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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 12, 2018?

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 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! 70 free events take place on September 12 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out September 12 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of September . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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All events, things to do on September 12, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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Ready to work hard and sweat with NYC's newest skyline behind you?!  Ruel Davis returns for a new season of boot camp. This one-hour, intense class will challenge you, and keep you coming back for more. Every Wednesday from June 6-September 12, 2018.
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Fitness Boot Camp

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The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Boot Camp

Birdwatching |


Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. Led by Gabriel Willow, an educator from NYC Audubon, who is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City.  He has been leading walks for NYC Audubon for more than ten years, guiding new and experienced birders in all five boroughs and beyond. Wednesdays through October 10, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Birdwatchings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Bird Walk at The Battery

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Get your yoga on in the park this summer and fall with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Breathe, move, and stretch. Please bring your own yoga mat. Every Wednesday and Thursday from June 6-September 12, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Morning Yoga

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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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Tours, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. Non-reservation City Hall tours take place each Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, City Hall tour

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Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and by the verdant park, with its very special Hot and Cool gardens; each flower-filled and colorful throughout the season. All art materials are provided. Wednesdays through October 3, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Elements of Nature Drawing

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A quick-talking promoter who backs a dance marathon. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Mary Brian, Ruth Donnelly, Claire Dodd. 71 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:15 am
Free
Films, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Hard to Handle (1933) with James Cagney: a Depression-era dance marathon

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What is going on in the fashion business today? Mercedes Gonzalez will guide you through the real stories behind the headlines: There is no retailmageddon going on, unless you are a dusty chain or department store. Online fashion business sales are up yet profits need to be seen. Amazon will burn out before the end of this decade. Fashion shows and fashion influencers have little ROI and are a thing of the past. Sustainability is based on one’s perception. Small business Saturday is bad for business.  Mercedes Gonzalez is the Director of Global Purchasing Companies and author of Chronicles of a Fashion Buyer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, The Truth About the Fashion Business Today

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Conduction of science experiments allow not only for an individual’s natural curiosity to shine through, but also for “scientists” to better understand the world around them and the natural laws by which the world functions. Experiments will call for the “scientists” to hypothesize about what they predict will happen, teach “investigators” how to be capable of finding solutions to big problems, will involve communicating with their fellow “scientists,” and will be completed independently by the “scientists.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Having Fun With Science: Adult Stem Workshops

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The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Bach at Noon

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. Kuni Mikami played for 12 years with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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Vocalist Sheila Jordan and bassist Cameron Brown perform Jazz standarts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Midday Jazz: "a superb all-around musician and improviser" - Jazztimes.com

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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. Mondays through Thursdays
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

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The Jerome Robbins Dance Division has an ongoing documentation program dedicated to the recording of live dance performance and dance related events and panels. This new series will highlight a selection of these recordings, which date back to 1967. Dance Division staff will introduce each program, which will range from 60-90 minutes each.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Screenings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Documentary: The Jerome Robbins Dance Division

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Take a respite from your busy work day with a free concert presented by WQXR. Hear rising stars from The Juilliard School perform selections from classical music’s best-loved composers. Leave the emails, phone calls and work behind and settle in for an hour of musical serenity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, WQXR Presents Midday Masterpieces

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An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Southern Park Welcome Tour

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Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player. This lesson repeats every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Learn to play chess

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From 1565 to 1790, Africans surpassed Europeans among the roughly one million newcomers to what would become the United States. A majority of these nearly 360,000 men and women crossed in bondage. Centuries of local and federal laws related to the livelihood of black Americans have created a complex paper trail of genealogical resources. This class aims to provide introductory historical context and recommend basic research methods in the pursuit of African-American family history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, African-American Genealogy Research

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Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I’ve played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

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A naive hustler goes to New York to seek personal fortune but in the process finds himself a new friend. Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles. 113 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy (1969): 3 Oscars Won

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Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artists/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Wednesdays, July 11-October 31, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class

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Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book. Have you ever wondered how the experts on TV can look at an old book and know about its value? Do you have an old book? Do you wonder how much it is worth? If you want to learn more about what makes an old book rare or valuable, then join us as we explore the world of antiquarian books.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Learning About the Value of Your Books

