intersection 03.26.08

The Planets

While fluorescent light bulbs are still eco-preferred, there is a troubling problem with them: they contain a small amount of mercury, which is a serious neurotoxin. Break one and you've got a tiny toxic waste site on your hands. However, no state or local law prohibits disposing of the bulbs in your building's trashbins. The EPA recommends sealing the bulbs in two plastic bags (not particularly eco-friendly) before disposal. You can also bring them to one of the Department of Sanitation's Special Waste Drop-Off Sites. The bottom line is, though, someone needs to build a better lightbulb.

Mouth-watering 20th century pop furniture is found at Las Venus in its three locations: the original Ludlow Street store, Stanton Street, and at ABC. One suggestion, though: how about some prices on the website? Might as well get the sticker shock out of the way.

It was a day or so after we watched ABC's report on Dr. Fred Singer, that dangerous old quack who denies global warming (as well as the dangers of radiation, second-hand smoke, etc.) when CNN posted this on their website: A piece of Antarctic ice measuring 220 square miles has collapsed, and an ice shelf about the size of Connecticut is 'hanging by a thread'. Earth Day is April 22nd. Local event info is here.

Coming to Performance Space 122, 150 1st Ave. [9th], Untitled Mars: This Title May Change, conceived and directed by Jay Scheib. "Untitled Mars is a mind-bending excursion into an interplanetary future defined by Scheib's signature multimedia aesthetic.Rewriting fiction with reality, Untitled Mars caps a year of collaboration with an international team of Space industry visionaries, artists, and research scientists and students from M.I.T." Got that? Not sure we do. Anyway, previews start Tuesday, April 8th.

The much-loved Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, who usually perform at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 W. 66th [Bway/Amst] 212.799.1259, play the occasional favorites, but also lots of things you may never or rarely have heard. On March 31st, Weber, Mozart, Bruch, and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D Minor Op. 49.

Beginning a month from today at the Museum of Natural History, over 50 images of Saturn captured by NASA's Cassini orbiter and the European Space Agency's Huygens lander, Among Cassini's findings, Saturn's moon count went from 18 to 60-plus. [Photo: Saturn: Images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission]

In our high school, someone on staff was named Mrs. Crotch. We feel the same sympathy for Uranus, which, as planets go, gets all the laughs and none of the love. Happily, the Museum of Natural History gift shop carries this handmade glass paperweight, $140, which shows how beautiful Uranus is. Oh, grow up.

Upper West Siders love their food deals, and The Neptune Room, 511 Amst [84th/85th] 212.496.4100, has one that's still something of a secret: if you can get there weekdays at Early Bird time, or Cocktail Hour as we prefer to call it, oysters are $1 a piece.

Look, we're not going to leave Pluto out and we're giving it the sexiest blurb. So take that, Neil deGrasse Tyson! The Belgian lingerie company Pluto makes some luxe and lovely undergarments. Find them at places like Lingerie & Company, 1217 3rd [70th/71st] 212.737.7700.

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