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Do you live in New York and are looking for something interesting to do this weekend? Are you just visting and happened to be in New York this weekend?  Or maybe only either Saturday or Sunday? Are you here with your family and kids, or by yourself? What activities do you prefer: watch a parade go by, look at the things sold at the street fairs, be a part of a festival, attend a concert, see a show?

Our guess is that in any case you would like to do something cool, fun, off the beaten path, entertaining, exciting, inspiring and to do it without ruining your bugget. We are here to help you to make your weekend in New York as interesting and exciting as it can possibly be. We will tell you what are the best things to do this weekend.

New York offers way more than the Broadway shows, the well-known museums like the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) and the famous sightseeing sites, like The Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building.

This town never ceases to amaze the tourists as well as the city dwellers with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's day or night, summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September, weekday or weekend.

New York's cultural scene is at its busiest in October and March (and the same goes for free events, free things to do), but other months of the year still offer incredible amount of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

So start using these unique New York City opportunities today, January 23, 2021!

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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge, and all of that on any day of the year, whether it's December or July, April or November!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club Free Time comes in handy! Become a Club Free Time member and start using these unique New York City (NYC) opportunities today, January 23, 2021!

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Free things to do, free events that take place in New York City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (January 23, 2021) or on any other day of the year don't miss those free-of-charge opportunities that only New York provides! You can find lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC), Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

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Experience an entirely new perspective on New York. 'Open up a whole new cultural world... in one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, sampling cultural delights beyond anyone's wildest dream.' Rupert Parker, journalist, photographer, cameraman, and TV producer
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This Weekend in New York City (NYC): 32 Free Events, Free Things to Do

All events, things to do this weekend (Fri, 01/22/2021 - Sun, 01/24/2021) are free unless otherwise noted.

Film | Grace of Monaco (2014): Starring Nicole Kidman (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Nicole Kidman captures the beauty and elegance of Grace Kelly in this true story of her transition from Hollywood starlet to Princess of Monaco. During a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, Kelly's identity and marriage hang in the balance. Directed by Olivier Dahan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Jan 22
12:00 am

Free
Films, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, Grace of Monaco (2014): Starring Nicole Kidman (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Musical | Pride and Prejudice by Tony Nominee (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Pride and Prejudice, based on the classic novel by Jane Austen, is a new musical adaptation by Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (Broadway's Jane Eyre). The show was filmed at the Tony Award-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA., where it played its world premiere from December 4, 2019 to January 4, 2020 and established an all-time box office record.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | United in Song: Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Yo Yo Ma, the American Pops Orchestra and Others (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)


Untited in Song is an evening of powerful performances to unite and celebrate our country, affirming our commitment to come together as Americans through the arts. Featuring Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Patti LaBelle, Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Yo Yo Ma, Morgan James, Anna Deavere Smith, Soloman Howard, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier, and the National Symphony Orchestra,conducted by Joann Falletta. The concert is available for streaming until Jan 28th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 22
12:00 am

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Concerts, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, United in Song: Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Yo Yo Ma, the American Pops Orchestra and Others (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)

Fair | Open-Air Market: Artisan Goods, Gifts, Food Vendors (in-person)


Enjoy local crafts, artisan provisions, and exquisite gifts from around the world. Open daily through March 28, 2021 Monday - Friday: noon-7pm Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Jan 22
12:00 pm

Free
Fairs, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, Open-Air Market: Artisan Goods, Gifts, Food Vendors (in-person)

Workshop | Writing Workshop with a Playwright (virtual)


Playwright Johnny Culver brings together writers of all locations, genres and experience to share their work and receive feedback to improve their craft. Writers are encouraged to bring their five minute or less length scripts, screenplays, stories, poems, recipes, and more to share virtually. Featured guests from the New York City creative arena will be visiting. The workshop runs on alternate Fridays 2-4 pm, beginning January 8 until late May. The season will end with a coffeehouse performance of some of the works, live or virtual.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 22
2:00 pm

