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55 free events take place on Thursday, September 21 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 21 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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55 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, September 21, 2023

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free events nyc A Discussion with Former New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott (online)
free events nyc State of New York: AI & NYC (online)
free events nyc Song of the Nightingale: An Outdoor Opera Based on a Hans Christian Anderson Story
free events nyc Works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and More for Piano, Violin, and Cello
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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.
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Workshops, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Fitness Yoga Class

Discussion | Changing Regimes, Changing World Order?: Transregional Perspectives from Africa and Asia (online)


The geopolitics of the twenty-first century is increasingly characterized by a transformation of world order. In recent decades, the liberal international order, underpinned since the end of the Cold War by unipolar American hegemony, has been fundamentally destabilized by the rise of emerging powers across the global South – a process spearheaded by China and by organizational formations such as the BRICS. Economically, this process is fuelled by the ascent of dynamic growth centres beyond the Euro-American core of the world-system, and manifest in apparent departures from the policy orthodoxies of market liberalism. In the realm of global governance, southern emerging powers have unsettled the workings of the extant multilateral system and begun crafting an alternative architecture for multilateralism through institutions such as the New Development Bank.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Changing Regimes, Changing World Order?: Transregional Perspectives from Africa and Asia (online)

Lecture | Harnessing the Positive Potential of AI for Urban Climate Action


As communities and cities increasingly experience the impacts of climate change, the need for solutions and scalable actions have never been more important. This is especially true in large cities like New York, which are wrestling with a range of hazards from extreme heat and rainfall, to sea level rise and coastal flooding. But what are some of the emerging ideas, technologies, and solutions that organizations are advancing worldwide to address the ongoing climate crisis? Join senior leaders from across the public, private, and social sectors for an engaging discussion on the potential and challenges of leveraging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate climate action.
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Lectures, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Harnessing the Positive Potential of AI for Urban Climate Action

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.
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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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Tours, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Film | Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941): drama


Ella Bishop, a young Midwestern woman, is determined to teach college. While she encounters numerous difficulties along the way, Ella does eventually become a teacher — though her academic career proves far more stable than her love life. As the film follows Ella over the years, she is consistently given support by Sam Peters, the local grocer and a close friend. Will Ella and Sam's relationship blossom into romance? Director: Tay Garnett Cast: Martha Scott, William Gargan
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Films, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941): drama

Book Discussion | Living with the Law: Gender and Community Among the Jews of Medieval Egypt (online)


This talk will explore the legal culture of Jews in medieval Egypt by focusing on records of marital disputes preserved in the Cairo Geniza. How did women fare in these conflicts and what options for self-advocacy were available to them? On the one hand, women faced tremendous pressure to compromise due to their relative lack of autonomy and their limited social networks. On the other hand, they developed interesting strategies to resist such pressures and pursue their own interests, including enlisting the help of male relatives, fleeing from home, and even turning to Muslim courts. From these cases we will also attempt to draw broader conclusions about the legal culture in medieval Egypt and how it differed from that in other Jewish communities. Dr. Oded Zinger is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on issues of gender and law among the Jews of the medieval Islamic world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Living with the Law: Gender and Community Among the Jews of Medieval Egypt (online)

Discussion | A Discussion with Former New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott (online)


Julie Salamon sits down with New York Times critic, A.O. Scott to discuss his return to reviewing books, his career in criticism, and thoughts on our current culture. A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000, and was chief critic from 2004-2023 during which he wrote 2,220 movie reviews and nearly 1,300 other essays, articles and appraisals. In March, after the Oscars and the end of the 2023 awards season, he moved to The New York Times Book Review to write critical essays, notebooks and reviews that grapple with literature, ideas and intellectual life. Prior to reviewing films, Scott had been the lead Sunday book reviewer for Newsday and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, A Discussion with Former New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott (online)

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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Workshops, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Learn Juggling in the Park

Park Walk | Wildlife Outing in the Park


A wildlife outing in the park to discover the flora and fauna that make the park ecologically rich.
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Park Walks, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Wildlife Outing in the Park

