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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 20, 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 20 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 20 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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Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 28, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Morning Fitness

Tour | City Hall Tour for Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, City Hall Tour for Individuals

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
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10:00 am
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Tours, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Lesson | Become Certified in Mental Health First Aid


This 8 hour course will help you: •Identify signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses •Learn how to respond if you see these signs in your colleagues, friends, and loved ones •Acquire a valuable tool for professional development •Receive a certificate for becoming trained in Mental Health First Aid that is good for 3 yrs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Become Certified in Mental Health First Aid

Film | Three Strangers (1946): Sweepstakes Winners


According to an ancient Chinese legend, if three strangers come together before the Chinese idol, Kwan Yin at midnight of the Chinese New Year, she will grant their wish. The three strangers buy shares in a lottery ticket which changes their lives.  Director: Jean Negulesco. Starring Sydney Greenstreet, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Lorre.  1hr 32min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Three Strangers (1946): Sweepstakes Winners

Performance | The Day Harlem Saved Dr. King: A Theatrical Re-enactment


The event will include a re-enactment of doctors at the hospital operating successfully on Dr. King and saving his life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, The Day Harlem Saved Dr. King: A Theatrical Re-enactment

Workshop | Essentials for Job Seekers: Cover Letters


Looking for a job? Discover what tools to use to find vacancies, learn inside tips from a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist on where to find job postings and what HR is looking for in your application. Laptops will be first-come-first-served; bring your own if you have one. Also bring paper copies of your resume/cover letter, or have the file accessible via email or flash drive. Please do not arrive late interrupting the class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Essentials for Job Seekers: Cover Letters

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


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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Concerts, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Bach at Noon

Jazz | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


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. Yuka Aikawa is a jazz pianist, composer, and accompanist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Reading | Literature Workshop: Women of Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This session's theme will be reading and discussing female poets throughout literary history. Come for a discussion of great women poets across centuries--from Sappho, to Emily Dickinson, to Adrienne Rich, and more!and discussing contemporary American poetry published in 2017 and 2018. All literary enthusiasts are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Literature Workshop: Women of Poetry

Tour | Tour The Battery


A tour of The Battery, a 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan. Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 134,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Tour The Battery

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank 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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Tours, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Lecture | Accessing Financing for Your Business


We This program will review basic criteria, products, and options for small business owners looking to obtain financing. You will learn about: Debt financing, equity financing, crowd funding Key considerations and terms Additional resources.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Accessing Financing for Your Business

Staged Reading | Shakespeare for Everyone: Measure for Measure


Measure for Measure is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604. The play's main themes include justice, "mortality and mercy in Vienna," and the dichotomy between corruption and purity: "some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall."  The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the actors move around as much as they feel comfortable.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Shakespeare for Everyone: Measure for Measure

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


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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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

Gallery Talk | Gallery Tour: Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863)


The exhibition explores the confluence of art, love, science, and religion in the extraordinary art of Orra White Hitchcock, one of America’s first female scientific illustrators. White exhibited a prodigious scientific mind and abundant artistic talent at an early age. The exhibition traces her development from schoolgirl projects to highly accomplished renderings of the natural scenery of the Connecticut River Valley used in her husband’s many geology publications. Less well known are colorful paintings on cotton—some more than twelve feet long—that were used to illustrate her husband’s many college lectures on geology, botany, zoology, and anatomy. A tour of led by museum gallery guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Gallery Tour: Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863)

Classical Music | Campagnoli's Caprices for Viola


Violist Kristina Giles is currently recording and annotating all 41 of Bartolomeo Campagnoli's (1751-1827) Caprices for Viola. Published in 1814, this collection is a rare set of beautiful pieces written specifically for the viola, in a period when the instrument had yet to become anything but the middle voice of an ensemble. The virtuosic works are considered the violist's equivalent of Pagainini's (1782-1840) Caprices for Violin. Kristina will perform a selection of her favorite caprices on classical viola.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Concerts, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Campagnoli's Caprices for Viola

Park Walk | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
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Park Walks, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Heart of the Park Tour

Workshop | Be Creative with Crafts


A craft prgram for teens and adults. All materials will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Be Creative with Crafts

