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Goodbye Little Italy, thanks for playing, LES. That was Robert Moses' attitude toward downtown Manhattan in his plan to send an 8-lane highway, called LOMEX, across the heart of the southern end of the island. Architectural historian Matt Postal leads a Municipal Art Society tour, called LOMEX Remembered, of what might have befallen our city, were it not for people like Jane Jacobs. September 15th, 5:30pm, $15

The great avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson celebrates his 70th birthday at the NYPL main branch on September 30th, 7pm, with (among others) Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, and, for $25, you.

At the Explorers Club, hear Colin Church discuss his work as the head of Rhino Ark, founded in 1988 to support conservation in East Africa. The talk, on September 19th, 7pm, Achieving Harmony in Ecosystems, focuses on a 260-mile-long, electrified fence that has helped resolve human/wildlife conflict in the Aberdare Mountains of Kenya, which are currently under consideration for World Heritage site status.
$20, reserve at 212.628.8383.

At the JCC on September 21st, the Learning Matters series discusses charter schools with Eva Moskowitz, founder of Harlem Success Academy, and Dave Levin, co-founder of KIPP NYC.

Beginning September 27th at NYU Continuing Ed, a ten-session class on Hannah Arendt: A Philosopher in Dark Times. $430.

Anything the great physician and author Oliver Sacks has to say is, in our book, well worth reading or hearing. His recent book, The Mind's Eye, looks at people who suffer from visual disabilities but who have learned to cope with them. He'll talk about these stories on October 17th, 7pm, at the AMNH. You'll hear, too, how this hit home for the doctor himself.

Capital Punishment is the topic discussed by, among others, Marc Klaas, whose daughter, Polly, was murdered, and Barry Scheck, founder of the Innocence Project. The panel is moderated by Jeffrey Toobin, part of The New Yorker Festival, on October 1st, 4pm, $30.

Energy expert Daniel Yergin, who won the Pulitzer for The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, talks about the Quest for Energy at 92Y, September 20th, 8:15pm.

Sort out your Stickley from your Saarinen by signing up for 3rd Ward's class The History of Modern Furniture, which starts October 18th and meets five times. $225 for non-members, $180 for members.

Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein talk with Eliot Spitzer about The Wall Street Money Machine, their Pulitzer-winning series published by ProPublica, at the Tenement Museum, October 11th, 6:30pm. Free

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