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

The truth behind punk fashion, the inner lives of animals, and the legitimate possibilities for time travel highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, August 29


Dr. Stuart Kurtz returns to the NYSEC to talk about Bayesian reasoning, used to fill in theory when science reaches its limits. He’ll also look at general relativity, time, and time travel (which it turns out is kosher, at least as far as the laws of physics go).


Videology’s resident science enthusiast/comedian Dan Silver introduces a screening of 1997 futuristic romp The Fifth Element. A post-film discussion looks at science, fiction, and science-fiction.

Tuesday, August 30

Graphics from "Parliament" by XML

Graphics from “Parliament” by XML

Storefront for Art and Architecture looks at the relationship between politics and architecture as Reading Images Series: Democracy explores the plenary halls of the parliaments of the 193 United Nations member states.


The illustrated lecture City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War tells the story of a very conflicted city amid a riven nation. Mid-Manhattan Library.

Wednesday, August 31


The inner lives of animals occupy a neglected corner of the scientific realm. Catch an illustrated lecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library by molecular biologist Nathan Lents, whose new book Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals finds love, jealousy, grief, and greed among our wild counterparts.


The FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast and PBS Idea Channel will be on hand at the first-ever Atlas Obscura Live Show, which comes to Park Slope’s Union Hall to examine rivalries, from an ongoing college sports tilt that dates back to the Civil War to a look at the technology of Star Trek versus Star Wars.

Thursday, September 1


Get some insight into a hot button topic impacting the habitability of our planet with the illustrated lecture Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment at the Mid-Manhattan Library.


A panel of experts gathers at The Greene Space to ask “What would the world like to hear from the next American president?”


Never Mind the Bollocks!: The Truth Behind Punk Style reveals the real story of a fashion insurgency, which was in truth as manufactured as anything by J.Crew or Lilly Pulitzer. Chandelier Creative.

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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