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66 free events take place on Thursday, September 14 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 14 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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free events nyc Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc Filling Station: 1938 Ballet Restaged at a Gas Station
free events nyc A Mix of World, Latin, and Flamenco Music -- Outdoors
free events nyc French Opera Masterclass with Metropolitan Opera Stars
free events nyc Harlem Stage 40th Anniversary Concert
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Workshop | Fitness Yoga Class


Experience something new or enhance your yoga practice with instructors from Chelsea Piers Fitness. A complimentary, hour-long Vinyasa Flow classes in the Maker's Studio and start your day with a bit of balance. Make sure to bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Workshop | Pick Up Pickleball


An exciting fusion of badminton and tennis, pickleball has been proven to strengthen muscles, boost cardiovascular health, and enhance brain function.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 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
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Learn to Play Mah Jongg


Mah jongg is a 4-person tile game of skill, strategy, and luck. Learn the rules and mechanics of American Mah Jongg. This is the first of a three-week group lesson with instructor Susan Richards. Sets and a few 2023 Cards provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own card. 200 Rector Place 200 Rector Place is between New York, NY 10280 +
   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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Film | Wife Wanted (1946): crime drama


In this crime drama and femme noir sensation, a reporter falls for a woman who is the victim in an elaborate blackmail scheme. Director: Phil Karlson Cast: Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh, Robert Shayne
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Opening Reception | Fitter, Happier, More Productive: Curator's Tour (online)


Barre classes. Juice cleanses. Meditation apps. Ten-step skincare routines. Athleisure. Mindfulness training. Collagen peptides. Jade rolling. The "self-care" industry ceaselessly introduces trends aimed at improving physical and mental wellbeing, at least for those who can afford the hefty price tag. Such commodities and services are sold as a pathway to personal optimization, evading the question: for what purpose and whose benefit? Fitter, Happier, More Productive brings together six artists whose work explores the toxic underbelly of capitalist wellness culture. The exhibition problematizes capitalism's framing of wellness as a personal quest for self-improvement rather than a collective project requiring societal investment and systemic change. Instead of offering opportunities for reflection and renewal, wellness culture conditions us to see life as another mode of work, and work as the defining feature of life. By marketing self-care as an individualistic endeavor, capitalism gaslights the public into believing that issues created by corporate greed and a gutted welfare state might be solved by an acai bowl, a yoga retreat, or twenty-five units of Botox. This is a curator's tour of the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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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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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concert | Brazilian Trio Plays Forró Music


Forró is a rich example from northeastern Brazil of how the blending of different styles can create a musical genre that is truly for all. Featuring accordion, zabumba and triangle accompanying rhythmic vocal harmonies, Trio Arrebol explores the intersection of Indigenous Brazilian, African, Portuguese and Caribbean cultures to present a style that makes you want to dance and relax in equal measure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Danny Mixon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshop | Pickleball Clinic


Check out what the buzz is all about! Learn the basic rules, strokes, and strategy at this instructor-led clinic followed by open play. Equipment is provided or bring your own. All skill levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | The Art of Landscape Photography (online)


Learn how to capture stunning landscape photographs that tell a story and evoke emotions. In this class, you will learn how to use your camera to capture the beauty of nature and create photographs that stand out. You will learn about composition, lighting, exposure, and post-processing techniques that will help you elevate your landscape photography skills. What you will learn: - How to choose the right camera settings for landscape photography - The principles of composition and how to create a strong visual narrative - Techniques for capturing different lighting situations, such as sunrise, sunset, and golden hour - Post-processing techniques to enhance your images and create a unique style - How to choose the right gear and accessories for landscape photography
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Mozart and More (In Person AND Online)


Edson Scheid, period violin. Program Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-1865), Six Polyphonic Studies Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-1865), Erlkonig Mozart (1756-1791), Rondo
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Book Discussion | Elektrik: Caribbean Writing (online)