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.
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Concerts, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Opera | Song of the Nightingale: Opera Preview and Talk


The world premiere of a site-specific opera that tells the story of a collector looking to gather up the world's most beautiful objects. This opera is adapted from Hans Christian Anderson's "The Nightingale."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Song of the Nightingale: Opera Preview and Talk

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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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Unseen Abelism (online)


Curator Brooke Wyatt invites curator and scholar Jessica A. Cooley to present her curatorial framework of "crip materiality," which addresses the unseen ableism in the care, conceptualization, and exhibition of material objects in museum institutions. The speakers will highlight the ethical questions raised in the collection, interpretation, and display of works by artists including James Castle, Martha Ann Honeywell, and Martin Ramirez, as well as the collection of hand-tinted vernacular photographs currently on view in Material Witness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Artist Talk: Unseen Abelism (online)

Concert | Music in Midtown: Brahms, Mozart, Janáček (in-person and online)


Renowned violinist and faculty Rolf Schulte and Queens College faculty member, pianist Joseph Liccardo perform Mozart’s Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 380, Janáček’s Violin Sonata, and Brahms' Sonata Op.120, No. 2. 
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Concerts, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Music in Midtown: Brahms, Mozart, Jan&aacute;ček (in-person and online)

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.
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Workshop | The Art of Aviation Photography (online)


Explore the captivating world of aviation photography and learn to capture stunning images of aircraft in action. In this photography class, participants will delve into the specialized field of aviation photography, discovering the techniques and skills needed to capture breathtaking images of airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. Whether you're an aviation enthusiast or a photography lover seeking a new challenge, this class will empower you to capture the dynamic beauty of aviation. What you'll learn: - Understanding aviation photography: Gain insights into the unique aspects of aviation photography, including aircraft types, flight patterns, and aviation terminology. - Mastering camera settings and techniques: Learn how to optimize your camera settings to capture fast-moving aircraft, freeze motion, and achieve sharp focus. - Composition and storytelling: Explore various composition techniques specific to aviation photography, such as capturing aircraft in flight, emphasizing their size and power, and creating compelling visual narratives. - Lighting and exposure: Discover how to effectively work with different lighting conditions, including golden hour and night photography, to create dramatic and visually impactful aviation images. - Post-processing and editing: Dive into the world of post-processing and learn techniques to enhance your aviation photographs, including color correction, noise reduction, and adding creative effects.
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Classical Music | Italian Baroque Works for Voice (In Person and Online)


Gwendolyn Toth, continuo; Audrey Fernandez Fraser, soprano, perform works from The Carlo G Manuscript (ca. 1600-1620).
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Concerts, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Italian Baroque Works for Voice (In Person and Online)

Discussion | Decarbonising the Real Economy (online)


Discuss the critical elements that must be implemented to decarbonise the real economy. The finance sector has a key role to play in ensuring that we are not simply decarbonising portfolios by investing in already green activities but that financial institutions are supporting the transition plans of their counterparties. During this event they hope to connect the dots between the transition plans of companies, financial institutions, and countries to ensure the acceleration of decarbonising activities.
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Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Decarbonising the Real Economy (online)

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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Birdwatchings, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Park Birding Tour

Forum | Climate Justice, the Environment, and the Anthropocene


Hear from faculty across a wide range of disciplines including history, environmental sciences, culture and media, theater, chemistry, and religious studies about their research and teaching projects related to climate justice, the environment, and the anthropocene. Featuring: - Timon McPhearson, Environmental Studies - Cecilia Rubino, Theater - Sarah Montague, Culture & Media - Debasmita Basu, Natural Sciences & Mathematics - Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, History - Katayoun Chamany, Natural Sciences & Mathematics - Heather Davis, Culture & Media - Jay Bernstein, Philosophy - Alan McGowan, Environmental Studies - Michael Roberson, The Arts - Nathan Fitch, Screen Studies - K Prevallet, Literary Studies - Bhawani Venkataraman, Natural Sciences & Mathematics - Mark Larrimore, Religious Studies
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Forums, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Climate Justice, the Environment, and the Anthropocene

