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Tai chi is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow, smooth body movements to achieve a state of relaxation of both body and mind. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Heavy rain will cancel the event. New York City, NY; NYC
Anna Barbara Meier and Emma R. both grew up as females in Germany, and were in their adult lives both medically declared to be male. However, there was a time gap of more than one century between the two cases.
In her lecture, Geertje Mak shows that hermaphroditism itself changed profoundly over the course of the nineteenth century. New York City, NY; NYC
The noodle in all its infinite varieties will be showcased at Noodlepalooza, this spring's installment of the wildly popular seasonal restaurant showcase. More than 15 New York City restaurants and food purveyors will gather to celebrate the ubiquitous dough-based dish. The multicultural menu will feature sample-sized servings of macaroni, dumplings, kugel, homemade pasta, and more, all for $5 or less. New York City, NY; NYC
With Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh.
Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse named Secretariat and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion.
123 min. New York City, NY; NYC
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Congressman Ron Paul considers the Federal Reserve "both corrupt and unconstitutional"
Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. New York City, NY; NYC
The 2012 D-Crit Conference, featuring graduating students of the MFA Design Criticism Department and moderated by Change Observer co-editor and faculty member Julie Lasky. This year’s conference is comprised of four themed panels, each introduced by keynote speakers, including media historian Stuart Ewen; Pentagram partner Michael Bierut; 2x4 founding partner Michael Rock; cultural historian Jeffrey Schnapp; and Interboro Partners principal Daniel D'Oca. Topics to be addressed include the absence of firearms in design collections, the persistence of an anti-ornament bias in architectural discourse, Main Street USA as rhetorical trope and the need for designers to make repairable products. New York City, NY; NYC
Take a walk around the lands dominated by the Castle, situated high on Vista Rock. Visit the tiny 55-acre realm on an eclectic tour of history and nature. Tour is approximately one hour. New York City, NY; NYC
Love a good story? Sit back and relax as we read you a story or two at lunchtime. Bring your lunch, bring your knitting, bring a friend. Brown bag lunches welcome!
The Cat That Walked by Himself by Rudyard Kipling - Kipling’s fable from Just So Stories, published in 1902, tells how the Cat found a place by the fire.
The Cheshire Cat by Lewis Carroll - This excerpt from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865, describes how Alice met The Cheshire Cat.
The Best Bed by Sylvia Townsend Warner - Of course a cat will find the best bed in the house, especially on Christmas Eve. New York City, NY; NYC
With the blessing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey, will officiate a ceremony to rename the British Garden at Hanover Square “The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden.” The ceremony kicks off U.S. festivities in honor of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. During the ceremony, the Dean will recite a special blessing and unveil a paving stone with the garden’s new name and a picture of the Tudor Rose. New York City, NY; NYC
Todd Shepard discusses the "Arab Man" in French debates about violence and sex in the 1970s.
Todd Shepard teaches History at Johns Hopkins University. His scholarship explores 20th-century France and the French Empire, with a focus on how imperialism intersects with histories of national identity, state institutions, race, and sexuality. His book The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (2006), is a history of the close of the Algerian War and the difficult re-negotiation of French state structures and national identity that resulted. It was awarded both the American Historical Association's 2006 J. Russell Major Prize and the Council of European Studies' 2008 Book Prize. New York City, NY; NYC
Develop an appreciation for antiquarian books and learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book.
Have you ever wondered how the experts on TV can look at an old book and know about its value? Do you have an old book? Do you wonder how much it is worth? If you want to learn more about what makes an old book rare or valuable, then join us as we explore the world of antiquarian books.
In this class, examine an old book, look to see who else owns a copy, and review the sale records and current booksellers’ catalogs to learn about its value. Along the way attendees will learn about the tools and resources that the antiquarian community uses to value a book. Come join us and learn how you can engage in the world of old and rare books. New York City, NY; NYC
Join a free Stay Well exercise session. Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC's Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants are required to sign a personal medical waiver at the beginning of the class. New York City, NY; NYC
Starring Idris Elba, Gabrielle Union.
A mechanic enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters from his treacherous ex-wife.
95 min. New York City, NY; NYC
One of the largest percentages of African-Americans now living in New York City can trace their ancestry back to the Caribbean. Discover the resources available to trace your family back from the Big Apple to many of the islands that make up this ethnically and culturally diverse archipelago.
