Jun 20 Tues 8pm Sparkling Polish Gem at Soho International Film Fest: The Eccentrics (On the Sunny Side of the Street)

Freedom through music
An unobtrusive comedy much better than the simple description in the Soho International Film Festival program at Village East Cinema at 2nd Ave and 12th st, The Eccentrics: On the Sunny Side of the Street is an intelligent Polish mix of amusing social commentary, spy mystery, and political satire which is also a fine philosophical celebration of upbeat, soulful swing as a come together refuge from atrocious politics, in this case the wooden and dangerous absurdities of Communism in the fifties in beleaguered Poland.

This very accomplished film is a delicate, many petaled rose of good humor, satirical intelligence and unexpected takes on what would be in lesser hands a straightforward tale, but after a brief slow start when the underlying deadly seriousness of the Polish war and postwar experience is quickly established, every scene is made interesting by a skilfully provocative script by Wlodzimierz Kowalewski (it’s his original novel) and effortless acting by all.

A wholly interesting and amusing standout shouldn’t be blushing unseen on the festival program at Village East Cinema (189 2nd Avenue), where it will be run once at 8pm-10pm on Tuesday, June 20, and we advise anyone with a taste for worldly wit and emotional teasing of the most sophisticated yet pointed kind, the most achieved in Polish comedy that has been seen in Manhattan for years, should make sure to catch it.

For that will be the only chance here to catch what is the current cap from 2015 to director Janusz Majewski’s body of work which is widely admired in Poland and abroad. The Eccentrics unreels a deadpan saga where every scene is a pleasing turn and interesting surprise, from the unexpected bonding of official and suspect just returned from London exile over a piano which leads to the suspiciously easy recruitment of good players for his big band renditions of American Patrol and many other top tunes, to the romantic denouement where the uphill seduction by our hero of his personally challenging lead singer (“I won’t tell! – the less you know the more you’ll care!” is her reply to his post success inquiry as to her past life) crumbles catastrophically, revealing that it is political machinations behind the scenes which fill the story with intriguing off kilter interruptions.

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Jun 14 Wed 6-8pm Susan Eley Art Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art



Iranian Art Here

Many of the 200,000 Iranians in the region arrived at Susan Eley’s increasingly prominent brownstone gallery on West 90 last evening and they networked with a gusto that filled the spaces of her two up-one-flight rooms and corridor with well dressed bodies and loud conversation so visitors from other ethnic groups generally had a hard time getting an unrestricted view of the great variety of paintings and photographs of contemporary Iranian art on the walls which were not blocked by handsome young dark stubbled faces or young curves clad in bright colors but the great range of works gathered by distinguished gallerina Eley was the keynote of the interesting art which they were ignoring, from the rose flowered scarf through which the figure of a woman could be discerned hung in pride of place above the fireplace, a photograph by black bearded Hossein Fatemi whose 2013 series advancing the image of Iranian culture beyond the crude simplicities of Washington politics has been featured in the Times under the heading “Virtual Truth”, through two exquisite classically styled paintings, to the crude but charmingly evocative work hanging over the spicy snack nuts in the back alcove, a painting of a modestly beaming suitor holding flowers, which was being revisited by a lady from the previous evening, when Eley had gathered a smarter crowd who might be more likely to be potential buyers, who said that the painting spoke to her and she had to come again to take a second look, and when we left young Iranians were still arriving including at the foot of the stairs the short but articulate coffee expert Goli who is working at the Heavenly Rest Cafe for now after cutting short her translation of a book about coffee and moving on from Sweden to the US having decided it was the place to be despite the arrival of the new inhabitant of the Oval Office who might have discouraged a less intrepid young literata, and planning to go with her girl friend to the Philharmonic concert in Central Park afterwards like so many on this warm but cloudless summer evening.

Mina by Hossein Fatemi from Veiled Truth series (2013) Archival inkjet print 35×35 in

Beyond the Ban: Contemporary Iranian Art
June 14 – August 30, 2017

Beyond the Ban is a group exhibition showcasing the work of leading Iranian artists based in the United States. It features painting, photography and prints by such luminaries as Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, Nahid Hagigat, Shoja Azari, Shahram Karimi, Jason Noushin, Afshin Naghouni, Nazanin Noroozi, Raha Raissnia and Hossein Fatemi.

American Art has thrived through the contribution of its immigrants. Beyond the Ban celebrates this dynamic tradition of diversity in American art by showcasing the stunning contributions of one of the immigrant groups targeted by President Trump’s travel ban.

Proceeds will benefit the Center for Human Rights in Iran, a non-profit based in New York City. The exhibit demonstrates the rich stylistic and thematic variety of art being produced today by the vibrant community of Iranian artists living in the US.

