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Free Things to Do in NYC This Week - January 13-January 20

January 13, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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You can never run out of things to do in New York City, and that includes things that are free of charge! Pinch some pennies with City Guide's list of free things to do in NYC this week. You may just be surprised at how little it'll cost you to have a great time in the world's greatest city, with music, museums, and other free events awaiting.

Theatre Event called "The Tragedy of the Election of the Citrus King" - Hudson Guild Theater
January 13, 2019 - New York

My short play (15 minutes), "The Tragedy of the Election of the Citrus King" will be performed as part of the New York Winterfest of New Plays. It's not a pure tragedy, nor a comedy. It's a true dialogue, written in Elizabethan-style English. A Citizen expresses fear and frustration at the election and a Trumpist steps up to express his side. Whether that appeals to you or makes you squirm, it is a device to encourage everybody in the audience to simply listen. We want the audience to come away with a sense of hope. It's up for 3 nights at the Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street between 9th and 10th Aves.). Here's a link to the festival: http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/the-tragedy-of-the-election-of-the-citrus-king/ Tickets can be purchased at the link below (the ticket includes all plays in that evening). https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3745443

Terry Waldo's Gotham City Band - Fat Cat
January 13, 2019 - New York

Terry Waldo's Gotham City Band

Marcos Valera Group - Fat Cat
January 13, 2019 - New York

Marcos Valera Group

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming - Fat Cat
January 13, 2019 - New York

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming

The Black Soul Experience - The Groove
January 13, 2019 - New York

Welcome to The Black Soul Experience, a high-powered, intense live show. R&B, funk, soul, soca, hip-hop, reggae, and house will keep you dancing in the aisles all night long! Featuring your host, bandleader, and veteran musician at the Groove, Antwon Robinso, alongside Tracey Nicole. Backed by the finest musicians in NYC.

Bridelux First U.S. Wedding Atelier - InterContinental New York Barclay
January 13, 2019 - New York

Renowned luxury wedding show Bridelux /(www.bridelux.com) will host its first-ever U.S. Atelier, which will be hosted at the InterContinental New York Barclay on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Known for being the world’s finest wedding show, Bridelux has hosted successful Ateliers in London since 2013, attracting the highest quality of brands not typically found at bridal shows. Creating a wonderfully bespoke experience for couples and wedding industry professionals alike, each show is closely curated and interactive, giving brides ideas and inspiration to create their perfect day at an unsurpassed level. Tickets for the Atelier are now available for purchase at $150 each at Bridelux.com. A portion of proceeds generated by ticket sales will be donated to non-profit, Wish Upon A Wedding, an organization which grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering circumstances. For tickets and more information, visit bridelux.com/show/atelier-new-york InterContinental New York Barclay 111 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

Harlem Gospel Choir - Sunday Gospel Brunch - All You Can Eat Buffet - Sony Hall
January 13, 2019 - New York

All Brunch prices do not reflect applicable gratuity or additional beverages. Each guest will be presented with a bill for the optional 18% gratuity. The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.

Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp - The Original Stars of Rent - Sony Hall
January 13, 2019 - New York

2nd Night Added The Original Stars of RENT ADAM PASCAL & ANTHONY RAPP Celebrating 20 Years of Friendship Sun 1/13 Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm VIP Premium Meet & Greet Package Includes Post-Show Meet & Greet, Premium Reserved Seating & a Copy of their CD, "Acoustically Speaking" RJ Productions Broadway at Sony Hall Concert Series

Watson Adventures’ Cloisters Capers Scavenger Hunt - The Cloisters
January 13, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults in one of upper Manhattan’s most unusual treasures! Explore the Cloisters and solve mysteries like a latter-day Brother Baskerville. You’ll tackle tricky clues among the breathtaking architecture that dates from the 12th through the 15th century and the nearly 3,000 works of art. Discover gruesome faces hidden in demons, take a ladder to Heaven or fall into the mouth of Hell, and learn why dead princes sleep with dogs. Prices include museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Julie Kurtzman, violin - 92Y
January 13, 2019 - Upper East Side