In Elektrik, eight women writers from Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe come together to explore, in poetry and prose, the complex nature of Caribbean existence. A single mother has an intimate encounter with a migrant worker; a teenager discovers her sexuality in the shadow of her twin sister; a poet summons a chorus of sirens, only to warn them: “Keep your voices’ beauty from waylaying sailors.” Through glittering translations from French, Elektrik sings the experience of Franco-Caribbean identity today. These writers communicate through the silence of the past to the unknowability of the future—forever in the rare language of literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) with Keanu Reeves


With the price on his head ever increasing, legendary hit man John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin. Director: Chad Stahelski Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, George Georgiou Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor who had his breakthrough role in the science fiction comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), and he reprised his role in its sequels. He gained praise for playing a hustler in the independent drama My Own Private Idaho (1991) and established himself as an action hero with leading roles in Point Break (1991) and Speed (1994). Greater stardom came for playing Neo in the science fiction series The Matrix, beginning in 1999. Laurence Fishburne is an American actor. He is a three time Emmy Award and Tony Award winning actor known for his roles on stage and screen. He has been hailed for his forceful, militant, and authoritative characters in his films. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix series (1999–2003), Jason "Furious" Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in Francis Ford Coppola's war film Apocalypse Now (1979), and "The Bowery King" in the John Wick film series (2017–present).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Academy Award Winning The V.I.P.s (1963) with Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Rutherford, and Orson Welles


The interconnected lives of airline passengers, among them business tycoons, filmmakers, socialites and royals fogged in at a London airport, are disrupted due to the delay. Director: Anthony Asquith Cast: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli, Maggie Smith, Rod Taylor, Orson Welles, and Margaret Rutherford Richard Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s and gave a memorable performance as Hamlet in 1964. He is widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation and was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won. He received BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton became a top box office star, and by the late 1960s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in the world. Elizabeth Taylor began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She then became the world's highest paid movie star in the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood cinema. Margaret Rutherford came to national attention following World War II in the film adaptations of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. She won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her role as the Duchess of Brighton in The V.I.P.s. Orson Welles was an American director, actor, producer, and screenwriter who is remembered for his innovative work in film, radio, and theatre. He is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. In 1938, his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air gave Welles the platform to find international fame as the director and narrator of a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, which caused some listeners to believe that an alien invasion was in fact occurring. Although reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed 23-year-old Welles to notoriety. His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which is consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made and which he co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in as the title character, Charles Foster Kane.
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2:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: One Hundred Views of the Moon


Yoshitoshi works magic through ink and paper in One Hundred Views of the Moon. Regarded as one of the great masterpieces of ukiyo-e, this woodblock print series offers not only creative, compositional, and technical brilliance, but also unfettered passion. From tales of vengeful ghosts and legendary heroes to poetic musings and otherworldly encounters, Yoshitoshi threads together poetry, folklore, literature, and history beneath the light of the moon. Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) worked during an era of dramatic cultural and economic transformation in Japan. This shimmering ode to centuries of Japanese culture reinvigorated the tales of the past for a nation shaping its future. Ronin Gallery invites you to step into this mysterious realm and explore all one hundred designs from this marvel of Meiji-period (1868-1912) printmaking.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatching | Park Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
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Dance Performance | Filling Station: 1938 Ballet Restaged at a Gas Station


A newly commissioned project by Paris-based American multidisciplinary artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Filling Station comprises three dance performances. For this project, Lutz-Kinoy reinterprets the one-act ballet Filling Station, originally staged by the short-lived troupe Ballet Caravan--initially co-founded by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine as the American Ballet and touted as the first professional ballet company in the United States--as part of a presentation titled A Sunday in Town, which debuted in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 6, 1938. The original performance featured music by composer Virgil Thomson, choreography by Lew Christensen (known for his direction of the San Francisco Ballet from 1952 to 1984), and costumes by artist Paul Cadmus. This ballet is credited as the first ballet directed by an American choreographer, danced by an American company, and based on an American theme, with music and designs by American artists. Lutz-Kinoy's restaging views this 1938 work of American dance through a contemporary lens, creating a dynamic and queered space for a reflection on race, class, and gender. The project features new choreography by Niall Jones (Lead Choreographer) and Raymond Pinto (Consulting Choreographer); a new music score made by musician James Ferraro; a set design by Lutz-Kinoy; and costumes by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of fashion label Eckhaus Latta. The seven-member ensemble of dancers includes Bria Bacon, Ayano Elson, Maxfield Haynes, Kris Lee, Niala, Mina Nishimura, and Raymond Pinto.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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Concert | A Mix of World, Latin, and Flamenco Music -- Outdoors


