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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 25, 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! 60 free events take place on September 25 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 25 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 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Morning Fitness

Workshop | Kundalini Yoga


Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Kundalini Yoga

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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Tours, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Lesson | Chinese chess


Strategy board game for two players. Learning, interacting and having fun with Chinese chess.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Chinese chess

Author Reading | China and Russia: The New Rapprochement


With many predicting the end of U.S. hegemony, Russia and China's growing cooperation in a number of key strategic areas looks set to have a major impact on global power dynamics. But what lies behind this Sino-Russian rapprochement? Is it simply the result of deteriorated Russo-US and Sino-US relations or does it date back to a more fundamental alignment of interests after the Cold War? In this book, leading expert on Sino-Russian relations Alexander Lukin attempts to answer these questions by offering a deeply-informed and nuanced assessment of Russia and China's ever-closer ties. Tracing the evolution of this partnership from the1990s to the present day, he shows how economic and geopolitical interests drove thetwo counties together in spite of political and cultural differences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, China and Russia: The New Rapprochement

Jazz | Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen


The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Concerts, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Film | Avengers: Infinity War (2018): a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics


The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo. 149 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Avengers: Infinity War (2018): a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics

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 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, 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. Deanna Witkowski is the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Book Signing | Gordon Ramsay's Healthy, Lean & Fit: Mouthwatering Recipes to Fuel You for Life


The definitive guide to eating well to achieve optimum health and fitness, by one of the world's finest chefs and fitness fanatic, Gordon Ramsay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Gordon Ramsay's Healthy, Lean & Fit: Mouthwatering Recipes to Fuel You for Life

Lecture | Ten Years On: Reflections on the Economic and Political Legacy of the Financial Crisis for Europe


A talk by Pierre Moscovici, the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Ten Years On: Reflections on the Economic and Political Legacy of the Financial Crisis for Europe

Lecture | Engaging Boys for Gender Justice


Speaker Dr. Urvashi Sahni of the Brookings Institution is a leading expert in school governance, curriculum reform and teacher training with a special focus on girls education and the use of technology in education. Sahni discusses her work with boys in her Prerna School in India. She will talk about how teachers can work to develop boy's feminist consciousness using critical feminist pedagogy so that boys learn to re-think patriarchy and the gender injustice inherent in its structure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Engaging Boys for Gender Justice

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 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

Workshop | Adult Colormania Club


If you're an adult looking for a fresh, new activity that will help bring stress relief to your busy life, try the new coloring club. Sitting down to color a picture can be effective as meditation in reducing stress.  Materials will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Adult Colormania Club

Lecture | Language Politics and International Relations: A Controversy Over the New Ukrainian Education Law


When the Ukrainian parliament adopted a new law on education in September 2017, this development was welcomed by civil society and Ukraine’s Western partners as an important part of the post-Euromaidan reform agenda. However, the new law provoked an outcry from neighboring states, particularly Hungary, as it drastically reduced the use of minority languages in the education process. Notwithstanding their warning that its implementation would jeopardize not only their country’s bilateral relations with Ukraine but also Ukraine’s European integration, President Poroshenko enacted the law, thus exacerbating the controversy. To understand why Kyiv supported a minority-insensitive law despite its predictable foreign policy repercussions, one should look at the domestic political context. Similarly, it is the domestic contexts of the respective kin-states that can shed light on their harsh response to Ukraine’s assertive move. Speaker Volodymyr Kulyk is a Head Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He has also taught at Columbia, Stanford and Yale Universities, Kyiv Mohyla Academy and Ukrainian Catholic University as well as having research fellowships at Harvard, Stanford, Woodrow Wilson Center, University College London, University of Alberta and other Western scholarly institutions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Language Politics and International Relations: A Controversy Over the New Ukrainian Education Law

Lecture | Neoclassical Music by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Poulenc