Juliet Kurtzman began playing the violin at age 7, and was quickly discovered as a child prodigy. At the age of ten, she began winning competitions, and soloing with orchestras such as the Houston and Dallas Symphonies. Throughout her youth, she performed extensively throughout the US in solo recitals and with orchestras. At age 17, she began her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, with Jascha Brodsky. Shortly after, she made her Carnegie Hall debut. After graduating from Curtis, Juliet moved to Europe, where she performed and taught throughout Spain and Switzerland. For 8 years, she was first violin in the Luzern Symphony Orchestra, and played regularly with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Juliet resides in NYC, where she is on the faculty at the Lucy Moses School, the Special Music School and at 92nd Street Y. She also has a variety of private students of different ages and levels, going from beginners to advanced, some of whom have won competitions and performed with professional orchestras in New York City. Aside from the classical music where she specializes, Juliet has begun diversifying styles and genres of music in her violin playing. She has ... (read more)

Nick Collins/Reid Taylor Group - Smalls Live
January 13, 2019 - New York City

REID TAYLOR bass Reid Taylor started playing bass after moving to Washington DC and was taught/ mentored by Edward ‘Butch’ Warren and Steve Novosel.

Snow Sculptures - Japan Society
January 13, 2019 - New York

Explore Japan’s seasonal customs and culture through storytelling, creative play, songs and art making. Preschool-aged children and their caregivers enjoy intimate, tactile and interactive classes based on a different theme each month. Snow Sculptures Explore how Japanese children play with snow! Create your own experimental snow sculptures with snow that won’t melt and colored lights inspired by the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Toward A Concrete Utopia: Architecture In Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 13, 2019 - Manhattan

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia's architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist "social condensers"—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia's leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

The 20th Annual Glam Awards - Sony Hall
January 14, 2019 - New York

The 20th Annual GLAM AWARDS celebrates the best of NYC Nightlife in categories like Best DJ, Best Host, Best Dressed and Entertainer of the Year. Hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race winner Bob The Drag Queen. And featuring major productions by the most exciting performers in NYC Nightlife. Come celebrate with the biggest and brightest stars in NYC Nightlife!

Jarod Kaskin - Fat Cat
January 14, 2019 - New York

Jarod Kaskin

Golden Lady Burlesque - Sid Gold's Request Room
January 15, 2019 - New York

A monthly Burlesque/Variety Show hosted by Essence Revealed. With special guests, piano bar singalongs and more!

Boardwalk - Coney Island Baby
January 15, 2019 - New York

Boardwalk

Two Friends - With My Homies Tour - Irving Plaza
January 19, 2019 - New York

Matt Halper and Eli Sones, the young masterminds behind Two Friends, have quickly revamped from high school bedroom producers to one of the most promising dancemusic duos of 2017. Known for their viral remixes of "Trap Queen", "I Miss You" and "Mr. Brightside", as well as their latest original offerings Just A Kid, Emily, and Out of Love, the two have in unprecedented time mastered a wide range of genres from pop-leaning to dance-driven records. Kicking off their musical journey in their senior year of high school (after being best friends since seventh grade), the boys honed their skills through remixing, taking on the likes of Lana Del Rey, Alesso, and Tori Kelly to name but a few. Two Friends were quick to prove their versatile songwriting and production, drawing upon a wide variety of live instrumentation to create a truly multi-faceted sound with every release. They swiftly exceeded their influence beyond the online sphere, attracting the spotlight on stage and radio. With support now coming from the likes of Tiesto, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, and many more, and with a whole host of original releases locked in for 2018, Matt and Eli undoubtedly look set to dominate... (read more)

Apollo Uptown Hall Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from Mlk to Today - Apollo Theater
January 20, 2019 - New York

The Apollo Theater and WNYC are partnering for the sixth year to present WNYC's 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today as part of the Apollo's Uptown series. WNYC's Peabody Award-winning host Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, local host of All Things Considered, will moderate meaningful conversations examining Dr. King's legacy and its impact on modern social justice movements. Through a lively mix of one-on-one intervivews and panels featuring notable guests, we will commemorate the legacy of Dr. King. Unsung Champions of Civil Rights from MLK to Today will also place special emphasis on some of the lesser-known names who, nevertheless, were crucial in making both the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and today's social issue movements successful. The "unsung will include women, members of the LGBTQ community and others who didn't receive warranted, timely, or lasting recognition.

