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

Lost films, dystopian fiction, and a meditation inside an arena highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, August 18

As the last stop on the distribution chain, the Canadian Gold Rush town of Dawson City ended up with stacks of early 1900s newsreels and films. They were supposed to be destroyed (and thought long gone) until a bulldozer unearthed them seven decades later. Filmmaker Bill Morrison has etched these pieces together in a new film, which will be shown through Sunday, August 20th at the Museum of the Moving Image. Friday night he appears live.

A deputy director in Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division asks if two novels having a moment (The Handmaid’s Tale and Fahrenheit 451) are the “dystopian fiction guidebooks to our troubled times.” The Strand.

Longtime Haiti correspondent Michael Deibert speaks on his recent book, which is based in part on interviews conducted with a range of Haitians, from regular folks to activists to gang and political leaders. Bluestockings.

Saturday, August 19

Check out 16th-century Flemish windows, Tiffany lamps, one of the largest organs in the world, and some incredible NYC skyline views on an exclusive tour of Riverside Church.

Photo by Keith Getter (c) 2017. “The Engine Room: J’Ouvert Sounds On The Road from Night to Day”

History, music, and dance highlight The Art and History of J’Ouvert: Tradition as Resistance, a Brooklyn Public Library session looking at J’Ouvert, the dark to light pre-dawn procession that kicks off the West Indian Day parade.

Sunday, August 20

Image: Eden, Janine and Jim – Flickr

Join the New York Society for Ethical Culture for Sunday Meeting, which this week tackles Decency and Democracy: The Ethics of Good Neighbors.

A mass meditation, a sound and gong bath, and acoustic performances will help you move in the direction of inner piece in an arena not exactly known for it: Madison Square Garden. The Big Quiet.

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