leisure 05.7.12

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EXPLORATION
Tonight at the Explorers Club, 7pm, To the Last Breath with Francis Slakey, a talk (and new book) by the Georgetown University professor on how the body shapes the mind, a subject he knows well as he became, in 2009, the first person to summit the highest mountain on each continent and surf every ocean. $20


FICTION
The 31st annual Bloomsday on Broadway event is on June 16, 7pm, at Symphony Space. James Joyce's Ulysses stars. $25


FOOD and SUSTAINABILITY
Beyond Ideology: How Should We Feed Ourselves if We Care About Nature? is a good question asked and answered by some very thoughtful people tomorrow night, May 8, 6:30pm at The New York Academy of Sciences.


POLITICS
We find Gail Collins' mix of insight and impishness irresistible, so we're looking forward to her new book, As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, out next month. She's giving a talk at 92Y on the subject, June 14, $29.


PHILOSOPHY
East Meets West: Major Thinkers of India and China, a class at NYU, tracks (over 8 Thursday evening sessions starting June 7), Eastern philosophy, and the ways in which it intersects with Western thinking.


ART HISTORY
You could spend the warmer months, in search of more corporeal pleasures, without ever giving a moment's thought to the Glories of Old Masters: Painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Rembrandt is good even for the summer soul.


MEDICINE
The Human Cost of Diagnosis, Friday June 8, under the auspices of the East Side Institute, is a look at conditions like autism, and how a mix of cultural, historical and medical factors shape diagnostic criteria.


THE ARTS
A Conversation with Mike Nichols is a conversation you want to hear, since he's one of the brainiest, wittiest directors of film and theater ever. He's at the Times Center tonight, 6:30pm. $35


ECONOMICS
Understanding Economics, a course offered by the New School, gives an overview of historical context, major economists, and current conditions. Fifteen sessions starting June 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:50pm, $650. As the course price indicates, the New School is summa cum laude in the field.


HISTORY
Seeing New York City history through a military lens is an unexpected, but as it turns out, illuminating view of what has happened here from colonial times through 9/11. Steven Jaffe makes the case in his just-published New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham and in a talk at the Tenement Museum on May 22, 6:30pm.



























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