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History Talk
Every Person in New York

The Bowery Boys do podcasts on topics like Electric New York, the African Burial Ground, and The Great Fire of 1835. Invariably interesting.

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton's birth, Vivian Gornick, Margo Jefferson, and Ann Snitow discuss Wharton's novels set in New York: The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and The Age of Innocence. Tenement Museum, April 10, 6:30pm.

Architectural historian Barry Lewis, a favorite of PBS viewers, brings the Music Halls of 6th Avenue back to life, including the Crystal Palace, the Hippodrome, the Ziegfeld, and Radio City. April 4, 6pm, at New York School of Interior Design, 170 E. 70th [Lex/3rd]. Free, but RSVP.

Case in point for Found Objects Tell Forgotten Stories is the leather change purse bought by historian Benjamin Feldman at a garage sale. The tale moves back in time to the 1920s and a Canal Street bar. Hear the rest unfold on Sunday, April 15, 3pm, at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Free with museum admission.

March was Women's History Month, though given the tenor of the times, we'd be wise to keep women's stories central to the conversation all year long. The book Particular Passions, by Lynn Gilbert with Gaylen Moore, originally published in 1981, now has a new format: as oral history. First up is Billie Jean King, in her own words. Available on iTunes. More to follow.

Mingus is a an hour-long interview documentary from 1968 with the jazz great (and his five-year-old daughter) in his lower Manhattan apartment—talking music, relationships, and discrimination. The free screening is at the Seward Park Branch Library, tonight, 6:30pm.

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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