The World Science Festival makes learning fun

'Robot & Frank: The Future of Computerized Companions'

'Robot & Frank: The Future of Computerized Companions' (Credit: "Robot & Frank: The Future of Computerized Companions")

Who said science can't be fun?

The World Science Festival takes over New York City today, and no matter how poorly you did in your high school chemistry class, there's certainly an event that will pique your interest, from beer tastings to comedy to robots (and really, who doesn't love robots?).

amNewYork looks at a few events you might want to check out:

'Icarus at the Edge of Time'
Wednesday, 7-8 p.m.
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" star LeVar Burton narrates this animated story about a boy who takes on a black hole. Philip Glass did the orchestral score, which will be performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke's. (Ticketed, United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway)

'Cheers to Science! A Drinkable Feast of Beer, Biotechnology and Archaeology'
Thursday, 5-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m.
Dogfish Head brewmaster Sam Calagione and biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern investigate early beers, but let's face it, you're really interested in the tasting: You'll get to saunter up to Eataly's rooftop brewery where you'll get a sample of these ancient ales. (Ticketed, Eataly, 300 Fifth Ave.)

'Too Close to the Sun: Stories of Flash Points'
Thursday, 7:30-9 p.m.
Funnyman Andy Borowitz moderates this event that's presented in conjunction with The Moth, where scientists deliver true stories about their connection to science, in 10 minutes or less. (Ticketed, The Great Hall of The Cooper Union, 7 E. Seventh St.)

'Robot & Frank: The Future of Computerized Companions'
Friday, 7-9:30 p.m.
Catch a screening of the award-winning comedy - a hit at the Sundance Film Festival - about an old man, who was a jewel thief, and his robot caregiver. It stars Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Peter Sarsgaard and Liv Tyler. Stick around for a discussion with some roboticists. (Ticketed, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria)

'Reawakening the Brain Through Music'
Friday, 8-9:30 p.m.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks chats with a panel of scientists about the power of music to help with neurological disorders. (Ticketed, NYU Skirball Center, 56 LaGuardia Pl.)

'Why We Tell Stories: The Science of Narrative'
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Join writers Jeffrey Eugenides, Joyce Carol Oates, Keith Oatley, and Jonathan Gottschall, as well as psychologist Paul Bloom as they discuss human's need to tell stories and how it affects us as a species. (Ticketed, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave.)

'The Ultimate Science Street Fair'
Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
This isn't your middle school science fair. Head over to Washington Square Park for this monster display of interactive exhibits, games, experiments and more. You can ride a tricycle with square wheels and concoct your own original fragrance, not to mention learn how to improve your free throws through science. (FREE, Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue at Waverly Place)Who said science can't be fun?


If you go: The World Science Festival runs from today through Sunday at venues across the city. For a full schedule, tickets and venue information go to worldsciencefestival.com.

Tags: ENTERTAINMENT , SCOTT A. ROSENBERG

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