leisure 02.18.14

Brain Food
Every Person in New York

7 Days of Genius is a program running for a week starting March 1 at 92Y—all kinds of brilliance, including scientific, artistic, political and spiritual, will be discussed by some very sharp people themselves, including theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, cognitive scientist Dario Gil and educator and psychologist JoAnn Deak. David Brooks leads one of the programs—for balance? Irony?


The Sestina is about as un-free verse as you can get. In an event at Brooklyn Brainery on Monday, March 3, 6:30-8, poet Regan Good will challenge you to create a work in the sestina structure and do it quickly—engaging a part of your brain that probably hasn't had a workout lately. $22



Einstein's brain, Mussolini's head and various other famous body parts have had post-mortem travel itineraries that would probably have surprised the original owners. Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, gives an illustrated lecture on Bodysnatching in Old New York, presented by Morbid Anatomy at Observatory tonight, 8pm, $8. It promises to be a night to dismember.


New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert has a new book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History and she talks about the future—what there is of it—at AMNH on Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm, $15.

At the Explorers Club, Wednesday, February 19, 7pm, photojournalist Ryan Salm recounts his adventure with 100 million Hindu pilgrims and his trip down the Ganges on a stand-up paddleboard.


Francis Morrone leads a Municipal Art Society tour called A Geography of Modern Art, tracking the roots of artists including Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Joseph Cornell.

The Politics of Ethical Consumption: How Fair Trade Is Made will be taught at NYU SCE on March 22, 9-5, $195.


Gustavo Dudamel and John Adams, conductor and composer, talk about their collaboration on The Gospel According to the Other Mary. The Times Center, Saturday, March 15, 6:30pm, $35.


Astronaut Charlie Camarda and space nutritionist (great job title!) Sara Zwart explain How to Make Eggs in Space and other challenges of extraterrestrial life. March 13, 6:30pm, presented by the NY Academy of Sciences, $25.



Architect Santiago Calatrava and others talk about Guastavino in New York, the great father-and-son tile vault team, at The Greene Space on Monday, February 24, 6:30pm, $15.


Reign of Error: An Evening with Diane Ravitch takes place at JCC on Wednesday, February 26, 7:30pm, $15. You may not always agree with Dr. Ravitch on education, but that's okay: neither does she (she once supported No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top). Still, she's always thought-provoking.











Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.



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