leisure 08.10.09

Brain Food

A Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish is a documentary in which Sven Huseby, a retired educator, shows how fossil fuels are changing the chemistry of our oceans, leading to the possibility that his grandson Elias may live in disastrously altered world. It's being screened at AMNH on Sunday, September 13th, 4pm, free with museum admission.

Hannibal and the Ancient World considers Hannibal, his place in the Roman empire, and his formidable army. Plus: the elephants. 15 sessions, Mondays, 4-5:50pm, starts August 31. $595

Frank Oppenheimer, brother of Robert, was also a physicist who worked on the atomic bomb. His path through life was happier one, in part because of his creation of the Exploratorium. K. C. Cole, a longtime friend, has written Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: An Intimate Biography of the Other Oppenheimer and talks about it on Tuesday, September 8, 5:30pm-7pm at the NYPL.

At the Tenement Museum tomorrow night, 6:30pm, a talk with David Freeland, author of Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville, whose new book offers fascinating glimpses into a New York that has vanished, unless you know how to peel back the layers.

The Great Literary Conversation takes place on Sunday, October 4th, 10am-12:30pm, at the Times Center, moderated by Robert Lipsyte. The author lineup: Patricia Cornwell, Nick Hornby, Tracy Kidder, Nicholas Sparks, and Jeannette Walls. $60. [Photo credits from top left: Debra Gingrich, Sigrid Estrada, Gabriel Amadeus Cooney, Alice M. Arthur, John Taylor, Sandy Geis]

Born in 1891, Edith Stein was a German Jew who went on to become a philosopher, a convert to Catholicism, a nun, a victim of the Nazis at Auschwitz, and finally a Saint after being canonized by Pope John Paul II. A film directed by Frederieke Jochems about her life will be screened at the JCC on Tuesday, September 15th, 7:30pm.

What were the Maya prophesies having to do with 2012 all about? Maya archaeologist Dr. Edwin Barnhart discusses the sacred texts and their meanings at the Explorers Club on Monday, September 14th, 6pm, $20.

The Age of Financial Entrepreneurialism: A How-To Guide brings in business leaders to guide entrepreneurs and fledglings with practical advice.

MUG readers, as always, responded with incredible generosity (and lightning speed!) to fund our Donors Choose challenge on Friday. Along with our own thanks, the first grade teacher Mrs. V. wrote:
Thank you so much for these wonderful donations! I can not wait for the school year to start so my children can use these wonderful books! Thank you!

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