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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Park Walk |
With naturalist/author "Wildman" Steve Brill. America's go-to guy for foraging, Brill will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Park, a great place for wild foods, and the summer is an especially rich season.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 1
11:45 am

$20 suggested donation;

Park Walks, March 01, 2015, 03/01/2015, Foraging in the Park
Gallery Talk |
Her dynamic explorations of acrylic, ink and other materials have established Kianja Strobert (b. 1980) as an innovative voice in contemporary abstraction. Kianja Strobert: Of This Day in Time, the artist's first solo museum exhibition in New York, brings together a selection of paintings and drawings made over the last five years.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 1
1:00 pm

Free

Gallery Talks, March 01, 2015, 03/01/2015, Gallery Tour: Kianja Strobert: Of This Day in Time
Tour |
Highlights: The Puck Building, The Merchants House Museum, The Bond Street Condos, The Schermerhorn Building    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 1
1:00 pm

$20; $5 for

Tours, March 01, 2015, 03/01/2015, Noho-'A New Frontier' Tour
Concert |
The program features the great repertoire of the Organ on the 101 rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor &amp; Boody Organ Builders.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 1
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 01, 2015, 03/01/2015, Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation

Monday, March 2, 2015

Concert |
Program: Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C Major, Op. 3 Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65 Aleksander Tansman: Two Pieces for Cello and Piano (1931) Tansman: Cello Sonata No. 2 (1930) Tansman: Fantaisie (1936) After critically acclaimed tours in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the Cracow Duo makes its New York City debut in a free performance. With over a dozen years of successful concerts abroad, the duo of lifelong friends Jan Kalinowski (cello) and Marek Szlezer (piano) comes to New York in celebration of Fryderyk Chopin's 205th birthday. Recognized in Poland as staunch advocates of their country's musical tradition, the Cracow Duo will perform masterpieces by Chopin, as well as works by the Polish-born composer Aleksander Tansman.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 2
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 02, 2015, 03/02/2015, The Cracow Duo performs works by Chopin and Tansman

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Talk |
Legendary songwriters and producers/creators of “The Sound of Philadelphia,” Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, in conversation with Phil Galdston, Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence. Gamble and Huff are responsible for classic recordings by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Jacksons, Dusty Springfield, MFSB, Billy Paul, and more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 3
7:00 pm

Free

Talks, March 03, 2015, 03/03/2015, Gamble and Huff, Legendary Creators of the Philadelphia Sound
Book Signing |
Inimitable author Dave Barry makes a return visit with his amusing new essay.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 3
7:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, March 03, 2015, 03/03/2015, Dave Barry signs copies of his book Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Talk |
Grammy Award–winning writer and music producer Rob Fusari produced Lady Gaga’s debut studio album, "The Fame." Join him as he demonstrates how he uses Logic Pro X in his creative process. He’ll also share his professional tips and tricks for creating your own award-winning music and take questions from the audience.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 4
6:00 pm

Free

Talks, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, Rob Fusari, Grammy-Winning Producer of Lady Gaga
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated history unveils the secret history of how America became a safe haven for thousands of Nazi war criminals. Many of them were brought here after World War II by the CIA and got support from the FBI’s director, J. Edgar Hoover.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 4
6:30 pm

Free

Slide Lectures, March 04, 2015, 03/04/2015, Eric Lichtblau, Pulitzer-winning Times reporter, discusses his book The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lecture |
This talk explores the dynamics of authority and evasion in the Soviet Union, where a wide range of citizens practiced the arts of non-compliance and illegal departure — settlers in Siberia, soldiers, and young specialists on assignment. It will focus on escapes from the Gulag and from the “unknown Gulag” of Special Settlements, invoking the use of escapee repertoires in the face of state regimes of confinement. Lecturer Lewis Siegelbaum is the Jack and Margaret Sweet Professor of History at Michigan State University; among his most important publications are Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile and Stakhanovism and the Politics of Productivity in the USSR, 1935-1941.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 5
6:00 pm

Free

Lectures, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Beyond Gulags: Escaping within the Soviet Union
Opening Reception |
Featuring over 150 original photographs, the exhibition depicts the three Selma-to-Montgomery marches that rocked the nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. To be attended by James Barker, Tracy Martin and Michelle Moore Peel.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 5
6:00 pm
to 8:00 pm

Free

Opening Receptions, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Selma March 1965: 150 Photographs of the Key Civil Rights Demonstrations
Workshop |
Learn how to use a brush pen to write Chinese calligraphy with an experienced instructor. No Chinese language knowledge required. Library will provide supplies.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 5
6:30 pm

