vin diesel’s dilemma

Vin Diesel stars in this autobiographical short film about his experiences auditioning in New York. Diesel finds himself at the distinct disadvantage of not being Black enough or Italian enough for the roles for which he auditions.

7 pm at the brooklyn historical society
128 pierrepont street at clinton street in brooklyn
free – rsvp required

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Touré at BPL

Commentator and journalist, Touré, defines and demystifies modern Blackness in his new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now. He is also the author of Never Drank the Kool-Aid, Soul City and The Portable Promised Land.

7 to 9 pm at the brooklyn public library/dweck center
10 grand army plaza

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ain’t no mountain high enough

This German television (ZDF) documentary explores the 1938 expedition to Tibet led by Ernst Schäfer, with the support of Heinrich Himmler. The expedition sought to find proof for some of the more far-fetched mythic theories about Aryan origins.

1 pm at the rubin museum of art
150 west 17th street

everything you ever wanted to know, but needed to ask a stranger…

During Ask Roulette, strangers ask each other any question they want, big or small, in front of a live audience. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, it’s built on trust — you can only ask a question once you’ve answered one. If you prefer, you can just be part of the crowd.

6:59 pm at housing works bookstore
126 crosby street

nerd is the new cool

Highly publicized diseases like Ebola and swine flu are only some of the many viruses that spread from animals to humans. Join virologist Nathan Wolfe and computational biologist Daniel Janies as they discuss their efforts to track infectious agents in animals before they reach people. Traveling from the jungles of the Congo to the marketplaces of China and using supercomputers and Google Earth, these two virus hunters are on a mission to stop the next global pandemic.

7pm at the American Museum of Natural History