Television (SCTV) in the 1980s and several Hollywood films, including Strange Brew (1983), Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Spaceballs (1987), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989, and its 1992 and 1997 sequels), Parenthood (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990), and The Flintstones (1994).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 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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City Walk | Chelsea Gallery Tour


A tour of galleries located in the Chelsea neighborhood. Let Debbie Wells of Artful Buzz be your expert guide for the best NYC Art Gallery Hop experience. Enjoy a carefully curated itinerary of the best current art exhibitions on view in Chelsea, one of the hottest art districts in the city. Bring your enthusiasm and sense of artful adventure (and comfy shoes for walking no more than a total of 10 blocks). Art lovers from beginner to advanced can expect an entertaining and fun time scoping out the art scene in-person.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walk | Island Nature Walk


A spe­cial guid­ed tour to dis­cov­er and con­nect with the wildlife that calls this place home. Led by Pro­fes­sor Amy Berkov, this tour will take par­tic­i­pants on a jour­ney through the young urban for­est of Ham­mock Grove and the immer­sive spaces at Out­look Hill and Dis­cov­ery Hill. You’ll get to learn about these resilient, built land­scapes direct­ly from the peo­ple who know them best, and get the chance to par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ty sci­ence projects. 
   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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Book Discussion | It Could Lead to Dancing: Mixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity (online)


Dances and balls appear throughout world literature as venues for young people to meet, flirt, and form relationships, as any reader of Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, or Romeo and Juliet can attest. The popularity of social dance transcends class, gender, ethnic, and national boundaries. In the context of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Jewish culture, dance offers crucial insights into debates about emancipation and acculturation. While traditional Jewish law prohibits men and women from dancing together, Jewish mixed-sex dancing was understood as the very sign of modernity—and the ultimate boundary transgression. Writers of modern Jewish literature deployed dance scenes as a charged and complex arena for understanding the limits of acculturation, the dangers of ethnic mixing, and the implications of shifting gender norms and marriage patterns, while simultaneously entertaining their readers. In this book, Sonia Gollance examines the specific literary qualities of dance scenes, while also paying close attention to the broader social implications of Jewish engagement with dance. Combining cultural history with literary analysis and drawing connections to contemporary representations of Jewish social dance, Gollance illustrates how mixed-sex dancing functions as a flexible metaphor for the concerns of Jewish communities in the face of cultural transitions. This is a discussion of Gollance's book with Josh Lambert, professor and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Wellesley College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Material Witness: Folk and Self-Taught Artists at Work: Curator's Tour


Curator Brooke Wyatt leads an introductory tour. This in-person, hour-long tour will examine highlights from each of the exhibition’s four sections, with a spotlight on recent gifts to AFAM’s collection. Visitors will explore artists’ use of diverse materials, considering distinctive creations wrought from regionally sourced products, fascinating transformations of scavenged objects, and ingenious applications of both conventional and unexpected craft and fine art materials.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussion | Former Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Conversation (online)


Direct from Israel, join former Prime Minister and Israel’s Leader of the Opposition, Yair Lapid in conversation with Arab-Israeli news anchor Lucy Aharish for an urgent conversation about the developing situation in Israel. They will discuss Lapid’s perspective on the current situation, the tactical steps and strategic approach needed at this moment; the ongoing hostage crisis; his views on the operation in Gaza; how he thinks the war with Hamas could end; and what the broader ramifications in the Middle East and the world are. They will address the complex questions of fractures in Israeli society and the challenges within Israel’s political system, as well as the balance between the Jewish and democratic values of the country and the rights of all people living in the State of Israel. Did you know that donations cover nearly half of our costs?
   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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Classical Music | Music from the Works in Shakespeare's First Folio for Recorder, Lute, Viol, and Voice (In Person AND Online)


Collectio Musicorum: Jeff S. Dailey, director & recorder; Christopher Morrongiello, lute; Kazuhito Hiruma, viol; Patrick Fenning; singer; Elizabeth Bates, singer, perform music from the works contained in the Shakkespeare's First Folio, including The Tempest, Macbeth, and The Winter's Tale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Book Discussion | The End: A Bold, Monumental Novel (online)


