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September 20, 2019. Free shows, concerts, movies, tours are New York (NYC) best kept secret! New York City 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).

So do not wot till tomorrow, start using these unique New York City opportunities today, September 20, 2019!

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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, September 20, 2019!

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Club Free Time is your perfect guide to Free Entertainment and Free Culture in the City That Never Sleeps.

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Free things to do, free events that take place in the City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (September 20, 2019) 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, 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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51 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Friday, September 20, 2019

All events, things to do today, Friday, September 20, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Tai Chi Outdoors


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. Instructor: Alex Hing
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Workshops, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Tai Chi Outdoors

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 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Discussion | How To Make A Good First Impression During A Job Interview


Career coach and recruiter Steven Davis will discuss how to use your resume, LinkedIn, and interviewing skills to create a powerful first impression needed to secure a job offer Steven Davis has coached thousands of business and technology professionals for over 20 years as Practice Director in global technology recruiting firms and as a Career Counselor and Coach. His strengths include improving upward mobility and making a difference in careers. He's also a Coach for the JPMorgan Chase Expert Engineer (E2) Program, which is a key leadership program aimed at developing and retaining top performing technical talent across the global Investment Bank Technology group.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, How To Make A Good First Impression During A Job Interview

Discussion | Understanding Investment Products


Suzanne McGovern provides an overview of investment products, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs, the risks of investing and risk mitigation, the fees of investing, and an update on crypto-assets and initial coin offerings. Learn about the red flags of investment fraud, recent scams, how to check out your investment professional and questions to ask before investing. Suzanne McGovern is a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where she is responsible for outreach and education to investors including students, seniors, women and new investors. She has been at the SEC for almost 15 years, most recently as an Assistant Director in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Broker-Dealer /Exchange Examination Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House Tour


Highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, information about architect Cass Gilbert and viewings of the Collectors Office with its Tiffany woodwork, Reginald Marsh murals and the 140-ton rotunda dome, designed and built by Rafael Gustavino.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House Tour

Workshop | Guided Falun Dafa Meditation Class


Stress relief, gain wisdom and work toward enlightenment
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Guided Falun Dafa Meditation Class

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.
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Concerts, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, 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.
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Discussion | How To Understand Your Financial Statements


One very important tool for understanding your brokerage account performance is to carefully review your account statements on a regular basis. Monica Cirillo provides some helpful hints to understand the different components of an account statement. She also introduces a number of publicly-available resources to explore further.  Monica Cirillo is an Executive Director and strategic lead in the Technology Transformation team at Morgan Stanley. She focuses on optimizing the business value delivered through technology by driving greater business and technology collaboration. Monica joined Morgan Stanley in 2015 as head of Business Architecture for Wealth Management, where she drove efforts on process optimization and risk management. Monica helps foster the next generation of technology leaders as part of the Morgan Stanley Women in Technology group.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. With: Yuka Aikawa, Jazz, Composer, Accompanist
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Discussion | Tips For Cyber Safety And ID Theft Prevention


Are you an educated, cyber-savvy consumer? Do you think about cyber safety and security in your daily life and business choices – or is it something that only seems to impact other careless people. Unfortunately, consumer fraud and ID theft are all around us. ID theft remains one of the most common crimes to strike consumers – even conscientious consumers. It continually takes on new forms that may be more difficult to detect and correct. Before falling prey to cyber-scams, educate yourself, look for the red flags and know what to avoid. If you are victimized, know the key steps to take to minimize the damage. This important program by Brian Rauer is offered free to the general public as a service of your local Better Business Bureau. Brian Rauer is Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson (NY) BBB and General Counsel of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York. Earlier experience includes the Manhattan-based law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe, P.C. Mr. Rauer serves as Chair of the Westchester County Consumer Advisory Council and was formerly on the Administrative Law Judge/Hearing Officer roster for the Westchester County Human Rights Commission.
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Film | Cold Pursuit (2019): A Story Of Revenge


A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film 'In Order of Disappearance'. 119 min. Director: Hans Petter Moland. Starring Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Micheál Richardson. Cold Pursuit is an official remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten), also directed by Moland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
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Film | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Three Time Oscar Nominated Fantasy


A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug. 169 min. Director: Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. 
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Films, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Three Time Oscar Nominated Fantasy

Film | Happy-Go-Lucky (2008): Oscar Nominated Story Of An Optimistic Teacher


A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. 118 min. Director: Mike Leigh. Starring Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin. Happy-Go-Lucky had an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay. 
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Films, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008): Oscar Nominated Story Of An Optimistic Teacher

