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2009 Provocative Thinkers in Science Series

The 2009 Provocative Thinkers in Science Series, a set of five evening events, brings together world-renowned scientists to explain cutting-edge topics in science to a lay public audience.

 It will be held on weeknights this September through December, 2009. Richard Dawkins

Says Adrienne Burke, Executive Editor of Science & the City, "Now in its third season, the Science & the City event series serves the Academy's mission to promote the understanding of science in society. This fall our audiences will have the chance to engage with some of the most fascinating minds in research and learn about science that is changing the world, and our understanding of it."

Science & the City events are held in the evenings in the Academy's conference center on the 40th floor of 7 World Trade Center. Wine and cheese receptions and book-signings take place following each lecture.

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Brooklyn Book Festival Joins Forces With New York Comic Con

This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival will again feature a literary marketplace with more than 150 booksellers, publishers and literary organizations in Borough Hall Plaza as well as panel discussions and readings, a children’s authors stage and special programming for teens and exhibitors that will include bookstores, publishers and literary organizations. Readings are held at Brooklyn Borough Hall, in Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park, at St. Francis College and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Programming will include fiction, nonfiction and poetry panels on hot topics such as:

“The International Graphic Novel,” featuring Guy Delisle (The Burma Chronicles), Peter Kuper (Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico), and Sarah Glidden (How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less), moderated by Matt Madden

“The Great Recession” (featuring Justin Fox, Naomi Klein, Kai Wright and moderator Errol Louis of the New York Daily News)
“The Naked City: Urban Realism and the Global City in Fiction & Non-Fiction” (featuring David Lida, Meera Nair, Hirsh Sawhney and moderator Cheryl Harris Sharman

“Literature in a Digital Age” (John Freeman, Dwight Garner, Sarah Schmelling)

“Poetry, Pop and Hip-Hop” (Lupe Fiasco, Thurston Moore, Tracie Morris, Matthew Zapruder and moderator Touré)

“PSA Presents” (a reading by the nation’s oldest poetry organization, featuring some of the country’s best bards, including Anne Carson, Sonia Sanchez, Philip Schultz, Arthur Sze and Alice Quinn).

Confirmed authors include:
Nelson George
Jonathan Ames
Paul Auster
Staceyann Chin
Guy Delisle
Lupe Fiasco
Edwidge Danticat
Rawi Hage
Tao Lin
Jonathan Lethem
Colson Whitehead
David Lida
Matt Madden
Thurston Moore
Gary Shteyngart
Melvin Van Peebles
Sherman Alexie
M.T. Anderson
Naomi Klein
Danica Novgorodoff
Esmeralda Santiago
George O’Connor
Raina Telgemeier
Jessica Abel
Nick Bruel
Peter and Randall de Seve
Christopher Myers
Tom Tomorrow
Mo Willems
Russell Banks
Kate DiCamillo
Cynthia Ozick
Anne Carson
A.M. Homes
David Cross
Mary Gaitskill
Oliver Sacks
Nelson George
Amy Sohn
Jeffrey Rotter
Keith Gessen
Greg Milner
Francine Prose
and more.

The 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival is presented by Brooklyn Tourism and the Brooklyn Literary Council, initiatives of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Sponsors include the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; the NYC & Company Foundation; New York Comic Con; Astoria Federal Savings; Citi; Boar’s Head Provisions; the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge; and Time Out New York, media sponsor again this year.

Cultural partners are BAM; the Brooklyn Historical Society; Brooklyn Public Library; and the National Book Foundation. Programming partners include Housing Works Bookstore Café; PEN American Center; Poetry Society of America; The New York Review of Books; St. Francis College; and The Nation.

For more information about the Brooklyn Book Festival, visit www.visitbrooklyn.org or check out the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Book-Festival-Official-Site/20650359836. On Twitter, follow the Brooklyn Book Festival at bkbf.

The 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival is presented by Brooklyn Tourism and the Brooklyn Literary Council, initiatives of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Sponsors include the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; the NYC & Company Foundation; New York Comic Con; Astoria Federal Savings; Citi; Boar’s Head Provisions; the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge; and Time Out New York, media sponsor again this year. Cultural partners are BAM; the Brooklyn Historical Society; Brooklyn Public Library; and the National Book Foundation. Programming partners include Housing Works Bookstore Café; PEN American Center; Poetry Society of America; The New York Review of Books; St. Francis College; and The Nation.

For comics exhibitors and vendors, the NYCC programming area will provide a unique opportunity for them to not only have a home that attracts like-minded customers and fans, but to have a central location where new fans and readers can check out the latest in comics and pop culture entertainment.  Comic book writer and editor Denny O’Neil, creator Phil Jimenez, and writer and editor Tom DeFalco are just a few of the many popular guests who will appear in the NYCC programming area. 