Welcome Romanian-Hungarian writer Attila Bartis, one of the most accomplished and inventive members of the contemporary Eastern European literary vanguard, for a conversation on his bold, monumental novel.
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1:30 pm
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Film | Death of a Gunfighter (1969): American Western


After shooting a drunk man in self-defense and humiliating the local newspaper editor into taking his own life, town officials take drastic action to oust the sheriff from office. Director: Allen Smithee Cast: Richard Widmark, Lena Horne
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2:00 pm
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Film | CANCELLED: The Pope's Exorcist (2023) with Russell Crowe


Follow Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican's leading exorcist, as he investigates the possession of a child and uncovers a conspiracy the Vatican has tried to keep secret. Director: Julius Avery Cast: Russell Crowe, Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe, Franco Nero Russell Crowe is an actor who has earned various accolades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a British Academy Film Award. Crowe gained wide stardom for playing the title role in the period film Gladiator (2000), winning the Academy Award for Best Actor. Further acclaim came for portraying mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. in the biopic A Beautiful Mind (2001). He has since starred in the war film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), the sports drama Cinderella Man (2005), the Western 3:10 to Yuma (2007), the crime drama American Gangster (2007), the thriller State of Play (2009), and the action film Robin Hood (2010).
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2:00 pm
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Jazz | Live Jazz from Harlem (online)


One of jazz’s living legends, pianist/composer Bertha Hope has toured globally with artists like Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie and Eddie Henderson, while being a respected educator and bandleader in her own right, with several albums under her leadership. In 2018 she won the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s Legends of Jazz Award. In 2023 she is celebrating the underappreciated songbook of her late husband, pianist / composer Elmo Hope, in his centennial year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussion | The Ethnography of Russia in Uncertain Times


The ethnographic study of Russia in 2023 is both necessary and impossible. Over a year and a half since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, North American and European anthropologists studying the peoples of the Russian Federation confront existential questions of method, ethics, and the field’s very survival: how is ethnography, a method premised on “being there,” possible when one cannot physically be there? This roundtable discussion gathers anthropologists of Russia and Siberia to broadly consider the concrete methodological challenges specific to ethnography amid the fog of war: what sort of ethnographic approaches are possible when scholars can no longer carry out in-country fieldwork? What ethical and safety challenges might these approaches entail? And crucially, how does the ethnographic study of the region survive and remain relevant during this time of upheaval? Speakers Anya Bernstein, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University Craig Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin Tatiana Chudakova, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University Alex Oehler, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Regina
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Festival | Halloween in the Park


Celebrate Halloween in the park with a family-friendly event full of magic, entertainment, and music, featuring great pumpkin flotilla. Costumes enouraged. Drop off your carved pumpkin and head to the picnic area to listen to not-so-spooky stories, enjoy a hair-raising magic show, and adorn your own trick-or-treat bag with Park-themed decorations. Then dance to some festive tunes courtesy of the DJ, and watch the jack-o'-lanterns float by. It's New York's largest pumpkin flotilla--and it's not to be missed! 4:00 pm-5:30 pm Pumpkin drop-off (see details below) Decorate your own treat-or-trick bag 4:30 pm-5:00 pm Not-so-spooky story time hosted by our friends at the New York Public Library 5:15 pm-5:45 pm Hair-raising magic with Rogue the Magician 5:45 pm-7:00 pm Halloween dance party with DJ Dao 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Pumpkin flotilla
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Screening | Baltic Animation Festival


The first-ever festival in the US exhibiting animated short films from three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. 5:00PM         Lithuanian films             (78 mins) 6:30PM INTERMISSION                    (30 mins)   7PM              Nordic films (Part 1).      (29 mins)   Bear Hug   Tales of Zale - Flickering Lights   The Harbourmaster 7:30PM INTERMISSION                       (30 mins) 8:00PM           Estonian films              (84 mins)  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Broken Promises: Urban Redevelopment and the Struggle for Housing Justice in Puerto Rican New York (online)