Concert | Cumbia Music from Colombia with an American Twist -- Outdoors


A special performance by Cumbia River Band -- music that draws from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia and Riverside music. Their sound, featuring instruments such as the tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion, and vocals, resembles the golden era of Cumbia, but with an American twist. Led by multi-instrumentalist, producer, and educator Martin Vejarano, the band's original compositions and cleverly arranged classics will transport you to the captivating musical world of Cumbia River. Get ready for a musical adventure you'll remember.
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Concerts, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Cumbia Music from Colombia with an American Twist -- Outdoors

Opening Reception | 5 Photography Shows


Featuring: Ronaldo Aguilar, Collider  Lee Day, Water Abstraction  Alan Markman, Transfigurations  Bill Betcher, Ghosts: Civil War Portraits Marcy Juran, Humble Beauty
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Opening Receptions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, 5 Photography Shows

Film | 11,103 (2022): Survivor Stories from Marcos's Philippines


A documentary featuring survivor stories of state-sponsored violence during the Martial Law years of the dictator, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. Thousands were jailed, tortured, raped and killed while communities were massacred in the crossfire between state forces, Maoist rebels and Muslim separatists. In 2013, the Philippine government passed a landmark law which officially recognized these atrocities and mandated compensation for the victims, funded by the illegally-acquired wealth of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos hidden in their Swiss Bank accounts. 11,103 victims were given compensation as a result of the law. Directors: Miguel Alcazaren, Jeannette Ifurung 86 min.
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Films, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, 11,103 (2022): Survivor Stories from Marcos's Philippines

Opening Reception | Emma McIntyre: An echo, a stain


A solo exhibition of new paintings by New Zealand–born, Los Angeles–based artist Emma McIntyre. This will be her first exhibition in New York.
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Opening Receptions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Emma McIntyre: An echo, a stain

Opening Reception | Helen Marten: Evidence of Theatre


Helen Marten works across sculpture, painting, drawing, video, and writing to create a body of work that questions the stability of the material world and our place within it. Alluding to ideas, systems, and experiences, her work across media articulates complex investigations into the ways in which we exist and understand the world around us.
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Opening Receptions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Helen Marten: Evidence of Theatre

Book Discussion | The First Lady of World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt's Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back (online)


Shannon McKenna Schmidt's book is the first to tell the full story of Eleanor Roosevelt's unprecedented and courageous trip to the Pacific Theater during World War II. On August 27, 1943, news broke in the United States that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was on the other side of the world. A closely guarded secret, she had left San Francisco aboard a military transport plane headed for the South Pacific to support and report the troops on WW2's front lines. Americans had believed she was secluded at home. As Allied forces battled the Japanese for control of the region, Eleanor was there on the frontlines, spending five weeks traveling, on a mission as First Lady of the United States to experience what our servicemen were experiencing... and report back home.
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Book Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, The First Lady of World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt's Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back (online)

Lecture | A Question of Taste: Colonial Aesthetics, Political Affects, and Taste Tanks


A public lecture and conversation with Ulrike Bergermann, Visiting Scholar and Professor of Media Studies at the University of Art in Braunschweig, and Katrin Köppert, Assistant Professor for Art History and Popular Cultures at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. Taste has a history, or rather many – personal, embodied histories as well as philosophical and colonial histories. A new understanding of taste emerged in the aesthetics of the enlightenment, while colonialism and enslavement provided new experiences of taste and 'having taste'. Following on from this, and with a glance to the euro-american story of cocoa, we might think of a need to not only "decolonize the mind" (Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o) but also the senses. With the help of the queerfeminist concept of "Feel Tanks" and current theories of collectivity, taste, and affect, this lecture discusses the idea of "Taste Tanks" for a disruption of the sensible.
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Lectures, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, A Question of Taste: Colonial Aesthetics, Political Affects, and Taste Tanks

