Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Raise your hand if you loved Mr. Wizard

The New York Science Festival starts tomorrow and runs though Sunday. Here's a sampling of events:

Thursday, May 29

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives: With Mark Oliver Everett
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM , The Paley Center for Media
Indie rock artist Mark Oliver Everett (“eels”) is joined by theoretical physicists Michio Kaku and Max Tegmark to explore his father’s astounding contribution to physics: a theory of parallel worlds. Presented in collaboration with the Paley Center for Media, the discussion follows the American premiere screening of Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (to be broadcast this fall on NOVA).

Toil and Trouble... Stories of Experiments Gone Wrong
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM , The Moth at Symphony Space
Renowned researchers, writers, and artists, including Sam Shepard, Jim Gates, Nathan Englander, Lucy Hawking, and Michael Turner, take to the stage to tell uniquely personal stories about heroic failures, miscalculations and experiments — scientific and otherwise — gone wrong. Presented in partnership with New York's extraordinary storytelling collective, The Moth.

Friday, May 30

Cool Jobs
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM , NYU - Kimmel Center for University Life
This multi-media event for curious minds of all ages invites you to meet scientists with some of the coolest jobs in the world — from crime scene investigator and space explorer to oceanographer and Disney Imagineer.

Invisible Reality: The Wonderful Weirdness of the Quantum World
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM , NYU - Skirball Center
Join Alan Alda as he accompanies Brian Greene, Nobel Laureate William Phillips and other leading thinkers at the vanguard of quantum research on an accessible multimedia exploration of the astounding weirdness of the quantum world.

Saturday May 31
WSF Street Fair
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The World Science Festival takes to the streets with a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows that will entertain and inspire. Clustered on the blocks around Washington Square Park and the NYU campus, open-air stages will feature well-known musicians, authors and artists in performance. Fun for everyone from pre-teens to the curious kid in us all.

Music and the Brain
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM , Abyssinian Baptist Church
Please note change of date and time! The Abyssinian Gospel Choir joins neurologist/author Oliver Sacks and brain scientist Mark Jude Tramo in an exploration of the power of music, as the choir's performance provides a stimulating context for accounts of music’s biological foundations, and of patients whose lives were altered by the empowerment of music.

Too much stuff going on right now. There's also Sundance at BAM, many movies to see (the new Indiana Jones sequel, The Fall - thanks Deb, Reprise, Dark Knight, Get Smart), Angel's big ass party to summon the summer...

Here's where time management might be useful. Too bad I never took that course!

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