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TEDx-plosion

Barbara Walters Photo: Donna Svennevik

Barbara Walters
Photo: Donna Svennevik

BY JUSTIN CHAN

TEDxWomen
Thursday 1
Female and male innovators in fields from social justice to personal health will gather for a daylong series of conversations about women. Paley Center president Pat Mitchell kicks off the four-part event by talking about overcoming adversity with television icon Barbara Walters, activist Jill Iscol, author Rachel Simmons (Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls). The day continues with a foray into women’s health and wellbeing hosted by actor and fitness guru Jane Fonda and featuring renowned feminist Gloria Steinem. Actor Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Something’s Gotta Give) and journalist Lisa Ling sit on a closing panel that examines future opportunities for women in realms such as business, the arts and science. If you can’t snag one of the coveted tickets, you can watch a live stream of selected discussions at one of several satellite venues or on the web. Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-621-6800,tedxwomen.org).11am–9:30pm; prices vary.

TEDxBrooklyn
Friday 2
“Redefining Better” is the theme of this Kings County affair, which brings together the borough’s brightest brains. Seemingly omnipresent comedian Eugene Mirman will host the wide-ranging event, with a lineup of presenters including Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson, Vimeo vice president Blake Whitman, Habana Outpost founder Sean Meenan, MoCADA executive director Laurie Cumbo, MeanRed Productions founder Jen Lyon and Transportation Alternatives executive director Paul Steely White. These tastemakers and progressive thinkers will examine ways to invigorate and improve their respective fields, the Brooklyn community and maybe even the entire globe. Information on where to watch a live stream of the symposium will be posted at tedxbrooklyn.com. Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave at 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-963-3369, tedxbrooklyn.com). 7am; $100 advance purchase required.

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The Week’s Best Festivals: October 20 – 26, 2011

Lynette Wallworth, Duality of Light  Photo: Grant Hancock/Courtesy of Samstag Museum of Art

Lynette Wallworth, Duality of Light
Photo: Grant Hancock/Courtesy of Samstag Museum of Art

BY JUSTIN CHAN

Walls and Bridges
Thursday 20–Oct 28
The Lyonnaise cultural institution Villa Gillet presents its third season of artists and thinkers from the U.S. and France in talks, performances and cooking demos. A subseries called “Infinite Affinities” brings together Art Press founder Catherine Millet and the copresenter of her choosing, Yale School of Art dean Robert Storr, to discuss their roles in shaping the global art scene. Another transnational pairing of actor Danny Glover and Malian filmmaker Manthia Diawara examines connections between African and African-American films. Rock fans will get their kicks at Please Kill Me, a musical created out of punk oral histories from bands such as the New York Dolls and the Ramones. Meanwhile, gourmands can salivate over the first gastronomic offering at the fest, as Vinegar Hill House chef Brian Leth collaborates with rising European toque Mathieu Rostaing-Tayard on an affordable box-lunch meal. Locations, times and prices vary; visit wallsandbridges.net for details.

White Light Festival
Thursday 20–Nov 19
Tap into the transcendental qualities of art and music at this monthlong Lincoln Center event, which expands on last year’s inaugural season with an exploration of artistic expression. Bassekou Kouyate, who plays the ngoni, a Malian lute, kicks things off with a free concert of songs originally sung by hunters from the Bambara villages in Mali. Cross-genre pairings of artists—such as director Peter Sellars and Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison on a new theatrical piece, Desdemona; Johann Sebastian Bach and the whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi Order in Istanbul; and actor Stephen Dillane reading T.S. Eliot accompanied by a Beethoven quartet—are meant to provoke discussion at the White Light lounges that follow most concerts. WNYC’s Soundcheck host John Schaefer will conduct a couple of talks, exploring the nature of identity with author Edmund Morris and the importance of music with composer Philip Glass. Passersby can also meditate on the relationship between technology and reality as they generate motion-activated sounds and lights inside Australian artist Lynette Wallworth’s installation Duality of Light. Locations, times and prices vary; visit whitelightfestival.org for details.

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