Lecture | Back Porch History: A History of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum


Gather on the back porch as Board President and local historian, Don Rice, pulls together everything we know about this fascinating and historic structure! Attendees will hear about the unique story of the farmhouse, including the people and places that have played an important role in DFM’s history.  
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Lectures, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Back Porch History: A History of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Discussion | Balancing Lithium Production, Investment and Policy


One of the most pressing questions in the realm of global energy transition is, “How should we ensure a secure, sufficient, and sustainable lithium supply?” This discussion encompasses multifaceted aspects, including production, investment, and regulation, which require a collective effort from diverse stakeholders. Our goal is to foster a comprehensive and well-rounded conversation that considers tradeoffs from multiple perspectives by bringing together key players from various sectors to encourage an inclusive and open dialogue that delves into the complexities and challenges of lithium supply and its impact on the energy transition. Moderator: Tom Moerenhout, Professor and Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA Panelists: Juan Carlos Jobet, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, CGEP and former Chile Minister of Mines Ellen Lenny-Pessagno, Senior Vice-President, Albemarle Ahmed Mehdi, Non-Resident Fellow, CGEP and Principal Advisor, Benchmark Minerals Intelligence Brian Menell, Chairman and CEO, Techmet --
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Lecture | Ophelia's Rue: Shakespeare in Post-Roe America (online)


What can Shakespeare's plays tell us about abortion and bodily autonomy in a post-Roe America? In this talk, Alicia Andrzejewski attends to how characters like Ophelia “bring down flowers” in Shakespeare’s plays to remind us that people have sought early and late term abortions across time, and that this search is represented in the most canonical of authors, of texts. She puts Shakespeare’s plays in conversation with early modern medical texts and receipt books, interviews with herbalists and abortion doulas, and her personal experience with herbal abortifacients to think through Ophelia’s “rue”—her isolation, her sadness, her only hope to end an unplanned pregnancy. Andrzejewski argues that the desperate, panicked search for information, the dark vials containing the promise of a different life, and the communities that harbored and disseminated this knowledge transcend time— and that these “historical touches across time,” to use Carolyn Dinshaw’s phrase, are particularly important in a post Roe v. Wade world, when pregnant people will be forced to turn to the kinds of remedies available before the medicalization of abortion.
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Lectures, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Ophelia's Rue: Shakespeare in Post-Roe America (online)

Park Walk | Park Tour: Habitat Garden


Take a tour of Habitat Garden with the park's nature experts and discover native plants and more. Calling all nature enthusiasts! The park’s Habitat Garden is an ecological planting zone where only native trees and plants were used in the design. The plant palette supports a diverse range of bird and insect species. Join us for an exclusive tour of this protected, lush garden and awaken your inner naturalist. Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities - please be considerate and leave your dog at home.
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Discussion | Pushing Fashion Forward: Fashion + Performance


The School of Fashion is excited to present a conversation with Terrence Zhou '20, Founder and Creative Director of Bad Binch TONGTONG and Jackson Wiederhoeft '16, Founder and Creative Director of Wiederhoeft; moderated by Marie Genevieve Cyr, Director, BFA Fashion Design program, Parsons School of Design. It will be followed by a Q&A.
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Talk | Living Well and Dying Well


Renowned philosopher Peter Singer aims to implement a yearly lecture series on broadening the scope of end-of-life care—specifically, what it means to live a good life and how a person might achieve a good death.  Peter Singer has been described as the world’s most influential philosopher. Born in Melbourne in 1946, he has been professor of bioethics at Princeton University since 1999. His many books include Animal Liberation - often credited with triggering the modern animal rights movement - Practical Ethics, The Life You Can Save, The Most Good You Can Do, and Ethics in the Real World.
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Film | A Story of One's Own (2021): Documentary on International Adoption


Five adoptees share their common experiences of being separated from their countries and families of origin as children to be brought up in families abroad. Based on testimonies not dissimilar to her own, the filmmaker draws a political reflection on the complex matter of international adoption. Director: Amandine Gay 100 min.
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Films, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, A Story of One's Own (2021): Documentary on International Adoption