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Workshops, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, Writing Workshop with a Playwright (virtual)

Book Discussion | The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing, Author and Dress Historian in Conversation (virtual) 


Amy de la Haye's The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing explores how the rose has inspired the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize. Wild yet cultivated, savage yet delicate, the rose has remained an enduring symbol. From elite 18th century woven silks to the latest gender-neutral catwalk trends, the rose in fashion has referenced love, beauty, sex, sin, gendered identities, rites of passage, transgression, degradation, and death. de la Haye is a fashion and dress historian, writer, and curator. She is a professor of dress history and curatorship at London College of Fashion, joint director of the University of the Arts Centre for Fashion Curation. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 22
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, The Rose in Fashion:&nbsp;Ravishing, Author and Dress Historian in Conversation (virtual)&nbsp;

Concert | String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)


Ethel is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field with an eye on tradition and an ear to the future. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators also make periodic appearances. Ethel is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin). The concert takes place every Friday at 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 22
5:00 pm

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Concerts, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary (in-person)


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 22
6:00 pm

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Museumss, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary (in-person)

Concert | Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 22
6:00 pm

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Concerts, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)

Performance | Broadway Murder Mystery: Play The Part Or Solve The Crime! (virtual)


It's opening night of Murder in the First on Broadway, and nerves are high. The cast and crew are all a buzz backstage with the excitement of the lights, the sounds - and the dead body of big-shot Broadway Producer. There lies Jack Bialystock, shot in the back, centerstage before the curtain could rise. Was the murderer a cast member, like Anita Part who's making her Broadway debut tonight, or seasoned performer Sienna Stealer? Was it the sleazy casting director Colin Back, or a member of the audience like Megan Phan who somehow wandered backstage? There's only one way to find out: play the game Bullets on Broadway! But hold onto your overpriced wine--the murderer may be YOU!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jan 22
8:00 pm

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Tour | Tokyo: Ueno Park Walk, History and Culture (virtual)


Ueno Park is one of the most popular areas in Tokyo, for both locals and tourists. Once a part of the vast ground of Kan-eiji Buddhist temple, Ueno Park is today the home of culture: there are museums, a university, a zoo and historical spots. On this tour you will walk through this beautiful and interesting area, stopping by a brilliant shrine with gold leaf and elaborate carvings, and a charming temple with a splendid view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Jan 22
9:30 pm

Free
Tours, January 22, 2021, 01/22/2021, Tokyo: Ueno Park Walk, History and Culture (virtual)

Film | House of Hummingbird (2018): Coming-of-Age Story, Grand Prix for the Best Film at Berlin International Film Festival (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)


14-year-old Eun-hee moves through life like a hummingbird searching for a taste of sweetness wherever she may find it. Ignored by her parents and abused by her brother, she finds her escape by roaming the neighborhood with her best friend, going on adventures, exploring young love and experiencing everything that comes with growing up in a country on the brink of enormous change. Written and directed by Bora Kim and starring Ji-Hu Park, House of Hummingbird delicately captures a turning point in a young woman's life. In Korean with English subtitles. The film will be streaming until Jan 24th. Director's Talk: Sunday, January 24, 6 PM
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Jan 23
12:00 am

Free
Films, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, House of Hummingbird (2018): Coming-of-Age Story, Grand Prix for the Best Film at Berlin International Film Festival (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)

Play | Lillian Hellman's Days to Come (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Lillian Hellman's second play, Days to Come, is a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. "It's the story of innocent people on both sides who are drawn into conflict and events far beyond their comprehension," Hellman said in an interview before Days to Come opened in 1936. "It's the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop..." Directed by J.R. Sullivan. Starring Larry Bull, Chris Henry Coffey, Ted Deasy, Roderick Hill, and Janie Brookshire. This is an archival recording. Streaming is available until Feb 21st.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am