Beyond the Ban
Opening Reception
Wednesday, June 14, 6-8pm at Susan Eley Fine Art
46 West 90St Floor 2
www.susaneleyfineart.com
917-952-7641

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Jun 13 Tue 4pm-7pm 120 Park Avenue Bloomberg’s Government’s “Building the Economy of the Future: Central Europe in a Post-Brexit World

Hungary charms investors
Hungary in the person of Budapest architecture professor Erno Rubik came up with the most famous technotoy of all time in 1974, since when 350 million plus copies of the impossible Cube have been sold, and the much visited country is now advertising its receptivity to investors who are keen to foster the next work of genius in Budapest or alternative cities in the provinces of a land far from the sights of ISIS, where haircuts and lunches are still well below New York prices and where IBM has been present for 80 years, and now shares Ustream achievements with founder Gyula Feher, who says “our only lack is thinking big” and proceeded to think big himself and lead Ustream’s lab in Budapest “which can compete with anyone” into engineering what promises to be a major advance in scooping data from audiovisual on the Web far more efficiently than humans, while David Wiernik from Israel the co-founder of NVN Kft says “we came for the cost and people” but found government officials will phone every week to find out how they can be of help, in fact they have already legislated away taxes on startup revenue, and after giving up selling in China where his software was so popular there were illegal copies on every street corner, he pivoted to autos and won a 30% jump in sales with Toyota adoption in 2010 and now plans to be out in front of cybersecuring the navigation which will steer the autonomous driving that is now being tested at a government center, and which is now the focus of his thousand software engineers in Budapest, and Miklos Santa a partner at Ernst and Young agreed that government support and credits was helpful but emphasized another advantage was security, as shown by his tale of one company that chose a different location but two years later hurried to Hungary after finding that their auto software ‘traveled’ out of their control rather too quickly, all of which added up to numerous pluses for Hungary over other nations for investors though no actual measures were cited, and one left out of the reckoning might be the sense of undisturbed civilization which its residents project at least in the person of the Consul General Ferenc Kumin, who awarded a prize to IBM named for the Chain Bridge which connects the two halves of the city and which therefore celebrated the bridge IBM has built between the US and Hungary in investing in its future, achieving a total of 6000 jobs with 400 added this year, in the same spirit of amicable hospitality that imbued the networking party hosted afterwards with Hungarian wines and beers and chocolates in red heart shaped covers fueling a storm of conversation backed up by canapes and shrimp on sticks which vanished as fast as they could be served.

Left in the lurch, or free to forge ahead?

Left in the lurch, or free to forge ahead?

Bloomberg’s Government’s “Building the Economy of the Future: Central Europe in a Post-Brexit World”
June 13, 4:00 – 7:00 pm EST

On Tuesday, June 13, Bloomberg Government will host an invitation only-event sponsored by the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency and the Hungarian Consulate with top investors, government and business leaders and innovative entrepreneurs to examine the challenges and opportunities as countries in Central and Eastern Europe respond to Brexit and other geopolitical and economic realities while transforming their economy from one reliant on low-cost manufacturing to one increasingly powered by technology and high-value products and services.

Our program will take a deep dive on how industry and markets are viewing opportunities in the region post-Brexit and examine the impact of restrictions to the flow of skilled EU workers to Britain. Will talent head east? How viable are the innovation hubs that are rapidly developing in the region?

Speakers include:
– Karan Bhatia, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Global Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric
– Robert Esik, President, Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency
– Gyula Feher, Co-Founder and CTO, Ustream, an IBM Company
– Ferenc Kumin, Consul General, Hungary
– Levente Magyar, State Secretary for Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
– Kevin A. Murray, Managing Director and CEO, Central Europe, Citibank
– Miklos Santa, Partner, Eastern European Business Group, Global Tax Desks, Ernst & Young
– David Wiernik, Co-Founder and President, NavNGo

When: Tuesday, June 13, 4:00 – 7:00 pm EST
Where: Bloomberg L.P., 120 Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10017

For more information, visit:

Building the Economy of the Future: Central Europe in a Post-Brexit World

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Jun 12 Mon 10am-Noon Met – Bamboo Art of Japan, Abbey Collection, The Sackler Wing Galleries (Jun 13-Feb 4 18)

Bamboo art and time
Fast growing, enduring, and pliable when treated bamboo is the preferred food of pandas who live on its shoots, part of the daily life of East Asia for two millennia (the Chinese and Japanese characters for bamboo are incorporated in a thousand others including flute, writing brush, box and basket) and the malleable material of patient and dedicated artists in a five hundred year tradition in Japan that is still going strong, combining the abstract qualities of fine art and the hands on satisfaction of usefully transforming Nature, as well as symbolizing longevity, strength and hardiness, and this revelatory show is an outstanding selection of what has resulted over the last two centuries, from flower vases and boxes and shapes in the form of a cicada and other representations of nature to splendidly woven bowls and wave forms and even a huge spiralling wave rising over the entrance to the exhibition ordered from a current master (Tanabe Chikuunsai IV), all of it imbued with the timeless quality of extended and careful attention and construction taking as long as a year or more, starting with the initial personal choice of wood from the north, middle or south of Japan, which runs accordingly from hard to soft, and including here seventy one choice works promised the Met by Diane and Arthur Abbey, collectors who became fascinated by bamboo art in 1999, and will now transform the Met’s holdings of this art form which started with Edward Moore designer at Tiffany who in 1891 gave the museum nearly eighty bamboo baskets as well as other Japanese craft work, and the unfolding of these exquisite forms in the spacious low lit Sackler Wing galleries under the kindly gaze of tall Buddhist statues is informed by a very well illustrated magazine format monograph by curator Monika Bincsik which celebrates the emergence of this art form to world attention in the last forty years.

