The August Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
By Alison Durkee
August has arrived in New York City, and though summer may be entering its final days, there are still plenty of ways to see it out in style. Spend your final weeks of the NYC summer with these daily events spanning everything from the history of ice cream to the Industrial Revolution.
Wednesday, August 2: Hear from the only person who’s been at the top of the planet’s tallest peak and also gone to space. Dr. Scott Parazynski speaks about his adventures, the current state of NASA, and the future of private space efforts. The Explorers Club.
Sunday, August 6: Take the tram to Roosevelt Island for this tour exploring the island’s rather quirky architecture. AIANY Tours.
Tuesday, August 8: Brush up on space dust as Cosmic Dust Curator Jon Larsen and NASA’s Dr. Michael Zolensky talk about extraterrestrial particles found right here at home. White Space at Agora Gallery.
Thursday, August 10: Spice things up at this lecture on J. Ranji Smile, the original “celebrity chef” who impacted American cuisine by introducing curry to the masses at the turn of the century. Brooklyn Historical Society.
Friday, August 11: Get double the information at Think Olio’s double feature day of events, featuring both a look at modern art and the work/life balance of female artists, along with an examination of how the modern-day “gig economy” is upending the American dream. The Strand.
Saturday, August 12: Head down to the water for this tour of Brooklyn’s waterfront from Newtown Creek to Sunset Park.
Sunday, August 13: Discover a 19th century gem inside Prospect Park on this behind the scenes look at the Lefferts Historic House.
Sunday, August 20: Hop the trolley on this tour of Green-Wood Cemetery and discover the famed New Yorkers who have come there to rest.
Wednesday, August 23: Commercialize your care at this talk with Nancy Tomes, author of Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.
Saturday, August 26: Take a local look at the Industrial Revolution on this tour of the Dutch Kills tributary, once known as the “workshop of the United States.”
Monday, August 28: Feel the Bern as the most popular politician in America comes to town in support of his forthcoming book, the Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution. As a counterpoint to the “American carnage” narrative, Sanders has created a manual for young adults that provides a more inspirational approach to change, organization, and navigating the labyrinth of government. The Riverside Church.
Tuesday, August 29: Fall in love scientifically at this session exploring the science of relationships, including an exercise involving the famed “36 Questions” designed to make two people fall in love. Prospect Heights Brainery.
Wednesday, August 30: Get a new look at one of history’s most famous First Ladies at this event with Eric Burns, author of Someone to Watch Over Me: A Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tortured Father Who Shaped Her Life. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.
For a printable PDF of the August 2017 calendar, click here.
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