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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 9, 2023?

42 free events take place on Saturday, September 9 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out September 9 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!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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42 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, September 9, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Crossword Tournament in the Park
free events nyc Outdoor Art Exhibit
free events nyc Contemporary Games Social
free events nyc Silent Clowns Film Showcase
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Film | Beat Street (1984): dance drama


At the forefront of early hip-hop culture, DJ Kenny Kirkland, his B-boy brother Lee, and graffiti artist Ramon all have hopes of showcasing their talents outside the confines of the South Bronx. When Tracy Carlson, a composer and choreographer, runs into Kirkland and Lee at one of Manhattan's hottest nightclubs, she offers Lee an opportunity to perform on TV. However, the crew has a long way to go before achieving their dreams. Director: Stan Lathan Cast: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, Jon Chardiet, Leon W. Grant, Saundra Santiago, Robert Taylor, Lee Chamberlin, Mary Alice, Shawn Elliot, Jim Borrelli, Dean Elliott, Franc Reyes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Hike | Fantastic Fungi Hike


September is National Mushroom Month, and the park is a fantastic place to take a leisurely-paced hike in search for mushrooms and other fungi. From amanita and boletes to slime molds, you could potentially spot a wide variety of fungi.      
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Fishing Clinic


Learn how to bait a hook, drop a line, and maybe even reel up a fish. Guided by an education team, learn the basics of rod-and-reel fishing while catching-and-releasing some of the park’s finest.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Kayaking in the Park


Glide along the water this summer and fall! Kayaking is offered throughout the summer. All levels are welcome including first-time kayakers - life vests and all equipment provided, as well as instruction. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Moves with Limon Dance


Move to live accompaniment and experience the joy of dance with dancers from the Limon Dance Company. Open to all levels and ages - no experience required. Bring friends, family, water on hot days, and enjoy dancing on the grass. Class meets on the northeast corner of the lawn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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10:00 am
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Opening Reception | Helen Mirra: green holotrope


For green holotrope, Helen Mirra shares a selection of new and revised works. Explicit in the project is a possible answer to the existential question of how to meet things. Objects, sounds, and methods fold and realign; prior works get edited, put into new arrangements, or remade with a method of subtraction that sometimes looks like addition. Here, a compelling case is made that less is not more, nor is it less. When works and thoughts return, it is in the visible cycles of their repetition, and the space generated between occurrences, where we might find patterns for holding future and past equally within the present. Breakfast reception: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm with an exhibition walkthrough at 11:30 am
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Birdwatching | Bird Migration Celebration


Enjoy the annual celebration of all the creatures that migrate through and pass by the park. The morning will feature a host of activities presented by several guest environmental organizations working to make our city more sustainable to migrators. Featuring : Duro UAS Island Bee Project American Littoral Society SCAPE landscape architects BPCA Zero Waste Plus: A discovery zone, art making, birdwatching, nature walk, and so much more. 10:30AM: ART MAKING & ACTIVITIES 11:45 PM: BIRDWATCHING / NATURE WALK
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshop | Crossword Tournament in the Park


Crossword Tournament solvers will compete on three original puzzles by crossword guru Mike Shenk, with scoring based on accuracy and speed. The top three will move to a final round. Prizes will be award to the top three finishers in two skill divisions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshop | Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness


A fun dance fitness class. Colorful outfits are encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Festival | Community Day


A fun-filled day with live performances from LES Creative People In Action, free food, a bubble show from Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, fun activities with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Play Mobile, arts and crafts with Abrons Arts Center, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Talk | Forging Maritime Metals: Metalworking Demonstrations


Metalworking demonstrations that delve into the crucial role of blacksmiths during the Age of Sail, both on land and aboard ships at sea. These events will spark interest into the maritime blacksmithing trade and provide visitors with insight into the construction and maintenance of historic vessels, like the 1885 tall ship Wavertree. Professional metalworker Barry Greene will enlighten viewers about the tools and materials employed by smiths. Through live showcases, he will demonstrate the historical art of crafting rivets, spikes, and various tools while highlighting modern reproductions of intriguing artifacts from the Museum’s collection. Witness the creation of vital components that held hulls together. In addition, you will learn about the diverse array of tools created by blacksmiths such as those utilized by the ship’s carpenter, pots and utensils employed by the cook, harpoons and knives used by whalers, and even colossal anchors like those near Bowne & Co. Stationers. With such a rich history to explore, these experiences promise an immersive journey into the blacksmiths of maritime past and present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concert | Indieplaza Music Festival