Book Discussion | Dark Days: Fugitive Essays


Award-winning poet Roger Reeves discusses the release of his nonfiction debut. In lyrical essays interweaving cultural criticism ranging from hip hop’s OutKast to Toni Morrison, with history and personal memoir, Reeves presents a profound and insightful vision for how to see and experience the world despite fear, chaos, and uncertainty. “The peace we fight and search for,” Reeves writes, “begins and ends with being still.”
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Book Discussion | The Art of Assembly. Political Theatre Today


In his book, Florian Malzacher surveys theatre today to demonstrate its political potential in both form and content. Drawing on numerous examples from around the world in performance, visual art, and activist art, he examines works that draw on the particular possibilities of theatre to navigate the space between representation and participation, at once playfully and with sincerity. In a time of wide-ranging crisis, The Art of Assembly is a plea for a strong definition of the political and for a theatre that is not content merely to reflect the world’s ills but instead acts to change them.
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Book Discussion | The Queen of Scots: The First Translation of a 1628 Italian Play


The play by Federico Della Valle (1560-1628) is introduced, translated, and annotated by Fabio Battista, University of Alabama. The translator will be in conversation with: Luigi Ballerini, General Editor of The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library Ida Caiazza, Marie Curie Global Fellow Berardo Paradiso, Hon. Chair of The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library Eugenio Refini Gianluca Rizzo, General Editor of The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library Excerpts of the play read by members of KIT - Kairos Italy Theater. From the moment of her spectacular death on the scaffold, the story of Mary Queen of Scots became nothing short of a sensation across Europe. She was executed on 8 February 1587, and her death was the climax of a captivity that lasted over eighteen years. Shortly after the event, Federico Della Valle, one of Italy's most accomplished dramatists of the time, composed La reina di Scotia (The Queen of Scots), a tragedy depicting the final hours of the Scottish queen's life. With its restrained tone, streamlined action, and refined poetic language, The Queen of Scots ranks among the very best of early modern Italian drama. In this book, Fabio Battista provides an English-language annotated edition of Della Valle's work, accompanied by a comprehensive introduction exploring the fictional afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots from the early modern period to today. The volume also includes the English translation of a widely circulated letter detailing the queen's momentous execution. Made available to an English-speaking audience for the first time, this tragedy is the earliest dramatic reworking of the death of Mary Queen of Scots in a modern vernacular, spearheading a tradition that endures to this day.
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Book Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, The Queen of Scots: The First Translation of a 1628 Italian Play

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.
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Workshops, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Sunset Yoga

Book Discussion | In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews During the Holocaust (in-person and online)


In his stirring book, Richard Hurowitz pays tribute to ten individuals who risked their lives, liberties, and careers to help their neighbors, and often complete strangers, to survive. Featured in the book are those recognized by Yad Vashem in Israel, notably the story of Georg Duckwitz, a German diplomat in occupied Denmark who alerted the Danes to the intended date of the Jewish deportation and helped arrange their safe passage to Sweden. Other incredible profiles include Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes; Italian cycling champion Gino Bartali; Polish social worker Irena Sendler; Japanese spy Chinue Sugihara; and H.A. and Margarite Rey, the co-creators of Curious George. Richard Hurowitz is joined in conversation by Margaret Hoover, host of PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. They will discuss how these stories are a timely reminder of the dangers of extremism, as well as of the persistence of decency and humanity in treacherous times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews During the Holocaust&nbsp;(in-person and online)

