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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

Hudson Valley Jazz Fest Celebrates 10 Years of Smooth Sounds in August

 

A weekend featuring the best of jazz is coming to the Hudson Valley. The 10th Annual Hudson Valley Jazz Fest, running August 8 to 11, features acts such as Neil Alexander & Nail, The Roland Vasquez Quartet, The Robert Kopec Project, Tani Tabal Trio, Quave with Michael Purcell, Judi Silvano’s Zephyr Trio, and many more.
Keep an eye out for more info on one of the top music events in the NY/Hudson Valley area.

To learn more, go to: https://www.hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org/

Hudson Valley Jazz Fest
August 8 - 11, 2019

Iron Forge Inn
38 Iron Forge Road
Warwick, NY 10990

Other Venues TBA

Joe Hurley's All-Star Irish Rock Revue Takes Place This Weekend In The Rockaways at The 7th Annual Rockaway Irish Fest

Joe Hurley

Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue
Starts 5:30 pm
100th St. Rockaway Beach
Doors oepn at Noon: $10 - kids free
All proceeds to charity including the Rockaways Special Olympians

For 21 years, NYC based singer/songwriter Joe Hurley has saluted his Irish heritage with a musical extravaganza that celebrates Ireland's musical gifts to the world. His All-Star Irish Rock Revue has long been a local institution performing to sold-out audiences at Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, City Winery and now The Rockaways

On Saturday June 1st, 2019, The All-Star Irish Rock Revue and a cavalcade of guest stars will take to the stage at the 7th Annual Rockaway Irish Fest, marking The Revue’s first Fest appearance. The London-bred Irish-originated New Yorker has strong blood ties to the Rockaways, and is happy to be part of a further step in the area's resurgence. The day after Hurricane Sandy hit, Hurley joined the many others who were compelled to come out and help with the volunteers and vans of supplies coming to St. Francis. For months, Hurley came out to the decimated area while producing fundraising concerts in NYC; the first "A Dickens Xmas for The Rockaways” -- benefiting the Rockaways' Graybeards -- was held on Hurley’s birthday.

May 24 POSTER 11x 17 IRR June 1 rockawayExplained the Irishman, ”We did fundraisers for The Graybeards, Rockaway Wish, and The Kelly Gang which filled me with gratitude, having been given the chance to help. Everyone wanted to pitch in. I'd love people to visit and discover the enormity of all that Rockaways have achieved; it’s been rebuilt, rejuvenated and revitalized. Music is everywhere, with thriving restaurants and a culturally vibrant scene.”

To that he added, This June first event will be a real celebration. Our 21st anniversary summer concert will bring a boatload of top artists out there -- and joining with us will be Rockaway Royalty, a hotbed of local musical talent performing The Great Irish Songbook on The Irish Riviera. Perfect. And you can take a ferry out there. So come for the whole day since the music kicks off with Wine with Sue at 1 pm and Shilelagh Law NY at 3 pm. Starting at 530 pm, the All-Star Irish Rock Revue hits the stage featuring a mad parade [as Joe called them] of extraordinary artists and singers as dozens of guest stars dive in performing the timeless classics of such bands and artists as Thin Lizzy, U2, The Pogues, Van Morrison, The Undertones, SLF, Morrissey, John Lydon, Boomtown Rats, Rory Gallagher, Dubliners and Sinead O’Connor.

So, he proudly stated, “So If you fancy a New York Doll singing a Thin Lizzy classic, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-r taking on Rory Gallagher, a Harlem soul sensation soaring high on Jackie Wilson, please come.”

From the punk of The Undertones 'Teenage Kicks' to the soul of Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” the show is a celebration of rock in general and of Ireland’s contribution to its long and storied songbook. Whether it’s the pure rock bliss of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back in Town' or the  poetry of “Dirty Old Town,” the celebration recalls all those great moments of musical history. From Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ danceable classic ”Come On Eileen” or  U2’s anthemic “Beautiful Day”  these songs of the Irish are performed by a wildly diverse group from all cultural backgrounds. In addition to all this, legendary Irish author/singer Malachy Mccourt will perform, his first appearance in the Rockaways in how many decades. 

And then there’s the festival itself which offers food, libations and all the things a festival usually includes, but on the edge of the Rockaways beach.

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