A thoughtfully curated lineup of artists, a band merchandise market, hands-on workshops, family and kids programming, food and beverage, and more. Nation of Language will headline in advance of their highly anticipated third album Strange Disciple. Indieplaza will also spotlight some of the most buzzy, up-and-coming artists in music today including Shoegaze Punks; Narrow Head; indie rock & pop duo, Video Age; Cali garage rockers, Death Valley Girls; Long Island hardcore band, Crime In Stereo; Electronic pop chameleon, DEBBY FRIDAY, and many more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Screening | Open-Air Viewing of the U.S. Open


Is ESPN’s tennis coverage still unavailable on your Spectrum cable package due to ongoing negotiations between Charter Communications and Disney? Craving one more end-of-summer picnic? This event offers free, big-screen viewing of upcoming U.S. Open matches during the day and under the stars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Festival | Outdoor Art Exhibit


This event will feature more than 50 artists and craft artisans in all mediums. One of New York City's largest and most beloved annual art events features a wide range of items on sale directly from the artists themselves. An incredible and eclectic mix of paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, glass and mixed media will be on display and available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Concert | Eastern European Folk with a Jazz Aesthetic -- Outdoors


This fiddle-forward fusion band blends Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy dance music with a convivial jazz aesthetic. Inspired by fiddling folk bands of Romania and Hungary, Sedi Donka will get you tapping your toes to odd-meters and singing along in a myriad of languages!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | 2 Folk Art Exhibition Tours


Tours of What That Quilt Knows About Me and Material Witness: Folk and Self-Taught Artists at Work, offering new insights to works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Marching, Fighting and Dying: Life in Wellington's Army in the Peninsula (online)


Author Gareth Glover is an ex-Royal Navy officer, who has made a study of the Napoleonic Wars for over forty years. He is now regarded as the foremost expect on the archival records of the British militry in the Napoleonic war.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Contemporary Games Social


Play your favorite contemporary board games every Saturday afternoon. Featured games include but are not limited to Chameleon, Wavelength, Avalon, Parade, Splendor, Century Spice Road, Mountain Goats, No Thanks, Codenames, Werewords, Spyfall, Azul, Letter Jam, Dixit, In Kahootz, and Captain Sonar. A new game will be selected each week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Discussion | Using the Sonic in Visual Art


Artists Ivan Forde, Kathleen Granados, Carlos Jesus Martinez- Dominguez/FEEGZ, Carl Hancock Rux, and Dianne Smith join Wallach Gallery Director and Chief Curator Betti-Sue Hertz for a discussion about the incorporation of the sonic into their visual art and/or media works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Party | Block Party


A celebration of the people and places of the Village. There will be free music, games for children and adults, live art classes, face painting and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Island Bird Tour


Nearly 240 bird species have been spotted on Governors Island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the birdlife the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. 
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2:00 pm
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Talk | Meet the Beekeeper


Have you ever seen the magic that goes on inside a beehive? Immerse yourself in this rare opportunity to learn the secrets and wonders of bees. Meet the gentle worker bees making honey, see firsthand that bees are gentler than you may have imagined, and if you’re lucky, say hello to the Queen Bee! Led by a Bee Conservancy’s staff beekeeper, this hive dive will give an up close and personal view of colony life in TBC’s Bee Sanctuary. It will also highlight the bee world beyond honey bees, who only make up 8 of the world’s 20,000 bee species! Learn about cavity nesters, ground nesters, and conservation steps you can take to help all bees and their habitats. You will leave the experience with a deeper appreciation for the tireless and impactful work of bees, which pollinate 1 in 3 bites of food we eat and 80% of the world’s flowering plants.
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2:00 pm
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Screening | Silent Clowns Film Showcase


Silent Clowns, New York's longest-running regularly scheduled silent film showcase hosts an afternoon of hoots and hijinks! Presenting the silent comedies of Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Lloyd, and many others, all with live musical accompaniment by renowned silent-film accompanist Ben Model. Every program features a spoken introduction and Q&A by film historians Steve Massa and Model. For classic-film fans young and old alike! Alice Howell was one of the great silent clowns of the silent screen - a frizzy-haired forerunner of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett - who combined feminine delicacy with out and out slapstick rough-house. Entering films in 1914, she quickly became so popular with the character of a slightly addled working- class girl, that she was launched into her own starring series. The program includes Distilled Love (1920), Her Lucky Day (1920), A Convict's Happy Bride (1920), and Under a Spell (1925). Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Elizabeth Downer Riker: Art About Climate Change


Elizabeth Downer Riker’s exhibition features her oil paintings that offer an ironic critique of the devastating effects of climate change. Her sculptures highlight the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our lives and our oceans. And her video work offers hope for a way forward by looking to the past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free

