Talks and Lectures This Weekend in NYC

Our picks for the best talks and lectures in NYC this weekend include a brain upgrade workshop, Sir Roger Penrose on space and time, and a theatre/tech mashup that will give you a new perspective on identity.

Friday, December 6

Dress up for this talk on Vogue Magazine in the 1950s and its enigmatic editor-in-chief Jessica Daves. The National Arts Club.

Acclaimed physicist Sir Roger Penrose, an expert on space and time, visits Pioneer Works. He’ll sit down with Pioneer Works Director of Sciences Janna Levin “in a conversation that will stretch across the universe, theories of consciousness, and infinity.”

Have an out-of-body experience as The Greene Space hosts The Body/The Self, which brings together theatre and tech to force new perspectives on participants. Take part yourself or just watch and learn.

Saturday, December 7

Join One Day University at the New York Institute of Technology for a dual Brain Upgrade Workshop. First up is Understanding Memory: How it Works and How to Improve It, followed by The Art of Aging: A Prescription for Mind and Body.

Los Hacheros.

The Brooklyn Museum throws its monthly First Saturday fete, this one keeping it local for the “Best of the Borough,” including a 5pm Latin music kick off courtesy of Los Hacheros.

Sunday, December 8

Ask, “Why is this happening?” at this live taping of MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes’s podcast, which will feature a discussion with playwrights Tony Kushner and Jeremy O. Harris. The Town Hall.

As we have so many times in 2019, head back to 1969, this time with the tour guides of The Yearly Show: Today’s Headlines Are Old News. Caveat will unearth some fresh material, forget the summer of love, what about the spring of airplane hijackings?

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