Film | The Canterville Ghost (1944): fantasy based on a novella by Oscar Wilde


For 300 years the ghost of Simon de Canterville, entombed alive by his father for cowardice, has been roaming his castle in search of a kinsman to free him by performing a brave deed. Directors Jules Dassin. Starring Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O’Brien. 95 min.
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Films, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, The Canterville Ghost (1944): fantasy based on a novella by Oscar Wilde

Film | Blockers (2018): prom night comedy


Meddling parents intervene when their daughters decide to lose their virginities on prom night. They attempt to stop them by following the girls during the night's various wild festivities. Director: Kay Cannon. Starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz & John Cena. 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Blockers (2018): prom night comedy

Film | Breaking In (2018): a thriller with Gabrielle Union


Shaun Russell takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside. The family soon gets an unwelcome surprise when four men break into the house to find hidden money. After managing to escape, Shaun must now figure out a way to turn the tables on the desperate thieves and save her captive children. Directed by James McTeigue. 90 mins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Breaking In (2018): a thriller with Gabrielle Union

Film | Tully (2018): comedy-drama with Charlize Theron


An overwhelmed mother of three and her husband hire a young night nurse to care for their baby. The nurse becomes a confidant for the woman, who is grappling with her identity as a wife and mother. Directors Jason Reitman. 96 min.
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Films, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Tully (2018): comedy-drama with Charlize Theron

Lecture | Imagining the Impossible: The DMZ as a Productive Territory


Architect and educator Dongsei Kim explores how the discipline of architecture and landscape architecture investigates the Demilitarized Zone. Through the prism of spatial design and with three concrete examples, Professor Kim argues for a reformulation of exclusionary border conditions into inclusive spaces that become synergistic and productive for both Koreas.
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Lectures, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Imagining the Impossible: The DMZ as a Productive Territory

Film | Resume Writing


Learn how to create a professional resume. Please be prepared with job history, education, and other important information and bring it with you to the session along with a flash drive.
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Films, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Resume Writing

Lecture | Constructing the Collegiate Sound: College Radio in New York City Since the 1960s


A lecture by Katherine Rye Jewell of the University of Connecticut. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the Q&A session. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Constructing the Collegiate Sound: College Radio in New York City Since the 1960s

Workshop | Human Chess


Play as your favorite game piece and navigate the chess board from inside at this Human Chess game, where chess becomes an embodied team sport. All levels welcome. Thursdays, September 6-27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Discover the fun and calming benefits of coloring. Color, relax and enjoy. Coloring supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials too.
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Film | Tully (2018): comedy-drama with Charlize Theron


An overwhelmed mother of three and her husband hire a young night nurse to care for their baby. The nurse becomes a confidant for the woman, who is grappling with her identity as a wife and mother. Directors Jason Reitman. 96 min.
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Films, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Tully (2018): comedy-drama with Charlize Theron

Workshop | Birding Tour


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.
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Workshop | Tai Chi to the People


A walk-in tai chi class with a curriculum tested at the Tai Chi World Cup. Breathwork, visualization, and body mechanics unite in this unique evolution of the Tai Chi system that gives practitioners something tangible to take with them in every class. Taught by former US Tai Chi Push Hands Team captain and World Cup silver medalist Jan Lucanus.  Thursdays, July 12-September 27, 2018.
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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Tai Chi to the People

Workshop | Cookbook club


Foodies club for everyone who loves excellent cuisine. Cookbook Club members will swap favorite recipes obtained from cookbooks, from grandma or family traditions and from the media. There will be a theme for each month.  In September the club will celebrate Italian food. Stretch your imagination and experiment using wonderful ideas and cooking methods to perhaps explore uncharted cooking territory. Please bring your favorite Italian recipe with you to the meeting or you can drop them off at the 2nd floor information desk before the class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Cookbook club

Discussion | Let's Talk Democracy


Would you like to understand the political system better and have the tools to improve it?   Join a community conversation to learn about how our federal, state and local governments are structured and how you can make an impact.  Empower yourself to make the changes you want by learning how the system works & what you can do to get government to respond to you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Discussions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Let's Talk Democracy

Workshop | Writing club


The intention is to provide artists in the community the opportunity to develop works-in-progress of writing pieces, theater texts, performance pieces and related projects. In addition to writers and performers, musicians, singers, dancers, etc., are welcome to participate.
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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Writing club

