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February 12, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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There's no denying that Manhattan is the sparkle in New York City's eye, but that doesn't mean you have to dump out your wallet to hang out there. City Guide's compiled all the best free things to do in Manhattan this weekend, and for those wanting to explore the city's most famous borough on the cheap, this is your go-to guide.

Family Shabbat: Grades K-2 - Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
February 16, 2018 - New York

tephen Wise Free Synagogue's Family Experiences offer dynamic and interactive family services and Jewish learning activities that inspire children and their grown-ups to rejoice in being Jewish and build lasting connections with each other. Learn more at swfs.org/family-experiences or sign up to receive updates and reminders about upcoming programs. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue's Family Experiences are made possible by the generosity of the Stephen Wise community. To support Family Experiences, visit swfs.org/give and select "Family Experiences." These warm and interactive services bring families together to explore Jewish themes and rituals through an original play, songs, and holiday-themed activities. Followed by a pizza dinner.

Stroll to Strawberry Fields - Central Park Conservancy
February 16, 2018 - New York

Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer! Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children's District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Central Park Conservancy Welcome Kiosk at 59th Street and Central Park West/Columbus Circle entrance to the Park. Map of start location Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Terrain: A few hills Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free, registration not required

Harry Potter (Book) Trivia - Stone Creek Bar and Lounge
February 16, 2018 - New York

"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." See if you've got what it takes to be a 'Prefect' at Harry Potter Trivia on the books at Stone Creek on Friday, February 16 at 8pm for FIVE rounds of Ordinary Wizarding Levels that will challenge your memory of the beloved books!

¡VAYA! 63: Tito Puente Jr. - Lincoln Center
February 16, 2018 - New York

An incomparable mambo legacy lives on with Tito Puente Jr. and his band, who will keep the dance floor jumping all night long. Determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father, Tito Puente Jr. has become an audience favorite across the world, performing more than 300 shows over the past five years. On his critically acclaimed new album, Got Mambo?, Tito Jr. uses the music of the past to inspire a new creative direction. Opening set by DJ Bongohead Presented in collaboration with the NYU Music and Social Change Lab Connect to the Facebook event page for extra insights on this program.

Kevin Quill, Trumpet - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
February 16, 2018 - New York

Tristan Teo, Piano - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
February 16, 2018 - New York

Sergio Muñoz Leiva, Viola - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
February 16, 2018 - New York

Jin Wen Sheu, Violin - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
February 16, 2018 - New York

Yilan Zhao, Piano - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
February 16, 2018 - New York

Sustainable Investing Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
February 16, 2018 - New York

References herein to any specific sponsor or service do not necessarily constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation or favoring by CFA Society New York. CFA Society New York strives to be a community for diverse opinions and differing perspectives, and the views and opinions expressed by speakers, presenters and/or organizers at events do not necessarily state or reflect those of CFA Society New York. CFA Society New York expects all attendees to comply with CFA Society New York's Code of Conduct while attending CFA Society New York events or meetings. CFA Society New York expressly reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to grant or deny access to any individual, or to expel any individual from any CFA Society New York event or meeting.

Lunar New Year for Kids - China Institute
February 16, 2018 - New York

Celebrate the Lunar New Year public school holiday with a free day of fun. Activities include storytelling, crafts, snacks, games, and a Chinese acrobat!

Books, Booze, & Board Games - Housing Works - Bookstore Cafe
February 16, 2018 - New York

One Friday a month, we invite you to join us in our cozy bookstore cafe to play board games and enjoy some great cafe specials, including seasonal beverages. Free and open to the public, all ages welcome!

