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January 17, 2020. Free shows, free concerts, free movies, free tours, free readings, worshops, lectures, etc.  are New York's best kept secret! Learn all about it and do not miss the unique opportunities that only New York provides: NYC never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's day or night, weekday or weekend, summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September. If you are looking for inexpensive things to do and where to go in Manhattan today, tonight, tomorrow, or any other time, or any other day of any week - you came to the right place: just click on any day on the calendar dispayed on the every page of our site and you will see how many events you can attend in Manhattan free of charge on that very day.

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 if you looking for something to do in April or November, December or February, you will find tons of free things to do, free events to go to. (In June, July and August lots of those free events take place outdoors, of course).

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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 17, 2020!

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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 17, 2020) 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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32 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Friday, January 17, 2020

All events, things to do today, Friday, January 17, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Discussion | Job Search Tıps For Matures Over 50


Renee Lee Rosenberg demystifies the top myths about aging and job search. Learn strategies to help any job seeker over 50 conduct a more effective and fulfilling job search. "Older workers rock!" Renee Lee Rosenberg has been a Clinical Career Counselor for over 25 years helping individuals on all levels to achieve a successful job search and a satisfying career transition and change. She is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and author. She is the author of Achieving the Good Life After 50: Tools and Resources for Making it Happen. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Job Search Tıps For Matures Over 50

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:20 pm
Free
Concerts, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Bach at Noon

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Film | The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019): Comedy Drama With Shia LaBeouf


Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. 97 min. Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019): Comedy Drama With&nbsp;Shia LaBeouf

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Lunchtime Meditation

Film | Before Sunrise (1995): Romantic Drama With Ethan Hawke


A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. Director: Richard Linklater. Starring Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert. A 2004 sequel, Before Sunset, picks up the story nine years after the events of the first film, and a 2013 sequel, Before Midnight, picks up the story eighteen years on after the events of the first film.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Before Sunrise (1995): Romantic Drama With Ethan Hawke

Film | How Sweet It Is! (1968): Husband And Wife Struggling To Stay Faithful


A photographer who accompanies his wife and teenage son on an assignment in Paris, both husband and wife struggling to stay faithful under extreme temptation. 99 min. Director: Jerry Paris. Starring James Garner, Debbie Reynolds, Maurice Ronet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, How Sweet It Is! (1968): Husband And Wife Struggling To Stay Faithful

Film | The Goldfinch (2019): Drama With Nicole Kidman


A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 149 min. Director: John Crowley. Starring Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman. The Goldfinch was adapted from the 2013 novel of the same name by Donna Tartt.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, The Goldfinch (2019): Drama With Nicole Kidman

Film | Disney's Aladdin (2019) With Will Smith: Musical Fantasy By Guy Ritchie


A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. 128 min. Director: Guy Ritchie. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott. Aladdin has grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2019, and the 34th highest-grossing film of all-time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Disney's Aladdin (2019) With Will Smith: Musical Fantasy By Guy Ritchie

Staged Reading | What You Are Now: Changing Our Memories


The daughter of a trauma survivor, Pia is driven by the desire to help free her mother from paralyzing fear memories – that’s why she became a neuroscientist. But the unexpected return of an old acquaintance triggers a storm of memory, forcing Pia to tangle with her own fears and paralysis, and pushing her to question deeply held beliefs about her own past. How can changing our memories about who we were then change who we are now? Written by Sam Chanse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, What You Are Now: Changing Our Memories

Workshop | Bingo Time


A fun indoor day of playing bingo, sharing stories and listening to good music! There is nothing like a classic game to lift the spirit during the cold season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Bingo Time

Workshop | Strengthen Your Resume


Even if you have great skills and qualifications, it can still be challenging to find a good job with a decent salary. If you aren’t getting interviews, it’s time to strengthen your resume. This workshop is a crash course for people who want to revise their resumes. How companies hire new staff, the 3 sections of a job posting, and addressing each resume section separately will be discussed. A variety of resumes will be anlayzed and there will be time for lots of questions. Presented by Sherry Natkow. Sherry Natkow is a career specialist and certified resume writer in private practice in Manhattan. When she's not delivering lively workshops, she's helping job seekers, one-on-one, work smarter on their job search, and move faster to new employment opportunities.
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Workshops, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Strengthen Your Resume

Opera | The Art of Change: An Experimental Opera


Jean-Baptiste Barrière's The Art of Change is a bold experimental work that introduces a radically new artistic form. Starting with the traditional notion of opera as a type of work that blends music, theater, art, and design into a single form, The Art of Change brings performers and thinkers together on stage and fuses live performance with historical video footage, recorded interviews and multimedia content. All of this is woven together into a tapestry that is generative, interactive, participative, and open.  As its title suggests, the work centers on the very idea of change and presents various ways of thinking, from the very pragmatic to the most speculative, about what needs to be changed in the world today. Actors, singers, instrumentalists, designers, and philosophers come together, with the audience, to speculate on this question and the many ways in which it can be answered.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, The Art of Change: An Experimental Opera