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Plays, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Lillian Hellman's Days to Come (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Musical | Six Short Musical Plays (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Prospect Theater Company presents 6 short plays on film: The Band at the End of the World; Brain, Storm; Don't Stay Safe; Lady Apsara; Lady Lawyer Lockwood Rides her Tricycle; Unravell'd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Jan 23
12:00 am

Free
Musicals, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Six Short Musical Plays (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required.
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Sat, Jan 23
8:00 am

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Fairs, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)

Party | Billie Holiday Listening Party (virtual)


Join Lezlie Harrison from WBGO - the jazz mecca The New York Times called “arguably the best jazz station in the world” - hosts a listening party focused on some of Billie Holiday’s most influential recordings, along with albums and tracks she influenced. Artists including Dianne Reeves, Bob Dylan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Cassandra Wilson and others carry Billie’s influence in their music. Billie’s signature song “Strange Fruit” has been recorded by Tori Amos, Nina Simone, Lou Rawls and Sting, among many others. Her “God Bless the Child” has been covered by artists from Sam Cooke to Aretha Franklin to Stevie Wonder to Annie Lennox. And the influence is wide and deep. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 23
12:00 pm

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Partys, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Billie Holiday Listening Party (virtual)

Workshop | Juggling in a Park (in-person)


Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching the jugglers put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided and regularly sanitized. Schedule: Tuesday 6-7pm Wednesday 12-1pm Saturday 12-1pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 23
12:00 pm

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Workshops, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Juggling in a Park (in-person)

Theater | Open 'Tho Shut: Pop-Up Theater Outdoors (in-person and virtual)


"Open 'Tho Shut," a weekly series of free, live walk-by performances in which acts will be staged live in the theater's set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 23
2:00 pm

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Theaters, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Open 'Tho Shut: Pop-Up Theater Outdoors (in-person and virtual)

Discussion | Promising Young Woman (2020): Oscar Nominee Carey Mulligan and Director in Conversation (virtual)


From groundbreaking director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman ... until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be: she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Jan 23
4:00 pm

Free
Discussions, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Promising Young Woman (2020): Oscar Nominee Carey Mulligan and Director in Conversation (virtual)

Concert | Saturday Live Music (in-person)


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jan 23
6:00 pm

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Concerts, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Saturday Live Music (in-person)

Opera | Met Opera: Massenet’s Manon (virtual, streaming 23 hours)


Ever since graduating from the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Lisette Oropesa has had a meteoric career around the world, excelling in some of the pinnacles of the soprano repertoire. During the 2019–20 season, she returned to the Met stage to star in her largest role with the company to date, the irresistible heroine of Massenet’s Manon. As the young ingénue, Oropesa delivers a stunning performance, marked by brilliant coloratura, melting lyricism, and enchanting stage presence. Recorded as part of the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions, this performance also features tenor Michael Fabiano as the impetuous Chevalier des Grieux and baritone Artur Ruciński as Lescaut. Maurizio Benini is on the podium to lead one of the most passionate scores in the French operatic repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm

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Concerts, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Met Opera: Massenet&rsquo;s Manon (virtual, streaming 23 hours)

Concert | Fusion of Indie, Funk, Jazz and Electronica (virtual)


800 lb. Gorilla blends indie songcraft with funk, jazz and electronica influences to create a driving, danceable sound. The band: Mark Humphrey (guitar, lead vocals), Kwame Newton (keyboards, saxophone, vocals), Andy Greenwell (keyboards, lead vocals).
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Jan 23
8:00 pm

Free
Concerts, January 23, 2021, 01/23/2021, Fusion of Indie, Funk, Jazz and Electronica (virtual)

Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy (virtual)


Stand up comedy featuring comedians from HBO, The Tonight Show, CONAN, Amazon, Comedy Central, Netflix, TikTok, SNL, Colbert and more! Hosted by Rich Kiamco (The Howard Stern Show). Each Sat at 9 pm. Different lineup each week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | United We Play: Renowned Pianist Marcus Roberts, Jazz Ensemble and The American Symphony Orchestra's Musicians (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)


