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Fiction and Inner Life: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Can words describe what Virginia Woolf calls “the daily drama of the body”? Can literature verbalize our interiority: physical and spiritual change, the home, the mind, and the relationships between them? In her celebrated novel Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf’s eponymous protagonist is plagued with perpetual anxiety: Clarissa Dalloway is always on the verge of sickness, waking up on a sunny morning with a feeling of “terror,” “overwhelming incapacity,”...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Science 101: Our Gayest Show Ever

Caveat @ 21-A Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Games, ridiculous audience polls, blistering hot takes, "art" challenges, votes for tenure, and real, actual scientists, SCIENCE 101 is the only "class" where attendance is 99% of your grade. YOUR HOSTS: Dustin Growick is a dinosaur expert and the Science Specialist at Sotheby's. Kristina Gustovich is a geologist and a Middle School science teacher. Dr. Justin Charles Williams is a stand-up comedian and an Associate Professor in the Division of Interdisciplinary...

Friday Jun 9th, 9:30–11pm Eastern Time


Field Trip to Terra Matter Cannabis Farm

Think Olio

We'll be taking a group trip to an amazing women-owned cannabis farm in Rhinebeck, NY.  We'll meet on the lush and idyllic property to a spread of snacks and refreshments, learn from Andi Novick, the lead farmer about her growing process and the healing properties of cannabis. We'll then be joined by the founder of Greenpoint Cidery for a tasting and conversation about the cider-making process and the founding of her company.  As we...

Saturday Jul 15th, 1–9pm Eastern Time

Movies for Minis: Night at the Museum (2006)

Museum of the City of New York - Public @ 1220 5th Ave , New York, NY 10029

Break out into the summer season with us for our June edition of Movies for Minis as we screen Night at the Museum (2006), starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Owen Wilson, and Rami Malek! Stiller plays an aspiring inventor who lands a new job as a nighttime security guard at the Museum of Natural History. On his first shift he discovers everything is not what it seems, because when the lights go out and everyone goes home, the artifacts...

Saturday Jun 24th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

What Mad Pursuit?

Think Olio @ 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

"What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape? What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?" —"Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats Since Plato published the Republic, ekphrasis has survived as a form of response for thousands of years. Artists throughout history have used ekphrasis to read between the lines of art, music, literature, and everything in between. In this Olio, we will briefly discuss and learn about ekphrastic poetry,...

Friday Aug 4th, 5–7pm Eastern Time

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Perfume Along the Spice Route

Alchemologie Natural Perfume @ 438 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Perfume Along the Spice Route: A Historical Perfume Making Journey No one benefitted more from the Spice Route than the early perfumers. Prior to the opening of the spice trade, perfumers in Europe were using the materials available to them, mostly herbs and some locally growing flowers, to create the fragrances of the day. The explorations of Africa, India, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the West Indies garnered fragrant spices, resins and...

Saturday Jun 10th, 1–4:30pm Eastern Time

Reiki Level 1 Training and Certification

Vibra Wellness @ 141 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001

This Reiki Level One training is a combination of the traditional Japanese Usui style, the Western-style as introduced by Mrs. Takata, and Holy Fire® Reiki, introduced by the International Center for Reiki Training. At the completion of this training, you will achieve an excellent foundation and be able to give Reiki treatments to yourself and your loved ones. This beginning training is one of the most thorough and comprehensive available, taught...

Saturday Sep 23rd, 10am–6pm Eastern Time

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2 sessions

Downtown Brooklyn Pizza Walk

Scott's Pizza Tours @ Boerum Hill / , Brooklyn, NY 11201

Trace the history of pizza by visiting a mix of wood-fired Neapolitan, coal-fired, and classic New York slice joints on this 2.5 hour walking tour. You'll hit a spread of neighborhoods including Boerum Hill. Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, and the Columbia Waterfront district.  What's Included All tours include pizza tastings, kitchen tours, in-depth pizza analysis, and everybody gets a take-home Pocket Pizza Journal to help track their...

Saturday Jun 17th, 11:45am–2:15pm Eastern Time

East Village Pizza Walk

Scott's Pizza Tours @ Meets in East Village / Lower East Side, New York, NY 10003

Learn how a century of culinary evolution resulted in a broad spectrum of pizza styles as you taste your way through pizza history, science, culture, and flavor. See century-old brick ovens and classic slice joints that will fill both belly and mind. You will visit 3 amazing NYC pizzerias, each of which exhibits its own unique take on the world's favorite food. Expect to walk about 1 mile. What's Included All tours include pizza tastings, kitchen...

Sunday Jun 11th, 4:30–7pm Eastern Time

Guided Tour: Neue Gallery

New York School of Interior Design @ 1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

The Neue Galerie is one of New York City’s most unsung—and most understated—art and design destinations. The Neue Galerie (or “New Gallery” in German) houses a singular collection of art and design objects from Austria and Germany, dating from 1890 to 1940. Notably, the collection, compiled in large part by Ronald S. Lauder, includes Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece, The Woman in Gold. The gallery’s greatest strength, however, lies in the...

Friday Jul 14th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

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Virtual History of the World through Booze

Aaron Robin @ Virtual Learning via Zoom

With its earliest history seated in the ancient practice of Alchemy, the art of Distillation was created by those same early chemists trying to turn lead into gold. Though they did not succeed in creating that precious metal, they did succeed in transforming grain into spirit, and those after them turned that spirit into something magical.  We will explore how the art of Fermentation (conversion of sugars to alcohol) led to the practice of...

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Virtual Lecture: History Happy Hour

Christine Axen @ Virtual Learning via Zoom

History Happy Hour!  Raise your glass to the past, and come discover the odd and fascinating things people thought and did in the Middle Ages and beyond.  Professor of History will offer a short presentation, and then open the floor to animated conversation over drinks!  No previous knowledge required.  Each week something different will be discussed. Current schedule is as follows, a single ticket purchase is for...

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Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Does history have a direction, a purpose, or an end goal? Can we deduce general historical patterns from studying the past? Is it naïve to hope and work for a better future? From the Enlightenment to the twenty-first century, liberal, Marxist, positivist, and post-structuralist thinkers have offered radically different responses to these fundamental questions related to the philosophy of history. This course will survey these attempts to grapple...

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Epic Histories: A Conversation

Museum of the City of New York - Public @ 1220 5th Ave , New York, NY 10029

Join two renowned American historians for a conversation about the challenges of writing epic narrative histories.  Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 -- his long-awaited sequel to Gotham -- sits down with fellow distinguished historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People. ...

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For The Record: A History Of The DJ

Q.E.D. @ 27-16 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

In this course, we will look at the history of the DJ from it's humble beginnings in the radio booth to the block parties of the south Bronx to mega stadiums around the world. We will examine the feedback loop between dancing, technology, music and culture as it pertains to the DJ and surrounding subculture. No stone will be left unturned.

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