Book Discussion | Letter from New York: Ode to a City


A brand-new edition of Helene Hanff's Letter from New York, featuring an introduction from Jean Hanff Korelitz. After the success of her book 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff was asked by BBC Radio to write about her life in New York. What started out as a 6-month trial in 1978 turned into a 6-year project, during which Helene Hanff captivated radio audiences with her monthly broadcasts- each 5-minute vignette a love letter to her beloved New York City. This book is a collection of selected scripts from this series in which the author offers us a glimpse into her own everyday tales of the city. Written in her trademark whimsical and upbeat style, Helene Hanff transports us to the heart of Manhattan in the 1980s, describing her favorite places, people and pets with gentle humor, and introducing the reader to the ups and downs of life in a high-rise apartment building in New York City ("the last small town in America").
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Letter from New York: Ode to a City

Opera | Song of the Nightingale: An Outdoor Opera Based on a Hans Christian Anderson Story


The world premiere of a site-specific opera that tells the story of a collector looking to gather up the world's most beautiful objects. This opera is adapted from Hans Christian Anderson's "The Nightingale."
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Song of the Nightingale: An Outdoor Opera Based on a Hans Christian Anderson Story

Discussion | Confronting Climate Grief in Fiction (In Person AND Online)


Writers whose novels and stories have crossed the intersection of climate change and mental health ask whether fiction can have a meaningful impact on how we handle the climate crisis. Debates over what obligations fiction writers have to engage with contemporary issues in their work probably go back to the invention of fiction. In recent years that argument has taken on more eschatological tones when it comes to climate change, which has been called the “largest, most pervasive threat to the natural environment and societies the world has ever experienced.” The climate crisis and mental health have figured into the novels or stories of Akil Kumarasamy, Sam J. Miller, and Nathaniel Rich. Speaking with Mary Annaïse Heglar, they will discuss the responsibilities that storytellers do or don’t have to center our most dire global challenge, and how they respect both the big picture narratives of climate change and the individual stories of mental and physical health within them—and what kind of change can we reasonably expect their work to help induce.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Confronting Climate Grief in Fiction (In Person AND Online)

Author Reading | Fiction and Poetry from NYU Alumni


Readings by Elisa Gonzalez (poetry), Maggie Miller (poetry), Ben Purkert (fiction), and Cleo Qian (fiction) followed by a reception/signing. Elisa Gonzalez is the author of Grand Tour. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Drift, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. Maggie Millner is the author of Couplets. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, POETRY, Kenyon Review, BOMB, The Nation, and elsewhere. Ben Purkert is the author of the poetry collection For the Love of Endings. His work appears in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Kenyon Review, among others. Cleo Qian is a fiction writer and poet from California. She received her MFA from NYU. Her work has appeared in over 20 outlets; was a winner of the Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Competition; has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, twice longlisted for the DISQUIET Prize, and supported by Sundress Academy for the Arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Fiction and Poetry from NYU Alumni

Reading | First Floor Walk Up: Poetry and Prose Readings


Readers: PETER RADLEY AINA HUNTER PRINCE A. McNALLY JOHN FOY
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Readings, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, First Floor Walk Up: Poetry and Prose Readings

Discussion | Rethinking Ambition


If you’ve ever felt “too ambitious,” or not ambitious enough, that’s by design. Ambition is constructed by institutional and societal forces — ones that get glossed over as people are encouraged to hustle their way into happiness or climb over each other up a career ladder that leads nowhere.  “It’s your passion!” is used as an excuse to underpay workers; individual achievement is presented as a solution to structural failures; productivity is tethered to self-worth; and we’re constantly told that, whatever we’re doing, we need to be doing more.  But what if it could be different? Amid endless conversations on burnout, overwork, and jobs that take more than they give, is it possible to reconceive our aspirations and how ambition functions?  Join All the Gold Stars author and Teen Vogue columnist Rainesford Stauffer, Teen Vogue News + Politics Editor Lexi McMenamin, and Teen Vogue’s former executive editor and author of the forthcoming book The Myth of Making It, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, for a conversation on work, productivity and how to frame ambition as more imaginative, radical, and collective.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Rethinking Ambition

Discussion | State of New York: AI & NYC (online)