During the presidential campaign of 1980, Ronald Reagan staged a media appearance in one of the most burned-out areas of the Puerto Rican South Bronx, in the poorest congressional district in the nation, to broadcast the failures of liberal social policies as he promoted a conservative agenda of austerity and bootstraps. Puerto Ricans all over New York City scoffed at the political theater. They knew the causes of the desolation depicted on TV were bipartisan and decades in the making, rooted in the racism, discrimination, and systematic displacement that had marked redevelopment projects throughout the 20th century. This talk by Lorrin Thomas will explore two major examples in the history of "slum clearance" in Puerto Rican communities: in San Juan Hill, the Manhattan neighborhood razed to make way for Lincoln Center in the 1950s; and in the Charlotte Street section of the South Bronx, described by one journalist in the 1970s as a "a city of death" and revived in part by a group called Nos Quedamos (We're Staying) in the 1980s. From these histories, we learn how the most powerful ideas for stabilizing debilitated communities came not from city planners or other experts but from community leaders, residents, and grassroots organizations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Game-Driven Climate Solutions


Games aren’t just for fun: they can be used them to model the future. Creating and playing games brings people together and helps them reimagine social and ecological systems. Learn from international game designers David Finnegan and Dennis Morgan... and play some games!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Ursula Parrott's Life and Writings


Credited with popularizing the label “ex-wife” in 1929, Ursula Parrott wrote provocatively about divorcées, career women, single mothers, work-life balance, and a host of new challenges facing modern women. Her best-selling books (many of them set in New York City), Hollywood film deals, marriages and divorces, and run-ins with the law made her a household name. Marsha Gordon, author of Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life & Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott, will discuss Parrott’s fascinating life and writings, and her impact on American culture. This richly illustrated lecture will include clips from some of the ten films—starring performers like Norma Shearer, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, and Margaret Sullavan—that were adapted from Parrott’s writing. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Lecture | "I Didn't Understand": Hannah Arendt, Ralph Waldo Ellison, James Baldwin and W.E.B. Du Bois


Hannah Arendt's essay against legal enforcement of school desegregation ("Reflections on Little Rock," 1957) was one of her most controversial publications. Little known is that her essay was followed by a conversation with Ralph Ellison in 1965 - who was her distant neighbor on River Side Drive. In her talk, Marie Luise Knott presents insights from her book on Arendt's dialog with Ellison and on how, through other conversations (with Du Bois and Baldwin) the "ideal of sacrifice" entered the sphere of Arendt's thinking.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | 5 Poets Share Their Work


Readings by: Rebecca Faulkner Molly Zhu Robbie Gamble Anna Genevieve Winham Kyle S
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Opening Reception | Angelina Gualdoni: Verso della Terra


Prompted by the artist’s botanical investigations in her preceding show The Physic Garden, the current paintings plunge beneath the ground into the rhizosphere - the layer of soil where roots grow. Here, the rhizosphere and the mycelium - a network which extends underground among fungal colonies and trees - become metaphors for interconnectedness, a non-hierarchical structure with incredible potency to communicate, provide nutrients, and spur growth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Don Eddy: Photorealist Paintings


An exhibition of new work by Don Eddy. Eddy is one of the few early Photorealist artists who has taken his vision into new terrain, and has expanded his unique painting process. In this exhibition, more than 20 new paintings from 2020-2023 are presented, ranging in scale from 59 x 44 inches to 9 x 12 inches. This new body of work was made during and directly after COVID-19 lockdown in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Jade: East-West


“Things are good to think,” observed the preeminent structural anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, a critical recognition that objects serve not only a visual function but an important cognitive one as well. East-West assembles the two great bodies of work worldwide in jade: Chinese nephrite from the Eastern Hemisphere and Mesoamerican jadeite from the West. Both the Chinese and the Olmec have been labelled as pristine or originary cultures—among only a handful historically that arise de novo, without any apparent precedent. Hence, Neolithic Chinese nephrite and Formative Olmec jadeite objects represent the first jade works produced in their respective traditions and hemispheres: a serious if not spectacular encounter for the mind as well as the eye. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | John Bock: Sculpture, Performance, and Film


