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

The Imagine Science Film Festival and a look at the new movement toward mindfulness highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, October 18

October 18th-25th, catch shorts around the city with the 12th Imagine Science Film Festival. Friday night’s programming at Tribeca Screening Room features screenings and a panel discussion on our “phantasmic futures.”

Sing out at this intimate evening of opera, which will feature narration by New York Times music critic Vivien Schweitzer. Carnegie Hall.

Join father and son Buddhist educators David and Ethan Nichtern at Tibet House US for a workshop on The Social, Cultural, and Political Impact of the Mindfulness Revolution. Is there something changing in our society, with newfound Buddhist influences on “Western psychotherapy, neuroscience, art, social justice.” Or is this new movement closer to being a consumerist fad of “McMindfulness”?

Join the NYMAS at the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmens’ Club for Richard H. Kohn, Professor Emeritus of History and Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as he addresses Obama, Trump, and the American Military: A Tale of Differences and Similarities.

Saturday, October 19

Draw up a way to attend this conversation with the authors of the talked-about graphic novels “I Was Their American Dream” and “Americana.” New York Public Library—Grand Central Library.
Catch a screening of Marlon Brando’s lone directing credit, One-Eyed Jacks. William Mann, author of The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando, will introduce the event. Museum of the Moving Image.

Journalist Ari Melber, in conversation with Akhil Reed Amar, examines how America’s press has covered and is continuing to cover America’s presidency, congress, and judiciary. New-York Historical Society.

Sunday, October 20

Get new insights into the Triangle Trade at this screening of Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, followed by a discussion on racism with filmmaker Katrina Browne. Brooklyn Historical Society.

The 12th Imagine Science Film Festival continues on Sunday with eight shorts from around the world, each looking at the connections between human and “natural” life. The New School.


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