leisure 05.15.07

Brain Food

At the The Explorers Club on Monday, June 4, 6pm-8:45pm, Sebastian Junger will give a presentation called "The Frontlines of History." He'll talk about his reporting from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Bosnia and Kosovo, as well as his time last fall with the militants of the Niger Delta. $20.

At NYU starting May 30th, 6:20pm-8pm, and running for eight Wednesday sessions, Signs and Symbols: Reading Art. What's up with Botticelli's Venus — why is she riding on a seashell? Michelangelo's saints are naked…because? $370.

Beginning June 4th, 8-9:50pm, 15 sessions at the New School on Queer Cinema. Movies from the 1920s to the present and how gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered are portrayed. Pictured is the charming, nervous, cuddly Edward Everett Horton. $510.00

Former Soviet dissident, Israeli politician and writer Natan Sharansky will discuss Israeli society and politics at the 92nd St Y on May 30th, 8pm, $25. Boris Fishman moderates.

Rebecca Stott, a professor of English Lit in the U.K., has written Ghostwalk, an exceedingly smart thriller involving a real mystery surrounding Sir Isaac Newton and alchemy, quantum theory, 17th century Cambridge, the Great Plague, an animal rights group, and the contemporary woman who is trying to fit these pieces together.

OK wrap your head around this one: The Big Bang explains the origin of the Universe. So what caused the Big Bang? Was it "simply part of an infinite cycle of titanic collisions between our Universe and another one?" That's what will be discussed at "Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang" on June 4th, at the Museum of Natural History, 7:30pm, $14. Taking this up will be Paul Steinhardt, Albert Einstein Professor of Science, departments of physics and astrophysical sciences at Princeton University and Neil Turok, chair of mathematical physics, department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University. And now we have to go lie down.

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