Honma Hideaki. Flowing Pattern, 2014. Japanese timber bamboo, dwarf bamboo, and rattan. Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey

Honma Hideaki. Flowing Pattern, 2014. Japanese timber bamboo, dwarf bamboo, and rattan. Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey

A spectacular loan exhibition devoted to masterworks of Japanese bamboo art—including award-winning works by six artists who were designated as Living National Treasures—will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning June 13. Featuring more than 90 works dating from the late 19th century to the present, Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection will explore the refined beauty and technical sophistication of Japanese bamboo, which has been little known in the West until recent years. Opening with a monumental bamboo sculpture by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV (b. 1973)—a site-specific installation created for The Met—the exhibition will highlight key stages in the modern history of Japanese bamboo art while introducing the main lineages of bamboo masters and showing the emergence of a contemporary bamboo art. The Diane and Arthur Abbey Collection is one of the finest assemblages of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture in private hands. The majority of the works have never before been presented to the public, and more than 70 are recent promised gifts to The Met.

The exhibition is made possible by Diane and Arthur Abbey.
For hundreds of years, simple, everyday utensils as well as refined bamboo vessels were made according to local traditions and techniques passed down from generation to generation. It was not until the end of the 19th century that bamboo craftsmanship began to be recognized as one of the traditional Japanese decorative arts, and later as an art form.

Organized broadly by three geographical production areas—Kansai, Kanto, and Kyushu—the exhibition will feature masterworks by pioneer bamboo artists of the Meiji (1868–1912) and Taisho (1912–1926) periods as well as later masters such as Iizuka Rokansai, who created innovative works that became the foundation for contemporary bamboo art. The show will also feature pieces by modern bamboo artists. The works will be augmented by a selection of paintings and decorative arts exploring related themes, such as the four seasons, floral compositions (ikebana), and the tea ceremony.

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Jun 7 Wed 7.30pm HBO’s VICE presents “Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” with New America NYC and discussion between “Lost Generation” editor Joe Langford and producer David McDougall, hosted by correspondents Aris Roussinos and Isobel Yeung at Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium Bway 62/63

VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung rides with the Sunni militia. (Jerry Ricciotti for VICE on HBO)

VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung rides with the Sunni militia. (Jerry Ricciotti for VICE on HBO)

Bullseye shorts make even makers cry

On the huge screen in the David Rubenstein Atrium two shorts on Iraq offered with thunderous sound track brief but arrow-penetrating glimpses of the on-the-ground reality of Iraq, first with Taking Back Iraq dynamic coverage of troops advancing towards the Isis held city Mosul through a nearby town, where a two day old horrid corpse lies with rotting empty rib cage (and enough hair that the Iraq militia commander takes off his cap to expose his own shining baldness and joke “He should give it to me!”), and a vast machine is dragged from underground where it had carved an extensive tunnel network behind the front line, and this exciting glimpse of war was followed by The Lost Generation, where the boldly challenging Isobel Yeung investigates the whole as yet untalked of catastrophe of a huge new generation of Iraqi teens more numerous than adults now who have no job or life role except as fodder for the ongoing religious war between Sunni and Shia with no end in sight, with irresponsible mullahs urging them towards death without compunction (Isobel Yeung asks one whether he is right to sit on his throne in comfort and keep his sons by him while he sends others’ sons to die) and one 14 year old sobbing on the grave of one of his many lost friends that he would willingly have gone instead, and showing the camera his phone with images of severed heads of the enemy he keeps to make himself feel better while expecting death sooner or later himself, and admitting that for all his commitment to his local religious cause he wishes he lived somewhere else where he could have a decent normal life, and from the audience afterwards an ex CBS researcher brought up the question of the age old conflict felt by journalists who cover vulnerable people by asking the panel made up of the producer and editor and supervising producer of The Lost Generation if they too suffered the guilt she had later felt in having to leave behind the subjects they had exploited without rescue or recompense, and David McDougall the producer of The Lost Generation said yes but that the journalistic line of objectivity and uninvolvement had to be respected in doing the work, and that bonding with the subject and wanting to do something for them was an occupational hazard about which nothing could be done, and in conversation afterwards both the skillful and notably well informed and thoughtful editor of The Lost Generation Joe Langford, and Beverly Chase the supervising editor at VICE on HBO, who produces this series for Friday nights aimed at informing youth in the US about major issues, both admitted that they frequently have shed tears for their subjects but again, there was nothing to be done, objectivity had to be maintained, though Beverly allowed that our suggestion that an independent foundation might be set up to take referrals might have potential.

HBO’s VICE presents “Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” with New America NYC at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
“Taking Back Iraq & Lost Generation” is hosted by correspondents Aris Roussinos and Isobel Yeung.

Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30PM
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets

The city of Mosul has been central in the war to defeat Islamic State. Last October, a U.S. supported coalition of Iraqi and Kurdish troops announced a long-awaited offensive to retake the city. In the latest episode of HBO’s VICE, correspondent Aris Roussinos embedded with Iraqi forces on the road to Mosul as they began their assault on Islamic State’s last stronghold in Iraq. Then, with Islamic State seemingly on the verge of defeat in Iraq country, the question of what happens next is far from certain. VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung travels to Iraq, with one of the youngest populations of any country in the world to see what the future looks like through the eyes of the youth. Watch the trailer here.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between “Lost Generation” editor Joe Langford and producer David McDougall, moderated by VICE’s Beverly Chase. Please note: Seating is limited and first come first served.

Spread the word: #VICEonHBO, @NewAmericaNYC and @LincolnCenter.
Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
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Jun 2 Fri-4th Sun Massive Resistance – CUNY Left Forum at John Jay College

Will the President of the United States be swept away by the incoming tide of the massed resisters assembling at the 13th annual Left Forum?

Join us for Left Forum, 2017 (June 2nd – 4th) at John Jay College in New York City. John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 10th Avenue.
Now in its 13th year, Left Forum has grown into one the largest annual convergences of the left. The 2016 conference featured over 350 workshops/panels, multiple musical performances and film screenings, a comedy show, and a large grassroots-organization/book fair. In 2016, over 4000 people – including artists, activists, and great thinkers from around the globe – were drawn to NYC to engage in critical discussions and debates, build coalitions, socialize with new friends and long-time allies, learn, reflect, and strategize for a new future.

Building our collective strength as a movement and as a community committed to social justice is more important than ever. Join us for Left Forum 2017

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May 31 Wed-Jun 2 Fri Vast BookExpo offers Treasure Trove of Science and Current Affairs Books

Nothing like this huge, multilayered annual celebration of books, the ultimate in handy briefings on the cutting edge on science and current affairs of every field. A great must-go event, bursting with books and book fans of every kind, booksellers, popular authors, and long lines for signed copies of current and future hits.

But the key aspect we have in mind is that it also contains academic press treasure troves of past, present or forthcoming individually polished gems of scholarship and independent research in science and other solid topics, works which unlike the daily or even weekly or monthly media news and talk shows benefit from authors who take personal responsibility for the accuracy and quality of their work, completed outside the confines of government and corporate walls where censors and pr spokesmen prowl.

So get excited about BookExpo coming up fast in NYC at Javits on May 31 Wed to June 2 Fri, it’s for all those interested in books on paper between hard or soft covers as the last easily available repository of the latest worthwhile information from independent authors that unlike the fleeting smartphone or desktop screen display does not vanish into virtual reality, but remains stationery on the page ready for reference with precise marking or emendation or query in the margin, inside real physical books placed within manual grasp on a nearby bookshelf, or displayed open on the desk next to the working screen, or on the bedside table to stabilise one’s last waking moment before peaceful slumber induced by the restful quiet of the night broken only by the turn of the page, that’s what we are talking about and looking forward to – Manhattan’s greatest annual showplace of ideas!

Our particular interest is the state of the academic publishing industry as part of it gravitates to competing more significantly with the trade press, which renders a lot of deep data more accessible, and in the state of science publishing, especially in the first days of a new era where the new President of the US is apparently happy to remain in total ignorance of what science reveals about the state of the world and its future, and to contradict it whenever it conflicts with his personal interests and profit motive, or his belief in himself as the most admirable human being in the world.

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May 13 Sat 3pm Vaughan Williams and Barber – Tami Petty Soprano Malcolm J. Merriweather Baritone with Choral Society Director John Maclay at Grace Church 11th and Bway

Dissonant icing on glorious choral cake
A grand space without muddying echo once again provides a beautiful backdrop for two composers who are generally more palatable than their more advanced 20th Century rivals and this selection of their music related to the Almighty and his philosopher explicators generally pleased the crowd which overlooked the themes of sins and their punishment as reasons to seek the forgiveness of a feared God but since the resolution of every work seemed as much in a minor key as its other parts we found the impressive choral experience somewhat more pessimistic in color than the bright sunny afternoon outside on a warm example of continuing climate change, though the baritone was especially handsome and resonant, and the grand choir as aurally magnificent as ever, but luckily we were able to join a very amiable and heartwarming social occasion at the nearby Ukrainian restaurant where Wiener Schnitzel and uplifting beer restored our impression that the world was a hospitable place safe from the threat of the hereafter, at least for the moment.

