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54 free events take place on Tuesday, September 19 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 19 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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54 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Moving On (2022) with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
free events nyc Manet / Degas (marks the opening of Manet / Degas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
free events nyc Play bridge in a stress-free environment
free events nyc Exploring the Met Opera's Upcoming Dead Man Walking, with Performances from Met Opera Stars (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Tango Obsession: Music and Dance
free events nyc The Flash (2023): Speedster in Time-Travel Adventure
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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Conference | Rethinking Water: Solutions Now for America's Water Infrastructure


Finance, academia, government and industry meet to find solutions to the most pressing water challenges in the United States. From c-suite executives and environmental stewards to government organizations, industry leaders, and academic professionals, our conference is a hub of expertise and innovation. With a focus on aging infrastructure and evolving regulations, they will explore how funding can be effectively applied to achieve sustainable solutions. They'll discuss implementable strategies such as water recycling/reuse, consolidation, accelerating federal funding, leveraging private investment, and more. Engage in targeted breakouts, providing valuable opportunities to connect and share perspectives with fellow participants. Don't miss this chance to be part of the solution to the U.S. water crisis.
   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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Discussion | A Quest to Repurpose Agricultural Support (in-person and online)


This event will discuss the harmful effects of current agricultural support policies and share examples of transformative change. What if the hundreds of billions a year that the world spends on agricultural support policies that result in harmful environmental impacts and have fallen short in protecting people and the planet were redirected to support sustainable farming practices, healthy consumption, and inclusion of smallholder farmers? This is an interactive discussion on the benefits and trade-offs policymakers must consider to design agricultural support policies that can ensure an inclusive, health-enhancing, and environmentally sustainable food system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Tuesday Morning Yoga


End your day right with this rejuvenating class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Discussion | Climate Actions in Fashion: Policy, Business, and Innovation (online)


Fashion is one of the world’s largest industries, employing over 75 million people and generating around 2 trillion USD revenue per year. While fashion serves as an important medium for expressing self-identities and shaping social values, it also stands as a major contributor to climate change due to its carbon- and chemical-intensive processes. Those impacts are further exacerbated by the growing demand for fast fashion. The apparel and textile sectors are estimated to be responsible for up to 10% of the global greenhouse gas emissions annually, alongside having other consequential impacts such as water pollution and biodiversity loss. As the fashion industry becomes increasingly aware of its environmental footprint, many brands have made pledges to decarbonize through strategies such as using renewable energy and sourcing more eco-friendly materials. However, it still requires significant additional efforts and collaborations throughout the entire fashion value chain to keep up with the 1.5-degree pathway outlined by the Paris Agreement. Our panel of experts, representing diverse facets of the fashion industry, will share insights covering various aspects, including policymaking, innovative materials, sustainable design, and business practices. The discussion will revisit recent notable developments and identify future opportunities to help the fashion industry become beautiful, sustainable, and responsible at the same time. Speakers include: Dr. Anna Kelles, Assemblymember, New York State Assembly Sarah Kent, Chief Sustainability Correspondent, Business of Fashion Tiago Valente, Global Creative Director at Journee; former Director of Partnerships & Culture, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Materiality Pathway Leader, Parsons School of Design Neeka Mashouf, CEO & Co-founder, Rubi Laboratories The panel will be moderated by Sally Qiu, a Research Associate at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Book Discussion | Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context


In his new book, Golan Moskowitz investigates the evolution of Sendak's artistic vision and its appeal for American, Jewish, and queer audiences. Dr. Moskowitz's talk will examine how Sendak's multiple perspectives as a gay, Holocaust-conscious, American-born son of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants from Poland informed his life and work. It will also explore how his creative output interacted dynamically with his cultural surroundings, offering insights into experiences of marginality and emotional resilience that remain relevant and visionary to this day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Talk | From Prevention to Prosecution: Combating Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes


An interactive dialogue with Dr. Beth Van Schaack, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice. In her capacity, Dr. Van Schaack offers guidance to the Secretary of State and other key department leaders on matters concerning the prevention and prosecution of atrocity crimes, encompassing genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, spanning from Ukraine to South Sudan and Syria.  
   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 | 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: Marc Devine.
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12:30 pm
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Film | Fracture (2007) with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling


Willy Beachum, a hotshot prosecutor, is about to leave his post for a lucrative job at a private law firm when his boss hands him a seemingly open-and-shut case. Ted Crawford tried to kill his wife with a shot to the head and is defending himself in court. All hope for a quick and easy trial fly out the door when Ted proves to be a more cunning and devious adversary than Willy anticipates. Director: Gregory Hoblit Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Rosamund Pike, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Cliff Curtis, Fiona Shaw, Bob Gunton Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. One of Britain's most recognisable and prolific actors, he is known for his performances on the screen and stage. Hopkins has received numerous accolades during his career, including two Academy Awards, four BAFTA Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and an Olivier Award. Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor. Prominent in both independent film and major studio features of varying genres, his films have accrued a worldwide box office gross of over 1.9 billion USD. He has received various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for two Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Acquired Family Photo Collections: 5 Common Challenges and What You Can Do (online)


Your parents just gave you their entire photo collection. Now what? You'll learn five common issues that arise when you suddenly find yourself as the owner of a family member's photo collection and what you can do about it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Discussion | Bridging the Divide: Making Action on the Energy Transition a Reality (online)


This summer saw record temperatures, deadly floods, wildfires, and storms. The climate change impacts scientists have warned about are now evident. While more policy action is needed, governments are taking significant steps to avert the most devastating consequences of climate change with historic investments in clean energy, such as the Inflation Reduction Act passed a year ago, and policy frameworks to reduce fossil fuel emissions. With a pivotal COP coming up later this year in the UAE, it is important to take stock of where we are in the energy transition, and examine the disparity between our climate ambitions and the prevailing reality of the world's energy needs. This is a moderated, in-depth discussion and Q&A with leading climate activists, scholars, and policymakers. They will convene to look at strategies for hastening this energy shift and advancing climate policy action, while discussing the roles of effective communication, policy, research, and social mobilization. The discussion will also identify pragmatic opportunities to enhance ambition on climate and energy action during this critical window of time for accelerated action on mitigation.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussion | Mandatory Emissions Reductions: Centering Environmental Justice in Climate Policy (online)


Across the United States, fossil fuel infrastructure emits toxic air pollution and planet-warming greenhouse gases that drive climate change. Low-income communities and communities of color bear the brunt of both, living on the front lines of impacts from climate change as well as suffering the harms of localized co-pollutants, like particular matter and nitrous oxides, emitted by nearby facilities. A just and equitable climate mitigation policy for the power sector must make the elimination of the sector’s outsized impact on these environmental justice (EJ) communities an explicit goal.  A new joint report by Dr. Nicky Sheats of the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research (Kean University) and members of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, lays out a framework for a policy to require mandatory emissions reductions of power sector pollution in EJ communities, and applies it to three state case studies: New Jersey, Minnesota, and Delaware. Celebrate the launch of this report and talk with state EJ leaders about the importance of the findings and the role of MER policy in advancing environmental justice. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concert | Pop-Up Party Brass Band


Dance, sing, and celebrate with Triad Brass - a pop-up party brass band of award-winning musicians bringing you songs from the seventies, numbers from the noughties, and something for everyone in-between.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | Footlight Parade (1933): musical


Motion pictures may have put Broadway director Chester Kent out of a job, but he quickly finds a second career producing musical sequences for the movies. Unfortunately, a cutthroat competitor keeps stealing his ideas. That cannot happen on his next commission, a rush job for a big-time theater chain. If his work impresses, it'll lead to an exclusive contract. Chester has only three days, but with the help of his smitten secretary, Nan, he just might pull it off. Directors: Lloyd Bacon and Busby Berkeley Cast: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Who Is Wellness For?: An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who It Leaves Behind (online)


Multi-disciplinary artist Fariha Roisin explores the commodification and appropriation of wellness through the lens of social justice, providing resources to help anyone participate in self-care, regardless of race, identity, socioeconomic status or able-bodiedness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Book Club | Poetry Discussion Circle: Poetry and Democracy


Join fellow poetry enthusiasts in unpacking the layered meanings of poetry through an informal group discussion. Each session focuses around a theme that celebrates the diversity and range of the poetic form and contemporary poetry culture. This month, read poems about how democracy impacts human lives and the written world itself. Please note that contemporary poetry deals frankly with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Workshop | Origami Outdoors


Learn the art of creative paper folding in the Japanese tradition. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and materials are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning -- plus it's fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Talk | Why Doesn't the US Labor Market Produce More Good Jobs?