Andrea Ramsey is a longtime member of the NYG&B and a member of the Jean Sampson Scott Greater New York Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. She is a frequent lecturer on Afro-American research relating to the history and culture in the Anglophone Caribbean. New York City, NY; NYC
Nylon Wound is Gregory Askins and Joseph Parisi, a musical duo dedicated to promoting the classical guitar. They perform original compositions and arrangements for two guitars in addition to a classical guitar repertory. New York City, NY; NYC
WE THE PEOPLE, is an installation and interactive exhibition exploring our collective personal roles, and the choices we make, in our communities and countries. Are our intentions, as Marcus Aurelius pointed out, noble aspirations or vulgar ambition? Are we conscious of our choices and intentions, or blithely unaware? Although Flores proposes some answers based on her own observations, she raises some interesting and very timely questions. New York City, NY; NYC
Liam Gillick (born 1964, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire) is a British conceptual artist who lives in New York City. He is often associated with the artists included the 1996 exhibit Traffic, which first introduced the term Relational Art. New York City, NY; NYC
Revue composers Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and De Sylva, Brown & Henderson changed music in America and around the world, setting new standards for Broadway and Hollywood scores. Jazz became the American pastime. Take a musical journey through 3 decades of songs brought to you by the Great American Revues. Hosted by Steve Ross. New York City, NY; NYC
These days LinkedIn is a MUST for an effective job search. Even if you are already on LinkedIn, you may not be aware of how powerful this free tool is. People in today’s workforce who know how to use it effectively get better jobs faster.
Robert Hellmann offers tips on how to build your network, research job prospects, contact people, and get interviews. New York City, NY; NYC
How does a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into an empire? Find out as Joe Bastianich, co-owner (with Mario Batali) of some of New York's most celebrated restaurants, discusses his book. New York City, NY; NYC
Interweaving original photographs, archival footage, and recent interviews, this film tells the story of iconic photographer Pirkle Jones.
28 min. Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker. New York City, NY; NYC
The evening will be hosted by the internationally acclaimed, socially aware Vanaver Caravan World Dance & Music Company, who will perform and teach dances from across the globe including Chinese silk ribbon dancing, Spanish Flamenco, and Brazilian Capoiera, to Tribal Rituals from the Philippine Islands, Canadian Step, Appalachian Clogging, and Israeli, and Kurdish folk dances.
In addition to the performance, there will be a short discussion about opportunities and cultural exchange within the school and a photography exhibit from Miranda ten Broeke's recent journey to India. New York City, NY; NYC
How do we become who we are? The search for identity, always complicated, becomes even more complex when adoption is part of the story. This true and extraordinary tale of mother and daughter, separated by adoption and reunited after 40 years, explores the issues of family and identity with honesty and forgiveness. New York City, NY; NYC
If you have ever been around small children, you know that they have a very uncensored view of things. They are wide-eyed, open, curious and completely unjaded by life. For the most part, they have not yet been exposed to the harsh realities of racism, sexism and discrimination.
In East of Main Street: Small Talk, 37 Asian American kids from diverse backgrounds and ranging in age from 4-12 give their opinions on a variety of topics — their heritage and what it means to be Asian American, what sets them apart from other kids and what makes them the same, how they relate to their families and their grandparents, the languages they speak, favorite foods, customs, and their hopes and dreams for the future. The piece is filled with humor, sweetness and poignancy, and helps highlight just how insightful and intelligent children really are.
Followed by a reception. New York City, NY; NYC
Before radio, television, and Disneyland there was Coney. Guests will invoke the world’s playground in its heyday, decline and its coming re-heyday. Hosted by Mark Jacobsen and Larry Ratso Sloman. New York City, NY; NYC
Chopin Ballade Op. 23, No. 1
Scriabin Etude, Op. 2, No. 1 and Etude, Op. 8, No. 12
Rachmaninoff Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 and Prelude, Op. 23, No. 5
Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, No. 24
Donald Harris Sonata (1957)
David Del Tredici Fantasy Pieces
For this special recital, faculty member and pianist Daniel Beliavsky will be performing a program of Romantic and 20th century works. New York City, NY; NYC
Enjoy cutting-edge science and conversation at this popular after-hours series.
Skin is our largest organ and a crucial part of our lives, whether it’s protecting us from the elements or serving as a medium for self-expression. At May’s SciCafe, biological anthropologist Nina Jablonski will explore skin’s unique cultural history and its crucial role as an adaptation to UV radiation.