Blue Circus, Raised by Tigers, The Ziggernauts, Powdermaker - MAIN FLOOR - The Delancey
February 16, 2018 - New York

Art in the Round Public Tours - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 16, 2018 - New York

Brancusi: Between Tradition and Modernity with Stephanie Jeanjean, Gallery Educator: Discuss Brancusi's provocative use of materials and artistic references. Art in the Round public tours are led by gallery educators. Specialists in fields of art, art history, and gallery teaching, educators provide informative and meaningful experiences by engaging visitors in a shared process of close looking and conversation, with the occasional surprise. For everyone from first-time visitors to long-term members, these daily tours are invaluable for learning about the collection, special exhibitions, and the Frank Lloyd Wright building. Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged and welcome to join. These tours are free with admission and meet on the rotunda floor. No RSVP is required.

Parsifal - Lincoln Center
February 17, 2018 - New York

Met Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Wagner's transcendental score, in François Girard's remarkable production, a mystical theatrical journey. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, renowned across Europe, returns to the Met following his appearances in the 2016–17 season as Florestan in Fidelio. Evelyn Herlitzius is Kundry, and Peter Mattei and René Pape bring back their highly praised interpretations of Amfortas and Gurnemanz, respectively.

The Office Trivia - Stone Creek Bar and Lounge
February 17, 2018 - New York

The Office Trivia is the absolutely best thing you can do at Stone Creek NYC on Saturday, February 17 starting 5pm. Take a break from being The World's Best Boss, your classes at art school, or beet farming to prove you know the most about the Dunder Mifflin family. Prizes will be awarded in lieu of Dundees, and you don't want to be left empty handed... that's what she said!

Southern Welcome Tour - Central Park Conservancy
February 17, 2018 - New York

Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and the Dairy. Details Meet: Inside the Park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue. Tour ends at the Dairy (mid-Park at 65th Street). Map of start location Terrain: Moderate inclines and some stairs Length of Tour: approximately 60 minutes Cost: Free, registration not required

HARMON Soundcheck Series: Samira Gibson (Soul Singer) - Harman NYC Store
February 17, 2018 - New York

International recording artist Samira Gibson is a soul singer from Newark NJ, where singers like Whitney Houston and Lauryn Hill, to name a few are also from. By way of South Carolina on to New York, Samira has worked with artist such as Trey Songs, Mary J Blige, and Vic Mensa to name a few. She recently released her new single called #PWER; The anthem for women. Samira Gibson is currently working on her debut album, set to release later this year. Come see what the industry's best

Pre-College Student Recitals - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
February 17, 2018 - New York

Pre-College Student Recitals - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
February 17, 2018 - New York

Pre-College Orchestra - Peter Jay Sharp Theater/the Juilliard School
February 17, 2018 - New York

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Hey Black Child by Bryan Collier - Lincoln Center
February 17, 2018 - New York

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins: Hey black child, Do you know who you are? Who you really are? Do you know you can be What you want to be If you try to be What you can be? This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals. AGES 2–5 Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Connect to the Facebook event page for extra insights on this program. LC Kids members at the $125 level or higher can reserve a spot in advance for these events. Join now and reserve your seat.

Free Saturdays - Jewish Museum
February 17, 2018 - New York

In Judaism, Saturday is the Sabbath, a day of rest, free from the concerns of schedules, everyday work, and commerce. For this reason interactive exhibition elements, audio guides, our Shop, and the children's exhibition are not available. In observance of the Sabbath, admission is free on Saturdays

DJ Jeremy Bastard, Wastrul, Too Good For Tuesday, Karma Darwin - Main Floor - The Delancey
February 17, 2018 - New York

Top 40 DJs - Downstairs Lounge - The Delancey
February 17, 2018 - New York

Morgan Jerkins - Housing Works - Bookstore Cafe
February 17, 2018 - New York

Morgan Jerkins, whose debut collection This Will Be My Undoing was received to critical acclaim, will be joined in conversation by a special guest, tba!