Los Cintron are known for playing a mix of World, Latin and Flamenco music. Their guitars, vocals, and melodies, set to enchanting rhythms, evoke the traditional sounds of Andalusia, and of their beloved Spain. Singing with the souls of gypsies, this intimate experience will transport the audiences through a journey that moves them to dance, sing, and delight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
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City Walk | "All-of-a-Kind Family" Lower East Side Tour (online)


Stroll virtually through the neighborhood as depicted in the beloved Sydney Taylor classic, "All-of-a-Kind-Family." Learn about the real-life people and Lower East Side places that inspired Taylor to write "All-of-a-Kind Family."  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening | Beat Street


Set in the South Bronx, Beat Street is a dance film that tells the story of two brothers and their friends who are devoted to various aspects of hip-hop culture. Featuring real and fictional characters and dance groups of the era, the film captures a special moment in the history of hip-hop that went on to define the phenomenon, and even helped introduce the genre to new countries. This event also features a panel of voices who can add context and speak to the film's legacy within the history of hip hop. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Below the Belt (2023): The Last Health Taboo


In the personal and inspiring stories of four patients urgently searching for answers to mysterious symptoms, this documentary exposes widespread problems in our health care systems. Director: Shannon Cohn 55 min. Followed by a discussion and Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Cityvision: Group Exhibition


Gallery artists address the organic entity that is a city, whether real or imagined. Elements of the urban environment, ranging from striking skylines, refreshing green spaces, and on-the-go city dwellers to teeming construction sites and other challenges of life in a densely populated locale are depicted in works in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Drawing as Practice: Group Exhibition


This exhibition opening reception marks the first activation of the academy’s new home and exhibition space in Chelsea. Acknowledging that many artists and architects use drawings that aren’t necessarily shared as the work, the exhibition is intended to raise questions about the constant role drawing plays in developing works across a variety of mediums, from public sculpture to performance, and everything in between.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Edmund de Waal and Sally Mann: to light, and then return—


The result of an ongoing exchange between two artists who are also celebrated writers, the exhibition is titled after the final line of “The spry arms of the wind” (c. 1866), a poem written by Emily Dickinson on an envelope scrap. Informed by their mutual fascination with material transformation and themes of elegy and historical reckoning, the works on view include de Waal’s sculptural installations featuring porcelain and other materials, and Mann’s tintypes and platinum prints.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Fulvio Gonella: Whispers in the Twilight


Since Fulvio Gonella’s teenage years, he has been enthralled by the realm of art brut, a domain where diverse perspectives craft distinct realities. However, amidst this spectrum, a crucial element was conspicuously absent: light. This absence propelled the artist on a decade-long journey of research and collaboration with exceptional artists, some of whom are on the autistic spectrum, and who possess unique and inspiring visions of reality. This journey illuminated the potent stream of light that courses through our artistic creations and revealed the multifaceted nature of reality, a complex tapestry woven from the threads of human perspectives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | John Hultberg: The Painter of the In-Between


