leisure 08.6.07

Brain Food

From Sputnik to Mars and Beyond: Fifty Years of Space Flight, a talk by Tom Henricks, President of Aviation Week, on Monday, September 10, 6:30pm-8:45pm, at The Explorers Club, 46 E. 70th [Mad/Park]. No advanced reservations. Tickets are sold at door, beginning at 6pm. $20.


The Lion and the Fox: Machiavelli's Political Philosophy at the New School, starting September 6th, 6pm-7:50pm, 15 sessions. Among the discussions, how Machiavelli's thoughts are relevant to the current Middle East conflict. $540.


Truth and Politics at the 92nd St. Y — Frank Rich in Conversation with Andrew Rosenthal, the Times' editorial page editor. September 11th, 8pm, $26. It's refreshing to see those two words linked, even if briefly on the screen.


A Celebration of India's Independence Day with a Jewish Twist at the JCC on August 15th, co-sponsored by the Indian Jewish Community of the USA. $25.


The Clock in the Sidewalk and Other Secrets of New York City Architecture at NYU, with nonpareil mapmaker and NY expert John Tauranac leading the class. Thursdays, 6-8pm, starting September 20th, 7 sessions, $350.


Rocketeers — How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space, a new book by space and technology writer Michael Belfiore, says we're in the beginning of a second space age, "powered by private enterprise rather than government programs."

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