Professor Harry Holzer from Georgetown University will discuss definitions of "good jobs" and evidence on these definitions; their importance in accounting for recent trends in labor market inequality; why private labor markets underproduce such quality, even if the labor market is competitive (and "good jobs" can be profitable for employers); and potential policy approaches.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concert | Ragtime, Jazz and Blues - Outdoors


With Terry Waldo's Gotham City Band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Film | Moving On (2022) with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin


Two estranged women reunite to seek revenge against the husband of their recently deceased best friend. Along the way, they learn to make peace with the past and each other. Director: Paul Weitz Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Malcolm McDowell, Sarah Burns, Richard Roundtree Jane Fonda is an American actress and activist. Recognized as a film icon, Fonda is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and more. Lily Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin started her career in stand-up comedy and sketch comedy before transitioning her career as an actress on stage and screen. In a career spanning over fifty years Tomlin has received numerous accolades including seven Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Tony Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

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.
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5:00 pm
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Lecture | The Next AI


Artificial Intelligence and robotics technologies have been making grand strides over the past few years, outperforming humans in tasks once thought to be impossible to automate. Machines can now understand video and interpret language with unprecedented reliability. Cars can drive themselves and machines outperform doctors in medical diagnostics. AI can generate creative art and engineering blueprints. But where will this technology go next, and how far can it reach? This talk will take a deep dive into what is driving AI, how to use it, and how anticipate its future as it unfolds in six waves. Hod Lipson is a Columbia University professor who works in the areas of robotics and AI. He is an award-winning researcher, teacher, and communicator. He received numerous recognitions, including Esquire magazine’s “Best & Brightest”, Popular Science’s “25 most awesome labs in the US” and Forbes “Top 7 Data scientists in the world”, to name a few.   Coffee and pastries free to all registered participants
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Smoke and Ashes: Opium's Hidden Histories


Author Amitav Ghosh on his recently published book discussing the effects of the Opium Trade on India, China, and Britain and exploring Columbia University's own connection to the opium trade.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 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.
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Eleonora di Toledo and the Creation of the Boboli Gardens: The Heart of Florence


Author Bruce Edelstein's book is a study of Eleonora di Toledo as the principal patron of the Boboli Gardens. The gardens were from the outset a project to develop a vast estate in the heart of Renaissance Florence. Thus, Boboli represents a pivotal moment in the history of the aristocratic palace, in which the traditional relationship between architecture and landscape was inverted: extensive, elaborate gardens now assumed the role of protagonist while the palace was initially relegated to a secondary role. Fresh archival research confirms that the duchess was solely responsible for the patronage of the gardens until her death. A key element of this study focuses on Eleonora’s Spanish origins and the development of her taste in viceregal Naples, prompting a reconsideration of Boboli in a larger context, beyond its traditional image as part of a glorious continuum of Medici gardens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Shuvinai Ashoona: Looking Out, Looking In


The first New York solo exhibition by contemporary Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona. Hailing from the Canadian Arctic, Ashoona lives and works in Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset), an Inuit hamlet at the southern tip of Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut. Born in 1961, she is the youngest generation of a dynasty of celebrated female artists – her grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona, her mother Sorosilutu Ashoona, and her cousin, the late Annie Pootoogook – from whom she learned her craft. Ashoona began drawing detailed monochromatic landscapes in 1993, eventually transitioning to colorful compositions replete with her distinct iconography comprising fantastical elements mingled with depictions of contemporary Inuit life, historical events, and the northern landscape. Ashoona works primarily in pen, ink, and colored pencil, constantly honing her draftsmanship through a regimented studio practice at Kinngait Studios, where she draws nearly every day. Much of her artwork references Inuk mythology and popular culture, which she merges with imagery sourced from her surroundings and her imagination to produce otherworldly compositions that have magnetized international attention.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Violence of Democracy: Inter-Party Conflict in South India


