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

Friendship and love, love and resistance, and what’s new for the 2020 census highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, February 15

Mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots by enjoying the NYPL’s new exhibition Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 at this happy hour event, which will also feature drinks, curator talks, trivia, and drag queen story hour. New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Spend the day after Valentine’s with philosophy educator Jeanne Proust, who talks about love and friendship, and how the latter may be the more important state of connection for us to be seeking out. The Strand.

Saturday, February 16

Promotional poster for the exhibition “3 Legged Race,” 1996. Courtesy Nari Ward.

Find community at this screening of archival footage documenting the 1996 exhibition “3 Legged Race”, which will be followed by a conversation on how Harlem’s community and history has informed artistic practice. New Museum.

Romanticize the past on this special romance tour exploring the mating rituals of 19th century sweethearts (there’s a tour Sunday as well). Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Mark Washington’s birthday weekend with an open house at Fraunces Tavern Museum, good through Monday for $1 admission and free guided tours.

Sunday, February 17

Jeff Behler, New York Regional Director for the U.S. Census Bureau, talks about the changes and improvements in the 2020 Census and its importance to our democracyNew York Society for Ethical Culture.

Caveat hosts “The Art of the Return,” which looks at the lives of the formerly incarcerated. This iteration features activist Elaine Bartlett, subject of the book Life on the Outside, in a special show focused on women. (This is an afternoon show, followed in the evening by…)

Perseveration on measurement above what really matters, and the way early returns can become calcified before confirmation. are two common pitfalls of the scientific realm. Lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight Christie Aschwanden talks about her book Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery, and what beer and Tom Brady’s $200 pajamas can say about larger fields of study. Caveat.

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