Free

Workshops, March 05, 2015, 03/05/2015, Chinese Calligraphy Workshop

Friday, March 6, 2015

Film |
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen. An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. 101 Minutes    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 6
2:00 pm

Free

Films, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Chad Stahelski's John Wick (2014): Hitman's Revenge
Master Class |
Albert "Tootie" Heath is an American jazz hard bop drummer, the brother of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and the double-bassist Percy Heath. He first recorded in 1957 with John Coltrane. From 1958 to 1974 he worked with, among others, J. J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer and Benny Golson's Jazztet, Cedar Walton, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Drew, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Hancock, Friedrich Gulda, Nina Simone, and Yusef Lateef. In 1975, he, Jimmy and Percy formed the Heath Brothers. He remained with the group until 1978, then left to freelance. He has recorded extensively throughout his career.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 6
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Master Class: Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Jazz Drummer
Film |
The story of Alias, a young Albino on the run, hunted by local witch doctors who use Albinos body parts for their potions. 117 min. The director will introduce the screening. A reception with food and beverages will follow.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 6
7:00 pm

Free

Films, March 06, 2015, 03/06/2015, Tanzanian Cinema: Noaz Deshe's White Shadow (2013)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Discussion |
This panel takes up contemporary debates surrounding the legalization of marijuana. They consider the implications of the politics and policies of the “war on drugs;” the incarceration of black men for drug-related crimes and infractions; the medical uses of marijuana; and the social implications of the recreational use of marijuana, particularly in regards to children. They pay particular attention to recent groundbreaking works, such as Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Our panel will be led by Ethan Nadelman, who is described by Rolling Stone as "the point man" for drug policy reform efforts, and is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. He is the author of the Cops Across Borders (1993) and co-author of Policing the Globe (2008). A reception will follow the event.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 10
4:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, On the Legalization of Marijuana
Film |
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga. Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. 141 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 10
4:00 pm

Free

Films, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, David Dobkin's Oscar Nominee The Judge (2014): Dad the Murder Suspect
Talk |
Geir Lundestad will reflect on his 25-year experience as Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a position he just left at the end of 2014. The discussion will focus on the role played by the Nobel Peace Prize in helping to promote international peace and security and in shaping the perceptions of conflict situations or of security challenges.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 10
6:00 pm

Free

Talks, March 10, 2015, 03/10/2015, The Nobel Peace Prize: An Insider's View

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Book Reading |
Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in the categories of: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Tonight, finalists will read from their work.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 11
6:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 11, 2015, 03/11/2015, National Book Critics Circle Reading 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Reading |
Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in the categories of: Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 12
6:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 12, 2015, 03/12/2015, National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony 2015
Book Reading |
The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis offers readers what Garry Wills predicts for the upcoming years under the leadership of the church's charismatic new Pope.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 12
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 12, 2015, 03/12/2015, Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills reads from his book The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

Friday, March 13, 2015

Film |
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior. A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. 123 Minutes    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 13
2:00 pm

Free

Films, March 13, 2015, 03/13/2015, James Marsh's Oscar Winner The Theory of Everything (2014): Stephen Hawking Biopic

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Film |
Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould. Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. 81 minutes    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 17
4:00 pm

Free

Films, March 17, 2015, 03/17/2015, Miguel Arteta's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day (2014): As Luck Would Have It

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Reading |
Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995, and has been both a White House correspondent and the chief restaurant critic. In his columns, which appear every Sunday and Wednesday, he reflects on diverse topics: American politics, higher education, violence in football, gay rights and his own life as a gay man in a close-knit family. He is the author of two best-sellers: a 2009 memoir, Born Round; and a 2002 chronicle of George W. Bush’s initial presidential campaign, Ambling into History. An audience Q&amp;A and book-signing will follow.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 18
12:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 18, 2015, 03/18/2015, Times columnist Frank Bruni discusses his book Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Film |
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack. Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio tames his wealthy shrewish wife, Katharina. 120 minutes    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 21
2:15 pm

Free

Films, March 21, 2015, 03/21/2015, Franco Zeffirelli's Oscar-Nominated The Taming of the Shrew (1967): Shakespeare's Battling Spouses

Monday, March 23, 2015

Staged Reading |
Hungarian author Ferenc Molnár (1878-1952) was indisputably America’s favorite contemporary playwright from Europe in the 1920s and 30s. Best known today for his plays Liliom (the basis of the musical Carousel), The Play’s the Thing, and The Guardsman, Molnár was immensely prolific as a journalist, short story writer, novelist, and dramatist of forty-two plays, many of which were performed widely throughout Europe and America. This winter, New York City’s award winning Mint Theater Company presents a long forgotten Molnár gem, Fashions for Men, at their 43rd St. theater. Join the Mint at the Library for an evening of scenes and readings from the Library’s Molnár Papers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 23
6:00 pm