After a five-year hiatus, German artist John Bock is returning to New York with a "lecture" (performance) on the night of the opening. Bock’s universe is a bold, even daring synthesis of different genres including sculpture, performance, and film. In it, material objects, language, and the human body are given equal value; their interactions are powered by the logic of the collage principle, the combination of disparate entities to create a new thing. Bock extends the traditions of Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus, and of performative sculpture (as exemplified by an artist such as Franz Erhard Walther), with his sculptures and films demonstrating that an artwork does not remain static but rather comes into being through the interplay of body and material. Bock's sculptures, lectures, and films bear witness to the idea of the activated sculpture. The body, the artist suggests, becomes a medium in that it can transform life processes into images.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Keltie Ferris: dOUbTsWISHes


This show features approximately ten new large-scale paintings, including a new series of body prints on canvas that are being exhibited for the first time. Over the past decade Ferris has become known for his unique, visually cacophonous style, in which dynamic layers are built up and removed with hand-held spray guns, palette knives and occasionally stencils and three-dimensional forms. In dOUbTsWISHes, Ferris mines his own visual vocabulary to further his exploration of mark-making, erasure and abstraction. Viewed together, the works in dOUbTsWISHes evidence a deliberate diversity of approaches: oil stick lines and bursts, spray-painted grids and dots, hand-painted quilts. Ferris deconstructs and reconstructs his own methods of painting, conceptually morphing from large symphonies of marks to smaller ensembles and solos, then back again.
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Opening Reception | Kirsten Deirup: Ex Voto In Silico


Derived from the Latin term “voto” for votive or offering, and the pseudo Latin “in silico” for when an object has been run through a computer, the exhibition’s title references the clashing of items created by the human hand and its parallel simulacrum produced by Artificial Intelligence.  Placing herself in the mind of a sentient robot, Deirup attempts to understand where thinking and communication are lost in translation. The interchange between the real and digital reveal possible “glitches” highlighted in Deirup’s works. In Year Zero, she imagines AI reinventing the story of Genesis, misunderstanding a tennis ball as a stand-in for a fruit on the Tree of Life. While this equivalence may be viewed as an intentional act of symbolism, entrenched in a distinctly human impulse to organize and create meaning, AI’s mandate to replicate similar thought processes comes across as a critical error, ironically resulting in the humanizing of the machine.
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Opening Reception | Material Evidence: 2-Artist Exhibition


A two-person exhibition with the works of Nazanin Noroozi and Esperanza Mayobre, Material Evidence assembles an array of works on canvas and paper alongside photographs and film footage that the artists use to vanish the original photographer’s presence, asserting their hand-applied revitalization of a historicized record.
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Opening Reception | Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé: Works from the '90s


Historically significant works from the '90s by British artist Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboyé. The lens-based artist (b. 1963, Odo-Eku, Nigeria) is part of a group of Nigerian/ British artists - including Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Yinka Shonibare, Chris Ofili and the theoretician Olu Oguibe - who made their mark in London during that decade. Critically supported, Bamgboyé’s work was included in Catherine David’s Documenta X (1997) as well as many exhibitions foundational to the now central discourse around our relationship to “the Other”, the history and lingering effects of colonialism, and a more expansive reading of Modernism.
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Author Reading | Yellowface by R.F. Kuang (In Person AND Online)


Join WNYC's Alison Stewart and R.F. Kuang for a live conversation about her newest book, Yellowface, followed by a special musical performance from mxmtoon. Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is. She didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American. But as evidence threatens to bring June’s stolen success down around her, she races to protect her secret and discovers exactly how far she'll go to keep what she thinks she deserves. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.
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Discussion | A Conversation with Author Adrienne Brodeur


