leisure 01.4.11

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Every Person in New York

Get your head around the idea of parallel universes and then, please, come explain it to us. Or better yet, we'll consult theoretical physicist Brian Greene, whose new book The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos, is out on January 25th. Mr. Greene discusses the mindblowing theory at the Museum of Natural History on February 7th, 7:30pm, $15.

Walls and Bridges, sponsored by Villa Gillet, assembles a series of cultural events showcasing "the quality of French intellectual activity," which they declare to be "indisputable." Ah, the French. Decide for yourself in any of the three, 10-day series that will take place this year, the first of which begins January 27th.

At the JCC on Wednesday, January 26th, 7pm, a conversation with James Young, who discusses memorial architecture in an evening called Spaces of Memory from Berlin to New York. $10

Architecture critic and author Witold Rybczynski looks at the history—and future—of cities in his new book, Makeshift Metropolis, which he'll discuss at the Tenement Museum on January 13th, 6:30pm.

Sarah Yeomans is someone who might be able to answer the question Is the Bible a History Book? as an expert on, and professor of, Biblical archaeology. Hear what she has to say on January 31st, 6pm at The Explorers Club, $20.

For any number of understandable reasons, you may not be interested in reading a book about the history of cancer. But there's a reason Siddhartha Mukherjee's book The Emperor of All Maladies has earned virutally universal acclaim: somehow, it's endless fascinating and a great read.

The Race to Nowhere, a documentary by Vicki Abeles about the pressures of testing on American students, is screened at 92Y on Wednesday, January 12th, $10. Following the screening, Ms. Abeles talks with the audience.

J Henry Fairs' extraordinary, consumptively beautiful, sickening photos of our ailing planet are gathered in a new book The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis, released later this month. An exhibition of the photos, Landscapes of Extraction: The Collateral Damage of the Fossil Fuels Industries, will be at Cooper Union's Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery starting January 20th.

Love, War, Peaceful Ending: Reading Homer's Iliad is offered by NYU's Continuing Ed school starting February 15th for ten afternoon sessions, $430.

Here's what Malcolm Gladwell had to say about Lauren Redniss' book Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout: "Radioactive is quite unlike any book I have ever read—part history, part love story, part art work and all parts sheer imaginative genius." There's an accompanying exhibition at the NYPL opening January 14th.

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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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