Magnificent space at Grace Church of New York for 150 member Choral Society to sing its heart out

May 13 Sat 3pm Vaughan Williams and Barber – Tami Petty Soprano Philip Cutlip Baritone Choral Society Director John Maclay Grace Church of New York 11th St and Bway

Second and final chance to hear Barber’s ‘Prayers of Kierkegaard’ + Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ with our 150 voices and orchestra. Door tickets available $30. thechoralsociety.org

BREAKING NEWS: Philip Cutlip, our replacement baritone now has bronchitis! To the rescue comes Malcolm J. Merriweather. You can learn all about Malcolm here (and if you click on ‘Listen’, watch a video of him singing Vaughan Williams):

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May 12 Fri Noon Molly Barnes at Roger Smith presents Phyllis Tuchman

Portrait of Phyllis Tuchman. Pencil on paper by Phong Bui. Inspired by a photo portrait by Owen Keogh.

Portrait of Phyllis Tuchman. Pencil on paper by Phong Bui. Inspired by a photo portrait by Owen Keogh.

Critic and curator Phyllis Tuchman has curated shows of George Segal and Robert Motherwell at Guild Hall, the Smithsonian and the Long House Reserve. She writes for Art and Auction, the New York Observer and the New York Times.
phyllis tuchman @eddegas

Brooklyn Rail:

PHYLLIS TUCHMAN with Joyce Beckenstein
Art historian and critic Phyllis Tuchman orchestrated an exuberant collection of works, many of them seldom seen, for Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944 –1952 on view at Guild Hall in East Hampton through October 13. Tuchman, who also wrote the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue, recently met with Joyce Beckenstein to discuss Motherwell’s influences; who he, in turn, influenced; and his years in East Hampton.

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May 11 Thu Noon Molly Barnes at Roger Smith presents Elizabeth Sadoff

Elizabeth Sadoff

Elizabeth Sadoff

Art Consultant Artist
An insider talk about life in marketing art in the modern era where millions of dollars from Russian launderers or Chinese nouveau super riche might otherwise drown out the once ruling early stage of young buyers forming their taste by scoring bargain works from up and coming artists whose names are not yet household in the investor galleries, by a one time artist who knows how to make things herself from her early days and now advises those same early generation buyers and she says is no longer ashamed as she once was of not being first a scholar, but is instead a hands on graduate and therefore good guide to acquisitions based on taste and understanding and not on the monetary standards used by those who appreciate the price of everything but the value of very little.

Curator and art advisor, Elizabeth Sadoff introduced mid career artists like Sys Solomon, Al Copley, and Dan Christensen to prospective collectors. She is currently staging work in the Woolworths Building downtown.

As a child, Sadoff’s parents, deeply involved in the architecture and design community of Los Angeles, California encouraged her to study art. She was an apprentice to a sculptor in L.A. from ages 12 to 18 and was carving stone at 14. Later, Sadoff held an stone-carving apprenticeship with two artisans in Pietrasanta, Italy. Her studio practice branched out into bronze casting, welding, mural painting and finally printmaking.

In 1999, Sadoff created a successful New York mural and decorative painting company, which seven years later morphed into FindAMuralist, a nationwide referral service for muralists and decorative painters. From 2004 to 2009 she was director of two small galleries in Santa Monica, California, as well as head of corporate art development for the David Findlay Jr. Gallery in New York.

Sadoff is a member of ArtTable. As co-chair for Bailey House’s annual auction since 2011, Sadoff helps raise funds to provide permanent housing and other vital services to New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS. She is a member of LMNOP Networking Group and an active member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Residential Forum Committee.

ELIZABETH SADOFF ART ADVISORY

526 West 26th Street
Suite 303
New York, NY
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646.823.4454

You are invited to Molly Barnes’Brown Bag Lunch Talks at the Roger Smith Hotel 501 Lexington Avenue, at 47th Street New York City 10017 Thursday, May 11,2017 at 12:00 noon to hear a talk with ELIZABETH SADOFF

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May 10 Wed 6-8pm Writing, Publishing, and Reviewing Books About Science 28 Cooper Square 7th Fl Commons NYU Arthur Carter Inst

Truthtelling Mentors
An occasion which marked the distinction of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in serving up key insiders to inform ingenues of the reality underpinning their dreams, with the NYTimes apparently lone science daily reviewer (did we understand correctly?) Jennifer Senior giving a few basics about which of the 15 choices served her weekly (check that) she might immediately throw into the circular file (ones in which self serving contrarianism was detected quickly earned this distinction), then a remarkably enlightened publisher-editor Eamon Dolan of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt who vouchsafed he was looking for texts which “changed my mind”, and finally Harold Varmus, a scientist who had climbed to a peak of renown by winning the Nobel but who then found that writing the required book induced a feeling comparable to “sitting down in the dentist’s chair”, though when it was suggested that he might enjoy more writing a second book morally reviewing science and its needed reforms from his observation post at his current tippy top position helping guide research at the nation’s leading cancer research center Memorial Sloane-Kettering after running the whole NIH for a time, and perhaps include a way to save distinguished leaders of science in his field such as the famously exact Peter Duesberg of Berkeley from the noxious consequences of flouting group think by their reviewing and dismissing the favorite paradigm of the field which he Varmus had conquered so decisively, he allowed it might be a good idea but he felt that the topic of that particular colleague was one that people had understandably got tired of after thirty years, since it was after all water under the bridge, even if it was true that Duesberg’s original papers had never been refuted on the same intensively peer reviewed level in the same prestigious journals as they were launched.