Free

Staged Readings, March 23, 2015, 03/23/2015, Meeting Molnár: The Mint Theater Company Explores the Archives of Ferenc Molnár
Book Reading |
Former SeaWorld whale trainer John Hargove describes what lurks Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 23
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 23, 2015, 03/23/2015, John Hargrove reads from his book Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Reading |
Colson Whitehead is the New York Times best-selling author of Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Mar 25
12:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, March 25, 2015, 03/25/2015, Colson Whitehead reads from his book The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Concert |
This season’s performers were chosen competitively by jury and are among the finest early music artists and ensembles from the New York area and beyond. Today: Johann Christoph Pez wrote twelve sonatas for two violins, obligato bass instrument, and basso continuo, entitled Duplex Genius. The collection was recently published, but has not yet been recorded and – to the best of our knowledge – never performed. Performers: Adriane Post, violin Beth Wenstrom, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello and viola da gamba Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo and guitar Elliot Figg, harpsichord    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 26
1:15 pm

$10 suggested donation

Concerts, March 26, 2015, 03/26/2015, The Pez Dispensers: Duplex Genius
Film |
Stars: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph. An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price. 106 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 26
2:00 pm

Free

Films, March 26, 2015, 03/26/2015, John Frankenheimer's Oscar-Nominated Seconds (1966): A Life Anew

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Film |
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi. A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. 89 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 28
2:00 pm

Free

Films, March 28, 2015, 03/28/2015, Luc Besson's Lucy (2014): Captive's Revenge

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Film |
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker. A man vacationing with his wife and son near a desolate jetty in Baja becomes trapped under a rotten timber as the inevitable tide threatens to drown him. 69 mins.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 29
2:00 pm

Free

Films, March 29, 2015, 03/29/2015, John Sturges' Jeopardy (1953): Trapped in the Tide

Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Signing |
An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works — and really doesn't.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 30
7:00 pm

Free

Book Signings, March 30, 2015, 03/30/2015, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren signs copies of her book A Fighting Chance

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Film |
A film produced by Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and explicative of the February 2014 protests in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The screening will be followed by a Q&amp;A with Redgrave and Dr. Damir Arsenijevic, editor of Unbribable Bosnia: The Fight for the Commons, an edited volume of scholarly analysis on the uprising.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 31
6:00 pm

Free

Films, March 31, 2015, 03/31/2015, Documentary: Carlo Nero's Bosnia Rising (2014) - Followed by a Discussion with Academy Award-Winning Actress Vanessa Redgrave

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Concert |
Program: STEVE REICH Music for Pieces of Wood CAGE Child of Tree CAGE Third Construction BRYCE DESSNER Music for Wood and Strings Not many ensembles make great music on flower pots, but the four dexterous, polyrhythmic masters of Sō Percussion do just that and more. Using drums, marimbas, woodblocks, gongs, and pretty much anything else that can be hit, scraped, or shaken, the group plays some of the most eclectic and consistently excellent music today. Whether performing a new work by The National’s Bryce Dessner or a classic by Steve Reich, Sō Percussion’s “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker) is always a great show.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Apr 12
3:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 12, 2015, 04/12/2015, Sō Percussion performs works by Reich, Cage, Dessner

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Concert |
Join the conversation about the ethics of genetic interventions, including “designer babies” and “savior siblings,” at a one-night-only presentation of the new rock opera Playing God, created by Finnish bioethicists and musicians Matti Häyry and Tuija Takala and legendary drummer Corky Laing (of the celebrated rock band Mountain). Playing God tells the story of a fictional small town whose inhabitants have enjoyed the benefits of gene technology for decades. As the paths of the young characters—whose lives, loves and futures have been shaped by genetic intervention—collide, the secrets, sacrifices and ethical compromises of the community are exposed. Through the story, music and characters, Playing God challenges the audience to study their own ethical convictions, raising open-ended questions about parental choices, perfection, identity and what it means to be human in a world when our fundamental genes are open to manipulation. Following the performance, there will be an ethics panel discussion moderated by Joseph J. Fins, MD, The E. William Davis, Jr. MD, Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Director of the Research Ethics Consultation Service, Weill Cornell CTSC.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Apr 23
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, April 23, 2015, 04/23/2015, Playing God, a New Rock Opera About the Ethics of Genetic Interventions
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