Dance Performance | 3 Site-Specific Dance Acts in the Heart of the City


This event is three site-specific commissions by luciana achugar, Laurie Berg, and Full Circle Souljahs (Ana "Rokafella" Garcia & Gabriel "Kwikstep" Dionisio). The artists will explore strategies for perception, amplification, and activism within the cacophonous landscape of the city. In New Mass Dance, achugar creates a site-specific procession inspired by the New Dance Group, a 1930s modern dance collective that taught classes near Times Square promoting social change through movement. In scape, Berg overlays a landscape of information over live performance via 3-D glasses, exploring Times Square as not just a place of spectacle and traffic but of visual messaging. Full Circle Souljahs' Behind the Groove is an homage to street and club dance trends from the '70s to today, giving visibility to an underground dance community long associated with Times Square. These three new works will be presented back-to-back so that audience goers can experience all three works on one evening or over the course of the weekend. 6pm: Laurie Berg 7pm: luciana achugar 8pm: Full Circle Souljahs Thursday-Sunday, September 20-23, 2018. Admission: Free
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, 3 Site-Specific Dance Acts in the Heart of the City

Opening Reception | Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue


This exhibition explores the aesthetic dialogue between Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957) and Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), two of the most inimitable and innovative artists of the twentieth century. Bringing together over 80 sculptures, objects, photographs, films, and drawings from an international array of public and private collections, as well as a selection of rare archival documents, this exhibition is the first of its kind in any American museum or gallery. Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue aims to enrich our knowledge of the personal and creative conversation that sustained these two utterly singular artists for years.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue

Opening Reception | Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes


The exhibition features nearly 100 vintage black and white prints that span the late 1950s to the mid-1970s. The show features McDarrah’s most iconic images alongside rare work from his extensive archive. The exhibition launches the publication of the most comprehensive survey on the photographer, Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes, published by Abrams, which includes more than 270 illustrations and an introductory essay by Sean Wilentz. This is the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition of McDarrah’s work.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes

Opening Reception | John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction


An exhibition of collages by John Ashbery (1927-2017), spanning seven decades of activity, allows new insight into the creative process of one of America’s most reticent poets.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction

Opening Reception | All in Between: Photography Group Show


An exhibition featuring the work of twelve different artists who use photography as an artistic medium. In a world so highly saturated with images, the need to consider what photography we can call art, both in its medium and production, has become urgent and imperative. In the last 30 years, the photograph itself has undergone the most dramatic aesthetic and technological change since its invention. These changes have occurred many times for commercial rather than artistic reasons.
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, All in Between: Photography Group Show

Opening Reception | Peasants, Clans, and Effervescent Absolutists!: Satircal Polyptychs of Russia'a Ruling Elite


Artist Anne Bobroff-Hajal's extensively researched polyptychs are satirical commentaries on how Russia's ruling elites have historically taken advantage of their unique geographic situation to amass and maintain power. She means for her art to honor and hopefully serve the dispossessed and forgotten.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Peasants, Clans, and Effervescent Absolutists!: Satircal Polyptychs of Russia'a Ruling Elite

Author Reading | Risk! True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share


Kevin Allison, host of the Risk! podcast and editor of the new Risk! book, will be joined by storytellers JC Cassis, JJ and more to read incredible true stories from the book and talk about how the book came together.
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Author Readings, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Risk! True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share

Author Reading | Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition


What does it mean to be a Muslim philosopher, or to philosophize in Islam? In Open to Reason, Souleymane Bachir Diagne traces Muslims’ intellectual and spiritual history of examining and questioning beliefs and arguments to show how Islamic philosophy has always engaged critically with texts and ideas both inside and outside its tradition. Through a rich reading of classical and modern Muslim philosophers, Diagne explains the long history of philosophy in the Islamic world and its relevance to crucial issues of our own time. In conversation with Katherine Ewing, Nabeel Hamid and Christia Mercer.
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Author Readings, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition

Author Reading | La Stanza Verde: Autobiografia di Sandro Manzo: Bridging the Italian and American Art Worlds


Fiamma Arditi's La stanza verde is the amazing journey in the art world and behind its scenes of Sandro Manzo, who founded the gallery Il Gabbiano in Rome in 1967, moved to New York in 1982 and created a bridge between Italy and American artists. In English.
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Discussion | Clean Community Presentation