A reading with author Adrienne Brodeur as she sits down with Helen Schulman to discuss her new work.  Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the memoir Wild Game, which was selected as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and The Washington Post and is in development as a Netflix film. She founded the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with Francis Ford Coppola, and currently serves as executive director of Aspen Words, a literary nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. She splits her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband and children.
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Reading | Architecture and Writings by Vito Acconci


An evening of readings of the work of artist Vito Acconci —author of Storefront’s iconic facade with architect Steven Holl— by Justin Beal, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Elliot Reed. The event is organized by David Lindsay on the occasion of their exhibition Vito Acconci – Here, There, on view at Anonymous Gallery.  From his beginnings in poetry to one of his most charged and transitional films, the exhibition Here, There explores the core of Acconci’s long and varied practice – a commitment to pushing the boundaries of what language can achieve, both as carriers of meaning and as sonic elements that can evoke emotional response.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mike | Open Mic Night


Hosted by Jonathon Timpanelli. Enjoy a night of singing, comedy, poetry and art.
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Discussion | Societal Costs of Oil and Gas Production


A legacy of costs from oil and gas production will remain long after achieving a net-zero future. Lucija Muehlenbachs of the University of Calgary, will participate in a chat focused on some of these burdens, such as methane emissions and well-site cleanup, as well as recent policy developments. Dr. Geoffrey Heal, Donald C. Waite III professor of social enterprise and Paul Garrett professor of public policy and corporate responsibility, Business School, will moderate. 
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Talk | The Garden of Stones: From Planting to Present (online)


The Museum of Jewish Heritage's outdoor exhibition The Garden of Stones is international artist, sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy's first permanent commission in New York City. This living memorial garden of trees growing out of eighteen stone boulders was created by the artist, who welcomed Holocaust survivors and their families to plant the saplings in 2003. This contemplative space, visible from almost every floor in the Museum, presents the effect of time on humans and nature, representing the lifecycle in every way as the trees live and die. The sculpture is intended to be viewed again and again, and cared for by future generations.  The Museum will share reflections on the Garden of Stones by its creator and talk with caretaker Charles Day, who has been tending to the garden since 2004, about his work and experiences preparing the Garden for the coming generations.
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Jazz | Turkish Maqam & New Orleans Jazz (In Person AND Online)


Ahmet Erdogdular, vocals; Evan Christopher, clarinet; Eli Yamin, piano; Adem Merter Birson, oud, perform Pearl Beneath the Sea, focusing on improvisations. It will explore musical traditions' focus on bridging differences through art. The artists will reflect on the symbolism of the movement of melody, cultivated in the atmosphere of multiculturalism and universal spiritual harmony.
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Book Discussion | 2 New Books: The Shining / The Changeling


Writing professors Dorothea Lasky and Victor LaValle discuss recent work — Lasky’s book of poetry, The Shining, and the Apple TV+ adaptation of LaValle’s novel, The Changeling — with Jack Halberstam, English and Comparative Literature. Introduced by Deborah Paredez, Chair of the School of the Arts Writing Program.
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Lecture | Huzzah! Drinking with John Hancock During the American Revolution (online)


When John Hancock needed to win people over, he didn’t talk about resisting taxes or policy improvements; instead, he served alcohol. He offered rum punch and wine at his home and paid for lavish meals in taverns to bring people together. Guests included lower class men, French officers, and Black women and men. By throwing parties, Hancock gained social and political power among myriad groups, which repeatedly paid dividends. He was consistently elected to political office and when he smuggled madeira into Boston, one of the most memorable and violent mobs during colonial resistance defended him. In this forty-five-minute talk, Brooke Barbier will discuss an oft-ignored aspect of colonial life: the high rate of alcohol consumption. Lively and evocative stories and images illuminate the critical and complex role that alcohol played in the social, political, and cultural fabric of the American Revolution and how John Hancock used it to his advantage.
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Discussion | The Fifteenth Amendment’s Ratification in 1870 (online)