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No experience necessary.  Just bring your love of poetry and your favorite writing implement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Poetry Workshop

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Rick Harris, focuses his illustrated conversations about film on Hollywood's Studio Era enlivening each session with numerous film clips.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Illustrated conversations about Hollywood

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An exhibition of Dada and Surrealist works on paper and photographs from the early to mid-twentieth century, featuring works by Hans Bellmer, Paul Citroen, Oscar Domínguez, Arshile Gorky, Wifredo Lam, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Francis Picabia, and Man Ray, among other artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, A Selection of Works from Galerie 1900-2000

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Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs. Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak. 63 mins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Three on a Match (1932): pre-Code crime drama

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The Un-Heroic Act is a concentrated survey of works by a diverse roster of artists representing three generations – and including Jenny Holzer, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono, and Kara Walker – which aims to fill a gap in the history of art, where the subject of rape has been represented by countless historical depictions by male artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.

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This presentation by Barbara Field will introduce you to Writing Life Stories, include a brief writing exercise and voluntary sharing of this work with the group. No writing experience necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Writing Class: Life Stories

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12 accordionists perform music from throughout the world at weekly accordion picnics. Experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. The park provides picnic blankets to borrow and beer and wine are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Accordions Around the World

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A workshop on how to make black gold a.k.a compost - a nutrient rich, soil amendment for healthy soil. In this hands-on workshop, learn about the science behind composting and how to use readily available ingredients to build a compost pile. Techniques for monitoring compost pile, testing for readiness, and sifting finished compost will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their compost stories to share. This workshop will be held outside. Please wear closed-toed shoes and and dress appropriately for the weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Composting 101: How to Make Black Gold

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Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage -- after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures -- Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Ayobami Adebay was listed by the Financial Times as one of the bright stars of Nigerian literature. The New York Times has described Adébáyọ̀ as "an exceptional storyteller", adding: "She writes not just with extraordinary grace but with genuine wisdom about love and loss and the possibility of redemption. She has written a powerfully magnetic and heartbreaking book." Please read the book before arriving at the book discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Ayobami Adebay's Stay with Me

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With local historian Jim Mackin.
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Tours, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Bloomingdale Neighborhood Walking Tour

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Randall's Island has a rich and unique history. Learn about the influential people, bridges, and landscape changes that have shaped the Island into the beautiful park it is today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Northern Randall's Island Historical Tour

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Dorian Gaudin (b. 1986 in Paris, France) is a New York-based artist who works in sculpture and installation. His installations often include masterfully engineered machines that lack any explicit purpose, yet move spontaneously, animated from within. These autonomous and unpredictable works of art allow us to question the nature of objects and whether we can engage with machines as active users or are in fact passive viewers. Gaudin’s work has been shown at Palais de Tokyo, Zurich and Paris; ISEL Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; and DUMBO Arts Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Site-Specific Installation and Wall Works

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An exhibition of recent paintings by Elena Sisto. This is the artist’s third solo-show with Lori Bookstein and her first with Bookstein Projects.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, As We Dream: Recent Paintings

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The New York City Urban Field Station brings art and science together with their Artists in Residence program to foster new ideas and programs about urban conservation, environmental stewardship, land management, and community resilience. By engaging artists in thinking about social-ecological systems and natural resource management, the program applies creative approaches to make complex systems and concepts more accessible. This exhibition highlights projects explored in a variety of media by UFS resident artists Katie Holten, Matthew Jensen, Mary Mattingly, Lize Mogel, Heidi Neilson, and Adam Stoltman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, City as Ecosystem: NYC Urban Field Station Artists Residency

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In Geneive Figgis’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. the artist synthesizes historical paintings, interior distortions and mythological planes to highlight her unique tincture of romance and melancholy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Flat Earth: Romance and Melancholy