Prof. Joseph Straus (Graduate Center, CUNY) on "What the Composer May Have Had in Mind: Tonal Prototypes in Neoclassical Music by Stravinsky (1882-1971), Prokofiev(1891-1953), Shostakovich (1906-1975) , and Poulenc (1899-1963) ."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Neoclassical Music by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Poulenc

Workshop | Domino Club


Have fun playing dominoes!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Domino Club

Concert | Broadway Buskers Concert


Concerts present original music, hits from yesterday and today, and musical theater tunes with singer-songwriters who happen to be Broadway actors and composers. Tuesdays in August and September.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Origami experience


This sixty-minute session will help you experience Japanese origami art through verbal description and the physicality of a piece of paper transforming into a variety of shapes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Prisms in the Sky: The Architecture Around the Park


Focusing on the people, plants, and architecture of the park, this introductory course also covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. Bring your own camera. From Beaux Arts to glass towers, the architecture around the park reflects a rich procession from early NYC Deco skyscrapers to crystalline prisms such as the Bank of America tower. Working with New York-based architecture and landscape photographer Jade Doskow, students will learn about the history of the buildings around the park and then move onto a series of exercises in shooting architecture, making pictures both abstract and formal, focusing on the light upon the cityscape and the intertwining of the landscaping of the park with the structures around it. Students should bring their camera, lenses, tripod and or iPhone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Prisms in the Sky: The Architecture Around the Park

Movie in a Park | The Tango Lesson (1997): The Dance of Love -- Outdoors


A scriptwriter comes to Paris to work on her film. There she takes up tango lessons and forms a relationship with the dancer. Director: Sally Potter Stars: Sally Potter, Pablo Verón, Morgane Maugran 100 min. Come Early! Put on your dancing shoes and learn how to tango with Strictly Tango NYC Dance School. The dance school will bring you “the authentic Buenos Aires Tango feeling.” At 6:00 p.m. they will have a dancing lesson followed by the movie screening. Come with your partner or your friends, or come by yourself and find a new dancing partner! 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 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, The Tango Lesson (1997): The Dance of Love -- Outdoors

Author Reading | Bright Signals: A History of Color Television


Susan Murray explores an over forty-year history of the technological, aesthetic, industrial, and cultural development of color television, which was imagined and sold as a new way of seeing, an ideal form of modern American consumer vision that promised a spectacular send of proximity and immersion. She argues that color television was an incredibly complex technology of visual culture that reframed the very idea of television, while also revealing deep tensions and aspirations about technology’s relationship to and perspective on the “natural” world and our potential to extend human sight and experience.
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Author Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Bright Signals: A History of Color Television

Discussion | Diaspora and Movement: How They Shape Art


Ntozake Shange, poet, playwright, and visionary alumna, and artist-activist Sydnie Mosley discuss their art, movement, the collaborations that fuel their work, and the forces they've had to negotiate when creating it. Shange is perhaps most famous for her choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Producing experiential dance works with her all-women company, SLMDances, Mosley uses her art to organize for gender and racial justice.
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Discussions, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Diaspora and Movement: How They Shape Art

Lecture | Crisis of Capitalism in Turkey: From Neoliberal Populism to Corporate Nationalism


Turkey’s most recent currency crisis is only a symptom of an underlying debt crisis with structural roots. In the aftermath of the 2001 crisis, Turkey’s economy has been reorganized around an economic politics  that combined a neoliberal mode of governance with a financialized populism that aimed to enhance the  welfare of the society through increased access to credit. Today, as this neoliberal populist regime of accumulation falls apart, the Erdoğan regime appears to be having difficulty in managing the crisis. Speaker Yahya M. Madra currently teaches economics at Drew University, Madison, NJ.
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Lectures, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Crisis of Capitalism in Turkey: From Neoliberal Populism to Corporate Nationalism

