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.
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 break—without leaving Brooklyn—at the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday event, which celebrates the Caribbean Diaspora through performance, workshops, and more. Brooklyn Museum.
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 histories—that may or may not be true. Caveat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, August 26: Live happily ever after—or not—at 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.
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.
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.
For a printable PDF of the August 2018 calendar, click here.
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