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In this new body of work, Arash Fewzee presents 7 photographic lens-based works (both c-prints and ceramic pieces) that serve as an anchor for the performance, which lasts the entirety of the exhibition. Interested in the construction and reconstruction of systems, Fewzee’s performance is activated by both the viewers and the staff at Baxter St at CCNY, invoking moments of discovery and shift.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Seven Prints and a Performance

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Featuring ther work of Michael Bevilacqua and Louis Granet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, A Terrible Beauty: A Two-Artist Exhibition

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The exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to examine affinities in intention and imagery between works executed across a broad span of time. Endless Enigma will explore the ways artists have sought to explain their world in terms of an alternate reality, drawn from imagination, the subconscious, poetry, nature, myth, and religion. Works on view range from fourteenth-century gargoyles from France; masterworks from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Herri met de Bles, Hieronymus Bosch, Piero di Cosimo, and Titian; seventeenth- and eighteenth-century works by Damiano Cappelli, Pietro Novelli, and Salvator Rosa; nineteenth-century works by William Blake, James Ensor, Francisco Goya, Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, and James Ward; and works from the twentieth century to the present day by Eileen Agar, and Lisa Yuskavage, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art

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Stephanie Pfriender Stylander's The Untamed Eye is a book of fashion and celebrity photographs will be published by MW Editions in early September 2018. The lavish photo book, features Pfriender Stylander’s cinematic-style work for such magazines as Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, British GQ, French Glamour, and Interview from 1990-2006, includes images of Nicole Kidman, Keith Richards, Heath Ledger, and more. Kate Moss graces the cover.
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Book Signings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, The Untamed Eye: Celebrity Photos

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From the author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning comes Katerina, James Frey’s highly anticipated new novel set in 1992 Paris and contemporary Los Angeles.
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Book Signings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Bestselling author James Frey signs copies of his book Katerina

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Proustian Anka Mulhstein will talk about the importance of books for the characters of In search of Lost Time. Proust is unable to create a character without putting a book in his hands and thus gives literature an actual role to play in his work.
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Discussions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Proust and literature

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There are great challenges in implementing successful education interventions, especially in less-resourced areas full of a diverse range of mother tongues. Pencils of Promise have recently strived to have a better understanding of how we should be interpreting the impact of our literacy-focused programming given the various contexts in which we work across Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos. During this panel discussion, members from Graphite: Impact Council, a group of industry leading professionals who consult and advise impact at Pencils of Promise, will share their perspective on these challenges that so many global organizations face. Panelists: Rachel Cooper, Education Consultant at the World Bank Sarah Favreau, Enterprise Account Director at General Assembly Emmanuel Novy, Director of Education Program at Sesame Workshop Ana Seastone Stern, Director of Program Operations at Lit World
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Discussions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Defining Literacy at the Primary Level in the Developing World

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Spiral Music presents acoustic music at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. This week Tomchess and Roshni Samlal are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Spiral Music: Sounds from the Himalayas and South Asia

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Shake off the stress of work and join others for some friendly competition at drop-in volleyball. This is an after-work volleyball game for adults. They will provide the scorekeeper and the ball and will instruct newcomers in the basics of the game. A great opportunity to meet new friends!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Volleyball After Work

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Julio Cortes is a movement teacher with over 30 years of martial and movement arts experience, specializing in Taijiquan. Taijiquan, also known as Taichi ch’uan, or Taichi, is an internal movement art that includes all of the following: fighting, self-defense, weapons, mental development, meditation, health and healing. The last three are what it is best known for now. In this class students will develop greater body/mind awareness, strength, range of motion, coordination and balance while learning how to move gracefully. Specifically, we will practice a basic warm-up and learn the first set of a powerful and rare long form taught in Asia. Suitable for any age and body condition, this a great opportunity to learn one of the best regarded and most popular body/mind practices in the world. Wednesdays, July 18- October 17, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Evening Tai Chi

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Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the bod and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. Wednesdays, July 11-September 26, 2018.
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Sunset Yoga