The groundbreaking art dealer Martha Jackson, herself a painter, would champion the causes of many artists she admired, including John Hultberg. In 1961 they would travel together to Monhegan Island. He was immediately taken by the place reminiscent of where he grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She assisted him in acquiring a home where he would spend much of the next 40 years, greatly influencing his oeuvre. His works are in 140 international institutions, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo Tamayo, Mexico; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and many others. Hultberg should be reevaluated.   Hultberg is not easily placed within the timeline or visual familiarity of postwar styles and approaches to advanced painting. His work is abstracted yet representational vistas and interiors suggest an almost cinematic or ‘graphic novel’ look. These ‘mindscapes’ hint at surrealist symbolist and metaphysical painting, saying of himself, “I am a painter of the in-between’. His subjective, interiorized images evince an immediacy of expression attenuated by time and memory becoming metaphors for a personal vision.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Julian Schnabel: Bouquet of Mistakes


An exhibition of new velvet paintings by Julian Schnabel. The works on display in Schnabel’s upcoming show were made in concert with the preparation of his seventh feature film, In the Hand of Dante, an adaptation of Nick Tosches’s novel of the same name. For the past 40 years, Schnabel has been on a quest to express the inexpressible. He began painting on velvet in 1980, and, in 1984, his velvet paintings were the subject of his first exhibition with Pace Gallery on 57th Street. For Schnabel, filmmaking and painting exist in a continuum in which subject matter crosses between mediums, assuming myriad forms. This relationship resonates throughout the exhibition, where indecipherable narratives emerge from a process of imagery central both to Schnabel’s film and to the paintings on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Meryl Meisler: Simply Scintillating: A Retrospective


The first retrospective of the artist’s five-decade career as a photographer, which began in 1973. The work in “Simply Scintillating” spans from Meisler’s early pictures of suburban Long Island to the frenetic clubs of 1970s Manhattan, to slices of daily life in pre-gentrification Bushwick, to the present, where Meisler has found herself back in the nightlife world documenting the contemporary party landscape through a lens informed by decades spent watching New York and its inhabitants evolve.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Mi Parque Mi Tierra: Group Show


This exhibition features nearly two dozen artworks that explore Latino culture and celebrate the environmental, aesthetic, and recreational benefits of green spaces in New York City and beyond. Created in a variety of media, the artworks reflect on Latino identity and depict the many ways New Yorkers use our city parks, from family gatherings to playing music, as places of recreation and of quiet reflection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Coming Back to See Through, Again


An exhibition of new and recent work. Born in Nigeria, Akunyili Crosby moved to the United States as a teenager in 1999, and her work reflects her hybrid cultural background and experiences. In her methodically layered compositions, Akunyili Crosby combines painted depictions of people, places, and subjects from her life with photographic transfers derived from her personal image archive as well as Nigerian magazines and other mass media sources. The resulting works are visual tapestries that vivify the personal and social dimensions of contemporary life while evocatively expressing the intricacies of African diasporic identity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Patrick Akpojotor: To See the World


Nigerian artist Patrick Akpojotor's work is influenced by his fascination with architecture, ancient African masks, built spaces and their ability to shape one's identity. He is interested in the differences in human attitudes relating to the culture of an inhabited built environment, which observes how structures like roads and public spaces are named after people therefore creating an awareness of that person's deeds and archives their existence.
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Opening Reception | Pierre Soulages: From Midnight to Twilight


Dedicated with love to Colette Soulages, this retrospective honors the lasting influence of the esteemed French master just before the one-year anniversary of his passing. This show traverses seven decades of the artist’s practice and invites viewers to join his exploration of light and darkness. The exhibition’s title captures a phrase penned on Soulages’s work by James Johnson Sweeney, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1935–46) and director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1952–60), who illuminated the artist’s oeuvre in the United States through significant exhibitions and writing.
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Opening Reception | Rebecca Morgan: Over the Hill


In Morgan's oeuvre, self-portraiture crescendos to deeper themes that resonate across art history, feminism, and art-making mythology. A four-year timespan between Morgan's solo shows encompasses an arc of collective post-pandemic personal and professional reassessment, prodding the themes of the show. The exhibition's title is typical for the artist as it plays on several levels: tongue-in-cheek, as approaching 40 the artist is hardly "over the hill." And yet, an authentic reckoning: with Morgan's role as a teacher a tacit acknowledgement of being an older wiser mentor, combined with battling the ever-ticking biological clock. As the artist has recently begun a new career move in the Hudson Valley, the title could be a nod to the Hudson River School's history of landscape painting, or perhaps, fourth, a hint to the rural themes of much of Morgan's work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Sam Gilliam: The Last Five Years