A captivating in-person book talk with author Ruchi Chaturvedi as she delves into the intriguing topic of Violence of Democracy. Chaturvedi tracks the rise of India’s divisive politics through close examination of decades-long confrontations in Kerala between members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and supporters of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and extensive archival research, Chaturvedi investigates the unique character of the conflict between the party left and the Hindu right. This conflict, she shows, defies explanations centering religious, caste, or ideological differences. It offers instead new ways of understanding how quotidian political competition can produce antagonistic majoritarian communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Investigating Gender Trouble in Music: The Case of the Violin (in-person and online)


In recent years, musicology has significantly embraced a gender-focused perspective, incorporating concepts such as Teresa de Lauretis's technologies of gender and Judith Butler's Gender Trouble, notably through the contributions of Susan McClary. In this conference, the French violinist and musicologist Marina Chiche, building upon her research on the role and representation of women in music history, explores the intersections between gender and music history, with a specific focus on her instrument: the violin. The evening will be an exploration of how classical music reflects and challenges traditional gender norms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Manet / Degas (marks the opening of Manet / Degas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)


This event hosts Isolde Pludermacher, who co-curated the exhibition at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris this spring. Looking at the close and sometimes tumultuous relationship between Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, this exhibition displays over 150 works by the two great masters, placing them side by side, in dialogue with one another and in the context of family ties and friendships, intellectual trends and wider socio-political events. Isolde Pludermarcher will be joined by Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, who will be teaching a graduate seminar at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts on Manet / Degas, for a conversation moderated by Thomas Dodman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Workshop | Play bridge in a stress-free environment


One of the most popular card games of the last century, bridge is still enjoyed by professional and amateur players alike today - and now you can stop by and enjoy it too! Bring your bridge partner, or you will be matched up with someone to play as a pair. There will be instructions and the chance to observe players, making this a perfect event for beginners looking to learn how to play bridge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Reading | Poetry in the Park


Poetry from established authors and up-and-comers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Sustainable Tourism: From Experience to Aspirations


Climate change is the defining crisis of our time. Yet, change is not happening at the speed and scale required to avert the worst possible impacts on both lives and livelihoods. From business and government to consumers, we all have our part to play in ensuring tourism destinations and the communities and resources they support thrive for generations. In this collective journey, how can we bring together experience and aspirations for the future to drive travel and tourism’s meaningful action today? What are the challenges and possible opportunities and solutions? And what role can young leaders play in supporting the industry to drive zero-emissions, protect nature, and support communities? Hear from world leaders across government, industry, and society to discuss and debate the future of sustainable tourism. Confirmed Speakers: Claudia Cornejo, Former Minister of Trade & Tourism of Peru Fred Dixon, CEO ,NYC & Company Christopher Gaffney, Associate Professor, Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, NYU SPS Gloria Guevara, Chief Special Advisor to the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, Former Minister of Tourism, Mexico and Former President, World Travel & Tourism Council Isabel Hill, Former Director, National Travel and Tourism Office at U.S. Department of Commerce
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Week That Changed American Politics: The 1948 Democratic Convention and the Rise of Civil Rights


Award-winning professor Samuel G. Freedman discusses his latest book, Into the Bright Sunshine with Julian E. Zelizer, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning historian. During one sweltering week in July 1948, the Democratic Party gathered in Philadelphia to struggle over its future. The question was not whom the party would nominate for president — the incumbent, Harry Truman, was the presumptive candidate — but rather whether the Democrats would finally embrace the cause of civil rights. Even under Franklin Roosevelt, the party had dodged the issue in order to hold a bloc of Southern segregationists in the New Deal coalition. But with liberal Democrats like Hubert Humphrey pushing for civil rights from within the convention, and the labor and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph leading protest marches outside of it, Truman and his party had to make a choice. And for their part, the so-called Dixiecrats were threatening to walk out of the convention and run their own candidate for president. The outcome of that turbulent week — which recently marked its 75th anniversary — has shaped American politics today. About the Speakers Samuel G. Freedman is an award-winning professor, columnist, and author of nine acclaimed books. Freedman was a staff reporter for The New York Times from 1981 through 1987. From 2004 through 2008, he wrote the paper's "On Education" column, winning first prize in the Education Writers Association's annual competition in 2005. From 2006 through 2016, Freedman wrote the "On Religion" column, receiving the Goldziher Prize for Journalists in 2017 for a series of columns about Muslim-Americans that had been published over the preceding six years. Freedman has contributed to numerous other publications and websites, including The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Daily Beast, New York, Rolling Stone, USA Today, and more. As a professor of journalism at Columbia University, Freedman has been named the nation's outstanding journalism educator by the Society of Professional Journalists and received Columbia's coveted Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Julian E. Zelizer has been among the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, a CNN Political Analyst, and a regular guest on NPR’s Here and Now. He is the award-winning author and editor of 25 books including, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the Best Book on Congress), Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (co-authored with Kevin Kruse), and Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party. His most recent books are Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement, The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A First Historical Assessment, which he edited, and Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Lies and Legends About Our Past, co-edited with Kevin Kruse.
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Poetry Reading | A Queen in Bucks County: Poems of Trans Femininity


