Livestream Talks, Lectures, and Performances This Week

Quarantine culture may be limited, but there are still live events to enjoy from the (relative) comfort of home. We’ve got some livestreams for the week to keep you informed and entertained—across talks, lectures, and performances. Stay healthy out there and look forward to presentations on Martin Buber, Tibetan philosophy, and the science of music.

Monday, April 6

It seems an optimal time to revisit I and Thou, Martin Buber’s 1923 look at our relations to others. Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson continues his discussions of Modern Jewish Thought with a Monday morning presentation on Buber and writings that “ranged from Jewish mysticism to social philosophy, biblical studies, religious phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, education, politics, and art.” Temple Emanu-El.

Honor groundbreaking playwright Terrence McNally, who passed away from COVID-19, with this virtual reading of his play Lips Together, Teeth Apart, which will feature a star-studded Broadway cast and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.

It seems an afterthought, but we are coming into the heart of the run-up to the 2020 election. Tune in to an expert panel that explores the current political themes and thoughts on maintaining “the integrity of—and trust in—our democratic institutions.” Presentations will be followed by a Q&A.

Tuesday, April 7

Deserted cities. Hand-washing schematics. Emojis in face masks. Already COVID-19 has produced its own visual vocabulary. Catch the start of a new ICP series, Optics: A New Way of Seeing Contemporary Culture, as ICP Director of Exhibitions and Collections Erin Barnett joins the curator of the 2019 Museum of the City of New York exhibition Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis, Dr. Rebecca Jacobs, and series host Reya Sehgal to look at the way contagion is visualized. International Center of Photography (ICP).

NYU professor and clinically trained psychologist Lawrence Ian Reed, an expert in mood and emotional disorders, lends his expertise to the realm of laughter. At the next “Think & Drink” session, Reed analyzes what makes situations humorous, with a look at the scientific studies that support the theories.

Monkey around with this virtual meet and greet with animals and zookeepers from the Staten Island ZooNew York Adventure Club.

Wednesday, April 8

Thupten Jinpa Langri is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and a practitioner of Western and Eastern philosophy. (He’s also been the Dalai Lama’s principal English translator for a quarter of a century.) Find him in conversation with Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President of Asia Society, as they discuss compassion meditation and its ability to boost feelings of peace and interconnectedness—as well as the immune system. Asia Society and Museum.

Dress up for this webinar exploring 200 years of New York City fashionNew York Adventure Club.

Thursday, April 9

Pop the cork at this virtual wine crash course with Sommelier Amy Karasavas. New York Adventure Club.


Find our picks for the weekend here.

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