A short film featuring three world premieres of works for strings, jazz instrumentals, and piano composed by renowned pianist Marcus Roberts. The program is a communal project created in response to the turbulence of 2020. The film features Marcus Roberts, The Modern Jazz Generation ensemble, and the The American Symphony Orchestra's string section in a musical, visual, and narrative collaboration exploring the universal ideals of finding strength through adversity and community through division. "An immensely attractive new music film." - Chicago Tribute
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, United We Play: Renowned Pianist Marcus Roberts, Jazz Ensemble and The American Symphony Orchestra's Musicians (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)

Opera | Royal Swedish Opera: Prima Donna (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Maria Callas-inspired, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna is performed by the Royal Swedish Opera. After interrupting her career following a traumatic performance of an opera written especially for her, an aging singer is now preparing for her return. Will this woman torn between a dream of the stage and a dream of love be able to achieve her goal?
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Jan 24
12:00 am

Free
Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Royal Swedish Opera: Prima Donna (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required.
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Fairs, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)

Museums | Art of Native America: Sculptures, Pattery, Drawings, Regalia (in-person)


This landmark exhibition showcases 116 masterworks representing the achievements of artists from more than fifty cultures across North America. Ranging in date from the second to the early twentieth century, the diverse works have been collected by Charles and Valerie Diker. Long considered to be the most significant holdings of historical Native American art in private hands, the Diker Collection has particular strengths in sculpture from British Columbia and Alaska, California baskets, pottery from southwestern pueblos, Plains drawings and regalia, and rare accessories from the eastern Woodlands.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Live Jazz (in-person, outdoors)


Enjoy an afternoon of live jazz! Drinks are available for purchase.
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1:00 pm

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Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Live Jazz (in-person, outdoors)

Jazz | Jazz Ensemble: Saxophones, Guitar, Bass, Drums (virtual)


The Lioness Ensemble performs original compositions, along with an online Q&A with baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian, guitarist Amanda Monaco, and tenor saxophonist Jenny Hill. The band: Alexa Tarantino - alto saxophone Jenny Hill - tenor saxophone Lauren Sevian - baritone saxophone Amanda Monaco - guitar Endea Owens - bass Colleen Clark - drums
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Sun, Jan 24
2:30 pm

Free
Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Jazz Ensemble: Saxophones, Guitar, Bass, Drums (virtual)

Book Discussion | That Old Country Music: Stories of Rural Ireland with the NYTimes Bestselling Author (virtual)


From the author of the wildly acclaimed Night Boat to Tangier, one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2019, Kevin Barry's That Old Country Music is a collection of stories of rural Ireland in the classic mode: full of love (and sex), melancholy and magic, bedecked in some of the most gorgeous prose being written today. Kevin Barry is the author of the highly acclaimed novel City of Bohane and two short-story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He will be joined in conversation with Mark O'Connell, author of Notes from an Apocalypse and To Be a Machine, and a contributer to The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and The Guardian.
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Classical Music | Piano Works by J.S. Bach, Schumann, and More (virtual)


A "jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show...with effortless finesse" (Washington Post) Amy Yang performs.
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Sun, Jan 24
3:00 pm

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Concerts, January 24, 2021, 01/24/2021, Piano Works by J.S. Bach, Schumann, and More (virtual)

Workshop | Yin Yoga: Meditative and Slow-Paced (virtual)


You will be guided through a nourishing sequence meant to help you soothe the nervous system and prepare for a restful night's sleep. Yin is a meditative and slow-paced style of yoga, with long-held poses that give you the time and stillness to bring your body & mind to a state of deep relaxation. You perform the majority of the poses seated on the floor or laying down. The poses are held for longer periods of time, sometimes 3 - 5 minutes.
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