Poet and professor Kay Gabriel speaks about and reads from her new book, an epistolary sequence about sex, exchange and social space set along the Northeast Corridor that, as one reviewer puts it, “finds a connection between trans femininity and modernism.” The protagonist Turner, who both is and is not the writer, makes his pleasurable way through miserable space. Men “buy him things,” lovers drive across state lines, users down volatile cocktails to see what happens, landlords turn tenants out and Turner writes poetic tracts to friends about it. Part pornography, part novel, all love letter, A Queen in Bucks County is an experiment in turning language upside down to see what falls out.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Black Sheep: Family-Secrets Horror


A cynical twentysomething must confront her unconventional family’s dark secrets in this fiery, irreverent horror novel from author Rachel Harrison.
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6:30 pm
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Park Walk | Brooklyn Sunset Waterfront Walk


Docents leads a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park's's sustainable design, and how the park came to life. Wear comfortable shoes, as these tours traverse the beautiful park landscape.
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Moving for Life Workout


Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws. Ages Adult 18+
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Corporate Net Zero Pledges: Are Nature-Based Offsets Legitimate?


Net zero commitments now famously cover over 90% of the global economy. Optimists see this as a sign of an unstoppable shift in the business world to a zero emissions future. Critics call greenwash, pointing to flaws in private sector implementation and companies’ possible overreliance on nature-based offsets. Are forestry solutions a legitimate element of corporate net zero plans? How will upcoming regulations set expectations for the use of these offsets? This is a panel discussion to explore these key challenges to corporate net zero pledges, including methodologies to assess the legitimacy of nature-based offsets, and the evolving legal implications for those corporations whose pledges do not stand up to scrutiny.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:45 pm
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Poetry Reading | Grand Tour: Transcendent Poems


The debut collection of poetry by Elisa Gonzalez dramatizes the mind in motion as it grapples with something more than an event: she writes of a whole life, to transcendent effect. By the end, we feel we have been witness to a poet remaking herself. Gonzalez’s poetry depicts the fullness of living. There are the small moments: “white wine greening in a glass,” trumpet blossoms “panicking across the garden.” Some poems adopt the oracular quality of a parable but invariably refuse a clear moral. The poet moves through elegy, romantic and sexual encounters, family history, and place—Cyprus, Puerto Rico, Poland, Ohio—all constellated in “a chaos of faraway.” The collection is held together less by answers than by a persistent question: How doe you reconcile a hatred for the world’s pain with a love for that same world, which is indivisible from its worst aspects? Gonzalez’s poems draw us nearer to our own aliveness, its fragility and sustaining questions. “Since I do love the world,” she says, she keeps writing, inviting us to accompany her as she searches.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Night Watch: A Mother and Daughter Institutionalized During the CIvil War (online)


Jayne Anne Phillips's latest novel is a mesmerizing story about a mother and daughter seeking refuge in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Phillips, one of the most accomplished novelists of our time, is joined in conversation with Danielle Ofri, a practicing physician. This is a spirited discussion and audience Q&A about the novel's themes of war, prejudice, and endurance, as well as writing on mental health and trauma.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Problem of Twelve: When a Few Financial Institutions Control Everything


