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41 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on September 25, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Birdwatching |
Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot 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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8:00 am
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Birdwatchings, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Fall Birding Tour
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
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9:30 am
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City Walks, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
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9:45 am
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
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9:45 am
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City Walks, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Film |
Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson. When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. 136 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious (2017): Car-Stunt Adventure
Lecture |
With: Vladimir Khvalei, Partner, Baker McKenzie.
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12:10 pm
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Lectures, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Corruption Issues in International Arbitration
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
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Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
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1:00 pm
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus
Lecture |
World-class innovation and government leadership in the 21st century. How do government measures uplift entrepreneurship in Israel? A discussion on innovation, entrepreneurship and policy with Ambassador Ron Prosor. Ambassador Ron Prosor is the Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Prior to joining the IDC, Prosor served as Israel’s 16th Representative to the UN from 2011 to 2015. Before that, Ambassador Prosor served as the Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James’s after serving as the Director General of the Israeli Foreign Service. A prolific writer and commentator, Ambassador Prosor’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian.
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1:00 pm
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Lectures, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Israel: Turning Liabilites into Assets
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Harlem Tour
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Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
Film |
Stars: James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge, Broderick Crawford. A band of dishonest seamen plan a murderous mutiny aboard the S.S. Berwind. 84 min.
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2:00 pm
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Films, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Andrew L. Stone's The Decks Ran Red (1958): Unsavory Seamen
Film |
Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal. The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery. 122 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:15 pm
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Films, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Lasse Hallström's The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014): Restaurant Rivalry
Workshop |
Learn desktop publishing basics using Microsoft Publisher 2010. Topics include creating flyers, brochures, business cards, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Workshops, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, MS Publisher 2010 Workshop
Discussion |
A podium discussion presenting international thinkers and cultural practitioners that engage in a dialogue around research and design practices that enhance the role of design, art, and media creatives as prime drivers of change in society at large. Participants will discuss the balancing act of research and entrepreneurship, shedding light on how artistic practice can metamorphose and impact socio-economic currents as well as develop future lifeworlds. Reception to follow
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5:00 pm
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Discussions, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Poetry of the Real: How to Balance and Implement Research and Entrepreneurship in the Arts?
Workshop |
People have been practicing meditation for centuries and today we see a surge in its popularity as new benefits continue to be discovered. It is recognized how meditation can help the body, mind and spirit. Incorporating meditation into one’s life has many positive effects. Jim Rose, long time meditator, leads this inspiring program. Learn a simple meditation technique that can help you in all aspects of your life. Adults 18+.
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Meditation for Optimal Well-Being
Performance |
Prudence Wright Holmes performs her one-woman show. Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was of one of America’s most beloved but reclusive authors. In this  solo show, we learn of her close relationships with her father and her childhood friend,Truman Capote, until they both broke her heart. She never wrote another book. Until she did. Prudence Wright Holmes has appeared in the films Sister Act I and II, In Dreams, My Own Love Song, After.Life and God’s Pocket. On Broadway, she appeared in Happy End, Lettice and Lovage, Inherit the Wind, and The Light in the Piazza. She wrote and performed her critically-acclaimed solo show Bexley, OH! at New York Theatre Workshop. She is currently touring her solo show, Call Me William, the Life and Loves of Willa Cather as well as her interactive murder mystery, Agatha is Missing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Performances, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, The Secrets of a Mockingbird: A One-Woman Show on Harper Lee's Life
Talk |
This talk will explore Sikander’s pioneering practice that takes classical Indo-Persian miniature painting as its point of departure and challenges the strict formal tropes of the genre by experimenting with scale and various forms of new media. Informed by South Asian, American, Feminist and Muslim perspectives, Sikander has developed a unique, critically charged approach to this time-honored medium –– employing its continuous capacity for reinvention to interrogate ideas of language, trade and empire, and migration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talks, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Apparatus of Power: A Talk by Artist Shahzia Sikander
Talk |
Until recently Pauli Murray was an unsung figure in the Civil Rights and feminist movements. A poet, writer, activist, labor organizer, legal theorist, and Episcopal priest, Murray took on the key social and economic justice issues of her day. The subject of a new biography, Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, by Rosalind Rosenberg, Murray is now being recognized and celebrated for her legal and activist work in the service of freedom and justice, as well as for her more recently recognized work fighting for the lives of people who transgressed sexual and gender norms in her lifetime. Rosenberg is joined by Alexis Pauline Gumbs ’04, an independent scholar, and activist, and Sangodare (Julia Roxanne Wallace), a filmmaker, composer, theology scholar, and writer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, ‘Song in a Weary Throat’: Pauli Murray’s Life and Legacy
Other |
Join NYC's favorite spelling bee held under the canopy of the park's trees Obsessed with words, or curious if you can out spell the rest? Sign up for the annual al fresco spelling bees. Co-hosted by Olivia Petzy and Kevin Doyle. Must be 21+ to qualify.