Lab Lit: Writing, Publishing, and Reviewing Books About Science

In this inaugural “Random Walk” event, sponsored by the NYU Science Communication Workshops and Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, with the support of the Simons Foundation, we convene three experts to discuss what goes into a compelling book about science, what reviewers look for, and how to get it published.

We will also be celebrating the debut of the Cooper Square Review, an online publication devoted to book reviews, essays and musings from and about the world of science.

Sharing their expertise at the event will be:

* Jennifer Senior, daily book reviewer, New York Times

* Eamon Dolan, editor, Eamon Dolan Imprint/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

* Harold Varmus, former director of NIH, Nobel Laureate, author of The Art and Politics of Science

As part of an experiment in science communication, our guests will briefly discuss science publishing in a traditional panel discussion, and then will fan out around the room to interact with smaller groups of audience members interested in their particular area of expertise. Audience members will move from speaker to speaker in a “Random Walk.”

We’ll be serving wine and appetizers along with good conversation.
This event is open to the public.

May 10th, Wed, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
7th Floor Commons
20 Cooper Square, NY

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May 9 Tues Met: Renowned Collection of American Indian Art from Fenimore Art Museum at Gallery 359 (May 9 Tues- Oct 8 Sun)

No this is not a rude gesture. Potlatch figure holding a copper (detail), c. 1880-1895. Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl), northwest Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Red cedar, paint, nails. Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. Photo: Richard Walker

A selection of 38 superb works of art created by Native North American artists will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning May 9 Tues. Drawn from the more than 870 pieces assembled by philanthropists Eugene and Clare Thaw, American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection attests to the long-standing excellence of the aesthetic traditions of North America’s Native peoples.

Spanning the first millennium to the 20th century, it will showcase indigenous masterpieces in various media—sculpture, painting, drawing, basketry, textiles, ceramics, and decorative arts. Among the highlights are a rare whelk shell gorget (ca.1100–1400) carved by a Mississippian sculptor; a monumental war record (ca. 1880) vividly painted on animal hide by Plains masters; a rare, nearly life-size Kwakwaka’wakw potlatch figure from the late 19th century; and a waterproof Kamleika garment (or parka) made of seal or other sea-mammal gut from the Arctic region.

The exhibition will feature a variety of Native artistic creations, including an ancient Arctic carving made of sea mammal ivory; examples of the dramatic sculptural arts of the Pacific Northwest; painted ceramics and weaving from the millennia-long tradition in the Southwest; refined basketry from California and the Great Basin; iconic pictorial narratives chronicling events of the Plains; and robust aestheticized weaponry of the Eastern Woodlands.

The impressive achievements of female basket weavers from California and the Great Basin region are evident in an award-winning basket made by the renowned practitioner of that art form, Louisa Keyser (or Dat So La Lee); a signature work by her sister-in-law, Scees Bryant Possock; and, by the Yokuts weaver Mrs. Dick Francisco, a monumental woven gambling tray made for a dice game called huuchuish.

Also of great emphasis in this selection of Fenimore holdings is a collection of several singular Plains Indian creations, the most notable of which is a rare 19th-century war record memorializing a battle between the Lakota and Crow (Apsa’alooka). A landmark intact ledger book by the artist Black Hawk (Sans Arcs Lakota) is a treasure trove of information about life on the Plains; it illustrates hunting and dance scenes and includes natural history drawings and numerous depictions of warfare and ceremony.

Exhibition Dates: May 9–October 8, 2017 Exhibition Location:
The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 359

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May 8 Mon Frick The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals

Small scale art

The high end of numismatics will be on show at the Frick, a rare opportunity to see exquisitely formed portraits and biographical scenes stamped into an inch of metal by European masters of the craft.

Antonio di Puccio Pisano, called Pisanello (ca. 1395–ca. 1455) Leonello d’Este, Marquess of Ferrara (1407-1450), ca. 1445 Copper alloy, cast; 68.9 mm The Frick Collection; Gift of Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher, 2016 Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Antonio di Puccio Pisano, called Pisanello (ca. 1395–ca. 1455)
Leonello d’Este, Marquess of Ferrara (1407-1450), ca. 1445
Copper alloy, cast; 68.9 mm
The Frick Collection; Gift of Stephen K. and Janie Woo
Scher, 2016
Photo: Michael Bodycomb

THE PURSUIT OF IMMORTALITY:
MASTERPIECES FROM THE SCHER COLLECTION OF PORTRAIT MEDALS
May 9 through September 10, 2017

Celebrating the largest acquisition in the Frick’s history– a gift of portrait medals from the incomparable collection of Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher– this exhibition explores one of the most important artistic inventions of the Renaissance.

Over the course of six decades, Stephen K. Scher—a collector, scholar, and
curator—has assembled the most comprehensive and significant private collection of portrait medals in the world, part of which he and his wife, Janie Woo Scher,gave to The Frick Collection last year. To celebrate the Schers’ generous gift of what is the largest acquisition in the museum’s history, the Frick presents more than one hundred of the finest examples from their collection in The Pursuit of Immortality, on view from May 9 through September 10, 2017.