Lecture | Bridging Academia and Activism Through Gender Studies


A talk on feminism and gender studies in Turkey today featuring Ayşe Gül Altınay, Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence & Professor of Anthropology, Sabancı University.
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Lectures, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Bridging Academia and Activism Through Gender Studies

Workshop | Writing Club: Writing from Images


An evening of free-form creative writing! No formal writing experience is required, just enthusiasm and curiosity to see where writing takes you. This session will explore writing from images, producing creative pieces prompted by images and art. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Meditation at the Library


Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm, and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga, meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment.
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Film | Poetry (2011): South Korean tragedy film


A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. Director: Lee Chang-dong. Starring Jeong-hie Yun, Da-wit Lee, and Hee-ra Kim. 141 min.
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Films, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Poetry (2011): South Korean tragedy film

Film | Historic Signs and Storefronts of Yorkville: a filmed walking tour


Historic Signs and Storefronts of Yorkville: Reminders of an Immigrant Enclave is  a filmed walking tour that celebrates the history and heritage of our neighborhood.
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Films, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Historic Signs and Storefronts of Yorkville: a filmed walking tour

Workshop | Vinyasa Yoga


This Vinyasa style class is designed to unleash your inner warrior. Light meditation and a Vinyasa flow will help students focus on linking breath to movement, building strength and increasing flexibility; all while calming the mind and relaxing the body. This class is open to all level practitioners from beginner to expert yogi. Please bring your own mat & towel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Vinyasa Yoga

Book Club | James Baldwin's Another Country


The 1962 novel is set in Greenwich Village, New York City, in the late 1950s. It portrayed many themes that were taboo at the time of its release, including bisexuality, interracial couples and extramarital affairs. James Baldwin (1924-1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. His unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award-nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro. Please read the book before arriving at the book discussion.
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Book Clubs, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, James Baldwin's Another Country

Talk | A composer and a librettist talk about their new opera


Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek thrilled audiences and critics alike in 2016 with the premiere of their opera Breaking the Waves. On the eve of the New York premiere of Proving Up, the creative duo joins Karen Russell—author of the short story which they adapted for their new opera—for a conversation about the project with Associate Dean and Executive Director Melissa Smey. Seating is limited and first-come, first served.
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Talks, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, A composer and a librettist talk about their new opera

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Guided 75-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Tuesdays and Saturdays, June 23 -September 29, 2018.
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Park Walks, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Discussion | Proving Up: A Conversation on the New Opera


Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek thrilled audiences and critics alike in 2016 with the premiere of their opera Breaking the Waves. On the eve of the New York premiere of Proving Up, the creative duo joins Karen Russell—author of the short story which they adapted for their new opera—for a conversation about the project with Associate Dean and Executive Director Melissa Smey.
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Discussions, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Proving Up: A Conversation on the New Opera

Workshop | HIIT Workshop


Veteran Donald Calliste leads exercises with varied tempos that send your body into fat-burning overdrive even after your workout is done. Please bring a mat. Every Tuesday from June 5-October 30, 2018.
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Workshop | Bodyroll Workout


Bodyroll is a 90s-inspired dance aerobics class designed to tone, strengthen, and train your body with slammin' moves and bangin' grooves that will getchu looking (and feeling) suppa duppa fly! Tuesdays, August 7-September 25, 2018.                             The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside Park South Manhattan Directions to this location   Cost Free   Event Organizer Summer on the Hudson Contact Number 311
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Book Discussion | 2 War Diaries by Italian Writer Iris Origo


New York Review Books Classics has just released Iris Origo's A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary, 1939-1940 for the first time in the United States, as well as her best known work War in Val d'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944. Panelists: Ben Downing, author Marisa Escolar, UNC Chapel Hill Katia Lysy, journalist and translator, granddaughter of Iris Origo Moderated by Rebecca Falkoff, NYU.
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. Featuring: Aurora Lagattuta Tyler Rai Jessica Sue
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Dance Performances, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Dance Works-in-Progress

