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October 28, 2021. 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, October 28, 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, October 28, 2021!

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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 (October 28, 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, 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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'New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.' (The New York Times article about Club Free Time).

33 free things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Thursday, October 28, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Lecture | Collective Memory in Contemporary Black Art (online)


This session looks at the ways contemporary Black artists draw on collective memory to play with, challenge, and transform notions of identity. We will consider works by Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, and Kerry James Marshall to explore how these artists subvert the canon of American art and culture. Speaker Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and scholar. She recently completed her Ph.D. in art history and communication studies at McGill University.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Collective Memory in Contemporary Black Art (online)

Tour | Moscow: The Bolshoi Theatre and Underground River (livestream)


Feel the spirit of the old Moscow and get inspired by the history of the Rusian ballet, opera, theatre and architecture. Start your journey at Theatre Square, one of the central squares of Moscow around the Kremlin. Stroll along The Bolshoi Theatre, world-famous ballet and opera house, Maly Theatre where drama is performed, the grand Art-Nouveau "Metropol" hotel, the gray Gothic castle. Visit Kuznetsky Bridge - the street of fashion, cafes, restaurants with the spirit of the pre-revolution old Moscow and two-storey mansions. Find traces of the ancient Neglinnaya River, which used to flow openly across the very centre of Moscow and was encapsulated in an underground pipe in the 19th century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Moscow: The Bolshoi Theatre and Underground River (livestream)

Gallery Talk | Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)


This hour-long tour, led by AFAM Educator Nicole Haroutunian, take participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)

Classical Music | J.S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue: Selections (in-person and online)


Harpsichordist Gavin Black will play a selection of movements from The Art of the Fugue. The masterpiece was written at the end of Bach's life and was never completed. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, J.S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue: Selections (in-person and online)

Discussion | Harvey Milk: Gay Jewish Icon (online)


Harvey Milk—eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck—was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk’s assassination at the age of 48 made him the most famous gay man in modern history.  Before finding his calling as a politician, Milk variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store, and organizer of the local business community in San Francisco. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of antisemitism and the Holocaust.  This program explores Milk’s life, death, and legacy with Lillian Faderman, a distinguished scholar of LGBTQ history and the author of Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death. Faderman will be joined by Eric Marcus, creator of the podcasts Making Gay History and Those Who Were There: Voices From the Holocaust.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Harvey Milk: Gay Jewish Icon (online)

Gallery Talk | M.C. Escher: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors and Textiles (online)


Dr. David Steel, curator of the blockbuster exhibition The Worlds of M. C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination at the North Carolina Museum of Art, on Escher’s math-inspired, mind-bending, and multidimensional “impossible constructions” bridge the boundaries between art and science. His artwork was a precursor to OpArt , and more broadly, an artistic phenomenon that has seeped into the consciousness of contemporary culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, M.C. Escher: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors and Textiles (online)

Tour | Prague: Mystery and Magic in Castle District (online, livestream)


This tour will take you to some of the most picturesque and off-the-beaten-paths parts of the Prague Castle district, but will make you travel back in time, 450 years ago. The little streets of Prague's New World, the beauty of the Loretta church and of the Strahov monastery will immerse you in a time when magic was everywhere, when Prague, under the impulse of the mystical Emperor Rudolph II, was the place to be for all the most important alchemists, artists, scientists as well as con artists and charlatans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
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Tours, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Prague: Mystery and Magic in Castle District (online, livestream)

Dance Performance | Dance in Midtown


Dancers will be performing live. Come experience live cultural performances intertwined with dance films featuring artists from all over NYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Dance in Midtown

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Concert | Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!


