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In this week’s roundup, The New York Times weighs in on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest venture The Met Breuer, bamboo becomes known as the “vegetable steel” in an earthquake-ravaged Nepal, Meditation goes mainstream, and more”¦

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The New York Times (March 7, 2016) – Questlove’s Latest Quest: Bringing Chefs Together

In chunky glasses and a comfy cardigan decorated with a carrot brooch, Questlove looked like your favorite uncle as he worked the crowd at his food salon. The 45-year-old musician and D.J., whose birth name is Ahmir Thompson, hosts one every few months.

(Questlove will be participating in a Brainwave talk at the Rubin on April 25, 2016)

Interview Magazine (March 1, 2016) – Keeping Company with Jacqueline Novak

In her literary debut How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression From Someone Who Knows (Three Rivers Press), Jacqueline Novak explores guilt and anxiety through humor and honesty.

(Jacqueline Novak will be participating in a Brainwave talk at the Rubin on March 18, 2016.)

OUT (March 1, 2016) – WATCH: Courtney Act’s Ode to Gender Fluid Love in “˜Kaleidoscope’

Courtney Act’s new song is the official single for the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras 2016. Here are 22 moments of the song’s music video.

(Courtney Act will be participating in a Brainwave talk at the Rubin on July 18, 2016.)

Cultural Institutions and Arts News

The New York Times (March 2, 2016) – A Question Still Hanging at the Met Breuer: Why?

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it would be taking an eight-year lease on the Marcel Breuer building left vacant by the Whitney Museum’s move downtown, the first question everyone asked was: Why?

The New York Times (March 8, 2016) – Chinese Collector Joins Public Art Fund

The Public Art Fund, which in recent years has looked far outside its New York City base for artists and projects, announced Tuesday that it had enlisted Adrian Cheng, a prominent Chinese collector and the scion of a multibillion-dollar retailing empire, to join its board.

Hyperallergic (March 2, 2016) – Walk the Eight Blocks from the Met to the Met Breuer, Accompanied by Soundscapes

John Luther Adams’s “Soundwalk 9:09” is a composition that’s only complete once you listen to it on the noisy New York City streets. The piece is available for free download and streaming this week from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in anticipation of the opening of their Met Breuer branch on March 18. It’s intended as a sonic bridge between the two buildings.

Santa Barbara Independent (March 8, 2016) – Are All Museums Sex Museums?

When touring the Santa Barbara Museum of Art last week with a feminist studies professor and former bondage museum curator, the whole place smacked of sex, says writer Roshell.

Himalayan Region

ABC News (March 9, 2016) – Touring Earthquake-Ravaged Kathmandu, Nepal: A Virtual Reality Experience

A virtual reality app has been created to reconstruct the devastation in Nepal after the April 2015 earthquake which killed 8,000 people.

Reuters (March 9, 2016) – Nepal turns to bamboo to rebuild after quake

Nepal is turning to bamboo, nicknamed “vegetable steel”, as it rebuilds homes and schools after last year’s devastating earthquakes which left hundreds of thousands homeless.

SciDev.Net (March 9, 2016) – Tibetans carry special genes for high-altitude survival

A genetic haplotype (group of genes) inherited from the Denisovans, an extinct branch of archaic humans, may be responsible for high-altitude adaptation in Himalayan populations, according to a new study.

Mind/Body Practices

TIME (March 9, 2016) – How Meditation Went Mainstream

Though plenty of people still meditate for religious reasons, these days, the practice has joined yoga as a secular and chic trend, as dedicated meditation studios open in cities like New York and Los Angeles.

Reuters (March 8, 2016) – Market yogis: financial planners take up yoga

In an increasingly anxious world, more financial advisers are fine-tuning their bodies with yoga to clear their thinking and make the right financial choices.

People (March 8, 2016) – Rage Yoga “˜Is Just Like Any Other Yoga Class, Except with More Obscenities,’ (and Beer) Says Its Founder

Lindsay Istace created Rage Yoga after going through a painful breakup.


Huffington Post (March 9, 2016) – Computers Can Now Read Our Body Language

Researchers have developed a program that allows a computer to read your body language and determine whether you’re bored or interested by what you see on the screen.