New York Thought: Smart Things to Do in NYC This Week

Amanda Foreman, Eric Schlosser, Andrew Solomon, and Hal Rubenstein are among the appearances we’re looking forward to among our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, February 27

When selfies with the nuclear football appear on Facebook you know it’s a new age. Learn more about the doomsday device currently in small hands at a night of film and discussion. Clips from the immersive experience the bomb will be joined by a discussion with Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), whose book on the illusion of nuclear safety inspired the film. Temple Emanu-El.

Host Jack Viertel looks at 100 years of life upon the wicked stage, from chorus girls through Bob Fosse. Expect conversation and performances at this Encores! Unscripted event. The Greene Space.

Long before a World Series telecast brought the phrase “ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning” into the popular imagination (it was never said on air), the South Bronx was a vibrant neighborhood. Hear the story in An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx From the 1930s to the 1960s. Mid-Manhattan Library.

Tuesday, February 28

Image: Steve Guttman/Flickr

Go wild at NYC: Where the Wild Things Are, an illustrated talk on the flora and fauna of our concrete jungle. Prospect Heights Brainery.

Taste of Science Medical School is open and you can learn all about the human heart with a beer in hand. A cardiac surgeon who specializes in robotic operations and a recipient of open heart surgery will be speakingand answering all of your heartfelt questions. Ryan’s Daughter.

Wednesday, March 1

Photo: Annie Leibovitz

As border obsessions grow, Andrew Solomon makes a passionate argument for the importance—even the moral imperative—of travel. Drawing on his work in global hotspots, Solomon will advocate for his hometown of New York City and its historic welcoming of newcomers, which he sees as part of a counterbalance to rising autocracy. Museum of the City of New York.

Author, fashion editor, and clothing designer Hal Rubenstein looks at the fashion and film of an era that never seems to get old. Museum at FIT.

The women’s marches of last month were the largest demonstrations in U.S. history, underscoring the continuing urgency of the struggle. Hear from historian Amanda Foreman of the BBC/Netflix series The Ascent of Woman as she looks across millennia for insight into “the social, political, and economic importance of gender equality.” New-York Historical Society.

Celebrate the centennial of Robert Lowell’s birth with a lecture by biographer Kay Redfield Jamison and a roundtable discussion of the poet.

Thursday, March 2

Turn up the radio and head to this conversation with author David Hadju on Love for Sale: Pop Music in America, a critical history of the most ubiquitous musical genre. Book Culture.

Evolutionary biologist and myrmecologist Corrie Moreau comes to the Secret Science Club to talk about the more than 13,000(!) species of ants. Get the dirt on ant quirks, like the way ant colonies parallel human cell specialization and why ant societies are female dominated. The Bell House.

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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