This exhibition will offer a sweeping view of Gilliam's expansive, ceaselessly innovative, and boundary-pushing approach to painting, attesting to the artist's monumental contributions to Modernism and, more broadly, the history of art.  
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Opening Reception | Toba Khedoori: Blending Painting and Drawing


An exhibition of new and recent work by Toba Khedoori. Following the artist’s extensive survey at the Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, in 2021–2022, this exhibition will feature the major works that Khedoori has produced since 2017.  Through a meticulous, time-consuming process that blends painting and drawing, Khedoori creates intricate, contemplative compositions depicting façades, plants, grids, windows, and doorways, among other subjects, that appear arrested in time and space—as though existing in a liminal state. Primarily done on immense sheets of waxed paper, her work espouses a neutral language of objecthood and natural forms versus one of figurative or gestural expressivity and narrative forms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Wolfgang Tillmans: Fold Me


The exhibition attests to the singularity of Tillmans’s expansive vision and meditates on the simultaneity of life. Fold Me will feature an entirely new body of work by the artist, and follows Tillmans’s major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in the fall of 2022. A fold is an encounter of the inside and the out, a change of direction leaving a physical impression. In his work, Tillmans invites an interplay of chance and control, of consideration and coincidence, of process and time. He folds the world back onto paper. At a time when image-making technology is accelerating into an unknown new, Tillmans’s pictures in Fold Me calmly rely on the photographic translation/recording of the act of seeing: from eye to paper via the analog use of the digital camera.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Anxiety: A Phenomenological Investigation


When is anxiety justified? When does anxiety cease to function as an effective and reasonable signal preventing imminent threats, and when does it become an invasive projection of our own ghosts? This talk is divided into three sections. First, the speaker will emphasize the anthropological relevance of anxiety: in various theoretical frameworks, the difference between free-floating anxiety and fear directed at a specific danger even serves as a criterion for distinguishing human beings from animals. Second, they will conduct a phenomenological analysis of anxiety focusing in particular on the altered relationship between perception and imagination. Third, they will address a specific form of anxiety which is particularly dominant in the context of our post-disciplinary societies: the feeling of being left behind. This talk presents a philosophical inquiry into the affective phenomenon that can both protect us from danger and be a danger in itself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Barefoot Bollywood Dance


A Bollywood dance workshop with choreographer Anshuman Konuru. Participants can expect to learn energetic, beginner-friendly choreography to a classic Bollywood number. Bring a water bottle, wear something comfy, and come ready to groove.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | CANCELLED!! Tanya Tucker, Legendary Country Star CANCELLED!!


Tanya Tucker has seen it all: Outlaws, movie stars, rodeo cowboys, fashion designers, Super Bowl Halftime shows, Studio 54, honky tonks, the Grand Ole Opry, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall. She's had No. 1 records in almost every decade since she debuted in 1972 with "Delta Dawn" at just 13 years old. The legendary singer, songwriter, and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has had a storied career that few could even dream of--and shows no signs of slowing down. This fall she brings her new album Sweet Western Sound--her 26th--with support from Nikki Lane, a Nashville-based outlaw country singer and one of many inheritors of Tucker's legacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Master Class | French Opera Masterclass with Metropolitan Opera Stars


