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

Appearances by E.O. Wilson, Isaac Mizrahi, and Andrew Ross Sorkin highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.

Friday, November 17

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American Ballet Theater principal dancer James Whiteside and fashion maven Isaac Mizrahi come together for a session of Icons & Innovators, celebrating artists chafing at limitations. The Greene Space.

Delve into the intellectual furor that visited Russia in the first half of the 20th century, as Einstein’s theories and other revolutionary ideas brought about wild new concepts. History professor Alexei Kojevnikov looks at the era’s speculations on resurrection, eternal return, and cosmological time scales.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE (Still From), Second-hand Reading, 2013 HD video, approximately 7 min. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

And speaking of times of upheaval…Professor Laura Bieger (author of the forthcoming Belonging and Narrative) looks at the current state of democracy through the lens of reading and the media. She’ll expound on five theses at the intersection of text and the public sphere.

Saturday, November 18

Art inspired by ancient texts (think wine-inspired video, monologues, and dance) provides the basis for DRUNK, enjoying its tenth year with LABA at the 14th Street Y.

Don’t throw out your leftovers at this workshop sharing how to have a zero-waste Thanksgiving.

Robert Mueller can’t save us alone. The organization will be gathering across the country on Saturday, including near Washington Square Park, to say: Break the Silence, Bring the Noise.

Yoga legend Sri Dharma Mittra visits the Dharma Yoga Center to share his 50 years of experience in inspiring and energizing: Thanksgiving Maha Sadhana–Grounded in Peace, Love and Gratitude.

Sunday, November 19

Play 20 questions at Person Place Thing, a conversation with playwrights Paula Vogel and Daniel Alexander Jones on the people, places, and things that are important to them. The Park Avenue Armory.

Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin speaks with Michael Sonnenfeldt, author of Think Bigger: And 39 Other Winning Strategies from Successful Entrepreneurs, about the tricks of the trade for successful Main Street businessfolk. The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

Biologist, conservationist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author E. O. Wilson visits the 92nd Street Y to speak with Paul Simon about the intersections of science and culture. They’ll get into the ideas expressed in Wilson’s most recent books, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight For Life and The Origins of Creativity.

Former CBS journalist and captive of the Taliban Jere Van Dyk talks Middle Eastern geopolitics. A Q&A and book signing of The Trade: My Journey Into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping follows. Center for Jewish History.

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