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The Sugar and Coffee War

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Sugar and Coffee have moved Americans to revolt since the Revolution (just ask Abigail Adams). But when almost all of the nation’s sugar was being refined in Williamsburg, and most of its coffee was being roasted in DUMBO, the real Sugar-Coffee War was a Battle of Brooklyn. This class will explore the history of coffee and sugar in...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 8:30pm


Neon: The History, Science, and Art

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn Heights
647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

What is neon? Where did this form of signage come from? Why does the phenomenon of neon light require glass and electricity? What else is it used for? This evening lecture and demonstration will cover the origins, technical information, and artistic invention of neon. Participants will learn about how neon was developed, how different...

Thursday Jun 8th, 7pm


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Great Planned Cities

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Planned cities date back centuries and require much time, effort, power and capital. Why build a planned city? How are planned cities created? What makes a planned city different? What makes a planned city better? Which are the best planned cities? Find out in this course (soon to be a TV series).


3 sessions

Wednesday Jun 14th, 11am


Research Roundtable 3: Performing Neuroscience

at Pioneer Works - Red Hook
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

This roundtable will discuss ways that collaboration can expand the boundaries of scientific research. Multidisciplinary approaches to experimental exploration can reveal novel phenomena and educate experts and public alike about scientific and artistic processes. In this roundtable we will address the role of art/music/movement in the traditional...


Wednesday Jun 7th, 7pm


Fundamentals of Astrology

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn
1233 Prospect Ave Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, New York 11218

Immerse yourself in the enriching, fun and dynamic world of Astrology. In this 2-hour session we’ll discuss all the basics one needs to read an astrological chart. Understanding how to read a chart can uncover your potential and will expand your capacity to tap into the universal energies to shape and direct your future as you...

Monday Jun 26th, 6:30pm


Everything You Wanted to Know about the Universe

at Think Olio - Ridgewood
56-06 Cooper Ave, New York, New York 11385

Come hear a brief report on the latest discoveries and developments from astrophysics and space technology. We will hear the most up to date news about the Earth, our Solar System, worlds around other stars, and beyond. We will also look at the technologies that open the windows on these discoveries.  In addition, we will examine what is happening...

Tuesday Jun 13th, 7:30pm


The Poisonous Prohibition

at Q.E.D. - Astoria
27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, New York 11105

The Wartime Prohibition Act took effect June 30, 1919. In their desperation to obtain booze, locals turned to homemade forms of liquor, which to unsuspecting victims, were often poisonous, and sometimes fatal.  At this lecture, we’ll examine some of these poisons and the New York City victims they harmed and killed. You can also celebrate the...

Sunday Jun 25th, 3pm


Lauren Berlant: Cruel Optimism

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Morningside Heights
3009 Broadway, New York, New York 10027

Why do we persist in our fantasies of the kind of good life that threatens to kill us? Why are we often frustrated in our attempts to find relief from precarity, attain sweeter forms of collective life, or even, at minimum, to obtain conditions of mere subsistence? What are the politics of our desires? These questions are central to the work of Lauren...


4 sessions

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30pm


3D Printing Glass

at Brooklyn Brainery - Brooklyn Heights
647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

This lecture will explore technical innovation in glass making, from early core-formed vessels through to fiber optic production, and finally the 3D printing of molten glass. The presentation will highlight the stages of the MIT 3D Glass Printer from initial concept to deployment of the second-generation printer. The printer has...

Thursday Jul 6th, 7pm


Self Care for Women

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights
190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238

In this comprehensive class, herbalist, food entrepreneur, birth and postpartum doula and mom Laena McCarthy, will discuss healing traditions and practices to boost the female body's natural resilience while protecting from stress and damage, from the inside and out. The class will begin with an overview of what healthy self-care rituals...

Thursday Jul 6th, 8:30pm


Louis Armstrong Sings

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

The brilliant, innovative recordings that Louis Armstrong made between 1926 and 1928 with the studio bands the Hot Five and the Hot Seven set the template for jazz as a soloist’s art. This lecture focuses on less-discussed aspects of Armstrong’s genius via selected recordings ranging from his 1920s scatting on “Heebie Jeebies” and the reimagining...

Wednesday Jul 12th, 2:30pm


Mapping the City with the Body

at Pioneer Works - Red Hook
159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Our bodies help us recognize, understand, navigate, and even create the urban space: the blue dot in Google Maps, traces of bodies in space that provide us with clues for our own movement, metaphors we use to talk about the city and its systems, and even measurement units. At the same time, cities can have a particularly interesting effect in bodies’...

Sunday Aug 6th, 12pm


Femme Fatales

at 92nd Street Y - Upper East Side
1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128

Six of the most vivid “bad girl” portrayals in early crime dramas. View and discuss the characters, actresses, female perspectives and directors. Scarlet Street (1945) Joan Bennett and her ruthless boyfriend (Dan Duryea, oily as ever) plot to destroy innocent painter Edward G. Robinson in Fritz Lang’s love-and-death noir. Leave Her to Heaven...


6 sessions

Tuesday Jul 11th, 7pm


Bell Hooks: Desire, Education, Freedom

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Washington Heights
2113 Amsterdam Ave , New York, New York 10032

Bell Hooks is one of the foremost contemporary thinkers addressing questions of gendered, racial, and economic liberation, pioneering the social application of ideas about marginality that are now commonplace in both academic and popular discourse. Feminist liberation, for hooks, must push past victimization narratives and exclusivity to become a deeply...


4 sessions

Saturday Jul 15th, 2pm


5-Hour Pre-Licensing Safety Course

at Ferrari Driving School - Astoria
3232 Steinway St, Astoria, New York 11103

The 5 hour Pre-licensing Class must be completed by first time license applicants. The 5 hour class is part lecture, part film, and breaks in between. By taking this class you will be issued the MV-278 certificate which is needed in order to schedule your Road Test.  On the day of your Road test you will need to bring this certificate...

Sunday May 28th, 10:30am

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