Coinciding with the opening of the Joseph and Rachel Moore apartment, Professor Ngai welcomes Eric Foner and Leslie Harris to discuss the Fifteenth Amendment’s ratification in 1870. This amendment was the third in a trio of Civil War amendments to the Constitution which freed the enslaved, granted citizenship, and guaranteed the right to vote. The conversation, streamed from a recreated 19th-century lager beer saloon, addresses their national significance and also examines the reaction to the amendment as experienced in the 8th ward, a Black and Irish tenement working-class district. New York City newspapers describe banners—”Out of Egypt Have I Brought My Children,” and “Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land”—that Black New Yorkers hung from their tenements. A fascinating conversation about American identity, race and belonging.
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Lecture | Unsung Victorian Women's Work


Allison Robinson and Jeanne Gutierrez, curators of Women's Work, a new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society's Center for Women’s History, will lecture on how they chose 45 objects representing how “women’s work” defies categorization. The show's highlights range from an 18th-century merchant's collection of fabric swatches to a brown paper delivery bag used during the COVID-19 pandemic. This talk will focus on the exhibition's 19th-century contingent, including a mahogany cradle, a birth certificate and indenture, a beaded pincushion, a medical kit, a lady's work table, portraits, and more. These objects demonstrate that women’s work has always been essential to American society and is inherently political: Women’s work is everywhere. Allison Robinson, an associate curator at the New-York Historical Society, earned her bachelor's degree at Yale and her PhD from the University of Chicago. Jeanne Gutierrez, a curatorial scholar in women’s history at the New-York Historical Society, holds a MA from the Bard Graduate Center and is a doctoral candidate in History at the CUNY Graduate Center.
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Film | Atlantique (2019): Out of Senegal


In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another. Director: Mati Diop Stars: Mame Bineta Sane, Amadou Mbow, Traore 106 min.
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Movie in a Park | Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver


Three parapsychologists forced out of their university funding set up shop as a unique ghost removal service in New York City, attracting frightened yet skeptical customers. Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver 105 min.
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Book Discussion | The Devil's Treasure: A Book of Stories and Dreams


In this searching biography of the writer’s imagination, Mary Gaitskill excavates her own novels, revealing their origins and obsessions, the personal and societal pressures that formed them, and the life story hidden between their pages. Using the techniques of collage, The Devil's Treasure splices fiction together with commentary and personal history, and with the fairy tale that gives the book its title, about a little girl who ventures into Hell through a suburban trapdoor.
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Reading | Washington Square Review Reading


Readings by contributors to the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program’s award-winning literary journal.
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Talk | Artist Talk: a todo dar


Virginia Grise discusses the evolution of her work as an artist, from panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa. The artist talk will include excerpts of her work and artistic practices for creating ecologies of care in the face of state violence, how we dream when our communities are under attack, how we create spaces for movement, joy and celebration amidst all of it - to study, think, work, collaborate, imagine and create together. This event will be moderated by Professor Fred Moten.
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Jazz | Matriarchal Legacy: Jazz and Discussion


The maternal bond is a very special, almost spiritual connection that can promote well-being and community-building skills in both mother and child. Explore the neuroscience behind the dynamics of the mother-child bond and learn about the control circuit of the brain which plays a role in this bi-directional relationship. This is a jazz concert and dialogue with multi-instrumentalist jazz musician, composer, and educator T.K. Blue; pianist Greg Murphy; and our guest speaker (and a musician herself!) Sarah Bennett, M.S., a Research Assistant at Columbia University. Sarah Bennett is a recent graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received a M.S. in Neuroscience & Education. Born and raised in New York City, she comes from a background in music and arts education and received her B.M. from NYU in Instrumental Music Performance, with a minor in Social & Cultural Analysis. Talib Kibwe, or TK Blue, is a saxophonist, flautist, composer, arranger, and educator. He has appeared on over 85 recordings and performed with such artists as Don Cherry; Jaki Byard’s Apollo Stompers; Abdullah Ibrahim; Miriam Makeba; Randy Weston, Archie Shepp; Dizzy Gillespie; Pharoah Sanders; Andy Bey; Regina Carter; Bobby McFerrin; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Jimmy Scott; Mal Waldron; Arturo O’Farrill–just to name a tiny few.
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Discussion | Nature Thinking: Artists Talk