Dr. Nina Jablonski is a professor of biological anthropology and head of the anthropology department at Penn State University. She is the author of Skin: A Natural History, a cultural and biological overview of human skin, and has appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report. New York City, NY; NYC
"An expanded, feature-length re-working of Decalogue VI: Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery from Krzysztof Kieslowski's magnum opus television project, Decalogue, A Short Film About Love is a sublime and provocative exploration on the nature of desire, connection, and intimacy." — Acquarello, Strictly Film School
83 min. New York City, NY; NYC
Legendary newsman Dan Rather talks frankly about his career, from his rise at CBS covering the JFK assassination to his dismissal over a controversial broadcast involving George Bush's national guard service. New York City, NY; NYC
The International Debate Education Association is affiliating with the Cogers Trust to hold a monthly debate event in NYC. The Society of Cogers was founded in the City of London in 1755 as a coffee bar debating society, can claim to be the oldest “free speech” forum in the world, and is quite possibly the oldest debating society in the world. IDEA is bringing this tradition to NY with the introduction of the Big Apple Cogers for a lively debate on current events.
Cogers events begin with a 10-to-15-minute speech made by the “Opener” that recaps the most important topics that have occurred since the previous meeting and outlines potential topics for debate. Next, the audience is invited to make 5-minute speeches that either respond to these topics or bring new topics to the debate. During these speeches, audience members can make single-sentence challenges in response to speeches.
The event is manned by “the Grand” and ends with “the Evaluator,” who sums up the evening, offers debate advice, and awards the “Apple of Discord.” It’s steeped in tradition (which they will explain) and makes for a fun and stimulating evening. New York City, NY; NYC
A concert by young Austrian singer/songwriter Florian Kmet, who has just released his second solo album, shoot me. Kmet explores his Zappa-esque side: with a firm voice and raised eyebrows his songs tell tales of farewells and betrayal, dreams and botched heroism, endless driver’s jobs, and averted contract killings.
With the mere support of his guitar, his voice, and a live sampler, Kmet transcends the boundaries of established musical genres to create old-school songwriter tunes melded with amplified doses of pop. New York City, NY; NYC
Chicken and the Egg (Play Me Allegro) by Alon Alsheich & Eran Yehezkel, Israel, 2005, 40 min. - On the border between Israel and the Palestinian authority, 4 km from Gaza, lies the Nir-Am kibbutz. In spite of Israeli missiles and helicopters soaring above their heads, and Palestinian rockets falling in their yard, Julia, a Russian immigrant, and her five-year-old daughter, choose not to give up.
Sderot, Last Exit (pictured) by Osvalde Lewat, 2011, 80 min. - This new documentary by French-Cameroonian journalist and filmmaker Osvalde Lewat is a high-risk attempt to portray the contradictions that arise among the multiple ethnicities and peoples in the Film School of Sderot, situated only two kilometers from the Gaza border in Southern Israel.
Followed by a Q&A with Avner Faingulernt. New York City, NY; NYC
As a one-night closing event to Harry Dodge’s solo exhibition at Wallspace, this is a screening of Dodge’s 2011 video trilogy: Ipse Dixit, Unkillable and Fred Can Never Be Called
Bald. This trilogy explores the relationship between language and image, as well as the inexorability of narrative progress or momentum itself, in different tonal and formal registers. All three works derive from Dodge’s interest in the collision of our 21st-century enthrallment with the virtual world and our continued, often desperate engagement with our own physical bodies and extreme forces of nature, including that of our own mortality. New York City, NY; NYC
Devadas has released two cds, "Ocean - Songs for Amma" and "Shine Shine On" and is currently recording and singing anywhere and everywhere they'll have him. A Bhajan is any type of Indian devotional song. It has no fixed form: it may be as simple as a mantra or kirtan or as sophisticated as the dhrupad or kriti with music based on classical ragas and talas. It is normally lyrical, expressing love for the Divine. The name, a cognate of bhakti, meaning religious devotion, suggests its importance to the bhakti movement. New York City, NY; NYC
The Comedy Expo is a monthly show where 4 sketch comedians do 4 rounds of solo material. This month includes:
Emily Axford (College Humor)
Brooke Bundy (The Hunger Games)
John Early (30 Rock)
Matthew Robert Gehring (LOUIE)
Hosted by Sam Martin and Branson Reese New York City, NY; NYC
Stand-up comedy show (that has been featured on MTV, and that fills to standing-room only each week). The show is produced by Brendan Fitzgibbons (The Onion, McSweeney's) and Lance Weiss (Carolines on Broadway) with comedians from David Letterman, Vh1, MTV, The Onion, and Comedy Central. Free pizza! New York City, NY; NYC