Opening Reception | Believing You: An Interdisciplinary Exhibition


An interdisciplinary exhibition that features an all-women and non-binary roster of artists, most of whom are also MFA Fine Arts alumni.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Believing You: An Interdisciplinary Exhibition

Opening Reception | The Legacy of Issei Suda (1940-2019): Human Memory


"Twenty-five black-and-white prints highlight Suda’s output between the late 1970s and early 1990s, a striking assembly of strangers and urban geometry intended to reflect the changing face of the Japanese landscape." -- Financial Times
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, The Legacy of Issei Suda (1940-2019): Human Memory

Opening Reception | Yun Hyong-keun: One of the Most Significant Korean Artists of the Twentieth Century


An exhibition of paintings by Yun Hyong-keun. Focusing on the artist's work from the late 1980s and 1990s, the exhibition will feature a selection of Yun's distinctive abstract paintings from this late period in his career. One of the most significant Korean artists of the twentieth century, Yun is widely recognized for his signature abstract compositions, which engage with yet transcend Eastern and Western art movements and visual traditions. Using a restricted palette of ultramarine and umber, Yun created his compositions by adding layer upon layer of paint onto raw canvas or linen, often applying the next coat before the last one had dried.
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6:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Yun Hyong-keun: One of the Most Significant Korean Artists of the Twentieth Century

Workshop | Art Inspired by Banksy


Come create your own masterpiece inspired by work from famous artists and various techniques. The series will include an overview of the artist or technique, followed by a hands-on workshop.
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Workshops, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Art Inspired by Banksy
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Performances, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, "Funny Yet Poignant" Theatre

Author Reading | Among the Boat People: A Memoir of Vietnam


Nhi (Nancy) Chung and four other women writers will read from Chung’s Among the Boat People. Here, Chung describes growing up in Saigon; life after the Communist takeover in which the Chung family, because it was Chinese, suffered persecution; Chung’s escape by boat, in which Chung lost brother, mother, and sister; and life in the U.S., working with Amerasian refugees (Vietnamese mothers and American GI fathers) who suffered discrimination and alienation in the new homeland.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020


A docent-led tour at 7pm. Throughout the evening, enjoy complimentary snacks, drink specials, and a special art installation by Japanese artist Zai Nomura.  
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Gallery Talks, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020

Opening Reception | Vital Force: Water Essential


This show features artists that investigate the topic of water as resource, force and transport. Artists in this exhibition approach the subject in a variety of mediums within aquatic imagery, assemblage, narrative and abstract views of this essential element. Featuring: Sasha Bezzubov, Peggy Cyphers, Beth Dary, Debra Drexler, Jessica Hargreaves, Suzanne Levesque, Pam Longobardi, Sascha Mallon, Stephen Mallon, Karen Marston, Sarah Olson, Julia Pontes, Ashok Sinha, Shira Toren, Zoe Wetherall, Edie Winograde
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Opening Receptions, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Vital Force: Water Essential

Comedy Club | No Name Comedy/Variety Show


With: Bruce Cherry & more! Music provided by The Summer Replacements
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, No Name Comedy/Variety Show
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Comedy Clubs, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Stand Up Comedy

Performance | Angie Aquavitae Is Aggravated and She Is Going to Tell You About It: Poignant and Funny One-Woman Show


A one-person show written and performed by A. Aquavitae and directed by Dr. Robert Landy, professor emeritus of the Drama Therapy Program. The play welcomes us into the kitchen of a traditional Italian American family in crisis. Angie takes us on a journey that is funny and poignant, compelling and disturbing. You are invited to join Angie for coffee, cannoli, and chaos.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Angie Aquavitae Is Aggravated and She Is Going to Tell You About It: Poignant and Funny One-Woman Show

Opera | The Art of Change: An Experimental Opera


Jean-Baptiste Barrière's The Art of Change is a bold experimental work that introduces a radically new artistic form. Starting with the traditional notion of opera as a type of work that blends music, theater, art, and design into a single form, The Art of Change brings performers and thinkers together on stage and fuses live performance with historical video footage, recorded interviews and multimedia content. All of this is woven together into a tapestry that is generative, interactive, participative, and open.  As its title suggests, the work centers on the very idea of change and presents various ways of thinking, from the very pragmatic to the most speculative, about what needs to be changed in the world today. Actors, singers, instrumentalists, designers, and philosophers come together, with the audience, to speculate on this question and the many ways in which it can be answered.
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Concerts, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, The Art of Change: An Experimental Opera
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Plays, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Adaptation Of A Greek Myth
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Comedy Clubs, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Comedy Show With Two Comedians
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Performances, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Innovative Theatrical Experience
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Plays, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Parody of Golden Globe winning TV show

Cabaret | Cabaret Night


December's Friend's of NAAP brings you half-baked Holiday selections. No cover, no minimum. Mac and cheese will be served.
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8:30 pm
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Concerts, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, Cabaret Night
9:00 pm
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Plays, January 17, 2020, 01/17/2020, A Musical Tale Full of Heart and Revelation
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Musical | Romantic musical

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Classical Music | Orchestra and Chorus Perform at A Landmark Venue

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