Liliana Porter: Other Situations - El Museo del Barrio
Through January 27, 2019 - New York

Born in Argentina in 1941, Liliana Porter, originally educated in printmaking — a discipline that deeply influenced her practice — moved to New York in 1964, where she cofounded the New York Graphic Workshop with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo. Since then, Porter has worked in a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, assemblages, video, installation and, more recently, theater. Porter's art has been exhibited in more than 35 countries in over 450 group shows, and is a part of public and private collections including El Museo del Barrio. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and Sculpture Magazine, among other publications. In 2013, the Fundación Patricia Phelps de Cisneros published the book Liliana Porter in Conversation with Inés Katzenstein as part of the Conversaciones/Conversations series. Galleries in Europe, Latin America and the United States represent the artist.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 03, 2019 - Manhattan

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants—Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others—would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Together, the artists challenged traditional understandings of choreography, expanding dance in ways that reconsidered its place in the world. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating "ordinary" movements—ge... (read more)

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 24, 2019 - Manhattan

Poet Erza Pound spoke of artist Constantin Brancusi's work as providing "the master keys to the world of form." Over a career that spanned half a century, Brancusi's innovations transformed sculpture as it had been known, and influenced generations of artists to come. After moving to Paris in 1904 from his native Romania, Brancusi affected the appearance of a Romanian peasant—a long beard, work shirt, and sandals—while embedding himself in avant-garde art circles. He soon began pushing modernist sculpture to the threshold of abstraction, developing a new, simplified vocabulary of graceful crescents, gleaming ovoids, and rough-hewn blocks that often evoked rather than resembled the things named in their titles, such as Bird in Space or Fish. He put the natural properties of his materials on display, carving directly into wood and stone and polishing metal to high reflectivity. The bases for his sculptures were often built of stacked elements—wood cubes, cylindrical slices, pyramidal blocks, or cruciform stones—becoming an integral component of the work itself and hinting at the possibility of infinite rearrangement, an idea that would prove fertile in future decades.

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 17, 2019 - Manhattan

Schaulager, Basel, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 present the first comprehensive retrospective of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) in over 20 years. Opening at Schaulager in March 2018 and traveling to New York in October of that year, the exhibition expands upon the rich holdings of the organizing institutions. Spanning the artist's entire career, from the mid-1960s to the present, Disappearing Acts provides a singular opportunity to experience his command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.

Student Rush Tickets at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey - NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER: OCEAN ODYSSEY
Through March 30, 2019 - New York

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square is now offering student rush tickets! A limited number of $20.00 Student Rush Tickets are available for each day's tours by showing a valid student ID at our Guest Services desk, limit 2 tickets per ID. Student tickets are subject to availability, and may be limited during weekend and holiday hours. Cash or credit cards accepted for purchase. Student rush only valid on the day of your visit, and not for advance sales. Recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square is a unique must-do experience that allows guests to dive into an ocean of fun without getting wet! It is a great way to escape the outdoor winter temperatures. As an entertaining and immersive adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California, National Geographic Encounter utilizes groundbreaking technology to transport guests to extraordinary places and rarely witnessed moments in nature. Guests can play with mischievous sea lions, escape the jaws of a Humpback Whale, and survive a deep sea battle between ferocious Humboldt squid.

Student Rush Tickets at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey - National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Through March 30, 2019 - New York

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square is now offering student rush tickets! A limited number of $20.00 Student Rush Tickets are available for each day's tours by showing a valid student ID at our Guest Services desk, limit 2 tickets per ID. Student tickets are subject to availability, and may be limited during weekend and holiday hours. Cash or credit cards accepted for purchase. Student rush only valid on the day of your visit, and not for advance sales. Recently celebrating its one-year anniversary, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square is a unique must-do experience that allows guests to dive into an ocean of fun without getting wet! It is a great way to escape the outdoor winter temperatures. As an entertaining and immersive adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California, National Geographic Encounter utilizes groundbreaking technology to transport guests to extraordinary places and rarely witnessed moments in nature. Guests can play with mischievous sea lions, escape the jaws of a Humpback Whale, and survive a deep sea battle between ferocious Humboldt squid.

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