A conversation with Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and 92NY CEO Seth Pinsky, delving into the intersection of artificial intelligence and the changing landscape of New York City. This program will explore how AI is already reshaping the fabric of the city, from innovative infrastructure to equitable access, and from sustainable urban planning to cutting-edge solutions. Journalists Nicole Gelinas, Errol Louis, and Brigid Bergin will then bring their insightful perspectives to the table as they engage in a dynamic unpacking of the issues discussed. Together, they will explore the role of this rapidly-evolving technology in running the biggest city in the nation, continuing a thought-provoking dialogue on what a future shaped by AI would look like.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, State of New York: AI & NYC (online)

Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and More for Piano, Violin, and Cello


TrioVanBeethoven: Clemens Zeilinger, piano; Verena Stourzh, violin; and Franz Ortner, cello, perform works by Beethoven, Johanna Doderer, and Mendelssohn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and More for Piano, Violin, and Cello

Movie in a Park | The Bad Guys (2022): Animated Animal Criminals


To avoid prison, a gang of notorious animal criminals pretends to seek being rehabilitated, only for their leader to realize that he genuinely wants to change his ways. Director: Pierre Perifel Stars: Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, The Bad Guys (2022): Animated Animal Criminals

Lecture | An Illegible Relation?: Black/Indigenous Being and a Study of Hemispheric Racializations


Discourses on racialization throughout the Americas are often described in opposition to each other: U.S. racial understandings are often understood into the Black/white binary; in comparison, Latin American racial formations are placed into a spectrum of racial identifications. However, this configuration crumbles through conversations on lived experience, embodiment, and crossings across spatiotemporal terrain. Utilizing ethnographic and archival work: How do Black/Indigenous understandings of relation interrupt not only the (re)production of dichotomous spatial-racial logics but also present us with an alternative way of understanding race throughout the hemisphere? Speaker: Ashley Ngozi Agbasoga, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, An Illegible Relation?: Black/Indigenous Being and a Study of Hemispheric Racializations

Film | The Stroll (2023): Documentary on Meatpacking District Sex Workers


The history of New York's Meatpacking District told from the point of view of transgender sex workers who lived and worked there. They recount the violence, policing, and gentrification that lead to a movement for transgender rights. Directed by Zackary Drucker, Kristen Lovell 84 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, The Stroll (2023): Documentary on Meatpacking District Sex Workers

Reading | Voices of a People’s History of the United States in the 21st Century: Documents of Hope and Resistance


The works of Brooklyn-born author and historian Howard Zinn (1922–2010), particularly the classic bestsellers A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, continue to shine a light on the extraordinary history of those engaged in struggles for freedom and justice in America. In collaboration with longtime partner Voices of a People's History, this event spotlights readings and music from the social movements that have shaped our recent past, as collected in the newest Voices book, Voices of a People’s History of the United States in the 21st Century: Documents of Hope and Resistance. This new volume gives proof that history is made not only by the rich and powerful, but by ordinary people taking collective action.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Voices of a People&rsquo;s History of the United States in the 21st Century: Documents of Hope and Resistance

Talk | Advocating Empathy and Reconciliation in the Midst of Conflict


The renowned Palestinian Peace Activist Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi will speak on means for reconciliation under conflict The Palestinian Peace Activist Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Award for Civic Engagement to Combat Antisemitism will speak on Advocating Empathy and Reconciliation in the Midst of Conflict. Professor Dajani will be introduced by John Torpey, Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Advocating Empathy and Reconciliation in the Midst of Conflict

Film | Radical (2023): drama


Who will the sixth grade students at Jose Urbina Lopez Elementary in Matamoros become? They are among the worst performing students in Mexico, the world they know is one of violence and hardship, and their classrooms are dominated by an atmosphere of overbearing discipline, not possibility. It might seem like a dead end… but it is also the perfect place for new teacher Sergio Juarez to try something different. There’s just one problem: Sergio has no idea what he’s doing. Director: Christopher Zalla Cast: Daniel Haddad, Danilo Guardiola, Eugenio Derbez, Jennifer Trejo, Mia Fernanda Solis
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Films, September 21, 2023, 09/21/2023, Radical (2023): drama
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