RELATIONSHIPS: What We All Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask – February 28

RELATIONSHIPS

What We All Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask
(The Statler Grill was kind enough to reserve 3 tables in a quiet room for us.  No purchases are required although The Statler would greatly appreciate your patronage.  Separate checks available on request.)

Thursday, February 28, RSVP and details at  http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/104568392/

Join us for food, drinks, and discussion.
Bring your questions and collective wisdom.
Each table votes for favorite a relationship question.
Short social before and in between rounds
–Greet old friends and meet new ones.

6:30 pm  Social
7:00  First Round
8:30  Second Round
9:30+ Continue conversations on your own

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CONVERSATIONS NEW YORK

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Imagine…

Hundreds of New Yorkers coming together in small groups of neighbors and fellow citizens to discuss topics of intensive interest…
Hosted at no cost and at convenient locations and times…
Aided by simple guiding principles…
Inspired by the city’s grand tradition of robust conversation…
Our vision is to inspire, organize, publicize, facilitate and celebrate a renaissance of healthy dialogue in New York City.

Join us!

How You Can Help Us Grow!

If you would like to easily add to our strength, we’d be grateful for your taking these easy steps:
1.  Visit us at https://conversationsnewyork.com/ to learn more about us, subscribe to our website, and spread the word.
2.  Share with us your reactions, questions, and suggestions about this venture.  conversationsnewyork@gmail.com
3. ”Like” our organization on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConversationsNewYork and join   http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/
4.  Consider convening a Conversation yourself – https://conversationsnewyork.com/resources-for-moderators-2/
5.  Tell us about Conversations you think should be listed on our on-line calendar.  https://conversationsnewyork.com/calendar-of-conversations/
We hope you’re as excited as we are about promoting and encouraging stimulating conversations in New York City!

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LOVE NOW – February 14

LOVE NOW

A Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross

Location: Address is available only via RSVP (to Ron at grossassoc@aol.com)
— general area of  the Columbia University campus,  120th St. and Broadway.

Thursday, February 14th, 3:45 pm.
Limited seating.   RSVP to reserve your place.  
LOVE was the subject at Socrates’ most charming conversation, at the home of his dear friend Agathon, accompanied by plenteous wine and flirting, as portrayed in the Platonic Dialogue “The Symposium”.   Down the ages ever since, lively-minded and passionate people have found this subject deliciously discussable – and when better than on this day!
What are YOUR experiences and reflections on such questions as:
1.            What does Love mean to YOU?
2.           Is Love different for men and for women?
3.           Is Love “natural” – or “socially-constructed”?
4.          Is the word “Love” really useful – or confusing?
5.           Does the meaning of Love change as we grow?
6.           What have you learned about loving wisely and well?
 
 
Suggested optional readings:
Love, by Robert C. Solomon;
Philosophies of Love, Edited by David L. Norton and Mary F. Kille;
The Art of Loving, by Eric Fromm
Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Why We Love?, Helen Fisher
 
Light refreshments will be available. 
There will be a display of relevant recent and classic books.
 
For more information: www.socratesway.com/join.html

The “Talk-About” — a new opportunity for conversations for theater-going New Yorkers

The “Talk-About” — a new opportunity for conversations for theater-going New Yorkers

Here’s something you might want to try, to enhance an upcoming night at the theater: we call it the “Talk About”!

This new kind of New York Conversation “opened” Off-Broadway at the SOHO Theater recently.    After a performance of Ingenious Nature,* eight playgoers gethered to share their reactions to the provocative work over drinks downstairs in the theater’s bar.

“It was great fun to hear what other people saw in it,” said Julie Epstein.  Another participant, Frank Purcell, said: “I found it  fascinating and illuminating”.   “Everyone’s looking for love, or sex, occasionally even both,” said a third discussant.  “It was fascinating to hear about some ways that the science of evolutionary psychology can help us find either– or even both!”

Convenor Ron Gross of CNY explains that “the  ‘Talk-About’  is a new wrinkle on the ‘Talk-Backs‘  that have become a familiar feature of New York theater, especially Off-Broadway”. “Such a conversation  enhances the experience of a night at the theater, by enriching your own experience as you share it with others.  You get to  review  the show from other peoples’ perspectives.”

So how about trying it on YOUR next night at the theater?   You can announce it on our calendar like this sample listing which appeared on Feb. 1st:

Discuss ‘All’s the Rage’  (title of your conversation)

Will you be attending  the show “All’s the Rage”, playing at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Saturday evening, Feb. 2nd?  We’d love to share reactions afterwards.   If you’re interested in joining us for a brief conversation about  this provocative play, meet us in the lobby as it lets out and we’ll adjourn to a suitable venue  in the building  or on the same block.  One of us will be wearing a yellow beret.

Sue Salko and Ron Gross

OR: Just type up half-a-dozen invitations** and leave a blank space for the location;  get to the theater  half-an-hour early to scout out a bar, pizza place, or other convenient venue; then keep your eye peeled during intermission for audience members who look like they might be interested!

* Ingenious Nature was a theatrical mix-tape, written and performed by Baba Brinkman, the Canadian rap artist, writer, and creator of  The Rap Guide to Evolution (2011 Drama Desk Award Nominee).

** Suggested text: 

Dear Fellow Theater-Goer:

Would you like to talk about the show afterwards?  We’d love to share reactions!  We’ll meet after the show let’s out, at NAME & ADDRESS.   (These “Talk Abouts” are promoted by Conversations New York — http://www.conversationsnewyork.com.)

 (Signed)  YOUR NAME

Discuss ‘All the Rage’ – February 2nd

Discuss ‘All the Rage’

Will you be attending the show “All the Rage”, playing at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Saturday evening, Feb. 2nd? We’d love to share reactions afterwards. If you’re interested in joining us for a brief conversation about this provocative play, meet us in the lobby as it lets out and we’ll adjourn to a suitable venue in the building or on the same block. One of us will be wearing a yellow beret.
Sue Salko and Ron Gross
347-640-3601

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/102551142/

Peter Jay Sharp Theater

416 West 42nd St., 4th floor (between 9th and 10th Avenues), New York, NY