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This seminar will feature speakers: Steven Lukes, New York University Karuna Mantena, Yale University Ann Stoler, The New School Bernard E. Harcourt, Columbia University Reading and discussing: Truth and Politics by Hannah Arendt Praxis and Action: Contemporary Philosophies of Human Activity by Richard Bernstein as well as a short selection from Theory and Practice: History of a Concept from Aristotle to Marx by Nicholas Lobkowicz
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:15 pm
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Book Discussions, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, A Discussion of Hannah Arendt's Truth in Politics and Other Books

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Fred Moten is a poet, literary theorist, and Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. His books of poems include The Feel Trio, The Little Edges, and The Service Porch. A finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, he is the author of B Jenkins,  In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, and coauthor of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study. A monumental trilogy of essays - Black and Blur, The Universal Machine, and Stolen Life - just appeared from Duke University Press under the collective title, “consent not to be a single being.”
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Poetry Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Poet reads from and discusses his work

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The untold story of a New York legend. Discover the book with its editor, Christopher Richards, and New Yorker critic Hilton Als. When famed fashion and society photographer Bill Cunningham died in 2016, he left behind not only an incredible archive of New York Times columns and photographs, but two identical copies of a secret memoir that he apparently hoped someone would find. His family discovered it, and now the book, Fashion Climbing, the title given to it by Cunningham himself, will be published this fall. The Library celebrates its release with the book’s editor, Christopher Richards, and New Yorker critic Hilton Als, who wrote its preface. Dive into Cunningham’s never-told story, from his youth in lace-curtain Irish Boston, to his early and odd work as a milliner, through his decades-long tenure at the New York Times, where he became the definitive eye casting itself upon the city’s most stylish characters.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Fashion Climbing: The Secret Memoir of Bill Cunningham

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Sexual violence has become a topic of intense media scrutiny, thanks to the bravery of survivors coming forward to tell their stories. But, unfortunately, mainstream public spheres too often echo reports in a way that inhibits proper understanding of its causes, placing too much emphasis on individual responsibility or blaming minority cultures. In this powerful and original book, Linda Alcoff aims to correct the misleading language of public debate about rape and sexual violence by showing how complex our experiences of sexual violation can be.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Rape and Resistance: The Language of Sexual Violence

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Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Elon Musk, Dean Kamen, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, and Steve Jobs made some spectacular breakthroughs. But not only through intellect—it was arguably their personal, social, and emotional quirkiness that enabled true genius and repeated successes. Melissa A. Schilling shares the science behind the convergence of these traits and explains how we each can encourage breakthrough innovations in the way we run organizations, manage people, and even how we raise our children. Melissa A. Schilling, the John Herzog Family professor of management and organizations at New York University's Stern School of Business, will be joined in conversation by Justin Fox, a columnist for Bloomberg View and the author of The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Quirky: what we can learn from 8 great innovators

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In Drums of Illumination, Alessandra Belloni unites two great cultures: the powerful Native American and the passionate Southern Italian, for a journey back in time into a world of ritual drumming, voice and trance dances. The evening will feature Tarantellas from Southern Italy, including the authentic Pizzica Tarantata, a healing trance dance from Puglia used to cure the bite of the tarantula (a myth that dates back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus), healing chants and drumming in honor of the Black Madonna and the Goddess of Love and the Sea; Native American ritual singing and drumming, love songs, warrior dances, and the amazing Indian hoop dance, performed by Josephine Tarrant.  Featuring: Alessandra Belloni, vocals, percussion, ritual dance Peter Abazia, drumset Joe Deninzon, violin Francesca Silvano & Peter de Geronimo, ritual dancers Kevin Tarrant, lead vocals, pow wow drum Murielle Borst, vocals, drums Josephine Tarrant, vocals
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Drums of Illumination: Southern Italian & Native American Ritual Drumming and Dance

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Yoga is back as a summer offering twice a week. Open for all ages. Bring your own mat or borrow one while supplies last, first come first served.
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Yoga Downtown

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End your day with Hatha yoga led by Hollis in a beautiful sunset setting. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. Every Wednesday from June 6-September 26, 2018.
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Yoga: Evening Salute to the Sun

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Take your workout to our waterfront! This exercise class returns for its 20th anniversary season, giving you opportunities to get fit. Wednesdays, June 27-September 12, 2018.
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Workshops, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, HIIT Workout with lululemon