A conversation between artists David Brooks, Sagarika Sundaram, and Michael Wang on the exchange and interdependence between nature and art. By going beyond the distinctions of culture and nature, this conversation will consider how artists are intra-acting with nature, inviting each other into the artistic process. Brooks, Sundaram, and Wang will discuss their artistic explorations and how they have been formed and influenced by the forces of nature. Moving from creative theoretical investigations to physical adaptations, the discussion will explore how cultural concerns are inextricably linked to the natural world. By considering artistic practices conceived with, by or through nature, they will reflect on the different standpoints artists can take to create works that align with the concepts of nature thinking.
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Musical | Skyward: A Musical of Ghostly Birds


Brooklyn-based composer, playwright, vocalist and La MaMa resident artist Truth Future Bachman deftly interweaves three of the most compelling cultural threads of our moment: musical theater, gender fluidity, and superhero/sci-fi parables. Bachman's ongoing Shapeshifters saga reimagines the othering of queerness as a gift, empowering their diverse, trans-human cast's epic adventures. This is the world premiere of Bachman's next great origin story within their multiversal mythos, Skyward. After birdwatcher Aria sights a flock of extinct animals within a great migration, the bird's ghostly songs awaken an avian adaptation that transforms her life forever.
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Book Discussion | A Conversation with Award-Winning Writer Melissa Febos


Melissa Febos is the bestselling author of four books, including Girlhood--which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and has been translated into seven languages, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. Her fifth book, The Dry Season, is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf. Her awards and fellowships include those from the Guggenheim Foundation, LAMBDA Literary, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The British Library, The Black Mountain Institute, MacDowell, the Bogliasco Foundation, and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Chamber Music by Grieg and More


Camerata Nova; George Manahan, conductor; Jaehyuk Lee, saxophone. Program Jeff Scott, Sacred Women Jacques Ibert (1890-1962), Concertino da camera Grieg (1843-1907), Holberg Suite, Op. 40
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Organ Recital Led by Grammy Winner


A recital featuring the organ students of Paul Jacobs — Grammy Award winner and Chair of the Organ Department at Julliard — joined by other Juilliard musicians and composers.
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Discussion | Protest! Mexico, Chile, and Brazil in a World of Dissent


This event examines current waves of protest in Mexico, Chilé, and Brazil to mark the publication of a new Special Feature on “The Many Faces of Protest: Rethinking Collective Action in a World of Dissent” in the journal Sociologica: International Journal for Sociological Debate. Speakers will examine the politics of art in Chile’s Estallido Social, rural protests in Brazil’s Amazon, and the Anti-Monument movement in Mexico as part of the issue’s focus on progressive protests and their transformative potential in times of deep uncertainty.  
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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: Allyson Vastano - Stand up Special at The Cube Luca Ferro - Nonna’s Basement Podcast Kelly Bachman - New York Comedy Festival
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Lecture | CANCELLED***The Neurobiology of Hate***CANCELLED


Myths, drama, and sacred texts have warned against the fragile nature of human love; the closer the bond, the quicker it can turn into hatred, suggesting similarities in the neurobiological underpinnings of love and hatred. In this talk, Dr. Ruth Feldman will present a theoretical account on the neurobiology of hatred based on our model on the biology of human attachments and its three foundations; the integrative oxytocin system, "affiliative brain", comprising the neural network sustaining attachment, and biobehavioral synchrony, the process by which humans create a coupled biology through coordinated action.
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Classical Music | Piano Works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, and More (In Person AND Online)


Sandro Gegechkori, piano. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Prelude & Fugue No. 14 in F-sharp Minor, WTC Book I Beethoven (1770-1827), Bagatelles for Piano, Op. 126 Liszt (1811-1886), Sonata in B Minor Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002), Sonatine Pour Yvette
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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