The exhibition is organized by Aimee Ng, Associate Curator, The Frick Collection, and Stephen K. Scher. Comments Director Ian Wardropper, “Henry Clay Frick had an abiding interest in portraiture as expressed in the paintings, sculpture, enamels, and works on paper he acquired. The Scher medals will coalesce beautifully with these holdings, being understood in our galleries within the broader contexts of European art and culture. At the same time, the intimate scale of the institution will offer a superb platform for the medals to be appreciated as an independent art form, one long overdue for fresh attention and public appreciation.”

The exhibition, to take place in the lower-level galleries, showcases superlative examples from Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands, England, and other regions together with related sculptures and works on paper from the Frick’s permanent collection, helping to illuminate the place of medals in a larger history of art and their centrality in the history of portraiture in Western art. A short film will demonstrate one method by which medals were made, and visitors will have the opportunity to handle a reproduction of one of the most famous medals of the Renaissance.

Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856) Josephine Bonaparte (1763–1814); Empress Consort of France 1804–10; Queen Consort of Italy 1805–10), ca. 1832 Gilt copper alloy, cast; 177.8 mm Scher Collection; Promised gift to The Frick Collection Photo: Michael Bodycomb

Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856)
Josephine Bonaparte (1763–1814); Empress Consort of
France 1804–10; Queen Consort of Italy 1805–10), ca. 1832
Gilt copper alloy, cast; 177.8 mm
Scher Collection; Promised gift to The Frick Collection
Photo: Michael Bodycomb

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTIC INVENTIONS OF THE RENAISSANCE
Portrait medals are one of the most important artistic inventions of the Italian Renaissance and flourished as an art form across Europe for four centuries. Created to be exchanged and distributed as tokens of identity—sometimes among intimate circles of friends, sometimes from powerful rulers to their subjects—they make the absent present, evoking the fullness of the individuals they commemorate through the likeness, imagery, and text they carry.

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Apr 28-30 Fri-Sun WFMU Record Fair

Retrieving Culture
Annual chance for music lovers to recapture irreplaceable moments in pop, jazz and classical music history by buying the recordings made at the time the way they were meant to be heard – on living, breathing vinyl!

For those who understand that the past is better than the audio present

The 2017 WFMU Record Fair returns to the Brooklyn Expo Center! Join us April 28 – 30, 2017!

The 2017 WFMU Record Fair will once again take place at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. And here’s some good news — the 2017 fair will not be on the same weekend as the Five Borough Bike Tour, so Sunday dealers and shoppers can attend without fear of detours. We hope to see you there!

ATTENTION! WFMU is seeking your unwanted vinyl and CD collections! If you’ve got a batch of interesting and eclectic vinyl or CD’s that you’d like to donate to us ahead of the fair, please please email us. We use these donations to help fill in holes in our ever-expanding music library, and to help generate funds for the station. And we will happily provide a tax certificate for your donation!

For more information on anything Record Fair related please email us.
If you would like to volunteer to help out during the 2017 Record Fair, please contact Volunteer Freiwilliger Scott Williams at x228, or send him an email.

The Brooklyn Expo Center is located at 79 Franklin St., between Noble and Oak Streets in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. The nearest subway stop is the Greenpoint Avenue stop on the G line.

Performance and Live Broadcast Schedule
April 28 – 30, 2017

The 2017 WFMU Record Fair will be taking place at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St, in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

Check out the still-evolving list of live broadcasts and band performances, PLUS see what’s happening in The Movie Lounge!
Saturday, April 29:

1pm – 3pm: Fool’s Paradise with Rex
Live Broadcast from Fair, with a live performance from Bloodshot Bill at 2pm!

3pm-6pm: Todd-O-Phonic Todd
Live Broadcast from Fair, with live performances by Atlantic Thrills (3:30pm), Baby Shakes (4:30pm), and Ronnie Fujiyama from the 5.6.7.8’s (5:30pm)!

Sunday, April 30:

3pm: Live performance by Matmos with Chuck Bettis!

4pm: Live performance by Laurice!

More updates to come!

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Apr 21 Fri-22 Sat Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Knowing and Certainty Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103

