Events around the city, college news, trivia in no particular order

There is a petition in the Library Café to get the air conditioner turned on. Every few summers there is one as there is always a hard time to get repairs done. The gym hours were cut and some returned from the pressure of complaints.

Our mail box is full with complaints. Anti Jewish remarks were written on the bathroom wall and the room was closed for a few days. At busy finals time a bathroom door does not lock, no door on a stool, no paper and soap at times. Nine computers are not usable with a sign “Under Maintenance.” Many lights out, headphone jacks not working and keys rubbed off key boards. For maybe 2 months the James Hall elevator has been broken. The other went for a while and handicapped students and a professor had troubles getting to their classes.  Typical. They don’t fix nuthin

Events around the city: Most are free and in Brooklyn. Some may be in bars.
Thursday, May 25: African Music and Dance: 4-6 pm. Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. at Marcy Avenue. RSVP: 1-800-556-0689 or

Secret Science Club, 8 pm. A monthly show exploring the weird and wonderful world of science. Featuring awe-inspiring lectures, volatile experiments, alcoholic concoctions, and more. Bell House, 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue.

The New American Paradise, 8 pm, free short films about the American Dream. With live music from Saint Mela before the show. Metro Tech Commons (outdoors) 5 MetroTech Center at Bridge Street.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 8 pm, $10. Drink in hand, actors perform a reading of the cult classic. Keep an eye on the list of buzz words and phrases–when you hear one, a bell rings and everybody drinks. Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

James Bond Sketch Night, 6:15 pm, $15–$20. No explosive, acid-filled, or poison pens, please.  pen-based listening devices and radio transmitters permitted.
SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS, 128 e. 68 St, Manhattan.

La MaMa Moves, 7 pm, $21–$26. Twelve new pieces, many of them sharply political, make up the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, which displays seventeen troupes in four different theaters over eighteen days, as well as outdoors and online (with the crowdsourced project “#Here to Dance”). This week, on the Ellen Stewart mainstage, Stefanie Batten Bland’s new Bienvenue (in five languages) plays May 25–28. Highlights later on include Stefanie Batten Bland’s new Bienvenue (May 25–28), in five languages, and Patricia Hoffbauer’s Getting Away With Murder (June 2–4).
Ellen Stewart Theatre.

Friday, May 26: CUNY Fest, 6-10 pm, Whitman Hall Theater with the Brooklyn College Gospel Choir.

DanceAfrica Festival, $25. The country’s largest showcase of African dance celebrates the 40th anniversary this year under the theme of “The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond.”
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street.
Friday, May 26, 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 27, 2 pm and 7 pm
Sunday, May 28, 3 pm
Monday, May 29, 3 pm

Vintage Jazz Short Film Fest, 8 pm, $10. See vintage 16mm short films of such greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, and so many more jazz artists from the early 19th Century.  Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street.

North by Northwest Movie, 1:30 pm, free-$12. The essence of North by Northwest: Witty, well-heeled Manhattan man gets suit rumpled. Alfred Hitchcock’s VistaVision masterpiece is constructed from scenarios already perfected by the likes of Lubitsch and Keaton — it doesn’t take much to visualize Buster fleeing on foot from an errant cropduster — but the film remains a one-off, of 1959 America only. It endures in large part thanks to Cary Grant’s hardworking performance — upon his Roger Thornhill’s rectangular hair and slender shoulders much malice falls, but he doesn’t buckle. Instead, he fights tirelessly to reassert non-nightmare conditions. When, during the climax, he and Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) are hanging from a rocky outcrop, the tone with which he asks the dastardly Leonard (Martin Landau) for help is exasperation laced with disappointment, a final protest against stubborn, stupid evil. That moment, like many others, casts the film as one of the last monuments to Eisenhower’s America, in which one’s patriotic sacrifice and the restoration of dapper gentility were equivalent fantasies.

Trivia: It’s estimated that a billion birds die each year from flying into glass. See the WEB Building.

What country’s national sport, buzkashi, features players on horses trying to grab a goat carcass?

India, North Korea, Afghanistan, Ethiopia?

The movie industry relocated from New York to LA to escape from Thomas Edison’s patents.

Answer: Buzkashi (literally “goat pulling” in Persian), is the sport in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat carcass in a goal. It is the national sport of Afghanistan where it is often played on Fridays and matches draw thousands of fans. Traditionally, games could last for several days, but in its more regulated tournament version, it has a limited match time. During the rule of the Taliban regime, buzkashi was banned in Afghanistan, as the Taliban considered the game immoral. After the Taliban regime was ousted, the game resumed being played.

In which plane did Charles Lindbergh make the first nonstop solo transatlantic flight on this day in 1927?

The Spruce Goose, Gulfstream I, The Spirit of St. Louis, Enola Gay?

Answer: In 1927, Charles Lindbergh strapped into his famous airplane, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” and took off on the first solo transatlantic airplane flight. Lindbergh emerged from the virtual obscurity of a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame as the result of his solo nonstop flight made from the Roosevelt Field in Garden City on New York’s Long Island to Le Bourget Field in Paris, France. As a result of his landmark 33-hour, 30-minute non-stop flight, Lindbergh was the first person in history to be in New York one day and Paris the next. May famious lfyers flew from Floyd Bennet Field near Kings Plaza.

What triangular New York building was one of the city’s first skyscrapers?

Woolworth Building, Chrysler Building, Carnegie Hall Tower, Flatiron Building?

The University of Glasgow offers a Homer Simpson philosophy course.

Answer: The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The building sits on a triangular block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle’s northern peak. As with numerous other wedge-shaped buildings, the name “Flatiron” derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.


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