Screening | Open-Air Viewing of the U.S. Open


Is ESPN’s tennis coverage still unavailable on your Spectrum cable package due to ongoing negotiations between Charter Communications and Disney? Craving one more end-of-summer picnic? This event offers free, big-screen viewing of upcoming U.S. Open matches during the day and under the stars.
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Bony Ramirez: Tropical Apex


Since moving to the United States at thirteen, Bony Ramirez has never returned to the Dominican Republic. He owns no photographs of his childhood there but has vivid impressions of its colors and textures. Today, living in Harlem and working in Jersey City, Ramirez celebrates Caribbean culture through paintings and sculptures of these reconstructed memories. Ramirez’s work is populated by a taxonomy of symbols and motifs that seeks to broaden the understanding of Caribbean history, culture and traditions. Seashells, coconuts, machetes, horns, wood, chains and hardware materials are signifiers used to grasp the Caribbean’s cultural complexities, colonial history and the toughness that lies beneath its paradisiac surface. Ramirez resorts to magical realism to keep his childhood memories alive, a strategy that he connects to the experience of Caribbean immigrants growing up in the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Distortions: Moscow Conceptualists Working Today


Moscow Conceptualism began as an alternative underground art world in the late Soviet Union. Its unofficial status shaped its artistic methods and theoretical framework. The exhibition includes original objects, archival materials, and working models of original artworks, alongside new projects created by Moscow Conceptualists in collaboration with art and art history students and faculty at Hunter College. Thus, Distortions is an experiment in intergenerational and cross-cultural collaboration. It aims to transform the gallery into a two-month long forum exploring how existing artworks can be activated to create new living situations, and how documents can be used beyond the preservation of the past. 
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Opening Reception | Flloyd: Dicks and Divas


Veering between the iconographic, pornographic, and other sensual worlds, Flloyd unites his fundamental passions in one show. Unapologetic, persistent, and honest – Flloyd’s current work concerns itself with erotic desire, the muse, and modulation. Through a sequence wave of dots translated onto paper or canvas, each shape functions as a codex to create the image. Undulating forms of abstraction assemble into objects of fascination, beauty, and power, before dispersing once again into mystery. Each work can be enjoyed on the level of the image (the icon) and the level of the painting (the abstraction). 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Henry Curchod: Hugging a tree is like kissing a dog


A new exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Lichtenstein Remembered: Sculptures and Studies


An exhibition of sculptures and related studies by Roy Lichtenstein, curated by Irving Blum in recognition of the centenary of the artist’s birth. This is the first gallery exhibition dedicated to Lichtenstein’s sculpture since the survey presented in London and New York in 2005.
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Screening | Fade to Black: Short Film on Contemporary Race Relations (online thru Sep 30)


In Tony Cokes's meditation on contemporary race relations, two black men discuss in voiceover certain “casual” events in life and cinema that are unnoticed or discounted by whites—gestures, hesitations, stares, off-the-cuff remarks, jokes—details of an ideology of repressed racism. 32 minutes
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7:00 pm
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Concert | The Music of Anatolia in the Park


This concert celebrates the music of Anatolia and marks the centenary of the founding of the Turkish Republic Gaye Su Akyol is an Istanbul-based musician and artist, born in 1985. In her work, she redefines the concepts of power, desire, change and rebellion, hand in hand in tight-knit solidarity with women, queer and outcast communities, and rebels against societal gender roles, patriarchy, censorship, and oppression. She creates a universe of imagination, in which she constructs her own "counter-reality" against the stifling realities dictated by power. Without alienating from the land she was born into, she questions its representations, defines new symbols, and, while struggling with the complexities and political chaos of the concrete world, she chases after the practice of transforming a conservative world through collective dreaming.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Comedy Club | Boba Gays: All-Asian, All-Queer Comedy Show


Alex Kim and Kenny Park Yi are two queer, Korean-American comedians who perform and produce shows all around New York City. Now they're bringing their iconic Boba Gays, an all-queer and all-Asian comedy/variety show, to the stage. Don't miss these two up-and-coming comedians in their biggest show yet. Best known for programming at their beloved home venue of Caveat NYC, the duo brings the laughs, boba, music, drag, and above all, queer Asian excellence. The pair will be joined by featured performer Jasmine Rice LaBeija as well as a host of super special guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Movie in a Park | 42 (2013): The Jackie Robinson Story with Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford


In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process. Director: Brian Helgeland Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford 128 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:45 pm
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Haydn and More at a Landmark Venue

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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