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

Human rights, the tools of archeologist, and a Lecture for the End of the World highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, April 28

“We are the resistance” is the concept leading off a Think Olio Friday night session at The Strand, where a case will be made for the essentiality of human rights in fighting back against the world’s growing forces of autocracy and discrimination.

Blaze a trail at this discussion on Sherry Lansing, the first female head of a major motion picture studio, with Lansing, biographer Stephen Galloway, and actor Michael Douglas. 92nd Street Y.

Saturday, April 29

Catch a performance of Beyond Sacred, an interview-based theatre production exploring U.S. Muslim communities, with a cast Q&A to follow. BRIC.

Despite some vertical shifts, the Financial District of Lower Manhattan retains sites of historical relevance to the life of Alexander Hamilton (including the man himself, buried at Trinity Churchyard). Learn more, with a focus on Hamilton’s contributions to financial history, on a morning tour hosted by the Museum of American Finance.

Sunday, April 30

Postmasters Gallery continues its Fuck Theory: Lectures for the End of the World series, looking at the organization of ideas and what that structuring can lead to.

Image: transferware plate, courtesy of NYCLPC

The Professional Archaeologists of New York City brings together five leading archaeologists to the Museum of the City of New York to talk up the high-tech tools they use in their work and how they’re bringing that work out of the back rooms and into public view with new virtual technologies.

New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, actress Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), and several choruses will perform Theater of War Productions: Martin Luther King’s “The Drum Major Instinct” as part of the BRIC Open Festival.


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