The New York Chamber Music Festival presents the Showcase Masterclass "French Opera Duets" with Metropolitan Opera Star Soprano Carole Farley. Among the participating singers are Met Opera tenor Errin Duane Brooks; Met Opera baritone Daniel Sutin; as well as the award-winning sopranos Amanda Zory, Sangeetha Ekambaram, and Solene Le Van; mezzos Galina Ivannikova, Madison Marie McIntosh, and Caroline Tye; tenors Jeremy Brauner, Steven Murray, and Emile Joseph Weeks; baritone Michael Nansel; and bass-baritone Andrew Richardson. Collaborative pianist is Craig Ketter. With the participation of violinist Elmira Darvarova (former Concertmaster of The Metropolitan Opera) and hornist Howard Wall (former member of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The New York Philharmonic).
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Open Mike | Open Mic Night


Hosted by Jonathon Timpanelli. Enjoy a night of singing, comedy, poetry and art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposium | Science Diplomacy in Times of Global Crises


Science diplomacy is an often-promulgated concept in light of tackling global challenges in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world order. Science diplomacy is believed to foster peace and understanding between nations and has often been utilized to argue for more cooperation and openness among adverse states. Can science diplomacy keep up with its promise in an ever-more fragmented multipolar world? Does the concept and its basic tenets need to be revised or has science diplomacy never been more valid and important? This event explores science diplomacy in current global affairs from at least two perspectives in times of multiple crises: the need for openness and collaboration in tackling global challenges and the need for safe-guarding indisputable values, principles and interests. The first perspective will be addressed with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (Session 1: “Open science diplomacy for an ethical and trustworthy global AI”), the second perspective will be covered by attending to the risks of foreign interference, intellectual property right, misinformation and manipulation in international science cooperation (Session 2: “Science diplomacy in a fragmented, multipolar world”). Both sessions will take place on Friday morning, September 15th (see details here). The opening session will also invite artistic perspectives and approaches to the otherwise highly conceptual debate, thereby broadening the range of perspectives on science diplomacy in times of global crises.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walk | Tour the HIstoric Vessel Lilac


A guided tour of a historically significant ship docked in the park. New York City has a long and rich maritime history with its vast surrounding waterfront areas utilized for the transportation of people and goods for many years, including those areas along the Hudson on the west side of Manhattan that now comprise the park. Maritime experts walk you through extraordinary vessels within the park's waters and share their unique stories. Learn aboard Lilac, America's oldest and most intact Lighthouse Tender. During this tour, experts from the Lilac Preservation Project will share more about this fascinating historic vessel. Learn Lilac’s unique history and explore the175-foot ship’s deck and its inner workings. The tour will offer a unique look into the story and mechanics of this historic vessel. Built in 1933, Lilac maintained buoys and delivered fuel and other supplies including fresh water, mail and library books to lighthouses and their keepers. The vibrant story of Lilac also includes service as a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, armed to protect the coast during WWII, and as a dormitory for cadets at a maritime academy. Lilac was even once used as a floating real estate office.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Discussion | Women of Color and Grassroots Activism (in-person and online)


A discussion on feminist action as a response to intersectional oppression within grassroots organizations of the sixties and seventies. This event brings together authors Ericka Huggins, of the Black Panther Party, Iris Morales, of the Young Lords, and Patricia Romney, of the Third World Women’s Alliance, for a panel around their experiences as women within these organizations. The collective fruits of the grassroots activism of the Black Panther Party, the Young Lords, and the Third World Women’s alliance has empowered members of marginalized Black and Brown communities to stand up and demand what’s theirs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Betty Friedan: Magnificent Disrupter (in-person and online)


The feminist writer and activist Betty Friedan (1921–2006) was powerful and polarizing. Born Bettye Naomi Goldstein, Friedan chafed at society’s restrictions from a young age. As a journalist she covered racism, sexism, labor, class inequality, and anti-Semitism. Her malaise as a housewife and her research into the feelings of other women resulted in the revolutionary The Feminine Mystique (1963), which made her a celebrity.  In this biography, the first in more than twenty years, Rachel Shteir draws on Friedan’s papers and on interviews with family, colleagues, and friends to present a new Friedan for a new era.
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Book Discussion | Sing A Black Girl's Song: The Unpublished Work of Ntozake Shange