A Conference on Data Which One Hopes Will Not Ignore Theoretical Problems


Bad Evidence Convicts Many

In a conference offering a rich trove of academic treasure for seekers of truths about how data can be used and misused in the new information society, the Saturday keynote by evidence scholar Jennifer Mnookin stood out as the crowning jewel for its revealing strictures on the status quo, as the Law Professor and Dean of the UCLA School of Law and currently a dominant expert on the quality of forensic science and expert testimony held forth on the parlous state of evidence analysis and expert testimony in criminal law courts across the land, where DNA evidence is really the only area properly validated by science, and that only after initial problems were solved by revision, and bullet tracing, hair analysis, fingerprints, handwriting and other proofs given in testimony by so called “experts” or the FBI are in fact still fundamentally subjective and as yet unbacked by scientific analysis and review, so that typical claims of their expertise being informed by experience of even thousands of cases are contrary to reason and without scientific validation through empirical testing, yet these false proofs are presented by prosecutors and accepted by judges and routinely result in convictions without justification, resulting in possibly hundreds of thousands of people in jail for years who may well be innocent, just as 20,000 drug convictions are to be cancelled in Massachusetts after authorities found in 2013 that lab tests were never carried out by a chemist on whom the courts had relied for years, all pointing to a dire state of disrepair in our justice system which has been revealed by two major reports in the last few years, a highly critical National Research Council report on the state of the forensic sciences in 2009, and the last one in September 2016 for Obama, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology or PCAST report (Mnoonin was co-chair), which have met only contradiction and resistance by expert witnesses with their livelihoods at stake and other vested interests including overburdened and insufficiently responsible judges, not to mention the bureaucracy of the Department of Justice which not only fought their conclusions with disparagement and claims of studies overlooked which have proved unable to be located, but now with the ascendance of Trump and Jeff Sessions as the head of the Department, the commission has been ended and all scientific review and recommendations of revision of evidence standards has been cancelled, as if they were an unacceptable burden on normal business, though when asked after her illuminating and detailed presentation how all the error could be corrected if she were substituted for Sessions, Dean Mnookin replied that the great need was for the Department of Justice to do exactly the opposite and undertake intensive examination of all such proofs offered by expert witnesses to see how their procedures matched scientific research, and found one questioner congratulating her that “ethically, you are doing a wonderful thing!”.

Evidence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation about Knowing and Certainty
April 21-22, 2017
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103
435 West 116th Street
New York City

This event features a Keynote address from World Poker Champion Annie Duke – The Paradox of Evidence: Lessons from the Poker Table. Separate registration is required for this event.

The conference will bring together academic scholars and scientists, public policy makers, non-governmental advocates, and media experts to discuss the state of “evidence” today. Our goal is to examine the use of evidence – from massive data sets to individual case studies – within and across the disciplines. What counts as evidence in different fields? Why do some disciplines have explicit and broadly-shared norms of evidence gathering and use, while other disciplines are guided by more implicit evidentiary customs? Why do evidentiary norms change over time in a given discipline, and are these changes better explained by internal, theoretical developments or external, social factors? What happens when new theories outpace a discipline’s current evidentiary practices? For instance, the recognition that many accurate descriptions of the universe are not deterministic but rather probabilistic has altered natural scientists’ basic conception about what counts as evidence – and about the sheer quantity of evidence needed to prove or disprove hypotheses. Yet even the most advanced tools for evidence-gathering (statistical, computational, and experimental) have not kept pace with this turn to probabilistic models in the natural sciences. Meanwhile, scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and law are adopting – or transforming – these same tools in an effort to expand the evidence base, rigor of proof, and public appeal of their disciplines (e.g., “big” history, “distant reading,” digital humanities, quantitative sociology, experimental philosophy, law and cognition).

The conference will examine the use of evidence – from massive data sets to individual case studies – within and across the disciplines. What counts as evidence in different fields? Why do some disciplines have explicit and broadly-shared norms of evidence gathering and use, while other disciplines are guided by more implicit evidentiary customs? Why do evidentiary norms change over time in a given discipline, and are these changes better explained by internal, theoretical developments or external, social factors?

What happens when new theories outpace a discipline’s current evidentiary practices? For instance, the recognition that many accurate descriptions of the universe are not deterministic but rather probabilistic has altered natural scientists’ basic conception about what counts as evidence – and about the sheer quantity of evidence needed to prove or disprove hypotheses. Yet even the most advanced tools for evidence-gathering (statistical, computational, and experimental) have not kept pace with this turn to probabilistic models in the natural sciences.

Meanwhile, scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and law are adopting – or transforming – these same tools in an effort to expand the evidence base, rigor of proof, and public appeal of their disciplines (e.g., “big” history, “distant reading,” digital humanities, quantitative sociology, experimental philosophy, law and cognition).

Format:

The conference will bring together academic scholars, public policy makers, non-governmental advocates, and media experts to discuss the state of “evidence” today.

In addition to two keynote lectures, the conference will include twelve hour-long panels over the course of two days. Each panel has been organized around two primary speakers, representing a particular discipline or sub-discipline, and two to three panelists with contrasting disciplinary backgrounds.

Each of the two primary speakers will offer ten minutes of introductory remarks about evidentiary problems they have encountered in their particular area of expertise, raising practical and theoretical questions about the uses of evidence they have encountered in their own work, and referring to specific case studies.

Twenty minutes of discussion among speakers and panelists will follow. After the introductory remarks and panel discussion, the floor will be opened to the audience.

Organizers: Pamela Smith (History, Columbia), Stuart Firestein (Biology, Columbia), Jeremy Kessler (Law, Columbia)
Sponsored by: The Center for Science and Society (CSS) and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall
435 W 116th Street, Room 103
http://scienceandsociety.columbia.edu/cssevent/evidence-interdisciplinary-conversation-knowing-certainty/

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