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6:00 pm
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Others, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Spelling Bee
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park.
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, High Line Tour
Book Reading |
Ruth Zylberman talks about her debut novel about how the memory of Holocaust still haunts Paris. Thirty-six years after her mother was liberated from Bergen-Belsen, the novel’s unnamed narrator lives a comfortable life in Paris. Her mother sees ghosts at every turn, but she cannot reconcile her mother's trauma to the cheery bustle of daily life that surrounds them. A letter arrives from the Department of Missing Persons suggesting that the narrator’s grandfather is still alive. She and her mother begin a desperate hunt to find the truth and rid them both of their lingering ghosts.
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6:00 pm
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Book Readings, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Ruth Zylberman discusses her novel The Department of Missing Persons
Book Reading |
The book explores how social conservatism became ascendant in the Republican Party in the 1970s as the GOP shed its prior support for feminism in favor of an anti-feminist politics of “family values” (even in New York State, which had been a center of more liberal “Rockefeller Republicanism”). Taranto will focus on the white, suburban, Catholic women who made this migration possible and have propelled Republicans to victory on the local through national levels ever since.
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Book Readings, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Stacie Taranto discusses her book Kitchen Table Politics: Conservative Women and Family Values in New York
Discussion |
 For more than 200 years, the Statue of Liberty has stood in New York harbor, an icon for millions of immigrants arriving from abroad. Frequently evoked by artists and activists, the Statue holds diverse symbolism in American culture: a representation of protest and patriotism, of entrance to America and exclusion. The recent heated exchange between White House policy advisor Stephen Miller and CNN reporter Jim Acosta regarding the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed at the Statue’s pedestal shows the contested meaning and interpretation of the Statue in today’s immigration debate. This is a conversation with experts on the Statue’s place in the country’s complex immigration history, and use in current political discourse. This event will include a visual showcase of the Statue’s prolific images, followed by a panel discussion. The panel is moderated by James Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics, and Faculty Director of Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism. Featured speakers include: - Alex Aleinikoff, Director, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility - Julia Foulkes, Professor of History - Roberto Suro, Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Director, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, University of Southern California
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Discussions, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Statue of Liberty: Changing and Contested Meanings
Symposium |
Speakers include co-curators Cecilia Brunson (independent curator), Gabriela Rangel (Director and Visual Arts Chief Curator), Susanna V. Temkin (Visual Arts Assistant Curator), Yuji Kawasima (PhD. candidate, Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Ana Lenice Dias Fonseca da Silva (President, Projeto Leonilson), and Professors Jenni Sorkin (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Edward Sullivan.
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Symposiums, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, José Leonilson: Autobiography of a Brazilian Artist
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The 2016 U.S. Presidential election revealed the stubborn persistence of bigotry in the United States, and demonstrated that race continues to play a significant, if changing, role in how we define our communities, develop our public policy, and shape our democratic institutions. This talk brings together scholars, experts, thought leaders and activists to examine such issues as racial stratification, implicit bias, and the complex, intersectional relationships between race, gender, and class. What is race and how do we understand it today? How are demographic shifts driving wedges between communities and/or fostering pluralism? How democratic is our pluralist society? What is the role of racial divides in fomenting political partisanship? What impact does racialized discourse have on such issues as the social safety net, immigration, criminal justice, technology, voting, and urban policy? Speaker: Prof. Michael Omi, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California Berkley.
