Things To Do This Week – The New York Times

Posted By on August 2, 2020

Here is a sampling of the weeks events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.

The multimedia artist Tony Oursler explores how technology touches humanity through pieces that blend video, painting and collage. In his mesmerizing exhibition Magical Variations, on Lehmann Maupin gallerys website, Mr. Oursler wraps in everything from 5G conspiracy theories to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

When Through Aug. 16Where

Travel back to Elizabethan England as the Black Death sets in, with Maggie OFarrell, the author of Hamnet one of The New York Timess books to watch for this month. Ms. OFarrell discusses her novel, in which she imagines the inner workings of William Shakespeares family, at a virtual event held by Politics and Prose, a bookstore in Washington, D.C.

When 5 p.m.Where

Ponder the complexities and consequences of social interactions with the author and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell. His most recent book, Talking to Strangers, dives into the topic of first impressions which, he argues, are often full of misunderstandings and examines the ripple effect they have on society. Oliver Burkeman, a columnist for The Guardian, joins Mr. Gladwell in conversation. Tickets start at about $6.

When 1:30 p.m.Where

As part of a celebration for its 50th anniversary, the Ballet Hispnico dance company releases archival footage of Cada Noche Tango, choreographed by Graciela Daniele and performed in 1992. The piece was inspired by Buenos Airess passionate underground nightlife from the 1920s and 30s. The performance is followed by a talk with Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispnicos artistic director and chief executive, and some of the dancers.

When 7 p.m.Where

Listen to, and learn about, the Stonehill Recordings made in 1948 by Ben Stonehill, a collector of folklore. He cataloged more than 1,000 songs from refugees of the Holocaust who, at the time, were living at the Hotel Marseilles on New Yorks Upper West Side. Miriam Isaacs, a Yiddish scholar, explains more of the back story and the musician Vladimir Fridman performs at an online program hosted by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan.

When 2 p.m.Where

Unleash your inner writer with the award-winning author Curtis Sittenfeld. She shares her tips for writing short fiction and overcoming mental blocks with Amy Virshup, the editor of Travel and At Home for The New York Times. Send the opening sentence of your short story to with the subject line My Short Story, and it may be read live.

When 6 p.m.Where

Missing your ceramics class? The Clay Studio, based in Philadelphia, has an array of tutorials on projects you can do from home without a wheel or other professional equipment. Learn about the importance of underglazing and find out how to make prints from your clay creations.

When AnytimeWhere

Start your weekend with a viewing of Whos There?, a play directed by Sim Yan Ying, a performer and playwright from Singapore currently based in New York, and Alvin Tan, the founder and artistic director of The Necessary Stage, a nonprofit theater company in Singapore. Whos There? delves into themes of racial injustices with artists participating from the United States, Singapore and Malaysia all in real time on Zoom. Tickets are donation based, with a suggestion of $10 and a minimum of $1.

When 10 a.m.Where

Combine snack time and play time with the Childrens Museum of Manhattans mystery taste testing guide, which engages all five senses by suggesting different foods to taste and questions to ask your children. This game is also a good way of subtly encouraging them to expand their palates studies show that it can take several tries before kids start to like a new food. Best for ages 4 and up.

When AnytimeWhere

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