Do you want to learn about safe and effective methods for rat prevention? Hear from the New York City Depoartment of Health and Mental Hygiene on rat prevention and the New York City Department of Sanitation on the issue of clean streets and sidewalks.
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Lecture | Towards a Decolonial Feminist Universalism


This talk argues we can make progress in three contemporary debates about transnational feminisms by a) clarifying the normative commitments central to feminism and b) rethinking the role of normative ideals in transnational political practices. These debates concern the purported tension between taking seriously critiques of Western imperialism and retaining feminism’s status as a normative doctrine. Speaker Serene J. Khader is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center and Jay Newman Chair in Philosophy of Culture at Brooklyn College.
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Lectures, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Towards a Decolonial Feminist Universalism

Lecture | A History of Embryos and Gene Editing in the Public Eye


The lecture will look at examples of embryo and gene-editing research, placing it in historical context and looking at changing public reactions. With recent calls for public engagement around CRISPR research in particular, and dispute about how we understand embryos, the talk will consider questions around which public, which science, and the how, by whom, and why of engagement efforts? Speaker: Jane Maienschein of Arizona State University.  
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Lectures, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, A History of Embryos and Gene Editing in the Public Eye

Lecture | Gender, Race, and Orality in Aphra Behn’s Othello


Miles P. Grier argues that Aphra Behn, the English writer from the Restoration era, turned to African womanhood in her short novel Oroonoko after considering the dilemma of Shakespeare’s Desdemona, whose ardent love for a blackamoor quite literally mars her body, damning her character. Through the tattooed black princess Imoinda, Behn attempts to invent a female figure who cannot be raped and whose character cannot be altered. The results of this experiment will be discussed in relation to the cauldron of New World slave society, the London publishing and theatre industries, and current Behn scholarship.
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Lectures, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Gender, Race, and Orality in Aphra Behn’s Othello

Concert | Performance Artist and Conjurer of Fiestas


Chiquita Brujita is a third generation Nuyorican Bruja, performance artist, and conjurer of fiestas. Best known for her eponymous line of prayer candles, she has worked in partnership with local institutions including El Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn Museum, and Bushwick's House of Yes. Through rhythm and dance, the evening will highlight the music, magic, and resiliency of Puerto Rico as it marks one year since Hurricane Maria.
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Concerts, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Performance Artist and Conjurer of Fiestas

Workshop | Yoga Outdoors


Perfect your downward dog under the trees at the 16th season of outdoor yoga classes presented by KeVita. A colorful selection of mats is provided by Gaiam.
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Workshop | Theater as Rehearsal for Life: group reading of a play


In this workshop participants will examine the basic elements of a play through group reading of Cesi Davidson's End Pieces. The play presents one family's experience with education, homelessness, and gentrification in Harlem. After reading the play, everyone will develop an outline for his or her own play that explores a contemporary community issue. The play development will be guided through writing prompts, visualization exercises, and improvising.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Workshops, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Theater as Rehearsal for Life: group reading of a play

Film | Grease (1978): Sing-Along with the Movie


Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the classic movie musical. Bring your best moves to participate in a hula hoop demonstration and contest before the screening. Sing-Along with the audience and the movie! 6:00 p.m.: Hula Hoop contest 7:30 p.m.: Movie screening
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Musical | Live performances of the twenty-minute musicals


Live performances of the “Across a Crowded Room” musical theater writing workshop. After participating in a summer of masterclasses presented by the Library, teams of emerging theater makers will present live performances of their newly written, twenty-minute musicals, followed by feedback from established theater professionals.
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Author Reading | Pulitzer Prize winning author discusses his new book: The Improbable Wendell Willkie


Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Levering Lewis discusses his new biography of the man who (almost) saved America’s dysfunctional political system and who (almost) unseated FDR. America 1940: a country poised between the Great Depression and a second Great War. Wendell Wilkie, a Republican businessman-turned-politician became the unlikely GOP presidential nominee and gripped the nation with a visionary agenda that transformed his party and, nearly, defeated our longest-serving president.  In The Improbable Wendell Willkie author discusses the story never told about a politician governed by principles who seldom allowed rigid categories to stand in his way. Willkie took on Roosevelt during one of the nation’s darkest periods, creating an unlikely alliance of supporters, including anti-big-government business leaders and black voters, who rightly felt excluded from New Deal benefits. He lost the race, but in the process proposed sweeping civil rights reform a full generation before the civil rights era, and championed a vision of America that would balance free enterprise with social responsibility.  Lewis, a professor emeritus of history at NYU, will be joined in conversation by Lewis Lapham, founding editor of Lapham’s Quarterly and the Editor Emeritus of Harper’s Magazine.
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Discussion | Exploring Lorraine Hansberry’s life as an activist and artist


A conversation with Dr. Imani Perry, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., and Alexsandra Mitchell, Reference Librarian and Archivist, as they discuss Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, the first of several new biographical treatments exploring Lorraine Hansberry’s life as an activist, playwright, public intellectual, and artist. 
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Lecture | The Tenuous Ties of Working Class Men


What can explain the decline in labor force participation among U.S. working class men, as well as their rising rates of suicide and overdose? Kathryn Edin, co-author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, examines issues playing a decisive role in our national discussion. Through the use of ethnographic and demographic data, she looks at the increasingly tenuous ties of the working class to work, family, and religion, plus white men’s perceptions that they have fewer prospects than their fathers did.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, The Tenuous Ties of Working Class Men

Workshop | Yoga Flow


Link mindful breath with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Please bring a mat. Every Thursday from June 7-October 25, 2018.
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Book Club | Jane Gardam's Old Filth


Long ago, Old Filth was a Raj orphan - one of the many young children sent 'Home' from the East to be fostered and educated in England. Jane Gardam's novel tells his story, from his birth in what was then Malaya to the extremities of his old age. In so doing, she not only encapsulates a whole period from the glory days of British Empire, through the Second World War, to the present and beyond, but also illuminates the complexities of the character known variously as Eddie, the Judge, Fevvers, Filth, Master of the Inner Temple, Teddy and Sir Edward Feathers. Jane Gardam is an English writer of children's and adult fiction. She also writes reviews for The Spectator and The Telegraph, and writes for BBC radio. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.
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Movie in a Park | The Greatest Showman (2017): Oscar-Nominated Musical with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams -- Outdoors


The Greatest Showman celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.     115 min.    You should arrive before 7:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, The Greatest Showman (2017): Oscar-Nominated Musical with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams -- Outdoors

Poetry Reading | Best American Poetry 2018 Reading


Series editor David Lehman and guest editor Dana Gioia headline an all-star cast of poets included in the book's launch reading, an annual rite of autumn in New York.
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Poetry Reading | 2 poets read from their work


Catherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced; The Game of Boxes, which was the recipient of the 2012 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and the new collection Human Hours (Graywolf, September 2018). Tracy K. Smith currently serves as U.S. Poet Laureate and is the author of four books of poetry: The Body’s Question, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; Duende, winner of the James Laughlin Award and Essence Literary Award; Life on Mars, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and most recently Wade in the Water (Graywolf, April 2018). She is also the author of the memoir Ordinary Light, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. 
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Poetry Readings, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, 2 poets read from their work

Author Reading | Journeys: An American Story: How Immigrants Have Enriched the Nation


America's story is the story of immigrants. Andrew Tisch and Mary Skafidas's new book of essays illuminates how the dreams and determination of immigrants have enriched New York and the nation. News anchor and essayist Deborah Norville, Tisch and Skafidas share their families' stories and others that inspired this powerful collection.
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Author Reading | 3 Novels by Asian American Women


Lucy Tan’s debut novel What We Were Promised explores the weight of family legacy, tradition, and self-fulfillment in a modern Shanghainese household. Crystal Hana Kim’s debut historical novel If You Leave Me masterfully chronicles feelings of love, loss, and hope between the family and a mother enduring the inconceivable stress of war. Vanessa Hua's sophomore novel A River of Stars extends the stories of immigrants navigating America and the transcontinental identity of her debut short story collection into yet another intricate mosaic of individual, human stories.
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Author Reading | The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading