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Lectures, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Race in the United States: The Social Construction of Race
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In this talk, Julian Reid will discuss the different ways in which the poor are being put to work, in defence of a global neoliberal order, by global economic institutions concerned with constructing them as resilient subjects of that order, as well as by opponents of neoliberalism, in theories of social and political transformation concerned with galvanizing the revolutionary potentials of poor people.
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Lectures, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, 'The Water is Ours! The Earth is Ours!': A Pedagogy for the Anthropocene
Film |
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Saundra McClain. During World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children. 126 min.
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Films, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, James Ivory's Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990): Generational Conflict
Book Discussion |
A conversation on One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombia's Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, in honor of its 50th anniversary.  Panel: Carmen Boullosa, Novelist and Poet Edith Grossman, Translator Siddhartha Deb,  Novelist
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, One Hundred Years of Solitude: Celebrating Gabriel García Márquez's Novel at 50
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Recent years have been marked by both tremendous population movement and incredible anxiety in refugee receiving countries and in relatively non-receiving countries. The moment seems apt to reconsider the refugee as a political figure, following a line of discussion first opened by a previous generations of scholars who examined earlier periods of large-scale human displacement and dislocation. In 1943 Hannah Arendt published an essay entitled “We Refugees,” a reflection on the position shared by herself and other Jewish exiles from Europe as they lived with displacement. In 1995 Giorgio Agamben published a short piece with the same title, commenting both on Arendt’s earlier piece and on the configurations of borders, movement, and population control that were defining the post-cold war European landscape. What does the current refugee “crisis” tell us about politics in the twenty-first century. Drawing from the Palestinian refugee experience, this paper explores the refugee as an enduring figure, one central to the existing, and persisting, political order. It also considers refugees as political actors, who struggle within and against this political order to create livable lives.
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, The Refugee as a Political Figure for Our Time
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To inaugurate this season’s L.A.B. Ariel Goldberg, Aliza Nisenbaum, and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste discuss this year’s term relation.  The Kitchen L.A.B. (its acronym stands for “language,” “art,” “bodies”) invites artists, authors, and curators to unpack ambiguous vocabularies in contemporary art by responding to them both in conversation and artworks. Each evening creates a kind of hybrid event—and, over time, a hybrid audience—that underlines not only points of commonality among disciplines and generations but also, as important, real differences. This season draws from Édouard Glissant’s 1990 book, Poetics of Relation, in which he imagined an aesthetically and politically transformative form of relationality, seated in the Caribbean diasporic context, and laid the foundation for such important theoretical concepts as opacity and creolization.
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Discussions, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, The Kitchen L.A.B.: Conversations and Artworks
Talk |
The art history and visual arts department discusses the relationship between art and relevant issues of our times. In its third year at Barnard, Here/Say has invited seven individuals from a range of disciplines to consider ways that we frame the world around us, and how those actions, in turn, affect that world and our experience of it. Frames can be useful. Yet sometimes framing behaviors generate significant issues. The first conversation in the series features independent curator Jacqueline Mabey and artist Joiri Minaya. They consider the motivations and repercussions of naming and framing behaviors.
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Talks, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Framing, Part I: Conversations about Art
Poetry Reading |
Elizabeth Alexander and Maria Popova in conversation.
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Poetry Readings, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Poets Read: Elizabeth Alexander / Maria Popova
7:00 pm
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Plays, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Drama about friendship and rivalry
Tour |
For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on opening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom. Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater.
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Tours, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Ghosts on Broadway Tour
Classical Music |
Program: Milton Babbitt (1916-2011): The Crowded Air Elizabeth Ogonek: Ringing in the Quiet David Hertzberg (b.1990): Femminina, Oscura Founded by Mannes faculty composer Lowell Liebermann, MACE (The Mannes American Composers Ensemble) is a large ensemble which focuses on the music of living American composers. MACE not only presents works by iconic American masters such as John Adams and Elliott Carter, but also cutting-edge works by up and coming composers. The ensemble aims to embrace as broad a view possible of the incredibly diverse and vital landscape of contemporary American Music. This concert will be conducted by David Fulmer.
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Concerts, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, The Mannes American Composers Ensemble presents works by Milton Babbitt and others
City Walk |
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.
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8:00 pm
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City Walks, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
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Hosted by D'Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. Where New York's finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience.
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9:00 pm
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Concerts, September 25, 2017, 09/25/2017, Singers Space
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