Pop, Broadway, TV, film and other hits by a string quartet and cajon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Dance Performance | Vividly Colored Dance Performance


This the result of a multi-year collaboration between a choreographer and a composer as wells an examination of the body in space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Vividly Colored Dance Performance

Opening Reception | A Line: Collage, Video, Installation, and More


The presentation will feature works by Kandis Williams, whose versatile practice spans collage, performance, video, assemblage, and installation. Her work interrogates issues of race, nationalism, authority, and eroticism. This will be Williams’s first solo presentation in New York.
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Opening Receptions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, A Line: Collage, Video, Installation, and More

Opening Reception | A Thousand Other Things: Crowded and Confused Interiors


The fourth exhibition of paintings by Allison Gildersleeve. While previous paintings often lingered on the tangled rocky New England landscape of her youth, with this new series Gildersleeve has shifted her painterly gaze onto crowded and confused interiors, born of this seemingly endless year of stay-at-home suffocation. With a sleight of hand, surfaces peek out from stacks of books, tiny lit hallways beckon from the back, and sailboats from afar bleed into the inside. The overwhelming feeling is of luxuriating in the illogic of painting, but with the stifling sense of being locked in one’s familiar environment, every object and viewpoint refracted from the cumulative hours spent staring at the same spot. The title of the exhibition, “A Thousand Other Things”, could refer to this imaginary multiplying, or to the sense of the many longed for things we may have been denied, the dreams of what will change when the pandemic’s hold abates.
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Opening Receptions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, A Thousand Other Things: Crowded and Confused Interiors

Author Reading | American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and the Making of a Century (online)


Historian David Freeland recounts the history of not just an American hotel, but, arguably, the American hotel. From the opening as the Waldorf at its first location at Fifth Avenue at 33rd Street in 1893, then more than doubling in size in 1897 into the Waldorf-Astoria, the hostelry rose to prominence on the local, national, and international stage. Opening for business on October 1, 1931, the new uptown Waldorf-Astoria struggled through the Depression, but rose to unparalleled prominence in the postwar years. Functioning like an American palace, the Waldorf served as a favored venue for United Nations diplomats and the hotel of choice for American Presidents until its shuttering in 2017. Freeland is also the author of Automats, Taxi Dances and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan's Lost Places of Leisure and Ladies of Soul.
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6:00 pm
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Author Readings, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and the Making of a Century (online)

Opening Reception | Porous Modes: Group Show


Tender tendrils and fabric-fingers, rock-faces and moss-feet, dreams of all kinds, ghosts, mirrors, stories of crossings - a relentless richness resides in overlaps and blurred boundaries. The works in this exhibition offer an antidote to rigid categories. In an era of isolation, they provide poetic relief by gently puncturing borders, actively creating kinship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Porous Modes: Group Show

Talk | A Conversation with Fashion Designer Byron Lars (online)


Fashion designer Byron Lars is beloved by celebrity A-listers, including Natalie Portman and Taylor Swift, and by notable figures such as Michelle Obama for his style “mash-ups,” which is an integral part of his design DNA.
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Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, A Conversation with Fashion Designer Byron Lars (online)

Talk | America's Human Rights Crisis: Hate Violence in the US and Where We Go from Here (online)


Eric K. Ward, the first-ever American recipient of the international award the Civil Courage Prize. Ward and an expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, will discuss the dangerous proliferation of hate crimes and political violence by extremist groups in the United States.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, America's Human Rights Crisis: Hate Violence in the US and Where We Go from Here (online)

Workshop | Fitness Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to new limits. The class combines bodyweight strength and cardio. For all levels. Bring your own mat. Thursdays, May 6-October 28, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Fitness Workout

Discussion | Investigative Documentaries: Uncovering the Truth (online)


With the support of interviews, archival documents, and an inquisitive mind, documentaries have the power to take a deeper dive into a controversial issue and expose concealed information. Documentary filmmakers share their craft and process, and how they take a unique approach to storytelling and create more awareness around an issue for their audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Investigative Documentaries: Uncovering the Truth (online)

Dance Lesson | Learn Bhangra, a Contemporary Indian Dance


Watch and learn choreography that celebrates contemporary Indian music and dance. Thursdays, October 7-28, 2021 Participants are required to wear masks during the entire class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Learn Bhangra, a Contemporary Indian Dance

Performance | Performance, Art, and Poetry


Enjoy performance, art, and poetry, inspired by this year’s theme “HUMANITY: THE REBOOT.” Prepare for the provocative, eclectic, and unpredictable collage of performances by various artists.
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Performances, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Performance, Art, and Poetry