Talk | Artist Talk


A lecture by artist and distinguished alumnus Pacifico Silano. Silano will discuss the range of his work including the re-interpretation of a multitude of sourced pornographic images into a series of poignant and sensitive visual narratives.
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Reading | 3 faculty writers read


Come one, come all o the fall 2018 First-Year Writing faculty reading, featuring essayists Nina Boutsikaris and Brenda Ray, and the poet Allen Strouse. Food and refreshments to follow the reading.
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Opening Reception | Legends Never Die: A Collective Memory: Photos of L.A. Latinx Culture


Since 2015, artist Guadalupe Rosales has been building an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera connected to Latinx culture in Los Angeles. Her projects exist as both archives of physical objects and crowd sourced digital archives, assembled on her widely followed Instagram accounts: Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz. Guided by an instinct to create counternarratives, Rosales tells the stories of communities often underrepresented in official archives and public memory.
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Opening Receptions, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Legends Never Die: A Collective Memory: Photos of L.A. Latinx Culture

Poetry Reading | 4 poets read from their work


With: Jane Gregory Jonathan Larson John Myers Brandon Shimoda
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Poetry Reading | Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry


Matwaala poets will read feminist-themed poems to showcase the different facts of our gendered lives in South Asia and in the U.S.
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Poetry Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry

Poetry Reading | Crosslight for Youngbird: Debut Poetry


Asiya Wadud's debut poetry collection explores the slipperiness of borders, as well as borders’ tentacles: mother tongue, language and mastery, citizenship and nationality, migration and flight. These poems are concerned with the demands we make on our body, the limits of those demands, and ultimately, how everyone inhabits space. 
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Poetry Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Crosslight for Youngbird: Debut Poetry

Author Reading | The Gold Pawn: Oldtime New York Murder Mystery


November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing persons case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game.
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Author Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, The Gold Pawn: Oldtime New York Murder Mystery

Author Reading | State Tectonics: Spies, Superpowers and Revolutionaries


Malka Older's State Tectonics concludes the trilogy that began with Infomocracy, the book The Huffington Post called "one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history," and named one of the best books of 2016 by The Washington Post.
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Author Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, State Tectonics: Spies, Superpowers and Revolutionaries

Author Reading | Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community's Quest to Reinvent the World


Many fantasize about dramatically changing their lives - living in accordance with their ideals rather than the exigencies of job, bills, and possessions. William Powers actually does it. He searches for balance, community, and happiness in a small town in Bolivia. Can this Transition Town succeed in the face of encroaching North American capitalism, and can Powers and the other settlers find the balance he's seeking?
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Author Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Dispatches from the Sweet Life: One Family, Five Acres, and a Community's Quest to Reinvent the World

Author Reading | A Terrible Country : a Russian-born American graduate student


Keith Gessen and Michael Vazquez talk about Gessen’s new novel, A Terrible Country, which follows a Russian-born American graduate student who learns how to navigate Putin’s Russia over the course of a year when he returns to Moscow to take care of his ailing grandmother. Keith Gessen is the author of All the Sad Young Literary Men. He is the editor of three nonfiction books and the translator or co-translator, from Russian, of multiple books including Voices from Chernobyl by Novel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich. A contributor to the New Yorker and the London Review of Books, Gessen teaches journalism at Columbia University. Michael Vazquez is a Senior Editor at Bidoun, an award-winning journal of art, culture, and ideas from the Middle East and elsewhere. He has been a curator-in-residence at the Delfina Foundation and collaborates often with the Colloquium at New York University. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, A Terrible Country : a Russian-born American graduate student