Film | Night School (2018): High School Dropouts Coming Back To School


A group of high school dropouts are forced to attend night school in hope that they'll pass the GED exam to finish high school. 111 min. Director: Malcolm D. Lee. Starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle. Night School has grossed over $103 million worldwide. Principal photography on the film began in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2017.
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Gallery Talk | T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour


A 45-minute tour. One of the most influential, innovative and talented Native American artists of the 20th century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Learn how Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens and exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art historical tropes while creating an entirely fresh visual vocabulary.
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Film | Papillon (2017) With Rami Malek: Trying To Escape From The Penal Colony On An Island


Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. 133 min. Director: Michael Noer. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Damijan Oklopdzic, Christopher Fairbank. The film's screenplay is based on Charrière's autobiographies Papillon and Banco, as well as the former's 1973 film adaptation.
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Dance Performance | The 2nd Annual Spot for Dance Festival


Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance presents the 2nd Annual Spot for Dance Festival, a Movement Site Activation and Community Zone, on the occasion of both International Parking Day and the Global Climate Strike. Schedule: 2:00-7:00pm Community Zone Open Hours 2:00-2:30pm Community Zone/Climate Networking 2:30-3:00pm Qigong Workshop 3:00-3:30pm Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance 3:30-3:45pm Sokolow Ensemble 3:45-3:55pm Aviva Geismar 3:55-4:05pm Nicole McClam 4:05-4:30pm Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance 4:30-5:15pm Dances for a Variable Population 5:15-5:30pm Sokolow Ensemble 5:30-5:40pm Aviva Geismar 5:40-5:50pm Nicole McClam 5:50-6:30pm Jody Sperling Time Lapse Dance 6:30-7:00pm Climate Strike Solidarity Action Jam
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Discussion | Can Financial Planning Be Spiritual?


Do you consider yourself too "spiritual" to care about your finances? Think again! Hunter College Professor of Religion Constantina Rhodes introduces you to classic teachings on prosperity consciousness that can help you acquire a healthy, practical, courageous, and spiritually sound attitude toward your financial life. Based on Prof. Rhodes's original translations of ancient Sanskrit texts, this class offers basic concepts and guided exercises to help you remove debilitating blocks and take charge of your financial wellbeing. Constantina Rhodes, PhD teaches in the Program in Religion at CUNY's Hunter College and at the New York Open Center. She is the author of Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony.
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Discussion | How To Decipher Financial Statements To Improve Small Businesses


In order to enhance decision-making, small business owners should fully understand the meaning, significance, and connection of the major financial statements. Sallie Mullins Thompson discusses the need to identify important business numbers, what they indicate and how they relate to each other, as well as the need for accurate information. Sallie Mullins Thompson started her CPA practice in 1995, providing assistance to professionals, families, and small business owners in accounting; tax return preparation; budgeting/cash flow; payroll; income/asset protection; investments; and college/retirement planning. In addition, she is a holistic financial planner; tax strategist; investment adviser; and divorce financial analyst and helps her clients navigate all aspects of their financial lives.
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Discussion | How To Improve Your Financial Capability


The U.S. economy is improving, but not all Americans are benefiting equally. Many Americans are failing to save money, struggling with student loan debt and facing decreasing financial literacy.  Where do you stand, and how does New York stack up against other states? Gary R. Mottola of the FINRA Foundation discusses which segments of the population are gaining ground, and who is struggling, according to the FINRA Foundation’s most recent national study. Learn how you can improve your financial capability, starting today!  Presented by the FINRA Foundation.    Gary R. Mottola is the Research Director for the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and a social psychologist with over 20 years of research experience, much of which was spent in the financial services industry. In his role at the FINRA Foundation, he oversees and conducts research projects aimed at better understanding financial capability in America, protecting investors from financial fraud, and improving financial disclosure statements. 
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Lesson | Mapping New York With Fire Insurance Maps


The fire insurance maps covered in this course provide access to detailed property maps for towns and cities across New York state. The information contained within these maps includes outlines of buildings (size, construction materials, location of windows, etc.), street names, sidewalk widths, property boundaries and more. One can even find information regarding pipelines, railroads, wells, and dumps. This course will cover how to access and use fire insurance maps in both print and electronic form. Learn about the physical maps available in the Map Division, the Digital Collection and the Geocoded Sanborn Maps database. The Geocoded version of Sanborn Maps contains GIS information that allows users to locate data by address or geographic coordinates.
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Film | Blood Leaves Its Trail (2012): Indian Occupation, Kashmiri Resistance


This documentary that deals with Kashmiri memory and resistance to Indian occupation in the face of enforced disappearances and other forms of state violence. Directed by Iffat Fatima 84 min. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Samia Shafi and Hafsa Kanjwal.
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Films, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Blood Leaves Its Trail (2012): Indian Occupation, Kashmiri Resistance