An evening with Imani Perry, editor of Sing A Black Girl's Song: The Unpublished Work of Ntozake Shange, a new posthumous collection of Shange’s unpublished poems, essays, and plays. The program will include readings by theatrical ceremonialist and culture strategist Ebony Noelle Golden, actors Taji Senior and Alana Raquel Bowers, and other invited guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | The Great Salento War (2022): Life-or-Death Soccer Drama


After the Second World War, while history licks the wounds of two world wars, in Salento another is unleashed, which has as armies the inhabitants of two villages, Supersano and Ruffano. Director: Marco Pollini Stars: Marco Leonardi, Fabius De Vivo, Pino Ammendola 93 min. In Italian with English subtitles
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Film | The Life Ahead of Us: Another Face of Immigration (2022): The Moroccan French


In the 1960s and 1970s, the French economy was booming, creating a labor shortage, and putting an end to the golden era of coal mines. The former colonial officer Félix Mora was sent to Morocco to recruit and bring back more than 80,000 men to work shutting the French mines down. For Mora, they represented a low-cost workforce, willing to accept meager salaries and dangerous working conditions. For young Moroccan men, this mission held out the promise of a better future. After the mines’ closure, most of them settled in France, starting families that grew to represent more than 600,000 French citizens over two generations. Through a rare panel of testimonies and archival footage, this film draws a nuanced portrait of this immigration experience and of the end of a chapter in French labor history. Directed by Frédéric Laffont 52 min. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Club | CANCELLED: Marvelous Manhattan: Stories of the Restaurants, Bars, and Shops that Make this City Special by Reggie Nadelson


Author (and lifelong New Yorker) Reggie Nadelson introduces readers to 40 New York institutions that have defined cool for decades, from time-honored restaurants to unsung dives. Entries span the length of Manhattan, from the beloved appetizing shop Russ & Daughters and dim sum parlor Jing Fong downtown to the Three Lives bookstore and Julius' bar in the West Village, German food shop Schaller & Weber on the Upper East Side to the Minton's Playhouse jazz club in Harlem. The essays weave together Reggie's own experiences of these beloved shops--from her childhood in the West Village to her present-day Soho haunts--and the histories of these storied institutions and their owners. The book is at once dripping in nostalgia and celebratory of the modern-day incarnations of these locations, many of them family-run, that continue to mean so much to the residents of this city
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Intro to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (online)


This transformative course is suited for those coming to meditation for the first time or for experienced meditators who realize they have not yet integrated these practices fully into their lives. The teaching of MBSR at NY Insight is offered by seasoned MBSR teachers, most of whom are certified by the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness.
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Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Sweet Water Dance & Yoga hosts a multi-level sunset yoga practice. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | 3 Poets Read from Their Work


Poetry readings by Dean Rader, Nicole Sealey, and Matthew Zapruder followed by a reception/signing. Dean Rader has authored or co-authored twelve books, including Works & Days, winner of the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize, Landscape Portrait Figure Form, a Barnes & Noble Review Best Book, and Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. Nicole Sealey was born in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, and raised in Apopka, Florida. She is the author of The Ferguson Report (Penguin Random House, 2023), and Ordinary Beast (Ecco, 2017), which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Matthew Zapruder is the author of five collections of poetry, including Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Father's Day (Copper Canyon, 2019), as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose.
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Play | My Grandmother's Eyepatch: Absurd Clown Comedy


What happens when an idiot leads a memorial service for a long-deceased family member? In this off-the-wall-comedy, NYC-based comedian Julia VanderVeen leads the audience through wild stages of grief as she attempts to honor her beloved Grandmother.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Rouge: A Gothic Fairy Tale


From the critically acclaimed author Mona Awad comes a horror-tinted, gothic fairy tale about a lonely dress shop clerk whose mother’s unexpected death sends her down a treacherous path in pursuit of youth and beauty. Can she escape her mother’s fate—and find a connection that is more than skin deep?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Books on Sephardic Women: Kantika / One Hundred Saturdays (in-person and online)


