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By Mrinalini Kamath

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Wednesday, June 1 marks the first day of the World Science Festival in New York City. Co-founded in 2008 by Tracey Day and Brian Greene, author of several books including The Elegant Universe, the festival is a combination of lectures, events, discussions and demonstrations on a wide variety of topics that all fall under the umbrella of science.

The opening night gala on June 1 begins with a reading of Radiance, a play about Marie Curie written by well-known actor and science enthusiast Alan Alda, who among other accomplishments hosted the public television program Scientific American Frontiers. The star-studded cast includes Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Bill Camp, Mireille Enos, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, David Morse, Liev Schreiber and Brent Sexton. Events, which take place all around the city, include subjects such as “The Mind after Midnight: Where Do You Go When You Go to Sleep?”, a piece of performance art titled “Retraining Your Brain: The Articulate Hand,” “From the City to the Stars: A Night of Stargazing at Brooklyn Bridge Park,” and “Science on Site: Explorations on Governors Island,” and these are just a few of the many issues the festival explores. For more information on the festival and its events, tickets and prices, check out: http://worldsciencefestival.com/.

Originally published June 2011

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