A panel discussion on The Problem of Twelve by John Coates, Harvard Law Professor and former General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission A “problem of twelve” arises when a small number of institutions acquire the means to exert outsized influence over the politics and economy of a nation. The Big Four index funds--Vanguard, State Street, Fidelity, and BlackRock--control more than twenty percent of the votes of S&P 500 companies, a concentration of financial power that is unprecedented in America. Then there’s the rise of private equity funds, such as the Big Four of Apollo, Blackstone, Carlyle, and KKR, which have amassed $2.7 trillion of assets, and are eroding the legitimacy and accountability of American capitalism, not by controlling public companies, but by taking them over entirely and bringing them outside the scope of the regulatory system. The result is that a few powerful financial firms control a large and growing share of the American economy. They are only beginning to use their power to the fullest extent, and politics will be an inevitable part of the response. The panelists will explore what this concentration of power means and what should be done to maintain our country’s long tradition of limiting the economic and political power of the few.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Corporate Net Zero Pledges: Are Nature-Based Offsets Legitimate?


Net zero commitments now famously cover over 90% of the global economy. Optimists see this as a sign of an unstoppable shift in the business world to a zero emissions future. Critics call greenwash, pointing to flaws in private sector implementation and companies’ possible overreliance on nature-based offsets. Are forestry solutions a legitimate element of corporate net zero plans? How will upcoming regulations set expectations for the use of these offsets? This is a panel discussion to explore these key challenges to corporate net zero pledges, including methodologies to assess the legitimacy of nature-based offsets, and the evolving legal implications for those corporations whose pledges do not stand up to scrutiny. Speakers: Moderated by Michael Gerrard, Professor and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Paul DeNoon, Senior Advisor, Climate School Danielle Lackey, Head of North America, ClientEarth Peter Lehner, Director of Sustainable Food & Farming Program, Earthjustice
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Exploring the Met Opera's Upcoming Dead Man Walking, with Performances from Met Opera Stars (In Person AND Online)


An evening of performance and conversation explores the Met Opera's highly anticipated premiere of Dead Man Walking, as well as the memoir, and the woman, that inspired it. In September the Met Opera will premiere a haunting new Ivo van Hove production of Dead Man Walking, which is the most widely performed new opera of the past two decades. Based on Sister Helen Prejean's groundbreaking memoir of the same name, it is the story of Prejean's fight for the soul of a condemned murderer. Two of the show's stars, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen) and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny (Joseph de Rocher), will deliver a short performance from the opera and then join Sister Helen Prejean in conversation to discuss the new production and Prejean's unswerving commitment to fighting the death penalty. They'll speak with Shamil Idriss, the Chief Executive Officer of Search for Common Ground.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Concert | Tango Obsession: Music and Dance


Enjoy Camarada, a quartet of musicians joined by an impeccable dance couple, in an evening exploring the wide range of the dance form tango. A rich mixture of urban culture forged with the influence of different immigrant cultures in the streets of Argentina, tango music and mesmerizing dance made its way to ballrooms, concert halls, and stages across the world. Tango Obsession is a curated time-travel experience highlighting several favorite tango composers, including Astor Piazzolla and a premiere by Andres Martin, the group's bassist. Come to share with us and go out dancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Movie in a Park | The Flash (2023): Speedster in Time-Travel Adventure


Barry Allen uses his super speed to change the past, but his attempt to save his family creates a world without super heroes, forcing him to race for his life in order to save the future. Director: Andy Muschietti Stars: Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle 144 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:15 pm
Free

Classical Music | Public Sing-a-Long


Music lovers from all walks of life are invited to join in singing with singers of the New York Gregorian Chant Project for 90 minutes of musical enchantment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk 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 to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Staged Reading | New York City's Longest-Running Cold Play Reading


Naked Angels was formed in 1986 by a group of artists intent on creating a creative home for new voices. Forming a community of writers, directors, actors, producers, and designers, our founders crafted an open environment for expression, experimentation, and production. The company took its name from the John Tytell book, which referred to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other Beats as “a generation that wanted to break out of convention and scream.” As a young group, the Naked Angels artists felt the same way; needing a place where, through the medium of theater, they could show the world a different perspective of the times. Sometimes outraged, often irreverent, occasionally absurd, and always intelligent, enthusiastic and fun, Naked Angels’ work was a spark to which audiences were quickly drawn. The Space, as their theater on 17th Street was known, soon became a vital, thriving crossroads where talented theater artists met and collaborated: the destination of choice for those seeking a truly celebratory theatrical experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Classical Music | Sacred Choral Works at a Landmark Venue

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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