Elizabeth Graver and Michael Frank come together for a special conversation about two books that capture the stories of two shapeshifting Sephardic women who lived many lives over many decades.  Graver’s novel Kantika (“song” in Ladino) draws a fictionalized portrait of her grandmother Rebecca Cohen, daughter of the Sephardic elite of early twentieth-century Istanbul, whose journey took her to Cuba, Spain, and New York. Michael Frank’s One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World depicts Frank’s six-year-long encounter with Stella Levi, who was born and came of age in the Juderia of Rhodes, Greece. Levi was deported to Auschwitz, along with the rest of her community, in July of 1944. Both Rebecca and Stella—fierce, creative, and vibrant—came to create new lives for themselves in America.    Maira Kalman, who illustrated One Hundred Saturdays, will join in the conversation. The evening will also include a performance of Sephardic music by singer Shoshana Bean.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Harlem Stage 40th Anniversary Concert


The season closes with a Harlem Stage 40th Anniversary Celebration performance featuring a major jazz artist to be announced. Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem's cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. They fulfill their mission through commissioning, incubating, and presenting innovative and vital work that responds to the historical and contemporary conditions that shape our lives and the communities we serve.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concert | On & On: Jose James Sings Badu (In a Park)


Jose James performs On & On: Jose James Sings Badu, his latest record honoring the legendary high priestess of neo-soul, singer-songwriter Erykah Badu. His new project finds James throwing down the gauntlet on the past 100 years of jazz singing while charting a path forward for the culture. The album, produced by James, investigates the breadth of Badu's iconic catalog, from her groundbreaking debut, Baduizm, to her contemporary masterpieces, New Amerykah Pt. 1 and 2. Often referred to as a jazz singer for the hip-hop generation -- or as Pitchfork called him, "one of the suavest vocal improvisers on the scene" -- vocalist Jose James combines jazz, soul, R&B, and hip-hop into his own unique brand of vocal jazz. An artist who shows love to those who inspire him, James has dedicated entire projects to artists whose music he's admired -- over the past decade, James has brought tributes to Billie Holiday and Gil Scott-Heron to the historic Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
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Movie in a Park | The Croods: A New Age (2020): Animated Prehistoric Adventure


The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved. Director: Joel Crawford Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | NYC-Based Indie Rock Band


Pitchfork calls the lyric-forward, New York-based indie rock band Trace Mountains, "a decisive step forward" for its lead singer-songwriter Dave Benton (formerly of LVL UP). Benton's sprawling and introspective tunes borrow flavor from a host of contemporary indie giants--the sad laments of Phil Elverum, the antic invention of Dinosaur Jr., the delicate jangle of Sufjan Stevens--while still managing to maintain his own original and innovative voice. Trace Mountains' latest LP, 2021's House of Confusion, finds the combo exploring a metaphoric backroad of rural American isolation. Alongside drummer Greg Rutkin, bassist Bernard Casserly, guitarist Jim Hill and keyboardist Logan Roth, Benton will play hits from that album, plus other Trace Mountains songs both classic and soon-to-be-released.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concert | Percussion Performance


Sandbox Percussion Performs Andy Akiho's Seven Pillars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | Dance and Live Music: Intersection of Street and Club Cultures (at a Nightclub)


Enjoy an all-night multisensory experience. At the intersection of street and club cultures, NY-based choreographer Tatiana Desardouin and artist Nubian Nene come together to present Les 5 Sens X The Intermission. Designed by Desardouin and first launched in Geneva, Les 5 Sens features live music, dance, food, and drinks in an immersive performance designed to engage all five senses. The multisensory experience within a cultural party aims to build bridges between art forms and communities through the prism of hip-hop. For the September 2023 edition, Desardouin collaborated with Nene to spotlight The Intermission's unique, performative Waacking event within the context of Les 5 sens. The Intermission, organized and produced by Nene, unifies generations by curating emerging and experienced waackers, helping to further develop choreographic and performance skills.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 pm
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