Art in the Round Public Tours - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 17, 2018 - New York

On Being Open and Empty with Filip Noterdaeme, Gallery Educator: Explore the connection between Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and the principles of Taoism. Art in the Round public tours are led by gallery educators. Specialists in fields of art, art history, and gallery teaching, educators provide informative and meaningful experiences by engaging visitors in a shared process of close looking and conversation, with the occasional surprise. For everyone from first-time visitors to long-term members, these daily tours are invaluable for learning about the collection, special exhibitions, and the Frank Lloyd Wright building. Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged and welcome to join. These tours are free with admission and meet on the rotunda floor. No RSVP is required.

Exhibition Tours in Spanish: Josef Albers in Mexico - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 18, 2018 - New York

Join a conversational gallery tour in Spanish exploring Josef Albers in Mexico and other exhibitions throughout the museum facilitated by Angela Garcia, an educator trained in art history and gallery teaching. Discover photographs and photocollages taken during Albers's travels to archeological sites and monuments in Latin America placed alongside his celebrated paintings of geometric abstraction. This program is free with museum admission. No RSVP required. Visitas a la Exposición en Español: Josef Albers en México Únete a una visita comentada en español que explorara la exposición Josef Albers en México y otras muestras en el museo, facilitada por Angela Garcia, una especialista entrenada en historia del arte y educación. Descubra fotografías y fotocollages tomadas durante los viajes de Albers a sitios arqueológicos y monumentos en América Latina junto a sus célebres pinturas de abstracción geométrica. Gratis con su boleto de admisión al museo. No se requiere reservación previa.

Harry Potter (Book) Trivia - Stone Creek Bar and Lounge
February 18, 2018 - New York

"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." See if you've got what it takes to be a 'Prefect' at Harry Potter Trivia on the books at Stone Creek NYC on Sunday, February 18 at 5pm for FIVE rounds of Ordinary Wizarding Levels that will challenge your memory of the beloved books!

B.Y.O.T. - Improv/Sketch Team Jam - UCB East
February 18, 2018 - New York

Are you on an improv team and want to do a short set on stage at UCBT? BYO improv team. Does your sketch team want to try out that new sketch in front of an audience? BYO sketch team. In a practice group that wants more practice? BYO practice group. In an improv/sketch class and want some more reps?BYO class. Do you have a friend group that wants to give this improv stuff a shot? BYO friend group. Are you just a person that wants to try out a character? BYO self. BRING YOUR OWN TEAM. UCBT's only team jam. Hosted by Austin Rodrigues and the Hot Chicks Room bartenders.

Yuko Kudo & Friends - Symphony Space
February 18, 2018 - New York

Come celebrate life. There's no specific genre, categories, limitation. celebrate songs of "Freedom" and what it means to us. I am native Japanese, transfered to LA then to NY. I celebrate life with full LOVE. Singing is one way of expressing my love for life. My mission is to unleash your inner celebrity, a person who celebrate your life. Let's create the Tribe that thrive. besides that I'm a yoga teacher, healer, pianist, Essential Oil educator. My childhood dream was to be a Disney Princess, Next Mariah Carey, then do a cartoon voice.

Pop up Repair - Grand Bazaar NYC
February 18, 2018 - New York

Grand Bazaar NYC has partnered with FIXUP to help make repairs easy and convenient for you. Every third Sunday a month we'll have a special Pop Up Repair booth at our market for you to drop-off your beloved items that you'd like fixed - lamps, chairs, small appliances, jewelry, ceramics, toys, and more. This is such a great service that helps extend the lifespan of your favorite items, while diverting waste from landfills, and providing work for local fixers. Be sure to Share & Invite your friends so that they can find out about this special service. Thanks!

Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 18, 2018 - New York

For families with children ages 3 and up. Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at our drop-in studio art-making program.

Art in the Round Public Tours - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 18, 2018 - New York

Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away with Lewis Kachur, Gallery Educator: Explore Vo's use of personal narratives to address larger societal issues. Art in the Round public tours are led by gallery educators. Specialists in fields of art, art history, and gallery teaching, educators provide informative and meaningful experiences by engaging visitors in a shared process of close looking and conversation, with the occasional surprise. For everyone from first-time visitors to long-term members, these daily tours are invaluable for learning about the collection, special exhibitions, and the Frank Lloyd Wright building. Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged and welcome to join. These tours are free with admission and meet on the rotunda floor. No RSVP is required.

