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

Drunk Science in space, a Jonathan Pryce appearance, and “The End of White Christian America” highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, July 25


Catch art experts [Silence Is Accurate]’s summer Art Escape with drawings by artist/scientist Jessica Johnson, along with Creative Flow Gong Meditations beneath an installation sculpture in Cafe Grumpy’s yard.


Terry Gilliam’s take on a 1984 for the year 1984 is just as compelling three decades later. Catch a screening of Brazil at Metrograph followed by a Q&A with Sam Lowry himself, Jonathan Pryce.

Tuesday, July 26


Expect some lively conversation in conjunction with this look at Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality: Volume 1. The class will examine how Foucault helps us challenge received ideas about our own desires, and even our notions of self.


Head to the Bryant Park Reading Room for “About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov,” a discussion of short story craft and Chekhov’s lasting influence on it.

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Explore the universe from Central Park West with a Grand Tour of the Universe and our place in it via the 3D Digital Universe Atlas. American Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday, July 27


The societal anxieties exposed by the Republican National Convention have a basis in real demographics. Hear from Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America, who looks at the change as it impacts American debates on equality, race, gay rights, and religious freedom. Open Society Foundations–New York.


The Morbid Anatomy Museum presents an illustrated lecture exploring how theatrical deaths—both real and imaginary—have been staged throughout history.

Thursday, July 28

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Amid China’s rapid change has come efforts toward raising awareness of inequality and discrimination. Hear from one of the “Feminist Five” arrested in 2015, along with an expert in how marginalized communities can mobilize around the law within authoritarian regimes. Asia Society and Museum.


The ringer for the latest edition of Drunk Science at Littlefield is astronomer Dr. Emily Rice, whose expertise includes exoplanets, mass stars, and brown dwarfs.

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Think Olio’s series of philosophy talks continues at Round K Cafe on the Lower East Side. “Dharma and Desire” considers the Indian epic Ramayana through the development of a “just soul,” connecting with the story of Persephone in the background allows us to understand the shape of ancient thought and its contemporary relevance in a new way.


Zombies can provide more than brain-chasing escapism: catch a clip-enhanced class that looks at the mirror that zombie films hold up to societal fears, from immigration to epidemics to civil unrest. Brooklyn Brainery.

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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