In addition to guest speakers, NYCC’s diverse Brooklyn Book Festival programming includes Hip Hop Hearts Anime, a live-performance featuring local DJs which focuses on the intermixing of American hip hop culture and Japanese anime.  Some of the companies who will be participating include Captain Action, Midtown Comics, Moonstone Publishing, and Disney Publishing. An additional announcement with more guest names and participating companies will be made in the near future.     

"The Brooklyn Book Festival is an awesome gathering and I have had tremendous respect for the festival from the moment it started,” notes Lance Fensterman, Vice President and Show Manager for New York Comic Con. “We are proud to bring an intense graphic lit and pop culture presence to such a great festival. I am sure this will provide our customers with the opportunity to connect directly with lots of new fans.  Plus, it’s all for free!  This is a win-win in every respect.”
 
“These days, Brooklyn is a hotbed of pop culture, high-tech culture, literary and blog culture, ethnic culture, indie culture, and has basically become an international hub for in-your-face creativity,” says Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “It’s only fitting that the Brooklyn Book Festival would form a dynamic duo with New York Comic Con!”

The renowned Brooklyn Book Festival and New York Comic Con (NYCC) announce that the premiere pop culture convention and its stars will have a powerful presence at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, which the L.A. Times has called “the center of the literary universe.” NYCC will have its own colorful and exciting programming area at the free Festival, which draws nearly 30,000 visitors to experience readings and panels featuring international literary superstars, buzzworthy newcomers and more than 150 booksellers, publishers, independent presses and literary organizations in a bustling literary marketplace.

NYCC’s programming area at the Brooklyn Book Festival will include a performance tent, guest presentations, guest autographing sessions and a dedicated marketplace area.  NYCC’s participation will be a positive way to spread further awareness of comics and graphic literature while providing free interaction and entertainment for thousands of NYCC fans. 

The next NYCC will take place October 8 – 10, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Ranked by Crain's New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC, it has grown from a convention that attracted 33,000 visitors when it was launched in 2006 to a show that will occupy the entire Javits Center and will attract well over 75,000 fans in 2010. 

For more information about the Brooklyn Book Festival, go to: www.visitbrooklyn.org or check out the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Book-Festival-Official-Site/20650359836.

On Twitter, follow the Brooklyn Book Festival at bkbf.

Brooklyn Book Festival
Borough Hall Plaza

New York Guitar Festival Celebrates Greats Online

 

As for music music, The New York Guitar Festival (NYGF) provides a unique curation series online based on this year’s theme of “Reverend Gary Davis: In Search of the Harlem Street Singer.” Presented live on YouTube beginning May 4, the 12-song daily event pesents a diverse group of internationally recognized artists including Bill Frisell, Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal, Fantastic Negrito, Jorma Kaukonen, Amythyst Kiah, Warren Haynes and others to explore the blind blues musician Rev. Gary Davis’s legacy. The performances debut on WNYC and on YouTube.

A Harlem street performer from the late ‘40s until his death in 1972, Davis was one of those figures in music history who never became famous, but was a legend to many superstar players. Overcoming poverty, discrimination and blindness, Davis made many recordings and festival appearances; he also taught students including David Bromberg and Bob Weir. Having been covered by The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Bob Dylan, Davis had a greater impact than anyone ever expected.

Performances include:

  • Rosanne Cash & John Leventhal - Monday, May 4th
  • Amythyst Kiah - Tuesday, May 5th
  • Fantastic Negrito  -Wednesday, May 6th
  • Bill Frisell - Thursday, May 7th
  • Dom Flemons - Friday, May 8th
  • Sonia de los Santos - Saturday, May 9th
  • Jorma Kaukonen - Sunday, May 10th
  • Kaia Kater - Monday, May 11th
  • Brandon Ross - Tuesday, May 12th
  • Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams -Wednesday, May 13th
  • Warren Haynes - Thursday, May 14th
  •  Larkin Poe - Friday, May 15th

In partnership with the New York Guitar Festival, WNYC’s “New Sounds — hosted by John Schaefer —will debut audio recordings of the full collection on May 4. Tune in nightly at 11pm - on the radio dial at 93.9FM or at www.newsounds.org or https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarfestival

 

 

Electric Forest Fest Cancels 2020 Installment


The outdoor music and dance festival, Electric Forest, has announced cancelled its 2020 event in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.. The music and camping festival was scheduled to celebrate its 10th anniversary June 25-28, 2020 in Rothbury, Michigan

Electric Forest has announced ticket holders will be offered the option to receive a refund or to retain their tickets, which will be honored at the 2021 Decade One celebration.

The festival began in 2008 as the Rothbury Festival, and has grown over the years, with acts including Snoop Dogg, Gryffin, Flogging Molly, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Galantis, and many more.

To see their full statement, go to: https://electricforestfestival.com/2021/

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