New York Go Expo – 2018 Dreamworks Invitational - China Institute
Through February 18, 2018 - New York

Join us for the first annual New York Go Expo and competition featuring nine top university teams from North America battling it out in the classic Chinese strategy board game (also called ?? or wéiqí). Attendees can also take part in practice games, coaching sessions, lectures, and all sorts of Go-related activities for all ages.

New York Go Expo – 2017 Dreamworks Invitational - China Institute - Downtown Office
Through February 18, 2018 - New York

Join us for the first annual New York Go Expo and competition featuring nine top university teams from North America battling it out in the classic Chinese strategy board game (also called ?? or wéiqí). Attendees can also take part in practice games, coaching sessions, lectures, and all sorts of Go-related activities for all ages. https://www.chinainstitute.org/event/new-york-go-expo-2017-dreamworks-invitational/

San Marco Quartet - 5 Manhattan West
Through February 21, 2018 - New York

Video Installation by David Rokeby; San Marco Quartet layers all the actions of people and pigeons on Piazza San Marco in Venice into a pair of evolving images showing two views. The images are lit by movement; things that are not moving are invisible. Walking pigeons leave worm-like traces. Gathered people disappear through their shifting motions. Tour groups flow across the image like a river. The left side combines the activities into a very long exposed image that develops over several minutes. In the projection on the right, the past fades more quickly. The moving images are presented as two video projections mirrored at their point of meeting. They use the same material and with differences in how time is portrayed. They present a record of the temporary social architecture that is shaped by the permanent physical architecture of the piazza. Curated by Pari Nadimi. ABOUT DAVID ROKEBY David Rokeby is an installation artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has been creating and exhibiting since 1982. For the first part of his career he focused on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body, or that involve artificial perception systems. In the last deca... (read more)

Romeo + Juliet - Lincoln Center
Through February 23, 2018 - New York

In defiance of its tragic ending, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet remains the greatest romance of all time, demonstrating the power of love in its many forms. Peter Martins' staging of this eternal classic, set to Prokofiev's glorious accompaniment, embraces naïve excitement, betrayal, despair, and steadfast resolution, emphasizing the innocence and youthful optimism of its two heroes while proving that even in death true love cannot be overcome.

Walk on the Wild Side - American Museum of Natural History
Through February 28, 2018 - New York

Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: the Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs - Museum at Eldridge Street
Through March 01, 2018 - New York

The exhibition opening for Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs will take place on Thursday, September 14 from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition will be on view through March 1, 2018. Ten years ago, the Museum completed the restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. In celebration of this milestone, this photography exhibition provides a visual record of that painstaking process. These haunting photographs capture the rediscovery of the synagogue during its most precarious years. In color and stark black and white, they recall the building's undeniable poignancy and power even as it was a "rainstorm away from collapse." Images of the restoration document the synagogue's dramatic transformation and the artisans who brought the building back to life. Drawings and photographs also capture the building's 21st-century renewal and the installation of a new stained glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs will be on view through March 1, 2018.

Doreen Garner: Invisible Man Tattoo - Recess
Through March 03, 2018 - New York

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, Invisible Man Tattoo will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project's developments.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 - Lincoln Center
Through March 24, 2018 - New York

Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebrates the centennial of America's greatest classical composer and conductor. Drawing from more than 150 photographs, personal items, papers, scores, correspondence, costumes, furniture, and films, Leonard Bernstein at 100 marks the official exhibit of the centennial and is the most comprehensive retrospective of Bernstein's life and career ever staged in a museum setting. Items on display will include Bernstein's conductor baton; his first childhood piano; the desk used to compose West Side Story; handwritten score sheets for songs from West Side Story, including "America," "Tonight," and "Maria"; Bernstein's handwritten Harvard study notebook from 1939; and more. In addition to the objects and the multi-media presentations, the exhibit includes a number of interactive displays, designed to allow the museum visitor deep access into Bernstein's creative mind and music legacy. A listening bar will enable visitors to explore some of Bernstein's most noted works; and a vocal booth gives visitors the chance to sing lead in West Side Story. Another interactive breaks down the parts of a symphony for greater understanding of Bernstein's greatest orchestral... (read more)

Queens - Lincoln Center
Through March 25, 2018 - New York

In queens, the lives of two generations of immigrant women collide in a basement apartment. When the choices they've made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask: what cannot – and should not – be left behind?

FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures - Museum of Chinese in America
Through March 25, 2018 - Manhattan

As a way to actively engage visitors in a conversation about immigration issues, FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures will present the story of the passengers of the Golden Venture, a ship carrying 286 undocumented Chinese passengers that ran aground in New York City in 1993. Selected from MOCA's collection, over forty sculptures collectively created by the immigrants while detained for years at York County Prison will be on display. Through symbolic representations that include caged birds and American eagles, the sculptures give shape to both the quantitative and qualitative time spent waiting for uncertain legal outcomes. For most of these sculptures, their forms are Chinese folk art, but their subject matter is uniquely American. Idiomatic expressions and art-related theories of the "fold" as a form, action and metaphor will be used as an organizing principle for the exhibition's content and design. In addition to archive materials, recent interviews with immigration attorneys and supporters of the Golden Venture detainees will also provide multiple perspectives on the attainment of the American Dream.

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal - Grey Art Gallery
Through March 31, 2018 - New York

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the first U.S. museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Spain, 1852–1934), the father of modern neuroscience. Cajal's astonishing depictions of the brain—which combine cutting-edge scientific knowledge with consummate draftsmanship—offer much greater clarity than photographs, so much so that they are still in wide use today.Featuring approximately 80 of Cajal's drawings, the show will situate them within the history of scientific illustration from the 16th to 19th centuries, and juxtapose them with contemporary visualizations of the brain. Organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Cajal Institute, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book published by Abrams.

Baya: Woman of Algiers - Grey Art Gallery
Through March 31, 2018 - New York

Baya: Woman of Algiers is the first North American exhibition of works by the self-taught Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931–1998). Known as Baya, she was born in Bordj el-Kiffan and orphaned at age five. Encouraged by her adoptive French mother to pursue art, she began as an adolescent to paint gouaches and make ceramics. Her work was soon discovered by fabled gallerist Aimé Maeght who, along with André Breton, organized an exhibition in Paris in 1947. Baya's colorful depictions of women, rhythmic patterns, and bright palette drew the attention of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, with whom she later collaborated in the renowned Madoura pottery studio in Vallauris. Celebrated in both Algeria and France, Baya has yet to gain international recognition. Woman of Algiers reexamines Baya's career within Surrealist, "outsider," and North-African post-colonial art contexts.

Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound - Lincoln Center
Through April 07, 2018 - New York

Arturo Toscanini (1867 - 1957) remains among the most revered figures in classical music, due in large part to the dissemination of his work through hundreds of commercially produced recordings and wide-reaching radio broadcasts, which helped to define and perpetuate his cultural significance during the second half of his meteoric career. This exhibition explores the iconoclastic yet beloved conductor's legacy through the very medium in which he worked: sound. With a particular focus on his 17-year career with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound draws foremost upon the Toscanini Legacy collection of sound recordings, the single largest collection held by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The over 43,000 items represent the full array of audio formats in use during Toscanini's lifetime, including lacquer, shellac, and vinyl discs, tape reels, cylinders, and wire recordings as well as the more obscure selenophone recordings and the metal parts used in the production of 78 rpms discs. As one of the world's leading sound archives, the Library for the Performing Arts will plac... (read more)

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