Discussion | Not Yet Here: Cruising Utopia @ 10


A celebration of the work of writer José Esteban Muñoz with roundtable featuring Lauren Berlant, Jack Halberstam, Tavia Nyong’o, and Juana María Rodríguez, followed by an evening of performance
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Lecture | Introduction To Life Planning Documents


A representative from the City Bar Justice Center provides an introduction to life-planning documents, including wills, healthcare proxies, living wills and powers of attorney. Learn why these documents are important and how they can help you plan for the future.
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Author Reading | What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence


Contributors to the book, including Alexander Chee, Melissa Febos, and Leslie Jamison, read. 
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Workshop | Bingo in the Park


BYO food and beverages to this all ages, free to enter, B-I-N-G-O night. A mix of music plays as the numbers roll out and each game winner receives a prize. Fridays, September 6-27, 2019
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Workshop | Summer Dance Nights: Line Dance


An evening of dance, fitness and fun! Enjoy the sounds and songs from R&B, Pop, Latin, Hip-Hop and many more artists. They’ll have an open house and give special tours of the center, all while you get fit.
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Movie in a Park | Daughters of the Dust (1991): Gullah Culture Drama (Outdoors)


Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last bastions of these mores in America. Director: Julie Dash Stars: Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbarao 112 min.
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Film | One Child Nation (2019): Sundance-Winning Documentary on China's Shocking Experiment


One Child Nation chronicles the shocking history of China’s 35-year radical experiment on population control. The filmmakers question their nation’s government and even their own families in this personal yet sweeping, Sundance award-winning documentary. Q&A after with director Nanfu Wang. Pizza will be served.
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Films, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, One Child Nation (2019): Sundance-Winning Documentary on China's Shocking Experiment

Gallery Talk | Democracy Will Win


Born in the United States, Frido Mann sensed the democratic creed of his parents and grandparents from childhood on. They had managed to leave Europe for the U.S. before the outbreak of WWII. During his extended lecture tours, Thomas Mann, Frido's grandfather, addressed his American audiences with his speech “The Coming Victory of Democracy” warning of the dangers of fascism for a liberal democracy: “The social renewal of democracy is the presupposition and the guarantee of its victory.” Following in his grandfather's tracks, Frido Mann is going to give lectures in numerous places in the United States and Canada. He will address the current crisis in the American and European democracies and the need for their restoration, on the basis of transatlantic dialogue.
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Performances, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Improvised Interactive Musical Comedy!

Discussion | Translating Visual Stories: Graphic Novels, Comics, Picture Books


A panel discussion with Kristi Fernandez, Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Sandra Smith, CJ Suzuki, and Lucas Zwirner. Stories that combine text and illustration are growing in popularity. Some of the most interesting and innovative work is coming from outside the US and translated into English. Panelists will talk about translating graphic novels, comics, picture books, and illustrated YA books and how both text and visuals change when adapted to a new language and culture. We'll focus on Japan, a pioneer of comics and graphic novels, Western Europe, where edgy stories dominate and refugees give voice to a more diverse continent, Germany, and the attempt to re-frame a beloved YA classic for a U.S. audience, and Brazil, with its unique picture book illustrations.
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Discussion | 270: Debating the Electoral College


Hear from leading voices in the debate about the electoral college, including Neal Peirce, author of The People's President, the reigning standard for reforming the voting process, John R. Koza, who drafted the National Popular Vote bill which has been enacted into law in 15 states, Tara Ross, author of Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College, and Trent England, a conservative legal scholar and policy expert. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell moderates this discussion on whether the electoral college is an essential element of our democracy or an obstacle to it.
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Discussions, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, 270: Debating the Electoral College

Author Reading | Guantánamo Kid: Featuring Performance Artist Laurie Anderson


French writer Jérôme Tubiana first met Mohammed El-Gharani in 2011, two years after his release from the Guantánamo. They met every afternoon for two weeks, after which Tubiana turned their conversations into a diary piece for the London Review of Books. Now, in collaboration with El-Gharani, he has written a graphic novel, Guantánamo Kid, which is illustrated by cartoonist Alexandre Franc and endorsed by Amnesty International. Performance artist Laurie Anderson and Jérôme Tubiana come together to discuss Mohammed El-Gharani’s astonishing – and deeply troubling – story.
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Author Readings, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Guant&aacute;namo Kid: Featuring Performance Artist Laurie Anderson

Conference | Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies Into Darkness


