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The You Can Touch My Hair Interactive Public

The You Can Touch My Hair Interactive Public Art Exhibit runs Thursday and Saturday. Photo Credit: handout

You Can Touch My Hair interactive public art exhibit
This week, women of color with various textures and types of hair will take part in a two-day interactive public art exhibit where they will stand in the middle of Union Square with signs saying, “You can touch my hair.” The exhibit is an extension of an article that explored the fascination with black hair, “Can I Touch Your Hair?,” written by Antonia Oprah, founder of, a digital resource focused on hair styles, care and products for black women. (Thursday & Saturday, 2-4 p.m., FREE, Union Square,

SciCafe: The Neuroscience of Creativity
That spark of creativity — where does it come from? Here’s your chance to find out as musician and surgeon Charles Limb of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discusses how he uses MRI to measure activity in the brains of musicians as they play music to figure out what happens to the brain during the creative process at the latest installment of the American Museum of Natural History’s SciCafe. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m., FREE with cash bar, 21+, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769- 5100,

Family Fun
GoGo squeeZ mobile playground
Take the family down to Bryant Park this Friday afternoon for a day of playfulness, compliments of GoGo squeeZ. Check out the SqueeZ Squad’s mobile playground, complete with a slide, rock climbing wall and indoor and outdoor play areas with the likes of giant Jenga and bean bag tosses. And be sure to stick around for a surprise visit from a celebrity spokesperson. (Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., FREE, Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. btwn 41st and 42nd sts.,

Book Party
‘Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq’
Wartime photojournalists often are right there on the front lines, capturing the images that do and don’t make it into national news headlines. Stop by the International Center of Photography this Friday for a book signing with photographer Michael Kamber and photographers featured in his new book, “Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq.” (Friday, 6-7:30 p.m., FREE, ICP Store, 1133 Sixth Ave., 212- 857-9725,

Harlem River Festival
Spend a day outdoors this weekend celebrating the Harlem River. Take part in learn-to-row activities, nature hikes, kayaking and fishing — all available first-come, first-served — or enjoy the arts and crafts, live entertainment and food vendors that will be set up in Sherman Creek Park for the festival. Boat races by regional rowing clubs will take place before and after Festival hours, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE, Sherman Creek Park, 10th Ave. btwn Academy St. and the Harlem River,


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