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On the occasion of the publication of Exact Thinking in Demented Times by Vienna-based mathematician Karl Sigmund, this is a presentation of the English premiere of the film Einstein's Vienna. The 45-minute TV documentary is based on Sigmund's dazzling group biography portraying the members of the Wiener Kreis. This group of intellectuals and scientists frequently met in the 1920s and 1930s and deeply influenced the intellectual history of the twentieth century. Following the screening, Karl Sigmund, one of the pioneers of evolutionary game theory, will be joined in conversation by the award-winning cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, who wrote the foreword to Sigmund's publication and played a cameo role in the film.
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Screenings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Einstein's Vienna: Intellectuals and Scientists

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Carol Anderson chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

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Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Moore will be joined by Yahdon Israel, creator of Literaryswag and host of the Literaryswag Book Club.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, She Would Be King: Liberia's Early Years

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Joanne Freeman and Eric Foner discuss her new book, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, in which she brings to light the history of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress in the decades preceding the Civil War and the consequences of that violence for the state of the Union. Joanne Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is the author of Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic and the editor of The Essential Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton: Writings. She is a co-host of the history podcast BackStory. Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University. He is one of just two persons to serve as president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians. He is the author of multiple award-winning books including The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, for which he won the Bancroft Prize, the Pulitzer Prize for History, and the Lincoln Prize.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

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In Blair Hurley's novel, Nicole Hennessy’s life revolves around her Zen practice at the Boston Zendo, seeking spiritual solace in the tenets of Buddhism. After a decade of grueling spiritual practice under her master’s tutelage, Nicole has become sexually and emotionally entangled with her mentor. To break free, she must retrace her entire life’s journey–from her strict Irish Catholic upbringing to her drug-fueled year as a teenage runaway. Even as she reinvents herself in New York City, her master’s intoxicating voice pursues her, whispering dangerously in her ear. Somehow, he knows everything.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, The Devoted: Breaking Free of Her Master

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Drawing on twenty years of studying Tibetan Buddhism, psychotherapy and neuroscience, Miles Neale is delighted to share his insights on the path of becoming fully human. He will be joined by sound healer Philip Jacobs for a guided visualization and sound bath and Ashtanga yoga pioneer Eddie Stern will perform a Ganesha puja to bless the book for its world tour and for your onward spiritual journey.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human

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Richard Holbrook hosts and performs along with singer Shana Farr and pianist Darryl Kojak. They are joined by musical theater historian Robert Kimball, singer-actress Margot Moser, and annotator Amy Asch to discuss Asch's book The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, the definitive reference of some of the most beloved songs in Broadway and Hollywood history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Alan Jay Lerner: A Centennial Celebration with Music and Discussion

Movie in a Park |


A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university. Director: Charles Stone III 118 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.
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Movie in a Parks, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Drumline (2002) with Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones

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Get a fresh perspective on today’s most pressing issues at a special screening and talk-back with some of the great minds behind VICE.  
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Screenings, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, VICE Media Watch & Learn

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In the wake of trauma and abuse, three Hasidic Jews face ostracism, anxiety and danger as they attempt to leave their ultra-Orthodox community. Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady A special screening of the Netflix Original documentary followed by a Q&A with the film's cinematographer, Jenni Morello. The documentary will be preceded by the short film series Dreamed, about DACA immigrants navigating the current political climate, created by Raúl Paz-Pastrana.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Films, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, One of Us (2017): Ostracism in the Hasidic Community

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Karma's foster brother, Terrell, has gone missing, and she's trying to find him amidst the inner city chaos that is The Oblong – but his teacher can't remember his name, his foster mom is still cashing his reimbursement checks, and his ex is glad he's gone. Where's the police, where are the reporters? Karma seems to be the only one who cares, but the more she looks, the more she realizes that in The Oblong, caring only means trouble. Written by Jonathan Payne. Recommended for ages 14 and up. This piece contains violence and strong language.  September 7-12, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Plays, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd Searching for a Lost Brother
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