This event addresses the perennially contested right to free speech. The effort stems from an invitation by artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar, and his artwork, Such a Morning (2017), which can be seen as an allegory for retreating into darkness to consider ideas and realities that require profound reorientation. In the context of today's fraught political climate in the U.S. and internationally, the partner organizations came together to present public seminars from each of their particular perspectives as well as those of artists, writers, and poets. This two-day event assembles both the partners in this project, as well as presenters from the original seminars, to engage in a public discussion of where this in-depth series of conversations has led us.
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Author Reading | 2 New Books: House of Stone / The Old Drift


Pulsing with wit, seduction, and dark humor, Novuyo Tshuma's House of Stone is a masterful debut that explores the creative—and often destructive—act of history-making.  Namwali Serpell's nocel is set on the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, in a colonial settlement called The Old Drift.
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Author Readings, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, 2 New Books: House of Stone /  The Old Drift

Author Reading | When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico


A searing investigation of the factors that devastated Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, from acclaimed investigative reporter Michael Deibert. When Hurricane Maria roared across Puerto Rico in September 2017, it devastated the island. It was an unprecedented natural disaster, a Category 5 major hurricane, and ultimately responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 people. It also ripped away the facade that had dominated discussions of the island's relationship with the United States for over a century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Magic show

Comedy Club | No Name Comedy/Variety Show


With: Leighann Lord Rolanda Watts Robby Slowik Veronica Garza Sandy Ehlers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great: Tibet’s Most Famous Nonsectarian Buddhist Lama


Dr. Alexander Gardner, Director of The Treasury of Lives, will discuss his new book, the first-ever extensive biography of Tibet’s most famous nonsectarian Buddhist lama. Well-known for preserving Tibetan Buddhist lineages in an era of great political strife, Kongtrul is one of the most important figures of the 19th-century Rimé period. Discussion and reading will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing with the author.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great: Tibet&rsquo;s Most Famous Nonsectarian Buddhist Lama

Discussion | The Future of Desi Literature


This is a multimedia event featuring the artists and writers of Barrelhouse’s special Desi issue: Road Trips, which put forth an eclectic and diverse range of short fiction art from avant-garde, graphic short stories, Gothic, speculative fiction, philosophical fiction, erotica, and historical fiction. This is a reading and discussion centering the possibilities and future of Desi literature. Contributors to the issue either live in or have ancestry from Bangladesh, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka. Panelists at this event include Abeer Hoque, Nur Nasreen
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, The Future of Desi Literature

Lecture | Violence and Sex: An Uncensored History of War


A talk by Eugenia Kiesling of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Violence and Sex: An Uncensored History of War

Movie in a Park | For Sama (2019): The Female Experience of War (Outdoors)


For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. Directors: Waad Al-Khateab, Edward Watts 100 min. There will be a post-screening discussion for insight into the Syrian conflict, the global refugee crisis, and human rights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, For Sama (2019): The Female Experience of War (Outdoors)

Concert | A 21-Piece Grammy-Nominated Multiverse Big Band


Led by renowned percussionist composer, arranger, and educator Bobby Sanabria, the 21-piece multi-Grammy-nominated Multiverse Big Band has been hailed by Downbeat Magazine as a "force of nature." Uniquely known for its versatility, the orchestra can seamlessly transition from complex concert repertoire to swinging big-band dance music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, A 21-Piece Grammy-Nominated Multiverse Big Band

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, An Evening of Standup Comedy
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Plays, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Broadway Performer in a Comedy

Classical Music | Music of Anton Coppola for Voice and Piano


Dr. Jeffrey A. Springer  will present a concert of voice and piano selections of the music of Anton Coppola. Antonio Francesco Coppola (b.1917) is an American opera conductor and composer (the uncle of film director Francis Ford Coppola). Among his works are a violin concerto, a symphony, and Sacco and Vanzetti, an opera in both Italian and English about immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti. In the 1950s and 1960s, Coppola was the musical director of six Broadway musicals, including Silk Stockings, Bravo Giovanni and The Boy Friend. He conducted two film scores, 1990's The Godfather Part III and 1992's Dracula. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, Music of Anton Coppola for Voice and Piano

Screening | SVA Film Premieres: Best of 2019


School of Visual Arts will spotlight exceptional live action, documentary, and animated shorts by its most recent graduates from ten different academic departments, including films nominated for Student Academy Awards. Meet the filmmakers in the lobby following the screening for a special dessert reception.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, September 20, 2019, 09/20/2019, SVA Film Premieres: Best of 2019
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Performance | A unique "magic" show!

Regular Price: $60.50
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Dance Performance | Famous Dance Company

Regular Price: $42
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Performance | Tribute to an Iconic Actress and Intertainer

Regular Price: $39
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