leisure 11.2.09

Brain Food

Peter Clarke, author of a new biography of John Maynard Keynes, talks about the it-boy of economics' life and work on Thursday, November 19th at the NYPL mid-Manhattan branch, 6:30pm, free.

From Times columnist Gail Collins, a followup to her book America's Women called When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present. Ms. Collins will be considering same at the Tenement Museum, November 19th, 6:30pm, free, reserve.

At the Explorers Club, 46 E. 70th [Mad/Park] 212.628.8383, on November 23rd, 6pm, marine conservationist Richard Ellis discusses the fate of the polar bear, the subject of his forthcoming book On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear. Tickets are $20.

A small number of tickets have just been released to tomorrow night's talk by Al Gore, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis at AMNH. $18.

Haven't spent a lot of time thinking about the Bronx's Grand Concourse? Luckily for you, Times editor Constance Rosenblum has, and there's quite a tale to tell. Ms. Rosenblum does so in Boulevard of Dreams, Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx and gives a talk on the subject at Cooper Union, Friday, November 20th, 6:30pm, free.

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, the flop film from 1982, has since become a genuine cult classic. Watch and anatomize the dark, rainy landscape with likeminded misanthropes at an East Side Institute screening of the movie on Friday, November 13th, 6:30pm, and weigh in during a philosophical discussion afterward. Or be like that and don't. 920 Bway [20th/21st]. $10.

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, the superb new Low Anthem album, is just one more reminder of how prominently the naturalist still figures in discourse and dreams. Cornell professor Dr. Warren Allmon gives a talk titled Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin at the 92Y on Wednesday, November 18th, 7pm, about the man and his theories. $25.

Abigail Pogrebin, former 60 Minutes producer and author of Stars of David, moderates What Everyone's Talking About, a new series at the JCC, in which guests discuss the current water cooler topic. The first one takes place on Monday, December 7th, 7:30pm, $15. Sounds good to us, but please: no Gosselins.

Here's a timely reminder – When Art Worked: The New Deal, Art and Democracy, a new book and an illustrated lecture by Roger Kennedy on the salubrious effects of art on Americans during the Depression. It takes place at the Municipal Art Society, Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30. Free, call 212.935.2075 to reserve.

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