The August Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

Spend summer’s final month learning about everything from mushrooms to magic at these upcoming August talks and events in New York City.

Wednesday, August 1: Try to optimize at this talk on the “efficiency paradox” and head-spinning advances in algorithms, smart devices, and the sharing economy. New York Public Library–Mid-Manhattan Library.

Thursday, August 2: Say ‘abracadabra’ at this talk on women in the golden age of magic. New-York Historical Society.

Friday, August 3: Laugh not-so out loud at this screening of rare silent comedies from the 1910s, complete with live musical accompaniment, at The ROC in the East Village.

Saturday, August 4: Have a Caribbean breakwithout leaving Brooklynat the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday event, which celebrates the Caribbean Diaspora through performance, workshops, and more. Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, August 5: Unburden your soul during a workshop of Andean traditions with Jorge Luis Delgado, who was trained by the Kallawaya shamans of Lake Titicaca. New York Open Center.

Monday, August 6: Enjoy the musical stylings of harpist-slash-rockstar Bridget Kibbey at The Sacred and the Profane, part of a classical music series performed in the Green-Wood Cemetery’s Catacombs.

Tuesday, August 7: Unpack the normative function of architecture at the screening and roundtable A Norm Is a Readymade. Swiss Institute.

Wednesday, August 8: You’ll honestly want to attend New York City Secrets and Lies, a storytelling event where performers weave tales about New York’s hidden historiesthat may or may not be true. Caveat.

Thursday, August 9: It’s all kosher at this panel discussion on Jewish food and Jewish eating in the United States. Museum of Food and Drink.

Friday, August 10: “We can do it” at this lunchtime lecture on women’s war relief efforts throughout history. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Saturday, August 11: Invest in this walking tour exploring the history of Wall Street. Museum of American Finance.

Sunday, August 12: Dance downtown to the Battery Dance Festival, which features an international roster of dance companies giving free outdoor performances in scenic Battery Park, starting the 12th and running through Saturday the 18th.

Monday, August 13: Misbehave at this panel discussion with female authors on writing “bad women.” The Strand.

Tuesday, August 14: Mangia at this in-depth look at Umbria, Italycomplete with a tasting of the city’s wine and truffles. 92nd Street Y.

Wednesday, August 15: Get insight into the quirks of taste with Yale Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science Paul Bloom and an afternoon seminar on The Science of Pleasure.

Thursday, August 16: Hunt down this session on hyperlocal foraging and how to source food from your city surroundings. Museum of Food and Drink.

Friday, August 17: Appreciate the female gaze at this Feminism(s) film series celebrating feminist filmmaking in all its forms, through Tuesday the 21st. Anthology Film Archives.

Saturday, August 18: Amuse yourself at this look at Freedomland U.S.A., a Bronx-based history theme park that was only open from 1960-1964.

Sunday, August 19: Fight to attend this walking tour of Prospect Park’s Revolutionary-era monuments. Prospect Park.

Monday, August 20: Click your heels three times to get to this free waterside screening of The Wizard of Oz.

Tuesday, August 21: Crack wise at this walking tour of famed writer Dorothy Parker’s haunts on the Upper West Side.

Wednesday, August 22: Have the chutzpah to attend this evening celebrating Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem. Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Thursday, August 23: Don’t size people up at this screening of Fattitude, a documentary examining how popular culture perpetuates damaging ideas of fat hatred and fat-shaming.

Friday, August 24: Illuminate cinema history at this demonstration of the magic lanterns that served as film’s entertaining precursor. New-York Historical Society.

Saturday, August 25: Be a “fun-gi” at this mushroom identification walk through Central Park. American Folk Art Museum.

Sunday, August 26: Live happily ever afteror notat this reading of Disney and Fujikawa, which portrays a conversation between Walt Disney and Japanese-American illustrator Gyo Fujikawa, with a discussion of the ethical issues it raises. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Monday, August 27: Roll up to this talk on the secret history of sushi and the science behind it. Caveat.

Tuesday, August 28: Learn “universal” truths at this Astronomy Live event, which will give a grand tour of the universe from Earth to the Milky Way’s most distant objects. American Museum of Natural History.

Thomas Bayrle, Capsel, 1983. Photo-collage on paper, 194 7/8 × 252 in (495 × 640 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Wednesday, August 29: Get intimate with select New Museum works on a tour that questions what contemporary art demands of us.

Thursday, August 30: Learn the lost stories of people like MumBet and Kitty Payne, both of whom successfully sued for their freedom before the Civil War, at Race & Justice in America’s Courts: Peering Through the Murky Present Into a Dark Past. 92nd Street Y.

Friday, August 31: Sing out at this performance of Yoon-Ji Lee’s experimental chamber opera Sunday Supper and TREES’s performance piece Watching Sound. National Sawdust.

For a printable PDF of the August 2018 calendar, click here.

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