leisure 02.3.09

Brain Food

New Yorker staff writer David Grann gives a talk about the Lost City of Z. That's what British explorer Percy Fawcett called the Amazon's storied El Dorado in the Amazon. He and his expedition vanished in the jungle in 1925. Many have followed the trail of the mystery—was there a lost city? And what happened to Fawcett? It's a completely fascinating story and the subject of Grann's forthcoming book The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession, out February 24th. The lecture takes place at the Explorers Club, March 16th, 6-9pm. Tickets are $20. Call 212.628.8383 or email reservations@explorers.org.

Economist, Professor and Author Robert Shiller gives a talk called Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why it Matters for Global Capitalism on February 18th, 6pm at the New School's Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th [5th/6th]. Following the talk, there will be a panel discussion with Economics profs from Berkeley and Yale. Admission is free, but reserve here.

In spite of its cheesy name, Polar-Palooza is a serious report by scientists on climate change at the Poles. The multimedia presentation takes place this Saturday, 4pm, at the Times Center. The panel of scientists is moderated by Andrew C. Revkin, the Times environmental reporter.

Preservationists, historians, and activists have been working this past year on Preservation Vision, an urban planning proposal for 2030. A discussion on the future of preservation with various PV participants takes place on February 12th, 6:30pm, at the Tenement Museum Shop. Free, but RSVP.

Inside Literature is the topic of a talk by Salman Rushdie this coming Sunday. The author will discuss the process of writing, book deals, the publishing industry, and some favorite books. The event takes place at Vermilion, 480 Lex [46th/47th] 212.871.6600, 7-10pm, $55 (includes a three-course dinner), benefits the Indo-American Arts Council.

At the New School, a one-day class called The Power of Storytelling. Whatever speaking situation you're in, this course promises to help you choose the right story, tell it to the right audience, in the right way, at the right time. April 11th, 9:30am-1pm, $90. (To find it on the site, use course number NELS0847, section A).

Explore Art Across Cultures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from Rome to Ming to Africa. Ten sessions, $430, 11:30am-1:15pm, starting February 10th.

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As MUG readers always do, you came through in a heartbeat to fund the classroom we told you about last Friday, raising the $1,045 by late morning. Here's what the teacher wrote:
I want to take this time to express my heartfelt gratitude for your generosity. At this time of economic turmoil, your gift is especially appreciated. Budget cuts in our school and citywide have led to a shortage of materials, including new books. Your gift has enabled my students to continue and enrich their book discussions. I look forward to facilitating literature circles utilizing all of the brand new books that you have funded. Thank you so much for this incredible gift.

With gratitude,
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