I'm not really sure how I got on their mailing list, but I'm thankful that I'm on it. A couple of years ago, I went to several events hosted by CIC and saw Khoi Vinh from the NYTimes and Avenue A Razorfish (in 2006?)
Now that I have more time, I plan on going to more of these events. Here is one coming up. I'm not sure if it's free or if there's a nominal fee. Actually I double-checked and it is free ("FREE PANEL OF LEADING DESIGNERS OFFERED THIS MONTH!!"):
THE ART AND DESIGN OF "UGLY BETTY"
Presented with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. Don't miss this outstanding panel featuring the creative design team behind the award-winning ABC hit series "Ugly Betty."
DATE: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
LOCATION: The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at The Fashion Institute of Technology, D Building (corner of 27th & 7th Avenue).
SILVIO HORTA - Executive Producer/Creator
PATRICIA FIELD - Costume Designer
MOLLY ROGERS - Associate Costume Designer
MARK WORTHINGTON - Production Designer
ROBERT BERNARD - Graphics Designer
RICH DEVINE - Set Decorator
MODERATOR: KATHERINE OLIVER
Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 26.
For more information about these programs, visit http://www.nyc.gov/film.
Here are other events, but I'm not sure if these are free:
Magazines: Survival of the Fittest
Learn from leading editors and publishers what the future holds for the magazine industry, why fitness magazines continue to thrive in a down market, and tips for getting your foot in the door.
Election Coverage 2008
To learn what went wrong and what went right during the 2008 presidential election year, tune in to hear from leading political journalists, including Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone, Hendrik Hertzberg from The New Yorker and Rachel Sklar from The Huffington Post. Get an insider's perspective on the ups and downs of what became one of the most exciting and unpredictable political contests, maybe ever!
Richard Price: From Novel to Screen
Famous for his gritty and realistic exploration of urban life in America, Price's work attracts comparisons to Saul Bellow, Tom Wolfe and David Mamet, and his recently published novel, Lush Life, has been widely praised for its realistic dialogue, sharp and witty observations and keen eye for social detail. Price joined us last October for a frank and hilarious talk about his amazing career writing for the movies. He also gave lots of valuable advice and moral support to the aspiring writers in the audience. Price's screenwriting credits include: The Color of Money, Sea of Love, Clockers, Mad Dog and Glory, Ransom, Shaft and HBO's The Wire.