Acclaimed author Edmund White about his life as a reader made his name through his writing but remembers his life through the books he has read. For White, each momentous occasion came with a book to match. But it wasn’t until heart surgery in 2014, when he temporarily lost his desire to read, that White realized the key role that reading played in his life: forming his tastes, shaping his memories, and amusing him through the best and worst life had to offer.
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Author Reading | New York Studio Conversations Part II: Twenty-One Women Artists Talk About Art


For this volume of the ongoing series, art historian Stephanie Buhmann conducted interviews with artists whose ages range from early 41 to 96. While the featured genres, processes and aesthetic approaches vary decisively, all participants have one thing in common: they work and usually live in New York. Conceived as a counter-balance to the notion of art as a commodity, which has spread in the media with ever-soaring auction records,the project further aims to provide a permanent forum for some of the inspiring female artists working today.
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Discussion | Curating Photography Exhibitions


Speakers Shelley Rice, Jeff Rosenheim, and Enrica Vigano will explore the challenges and pleasures of curating photography exhibitions, including, but not limited to, the research process.
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Lecture | Translating The Odyssey


The first woman to translate Homer’s Odyssey into English, scholar Emily Wilson “has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice” (The New York Times). In this talk, she discusses the challenges of making this ancient work feel alive, including formal decisions and bringing out Homer’s many voices.
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Screening | The Circus followed by a panel disscussion


A special preview of the upcoming miniseries The Circus. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring writer, producer, and director Sharon Grimberg and historian and author Dr. Janet Davis. The Circus explores the colorful history of this popular, influential, and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time. 
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Discussion | Relevant Tones Live: Vanishing City


In his book Vanishing New York, Jeremiah Moss argues that gentrification and rising income inequality are causing the city to slowly lose its soul. Seth Boustead, composer and host of WFMT Chicago’s Relevant Tones, hosts a live broadcast exploring the issue’s impact on music with Moss, Open House New York executive Director Gregory Wessner, architect and author of A Country of Cities Vishaan Chakrabarti, and NewMusicBox co-editor Frank J. Oteri. Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, Opera on Tap, and conductor Mila Henry will perform music by New York composers who flourished in a bygone, some say golden, era. On the program: music by cellist, composer, and pop music phenom Arthur Russell; a New York City–premiere choral piece by Julius Eastman (The Moon's Silent Modulation); and a forgotten gem by Tui St. George Tucker.
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Discussions, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Relevant Tones Live: Vanishing City

Performance | Antigone in Ferguson: Sophocles and Choral Music


Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, Missouri. Translated and directed by Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore, the project fuses a dramatic reading by leading actors of excerpts from Sophocles’s Greek tragedy with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens from Ferguson and New York City. The performance is the catalyst for panel and audience-driven discussions on race and social justice, the core component of the event. This multifaceted production will offer a glimpse not only into the effects of the tragedy in Brown’s local community, but also the trauma of police violence and racial injustice in communities of color in New York and across the nation. Local stakeholders and community leaders will participate as panelists, assisting in opening up dialogues with audiences. These guided discussions, which aim to promote healing and bridge the growing divide between law enforcement and local communities, will focus on the impact of racialized violence against communities of color, and the legacies of the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, as well as Eric Garner, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Saheed Vassell, and numerous other victims. The presentation will feature a rotating roster of acclaimed actors, including Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), who will reprise the role she portrayed in the premiere of Antigone in Ferguson presented on the stage of Michael Brown’s high school in Ferguson in 2016. Other cast members include: Paul Giamatti (Billions), Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: SVU), David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), Adepero Oduye (12 Years a Slave), Frankie Faison (The Wire) and Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). Each week will feature a different group of actors. Tuesdays through Saturdays, September 13-October 13, 2018.
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Classical Music | Experimental electronics, noise-pop, classical remix, and improvisation


Nimikry, an Austrian duo consisting of Alessandro Baticci, flute and Rafal Zalech, viola, strives to reinvent classical instruments with the use of technology. The band explores an extraordinary versatility of sound and creates a playground for innovative music creation that transcends the borders of both tradition and contemporary art, opening up new fields such as experimental electronics, noise-pop, classical remix, and improvisation. The band has performed in major festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen and Darmstadt Ferienkurse. This performance marks Nimikry’s New York premiere.
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Concerts, September 20, 2018, 09/20/2018, Experimental electronics, noise-pop, classical remix, and improvisation
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