Discussion | Filmmaker Talks About Her Work


Artist Diane Severin Nguyen with curator Sohrab Mohebbi for a conversation on If Revolution Is a Sickness, Nguyen’s solo exhibition. The exhibition is built around the new moving image work. Set in Warsaw, Poland, the film loosely follows the character of an orphaned Vietnamese child who grows up to be absorbed into a South Korean pop-inspired dance group. Widely popular within a Polish youth subculture, K-pop is used by the artist as a vernacular material to trace a relationship between Eastern Europe and Asia with roots in Cold War allegiances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Filmmaker Talks About Her Work

Dancing | The Final of the Season: Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets


Enjoy socially distant, in-person dancing led by a world-renowned performer and instructor. Dancers of all experience levels get to move to the music! As the DJs spin, you can dance along--bring your dancing shoes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Dancings, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, The Final of the Season: Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets

Screening | Cupid Standoff (2021): Torn Between Two Lovers


Stuck between two lovers, Mary must make a choice about who to spend the most romantic day of the year with or face the consequences. Director: Ajani Shakanova Stars: Anne-Marie Agbodji, Lex Daemon, Randall Holloway 45 min.
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Screenings, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Cupid Standoff (2021): Torn Between Two Lovers

Performance | Song of Seamus: A "One-Woman Rock Opera Cartoon Slideshow"


It’s 1975 and the animal gangs of New York are fighting for their lives in the wilds of Fort Tryon park. Seamus MacIora, a squirrel from Queens, will give all he has to save his brother. Song of Seamus is a one-woman rock opera cartoon slideshow. Created and performed by Kassi Dougherty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Song of Seamus: A "One-Woman Rock Opera Cartoon Slideshow"

Performance | Award-Winning Performance Artists


A performance showcases for three of the twelves recipients of the New York City Artist Corps grants. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Award-Winning Performance Artists

Concert | Performances by City Artists


Performances: - Ashni is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and pianist who has performed at Joe's Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg, WNYC's The Greene Space, Rough Trade, and more. From her roots with Kathak, classical North Indian dance, western classical music, and jazz, she incorporates her love for pop, folk, and R&B, and envelops listeners in a reflective, cathartic dimension. She is a member of Treya Lam's trio and the Resistance Revival Chorus. - Celebrating Death and Rebirth with Sonia Erika and Death Is A Business, a nomadic band making music that transcends borders and connects people and communities to their story of familial migration, experience of rebirth, and belonging. Their latest release was created with musicians in New York, Mexico City, Boston, and Argentina. - Fear Not Ourselves Alone is an art punk collective from Queens, New York led by Jorge Ivan Velez, whose songs evoke questions on how identity and nation exist within societal power structures, specifically emphasizing their intersections with race, gender, sexuality and class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Performances by City Artists
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Performances, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Political Intrigues, Scandal and More

Author Reading | Soul of the Hurricane: The Perfect Storm and an Accidental Sailor (online)


Nelson Simon's book is an unlikely and harrowing true account of his experience sailing into Hurricane Grace. It was October 1991, and Simon didn’t want to sign up as a last-minute crew member to transport a Norwegian schooner from Brooklyn to Bermuda. But one thing led to another, and there he was. What did it matter that he had practically no sailing experience? The eight other crew members had plenty—they just needed an extra pair of hands. What could possibly go wrong?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Soul of the Hurricane: The Perfect Storm and an Accidental Sailor (online)

Discussion | A Conversation on Dance in the Digital Era (online)


As a launch event for Rourou Ye's online exhibition May I Dance on Your Screen?, this conversation with Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine’s esteemed former editor-in-chief, offers insights into the digital dance works of Rourou Ye and the interconnections of physical dance, screen life, and audiences. Created by interdisciplinary dance artist Rourou Ye, May I Dance on Your Screen? is an online exhibition of Ye’s five latest video works that explore how dance inhabits online space. They aim to explore innovative ways of creating visceral, virtual dance that moves audiences emotionally while forging interpersonal connections.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, A Conversation on Dance in the Digital Era (online)

Comedy Club | Comedy Night


Live stand-up comedy show. Comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Amazon and late night TV.
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Comedy Clubs, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Comedy Night
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