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

World Science Festival events and a look at the wild side of Cuba highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.

Monday, May 30


Come to a discussion of Santa Muertethe Mexican saint of death who plays the role of a “love sorceress”or else! Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Tuesday, May 31


Catch an unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs of The Jewish Museum, and “George Gershwin,” portrayed by pianist and playwright Hershey Felder.


Get a rare look at conditions in prisons from around the world as the founder of the Prison-to-College Pipeline shares her first-hand experiences with solitary confinement, for-profit jails, and differing angles on rehabilitation. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.


Learn some trans-Pacific history at this discussion of Daughters of the Samurai, a new book exploring the real-life story of five young girls who were sent to the US by the Japanese government in 1871 to learn Western ways and help nurture Japan’s future leaders. Book Culture on Columbus.

Credit: Steven Acres

Credit: Steven Acres

Join Western Buddhist monk Bhante Suddhāso for a guided meditation followed by a conversation about daily reflection on death, a practice that can lead to reduced anxiety and increased happiness. (The Green-Wood Cemetery setting promises to be relevant.)

Wednesday, June 1


A multi-media memory piece of music, image, and language at NYU Skirball Center pays tribute to the late Oliver Sacks.


Join three AMNH scientists as they discuss their recent expedition to Cuba, which is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife. They’ll also look at newly opening avenues for science collaboration, all part of a SciCafe evening. Image: Oliver Townend/Flickr

Thursday, June 2


The World Science Festival delves into science’s ability to explain a human life, touching on reductionism, freedom, religion, and the quest for human difference.


Bob Dylan may be north of 75 now, but the cultural and political repercussions of 1960s Greenwich Village continue to inform contemporary New York. Singer-songwriter Richard Barone will be joined by Marshall Crenshaw in a night of songs and stories recalling a seminal era.

Find our picks for the weekend here.

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