Lecture | Remaking Shores and Harbors


Laleh Khalili of the University of London will reflect on the processes of harbor-making that entail the transformation of coasts, seashores, subsea contours, and the very shape and flow of the seas. Such transformations harm ecosystems near and far. For instance they entail sand-mining, concrete manufacture, and production of aggregates: sand is the most traded world commodity by volume, while the production of one ton of Portland cement produces around one ton of CO2. But harbors also influence social lives in ways that subtly play havoc with the environment in the long run. The lecture will specifically focus on the ports of the Persian Gulf, one of the shallowest seas in the world, and home to a variety of warm-water marine flora and fauna.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Remaking Shores and Harbors

Workshop | Introduction to Meditation


This introductory meditation class was featured as a New York Magazine top pick. Room is set up with both meditation floor mats and traditional western chairs with back support. No special clothing or equipment is necessary. Tuesdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Introduction to Meditation

Performance | Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew


An exhibition of intimacy direction in rehearsal for a scene from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The event will include a Q&A session with the artists, with special focus on how intimacy direction is a perfect microcosm for workplace safety in all jobs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

Staged Reading | Night Before the Funeral: Life in the Modern Czech Republic


Night Before the Funeral is a new Czech play, originally produced in 2017 by the Svanda Theatre in Prague. A death in the family brings everybody home, but a brief peace is broken by family squabbles, politics, and life crises. The mother's new Iranian boyfriend and a spectacular public breakdown just increase the tensions. An examination of life, in all its complexity, in the modern Czech Republic. Untitled Theater Company #61 is a theater of Ideas: scientific, political, philosophical, and above all theatrical. Their shows mix tragedy and comedy in a manner inspired by classic absurdism, while often incorporating music, technology, and physical theater. Early defining events include their Havel Festival and Ionesco Festival, in which they produced their full works (with the participation and attendance of President Havel and with Ionesco’s daughter, Marie-France, respectively). They have received Critics Picks for their work from The New York Times, Time Out, and The Village Voice. Script: Natalie Kocab Translated by: Alex Zucker Director: Edward Einhorn Cast: Michael Bertolini, Tad, D'Agostino, Timur Kocak, Ann Moller, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Sandy York
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Staged Readings, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Night Before the Funeral: Life in the Modern Czech Republic

Film | Alicia’s Hands: a documentary on the life of Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha


The film, which provides a portrait of a life devoted to the pursuit of musical perfection, features André Previn, Maria João Pires, Martha Argerich, and Gerard Schwarz, among others, providing commentary on Ms. de Larrocha’s technique and her passionate approach to performance. In-person introductory remarks will be given at the screening by Alicia and Juan Torra, children of Ms. de Larrocha, whose “beautiful sound, amazing technique, and truly immaculate rhythm” (André Previn) has assured her place among the 20th century’s great pianists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Alicia’s Hands: a documentary on the life of Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Antigone in Ferguson: Sophocles and Choral Music

Classical Music | Piano recital


Huan Li and Zhu Wang, pianos. Praised for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism,” (The Durango Herald) pianist Zhu Wang is the first prize winner of the Second Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians and the Hilton Head Young Artist Piano Competition. He has performed across the United States and in China, Italy, Poland, and Japan at prestigious venues such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, and The Morgan Library. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Piano recital

Comedy Club | Personality Test Comedy Show


Featuring talent from UCB Character's Welcome, the PIT, Boogie Manja, and Magnet Theater.
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Comedy Clubs, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Personality Test Comedy Show

Discussion | The Book Review Section: An Insider's View


What makes a book review compelling? Is there still a strong correlation between good reviews and book sales? A lively panel discussion brings together some of New York’s most influential reviewers and editors, including Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, and Jonathan Segura, executive editor at Publishers Weekly. Panelists discuss the work they do, and the responsibilities they feel to their readers, and to writers. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, The Book Review Section: An Insider's View

Film | Spider-Man Homecoming: (2017): Web-Slinging Adventure with Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.


Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. Director: Jon Watts 133 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.
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Films, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Spider-Man Homecoming: (2017): Web-Slinging Adventure with Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Take a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled. Tuesdays, July 3-October 30, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Stargazing in the City
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